BCH-Based Openswap Client Will Feature Trustless Atomic Swaps

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 16. 03:35

BCH-Based Openswap Client Will Feature Trustless Atomic Swaps

On Friday, Dec. 14, Bitcoin Cash developer Mark Lundeberg announced his new project Openswap, a fork of the Electron Cash client that features atomic swap functionality. Lundeberg’s been working on the Openswap software for months and the tool can perform swaps between bitcoin cash (BCH) and BTC in a trustless fashion. Also read: Markets Update: Bears […]

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Switzerland to Relax Laws to Accommodate Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Startups

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 16. 00:00

Switzerland to Relax Laws to Accommodate Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Startups

The Swiss government has announced a new legislative approach to blockchain regulation in an official report. The document recognizes the technology as one of the most important recent developments for the financial sector in stimulating the country’s economy. Also read: How Bitcoin Companies can Legally Operate in Switzerland A Swiss Innovation Paradise According to the […]

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Switzerland to Relax Laws for Blockchain and Crypto Startups

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 16. 00:00

Switzerland to Relax Laws for Blockchain and Crypto Startups

The Swiss government has announced a new legislative approach to blockchain regulation in an official report. The document recognizes the technology as one of the most important recent developments for the financial sector in stimulating the country’s economy. Also read: How Bitcoin Companies can Legally Operate in Switzerland A Swiss Innovation Paradise According to the […]

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Monitor Bitcoin Cash Development With the Coin Dance Tracking Page

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 22:00

Monitor Bitcoin Cash Development With the Coin Dance Tracking Page

Cryptocurrency data website Coin Dance revealed on Friday the team’s revamped Bitcoin Cash protocol development tracking page. Interested proponents can get a comprehensive look at all the completed BCH developments, proposals, ideas that are being discussed, and concepts that are currently under development. Also read: Markets Update: Bears Continue to Drag Cryptocurrency Prices Down The […]

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Linkedin Names ‘Blockchain Developer’ Top Emerging US Job of 2018

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 20:00

Linkedin Names ‘Blockchain Developer’ Top Emerging US Job of 2018

Linkedin has published its 2018 “Emerging Jobs Report” for the United States, in which it names “Blockchain Developer” as the most rapidly emerging employment position of the past year. According to the report, the position saw growth of 33x on Linkedin’s platform during 2018. Also Read: Pantera Capital Braces for SEC Action Against 25 Percent of […]

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Will Coinbase Hit Its 2018 Target of $1.3 Billion in Revenue?

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 18:00

Will Coinbase Hit Its 2018 Target of $1.3 Billion in Revenue?

The current crypto bear market is dragging on, with billions in cryptocurrency wealth wiped out in 2018. The trading volume of six year-old Coinbase has hit a yearly low. Despite the crypto winter, the company is continuing to raise funds and has reached an impressive valuation of $8 billion. But is this figure justified and […]

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Wendy McElroy: From Drugs to Gold and Prostitution, the Blockchain Minimizes Violence

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 16:00

Wendy McElroy: From Drugs to Gold and Prostitution, the Blockchain Minimizes Violence

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Section 5: Saving the World Through Anarchism Chapter 11, Part 9 From Drugs to Gold and Prostitution, the Blockchain Minimizes Violence The most obvious objection to relying on self-defense…and restitution to prevent and rectify rights violations, is that these measures will be inadequate to deter criminals…Most people […]

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The Daily: Japan Calls All Coins ‘Crypto Assets’, Russia Defines Cryptocurrency as Property

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 14:15

The Daily: Japan Calls All Coins ‘Crypto Assets’, Russia Defines Cryptocurrency as Property

The Financial Services Agency of Japan has resolved to refer to cryptocurrencies as “crypto assets” in order to prevent confusion with legal tender. Also in The Daily, the Justice Ministry in Moscow has confirmed that it classifies digital coins as “other property.” Finally, according to a recent report, stablecoins have seen significant growth over the […]

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Pantera Capital Braces for SEC Action Against 25 Percent of ICO Investments

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 12:15

Pantera Capital Braces for SEC Action Against 25 Percent of ICO Investments

Increasingly frequent action taken by the SEC against initial coin offerings is expected to lead to more cryptocurrency projects being forced to refund investors. Among those expected to be affected is the first U.S.-based cryptocurrency investment firm, Pantera Capital, with the company bracing to receive refunds on a quarter of its ICO investments. Also Read: BTI […]

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One Month Later, Which Crypto Is Winning the Bitcoin Cash Split?

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 15. 11:00

One Month Later, Which Crypto Is Winning the Bitcoin Cash Split? After a month of wild volatility and 'hash wars,' the public still has yet to pick a clear favorite out of the two new bitcoin cash forks, BCHABC and BSV.

