May 31, 2018

Japanese Internet Giant GMO to Launch In-Game Bitcoin Rewards System This Summer

Japan’s GMO Internet Inc. announces Bitcoin in-game rewards app to launch in August
May 31, 2018

Tenth Largest Crypto TRON to Leave Ethereum, Launches Beta Version of Own Blockchain

TRON has launched a beta version of its independent public blockchain, beginning the altcoin’s transition away from the Ethereum network
May 31, 2018

IMF Official: Central Banks Need to Compete With Crypto

An IMF official believes central banks need to offer “better” fiat currencies in order to fend off potential competition from cryptocurrencies.
May 31, 2018

Luckchemy: Forging Strategic iGaming Partnerships Through Continued Expansion

To build value and credibility for investors and players, Luckchemy has entered into a strategic partnership and added a prominent ally to its ranks. Luckchemy’s games will now be published on all of Mr.Bet’s platforms, bringing their games to a leading name in the iGaming field. Luckchemy’s partnership with Mr.Bet further demonstrates the advantages that blockchain technology brings to the iGaming space. Why Blockchain? Since its debut, the iGaming industry has been wrestling with the integration of blockchain technology. Detractors incorrectly cite outdated practices and transactional speed as reasons to push off the overhaul, but recent advances have made blockchain a tech necessity. Existing solutions have proven to be widely inefficient in tackling some of the major pain points players experience. The industry, in its current shape, is troubled by a lack of transparency, overly complicated systems, unsafe data practices, […]
May 31, 2018

Crypto Marketplace Storiqa Presents a Beta Version of MVP

Since the start of business operations 10 months ago, Storiqa has already raised $25 million via a token sale, and has attracted more than 55,000 investors and increased its market cap to more than $150 million — the company is now ready to present the beta version of its MVP. Crypto Marketplace Storiqa Presents a Beta Version of MVP
May 31, 2018

Expected Proliferation of Blockchain Technology despite a decline in Cryptocurrency prices

Expected Proliferation of Blockchain Technology despite a decline in Cryptocurrency prices   Last year’s rise in Bitcoin prices and millions of funds raised through ICOs by numerous projects cut through most headlines. However, in the first quarter of 2018, crypto prices have declined significantly, but blockchain, the technology behind the scene is flourishing by the day.  … The post Expected Proliferation of Blockchain Technology despite a decline in Cryptocurrency prices appeared first on Altcoin Today.
May 31, 2018

UK’s FCA Actively Probing Two Dozen Cryptocurrency Firms

Despite the growing interest in cryptocurrency, not all ventures should be trusted by default. In the United Kingdom, an active investigation into two dozen cryptocurrency firms has been launched by the Financial Conduct Authority. Although this doesn’t mean any of these firms have done something illegal, it will be interesting to see what the investigation turns up. The FCA is on the prowl The cryptocurrency industry is undergoing some big changes. For their part, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is looking for ways to crack down on illicit activity in the cryptocurrency industry. Cracking down on companies running illegitimate businesses is of the utmost importance. At present, the FCA is launching no less than two dozen investigations involving cryptocurrency firms. Additionally, seven whistle-blower reports were investigated in 2018. All of those reports pertain to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, although the exact nature of the investigations is rather […]
May 31, 2018

Mastercard Looks to Blockchain to Make Coupons Immutable

A patent application from Mastercard suggests that the payments giant is eyeing blockchain as part of a way to verify the authenticity of coupons.
May 31, 2018

ASUS to Release 20 Graphics Card ‘Mining Master’ Motherboard in Fall 2018

ASUS to Release 20 Graphics Card ‘Mining Master’ Motherboard in Fall 2018 U.S. hardware manufacturer ASUS formally announced the release of its “second generation” cryptocurrency mining motherboard on May 30. The new product, dubbed the H370 Mining Master Motherboard, sees the company attempt to corner the increasingly crowded market by targeting high-demand users. It follows the release of the B250 Mining Expert in… The post ASUS to Release 20 Graphics Card ‘Mining Master’ Motherboard in Fall 2018 appeared first on Altcoin Today.
May 31, 2018

