articles by Dan Taylor
Business 18 April 2019
Romanian central bank official says crypto ‘will not replace fiat’
Daniel Daianu of the Administration Council of the Romanian National Bank, said the role of central banks meant it would be impossible for digital currency issues to replace the function of fiat.
Business 17 April 2019
Blockchain startup files with SEC for treasury bond-backed stablecoin
Digital asset manager Arca filed a prospectus with the SEC, covering a fund with tokenized shares, to be made available to investors through a public listing.
Business 16 April 2019
Japanese fintech firm reverses crypto exchange plans due to bear market
Money Forward, Inc., had previously set out plans for a crypto media service, a crypto exchange, and a separate system for remittance and settlement using digital cash.
Business 12 April 2019
New York firm Blockstack to raise $50M via token sale
The move was confirmed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with the firm aiming to raise capital from a U.S. token issue through a subsidiary, Blockstack Token LLC.
Business 11 April 2019
Bittrex fails to meet New York’s requirements for BitLicense
In a blow to the U.S.-based exchange, the New York Department of Financial Services said it would not be approving Bittrex’s application for a virtual currency license.
Business 10 April 2019
New BitLicense holder Bitstamp to ramp up presence in US
The firm, considered to be the largest exchange in Europe, becomes the 19th company to be approved by the New York State Department of Financial Services for its virtual currency license.
Business 5 April 2019
Belgium adds 7 new ‘suspicious’ sites to crypto scam watchlist
The list now stands at 120 cryptocurrency companies to avoid, with the Financial Services and Markets Authority taking steps to publicize its recommendations to steer clear of those operators.
Business 4 April 2019
Jamaica Stock Exchange to pilot live digital assets platform
Crypto trading will be conducted through the Blockstation platform, an end-to-end crypto solution for stock exchange operators.
Business 3 April 2019
First batch of crypto asset agents gets green light in Malta
VFA agents are required as joint signatories to token sales, with a responsibility to advise those promoting token issues of their compliance obligations under the Virtual Financial Assets Bill and other applicable laws.
Business 29 March 2019
No entities authorized to operate ICOs in Spain, regulator says
The National Securities Market Commission said that while it had not yet approved any ICO projects, it had yet to exercise any of its powers in vetting or regulating the sector.
Business 28 March 2019
Crypto broker Tagomi secures BitLicense in New York
The Peter Thiel-backed startup was given the green light from the Department of Financial Services (DFS) this week, which will allow them to begin working with institutional investors.
Business 27 March 2019
After prison, ex-Enron CEO sets sights on blockchain space
Since his release, Jeffrey Skilling has reportedly met with other former Enron executives, as well as experts in the blockchain and cryptocurrency fields.
Business 22 March 2019
North Korea dissidents turn to cryptocurrency to topple Kim Jong-un
The group, called Cheollima Civil Defense, is selling some 200,000 visas to a future free North Korea, in hopes of raising as much as $27 million selling the citizenship documents on the blockchain.
Business 21 March 2019
Binance exchange rolls out cash-to-crypto services in Australia
BInance Lite Australia promises to bridge the gap between cash and cryptocurrency in Australia, allowing users to purchase crypto in locally denominated currency through a trusted platform.
Business 20 March 2019
Japan announces crackdown on cryptocurrency margin trading
Lawmakers in Japan have announced new measures around cryptocurrency margin trading, in the latest tranche of legislation designed to structure domestic digital asset markets.
Business 15 March 2019
German banks seek ‘necessary’ new regulation for DLT securities
Bankenverband, which represents German private banks, cited a number of concerns over existing regulations, which it suggests are unable to adequately regulate this new class of securities.
Tech 15 March 2019
BitMEX Research flags bug in Ethereum Parity full node
BitMEX has uncovered a serious bug in the Ethereum Parity full node, with significant consequences for data integrity.
Business 14 March 2019
Canadian securities regulator warns of suspicious crypto exchange
The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has issued a warning against Canada Bitcoin Exchange Inc.
Business 13 March 2019
Russian central bank proposes crypto limits for ‘unqualified investors’
The Central Bank of Russia is planning to introduce an annual limit on crypto transactions among unqualified investors, as an amendment to current draft cryptocurrency regulations making their way through the State Duma.
Business 8 March 2019
Blockchain firm SETL files for insolvency as search for new buyer begins
In a development that has shocked analysts, the London-based firm revealed it had appointed administrators through a statutory notice in the London Gazette.
Business 7 March 2019
5 Japanese banks join forces to launch blockchain finance platform
The platform, known as ‘Fitting Hub’, will support a number of different blockchain-powered services.
Business 6 March 2019
BitGo ‘exaggerated extent of insurance coverage,’ underwriter claims
Crypto services firm BitGo has been accused of using ‘ambiguous language’ when describing its new insurance coverage.
Business 1 March 2019
Crypto money laundering cases up 10x in Japan, police say
The National Police Agency reported a total of 7,000 cases of suspected money laundering involving cryptocurrency on the year, up from just 669 cases in the previous period.
Business 28 February 2019
Wirex adds crypto payments support for 10 new fiat currencies
The service offers access to interbank exchange rates, as well as “unconditional access” to OTC rates for cryptocurrency to its customers through the European Economic Area.
Tech 27 February 2019
Ebang eyes 400,000 units of crypto miners for 2019 amid market woes
Ebang is said to be on track to produce 400,000 crypto mining units this year, up from the 309,000 mining units sold in the first six months of 2018, according to local reports.
Business 22 February 2019
Brazilian investment bank to issue $15M security token offering
Banco BTG Pactual announced plans for the security token, which will be backed by distressed real estate.
