December 31, 2017

Kidnapping of Bitcoin Exchange Executive Showed Importance of Financial Privacy

UK-based Bitcoin exchange operator abducted in Ukraine, pays $1 mln ransom in Bitcoin for his freedom #ANALYSIS
December 31, 2017

Here Are 5 Coins Currently Providing Consumers With a Product

In a market dominated by lofty ideas and little in the way of concrete development, it’s easy to overlook the more grounded projects, those that are actively working towards and already providing real-world solutions. However, there are a number of projects that are actively providing a product to consumers every day. Here are five that deserve some attention: LBRY Credits (LBC) LBC powers a decentralized media platform branded as a YouTube-killer. Using this platform, content creators and viewers are connected on an interface that allows content to be shared for free or for a price determined by the creator. Viewers can also tip the creators of the content they view. YouTube has been known to block access to certain users or withhold monetization privileges from some content creators. With LBC, media can be spread and purchased without a central regulatory body. WaBi (WABI) […]
December 31, 2017

Jamie Dimon

“Bitcoin is a fraud.” Four small words ignited a maelstrom when JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon took the stage at a conference in September. The blockchain world was never quite the same again. In response, bitcoin became the talk of Wall Street, and in that dialogue a beast was unleashed that maybe … just maybe … took bitcoin out of obscurity, to its new peaks above $10,000.
December 31, 2017

2017: A Defining Year for Cryptocurrency Regulation

This Year in Review article look at some of the major regulatory developments from 2017.
December 31, 2017

Global Crypto Bank to help over 5 billion unbanked persons

During the last couple of years, banks and other financial institutions throughout the world have begun investing in blockchain technology, granted that it provides numerous advantages over traditional payment solutions. Regardless, there is no bank fully based on the technology so far, and Global Crypto Bank hopes to change this. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article To put things better into perspective, Global Crypto Bank was recently founded under the jurisdiction of Switzerland, and is based on numerous innovative technologies, including blockchain, in order to help solve problems that people involved in the crypto-financial world are dealing with. Problems Global Crypto Bank wishes to solve: 1. Helping over 5 billion unbanked people At this moment in time, studies showcase that approximately 5 billion people are currently cut off from the world’s global financial system, due to a lack of banks […]
December 31, 2017

Investors Still Wary of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is established, but many investors are still wary according to industry experts. #SMART INVESTMENT
December 31, 2017

Here Are 7 Tips for Launching a Successful ICO

In case you haven’t noticed, cryptocurrency has become one of the most popular words in 2017. Bitcoin made a gigantic breakthrough, while digital currencies like Ethereum, Litecoin, and many others made their own contributions to this craze. Though still a relatively unknown phenomenon, cryptocurrencies proved that they are here to stay.  This is why people all over the world are launching initial coin offering (ICO) campaigns on an almost-daily basis, while all-time cumulative ICO funding is expected to approach US$4 billion by the end of the year. In this article, we will give you seven tips on launching a successful ICO. How to Design a Kickass ICO Campaign ICOs are an unregulated means by which funds are raised for new cryptocurrency ventures. To put it simply, companies use ICOs to release and sell a small portion of tokens to investors, usually in exchange for Ethereum. This way, companies gain […]
December 31, 2017

Bitcoin Core ‘Suicide’? Roger Ver Says Tips Mean Bitcoin Cash Is ‘Working’

Bitcoin.com owner and pro-Bitcoin Cash figure Roger Ver has highlighted interview tips as apparent proof that Bitcoin Cash is “working well.” Currency-Focused Ver Continues Bitcoin Crusade Linking to his appearance on a November episode of online political talk show The Rubin Report, Ver said that Bitcoin Cash wallet tips outnumbering Bitcoin tips 76-1 afterwards showed Bitcoin itself was “committing suicide.” After @RubinReport had me on, they received:76 Tips via Bitcoin Cash1 Tip via Bitcoin Core Bitcoin Cash is working well.Bitcoin Core is committing suicide.https://t.co/a0C2BFFfuw — Roger Ver (@rogerkver) December 30, 2017 The Rubin Report has followed the likes of mainstream media outlets, such as CNBC, in selecting the increasingly contentious Roger Ver as a spokesman on Bitcoin for non-cryptocurrency viewers. Confusion In Numbers For Mainstream Consumers The hour-long interview came at a time when tensions between Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin […]
December 31, 2017

