Tag: blockchain

First quarter 2019 crypto roundup: How did Litecoin perform?

Litecoin LTC (LTC) was created back in 2011 as one of the earliest forks of the cryptocurrency OG, Bitcoin. Like many other blockchain and cryptocurrency projects promise, Litecoin was developed with the intention of improving on Bitcoin by offering a cryptocurrency better suited to high volume, low value, everyday transactions. This supposed “lite” cryptocurrency has […]

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JD.com says putting chickens on the blockchain was great for business

China’s popular online retailer JD.com says sales of free-range chickens have doubled in the past two years, and blockchain technology has played a key role. Its initiative for putting chickens on the blockchain, called “Running Chicken,” sees professional breeders hired by JD.com to tend to chickens. Local farmers are also offered part-time jobs growing vegetables, fruit, […]

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Coinbase fires 30 workers and closes Chicago office after just one year

Prominent cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is set to close its Chicago office just a year after it was opened, and will let go around 30 software engineers in the process, reports Fortune. The group had been tasked with building a special “matching engine” product for high-frequency trading. A Coinbase spokesperson said the high-frequency trade technology was no longer […]

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Japan finance regulator raids cryptocurrency exchanges in money laundering sweep

Japan‘s top financial regulator has raided two cryptocurrency exchanges to enforce anti-money laundering rules, Reuters reports. Financial Services Agency (FSA) agents inspected digital asset firms Huobi Japan and Fisco Cryptocurrency Exchange to make sure appropriate customer protections were in place. Both firms reportedly had recently undergone management restructures. In October last year, Fisco revealed it was […]

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Volkswagen bets on blockchain to electrify its battery supply tracking

German car manufacturer Volkswagen is launching a blockchain pilot to track its battery supply chain for lead from the point of origin to the factory. To do so, Volkswagen is partnering with Minespider, an open source, public blockchain protocol that claims to offer end-to-end mineral supply chain certification. The project will involve suppliers and sub-suppliers that […]

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BitcoinSV’s blockchain is struggling with its enormous 128MB blocks

The Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BitcoinSV) blockchain has suffered a series of “block re-oganizations,” putting the integrity of its network in question. “On 18th April 2019, our Bitcoin Cash SV [sic] node experienced two block re-organizations. First, a three block re-organization, followed by a six block re-organisation,” tweeted BitMEX Research, the analysis arm of digital asset exchange BitMEX. Block […]

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US presidential candidate Andrew Yang wants to fix ‘confusing’ cryptocurrency regulations (and give $1,000 to everyone)

Move over John McAfee, there’s a new kid on the block, and they just cemented their position as the cryptocurrency presidential candidate for the 2020 election race. Andrew Yang released a statement on cryptocurrency and digital assets yesterday, making a bid to regulate virtual assets if elected. If Yang wins the 2020 race he wants […]

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Report: Cryptocurrency ransomware payments up 90%, thanks to Ryuk

Ransomware attacks are still doing the rounds and one in particular appears to be gaining pace. Cryptocurrency payments made to ransomware attackers increased nearly 90 percent in Q1 2019 over the previous quarter, according to ransomware support firm Coveware’s latest report. In the first quarter of the year, the average daily ransom being paid to […]

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For the love of Satoshi, don’t give your Bitcoin to rebuild Notre Dame

A significant chunk of the famous Notre Dame cathedral burned down earlier this week, and now France’s government is mulling whether to accept cryptocurrency to rebuild it—but please, for the love of Satoshi, keep your Bitcoin BTC. The world anxiously watched fire rip through Notre Dame’s twelfth century framework on Monday afternoon. French minister for digital […]

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IBM launches blockchain skills academy with University of Louisville

One of top 200 universities in the US, along with a helping hand from IBM, is getting its students into blockchain with dedicated training. The University of Louisville announced a partnership with IBM yesterday, which will see the institution establish what it’s calling the “IBM Skills Academy.” The academy will deliver a curriculum focused on […]

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Satoshi’s Treasure hacker claims first keys to $1M Bitcoin prize in minutes

A million-dollar scavenger hunt for Bitcoin commenced just a few days ago, but it only took minutes for one ingenious hacker to complete the first stage without actually going anywhere. Satoshi’s Treasure is an alternate reality game urging players to work together to find private keys hidden in real-world locations. Clues are distributed periodically via […]

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Assange arrest leads Bitcoiners to donate over $30,000 to WikiLeaks in 6 days

WikiLeaks has raised more than 30,000 worth of Bitcoin since Julian Assange‘s confronting arrest last week. In the six days following Hard Fork’s original report, a touch over 6 BTC ($31,800) has been sent to WikiLeaks‘ public address, spread across 299 donations. Contributions in prominent altcoin Zcash (the only other cryptocurrency WikiLeaks accepts) also increased, […]

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Is blockchain-based journalism the future? Civil gives us a first look

One of the most interesting things I’ve seen recently in the crypto world is the challenge of the mmviii newsroom on Civil by a member of the community. Civil is a community-owned network for journalism. If you need background, I’ve written about them before here. (Disclosure: I own a miniscule amount of CVL tokens.) The basic idea is […]

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eToro launches new ‘pro’ cryptocurrency exchange – and 8 stablecoins

In an announcement today, eToroX – the specialized blockchain division of social trading platform eToro – revealed it is launching a new cryptocurrency-only exchange desk for pro traders. The new platform will support trading in six cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ripple, and Dash. More notably, the exchange will also support trading in eight fiat-backed […]

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