31 December 2016

Headlines Op-ed: Vitalik Buterin – Blockchain’s Person of the YearSince Nakamoto, no one has advanced this space more than Vitalik Buterin, the 22-year-old child-prodigy who in 2013 began thinking of extending blockchain’s capabilities beyond just money, launched his vision in 2015 and saw it explode this year with ETH increasing by more than 700%. More […]

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30 December 2016

Headlines Indians Face Fines & Possibly Prison for Holding Old Cash NotesFollowing the controversial demonetization drive enforced in early November by the Indian government, citizens holding “a large number” of now-outlawed cash notes beyond December 30 could be punished with fines and, according to some reports, even imprisonment. The Union Cabinet of Indian ministers, chaired […]

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29 December 2016

Headlines Hyperledger Adds 8 More Members to End 2016Hyperledger has announced eight new members to round off the year, including a venture-backed startup and a state-owned telecoms company. Bitcoin vs Gold: Which did better in 2016?The two contemporary safe havens during the times of economic crisis are the representatives of tradition and technology. While gold […]

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28 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Gains Mainstream Attraction in Switzerland Amid Price RallySwiss mainstream media outlets have provided extensive coverage on bitcoin over the past week, amid strong price rally of the digital currency. Both newspaper and online readers of the largest Swiss financial media network Handelszeitung expressed their optimism towards bitcoin’s rising mainstream attraction in Switzerland. Around […]

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27 December 2016

Headlines Indian News Outlet Tries to Smear BitcoinIndia Today, a prominent Indian news outlet, has published an investigative report on bitcoin that clearly attempts to tarnish its reputation, perhaps due to a lack of understanding, perhaps due to propaganda. In the report, India today essentially connects bitcoin with illegal activities such as money laundering, as […]

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26 December 2016

Headlines BTC Price Tech Analysis for 12/26/2016 – Bulls in a Mood Above $900Bitcoin price is bracing itself for a strong finish for the year, as it raked in more gains above $900. BitPesa to Strengthen Africa-China Remittance CorridorBitPesa, through its website, is helping businesses in China and Africa to send instant payments in local […]

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25 December 2016

Headlines Merry Christmas Bitcoiners!Today is a special day, regardless of religion, belief or lack of either because Christmas, more than a religious festival, is a celebration of life. As Augustine of Hippo states: “Hence it is that He was born on the day which is the shortest in our earthly reckoning and from which subsequent […]

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24 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Price Rally Still Has LegsBitcoin continues to show strength as it bounces back from profit-taking overnight, making yet another new swing high moments ago.  The question on traders mind everywhere is, no doubt: ’How far will this go?” While I have no definitive answers to that question, I can postulate guesses based on […]

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23 December 2016

Headlines Italian Startup Helperbit Supports NGO Legambiente to Raise Bitcoin for Natural DisastersLegambiente, the first non-profit organization in Italy, has teamed up with Helperbit, a natural disaster management platform, to accept bitcoin donations for natural disasters in a new campaign. Titled ‘The Rebirth Has a Young Heart’, it is dedicated to youth entrepreneurs in the […]

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22 December 2016

Headlines What 2016 Taught Us About Smart ContractsMarkit’s Jeffrey Billingham recaps the successes and tribulations of a year spent working on smart contract applications. Charlie Shrem’s Private Equity Platform to Hold Crowdsale Capped at $25 MillionMainstreet Investments will hold a crowdsale of 50 million tokens on Jan. 15, 2017 to March 15, 2017, capped at $25 million. […]

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21 December 2016

Headlines Taiwanese Blockchain Consortium to Enter New Regulatory SandboxA newly formed blockchain consortium hopes to get a boost from a regulatory sandbox currently in the final phases of implementation. CEX.IO Reaches $80 Million in Card TransactionsLondon-based bitcoin exchange CEX.IO, has reached $80 million in card transactions for deposits and withdrawals and 800,000 accounts since its […]

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20 December 2016

Headlines Acatis’ Global Mixed Fund Adds Bitcoin to Its PortfolioAcatis, an investment fund company for wealth managers and banks, becomes one of the first players in the traditional financial sector to add Bitcoin to its portfolio. The German asset investor manages around €3.5 billion for its clients. The traditional financial markets have so far been reluctant […]

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19 December 2016

Headlines France’s Central Bank Details its First Blockchain TestFrance’s central bank quietly released new details about its work with blockchain last week. Swiss Town Zug Continues Allowing Bitcoin Payments for Municipal ServicesThe Swiss town of Zug has decided to continue accepting bitcoin payments for municipality services following a pilot that launched in July 2016. First […]

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18 December 2016

Headlines U.S. Government Will Keep an Eye Out for Digital Currency CrimeWith only two weeks left in 2016, bitcoin seems in a rush to “catch up.” For the longest time, analysts have predicted that bitcoin would reach $800 by the end of the year, and for the last few days, it seems like that prediction […]

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17 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Fee Estimates Have Increased By 1,013% in USD TermsBitcoin fees have skyrocketed this year, increasing by 557% from 14 to 78 satoshis per byte, which translates to an eye-watering 1,013% increase in dollar terms in just one year, according to research by Jameson Lopp, engineer at BitGo. That still translates to just 22 […]

