L’Unione Europea riconosce le criptovalute

L’UE riconosce ufficialmente le valute virtuali grazie all’entrata in vigore della Direttiva UE 2018/843 del Parlamento e del Consiglio europeo. Filippo Vendrame12 luglio 2018, 15:35 L’Europa riconoscerà ufficialmente le criptovalute grazie all’entrata in vigore della Direttiva UE 2018/843 del Parlamento e del Consiglio europeo con la sua pubblicazione all’interno della Gazzetta Ufficiale dell’Unione Europea. Tale […]


Parlano di noi: http://www.crowdfundingbuzz.it/startup-punta-al-mining-sostenibile-criptovalute-lancia-campagna-equity-crowdfunding/   STARTUP PUNTA AL MINING SOSTENIBILE DI CRIPTOVALUTE E LANCIA CAMPAGNA DI EQUITY CROWDFUNDING  anciato il round di equity crowdfunding per una startup italiana che punta a ridurre l’impatto energetico per il mining di Bitcoin e delle altre criptovalute Si chiama Bio Investments la startup che vuole rendere il mining di criptovalute più sostenibile, sia a livello ambientale […]

Produrre criptovalute con energia rinnovabile

Parlano di noi: http://www.meteoweb.eu/2018/05/produrre-criptovalute-energia-rinnovabile-oggi-si-puo/1097808/ Una startup vuole rendere il mining di criptovalute più sostenibile, sia ambientalmente che economicamente   Si chiama Bio Investments S.r.l. la startup che vuole rendere il mining di criptovalute più sostenibile, sia ambientalmente che economicamente. Il mining è l’attività svolta per convalidare le transazioni in criptovalute. Secondo lo specialist di PwC Ales de Vries, entro un anno […]

European countries join Blockchain Partnership

22 European countries signed today a Declaration on the establishment of a European Blockchain Partnership. The Partnership will be a vehicle for cooperation amongst Member States to exchange experience and expertise in technical and regulatory fields and prepare for the launch of EU-wide blockchain applications across the Digital Single Market for the benefit of the […]

Italian fintech forum

Fintech CEOs di impatto internazionale, confluiti da tutto il mondo, saranno protagonisti di uno dei grandi appuntamenti Mondiali su un tema che sta per cambiare radicalmente le nostre vite: l’Italian Fintech Forum di Milano dove il gotha mondiale della finanza e della tecnologia, si è dato appuntamento per alternarsi in panel di approfondimento tematici rivolti al tema della […]

Why Blockchain is Cloud 2.0: Expert Take

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy.

Startup Aims to Make Online Shopping Easier and Sharing Personal Data Safer

The Safein startup, founded in Lithuania in late 2017, has launched a beta-version of its platform that allows users to sign up to new websites and buy goods and services with just a couple of clicks. The Safein team plans to obtain an Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license in the EU, which covers crypto and fiat payments.  

Crypto Advertisers On Google Adwords Report Ad Suspensions And Account Terminations

Some advertisers using Google Adwords to promote cryptocurrency related businesses are seeing a drop in their ad views, with other users posting about suspension of both their ads and their accounts, Finance Magnates reported on March 8.

Is Blockchain-Based Lottery to Intervene the Online Gambling Market?

The Fire Lotto project, founded by Russian entrepreneurs in Cyprus, has launched an online lottery platform that is built on Ethereum smart contracts. Despite its relatively recent emersion on the online gambling market, Firelotto has already started four lottery games on its website and reported to Cointelegraph that initial guaranteed prize pool exceeds $1 mln.

TrueEx Teams With ConsenSys To Make Ethereum More Accessible To Institutional Players

New York-based fintech company trueEX has announced an upcoming release of a regulated derivatives marketplace for digital assets as well as a partnership between their newly created affiliate, True Digital Holdings (TDH), and Blockchain tech company ConsenSys to create a benchmark rate for the price of Ethereum (ETH).

New P2P Decentralized Platform to Make Crypto and Fiat Exchanges Easier

In late January 2018, Streamity, a Singapore-based startup with Russian roots, released its cryptocurrency exchange app StreamDesk, which is able to exchange various currencies from user to user with no intermediary. The project is now working on creating the decentralized platform, which they claim, “will revolutionize the modern crypto exchange market.”

Japanese Electric Company Tests Bitcoin Lightning Network Payments For Car Charging

The Chubu Electric Power Company, the third largest electric utilities provider in Japan, has partnered with Internet of Things (IoT) startup Nayuta Inc and software company Infoteria in order to experiment with the possibility of using Blockchain technology to record the charging of electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrids. The Lightning Network is set to be used for charging micropayments for the electricity, reports TechCrunch Japan.

China’s IT Ministry Wants A Blockchain Standard System ‘As Soon As Possible’

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (IT) has conducted a study on Blockchain technologies in order to promote the “formation of a complete Blockchain standard system as soon as possible,” according to a press release published yesterday, March 12.

DHL, Accenture Reveal Blockchain Prototype To Tackle Pharmaceutical ‘Tampering’

Logistics giant DHL announced it had partnered with Accenture and created a Blockchain-based supply chain prototype March 12.

Platform Plans to Unite World Karate Community Through Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Global karate organization BoutsPro aims to bring together an estimated 190-mln strong karate community by using Blockchain. As there are so many different styles of karate, there are many different governing organizations (Such as ITKF, WKF and WFF) overseeing tournaments and rankings. The BoutsPro white paper outlines how bringing all elements together needs a strong fund management system which can generate revenue from multiple sources, for example, sponsorship and advertisements.

R3 v. Ripple Lawsuit To Be Decided In NY As XRP Loses Its Appeal To CA Court

Ripple Labs Inc., the company behind the Ripple settlement system, has lost its opportunity to hold the court hearing over a contested contract with its rival R3 in its home state, California, Bloomberg reported March 13.

Blockchain Platform to Connect Self-employed Domestic Workers and Customers With No Fees

A company that empowers service workers and helps them become entrepreneurial is planning to replace its app with a new Blockchain-based platform, helping providers with hard-earned reputations to win more business.

World’s Largest Crypto Exchange Binance To Launch Decentralized Trading Platform

Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, announced that it is officially developing a public Blockchain to create a new decentralized exchange, according a statement on March 13.

Dubai To Launch Blockchain Marketplace For Tourism Industry ‘To Be 10 Years Ahead’

Dubai is launching a virtual business-to-business tourism-specific marketplace using Blockchain technology as part of its Dubai 10x initiative “to be 10 years ahead of other world cities”, local news outlet Arabian Business reports today, March 3.

VC Investments In Blockchain Companies On Track To Exceed 2017’s Numbers

The amount of venture capital fundraising for Blockchain-based companies so far in 2018 has already reached more than 40 percent of last year’s total, according to a report released by Crunchbase News on Feb. 27.

European Banks Complete First Live Securities Transfer On R3’s Blockchain Platform

The Swiss-based Credit Suisse and Dutch-based ING financial service groups have successfully completed the first live transaction of 25 mln euros (around $30 mln) in securities on R3’s Corda Blockchain platform, according to Credit Suisse’s March 1 press release.

