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    Bitcoin Price Regains From Bitfinex Theft & Impending Collapse

    Editor Notes :Lee founder of leveraged derivatives trading platform Magnr said: "The price recovery following Bitfinex’s bad news reflects a strong level of interest in holding bitcoin for the purpose of long-term investment." By Charles Bovaird, Following a 20%...

    The Bitfinex Bitcoin Theft Of 66 Million – What’s Going ON?

    Editor Notes : "Roughly $66m worth of bitcoin was stolen from one of the world's largest digital currency exchanges yesterday, and nearly 24 hours later, the event is still shrouded in mystery." By Stan Higgins, What is clear, though, is that the impact is...

    Elliptic Partners With LexisNexis Money Laundering Database

    Editor Notes : ""By integrating LexisNexis Risk Solutions' robust watchlist data, we are making it safe for a new wave of financial institutions to handle bitcoin and bank bitcoin companies," Elliptic co-founder and CEO James Smith said in a statement." By Stan...

    Will The EU Build a Database of Digital Currency Users?

    Editor Notes : "The European Union's proposal to bring digital currency exchanges and custodial wallet providers under the scope of its anti-money laundering (AML) and countering terrorist financing (CTF) laws has many interesting and important aspects." Jacek...

    Nissan says EV charge stations will outnumber gas stations by 2020

    Editor Notes : "EVs are becoming more practical for day-to-day drivers with better range and more charging options."   By Scott Collie, They're fast, quiet and (depending on the energy source) clean, but electric cars still aren't as convenient to run as anything with...

    Can A.I. write a Hollywood film?

    Editor Notes : "Over recent years, we've seen artificial intelligence systems designed to write software, compose music, paint works of art, and even pen news articles, but the machines have been notably quiet in the medium of fiction storytelling. Designing an A.I....

    PwC Blockchain Developed Audit for Wholesale Insurance

    Editor Notes :"PwC has released details on a new proof-of-concept (PoC) it says successfully created a real-time audit process for policy creation in the wholesale insurance market." By Stan Higgins, The professional services firm launched the project earlier this...

    Bitcoin Launch Smart Contract Group With 25 Startups

    Editor Notes :"Announced today, a group of international bitcoin companies have signed a letter of intent to form a federation that would find them supporting and contributing to the development of a smart contracts platform that would utilize the bitcoin blockchain."...

    Microsoft Brings Blockchain to Azure As A Service

    Editor Notes  :"Designed to allow developers to quickly create environments in Azure, DevTest Labs seeks to help companies control costs associated with development work. Other features include reusable templates, so developers don't have to design virtual machine...

    Tesla Settled On $2.6 billion solar power acquisition

    Editor Notes : "Tesla has reached an agreement to buy solar power outfit SolarCity for US$2.6 billion, as it had announced was its intention back in June. The companies already have close links and the recently unveiled Part Deux of Tesla's Master Plan had further...

    Slick Electric Hydrofoil Mercedes/Cigarette

    Editor Notes : "Many of the electric boats we've covered fall into two broad categories: modestly powered vessels limited to floating around at low speeds (some even have names like "Picnic" and "Joyboat") and fancy speedboats with serious electric muscle ... and the...

    IBM Building Blockchain Dispute Resolution System

    Editor Notes : "According to IBM, as many as 25,000 disputes arise in this division of the company each year, holding up as much as $100m in capital. The blockchain-based system is expected to reduce the time in which it takes to clear a dispute and release the...

    Micropayments Advance With ‘Bolt’ Blockchain

    Editor Notes :"Can blockchain micropayments be fast, decentralized and private? That question arguably forms the core of a new white paper penned by researchers at Johns Hopkins University that explores methods for bringing greater anonymity to off-blockchain...

    Brazilian Bitcoin Exchange Acquisition

    Editor Notes : "Brazilian bitcoin exchange Foxbit has acquired payment processor BitInvest in an acquisition worth less than $1m. With the sale, the exchange said it is seeking to acquire new users and reinforce its position in Brazil’s nascent bitcoin market. By Pete...

