April 24, 2018

Indian Exchange Coinsecure Prepares Customer Claims Process Following $3.5 mln Theft

Indian BTC exchange Coinsecure says it is preparing the claims process for funds lost by 11,000 of its customers in a $3.5 mln theft early April. #NEWS
April 24, 2018

RAcoin – A New Global Gambling Cryptocurrency

In 2018 the ICO-world went beyond the traditional understanding of the crypto-tokens. Bringing tokens to the real non-digital world has been considered a utopia for a long time now. RAcoin makes this utopia come true: it goes beyond the boundaries of the internet and will be one of the first tokens used in the non-digital entertainment and gambling industry. In 2018 the ICO-world went beyond the traditional understanding of the crypto-tokens. Bringing tokens to the real non-digital world has been considered a utopia for a long time now. RAcoin makes this utopia come true: it goes beyond the boundaries of the internet and will be one of the first tokens used in the non-digital entertainment and gambling industry. RA Entertainment Inc. is an innovative company, which has decided to create a global cryptocurrency for gambling – RAcoin. Palau World Casino […]
April 23, 2018

Sick of Creating Accounts? Gem Wants to Be Your Last

Most people begin their foray into Digital Currency investing by opening a Coinbase account and buying one of the four available coins (Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, or Litecoin). Those that catch the trading bug then start learning about other coins that are available on exchanges, like Binance. Next thing you know, you may opened 5-10 […] The post Sick of Creating Accounts? Gem Wants to Be Your Last appeared first on Blockchain Beach | Blockchain News and Events.
April 23, 2018

Malta’s Prime Minister: Cryptocurrencies Are ‘Inevitable Future of Money’

While countries around the world argue and dither over how to effectively control, manage, or ban cryptocurrencies, the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta is looking to become the blockchain capital of the world. Valour and Firmness (and Crypto) When it comes to effective cryptocurrency regulation and encouragement, Malta is years ahead of (most of) the competition. As noted by Bloomberg, the island nation’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, has claimed that cryptocurrencies are “the inevitable future of money” and will form the future global economy’s foundation. However, Maltese officials also understand that cryptocurrency carries benefits in the near-term, with Binance planning to “eventually hire up to 20o people” during its relocation from Hong Kong. Welcome to #Malta @binance. We aim to be the global trailblazers in the regulation of blockchain-based businesses and the jurisdiction of quality and choice for world class fintech […]
April 23, 2018

If You’re a Wikipedia Contributor, Owning Cryptocurrency May Be a Conflict of Interest

The web’s favorite crowdsourced encyclopedia has just edited its own behavioral guidelines. Wikipedia’s “Conflict of interest” (COI) page outlining etiquette for its 140,000 active editors now includes a reference to cryptocurrency. If you’re editing pages about crypto, the mere act of owning cryptocurrency may preclude you from doing so. Also read: Telegram Urges Paper Airplane Protest, Pussy Riot Activist Arrested Wikipedia Is Conflicted on Cryptocurrency According to Wikipedia, any external relationship its contributors hold – including a relationship with cryptocurrency – could present a conflict of interest. Its COI page states: Any external relationship—personal, religious, political, academic, legal, or financial (including holding a cryptocurrency)—can trigger a COI. How close the relationship needs to be before it becomes a concern on Wikipedia is governed by common sense. For example, an article about a band should not be written by the band’s manager, […]
April 23, 2018

U.S. Court Rules Money Laundering-Related Case Against Coinbase Must Have Public Trial

A U.S. fed court rules class action lawsuit against Coinbase related to AML must have public trial. #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Gaining clarity on key terminology: Bitcoin versus blockchain versus distributed ledger technology

Gaining clarity on key terminology: Bitcoin versus blockchain versus distributed ledger technology was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 23, 2018

The Biggest ICO Event Heading to Cyprus – Featuring a Stellar Line Up of Speakers and the First Ever ICO Battle with a Live Prize

The iCoin summit which will host the world’s first ever ICO battle with a live investment is heading to Cyprus with a line-up of more than 30 well-known speakers, 16 blockchain start-ups, and a $250,000 grand prize. This unique event is sponsored by one of the biggest companies in the ICO world, 7Marketz and will take place at Atlantica Oasis hotel on the 9th and 10th of May 2018. Rapidly growing demand for blockchain calls for an event of this caliber to bring the crypto community together in a rare learning and networking opportunity hosted by one of the world’s most active trading hubs, Limassol. Since its announcement, the iCoin Summit has tracked attention from prominent industry names and partnered with leading blockchain publishers like CoinMarketCap, CoinTelegraph, ICOwatchlist, and Webrazzi. Attendees will get insights into the blockchain market through speeches […]
April 23, 2018

Ethereum Devs Publish Upgrade Proposal To Move Network Away From Mining-Related Issues

