Embattled technologist and 2020 presidential hopeful John McAfee claims to know the identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. However, he refuses to spill the beans over concerns the information could negatively impact a current court battle he is involved in.
Tim Robustelli, program associate with the Future of Property Rights think tank in Washington, DC, talks about the problems associated with putting land registries on a blockchain platform and what can be done to help these pilot programs become successful.
Brantly Milegan, developer coordinator for the Ethereum Name Service, discusses the platform’s upcoming upgrade. The update is intended to speed up the process of registering certain domain names by swapping the
Cryptocurrency and business writer Tony Sheng discusses why he thinks Binance Chain will become the most used smart contract platform, the difference between Binance and other platforms, and why Binance is not yet an Ethereum killer.
On Monday, April 22, screenshots from electronic trading platform TD Ameritrade shared on Twitter showed a bitcoin trading option. Although the exchange stated it was only conducting simulated trades using bitcoin, it could be a sign that the financial powerhouse is interested in offering bitcoin trading.
The Samsung blockchain task force announced the development of a blockchain-based mainnet built on the Ethereum network. The electronics giant is also considering issuing its own token, although the project is still in the
Reno, Nevada-based blockchain company Filament is working with the University of Nevada, Reno, to research autonomous vehicle technology. The research is intended to help develop new standards for the internet of things as it relates to self-driving vehicles.
Japan’s Financial Services Agency paid a visit to cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi and Fisco last week. The investigations were sparked by changes in management at both companies and intended to ensure that the exchanges were adhering to customer protection and anti-money laundering regulations.
Although there is no indication as to when or how Mt. Gox users will be compensated, some users received an email stating that the parties which objected to rehabilitation claims had withdrawn their complaints and that the claims are now moving forward. Some users who failed to file a claim received the letter as well, potentially meaning they could also receive compensation.
Vitalik proposes that rewards for stakers be raised from 2.5 percent to almost 6 percent, as long as at least 10 million ETH has been staked. Vitalik thinks this increase will improve the health of the Ethereum platform, help boost its security, and reduce inflation rates.
A white paper writer talks about cryptocurrency and blockchain startup companies forcing writers to fabricate business models, make up false funding budgets, and blatantly plagiarize patented technology.
Nicolás Maduro’s petro cryptocurrency is still viewed by many as a scam, but with the launch of crypto exchanges such as Amberes, Venezuelans are starting to buy and trade the token for a variety of reasons.
Ken Kruger, CEO of cryptocurrency-processing startup Moon, announced the launch of a browser extension to connect to any Lightning-enabled digital wallet and convert bitcoin to fiat on the backend. With this extension, Amazon and other e-commerce sites would not have to directly deal with crypto.
CoinDesk’s Michael J. Casey discusses censorship and hypocrisy in the cryptocurrency community, the role and responsibilities of exchanges such as Binance, and how regulation could help level the playing field.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Christopher Giancarlo talks about how the CFTC is using its 80-year-old protocol to regulate new technology and the risks of a clearinghouse holding its own digital currency. He also alludes to some of the reasons that may be contributing to the delay in a Bakkt bitcoin futures exchange.
John McAfee is well known for accepting cash and crypto in return for positive tweets promoting specific companies and their initial coin offerings. However, many companies, as well as McAfee’s former CEO Jimmy Watson, say that McAfee failed to deliver what he promised.
Bitcoin supporter and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is calling on the federal government to provide the crypto community with clear and concise guidelines concerning how cryptocurrency and digital assets will be treated and regulated. Yang specifically calls out New York’s BitLicense for its stringent regulations.
In what is being called a first, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has fined Eric Powers of California $35,000 for operating an illegal bitcoin exchange, failing to register as a money transmitter, and not filing currency transaction reports.
James Felton Keith is running for a seat in New York’s 13th Congressional District. Keith talks about universal basic income, owning one’s personal data, and Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up big data companies.
Shirin Emami, executive deputy superintendent for banking at the New York State Department of Financial Services, breaks down why Bittrex was denied a BitLicense. Emami cites deficiencies in the areas of transaction monitoring, customer identification, and listing standards.
The newly released Mueller report claims Russia’s primary military intelligence service and its facilitators leased servers located within the US, as well as used bitcoin to hide Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
Rabbi Michael Caras, also known as the Bitcoin Rabbi, talks about the similarities between Judaism and crypto culture, writing a bitcoin children’s book, and the special Passover message he has for his Twitter
Judge Jed Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the Winklevoss case against Charlie Shrem in which the twins allege Shrem stole $26 million worth of cryptocurrency. The judge said a settlement was reached, though details of the settlement are confidential. Either party can reopen the case by May 5 if not completely satisfied.
Binance has released details of its plans to move its BNB token off the Ethereum platform and onto its own blockchain dubbed Binance Chain. BNB tokens will be activated on Binance Chain on Tuesday, April 23, though the timeline is subject to change.
Research conducted by PitchBook reveals that investments in cryptocurrency and blockchain startups by venture capitalists have reached $850 million in the first four months of 2019. However, corporations such as the London Stock Exchange Group and Microsoft are still unwilling to invest directly in cryptocurrency.
Economist Will Ruddick of Grassroots Economics developed the Sarafu Network to allow Kenyans to swap digital currency via a smartphone app. The network is intended to bring financial services to those who traditionally lack access to them.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao is encouraging developers working on the Ethereum platform to bring their projects to Binance Chain. CZ is hoping the firm’s longevity and influence will convince developers to make the move.
Researchers at Malwarebytes break down the phishing attacks on the Electrum bitcoin wallet. The cybersecurity firm outlines the two methods used to carry out phishing attacks, where the stolen crypto seems to be going, and how investors can protect themselves from future attacks.
Trent Larson, principal software developer for Overstock.com’s Medici Land Governance, talks about being a Mormon anarchist, the pros and cons of putting land registration on a blockchain platform, and how SEC regulation is hurting the crypto industry.
Although most companies are still skeptical about adopting cryptocurrency, many are experimenting with blockchain tech. Forbes compiled a list of 50 companies worth at least $1 billion that are using blockchain platforms, from Ethereum to Hyperledger.
Coinbase Custody recently announced it will provide staking support for the Maker, Tezos, and Cosmos platforms. Coinbase Custody head Sam McIngvale breaks down how the move will benefit institutional investors and some of the problems that still need to be worked out.
Donald Kersey, elections director for West Virginia’s secretary of state office, dissects the backlash after last year’s blockchain voting trial and details the state’s plans to let citizens serving abroad to vote via a blockchain-powered smartphone app in 2020.