Poll Shows People Want An Amazon Cryptocurrency, Starbucks Hints Of A Blockchain App

Online retailer Amazon this week received feedback that its hypothetical creation of an “Amazon Coin” would be positively received, while Starbucks, another large traditional consumer company, spoke of plans to use Blockchain on the Starbucks app, also hinting of the possibility of creating their own currency for the app’s use.

Russian Vice-Minister: Government Needs Blockchain Platform Focused On Stability

The Vice-Minister of the Russian Ministry for Telecom and Mass Communications (Minkomsvyaz) has stated that, in order for Blockchain technology to be adopted at the government level, it will be necessary to create a platform which does not involve mining, reports local news source RNS on March 1.  

Chinese Retail Giant To Use Blockchain To Track Beef, Prove Food Safety

The Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is implementing Blockchain to track the supply chain of its meat sales, Business Insider reports on March 3.

Blockchain Platform to Help Small Firms Enter in Manufacturing

An established technology company is using Blockchain to dismantle barriers to entry for manufacturing firms and their buyers, with a new platform billed as “the way forward into the Industrial Revolution 4.0.”

Popular S. Korean Chat App Operator Kakao To Launch Blockchain Subsidiary

Kakao, the service provider for major South Korean mobile messaging app KakaoTalk, will be establishing a Blockchain subsidiary tentatively named “Kakao Blockchain” and is considering launching an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), Huffington Post Korea reported today, March 5.

Inspired By Venezuelan Petro, Cambodia May Issue A National Cryptocurrency

Following last month’s launch of the Venezuelan government-backed Petro coin, Cambodia is considering launching its own crypto project named Entapay, a press release for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Blockchain Summit reported March 2.

GE Transportation Joins Global Blockchain Trade Association

GE Transportation, a global supplier of railroad, mining, marine, drilling, and energy generation equipment, announced that it joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in a press release published March 1.

BMW ‘Is Working With’ Another Blockchain Firm, This Time To Track Cobalt, Report Says

German car manufacturer BMW has allegedly closed a second partnership with a Blockchain startup, this time to source ethical cobalt for its products, Reuters reports March 5, citing the startup’s CEO.

European Commission To Release Bloc-Wide Blockchain Framework, Says Draft Document

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, is set to reveal plans for a joint regulatory effort on fintech, including Blockchain, Reuters reported Monday, March 5.

Russia: Blockchain Will Be Used To Protect 2018 Presidential Exit Poll Data

A Russian polling research center will use Blockchain to monitor exit poll results for its 2018 presidential elections held later this month, an official press release announced Monday, March 5.

EU’s Proposed Digital Tax Doesn’t Apply to Fintech Activities: Expert Take

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation, and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy.

Steve Bannon Lauds Cryptocurrency As A Tool To Resist the ‘European Establishment’

Steve Bannon, former Chief Strategist to US President Donald Trump, said that cryptocurrencies could be an asset to the European anti-establishment movement at an event sponsored by the Swiss newspaper Die Weltwoche on March 6.

Polish Ministries Of Foreign Affairs And Finance Refute Interest In Venezuela’s Petro

Poland’s Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs refuted rumors of Polish interest in trading with Venezuela in the country’s newly-launched Petro coin, Polish news outlet Gazeta.pl reports Friday, Feb. 23.

Bank Of China Files Patent For New Blockchain Scaling Solution

The commercial, state-run Bank of China, not to be confused with the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, has filed a patent with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) for a solution to scale Blockchain technology systems, according to local news outlet tech.ifeng.

German Research Institute To Use Blockchain For Radio-Frequency ID Sensor Systems

The Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS), based in Dresden, Germany, intends to use Blockchain concepts for the development of wireless radio-frequency identification (RFID) sensor systems in the logistics sector, according to a Feb. 22 press release.

Romanian Startup Targets $400 Bln Charity Fundraising Market With New Platform

A Romanian startup has set out to build a specialized Blockchain-based fundraising platform for philanthropic organizations such as Unicef, Red Cross or Save The Children to improve speed and transparency of payments.

Pump and Dump in Crypto: Cases, Measures, Warnings

The pump and dump, an age-old scheme to quickly raise the value of a worthless asset and then selling it to reap the profits from the price increase. Not only is the pump and dump illegally under the securities laws, but it is also extremely popular in the world of Blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and digital assets.

Coinbase Informs 13K Affected Customers Of Imminent Data Handover To IRS

US-based cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service Coinbase sent an official notice Friday, Feb. 23 to approximately 13,000 of its customers whose information it is legally required to turn over to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Three Ways Your ICO Can Overcome FUD in the Market: Expert Take

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation, and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy.

Without Mentioning Blockchain, Putin Says That Russia Must Stay Ahead In Technology

During a meeting with Herman Gref, the president of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the importance of not falling behind in Blockchain development.

Canadian Diamond Mining Company Hires New CEO, Turns To Blockchain

Canadian diamond exploration and mining company Lucara Diamond has appointed a new chief executive in a move towards modernizing the diamond industry with Blockchain technologies, the Financial Times reported today, Feb. 26.

European Commission Roundtable: Blockchain ‘Holds Promise,’ Investors Must Know Risks

The European Commission has hosted a roundtable titled “Cryptocurrencies – Opportunities and Risks,” covering the influence of crypto on financial markets and problems arising with Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) Monday, Feb. 26.

China’s Top Retailer Launches Startup Incubator To Lure Foreign Blockchain Projects

China’s largest online and brick and mortar retailer JD.com announced the first four startups for its Al Catapult Blockchain incubation program in a press release published Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Taiwanese Central Bank Sees Future In Blockchain For Payment Systems

Yang Chin-long, the new governor of Taiwan’s central bank, indicated in a speech yesterday, Feb. 26, that the bank would be open to exploring Blockchain technologies.

Blockchain-based Artificial Neural Networks To Save Thousands Of Lives From Medical Errors

When we consider quite how far medicine has developed worldwide in the past century, it could be easy to become complacent and assume that we have advanced our treatment methods and capabilities as far as possible. However, a 2016 study revealed some quite shocking statistics regarding healthcare mistakes; namely, that 250,000 US citizens were killed every year from medical errors, such as misdiagnosis or incorrect dosage administration by healthcare professionals. This technically puts it at the third largest killer in the US, behind heart disease and cancer. Estimates of the economic costs of these mistakes reach up to $20.8 bln annually. With human error being one of the main causes of medical mistakes, the healthcare industry is now able to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) for help.

Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten To Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

Japan’s largest e-commerce company Rakuten, with a market capitalization of over $12.5 bln, is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency called Rakuten Coin based on Blockchain technology and the existing Rakuten Super Points loyalty program.

Bill Gates, “Cryptocurrencies… Caused Deaths In a Fairly Direct Way” In Reddit AMA, Community Reacts

Bill Gates, principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation, has caused a furor among Reddit users, stating that cryptocurrencies are “a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way”, during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit on Feb. 27.

