UNICEF Wants to Fund Early Stage Blockchain Startups

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is seeking to invest in early stage blockchain startups with the potential to help children across the globe. In an  announcement  today, the U.N....
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PBoC Official Calls for Wider Ban on Chinese Crypto Trading: Report

A senior official at the People's Bank of China is reportedly calling for a wider ban on services related to cryptocurrency trading in the country. Pan Gongsheng, vice governor of...
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Big Money, Murky Governance: Kicking the Tires of Telegram's Token Sale

Pitched as a game-changer for the cryptocurrency industry, Telegram's initial coin offering could be a lifesaver for the company. Launched in 2013 by Russian brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, the...
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Bitcoin's Price Just Dropped Over $1,300 in 1.5 Hours


  The price of a bitcoin has just plummeted by over $1,300. Having been on the slide in recent days, in large part seemingly due to new regulatory efforts to...
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Swift Signs Agreement With 7 CSDs to Explore Blockchain for Post-Trade

Swift has signed a memorandum of agreement with seven central securities depositories to look into how blockchain can be used for post-trade processes, such as proxy voting. Revealed today, the...
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ViaBTC Increases Cloud Mining Fee Citing China's Mining Resource Scarcity

China's cryptocurrency mining pool ViaBTC has revealed a plan to adjust its cloud mining maintenance fee, a move that appears to be affected by a reportedly tightened regulation in the...
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5 Blockchain Developments Coming in 2018


Peter Loop is associate vice president and senior principal technology architect at Infosys , where he focuses on delivering enterprise cryptocurrency and blockchain ledger technologies, API management and cloud migration of enterprise...
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Housing or Dotcom: Which Bubble Does Cryptocurrency Mania Resemble?

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk and a former editor-in-chief of American Banker.  The following article originally appeared in  CoinDesk Weekly , a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively...
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Road to Innovation? Truck Giant Penske Joins Blockchain Group

Global transport company Penske Logistics has become the latest company to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). The organization aims to spur blockchain development in the transport industry by...
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$400K: Hacker Makes Off With Stellar Lumens in BlackWallet Theft

An unidentified thief has reportedly stolen more than $400,000 in Stellar lumens after hacking the digital wallet provider BlackWallet. According to cybersecurity reearcher Kevin Beaumont , the attacker hijacked BlackWallet’s...
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German Central Banker: Cryptocurrencies Must Be Regulated On a Global Scale

The director of Germany's central bank believes that bitcoin should be regulated through an international set of rules rather than on a national scale. Bundesbank director Joachim Wuermeling said that...
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Lithuania's Central Bank Unveils Blockchain Startup Sandbox

The central bank of Lithuania has launched a new regulatory "sandbox" for startups working with blockchain. Announced last week , the "LBChain" initiative will see the Bank of Lithuania set...
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Mississippi Doctors Sued Mt. Gox for Bitcoin Loss Now Worth $133 Million

Two former users of the defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox have brought a lawsuit against the company for the loss of 9,500 bitcoins – an amount worth around $133 million...
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Bitcoin Cash Looking Heavy After Bull Move Fails


Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is looking heavy, courtesy of last week's failed bullish move. Data source OnChainFX say the world's fifth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization is down 4 percent in...
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End of Inflation? The Radical Vision of Futures-Backed Cryptocurrency

Veteran user experience designer James Zdralek is on a mission to reimagine the way central banks run, using cryptocurrencies. Part psychologist, part accountant, part industrial engineer, the senior executive in...
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$15K in Sight? Bitcoin Prices Gather Upside Traction


Bitcoin looks set to explore a move towards $15,000 levels in the next 24 hours. Having defended $13,000 on Friday, CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index rose to a high of $14,536...
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South Korean Cryptocurrency Investors Face Fines for Anonymous Accounts

South Korean financial authorities said Sunday that cryptocurrency investors must change anonymous virtual accounts to ones attached to their identity or face penalties. The unnamed authorities said that cryptocurrency investors...
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Indonesia Central Bank: Cryptocurrency Payments 'Not Legitimate'

Bank Indonesia has warned that cryptocurrencies may not be used for payments in the country. The central bank published a press release on Saturday, stating that cryptocurrencies are not a...
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Blockchain in the Boardroom: Toward Enterprise Deployment


Iliana Oris Valiente (CPA, CA, CBP) is a managing director and global blockchain innovation lead for Accenture's emerging tech division. She is also the founder and chair of the board...
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Bitmain Reportedly Eyeing Canada for Bitcoin Mining Expansion

A few days after announcing a new branch in Switzerland, China’s mining giant Bitmain Technologies is considering another expansion - this time in Canada’s Quebec province. According to a report...
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