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Ether Rebounds As Price Rises Back Above $300

The price of ether experienced an uptick on Wednesday after falling below the $300 mark during the day's trading session.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 4:01 pm

What delivered the best return of 2017's first half? Bitcoin and ethereum - MarketWatch


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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 3:30 pm

What is Bitcoin Mining? - ValueWalk


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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 12:48 pm

Europe's Second Largest Port Launches Blockchain Logistics Pilot

The second-largest port in Europe by container capacity is now running a pilot blockchain project focused on logistics automation.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 12:30 pm

Pantera Capital to Raise $100 Million in Investment for ICO Hedge Fund

A new hedge fund backed by Pantera Capital has raised $100m to invest in the open-source digital token space.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 10:59 am

CFTC Chief Asks Congress for More Money to Oversee Blockchain

The CFTC has cited the advance of technologies like blockchain in a request to obtain additional funding for its oversight activities.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Man Admits To Stealing $365,000 In Bitcoin Through 'Dark Web ... - Hartford Courant


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With thousands of stolen logins to a clandestine segment of the internet known as the "dark web," a Wallingford man admitted he stole hundreds of thousands of ...

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 8:07 am

Bitcoin Legal Experts: nChain SegWit Criticisms Are Flawed - CoinDesk


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An effort by stealth bitcoin startup nChain to raise awareness of supposed issues with code that would boost the capacity of the distributed payments network is coming under fire. Following its publication yesterday, legal experts raised concerns about ...

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 8:00 am

Bitcoin Legal Experts: nChain SegWit Criticisms Are Flawed

An evaluation of the possible legal risks of a bitcoin protocol change written by startup nChain has been criticised by industry legal experts.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 7:50 am

Burger King to Accept Bitcoin in Russia This Summer - CoinTelegraph


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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 5:38 am

Silicon Valley Accelerator 500 Startups Isn't Backing ICOs – Yet

A famed early-stage Silicon Valley investment firm breaks its silence on ICOs and how the new funding method might affect its approach.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 5:30 am

Hackers have made just 3.7 bitcoin – or less than $10000 – with the latest cyberattack - CNBC


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Hackers have made just 3.7 bitcoin – or less than $10000 – with the latest cyberattack
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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 5:06 am

Powell: Buying bitcoin to fund retirement? Make sure it fits plans - USA TODAY


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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 5:00 am

R3 Completes DLT Commercial Paper Prototype with Bank Partners

Consortium startup R3 has completed work with four banks on a prototype that issues short-term debt over its Corda distributed ledger platform.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 4:35 am

'End Poverty, Restore Trust': World Bank Dives into Blockchain with Lab Launch

The World Bank is launching a blockchain lab to develop projects that can improve governance and social outcomes in the developing world.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 3:00 am

World Economic Forum Publishes Blockchain Governance Taxonomy

The World Economic Forum has published a paper arguing that blockchain stakeholders should organize in a way that would dwarf the largest consortia.

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Posted on 28 June 2017 | 2:38 am

Russia's Crypto-Winter Shows Signs of a Thaw in Saint Petersburg

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A mixed crowd of denim jeans and custom-tailored suits, typical for crypto-events, is standing across the vertical aisle of the the main conference area at the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference in Saint Petersburg, blocking the line of sight for those lucky enough to have snatched themselves a chair in the back. The hall, while spacious — high ceiling, tall arched windows partly covered with ASIC mining billboards — still isn’t quite large enough to fit all interested visitors.

The speaker on stage works for Alfa Bank, one of the biggest banks in Russia. The financial sector in the former Soviet block is taking as much interest in Bitcoin and, of course, blockchain technology as anywhere else is. Having skipped Russia’s second-biggest city for the past two years, Smile-Expo re-introduced its Eastern European conference tour in Saint Petersburg last Thursday.

“The event had over 600 visitors, 25 exhibitors and some 20 speakers. Four of those work for Russia’s largest financial institutions,” event organizer Pavol Likhomanov told Bitcoin Magazine. “Entrepreneurs and finance professionals are increasingly taking this technology seriously. This is evident from the turnup here in Saint Petersburg; and we’ve seen year-over-year growth in interest at our Moscow event as well.”

