• Trading volume for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may be down from its all-time highs, but the action for big-money, over-the-counter traders is starting to pick up. Big Money Movers As signs of life from Bitcoin begin to make waves in the broader cryptocurrency market, the amount of high-volume, off-exchange trades is starting to pick up. Circle’s chief executive, Jeremy Allaire, told Business Insider that Bitcoin trading at the firm’s over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk is heating up,

    Minimum Bitcoin Trade Sizes Double at Goldman Sachs-Backed OTC Trading Desk

    | 2018/04/23 5:30 am
  • In an attempt to make it easier for their Amazon Web Services (AWS) clients to create blockchain-based solutions, the company introduced ‘AWS Blockchain Templates’. They will enable users to create and to launch their own blockchain networks. Launching a new inroad into the world of blockchain technology, AWS introduced the ‘instant’ blockchain templates. They allow users launch public and private networks based on Ethereum and private ones based on Hyperledger Fabric with ‘just a few

    Amazon Web Services Introduces Ethereum and Hyperledger Blockchain Templates

    | 2018/04/23 1:30 am
  • Russian authorities blocked Telegram because they would not be able to “control” its new cryptocurrency, likening it to ponzi scheme Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM). FSB: Telegram TON Token Makes CEO ‘New Mavrodi’ According to a letter which Roman Antipkin, an official with security service the FSB, wrote to colleagues April 18, Telegram CEO Pavel Durov had “decided to become the new Sergey Mavrodi.” The name-drop reference Mavrodi’s notorious MLM ponzi scheme which originated in Russia

    Russia Blocked Telegram Because Crypto Is ‘Uncontrollable,’ Says FSB Memo

    | 2018/04/20 8:30 am
  • BitDegree, a Lithuanian cryptocurrency startup, hopes to help change the face of online education through their online platform and cryptocurrency. So What is BitDegree? BitDegree is an online platform, with its own native cryptocurrency, that was founded at the start of 2017. BitDegree intends to revolutionize how education functions today and allow prospective users to learn technology-based skills through online courses. BitDegree utilizes companies looking to hire employees to help fund online courses for such

    Cryptocurrency Startup BitDegree Pays Students To Learn

    | 2018/04/20 12:30 am
  • Amid chaos and mass complaints, the Russian government may have to “ban Bitcoin” in order to successfully ban Telegram. Telegram Shrugs Off Failed Censorship The ‘solution’ to the seemingly impossible task of stopping Russian users accessing the encrypted messenger app underscores the crude reality of censoring global (and decentralized) networks. That’s according to social media commentators both inside and outside Russia, who are responding to the country’s telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor’s failure to actually block Telegram

    Russia: Telegram Ban Failure Shows Banning Bitcoin is Impossible

    | 2018/04/19 10:30 am
  • Savedroid founder Dr. Yassin Hankir publicly announced his own $50 million exit scam on Twitter by posting a selfie of himself at the airport and a beach resort, along with the message “Thanks guys! Over and out …” [MAJOR UPDATE]: Dr. Yassin Hankir has posted a video, declaring that the entire incident was a PR stunt to show how vulnerable investors are to ICO scams. He calls for greater regulation in order to protect investors from

    $50 Million ICO Savedroid Scam Artist Posts Selfie While Fleeing Country [MAJOR UPDATE]

    | 2018/04/19 8:30 am
  • Amazon Technologies, Inc. – a subsidiary of American electronic commerce and cloud computing giant Amazon.com, Inc. – has won a patent for a marketplace that offers data feeds. More important, the patented marketplace includes bitcoin transactions. Patent Approved The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved Amazon Technologies’ filing for a patent on a streaming data marketplace. The patent in question was originally filed in September 2014 and makes reference to bitcoin transactions twice. As noted

    Amazon May Soon Accept Bitcoin (And Sell the Data to Law Enforcement)

    | 2018/04/19 2:30 am
  • 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
  • Telegram, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, has been shut down by the Russian government.  “Privacy Is Not for Sale” A recent Forbes article has reported that the Russian government has moved on shutting down Telegram, the major messaging platform, in Russia. The FSB, Russia’s main intelligence agency, requested the encryption keys for the app multiple times, but the messaging platform refused to hand them over. The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov,

