ICOs on Our Terms and Conditions

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 18. 13:40

ICOs on Our Terms and Conditions How to structure token sales that comply with securities laws open participation to a diverse range of purchasers and enhance value for all involved.

Millions Gone? Broker Takes Fire for Bitcoin Cash Trading Freeze

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 18. 12:45

Millions Gone? Broker Takes Fire for Bitcoin Cash Trading Freeze Bitcoin cash's big ups and downs have had market impacts far and wide, while showcasing the nascent nature of the crypto sector as a whole.

Gox ICO? CEO Karpeles Floats Token Sale to Revive Bitcoin Exchange

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 23:10

Gox ICO? CEO Karpeles Floats Token Sale to Revive Bitcoin Exchange A Mt Gox initial coin offering (ICO)? It's not that much of a far-fetched idea, according to the defunct bitcoin exchange's controversial CEO.

UBS CIO: We Aren't Getting Involved With Bitcoin

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 22:00

UBS CIO: We Aren't Getting Involved With Bitcoin UBS chief investment officer Mark Haefele says the world's largest money manager will not include bitcoin investments.

Ethereum Could Soon Launch Its First Casper Testnet

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 19:45

Ethereum Could Soon Launch Its First Casper Testnet An experimental consensus algorithm that's long been proposed as a pillar of the ethereum protocol could soon see its first testing.

No Fork, No Fire: Segwit2x Nodes Stall Running Abandoned Bitcoin Code

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 18:45

No Fork, No Fire: Segwit2x Nodes Stall Running Abandoned Bitcoin Code The Segwit2x bitcoin fork may have been formally called off, but as many as 150 nodes still running its code have stopped accepting transaction blocks

Internet Archive Adds Bitcoin Cash, Zcash to Donation Options

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 17:45

Internet Archive Adds Bitcoin Cash, Zcash to Donation Options The Internet Archive, host of the Wayback Machine, has announced it now supports donations in bitcoin cash and zcash.

ECB Council Member: Central Banks Considering Crypto Regulation

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 16:30

ECB Council Member: Central Banks Considering Crypto Regulation The European Central Bank's Ewald Nowotny has said that China's recent crackdown has brought new focus on cryptocurrency regulations.

Ripple Makes a Splash: XRP Price Looks Up on Amex News

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 15:30

Ripple Makes a Splash: XRP Price Looks Up on Amex News Positive news flow for Ripple seems to be boosting price, while the technical analysis also favors the bulls.

Visa Launches First Phase of Blockchain B2B Payments

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 14:35

Visa Launches First Phase of Blockchain B2B Payments Credit card giant Visa has launched the trial phase of its business-to-business payments system built with blockchain startup Chain.

Up and Away? Bitcoin Price Eyes $8,000 Or Higher

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 13:30

Up and Away? Bitcoin Price Eyes $8,000 Or Higher Bitcoin has staged a remarkable "V" shaped recovery from the last week's lows near $5,500, and may be looking at new highs ahead.

Friends Don't Let Friends Do Bad Crypto

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 12:30

Friends Don't Let Friends Do Bad Crypto Our duty to users doesn't end when they leave our site or app. Behaviors learned from us guide interactions with other services, writes Dan Elitzer.

Over 20 Banks Join Singapore-Hong Kong Blockchain Trade Network

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 11:20

Over 20 Banks Join Singapore-Hong Kong Blockchain Trade Network A number of banks have joined the recently announced blockchain-based trade network pilot jointly set up by Hong Kong and Singapore.

Just the Beginning? What the Tezos Lawsuits Mean for ICO Litigation

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 10:00

Just the Beginning? What the Tezos Lawsuits Mean for ICO Litigation Class-action litigators in the U.S. appear to be positioning for a potential pop in the hot initial coin offering market.

Just the Beginning? Tezos Lawsuits Could Open Doors for ICO Litigation

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 10:00

Just the Beginning? Tezos Lawsuits Could Open Doors for ICO Litigation Class-action litigators in the U.S. appear to be positioning for a potential pop in the hot initial coin offering market.