Crypto is for Activists: Why We Need More Cypherpunks, Not Cypherposers

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 15. 10:20

Crypto is for Activists: Why We Need More Cypherpunks, Not Cypherposers Bitcoin is activism, not a get rich quick scheme or a startup platform, says Lamassu's Zach Harvey.

BTI Claims Only Two of Top 25 Crypto Exchanges Accurately Report Volume

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 07:35

BTI Claims Only Two of Top 25 Crypto Exchanges Accurately Report Volume

The Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) has published its December 2018 “Exchange Volumes Report,” claiming that only two of the top 25 cryptocurrency exchanges by reported volume on Coinmarketcap pairings accurately report their trade volume. The report also asserts that wash-trading is estimated to comprise 99 percent of the purported volume for 12 of the top […]

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Free Speech Social Network Gab Starts Accepting BTC

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 04:35

Free Speech Social Network Gab Starts Accepting BTC

Gab, a social network dedicated to preserving freedom of speech, has announced that its store now accepts BTC directly after banks and payment processors denied the platform service. “Literally no one can no-platform our new crypto shop,” Gab announced. The platform integrated Btcpay Server after it was refused service by Coinbase and Bitpay. Also read: Indian […]

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When There’s Blood in the Street (Why It’s Not Quite Time to Be Long Crypto)

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 15. 03:52

When There’s Blood in the Street (Why It’s Not Quite Time to Be Long Crypto) Timothy Enneking is the founder and the primary principal of Digital Capital Management, LLC (DCM). ——————- Two members of the Rothschild family are credited, perhaps incorrectly, with the (in)famous quote regarding investing: “When there is blood in the street” (James in the mid-19th century and Nathan, after the battle of Waterloo). The family has been […]

Bitcoin Bull Thomas Lee Claims Market Is Wrong and BTC Should Be Much Higher

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 02:30

Bitcoin Bull Thomas Lee Claims Market Is Wrong and BTC Should Be Much Higher

Bitcoin bull Thomas Lee continues to be confident in BTC, insisting that its current price is wrong and should actually be closer to the $15,000 mark. Along with a number of other bulls, Lee has made several overly hopeful predictions this year.  Also read: Markets Update: Bears Continue to Drag Cryptocurrency Prices Down Fair Value […]

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Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Can Pay $10 Million for a 12-Night Stay in Space

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 15. 00:30

Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Can Pay $10 Million for a 12-Night Stay in Space

The Orion Span project has plans to launch a space station that will be used as a luxury hotel. Its Aurora space station is set to launch in early 2022 and a 12-night stay on the craft will set you back $9.5 million. The space hotel says it has sold out its first six months of […]

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Bahrain’s Central Bank Issues Draft Crypto Regulations

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 22:30

Bahrain’s Central Bank Issues Draft Crypto Regulations

The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has prepared draft rules designed to regulate digital assets and certain aspects of the country’s crypto industry. The move aims to establish Bahrain as a regional leader in the fintech sector and restore its role as a major banking hub in the Persian Gulf.   Also read: New Bitcoin […]

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Coinbase Revamps PayPal Withdrawals for US Crypto Users

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 21:40

Coinbase Revamps PayPal Withdrawals for US Crypto Users Coinbase customers in the U.S. can now make withdrawals into their PayPal accounts.

SEC Chair ‘Optimistic’ DLT and Crypto Will Drive Investment Opportunities

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 20:55

SEC Chair ‘Optimistic’ DLT and Crypto Will Drive Investment Opportunities

Speaking as part of a testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton expressed optimism that the distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector will “facilitate capital formation.” Clayton also discussed the enforcement actions taken by the SEC in regulating initial […]

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This Binance-Backed Crypto Startup Wants to Anonymize Everything

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 18:00

This Binance-Backed Crypto Startup Wants to Anonymize Everything Built atop a near-forgotten anonymity system named mix networks, Nym Technologies is entering the proof-of-concept phase following a 10-week incubation program with Binance Labs.

This Binance Labs-Backed Crypto Startup Wants to Anonymize Everything

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 18:00

This Binance Labs-Backed Crypto Startup Wants to Anonymize Everything Built atop a near-forgotten anonymity system named mix networks, Nym Technologies is entering the proof-of-concept phase following a 10-week incubation program with Binance Labs.

U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 18:00

U.K. Cryptocurrency Exchange Cubits Shuts Down After $33M Scam

Cubits, a London-based digital asset trading platform, has been forced into administration after fraudsters reportedly stole €29 million (about $32.5 million) from the exchange in February. The company claimed “it fell victim” to an elaborate scam orchestrated in collusion with three of its clients.  Also read: Former Mt. Gox CEO Could Face 10 Years in Jail […]

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Ethereum Chat Startup Status Lays Off 25% of Staff

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 16:20

Ethereum Chat Startup Status Lays Off 25% of Staff Citing the crypto bear market, Status.IM has laid off 25 staffers and asked remaining employees to take a pay cut.