    Telegram Could See Its Token Benefit from Russian Ban

    | 2018/04/18 10:00 am
  • With the rise of cryptocurrency, many people have staked out their position to belonging to one of two camps: virtual currencies or fiat. However, a bridge between these camps is emerging as ETHLend is adding crypto-to-fiat to their loan options. On Friday, popular cryptocurrency lending platform, ETHLend, announced plans to introduce fiat financing to their lending system. This announcement came after copious amounts of requests from the ETHLend community for the addition of this branch

    ETHLend Announces Support for Crypto-to-Fiat Lending

    | 2018/04/16 1:00 pm
  • Social media platforms like Youtube and Facebook have come under fire due to a variety of problems. However, traditional consumers have found it hard to move to new platforms due to the lack of variety and healthy competition in the industry. Over the past week, Facebook has begun losing some of its death grip over the social media industry. The Cambridge Analytica data scandal affected over 50 million Facebook users from all across the world

    Facebook’s Slipping Grip on the Social Media Market?

    | 2018/04/13 9:00 pm
  • Yahoo! Japan Corp announced on Friday its intentions to purchase a minority stake in BitARG Exchange Tokyo. The deal builds on the increasing mainstream acceptance of cryptocurrencies in the country on behalf of business in the face of some of the most prominent Japanese companies. Getting Involved in the Crypto Field As reported by Reuters, Yahoo! Japan Corp is set to buy a minority stake in a Tokyo-based, FSA-approved crypto exchange. The hope of Japan’s

    Yahoo! Japan Enters the Crypto Field: Acquires Minority Stake in Tokyo Crypto Exchange

    | 2018/04/13 5:00 pm
  • In a recent cryptocurrency trend, miners have been trying to find ways to maintain profitable mining operations. One such method is to move their operations to countries with lower electricity costs, such as Norway and Sweden.  Mining is the essential action required for blockchains to stay secure and decentralized. As a miner, you need computing power and copious amounts of electricity, which doesn’t come cheap. Some analysts estimate that the energy cost to mine a singular

    Cryptocurrency Miners Flocking to Nordic Countries

    | 2018/04/13 9:00 am
  • Famous cryptocurrency investor and trader Mike Novogratz has hired a Goldman Sachs executive for his cryptocurrency merchant bank.  $40K Bitcoin by End of 2018? Last November, Mike Novogratz made headlines when he predicted that Ethereum would hit $500 by the end of 2017 and Bitcoin could reach $40K by the end of 2018. Novogratz’s prediction for Ethereum proved true as the cryptocurrency actually surpassed $500 and even almost hit $1400. Since then, the whole cryptocurrency

    Mike Novogratz Hires Goldman Sachs Exec for Crypto Merchant Bank

    | 2018/04/12 3:30 pm
  • Block.One’s Blockchain app platform EOS has come under fire after announcing its incoming mainnet ‘launch’ as its EOS token will have no “uses.” EOS Tokens Can’t Be Redeemed On EOS’ Nonexistant Platform The project, which today surpassed Litecoin by market cap and intends to allow developers to create decentralized applications (‘DApps’), raised $700 million in its ongoing ICO despite developers at the time openly acknowledging the token users were buying had zero utility. Now, with

    EOS Surpasses Litecoin Despite New Criticism of Its ‘Useless’ Token

    | 2018/04/12 6:41 am
  • The Korean tech giant has been making big waves in the crypto scene by confirming that they’ve already started manufacturing cryptocurrency mining chips, according to a Samsung spokesperson. Cutting-Edge Fabrication Samsung has products in loads of technology sectors, and it’s no surprise they’d eventually get into the Bitcoin game. A company spokesperson told Techcrunch that Samsung is “currently engaged in the manufacturing of cryptocurrency mining chips.” They’ve already gotten a taste for cryptocurrency mining as

    Samsung Brings Competition to Bitmain’s ASIC Monopoly

    | 2018/04/12 4:30 am
  • Bitcoin fees and scalability problems were all the talk just a few months ago, but since then, major moves were made towards making sure that these problems do not arise in the future. Transaction fees are now over 95% lower than the levels seen in late December 2017. Over the recent months, immense moves have been made towards reducing Bitcoin fees while making the cryptocurrency more efficient and accessible to larger parts of the public.