The Beginning? Tezos Could Open Doors for ICO Litigation

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 10:00

The Beginning? Tezos Could Open Doors for ICO Litigation Class-action litigators in the U.S. appear to be positioning for a potential pop in the hot initial coin offering market.

Nasdaq Contemplates Storing Asset Ownership Data on Blockchain

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 09:10

Nasdaq Contemplates Storing Asset Ownership Data on Blockchain Stock exchange operator Nasdaq filed a patent outlining how to store asset ownership data on a blockchain.

Nasdaq Explores Storing Asset Data on Blockchain

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 09:10

Nasdaq Explores Storing Asset Data on Blockchain Stock exchange operator Nasdaq filed a patent outlining how to store asset ownership data on a blockchain.

Swiss Firms to Let Traders Short Bitcoin With New Futures Products

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 06:30

Swiss Firms to Let Traders Short Bitcoin With New Futures Products Swiss bank Vontobel and Leonteq Securities announced that they will start trading Switzerland’s first two mini futures to short bitcoin on Friday.

Europe's Executive Arm Issues Report on Blockchain For Education

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 05:00

Europe's Executive Arm Issues Report on Blockchain For Education EU Commission has released a report titled 'Blockchain in Education' that explains on potentials of the nascent technology in the education industry.

Mimblewimble Just Launched Its First Testnet

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 17. 02:35

Mimblewimble Just Launched Its First Testnet An experimental blockchain boasting an innovative array of potential features is now entering a new phase of testing.

Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Institutional Storage Service

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 22:40

Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Institutional Storage Service Cryptocurrency wallet and exchange startup Coinbase is launching a new storage service aimed specifically at institutional investors.

$10 Million Minimum: Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Storage Service

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 22:40

$10 Million Minimum: Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Storage Service Cryptocurrency wallet and exchange startup Coinbase is launching a new storage service aimed specifically at institutional investors.

Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Storage Service

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 22:40

Coinbase Courts Hedge Funds With Storage Service Cryptocurrency wallet and exchange startup Coinbase is launching a new storage service aimed specifically at institutional investors.

Dell Subsidiary Considers Blockchain Use in Data Transfers

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 21:45

Dell Subsidiary Considers Blockchain Use in Data Transfers In a new patent application, Dell subsidiary VMWare outlines how it could integrate a blockchain into a proposed cloud-based data transfer service.

Bitcoin Approaches All-Time High As Price Shrugs Sell-Off

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 19:40

Bitcoin Approaches All-Time High As Price Shrugs Sell-Off The price of bitcoin is spiking, climbing above $7,700 for first time since Nov. 8.

Bitcoin Nears $7,900 to Hit New All-Time High

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 19:40

Bitcoin Nears $7,900 to Hit New All-Time High The price of bitcoin is spiking, climbing above $7,700 for first time since Nov. 8.

Survey: Bitcoin Investors Won't Sell Until Price Nears $200k

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 19:20

Survey: Bitcoin Investors Won't Sell Until Price Nears $200k New survey data highlights the ideological – and economic – factors driving some investors to purchase bitcoin.

$100 Bitcoin? Japan Post Bank's CIO Blasts 'Bubble' Value

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 18:05

$100 Bitcoin? Japan Post Bank's CIO Blasts 'Bubble' Value Bitcoin's astonishing price rally this year continues to attract skeptics, including the CIO of Japan Post Bank.

YouTube Stars Can Now Earn Brave's Browser Tokens

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 17:00

YouTube Stars Can Now Earn Brave's Browser Tokens The ad-blocking browser provides YouTubers with an alternative monetization strategy in a year of aggravation with the video site's ad-killing bots.

'Is It Real?': Square CFO Speaks Out on Cash App Bitcoin Trial

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 16:00

'Is It Real?': Square CFO Speaks Out on Cash App Bitcoin Trial The CFO of mobile payments firm Square has explained why the company launched a bitcoin pilot scheme.

