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.
April 23, 2018

Messaging Giant Line to Support Dapps on Own Blockchain

Line, the Japan-based messaging app provider, is planning to build its own blockchain to boost development of decentralized apps.
April 23, 2018

Is Blockchain the next revolution in Gaming Industry?

Is Blockchain the next revolution in Gaming Industry? was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 23, 2018

Binance Freezes Nano Deposits due to “Blockchain Issues”

In the world of cryptocurrency, there are always some developments taking place. For Binance, it seems the company halted Nano deposits starting yesterday. According to a company representative, the wallet maintenance is delayed due to “blockchain issues”. It is not the first time Nano faces such issues, although the matter is usually resolved fairly quickly. The past year has been interesting for the Nano cryptocurrency. Originally known as Raiblocks, the project rebranded to Nano several months ago. However, there have been pretty worrisome issues with this project’s “blockchain” in the past. On most of those occasions, the network would briefly grind to a halt and transactions couldn’t be processed any further. Binance Blames Nano for the Issues It appears history is repeating itself as we speak. Yesterday, Binance temporarily disabled deposits of this altcoin because of ongoing “blockchain issues”. More […]
April 23, 2018

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Snatching Blockchain, Tracking Bitcoin

No one likes missing the train. Of course, jumping on the wrong one is sure to delay the arrival even more. In today’s Bitcoin in Brief, we cover the latest attempts by big corporations to stay close to the crypto waters without really wetting their feet. Also, do you want to know how Cryptokitties have inspired a new Ebay-like platform for crypto enthusiasts? Also read: This Week in Bitcoin: Taxes, Forks, Pranks and Porn Another Badge of Patents While it is somewhat understandable when central banks want the blockchain but not bitcoin, it isn’t that clear why serious businesses make similar choices. Some of them prefer to shy away from the decentralized cryptocurrency, for which the awesome technology was actually invented. Getting on the crypto train has the power to lift stock prices. If it’s the wrong train, however, it […]
April 23, 2018

Another Chinese City Is Backing a Big Blockchain Investment Fund

The city government of Shenzhen, China, is backing an $80 million blockchain investment fund, soon after Hangzhou city supported a similar effort.
April 23, 2018

Bitcoin Struggles Above $9K as Bull Breakout Stalls

Having witnessed a major breakout on Friday, bitcoin is showing signs of bull exhaustion near the key resistance zone.
April 23, 2018

Bitcoin Private Price Pump Continues as Market Cap Surpasses $1.1bn

Even though some of the cryptocurrency markets are dipping in the red right now, the overall uptrend is still intact. Over the past 24 hours, we have seen the Bitcoin Private price going up even further, despite a very solid uptrend for most of last week. Right now, one BTCP is valued at just over $56. Bitcoin Private Price Trend Continues Even though it remains unclear why people are effectively buying Bitcoin Private other than for speculative purposes, the value of BTCP continues to rise as we speak. After a very solid week last week, it seems the uptrend is still in place as we speak. With another 8.6% increase over the past 24 hours, the Bitcoin private price seems on its way to $60. In the past seven days, the Bitcoin Private price has more than doubled. with the […]
April 23, 2018

‘Time to Get Back Into Crypto,’ Declares Socialite Gambler Dan Bilzerian

Dan Bilzerian, serial socialite and son of Armenian takeover specialist Paul Bilzerian, has told his millions of fans it is “time to get back in” cryptocurrency. Bilzerian And Bitcoin: Second Time Lucky? The outspoken gambler and internet personality, dubbed Buzzfeed’s “most popular man of Instagram” and whose net worth is over $100 million, hinted he was preparing to buy back into the market in a tweet April 22. Time to get back in crypto — Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) April 23, 2018 Bilzerian is the latest voice to lend weight to the theory that Bitcoin prices have returned to an upward trend after almost six months of losses following December 2017’s all-time highs. As Bitcoinist reported, Sunday saw prices hold just below $9000 to cap the first consecutive two-week gains for BTC/USD since the $20,000 levels. Bilzerian, himself something of a […]
April 23, 2018

Top 5 Cryptocurrency Exchanges In 2018 For US & Europe

So you just picked your bitcoins and want to give a go to trading cryptocurrencies? The good news is that currently there is a variety of altcoins to trade with… Continue reading “Top 5 Cryptocurrency Exchanges In 2018 For US & Europe” The post Top 5 Cryptocurrency Exchanges In 2018 For US & Europe appeared first on .
April 23, 2018

