• The crypto space is hot property at the moment even in the wake of recent market slumps. More institutionalized finance exchanges and organizations are looking to provide a wider range of products for their clients and these must now include Bitcoin futures. The latest to join the blockchain train is Morgan Stanley. As the first Bitcoin futures contracts expired and were settled this week, the CBoE hailed them a success and a victory for those

    Morgan Stanley Opens to Bitcoin Futures Contracts

    | 2018/01/19 2:30 am
  • A real estate company based in Barcelona, Spain has sold an apartment for Bitcoin as cryptocurrency enters the mainstream.  A New Way To Pay Mister Piso, a real estate company based in Spain, has sold the first piece of real estate using Bitcoin as legal tender. The company is hoping that a shift into cryptocurrency could accelerate sales and revitalize the housing sector. Bitcoin and similar cryptocurrencies have steadily gained popularity since its inception around

    Spain: First Real Estate Sale Using Only Bitcoin in Country

    | 2018/01/19 12:30 am
  • At the end of 2017, signs that Bitcoin was making the jump from a currency used and held only by technology and decentralization enthusiasts to a mainstream asset started to hit the press. The launch of Bitcoin futures on two of the major futures exchanges served up an opportunity for traders and investors that wanted to take a position in the cryptocurrency without having to buy and store bitcoins to do just that and, perhaps unsurprisingly,

    New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Owner to Launch Bitcoin Data Service

    | 2018/01/18 10:00 pm
  • Blockchain research is set to get a cash injection from Dash as the cryptocurrency collaborates with the Arizona State University’s Blockchain Research Laboratory. As blockchain awareness continues to grow, more and more industries are realizing that it could be a viable solution in their business. However, as with any evolving technology, time and effort need to be put into researching its mainstream benefits. Dash Offers Financial Support for Blockchain Research In November last year, Arizona

    Dash Funds Blockchain Research at Arizona State University

    | 2018/01/18 7:30 pm
  • A new report that analyzes illicit transactions conducted on the blockchain has determined that less than 1% of all Bitcoin transactions are criminal in origin. Elliptic, a UK based cybersecurity firm specialized in creating tools to identify criminality associated with blockchain related transactions, has released a report analyzing the global Bitcoin market with a focus on money laundering. The results somewhat surprisingly find that the much-hyped criminal elements involved in Bitcoin appear disproportionately small, amounting

    New Study Finds Less Than 1% of Bitcoin Transactions To Exchanges Are Illicit

    | 2018/01/18 5:30 pm
  • When a company conducts an initial coin offering (ICO), traders and investors pick up the tokens that are issued as part of the offering based on expectations that, at a certain point in the future, the tokens will be traded for a price that’s higher than the price at which they picked up their holdings. The reasons a token might increase in price after it has been issued vary dramatically and are rooted in, among

    CLOUT Just Launched On Coinbene, Singapore’s Leading Cryptocurrency Exchange

    | 2018/01/18 5:30 pm
  • The Lightning Network now has over 40 nodes and 60 channels running as the long-awaited technology continues to take new strides. A $9500 Lightning Network Data reported on Reddit Thursday shows the propagation of Lightning nodes, which are just beginning to take foot after the so-called ‘layer two’ technology debuted on the Bitcoin mainnet. “I only paid a 0.0003515 BTC (~$4) fee to open the channel! I can’t seem to find those $100+ fees I’ve been

    ‘Unfairly Cheap’ Lightning Network Mainnet Hits 40 Nodes, 60 Channels

    | 2018/01/18 3:00 pm
  • As we’ve started seeing in recent years, blockchain technology genuinely has the potential to change the way we live, and hundreds of startups are spring from almost every corner with the promise of disrupting just about every industry. The success of bitcoin so far in making us how to rethink how we use money offers hope that, if the idea sounds good and it’s well implemented,  it’ll eventually become a success. Based on this fact,

    The Benefits Of Investing In The MoonLite ICO

    | 2018/01/18 2:15 pm
  • Crypto markets have been in free fall for most of the week as a result of panic selling on the back of news of further crackdowns in Asia. There could be a number of other catalysts for the declines, including the expiration of the first Bitcoin futures contracts. Launched last month amid some technical problems, the first CBOE Bitcoin XBT contracts have just expired with a settlement price of $10,900, according to reports determined by

    First Bitcoin Futures Expired and Settled

    | 2018/01/18 11:00 am
  • Bitcoin Knowledge host and notorious advocate Trace Meyer has suggested Bitcoin could hit $115,000 in 2018 after its correction ends. Wall Street Money Mountain ‘Lining Up’ The latest in a cluster of buoyant forecasts for the Bitcoin price to surface in recent weeks, Meyer tipped fellow analyst Tone Vays for suggestions on what to expect over the next eleven-and-a-half months. $115,000, despite being a theoretical possibility based on previous behavioral cycles, would be “very overvalued,”

    Trace Mayer: Bitcoin May Hit ‘Significantly Overvalued’ $115k in 2018

    | 2018/01/18 8:30 am
  • With more people entering the crypto markets than ever before, the seeds of fear, uncertainty, and doubt has a greater impact on price volatility. Newbie traders jumping in and out on the whims of social media hype, and then panic selling, causes what happened over the past couple of days. However, looking at historical crypto charts, this January dip is nothing new. There are a number of reasons why the markets crash in January, and

    5 Reasons Why January’s Price Slump is Nothing to Worry About

    | 2018/01/18 6:00 am
  • Despite yesterday’s market slide, crypto mania is still alive and kicking. More and more companies are investing in their own blockchain solutions and cryptocurrencies. It was thought that Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was doing so, but it now appears that such is not the case. Editor’s Note: After this article was published, new information was found that showed Alibaba is not providing mining platforms or creating their own cryptocurrency. The company issued a statement on

