31 December 2016

Headlines 2016: The Year of Blockchain Hubris2016 may have been a big year for blockchain, but there were failed ideas, too. DeRose lists eight he thinks won’t carry over to the new year. Opinion: Nigeria Needs Bitcoin RegulationNigeria does not need to be one of the countries adopting a wait-and-see approach to regulate Bitcoin use […]

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30 December 2016

Headlines A Slow Awakening: 2016 in US Blockchain PolicyCoinDesk examines the developments (or lack thereof) that shaped the year in US blockchain regulation. Suspense Lingers as Bitcoin’s Price Eyes $1,000A continued bull run saw bitcoin prices push higher this week, but the digital currency failed to reach $1,000. DOJ lawyers argue Coinbase customers can’t challenge […]

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29 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Price Analysis 12/29/2016 – Setting Its Sights on $1,200?Bitcoin price could be in for more gains past $1000 as long-term candles show no signs of reversal just yet. Real Estate Blockchain Platform Joins University of British Columbia Research CollaborationMainstream media has caught on to the ways in which blockchain might revolutionize business processes. […]

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28 December 2016

Headlines Korea’s Central Bank Considers ‘Supernode’ for Blockchain OversightThe Bank of Korea has published research on issues it believes could hinder distributed ledger adoption, with a “supernode” being one solution. Bitcoin Price Analysis for 12/28/2016 – Closing in on $1000!Bitcoin price seems unstoppable in its climb as it is gunning for the $1000 level, which […]

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27 December 2016

Headlines Report: Hong Kong Banks Should Explore Blockchain Tech Despite Regulatory HurdlesThe FinTech market, particularly with blockchain technologies, is expected to flourish in Hong Kong in 2017 due to increased cooperation between Fintech and financial services firms, a KPMG report has claimed. In its “Hong Kong Banking Outlook 2017” [PDF] report, the services giant cites […]

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26 December 2016

Headlines Altcoin ADZCoin Releases Visitor & Publisher-Friendly Tool To Support Ad RevenueAn altcoin called ADZCoin has released a free tool, ADZbuzz, which counteracts ad blocking software and ensures websites continue to receive ad revenue. The “ublock adblocker” centralizes ad campaigns into a pay-per-click shopping engine that pays publishers, ensuring they get paid without banning visitors that […]

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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 To Obtain New Banknotes In India Is Possible With A Debit CardObtaining new rupee banknotes in India remains a big struggle to his very day. Nearly a month after the cash ban had gone into effect, a lot of residents are still waiting in line outside bank branches. Thanks to Snapdeal, it is now […]

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22 December 2016

Headlines FINRA Fines Various Banks Over Bad Record-Keeping PracticesThe year 2016 will not end on a high for Wells Fargo, by the look of things. FINRA has fined the bank, as well as a few other institutions, for a combined US$14.4 million. Apparently, all of these banks suffer from record-keeping problems that could have lead […]

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21 December 2016

Headlines Jersey Announces First Regulated Bitcoin Fund ListingThe Channel Islands Securities Exchange has announced that it has listed its first regulated bitcoin fund listing, the Jersey’s Global Advisors Investment Fund plc. As the largest of the Channel Islands located between England and France, Jersey, a U.K. dependency, now has the opportunity to push the island’s […]

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20 December 2016

Headlines Alex Tapscott: Thailand Should Embrace BlockchainAlex Tapscott, chief executive of Northwest Passage Ventures, a blockchain business consulting firm, has said that Thailand should embrace blockchain technology to improve quality of life, according to a report from the Bangkok Post. At a recent seminar, ‘Blockchain Revolution,’ hosted by Total Access Communication Plc (DTAC), Tapscott was […]

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19 December 2016

Headlines A Core Developer Calls the Bitcoin Business Community ‘Entitled’In what’s perhaps the most important discussion had between Bitcoin core developers and perhaps the most influential voice in Bitcoin, Roger Ver, Bitcoin core developer and Ciphrex founder Eric Lombrozo made comments about Bitcoin business leaders in reply to a comment made by Mr. Ver. The […]

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18 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex CSO: There’s a Chinese “Political Effort to Delay or Block” SegwitA recent discussion between the open-source Bitcoin Core developers, which oversees the Bitcoin code, and the influential Roger Ver, who has spearheaded many endeavors and appeared on countless programs to discus the cryptocurrency, took a brief aside to lament developments in […]

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17 December 2016

Headlines Ethereum Classic Price Surges By Over 30%Ethereum classic (ETC) made a comeback this week, enjoying a surge in both price and hashrate after successive roadblocks. Chinese Police Shut down Illegal Bitcoin Mining FarmAccording to Chinese publisher Xin’an Evening, Chinese police took down an illegal bitcoin mining farm in Bengbu, Anhui Province. The mining farm […]