Business 21 February 2019
US securities regulator starts reviewing 2 new crypto ETF proposals
An ETF proposal from VanEck/SolidX, filed with Cboe BZX Exchange, was published in the Federal Register, marking the first time since August 2018 that more than one ETF proposal is under review.
Business 20 February 2019
Bank of Japan considers central bank digital currency
While Bank of Japan has no plans for a CBDC at this time, the bank’s new report points out the additional functions crypto offers beyond traditional payments, as well as the wider implications of more efficient, direct blockchain transactions.
Tech 15 February 2019
HSBC slashes forex costs with blockchain
The firm confirmed it had reduced costs for its forex business by as much as 25%, in what analysts describe as an example of the importance of distributed ledger technology to banks and their bottom lines.
Business 14 February 2019
Indonesia’s futures exchange authority publishes new rules for crypto assets
As part of the rules, the Indonesia Futures Exchange Supervisory Board will oversee a new physical market for virtual currency futures trading, as well as upholding robust standards for tradable crypto assets.
Business 13 February 2019
Scammers stealing crypto with fake IDs: report
The so-called ‘Deep Fakes’ are already posing challenges for exchanges in verifying the identity of account holders, with the use of doctored verification photos rife, according to reports.
Business 8 February 2019
Binance CEO: Crypto needs real projects, not ETFs
Changpeng Zhao said that rather than ETFs, “for our industry to grow we need more entrepreneurs to build real projects.”
Tech 7 February 2019
Crypto mining is like counterfeiting, Russian banking exec says
The head of a Russian bank has compared cryptocurrency mining to ‘counterfeiting’, and warned the industry is unlikely to have a long-term future.
Business 6 February 2019
Japanese banks scrap peer-to-peer payments, focusing on crypto instead
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group had been working in partnership to develop a blockchain-powered system that would facilitate money transfers between users based on their mobile phone numbers.
Business 1 February 2019
Florida court: Police can crack down on unregulated crypto transactions
A court in Florida has ruled police can arrest an individual who sold Bitcoin Core (BTC) to an undercover officer in a sting operation.
Business 31 January 2019
Crypto exchange Gemini passes Deloitte security audit
Gemini has announced it has passed an independent security compliance audit by Deloitte, in a development the company is hailing as a “world’s first for a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian.”
Tech 30 January 2019
Samsung Galaxy S10 could come with a crypto wallet
Samsung could be set to integrate crypto wallet functionality within its 10th anniversary Galaxy S10, according to reports emerging in South Korean media.
Editorial 30 January 2019
An exclusive look inside BitPay
Bitpay hasn’t publicly discussed any kind of IPO but according to documents exclusively obtained by CoinGeek, it is suffering from some of the same problems as Bitmain.
Business 25 January 2019
OKCoin founder buys Hong Kong-listed public company
The founder of crypto exchange OKCoin, Star Xu, has acquired a controlling share in a Hong Kong-listed public company, leading to speculation the firm could be gearing up for a reverse IPO.
Business 24 January 2019
McAfee to run 2020 bid from international waters after IRS ‘exile’
Eccentric entrepreneur and famous crypto enthusiast John McAfee has fled the United States after being indicted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as he prepares his run for U.S. presidency in 2020.
Tech 23 January 2019
Iceland’s crypto mining rig heist leader handed 4-year jail term
An Icelandic man accused of stealing millions of dollars’ worth of crypto mining hardware has been sentenced to four years in prison for his alleged crimes.
Events 18 January 2019
Bitcoin Jeepney rings in New Year by taking Bitcoin SV for a spin in Manila
Bitcoin Jeepney, the project promoting the original Bitcoin—now reborn as Bitcoin SV—in the Philippines, rang in the New Year by going for a spin around the busy streets of Manila.
Business 18 January 2019
Thai stock exchange wants digital assets license for crypto trading
The Stock Exchange of Thailand has announced plans to apply for a digital assets license, which would allow the firm to setup a new authorized cryptocurrency exchange in the country.
Business 17 January 2019
Bitfury ventures into blockchain-powered music business
Known as Bitfury Surround, the platform aims to streamline rights management, while providing blockchain tools for better control of the often complex arrangements between artists, management and fans.
Business 16 January 2019
Danish tax agency gets green light to access crypto exchanges’ user data
Tax authorities in Denmark will soon have access to user data from cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, in a move designed to aid tax investigations into those trading in cryptocurrencies.
Business 11 January 2019
Venezuela turns to WTO for help over US sanctions against Petro
The government of Venezuela has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over U.S. sanctions, including those against the state-backed Petro.
Business 10 January 2019
Sweden’s Riksbank warns of ‘e-krona’ crypto scam
The central bank of Sweden has issued a warning to investors over scammers selling a digital version of the country’s currency, the krona, in the latest example of fraudsters operating within the cryptocurrency sector.
Tech 9 January 2019
Samourai wallet disables stealth mode over transparency fears
Samourai Wallet, a Bitcoin Core (BTC)-centric wallet app, has deactivated a number of key features following issues raised by Google over transparency.
Business 4 January 2019
China central bank warns of ‘declining relevance’ for cash in digital payments boom
The central bank of China has warned of the declining relevance of cash, amidst a surge in the adoption of digital payment systems.
Business 3 January 2019
Philippine securities regulator ‘not yet ready’ to clarify rules on ICOs
The securities regulator of the Philippines has decided to defer the promised publication of official rules around initial coin offerings (ICOs), as it aims to buy more time to consult with stakeholders.
Tech 2 January 2019
US senator arrested on charges of crypto mining rig deception
Georgia state Senator Michael Williams handed himself over to authorities over allegations he had lied about computer equipment used to mine cryptocurrency from his campaign offices in Gainesville.
Business 28 December 2018
WSJ: Over 15% of crypto projects ‘highly questionable’
Some 16% of all cryptocurrency projects are ‘highly questionable’, presenting obvious red flags for investor security, according to a report published early this week.