Recently published Ethereum Improvement Proposal discloses “possibly the most significant update” on the network, a hybrid of PoW and PoS. #NEWS
April 23, 2018

South Korea To Establish Startup Hub To Tackle Youth Unemployment, Focus On Blockchain

To combat a mounting unemployment crisis, the Korean government is attempting to cultivate new blockchain businesses, among other startups.
April 23, 2018

Swiss Blockchain SophiaTX Rolls out Expansion to Asia by Joining Forces with Cheng & Co

Venaco Group, a parent company of SophiaTX / Equidato Technologies AG, and Cheng & Co, a leading South East Asian accounting and outsourcing services organization, are pleased to announce their strategic partnership for B2B business and IT projects. Both parties mutually agreed to adopt SophiaTX, the enterprise blockchain platform which is bringing innovation to industries by expanding applications like ERP, CRM and others, to explore blockchain technology further to accelerate business growth and opportunities. Under the agreement, Venaco Group will collaborate with Cheng & Co to provide strategic business consulting and transformation services to Cheng & Co in order to enhance and expand services provided to its regional clientele. “We’re excited to team up with Cheng & Co as our Asia partner on IT consulting and innovation technology as we believe it will extend our presence and open new doors […]
April 23, 2018

Investors are Increasingly Choosing Bitcoin Over Gold

Gold has always been the primary standard by which we measure value, thanks to its continued demand as a currency, store of value and speculative asset. However, Bitcoin — often likened to “digital gold” — is causing investors to question gold’s dominance. A New Challenger Emerges Bitcoin’s first true challenge for gold’s throne came when the dominant cryptocurrency surged from under $1,000 to roughly $20,000 in 2017. At the same time, the price of gold was stagnating around $1,200 per ounce — causing almost everybody involved in finance and investing to take note. Pete Thomas, senior vice president of Zaner Precious Metals, was one such professional who noticed Bitcoin’s effect on the sale of gold, telling CNBC that some of his regular customers were choosing bitcoin over the yellow rock — a phenomenon which his colleagues and competitors were also […]
April 23, 2018

Ethereum price analysis for April 23rd – Still soaring!

Ethereum price continued rising throughout the past 48 hours exceeding $630 at the time of writing of this analysis. On Monday’s trading sessions, the price of ether rose from a day low of around $600 to a day high of $650, which denotes that the market has been moving by recording higher highs throughout most of the 4 hour trading sessions. The market is still moving according to the uptrend line that has been evident across the 1 day charts since April 7th. Will ethereum price continue on rising during the next 24-48 hours? Ethereum almost oversold on the 1 hour ETHUSD chart: Let’s examine the 1 hour ETHUSD chart from Bitfinex, while plotting the 50 period SMA, the Stochastic oscillator, and the Ichimoku Cloud, as shown on the below chart. We will keep our Fibonacci retracements  we plotted last […]
April 23, 2018

Chinese Gov’t Reiterates Strict Stance On Crypto, Focuses On Illegal Fundraising

The Chinese government has reaffirmed its negative stance on crypto and ICOs in a recent statement focusing on preventing illegal fundraising. #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Coinbase-Cryptsy Lawsuit Will Head to Jury Trial

Coinbase has lost another appeal in a case brought by former customers of the defunct exchange Cryptsy, and the case will now proceed to a jury trial.
April 23, 2018

Messaging Giant Line to Support Dapps on Own Blockchain

Messaging Giant Line to Support Dapps on Own Blockchain Line, the Japan-based messaging app provider, is planning to build a custom blockchain aimed to boost development of decentralized apps for its platform. The news was revealed when the company, a subsidiary of South Korea’s internet giant Naver, set out its 2018 technology roadmap at its… The post Messaging Giant Line to Support Dapps on Own Blockchain appeared first on Altcoin Today.
April 23, 2018

Circle Doubles Minimum Bitcoin Trade To $500K As CEO Says Volumes Will Rise

$500k is now the new minimum trade amount for Circle Trade investors. #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Crypto Invest Summit Highlights Women Pioneers in the Blockchain World

Over the past year and a half, society has started to come to grips with how certain industries treat women. Scandals first rocked Hollywood. Then came the Vanity Fair article late last year exposing bias and abuse in the tech industry. “It’s time to fight back against prejudice and perception, ” said the founders of Crypto Invest Summit, Alon Goren, and Josef Halom. Therefore, the Crypto Invest Summit has put special emphasis on highlighting how innovative, passionate, and powerful women help to drive the revolutionary world of blockchain. On day two at 11:30, six leaders in blockchain development and entrepreneurship will take the stage. They will tell their stories but also will discuss the challenges and opportunities for women helping to drive blockchain technology. Afterward, participants are encouraged to ask questions. The panel includes six rising influencers in the blockchain world. […]
April 23, 2018