Markets Update: Bears Continue to Drag Cryptocurrency Prices Down

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 16:00

Markets Update: Bears Continue to Drag Cryptocurrency Prices Down

Digital asset prices have been dipping in value again after a few days of price consolidation. At the moment, the entire cryptocurrency economy is awfully close to dropping under the psychological $100 billion market valuation. Furthermore, since our last markets update cryptocurrency global trade volumes are weaker than usual, with only $11.5 billion worth of […]

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EU Parliament Calls for Action on Blockchain Adoption in Trade

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 15:00

EU Parliament Calls for Action on Blockchain Adoption in Trade The European Parliament has called for measures that would prepare the region to use blockchain to benefit trade.

These Two Analogies Will Help You Explain Bitcoin to Anyone

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 14:45

These Two Analogies Will Help You Explain Bitcoin to Anyone

Explaining Bitcoin to someone who knows nothing about Bitcoin isn’t easy. In fact it’s fiendishly tricky. Describing concepts such as blockchain, decentralized networks, and permissionless ledgers to beginners is as tough as describing the color orange to a blind person or the taste of an orange to someone who’s never peeled one. Two new Bitcoin […]

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Crypto-Friendly Money App Revolut Wins EU Banking License

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 14:10

Crypto-Friendly Money App Revolut Wins EU Banking License Revolut, provider of a mobile finance app that offers crypto trading, has been granted a banking license from the European Central Bank.

Sephora Shoppers Are Getting Their First Bitcoin Using Crypto Startup Lolli

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 13:00

Sephora Shoppers Are Getting Their First Bitcoin Using Crypto Startup Lolli Sephora has joined the list of retailers at which shoppers can earn bitcoin rewards via the Lolli app.

New Bitcoin ATM Tracker Site Launches in Russia

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 12:45

New Bitcoin ATM Tracker Site Launches in Russia

A new website showing a map of cryptocurrency teller machines and other points of sale has been launched in Russia. The platform currently provides information about bitcoin ATM locations in the city of Moscow but its developers plan to expand its coverage globally. Also read: French Lawmakers Propose Lower Electricity Rates for Cryptocurrency Miners Cryptocoinmap […]

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Blockchain Developer Role Tops LinkedIn’s 2018 Emerging Jobs List

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 12:00

Blockchain Developer Role Tops LinkedIn’s 2018 Emerging Jobs List The role of blockchain developer has leaped straight to the top of LinkedIn's list of emerging jobs for 2018.

Bitcoin Price Defies Oversold Conditions to Hit 15-Month Low

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 11:00

Bitcoin Price Defies Oversold Conditions to Hit 15-Month Low Bitcoin tumbled to 15-month lows earlier today, dashing hopes of a rally signalled by current extreme oversold conditions.

The Daily: Crashing Crypto Trader Shares Advice, Bitcoin Bandit Extradited

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 10:45

The Daily: Crashing Crypto Trader Shares Advice, Bitcoin Bandit Extradited

In Friday’s installment of The Daily, we update a story we first reported on yesterday – the closure of stablecoin project Basis. Its team have now given the official reason for its cessation. We’ll begin, though, by covering a slice of crypto crime concerning “bitcoin bandit” Nicholas Truglia. Also read: Digital Currency Platform Revolut Receives European […]

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SeedCX Exchange Is Barring Employees from Crypto Trading

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 10:00

SeedCX Exchange Is Barring Employees from Crypto Trading Seed CX has one of the crypto industry’s strictest policies on employee trading. In a word: Don’t.

US Government Issues Advice Over Bitcoin Bomb Threat Emails

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 09:00

US Government Issues Advice Over Bitcoin Bomb Threat Emails The U.S. government has confirmed the existence of bomb threat emails that demand bitcoin from organizations and suggested steps to take.