Telegram Urges Paper Airplane Protest, Pussy Riot Activist Arrested

After a Russian court enacted an immediate ban on the popular encrypted messaging service Telegram, the feisty company began to resist. Founder Pavel Durov insisted there were ways around the prohibition, including proxies and VPNs. It appears to have had some success even though millions of IP addresses have been blocked by the government. In response, some activists took to making paper airplanes (the company’s logo) in protest, flying them at the country’s notorious security agency’s headquarters, with some protesters being arrested. Mr. Durov took to his personal channel, urging Russians to fly their own paper airplanes in unison at a specific time. Also read: Telegram Uses Bitcoin in Effort to Thwart Russian Authorities Telegram Continues to Resist Russian Government Crackdown “For 7 days Russia has been trying to ban Telegram on its territory – with no luck so far,” […]
April 23, 2018

Softbank Eyes Carbon Emissions Cuts with Green Energy Blockchain Pilot

A group of Japanese firms is planning a blockchain pilot that would allow rural consumers to trade renewable energy.
April 23, 2018

Down Not Out: Revived Tezos Team Predicts Mega-ICO Will Launch In 2018

In his first interview since taking over the Tezos Foundation, chair Ryan Jesperson is looking toward the launch of its much-hyped new blockchain.
April 23, 2018

PR: Decentralized Exchange Decoin Launches Its Initial Coin Offering – Profit Sharing by Proof of Stake

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. Decoin is proud to announce after months of build-up their Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is now officially live! Decoin is a decentralized coin and trading platform exchange that is set to disrupt the current norm in the industry. With plans for a state of the art exchange platform, a decentralized coin that will be utilised to share profits with investors, and D-TEP Credit Cards, the company is looking forward to a successful launch. Decoin’s CEO Shay Perry, when asked about the ICO launch, had this to say, “Decoin is a revolutionary idea that will change […]
April 23, 2018

Minimum Bitcoin Trade Sizes Double at Goldman Sachs-Backed OTC Trading Desk

Trading volume for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may be down from its all-time highs, but the action for big-money, over-the-counter traders is starting to pick up. Big Money Movers As signs of life from Bitcoin begin to make waves in the broader cryptocurrency market, the amount of high-volume, off-exchange trades is starting to pick up. Circle’s chief executive, Jeremy Allaire, told Business Insider that Bitcoin trading at the firm’s over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk is heating up, causing the Goldman Sachs-funded company to double the size of its minimum cryptocurrency trade requirements from $250,000 to $500,000 — citing the fact that “the market is robust.” Though the minimum ticket size for Circle’s OTC trades has doubled to $500,000, the average ticket size is actually double that figure. Said Allaire: The minimum ticket size has moved up to $500,000 with an average of $1 […]
April 23, 2018

Bullish Bitcoin Cash Price Momentum Remains in Place as $1,400 is Within Reach

Another day of cryptocurrency trading is upon us. Even though things started to look a bit worrisome last night, there is apparently nothing to worry about whatsoever. The Bitcoin Cash price further confirms things are looking pretty solid when keeping the bigger picture in mind. As of right now, one BCH is valued at nearly $1,400. Bitcoin Cash Price is Extremely Bullish Anyone who owns Bitcoin Cash as part of their portfolio will be quite pleased with how things are evolving as of late. Although the Bitcoin Cash price has been battered throughout Q1 of 2018, the recovery process is in full effect as we speak. Thanks to solid gains all week long, the Bitcoin Cash price has now risen to $1,395 once again. A more than respectable value, and there may be further positive momentum on the horizon. With […]
April 23, 2018

The Cryptocurrency Market Capitalization Passed $400 Billion Dollars

The total cryptocurrency market capitalization reached $400 billion dollars today. At the moment of writing this article, the market have a value of $400.5 billion – with a gain of… Continue reading “The Cryptocurrency Market Capitalization Passed $400 Billion Dollars” The post The Cryptocurrency Market Capitalization Passed $400 Billion Dollars appeared first on .
April 23, 2018

Travel Booking Site CheapAir Is Switching Bitcoin Payment Processors

CheapAir.com is to switch bitcoin payment processors following a service change by Coinbase, but the new integration poses problems for users.
April 23, 2018

Food Is the Next Frontier on the Blockchain Horizon

Blockchain is now being applied to almost every industry out there, from energy to healthcare to streaming video. And many companies are now exploring its applications to one of our most important sectors: the food supply chain. Here are a few ways companies are exploring blockchain’s potential for securing this vital process, and a look at Fr8 Network, a new blockchain company that’s going to secure the freight portion of the producer-to-consumer food journey. Tracking Origins Consumers now care about where their food came from in a way they never have before. A recent Nielsen study found that 75% of food consumers across the globe listed national origin as equally or more important than other factors such as quality and price. The local food movement emerged in part out of consumer desire to know exactly where their food comes from–if […]
April 23, 2018

Major UAE Bank Implements Blockchain Tech To Prevent Check Fraud

Dubai’s Biggest Bank NBD seeks to introduce its Blockchain solution to prevent check fraud in the UAE. #NEWS
April 23, 2018

Networking Speeds Up Your Job Search. Can Blockchain Systematize It?

