Review: Wasabi’s Privacy-Focused BTC Wallet Aims to Make Bitcoin Fungible Again

January 9th, 2019

Privacy is relative, but by many people’s reckoning, bitcoin could use greater anonymity. The Bitcoin Core protocol hasn’t changed much over the past decade, but the tools used to forensically inspect it have. In a bid to reclaim some of that eroding privacy, a number of fungibility-enhancing tools have been released by open source developers….

Report Claims Central Banks Are Cautious About Issuing Their Own Digital Currencies

January 8th, 2019

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has published a survey showing that most central banks are “proceeding cautiously” on issuing their own digital currencies. Only a handful are planning to do so in the near future, it said. 70 Percent of Central Banks Working Towards Own Digital Money Swiss-based BIS dubbed the central bank of…

Nevada Saw an Influx of Blockchain Recorded Marriages in 2018

January 8th, 2019

According to public records obtained from Washoe County, home to one of the marriage epicenters of the world in Reno, Nevada, the region saw over 950 blockchains recorded marriages in 2018. Moreover, about 250 miles away in Elko, Nevada, county officials are recording birth certificates using blockchain technology. Blockchain Recorded Marriages Are On the Rise…

Coinbase Suspends Ethereum Classic Following 51 Percent Attack

January 8th, 2019

Coinbase has ceased interactions with the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain after the exchange detected a 51 percent attack on the network. Following the discovery of a “deep chain reorganization” of the ETC blockchain, Coinbase suspended Ethereum Classic withdrawals and deposits. Also Read: Major Mining Pools Have a ‘High Die-Off Rate’ Study Reveals Coinbase Stops Interacting With…

Leading Crypto Markets Post Worst Year of Monthly Price Action on Record

January 8th, 2019

When looking at monthly market performance, 2018 was the bloodiest year in the history of the cryptocurrency markets. Of the seven largest cryptocurrencies by market cap, only three were able to produce more than two green monthly candles during 2018. Also Read: Bitblock Publishes Alternative Valuation Model That Suggests BTC Is Underpriced BTC and ETH Produce…

Connecticut Software Engineering School Receives $10,000 BTC Donation

January 8th, 2019

During the first week of 2019, Holberton School in New Haven, whose two-year higher education program aims to “drive the digital transformation revolution,” received a large cryptocurrency donation. On Monday it was announced that the co-founder of software suite the Scroll Network, Nathan Pitruzzello, donated $10,000 worth of digital currency to the Connecticut school that’s…

FBI and Homeland Security Agents Raid Tech Campus Over Unauthorized Crypto Trading

January 7th, 2019

U.S. federal law enforcement authorities are among the most active criminal agencies globally against cryptocurrency infractions. A new example of this is that FBI and Homeland Security agents have reportedly raided a technology campus over unauthorized cryptocurrency trading. Also Read: Epic Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors, Robinhood Recruiting in London Unauthorized Crypto Trading According to…

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Eye Russia for Expansion Despite Sanctions

January 7th, 2019

Sanctions imposed by governments as part of geopolitical struggles do not always filter through to under-regulated industries. Ambitious businesses covet every opportunity for expansion and diversification. That seems to be the reason why a growing number of crypto exchanges are turning their attention to Russia and its diaspora, despite the disapprobation this risks drawing from…

Coinflex Exchange to Offer Leveraged BCH and BTC Futures

January 7th, 2019

Hong Kong-based Coinflex exchange has announced plans to offer futures contracts for bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), and ethereum (ETH) with a leverage of up to 20x. All futures bought and sold on the exchange will be physically delivered, meaning that when the contracts expire, holders will be paid the underlying cryptocurrency instead of…

Street Artist Hides $1,000 in BTC Inside a Mural Depicting Paris Protests

January 7th, 2019

Over the last eight weeks, the world has watched the yellow vest protests in France as the grassroots political movement has fought for economic justice. On Sunday, the well-known street artist Pascal Boyart (Pboy) revealed a mural that contains a solvable puzzle with 0.28 BTC inside. The artist explained that the puzzle cannot be solved…