Bitcoin Cash Dips to $1,000, But a Recovery May Be on the Cards

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 15:15

Bitcoin Cash Dips to $1,000, But a Recovery May Be on the Cards Bitcoin cash has lost 20 percent in the last 24 hours, but looks to have found a new bottom around $1,000.

American Express Opens First Blockchain Corridor With Ripple Tech

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 14:00

American Express Opens First Blockchain Corridor With Ripple Tech American Express just had its "Charles Lindbergh moment," using Ripple's blockchain to connect Santander clients in Europe and the U.S.

New Highs in Sight? Bitcoin Moves Back Above $7,500

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 13:35

New Highs in Sight? Bitcoin Moves Back Above $7,500 Bitcoin is showing no signs of stopping its recent upwards surge. As prices climb once again, are new highs on the horizon?

Kik Might Move Its ICO Tokens to a New Blockchain

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 13:00

Kik Might Move Its ICO Tokens to a New Blockchain A high-profile ICO project is re-evaluating whether it will stick with the ethereum network or shift to a more scalable and lower-cost solution.

Kik Might Just Move Its ICO Tokens to a New Blockchain

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 13:00

Kik Might Just Move Its ICO Tokens to a New Blockchain A high-profile ICO project is re-evaluating whether it will stick with the ethereum network or shift to a more scalable and lower-cost solution.

Moldova Eyes Blockchain IDs to Help Curb Child Trafficking

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 12:00

Moldova Eyes Blockchain IDs to Help Curb Child Trafficking Moldova is considering teaming with a U.N. blockchain identity project to help combat child trafficking in the country, according to a report.

Morgan Stanley CEO: Bitcoin Is 'By Definition Speculative'

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 11:00

Morgan Stanley CEO: Bitcoin Is 'By Definition Speculative' Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman has added to recent criticism of bitcoin in new comments.

Lightning Only? Scaling Bitcoin Might Require A Whole 'Nother Layer

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 10:02

Lightning Only? Scaling Bitcoin Might Require A Whole 'Nother Layer A new paper outlines an additional layer to the Lightning Network that would make payment channels even more scalable.

'Big Four' Firm KPMG Joins Blockchain Advocacy Group

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 06:10

'Big Four' Firm KPMG Joins Blockchain Advocacy Group 'Big four' consulting firm KPMG has announced it is joining the industry trade group, the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance.

India's Supreme Court Calls on Government to Regulate Bitcoin

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 04:30

India's Supreme Court Calls on Government to Regulate Bitcoin The court asked India's central bank and several government agencies to respond to a petition that expressed concern about tax dodges and ransomware.

India's Supreme Court Prods Government on Bitcoin Regulation

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 16. 04:30

India's Supreme Court Prods Government on Bitcoin Regulation The court asked India's central bank and several government agencies to respond to a petition that expressed concern about tax dodges and ransomware.

Tezos Founders Hit With Second Class Action Suit

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 22:31

Tezos Founders Hit With Second Class Action Suit A second class action lawsuit has been filed against the founders of blockchain startup Tezos, alleging violation of U.S. securities law.

Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 21:45

Brokerage Chief: Bitcoin Futures Must Be Quarantined A well-known electronic brokerage firm is issuing dire warnings against the CME Group's plan to launch a bitcoin futures contract next month.

Fujitsu Eyes Cryptocurrency Trading With Cross-Blockchain Payments Tech

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 20:15

Fujitsu Eyes Cryptocurrency Trading With Cross-Blockchain Payments Tech Japanese IT firm has unveiled a new payments technology designed to facilitate transactions between blockchains.

Alleged Bitcoin Launderer Faces Extradition Hearing Next Month

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 18:10

Alleged Bitcoin Launderer Faces Extradition Hearing Next Month An alleged money laundered tied to the BTC-e bitcoin exchange and wanted by both Russia and the U.S. will attend an extradition hearing next month.

