Something strange is happening in the world of cryptocurrencies. To the investor, the speculator, or the casual observer, the industry is in the midst of the “crypto winter” marked by dwindling public interest and stagnant prices after last year’s massive plunges. But to the engineer or the founder, it is an industry which has never […]View More The most important developments in Crypto 2.0
Social investing and trading platform eToro announced that it has acquired Danish smart contract infrastructure provider Firmo for an undisclosed purchase price. Firmo’s platform enables exchanges to execute smart financial contracts across various assets, including crypto derivatives, and across all major blockchains. Firmo founder and CEO Dr. Omri Ross described the company’s mission as “…enabl[ing] our […]View More Social investment platform eToro acquires smart contract startup Firmo
If you’ve taken note of any trends in finance, technology, and investing over the past ten years, you’ve probably noticed the rise of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. You may have even heard through the grapevine that blockchain is what powers cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and more — but what is blockchain actually, and how is it used?
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We hit the street of SXSW to see if people could explain how elusive cryptographic systems like blockchain and cryptocurrency really work. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Sxsw, Bitcoin, Blockchain, and CryptocurrencyView More How much do you know about blockchain, cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin?
Editor’s Note: Our writer Galen Moore (who previously wrote an analysis of STOs) attended the MIT Bitcoin Expo this weekend. These are his field notes on his interviews with a bunch of the leading thinkers in the Bitcoin community, along with links to the full audio if you want to go deeper. ~ Danny Crichton The MIT Bitcoin […]View More Bitcoin gets slower, smaller and more like Ethereum
Breaking up tech giants should be a measure of last resort, the European Union’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has suggested. “To break up a company, to break up private property would be very far reaching and you would need to have a very strong case that it would produce better results for consumers in the […]View More Don’t break up big tech — regulate data access, says EU antitrust chief
Crypto represent a ‘border-less’ that anyone can own, but actually getting hold it isn’t easy for everyone. Amun, a company that wants to make buying crypto as easy as stock, has pulled in $4 million in funding to offer more established channels for crypto ownership. The startup currently offers punters an ETP (exchange-traded product) on […]View More Amun raises $4M to give stock-like buying options for crypto investors
eToro, the social investing and trading platform, announced that it will finally be launching its platform in the US. The platform, which already operates in more than 140 countries, will be available in 30 states and two territories with plans to expand elsewhere in the US after receiving the necessary regulatory sign-offs. The US platform […]View More eToro bringing crypto trading and wallet to the US
Red Cat, a startup that wants to store drone flight data on the blockchain to guarantee immutability, announced the second Beta of its drone data platform today. Jeff Thompson, CEO of Red Cat says in 2017 he was looking at what was holding back the commercial drone business and the need for a black-box kind […]View More Red Cat wants to track drone flight data on the blockchain
Last month, Coinbase’s acquisition of blockchain analytics startup Neutrino was criticized because of the founders’ ties to a controversial surveillance technology company called Hacking Team. Today Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said in a blog post that employees of Neutrino who had previously worked at Hacking Team will transition out of Coinbase, instead of joining its […]View More Neutrino employees who once worked for a controversial surveillance tech company will leave Coinbase
It seems that on a regular basis, we hear about massive data breaches or companies sharing highly personal information with third parties without a consumer’s permission or knowledge. The Tide Foundation wants to change that by giving consumers complete control over their personal data on the blockchain by allowing them to manage their own encryption […]View More Tide Foundation gives consumers full control of personal data on blockchain
We know Facebook has been hiring cryptocurrency experts and building a blockchain team for a while, but the scope, aims, and timeline of the project are all unknown.
A new report by the New York Times claims Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency as early as the first half of this year.
According to the report, Facebook has several blockchain-based projects in mind, but the one that’s most likely to launch first is a type of stablecoin. These are cryptocurrencies tied to the value of traditional assets, such as fiat currency or gold; the NYT’s sources claim Facebook is looking to launch a stablecoin whose value would be tied to a basket of currencies. Read more…View More Facebook might launch a cryptocurrency in the first half of 2019