Delhi High Court To Review Reserve Bank Of India’s Ban On Cryptocurrency Banking Services

The Reserve Bank of India’s recent prohibition on banking services for crypto-related companies is to be examined by the Delhi High Court, which could decide the future of crypto in India.
April 23, 2018

Partnership Announcement: Experty Partners with Bitcoinist

April 23, 2018: Today Experty is excited to announce their strategic partnership with Bitcoinist, one of the largest and most reputable blockchain websites in the world. As you know, Bitcoinist provides consistent quality news to the blockchain community on a daily basis. This partnership has the ability to strengthen Experty ties with the blockchain community and provide yet another outlet for Experty news and information. In addition to this, Bitcoinist will be integrating Experty into their customer support services. This will drive adoption and increase users of the application, as well as give them a way to directly interact with their community. You can check out: YouTube announcement at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhT_BZoRuaEBitcoinist at: http://bitcoinist.com/Experty at: https://experty.io/CoinMarketCap: https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/experty/#markets   Thank you, The Experty Team   The post Partnership Announcement: Experty Partners with Bitcoinist appeared first on Bitcoin Network, News, Charts, Guides & Analysis.
April 23, 2018

Former senior official of U.S. CFTC to advise iComply on blockchain securities

iComply Investor Services (iComply), a RegTech software company focused on creating enterprise solutions that reduce the burden of financial, regulatory and compliance requirements, is today announcing that Jeff Bandman has joined the company’s advisory board. Former senior official of U.S. CFTC to advise iComply on blockchain securities
April 23, 2018

WikiLeaks Calls for a Boycott of Coinbase After Losing Access to the Service

The relationship between Coinbase and WikiLeaks is deteriorating rather quickly. More specifically, Coinbase has blocked WikiLeaks from accepting Bitcoin payments through its store, although the real reason for that decision remains unclear. To retaliate, WikiLeaks has announced a “global blockade” of the payment processor, which will take place next week. WikiLeaks and Coinbase Situation Worsens A lot of people were surprised to find out that Coinbase has stopped processing Bitcoin payments for the WikiLeaks store. Even though that platform mainly sells WikiLeaks-related merchandise, Coinbase has deemed the shop a “violation of company policy”. It’s a very vague statement which leaves a lot of room for speculation, and the overall Bitcoin community is not amused by the payment processor’s decision. WikiLeaks will call for a global blockade of Coinbase next week as an unfit member of the crypto community. Coinbase, a large Californian Bitcoin […]
April 23, 2018

$125 Million: Orchid Is Raising One of 2018’s Biggest Token Sales

A startup with the aim of building a private, peer-to-peer browser using cryptocurrency has told the SEC it plans to hold a $125 million SAFT.
April 23, 2018

Amber Baldet: Blockchain Alone Isn’t A Privacy Cure-All

Amber Baldet argued that the blockchain is not a solution for privacy protection in a Monday speech.
April 23, 2018

India Divided on Whether to Ban Crypto Use

As India works on the bill to regulate cryptocurrencies, each government department has its own opinion on whether to ban the use of crypto, including bitcoin. The Finance Ministry, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Income Tax Department, and the Special Investigation Team have voiced their opinions on the upcoming bill. Also read: Russian Regulators Draft Law to Restrict Crypto Mining, Payments, and Token Sales No Consensus Among Regulators India is preparing a bill on the regulation of cryptocurrency. “The bill has been drafted and consultation has been started with the concerned agency,” the Navbharat Times reported last week. The news outlet quoted sources explaining that the regulators are divided on whether to ban the use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. “The finance ministry is in favor of regulating [cryptocurrency],” sources said. The Income Tax Department, on the contrary, is not in […]
April 23, 2018

Iran Bans Banks From Touching Bitcoin

In an attempt to halt a currency crisis, and over concerns related to money-laundering, the Central Bank of Iran has banned the banks of the country from dealing in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin. The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has moved to prohibit banks from taking transactions which enable the buying, selling, or the promoting of virtual currencies. The bank’s move was reported on Sunday by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). As reflected by Reuters: Banks and credit institutions and currency exchanges should avoid any sale or purchase of these currencies or taking any action to promote them. An Informed Decision? The cryptocurrency ban in Iran comes at times of far wider reforms. The country moved to unify its official and open market exchange rates. The reform was taken in an attempt to slow down the plummeting fiat […]
April 23, 2018

Total Crypto Market Cap Hits 7-Week High At $400 Bln, BTC Holds Near $9K

The top 10 coins see mild fluctuations today, with the exception of BCH – up 12% on the day and 85% on the week #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Iran Bans Cryptocurrency Trade As Nuclear Deal Deadline Looms

The Central Bank of Iran has announced a ban on all cryptocurrency trades.
April 23, 2018

How British Financial Regulator Creates A Foundation For UK Cryptocurrency Adoption

Cryptocurrencies future in the UK depends on upcoming Financial Conduct Authority report. #FOLLOW_UP
April 23, 2018

Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Hasn’t Moved, but is Another Bull Run on the Way?

