• Disgraced UK data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica wanted to raise $30 million by issuing its own altcoin, according to reports which surfaced April 17. We Wanted Users To ‘Reclaim Data’ Using Blockchain Citing anonymous sources “familiar with the matter,” Reuters reveals the company, which continues to face mass scrutiny after allegedly compromising personal data of millions of Facebook users, wanted to issue its token via an ICO. “Prior to the Facebook controversy, we were developing

    Cambridge Analytica ‘Was Planning $30M ICO’ Sources Say

    | 2018/04/18 4:00 pm
  • Privacy-focused altcoin CloakCoin (CLOAK) hit $16 April 18 after the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance confirmed it had listed the asset. The Long Road From Rags To Riches In a move also confirmed by CloakCoin developers, Binance appeared to reverse the fortune of the stagnant altcoin, which had seen little activity for most of its four years on the market. Issued in June 2014 at $0.18 per token, CLOAK then traded below that rate from

    Blast From The Past: CloakCoin Jumps 35% After Binance Confirms Trading

    | 2018/04/18 2:00 pm
  • NEO has often been likened to “The Chinese Ethereum,” and for good reason. The platform, among other things, similarly runs smart contracts and decentralized applications. However, in order to stay in business in the world’s strictest regulatory environment, NEO has to play by the rules — which has pushed the project to the top of China’s blockchain foodchain. Playing by the Rules In an interview with The Hong Kong Economic Journal, NEO founder Da Hong-fei

    NEO’s Regulatory Compliance Crucial for Chinese Dominance

    | 2018/04/17 6:00 pm
  • Prominent cryptocurrency reviewer Ian Balina has lost $2 million in a cryptocurrency hack — or has he? Cause for Question While in the middle of a YouTube livestream, popular cryptocurrency proponent Ian Balina received the following message: Ian, did you know that somebody transferred all your tokens from your account? As it turns out, Balina’s stockpile of cryptocurrencies, worth $2 million USD, disappeared from his wallet — causing the cryptocurrency evangelist to cry hack, writing

    Ian Balina Loses $2M in Hack, But Not Everyone’s Convinced

    | 2018/04/17 6:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist spoke with Darren Marble, CEO of CrowdfundX, a fintech marketing firm that uses artificial intelligence and digital marketing to help its clients acquire retail investors and shareholders at scale. His company was responsible for designing, producing, and marketing historic Reg A+ IPOs to NASDAQ, NYSE, and OTC Markets Group, as well as Security Token Offers (STOs) such as KodakCoin. I predict that NASDAQ, the NYSE, or OTC Markets Group will launch a token market.

    ‘I Think ICO is a Dirty Word’ – Lessons in Compliance from KodakCoin (Interview)

    | 2018/04/17 8:00 am
  • This week has been very exciting with altcoins and bitcoin building momentum for a shift in market sentiment and crypto value. December until early April saw one of the largest corrections in Bitcoin’s history and the upcoming few months should present the perfect opportunity for a rebound of the cryptocurrency space. This week is very important for cryptocurrencies such as: Ripple (XRP), Komodo (KMD), and HireMatch (HIRE). For the first time in months, the news

    3 Altcoins Likely to Outperform Bitcoin for the Week of April 16

    | 2018/04/15 1:00 pm
  • The SAFT may be a cousin of the SAFE – but the relationship comes with strings attached and anyone considering doing down the rabbit hole should consider potential implications very carefully. The rise of ICOs has been difficult to ignore. What was once seen as a gimmick is now threatening to reshape the fundraising industry. This is particularly the case for VCs and investors who are concerned with very early stage investments. The fear of

    SAFT – The Not So ‘Simple Agreement for Future Tokens’

    | 2018/04/15 3:00 am
  • All transactions involving government institutions in Venezuela must now accept Petro — the first ever state-issued cryptocurrency — as legal tender, according to an official proclamation in the country’s Official Gazette on April 9. From that date, every such institution has 120 days to comply. All Petro Everything Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has ordered all institutions under the government’s umbrella to accept Petro as legal tender. As reported by Bloomberg, the government of Venezuela has