Canaccord: ICOs Could Become Commonplace

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 17:10

Canaccord: ICOs Could Become Commonplace Initial coin offerings (ICOs) could one day come to be seen as similar to inital public offerings (IPOs), according to a new report.

Wealth Manager Canaccord: ICOs Could Become Commonplace

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 17:10

Wealth Manager Canaccord: ICOs Could Become Commonplace Initial coin offerings (ICOs) could one day come to be seen as similar to inital public offerings (IPOs), according to a new report.

Parity Team Publishes Postmortem on $160 Million Ether Freeze

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 16:05

Parity Team Publishes Postmortem on $160 Million Ether Freeze Parity has released new details on how a critical code flaw resulted in the freezing of $160 million worth of ether.

Prudential, StarHub to Launch Blockchain Trade Platform In Singapore

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 15:30

Prudential, StarHub to Launch Blockchain Trade Platform In Singapore Insurance giant Prudential has partnered with Singapore telco StarHub to launch a new blockchain-based digital trade platform for enterprises.

You Want Democracy? Try a Hard Fork

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 14:30

You Want Democracy? Try a Hard Fork The mere option of forking not only empowers cryptocurrency users when they leave a project, but also when they stay, writes Taylor Pearson.

Code Name Babylon: Cobalt Is Spinning Off a New Blockchain Subsidiary

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 13:30

Code Name Babylon: Cobalt Is Spinning Off a New Blockchain Subsidiary Distributed ledger startup Cobalt is seeking to spin off part of its technology in a bid to win ground in a wider variety of enterprise use cases.

Turning Tide? Bitcoin Tests $7,000 As Price Pushes Higher

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 12:45

Turning Tide? Bitcoin Tests $7,000 As Price Pushes Higher Analysis of the bitcoin price charts suggests the tide is slowly turning in favor of the bulls, although $7,000 could be a stumbling block.

Turning Tide? Bitcoin Tops $7,000 As Price Pushes Up

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 12:45

Turning Tide? Bitcoin Tops $7,000 As Price Pushes Up Analysis of the bitcoin price charts suggests the tide is slowly turning in favor of the bulls, although $7,000 could be a stumbling block.

Square's Cash App Pilots Bitcoin Buying and Selling

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 12:00

Square's Cash App Pilots Bitcoin Buying and Selling Some users of Square's Cash App have quietly been given the option to buy or sell bitcoin within their accounts, according to reports.

SecureKey Taps IBM Blockchain for Digital Identity System Launch

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 11:00

SecureKey Taps IBM Blockchain for Digital Identity System Launch Canadian startup SecureKey has revealed it will soon launch an ID verification system built with IBM Blockchain.

Shitshow or Success? Bitcoin Gold's Launch Has Been Anything But Smooth

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 10:00

Shitshow or Success? Bitcoin Gold's Launch Has Been Anything But Smooth Following user confusion and controversy, many in the bitcoin gold community, including developers, think the new cryptocurrency is running smoothly.

Shitshow to Success? Bitcoin Gold's Launch Has Been Anything But Smooth

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 10:00

Shitshow to Success? Bitcoin Gold's Launch Has Been Anything But Smooth Following user confusion and controversy, many in the bitcoin gold community, including developers, think the new cryptocurrency is running smoothly.

'Shitshow' to Success? Bitcoin Gold's Launch Has Been Anything But Smooth

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 10:00

'Shitshow' to Success? Bitcoin Gold's Launch Has Been Anything But Smooth Following user confusion and controversy, many in the bitcoin gold community, including developers, think the new cryptocurrency is running smoothly.

Blockchain Advocacy Group Launched in Wyoming

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 09:10

Blockchain Advocacy Group Launched in Wyoming The Wyoming Blockchain Coalition launched on Tuesday, and aims to encourage companies to use the technology in the Equality State.

UK Hedge Fund Eyes Cryptocurrencies On Heels of CME Futures Plan

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 08:00

UK Hedge Fund Eyes Cryptocurrencies On Heels of CME Futures Plan British hedge fund Man Group's CEO Luke Ellis told Reuters Tuesday that the company would add bitcoin to its investment portfolio.