Networking Speeds Up Your Job Search. Can Blockchain Systematize It? was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 23, 2018

Blockchain Platform Signs Deals To Boost Profitability Of Social Media Influencers

A start-up aiming to raise the profile of social media influencers has struck partnerships to help talent boost their advertising revenue #SPONSORED
April 23, 2018

Brazil’s Operação Lava Jato Paves The Way To Blockchain Implementation: Expert Take

Take a look at the most crypto progressive nation on the continent #EXPERT_TAKE
April 23, 2018

Monex CEO: Closer Crypto Exchange Oversight ‘Common Sense’

Oki Matsumoto’s comment raises eyebrows, given that his firm just plumped for a crypto exchange of its own.
April 23, 2018

Can Technology Help You Declare Your Work Independence?

Can Technology Help You Declare Your Work Independence? was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 23, 2018

Amazon Web Services Introduces Ethereum and Hyperledger Blockchain Templates

In an attempt to make it easier for their Amazon Web Services (AWS) clients to create blockchain-based solutions, the company introduced ‘AWS Blockchain Templates’. They will enable users to create and to launch their own blockchain networks. Launching a new inroad into the world of blockchain technology, AWS introduced the ‘instant’ blockchain templates. They allow users launch public and private networks based on Ethereum and private ones based on Hyperledger Fabric with ‘just a few clicks’. The news comes right on the heels of the revelation that Amazon has been granted a patent covering their “streaming data marketplace”. And while we are yet to see whether the company will carry through on its idea, it goes to show that it’s certainly showing a lot of interest in the cryptoverse. DIY Blockchain? The main intention behind the launch is to allow […]
April 23, 2018

Alleged Bitcoin Miner Thief Says Police Held Him ‘Without Evidence’

Sindri Thor Stefansson, the alleged thief behind the “Big Bitcoin Heist,” says he was free when he escaped from prison and flew to Sweden.
April 23, 2018

All About Verge: The $1 Billion Cryptocurrency That’s Pumping On Porn

Verge may have burst onto the crypto scene seemingly overnight, spurred by a deal with a top porn site, but its history and controversies run deep.
April 23, 2018

Nasdaq-Listed Company Xunlei Faces Class-Action for Disguising ICO

Nasdaq-listed technology firm Xunlei has become the subject of multiple class-action lawsuits from investors who purchased the company’s digital token, Linktoken. Xunlei is accused of misleading investors to disguise an initial coin offering (ICO) through which Linktoken was distributed. Also Read: Survey: 89% of Visa, Mastercard, Unionpay Users Know Crypto – 53% Have Purchased Xunlei CEO Rejects ICO Allegations The chief executive officer of Xunlei, Chen Lei, has rejected accusations that the company misled investors in order to illegally conduct an ICO in China. Xunlei’s Linktoken was distributed to users in exchange for a contribution of idle internet bandwidth, according to South China Morning Post. Chen Lei has claimed that the Linktoken distribution did not comprise an ICO due to the company not raising any funds through the issuance of the tokens, and due to Linktoken comprising a utility token that […]
April 23, 2018

Coinbase Shuts Down WikiLeaks’ Bitcoin Account; Retaliation Follows

Coinbase, the largest US Bitcoin exchange, has effectively shut off the account of WikiLeaks Shop as the latter has supposedly been ‘engaged in a prohibited use in violation’ of the platform’s Terms of Service. Shots Fired WikiLeaks Shop’s Coinbase account has been effectively suspended for being in violation of the platform’s terms of agreements. The original announcement was made by the official Twitter page of the shop itself: ANNOUNCE: Coinbase has blocked the official @WikiLeaks shop from its platform without notice or explanation. You can continue to donate #Bitcoin to WikiLeaks at https://t.co/lvhoyhlqUa. #Coinbase #DefendWL #Cryptocurrency #Ethereum #BitcoinCash #ReconnectJulian pic.twitter.com/4BSS023OOk — WikiLeaks Shop (@WikiLeaksShop) April 21, 2018 As a result, WikiLeaks has lost its means of converting cryptocurrency payments into fiat. However, it’s worth noting that donations are still open but the site would have to find another way to […]
April 23, 2018