Bitcoin: Past and Future

By Murad Mahmudov and Adam Taché. Foreword This is a follow-up to The Many Faces of Bitcoin, which discussed four schools of thought of Bitcoin. This article will analyze these perspectives by discussing trade-offs, philosophical divides within the community, and expected behaviors of the proposed systems. Index Bitcoin as Money Roles of Full Nodes & Miners in Bitcoin & Bitcoin Cash Addressing “Satoshi’s Original Vision” Role of SPV Segregated Witness Bitcoin Maximalism Upper-Layer Systems and Alt-Coins Bitcoin As Money Bitcoin presents us with an opportunity to reinvent gold, or even rethink money for the digital future. A number of economists have suggested that it may be more appropriate to evaluate items based on their degree of moneyness. According to this thinking, it isn’t that something either is or is not money; on the contrary, many items can play a monetary role and some items can play this […]
May 31, 2018

Keplertek’s Pre-Sale Is Now Live!

While landing on the moon, Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Now, it’s time to go beyond the moon and take humanity to next level.  The Future is Here Every investment in Keplertek is one small step for man, today, and one giant leap for mankind, tomorrow. Yes, this is a chance to accelerate and usher in a revolutionary future — one which humanity will never forget. Keplertek’s Pre-sale is up and running, and things are looking amazing. Over the first 24 hours, Keplertek raised over 1.14 million USD. As the amount of tokens up for sale during the pre-sale is limited to only five million tokens, the chance to contribute is getting smaller and smaller every day. The 30 percent bonus applied to all purchases during pre-sale makes this event even more […]
May 31, 2018

Quebec to Lift ban on Selling Electricity to Cryptocurrency Mining Firms

Cryptocurrency mining is very popular in Canada. This is both a blessing and a curse for local officials. The Quebecois government had taken exception to people mining Bitcoin. As such, no one was allowed to sell electricity to these miners for the foreseeable future. That ban has now been lifted. Quebec is a very tech-oriented region in Canada. It is not entirely surprising to learn cryptocurrency has gained a foothold there. Even so, not all aspects of Bitcoin are welcome in Quebec. With the government banning the sale of electricity to cryptocurrency miners in March of 2018 a very worrisome precedent was created. Positive Cryptocurrency Mining News Fast forward to today, and the ban has been lifted again. The Quebecois government has confirmed they will allow the sale of electricity to Bitcoin miners once again. Additionally, the goal is to […]
May 31, 2018

Various Cryptocurrency record minor recovery while Bitcoin prices remain low

Various Cryptocurrency record minor recovery while Bitcoin prices remain low   Various Cryptocurrencies Record Minor Recovery While Bitcoins Prices Slumped.   In spite of continued anticipation for a surge in Bitcoin prices, there were three consecutive sell-offs in yesterday, where Bitcoin prices dipped below $7250, having dropped from $7900 and finally settling at $7400.  … The post Various Cryptocurrency record minor recovery while Bitcoin prices remain low appeared first on Altcoin Today.
May 31, 2018

Coinbase Board Member: Crypto Ecosystem Will Not See Regulation for Years

Kathryn Haun, board member of Coinbase and HackerOne, claims that regulation should not “outpace understanding”
May 31, 2018

Apple Sides with Russian Govt, Restricts Telegram, Claims Pavel Durov

If there’s a sacred line the crypto community insists shouldn’t be crossed, it’s Thou Shalt Never Cooperate with Government Prohibitions. Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable company, appears to have ventured into such territory, according to Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov. He claims the maker of iPhone, iPad, and other iconic hardware, is purposefully restricting Telegram’s program updates on Apple’s latest operating system rollout in an effort to appease Russian authorities.   Also read: Philippines’ Crypto Wallet Reaches 5 Million Users, Adds More Coins Apple Inc. Sides with Russia Against Telegram “Apple has been preventing Telegram from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove Telegram from the App Store,” Telegram’s Pavel Durov wrote on his quarter million member Durov’s Channel. “Russia banned Telegram on its territory in April because we refused to provide decryption […]
May 31, 2018

Amid Financial Troubles, Monster Inc Plots $300M ICO

Bleeding cash? Have you thought about an ICO?
May 31, 2018

Polish Gov’t Invites BitBay to Join Working Group as Exchange Forced to Leave Country

Poland’s financial authority invites crypto exchange BitBay to collaborate on regulation just as exchange is forced to leave the country
May 31, 2018

FundRequest launches marketplace that rewards blockchain developers

FundRequest, a new platform for incentivizing open-source development, has officially launched their first product: a blockchain powered integration with GitHub that allows developers to directly solve open source project issues and be rewarded. FundRequest launches marketplace that rewards blockchain developers
May 31, 2018

