30 April 2017

Headlines Is Bitcoin a Great Hedge Against Struggling Debt-Based Economies?The US is known to the vast majority of the world as the global financial and economic powerhouse. Yet, the US holds the largest amount of external debt at $19.9 trillion. The UK, France and Germany fall behind the US respectively as the second, third and […]

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29 April 2017

Headlines The Australian Border Force Assigns Investigators to the DarknetThe Australian Border Force has created a team of intelligence analysts for the “dark net”, an encrypted part of the internet known for trade in drugs, as well as guns, child pornography and even extremist activity. Australia has emerged as a global leader in darknet commerce, according […]

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28 April 2017

Headlines JP Morgan Quits R3’s Blockchain Consortium, R3 Isn’t PleasedOne of R3’s earliest members has left the banking-centric blockchain consortium that sees a number of the world’s largest banks among its members. JP Morgan, the largest bank in the United States, has become the latest banking giant to exit the global banking blockchain consortium led […]

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27 April 2017

Headlines PBOC Official Claims Bitcoin Receive Same Legal Status Money Due LackIt has been a while since we last heard from the PBoC in regards to bitcoin. Late last week, one of the staffers mentioned how bitcoin cannot gain legal status in China. To be more specific, it can’t be put on the same level […]

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26 April 2017

Headlines Spotify Acquires Blockchain Startup MediachainDigital media streaming service Spotify has acquired blockchain startup Mediachain Labs as part of an undisclosed deal. Overstock Caps Series A for Bitcoin Startup Ripio With $400k FundingOverstock subsidiary Medici Ventures has added the South American bitcoin payments startup to its stable of blockchain-focused investments. Global Banks Join SWIFT for […]

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25 April 2017

Headlines Bank of England Seeks Startups for DLT Privacy ProjectsThe UK’s central bank is looking for partners for distributed ledger projects focused on data privacy. $150,000 in Stolen Indian Bank Money Used to Invest in BitcoinThe Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) lost Rs 6.14 crore rupees (approx $950,000) to four hacks in 49 days a bug […]

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24 April 2017

Headlines Interview: Bitcoiner Jameson Lopp, A Big Blocker, Explains Why He Supports SegwitThe bitcoin space has been embroiled in a two-years-long debate about scalability. One vocal participant in the debate is Jameson Lopp, a BitGo engineer. He supported Bitcoin XT back in 2015, now strongly supports segregated witnesses (segwit). After a number of Bitcoin Unlimited […]

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23 April 2017

Headlines What’s Horsepower? Or How to Differentiate Your Blockchain StartupHaving difficulty marketing your decentralized startup? Fear not, the past yields clues for how new disruptive tech can differentiate. Is a Lack of Regulation Stifling Bitcoin Growth?Cathy Mulligan, co-director of Imperial College London’s Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, believes a dearth of regulation is undermining […]

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22 April 2017

Headlines The Good Fight Season Finale Ends with Return of ‘Bitcoin Creator’Bitcoin and cyber-terrorism are on prime time once more thanks to the most recent season finale of ‘The Good Fight’. As well, the digital currency will soon be featured in the ‘My Money’ episode of ‘Dark Net’. Last week, in the first season finale of The […]

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21 April 2017

Headlines Hedge Fund Billionaire Invests 10% Net Worth into Bitcoin and EtherA hedge fund billionaire reportedly called bitcoin and ether the “best investments” of his storied career at an event on Wednesday. Middle East and North Africa Slow to Adopt FinTech, Say ExpertsThe Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region is being slow to adopt […]

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20 April 2017

Headlines ViaBTC Rants on SegWit, Lightning Network, & Bitcoin Core DevelopersEvery bitcoin enthusiast knows by now certain Chinese pools will never support SegWit. ViaBTC is one of the biggest proponents of this scaling solution so far. The company issued an official statement on Medium as to why they have taken this stance. All of these […]

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19 April 2017

Headlines Cisco, Bosch Reveal New Details on IoT-Blockchain ProjectsA blockchain-IoT consortium is moving forward on standardizing the technology its participants use with the launch of a new API. OKCoin Becomes Latest Bitcoin Exchange to Freeze US Dollar DepositsChinese digital currency exchange OKCoin has stopped accepting US dollar deposits, a move it attributed to banking issues. […]

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18 April 2017

Headlines Britain’s Chancellor Says FinTech is the next Industrial RevolutionFintech will change the way people do business and how they access their money, according to Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer. While speaking at an inaugural International Fintech Conference in London, Hammond said that FinTech had the opportunity to fundamentally transform the structure of the world […]

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17 April 2017

Headlines Top US Business Schools Are Racing to Incorporate BlockchainTop business schools are beginning to compete for blockchain talent amidst what professors say is a changing Wall Street job market. Bitcoin Price Watch; Here’s What Happened Today And What’s NextAnother day done in the bitcoin price, and this one’s been pretty dull. Price action throughout […]

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16 April 2017

Headlines GDAX Bitcoin Price Crashes to US$0.06 after System MaintenanceIt doesn’t happen often bitcoin exchanges cause a massive price glitch. For some reason, the GDAX exchange briefly listed bitcoin at US$0.06 per BTC. This event occurred right after the exchange came back from scheduled maintenance. Luckily, this price drop did not affect global bitcoin trading […]