Nominee to New York Federal Reserve Claims That Crypto Isn’t Currency

The current president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and the man expected to soon be the New York Federal Reserve Bank, John Williams, has rejected the suggestion that cryptocurrencies comprise currency. Also Read: Trading Sanctions Imposed on Tezos Co-Founder Amid FINRA Settlement New York Federal Reserve Nominee Rejects Cryptocurrencies as ‘Currencies’ Mr. Williams, the man nominated to head the New York Federal Reserve, has stated that “Cryptocurrency doesn’t pass the basic test of what a currency should be.” Mr. Williams asserted that currencies should comprise “basically something with a store of value,” also emphasizing the need for currencies to be “elastic” in order to adapt to a wide range of economic conditions and circumstance. Despite the criticisms, Mr. Williams failed to further elaborate on how cryptocurrencies fail to or could better fulfill the aforementioned monetary […]
April 23, 2018

AirPod is Making Traveling Fun Again

Face it — whether you’re doing it for work or for pleasure, traveling is no fun. AirPod is set to change that reality, forever. Taking the Stress out of Traveling No matter where in the world they may be, passengers must wait in airport terminals for hours, or sometimes even days, for their flights — which themselves are subject to unexpected delays, extended transfers, and long check-in times. This often leaves travelers in uncomfortable situations in over-crowded and far-from-private airport spaces, with the only remedy currently coming in the form of expensive admittance to a VIP lounge or pay-by-the-hour hotel rooms. With this sad reality in mind, stakeholders and governments are actively focusing on improving airport infrastructure with sophisticated installations. This is where AirPods fit in. Unlike the rare sleeping pod that exists in the random European airport, AirPods are […]
April 23, 2018

Do Crypto Trading Bots Really Work?

Bots and talk of bots is endemic within the crypto space, with behavior, good and bad, often attributed to their actions. Mt Gox famously had the Willy Bot manipulating merrily, perennial bear Bitfinexed sees bots everywhere, and crypto traders are prone to boasting about the sick returns they’ve raked in from their proprietary arb bots. There’s no doubt that bot activity is very real. But is it profitable? Also read: Five Reasons Why Bitcoin Cash is About to Win Big Got Bots? In the 1950s, robots were promised that would soon eliminate the daily chores of housewives across the globe. 60 years later, and their cyber counterparts – bots – are promised that will do the same for crypto traders. If the hype is to be believed, these bundles of code can deliver a passive income for even the laziest or […]
April 22, 2018

Bitcoin Payments Are on the Rise in the Baltics

Cryptocurrencies are gaining popularity in the Baltic states where no comprehensive regulations have been introduced yet. Businesses from multiple sectors, including real estate, online trade, the hospitality industry, and even healthcare, are taking advantage of crypto payments. Some companies from the region are already offering their services globally.    Also read: Blind Denial of Cryptocurrencies Leads Nowhere, Bank of Lithuania Says Apartments Sold for Bitcoin Cryptocurrencies are becoming more widely accepted in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, where buying a cup of coffee with bitcoin is nothing special these days. Cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops, and even an orthopedic clinic, are now accepting cryptos, according to local media. It seems that the Baltic Tigers of the EU are becoming the “Bitcoin Tigers” of Europe. Crypto payments have been introduced in the real estate business by several companies selling land plots […]
April 22, 2018

Po.et Extra: Thoughts on Facebook, VR/AR & More

Blockchain Beach sat down with Po.et CEO, Jarrod Dicker and you can read part one — on the reasons he left the Washington Post for Po.et — and part two — on why media companies are not prepared for Blockchain. Like any good conversation, our interview went a few places that didn’t fit the original […] The post Po.et Extra: Thoughts on Facebook, VR/AR & More appeared first on Blockchain Beach | Blockchain News and Events.
April 22, 2018

Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Hits $8,900

At press time, bitcoin has swelled past the $8,900 mark, and it is expected to surpass $9,000 by early next week. Since yesterday, it has risen by over $100. In addition, the cryptocurrency market has jumped from roughly $324 billion to $385 billion since April 16, marking a $60+ billion spike in less than seven days. One of the reasons for the jump may be action occurring in South Korea. As a nation responsible for over one-quarter of the world’s cryptocurrency trades, South Korea usually sells digital assets at higher prices than neighboring countries like Japan, China and even the U.S., as they tend to be relatively scarce by comparison. Despite their popularity and high rates of use, virtual coins can be a little hard to obtain. South Korea usually relies on China to supply and deliver coins, but the […]
April 22, 2018

This Week in Bitcoin: Taxes, Forks, Pranks and Porn

Bitcoin in Brief is your roundup of everything that matters from the all over the vast cryptosphere that you might have missed. This week’s daily editions included stories about taxes, forks, pranks, porn and so much more. This weekly edition will bring you up to speed with everything covered; just make sure you keep up. Also Read: Robinhood App Expands Cryptocurrency Trading to Another US State A Panther’s Moonshot Bet On Monday we reported why Pantera Capital bets on a moonshot bitcoin price point, how the world’s most popular decentralized digital asset has been forked more than 70 times, and a growing list of countries likely to let you keep your crypto profits. Additionally covered were Yahoo! Japan which confirmed that it is entering the crypto space by acquiring a stake in an exchange, and a good-hearted wager between bitcoin […]
April 22, 2018