    Children’s Aid Organization UNICEF Seeks Blockchain Lead

    Editor Notes : "The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is seeking a software developer and consultant who can help it lead its blockchain efforts. A terms of reference sheet published last week outlines in detail how the international aid organization is seeking...

    PwC’s New FinTech Director Won’t Rock the Blockchain Boat

    Editor Notes : "The 'Big Four' accounting firm has officially tapped former American Stock Exchange director Geraldine Balaj to help head its efforts after another blockchain director formally left last month. Joining the firm in March, she brought 22 years experience...

    Ant Financial Brings Blockchain To its Donation app

    Editor Notes : "Chinese corporate giant Ant Financial, led by billionaire venture capitalist Jack Ma, is introducing blockchain technology to the Alipay donation application. The added feature will utilize a distributed ledger platform to record collected donations."...

    Bitcoin ‘Is the Base of Our Economy’ Liberland

    Editor Notes :  Liberland's president Vít Jedlička discusses the micronation, issues it faces, the citizens use of Bitcoin and goals the group has for Liberland’s future. By Jamie Redman The Free Republic of Liberland is a self-proclaimed micronation founded in April...

    First look | Google Cloud Machine Learning soars

    Editor Notes :"Google has open-sourced its TensorFlow scalable machine learning package. By Martin Heller In the 2016 Google Founder’s Letter, CEO Sundar Pichai cited Google’s long-term investment in machine learning and AI. “It’s what allows you to use your voice to...

    How the DARPA Urban Challenge Jump-Started Autonomous Tech

     Editor Notes : "Autonomous driving technology has captured the attention of the automotive and tech industries, attracting billions of dollars of investment in the last few years. Autonomous vehicles are a quintessential example of disruptive technology that is...

    Is Bitcoin Currency? What The Torah Says

    Editor Notes :"The question of whether or not bitcoin is really money has gained attention in light of recent events in the bitcoin world. Even the Torah, the traditional Jewish law, has weighed in on what defines currency, according to a recent post in Chabad.org, a...

    Miners Meet Core Developers – Bitcoin Price Falls

    Editor Notes : "Bitcoin’s price dropped by $30 this morning (July 31st, 2016) as market uncertainty increases due to a closed door meeting between Bitcoin miners and Bitcoin Core developers. " By Andrew Quentson, Details are sparse as no media representatives or...

    Are Bitcoin and Gold Prices Correlated?

    Editor Notes : "Bitcoin has been called 'digital gold', but does this mean the two markets behave similarly? Tim Enneking, chairman of cryptocurrency investment manager EAM, said: "There is actually very little correlation when you factor out geopolitical events that...

    Public Blockchains: The Community vs The Ecosystem

    Editor Notes: "We always hear the word "community" as a reference to the body of players who are supposed to be the stakeholders that care the most about such or such blockchain. This term has been a cornerstone of recent events, like bitcoin's 'block size' debate and...

    Bitcoin Browser Brave Raises $4.5 Million to Fight Online Ads

    Editor Notes: "When Brave Software first unveiled a version of the browser earlier this year, members of the media signed what has been called a cease-and-desist letter addressed to Brave. Signed by some of the biggest publishers in the world, the letter described...

    World’s first magnetic “wormhole” produces magnetic monopole

      Editor Notes:"It may not instantly whisk you to far-flung reaches of the universe like the gravitational wormholes of Stargate, Star Trek and Interstellar, but researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) claim to have created the first experimental...

    Where’s the Bitcoin As US Goes Cash-Free?

    Editor Notes: "The US is starting to follow Europe down the 100% digital cash path – but does the mainstream media see Bitcoin as part of the solution?"   By Jon Southurst   3 Reasons for Ditching Cash An article in this weekend’s New York Times gave the example of...