This interest is not necessarily self-evident. It was only in 2014 — indeed, around the time of the last Saint Petersburg conference — that Russia seemed to emerge as one of the most crypto-hostile nations on the globe. In an attempt to curb criminal activity, the Putin administration introduced draft legislation that would essentially ban any use of cryptocurrencies. Not much later, access to a number of Bitcoin websites, including bitcoin.org, was blocked in the country.

But so far, the proposed law has never actually been implemented.

“Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies still have no legal status in Russia,” Artem Tolkachev told Bitcoin Magazine. The director of Deloitte Russia’s legal services for technology projects was one of the headline speakers at the event, where the legal implications of blockchain technology represented a big chunk of the morning program.

“The central bank considers cryptocurrency like bitcoin a money surrogate, which is a progressive stance. But the Ministry of Finance is more conservative. They don’t like anything they don’t understand and cannot control,” he said. “And Russian policymakers are not always very open-minded. They prefer to have their own internet … their own currency.”

Needless to say, Bitcoin is not a great fit in such a worldview.

The Thaw

But the initial icy stance on digital currencies seems to be getting a bit less frosty these days.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Russian president Vladimir Putin met Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin at the International Economic Forum, also held in Saint Petersburg. In the widely reported event, within the crypto-sphere at least, the president was said to have “supported the idea of establishing ties with possible Russian partners” — referring to Buterin’s technology pitch.

The announcement has been interpreted as a sort of preliminary green light for Russian blockchain entrepreneurs and investors. While not quite an official endorsement from the Kremlin, let alone formal regulation, it’s been a hopeful sign nonetheless.

But until it’s official, Russian cryptocurrency users across the halls in the historic Vedensky Hotel, the site of last week’s event, remain reserved.

“The Russian market is volatile,” Timur, a former forex trader, told Bitcoin Magazine. He offers a platform that allows Russian brokers to trade on behalf of their clients, Russian cryptocurrency speculators. Speaking from his exhibit stand in Saint Petersburg, he explained: “We never know for sure if what’s accepted today will be legal tomorrow. Official policy could change at a whim.”

That’s why his company sets customers up with foreign bank accounts in Switzerland, or Lithuania, or maybe offshore. The coins themselves — bitcoin, litecoin, ether — never leave the exchange where they are traded.

And these exchanges are not in Russia either … at least not officially. Incorporating abroad is a typical strategy for Russians and their cryptocurrency startups.

Mining

It’s not just traders and the finance sector that are taking an interest. Bitcoin mining is growing in Russia too.

This is perhaps most evident from the rise of mining pool BitClub Network over the past months. While officially established outside of Russia, the team works from Kazan, a city to the east of Moscow. Already one of the biggest non-Chinese miners on the Bitcoin network, BitClub Network’s founder — he’s casually wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an image of Putin — assured Bitcoin Magazine his will be a top-five pool by the end of the year. At least, that’s what one of his employees translated into English, his smartphone showing videos of data centers full of humming ASIC miners.

Russian miners are now setting up data centers such as these in the east of Russia, Alex of mining service provider MyRig told Bitcoin Magazine. “The temperature in Irkoetsk, for example, is ideal for Bitcoin mining: it can be -40 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, electricity is cheap. There’s a big raw material industry, but with the crisis, some factories are out of use. With energy to spare, miners are starting to fill that void.”

MyRig, a rebranding of Bitmain Warranty (not to be confused with Bitmain), is not the only mining business at the Saint Petersburg conference. The company is vying for attention with several competitors in one of the exhibition rooms. One of them sells entire containers full of equipment, not unlike BitFury’s mobile data centers. Another is re-selling Antminers, the best-selling Bitmain machines.

“But to mine bitcoin in Russia at scale, you do still need to have the right connections,” Alex continues. “If you don’t know your way around local policymakers you risk being shut down.” Though with the increase in profits that the mining sector has seen over the past half year or so, the “big dicks” are entering the space, Alex said. “The guys with lots of money — and lots of connections. I’d expect mining in Russia to continue to grow significantly over the next year.”