Home Run or Swing and a Miss? Cryptocurrency Winners and Losers for the Week Ending April 22, 2018

As John F. Kennedy was wont to say, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Essentially, what benefits one, benefits all. When Kennedy first uttered those words, it was in 1963 and he was talking about the economy. Flash forward 55 years and – as the cryptocurrency market appears to be recovering from a depressing Q1 2018 bear run – the same sentiment is applicable once again. This past week has been extremely gratifying for crypto community members who weathered Q1 2018’s bear market and made the choice to ‘hodl’ when others were panic-selling. At press time, the total cryptocurrency market cap was just over $394.9 billion – a more than 18% increase from the same time last week. With the total crypto market cap on the rise, how have Bitcoin and its altcoin brethren fared over the past week? Well, […]
April 22, 2018

Dubai’s Biggest Bank Officially Adopts Blockchain to ‘Cut Cheque-Related Fraud’

The biggest bank of Dubai – Emirates NBD, has gone live at scale with a blockchain-based project called “Cheque Chain” to substantially cut off check-related fraud. Dubai has always been quite elated when it comes to embracing blockchain-based technology. We’ve seen it adopting innovative solutions based on it across a range of industries such as automobile and tourism. Following this tendency, the emirate’s largest bank – Emirates NBD, announced the roll-out of Cheque Chain, a blockchain-based technology intended to strengthen the security standards across the banking sector in the UAE, for the benefits of its customers. The bank’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Abdulla Qassem stated: Emirates NBD is committed to exploring commercial uses for this innovative technology. After a successful pilot phase, we are pleased to roll out Cheque Chain to our customers nationwide, becoming the first bank in the […]
April 22, 2018

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Prices Up Over 60% This Week

The price of Bitcoin (BCH) has spiked considerably over the past two weeks as the decentralized cryptocurrency’s market has just captured a $20Bn capitalization. The market value of BCH is currently hovering around $1,250 per coin and the digital asset commands close to $1Bn in trades over the past 24-hours. Also read: ‘Coindaddy’ Another Crypto-Rapper Rhymes About Bitcoin Life Bitcoin Cash Markets Surge Bitcoin (BCH) is on a rampage, surpassing most of the 1,500 cryptocurrency performances this week recorded on Coinmarketcap. Today the market value of one BCH is 13.80 percent of the price of one Bitcoin Core (BTC) token. The reason for this is due to the significant demand for BCH this past week as the currency’s trade volume has doubled in less than three days. Over the past 48-hours, the top trade on the peer-to-peer exchange Shapeshift is BTC […]
April 22, 2018

The Truth We Don’t Want to Hear

In the year 2017, cryptocurrencies truly made their mark. Going from a relatively unknown technology that only a few elite minds and nerds understood, cryptos became a household name in which everyone was interested. The number of Google searches for ‘What is Bitcoin’ quadrupled in the last month of the year as people sought to learn more about what this revolutionary technology was. Everyone was interested in the technology and the impact it could have on the financial industry, right? Wrong!!! What got everyone’s attention was the unbelievable price rise. It’s All About The Money While the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies is revolutionary and could change many industries for the better, it wasn’t what got most people’s attention. The unprecedented rise in the price of almost every cryptocurrency last year was what made the world turn its eyes to the […]
April 22, 2018

How Did Marijuana Coins React to 4/20?

Every year, marijuana coins receive the spotlight as speculators and spectators look to see how markets fluctuate in response to April 20. These coins, which include PotCoin (POT), CannabisCoin (CANN), and HempCoin (THC), have historically seen large volumes in response to the date colloquially known as “420 Day”. Unfortunately, 2018’s April 20 was a difficult day for marijuana coins across the board. On the same day that Bitcoin (BTC) appreciated by 7%, and cryptocurrency as a whole saw growth of about 13%, those three coins saw price losses averaging close to 10%. All three coins continued to drop the following day, with POT down 4%, CANN down 2%, and THC down another 8% on the 21st. The niche, which has a market cap of about US$60 million, saw steep growth on the 11th of April, and a second pump on the 19th. It appears as if traders […]
April 22, 2018

