U.S.A.: This week, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed the sale of more than 3,600 bitcoin — roughly $31 million at current prices — to five winning bids in a recent auction. This is the first auction of seized bitcoin since 2016, when the agency sold the remaining 2,700 bitcoins of the 144,000 BTC seized from […]
With the launch of Venezuela’s state-sponsored Petro token less than two weeks away, it’s hardly surprising that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is looking to get other major financial players to support it. According to a new report from Al Jazeera, Maduro plans to court members and non-member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting […]
Late last week, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase announced that they would no longer allow customers to purchase bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) through their credit cards. The banks cited the collapsing price of bitcoin, and the growing credit risk associated with such purchases, in their decision. Over the weekend, Citigroup, Capital One and Discover […]
Earlier this week, we reported on rumors that Samsung appeared to be entering into the cryptocurrency mining market, creating a new line of dedicated ASICs. While unnamed sources within Samsung confirmed the move to South Korean news agency The Bell, many details were still unclear.
Awareness of blockchain is at an all-time high, thanks almost exclusively to the increasing price of cryptocurrencies, which are themselves a byproduct of the young technology but also harmful to its good name. Speculative assets like bitcoin and Ethereum have stolen the thunder of the architecture supporting them, yet even so, innovators in several industries […]
According to a report published in South Korean business publication The Bell, electronics giant Samsung has partnered with a Taiwan-based hardware manufacturer TSMC to produce a new line of ASICs for the cryptocurrency mining market. The report states that prototyping and development began last year, with mass production of the chips starting earlier this month.
Representatives of the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission confirmed yesterday that the agency was moving swiftly towards the completion of a new regulatory framework for cryptocurrency trading and ICOs. The new rules are expected to finalized later this year, and may well be enacted before the end of 2018. The move comes in response to […]
In a stunning announcement made earlier today, Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck revealed that the company was the victim of the largest cryptocurrency heist in history. According to a report published by Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun (and translated by Coindesk), the hackers made off with over 500 million NEM (XEM) tokens, worth roughly $535 million (58 […]
Last week, while most people in D.C. were focused on the looming government shutdown, Senators Marco Rubio (R.-Fl) and Robert Menendez (D.-NJ) published an open letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressing serious concern about Venezuela’s plans to launch a state-backed cryptocurrency. The proposed token, known as the “Petro,” was announced by Venezuelan President […]
The LiveEdu ICO has gotten off to a great start with over $7M raised so far. The public sale opened on Jan. 15th, 5pm UTC with a 20% bonus on the first day. Bonus dropped to 17% on the second day and then drops by 1% every two days until it reaches 5%. The official […]