Durov Brothers File Telegram And TON With SEC, Report $850 Million Already Raised

Telegram creators Pavel and Nikolai Durov have filed a “Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities” with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Feb. 13, reporting $850 mln raised under the SEC exemption Rule 506(c) from 81 investors for “the development of the TON Blockchain, the development and maintenance of Telegram Messenger.”

SEC Suspends Trading In 3 Companies Due To ‘Questions’ Around Cryptocurrency Ties

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a report Thursday, Feb. 15 explaining the temporary suspension of trading in three companies that had made statements about acquiring cryptocurrency and “Blockchain technology-related assets”.

Why Switzerland is Becoming a “Crypto Nation” with a Flourishing ICO Market: Expert Take

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation, and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy.

New Platform For Social Media Influencers to Increase Views and Save Earnings

PATRON, a Japanese Blockchain-based platform, intends to transform the social influencer market by eliminating intermediaries taking a large share of profits. The company has partnered with Orlando’s Switchboard Live, allowing users to publish a single live stream on different platforms and grow the audience.

Lenovo Explores Blockchain For Document Validation With US Patent

Chinese multinational PC company Lenovo has filed a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a system to “verify integrity of physical documents,” using a “security Blockchain.”

Tezos Co-Founder Kathleen Breitman: Platform Will Soon Be Launched

Kathleen Breitman, the co-founder of the self-governing Blockchain protocol Tezos, has promised to “go rogue” and launch the platform in several weeks, despite ongoing lawsuits plaguing the project. The announcement took place during the UCLA Blockchain Lab’s Cyber Days conference Feb. 17-18.


Singapore’s Government Blockchain Experiment Is a Road to Regulatory Understanding

Last  Monday, Feb. 12 Chief Fintech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Sopnendu Mohanty mocked the excessive speculatory activity that is “perhaps negatively impacting the whole experimentation of cryptocurrency.” He nevertheless confirmed his dedication to the Singapore central bank’s Blockchain project — “Ubin.” In Mohanty opinion, it is in two years when we’ll see the real impact of the project. So what precisely is the “Ubin project,” a Blockchain initiative by Singapore CB?

Blockchain Alliance R3 Launches Training Consortium For Lawyers

The R3 Blockchain consortium has announced their creation of a Legal Center of Excellence (LCoE) today, Feb. 20 — a team consisting of ten law firms that will educate lawyers globally about new Blockchain technologies, according to a press release published on FinExtra.

Wyoming Passes Bill To Relax Securities Law For Some Blockchain Tokens

The US state of Wyoming has passed a bill Feb. 19 allowing certain Blockchain tokens to bypass securities regulations if they meet three key requirements as of July , 2018.

RMIT University Launches Australia’s First Blockchain Course

RMIT, an Australian public research university, has launched Australia’s first university Blockchain course, according to Business Insider Australia.

Illicit Uses of Cryptocurrency Gaining Attention Around the World: Expert Take

In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation, and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy.

Russian Blockchain Association To Launch ‘First’ Guarantee System For ICO Funding

The “first” guarantee system for Initial Coin Offering (ICO) investments is set to launch in Russia in 2018, local media outlet Izvestia reported Feb. 19.

Hong Kong Regulator: We’ll ‘Continue To Police’ Crypto Exchanges And Sales

Hong Kong’s financial regulator vowed to keep “policing” cryptocurrency and ICO markets Friday during a fresh warning to potential investors.

SEC Refuses Request For Information On Disputed Tezos ICO In Ongoing Lawsuit

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declined to provide information on Blockchain project Tezos requested by attorney David Silver via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Reuters reported Feb. 10.

Crypto ‘Unlikely To Disappear’, Says Internal Report Attributed To J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan has called cryptocurrencies the “innovative maelstrom” around Blockchain and said they are “unlikely to disappear” in what appears to be an internal report from the company, published Feb. 8, 2018.

Blockchain Platform To Help Promising Athletes To Jump Financial Hurdles

In modern sport, it is often the financial side that draws equal attention to the action itself. Sponsorship, advertising and complicated contracts are just as important as the action on the field. As the stakes continue to rise, it can be difficult for young athletes to break through without exceptionally high levels of financial backing. SportyCo are an innovative new company looking to remove these monetary barriers through new Blockchain technologies.

CME Plans To Develop New System To More Easily Modify Blockchain Protocols

A patent for a system that would allow for modifications of a Blockchain protocol without a consensus from all participants of the network, originally filed by the CME Group in December 2017, has been published by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last Thursday, Feb. 8.

Singapore Central Bank: Speculators Pose Risks To ‘Fabulous’ 2020 Blockchain Goals

Speaking to CNBC on Monday, Feb. 12, chief fintech officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Sopnendu Mohanty said it will be “two years” before the central bank’s Blockchain project sees “real impact.”

Is Yet Another Escrow Project to Become a Big Deal for Investment Process?

The concept of escrow services has been attracting investors’ attention over the last six months. Numerous startups have been promoting the idea that investing in ICOs may be protected by escrow mechanisms, which have various applications. For instance, a startup called Escroco, that ran its pre-ITO and ITO rounds in autumn 2017, offered a fund-reserve in order to grant reimbursement against losses.

‘A Sociological Innovation’: Big Finance Advisors Preach Blockchain At T3 Conference

Mainstream financial advisors are publicly propagating Blockchain this month, telling that it is a “sociological innovation” during the US Technology Tools for Today (T3) conference, CNBC reports Monday, Feb. 12.

Microsoft To Implement Blockchain-Based ID System

Microsoft revealed its plans to integrate Blockchain-based decentralized IDs (DIDs) into its  Microsoft Authenticator app, the company announced in a blog post Monday, Feb. 12.

Blockchain Platform to Allow Workers From Low-income Countries to Earn as Data-labellers

The proliferation of artificial intelligence  (AI) technologies continues to march onwards as AI becomes a globally established industry. However, these billions of dollars in AI revenue are rarely seen by those working at the lower end of the AI workforce. Dbrain, a new Blockchain platform, allows anyone with a smartphone to carry out AI-related tasks and be rewarded with cryptocurrency.

Through your VR glasses: A Startup Sets Up A Virtual Apartments Contest

MARK.SPACE, an ambitious Singapore-based startup with Russian roots, has recently made a visual designer construction kit publicly available, and started a 3D design competition among its users promising massive token rewards. In addition, the platform has cooperation agreements with such partners as Jaguar Land Rover, GAS Jeans, Desigual, Trussardi, Baldinini, Patricia Pepe, Liu-Jo, Dstrezzed, Satorisan and others. Therefore, there is no need for a SOFT-CAP installation.

Kodak Postpones ICO To Verify ‘Accredited’ Status Of 40K Potential Investors

The Eastman Kodak Company announced Jan. 30 that the launch of their cryptocurrency KODAKCoin would be delayed in order to evaluate the status of potential investors. The delay was announced the day before the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) was set to start, according to the project’s Jan. 9 press release.

