• 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. Feb. 29, 2016 — Fintech, fintech, fintech. The portmanteau spanned headlines around the world this past week, as it has the past couple of years or so. Also Read: J.P. Morgan Lays Out Its Technology Plans Fintech Future Bright Fintech refers to financial technology and applies to a segment of

    The Vanbex Report: The Future of Fintech

    | 2016/02/29 1:00 pm
  • Bitcoin Classic has been a point of controversy since its announcement. Taking on Bitcoin Core head-to-head, Classic proposes an immediate block size increase to 2 MB, with provisions for future increases. The block size debate has always been contentious, apt to erupt into name-calling and mudslinging. But now, with Core facing serious competition from Classic, this scalability issue may soon be forced to come to a head. Also read: Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Classic

    Bitcoin Classic Drama Hits New Highs, Debate Continues

    | 2016/02/29 12:15 pm
  • This past week saw a lot of hot news stories coming from the Bitcoin community and the organizations powering the growth of the ecosystem. Bitcoin Classic appeared in the news a few times throughout the week, reminding us that the block size debate is far from over. In terms of price, not much happened at the macro level. Hardly any change took place between the open and close of the week, with the price falling less

    Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin Classic Gaining Steam

    | 2016/02/29 6:00 am
  • People have argued that the Bitcoin mining process is inefficient, wasting electricity and creating a negative impact on the environment. Some people have even suggested that this inefficiency has put Bitcoin at a great disadvantage, making it vulnerable to more environmentally friendly blockchain projects. Tendermint is one of those projects, and the team behind it believes that they have come up with a blockchain solution that is more effective and efficient than Bitcoin, and even

    Tendermint Thinks It Will Be Better Than Bitcoin

    | 2016/02/27 12:00 pm
  • There’s a recent article posted on the Cannabis Business Executive (CBE) called, “Is BitCoin an Answer to Marijuana’s Banking Needs? No Way, No How.” The opinion-editorial written by the author gave certain reasoning to why the digital currency was unfit for the marijuana industry. However, it seems the journalist also didn’t do his research like so many others before him. Also read: New UK Cybercrime Report Makes No Mention of Bitcoin Bitcoin and Cannabis Unfortunately, in

    Cannabis Executive Doesn’t Understand Bitcoin

    | 2016/02/27 6:00 am
  • Arlington, VA – BTCS Inc. (OTCQB: BTCS) (“BTCS” or the “Company”), a blockchain technology focused company which secures the blockchain through its transaction verification services business, and Spondoolies-Tech Ltd. (Spondoolies), an Israeli transaction verification server manufacturer, received merger approval from the Israeli Office of Chief Scientist (“OCS”). Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist is not responsible for this company’s products and/or services. Spondoolies and BTCS to Merge The OCS approval is one of two key

    Spondoolies Tech Gets Approval for BTCS Merger

    | 2016/02/26 3:25 pm
  • BitTeaser, the world’s first blockchain-based advertising network, is launching BTSR, a new digital token that will allow holders to share in the platform’s profits. The token is created and hosted by OpenLedger. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with the firms represented by Bitcoin PR Buzz, and is not responsible for their products and/or services. Share Profits With BitTeaser BitTeaser, running on the MIT-licensed Graphene blockchain technology, works

    BitTeaser to Share Profits With New Token Program

    | 2016/02/25 1:00 pm
  • Blockchain technology has a reaffirmed ally in the Hong Kong government. In the recent 2016 Hong Kong budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang spoke on many subjects close to the hearts of the Asian monetary center, including blockchain technology and the recent Mong Kong protest.  While the budget plan makes no explicit mention of Bitcoin, the vast majority of extant “blockchain technology” companies that are domiciled in Hong Kong work with the Bitcoin blockchain. The

    Hong Kong to “Explore the Application of Blockchain Technology in the Financial Services Industry”

    | 2016/02/25 7:00 am
  • Disclaimer: This is an advertorial. Bitcoinist.net is not responsible for this company’s products and/or services. Arlington, VA – (Marketwired – February 23, 2016) – BTCS Inc. (OTCQB: BTCS) (“BTCS” or the “Company”), a blockchain technology focused company which secures the blockchain through its transaction verification services business, released a Letter to Shareholders updating current activities and outlining its corporate strategy for 2016, as follows: Dear Shareholders, Over the past few months, several major investment banks have published research