And official regulation should be coming too, Deloitte’s Tolkachev said. A draft bill for cryptocurrency should be introduced within a few months, and could be approved by early 2018. This could bring some much-desired regulatory clarity for Russians wanting to open cryptocurrency-related businesses and otherwise openly engage in the industry without needing to work around the existing legal structure.

That is, visitors in the Vedensky Hotel generally seemed to agree, unless Putin changes his mind.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 2:10 pm

Bitcoin Exchange Operator Sentenced to Five-and-a-Half Years in Prison

The former operator of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Coin.mx has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 1:25 pm

Fanciful Bitcoin Banknotes Show How Digital Currency Might Look in the Real World - NBCNews.com


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Bitcoin isn't like traditional currencies, and not just because it doesn't exist as actual coins or paper banknotes. Unlike traditional currencies like the dollar or euro, Bitcoin isn't controlled by a single government or central bank. Instead, every ...

Posted on 27 June 2017 | 12:08 pm

Asus Announces New Graphics Cards Focused on Cryptocurrency Mining

One of the world's largest technology hardware makers has released new graphics cards (GPUs) aimed at the cryptocurrency mining market.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 11:30 am

FBI: Hackers Extorted $28 Million in Cryptocurrencies Last Year

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On June 22, the Federal Bureau of Investigation presented its annual Internet Crime Report for the year of 2016. The FBI analyzed the victim reports at the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and used the information from their database to publish the annual study. It is important to mention that, according to the Department of Justice’s research, only an estimated 15 percent of the U.S. fraud victims reported their crimes to law enforcement.

The FBI highlighted multiple “hot topics” regarding internet crimes for the year of 2016. This included Business Email Compromise (BEC), which resulted in the loss of $360 million from victims, currently standing in first place in the category of most damage caused. BEC is a sophisticated scam targeting companies working with international or foreign businesses or suppliers who conduct wire transfer payments at regular intervals.

Ransomware, an emerging “business form” among cyber criminals, was specially mentioned in the report. When launching such attacks, the hackers target electronic devices — mostly computers and laptops — with malware that locks up the data of the machines. After the criminals successfully breach the systems of the victims, they demand ransom from them. According to the FBI, in most cases, the ransom is paid in digital currencies, such as bitcoin. In 2016, the IC3 identified 2,673 complaints connected to ransomware attacks, with an estimated loss of over $2.4 million.

Another featured sort of internet crime was tech support fraud demanding approximately $7.8 million from the victims. The scam occurs when the criminals impersonate technical support agents from a computer software, security, cable or internet company. After the hackers get in contact with the victims, they convince them to provide remote access to their devices. Once the criminals have control over their systems, additional criminal activity occurs. Multiple companies, including Microsoft and Mozilla, alerted their customers on their websites regarding such fraudulent activities.

The IC3 recorded 17,146 cases of extortion with losses over $15 million, which occurred using the internet. By the FBI’s description, in extortion cases, cyber criminals “demand something of a value from a victim by threatening physical or financial harm or the release of sensitive data.” The agency identified various forms of the crime, including denial of service attacks, hitman schemes, “sextortion,” government impersonation schemes, loan schemes and high-profile data breaches. According to the FBI, cyber criminals often demand the payments in cryptocurrencies from the victims, which provides the perpetrators an additional layer of security since they are easy to send but harder to trace.

Compared to the previous year, the number of reported internet crime cases increased by 3.7 percent in 2016, with the damage caused to the victims rising by $380 million. Excluding the United States, the top five countries affected by internet crime are ranked in the following order: Canada (3,722 cases), India (2,188 cases), the United Kingdom (1,509 cases), Australia (936 cases) and France (568 cases). Among the states of the U.S., California had the most victims (39,547) followed by Texas (21,441) and Florida (21,068).

The FBI also compared the age groups affected by internet crime. Victims aged above 60 had the most damage ($339 million) and the most cases (55,043). People between the ages of 30 and 39 had the second most cases (54,670); however, they lost only 56 percent ($190 million) to the criminals compared to those over 60. Young persons under the age of 20 had both the least amount of cases (10,004) and damage ($6.7 million).