Blockchain-based Project to Verify Education and Work Experience Information

Decades ago, David Geffen, a billionaire entrepreneur, lied about attending and graduating from UCLA to obtain a mailroom job at talent agency William Morris. He was desperate to get into Hollywood and knew he will be fired if someone finds out. So he went to his office early each day for six months, waiting for the university letter. When it finally arrived, he replaced it with another one saying he had indeed graduated.

Thai Finance Secretary: Blockchain Is Beneficial But People Should Know Risks

Thai Ministry of Finance’s permanent secretary Somchai Sujjapongse thinks that the Bank of Thailand and Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) need to officially warn customers of the risks of investing in crypto markets, as reported in the The Bangkok Post today, Feb.2.

Qtum Launches ‘First Ever’ Blockchain Node Into Space

Qtum, a Blockchain project focused on Decentralized Applications (DApps), announced on Twitter Friday, Feb. 2, that the “first ever space-based Blockchain node,” made by Qtum, has been launched on a Chinese satellite.

New Blockchain-Based Project Intends to Challenge the Status Quo of Neobanks

A new project aims to create a community-driven, tokenized and cryptocurrency-enabled banking ecosystem in a regulated environment that lives up to the expectations of mainstream users and could help to simplify crypto-money usage.

Crypto Has What it Takes to Break the Flawed Financial System

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Cointelegraph.com.

Canada: Regulators Approve Country’s First Blockchain ETF

After extensive internal testing, Harvest Portfolios has received approval to issue Canada’s first ever Blockchain-based Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), as reported in a press release Feb. 1. The fund (ticker symbol HBLK), set to begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange next week, is focused on large and small-scale Blockchain corporations.

Researchers Propose New Version of Scalable Blockchain Alternative

PhD candidate Yonatan Sompolinsky and Dr. Aviv Zohar, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, released a paper this week on a new scalable BlockDAG — an alternative network structure to Blockchain — protocol called PHANTOM.

Goodbye Kickstarter? The Blockchain-based Project Aims to Challenge the Crowdfunding Sector

A new Ethereum Blockchain based platform called Acorn seeks to create an open, global community and marketplace for crowdfunding- opening it up to new participants such as those living in developing countries.

S. Korean Finance Minister: Blockchain Can ‘Revolutionize The World’

While on trip to China for economic talks, South Korea’s Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon spoke positively about the potential for Blockchain, saying that “Blockchain technology can disrupt and revolutionize the world,” according to the South Korean-based Yonhap News Agency.

Newly Discovered Vulnerability In All Ledger Hardware Wallets Puts User Funds At Risk

Hardware cryptocurrency wallet manufacturer Ledger has discovered a vulnerability that affects all of its devices and can lead to users losing their funds, according to a report released on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Singapore Airlines To Launch ‘First’ Blockchain Loyalty App Among Competitors

Singapore Airlines will release a “groundbreaking” Blockchain-based app for frequent flyers by August 2018.

Sharing Selfies Could Now Help You Earn Money in Cryptoworld

Sharing the latest pictures of avocado toasts and latte hearts with the world might become a part of the crypto economy. A startup called Selfllery wants to create a new take on that of social media influencers on Instagram, Snapchat and other well-known picture sharing platforms- just with a crypto twist.

A Platform Paves New Way of Making Investments in Security Tokens

In late November 2017 Bitcoin, Blockchain and fintech investment platform BnkToTheFuture, which is well-known as a pioneer in the Bitcoin market with investments in BitFinex, BitStamp, Kraken, ShapeShift, BitPay and over 100 others, announced plans to open a secondary market for the trading of security tokens in Blockchain-based companies. In early January 2018, the company started a pre-sale and raised $30 mln within 15 hours. BnkToTheFuture plans to launch a secondary market in Q3 2018. It will use a Blockchain ledger to keep record of those investments for clients.

Could Blockchain Solve the Multi-Billion Dollar Problem of Digital Advertising Fraud?

With the success of Blockchain technologies in preventing the double-spend issue in cryptocurrency, a new technology company is applying this approach to stem the incredible rise in digital advertising fraud.

Volkswagen Chief Digital Officer Joins Blockchain Non-Profit Board

The IOTA Foundation, a non-profit Blockchain foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT) has announced that the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of Volkswagen, Johann Jungwirth, will join the Supervisory Board, effective immediately. Jungwirth said:

Blockchain Startup Can Help Consumers Profit From Their Personal Data

German startup repay.me plans to launch a Blockchain-powered marketplace which will share revenues from personal data with its community. The platform will offer users up to 100% cashback on their purchases. Retailers will be able to sell and advertise their products. Think Amazon ads.

World’s First Major Agricultural Trade Using Blockchain Completed, Resounding Success

The applications of Blockchain technology are potentially endless – and every year we are hearing more uses in business and trade. Cryptocurrencies remain in the limelight but that hasn’t stopped multinational companies from forging ahead with their own Blockchain solutions in an effort to streamline business.

Celebrities Could Get A Platform To Take Their Fans To Blockchain

Using Blockchain to interact with fan communities, celebrities can introduce millions of new users to the crypto industry to further drive the adoption of technology. TokenStars, a decentralized platform built on the Blockchain, aims to connect celebrities with fans and advertisers, and it already counts 15 stars onboard.

New Ethereum-Based Platform to Improve Governance Services

Huge amounts of money are being poured into attempting to resolve institutionalized flaws within government service delivery.

Something’s Fishy: Tether, Auditor “Dissolve Relationship” According to Rumors

Reports surfaced Saturday night that Tether and their auditor, Friedman LLP, had dissolved their relationship. Due to the weekend, independent confirmation has not been received. Calls to Friedman LLP have gone to voicemail.

New Project to Fight Deficit of Smart Contract Developers

The number of job postings on LinkedIn related to Blockchain, cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, increased at least fourfold in 2017, according to data provided by Bloomberg Law. As the source says, the number of such jobs is expected to grow in 2018 as well. Needless to mention, skillful developers are few now and in high demand. A new project titled Fabric Token intends to solve the problem of the lack of Blockchain specialists and current difficulties in decentralized application development by setting up a marketplace and launching the application for smart contract generation.

Amidst Chaos, ‘First US-China’ Blockchain Conference Connects 1500 Eager Attendees

The Blockchain Connect conference, which took place on Friday, Jan. 26 in San Francisco, did not get off to a strong start. However, the content of the panels, talks, and informal meetings that took place that day arguably delivered for the 1500 attendees.

Matrix Reveals a Brand New PoW/PoS Consensus Algorithm

A Hong Kong-based Matrix AI Network is developing a prototype of a new hybrid PoS/PoW consensus algorithm. This update was shared with Cointelegraph by Owen Tao, the company’s CEO.

Don Tapscott: “We Need Microsurgery on This New Economy”

Cointelegraph had the opportunity to meet Don Tapscott, one of the world’s leading experts on the economic and social impact of technologies and innovations, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Has the Blockchain Revolution Failed to Take Off 10 Years On?

Everyone, even the biggest skeptics of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have all had their positives to say about the underpinning Blockchain technology which has the potential to change the world. However, it has been 10 years since Blockchain technology came into the open, and yet we still don’t really have a major use for it.