CBDC Roundup: Hong Kong Has ‘No Plans,’ BoE Continues Mulling Issuance

High-ranking government officials continue to speak out on the possibility of central bank digital currencies.
May 31, 2018

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Clearing Way for Blockchain Companies

Vermont’s governor has signed a bill allowing for the creation of so-called “blockchain-based limited liability corporations,” public records show.
May 31, 2018

Russia Central Bank: Crypto Risk To Global Finance ‘Small’

The central bank of Russia has repeated its stance on cryptocurrency in its latest statistical bulletin, claiming its impact on global stability is “small.” No Threat To Financial Stability As the country prepares to issue hard-and-fast regulations on cryptocurrency, ICOs and more, the Bank of Russia said that the “risks” associated with them would only increase should the industry greatly expand. “Regardless of their high volatility, at present cryptoassets do not constitute a risk for global financial stability inasmuch as their transaction volume is very small when compared to the scale of the global financial system, and the link between this area and the financial system is not a large one,” the document reads. The tone echoes that taken by various central lending institutions over recent months and years, continuing a narrative Russia began in 2015 when authorities railed against […]
May 31, 2018

Wall Street Exodus Continues as Cryptocurrency Industry Becomes More Attractive

Wall Street has always been an exciting place for anyone with financial aspirations. A lot of major firms make up the Wall Street as we know it today, but things have been changing fairly rapidly. Growing interest in cryptocurrency is motivating a lot of people to quit the world’s financial hub in favor of completely different pastures. Wall Street is a Temporary Stop For as long as most people can remember, Wall Street has been considered the pinnacle of the financial sector. A lot of people have high expectations of any firm and individual active in this industry, although it seems things are quickly changing in this regard. That can only be considered a good thing, especially when considering that there are other innovative markets out there. Although Wall Street has made many people a lot of money over the past few years, it […]
May 31, 2018

Ripple CEO Compares Bitcoin to Napster, Says BTC’s Influence on Market Could Lessen

Crypto markets will eventually “correct” and wash out all players that don’t solve a real problem, says Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse
May 31, 2018

Polish Cryptocurrency Exchange BitBay Moving To Malta

BitBay is moving to Malta as Polish banks refuse to continue doing business with the exchange.
May 31, 2018

Bitfinex and Ethfinex add Lympo, Utrust, BLOCKv, and DADI tokens

Bitfinex, a leading bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange, together with Ethfinex, a hybrid decentralized Ethereum exchange, today announced the introduction of four new tokens — Lympo, Utrust, BLOCKv, and DADI — to their platforms. Bitfinex and Ethfinex add Lympo, Utrust, BLOCKv, and DADI tokens
May 31, 2018

Stock Exchange Deutsche Börse to Spend $315 mln on New Tech, Including Blockchain

German stock exchange Deutsche Börse plans to spend $315 mln on new tech, including blockchain and AI, as part of its 2020 roadmap
May 31, 2018

Currencies Direct Successfully Completes xRapid Transaction

The future is looking rather bright for Ripple and XRP. Dozens of financial institutions have taken a keen interest in this project and all of its technology. One firm, Currencies Direct, recently completed an international transaction over the xRapid platform. This is another validation of the XRP asset in the financial sector. xRapid Continues to Gain Recognition It is evident the financial sector has high hopes for blockchain technology and digital assets. Developing proper solutions in this regard is not all that easy. It seems a lot of corporations and banks are looking at Ripple’s xRapid solution. This particular project offers a new liquidity solution when it comes to international payments due to its competitive FX rates and nearly instant transactions. So far, xRapid has garnered a lot of attention in Asia. Even so, a lot of banks and financial […]
May 31, 2018

Befund’s Vision Drawing More and More Supporters from Tech Savvy Finance Specialists

Befund’s Vision Drawing More and More Supporters from Tech Savvy Finance Specialists   Not that long ago, Singapore-based non-profit company Befund embarked on a mission to bring together cryptocurrency funds, prospective token holders, blockchain entrepreneurs and general fund managers on one decentralized service platform. While Befund’s ICO only started on May 16, the company’s vision… The post Befund’s Vision Drawing More and More Supporters from Tech Savvy Finance Specialists appeared first on Altcoin Today.
May 31, 2018