Charlie Lee

It’s good to be Charlie. After years of working at the first “Bitcoin Unicorn,” Lee stepped out on his own in 2017 to take up arms against those who would delay bitcoin technical development. His weapon? The cryptocurrency network: litecoin. With the network – once languishing, now revitalized – Lee pulled no punches, becoming the opinionated voice of reason in a market that’s known for its insanity.
December 31, 2017

Where Are All the Quick Wins for Blockchain?

Was 2017 too long-term focused? Entrepreneur Tom Klein believes quick wins are what’s needed to bootstrap corporate blockchains in 2018.
December 31, 2017

Naval Ravikant

If crypto assets really are the “Craziest Bubble Ever,” then Naval Ravikant is the movement’s elder statesman. The founder of AngelList, Ravikant didn’t talk much about startups in 2017, instead preaching the gospel of the ICO on Twitter in 140-character bursts that were part roadmap and part prophecy for a burgeoning industry. In the process, he helped open doors for a new wave of innovative cryptocurrency projects, giving a vital boost to an industry that had all but been locked out of Silicon Valley following bitcoin’s 2015 correction.
December 31, 2017

Bitcoin Headed ‘Below $5k,’ Is ‘One Of Silliest Things’ – Dennis Gartman To CNBC

Dennis Gartman has become the latest traditional finance voice to ‘FUD’ Bitcoin. #BRIEF
December 31, 2017

Joe Lubin

Part sheriff? Part outlaw? Either way, Joe Lubin appears right at home in the “Wild West” of cryptocurrencies. The leader of a company that’s part ethereum project incubator, part change-the-world commune, Lubin showed no shortage of influence in 2017, launching some of the first successful ethereum tokens and winning over countless enterprises to the platform. If Vitalik envisioned the new world, Joe Lubin just might be colonizing it.
December 31, 2017

TravelFlex ICO Round Continue Until 12th Jan 2018

Until 12th Jan 2018 Today, the founders of TravelFlex cryptocurrency announced, that the ICO of the project will continue until 12th January 2018 23:59 GMT. TravelFlex is a product for… Continue reading “TravelFlex ICO Round Continue Until 12th Jan 2018” The post TravelFlex ICO Round Continue Until 12th Jan 2018 appeared first on .
December 31, 2017

Yao Qian

Call it the biggest short in history. China took plenty of actions against cryptocurrencies in 2017, banning ICOs, shutting down domestic exchanges and all but taking a match to what was once one of the industry’s largest and most thriving ecosystems. But if China is setting a course apart from the world, Yao Qian may be its biggest asset. The man in charge of rethinking bitcoin on behalf of the world’s largest state isn’t just empowered, he seems to know crypto inside and out.
December 31, 2017

Pieter Wuille

Speak softly and carry a big SegWit? If bitcoin saw its biggest and most controversial change this summer, the evolution can all be traced back to one developer. Still, the founder of the controversial startup Blockstream and the network’s most prodigious coder, Pieter Wuille, is a bit of a mystery. In an industry with no shortage of egos and bluster, though, Wuille is a rarity, choosing to let his code do the talking for him.
December 31, 2017

Bitcoin Will Give Japan’s Economy a Substantial Boost

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies had a year of exceptional growth in 2017.  The cryptocurrency market cap managed to surpass the valuation of $638 billion and many experts believe that it will further increase. The Cryptocurrency Job Market 2017 was one of the most exciting and interesting years for the cryptocurrency market. Bitcoin and Ethereum had a spectacular bull run and managed to make huge gains for investors and traders. We also had a huge number of Initial Coin Offerings and a record-breaking amount of funding. ICOs managed to raise over $3.7 billion in funding for blockchain and cryptocurrency-related projects. Most of these startups were successfully able to raise their funding goals and are now on a hiring spree. An article by Fortune mentions that the number of Bitcoin and blockchain-related job listings grew by over 5,753%. Experts believe that this is just the start […]
December 31, 2017