Business 27 December 2018
Mizuho Financial Group plans crypto for cashless retail payments
Japanese banking titan Mizuho Financial Group is planning to launch a digital currency in March 2019, becoming the first institution of its size to offer this type of product.
Business 26 December 2018
Upbit execs accused of exaggerating crypto orders to rake in over $106M
Cryptocurrency exchange Upbit, the largest in South Korea, has been accused of falsifying orders and manipulating data processing systems.
Business 21 December 2018
BUIDL trademark ‘100% defensive’ as Coinbase moves to educate investors
After dropping their controversial filing for trademark protection of the phrase ‘BUIDL’, Coinbase has justified its decision to originally file as a “100% defensive move” against patent trolls.
Business 20 December 2018
Irish court rules cryptocurrency recoverable under ‘proceeds of crime’
The High Court in Ireland has ruled that cryptocurrency can be recovered as proceeds of crime in a ruling on a man imprisoned for drug offences, one of the first instances of its kind to be adjudicated in the country.
Business 20 December 2018
Hacked exchange Coincheck approved for Japanese crypto license: report
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has been awarded a crypto license by the Financial Services Agency (FSA), according to reports.
Business 20 December 2018
Customer chases Bittrex exchange over missing $6,000 worth of Bitcoin SV coins
An accusation is being thrown at cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex over its alleged failure to credit one of its customers his Bitcoin SV (BSV) coins—57 of them to be exact.
Business 14 December 2018
Startup Revolut gains European banking license
UK-based fintech firm Revolut has been awarded a banking license in Lithuania, giving the firm access to provide current accounts and loan services across the EU from 2019.
Business 13 December 2018
Danish taxman targets 2,700 crypto traders over possible tax evasion
The Danish tax authority Skattestyrelsen is pursuing as many as 2,700 Bitcoin Core (BTC) traders over taxes in connection with as much as $12.7 million of unreported transactions.
Tech 12 December 2018
Latest Mastercard patent filing covers anonymous blockchain transactions
Prolific patent filer Mastercard has applied for protection of yet another blockchain innovation—a platform that would allow anonymous blockchain transactions, using a somewhat familiar method.
Business 7 December 2018
‘BUIDL, not HODL’: Coinbase files curious trademark
In the race to tie up intellectual property (IP) around cryptocurrency, some ideas have definitely been stronger than others. The latest to come from market leading wallet and exchange service Coinbase has certainly raised a few eyebrows—a trademark request for the word ‘buidl.’
Business 6 December 2018
Abu Dhabi Global Market achieves KYC breakthrough with blockchain’s help
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the financial centre of the UAE’s capital, has successfully completed trials of a new app for improving Know-Your-Customer (KYC) processes, known as e-KYC.
Business 5 December 2018
‘Relaxed’ Swiss license allows fintech startups to accept public deposits
The Swiss financial regulator has issued fresh guidelines for fintech startups, giving leeway to licensees to accept up to CHF100 million ($100.1 million) in public deposits, in a radical move designed to boost innovation in the sector.
Business 30 November 2018
US court rejects unregistered securities case against Blockvest
A court in the United States has rejected a claim brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against blockchain assets exchange Blockvest.
Business 29 November 2018
US Treasury links crypto addresses to Iranian ransomware scam
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has identified two separate wallet addresses linked to the latest Iranian crypto ransomware plot.
Business 28 November 2018
Alleged BTC-e operator goes on hunger strike to protest extradition
Alexander Vinnik, a former cryptocurrency exchange executive accused of using BTC to launder billions of dollars, is preparing to go on hunger strike.
Business 23 November 2018
Zaif crypto exchange completes transfer to buyer Fisco
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif has completed the handover of its business to Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange, just a matter of weeks after the company was hacked resulting in losses in excess of $60 million.
Tech 22 November 2018
Major Korean energy supplier to deliver eco-friendly power via blockchain
South Korea’s leading energy provider KEPCO has turned to blockchain to help it deliver eco-friendly power through its next generation micro grid (MG), becoming the latest firm in the energy sector to utilize the technology.
Business 21 November 2018
Was Tether used to prop up BTC? US wants to know
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has cast fresh doubt on whether BTC was ever worth as much as its market price, after identifying irregularities that suggest market manipulation.
Business 16 November 2018
Crypto businesses in Isle of Man face stricter requirements
Regulators in the Isle of Man have tightened the rules around registering cryptocurrency businesses in the jurisdiction, imposing two new conditions on those seeking to register.
Tech 15 November 2018
McAfee Labs spots yet another Monero-mining cryptojacking malware
The malware, known as WebCobra, steals computing power from affected devices, before silently mining for cryptocurrency in the background.
Business 14 November 2018
To fund regime, North Korea hacked crypto exchanges, ran ICOs: report
The North Korean state has been flagged as a persistent bad actor in crypto circles, hacking into South Korean exchanges as well as setting up their own fake ICOs to raise money for the regime.
Tech 9 November 2018
School principals in China busted mining crypto at work
Two enterprising principals of a school in China were found to have been using school resources to mine Ethereum (ETH), according to reports.
Business 8 November 2018
Mauritius launches new crypto custodian license
Authorities in Mauritius have set out plans for a new cryptocurrency custodian license, as part of new laws aimed at the emerging blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors.
Business 7 November 2018
Bitfury secures $80M private placement with Korelya Capital
Cryptocurrency miner company Bitfury has announced a private placement of $80 million, the latest high growth blockchain company to draw significant support from global institutional investors.
Business 2 November 2018
Russia’s crypto sector appoints arbitrator to handle disputes
Russia’s cryptocurrency sector has given up waiting for legal certainty and taken regulation into its own hands, following the decision of an industry body to establish an arbitration body.