    $50 Bitcoin Transactions Fees: Are They Long Gone?

    | 2018/04/11 1:30 pm
  • Privacy-focused altcoin Monero (XMR) is set to receive official support from cryptocurrency hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, lead code maintainer Riccardo Spagni has confirmed. Monero 0.12.1 Means ‘Official Ledger Support’ Speaking in an interview during an episode of the Doug Polk Podcast April 9, Spagni added the integration had “already” occurred. “We are on Ledger already if you’ve got the dev kit,” he said. “I saw some commits happening today to fix a couple of small

    Monero Confirms Ledger Wallet Support is Ready to Go

    | 2018/04/11 8:30 am
  • The positive sentiment towards blockchain-based technology in China continues to surge. Hangzhou, the home city of Alibaba Group Holdings, now hosts a $1.6 billion (RMB10 billion) fund set up to invest in firms using blockchain technology, with 30% of the money coming from the government. Despite the country’s complete crackdown on ICOs, cryptocurrency trading, and mining, it seems that blockchain technology is, indeed, taking the country by a storm. $1.6 Billion Heading Towards Blockchain Companies

    China FUD Busting: Hangzhou to Pour $1.6 Billion into Blockchain-Oriented Startups

    | 2018/04/10 6:30 pm
  • Ignoring pretty much every piece of information outside of Bitcoin’s chart, Bank of America has officially announced that the greatest bubble in history is popping, but for real this time.  The Greatest Bubble in History For at least the 279th time, Bitcoin is dead. As noted by Bloomberg, Bank of America’s Chief Investment Strategist Michael Harnett made the claim that the gold standard of cryptocurrency’s bubble has popped in a Sunday note. “The cryptocurrency is tracking

    Bank of America: History’s Greatest Bubble Has Popped, But For Real This Time

    | 2018/04/10 4:30 pm
  • Canadian consumers can now purchase practically anything with Bitcoin instantly and at near-zero transaction fees after gift card merchant Coincards.ca rolled out support for the Lightning Network (LN). Pay For Virtually Anything With Lightning A blog post on its website confirmed on social media April 9 sees Coincards, which has allowed users to buy gift cards for major Canadian retailers with Bitcoin since 2013, permit LN payments for purchases up to $25. The move makes

    Coincards Brings Bitcoin Lightning Network Payments To Amazon

    | 2018/04/10 12:00 pm
  • US cloud computing giant Salesforce has hinted it could soon offer a “Blockchain and cryptocurrency solution” as its top brass gets positive on the technology. Salesforce Crypto By End Of 2018? Speaking as part of a joint interview with CEO Marc Benioff at the TrailheaDX conference April 5, co-founder Parker Harris confirmed personnel were executing a new offering for the company’s Dreamforce conference later this year. “…I hope that by Dreamforce we will have a

    Salesforce is Developing ‘Blockchain And Crypto Solution,’ Co-Founder Reveals

    | 2018/04/09 6:00 am
  • Venrock, the venture capital arm of the financial empire began by John D. Rockefeller, is placing a multi-million dollar bet on the bright future of cryptocurrency. Venrock Eyes ‘Crypto Economies’ And ‘Crypto Token-Based Projects’ In exclusive comments to Fortune, David Pakman, one of the VC firm’s partners, confirmed it had partnered with CoinFund, a New York-based Blockchain technology research, advisory & investment firm active since 2015. The move, subsequently confirmed by both parties on social

    ‘Crypto’s Benefit Is Fewer Gatekeepers’: Rockefeller Empire Gets Into Bitcoin

    | 2018/04/08 10:30 am