Art and Blockchain: Revolution in Art Collecting

The art market is on the threshold of big changes that can be brought with Blockchain technologies. Blockchain suggests the decision for the key stumbling blocks of art market such as questions of provenance, transparency, copyright, ownership, valuation and authenticity of art. The actuality is provided by growing online art sales – $3.75 bln in 2016, which was an 8.5 percent share of the overall market (up 15 percent from the year before). Seeing the potential, art startups are already building real-world applications based on Blockchain.

Startup Aims to Change the Way Freelance Market Works

Technology has liberated and, at the same time, enslaved us. We can now work from the comfort of our homes but intermediaries- centralized freelance websites- are getting huge commissions. How do we cut out middlemen?

Blockchain.info Wallet Opens Bitcoin Buy, Sell Features for Many US Customers

UK-based Blockchain.info, a digital wallet provider, has announced that they have begun offering users in 22 states the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin. According to the announcement, the company plans to continue adding services for US-based clients, including Ether and Bitcoin Cash exchanges in coming days.

Obelisk Threaten Soft Fork in Reaction to Bitmain Antminer A3 Launch

Chinese mining giant Bitmain caught the mining community off guard on Wednesday with the surprise launch of a new cryptocurrency miner.

Decentralized Travel Distribution Platform Eliminates Middlemen to Make Your Trips Cheaper

Outbound trips worldwide had grown by 3.9 percent in the first eight months of 2017, according to the ITB World Travel Trends Report. With low-cost airlines, more people, especially in Asia, are taking trips and enjoying travel. However, not all is well with the travel industry.

India’s Silicon Valley Partners With Local Fund To Build ‘Largest Blockchain Ledger’

India’s eighth-largest state Andhra Pradesh has partnered with local Covalent Fund to build “the largest” Blockchain stack for its government, according to an article published by Inc42 on Friday, Jan. 19.

‘Higher Than Expected’: Louis Dreyfus Reports Results of First Blockchain Agricultural Trade

One of the leading global commodity traders Louis Dreyfus Co. (LDC) has stated that its first venture into Blockchain produced results “even higher” than expected, Financial Times reports Monday, Jan. 22.

NGO Says ‘Blood Diamond’ Initiative Failed, Highlighting De Beers’ Recent Blockchain Solution

Impact, a Canadian NGO, has left the Kimberley Process initiative on Jan. 22, citing the fact that the global agreement to prevent dealing in “blood diamonds” has not lived up to its goals.

Startup Intends to Shake Up Antivirus Industry With a Decentralized Marketplace

Since early January the PolySwarm IT startup keeps making waves revealing its plans to create the first decentralized marketplace for threat intelligence, where security experts build anti-malware engines that compete to protect users.

Cointelegraph Heads To Davos For WEF, Partners With Tech Tuesday Event

Cointelegraph will be attending this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23-26, covering the event as a media partner for Tech Tuesday.

A Social Network for Buyers and Sellers to Boost International Trade With its Crypto Currency

Despite the fact that Facebook and LinkedIn are used by millions today, these social networks seem to miss a major trump card in future – they do not use Blockchain. Meanwhile, a startup called TraDove has become the premier B2B social network based on Blockchain.

Power to People: A Decentralized Platform Connects Consumers With Retail

People keep buying stuff, but there’s a crisis or, as some experts say, an apocalypse in retail that has started in the US and rapidly spread to the other parts of the world. In 2017, nearly 9,000 stores closed in America. More retailers, including Toys ‘R’ Us, filed for bankruptcy than during the Great Recession.

Firms Continue To ‘Capitalize’ On Blockchain Name Hype, SEC Promises Increased Scrutiny

US companies who change their name to include the word ‘Blockchain’ could soon face increased scrutiny from regulators, new comments released Monday, Jan. 22. from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suggest.

Vermont Proves ‘Blockchain-Friendly’, Hosts Real Estate Pilot Program

Propy, Inc., a Palo Alto-based global Blockchain real estate marketplace, announced the launch of a pilot program in South Burlington, Vermont to use Blockchain technology to record real estate documentation, the latest related development in the so-called “Blockchain-friendly” state.

A New Decentralized Platform Helps Investors Enter the Over-the-Counter Ecosystem

Despite its growth in the level of awareness, how to enter the crypto ecosystem still remains a mystery to a lot of interested participants. Most people do not understand how to or where to find entry into a market that is filled with so many opportunities.

US Government Implements Blockchain Programs to Improve Transparency and Efficiency: Expert Blog

Expert Blog is Cointelegraph’s new series of articles by crypto industry leaders. It covers everything from Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies to ICO regulation and investment analysis. If you want to become our guest author and get published on Cointelegraph, please send us an email at mike@cointelegraph.com.

“The House Always Wins”: Can Blockchain Make Sports Betting More Predictable?

Expanded legalized sports betting is “inevitable,” believes NBA commissioner Adam Silver. In June 2018 Americans would find out whether his prediction was correct: the US Supreme Court is expected to decide on a case that seeks to overturn a ban on gambling.

Can Blockchain-based Cryptobanks Overtake Centralized Competitors?

For a long time, cutting-edge technologies have comprised the flagship achievements of the centralized banking systems across the globe both economically and socially. The technology behind credit cards and online payments have driven business performance, revenue and customer ease-of-access.

Bitfury and First Block Capital Make Strategic Investment In Emercoin

Bitfury, maker of hardware and software for Blockchain mining and management, has announced a strategic investment in Emercoin. The investment is in tandem with First Block Capital, the Canadian crypto investment firm.

Blockchain in Logistics Industry Will Improve Transparency, Enhance Process Accountability

Communication flow and logistics is an essential aspect of human existence which forms the backbone of the transfer of goods, services and value.

Blockchain Platform Makes Internet Service More Private and Affordable

The role of the Internet in modern day civilization cannot be overemphasized. It also serves as an essential tool for globalization and societal development that is significant in every area of individual and national development such as education, commerce, politics and the military.

Wonders of Naming the Company ‘Blockchain’ or ‘Bitcoin’

Bitcoin and Blockchain is all the rage in more than just individual investors’ circles, and companies are trying to cash in on the craze. While some are launching their own ICOs, such as Kodak, others have merely tacked ‘Blockchain’ onto their name and seen success.

Can Online Gambling Ever Become Safe and Transparent Business?

If there is a business out there that is in need of more transparency and reliability, it is probably the $500 bln online gambling industry. The latest company to join the Blockchain frenzy is the decentralized LetBet Platform. Its premise is quite simple, allow players to gamble without third-party meddling. In other words, engage in bank-free and central authority-free betting.

Interview With John Patrick Mullin: Blockchain is a Global Community

John Patrick Mullin is an investment banker, speaker, writer and a big fintech and edtech enthusiast. Senior research analyst at the Guotai Junan Securities & Finance Institute, John currently focuses on fintech, covering AI/ML, Blockchain and cryptocurrencies, P2P lending, etc.