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex has finally introduced fiat currency support. The US exchange, which was established in 2013, subsisted with tether as its USD surrogate until recently, before adding another stablecoin, TrueUSD, a couple of months ago. Around the same time, its CEO Bill Shihara revealed that the platform would be adding USD pairs and today they went live for corporate clients. Also read: Weiss Ratings Publishes Complete List of 93 Cryptocurrency Ratings More Fiat, Less Tether Bittrex, along with exchanges such as Binance and Upbit, has been gradually weaning itself away from tether, which for a long time was the only dollar-based hedge available. It has been speculated that the desire to list other stablecoins, and to eventually pivot to USD, was partially born out of a desire to be less reliant on the notoriously opaque tether. Whatever the reasoning, Bittrex has now […]
May 31, 2018

Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Up to $7,500

Bitcoin is now trading for roughly $200 more than where it stood yesterday, reaching the $7,500 mark in less than 24 hours. Prior, bitcoin had been trading for this amount during the late evening of Tuesday, May 29, only to fall to $7,400 and then $7,300 the following day. While it’s not worth breaking out the champagne just yet, investors are breathing a sigh of relief now that the market is showing small signs of recovery. Bitcoin has been under serious pressure over the last few days, with new resistance developed at the $7,600 level. One source predicted that the currency could have easily reached a low of approximately $7,040 before any bullish signs showed their heads, but now it appears those signs are emerging sooner than anticipated. One reason for the alleged spike could be the upcoming Russia World […]
May 31, 2018

Brookings Institution Fellows Encourage Use Of Blockchain Voting

Following a pilot program in West Virginia, the Brookings Institution has released an article encouraging states to expand the use of blockchain technology in elections.
May 31, 2018

PR: MoneyToken to Give out Loans in Stablecoin from Goldman Sachs-Backed Circle

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. Following the announcement that Circle, a fintech startup backed by Goldman Sachs, plans to launch a stablecoin pegged to the U.S. dollar, the blockchain-based ecosystem MoneyToken has confirmed the listing of the stablecoin, Circle USDC, on its lending platform and decentralized exchange. “USD-C is compliant and easy-to-cash-in alternative to Tether, and we expect a lot of requests from traditional and crypto business to add it as an option to our platform, I think that need was just in the air” Alex Rass, co-founder of MoneyToken MoneyToken is a worldwide blockchain-based financial services ecosystem, which provides […]
May 31, 2018

The Unbundled Startup

The Unbundled Startup was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
May 31, 2018

What the Heck Are Tokenised Securities?

What the Heck Are Tokenised Securities? was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
May 31, 2018

Money Transfer Firms Join Ripple’s Payment Network

Two money transfer firms are to open a new payments corridor using RippleNet, while a Kuwaiti bank has also signed up to use the service.
May 31, 2018

Spain: Innovation-Aimed Crypto Regulation Wins Cross-Party Support in Congress

Spain: Innovation-Aimed Crypto Regulation Wins Cross-Party Support in Congress Draft legislation that would favorably regulate blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies has received unanimous support in the Spanish Congress, Europa Press reported yesterday, May 30. The draft initiative, agreed upon with the majority parliamentary party Partido Popular (People’s Party), won the support of all parties present at the House… The post Spain: Innovation-Aimed Crypto Regulation Wins Cross-Party Support in Congress appeared first on Altcoin Today.
May 31, 2018

Bitcoin Traders Rejoice! Bittrex Launches USD Trading Pairs

Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex has confirmed that it has reached an agreement allowing customers to buy Bitcoin with US dollars. ‘It’s Been A Long Path’ Earlier today, Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara announced that the exchange had reached an agreement with New York-based Signature Bank, which – along with other financial institutions –  will hold customers’ USD funds. Initially available only to corporate clients in Washington, California, New York, and Montana, the first USD trading pairs will be Bitcoin, Tether, and TrueUSD. Shihara told Bloomberg: It’s been a long path. […] It’s not just about banks being able to trust Bittrex. It’s about banks being able to trust crypto in general. And I think it’s really showing that crypto is turning the corner in terms of mainstream acceptance. The best alternative to having your own banking license. So far only for corporate […]
May 31, 2018