Chatter Report: Voorhees Questions ‘Smart Money’, Sechet Explains ‘Miners Don’t Vote’ Declaration

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 08:20

Chatter Report: Voorhees Questions ‘Smart Money’, Sechet Explains ‘Miners Don’t Vote’ Declaration

In today’s Chatter Report, Erik Voorhees criticizes cryptocurrency-focused venture capital firms for reneging on their signed term sheet deals. Also, Steve Patterson calls out Amaury Sechet over Chris Pacia’s comment that miners don’t vote. Lastly, imaginary_username contemplates on the different roles of miners and users in Bitcoin.  Also read: BCH Devs Discuss Securing Instant Transactions […]

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Violent Delights Lead to Violent Ends: Rebuilding After the Crypto Crash

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 05:06

Violent Delights Lead to Violent Ends: Rebuilding After the Crypto Crash Dovey Wan is a founding partner of Primitive Ventures, a global venture investment firm with a focus on blockchain. You can follow her on Twitter at @doveywan.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  While emerging assets are always turbulent, 2018 has been an especially violent year for the crypto markets. Many […]

Japan’s Monex Group Launching Crypto Exchange in the US

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 04:55

Japan’s Monex Group Launching Crypto Exchange in the US

Monex Group, a major Japanese financial services company and the parent company of cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck, has unveiled its plan to launch a crypto exchange in the U.S. next quarter. The company has also shared its expansion plans for Coincheck in Japan. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations U.S. Expansion […]

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SEC’s Crypto Czar Signals Some Flexibility on Token Offerings

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 14. 04:30

SEC’s Crypto Czar Signals Some Flexibility on Token Offerings No-action letters may be a way forward for crypto startups hoping to avoid securities classifications.

Tipping App Gitcash Returns With Plans to ‘Make It Rain’ BCH on Github

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 02:45

Tipping App Gitcash Returns With Plans to ‘Make It Rain’ BCH on Github

The Gitcash project has re-launched this week after taking a brief hiatus following the Bitcoin Cash hard fork. After returning, the Github tipping application has released a new splitting application for pre-fork bitcoin cash and this past ‘Tipping Tuesday’ the Gitcash crew “made it rain” BCH on unsuspecting Github projects. Also Read: Digital Currency Platform Revolut […]

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French Lawmakers Propose Lower Electricity Rates for Cryptocurrency Miners

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 14. 00:45

French Lawmakers Propose Lower Electricity Rates for Cryptocurrency Miners

Two French legislators have made a number of proposals aimed at turning France into a leading force in the development of the industry built around cryptocurrencies. One of the ideas is to allow crypto mining companies to take advantage of preferential electricity prices. Also read: Ukrainian Village Distributes Dividends From Crypto Investment ‘France Must Have […]

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US Lawmaker Suggests ‘WallCoin’ Crypto to Fund Trump’s Mexico Border Wall

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 21:00

US Lawmaker Suggests ‘WallCoin’ Crypto to Fund Trump’s Mexico Border Wall Representative Warren Davidson has suggested using a cryptocurrency to crowdfund a wall on the Mexican border.

US Lawmaker Suggests ‘WallCoin’ to Fund Trump’s Mexico Border Wall

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 21:00

US Lawmaker Suggests ‘WallCoin’ to Fund Trump’s Mexico Border Wall Representative Warren Davidson has suggested using a cryptocurrency to crowdfund a wall on the Mexican border.

Digital Currency Platform Revolut Receives European Banking License

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 20:35

Digital Currency Platform Revolut Receives European Banking License

On Thursday, Dec. 13, digital payments platform Revolut announced that the company has been approved for a banking license in Europe by the region’s central bank. According to Revolut, the license will help it provide better access to digital currencies and also offer traditional banking services. Also read: Google Trends Reveals One of the Top Questions […]

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Binance Is Expanding Its Crypto Incubator to 5 New Cities

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 20:00

Binance Is Expanding Its Crypto Incubator to 5 New Cities One goal of the incubator is to foster projects that could get their tokens listed on Binance's exchange.

Gaming PC Maker Razer Offers Store Credit in Return for Crypto Mining

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 19:00

Gaming PC Maker Razer Offers Store Credit in Return for Crypto Mining Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer has launched an app that rewards users for mining, but not with crypto or cash.

Password Manager App Dashlane Mocks Cryptocurrency Owners

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 18:35

Password Manager App Dashlane Mocks Cryptocurrency Owners

Having strong passwords is important for everyone in today’s world as it is full of hackers and other cyber criminals. And as cryptocurrency is value stored in code, it is no surprise that its owners are among the most paranoid about their data security. However, strong keys aren’t worth much if you can’t remember them.  […]

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Basis Stablecoin Confirms Shutdown, Blaming ‘Regulatory Constraints’

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 17:53

Basis Stablecoin Confirms Shutdown, Blaming ‘Regulatory Constraints’ Basis, the most well-funded stablecoin startup, says it couldn't overcome regulatory hurdles and is returning money to its investors.

ICO Services Startup TokenSoft Acquires Stake in Regulated Broker-Dealer

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 16:58

ICO Services Startup TokenSoft Acquires Stake in Regulated Broker-Dealer ICO facilitator TokenSoft has acquired interest in a regulated broker-dealer to provide services that were previously impossible for the firm.