As Critical Elections Approach, African Youths Gaining Political Voice Through Blockchain

There is a yearning for the younger generation to step up and take the mantle of leadership across the various fields of endeavour in Africa. With an average age of 78.5 years, Africa remains the continent with the oldest set of national leaders. This is a big factor behind the under-development of the second largest continent on earth.

Blockchain Company Wants to Create Alternative Decentralized Digital Economy

One of the things you may notice when you look around in the world is there are a lot of people making tons of money, but not doing much to earn it. Many are the ways you can make money without being a direct “producer” or taking risk, and one of these ways is working as a facilitator of trade.

Why Market Players Are Enthusiastic About Investing in “New Economy’: Expert Blog

Expert Blog is Cointelegraph’s new series of articles by crypto industry leaders. It covers everything from Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies to ICO regulation and investment analysis. If you want to become our guest author and get published on Cointelegraph, please send us an email at mike@cointelegraph.com.

Redefining Sports Betting Industry With Blockchain

The development and expansion of Blockchain technology has triggered new opportunities in the betting on the sports industry. A new company founded by Baikov Artyom, a developer of several B2C web applications for consumer services & platforms, aims to streamline the process. By leveraging smart contracts on the Ethereum Blockchain, it allows avid players to take their passion to a whole new level.

Is the Crypto Market Booming or Maturing?

The views expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Cointelgraph.com

When IaaS Meets Blockchain

With data circulation increasing exponentially, a new solution for a more effective and safer storage is necessary. Recent news of faulty widely-used Intel, AMD and ARM chips has sparked growing concerns over cybersecurity and data protection.

Orioncoin Further Unveils Loyalty Program Blockchain Platform

Cointelegraph is bringing continuous updates about the companies that made significant input to the recent BlockShow Asia conference in Singapore. This time it is a company called Orioncoin and its CEO – Woanjen Tang.

Xapo CEO Foresees A Single Blockchain To Move All Value, ‘Most Likely’ Bitcoin’s

During a Facebook Live interview between Xapo CEO and Paypal board member Wences Casares and PayPal CEO Dan Schulman on Jan. 12, Casares explained his vision of a single “robust” Blockchain to move value globally, saying Bitcoin (BTC)’s Blockchain would likely play this role. He also predicted that BTC could become an apolitical standard of value.

Decentralized Car Sharing Platform Aims to Lead the Blockchain-based Rental Market

Looking around at the world, trust is probably the thing that is most lacking in our current business environment. Technology is at a strange middling capability, where it can do a lot more, but we never have any strong way of verifying who is on the other end of a transaction.

Alternative Blockchain Uses: Elections, Product Reviews and Fraud Prevention

Decentralization and its effect on the economy is a controversial topic that has pervaded discussion throughout online communities as well as mainstream and alternative media outlets thanks, in part, to Bitcoin’s roller-coaster ride throughout 2017.

Blockchain Redefines Emerging Markets: Capital, Assets and Securities

Less than 0.001 percent of global venture technology funding went to African startups in 2016. It is no secret that entrepreneurs in emerging markets have a harder time coming by capital funding than do their counterparts in developed markets. Among the many reasons for this are inefficient capital market systems that create obstacles for entrepreneurs in emerging markets, who face barriers to cautious investors.

The Hype and the Hollowness: Cryptocurrencies’ Over Justified Expectations

From the white paperback in 2008, Bitcoin was heralded as the revolution and cryptocurrencies, as well as Blockchain technology, the basis on which this financial freedom would be borne upon. Now, some 10 years later, and the market is full to bursting, along with a lot of people’s pockets, but has cryptocurrency changed the world?

Life Savings Stolen from Second-hand Ledger Hardware Wallet

A man’s life savings disappeared from a Ledger brand Nano hardware wallet after Reddit user moodyrocket purchased the wallet second-hand on eBay. The stolen coins amount to over $34,000.

Binance, Bitfinex, Bittrex Temporarily Say No to New Users

With the surging price of cryptocurrencies, demand has reached the point where cryptocurrency exchanges are completely swamped. This massive influx of users has led to major infrastructure concerns leading to the temporary closure of their registration portals.

An African Revolution Being Borne of the Back of Bitcoin and Blockchain

The stereotypical thought of an African revolution, one that breaks the chains of oppression and domination, sparks images of bloody battles of liberation. But now, with a new tool that does not discriminate or exclude, Bitcoin is helping African millennials free himself from financial repression.

SEC Suspends Trading of UBI Blockchain Following ‘Unexplained Market Activity’

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended trading of shares of UBI Blockchain. The regulator has issued the suspension based on:

Blockchain Bridges Gap Between App Developers and Users in a Trustworthy and Open Market

The aspect of Blockchain technology that eliminates the need for intermediaries is one of the most cherished characteristics by its followers.

Kodak Sees Stock Price Soar Following Unveiling of KodakCoin

Kodak, a company that seemed dead and gone with the advent of digital photography, just saw a surge today as it announced the creation of its own cryptocurrency. The so-called KodakCoin will be the token that powers the company’s new KodakOne platform. KodakOne will allow photographers to register their images, license them and search the web for unauthorized usage.

CoinMarketCap Removes South Korea Exchanges, Ripple Market Cap Drops $20 Billion

Highly popular cryptocurrency price tracker CoinMarketCap removed several South Korean exchanges from its listings on Jan. 8, causing a dip in the overall market that particularly affected altcoin Ripple (XRP).

Blockchain Applications for All Walks of Life

Given the meteoric rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies in 2017, some mainstream financial institutions are clamoring to board the steadily moving crypto train.

Blockchain Will Fulfill the Broken Promise of the Internet For Creatives, Says INK COO

In a presentation at BlockShow Asia, Daniel Zhai, COO of Blockchain startup INK Labs Foundation, introduced the company’s Intellectual Property Assets Exchange built on the Qtum Blockchain. The platform will help artists both protect and monetize their creative works.

Blockchain It! Companies Rename Themselves To Bump Up Share Price

The craze continues as companies begin changing their name to include the word “Blockchain” and watch their share price soar. As The Verge reports, a spate of renaming shenanigans has seen Long Island Drinks Corp become Long Blockchain, immediately causing its stock to surge 200%.

Restoring Data Back to its Owners With Blockchain

Before the Internet and the rise of social media, marketing and advertising was done offline. Brands and advertisers leveraged the power of ads, banners, print content and TV to target their customers. The process may have been more transparent, but it had flaws because conventional research methods to profile customers were imprecise and lengthy. Surveys and questionnaires used to be the norm. When online advertising stormed in, an industry that was once worth billions became extinct.

Director of UK-Based Crypto Exchange Kidnapped in Kiev

Pavel Lerner, the managing director of the cryptocurrency exchange EXMO was abducted by “unknown persons” in Kiev, reports Ukraine-based web publication Strana.ua.  According to their sources, Lerner was held while leaving his office in the center of town and driven off in a black Mercedes-Benz.