Why We Need to Start Expanding Financing Options for Home Ownership

For most people, buying a home is one of the most significant milestones of their lives. It’s probably up there with graduating college, getting their first job, and having their first child. However, as recently as 2014, homeownership dropped to a rate lower than we’d seen in 1994 – with a rate as low as 64%. For households headed by those under the age of 65, today’s homeownership levels are at a near record low since 1982. Meanwhile, a Pew Research Center has shown that a solid 72% of renters have stated that they’d like to buy their own home in the future. Why Are These Figures So Low? Despite many of the US government’s attempts to implement new policies to encourage home ownership, the reality is that many of these have only served to exacerbate inequality. Most people can’t […]
April 22, 2018

Converting Bitcoin to Bitcoin Cash is Increasingly Popular on ShapeShift

In the world of cryptocurrency, some coins are more popular than others. Finding a viable metric to determine this success is pretty difficult. For Shapeshift, it seems their BTC to BCH conversion generates most of the volume. While this statistic only tells part of the story, it’s still interesting to keep an eye on. There will always be a tight correlation between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Not everyone is in favor of those two currencies doing their own thing. Community members tend to sling mud on a  regular basis, yet both coins are successful in their own way. It now seems the BTC to BCH conversion is the most popular trade on ShapeShift.io. An Interesting Trend on ShapeShift To put this into perspective, this is the most popular trade on ShapeShift over the past 24 hours. Looking at the bigger […]
April 22, 2018

The Emergence of Mining as an Ecosystem

Cryptocurrency mining was first introduced through Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work (PoW) algorithm, and has since been adopted by hundreds of other cryptocurrencies. Since its inception, miners have primarily supported platforms based on their profitability, following the coins whose miner returns offer the highest returns on investment. However, profitability’s dominance is gradually being replaced by other incentives, as projects look to garner more support by providing other resources to the propagators of their networks. One of the major shortcomings of most PoW coins and mining clients is the necessity of the miner to sell their block rewards in order to see a profit. Of course, doing so has a number of negative effects, including a persistent sell pressure on the market and lack of loyalty from miners. By offering mining software packaged as a more inclusive product – a “mining ecosystem” – a healthier approach […]
April 22, 2018

Bitcoin Price: Are Bitcoin Bulls Back in the Saddle?

After a 27% gain, it appears that the Bitcoin bulls are back in control!  Highlights Well, it’s certainly been an entertaining month for cryptocurrencies and Bitcoin prices have finally started to reclaim ground that was lost in Q1. BTC prices are up 27% for the month, altcoins skyrocketed with many racking up double-digit gains and the cryptocurrency market cap is pushing $396 billion which is an amazing $150 billion gain from last month.  What’s Moving the Market? Maximum shill regarding cryptocurrencies and media euphoria continue with CNBC labeling Bitcoin Cash a buy and BTC purchasing interest and buy orders at their highest since March 2017. Tax season has passed and the entire market surged 20%+. Bad news regarding exchange hacks, regulations, and SEC crackdowns are clearly failing to negatively impact BTC as much as before, lending further support to the […]
April 22, 2018

Crypto Ads Ban Is Temporary, According To LinkedIn’s Co-Founder

Interview with Eric Ly, Hub founder and LinkedIn’s co-founder. Why do social networks apply crypto ads bans, where to find trustfull communications, how to build reputation system around the ICO ecosystem. #INTERVIEW
April 22, 2018

‘Coindaddy’ Another Crypto-Rapper Rhymes About Bitcoin Life

Just last month news.Bitcoin.com chatted with the hip-hop artist ‘Lil’ Windex’ the Canadian rapper who made headlines last month for his rhymes about bitcoin cash. Now there is another rapper, from San Francisco, called ‘Coindaddy,’ an artist who has been coined a “Weird Al Yankovic” of cryptocurrency rap. Also read: An In-Depth Interview With Rob Hustle The ‘Crypto Castle,’ Fur Coats, Lambos, and Bitcoin Arya Bahmanyar is a 28-year-old former commercial real estate broker turned hip-hop artist after allegedly becoming a millionaire from his cryptocurrency investments. According to a recent interview with the columnist Melia Robinson, Bahmanyar decided to devote his time to becoming a new rapper called ‘Coindaddy,’ and he started his own Youtube channel to release his music. “I’m going to make songs that aren’t that good,” Bahmanyar explains in his recent interview recalling how he got started toward […]
April 22, 2018

Research Shows Technology Professionals Are Confident Blockchain Is the Next Big Thing

There has been a lot of positive attention directed toward blockchain technology for quite some time now. New research by Intrinsic Insights confirms that technology professionals firmly believe this technology will cause as much disruption as the internet has over the years. It’s an interesting sentiment, especially given the blockchain’s lack of real-world use cases. The Blockchain Hype may be Justified Anyone who has kept a close eye on blockchain developments will have noticed that there is a lot of hype in this particular industry. Any mention of a blockchain or distributed ledger tends to catapult company stock prices to new heights. It seems the expectations associated with this technology have not diminished in the slightest, even though there are still very few active projects using this technology in the real world. Even so, the overall industry sentiment remains rather bullish when it comes […]
April 22, 2018