STO Services Startup TokenSoft Acquires Stake in Regulated Broker-Dealer

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 16:58

STO Services Startup TokenSoft Acquires Stake in Regulated Broker-Dealer STO facilitator TokenSoft has acquired interest in a regulated broker-dealer to provide services that were previously impossible for the firm.

Study Finds Less Than 15% of Team Members in ICO Startups Are Women

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 16:35

Study Finds Less Than 15% of Team Members in ICO Startups Are Women

A new study confirms the crypto industry has a lot of progress to make to bridge the gender gap. It shows that startups conducting ICOs are still markedly male-dominated – over 85 percent of the team members in the surveyed companies are men. The data also suggests women are even less likely to hold executive […]

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South Korea’s Kakao Leads $15 Million Raise for Public Blockchain Startup Orbs

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 15:00

South Korea’s Kakao Leads $15 Million Raise for Public Blockchain Startup Orbs South Korean messaging giant Kakao has led an over-$15 million crypto investment in Israeli-based public blockchain project Orbs.

Shakepay App Turns Spare Change Into Fractions of BTC

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 14:35

Shakepay App Turns Spare Change Into Fractions of BTC

Canadians can now gradually accumulate small fractions of BTC by rounding up their everyday debit card purchases with a mobile application called Shakepay. The company launched in 2015 operates multiple cryptocurrency services and its new Shakepay Change element aims to provide individuals with a frictionless way to buy BTC in Canada. Also read: The Digital Revolution […]

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Former Apple Exec Joins Civic’s Decentralized Identity Platform

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 13:59

Former Apple Exec Joins Civic’s Decentralized Identity Platform Blockchain startup Civic has hired Apple veteran Phillip Shoemaker as executive director of Identity.com.

Former Apple Exec Joins Decentralized Identity Startup Civic

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 13:59

Former Apple Exec Joins Decentralized Identity Startup Civic Blockchain startup Civic has hired Apple veteran Phillip Shoemaker as executive director of Identity.com.

Blockstack Won’t Need to Sell Bitcoin or Ether to Survive Crypto Winter

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 13:00

Blockstack Won’t Need to Sell Bitcoin or Ether to Survive Crypto Winter Blockstack limited its access to funds raised last year, so it couldn't spend faster than it gained traction. Now that's paying off.

UAE Remittance Firm Launching Ripple-Based Payments in Q1 2019

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 12:01

UAE Remittance Firm Launching Ripple-Based Payments in Q1 2019 Abu Dhabi-based money transmitter UAE Exchange is working with Ripple to launch blockchain remittances to Asia early next year.

The Daily: Uber Meets Bitcoin, Basis Stablecoin Shuts Down

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 11:50

The Daily: Uber Meets Bitcoin, Basis Stablecoin Shuts Down

In Thursday’s installment of The Daily, we report on a highly anticipated stablecoin project that’s failed before it’s even launched, and explore the strangely centralized world of crypto Twitter. First though, we’ll start with the news that a third party app has made it possible to pay for your Uber ride using BTC. Also read: Benchmark […]

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Bitcoin Price Consolidates Sub-$3.5K With Bulls and Bears in Stalemate

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 11:30

Bitcoin Price Consolidates Sub-$3.5K With Bulls and Bears in Stalemate Bitcoin is consolidating below $3,500 for the third day straight, but is a bull move building?

Overstock Venture Chief Expects Market for Blockchain Products in 2019

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 10:00

Overstock Venture Chief Expects Market for Blockchain Products in 2019 Overstock's blockchain arm, Medici Ventures, has big plans for 2019, as the e-commerce giant moves towards a February sale.

P2P Markets Report: Latin American Markets Continue to Post Record Volume

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 09:50

P2P Markets Report: Latin American Markets Continue to Post Record Volume

This past week has seen Latin American peer-to-peer markets continue to set records for trade volume. For the week ending Dec. 8, Argentina and Venezuela posted a new record for Localbitcoins trade when measured in fiat, while Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela also posted records for trade measured in BTC. Also Read: Zebpay Exchange Now Live in […]

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Major German Stock Exchange to Launch Crypto Trading Platform

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 09:01

Major German Stock Exchange to Launch Crypto Trading Platform Germany’s second-largest stock exchange, Boerse Stuttgart, is set to launch crypto trading in the first half of 2019, with ICO token trading coming later.

A Built-In Ethereum Wallet Just Got Added to Opera’s Browser

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 08:26

A Built-In Ethereum Wallet Just Got Added to Opera’s Browser Opera has announced the public release of its "Web 3-ready" Android web browser featuring an ethereum wallet.

