Bitcoin and peers remained in the red Wednesday morning, extending the weakness witnessed over the past few days, though they are attempting a rebound.

Overall cryptocurrency market capitalization was broadly unchanged around $254 billion as of 10.23 am ET on CoinMarketCap.

Here is a wrap of the main news from the cryptocurrency and blockchain world over the past 24 hours.

Opera Unveils First Browser With Built-in Crypto Wallet

Opera has become the first major browser to carry a built-in crypto wallet, which will spare internet users the trouble of installing separate Dapp browsers or crypto wallet extensions. The Norwegian browser maker said in a press release that the private beta version of the Opera browser for Android has been made available.

London School Of Economics Launches Online Crypto Course

The London School of Economics or LSE introduced an online course on cryptocurrency, starting in August 2018. The prestigious educational institution aims to guide potential investors and businesses to make sense of, and accurately evaluate, cryptocurrencies and their uses.

Israeli Crypto Exchange Bancor Loses $13.5 Mln In Cryptos To Hackers

Israeli decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Bancor said it lost nearly $13.5 million worth of cryptocurrencies to hackers after a wallet used to upgrade some smart contracts was compromised. In a tweet, Bancor wrote, "We take this incident very seriously. We are committing every resource to resolving it, getting the network back online and tracking down the criminals involved."

UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador To Head Binance Charity Foundation

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has named Helen Hai, who is the goodwill ambassador of a UN agency, as the head of its new charitable foundation. Her appointment comes a day after Binance CEO and founder Changpeng Zhao pledged $1 million to help flood victims in Japan.

Earth Dollar Partners Blockchain Associations To Launch Crypto Payment System

Earth Dollar is partnering U.S. Blockchain Association, Nevada Blockchain Association (NBA) and Associations Worldwide to make cryptocurrency spendable anywhere through point-of-sale (POS) locations, including brick-and-mortar as well as online retailers. The partnership is planning to install about 50,000 crypto-enabled ATM/POS terminals as part of its plan to develop a Global Cryptocurrency Payment System (GCPS).

'Bitcoin Maven' Gets A Year In Prison For Bitcoin Money Laundering

A California-based bitcoin trader, called as "Bitcoin Maven" was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison in bitcoin money laundering case. In a statement, the US Department of Justice said that Theresa Lynn Tetley, 50, admitted to operating an unlicensed bitcoin-for-cash exchange and laundering bitcoin that was represented to be proceeds of narcotics activity.

Current Prices

As of 10.23 am ET, Bitcoin was down 0.06 percent at $6,355.46, while Ethereum was modestly up by 0.47 percent at $440.26 on Coinbase.

by Jyotsna V

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