    Venezuela Decrees Petro ‘Cryptocurrency’ as Legal Tender

    | 2018/04/14 5:00 pm
  • High interest rates, as well as fees, charged from customers who’ve used their credit cards to purchase cryptocurrencies, have given merit to a full-fledged lawsuit filed against JP Morgan Chase & Co. Going Class-Action Brady Tucker claims JP Morgan Chase & Co has started treating his cryptocurrency purchases as cash advances back in January when, instead, they should have been regarded as buys. Due to this, the bank has supposedly started charging him with additional

    JP Morgan Chase Sued For Overcharging Cryptocurrency Buyers

    | 2018/04/12 5:30 pm
  • The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) has released a report detailing some of the risks, including fraud, involved in investing in cryptocurrencies in the state. Investing can be a risky business. The are countless tales of victims losing thousands and even millions in Ponzi schemes and dodgy dealings. Even the biggest financial institutions can be guilty of shady and illegal behavior. The virtual currency sector is no different and for some investors, the cryptocurrency market

    Texas State Securities Board Investigates Crypto Investment Fraud

    | 2018/04/12 1:30 am
  • The Canadian mining organization, one of the largest in North America, has just announced plans to acquire CryptoGlobal. The deal has been estimated to have been worth $106 Million dollars. Last Tuesday, Canadian cryptocurrency mining giant, HyperBlock, announced their acquisition of another mining firm by the name of CryptoGlobal for $106 Million dollars. This deal will be entirely stock-based, with HyperBlock purchasing CryptoGlobal shares at $0.74 a piece. The acquisition price, which was agreed on

    Canadian Mining Giant HyperBlock Acquires CryptoGlobal for $106 Million

    | 2018/04/08 3:30 am
  • Each week cryptocurrency traders and investors eagerly analyze the calendar to see which events in the upcoming few days will provide the biggest shifts in momentum for specific altcoins. This week has four altcoins with major events: IOST, XES, KMD, and PRL. State of the Market What goes up must come down, and what goes down will eventually go back up. Markets have trends and these trends are amplified by volatility. For those invested in

    4 Altcoins With Major Events for Week of April 7, 2018 (IOST, XES, KMD, and PRL)

    | 2018/04/07 7:30 am
  • The talk of exchange listings with certain cryptocurrencies is always big in cryptocurrency circles across the internet. But how important are they and how much do they cost? Why Are Listings So Important? Getting listed on a large cryptocurrency exchange is a big deal for any project. These listings can often be what makes or breaks the levels of adoption and market impact of a specific cryptocurrency. Having a listing on one exchange compared to

    Getting Listed on a Cryptocurrency Exchange: How Vital Is It?

    | 2018/04/07 5:30 am
  • Alexander Borodich, CEO of Universa.io and “business angel of year 2016,” shares a few tips on investing in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for 2018. [Editor’s note: This article was submitted by guest author: Alexander Borodich, CEO Universa.io, venture investor, and Forbes contributor who also has a Ph.D. in mathematics and electronics.] Cryptocurrencies, as decentralized systems of electronic cash, drastically changed our approach to payment instruments, saving investments, and attracting capital. We have seen how the Bitcoin price has risen by more than

    4 Tips for Investing in Cryptocurrencies: What to Be Aware of in 2018

    | 2018/04/07 3:30 am
  • ‘Massive’ selling of cryptocurrencies into fiat by mid-April to be expected, as U.S. crypto holders ‘likely’ owe $25 billion in capital gain taxes according to Tom Lee, head of Fundstrat Global Advisors. Tom Lee, the former chief equity strategist at J.P. Morgan Chase is amongst the few, if not the only Wall Street analysts who are providing regular thoughts and analysis on Bitcoin and the overall state of the crypto market. Pressure Rises as Deadlines

    $25 Billion Owed in Crypto Taxes Causing ‘Massive’ Selling, Wall Street Analyst Says

    | 2018/04/06 3:00 pm
  • Today, some individuals involved with Monero have “declared sovereignty” against the developers of the prominent privacy-focused cryptocurrency — choosing instead to follow the ASIC-supporting legacy chain dubbed Monero Classic. A Declaration of Decentralization According to an official statement from MoneroClassic.org, the forked cryptocurrency comes about as a resistance to Monero developers changing the cryptocurrency’s proof-of-work model to counter Bitmain-produced ASICs — a decision purportedly made out of fear that Bitmain would be able to effectively