    Letter to BTCS Shareholders from the CEO

    | 2016/02/24 5:19 pm
  • 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. The ‘one currency to rule them all’ debate has existed ever since the first set of altcoins — Bitcoin alternatives — started appearing in the digital currency ecosystem. Also Read: IBM Joins with Linux Foundation’s HyperLedger Project to Advance Open-Source Blockchain Tech The typical argument ranges between the necessity, or

     The Vanbex Report: Digital Revolution, Will Bitcoin Survive?

    | 2016/02/24 4:00 pm
  • With the Bitcoin block size debate in full effect to this very day, development of the Bitcoin protocol has to carry on regardless of political agendas. The Bitcoin Core developers have released their new client, which offers a ton of significant additions and features. It is important to stick to a particular schedule, regardless of the block size debate. These new changes pave the way for full focus on increasing the block size through Segregated

    Bitcoin Core 0.12.0 Brings Lots of Improvements

    | 2016/02/23 7:32 am
  • D+H is a financial technology provider that works to improve financial institutions as they move into the modern era of digitized economy. One of the firms main goals is to integrate blockchain technology into the finance industry, streamlining services and making them stronger. In fact D+H executive vice president of Global Pre-Sales Moti Porath believes that the blockchain — more specifically, private blockchains — could be the biggest thing in finance since electronic trading.  Also read:

    D+H: Making the Case for Private Blockchains

    | 2016/02/23 6:00 am
  • The Expanse Project is a decentralized applications blockchain project that “enables a stable, borderless technology future featuring a flexible DAO, powerful dApp tools and community collaboration. Recently, Expanse released its 2016 roadmap, detailing its plans for new features and innovations. Additionally, Expanse trading volume soared to record highs on the Poloniex exchange, surpassing $2.7 million in trading. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with the companies Bitcoin PR

    Expanse dApps Project Soars to New Heights

    | 2016/02/22 1:00 pm
  • Arlington, VA – (Marketwired – February 22, 2016) –BTCS Inc. (OTCQB: BTCS) (“BTCS” or the “Company”), a blockchain technology focused company which secures the blockchain through its transaction verification services business, management demonstrates their commitment to execute on key milestones by voluntarily escrowing 24 million founder shares of their BTCS common stock holdings valued at approximately $2.14 million as of February 19, 2016. Should the Company fail to close its pending merger with Spondoolies-Tech Ltd.

    BTCS Management Demonstrates Commitment to Execute on Key Milestones by Voluntarily Escrowing 15% of the Outstanding Shares of BTCS Common Stock

    | 2016/02/22 6:24 am
  • A new report from Deutsche Bank points to financial technology (FinTech) organizations as being crucial towards advancing initiatives to integrate blockchain technology into Wall Street. Aptly titled ‘FinTech 2.0: Creating new opportunities through strategic alliance’, the report details the untapped potential which collaborative efforts between the largely geographically separated partners could bring, particularly to business-to-business (B2B) payments. Also read: Lisk Announces ICO With ShapeShift, Dapps Made Easy Blockchain Technology Needs Collaboration Between Silicon Valley and

    Wall Street and Silicon Valley: A Match Made in the Blockchain

    | 2016/02/22 6:00 am
  • Lisk is a decentralized applications and sidechain platform that markets itself as an alternative to the highly popular Ethereum. Set to launch in late March 2016, Lisk is announcing a partnership with popular crypto exchange ShapeShift. Disclaimer: This article was provided by Bitcoin PR Buzz. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with Bitcoin PR Buzz nor the companies it represents. Bitcoinist is not responsible for the products and/or services of the companies represented by Bitcoin PR Buzz. 

    Lisk Announces ICO With ShapeShift, Dapps Made Easy

    | 2016/02/21 1:03 pm
  • Bitcoin exchange CCEDK and crypto community BeyondBitcoin.org have joined forces in the new ShareBits initiative, which aims to help individuals, businesses and NGOs use blockchain technology for viral online marketing.  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. ShareBits allows people and organizations to distribute crypto tokens on various social media platforms — such as Twitter and Reddit

    Online Marketing Made Fun With ShareBits

    | 2016/02/20 1:00 pm
  • 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