UK Hedge Fund Man Group Mulls Bitcoin Futures Offering

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 08:00

UK Hedge Fund Man Group Mulls Bitcoin Futures Offering British hedge fund Man Group's CEO Luke Ellis told Reuters Tuesday that the company would add bitcoin to its investment portfolio.

Singapore's Central Bank Outlines When ICOs Are and Aren't Securities

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 06:00

Singapore's Central Bank Outlines When ICOs Are and Aren't Securities Singapore Central Bank issued guide to digital token offerings providing general guidance on the application of securities laws administered by MAS.

Bitcoin Bulletproofed: Wuille, Maxwell and More Propose Scalable Privacy Tech

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 15. 04:30

Bitcoin Bulletproofed: Wuille, Maxwell and More Propose Scalable Privacy Tech A paper outlining "Bulletproofs" contends to cut the down the size of confidential transactions, a long-anticipated privacy technology for bitcoin.

UK Finance Regulator Warns Against Cryptocurrency Derivatives

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 23:15

UK Finance Regulator Warns Against Cryptocurrency Derivatives The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority warned against investing in cryptocurrency-based contracts in a post published Tuesday.

Morgan Stanley Predicts 2018 Plunge in GPU Mining Sales

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 20:20

Morgan Stanley Predicts 2018 Plunge in GPU Mining Sales Cryptominers will likely purchase fewer graphics cards in 2018 as ethereum's hard forks make mining a less profitable exercise.

Top SEC Accountant Wants Auditor Eyes on Crypto

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 19:05

Top SEC Accountant Wants Auditor Eyes on Crypto The SEC's chief accountant is taking distributed ledger technology seriously, exhorting other accountants to do the same.

Russian Central Bank Official: ICOs Have 'Huge Potential'

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 18:00

Russian Central Bank Official: ICOs Have 'Huge Potential' A senior official at Russia's central bank said earlier today that he believes initial coin offerings could drive funding opportunities for startups.

BCH's New Combo: Bull Exhaustion With Limited Downside?

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 16:45

BCH's New Combo: Bull Exhaustion With Limited Downside? Bitcoin cash is up again, after record price highs last week, but are the bulls running out of steam?

Bitcoin Cash's New Combo: Bull Exhaustion With Limited Downside?

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 16:45

Bitcoin Cash's New Combo: Bull Exhaustion With Limited Downside? Bitcoin cash is up again, after record price highs last week, but are the bulls running out of steam?

Chinese Power Provider Denies Bitcoin Mining Ban

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 16:19

Chinese Power Provider Denies Bitcoin Mining Ban A state-owned electric utility in China is rebuffing rumors that bitcoin mining has been deemed illegal by the government.

SAP Adds 27 Members to Blockchain Innovation Program

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 15:30

SAP Adds 27 Members to Blockchain Innovation Program German software giant SAP has announced the addition of 27 members to its blockchain initiative, including Deutsche Telekom and Benjamin Moore & Co.

I'm Really Into Blockchain. I Blockchain Everything!

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 14:30

I'm Really Into Blockchain. I Blockchain Everything! Imagine saying “I’m interested in ledger.” Must we accept this increasingly ubiquitous usage of the word "blockchain" as an unavoidable fact of life?

Bottom in Place? Bitcoin's Price Needs to Consolidate

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 13:45

Bottom in Place? Bitcoin's Price Needs to Consolidate Bitcoin's price is holding its ground so far today – is the short-term bottom in place?

CoinHive Cryptocurrency Miner Is 6th Most Common Malware, Says Report

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 13:00

CoinHive Cryptocurrency Miner Is 6th Most Common Malware, Says Report Cyber-security solutions provider Check Point Software has said that the threat from cryptocurrency mining malware is rapidly growing.

Reality Shares, Nasdaq Partner to Launch Blockchain Economy Index

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 12:00

Reality Shares, Nasdaq Partner to Launch Blockchain Economy Index Investment marketplace Reality Shares has teamed up with Nasdaq to launch an index tracking companies in the nascent blockchain industry.