Business 1 November 2018
Venezuela’s Petro goes on sale
The Venezuelan Petro has officially launched this week, after being made available for fiat and crypto purchases for the first time.
Business 1 November 2018
Australia Post partners with crypto exchanges for KYC checks
Australia Post is working with cryptocurrency exchanges to speed up KYC checks through a new proprietary digital ID service, slashing the time it takes for users to verify their new accounts.
Tech 31 October 2018
China wants public input on proposals for blockchain regulation
Authorities in China have floated draft rules on blockchain projects for public consultation, in a process that is expected to run until November 2.
Business 26 October 2018
UK gov’t shelves plans for Royal Mint Gold token
The UK government has pulled the plug on plans that would have seen the Royal Mint launching its own cryptocurrency, amid fears over the unregulated nature of cryptocurrency markets.
Tech 25 October 2018
Nasdaq scoops patent for newswire service on the blockchain
Nasdaq has been granted a new patent for a newswire service powered by the blockchain, leveraging the benefits of distributed ledger technology to release news in a securely, timely fashion.
Business 24 October 2018
Fancy a job in crypto? Report finds more vacancies than ever
There’s never been a better time to get a job in the cryptocurrency sector, with more vacancies than ever before, according to research published this week by employer review site Glassdoor.
Business 19 October 2018
Coins 4 Clothes: Canadian charity helps homelessness with Bitcoin BCH
Coins 4 Clothes launched back in February, taking donations to buy clothing wholesale for the benefit of various organisations in Toronto, including those working on the front line of homelessness in the city.
Tech 18 October 2018
Rwanda eyes blockchain to track conflict minerals supply chain
Rwanda is examining how blockchain technology could improve the supply chain for tantalum, amid international efforts to resolve issues around so-called conflict minerals.
Business 17 October 2018
Bitfinex restarts fiat deposits via ‘improved’ system
Embattled cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has reinstated fiat deposits, claiming its new system is much “improved” following significant user problems at the exchange in recent times.
Business 12 October 2018
ICO falsely claiming SEC approval faces lawsuit
In the latest example of the SEC ramping up efforts against scam coins and ICOs, the commission petitioned a court to secure an emergency order against Blockvest LLC and its founder, Reginald Buddy Ringgold III.
Business 11 October 2018
Embattled crypto exchange Zaif lays out plan for customer financial support
The embattled Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif has published its plan for customer financial support, in the wake of a hack that cost the firm losses of up to JPY6.7 billion ($59.7 million).
Business 10 October 2018
Coinfloor, UK’s first crypto exchange, lays off staff: report
The exchange is now turning to significant redundancies amongst its 40 strong team, as part of a wider essential restructuring of their business, sources told Financial News.
Tech 5 October 2018
Shipping giant teams up with IBM to put ‘Bill of Lading’ on blockchain
IBM has reached an agreement with one of Singapore’s leading shipping companies, Pacific International Lines (PIL), over a blockchain solution that seeks to simplify Bill of Lading documentation.
Business 4 October 2018
Brazilian crypto exchanges face ultimatum—complete gov’t survey or pay fines
The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), Brazil’s antitrust regulator, has served cryptocurrency exchanges under its jurisdiction with an ultimatum—complete a questionnaire by October 19, or risk a fine of up to $25,000.
Business 3 October 2018
Yet another stablecoin makes its debut via London Block Exchange
Launched by London Block Exchange, the stablecoin will officially be known as LBXPeg. The currency will be tied to the value of the pound and backed by funds in an auditable UK bank account on a one-to-one basis.
Tech 28 September 2018
Chinese state bank issues $1.3B mortgages on blockchain
The Bank of Communications, a bank owned by the Chinese government, has successfully issued mortgage-backed securities worth over $1.3 billion on infrastructure powered by blockchain.
Business 27 September 2018
US securities regulator chases enforcement against PlexCoin promoters
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has petitioned a court in New York for enforcement action against two individuals over their involvement in the “fast-moving” PlexCoin ICO investment scam.
Business 26 September 2018
Bakkt platform’s first offering? Physical crypto futures
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the company behind the New York Stock Exchange and startup crypto platform Bakkt, has announced its first product for the Bakkt platform—physical crypto futures.
Business 21 September 2018
Credit card giants hit with $6.2B price fixing suit
Credit card giants Visa and Mastercard have often been accused of price fixing by disgruntled merchants. Now, the firms are prepared to settle on a class action lawsuit, which looks set to cost them over $6.2 billion.
Tech 20 September 2018
Researchers discover new crypto malware-killing botnet
Known as Fbot, the botnet appears to be based on derivative software from Mirai, an application generally used in DDoS attacks. In this case, the botnet searches for cryptojacking malware before replacing its code, thereby neutering its bad effects.
Business 19 September 2018
Nasdaq makes $190M offer for Swedish crypto trading provider Cinnober
Nasdaq is set to acquire Sweden-based trading solutions provider Cinnober, in a deal that could see the stock exchange move into helping institutional investors gain access to new opportunities around cryptocurrency.
Business 14 September 2018
Morgan Stanley planning crypto trading launch: report
Major global investment bank Morgan Stanley is planning to launch trading in crypto swaps for its clients, according to reports.
Tech 13 September 2018
Over 90% of altcoins use ‘plagiarized code,’ Chinese researchers find
A report into altcoins has found as many as 90% rely on plagiarized code, with at least 80% of code directly copied from other projects.
Business 12 September 2018
IMF advises Marshall Islands against using crypto as legal tender
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned against plans to issue cryptocurrency as a form of legal tender in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Tech 7 September 2018
Chinese city tracks ex-convicts on parole with blockchain
The Chinese city of Zhongshan has turned to blockchain to devise a system of tracking ex-convicts on parole, in what is being described locally as an exciting innovation for community correction.