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 10:48 am

Indian States Look to Launch Blockchain Land Registry Efforts

New details have emerged about some of the blockchain applications being pursed by state governments in India.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 10:20 am

Bitcoin Development Similar to 1800s Gold Rush: Expert - CoinTelegraph


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Present day Bitcoin and altcoin development appear to be recounting a theory that played out in the early mining industry. As was the pattern during the actual gold rush of the 1800s, while some people took the risk and spent their time looking for ...

Posted on 27 June 2017 | 9:30 am

China's Central Bank Vows to Push for Blockchain in Five-Year Plan

The People's Bank of China has indicated it intends to support the continued development of blockchain tech as part of a new strategic plan.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 8:45 am

ASIC on Blockchain: Australia's Securities Watchdog 'Unlikely' to Regulate ICOs

In a new interview with CoinDesk, ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft opens up about how the regulator is observing blockchain innovation.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 5:00 am

Financial Stability Board: Blockchain Could Raise Cross-Border Data Issues

The Financial Stability Board has published a new report on fintech raising questions about data privacy and smart contracts.

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Posted on 27 June 2017 | 4:30 am

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Bear Run Shows No Decrease in Momentum

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Over the weekend, BTC-USD market cap dropped from $45 billion to a current (and still falling) market cap of $39 billion. BTC-USD brought the entire crypto market to a screeching halt as traders continued to see devaluations in nearly every tradable coin on the market. So, let’s take a look at what has happened and see just how bad this dive will be for BTC-USD and the other cryptocurrencies.

On a macro scale, BTC-USD has been in the process of making a massive Head-and-Shoulders (H&S) pattern on the 6-hour candles:

BTC Macro HS jpeg.jpgFigure 1: BTC-USD, 6HR Candles, GDAX

Head and Shoulders are common, highly predictable market reversal patterns. They have well-defined criteria for price movement and price projections once the pattern breaks to the bottom. A H&S pattern is characterized by the following, illustrated above:

  1. There is typically an ascending trend line;

  2. A left shoulder that is smaller than a central peak (head) and a right shoulder that is smaller than the central peak;

  3. The two shoulders are connected by the “Neck Line” of the Head and Shoulders.

  4. There is first a test of the ascending trendline. A test and rejection of the ascending trend line’s support will bring us to the test of the neck line.

  5. A test of the neck line is usually the ultimate deciding condition for whether or not the pattern will continue downward.

At the time of this article, BTC-USD has broken the ascending trend line and is in the process of testing the Neck Line of the H&S pattern. If condition #5 is broken, the price projections are calculated in the figure below:

price tagFigure 2: BTC-USD, 6HR Candles, GDAX, Price Target for Head and Shoulders

Price targets are not guarantees of price movement. Rather, a price target should be used as more of a target “zone” rather than a discrete point in the price-space. In our case, BTC-USD happens to have a price target with a very reliable, major support line in the $1800s. Whether BTC-USD drops that far down remains to be seen. However, it is important to note the following in the figure below:

BTC Macro HS no volume jpeg.jpgFigure 3: BTC-USD, 6HR Candles, GDAX, Steady Downward Momentum

  1. The momentum indicators, RSI and MACD, are showing no sign of downward momentum loss;

  2. The steady downward momentum is coupled with very little relative buy-back volume.

During previous bearish periods, there was a significant increase in buy volume. However, something we are not seeing in this current bear run is a volume increase. The market could reverse at any point (after all this is crypto!), but on all major long-term scales, the momentum indicators show no sign of slowing down.

If we break the Neck Line of the Head and Shoulders, below are the major support lines you can expect BTC-USD to rest on during its downward spiral:

BTC Macro HS Fib Lines jpeg.jpgFigure 4: BTC-USD, 6HR Candles, GDAX, Fibonacci Retracement Levels

At the time of this article, the market is testing the 38% Fibonacci Retracement Level, but the market doesn’t appear to be interested in buying at these values. If the BTC markets don’t see an increase in volume, BTC-USD will continue to hemorrhage in value — as will the entire crypto-market.