PR: Essentia to Become First Blockchain Based Solution from Finnish Government Through Collaboration with MTK

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. It hasn’t been long since we offered the Dutch government a blockchain based solution for the border control issue, as we believe that introducing real world use cases is the way towards mainstream adoption of blockchain technology. In March 2018, Essentia attended four meetings with representatives of the Finnish MTK organization, discussing possible ways of utilizing the Essentia framework. As a result, after a month of brainstorming and discussions, it was agreed that Essentia would become the first blockchain startup to help the Finnish organization in its key objective of reducing the unemployment rate. The […]
April 22, 2018

Kraken Considers the NYAG Investigation “Unfair” due to Schneidermann’s Lack of Jurisdiction

Regulation is a very dicey subject in the world of cryptocurrency. On paper, regulating this industry makes no sense and serves no real purpose. Applying guidelines to a decentralized ecosystem is not all that easy. Kraken has taken an interesting stance on regulation, although it a positive note. Unlike what people may assume, Kraken is not inclined to either work with or oppose any government. The company will respond to individual queries as they see fit. With the recent NYAG questionnaire, the company has taken an interesting position. They acknowledge there are a lot of issues with this request. A Difficult Position for Kraken Not only does it have an unattainable deadline, it also came out of the blue. Prior to this questionnaire, there was no communication by the NYAG or any other regulatory body. Kraken also considers itself to […]
April 22, 2018

Bitpay Adds Bitcoin Cash Support to Checkout Point-of-Sale App

Bitcoin cash is continuing to gather more support among users and service providers, with the latest example coming from Bitpay. The service now allows merchants to accept BCH payments via its Pos app, and settlement is expected soon too so that retailers can keep their proceeds in the cryptocurrency.   Also Read: Robinhood App Expands Cryptocurrency Trading to Another US State Bitpay BCH Checkout Bitpay, the digital asset service provider based in Atlanta, Georgia, has recently updated its Checkout point-of-sale (Pos) mobile app to add support for bitcoin cash (BCH). This means that retail stores that use Bitpay to enable payments from clients can now generate BCH payment codes on the spot using a phone or tablet. Checkout allows merchants to accept cryptocurrency payments directly on a mobile device, and orders can be priced in more than 150 currencies. It […]
April 22, 2018

Debunking the Rumors: Binance Is Not Adding USD Trading Anytime Soon

In the world of innovative technologies and cryptocurrency, there is often a lot of misinformation to contend with. It seems some people are spreading fake rumors about Binance adding USD trading markets for some of its supported currencies. Additionally, the firm has no plans to open XVG or XRP pairs as secondary or tertiary markets either. Binance is in Talks With Banks Contrary to what the internet would have you believe, the Binance exchange is not getting involved in USD-based trading as of right now. While having such pairs on the exchange would certainly be a good thing overall, the firm is not in the process of adding them as of right now. Instead, they are talking with banks to potentially explore fiat currency pairs in the future, but nothing has been confirmed at this point in time. Most people will be aware that most […]
April 22, 2018

IOTA Price Surpasses $2 as Brief dip is Bought Quickly

With the total cryptocurrency market cap fast approaching the $400bn mark again, the coming months will be interesting to keep an eye on. Despite some minor bearish pressure on the hourly candles, all currencies that matter are still in the green overall. The IOTA price is the biggest gainer in the top 10 right now. Thanks to solid 24-hour gains, one MIOTA is now valued at $2.09. IOTA Price Surge Appears to be Solid All cryptocurrencies have gone through a rather interesting week. With a lot of positive momentum materializing out of the blue, the overall community sentiment is a lot more positive than it was just two weeks ago. For the IOTA price, this past week has been pretty spectacular, as a very strong uptrend is still in play as of right now. With the IOTA price rising from […]
April 22, 2018

LedgerX Bitcoin Derivatives Are a Hot Commodity Right Now

The global demand from investors and speculators for Bitcoin has been rising steadily. After 2017’s crazy bull run, no one wants to miss out on the next leg up. Despite all of the hardship during Q1 of 2018, it seems things are looking up again. LedgerX has confirmed that its Bitcoin derivatives trading volume is increasing rapidly. Bitcoin Derivatives Are Very Popular Providing traditional investment vehicles linked to cryptocurrencies is not a straightforward process. Even though Bitcoin derivatives allow investors to be exposed to BTC price volatility without having to buy the currency directly, there is always a big question as to whether or not such products will ever gain any real traction. This is mainly due to the fact that Bitcoin remains an unregulated market in most Western countries. On paper, that makes a lot of sense, as one cannot regulate something […]
April 22, 2018

