Global blockchain project Fermat releases architecture upgrade for its 'Internet of People'

Fermat, a global blockchain project, has upgraded its architecture to enable any user to discover another user's profile and establish a device-to-device connection, according to a press release. The project boasts more than 60 national and regional chapters worldwide, all...

Vietnamese platform provides secure bitcoin transactions

Remitano, a Vietnamese platform that helps people trade bitcoin quickly and securely, has expanded its services across the English speaking world, according to a press release. The company is targeting an audience of bitcoin exchangers, investors and those seeking remittance...

US takes pastor, software developer to trial over illegal bitcoin exchange

A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor engaged in lies and corruption to facilitate an illegal bitcoin exchange business whose operators wanted to take over a small credit union to evade scrutiny, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday,...

Analyst: SEC approval of bitcoin ETF could push bitcoin price to $3,678

Bitcoin's price could jump to $3,678 if the Securities and Exchange Commission approves the Winklevoss bitcoin exchange traded fund, a decision the commission is scheduled to announce on Mar. 11, according to one analyst writing in Seeking Alpha. Emerita Capital,...

Congressmen launch blockchain caucus to create public policies for virtual currencies

Two U.S. congressmen have launched the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, aimed at creating public policy for virtual currencies, according to the Idaho Business Review. Reps.

Trading platform BitMEX adds Dash to its virtual currencies

BitMEX, a virtual currency trading platform, listed Dash on its exchange this month following the launch of its software upgrade, Sentinel, according to a press release. Dash joins bitcoin, Zcash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Monero, Ripple, Augur, Litecoin and Factom on...

London fintech provides blockchain solution for capital markets

EquiChain, a London-based fintech startup, has unveiled a working prototype for a blockchain-powered solution for capital markets, which promises to drive market efficiency and improve global investor access in emerging and frontier markets, according to NASDAQ. The company plans to...

Investors ignore analysts, bet the SEC will approve a bitcoin ETF

Despite skepticism from prominent lawyers and Wall Street analysts, bitcoin investors are increasingly confident the Securities and Exchange Commission will approve at least one of the three proposed bitcoin-focused exchange-traded funds currently under consideration, according to MarketWatch. Pricing in futures...

Online blockchain technology course available for chief technical officers

B9lab, a UK-based online education provider, announced what it calls the first ever comprehensive online course for chief technical officers covering blockchain technology and decentralized infrastructure, available worldwide, according to a press release. "Blockchain has the potential to change the...

New Zealand bitcoin exchange to close, cites uncooperative banks

A New Zealand bitcoin exchange, BItNZ, has announced on its website it will close Apr. 15 since banks in that country will not allow accounts to trade bitcoins.

KeepKey virtual currency wallet integrates with Dash

KeepKey, a hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies, announced an integration with Dash, the altcoin, according to a press release. The partnership means users and investors will be able to store their Dash on the KeepKey device away from the risk of...

Libertarian artist Tatiana Moroz's 'Tatianacoin' launches in beta

Tatiana Moroz, a libertarian singer-songwriter and a bitcoin enthusiast, announced the early beta launch of Tatianacoin, token created on the bitcoin blockchain, at The Blockchain Event in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, according to a press release. Issued in 2014 as the...

Bitcoin price tumbles over fears of Chinese crackdown

Bitcoin prices retreated Wednesday following reports that China’s central bank is holding a closed-door meeting with several local cryptocurrency exchanges, according to MarketWatch. The news revived fears that authorities in one of bitcoin’s biggest markets are planning to crack down...

Police arrest former prosecutor who tried to sell whistle-blower suit for bitcoin

A former prosecutor who became a partner at a top law firm carried out a cloak-and-dagger operation — complete with a wig and a request to be paid in bitcoin — to sell a sealed whistle-blower lawsuit for $310,000, according to the FBI, NBC News reported. Jeffrey Wertkin of the firm Akin Gump was arrested Jan.

IBM to test blockchain technology to track Dubai imports and exports

IBM is collaborating with several government agencies in Dubai to test blockchain technology to improve efficiency in tracking the import and export of goods in the Middle East trading hub, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is working...

Blockchain development company builds 'Bitcoin 2.0'

Input Output Hong Kong, a blockchain architecture and development company, has built a proof-of-stake protocol in response to the demand for more efficient blockchains capable of handling more transactions, according to a press release. The protocol, called Ouroboros, joins the...

Vernon Hills, Illinois will sell $10,000 worth of bitcoins seized from criminals

The village of Vernon Hills, Illinois is preparing to sell bitcoins seized from criminal organizations during joint police investigations with federal authorities, according to The Chicago Tribune. Although police say they can't share details, Finance Director Nikki Larson received approval...

Dash announces software upgrade, will compete with PayPal and Venmo

Dash, the altcoin, announced a software upgrade, version 12.1, in preparation for the launch of its decentralized payments system, Evolution, according to a press release. The network upgrade, which includes feature additions and improvements to back-end protocols, governance, voting and...

Venezuela police discover bitcoin mining center operated by international criminal network, make arrests

Authorities in Venezuela recently dismantled a bitcoin mining center in Valencia in Carabobo state and arrested members of an international crime network, according to criptonoticias, a Spanish language cryptocurrency website. Authorities arrested members of the network after discovering a shed...

Blockchain event will explore ICOs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Financial technology industry experts and enthusiasts will converge at The Blockchain Event on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to learn about the initial coin offering, a disruptive force in capital raising, according to a press release. Hosted...

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