Summary:
  1. BTC-USD completed a Head and Shoulders pattern that brought the entire crypto-market into a Bear Market.

  2. Current price projection based on Fibonacci Levels and Head and Shoulders price target has BTC-USD on a course for the $1800s.

Trading and investing in digital assets like bitcoin and ether is highly speculative and comes with many risks. This analysis is for informational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Statements and financial information on Bitcoin Magazine and BTCMedia related sites do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BTCMedia and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation to buy, sell or hold. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

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Posted on 26 June 2017 | 4:01 pm

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Posted on 26 June 2017 | 6:01 am

Antshares Rebrands, Introduces NEO and the New Smart Economy

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At a gathering at the Microsoft headquarters in Beijing on Thursday, with about 200 people in attendance, Antshares, the first open-source blockchain platform developed in China, announced a complete rebranding of its blockchain solution, as well as a number of other developments detailing their ambitious plans forward.

One of the revelations was the platform’s new name and brand, NEO, which in Greek means newness, novelty and youth. The developers also highlighted the strengths of their advanced smart contract code, which will support decentralized commerce, digital identities and the digitization of many different assets. This rebranding of Antshares represents a new direction for the development of China's blockchain community.

Currently, holders of ANS can now automatically generate Antcoins (ANC) in their Antshares wallets, which will be used as gas on the platform. The ANS asset symbol will become NEO in the 3rd quarter of 2017; meanwhile, the NEO team is working on new clients and a UI for the new NEO brand.

Throughout the day, there were presentations from participants including Microsoft representatives, NEO platform developers, and founders of partner platforms. Among the select attendees were several major potential investors, industry experts and blockchain enthusiasts, as well as members of the Chinese financial and mainstream media.

Presenters at the conference included: 

Da Hongfei, founder of NEO

After announcing NEO’s new brand and strategy, Da Hongfei elaborated on the future of blockchain technology, where every asset will be digitized and programmable with smart contracts. Calling for the transparency and openness of data, he introduced concepts of the “Smart Economy” and new smart contract system, and announced that he is building a new multi-chain protocol for interoperability.

Da Hongfei’s top revelations at the conference were that:

  • NEO is collaborating with certificate authorities in China to map real-world assets using smart contracts;

  • NEO has received a new patent for cross-chain distributed interoperability;

  • NEO’s recent new startup partners include Bancor, Agrello, Coindash, Nest Fund, and Binance, with more partner announcements to come.

Erik Zhang, Core Developer of NEO

In his presentation, Erik Zhang discussed the evolution of Smart Contracts 2.0, and explained the main differences between NEO and Ethereum. One big contrast of these competing platforms is their programming languages. Ethereum requires developers to learn to program with Solidity. Neo, on the other hand, will support almost all programming languages via a compiler, including those on Microsoft.net, Java, Kotlin, Go and Python, greatly lowering the difficulty for developers to write smart contracts. By making its programming languages more inclusive, NEO hopes to attract a larger community of developers. Zhang also explained the mechanics of the NEO Virtual Machine, its execution engine and interoperability.  

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Tony Tao, CEO of NEO and Founder of Nest Fund

Based on the concept of Ethereum’s The DAO, a blockchain-based investment fund, Tony Tao is about to release a whitepaper for a similar project. Called Nest Fund, and built on NEO’s blockchain, this fund will make improvements on the failures of The DAO. By offering a global bounty reward for any hacker who finds bugs, Nest will be audited by a worldwide peer review, and will then release its token for decentralized investing.

Srikanth Raju, Microsoft’s G.M of Developer Experience and Evangelism for the Greater China Region 

According to Mr. Raju, blockchain technology will lead us into a new digital age, displacing traditional businesses and middlemen throughout many industries. He said that Onchain (the company that founded NEO) is “one of the top 50 startup companies in China”, and offered his support for their endeavors going forward.