Austria Shuts Down Alternative Investment Fund Linked to Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency mining can be a very lucrative business under the right circumstances. However, there are also a lot of concerns regarding this particular business model, as some governments don’t take kindly to the idea of mining Bitcoin or altcoins at this stage. In Austria, one major mining operation was shut down earlier this week. INVIA GmbH and Cryptocurrency Mining Over the past year and a half, there has been a sharp increase in the number of companies experimenting with cryptocurrency mining. Given the price surge of Bitcoin and most altcoins throughout the second half of 2017, that is anything but surprising. So many people want to be part of this particular ecosystem, and mining cryptocurrencies still sounds pretty exciting. Even so, there are certain conditions which have to be met prior to setting up a cryptocurrency mining operation. Individuals or companies […]
May 31, 2018

Utilizing Cryptography Libraries to Derive Ethereum Addresses from Private Keys

Utilizing Cryptography Libraries to Derive Ethereum Addresses from Private Keys was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
May 31, 2018

The 7 ICO Myths

The 7 ICO Myths was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
May 31, 2018

Bittrex Seeks Bank Partnerships to Enable Additional USD Trading Options

A positive development is on the horizon in the cryptocurrency sector. Purchasing this particular type of asset still remains a big struggle. Users of the Bittrex exchange will have additional options at their disposal fairly soon. The company is working on finalizing banking agreements to introduce additional USD support. Converting fiat currency to cryptocurrency still remains a problem in many countries. Even in the United States, a lot of room for improvements exists today. Bittrex is trying to make some inroads in this regard. The US-based exchange is looking to introduce USD-based trading to a select group of clients. To do so new partnerships with financial service providers need to be forged. A Bold Proposition by Bittrex For the time being, it is a bit of guesswork as to which banks are involved. Some sources claim Signature Bank is one […]
May 31, 2018

Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report Shows Interest in Crypto ‘Exploding’

Princeton students had a preference for a course on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency last year, according to Mary Meeker’s new Internet Trends report
May 31, 2018

Market Volatility for Cryptocurrencies

Market Volatility for Cryptocurrencies   The Rise and Fall of cryptocurrency Market Prices; Volatility For Bitcoin   Being in the world of cryptocurrencies is not meant for the fainthearted. This is because digital currencies are highly volatile. They can double or treble within months and sometimes fluctuate adversely within a day. However, among other crypto… The post Market Volatility for Cryptocurrencies appeared first on Altcoin Today.
May 31, 2018

Hard Forks May Kill Bitcoin in 100 Years, Says Nobel Laureate

American Nobel Laureate, economist, academic, and best-selling author Robert Shiller claims Bitcoin may be extinct in 100 years — and hard forks will be to blame.  A Big Forking Problem Nobody can accurately see 100 years into the future, but prominent economist Rober Shiller claims Bitcoin may go the way of the West African Black Rhinoceros — that is to say: extinct. According to the Yale professor, hard forks will be to blame for the dissolution of the first and foremost cryptocurrency. Shiller told CNBC’s Trading Nation: Bitcoin won’t look anything like it is today [in 100 years]. It will have a different name, if it exists. There will have been many hard forks changing it and changing it. And, it’ll be a matter of dispute whether it exists or not. Indeed, the amount of Bitcoin hard forks already in existence numbers […]
May 31, 2018

trade.io Announces Upcoming Massive Airdrop Campaign To Trade Token (TIO) Holders

Wednesday, 30th May 2018 Lugano, Switzerland – trade.io announces the upcoming launch of an unprecedented ongoing airdrop campaign, which will enrich the portfolio of existing Trade Token (TIO) holders with potentially hundreds of different altcoins. With this campaign, any TIO holder is automatically qualified to benefit from ongoing token airdrops from high potential ICOs. Such ICOs have undergone an extensive vetting process by the experienced trade.io consulting team for AML processes, technical viability and longevity, and as a result, have been verified as high potential projects by the company. trade.io plans to airdrop as many as 2 million tokens (sometimes more) per verified ICO, specifically to its TIO holders and to its loyal community. Clients who have already passed the strict trade.io vetting processes and who are in line to distribute their altcoins to the trade.io network include: TV-TWO, ICO Watchdog, […]
May 31, 2018