Business 6 September 2018
Malaysia’s securities regulator shuts down celebrity beauty ICO
The chief securities regulator in Malaysia has called an immediate halt to trade in the Lavidacoin (LVC), a cryptocurrency recently launched by one of the country’s foremost beauty gurus.
Tech 5 September 2018
Crypto miners in Washington State face 50% energy premium
Commissioners at the Grant County public utility district (PUD) in Washington agreed to apply the levy, which it claimed was to protect its 46,000 core customers from the "risks" of cryptocurrency mining activities.
Business 31 August 2018
CheapAir falls victim to BTC extortion scheme
Online travel company CheapAir has become the latest company to fall victim to a BTC extortion scam, after threats of a campaign of disruption and defamation at the hands of cyber criminals.
Business 30 August 2018
Canada postpones plans for crypto regulation until late 2019
Canada’s government has postponed plans for new regulations around cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, with final proposals not due to be published until late 2019.
Business 29 August 2018
Lloyd’s of London quietly begins underwriting crypto insurance
Insurance marketplace Lloyd’s of London has begun supporting cryptocurrency insurance for the first time, despite remaining quiet on the details.
Business 24 August 2018
Embattled crypto exchange Bithumb posts $35M profit in H1 2018
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb ran up first half profits of $35 million, ten times smaller than profits for the previous accounting year, in the wake of a high-profile hack on the exchange in June.
Editorial 24 August 2018
The attack continues: Vitalik Buterin wants BCH community to ‘ostracize’ Craig Wright
This week, the Ethereum founder went on Twitter urging the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) community to make a stand against the nChain chief scientist, saying members "should not compromise with Craig Wright to 'avoid a split' and should embrace it as an opportunity to conclusive ostracize and reject him."
Tech 23 August 2018
UEFA successfully trials Super Cup ticketing on blockchain
European football’s governing body UEFA has hailed a recent blockchain ticketing trial a success, following its use during this month’s Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.
Business 22 August 2018
Hong Kong energy firm punts on blockchain amid huge crypto losses
Hong Kong-listed energy firm Global Energy Resources has announced a rebrand as part of plans to focus on cryptocurrency, despite reporting huge trading losses from their involvement in digital assets to date.
Business 17 August 2018
Pantera launches third crypto fund with over $71M already committed
The fund, known as “Venture Fund III,” raised the money from over 90 different investors, topping $71.4m since it first opened on July 31, according to a Pantera filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Business 16 August 2018
High Times snubs BTC in its public offering
Contrary to earlier reports, marijuana advocacy publication High Times Holding Corp. will refuse offers in BTC during its initial public offering (IPO), according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Business 15 August 2018
Journalist discovers empty KuCoin offices in HK, warns of possible exit scam
Fresh doubt has been cast on the business practices of cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin, after a journalist in Hong Kong found the firm’s offices were empty.
Business 10 August 2018
DISH TV adds Bitcoin BCH support via BitPay
Subscription TV service DISH has become the latest merchant to embrace Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as a payment option, following an integration with cryptocurrency payment service BitPay.
Business 10 August 2018
Thailand reports strong early demand for crypto exchange, ICO licenses
Thai authorities say they have received 20 applications for crypto exchange licenses, and another 50 applications from ICO issuers interested in securing licenses to raise money in the country.
Tech 9 August 2018
Bettergram launches as Telegram for crypto
Bettergram, a desktop version of the Telegram messaging service for Mac users, has become the latest app to offer dedicated features for the cryptocurrency space.
Business 8 August 2018
Maerki Baumann breaks ranks to offer Swiss crypto firms banking access
Swiss banking group Maerki Baumann has become only the second bank in Switzerland to extend services to the cryptocurrency sector, providing much-needed access to banking services for crypto businesses operating in the country.
Business 3 August 2018
Bitcoin BCH ready to challenge PayPal, VISA in payments
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is positioning itself as a challenger to the likes of PayPal and VISA in payments, as it celebrates the one-year anniversary of the rebirth of Bitcoin on the original blockchain, according to bitcoin wallet service BTC.com.
Business 2 August 2018
Failure to renew bank contract forces Bithumb to halt new account openings
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb will stop issuing new real-name accounts from August, following its failure to reach an agreement on a contract renewal with NH Nonghyup Bank.
Business 1 August 2018
Regulation veteran Jeff Horowitz to oversee Coinbase crypto compliance
Coinbase has appointed Jeff Horowitz as chief compliance officer, as the cryptocurrency exchange and wallet firm moves increasingly towards expansion into regulated markets.
Tech 31 July 2018
Andreas Brekken takes on Lightning Network, finds routing errors, wallet bugs
The much-hyped Lightning Network is “impractical” and “suffers from routing errors and wallet bugs,” according to the findings of a study done on the network.
Business 26 July 2018
Skrill becomes latest payment service to support Bitcoin
Online payments service Skrill has become the latest service of its kind to support bitcoin, following an announcement posted to the company’s website.
Tech 25 July 2018
Build Bitcoin Cash apps with Bitcoin.com developer tools
Their new online portal, at developer.bitcoin.com, offers five separate tools for developers, alongside a tool called ‘Market’, designed to allow developers to monetise their creations.
Tech 20 July 2018
Colored coin revival for Bitcoin BCH presents array of new use cases
Colored coins are making a comeback with Bitcoin Cash (BCH), sparking a range of utility use cases for developers.
Tech 19 July 2018
Bitmain doubles down on Israel development center
Chinese crypto mining giant Bitmain is recruiting an additional 40 staff at its Israel development center, as the company doubles down on its research and development activities.
Business 18 July 2018
Twitter says it’s banning scammers, so why are ETH bots still running amok?