Hong Kong Official Touts Blockchain for China's 'Belt and Road' Plan

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 11:00

Hong Kong Official Touts Blockchain for China's 'Belt and Road' Plan A senior Hong Kong treasury official has said blockchain could bolster China's ongoing efforts to significantly expand its trade capabilities.

I'll Give You My Bitcoin When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 10:00

I'll Give You My Bitcoin When You Pry It From My Cold, Dead Hands Unlike money in the bank, cryptocurrency can't be unilaterally seized by governments, clawing back a modicum of power for the individual.

Ubin Part 2: Singapore Central Bank Publishes Blockchain Project Details

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 09:30

Ubin Part 2: Singapore Central Bank Publishes Blockchain Project Details A new report from the Monetary Authority of Singapore details the second phase of its "Project Ubin" blockchain project.

Irani Central Banker: 'Risky' Bitcoin Requires Review

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 06:15

Irani Central Banker: 'Risky' Bitcoin Requires Review A deputy director from the Central Bank of Iran is reviewing the country's cryptocurrency policy amid a wider fintech push.

Iranian Central Banker: 'Risky' Bitcoin Requires Review

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 06:15

Iranian Central Banker: 'Risky' Bitcoin Requires Review A deputy director from the Central Bank of Iran is reviewing the country's cryptocurrency policy amid a wider fintech push.

Mastercard Seeks Patent for Instant Blockchain Payments Processing

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 14. 04:00

Mastercard Seeks Patent for Instant Blockchain Payments Processing New patent filings from Mastercard show how the credit card giant is looking at blockchain as a possible means for easing payment settlement times.

Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks Blockchain In Bid to Ease Mining Difficulties

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 23:30

Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks Blockchain In Bid to Ease Mining Difficulties Bitcoin cash appears to be successfully navigating a planned hard fork. At press time, the majority of the network nodes (roughly 82 percent) have transitioned to new software (version 0.16.0 or later) that includes rules aimed at making the protocol's reward distribution more attractive to the miners that secure its blockchain. Executed at roughly 21:00 […]

Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks In Bid to Ease Mining Difficulties

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 23:30

Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks In Bid to Ease Mining Difficulties Bitcoin cash appears to be successfully navigating a planned hard fork. At press time, the majority of the network nodes (roughly 82 percent) have transitioned to new software (version 0.16.0 or later) that includes rules aimed at making the protocol's reward distribution more attractive to the miners that secure its blockchain. Executed at roughly 21:00 […]

CME CEO: Bitcoin Futures Could Begin Trading As Soon As December

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 19:53

CME CEO: Bitcoin Futures Could Begin Trading As Soon As December CME chairman and CEO Terry Duffy has said that the derivatives exchange operator could list a planned bitcoin futures product as early as next month.

Parity Floats Fix for $160 Million Ether Fund Freeze

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 19:10

Parity Floats Fix for $160 Million Ether Fund Freeze Work continues on a possible way to free up the more than $150 million worth of ether stuck in multi-signature wallets following a hack last week.

PR: Buy Gift Cards with Cryptocurrency. Introducing Gift Token

Bitcoin News

2017. Nov. 13. 18:30

PR: Buy Gift Cards with Cryptocurrency. Introducing Gift Token

Austin, TX – Gift Token.io introduces a new gift card online shop that will allow purchase with only cryptocurrency. While global cryptocurrency adaptation seems to be years away, this simple solution seeks to grant cryptocurrency enthusiasts and investors alike an easier way to spend their hard earned cryptocurrency.

The post PR: Buy Gift Cards with Cryptocurrency. Introducing Gift Token appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Dutch Regulator: ICO Environment Is a 'Dangerous Cocktail'

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 17:45

Dutch Regulator: ICO Environment Is a 'Dangerous Cocktail' Regulators have issued a new warning to investors in the Netherlands about putting money into initial coin offerings (ICOs).