Bitcoin’s price remains virtually unchanged from yesterday’s $8,900 mark. While $9,000 hasn’t been reached just yet, sentiment remains that the currency could strike this territory in the coming days. What’s interesting is that despite certain regulatory maneuvers inching forward, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies remain popular enough to fight ongoing resistance levels. In the past, when bitcoin was younger, the slightest move against its decentralized nature was known to make its price suffer, but now, things appear to be stabilizing somewhat. RBI, for example, recently made headlines when it announced that it would no longer support cryptocurrency ventures, thus leaving several businesses in India to look for alternative solutions to complete transactions. This appeared to seal the fate for cryptocurrency in southern Asia, though things haven’t turned out that way. Since the ruling, crypto-trading has, in turn, become more popular than ever, […]
April 23, 2018

Russian Government Concerned Crypto Bill Inadequate in Many Ways

The Russian government has officially provided a response to the bill that seeks to outline the legal framework for cryptocurrencies. Many flaws and inadequacies were pointed out including unjustified restrictions on Russian residents and foreign investors. Also read: Russian Regulators Draft Law to Restrict Crypto Mining, Payments, and Token Sales Response to Crypto Bill The Russian government published its official response on Saturday to the draft federal law no. 419059-7 “On Digital Financial Assets” which aims to regulate cryptocurrencies, crypto mining, as well as initial coin offerings (ICOs). The House of Government, Russia. In its response, the government outlined numerous concerns and suggested some amendments to the bill. The first change suggests relates to Article 2 of the bill which defines digital financial assets including cryptocurrencies. Citing the definition of a digital financial asset as “a property in electronic form created using […]
April 23, 2018

Third Centra Co-Founder Charged With Fraud as Team Never Planned to Deliver the Goods

Things are quickly going from bad to worse for the Centra ICO. While it’s a well-known project with celebrity backing, the team running the show has a lot of explaining to do. Three of the co-founders have been charged with fraud despite raising $32 million through the initial coin offering. The Centra Plot Thickens Again In the world of initial coin offerings, it is impossible to determine which projects should be trusted. While anything with a huge marketing machine behind it is well worth avoiding, that isn’t how most people perceive this industry. As long as a project claims to have major support from celebrities or others, it is automatically legitimate in the eyes of the public. Many people assumed Centra would turn out to be a legitimate project. With Floyd Mayweather Jr. openly promoting the project on social media, many were interested in […]
April 23, 2018

Goldman Sachs Hires Crypto Trader As VP Of Digital Assets ‘In Response To Client Interest’

Goldman Sachs reports that the hire of crypto trader as VP of their digital asset markets will help clients learn about the emerging space #NEWS
April 23, 2018

MARKET Protocol to integrate the DGX gold-backed stablecoin

MARKET Protocol, a decentralized derivatives protocol designed to deliver on-chain, cross-chain and off-chain trading relationships today announced a  newly formed partnership with Digix, an asset tokenization company bringing digital gold onto the Ethereum blockchain. MARKET Protocol to integrate the DGX gold-backed stablecoin
April 23, 2018

Former CFTC Chairman: ‘Strong Case’ For Securities Designation Of Ether, Ripple’s XRP

Ex-CFTC chairman Gary Gensler believes that Ether and Ripple’s XRP might be ‘noncompliant securities.’ Bitcoin, he anticipates, may remain exempt from that classification.
April 23, 2018

OK Blockchain Capital Wants to Inject $100M Into the EOS Ecosystem

It does not happen all that often that exchanges and trading platforms openly provide financial support to specific cryptocurrencies. OK Blockchain Capital, operated by OK Group, will finance emerging blockchain projects. Their current plan of attack calls for supporting the EOS ecosystem and its supernode venture. OK Blockchain Capital Supports EOS For those unaware of the OK Blockchain Capital firm, it is the venture capital arm of OK Group. This company also operates the OKCoin project, which is somewhat popular in the world of cryptocurrency. OK Blockchain Capital has made it clear it wants to finance emerging blockchain projects in the years to come. That particular business model is not unique by any means. Plenty of VC firms openly support blockchain companies, and it seems OK Blockchain Capital will go down a very similar path. Over the past few years, this VC firm has accumulated a lot of experience, and […]
April 23, 2018

California Bill Would Legally Recognize Blockchain Stocks

California Senate Bill 838 would allow businesses to store, issue and transfer shares information on a blockchain.
April 23, 2018