    Alibaba Dispels Cryptocurrency Platform Rumors [UPDATED]

    | 2018/01/18 3:30 am
  • The US Treasury Department has cautioned investors that Venezuela’s Petro could be in violation of Washington-imposed financial sanctions. In December last year, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced that his government would be creating a digital currency, the Petro. In a country that is rapidly spiraling into a financial abyss, Maduro sees the state-controlled cryptocurrency as a sanction workaround and subsequently, a way to improve the country’s deep economic problems. During his annual message on the

    US Treasury Warns Investors: Venezuela’s Petro Could Violate Sanctions

    | 2018/01/18 1:00 am
  • Bitcoin mining has been pushing the growth of important chipmakers, such as Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD). Now, tech giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd. (TSMC) plans to significantly increase its revenue from the crypto-mining devices segment. Crypto-Mining Driving TSMC’s Growth TSMC provides semiconductor manufacturing devices and services for a range of industries. Most notably, the company supplies chips to Apple. AppleInsider reports that TSMC might have reached a deal to be the

    Giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer TSMC Bullish on Cryptocurrencies

    | 2018/01/17 10:30 pm
  • Blockstream has implemented Lightning Network Bitcoin payments on its store as part of a continued roll-out of the revolutionary technology. Store Tests Consumer Lightning Payments In a blog post on Tuesday, developers Christian Becker and Rusty Russell introduced the Lightning Charge addition to its long-running Elements Project. This is designed in their words to “make it simple to build apps on top of Lightning.” The pair explains: Lightning Charge is a micropayment processing system written in

    Lightning Network Debuts On Blockstream Store As New Strides Announced

    | 2018/01/17 8:30 pm
  • After successfully completing the token presale, Native Video Box (NVB) is now moving to the main stage of the ICO.  NVB is a platform that automatically selects and places the relevant video content from its own database of licensed clips. The widget proposed by the service is seamlessly embedded in the website and perceived by the user to be native content. The creators of the service are convinced that the technologies and instruments on offer

    You Can Earn Twice as Much from Video Content: NVB Announces Start of ICO

    | 2018/01/17 7:30 pm
  • Institutional investment is taking no notice of Bitcoin’s current volatility as two pioneering Blockchain exchange-traded funds (ETFs) launch Wednesday. ‘Profound Long-Term Investment Opportunities’ The Reality Shares Nasdaq NextGen Economy ETF (BLCN) and the Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) are forerunners of what some pundits expect to be an onslaught of Bitcoin and Blockchain ETFs which may gain approval in 2018. Unlike previous Bitcoin attempts from last year which met with flat-out rejections from US

    Amid Bitcoin Price Chaos, Industry Welcomes Two New Blockchain ETFs

    | 2018/01/17 6:00 pm
  • Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, is looking at launching a national cryptocurrency called the e-Krona in as few as two years. Sweden’s position as potentially the world’s first cashless society has lead to a research note, written by HSBC economist James Pomeroy, entitled “Sweden’s big year: Can the economy overcome some challenges?” to identify the country as looking for international cooperation in developing an officially-sanctioned cryptocurrency. The note reads: The so-called e-Krona will have to

    Sweden Set To Become First Economy To Introduce Own Cryptocurrency

    | 2018/01/17 5:00 pm
  • The explosive growth of cryptocurrencies and blockchain based solutions fueled a switch of future online payments from traditional banking to crypto. The global online retail market will reach 3 trillion dollars in the end of 2018. With such potential of the industry new players started to emerge offering completely different ways to get paid for e-commerce businesses. Why Is Crypto so Much Better? The retail world is experiencing growth such as has never been seen

    Bitcoinus – the Pioneer of Online Crypto Processing

    | 2018/01/17 3:00 pm
  • Diamond industry giant De Beers is launching its own blockchain to digitally track diamonds and gems from when they’re first dug up. Few things capture the attention more than a glittering diamond. They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but provenance has become a diamond’s best friend over the last few years. Once enough attention was brought upon the practice of buying and selling blood diamonds, gems sourced from a war zone under

    All That Glitters! De Beers Launching Blockchain to Track Diamonds and Other Gems

    | 2018/01/17 1:45 pm
  • In an interview with CNBC earlier Tuesday, former Wells Fargo CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Kovacevich denounced Bitcoin as a pyramid scheme. First, it was economist Robert Schiller calling Bitcoin a “bubble”. Then JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon added his pontificating opinion to the mix, labeling it a “fraud.” Now it looks like Wall Street talking heads are doubling down on the stupid. Yesterday, in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, former Wells Fargo CEO

    See Dick. See Dick Call Bitcoin a Pyramid Scheme. Wrong, Dick. Wrong.

    | 2018/01/17 11:15 am
  • Markets are tumbling during Asian trading today as fears escalate of further clampdowns across the region. Authorities in China seem hell-bent on preventing their citizens trading in cryptocurrencies, which may have sparked a wave of panic selling across the board. According to reports, the Chinese government plans to widen its crackdown on domestic crypto trading by targeting methods for doing so, including over-the-counter trading, offshore sites used for centralized trading, and peer-to-peer trading of large

    China Increases Pressure on Crypto Traders

    | 2018/01/17 8:45 am
  • Following months of bad press and publicity, lending and exchange platform Bitconnect has announced that it is shutting down. Many had suspected the platform of being a Ponzi scheme, and it had suffered multiple DDoS attacks on the website. In an announcement on its website, the platform said it was closing the lending operation immediately with the release of all outstanding loans. The notice cited continuous bad press, including two Cease and Desist letters from

    Bitconnect Shuts Down Amid Crypto Crash

    | 2018/01/17 6:15 am