Bitcoin Brushes $9,000 As Crypto Markets Continue Making Steady Gains

Crypto markets still on the up, with almost all top 100 coins on CoinMarketCap in the green and BTC near $9K #NEWS
April 22, 2018

How project-based learning and blockchain can improve the professional development industry

How project-based learning and blockchain can improve the professional development industry was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
April 22, 2018

Byteball Launches Initial Coin Offering Tool for Accredited Investors

In the world of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings, there are a fair few concerns to take into account. One of the problems holding back a lot of initial coin offerings is the question of whether they issue securities, assets, or tokens. It is pretty difficult to distinguish between the three as an investor. Byteball may have come up with a viable solution in this regard. The Byteball ICO Platform Finding a reliable platform to organize an initial coin offering is not all that straightforward, and companies providing ICO fundraising services will need to integrate solutions to address most of the legal repercussions. Byteball has seemingly done exactly that, as this investment platform continues to evolve at every possible turn. More specifically, Byteball is launching a new tool which makes the organization of ICOs a lot more straightforward. Thanks to […]
April 22, 2018

$9K: Bitcoin Price Sees First Consecutive Weeks in the Green of the Year

Can Bitcoin price post gains two weeks in a row for the first time in 2018? That’s the question traders will soon know the answer to as prices circle $9000 April 22. $9k: Bitcoin Tests Final Resistance Capping what many believe is a U-turn of its fortunes since December 2017, Bitcoin has increased in value by 35% in the past fortnight. From lows of $6487 April 1, before the first major rally kicked in later that day, BTC/USD saw several sudden upticks as this month progressed, culminating in last Friday’s trip from below $7000 to above $7700 in minutes. At press time, prices remain even higher, testing resistance around $9000 with just $60 left to climb according to data from several major exchanges. If current levels hold, Bitcoin will succeed in shunning losses for two weeks straight, something which has […]
April 22, 2018

Crypto-Friendly CheapAir Asks Customers For Feedback On Switch Away From Coinbase

In response to Coinbase’s upcoming suspension of “custodial” merchant solutions, CEO of CheapAir asks the public what they think of switching to crypto processor BitPay. #NEWS
April 22, 2018

John Williams Claims Bitcoin Can Never Become a Proper Currency

It has become apparent that the state of New York does not take kindly to cryptocurrencies. In fact, it is one of the most hostile places in the world to set up a Bitcoin enterprise right now, which is not a positive development. This sentiment is reflected in potential New York Fed President John Williams’ recent comments on the future of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. What Does the Future Hold for Bitcoin? When it comes to the potential of Bitcoin, opinions are quite mixed. When it comes to financial experts, they often only see the negative side of cryptocurrency, for obvious reasons. John Williams, the most likely candidate to be the next head of the New York Fed, only illustrates that point. In a recent interview, Williams made a remarkable comment regarding the future of Bitcoin. He is convinced that Bitcoin does not check the right […]
April 22, 2018

Survey: 89% of Visa, Mastercard, Unionpay Users Know Crypto – 53% Have Purchased

A global study of cryptocurrency purchases made by users of Visa, Mastercard, and Unionpay cards shows that 89% of respondents are knowledgeable about crypto and 53% have purchased some in the past 12 months. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space A Global Study Global payment service provider Worldcore reportedly conducted a study of its customers to find out cryptocurrency usage among Visa, Mastercard, and Unionpay users. The company has approximately 300,000 customers in total. “The purpose of the study was to determine the willingness of people to deal with digital currencies with the help of bank cards,” Russian outlet Innov.ru described, adding that the study was conducted between March and April. “The study involved more than 10,000 people from 47 countries,” Finam reported. In addition, “data on the EU countries (28 countries) and CIS [Commonwealth of Independent […]
April 22, 2018

IPSX Secures Listings and Partnerships Shortly After Successful TGE

IPSX, the first blockchain powered IP address sharing platform, has continued to make rapid progress after its successful TGE back in March. Since then, several listings on exchanges as well as partnerships have been made. The demo version of IPSX’s MVP is available also, allowing interested users to test out what IPSX has envisioned for their platform. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article The TGE, which ended March 5th, so the platform raising approximately $8 million, with the steps since then focused on making the IPSX token available and accessible to investors and traders globally. Since than, IPSX has secured listing for their token on Qryptos as well as Bibox. Exchange listing details Qryptos is the first cryptocurrency exchange officially licensed by Japan Financial Services Agency. Bibox is an exchange with an average trading volume of $65,000,000, with offices in […]