Partnership Announcement: Experty Partners with Bitcoinist

Today, Experty is excited to announce their strategic partnership with Bitcoinist, one of the largest and most reputable blockchain websites in the world.  As you know, Bitcoinist provides consistent quality news to the blockchain community on a daily basis. Therefore, this partnership has the ability to strengthen Experty ties with the blockchain community and provide yet another outlet for Experty news and information. In addition to this, Bitcoinist will be integrating Experty into their customer support services. This will drive adoption and increase users of the application, as well as give them a way to directly interact with their community. Images courtesy of Experty, Shutterstock The post Partnership Announcement: Experty Partners with Bitcoinist appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
April 23, 2018

Saifu Open Beta is Live!

Saifu is excited to announce that the Saifu Open Beta is live! Once nothing more than an idea shared by Saifu’s founders, the Saifu Beta is now a functional financial platform, integrating fiat and cryptocurrencies in one place! We’ve been hard at work on creating a simple, secure, and regulated platform that makes buying and using cryptocurrencies as easy as using a traditional bank account, and we’re very excited that Saifu fans now have the opportunity to put our service to the test. We still have a lot of work to do, but we can proudly offer the following features to our Beta testers: Onboarding: confirm your identity and complete our Know Your Client (KYC) process Core Banking Setup: establish your accounts Fiat transactions: send and receive fiat currencies via wire to and from your IBAN account. Transfer currencies through […]
April 23, 2018

Amber Baldet: Blockchain Should ‘Almost Never’ Be Used for Privacy

Amber Baldet argued that the blockchain is not a solution for privacy protection in a Monday speech.
April 23, 2018

“Weekly what changed in crypto” by Alte.Capital — 16–23 April 2018

Most important stuff we’ve seen previous week in crypto world with personal thoughts Major developments Last week in the crypto market, there were only one notable development. Almost all coins gained and we saw continue of recovery from March bottom levels. It is not clear for us why recovery play out so fast. It can be linked to end of US tax season (as we wrote about that two weeks ago already), but right now it looks more like some new capital is coming into crypto and ICO’s project stopped to sell crypto for fiats. Perhaps, most ICO’s already have enough budget for 2018, so they don’t need to sell more. Another reason can be that many of current ICO’s (or pre-ICO’s) are rising money with Fiat only, so they don’t need to dump crypto later. For example biggest current ICO of […]
April 23, 2018

Startup Takes RBI to Court Over Its Cryptocurrency ‘Ban’

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon be going to court. This comes after a crypto startup has put forward a petition contesting the bank’s conditional ban on cryptocurrency. Fickle is an apt term to describe India’s relationship with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general. There’s no doubt that its population is all aboard the crypto train, showing a keen interest in the digital currency industry. India’s authorities? Not so much. The country’s Finance Minister has previously stated that cryptocurrency will not be seen as legal tender. More recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had ordered that all “entities regulated by RBI” were to cease providing any type of support to anyone dealing in cryptocurrencies. RBI to Answer to Courts The circular detailing the ban, titled “Withdrawing Banking Support to Virtual Currency Exchanges,” is getting the whole Indian crypto […]
April 23, 2018

PR: aXpire Introduces MatchBX to the Blockchain Community

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release. aXpire is excited to introduce its MatchBX product to the blockchain community. Coming in late Q2, MatchBX will allow blockchain-empowered freelance work, with individuals able to engage with each other or businesses to earn cryptocurrency (AXP) as a full time job. There has never been a better time to learn about cryptocurrency and look to engage in the aXpire community full time. MatchBX also offers a “preferred partnership” group of companies that have been hand picked and verified to serve as the best providers of a particular online service. For example, our latest addition, Kotoba, […]
April 23, 2018

Brock Pierce and 25+ Crypto Whales in the Most Expected Coinsbank Event of the Year

Did you know that the flying cars from The Fifth Element and Blade Runner films have already become reality? Or that using a VR helmet allows you to sit in an office meeting with the world’s leading experts and investors without the traveling hassle? Probably not. Well, here’s a chance. The Futurama Blockchain Innovators Summit held by Coinsbank in Dubai welcomes you to witness the fruits of the three most revolutionary technologies of the 21st century at once: blockchain, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. We’ll showcase you futuristic solutions, from the new generations tools for managing your personal health data, to a billion dollar trading algorithm that represents the most advanced artificial general intelligence that can reason and theorize. Headliners Galore The summit is one of the most exclusive gatherings of the world’s sharpest crypto minds. “Very excited to be […]
April 23, 2018