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15 April 2017

Headlines R3’s Refusal of Russia’s Sberbank is Against the Principles of BlockchainAfter long and careful consideration, R3CEV, better known as the R3 consortium, also simply called R3, reportedly denied the application of Russia’s Largest Bank, Sberbank, to join the rest of the banks in the consortium due to international sanctions against Russia. Since the introduction […]

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14 April 2017

Headlines Japanese Banks Could Use Common Blockchain for Money Transfer TrialsThe Japanese Bankers Association (JBA) is working toward the development of a common blockchain platform for the country’s banks to begin trials of core banking processes including money transfers. The JBA is essentially an association that represents and works on behalf of 252 member institutions […]

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13 April 2017

Headlines ‘Into the War Room’: Overstock Looks Back on Bitcoin EmbraceOverstock looks back at its groundbreaking decision to accept bitcoin in 2014 – a notable early boost for digital currency. Fidelity Joins Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Initiative IC3Multinational financial services giant Fidelity Investments is joining the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts (IC3), a research group primarily […]

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12 April 2017

Headlines Bank of England: Next-Gen Settlement System Will Be DLT CompatibleAfter review, the UK central bank said today it will build the next version of its settlement system with distributed ledger tech in mind. The First Academic Journal Focusing on Blockchain LaunchesA university professor has launched a new academic journal dedicated to research focusing on […]

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11 April 2017

Headlines Intesa Sanpaolo Trials Data Recordkeeping on the BlockchainItalian banking conglomerate Banca Intesa Sanpaolo has tested a tool built on the bitcoin blockchain as part of a bid to validate trading data. Bitcoin Price Watch; Pushing Into The US AfternoonSo that’s another day done in our bitcoin price trading efforts – for the European day, […]

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10 April 2017

Headlines Bitcoin Exchange OKCoin Publishes Heightened AML GuidelinesOKCoin, one of China’s so-called ‘Big Three’ bitcoin exchanges, has published new guidelines to adhere to AML requirements by regulators and authorities. The announcement, published on its China-based and international websites, comes amid the ongoing withdrawal freeze of bitcoin and Litecoin enforced by Chinese exchanges due to regulatory […]

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9 April 2017

Headlines The Dark Days of Dogecoin: How Scammers and Bandits Brought Down Crypto’s Friendliest CurrencyCoinDesk’s Bailey Reutzel examines the darker side of dogecoin, chronicling the scams that almost killed the iconic project. As Bitcoin Fees Rise, OpenBazaar Looks at Altcoin PaymentsOpenBazaar, an open-source market that allows buyers and sellers of goods to directly create shops […]

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8 April 2017

Headlines Bitcoin Startups BitPesa and Bitbond Deliver P2P Loans for African BusinessesBitcoin startups BitPesa and Bitbond, based in Africa and Germany respectively, have announced a new initiative to bring financing options to businesses in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. The partnership sees BitPesa, a pan-African bitcoin payments startup that initially launched in Kenya in 2013 […]

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7 April 2017

Headlines Did One Tweet Make Litecoin’s Price Drop 20%?Litecoin prices fell roughly 20% within 24 hours, and the culprit appears to be a single tweet. Litecoin Price Falls after Segwit Confusion; Charlie Lee Explains ActivationLitecoin has tripled in the past week, rising from $4 to above $12. The main, if not sole reason, appears to […]

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6 April 2017

Headlines Bitcoin Core Runs “Trolling Campaigns”, Says Lightning Network DeveloperJoseph Poon, Lightning Network developer, has publicly stated today that Bitcoin Core has “a secret channel where they organize their PR and trolling campaigns.” He further stated that “many people have talked about it (more than 5 people) and it’s alluded to it in various places […]

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5 April 2017

Headlines Philly Fed President Praises Blockchain’s Authentication AbilitiesThe Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia became the latest arm of the US central bank to discuss the impact of blockchain this week. Ethereum Prediction Market Project Gnosis Sets ICO Launch DateAn ethereum-based prediction market project called Gnosis is moving forward toward its public debut. UK Looks to […]

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4 April 2017

Headlines Op-ed: A New Bitcoin Blocksize Proposal Goes NowhereI woke up today to what appeared to be good news. Joseph Poon, a Lightning Network developer, Stephen Pair from BitPay, Christopher Jeffrey from Purse and Fedor Indutny, had published a seemingly interesting proposal. In what appeared to be a compromise that may reluctantly get the support […]

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3 April 2017

Headlines Litecoin Price Doubles, Thanks to SegWit?Litecoin has more than doubled in the past five days, rising from around $4.30 to just under $9.50 after months of no activity. The reason appears to be segregated witnesses (segwit), a protocol upgrade that facilitates the Lightning Network and, potentially, sidechains. Segwit is currently going through the activation […]

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2 April 2017

Headlines Litecoin is Poised Like a Tight Spring & What about Ripple?Litecoin has traded within a narrow range since it’s 100% rally of a few days ago. Regular readers will note that in the previous column we suggested that price would likely be constrained a few days until pricetime can escape from the confines of […]

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1 April 2017

Headlines Gold Supply Rises With Large Mine Discovery, Bitcoin is Better Safe Haven AssetChina’s largest gold deposit in history was discovered in the province of Shandong earlier this week. Local publications reported that the newly found gold mine will add over US$22 billion worth of supply to the gold market. Shandong Gold Group, a Chinese […]

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