    Ledger Nano S Review: $65

    Editor Editor: "Bitcoin.com had the chance to review the new Ledger Nano S multi-cryptocurrency hardware wallet. The Nano S is one of the first hardware wallets that is both compatible with Bitcoin and Ethereum." By Jamie Redman The Nano S: A 7-Year-Old Can Use It  ...

    Berlin’s Jolocom Takes IoT Data Sharing to the Masses

    Editor Notes: "Berlin-based startup Jolocom (jolocom.com) has announced it is in talks with manufacturing giant Philips and others to bring blockchain data sharing into the mainstream." By William Suberg Jolocom: Blockchain is ‘First Step’ to Decentralizing the...

    The Evolution of the Bitcoin Vending Machine

    Editor Notes: "A Cryptocurrency vending machine has been found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Just recently MIT Media Lab’s Ethan Zuckerman tweeted to his followers about the campus’ machine, which accepts bitcoin and is stocked with nothing but...

    The Most Immutable Ledger of Them All Bitcoin

    Editor Notes: "Since the creation of Bitcoin no cryptocurrency or private blockchain has compared to the exponential power of the longest running, immutable, peer-to-peer, distributed ledger." Jamie Redman The Bitcoin blockchain has been the most popular distributed...

    Untraceable Cryptocurrency By Zcash Delayed

    Editor Notes: "The launch of the genesis block for a new cryptocurrency designed to make real the anonymity once thought to be offered by bitcoin has been delayed once again."   By Michael del Castillo, Zooko Wilcox, early cypherpunk and founder of anonymous...

    Replay Attacks Intensifies Ethereum Divide

     Editor Notes: "The unintended consequences of the ethereum hard fork continued to mount this week as new problems became apparent due to the ongoing popularity of two competing networks." By Alyssa Hertig, A week ago, there was one ethereum, a decentralized computing...

    Helicopter Money & Hyperinflation Next

    Editor Notes: "Quantitative Easing (QE) has so far not produced the runaway inflation some predicted. But before you start feeling comfortable about fiat currency again, central planners have another trick in store, i.e. “helicopter money,” a term that’s back in vogue...

    The Bitcoin Has Grown Up Study Reveals

    editor Notes: " Researchers have recently published a paper called “The Evolution of the Bitcoin Economy: Extracting and Analyzing the Network of Payment Relationships,” which explains how the Bitcoin protocol is maturing." Jamie Redman In partnership with Deutsche...

    ITA Bitcoin & Chinese FinTech

    Editor Notes: "According to the 2016 Top Markets Report of Financial Technology produced by the U.S. International Trade Administration (ITA), Bitcoin is one of the top focuses of China’s FinTech market. The ITA is a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, and...

    Scottish ‘Brexit Research Paper’ Looks to Bitcoin

    Editor Notes: "The Brexit debacle had caused quite a stir for Britain but has also leaked into the minds of people in other countries in the UK as well. Scotland is one of these regions that has people talking about leaving the EU’s monetary system. A recent paper...

    Solar cell draw IN “CO2” OUT “burnable fuel”

    Editor Notes: "The new solar cell is not photovoltaic — it's photosynthetic," says Salehi-Khojin. "Instead of producing energy in an unsustainable one-way route from fossil fuels to greenhouse gas, we can now reverse the process and recycle atmospheric carbon into...

    US Senators Take A Serious Look at Blockchains

    Editor Notes: "Twenty-two US senators have sent a letter to senior government officials and the Federal Reserve requesting information about the regulation and oversight of virtual currencies and blockchain tech." By Stan Higgins, In the letter dated 21st July, the US...

    Bitcoin is the Ideal Portfolio Asset

    Editor Notes:"Bitcoin truly is a new asset class that investors should take seriously, not just because of the extraordinary returns thus far, but because of its correlation to everything else."   Robert Viglione It’s All About the Correlation The holy grail of...

