• Several South Korean exchanges have announced that they will ban foreign residents from trading cryptocurrencies.  Tighter Cryptocurrency Regulations The South Korean government was the cause of major turmoil in the global cryptocurrency market as rumors spread that they were planning to ban cryptocurrency trading across the country. Soon after the news was released, the total cryptocurrency market valuation dropped by almost 50%, causing major financial losses for a lot of traders worldwide. Later, government officials

    South Korean Exchanges Are Barring Foreign Residents from Trading

    | 2018/01/21 3:00 am
  • The cryptocurrency community is celebrating what may have been the first ever transaction on the Bitcoin Lightning Network’s (LN) mainnet. Additionally, the good news is that the Bitcoin payment operation was, “instantaneous and fee-free.” LN Transactions Prove to be Cheap and Faster The cryptocurrency community is becoming increasingly enthusiastic about the LN implementation because it promises to significantly lower Bitcoin’s transaction fees while making possible near-instant transactions. Social media is humming with news references to

    Lightning Network Is Happening! First Physical Item Purchased on LN

    | 2018/01/21 12:00 am
  • Zach Piester, a co-founder of Intrepid Ventures, works in Central Asia and refers this part of the world to a center of the universe for him and his colleagues. During the interview with the media office of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, he described the region in terms of the growth of blockchain companies there and revealed why investments in cryptocurrencies and blockchain would be a prerogative of major investors soon. Interviewer: Blockchain & Bitcoin

    Zach Piester: Singapore Has Become a Hub for ICOs

    | 2018/01/20 9:00 pm
  • At least two US institutions have requested that the IRS propose a definitive structure for taxing cryptocurrencies in the country. As authorities see the lucrative appeal of virtual currencies, they also see that they can benefit from this wealth in some way, specifically through taxing crypto holders. However, even though cryptocurrencies may only have been thrust into the mainstream spotlight last year, taxation queries are not as recent. According to CNBC, Tyson Cross, a US-based tax

    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Asked to Provide a Clearer Cryptocurrency Tax Framework

    | 2018/01/20 5:00 pm
  • In a recent speech, Natalya Kaspersky, the co-founder of Kaspersky Labs, made the claim that Bitcoin was a project by American intelligence agencies. Cruise around the internet long enough, and you’ll come across a wide range of conspiracy theories. Most of them are pretty outlandish, and the people propagating such claims tend to be of the highly eccentric (to put it mildly) type. Every once in a while, however, a theory is pushed by someone

    Kaspersky Labs Co-Founder Says Bitcoin Created by American Intelligence Agencies

    | 2018/01/20 1:00 pm
  • As the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry moves into the mainstream, more companies and organizations will need to start taking notice to keep up with the latest technology. The latest to acknowledge the ever-growing presence of digital currencies is Weiss Ratings. In a notice on their website, the independent financial ratings agency announced that they were going to issue letter grades on cryptocurrencies. The company, founded in 1971, claims to be America’s only 100% independent ratings

    Weiss Ratings to List Cryptocurrencies

    | 2018/01/20 7:00 am
  • Countries across the world remain divided over the cryptocurrency revolution that has emerged over the past year. Some, such as China, strive to eradicate all instances of it, but others, including Switzerland, are embracing the blockchain with open arms. Ahead of a potential crypto G20 summit which could result in a wave of regulatory action, Switzerland has emerged in full support of the technology as voiced via Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann. Crypto Nation The affluent

    Switzerland Wants a Crypto-Nation, France and Germany Want Regulation

    | 2018/01/20 4:00 am
  • Retailers in Bali are being forced to stop accepting bitcoin at their shops and restaurants. The actions of governments and regulatory authorities in Asia have been a hot topic in the cryptocurrency space over the last few weeks. The recent crash is widely seen as being driven by reports that the South Korean government indicating it is set to crackdown on cryptocurrency usage. A similar concern is hanging over the already heavily regulated Chinese market

    The Indonesian Government Is Cracking Down Further On Bitcoin Use In Bali

    | 2018/01/20 1:00 am
  • Bitcoin Core developer and Blockstream co-founder Greg Maxwell announced he has left the company as criticism mounts over its Lightning Network advocacy. Maxwell: Blockstream Has Been ‘Big Success’ In a circular to the core mailing list Friday, Maxwell said he had opted to “spend more time working independently” on Bitcoin technical advances. “We hoped that Blockstream could help act as an anchor of support for technology development, and in doing so help grow the community. I

