• Japan’s Financial Services Agency allows Bitcoin to be used to pay for goods and services in the country as part of an effort to foster a growing Fintech industry despite a glaring lack of any significant investment. The Japanese Financial Services Agency announced earlier in the year that they would begin allowing payment for goods and services in bitcoin and require cryptocurrency exchanges to be licensed and audited, giving Bitcoin an actual approval when other

    Japan’s Embrace of Bitcoin Masks Lack of Fintech Investment

    | 2017/10/19 1:30 am
  • As the first “no coding needed” smart contract management platform, Confideal has a broad range of business applications, which we have touched on previously. As their November 2 ICO approaches, we explore Pre-ICO and ICO investing as a use-case scenario. [Note: This is a sponsored article.] Since 2014, nearly $2.6 billion USD has been raised to fund projects through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Even more impressive than that is that over $2 billion of that

    Is Confideal About to Become the ICO Investor’s New Best Friend?

    | 2017/10/18 4:00 pm
  • Cryptolocator, a global marketplace for Ethereum trading, has announced the launch of its trading platform where users can securely trade Ether and other altcoins. With a current market cap of just over $30.6 billion, Ethereum is hands down the next most popular cryptocurrency next to Bitcoin. Unfortunately, most cryptocurrency trading platforms are “Bitcoin-first” and offer a limited number of ETH trading pairs. In fact, some don’t offer any ETH trading pairs at all. There is

    Cryptolocator Launches Global Ethereum Trading Platform

    | 2017/10/18 12:30 pm
  • Jameson Lopp, an engineer with BitGo, was the victim of swatting after someone called in a fake hostage situation to the police. It’s nothing new to see an argument break out on the internet. In fact, it’s insanely routine, but a lot of people do take it too far and engage in massive flame wars and even more. A disturbing trend called “swatting” has emerged over the last few years, which occurs when someone phones

    BitGo Engineer Jameson Lopp Swatted for Bitcoin Views

    | 2017/10/18 12:00 pm
  • Prominent financial giant, JP Morgan Chase & Co. has introduced its new project that utilizes blockchain technology for international money transfers. Blockchain is Not a Fraud   JP Morgan has been featured in several articles in the last couple of weeks as its CEO, Jamie Dimon, harshly criticized Bitcoin by calling it a “fraud” and “tulip mania 2.0”. Dimon’s comments have caused a  lot of controversy in the Bitcoin community. In a recent article, Dimon even

    JP Morgan Introduces New Blockchain Money Transfer Project

    | 2017/10/18 11:15 am
  • Anton Dzyatkovsky, co-founder of MicroMoney, explains how blockchain technology and increasing internet penetration into previously untapped regions can help bring previously inaccessible financial services to the unbanked. [Note: This is a sponsored article.] I believe that the evolution of blockchain-based infrastructures and active Internet penetration in emerging markets enable the financial industry to provide services to a much larger audience than before. I have to put it simply — there is now an open path

    Crypto-economy: a Path for 2 Billion Unbanked Cash Adepts

    | 2017/10/18 11:00 am
  • Russia has announced plans to launch a nationalized cryptocurrency called CryptoRuble, citing competitive advantage by being the first of its kind in Europe, and as state-controlled digital money in the light of an increasingly digital economy. Russia has announced, via communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov, that the country will begin experimenting with a nationalized cryptocurrency. Exact facts are scarce, and most of the information comes directly from quotes from Nikiforov, although it is believed that once

    Russia to Issue First State-Backed Cryptocurrency ‘CryptoRuble’

    | 2017/10/17 3:45 pm
  • MicroMoney COO and co-founder Sai Hnin Aung offers his thoughts on how blockchain technology can level the financial playing field for the 2.5 billion unbanked people in the world. [Note: This is a sponsored article.] I am completely sure that financial exclusion can really be eradicated. That has become possible due to the lending industry I have the honor to belong to. Our social business idea hasn’t arisen out of the blue. For centuries people have been