Crypto Market Crash – Not The New Year’s Present Everyone Hoped For

Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and other cryptocurrencies have suffered a significant drop over Friday and Saturday. After experiencing falls of as much as 20%, the market is in weak recovery today. #BRIEF
December 31, 2017

An Introduction to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

An Introduction to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
December 31, 2017

Teenage Bitcoin Millionaire Plans on Building ‘World’s Best University’ in Dubai

Erik Finman, the teenage Bitcoin millionaire, plans on creating the ‘world’s best university’ in the city of Dubai to combat outmoded teaching methods. Most of the time when a person decides to head down the path less traveled, it usually ends in disaster. Yet there are times when a person perseveres and then prospers. Such is the case of Erik Finman, the teenage Bitcoin millionaire. He’s only 19, but he’s parlayed his initial Bitcoin investment into millions of dollars. Now he plans on building the “world’s best university” in the city of Dubai. Grandma’s Gift Leads to Millions The tale of the teenage Bitcoin millionaire is fascinating. Back when he was 12 (in 2011), his grandmother gave him a gift of $1,000. His brother Scott gave him a tip about getting into Bitcoin. Back then, a single Bitcoin was only […]
December 31, 2017

Bitcoin Interest Fork Slated for End of January

There have been a handful of forks from the main Bitcoin Network over the past few months, and that seems to be continuing into the new year. Bitcoin Interest plans to fork at block 505083, on January 22, 2018. Bitcoin Forks Bitcoin Interest is the recently announced fork of the Bitcoin network, including full replay protection. They’re planning on changing a few things, but keeping more of the protocol together. For those of you who don’t know, a fork is a split in the two networks. At the time of the fork, everyone who owns Bitcoins will have the same balance of BCI if they’re holding when the fork happens. The fork will form two separate networks, with their own coins, users, merchants, and miners. There have been several since August, the first being Bitcoin Cash. Many followed that were […]
December 31, 2017

China on a Blockchain? Maybe in 2018

China on a Blockchain? Maybe in 2018 In 2018, I forecast China will surprise the world (again) and change the crypto world. I personally believe in 2018 China will be the first major country to launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC), and that we will also see a large-scale blockchain implementation in the retail… The post China on a Blockchain? Maybe in 2018 appeared first on Altcoin Today.
December 31, 2017

Crypterium Tops the ICO Hit Parade in Fourth Quarter

It looks like Crypterium will be the most popular ICO to have started in the last quarter of 2017. The tokens of the nascent cryptobank, which went on sale on October 31, were an immediate smash hit with buyers, hitting the company’s soft cap in a mere five hours. Even more interesting was the widespread distribution of the sales – buyers flocked in from 143 countries all over the world. The largest purchases came from the United States and Russia, but countries such as the Czech Republic, Malaysia, Turkey, Japan and the UK were also notably represented. In contrast to some other offerings, where a few major institutional investors buy up the bulk of tokens, by November 19 there were more than 17,000 registered token holders. Even after the substantial initial boom, buyers continued to show interest in the company’s project. […]
December 30, 2017

Protect Your Online Bitcoin Transactions Using a Multisig Escrow Wallet

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies gain popularity as a mode of payment transfer, it has become common for the average Bitcoin user to be scammed by an anonymous identity who requests payment for some work is then never heard from again. The decentralized nature of cryptos certainly has a tradeoff – unlike a credit card or bank transaction that can be reverted, a cryptocurrency transfer once confirmed is permanently recorded on the Blockchain. This is where multi-signature (multisig) wallets come to our rescue. A multisig wallet is a special bitcoin wallet that requires more than one private key to sign transactions. Most multi-signature setups usually involve three parties – the sender of the payment, the recipient, and an escrow agent. Each of the three parties holds one private key, and to send any transaction, at least two private keys must […]
December 30, 2017