First Alpha Release of Trinity for Ethereum Is Live

Scalability remains one of the biggest problems in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Overcoming it successfully will warrant a very unique approach. For Ethereum, a major development is on the horizon. The first alpha of the Trinity client for Ethereum heralds a new era for this ecosystem. Trinity can be a Game Changer A few months ago, the cryptocurrency and blockchain community was introduced to a concept known as Trinity. It is a project which provides additional scaling solutions to specific projects. At first, it was only supposed to support the NEO network, which was considered a rather interesting choice. Given the centralized nature of NEO, however, extra scaling is more than welcome for this project in its current form. A few weeks later, news broke that Trinity would support Ethereum and Zilliqa as well. Improving on-chain scaling for blockchains and […]
May 31, 2018

Brisbane International is Now the World’s First Crypto-Friendly Airport

Last January news.Bitcoin.com reported on the Brisbane Airport in Australia preparing to accept cryptocurrencies. Now today all the merchants and airport terminals accept various digital assets such as bitcoin core, dash, ethereum, and steem making it one of the friendliest cryptocurrency airports in the world. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Merchants at Brisbane International Airport Now Accept Various Cryptocurrencies   Individuals traveling to Brisbane or the South East Queensland area in Australia can now spend various cryptocurrencies at the Brisbane International Airport. The airport is the third busiest airstrip in the country and every merchant there now accepts digital currencies. The cryptocurrency acceptance is due to Brisbane Airport Corporations’ (BAC) partnership with the Australian payment provider Travelbybit. On May 29, the Youtube channel, Nugget’s News Australia, visited the Brisbane airport when the new system was implemented. The host […]
May 31, 2018

RedPing.Win Review | Best Online Bitcoin Casino

RedPing (Red + Penguin) is a one-stop spot for the best online gaming experience. The platform offers players the best flexible gaming experience with loads of options from different gaming… Continue reading “RedPing.Win Review | Best Online Bitcoin Casino” The post RedPing.Win Review | Best Online Bitcoin Casino appeared first on .
May 31, 2018

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Has No Plans to Issue Central Bank Digital Currency, Says Government Official

A government official for Hong Kong’s de facto central bank has said that there are no plans for it to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Joseph Chan, Acting Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), was speaking at a council meeting with legislators yesterday when the announcement was made. Chan was answering a question regarding the cryptocurrency market and the fact that it was reported that the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) is to issue a statutory digital currency. This then raised the possibility of whether Hong Kong would issue its own. Chan replied by saying: “The HKMA has carried out research on CBDC. At the same time, the HKMA notes that the benefits of CBDC and its efficiency gains will depend on the actual circumstances of a jurisdiction. In the […]
May 31, 2018

German Government Raids Apartment, Confiscates and Sells $14M in Bitcoin

Earlier this week, German mainstream media outlet Der Tagesspiegel reported that local authorities had raided the apartment of a criminal group and confiscated more than $14 million in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin Gold, Bitcoin Cash, and Ether. Waited Out Hard Forks German law enforcement arrested members of a criminal group and raided their residences around June 2017. Almost immediately after their arrest, the criminals agreed to forfeit their private keys and access to their cryptocurrency wallets, surrendering 1,312 Bitcoin and 220 Ether. The German government commenced a sale of the stolen cryptocurrencies in November and sold the criminal group’s holdings throughout November and December. Because 1,312 Bitcoins were confiscated before July and October, the government was able to benefit from the Bitcoin Cash hard fork in July and the Bitcoin Gold hard fork in October, obtaining 1,312 Bitcoin Gold and 1,312 Bitcoin Cash in […]
May 31, 2018

PwC Australia, Port of Brisbane Unveil Blockchain Supply Chain Pilot

PwC Australia, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Port of Brisbane are trialling a new blockchain trade solution.
May 31, 2018

IDG Backs Crypto Wallet imToken with $10 Million Investment

China-based crypto wallet startup imToken announced on Thursday that it has closed a $10 million Series A round fully funded by IDG Capital.
May 31, 2018

The Blockchain Can Help Us Clean up Our Act

If you think a lot of talk about blockchains is garbage, it’s only fitting to let you know that some of it is. Yet another use for blockchain technology has been revealed, and that’s to help us clean up our act. Literally. The superstar technology that’s putting food on the tables of the poorest households is also ensuring efficient waste disposal. Or at least, it soon could be. Every year, humans produce more than 2 billion tons of waste, and most of it ends up sitting around in landfills, or infiltrating the earth and polluting the oceans. Waste disposal is a serious problem, and it’s also an underexploited opportunity.   While most countries attempt to dispose of their waste by covering giant holes in the ground or burning off non-toxic materials, we’re damaging the environment and leaving money on the […]
May 31, 2018