    Mercedes Unveils First Heavy-Duty Electric Delivery Truck

    Editor Notes: "For deliveries that can't be sent via Amazon drone, this truck can carry up to 26 tons." By Tom Brant Electric trucks are already on the road in some cities, but they're best suited for packages and other light duties. Now, Mercedes-Benz wants its...

    Bitcoin Wallet Acquired By Blockstream

    Editor Notes: "Bitcoin infrastructure architect Blockstream has acquired wallet provider GreenAddress in a move the startup says could impact the development of its signature, still in-development sidechains solution." By Alyssa Hertig, Following the...

    FSB Continues Weighing Digital Currency Risks

    Editor Notes: "The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international body composed of central bank officials and finance regulators, said in its latest annual report that it continues to assess opportunities and risks related to digital currencies."   By Stan...

    Cheap & Simple Graphene sheets make dirty water drinkable

    Editor Notes: "A new system of bi-layered biofoam may provide the means to purify vast bodies of water simply by overlaying them with sheets of this new material developed at Washington University at St.Louis."   By Colin Jeffrey, Engineers at the Washington...

    Bitcoin Price Could Rise From Japan Stimulus

    Editor News:"The price of bitcoin has benefited from macroeconomic uncertainty this year, rising more than 50% over the last six months as China devalued the yuan and the UK dramatically exited the European Union." By Charles Bovaird, As the calendar rolls ahead to...

    Florida ‘Bitcoin Isn’t Money’ Ruling Limited Impact

    Editor Notes: Article author, "Stephen D Palley is a lawyer in private practice in Washington, DC, focusing on construction, insurance and software development, including blockchain and smart contract design." By Stephen D Palley, A Miami, Florida, trial court...

    Amazon Testing Delivery Drones in UK

    Editor Notes: "Amazon got the green light to explore key innovations before launching its PrimeAir drone delivery service."   By Stephanie Mlo, Amazon and the British government have teamed up to test drone deliveries. The e-commerce giant got the green light to...

    First Round-the-World Solar Flight a Success

    Editor Notes: "The propellers will come to a stop for the last time on the runway," Piccard wrote in a LinkedIn entry just before his final Cairo-to-Abu Dhabi flight. "At this moment, we must remember that, more than anything else, it is the start of what will come...

    Visa Europe Joins In Bitcoin Micropayments Trial

    Editor Notes: "Work on the project was first disclosed earlier this year, when Visa Europe Collab said that it was exploring bitcoin micropayments for connected devices. At the time, the company indicated it was looking at use cases like smart light bulbs that could...

    Buterin Addresses ‘Classic’ Blockchain

    Editor Notes: "Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin issued new statements today reiterating that the Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit founded to support development work on the ethereum protocol, will support the version of the ethereum blockchain that includes a hard...

    Coinigy A Bitcoin Trading Platform Raises $400k

    Editor Notes: "The funding comes more than a year after the US-based startup raised $100,000 to offer traders real-time charts, news feeds and technical indicators. According to the startup, the new funds come from a single undisclosed angel investor." By Stan...

    Researchers Meet For Future of Blockchain Tech at IBM

    Editor Notes: "More than 40 researchers met at a workshop hosted by IBM in Chicago this week to discuss the future of the consensus mechanisms that today form the governance layer for blockchain and distributed ledger technologies."   By Michael del Castillo,...

    The Bitcoin Evangelism Through Art

    Editor Notes: "In 2015, Valentina Picozzi wanted to fix the disconnect between Bitcoin and the general population. So the Italian native started Satoshigallery, which spreads the message of cryptocurrency through imagery, art, and wearables." By Jamie Redman...

    Natwest Imposes Negative Rates on Business Accounts

    Editor Notes: "A large retail and commercial bank in the United Kingdom, National Westminster Bank Plc, or NatWest, has recently warned its customers that they may be charged negative interest rates. This is the first time a UK high street bank has threatened negative...