Blockchain Technology Spreading in the Health Care Sector

We have arrived to the end of 2017 and many things have happened. The cryptocurrency market has been expanding and many different developments have been made. The technology that powers… Continue reading “Blockchain Technology Spreading in the Health Care Sector” The post Blockchain Technology Spreading in the Health Care Sector appeared first on .
December 30, 2017

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, IOTA, Litecoin, Dash, Monero: Price Analysis, Dec. 30

It’s holiday fever, but why does the market keep falling down? #PRICE ANALYSIS
December 30, 2017

US Dollar Will End 2017 as Worst Year Since 2003, While Bitcoin is Up 1,372%

US dollar will end 2017 as worst year since 2003, while Bitcoin is up 1,372% year-to-date with strong performance. #ANALYSIS
December 30, 2017

Ripple Becomes Largest Altcoin As Bitcoiners Issue Warnings

The characteristics of Ripple’s price performance this week have led to concerns from Bitcoin figures. #BRIEF
December 30, 2017

SegWit2x Version 2.0 – a Farce?

The ‘revival’ of the supposed SegWit2x Bitcoin fork seems highly suspicious. #OPINION
December 30, 2017

Ripple’s Rally – More Than $2 Before 2018, What’s next?

Ripple (XRP) has had an incredible year. It has achieved an incredible growth that it is expected to keep in the coming years. It is in the way that Ripple… Continue reading “Ripple’s Rally – More Than $2 Before 2018, What’s next?” The post Ripple’s Rally – More Than $2 Before 2018, What’s next? appeared first on .
December 30, 2017

What is ICX (ICON) – A Short Description

ICON is a blockchain platform that connects various platforms as well such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, Ark, and Qtum. ICX is, on the other hand, a token used on the… Continue reading “What is ICX (ICON) – A Short Description” The post What is ICX (ICON) – A Short Description appeared first on .
December 30, 2017

India’s Ministry of Finance Compares Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies to ‘Ponzi Schemes’

In a statement issued by the ministry on Dec. 29, 2017, the finance agency reiterated that there is a real and heightened risk of an investment bubble in the cryptocurrency market that is similar to Ponzi schemes.
December 30, 2017

Crypto Movers and Shakers of 2017

This year has been nothing but monumental for cryptocurrencies and the blockchain industry. Maybe we will look back on it in years to come and see 2017 as the genesis of a new way of blending business and technology. 2017 could be seen for crypto as 1995 was for the internet, when things really started to take off. Bitcoin has been around since 2009, although, for many years, it has been seen as largely a geeky thing to mine and invest in. The king of crypto has only hit the mainstream in the last few months, but it has cemented its place there. Bitcoin and its various forks aside, this piece will focus on the altcoins which most of us hadn’t even heard of at the beginning of the year. There has been a digital explosion in ICOs in the […]
December 30, 2017

Estonia Is One Step Closer to Creating a Digital Nation

Estonia is well on its way to realizing its dream of building a global nation supported by its e-Residency program and its own cryptocurrency. Digital currencies have definitely taken 2017 by storm. Massive price increases, mainstream adoption and just an overall interest in the benefits of blockchain technology have been some of the key highlights of this year. It’s not just investors hoping to capitalize on these benefits though, governments can also see the advantages to having a cashless financial system. Bragging Rights for the First State-Run ICO Estonia had previously announced its plan to develop its own cryptocurrency, the Estcoin. In addition, the country has plans to launch an ICO for its crypto. If successful, it will be the world’s first state-approved and supported ICO. According to Futurism, the Estcoin would support the country’s e-Residency initiative, which is a […]
December 30, 2017