Benchmark University Study Shines a Spotlight on Crypto Assets

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 07:50

Benchmark University Study Shines a Spotlight on Crypto Assets

Judge Business School, a subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, has published its second annual report into the cryptoconomy. Its inaugural report surfaced in April 2017, just as crypto mania was exploding. A lot has happened in the ecosystem since then, and the school’s new 96-page report covers a good portion of it, with a […]

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Benchmark University Study: Millions of New Crypto Asset Users – Most Remain Passive

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 07:50

Benchmark University Study: Millions of New Crypto Asset Users – Most Remain Passive

Judge Business School, a subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, has published its second annual report into the cryptoconomy. Its inaugural report surfaced in April 2017, just as crypto mania was exploding. A lot has happened in the ecosystem since then, and the school’s new 96-page report covers a good portion of it, with a […]

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Zebpay Exchange Now Live in 21 European Countries

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 05:48

Zebpay Exchange Now Live in 21 European Countries

Zebpay, formerly one of India’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has launched in Europe. Euro deposits, withdrawals, and trading are now live in 21 countries. While the exchange is not accepting new registrations from India, existing users can continue to use its wallet app. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Zebpay […]

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Crypto 2018 Was a Tale Told By An Idiot – But It Doesn’t Have to Signify Nothing

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 13. 05:00

Crypto 2018 Was a Tale Told By An Idiot – But It Doesn’t Have to Signify Nothing James Greaves is the co-founder of Glyph, an identity service built for the blockchain era. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  I’m completely out of crypto and I’ve been selling my bitcoin and ether all year. Does that disgust you? Disappoint you? If you just met me, I’m guessing […]

Japanese Exchange Bitpoint Launches Trading Platform in Panama

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 03:45

Japanese Exchange Bitpoint Launches Trading Platform in Panama

On Wednesday Dec. 12, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint announced the launch of a crypto-to-fiat trading platform in Panama. The regulatory-compliant exchange will offer USD pairs with top cryptocurrencies like bitcoin cash, ethereum, bitcoin core, litecoin, and ripple. Also read: BCH Devs Discuss Securing Instant Transactions With the Avalanche Protocol Bitpoint Japan Expands to Latin America Bitpoint […]

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Google Trends Reveals One of the Top Questions of 2018 — ‘What Is Bitcoin?’

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 13. 01:45

Google Trends Reveals One of the Top Questions of 2018 — ‘What Is Bitcoin?’

Google has just published its annual Year in Search query statistics for 2018 and the biggest question of last year was “What is Bitcoin?” According to Google Trends, searches for the term “Bitcoin” have declined rapidly since 2017, but web users querying its definition led internet searches last year. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto […]

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Report: Lightning Network Still Way off Being Ready for Commercial Use

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 23:45

Report: Lightning Network Still Way off Being Ready for Commercial Use

The Lightning Network (LN) is a second-layer protocol that was long promised as a solution to BTC’s scalability problem. However, the off-chain system is still very far from being able to support actual commence according to a new review by business management technology company Scipio ERP. Also Read: The Daily: CEX.io Enforces KYC, Okex Updates […]

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Report: Venezuela Is Forcibly Converting Pension Balances to the Petro

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 23:00

Report: Venezuela Is Forcibly Converting Pension Balances to the Petro Venezuela has reportedly begun automatically converting residents' pensions into its controversial cryptocurrency.

Former AriseBank Execs Settle Charges in SEC ICO Fraud Lawsuit

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 21:45

Former AriseBank Execs Settle Charges in SEC ICO Fraud Lawsuit The SEC has settled charges with AriseBank's former CEO and COO, requiring the two to pay $2.7 million in disgorgement and $187,000 in penalties.

Allianz Global Investors CEO Calls for Cryptocurrencies to Be Outlawed

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 21:45

Allianz Global Investors CEO Calls for Cryptocurrencies to Be Outlawed

The head of one of Europe’s largest asset managers, Allianz Global, has called for global regulators to “outlaw” crypto assets. The outburst from CEO Andreas Utermann came during a panel discussion in London.  Also read: Netherlands to Regulate Cryptocurrencies in Bid to Curb Money Laundering Cryptocurrencies Have “Wiped out People’s Savings” Allianz Global Investors chief Andreas Utermann […]

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Deutsche Telekom, Alibaba Cloud, Citi Join Hyperledger Blockchain Project

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 20:30

Deutsche Telekom, Alibaba Cloud, Citi Join Hyperledger Blockchain Project Hyperledger has added 16 new members, including Deutsche Telekom, Europe's biggest telecommunications provider and Alibaba's cloud computing subsidiary.