 Mr. Han Feng, Tsinghua University I-Center 

Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship at the top university in China, Tsinghua University’s I-Center focuses on the large-scale integration of technology resources. Speaking for the university’s growing interest in supporting blockchain technology, Mr. Han Feng said that current systems of commerce are “outdated and insecure,” and that the internet is ready for an upgrade to a blockchain-based operating system. Calling for a fully-automated, blockchain-based, decentralized economy, he said we can expect a digital revolution in the years to come. This will include digital currency, decentralized storage, secure smart contract codes, IoT, AI, and many more innovations.

 Chen Cheng Qiang, founder and CEO of Innospace

Located in Shanghai, Innospace is a business incubation company, with office spaces, meeting spaces, cafes and living spaces. At today’s conference, Innospace CEO Chen Cheng Qiang announced a ¥200 million CNY ($29.3 million USD) incubation fund, a collaboration between his company and the NEO blockchain team. Plans for the fund include the establishment of a new blockchain space in Shanghai, combining working spaces, startup incubation and acceleration services. According to Mr. Qiang, his company plans to provide the most successful entrepreneurship acceleration services in China.

 Alex Norta, founder of Agrello

Coming all the way from Estonia, Alex Norta announced that his startup Agrello will be partnering with NEO to develop smart contracts for automation, self-execution, accuracy and transparency. Powered by AI, Agrello will be a platform for non-programmers to create their own legally binding blockchain-based smart contracts. Use cases for Agrello’s tech include renting and sharing, freelance contracting, orchestrating production flows, and reducing administration costs for multinational corporations.

Adam Efrima, COO of Coindash

With offices in Israel and Shanghai, Coindash will be a social trading platform for crypto assets, offering portfolio management tools for digital asset investors. Features of the platform will include portfolio statistics and management tools, investment automation, an ICO dashboard, and insights into other traders’ successful investing strategies. In the upcoming development of Nest Fund, a blockchain-based smart fund by the developers of NEO, Coindash will offer advisory and prediction tools for Nest’s modern investors.

Mr. Zhao Chang Peng, CEO of Binance 

The former CTO of OkCoin, Mr. Zhao Chang Peng is starting his own digital asset exchange, hoping to compete with platforms like Poloniex. Calling his new platform Binance, this new exchange will only deal in coin-to-coin transactions, avoiding fiat pairs and therefore avoiding Chinese regulations. In order to maintain a standard in mature digital assets, Binance will only list coins that meet its strict criteria. With a launch planned for later this year, the platform’s first traded assets will be bitcoin, ether and NEO. 


From the looks, sounds, and energy of the event, NEO has built up some strong momentum going forward. They have one the top blockchain development teams in all of China, with 50 million ANS ($325 million) to support their funding needs and a growing list of partners now aligning by their side. While it may take some time to steal the spotlight from Ethereum, we are sure to see more from this platform in the months to come.  

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 7:28 pm

Blockchain-Based Remittance Companies Win at RemTECH Awards Ceremony

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The global remittance industry’s blockchain-based startups got a boost recently at the Remittance Technology (RemTECH) awards held at the United Nations in New York, from June 16 to 18 as part of the UN Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development.

Of the 11 award-winning remittance companies, five startups built on the blockchain were winners. The entries were judged on price, speed, the onboarding of enterprise clients (for white label solutions) and seamless delivery.

The aim of the RemTECH awards is to showcase the most innovative and outstanding ideas, models and projects designed to improve remittance services worldwide by improving transparency, speed, cost and reliability for companies and end-users that send and receive remittances.

Hugo Cuevas-Mohr, Director of the RemTECH Awards, told Bitcoin Magazine:

“Even though large money transfer companies still don’t see the importance of the breakthroughs of blockchain-based and Bitcoin remittance startups, the RemTECH Judging Panel was impressed by some of the solutions presented by companies like Bitso and Everex, just to name two of them.”

“The Awards gave new blockchain startups a chance to shine in the spotlight of the United Nations Forum where the public and private sector met to discuss the challenges of the remittance industry. At IMTC (International Money Transfer Conferences) we are striving to create this dialog of incumbents and fintech firms to work together and create win-win partnerships. It’s not easy but it is happening,” added Cuevas-Mohr.