Schnorr Signatures Might Be Bitcoin’s Next Step Forward

The Schnorr signatures algorithm promises to help to address one of the most pressing problems affecting Bitcoin today: scalability. Additionally, Schnorr signatures could help protect Bitcoin from certain types of spam attacks. Schnorr Signatures Could Solve Bitcoin’s Scalability Problem An array of new technologies and schemes are being proposed that could help address Bitcoin’s scalability problem, such as Segwit, Lightning Network, and Schnorr signatures. For example, many view the Schnorr signatures algorithm as a simple way of structuring digital signatures that could significantly improve the efficiency of validating a Bitcoin transaction, and it could offer new multi-signature (multisig) modes. In this regard, Sam Wouters, Bitcoin and Blockchain speaker, wrote an article entitled Why Schnorr Signatures Will Help Solve Two of Bitcoin’s Biggest Problems Today. In it, he explains how the Schnorr signatures protocol could help solve Bitcoin’s scalability problem and how […]
December 30, 2017

Startup Seeks to Lower Costs, Improve Outcomes by Tokenizing Healthcare

Can we deliver a magic pill to fix healthcare? Blockchain-based project seems to think so. #SPONSORED
December 30, 2017

What Bankers Said About Bitcoin in 2017

To short or to long? Is bitcoin in a bubble? We summarized the various views from prominent figures in the finance world and the academia.
December 30, 2017

New Perfect BITCOIN Segwit2X: Who Is Afraid And Why?

On December 28th, one of the main hard forks took place in Bitcoin history, Segwit2X, which revealed acute problems in the work of crypto-exchanges, wallets, and decentralization in general. Why ordinary users are left with less and less choice and how to solve this problem? Recall that after the announcement of the Segwit2X project, the price of B2X futures increased 3-fold, and the day before the fork, the price for them rose by another 75%. Right after the start, the most powerful support for Segwit2X was provided by the miners. The aggregate capacity of friendly mining pools accounted for more than 300 Th/s. All these facts point to the importance of BITCOIN Segwit2X for the crypto-community! This unanimous support for ordinary users is due to the technologies that B2X offers. It is able to get rid of high commissions for […]
December 30, 2017

FT: EXMO Director Released From Kidnap After Paying $1 Mln Ransom

FT: EXMO Director Released From Kidnap After Paying $1 Mln Ransom Pavel Lerner, the managing director of the cryptocurrency exchange EXMO kidnapped in KievDec. 27, was released today after paying a $1 mln ransom in Bitcoin, The Financial Times (FT) reports. Lerner was abducted in Kiev on Wednesday leaving his office. Ukrainian online publication Strana.ua was first to report that… The post FT: EXMO Director Released From Kidnap After Paying $1 Mln Ransom appeared first on Altcoin Today.
December 30, 2017

LTC FINDS RESISTANCE AT $250 AS IOTA CONSOLIDATES

LTC FINDS RESISTANCE AT $250 AS IOTA CONSOLIDATES As IOTA consolidates, Monero and DASH are bouncing from the minor support trend line and the triple bottoms respectively. Of the 5 alt coins we are focusing on, NEM is the only token that has gained ground this week. NEM BUYERS EYEING $1.1 NEMUSD 4HR Chart for… The post LTC FINDS RESISTANCE AT $250 AS IOTA CONSOLIDATES appeared first on Altcoin Today.
December 30, 2017

Banks of Future Will Face Digitally-Empowered Customers: Expert Blog

Physical bank branches are already losing their usefulness and appeal; entire financial sector will move to digital banking to compete for customers. #EXPERT BLOG
December 30, 2017

Tech Investor Believes 2018 Could Be the Year That ‘Legitimizes’ Bitcoin

Legendary tech investor Roger McNamee believes that 2018 could be a decisive year for Bitcoin, allowing it to become fully legitimate in the eyes of the financial world. While a number of financial analysts are bullish on Bitcoin, many others are still quite hesitant on the eventual fate of the cryptocurrency. Such doubters point to the crypto’s ongoing volatility and the number of major drops in value over the last year. However, tech investor Roger McNamee believes that the upcoming year could be a turning point for Bitcoin. In fact, he believes it’s quite possible that Bitcoin could become fully legitimate in the eyes of the business world. 2018 Could Make or Break Bitcoin In an interview on CNBC, McNamee said that Bitcoin could be considered legit if is withstands a crash and sees enough gains in 2018. He elaborated […]
December 30, 2017