$65 Million: Blockchain Assets Platform Paxos Raises Series B Funding

Blockchain startup Paxos has closed a $65 million Series B funding round led by existing investors including Liberty City Ventures and RRE Ventures.
May 31, 2018

How the Growing Gift Card Market Could Benefit from Cryptocurrencies

Prepaid gift cards have gained widespread adoption in recent years and are becoming ever more popular. Back in 2015, nearly half of surveyed consumers said they had used a retailer… Continue reading “How the Growing Gift Card Market Could Benefit from Cryptocurrencies” The post How the Growing Gift Card Market Could Benefit from Cryptocurrencies appeared first on .
May 31, 2018

29% of Germans Interested in Investing in Cryptos, Study Finds

The recent downward spiral of cryptocurrency prices has done little to bring down the excitement around the industry in Germany, with 29% of the population viewing investing in cryptos as an interesting investment opportunity. A report by Deutsche Postbank has revealed that interest in crypto investing is especially high among younger citizens, with one in two Germans between 18 and 34 expressing interest in investing in digital currencies. The study was conducted between late February and early March on the heels of sharp price declines, further proving that Germans remain unfazed by the unpredictable and volatile nature of the industry. Independence From Established Financial Systems Men and women answered differently when asked what aspect of cryptocurrencies interested them most. However, independence from established financial systems was found to be popular across the board. Women polled higher in that regard, with 60% citing it as […]
May 31, 2018

China: Calls For Lift On Cryptocurrency Ban After Xi Blockchain Speech

Expectations are growing that China will ease its cryptocurrency ban this week after president Xi Jinping called Blockchain part of the “new industrial revolution.” Xi’s Blockchain ‘Breakthroughs’ Commentaries in both the local press and on cryptocurrency social media claim the time is right for Beijing to readdress the ban, which began in September 2017. Xi mentioned Blockchain during a speech at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ nineteenth annual conference in Beijing May 28. Along with other new technologies, he said that “breakthroughs” were constantly coming, echoing China’s ongoing commitment to implementing projects of its own. The country is set to develop national Blockchain standards by the end of 2019. “Ever since the start of the 21st century, a new generation of industrial revolution is substantially reshaping the global economic structure with artificial intelligence, internet of things and Blockchain constantly making […]
May 31, 2018

Decentralized Islamic Bank Hada DBank Lands First Corporate Client

Blockchain-based Islamic banking pioneer Hada DBank is working to appeal to the 1.3 billion customers of Islamic banking around the world particularly common in the Middle East, East Asia and North African regions. The bank offers transparency, crowdfunding, interest-free solutions centered on investment and equitable distribution of resources among token holders in accordance with the principles of Islamic Banking. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article The Blockchain bank has successfully completed the first major milestone of landing a corporate client in the shape of Uberstate. As part of the deal Uberstate will become Hada DBank’s first corporate client and will purchase $1 million worth of HADA tokens. Both the startups will look to support each other to make a sustainable crypto-economy possible. UberState UberState is a revolutionary platform for real estate investment and development by providing an opportunity for fractional […]
May 31, 2018

EOS Airdrops and How To Claim Your Free Tokens

EOS is a blockchain platform where developers can run decentralized applications to serve several purposes just like Ethereum. It’s not just a cryptocurrency. Analysts have rated the EOS platform above… Continue reading “EOS Airdrops and How To Claim Your Free Tokens” The post EOS Airdrops and How To Claim Your Free Tokens appeared first on .
May 31, 2018

Watch Out Crypto Exchanges, Decentralization Is Coming

With regulatory uncertainty looming over the industry, incumbents should not feel too comfortable at the top.
May 31, 2018

Forex Firm CLS Invests $5 Million in Enterprise Blockchain Startup R3

U.S.-based FX settlement provider CLS has made a $5 million investment in blockchain software startup R3.
May 31, 2018

Crypto Exchange Huobi Confirms Move Into Brazilian Market

Huobi, a major cryptocurrency exchange originally from China, has told CoinDesk that it’s setting up shop in Brazil.
May 31, 2018