Twitter is on a banning spree, deleting fraudulent accounts in the millions. Yet there are still a significant number of ETH scammers running fake and lookalike accounts on the platform.
Business 13 July 2018
Euro-backed ‘stablecoin’ EURS launched in Malta
Malta-based startup Stasis has announced the launch of a new stablecoin, backed pound for pound by the Euro, in one of the first cryptocurrencies of its kind to be pinned to a major global currency.
Business 12 July 2018
3 crypto startups score landmark CEZA licenses in the Philippines
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority has granted provisional licenses to three cryptocurrency exchanges, in a move that is expected to lead to investment of up to $3 million for the country.
Business 11 July 2018
UK’s FCA accepts 29 crypto startups to regulatory sandbox
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has accepted 29 companies into cohort 4 of its regulatory sandbox, designed to create a safe space for innovation in crypto assets.
Business 6 July 2018
Israeli exchange Bits of Gold agrees to snitch on big crypto traders
Bits of Gold, the Tel Aviv exchange with over 50,000 different customers, has said it will comply with the demands of the Israel Tax Authority by referring information on any traders clearing over $50,000 in any 12-month period.
Business 5 July 2018
Zebpay shuts down fiat services as India’s crypto ban looms
Indian cryptocurrency exchange Zebpay has halted deposits and withdrawals in Indian rupees, ahead of the pending ban on cryptocurrency businesses that came into force on Thursday.
Tech 4 July 2018
OP_RETURN database BitDB paves way for decentralized Bitcoin BCH apps
BitDB is designed to make it easier to create decentralized apps for the Bitcoin BCH blockchain, providing serverless architecture and infrastructure for building immutable, decentralized database using OP_RETURN transactions.
Business 29 June 2018
Trade Bitcoin BCH, other cryptos with LINE’s BitBox exchange
App developer LINE Corporation is moving into the cryptocurrency space with its new BitBox platform, launching in July.
Tech 28 June 2018
‘Cash’ is the new dotcom: More apps are built on Bitcoin BCH chain
Since the Bitcoin Cash network was upgraded in May, a number of new apps have sprung up using the resurrected OP_Codes and updated OP_Return transactions.
Tech 27 June 2018
New tipping app for Github is powered by Bitcoin Cash
Web-based software development platform Github is getting a boost from the newly-launched Gitcash.io—a service for rewarding developers for their contributions to open source projects.
Business 22 June 2018
Crypto trading app Robinhood eyes US banking license
Robinhood Markets Inc. is reportedly in talks with regulators in the United States to secure a license allowing it to offer a broader range of products, including savings accounts and other traditional banking services.
Business 21 June 2018
Philippine bank brings blockchain remittance service to Japan
Tech 20 June 2018
Multiplayer bets, auctions: On-chain betting Chainbet gets new add-ons
On-chain betting protocol Chainbet has unveiled a raft of new features, including dice rolls, multiplayer bets and auctions.
Business 15 June 2018
Legal challenge to CFTC may set precedent for crypto regulations in US
The legal challenge concerns a relatively unknown cryptocurrency, My Big Coin, which the CFTC alleges has been involved in a fraud estimated at $6 million.
Tech 14 June 2018
China’s JD.com prepares for asset-backed securities on blockchain
Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com has announced it is planning to launch asset-backed securities powered by blockchain.
Tech 13 June 2018
Pocket-sized Keywallet Touch wallet utilizes FIDO U2F, NFC
South Korean financial firm Keypair has started offering a pocket-size NFC cryptocurrency wallet resembling a standard credit card.
Business 8 June 2018
Coinbase ‘on track’ to US regulatory nod for crypto securities listing
Securing a regulatory approval in the U.S. will allow Coinbase to operate across the country under the oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Tech 7 June 2018
Fujitsu rolls out blockchain loyalty rewards for retail sector
The ‘Fujitsu Intelligent Society Solution Blockchain Asset Service’ will be interoperable with smart applications, helping encourage uptake in marketing events.
Business 6 June 2018
OKEx debuts new cryptocurrency index fund
The fund, known as OK06ETT, made its debut on Tuesday, allowing investors to take exposure to an index based on a basket of major cryptocurrencies.
Editorial 1 June 2018
Why risk-reward proposition is growing for Bitcoin Cash
The limits to BTC’s scaling potential and the growing acceptance of BCH as the true version of Bitcoin mean BTC has now become the riskier investment, according to Electron Cash creator Jonald Fyookball.
Business 31 May 2018
Top court seizes $1.4M in BTC in South Korean criminal trial
The Supreme Court of South Korea has ruled that cryptocurrencies are eligible for confiscation in enforcement action against criminals, paving the way for the seizure of some $1.4 million in a high-profile child pornography case.
Business 30 May 2018
Alabama regulators ‘crypto sweep’ 5 firms over fraud claims
The Alabama Security Commission has sent cease and desist letters to five crypto companies suspected of violating securities laws, as part of a wider crackdown known as ‘Operation Crypto-Sweep.’
Tech 25 May 2018
Rick Falkvinge brings clarity to Bitcoin debate with ‘Rick Reacts’
An advocate of the principles of decentralisation inherent in the original Bitcoin concept, Rick Falkvinge’s take on the central issues in the Bitcoin debate bring refreshing clarity to the discussion.
Business 24 May 2018
Overstock’s tZero announces regulated exchange for token sales
Online retail giant Overstock has announced plans for a regulated exchange for token sales, via its blockchain subsidiary tZero (t0).
Business 23 May 2018
Luxury crypto concierge The White Company starts accepting Bitcoin Cash
New York-based The White Company has announced they are now accepting Bitcoin Cash, becoming the latest company to appreciate the unique benefits of BCH.