DASH AT THE PRECIPICE AS NEM BUYERS PUSH FOR $1.1

DASH AT THE PRECIPICE AS NEM BUYERS PUSH FOR $1.1 Interesting formation in the last 24HRs, NEM buyers might end up clearing last week’s highs at $1.1. While at it, USD bulls might drive LTC prices even lower to $200 and $150 now that $250 was sliced though like butter. LTC is not alone, look… The post DASH AT THE PRECIPICE AS NEM BUYERS PUSH FOR $1.1 appeared first on Altcoin Today.
December 30, 2017

Blockchain in Healthcare: 2017’s Successes

Blockchain in healthcare might not be sexy, but it’s moving forward according to one of the sector’s leading female CEOs.
December 29, 2017

Crypto exchange ICE3X introduces bitcoin e-vouchers

South Africa-based ICE3X as announced bitVoucha, a new e-voucher service for cryptocurrency on the iceCUBED exchange platform. Users are now able to use their available cryptocurrency balance to create a voucher that you can… Crypto exchange ICE3X introduces bitcoin e-vouchers was published on CryptoNinjas.
December 29, 2017

Virtual Currencies Are Like Ponzi Schemes, Says Indian Finance Ministry

The Finance Ministry of India touted what it perceives as a lack of intrinsic value in virtual currencies as reason to equate them with Ponzi schemes.
December 29, 2017

FT: EXMO Director Released From Kidnap After Paying $1 Mln Ransom

Kidnapped EXMO Director Paul Lerner released today after paying a $1 mln ransom in BTC, according to The Financial Times
December 29, 2017

Payment Provider Bitrefill Runs Successful Lightning Transaction Test

This may have been the first real consumer transaction using the Lightning network.
December 29, 2017

Blockchain Revolution for the Art Industry

INK is using Blockchain to help artists recognize their work and not let middlemen taking away a huge chunk of their earnings. #BLOCKSHOW
December 29, 2017

Ripple Dethrones Ethereum, Now #2 Cryptocurrency Behind Bitcoin

Ripple just became the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency. This is a big deal. But why? Is Ripple a good investment? Will banks adopt it? Let’s find out. Why Is Ripple Causing Waves? While Bitcoin and the rest of the top 10 cryptocurrencies are well below their peak, Ripple is enjoying a meteoric rise and is trading at $ 2.22, up more than 49% from this time yesterday. In fact, it just unseated Ethereum as the #2 cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. So why is Ripple’s current so strong? 6 Reasons Why Ripple’s Tide is Rising There are a number of factors that could be contributing to the sudden rise in Ripple’s price, but here are the six most likely reasons: Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse’s appearance on CNBC to explain to a mainstream investment audience the advantages of Ripple over the […]
December 29, 2017

Ripple Breaks $2 and Keeps Pushing in Week-Long Bull Run

Ripple price has gained 35% within a day trading at an average of $2.20. What about its market cap? #NEWS
December 29, 2017

Launch of Venezuelan ‘Petro’ Cryptocurrency Reportedly Imminent

A nation with a severely distressed economy is about to embark on a questionable cryptocurrency experiment.
December 29, 2017

Bundesbank Board Member Does Not Foresee Eurozone Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency for the eurozone won’t be coming any time soon, according to a Bundesbank executive board member.
December 29, 2017

Russian Central Bank Embraces Int’l Cryptocurrency Standardization

While some prominent nations seemingly ignore it, Russia is exploring ways cryptocurrency can strengthen the ties that bind its economy to other countries’.
December 29, 2017

Indian Finance Ministry: Cryptocurrencies Are ‘Like Ponzi Schemes’

The India government doubled down its skepticism over cryptocurrencies, calling them like “Ponzi Schemes.”
December 29, 2017