Philippines Insurance Company Issues Warning to Public About Cryptocurrencies

The Philippines Insurance Commission (IC) has become the latest to speak out against cryptocurrencies as it warns the public about the possible risks in using them. In an advisory posted on the IC website, commissioner Dennis Funa explained that the public should exercise caution when dealing with them, reports the Phil Star. Funa said that cryptocurrencies can be used in illegal activities and are not suitable investment options, adding: While recognising the value of technological advancement on the use of cryptocurrencies, the IC likewise recognizes the corresponding risks involved in (their use). The apparent increase in the demand for cryptocurrencies and their popularity in terms of usage as a medium for payment and remittances worldwide makes (them) prone to being used for facilitating illegal activities, such as scams, money laundering, and terrorism financing. Funa went on to say that as digital currencies such as […]
April 23, 2018

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague: The Main Blockchain Event of the Czech Republic Is Here Again

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague, the fourth annual event dedicated to the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and ICOs, will be held on May 17. This is one of the largest platforms in Europe for the exchange of experience and search for potential partners. Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague is an event organized by the Smile-Expo company, which created a network of blockchain events in 20 countries around the world. The organizers intend to exceed last year’s success: experts from IBM, PwC and other companies known in the crypto community will be among the speakers. Guests will hear presentations: On Blockchain and Its Impact on Business and the Economy  Rene Bostic from IBM will analyze cases of blockchain application in business and tell you the key points of the process. The blockchain developer from the American IT company CA Technologies Alexandru Popa will […]
April 23, 2018

Amazon Deploys AWS Blockchain Templates for Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum

No one will be surprised to learn Amazon has taken a more than keen interest in blockchain technology and associated projects. In a recent blog post, the company announced AWS blockchain templates for both Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric. It’s an interesting choice of projects to support, albeit one that also makes a lot of sense. Amazon Doubles Down on Blockchain It is not entirely surprising to learn Amazon has big plans for blockchain technology. Similar to how Microsoft offers blockchain template solutions through its Azure service, Amazon is doing the exact same with AWS. By adding blockchain templates for Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum, the company has taken a rather interesting step. AWS blockchain templates provide an easy way to create and deploy secure blockchain networks through open-source frameworks. They are good ways for individual developers and companies to deploy blockchain-based solutions and experiment with this […]
April 23, 2018

Overbought? Bitcoin Cash Looks Extended After 80% Gain

Bitcoin cash has rallied hugely in the approach to a technical upgrade, but a healthy pullback may be in the offing.
April 23, 2018

Indian High Court to Hear Case Against Central Bank Crypto Ban

The High Court of Delhi has recognized a petition over the Reserve Bank of India’s ban on banks engaging with cryptocurrency services.
April 23, 2018

Central Bank of Iran Enforces Crackdown on Cryptocurrencies

Central Bank of Iran Enforces Crackdown on Cryptocurrencies Various countries are contemplating how to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The Iranian government has decided to take a harsh stance in this regard. As of last week, the local banks are banned from partaking in cryptocurrency transactions. The new rules are enforced by the central bank of Iran.… The post Central Bank of Iran Enforces Crackdown on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on Altcoin Today.
April 23, 2018

Harvard Students Set up the Plympton Capital Cryptocurrency Hedge Fund

Cryptocurrency hedge funds have become a lot more popular in the past few months. Dozens of firms have set up ways to expose investors to the volatility of the cryptocurrency industry. It now seems Harvard University students have gotten into the game, as four of them have set up the Plympton Capital initiative. The Cryptocurrency Craze Continues For the average consumer, there are many ways to invest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Buying said currencies directly is not even a requirement these days, although owning cryptocurrency directly is always preferable over dealing with custodians of funds.   For those who aren’t looking to buy Bitcoin directly, a hedge fund represents an interesting alternative. It allows for cryptocurrency exposure without having to directly purchase Bitcoin or any other currency. We have seen an influx of new cryptocurrency hedge funds over the past few years, and […]
April 23, 2018

Finland Has Identified Thousands of Bitcoin Traders Who Owe Taxes

The Finnish government has revealed the number of taxpayers who owe taxes from bitcoin-related income. The country’s Tax Administration claims to have “different ways to combine information and identify people” who owe taxes from crypto profits, which are now “well over ten times higher than last year.” Also read: Russian Regulators Draft Law to Restrict Crypto Mining, Payments, and Token Sales Most Finns Have Not Paid Taxes on Crypto Gains Most Finns have not reported income to the country’s tax department from the sale of cryptocurrencies in previous years, Kauppalehti newspaper reported last week. This year, “the profits made by Finns from cryptocurrencies were well over ten times higher than last year,” the news outlet added. Senior Adviser from the Tax Administration’s Corporate Taxation Unit, Timo Puiro, detailed: The majority of people have previously failed to report their bitcoin-related income, which […]
April 23, 2018