Business 18 May 2018
Bitfinex orders select customers to submit tax details
British Virgin Islands-based Bitfinex has told a select group of customers they must submit details of their tax affairs, which will be retained and ultimately shared with tax authorities around the world.
Business 17 May 2018
Azerbaijan becomes latest country to tax cryptocurrency revenues
Azerbaijan has joined numerous jurisdictions to announce measures taxing revenues from cryptocurrency-related operations.
Business 16 May 2018
Thomson Reuters’ new tracker brings real-time data for 6 cryptos
The crypto data feed, to be known as ‘Cryptocurrency Real Time Rates,’ draws price information from a basket of leading cryptocurrency exchanges including BITpoint and bitFlyer.
Tech 11 May 2018
Electrum calls out copycat site Electrum Pro for ‘bitcoin-stealing malware’
BTC wallet service Electrum has revealed that hackers have cloned their service, setting up a copycat site designed to scam unsuspecting users out of their cryptocurrency.
Tech 10 May 2018
BTC network 3X more ‘evil’ than the Internet, researchers find
A new report examining malicious activity on the BTC blockchain has found a large number of exploits being shared between nodes across the network, and concluded that BTC was ‘3x more evil than the Internet’.
Business 9 May 2018
European cryptocurrency brokers appeal for transparent regulation
Some of the largest cryptocurrency brokers in Europe are joining calls for regulation in the cryptocurrency space, asking for their own market to become more regulated sooner rather than later.
Business 4 May 2018
South Korean lawmakers to champion legalised ICOs
A group of South Korean lawmakers is reported to be working on a bill that would seek to overturn the 2017 ban, and reintroduce ICOs on a legal footing.
Tech 3 May 2018
Edit wars prompt Bitcoin Cash Wiki page lockdown
The debate over the identity of Bitcoin has intensified, with BTC Core supporters resorting to trolling Bitcoin Cash on Wikipedia in their latest attempts to claim exclusive ownership of the Bitcoin name.
Business 2 May 2018
Iranian government outlaws Telegram app
Iran has outlawed use of and access to the Telegram messaging app, citing concerns over its potential for stoking civil unrest as well as the potential economic harms of its cryptocurrency.
Business 27 April 2018
Malta green lights new cryptocurrency bill
Malta’s cabinet has given the go-ahead to three separate bills relating to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, including measures that would introduce a framework for regulating cryptocurrencies and ICOs.
Tech 25 April 2018
MyEtherWallet falls victim to DNS attack
The wallet address linked to the attack has already conducted some 180 scam transactions, totalling as many as 215 ETH worth over $134,000 based on current trading prices.
Business 19 April 2018
Arrests made in $13M Chinese crypto pyramid scam
Authorities in China have arrested four people in the city of Xi’an in connection with a suspected cryptocurrency pyramid scheme, according to local media reports.
Tech 18 April 2018
Developer’s toolkit for Bitcoin Cash continues to grow
The Bitcoin Cash community has seen increasing development activity in recent months, coinciding with rapid development in the technical infrastructure underpinning BCH.
Tech 18 April 2018
Censorship-free social network Memo is built on Bitcoin Cash
Developed on the Bitcoin BCH network, Memo allows the recording and storage of data on the blockchain through its front-end protocol, tied to individual BCH addresses and keys.
Business 13 April 2018
Cryptocurrency is ‘Shariah compliant,’ study finds
Cryptocurrencies are compatible with Shariah law in most cases, except where they are banned by local laws, according to the findings of a study.
Tech 10 April 2018
Skycoin proposes blockchain solution, but does it understand the problem?
Skycoin's much-publicized Fiber platform claims to solve several issues with SegWit as it currently stands—namely scalability, and the centralization effect that comes from concentrated mining pools.
Editorial 6 April 2018
Instead of ‘Cash,’ use Bucks, Beans and Bits for Bitcoin BCH
Ken Shishido recently proposed using 'cash' to refer to a 'bit' of Bitcoin Cash. 'Cash,' however, is an uncountable noun, and the terminology creates several grammatical difficulties in application.
Editorial 5 April 2018
Stop the FUD, there’s no child porn on blockchain
The report bears no relation to reality, and is just the latest example of fake news put out by those agitating against blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
Tech 4 April 2018
New Bitcoin Core algorithm seeks to ‘tidy up’ coin selection code
Coin selection looks set for a major overhaul, as part of ongoing attempts to reduce transaction fees. However, concerns were raised over the new model’s impact on BTC fungibility, with Bitcoin Cash already offering more effective mechanics than the new algorithm could deliver.
Tech 28 March 2018
Ford files patent for car-to-car cryptocurrency technology
The Ford patent is designed to protect a system of “vehicle-to-vehicle cooperation to marshal traffic,” a model that looks at ways of allowing cars to communicate with one another to ease traffic flows and improve congestion.
Tech 21 March 2018
Snowden papers: NSA is tracking Bitcoin users
Referred to as ‘Project OAKSTAR,’ the NSA describe their tracking efforts as targeted at those using the cloak of privacy offered by cryptocurrencies to engage in terrorism financing and money laundering.
Business 14 March 2018
G20 finance leaders push for cryptocurrency asset monitoring
Ahead of their meeting scheduled for March 20 in Argentina, a draft communique outlined the leaders’ proposals to reduce threats to financial stability posed by cryptocurrencies.
Business 7 March 2018
Grayscale rolls out crypto investment trusts for BCH, ETH, LTC, XRP
The trusts have been established with the investment objective of shares being equal to the value of the assets it holds.
Business 28 February 2018
EU, 35 countries agree revisions for global cryptocurrency markets
The group urged the global body to improve the understanding of money laundering risks relating to cryptocurrencies, according to reports.
Tech 21 February 2018
Tesla becomes latest victim of ‘cryptojackers’
The hackers tried to keep resource usage low to avoid triggering suspicion, indicating the level of planning that have gone into the attack.
