CME Group's Leo Melamed: We'll 'Tame' Bitcoin

One of the senior figures at derivatives giant CME Group believes that bitcoin is on course to become its own tradable asset class. In an interview with Reuters  on Tuesday,...
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Ethereum Client Bug Freezes User Funds as Fallout Remains Uncertain

An unknown amount of user funds on the ethereum network have been frozen due to a code issue with the Parity wallet software. The security vulnerability which activated the freeze...
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Russian Official: Blockchain Will 'Seriously Change' Tourism Industry

Oleg Safonov, head of Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism, has predicted that blockchain technology will transform the country's tourism market. Speaking at the Kazan Tourism Forum 2017, Friday, Safonov said that the...
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Short-Lived Rebound? Bitcoin Struggles to Retake $7,200


Bitcoin traders seem a touch tentative today. At press time, the bitcoin-U.S. dollar (BTC/USD) exchange rate is at $7,200 levels. BTC prices dropped to a four-day low below $6,950 yesterday...
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11:FS Backs Off $50 Million Blockchain for Banking Fund

After more than a year of work, the 11:FS consultancy has scrapped an effort to raise a $50 million investment fund aimed at backing blockchain startups. Announced in 2016  as a way...
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Thai Bank Taps IBM for Contract Management Blockchain Pilot

Thailand-based Bank of Ayudhya (Krungsri), in partnership with tech giant IBM, has completed a blockchain pilot aimed to streamline the contract management process. According to the bank, the pilot, which...
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A More Equitable ICO? Why Blockstack Said No to a Token Pre-Sale

Blockstack isn't going along with business as usual for its initial coin offering (ICO). As the new funding method gains momentum, token issuers have often allowed investors to access tokens...
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Malaysia's Securities Watchdog Plans Cryptocurrency Regulations

Malaysia's securities regulator has revealed it is planning a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. Speaking yesterday at the SCxSC Digital Finance Conference in Kuala Lumpur, the chairman of Securities Commission Malaysia...
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How to Stop Worrying and Love the Fork

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk and the former editor-in-chief of financial industry publication American Banker. The following article originally appeared in  CoinDesk Weekly , a custom-curated newsletter delivered...
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Shell, BP Among Energy Giants to Back Blockchain Trading Platform

Several major energy firms are partnering on a new blockchain-based trading platform. BP, Shell and Statoil are backing the platform, which represents the latest application of the tech to the...
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Money Manager VanEck Launches Cryptocurrency Price Indices

The company behind a recent effort to launch a cryptocurrency-tied exchange-traded fund (ETF) has unveiled a suite of new price indices related to bitcoin and other digital assets. New York-based...
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$8,000? Goldman Sachs Analysts See Possible Bitcoin Price Jump

Goldman Sachs analysts predicted that the price of bitcoin could surge as high as $8,000 in a note distributed to clients earlier this week. According to Business Insider and Bloomberg...
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Bitcoin's Price Slips Below $7,000

The price of bitcoin has slid below $7,000 just a day after climbing above the $7,600 level. The turnaround represents a more than $400 decline amid today's trading, according to...
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Ripio Closes $37 Million ICO for Ethereum Lending Network

Blockchain startup Ripio has raised $37 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). Originally known as BitPagos, the company (which  rebranded early this year) had previously raised $31 million  during...
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Why Segwit2x Is Doomed to Fail

Ariel Deschapell is a full-stack javascript developer teaching at the Ironhack coding bootcamp in Miami, and a Henry Hazlitt fellow in Digital Development at the Foundation for Economic Education. In...
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MIT Media Lab Director: ICOs Are 'Attracting the Wrong People'

One of the people most responsible for the creation of a dedicated cryptocurrency research effort at a major U.S. university is speaking out against initial coin offerings (ICOs). Addressing attendees...
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Hold the Fork: No 2x But Everything Else Goes at Scaling Bitcoin Event




"Bitcoin is the currency of enemies." If adversarial thinking like Tadge Dryja 's was on display, it's target was relegated to theoretical targets on day one of Scaling Bitcoin Saturday....
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Vatican Address to Highlight Bitcoin Use in Slave Trade

The Vatican is soon to host an address on how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are being used in the modern-day slave trade. To be held today at the Pontifical Academy...
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Zk-Snarks Everywhere: Ethereum Privacy Tech Hits Tipping Point

"I was expecting maybe 15-20 people to care about zk-snarks, but wow." Despite his reservations, the crowd scrambled for seats as zcash researcher Andrew Miller took to the stage at...
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China's Bitcoin Exchanges Are Shifting Business Models

Some of China's top bitcoin exchanges are now shifting to the over-the-counter (OTC) market in the wake of a crackdown by regulators in the country. In announcements made on Oct. 31,...
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