Former Mt. Gox CEO Could Face 10 Years in Jail Over Embezzlement

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 20:15

Former Mt. Gox CEO Could Face 10 Years in Jail Over Embezzlement

Japanese prosecutors are seeking a 10-year jail term for Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of Mt. Gox. The embattled Frenchman, who has been previously accused of diverting company money for prostitutes, business acquisitions and luxury items, is facing charges of transferring $3 million of client funds to his own account for investment in a software […]

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BCH Devs Discuss Securing Instant Transactions With the Avalanche Protocol

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 18:45

BCH Devs Discuss Securing Instant Transactions With the Avalanche Protocol

Over the last couple of weeks, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) community has been talking fervently about zero-confirmation transactions and a new pre-consensus mechanism called Avalanche. On Monday, Openbazaar developer Chris Pacia published a comprehensive description of the pre-consensus protocol that could theoretically bolster secure zero-confirmation BCH transactions. Also read: Onegold Customers Can Now Purchase Digital Bullion […]

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Bitwala Begins Offering Bank Accounts With Bitcoin Wallet and Debit Card

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 17:15

Bitwala Begins Offering Bank Accounts With Bitcoin Wallet and Debit Card

Cryptocurrency banking provider Bitwala has started offering its banking service to cryptocurrency users in Germany, starting with 40,000 pre-registered customers. A spokesperson for the company has shared details with news.Bitcoin.com about this new service which will soon add support for additional countries and cryptocurrencies. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive […]

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Ethereum’s Geth Software Upgrades Ahead of January Hard Fork

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 17:00

Ethereum’s Geth Software Upgrades Ahead of January Hard Fork Geth has locked ethereum's upcoming Constantinople hard fork into its latest code release.

Netherlands to Regulate Cryptocurrencies in Bid to Curb Money Laundering

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 15:15

Netherlands to Regulate Cryptocurrencies in Bid to Curb Money Laundering

The Netherlands is seeking to regulate cryptocurrency companies, supposedly in a bid to prevent money laundering and alleged terrorist financing. All virtual currency businesses will now be required to obtain an operating license from De Nederlandsche Bank, the country’s central bank, under draft legislation designed to prevent crypto assets such as BTC from being used […]

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Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Backs $4 million Raise for Crypto-Lender BlockFi

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 14:20

Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Backs $4 million Raise for Crypto-Lender BlockFi BlockFi, a startup that offers U.S. dollar loans against crypto collateral, has raised $4 million from Mike Novogratz's Galaxy Digital and others.

Allianz Global Investors Chief Calls for Cryptocurrency Ban

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 13:30

Allianz Global Investors Chief Calls for Cryptocurrency Ban The CEO and global CIO of Allianz's investment arm has said cryptocurrencies should be banned by regulators.

The Daily: CEX.io Enforces KYC, Okex Updates BCH Ticker

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 13:15

The Daily: CEX.io Enforces KYC, Okex Updates BCH Ticker

In today’s edition of The Daily we cover another cryptocurrency venue that now requires verification from traders, the latest exchange to update the BCH ticker since the recent hard fork, a new solution for reporting crypto taxes for cannabis merchants, and a new way in which founders are demonstrating commitment to their crypto businesses. Also […]

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Romper Room to White Linen: Saying Goodbye to Crypto’s Infant Anarchy

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 12:30

Romper Room to White Linen: Saying Goodbye to Crypto’s Infant Anarchy As the crypto markets have matured, they've seen increasing acceptance with traditional finance and regulators, but there's still a way to go.

Saying Goodbye to Crypto’s Infant Anarchy

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 12:30

Saying Goodbye to Crypto’s Infant Anarchy As the crypto markets have matured, they've seen increasing acceptance with traditional finance and regulators, but there's still a way to go.

Bitcoin History Part 4: Casascius Creates Physical Bitcoins

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 11:30

Bitcoin History Part 4: Casascius Creates Physical Bitcoins

Bitcoin was born as a wholly digital currency, and it might have remained that way had it not been for the efforts of an early adopter from Utah. His name was Mike Caldwell, but on the Bitcointalk forum, he was better known as Casascius. The physical bitcoin creator took a digital phenomenon and converted it […]

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Bitcoin Price Charts Indicate Glimmer of Hope for Corrective Rally

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 11:15

Bitcoin Price Charts Indicate Glimmer of Hope for Corrective Rally Bitcoin's struggle to build a notable bounce could end if prices beat key resistance above $3,600.

Kraken Is Seeking ‘War Chest’ Investment at a $4 Billion Valuation

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 10:30

Kraken Is Seeking ‘War Chest’ Investment at a $4 Billion Valuation Crypto exchange Kraken is seeking investment from select clients with a minimum $100,000 buy-in.

Cheap Power Is Luring Battered Bitcoin Miners to Iran

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 10:00

Cheap Power Is Luring Battered Bitcoin Miners to Iran Some crypto miners are looking to Iran for its low-cost power – but the path to setting up shop in the country is anything but simple.