Bitcoin and blockchain services AirPocket, Bitso, Everex, Moneytis and Trulioo took home the following awards:

Remittances and Financial Inclusion: AirPocket

AirPocket, built on the Bitcoin blockchain, serves Latin America with tens of thousands of payout locations and is supported by the top banks in each country.

Pioneering Spirit: Bitso

Mexican bitcoin exchange Bitso, which raised $2.5 million last September, has been working with Canadian payments startup Paycase to create a new remittance corridor between the two countries and send funds from bank accounts in Canada to Mexico.

Most Innovative Service: Moneytis

Bitcoin blockchain-based Moneytis aims to offer the lowest possible fees to help empower unbanked groups in the developing world. They also have a notification service that monitors all exchange rates in real-time and sends alerts when a significant change happens.

Potential for Growth: Trulioo

Trulioo is a Canadian blockchain-based financial technology company that in addition to remittance services, offers identity verification services for businesses and organizations worldwide using government and private databases.

Service Originality: Everex

Everex was the only Ethereum-based platform nominated. In addition to its contributions to remittance services, Everex has also developed a system for placing national currencies on the blockchain. By doing so, Everex allows people living in cash-based societies to earn a public financial reputation.

“The judges knew about Ethereum, and were excited by the ongoing experiments taking place on the network by individual users, small businesses and multinational corporations,” said Alexi Lane, CEO of Everex, in a statement. “This technology will transform the remittance industry and increase financial inclusion everywhere.”

Greta Geankoplis, a CEO and IMTC (International Money Transfer & Payments Conferences) advisor and entrepreneur who has developed blockchain systems and technology, co-chaired the judges panel. She told Bitcoin Magazine:

“Blockchain (and some Bitcoin specifically) platform-based companies competed shoulder to shoulder with older technology for delivering cross-border value to diverse customers in widely varying environments.

But this is just the beginning. Blockchain platforms in the $700 billion remittance industry holds the promise of leveraging many other needed services in the fastest growing markets: mobile based, micro insurance, loans, education, and remote healthcare to name a few.”

Other blockchain-based companies that were nominated for a RemTECH award included Bitex, Cashaa, DigitalX and OKLink.

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 11:18 am

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U.S. Bill Requiring Travelers to Declare Digital Currencies Resurfaces

U.S. Bill Requiring Travelers to Declare Digital Currencies Resurfaces

The United States Senate has introduced a bill that would require all travelers entering the U.S. to declare digital currency holdings in excess of $10,000. Despite concerns raised by the invasive nature of the bill, the likelihood of it being passed is extremely low simply due to the incredibly challenging infrastructure that would be required.

In fact, the new bill is actually a reintroduction of an older bill that was originally introduced in 2011. The 2011 bill never made it out of sub-committee deliberation.

Speaking about the recent legislation development, David Siegel, founder of Twenty Thirty AG and Bitcoin enthusiast, tells Bitcoin Magazine, “It’s disappointing. It’s a step back toward 1934.”

The bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Secretary and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner to submit a joint report to Congress withinthat meets the following two conditions over 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act:

“(1) detailing a strategy to interdict and detect prepaid access devices, digital currencies, or other similar instruments, at border crossings and other ports of entry for the United States; and;
(2) that includes an assessment of infrastructure needed to carry out the strategy ...”

The amount of technology that would have to be developed in order to enforce this law is incredible. How could they detect these crypto assets? The infrastructure investment that would be needed would be quite prodigious.

“My position on regulation is that there should be strong evidence supporting its effectiveness,” says Siegel. “I don’t see declaring moving money as a transparency issue, so I would say it’s a strong step in the wrong direction. I think regulation should be scaled way back to the point where we can show it’s actually better than no regulation.”

The bill, S.1241, would add “prepaid access devices” under the definition of U.S. monetary instruments in section 5312, title 31, of the U.S. Code. Specifically, a “‘prepaid access device’ means an electronic device or vehicle, such as a card, plate, code, number, electronic serial number, mobile identification number, personal identification number, or other instrument, that provides a portal to funds or the value of funds that have been paid in advance and can be retrievable and transferable at some point in the future.”