Bitcoin Investments Made Simple

Considering the swings in volatility, should Bitcoin still be considered an investment? There isn’t a lot of market history for Bitcoin – we know that. It’s only been around for nine years. But we wanted to take a look at just how much investment returns have been moving around if you’ve been in Bitcoin. We took a look at short, medium and the longer term, and yes, it was at $10.00 at one point and it got near $20,000 at one point. Now we’re back down to where we once were, about $7,500 – $8,000. If you got in, say three years ago, back in June of 2015, Bitcoin was around $450 a token. That’s in 3 years. So even with the market moves to the downside over the last couple of months in early of 2018, you still have a […]
May 31, 2018

Weiss Ratings Publishes Complete List of 93 Cryptocurrency Ratings

US independent rating agency, Weiss Ratings, has published its complete list of 93 cryptocurrency ratings. The company has upgraded its BTC rating to B-. The list shows 14 coins with B ratings including ETH, IOTA, NEO, XRP, STEEM, TRX, and XLM. Fifty-four of the rated cryptocurrencies carry C ratings. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Complete List of 93 Crypto Ratings On Tuesday, May 29, Weiss Ratings made public its complete list of 93 cryptocurrencies rated by the company. The American independent rating agency, founded in 1971, has been rating approximately 55,000 institutions and investments such as stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, insurance companies, banks, credit unions, and cryptocurrencies. Compiled on Friday, the list shows an overall rating of B- for BTC and C- for BCH. It can be obtained by signing up with an email address on […]
May 31, 2018

E-Commerce Disruptor SONDER Nears ICO Sellout

Since the inception of cryptocurrency, a core value among enthusiasts and evangelists in the space has been a necessity for merchant adoption. Now, nine years since the creation of Bitcoin, some merchant integration has been seen, but the technology as a whole has yet to provide a seamless method for widespread adoption among consumers and producers alike. However, the SONDER project could potentially be the key component, the link that unites blockchain with merchants throughout the world. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article Conceived in the Summer of 2017, SONDER represents an evolution in e-commerce initiatives in the blockchain sphere. Currently, a number of roadblocks: high fees, slow transactions, and a lack of transparency, has previously inhibited merchants from adopting blockchain market platforms. SONDER is a custom blockchain platform that addresses each of these issues through an ecosystem that is […]
May 31, 2018

Hong Kong: Central Bank Digital Currency ‘not Clearly Superior to’ Existing Infrastructure

Hong Kong official says central bank digital currency not needed right now due to the superiority of existing infrastructure
May 31, 2018

RChain — Multi-Threading Blockchain — Visa alike Scalability

RChain — Multi-Threading Blockchain — Visa alike Scalability was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
May 31, 2018

Bitcoin For America: Cryptocurrencies In Campaign Finance

As cryptocurrencies are becoming more mainstream, so are political donations in crypto
May 31, 2018

TOP-3 Underrated ICOs Within Last 2 Years: What Makes a Difference?

Once a blockchain startup takes off, it follows the goal to raise money for further development. Luckily, since 2017 there is a tool for crowdinvesting in new crypto businesses named ICO (Initial Coin Offering). What goes on during an ICO is the following: a startup, looking for funding, issues digital tokens. Tokens are available for purchase during the ICO by every person in the market. Once you buy the token, you are the only owner of it and can sell, keep or withdraw it as you like. No governmental regulations may restrict the process. In January — March 2018, there was raised about $6.3 bln via different ICOs. This amount already exceeds last year. It means the interest in ICOs is growing, and every young business is looking forward to it. Let’s see what ICO is like for some start-ups. […]
May 31, 2018

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Asus Creates 20-GPU Mining Motherboard

In today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief we feature news from all over the world. These stories include a new multi-GPU mining motherboard from Taiwan’s Asu; a Singaporean businessman acquiring a Japanese exchange; some ripple-loving alleged Russian hackers shaking down Canadian banks; and a Colombian soccer star launching his own coin. Also Read: Austrian Financial Market Authority Stops ‘Active Managed Mining’ Operation H370 Mining Master Asus (TWSE: 2357), the Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer, has announced a new motherboard that increases density with support for up to 20 graphics cards, designed specifically for crypto miners. The H370 Mining Master greatly replaces its predecessor’s x1 slots with banks of vertical PCIe-over-USB ports that let riser cables plug directly into the motherboard. The company explains that: “Mining is a numbers game; it’s only worthwhile if the value of the cryptocurrency you generate exceeds the […]