Dash Cryptocurrency Builds Base After Setting Record Above $500

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 16:45

Dash Cryptocurrency Builds Base After Setting Record Above $500 The world's sixth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization rose to record highs above $500 on Sunday, and is now trading above the $400 mark.

Ex-CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton: Bitcoin Isn't a Scam

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 16:00

Ex-CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton: Bitcoin Isn't a Scam Former U.S. trading commissioner Bart Chilton has said that bitcoin is "not a scam or fraud," according to a news report.

Mining Fee FAQ

Bitbargain.com

2017. Nov. 13. 15:40

Mining Fee FAQ

Why are your fees so high?

If only they were our fees! We would love nothing more than to make withdrawals completely free as they were before and still are most of the time.

We never made money off our users withdrawing coins and do not intend to ever profit off withdrawals.

We felt it was important to explain that the fee is not a withdrawal fee: it is a mining fee required by the Bitcoin network (specifically the bitcoin miners) to confirm transactions.

What is this mining fee? What are confirmations? Why do I need them?

In order for your withdrawal (a bitcoin transaction) to get confirmed (read: ‘finalised’) by the network, a miner has to find a block and put your transaction in it, so it becomes part of the blockchain. Whatever mining fee you paid to send the transaction is given to the miner as a reward for validating that your transaction is legitimate and helping to secure the bitcoin network.

There is a new block found by miners every 10 minutes on average under normal circumstances, but because it is up to chance, it could also take hours to find a block.

One block can hold roughly 2,000 transactions.

Why is the mining fee high?

If there are more unconfirmed transactions than fit in a block, the miners need to prioritise which of them they will include. Miners typically give priority to transactions with a higher fee to maximise their profits.

With tens of thousands of unconfirmed transactions, people who want a quick confirmation pay more and more to get ahead of the queue. In other words, people are bidding to get a better chance of their bitcoins arriving to their destination as soon as possible.

Who decides what the fee options should be?

Like many wallets out there, we rely on https://bitcoinfees.21.co/ to estimate the minimum fee required to get your transaction confirmed quickly. The fee estimates are automatically pulled every few minutes. This means that the fee options change along with the state of the bitcoin network in realtime.

When there are many unconfirmed transactions, all paying high fees, it will cost you more money to get a confirmation since you are competing with them.

When the network isn’t overloaded and there are only a few thousand unconfirmed transactions, free withdrawals are possible.

I am not in a rush to get a quick confirmation. Why am I forced to pay a mining fee?

Under normal circumstances, you can choose the free withdrawal option. Sometimes the free withdrawal option is enough to get confirmed on the first block found, in which case we do not even let you add a mining fee and waste your money unnecessarily.

However, if the fee estimates suggest that not adding an extra mining fee would result in the transaction being confirmed in a long time (currently 40 blocks, or ~7 hours on average), free withdrawals are no longer possible.

This is because of how bitcoin uses “change addresses”.

To understand what this means, imagine that you are paying for a loaf of bread with a $100 note. You give the money to the cashier and they return $98 to you (the change). Until you get your change back, you are out of $100 temporarily. In the real world, this happens very quickly. In the case of bitcoin, the change is returned when the transaction confirms.

Analogies aside, your withdrawal of 0.001 BTC could lock 5 BTC of our funds until the transaction is confirmed. You can probably see that even a few slow withdrawals are guaranteed to cause the full balance in our hot wallet to be locked pending confirmations. And we need to be able to process hundreds of bitcoin transactions every day. We need our change money back.

The bottom line is: allowing slow transactions would prevent us from fulfilling withdrawal requests by our users.

When the number of unconfirmed transactions rises suddenly and unexpectedly, it does result in withdrawal problems on many sites. For example, just yesterday users of Localbitcoins couldn’t get their withdrawals processed for hours as a result.

Can I get away with paying less somewhere else?

We pay part of the mining fee to provide the best experience possible for our users, therefore your BitBargain withdrawal may be cheaper than using your own bitcoin wallet. Don’t store your coins in our wallet though, it’s only for temporary use.