Business 15 February 2018
US corporate investors shut out of Bitfinex margin trading
Corporate investors have reported that Bitfinex margin facilities appear to have been closed to their investments, despite reassurances from the exchange.
Business 8 February 2018
Canadian regulator calls on Google to ban cryptocurrency, ICO ads
Jason Roy of the Manitoba Securities Commission said it's incumbent on other online platforms to follow the footsteps of Facebook and ban the ads.
Business 1 February 2018
Venezuela sets date for petro token sale launch
The petro will go on presale as early as next month, says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Business 24 January 2018
South Korean crypto exchanges hit with $130K privacy fines
The move is the result of the probe into 10 domestic cryptocurrency exchanges and comes as part of South Korea's drive to tighten regulations.
Business 17 January 2018
BitConnect shuts down exchange, lending platform
BitConnect announced they have closed down the exchange and lending platform, in the wake of early action from regulators.
Business 10 January 2018
South Korea mulls joint crypto regulatory approach with Japan, China
The South Korea is considering adopting a joint regulatory approach that would create the first regional harmonization of laws surrounding cryptocurrencies.
Tech 5 January 2018
China plans energy restrictions for Bitcoin miners
China are reportedly planning to throttle power supplies to bitcoin miners, a move that sent shockwaves through Chinese cryptocurrency miners.
Tech 3 January 2018
How to move eCommerce to bCommerce
What merchants really need is Bitcoin Cash, which offers bigger blocks for more transactions, faster speed, and lower transaction fees.
Business 27 December 2017
SegWit Bitcoin could be worthless, says Morgan Stanley
According to one analyst at Morgan Stanley, the true value of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency could be much closer to zero.
Business 23 August 2017
Credit Suisse Plans Blockchain Loans Launch for 2018
Credit Suisse is planning to launch its syndicated loans platform on the blockchain in 2018, in a move to try it in commercial setting.
Tech 24 August 2017
MGT Capital Secures $2.4 Million Funding for Bitcoin Mining Expansion
MGT Capital has announced the completion of a $2.4 million funding drive to help grow its bitcoin mining operations.
Business 31 August 2017
Kik Concludes $50 million Funding Deal Ahead of ICO
Kik has concluded a fundraising drive worth $50 million, ahead of the public launch of its Kin token in the forthcoming ICO.
Business 21 September 2017
Brazilian Central Bank Announces Blockchain Settlement Proof-of-Concept
The central bank of Brazil has become the latest global banking authority to announce its intentions to pilot new technology on the blockchain.
Tech 6 September 2017
Maersk Announces New Maritime Insurance Model on Blockchain
Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk has become the latest major company to propose a blockchain solution, in this case seeking to apply distributed ledger technology to the maritime insurance use case.
Business 12 September 2017
Bank of Finland Highlights ‘Revolutionary’ Impact of Bitcoin
Bank of Finland has become the latest monetary authority to highlight the opportunities inherent in bitcoin, crediting the currency’s ‘revolutionary’ potential.
Business 13 September 2017
Report Highlights North Korean Threat to South Korean Crypto Exchanges
North Korea is actively targeting cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea, in a bid to steal digital currency and more.
Business 19 September 2017
Luno concludes $9 million Series B funding round
Luno has become the latest investment success, completing a Series B funding round that raised a further $9 million for the company.
Business 26 September 2017
Nigerian Central Bank preparing cryptocurrency white paper
The Nigerian central bank has announced it is preparing a new research paper into cryptocurrencies and the blockchain.
Business 4 October 2017
Templum announces another regulated ICO exchange
Templum has announced a new regulated ICO exchange, following from the launch of Overstock’s ATS announced a matter of days ago.
Tech 11 October 2017
Fujitsu teams up with banks for blockchain money transfer PoC
IT heavyweights Fujitsu have announced a partnership with three major banks, in plans to trial a new system for peer-to-peer money transfer on blockchain.
Business 17 October 2017
Bernanke highlights ‘Obvious’ role for blockchain in payments
Blockchain technology is already reshaping financial services, with developers worldwide working tirelessly to trial new applications.
Tech 19 October 2017
Bank of America to file blockchain patent for file processing system
Bank of America has become the latest corporate giant to mobilise behind blockchain technology for use in their core business.
Business 24 October 2017
Blockchain startup Bloq to launch new cross-chain coin
Blockchain startup Bloq has unveiled a new cryptocurrency which it says will operate cross-chain.
Tech 1 November 2017
US Government Labs exploring Blockchain Tech for energy
A US government research lab has announced it is investigating blockchain technology, to develop an applications for energy provision & more
Business 8 November 2017
European Central Bank ‘not ignoring’ cryptocurrency
A representative of the European Central Bank has confirmed the bank is not ignoring cryptocurrencies, despite moves elsewhere in the world to more readily embrace the technology.
Business 14 November 2017
Mastercard files for instant payment blockchain patent
Mastercard has become the latest multinational payments company to explore blockchain patents, after their most recent application was published.
Business 16 November 2017
American Express launches first transatlantic blockchain payments corridor
American Express has announced their successful launch of the first transatlantic payments corridor to be built on blockchain.
Business 6 December 2017
South Korea to regulate virtual currencies
The South Korean government is set to regulate virtual currencies like SegWit1x (BTC), following the establishment of a new task force to examine the market.
Business 13 December 2017
South Korea reviewing crypto tax as markets continue to heat up
South Korean authorities have announced they are considering introducing a tax on capital gains from cryptocurrencies.
Business 15 December 2017
Deutsche Boerse considers European BTC futures
Deutsche Boerse has announced plans that could see SegWit1x (BTC) futures traded on European exchanges for the first time.