• New York-Based Chainalysis Inc., has signed a joint memorandum with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to help battle online criminal activity. The partnership coincides with the company receiving a $1.6 million USD seed fund from investors. Also read: New UK Cybercrime Report Makes No Mention of Bitcoin Chainalysis Using the Blockchain to Fight Crime  Chainalysis was founded in 2014 by Jonathan Levin, Jan Moller, and Michael Gronager with the goal of “[spotting] connections between digital identities.” In

    Chainalysis Raises $1.6M, starts Partnership With Europol

    | 2016/02/20 8:00 am
  • OpenLedger, the first decentralized cryptocurrency exchange to offer fiat conversion with USD, EUR and CNY, is now offering people the opportunity to create their own crypto tokens backed by physical assets. In addition to this “SmartCoin” creation service, users can implement their own Graphene-powered blockchains.  Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not responsible for the products and/or services of the companies represented by this firm. OpenLedger’s use of Graphene real-time

    OpenLedger Lets you Create Cryptocurrencies Backed With Real-World Collateral

    | 2016/02/19 3:10 pm
  • Even though Bitcoin can do a lot of good for the unbanked and underbanked nations of the world, there has been a fair amount of opposition from banks and consumers, most notably in Africa. But even local banks in that region – including Barclays – have to acknowledge the coming change, as they are now putting all of their eggs in the baskets of FinTech and Bitcoin  If you can’t beat them, join them, seems

    Barclays Poised To Bring Bitcoin And FinTech To African Countries

    | 2016/02/19 8:33 am
  • Depending on who you pose the question to, the Bitcoin creator is either Satoshi Nakamoto or somebody else entirely. The latest person allegedly deserving credit for the creation of Bitcoin and blockchain technology is Margaret Runchey, as the apparently invented Bitcoin. After all, her Model of Everything resembles the blockchain by quite a margin, and finding out information about this person is quite the daunting task. Also read: Kanye West Doesn’t Understand Digital Distribution, P2P

    Is Margaret Runchey The Real Satoshi Nakamoto?

    | 2016/02/19 5:48 am
  • The Vanbex Report is a periodic summary of the blockchain industry’s top news stories from the biggest companies, as well as the most promising newcomers. February 2016 — Week after week, industry insiders and cryptocurrency pundits have looked on as blockchain-mania has swept the world, grabbing a choke hold of the financial industry and governments with talk of consortiums, private and permissioned distributed ledgers. Also read: Burger King Arnhem Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments The Vanbex Report

    The Vanbex Report: Lines in the Sand

    | 2016/02/18 12:00 pm
  • CCEDK and crypto website BeyondBitcoin.org in a joint partnership have created Sharebits.io, a platform that enables crypto-tokens to be shared via social media such as Twitter. The service is built on the second-generation blockchain network Bitshares and hopes to leverage the sharebits distribution methods to give individuals and organizations an advantage.    Also read: Apple Responds to Backdoor Order in Effort to Save PR  In a press release statement the partners state: “The sharebot enables corporations

    Sharebits.io: Improving Social Media With Crypto

    | 2016/02/18 8:00 am
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 17, 2016 — Moneytis was launched in 2015 by 2 French expatriates fed up with money transfers opacity. Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this company’s products and/or services. Moneytis: A Comparison Service for Money Transfers, Launched by Expatriates The 10-member team goes at this market by comparing in real-time the main offers like Western Union with other actors using P2P technology and with the Blockchain network, exclusively on the Moneytis platform.

    Moneytis Brings Transparency to the Finance World

    | 2016/02/17 1:00 pm
  • The Australian bank Westpac had showcased its technology centre at Kogarah in Sydney last week. The local Financial Review (AFR) reported that the financial-service provider continues to promote blockchain technology. Not only does the legacy institution believe in distributed ledgers they are also pretty fascinated with artificial intelligence helping the process. Also read: AirTM Currency Conversion Success Hinges on Bitcoin Integration Westpac’s Kogarah Technology Centre The first thing the corporate firm gave insight to during the

    Kogarah Technology Centre Showcases Robotics and Blockchains

    | 2016/02/17 8:00 am
  • Tokken (pronounced Token, or Tokin’) is a new Bitcoin company that is targeting the marijuana industry’s inability to get bank accounts. Tokken was founded by Lamine Zarrad, a veteran of the financial regulation industry. Namely, Zarrad has worked for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), which regulates and supervises the country’s thousands of banks and savings associations. With the recent promises that the Department of Justice will finally leave legal marijuana companies

    Tokken Puts the Legal Marijuana Industry on the Immutable Bitcoin Blockchain

    | 2016/02/16 9:56 pm
  • Manifold Technology is positioning itself to capitalize on the inevitable blockchain database industry. As Bitcoin’s blockchain technology continues to gain mainstream recognition from the very businesses that previously shunned it, large institutions still struggle to decide what to do with the blockchain. All they know is that this new technology is supposedly more secure, and they want to learn more about it.  Also read: Uber Data Breach Proves Blockchain Model Needed Manifold Technology was founded

    Manifold Technology CEO Chris Finan: “Blockchain Is Inherently a Security Technology”

    | 2016/02/15 12:00 pm
  • JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon is back in the Satoshi spotlight. Speaking during an appearance on CNBC’s coverage of the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos last month, Mr. Dimon once again pronounced his lack of faith in Bitcoin. Also read: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Deat at age 79 Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Going Nowhere “Bitcoin the currency, I think, is going to go nowhere,” Dimon said, “And it’s not because of anything to do

    Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Doomed While Blockchain Is for Real

    | 2016/02/14 4:00 pm
  • The first d10e event of 2016 will take place at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, Feb. 17-18, marking the company’s debut in Europe. Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this organization’s products and/or services D10e is an international event experience that will focus on celebrating decentralization in the financial technology sector, disruptive technology and culture, the sharing economy, and the future of work. It will feature presentations and live audience Q/As,

    d10e: Industry Leaders Gather in Amsterdam for Big Event

    | 2016/02/14 12:00 pm
  • Today we’ll be taking a gander at JoinMarket and Confidential Transactions. I’ve known of these technologies for a while but have not used them nor do I plan to until the volume of utilization increases. As it stands, I don’t find a pressing need for obfuscating transaction history further than it already goes with BTC. I already generate new addresses each time I request payments. I can’t see why anyone other than a money launderer

    The Scoop on JoinMarket and Confidential Transactions

    | 2016/02/13 8:00 am
  • We’ve had a few days to see effects of Bitcoin Classic’s late beta release, and they’re surprisingly powerful. In the past week, Coinbase has adopted Classic, and Bitcoin Classic nodes on the network have jumped from around a hundred to 755 active nodes (as of the time of writing) — nearly 13% of the network, and that number is still climbing. This growth brings the total number of nodes supporting a 2MB block size to a

    Classic Fork Release Launches Consensus Hysteria

    | 2016/02/12 8:00 am
  • Zug, Switzerland, Feb. 09, 2016 –­­ The Ethereum Foundation, a leader in the research and development of blockchain technology and decentralized networks, has announced effective January 15th, 2016 the appointment of Dr. Christian Reitwiessner as Lead Developer and Team Lead for the C++ team. Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this project.  Christian joins Jeffrey Wilcke, Lead Developer and Team Lead for the GO team overseeing the development of Ethereum’s core development platforms. From

    Ethereum Foundation Appoints ​Dr. Christian ​Reitwiessner to C++ Team Leader

    | 2016/02/12 12:58 am
  • February 11, 2016 – Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin and former RHEL developer, has launched an enterprise blockchain technology startup, Bloq inc. The Company Operates in a similar way to Red Hat, except they develop blockchain tools and offer support for those technologies instead of Linux. This announcement comes at a critical point in the block size debate, suggesting the core developer expects non-bitcoin blockchain tech to be on the upswing in spite of the fallout from

    Bitcoin Developer Jeff Garzik Launches Enterprise Blockchain Support Startup

    | 2016/02/11 6:16 am
  • In a surprise move on Tuesday afternoon, Digital Asset Holdings (DAH) has decided to donate the Hyperledger trademark to The Linux Foundation. The Hyperledger project, a collaborative effort amongst technology industry giants such as IBM, Intel, Cisco, and Hitachi, along with services and banking institutions such as JP Morgan, Accenture, BNY Mellon, CME Group, SWIFT, and Wells Fargo, is creating necessary standards and protocols, which are not yet in place yet will make applications around

    Digital Asset Holdings Donates “Hyperledger” Name to Linux Foundation

    | 2016/02/09 8:30 pm
  • The Avalon 6 ASIC Bitcoin miner is the latest in Bitcoin hardware from Canaan-Creative/Avalon. Much like the Avalon 4, the new housing makes for a streamlined cooling and setup method. Canaan-Creative, who resurrected the damaged Avalon brand, has worked hard on these next gen ASICs as well as their customer service. This effort has led to the partnership with BlockC.co for distribution. BlockC sent an Avalon 6 for review using their new distribution center in Silicon Valley. Having

    Avalon 6 Review: 3.5 TH/s ASIC Bitcoin Miner Is Stable and Powerful

    | 2016/02/08 8:00 am
  • To many people, it seems inevitable that the blockchain will be a part of global financial services in the years to come. With multiple financial players actively working on projects revolving around distributed ledger technology, it only seems to be a matter of time until both worlds come together. However, the progress of introducing blockchain technology in financial services will not happen overnight, and there is plenty of work to be done. Also read: How

    R3 CEV Is Only The First Step of Distributed Ledger Technology In Finance

    | 2016/02/08 3:26 am
  • Blockchain technology can be used for a wide variety of real life purposes, ranging from finance to databases and transferring ownership. One area often overlooked in this regard is the real estate market, even though this industry stands to gain a lot from distributed ledgers. Transparency, removing the risk of fraud, and speeding up the process associated with buying or selling a property can all be achieved through the blockchain. The main question is: who

    How The Blockchain Will Change Real Estate

    | 2016/02/07 11:36 am
  • Several posts on Chinese Bitcoin news sites like Coin News Asia are reporting that online sales giant Alibaba is working on possibly using blockchain tech for their Alipay service.  It was first talked about on 8BTC.com on Jan 20th amid speculation as to what uses Alibaba and Alipay might be looking in the technology to do. Also Read: Alibaba & Blockchain Technology Fight Against Counterfeit Goods In a statement at Coin News Asia Jingming Li, President of

    Alibaba to Possibly Use Blockchain Tech for Alipay Service

    | 2016/02/06 4:34 pm
  • Whether or not Bitcoin mixing services will ever be very useful to the Bitcoin ecosystem, remains to be seen for now. Digital currency was never intended to be anonymous, and any service claiming to provide something else requires users to put their funds and faith into the hands of a third party. Plus, users have to rely on Tor to access certain Bitcoin mixing services, which only makes the whole process even more complicated. Not

    Bitcoin Mixing Services Were Never Meant to Be A Part of Digital Currency

    | 2016/02/03 9:13 am