Popular Messaging App Telegram Is Creating Its Own Cryptocurrency

Several sources have announced that the very popular and secure messaging app, Telegram, will create its very own cryptocurrency.  The Rise of Blockchain Technology in Messaging Apps There is no doubt that 2017 was the year of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, skyrocketed in value over the course of the year, and many governments and businesses started to realize the potential of the blockchain. To that end, a vast amount of companies have decided to experiment, or even fully implement, blockchain technology into their services and platforms. As blockchain technology is rapidly gaining more support worldwide, many messaging apps have decided to experiment with it. A good example for this is the Kin project that was launched by the popular Kik mobile messaging app. The Kin ICO was able to raise over $97 million through its ICO. […]
December 29, 2017

Pavel Lerner, Kidnapped Exmo Managing Director, Free After Paying $1 Million Ransom in Bitcoins

Exmo’s Pavel Lerner was kidnapped in Kiev on December 26th, shortly before the company fell under DDOS attack. He has just been freed after paying a ransom of over $1 million in bitcoins. Many media reports came out this week concerning the news that Pavel Lerner, Managing Director at bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange Exmo, had been kidnapped. After a few days of speculation, we can now report that Lerner is alive and unharmed. He was freed from his kidnappers after paying a $1 million ransom in bitcoins. According to the BBC, Lerner was leaving his office in Kiev on December 26th when he was bundled into a vehicle (reportedly a black Mercedes) by a group of men wearing balaclavas. An active search was undertaken by the Kiev police, but very little information was uncovered about the kidnapping. Initial Motive Was […]
December 29, 2017

2018 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Outlook: Expert Blog

2018 is bound to be another really interesting year for Blockchain technology, with even greater awareness and adoption than 2017. #EXPERT BLOG
December 29, 2017

trade.io Partners with Bancor Protocol to Provide Continuous Liquidity to Token Holders

28 December 2017, Zug, Switzerland – trade.io, a next-generation blockchain based financial exchange, continues to add to its impressive list of partnerships by announcing plans to integrate Bancor Protocol, a standard for autonomously convertible blockchain cryptocurrencies called Smart Tokens. The integration allows the trade.io ERC20 token known as Trade Token or “TIO”, to be converted to and from Ethereum ERC20 tokens in the Bancor Network directly from a simple web application. The creation of a Bancor-compliant Token Relay will take place shortly after the conclusion of trade.io’s token sale and will allocate 2% – 5% of the total market cap. You can join the trade.io community here. On the relationship, trade.io’s CEO, Jim Preissler commented: We continue to deliver to the trade.io community unique value added propositions, and see this relationship with Bancor as a further example. We already have […]
December 29, 2017

Russian Officials Pitch Mining Tax, Scrap Cryptoruble Concept

A draft of a Russian law that would regulate the cryptocurrency space includes language that defines digital asset mining as a taxable activity. Officials discussing the proposed legislation have also revealed that the state is abandoning plans to issue its own virtual currency, which had been informally termed the “cryptoruble.”
December 29, 2017

Bitcoin exchange EXMO’s official statement on Pavel Lerner’s abduction

With the recent events in mind, EXMO Cryptocurrency Platform released the following official statement on the abduction of Pavel Lerner: Pavel holds a role of a leading analyst at EXMO and is a blockchain… Bitcoin exchange EXMO’s official statement on Pavel Lerner’s abduction was published on CryptoNinjas.
December 29, 2017

Revain Officially Releases v0.3 Dashboard

It has been just two weeks since the latest v0.2 release. Revain has now released version 0.3. The platform’s overall design and interface is enhanced by new data widgets, graphs and animations, price dynamics and the percentage in token price increase. The graph that shows token dynamics became much more detailed. The review section of the website was adjusted to be more clear and user-friendly. Widgets got new animations: when a user points the cursor to them they start flashing smaller graphs with related information. Sharing token’s performance on Facebook and Twitter isn’t working yet, but the team assures that it’s coming soon. Three new widgets were added: Today Price and Volume, Week Price and Volume and ICO Price. ‘Today Volume’ widget compares token’s trading volume with the previous day. ‘Week Volume’ does the same thing with the previous week. […]
December 29, 2017