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16 December 2016

Headlines How Classic is Ethereum’s Austrian Kin“Ethereum Classic rejects Keynsean heresy, and returns to Bitcoin’s Austrian roots,” declares arvicco, a pseudonymous Ethereum Classic project coordinator and cross-chain trading programmer. An event organized by enthusiasts of Ethereum Classic took place Tuesday in London, featuring renowned cryptocurrency enthusiasts like Jon Matonis, whose words were the first in […]

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15 December 2016

Headlines Wyre Raises $5.8 Million for Cross-Border Blockchain PaymentsSan Francisco-based bitcoin startup Wyre has raised $5.8m in new funding. JPMorgan Chase Hacker Allegedly Ran a Bitcoin ExchangeJPMorgan Chase fell victim to a major computer hacking and fraud scheme a while ago. As it turns out, an American has been involved in this scheme. Joshua Aaron […]

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14 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin-based Marketplace OpenBazaar Raises $3 Million in New FundingOB1, the company behind the bitcoin-powered decentralized marketplace OpenBazaar has raised $3 million in new funding, furthering the development of an eBay-like marketplace detached from the trappings of intermediaries or fees associated with PayPal and payment cards. Announced yesterday, OpenBazaar’s latest round of funding was led […]

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13 December 2016

Headlines Blockchain Rewards Platform to Pilot in DubaiLoyyal, a New York-based blockchain-based loyalty and rewards platform, has snagged a contract with Dubai Holding, a multinational investment conglomerate. The partnership is a part of the Dubai Future Accelerators program, the government-supported accelerator program that has notably pinned blockchain technology front and center. According to the announcement, the […]

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12 December 2016

Headlines Dutch City Trials Blockchain for Real Estate ContractsDeloitte’s Netherlands branch is working with the city of Rotterdam to create a prototype for recording lease contracts on a blockchain. BTC-based Pyramid Scheme Flourishes in Zimbabwe as Economy ThickensPyramid schemes are not that uncommon in the African market these days. iRaisers, one of the most notorious […]

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11 December 2016

Headlines Post-Trade Firm Euroclear: CSDs Matter in Blockchain Settlement SystemA new report by Euroclear has looked at the regulatory and legal aspects of the use of blockchain technology in post-trade settlement in a European context. The report, Blockchain Settlement: Regulation, Innovation, and Application [PDF], with support from Slaughter and May, found that central securities depositories […]

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10 December 2016

Headlines Fold Remains More Useful Than WeChat Pay For Starbucks PurchasesPaying for Starbucks coffee can be done in a multitude of ways. Cash, payment cards, or even Bitcoin are all acceptable payment methods. But WeChat feels left out, and came up with a plan to rectify the situation. Through a strategic partnership between Tencent and […]

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9 December 2016

Headlines Twice As Many Ransomware Attacks Against US Compared CountriesOne of the primary reasons why bitcoin is becoming so popular is due to the ransomware threat This type of malicious software corrupts computer files and encrypts them. Restoring data access is – in most cases – only possible by paying a bitcoin fee. But as […]

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8 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Launches Equity Offer for InvestorsBitstamp, one of the oldest bitcoin exchange, has taken a somewhat unique step in offering ordinary investors equity with the aim of raising $1.2 million in return for 2% equity. Vasja Zupan, Chief Operating Officer at Bitstamp, told CCN: As Bitstamp has invested heavily to be fully […]

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7 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp to Exit Washington State Due to Regulatory ConstraintsLuxembourg-based bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has announced that after recent regulatory constraints imposed by the State of Washington, it will cease to serve customers from The Evergreen State, effective 20 December. One Reddit user posted the letter, concerned it may be a phishing attempt, which […]

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6 December 2016

Headlines Why I’m Taking Bitcoin Profits Amid Potential Price ResistanceAnalyst Tuur Demeester discusses his recent bitcoin trading strategy in light of recent price resistance. Apple Approves Six Malicious Bitcoin Wallets For Its App StoreFake Bitcoin wallets are a real threat to the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Mainly the Apple App Store seems to allow illegitimate wallets more […]

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5 December 2016

Headlines The U.S. Federal Reserve is Set to Outline FinTech MonitoringThe Federal Reserve is expected to outline how it intends to monitor FinTech innovations today in a research paper, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Even though the Fed has been visiting FinTech startups to understand what it is they do, the […]

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4 December 2016

Headlines Weekly LocalBTC Volume In India Doubles Amid Currency, Gold CrackdownOver the past week, there have been many news stories about Bitcoin in India. After the rupee note ban, the government started targeting gold supplies as well. All of these changes are driving people to Bitcoin, as can be seen on the Coin Dance charts. […]

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3 December 2016

Headlines ViaBTC Launches Free Bitcoin Transaction AcceleratorViaBTC, the largest mining pool supporting Bitcoin Unlimited right own, announced a new initiative. Their Transaction Accelerator allows users to speed up their network transaction to bypass network congestion. On paper, this sounds very similar to the replace-by-fee feature found in Bitcoin Core.  The only difference is how the […]

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2 December 2016

Headlines Amazon Launches its Financial Services Competency for FinTech StartupsAmazon Web Services (AWS) is ramping up efforts to help FinTech startups by launching its own Financial Services Competency, recognizing technology companies that work in the financial sector, according to a report by Business Insider. Any Amazon partner company is welcome to apply to the competency, […]

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1 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Price Watch; Here’s What’s On This MorningOkay. Here we are. The penultimate day of the week, and bitcoin price has finally started to pick up momentum. At the start of the week, we noted that we could be looking at targeting 800 as a medium-term upside target if the volatility that we saw towards […]

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