    What the Fork? Monero Classic Already Accused of Being a ‘Scam’

    | 2018/04/06 9:30 am
  • A blockchain-based platform, Verisart, aims to use the technology to not only protects artists’ work, but to also possibly revolutionize the art industry as a whole. Art is a multi-billion dollar industry. However, based on a recently released report, online sales only contribute 8% to this total, which amounts to approximately $5.4 billion. With the world digitizing itself at a rapid pace, online sales of art is a niche market that is yet to take

    Blockchain Could Solve One of the Art Industry’s Biggest Problems

    | 2018/04/05 9:00 pm
  • Self-professed ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Craig Wright likely had a platform at Deconomy 2018 due to Bitcoin Cash sponsoring the event. Bitmain Listed As Deconomy ‘Supporter’ After the now-infamous confrontation between Wright and Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin at the event, during which Buterin asked “Why is this fraud allowed to speak at this conference,” the controversy surrounding Bitcoin Cash proponents’ claims has returned to the cryptocurrency industry. The answer to his possibly rhetorical question may yet lie

    ‘Why Is This Fraud Allowed To Speak?’ Because Bitcoin Cash Sponsored Deconomy

    | 2018/04/05 12:00 pm
  • While countries like the United States and China aim to restrict Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Japan is firmly on the path towards legalizing the popular (and, at times, controversial) fundraising method. Japan Preps ICO Guidelines Japan is leading the charge in the effort to effectively regulate Initial Coin Offerings while ensuring positive growth and investor protection in the cryptocurrency space. According to a report written by the government-backed ICO Business Research Group and published by

    Japan Unveils Guidelines to Legalize Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

    | 2018/04/05 11:00 am
  • Though Bitcoin remains the brand most associated with cryptocurrency, Ethereum is topping the charts in India. Ethereum Rising When one mentions cryptocurrency, it’s safe to assume that Bitcoin is the first thing to pop into the average person’s head. However, that may no longer be the case in India. The world’s second most populous country is finding its citizens more interested in Ethereum — the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization — than Bitcoin. As reported

    Ethereum Interest Tops Bitcoin in India

    | 2018/04/04 1:00 pm
  • Bitcoinist once again caught up with David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital, a $200 million dollar cryptocurrency fund. Drake explains why he’s still very bullish on Bitcoin price explaining why he believes it will hit $30K USD by the end of 2018.  ‘Still Confident’ on 30K Bitcoin Price by Year’s End David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital, who has also been involved in TMT (technology, media, telecoms), realty, hospitality, clean tech, energy, and social impact

    Big Investors Pushing Down Bitcoin Price, But $30K by Year’s End – Crypto Fund Manager [Interview]

    | 2018/04/04 11:00 am
  • Stablecoins, cryptocurrencies pegged to external values outside of the cryptocurrency market, have been all the talk lately, especially in the recent market pullback. Tether, the biggest stablecoin pegged to the US dollar, has recently come under fire due to a lack of transparency. Let’s face it, the cryptocurrency market, in general, is far from stable. Over the past 6 months, the market cap of the cryptocurrency space has been a gut-churning rollercoaster ride from one

    Stablecoins: Scam or Cryptocurrency Volatility Safehaven?

    | 2018/04/04 5:00 am
  • Vitalik Buterin has taken to Twitter today to bash Craig Wright during a presentation titled “Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle” at the global economic forum Deconomy — where the Ethereum co-founder publicly called the controversial Bitcoin Cash proponent a “fraud.” Shots fired After announcing his intention to live tweet comments about the Bitcoin Cash propaganda presentation “Bitcoin, Controversy over Principle,” Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin laid in to primary BCH supporter Craig Wright — even going so far

    ‘My Bulls*** Meter is Spinning’ — Vitalik Buterin Slams Craig Wright

    | 2018/04/03 8:00 am