    First Look | R.I.P Petrodollar | March 1975—Sept. 4, 2016

    Editors Notes: "In 40 years, historians will recognize that Sept. 4 was the day the petrodollar died. Here’s how you can protect your wealth before the petrodollar’s last day." By Jim Rickards One of the most momentous wealth transfers in world history is happening in...

    Judge Says Bitcoin Isn’t Really Money

    Editor Notes: "The ruling, which might catch the ire of bitcoin supporters, was actually a victory for the defendant Michell Espinoza. By not classifying bitcoin as money, he didn't violate money laundering statutes. By Don Reisinger The ruling is good news for the...

    Reuters Database Hacked Selling Info For Bitcoin

    Editor Notes:  According to security researcher and white hat hacker, Chris Vickery, a copy of the Reuters' World-Check database was leaked online. According to reports, the leaked information is now being sold on the dark net by hackers for a substantial amount of...

    Gibraltar Approves An ETI Bitcoin

    Editor Notes: "Gibraltar has welcomed Europe’s first regulated Bitcoin product in the form of Bitcoin exchange-traded instrument (ETI) BitcoinETI, which will shortly debut on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) and Germany’s Deutsche Börse." William Suberg Gibraltar’s...

    Buy-Side Blockchain Offers Benefits

    Editor Notes: "The buy-side has different structures and mandates, but at the end of the day, investor risk-adjusted returns are a primary concern, and the blockchain can help with that." By Sid Kalla, Blockchains have attracted significant interest in the financial...

    PwC FinTech Lead Joins Blockchain Startup Libra

    Editor Notes: "PwC US FinTech lead Jeremy Drane has officially left the 'Big four' firm to serve as chief commercial officer for blockchain startup Libra." Benson: "The marketplace knows us as LibraTax and I want the marketplace to know that that was a stepping stone...

    Ethereum Hard Fork Gives Birth to a New ‘Classic’ Coin

    Editor Notes: "The Ethereum community had a hard fork this past week, and many celebrated a successful implementation. However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the fork as it only received 85% of the network’s hashing power. The Ethereum blockchain split into two,...

    Bearish Claws At Bitcoin’s Price

    Editor Notes: Bitcoin has been on a bearish run for a few days now after a recent high of $680 USD on July 17th. The price could experience a downturn as there’s a lot of selling happening though there’s a lot of support in the $640 range alongside massive resistance...

    Bitcoin Symbol Left Out of Unicode’s Latest Version

    Editor Notes: "The effort to get Bitcoin its own Unicode symbol just had a big setback, despite previous promises that it was accepted and many expected it to be included in this year’s upgrades." By Kevin Helms Why is Unicode’s Inclusion Important? Unicode is the...

    KYC Chaos US Secret Service Seizes $13k from Coinbase Customer

    Editor Notes: By William Suberg, The United States Secret Service (USSS) has seized more than 25 bitcoins from a Coinbase account and seemingly converted them automatically to $13,000 USD, it has emerged. US Secret Service Seizes Funds In an official notification...

    So, You Want to Use a Blockchain for That?

    Editor Notes: "There are good reasons and bad reasons to use blockchains. In this article, Anthony Lewis attempts to break down some of the more misunderstood questions circulating among institutions seeking to adapt distributed blockchain tech for alternative uses....

    Crypto Developers Uneasy With Ethereum Fork Precedent

    Editor Notes: Bitcoin Core contributor Peter Todd's opinion: "This is potentially a very negative thing for bitcoin because it sets a precedent that an option to go deal with one of these failures is to go reset the chain, reverse things, and so on. It really calls...

    Reserve Bank Of Indian Encourages Exploration Of Blockchain

    Editor Notes: "In a speech during an event at the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) on 19th July, Deputy Governor Rama Gandhi said banks should work to develop applications for digital currencies and distributed ledgers." By Stan...