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16 December 2016

Headlines ABN Amro Tests Blockchain for Real Estate TransactionsABN Amro has begun a new blockchain pilot focused on real estate transactions. Bitcoin Price Analysis 12/16/2016 – Settling in a RangeBitcoin price could continue to trade sideways as the Christmas holidays are approaching and volumes might be turned down. Chinese Regulators Shut Down Bonds Market TradingThe […]

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15 December 2016

Headlines 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 was arrested on Wednesday after the entered the US from Russia. This flight was a part of this […]

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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 Bitcoin Wallet Blockchain Adds Ex-Barclays Chief to BoardBitcoin wallet startup Blockchain has added former Barclays Bank group chief executive Antony Jenkins to its board of directors. Bitcoin Breakout Looks Very LikelyIn my opinion, Bitcoin is on the edge of a breakout.  On multiple timeframes, and on multiple bull setups, pricetime is on the edge […]

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12 December 2016

Headlines Venezuela Demonetizes 100bs Banknotes, India-like Panic AwaitsVenezuela, which operates an economy that is crumbling down in debt and hyperinflation, announced the demonetization of 100 bolivar fuerte (Bf) banknotes effective in the next 72 hours. Until the central bank releases higher denomination bills, an India-like panic is presumed to occur. Since mid-2016, the Venezuelan economy […]

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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 Ether Prices Fall to Lowest Since February as Sentiment SoursThe price of ether fell below $6 during the week through 9th December, reaching its lowest point since February. Smart Contracts: 12 Use Cases For Business And BeyondSmart contracts can automate many different kinds of processes and operations, the most obvious being payment and actions […]

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9 December 2016

Headlines Demonetization Brings Surge in Bitcoin Adopters in IndiaBitcoin, a currency that is immune from governmental controls is seeing plenty of interest in India, a country still reeling from an unprecedented cash crunch that sees over a billion people face government-imposed limits on ATM and bank withdrawals. The move to demonetize 500 and 1000 rupee […]

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8 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Price Finds its Climbing Boots AgainBitcoin price is clawing its way back to a range amongst the highs achieved in 2016. Today’s high of $772. 01 sees the value of the cryptocurrency within touching distance of the year-high mark scaled in June during the lead-up to this year’s halving event. Today’s high registered […]

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7 December 2016

Headlines Bitcoin Price Could Triple in 2017, Saxo Bank Says in ‘Outrageous’ PredictionDanish investment bank Saxobank has an “outrageous” prediction for 2017: the price of bitcoin could triple. Bitcoin Price Watch; Volatility Spike!So we’re off to a fresh day of trading in the bitcoin price, and with any luck, we’ll get some volatility this morning. […]

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6 December 2016

Headlines A U.S. State Prosecutor’s Office Paid $1,400 in Bitcoin to Ransomware ExtortionistsDetails of a sweeping international ransomware operation which had seen cybercriminals rake in millions in bitcoin from hundreds of thousands of victims around the world include a state prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, a report has revealed. The Avalanche group are the instigators and […]

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5 December 2016

Headlines Intel is Winning Over Blockchain Critics By Reimagining Bitcoin’s DNAA look at Intel’s project inspired by bitcoin’s proof-of-work. Japan’s Central Bank Staff are Running Blockchain TrialsThe Bank of Japan – the county’s central bank – is “test-driving” blockchain, or distributed ledger technology to understand the innovation, according to its governor Haruhiko Kuroda. Earlier today […]

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4 December 2016

Headlines China’s Peer to Peer Lending Meets Blockchain as Dianrong Joins Hyperledger ProjectChinese peer to peer platform Dianrong.com announced it will join Hyperledger Project, one of the world’s largest blockchain initiatives. According to the company’s press release, “Dianrong.com is the first Chinese P2P company to succesfully join the project.” Joining Hyperledger marks an important milestone […]

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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 Bitcoin Price Watch; Movin’ On Up!The weekend is pretty much upon us, and with it, we are drawing to a close yet another week’s worth of action in the bitcoin price. Things have been a little mish-mash this week. Our trading throughout the early week was relatively subdued, primarily as a result of the […]

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1 December 2016

Headlines Major Japanese Banks Seek Lower Costs With Blockchain PaymentsA group of major Japanese banks has published the first results of a blockchain interbank payments trial. Bitcoin Miner HaoBTC Launches a Hashrate ExchangeHaoBTC, one of the biggest miners with around 110 Petahash, controlling slightly more than 4% of bitcoin’s network, has launched a new hashrate […]

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