    Blockchain Changes Banking for the Unbanked

    | 2017/10/16 8:00 pm
  • In the wake of Snip’s recent partnership with Bancor, both platforms are looking to take their relationship to the next level with what they are calling a “mutual airdrop”. The airdrop, which is scheduled to take place on October 18, 2017, at 10 pm UTC, will reward holders of both BNT and SNIP with free tokens. Once the airdrop starts, anyone holding at least 300 BNT will automatically receive 450 free SnipCoins (SNIP). At the

    Snip – Bancor Airdrop Rewards Holders with Free Coins

    | 2017/10/16 6:45 pm
  • Dutch Bank ING released a report complaining about the energy amount that the average Bitcoin transaction consumes. When it comes to Bitcoin, some people just aren’t happy unless they’re finding something to complain about. The fact that it’s essentially a revolution in finance and individual liberty isn’t important. What is important is what they consider the drawbacks of Bitcoin to be. The most recent example comes from the Dutch bank ING, who just released a report

    Dutch Bank Complains About How Much Electricity Bitcoin Uses

    | 2017/10/16 2:30 pm
  • In a recent tweet the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, stated that the Bitcoin donations that Wikileaks has received are now worth more than $22 million. Assange: ‘My Deepest Thanks’ Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange have been all over the news in the last couple of years. The most recent leaks published by  Wikileaks were the 2016 DNC email leaks, which according to political experts, heavily influenced the 2016 U.S. elections. In a recent tweet, the founder

    Wikileaks Donations Now Worth Over $22 Million Thanks to Recent Bitcoin Price Surge

    | 2017/10/16 11:00 am
  • Eloplay, the eSports gaming platform that has been making a name for itself in recent weeks with the addition of its blockchain-based Smart Tournaments, is counting down the final hours until the launch of its token sale, which begins on October 16. Great Things are Afoot at Eloplay In the days and weeks leading up to the launch of their token sale, the team at Eloplay have been hard at work forging new partnerships and

    Eloplay Token Sale Countdown Begins

    | 2017/10/16 2:45 am
  • Apple is internally expanding tests of its new Apple Pay Cash feature, thus further intensifying the battle for the supremacy of the mobile payment ecosystem. Moreover, Bitcoin’s advances and Apple’s latest efforts further underscore the obsolescence of the banking industry. Bitcoin, Apple, and Peer-to-Peer Payment Solutions Apple is enhancing its Apple Pay application by adding the Apple Pay Cash feature to facilitate person-to-person money exchanges. According to Apple’s website: You can make secure purchases in

    In Apple’s Battle for Supremacy in the Payment Ecosystem, Bitcoin Will Win

    | 2017/10/16 1:15 am
  • “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1 Bunty Agarwal and Denis Grodetskiy, MicroMoney Advisors, ICO Strategists, and Business Model Analysts at Group 5 Advisory We, at Group 5 Advisory, share MicroMoney’s vision of how technical solutions such as “digital DNA” can help the unbanked people in emerging economies benefit from accepting technology as it has been designed by MicroMoney. Ultimately, it is

    A Good Name is More Desirable Than Great Riches

    | 2017/10/15 3:00 pm
  • Police in Jamaica say that human traffickers are increasingly turning to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in order to hide the money trail and avoid law enforcement. We live in a world of progress and are surrounded by the miracles of modern technology. Food is grown in areas that were once barren, and we can communicate with people on the other side of the world in an instant. Yet for all our continuing march towards a

    Police Say Human Traffickers are Turning to Bitcoin

    | 2017/10/15 1:00 pm
  • Even though Bitcoin has been rapidly rising in the last days, Jamie Dimon thinks that the decentralized cryptocurrency has no future. Does Bitcoin Have a Future? Many experts and analysts were very skeptical with the sudden price surge of Bitcoin. The popular cryptocurrency had a very impressive price surge this week. Bitcoin hit a new all-time high of $5,835 and a market capitalization of $97 billion. Financial analysts like Novogratz believe that this is just the