    Greg Maxwell Exits Blockstream As Lightning Network Sparks Warnings

    | 2018/01/19 10:30 pm
  • Blockchain creates a symbiosis between humans, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics that would bring many new jobs. That is the belief behind Aitheon, a new Ethereum-based platform. “The idea of human/robot symbiosis is that both humans and robots have a place and that place is together,” Aitheon creator and CEO Andrew Archer said. Aitheon has developed a number of blockchain applications that will allow for the remote operation of robots by freelance workers. Freelancers will

    Blockchain Platform Would Create Symbiosis of Humans, AI, and Robots

    | 2018/01/19 8:30 pm
  • Blockchain-based booking platform LockChain.co has announced the Alpha release of its marketplace. The version kicks off with around 600 completely integrated listings already in place. In addition, hosts can list their properties for free and travelers can book accommodations without any commissions. By the end of February 2018, the platform will feature 100,000 hotels, providing accommodation options worldwide. Nikola Alexandrov, the CEO of LockChain.co, explains the impetus behind the project: Booking.com and Airbnb.com charge on average

    LockChain.co Launches 0% Commission Travel Marketplace for Hotels and Short Term Rentals, 100k Hotels to be Integrated in 2018

    | 2018/01/19 6:30 pm
  • Acquiescing to its clients’ demands, Goldman Sachs reasserted its interest in joining the cryptocurrency bandwagon, during its last earnings call. Goldman Sachs Clients Want Bitcoin-based Services Clients have been requesting the multi-national finance giant Goldman Sachs to participate in the cryptocurrency trading industry. Marketwatch reports that on the earnings call of December 17, 2018, Chief Financial Officer R. Martin Chavez underscored that the most exciting facet of the current craze is blockchain technology: And so

    Goldman Sachs Reaffirms Interest in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

    | 2018/01/19 5:00 pm
  • A man in Hong Kong was the victim of a Bitcoin robbery as thieves stole $180,000 USD in cash he was planning to buy the cryptocurrency with. What is it about the prospect of making money by buying and selling cryptocurrency that makes people lose their common sense? The latest example of this phenomenon took place in Hong Kong. A man looking to buy bitcoins was lured into an ambush by criminals, in which he

    Hong Kong Bitcoin Trader Attacked and Robbed of $180,000 USD

    | 2018/01/19 3:30 pm
  • The effect this one Southeast Asian nation has upon crypto markets is quite astounding. South Korean exchanges dominate trade in the region, and constant government threats of clampdowns has caused waves of nausea among investors elsewhere on the planet. Contrary to multiple fearmongering reports on mainstream news sites, including Reuters, Bloomberg, and CNBC, South Korea will not close crypto exchanges. In fact, according to the chairman of the South Korean Fair Trade Commission, Kim Sang-jo,

    Impossible to Close Exchanges Say South Korean Regulators

    | 2018/01/19 1:00 pm
  • Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič has sought to distance his platform from Coinbase’s technical problems as exchanges worldwide feel the strain of mass adoption. Bitstamp Prioritizes ‘Good Communication’ In a message to users Thursday, Kodrič sought to reassure traders that despite “lengthy delays” and “satisfaction levels plummeting,” Bitstamp would work to resolve capacity issues. “…The best way to attend to doubts and fears is by providing good communication and constant updates, which is why I want

    Exchange Wars: Bitstamp Calms Users As Blockchain Takes On Coinbase

    | 2018/01/19 10:30 am
  • ICF Church, an evangelical church in Zurich, Switzerland, is set to begin accepting Bitcoin donations from its parishioners. The common assumption with most churches is that they’re conservative and are beholden to time-honored traditions. While this is often true in many regards, a number of churches are actually quite keen on adopting the latest innovations that technology has brought to bear. Case in point is a church in Switzerland that is set to begin accepting

    Hallelujah! Swiss Church to Accept Bitcoin Donations

    | 2018/01/19 8:30 am
  • When markets are volatile and crashes occur, the majority of people are cashing out and taking profits or panic selling. There are some, however, who see opportunity in the sea of red and buy up at lower prices. This is exactly what has been happening in Singapore this week when Bitcoin ATM machines ran dry. According to reports, Bitcoin machines in downtown Singapore sold out of the virtual currency yesterday as prices plummeted below $10,000

    Singapore Bitcoin ATMs Sold Out, Trading Still Allowed

    | 2018/01/19 6:30 am
  • As more people pile into cryptocurrencies, the need for secure storage of them will escalate. At the moment, there are only a handful of companies providing hardware wallets for Bitcoin and altcoins. Currently, those looking for such wallets are increasingly finding shelves are empty of stock amid increasing demand. Blockchain security company Ledger announced yesterday that it has secured $75 million in investments to facilitate upscaling its operations to cope with higher demand. In a

    Ledger Raises $75 Million to Upscale Operations

    | 2018/01/19 4:30 am
  • 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