Disruptive $100 Bln Crypto Ecosystem For Global News, Using Blockchain to Compete With Titans

Over the past decade, the news industry has stagnated. The “Facebook and Google are killing our business model” explanation has become a mantra for an industry that has failed time and again to find a response to disruptively competitive new digital advertising models. Google and Facebook now dominate online marketing, earning over 50 percent of total revenue, and now even publishers who can grow readership rapidly are not able to reach profitability.

Upcoming Blockchain Connect Conference Emphasises Cooperation Between East And West

The upcoming Blockchain Connect Conference that will take place on Jan. 26, 2018 in San Francisco, claims to be the first of its kind to focus on the cooperation between the Chinese and US Blockchain markets.

It’s Pretty Clear That Blockchain is Here to Stay, Joshua Lavin

Cointelegraph continues publishing interviews with prominent guests of BlockShow Asia 2017, that took place in Singapore in November 2017.

Growth of Bitcoin, Blockchain Development in India: 2017 in Review

In spite of government’s efforts to curb the growth of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain in India, the people of India and the Indian market for cryptocurrencies appear to love them all the more. The year 2017 has been particularly interesting for the growth of cryptocurrencies in India, mainly due to the ‘to the moon’ journey of the Bitcoin missile. Digital currency’s rapid price appreciation has sparked a nationwide interest, with the mainstream Indian media going haywire on cryptocurrency reporting. Media routinely gives both ‘investment’ advice and reiterates ‘cautionary’ warnings from the Indian government at the same time. So, how was the year 2017 for the overall development of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain in India?

Evan Luthra: Digital Assets Investment is Not For Everyone

Serial Innovator and Angel Investor Evan Luthra told Cointelegraph that digital assets are by far the best investment class. He makes this assertion because of the outsized returns compared to traditional asset classes. However, Luthra notes that it is a sort of investing that is generally not for everyone. The high-risk appetite necessary is only shared by a very small group of investors who tend to be young, successful, ambitious and have access to lots of capital without huge responsibilities.

Blockchain and Smart Contracts For Everyone: Interview With CEO of Matrix

Today, we continue to share our findings from BlockShow Asia 2017 being held in Singapore and here is one more expert interview coming.

2018 Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Outlook: Expert Blog

Expert Blog is Cointelegraph’s new series of articles by crypto industry leaders. It covers everything from Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies to ICO regulation and investment analysis. If you want to become our guest author and get published on Cointelegraph, please send us an email at mike@cointelegraph.com.

Blockchain Revolution for the Art Industry

Soon after wrapping up BlockShow Asia 2017 main conference, Cointelegraph has been updating you about the companies that made some significant efforts at the event. This time let’s discover a company called INK and understand its COO Daniel Zhai’s perspective.

Startup Seeks to Lower Costs, Improve Outcomes by Tokenizing Healthcare

Healthcare is a political and social landmine. According to TechCrunch the average American spends close to $10,000 for healthcare, with the entire industry being worth $3 trln. The World Health Organisation and World Bank report that nearly 100 million people around the world are forced to choose between food and healthcare. This frightful dilemma affects those living in developed and developing countries alike.

Banks of Future Will Face Digitally-Empowered Customers: Expert Blog

Expert Blog is Cointelegraph’s new series of articles by crypto industry leaders. It covers everything from Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies to ICO regulation and investment analysis. If you want to become our guest author and get published on Cointelegraph, please send us an email at mike@cointelegraph.com.

Industries and Blockchain 2017

The first Blockchain system-Bitcoin-saw astronomical returns of over 1,300 percent in 2017. As we progressed through 2017, Blockchain technologies became hard to ignore and more of the corporate world took an interest in Blockchain technologies. In 2017, the NYSE filed for two Bitcoin ETFs with the SEC, the CBOE became the first institutional investor to launch a Bitcoin futures market and CME group followed suit a week later doing the same. But it is not only large exchanges interested in getting some skin in the Blockchain game, a multitude of industries have been interested in incorporating Blockchain technologies to make their businesses more economically efficient.

Blockchain For Hospitals: Document Distribution Platform Announces Key Partnerships

Aston has created a Blockchain and security solution for decentralized document authentication and distribution. The system keeps documents on a main Blockchain, but stores edits and updates on side chains to enhance security and speed of delivery.

No More Hard Forks in Next-Generation Blockchain?

Blockchain technology is in a state of rapid evolution at the moment, and we are starting to see a number of major players emerging like Ethereum, NEO, Ripple and IOTA. But a lot of discussion is on how to reduce volatility without hindering innovation and decentralization. One of the leading thinkers who co-founded NEO (at the time it was called Antshares) is attempting to do just that. Hitters Xu believed his next-generation Blockchain platform Nebulas will reduce, if not completely eliminate, the need for forks. And it will bring the capability of search to the Blockchain platforms – like a Google for Blockchain.

Step Towards Legalization of Crypto in India – New Blockchain Foundation

Blockchain Foundation of India, a non-profit organization, aimed at inculcating Blockchain Technology in India, was launched recently in New Delhi, India.

Crypto Christmas: Give a Blockchain Gift to ‘Nocoiners’ You Love

The year 2017 proved to be an eventful one in the media with constant turmoil about Donald Trump, North Korea, Brexit, and many other topics, but one thing is very clear-2017 will go down in history as the year of the cryptocurrency. This year saw the launch of hundreds of new cryptocurrencies while older coins like Bitcoin and Ethereum outperformed all other asset classes.

Aston Company Called For ICO Standardization and Investors’ Responsibility

It’s been several weeks since BlockShow Asia 2017, but the buzz around the event still goes on and we still have something to tell you. Today we would like to speak about one company which, at first glance, was just another successful Blockchain project from Asia, but in reality played a much bigger part during the conference.

The Technology To Unite the Planet: Interview with TravelChain CEO

Can you imagine the world without geographical and political borders?

Exclusive: Telegram to Release Blockchain Platform, Native Cryptocurrency

The popular encrypted messaging app Telegram will launch its own Blockchain platform and cryptocurrency, according to sources familiar with the matter. The new platform will be dubbed either “The Open Network” or “Telegram Open Network” (TON) and is supposed to be based on an improved version of Blockchain technology.

I Try to Make Everything Simple For the Community, Founder of Orioncoin

Cointelegraph continues publishing interviews with prominent guests of BlockShow Asia 2017, that took place in Singapore in November 2017.

Blockchain Will Make Loyalty Programs Actually Work, Says Orioncoin CEO

At BlockShow Asia just last month, Orioncoin’s CEO Woanjen Tang unveiled preparations for a new Blockchain platform that addresses complexities in conventional loyalty programs, while at the same time offering enhanced liquidity and accessibility in the crypto space.

Blockchain Revolution for Luxury Industry – Counterfeit Exposed

The day is not far when you’ll be able to simply take out your phone and check whether the product you have on hand is genuine or not.

Startups are Innovating in Knowledge-Sharing Space, Adding Financial Incentives

Incentives make the world go round. Everyone knows this, but not everyone acts on this information properly. When you look how a lot of websites are set up, it often isn’t very easy to figure out how or why everything works so well.