    Jamie Dimon: ‘Governments Will Crash Bitcoin’

    | 2017/10/15 10:45 am
  • One of the biggest issues emerging in the Bitcoin space over the last few months is the monstrous transaction fees that users have to pay in order to transfer funds from one address to another. This week we’ll show you how to send a Bitcoin transaction for less than ten cents. As Bitcoin rises up above $5000 for the second time, Bitcoin fees for a single transaction have gone up as high as $10. Therefore,

    How to Send a Bitcoin Transaction for Under Ten Cents

    | 2017/10/14 12:00 pm
  • Eloplay, the innovative eSports gaming platform that lets players at all levels organize and participate in tournaments with decentralized prize pools, has announced the start of its token pre-sale. The popular eSports platform has been in the headlines in recent weeks, first for implementing their blockchain-based Smart Tournament functionality, and then for its partnerships with Wings and Bancor, not to mention the addition of professional eSports gamer Daniil “Zeus” Teslenko to the team. Eloplay is

    eSports Pioneer Eloplay Announces Token Pre-Sale

    | 2017/10/14 2:15 am
  • Reflecting investors’ optimism, Bitcoin and world financial markets are setting record highs almost in sync. On October 13, 2017, Bitcoin hit an all-time high value, breaking through the $5,800 USD mark. On the same date, global stock market indexes showed a significant surge, stretching to record highs. Bitcoin and Stock Markets’ Spectacular Bullish Momentum Bitcoin’s market value, the total dollar value of all bitcoins in circulation, is becoming substantial as it hits $96.7 billion USD.

    Optimism Drives Bitcoin and Stock Markets to New Record Highs

    | 2017/10/13 10:30 pm
  • Bitcoin’s orbital trajectory hit a high of $5800 this week, giving the coin a market cap valuation close to $97 billion, listing the digital currency ahead of companies such as Goldman Sachs, Nike, and Bayer. Bitcoin’s rise continued apace yesterday, breaking through the $5,000 mark before going on to hit an all-time high of $5,800. The resulting weekly chart is pictured below showing the tallest weekly green candle growth in the coin’s history. The unprecedented

    Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise Results in Market Cap Bigger Than Nike, Bayer, Goldman Sachs

    | 2017/10/13 12:30 pm
  • An experienced team of film producers, distributors, blockchain experts, and software developers have teamed up and announced their latest project. Dubbed White Rabbit, the project aims to monetize P2P streaming to the benefit of fans and filmmakers alike. Let’s face it, piracy happens – and it happens on a massive scale. In a report published earlier this year by anti-piracy and data analytics group MUSO, they tracked over 190 BILLION visits to online piracy sites

    Filmmakers Join Forces with Programmers, Turn to Blockchain to Combat Piracy and Content Accessibility Issues

    | 2017/10/13 11:30 am
  • A man from the Netherlands is betting that the value of Bitcoin will multiply in the upcoming years, and he has sold everything his family owns to make that bet. A lot of people are betting on Bitcoin becoming even more accepted and entrenched in the marketplace, even global financial institutions like Goldman Sachs. However, one man in the Netherlands is really going out on a limb on the perceived rosy future for Bitcoin. Didi

    Dutch Man Gambles on Bitcoin by Selling Everything His Family Owns

    | 2017/10/12 9:31 pm
  • Nordic Law, a Finland-based law firm today announced that they will begin accepting Bitcoin payments, citing client interest and adapting to new business environments as the reason for the move. Nordic Law, a Helsinki, Finland based law firm specializing in business and tax law, made the announcement today on both Twitter and their company website that they are now accepting Bitcoin as a method of payment for their legal services. #NordicLaw accepts now #bitcoin payments!

    Nordic Law Firm Begin Accepting Bitcoin Payments For Legal Services

    | 2017/10/12 1:45 pm