Shenzhen, China Backs $79 Million Fund To Support City’s Blockchain Startups

China’s Shenzhen supports a Blockchain venture capital fund totaling around $79 mln #NEWS
April 23, 2018

The Difference Between Traditional and Delegated Proof of Stake

Difference Between Traditional and Delegated Proof of Stake The Difference Between Traditional and Delegated Proof of Stake was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 23, 2018

‘Disgusting’: Martin Lewis Sues Facebook Over Fake Bitcoin Binary Trading Ads

UK consumer advice personality Martin Lewis is taking Facebook to court over “disgusting” fake advertising using his name to sell “get-rich-quick” financial schemes. Lewis Lambasts Paid-Up ‘Scams’ Lewis, who has amassed a $175 million fortune from resources such as MoneySavingExpert.com, which ironically helps consumers avoid unnecessary expenditure, said Facebook had not done enough to remove fake ads using his identity. “Today (Monday 23 April), I will issue High Court proceedings against Facebook, to try and stop all the disgusting repeated fake adverts from scammers it refuses to stop publishing with my picture, name and reputation,” he confirmed in a blog post. The move represents further irony coming in light of the social media giant’s blanket ban on cryptocurrency advertisements, which it said were “misleading” users. According to Lewis, Bitcoin still featured in the most commonplace “scams” masquerading as something he […]
April 23, 2018

Where’s the transparency?

Holding a Tokensale in current market conditions We’ve gone through a rollercoaster of a year, seeing the crypto market rise rapidly in the second half of 2017, then stall downwards and now we’re seeing again consistent growth. This has been reflective of overall trust in the entire idea. Not just cryptocurrencies, but also new coins, new blockchain-based projects and their token sales. The wild days when pretty much any token sale could generate at least a few hundred Ethers are long past us. We’re happy to see that the market has sobered up, because now proportionately more interest will go towards genuine and trustworthy projects. Where’s the transparency? was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 23, 2018

Iceland: $2 Mln Bitcoin Mining Theft Suspect Vows To Return Home After Fleeing To Sweden

Authorities issue international arrest warrant for escaped Bitcoin mining thief Stefánsson, who has chosen to return home “soon.” #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Central Bank Of Iran Bans Banks From Crypto Dealings

Iran’s central bank bans domestic banks from crypto dealings, as it apparently attempts to halt a national currency crisis #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Online Travel Company CheapAir.com Is Searching for a New Bitcoin Payment Processor

Online travel agency CheapAir.com has announced that it is changing its bitcoin payment processor after Coinbase said it would no longer support ‘custodial’ solutions for merchants. Since 2013, CheapAir.com has accepted bitcoin as a payment option for flight and hotel bookings. However, following a change to Coinbase’s services, the online travel agency revealed in a blog post that it is looking to BitPay to continue accepting bitcoin payments. Jeff Klee, CEO and founder of CheapAir.com, said in the blog post that: We were recently informed by our processing partner, Coinbase, that they will no longer support ‘custodial’ solutions for merchants, and are removing a number of the tools and features that we rely on to accept bitcoin from CheapAir.com shoppers. These changes are scheduled to occur in a matter of weeks. According to the travel agency, due to the fact […]
April 23, 2018

Best User Friendly Nicehash Alternatives in 2018 – How To Start Mining With Your Computer

It was back in December when the unfortunate news spread that the well-known mining marketplace Nicehash had been hacked; and not only this, the losses were valued in around $60… Continue reading “Best User Friendly Nicehash Alternatives in 2018 – How To Start Mining With Your Computer” The post Best User Friendly Nicehash Alternatives in 2018 – How To Start Mining With Your Computer appeared first on .
April 23, 2018

Circle Raises Minimum Purchase Threshold as OTC Bitcoin Trading Popularity Surges

Investing in Bitcoin has become a lot more appealing as of late. For some users, they simply buy from exchanges, whereas others rely on third-party platforms. Circle, a firm backed by Goldman Sachs, is now doubling its minimum Bitcoin trade size. As of right now, the minimum ticket size is $500,000. The decision by Circle is pretty interesting to take note of. Thanks to an increase in overall trading, the company decided to double the minimum Bitcoin trade size. While a limit of $250,000 was quite steep already, that number has now increased to $500,000. Jeremy Allaire claims this decision makes a lot of sense as of right now. Circle is a hot Trading Solution It is interesting to note how the overall cryptocurrency trading volume has dropped off a bit. The first few months of 2018 have not been […]
April 23, 2018

Why the Huge Slump Was Necessary for the Success of Cryptocurrency

Dark clouds have hovered over the cryptocurrency universe for most of this year. Having risen to record highs in the last few weeks of last year, it was widely expected that cryptocurrencies would maintain their market values and even rise higher. Many analysts went on TV shows and predicted that Bitcoin’s price would approach $50,000 by the end of the first quarter, and the market supported those predictions. Anything But Rosy However, the market has been anything but rosy for cryptos since the year began. For the last three months, Bitcoin has been battling to stay above $7,000, and the other cryptos haven’t done well either. The worst performer has probably been Ripple’s XRP which has slumped more than 75% since hitting its record high in January. Ethereum has hit its lowest price since November, with Litecoin, Stellar, NEO, IOTA, Cardano, EOS and most of the […]
April 23, 2018

Locked Out of Coinbase: Why Are Wyoming’s Bitcoin Users Still Waiting?

