Mastercard Seeks Patent for Instant Blockchain Payments Processing

New patent filings from Mastercard show how the credit card giant is looking at blockchain as a possible means for easing payment settlement times. In a patent application released last...
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Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks In Bid to Ease Mining Difficulties

Bitcoin cash appears to be successfully navigating a planned hard fork. At press time, the majority of the network nodes (roughly 82 percent) have transitioned to new software (version 0.16.0...
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CME CEO: Bitcoin Futures Could Begin Trading As Soon As December

CME Group chairman and CEO Terry Duffy has said that the derivatives exchange operator could list a planned bitcoin futures product as early as next month. "I think sometime in...
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Parity Floats Fix for $160 Million Ether Fund Freeze

Work continues on a possible way to free up the more than $160 million worth of ether stuck in multi-signature wallets following a dramatic hack last week. In a new...
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Dutch Regulator: ICO Environment Is a 'Dangerous Cocktail'

Regulators have issued a new warning to investors in the Netherlands about putting money into initial coin offerings (ICOs). The Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) – the country's equivalent...
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Dash Cryptocurrency Builds Base After Setting Record Above $500



Dash is seeking direction after hitting new highs. After reaching a new record above $500 on Sunday, the sixth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization fell back to near $350 today before regaining...
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Ex-CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton: Bitcoin Isn't a Scam

Former U.S. trading commissioner Bart Chilton has said that bitcoin is "not a scam or fraud," according to a news report. Talking to  Fox Business , Chilton made his comments...
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European Financial Regulator Warns Investors On ICO Risks

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today issued two separate statements that outline what it perceives as the risks initial coin offerings (ICOs) pose for investors and startups, respectively....
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The SAFT Is a Symptom of Regulatory Uncertainty

Jerry Brito is the executive director of Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies. In his first monthly column for...
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Brazil's Central Bank Is Ramping Up Blockchain R&D

The Central Bank of Brazil is building with just about every blockchain it can get its hands on. In a new interview about its plans for the nascent technology, members...
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Recovery In Doubt? Bitcoin Price May Not Sustain Above $6,500


Bitcoin is in recovery mode today. As of writing, the bitcoin-U.S. dollar (BTC/USD) exchange rate is at $6,523, having reached a high of $6,559 so far. As per CoinMarketCap ,...
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European Commission to Assess Potential of EU-Wide Blockchain Infrastructure

The European Commission (EC), the economic bloc's legislative body, is launching a study aimed to assess the feasibility and potential of an EU-wide blockchain infrastructure. The study, which is set...
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UN Agencies Turn to Blockchain In Fight Against Child Trafficking

The United Nations has partnered with the World Identity Network (WIN) to develop a blockchain identity pilot aimed to help curb child trafficking. Announced during the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit in New York on Friday, the...
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Baltic Nations Agree to Support DLT Development

Government officials in the Baltics have struck an accord that includes a commitment to support the development of technologies like blockchain. In a newly released  Memorandum of Understanding , the...
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to Launch Blockchain Product in 2018

Business technology firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise is launching a new blockchain service next year. The formal reveal comes months after customers of the company – founded in 2015 after tech...
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Bitcoin Gold Goes Live After Bumpy Blockchain Launch

The newest fork of the bitcoin blockchain is officially live after a rocky start. Developers for the project, dubbed bitcoin gold,  published software  for the breakaway cryptocurrency today, releasing the...
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Flimsy Floor? Bitcoin Charts Suggest Price Decline In Play




The price of bitcoin appears to be stabilizing. Amid what has been a wild weekend in the crypto markets, BTC is now down just 5 percent in the last 24 hours...
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Assets Will Be Tokens (And It Will Change Finance)

Dr Pavel Kravchenko holds a PhD in technical sciences and is the founder of Distributed Lab . In this opinion piece, the first of a two-part series, Kravchenko argues that...
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Confusion and Euphoria As Bitcoin Cash Tops $30 Billion


"BITCOIN CASH IS BITCOIN NOW." Issued by Li Ang, head of China-based bitcoin mining outfit Canoe Pool, the proclamation may not be distinguishable from typical cryptocurrency banter. However, the difference...
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Pipe Dreams: Bitcoin Won't Solve Pot Industry's Banking Problem

Charles Alovisetti is a senior associate and co-chair of the corporate department at Vicente Sederberg LLC, and works with legal cannabis businesses in the U.S. In this opinion piece, Alovisetti...
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