The fees were low yesterday and now they are suddenly excessive! What caused that?

This blog entry is being written on the 13th of November 2017. Yesterday we have seen a group of miners suddenly remove their mining power from bitcoin temporarily.

This has caused blocks to be rarely found, instead of the usual 10 minutes they took over 30 minutes on average, sometimes over an hour. Transactions just kept piling up between blocks.

With only a few rare blocks found to include and confirm the pending transactions, the waiting queue just kept growing, the fee competition was strong. The cost of a quick confirmation rose to over £13 worth of BTC!

The miners have since switched back to mining bitcoins and the backlog of over 170,000 unconfirmed tranactions is being cleared with every block found. If this continues, free withdrawals should be available in a day again.

Is there anything I can do to avoid having my coins locked if I don’t want to pay the mining fee?

Before making a purchase, we strongly recommend visiting your BitBargain wallet first to see what the fee options are in the dropdown. If the fees are high, if the free withdrawal estimates a long confirmation time, you may not be able to make a free withdrawal. If that is a problem, please hold off with the purchase until the situation gets better.

European Financial Regulator Warns Investors On ICO Risks

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 15:30

European Financial Regulator Warns Investors On ICO Risks The European Securities and Markets Authority has issued statements outlining the perceived risks of ICOs for investors and startups.

The SAFT Is a Symptom of Regulatory Uncertainty

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 15:00

The SAFT Is a Symptom of Regulatory Uncertainty The SAFT framework, despite its limitations, is a reasonable path forward for token issuers given the ambiguity of current laws, writes Jerry Brito.

Quantum Physics and Astrology Predict Bad Things For Bitcoin

Bitcoin News

2017. Nov. 13. 14:10

Quantum Physics and Astrology Predict Bad Things For Bitcoin

Forget about technical analysis, charting, or market psychology. There’s a new way of predicting the fate of bitcoin that doesn’t involve busting out the bollinger bands or discerning cup-and-handle patterns. The name for this cutting-edge price predictor? Astrology. Also read: Swedish Pirate Rick Falkvinge Brings Humor and Profundity to Bitcoin Cash Debate Divining Market Dynamics Astrology […]

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'Immature' No Longer: Brazil's Central Bank Is Ramping Up Its Blockchain Work

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 14:00

'Immature' No Longer: Brazil's Central Bank Is Ramping Up Its Blockchain Work Brazil's central bank is now moving to increase the quantity of its blockchain work – months after abandoning the effort.

Brazil's Central Bank Is Ramping Up Blockchain R&D

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 14:00

Brazil's Central Bank Is Ramping Up Blockchain R&D Brazil's central bank is now moving to increase the quantity of its blockchain work – months after abandoning the effort.

Recovery In Doubt? Bitcoin Price May Not Sustain Above $6,500

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 13:30

Recovery In Doubt? Bitcoin Price May Not Sustain Above $6,500 Bitcoin is in a recovery mode today, bouncing back from a sell-off that occurred after the suspension of the Segwit2x hard fork last week.

European Commission to Assess Potential of EU-Wide Blockchain Infrastructure

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 12:00

European Commission to Assess Potential of EU-Wide Blockchain Infrastructure The European Commission (EC) is launching a study aimed to assess the potential of an EU-wide blockchain infrastructure.

UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking

CoinDesk

2017. Nov. 13. 11:00

UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking The United Nations has partnered with the World Identity Network to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking.

Japan Teaches Western Governments a Lesson in Cryptocurrency Regulation

Bitcoin News

2017. Nov. 13. 10:30

Japan Teaches Western Governments a Lesson in Cryptocurrency Regulation

Bitcoin is a phenomenon that provokes conflicting emotions in people. Fear. Excitement. Elation. Doubt. For governments tasked with regulating every new thing that comes along, be it the motor car or the internet, bitcoin presents a conundrum. How to regulate such a seemingly unregulatable creation? While many western governments have reached for the button marked […]

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