A month after Wyoming changed a law to let Coinbase restore service in the state, users there are still waiting to regain access to their funds.
April 23, 2018

Ethereum Community Leans Toward Approving Parity “Patch”

An important Ethereum improvement proposal is being considered right now. Although EIP 999 is somewhat controversial among community members, it seems the majority of the network is in favor of seeing this solution move ahead. There is still a long way to go until we know the final outcome, though. The EIP 999 Vote is in Progress For those unaware of what this EIP entails exactly, it is an effort to address the contract code which is part of the recent Parity screwup. More specifically, a fair amount of money has been frozen in a wallet address due to a bug in the smart contract. So far, no resolution has been found, and it seems some innovative trickery will be required to resolve this matter. This particular gas proposal restores the Parity Wallet contract’s Walletlibrary to let owners regain access to their assets. Other solutions are pretty […]
April 23, 2018

Central Bank of Iran Bans Banks from Crypto

Iran’s central bank has issued a statement banning the country’s banks and financial institutions from dealing with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, citing money laundering and terrorism financing risks. However, the local crypto community in Iran believes that the ban will not affect them and some exchanges continue to operate normally. Also read: Russian Regulators Draft Law to Restrict Crypto Mining, Payments, and Token Sales Banned by Central Bank The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has issued a statement on Monday banning the use of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin by banks and financial institutions. This announcement came “amid ongoing debate over how best to regulate the technology,” the AFP elaborated. According to the CBI, “the government’s money laundering committee had taken the decision in late December and it was now being put into effect,” the news outlet conveyed and quoted the central bank […]
April 23, 2018

Goldman Sachs-Backed Circle Increases Minimum Bitcoin Trades to $500,000

Goldman Sachs-backed Circle had doubled its minimum bitcoin trade size to $500,000 despite a drop in currency values across the market. Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, said in an interview with Business Insider that block trades made by its over-the-counter trading desk, Circle Trade, had increased since the start of the year. It has also doubled its minimum cryptocurrency trades from $250,000 to $500,000. Allaire said that ‘the minimum ticket size has moved up to $500,000 with an average of $1 million,’ while some transactions are greater than $100 million. This move from Circle comes at a time when market prices have been experiencing a tough start to the year. The first quarterog 2018 saw the worst three months for bitcoin, making it is second worst quarter in its history. After seeing a near $20,000 at the end of December, bitcoin […]
April 23, 2018

Dubai Banks Move to Blockchain Technology to Reduce Cheque-Related Fraud

One of the most important and biggest bank of Dubai, Emirates NBD, has unveiled a blockchain project known as Cheque Chain. The main purpose of the financial institution is to… Continue reading “Dubai Banks Move to Blockchain Technology to Reduce Cheque-Related Fraud” The post Dubai Banks Move to Blockchain Technology to Reduce Cheque-Related Fraud appeared first on .
April 23, 2018

Former US Gov’t Regulator Considers ETH, XRP Likely ‘Noncompliant Securities’

Gary Gensler, a former Wall Street exec and gov’t regulator, sees a “strong case” for naming ETH and XRP “noncompliant securities”. #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Bitcoin Lightning Network Matures With Record 2000 Nodes, $150K Capacity

The Lightning Network has almost doubled the amount its capacity in two weeks this month as more and more users expand the protocol. Lightning: 2 Weeks, 2x Capacity Data showing current activity on Lightning’s Bitcoin mainnet implementation reveals a network capacity of $148 million, up from $80 million April 10. At one point, over 2000 active public nodes were available to process transactions, which can confirm almost instantly for a fee of less than one satoshi per byte.What’s more, the network has now reached 7000 active channels. “The universe keeps expanding at an accelerated rate,” online cryptocurrency commentator Armin van Bitcoin commented tweeting about the progress. We just passed 2,000 nodes with over 5,650 open channels on mainnet. The total network capacity is now $150,000 USD. The universe keeps expanding at an accelerated rate. Send $BTC instantly for 1 sat / […]
April 23, 2018

Iran Said to Bar Banks from Bitcoin Market

The Central Bank of Iran is the latest national bank to sound the alarm on the cryptocurrencies, fearing of its misuse in money laundering and fraud.