10-Year Jail Term Sought for Former Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 09:00

10-Year Jail Term Sought for Former Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Japanese prosecutors are seeking a 10-year sentence for former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles over embezzlement of user funds.

Payments Startup Bitwala Now Offers Crypto Banking in Germany

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 07:59

Payments Startup Bitwala Now Offers Crypto Banking in Germany Germany-based payments startup Bitwala is now offering crypto banking services in the country in partnership with local fintech firm SolarisBank.

7 Major Exchanges in Korea to Create Healthy Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 06:45

7 Major Exchanges in Korea to Create Healthy Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

Seven major crypto exchanges in South Korea have joined forces to create a sound cryptocurrency ecosystem. They have agreed on joint measures such as information sharing and real-time monitoring of abnormal transactions. Meanwhile, the Korean government is working on institutionalizing crypto exchanges. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Seven […]

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7 Major Exchanges in Korea Agree on Joint Measures

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 06:45

7 Major Exchanges in Korea Agree on Joint Measures

Seven major crypto exchanges in South Korea have joined forces to create a sound cryptocurrency ecosystem. They have agreed on joint measures such as information sharing and real-time monitoring of abnormal transactions. Meanwhile, the Korean government is working on institutionalizing crypto exchanges. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Seven […]

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The Future of ICOs: In the Hands of Regulators or Innovators?

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 12. 05:15

The Future of ICOs: In the Hands of Regulators or Innovators? What is the future of initial coin offerings? One of the movements early leaders suggests the market might be at a tipping point.

Onegold Customers Can Now Purchase Digital Bullion With Bitcoin

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 04:15

Onegold Customers Can Now Purchase Digital Bullion With Bitcoin

Online bullion marketplace Onegold announced on Tuesday that its customers can now purchase precious metals with bitcoin cash (BCH) and bitcoin core (BTC). Onegold’s digital silver and gold products are fully allocated physical metals stored at the Royal Canadian Mint and can be redeemed at any time through Apmex. Also read: Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released […]

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This London Taxi Driver Sells Cryptocurrency to Passengers

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 12. 01:35

This London Taxi Driver Sells Cryptocurrency to Passengers

If you hail a taxi in downtown London, you could wind up paying for more than just your fare. Pseudonymous cab driver Dave Jenkins is known as the Crypto Cabbie because as he drives passengers around London he provides the ability to purchase BTC. Also read: Only Five Bitcoin Mining Devices Released in 2018 Are Profitable […]

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How Bitcoin Futures Products Affected Cryptocurrency Markets in 2018

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 11. 22:55

How Bitcoin Futures Products Affected Cryptocurrency Markets in 2018

It has been a year since the start of Cboe’s XBT futures contracts and CME Group’s bitcoin derivatives products launched last December. With super bearish prices these past few months, a lot has changed since the cryptocurrency economy touched all-time highs on spot markets. Meanwhile, bitcoin futures contracts have been growing and some skeptics still […]

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Gemini Launches New Mobile App for Crypto Traders

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 11. 21:05

Gemini Launches New Mobile App for Crypto Traders Gemini has launched a mobile app with full functionality, allowing customers to buy, sell and transfer funds, among other features.

British Lawmaker Proposes Tax and Utility Bill Payments in Bitcoin

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 11. 20:55

British Lawmaker Proposes Tax and Utility Bill Payments in Bitcoin

U.K. lawmaker Eddie Hughes has proposed that taxpayers should have the option to pay council tax and utility bills in cryptocurrencies such as BTC. The 50 year-old conservative legislator for the Walsall North constituency said the move would place the country at the forefront of digital currency adoption in Europe. Also read: Gibraltar Exchange Obtains Insurance […]

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The CFTC Wants to Learn More About Ethereum

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 11. 19:35

The CFTC Wants to Learn More About Ethereum The CFTC has published a request for input to learn more about ethereum and its underlying blockchain network.

New Platforms Track Major Stablecoin Markets

Bitcoin News

2018. Dec. 11. 18:55

New Platforms Track Major Stablecoin Markets

The birth of more stablecoins, which has coincided with significant market losses for traditional cryptocurrencies, has drawn attention to these fiat-pegged digital assets. Dedicated platforms are now aggregating statistical data about stablecoin markets for the benefit of traders. Also read: Chat Bot Advises Crypto Startups and Investors The Stablecoin War Is Heating Up The last […]

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C-Suite Departure: Coinbase’s Chief Product Officer Has Left the Startup

CoinDesk

2018. Dec. 11. 18:45

C-Suite Departure: Coinbase’s Chief Product Officer Has Left the Startup Coinbase's chief product officer, Jeremy Henrickson, left the crypto exchange in early November after more than two years of scaling the company's tech team.

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