Blockchain and Smart Contracts For Everyone: Interview With CEO of Matrix

As of today, only the developers can implement Blockchain and smart contracts. Matrix wants to change that by letting everyone write a smart contract through artificial intelligence. #BLOCKSHOW
December 29, 2017

Promising ICOs and How to Spot Them

2017 Initial Coin Offerings The ICO market has exploded in 2017. Once a relatively unknown funding method, the total number of ICOs in the first half of 2017 surpasses the whole number of funds raised in 2016. How Does It Work? Projects launch an ICO by issuing crypto tokens on the blockchain, giving early investors the opportunity to acquire tokens in exchange for cryptocurrency. ICOs are usually limited by time or a cap on the amount of funds raised. The value and number of tokens released can be static or calculated based on the amount of funds raised. The Problem with Investing Not all ICOs are honest, in many cases start-ups have launched their ICO without a well thought out plan and strong team behind the project, simply offering an impressive website with a vague whitepaper. In fact, many crypto […]
December 29, 2017

[Op-Ed] Bitcoin: Denial Stage Will Bring Us To Bull Trap

The violent sell-off of cryptocurrencies seen recently had been expected long ago.  Everybody was talking about growing bubble, everybody was trying to predict the dates and levels, but as usual, it has come up unexpectedly. Or not? Below I will name the key drivers that triggered the move and the possible scenario for most cryptocurrencies under the leadership of Bitcoin. The current Bitcoin slump is the function of mass profit taking. During the recent months, the speculative demand sped up the cryptocurrency’s growth pushing the prices up 200%-500% higher. Everybody knew it was a bubble but still kept buying up till the moment when some key figures of the crypto world came out with an official warning. And this became the start of new era for Bitcoin and Co. An Interesting Chronology of Events December, 19 – Emil Oldenburg, the […]
December 29, 2017

What the Fork? New SegWit2x Launches With Massive Premine, Unknown Development Team

What the Fork? New SegWit2x Launches With Massive Premine, Unknown Development Team The new SegWit2x, a revival of the original hard fork designed to help with the scalability issues of Bitcoin, was scheduled to happen at Bitcoin block number 501451. That block was mined at around 6PM UTC, Dec. 28, and the team behind the project announced its official… The post What the Fork? New SegWit2x Launches With Massive Premine, Unknown Development Team appeared first on Altcoin Today.
December 29, 2017

MATRIX: A Safer, Faster and More Flexible Intelligent Blockchain.

December 29, 2017 – MATRIX AI Network today launched the MATRIX project, a new generation Blockchain that leverages the latest AI techniques to revolutionize the cryptocurrency landscape. With a fusion of Blockchain and AI technology, MATRIX has built a revolutionary cryptocurrency that supports significantly boosted transaction speed, superior accessibility to general users, enhanced security under malicious attacks, and highly flexible operations. “The MATRIX intelligent Blockchain is a game changer in Blockchain technology,”, said Owen Tao, CEO of MATRIX. “MATRIX differentiates itself from previous Blockchains by offering breakthrough technologies in building AI-enabled autonomous and self-optimizing Blockchain networks, which feature multi-chain collaborations and decoupling of data and control blocks”. As a result of the extreme congestion on both the Bitcoin and Ethereum Networks, ICO investors or contributors have faced significant challenges with cryptocurrency transfers which causes substantial hitches in trade transactions. The […]
December 29, 2017

Hewlett-Packard invites SONM to Cloud28+ marketplace

SONM, the universal fog supercomputer powered by the Ethereum blockchain informed today that a couple of months ago the Hewlett-Packard IoT Bounce team and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) team invited SONM to join Cloud28+… Hewlett-Packard invites SONM to Cloud28+ marketplace was published on CryptoNinjas.
December 29, 2017

The European Union is Planning to Regulate Bitcoin

Sooner or later it was going to happen. Different European Union (EU) countries have been commenting and debating on the possibility to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Several government officials… Continue reading “The European Union is Planning to Regulate Bitcoin” The post The European Union is Planning to Regulate Bitcoin appeared first on .