The Latest Bitcoin News

January, 2019

  • 19 January

    Report: Value of Bitcoin Sent to Darknet Markets Up 70% Last Year

    The total value of Bitcoin sent to darknet markets increased by 70% last year, according to a report published yesterday by Chainalysis. The darknet uses IP addresses that cannot be tracked or traced and cannot be discovered by most search engines. As such, it largely operates outside of the watch of governments and other regulatory bodies. The report notes that …

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  • 18 January

    Binance Refuses to Confirm Locations of Reported New Exchange Locations

    Binance, the leading exchange globally based on monthly trading volume, plans to expand to eight new countries this year, according to a report from The Block yesterday. The report lists Uganda (launched October 2018), Jersey (just launched on Wednesday), Singapore and Malta (planned for 2019), and South Korea, Liechtenstein, Argentina, Russia, and Turkey (intended but no year specified), and Bermuda …

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  • 17 January

    UPS Invests and Partners with Blockchain B2B Company Inxeption

    American shipping giant UPS has invested in blockchain logistics company Inxeption, according to a company press release published yesterday. The investment, made through UPS’s Strategic Enterprise Fund, will be used to develop new e-commerce solutions for buyers and sellers in B2B transactions, with the two companies working together. The terms of the deal were not included in the release, and …

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  • 14 January

    Identity Platform Authenteq Raises $5 million for Blockchain ID Verification

    According to a VentureBeat report published today, Reykjavik-based identity verification company Authenteq has raised $5 million in funding, led by Draper Associates and Capital300. In a slightly unusual move, Autheneq decided to have two closings of its Series A round. The first close just took two weeks to complete. The second close has not occurred yet, as the company is …

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  • 13 January

    University of Bahrain to Issue Diplomas on the Blockchain

    The University of Bahrain (UoB) will now issue diplomas on the blockchain, according to a story first reported by Trade Arabia, an English-language local media outlet. Bahrain is a nation in the Arabian Gulf comprising more than thirty islands. According to the Trade Arabia article, the university will employ Blockcerts, a company that allows for digital records to be stored …

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  • 12 January

    Wyoming Lawmakers Propose Blockchain Sandbox Bill

    The state of Wyoming is continuing to welcome blockchain startups, this time with the approval of a bill that will allow blockchain and crypto startups to operate within what is called a regulatory “sandbox” for a legislative vote. On Friday, the Wyoming House Committee on Minerals, Business and Economic Development approved its financial technology sandbox bill in a unanimous 9-0 …

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  • 10 January

    What You Need to Know about Ethereum Constantinople

    If you have an account on Cryptopia, and you hold ETH, you might’ve gotten an email today that contained the following message:“Cryptopia will support the upcoming Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople Hard Fork. In preparation for the fork, we will be placing Ethereum and all ERC-20 tokens into maintenance between 14 January to 18 January.To ensure that ETH holders are able to …

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  • 9 January

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces funding for Blockchain-based Research Projects

    In a press release on Monday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it will award $4.8 million in federal funding for universities working on research and development projects. The funding, which comes through the Office of Fossil Energy, is part of the department’s University Training and Research initiative, whose aim is to cultivate young science and engineering professionals in the …

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November, 2018

  • 7 November

    Blocktech and Bitcoin Center NYC Founder Launches Research Partnership with French University of Armenia

    Blocktech, the New York-based blockchain technologies company, and the French University of Armenia (UFAR) have announced that they are partnering to launch Armenia’s first academic Blockchain Lab. The lab, according to a Blocktech press release, will conduct interdisciplinary research into the crypto-economic implications of blockchain technologies, in collaboration with the university’s departments of Finance and Law, as well as the …

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  • 5 November

    Esteemed Saudi University turns to Blocktech to launch kingdom’s first Blockchain Lab

    Blocktech, the New York-based blockchain technologies company, is partnering with Taibah Valley to launch the Blockchain Lab at Taibah University in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Directed by internationally recognized artificial intelligence expert, Professor Walaa Alharthi, it will be the kingdom’s first research and development lab dedicated to blockchain technologies. Dr. Alharthi and several colleagues traveled to Blocktech’s New York headquarters this …

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  • 1 November

    New Zealand Government Invests in Cryptos Platform Vimba

    Callaghan Innovations, a government innovations fund, has invested $330,000 in the Auckland-based cryptocurrency savings and trading platform Vimba. “This is a truly significant investment from Callaghan Innovation and a real show of faith in the future of this very exciting asset class,” said Vimba CEO Sam Blackmore in a Scoop press release. The Vimba platform, which was formerly MyCryptoSaver, enables …

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October, 2018

  • 31 October

    Bitcoins Whitepaper Released 10 Years Ago Today

    Today marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the world’s first cryptocurrency whitepaper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System” written by an anonymous author named Satoshi Nakamoto. Published after the global financial crisis of 2008, many see the timing as significant; rather than continue on course with the failing banking/government controlled monetary system, people now have …

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  • 30 October

    Many Experts Critical of Latest Study Concerning Bitcoin Energy Use

    A new article published in the journal Nature Climate Change predicts that bitcoin will produce enough CO2 emissions to raise global temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius within three decades. A number of experts in the field have come out against such conclusions and are critical of the study. This study and others, which deal with energy usage, are largely of …

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  • 29 October

    Bitcoin Exchange Bitstamp Acquired by NXMH

    The Luxembourg-based bitcoin exchange, Bitstamp, has been acquired by the Belgium investment firm NXMH, which also owns Korbit, a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange. The official terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Fortune notes that the rumored amount is a $400 million dollar acquisition. The same article quotes Bitstamp founder, Nejc Kodric, as stating to customers and employees to …

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  • 26 October

    Australian Postal Service to Facilitate Bitcoin Buys through its ‘Digital iD’ Service

    The Australia Post announced that the 11.7 million addresses they service will now have the ability to buy bitcoin through its Digital iD service. This verification service would lower the barrier of entry for many and expedite the identity confirmation process. Quoted in the Bitcoinist, the director of Digital Surge, Josh Lehman, stated, “Digital iD allows us to verify the …

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