    Near 64 Million in DAO Funds Remain Unclaimed

    Editor Notes: "The remaining 4.75m ETH, worth about $68m at today's USD exchange rate, continues to be available to potential investors. However, the withdrawal rate, at press time, seems to have slowed noticeably." By Michael del Castillo, Millions of dollars worth...

    Moody’s Clients Working on 120 Blockchain Projects

    Editor Notes: "Many of the projects have been publicly disclosed, and the report cites initiatives like the Hyperledger Projects as well as both regional and global finance consortiums as major drivers of issuer participation. A number of public sector initiatives are...

    The Trust Anchor in a Sea of Blockchains

    Editor Notes: "As the "blockchain but not bitcoin" buzz continues to intensify, we can see that this is because many existing business and financial use cases don’t see a need for trustlessness and permissionlessness. Traditional financial institutions already have...

    Mycelium Wallet Will Soon Integrate Dash

    Editor Notes: "The popular Bitcoin wallet Mycelium has just announced it will soon integrate the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Dash. The implementation of the Dash token will allow Mycelium users to buy, sell and hold Dash within their wallet." By Jamie Redman, Dash...

    $100M ‘Blockchain Fund’ For Fast-Track Smaller EU Banks

    Editor Notes: "Private equity firm BnL Growth Partners has joined a multi-million dollar fund to facilitate blockchain advances for smaller finance institutions in Europe." By William Suberg, BB Fund is a ‘Huge Opportunity’ BnL, formed by ex-specialists from tech...

    Erns & Young Report – Prepare For Blockchain ‘Critical Mass’

    Editor Notes :  Ernst & Young (EY) “We recommend companies not focus on how this technology fits into their current business but instead look at what their products and services look like in a blockchain-enabled world.” By Jamie Redman, EY, the third largest...

    Bitcoin’s Gets Faster With FIBRE Network

    Editor Notes: "As Bitcoin Core developer Greg Maxwell puts it, the Bitcoin Relay Network, the brainchild of fellow Bitcoin Core contributor Matt Corallo, arose several years ago in response to a need to propagate bitcoin block data more quickly among miners, or those...

    Through the Rinse Cycle With Bitcoin

    Editor Notes: "When it comes to Bitcoin, privacy is a big deal to a lot of people, and it might be because they are partaking in a type of exchange that their government doesn’t agree with. It also might be because certain Bitcoin-related businesses may blacklist you...

    Inflation Strikes Argentina – Bitcoins or Larger Banknotes?

    Editor Notes: "Inflation and corruption are two major problems afflicting Argentina and other Latin American countries, such as Brazil and Venezuela. If leaders of these countries wish to solve these problems, they should be advised to think outside the box, shift...

    Android Users Get Breadwallet

    Editor Notes: After two years of waiting, Android users will now be able to use the popular Breadwallet application. Today the team behind the Bitcoin wallet has released its Android version through the Google Play store and has also released the source code via...

    Ethereum Executes Blockchain Hard Fork to Return DAO Funds

    Editor Notes: "The much anticipated hard fork of the ethereum blockchain has been implemented, giving those building on the decentralized application network at least the potential for stability after weeks of controversy and sometimes terse disagreements in the wider...

    Washington State Utility Raises Power Rates on Bitcoin Miners

    Editor Notes: "The Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) announced earlier this week that, effective January 2017, electrical rates will rise for so-called "high-density load customers", or those that use 250 kilowatt hours per square foot per year. The...

    CFTC Pushed to Clarify Rules on Blockchain ‘Delivery’

    Editor Notes: "US law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP has filed a petition with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), calling on the agency to provide more clarity regarding the definition of "delivery" in blockchain-based transactions."   By Pete...

    Banks Risk Missing Out on Digital Currency

    Editor Notes: "Consulting firm Bain & Company believes banks are at risk of missing out on the adoption of digital currencies – and the revenue that might come with it." By Stan Higgins The Boston-based firm has published research that argues financial firms are...

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