Brett King: Banking Will No Longer Be as We Know It

Brett King is an author, speaker and radio host with extensive experience in the financial industry. He’s worked with Deloitte, Center for Financial Services Innovation and Breaking Banks Radio. He’s also a Founder and Executive Chairman at Moven, a mobile banking app.

Startup Aims to Build Open-Source Telecom Ecosystem on Blockchain

There are 2,000+ mobile network operations in charge of providing communication services at global scale. However, the traditional infrastructure is centralized, inflexible and inaccurate. Common services like 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, BOSS mobile communications solutions and companies that use cloud-based communications solutions are often unable to render accurate content billing and distribution.

Overstock CEO Considers Selling Company to Fund Blockchain Venture

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne is likely to sell his e-commerce firm in order to fund a new Blockchain land registry venture, according to the Financial Times. Byrne is one of the early advocates of Bitcoin and his company was one of the first to bring cryptocurrencies to the digital merchant space.

Members of European Parliament Agree Cryptocurrency Has Come to Stay

Sorin Moisa, Member of European Parliament, has emphatically stated that cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Moisa opened a discussion at a policy dialogue organised by ORCA Alliance and EU40 at the European Parliament on Saturday in Brussels. He maintained what is needed at the moment is a clear-cut policy framework and regulation:

Coinbase President Hints at Listing New Currencies, IPO

In an interview on CNBC, Coinbase president Asiff Hirji provided some veiled clues as to what is coming for the cryptocurrency exchange in the future. He also gave insights about recent happenings.

Breaking: Researchers Reveal First-Ever Complete Quantum Chip Architecture

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have revealed an architectural structure that solves some of the stability issues that are facing quantum computing scientists, according to a recent report.

Qtum Bridging Gap Between East and West With BlockShow Asia

Cointelegraph continues updating you about the companies that made significant input to the recent BlockShow Asia conference in Singapore. This time we will discover a company called Qtum and speak with the CEO Patrick Dai.

Blockchain: Shifting From Internet of Information to Internet of Value

There is a growing trend of Blockchain implementation in the social media industry. This development is changing how the public approaches an ecosystem which has before now been at the mercy of a few individuals in terms of security, commerce, functionality and general control.

Skychain to Conquer High-Tech Medicine Cornerstone – Big Data

As you probably know, startups that combine Blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies are all the rage now. For example, the SingularityNET project, which intends to create a Blockchain ecosystem to host a lot of specialized AI systems, is committed to raise more than $150 mln fvia an ICO. Other Blockchain projects that use artificial intelligence raise substantial funding, too.

Blockchain.info CEO: Central Banks Will Hold Crypto In Reserve In 2018

In 2018 central banks will hold cryptocurrency, alongside gold and foreign currencies, according to the CEO of Blockchain.info, Peter Smith.

David Orban: Civilization and Technology Are a Positive-Sum Game

Cointelegraph continues publishing interviews with prominent guests of BlockShow Asia 2017, that took place in Singapore in November 2017.

Blockchain Startups are “Craving” Regulation, says Gibraltar Official

The Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) has announced its plans to establish a new licensing system for startups focusing on Blockchain technology.

First Government Blockchain Implementation For Russia

Russia has officially completed its first government-level Blockchain implementation. The state-run bank Sberbank announced today that it is partnering with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) to implement document transfer and storage via Blockchain.

Market Mania? Small Cap Stock Explodes on Blockchain Announcement

Shares of Longfin, a small publicly traded financial company, surged an astonishing 1,342 percent after news that the company would be purchasing a cryptocurrency company with no current value.

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Domain Names Hotter Than Ever

The history of domain names dates back to over three decades ago when the first ever .com name, symbolics.com, was registered by a Massachusetts based computer manufacturing company, Symbolics Inc. on March 15, 1985. Ever since, the domain name marketplace has grown significantly and today some highly demanded domain names sell for millions of dollars.

Bancor Releases Six Month Update, Seeing Uptick in Adoption

After raising over $150 mln in its token generation event the Bancor ICO has issued its first major update regarding its platform. The announcement includes information regarding adoption of the Bancor Blockchain protocol, along with statistics for how many tokens are now tradable through the Bancor system.

FLUX Global Gaming Ecosystem – Player-Owned Gaming Platform Builds Strong Loyalty

Gamers are a rather fickle lot: two-thirds of them will abandon a game within 24 hours. With hundreds of mobile games being launched daily, independent game developers need every marketing advantage they can get. A new mobile gaming platform on the Blockchain has created a novel solution for a gaming environment – a win-win model.

NH Bank Joins R3 Blockchain Consortium

Korean banking giant Nonghyup (NH) Bank, which specializes in agricultural and commercial credit and banking services in South Korea, has joined the R3 Blockchain consortium, according to reports from local media.

BlockShow Asia: Everything You Missed

Just a couple weeks ago 1500 blockchain entrepreneurs, experts, investors, and enthusiasts gathered in Singapore at BlockShow Asia, Cointelegraph’s second Blockchain event of the year.

ICOs Can Be Effective Fundraising Tools, SEC Chairman Says

The Chairman of US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, issued a public statement on Monday regarding cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).

Bitcoin Regulations Inevitable – Economics Professor

Created to become a liberating technology from conventional banking and transactions, Bitcoin’s success will likely lead to necessary regulations in the coming years.

Do-It-Yourself IPOs on a Blockchain

The global equity market has seen a very turbulent decade since the start of the global recession. Yet despite the relatively stable economic growth the world has seen over the past five years there has been a significant decline in the number of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), as well as a general lack of funding available to companies starting out. The market has been doing well, but new companies are not reaping the benefits.

Belarus Signs ‘Super Liberal’ Blockchain Support Legislation

Belarus’ president Aleksandr Lukashenko has formally signed a “super liberal” bill signaling state support of Blockchain and cryptocurrency.

ICOs, Bitcoin’s Growth and the Blockchain Community: An Interview With Ivan on Tech

Ivan Liljeqvist is an international speaker, software developer and founder of Ivan on Tech. On Ivan’s channel he spreads knowledge about Blockchain technology to hundreds of thousands of viewers. He is known for making the complex simple, the boring interesting and Blockchain entertaining.

The Vault Within Your Smartphone

You recently bought a Tesla car, and although you don’t understand how it works, you’re happy about whatever’s under the hood because of a smooth, seamless driving experience. The same thing applies to the Blockchain. What’s interesting to mass-market users is not the technology per se, but the value it holds.

BlockShow Asia Reveals: How VeChain Will Change Luxury Market

VeChain announces at BlockShow Asia that they will incorporate Blockchain technology into their platform to protect luxury products for consumers, merchants and manufacturers.

France Will Allow Blockchain Platforms For Trading Securities

According to recent reports, the French government has opened the door to allow fintech companies and banking institutions to begin trading unlisted securities on Blockchain technology-based platforms. The regulation changes cut out the need for middlemen like brokerages or exchanges.

Put Your Brain into the Blockchain – An Interview with Crystal Rose

At BlockShow Asia 2017 Cointelegraph had the opportunity to sit down with Crystal Rose, the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensay.

Cryptography Gets Busted

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