These prepaid access devices, in theory, could extend to include electronic ledgers, cryptocurrency wallets and even private keys. These are all portals where individuals can gain access to their private funds. Thus, individuals with more than $10,000 worth of crypto assets tied up on the blockchain would have to declare their crypto net worth to the U.S. Government by filling out a Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments, often called the FinCEN105. This could have a serious impact on digital currency holders traveling to the United States. Punishment for not reporting could include up to five years of jail time and forfeiture of those funds in the form of criminal and civilian penalties.

Formally known as the “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017,” the bill was introduced on May 25, 2017, by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and is co-sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). It has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary for further deliberation, but has a tremendous number of obstacles that must be overcome before reaching the President’s desk for final approval.

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Posted on 22 June 2017 | 10:54 am

More Universities Add Blockchain Courses to Meet Market Demand

More Universities Add Blockchain Courses to Meet Market Demand

In recent months, there has been a surge in the demand for blockchain professionals. Data from the professional networking site LinkedIn has shown that blockchain related job postings have tripled in the last 12 months. This shows that there is a high demand for blockchain experts as the potential and applicability of blockchain technology becomes more apparent to corporations. Recognizing this opportunity, several universities have added blockchain studies to their fields of study to tailor their educational offerings to these new developments in the job market.

The University of Edinburgh, for example, has recently announced the launch of a blockchain technology laboratory within its School of Informatics through a collaboration with technology startup Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK). The new lab will focus primarily on blockchain studies. However, related interdisciplinary research will be also encouraged.

Speaking at the launch of the blockchain technology lab, IOHK Co-Founder, Jeremy Wood stated: “IOHK’s partnership with the University of Edinburgh provides unique opportunities for current students to become the next generation of blockchain and cryptography leaders. As a headquarters for IOHK’s international academic research community, we expect to see the university facilitate innovative projects that drive how businesses and governments approach blockchain and cryptocurrencies.”

The University of Edinburgh now joins a small but growing list of educational institutions that are including courses on blockchain technology in their curricula.

Though the University of Edinburgh is the first to offer a blockchain course of this kind in the United Kingdom, universities in the U.S. have already been doing so for a while. Stanford University began offering a course on cryptocurrencies, blockchains and smart contracts two years ago, while the University of California, Berkeley also offers a blockchain course.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is in the process of developing a course on the subject matter, while the University of Nicosia in Cyprus is offering the world’s first MSc in Digital Currency. The master's degree covers all key areas of digital currencies such as regulation, cryptography and blockchain technology applications. Students can even pay the tuition fees for the degree in bitcoin.

There are also a number of online courses created to cater to the rising demand for blockchain expertise. Princeton University has partnered with online learning platform Coursera to provide an intensive 11-week course on bitcoin and cryptocurrency technology.

The Blockchain University and the B9lab also offer blockchain and cryptocurrency courses designed to cater to professionals who are seeking to improve their knowledge and have a competitive edge in the industry.

The CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4) includes Andreas Antonopoulos, Vitalik Buterin, Pamela Morgan, Josh McDougall and Michael Perklin on its board of directors. It offers cryptocurrency courses and provides participants with professional certificates upon completion. Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP), Certified Bitcoin Expert (CBE), and Certified Ethereum Developer (CED) are the three professional certifications available.

The rise in blockchain related courses both online and in leading educational institutions is a testament to growing confidence in the technology's ability to disrupt industry in the future. Blockchain technology is now being recognized as an applicable solution to real world business challenges and that is reflected in both the job market as well as in educational courses on offer.

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Posted on 21 June 2017 | 11:28 am

CRYENGINE now accepts Bitcoin

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Consulting firm EY Switzerland accepts Bitcoin

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Steam accepts Bitcoin

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Major Magazine Publisher to Accept Bitcoin Payments

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Microsoft accepts Bitcoin

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Mozilla accepting Bitcoin

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PayPal and Virtual Currency

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Wikimedia Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin

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German Newspaper "taz" accepts Bitcoin

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Bitcoin Core version 0.9.1 released

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