Mimblewimble

By | December 15, 2017

The most active software implementation of the much-anticipated mimblewimble technology is launching its first fundraising campaign. Mimblewimble has gained notoriety as a way to improve the privacy and scalability of blockchains broadly, but also for the Harry Potter references that have long cloaked its developers in secrecy (the protocol’s name comes from a curse in the books).… Read More »

Bitcoin Looks Lower In Chase for

By | December 15, 2017

Bitcoin is looking heavy today after failing to see a decisive move higher in the last 24 hours. While bitcoin (BTC) clocked a lifetime high of $17,631.42 just two days ago, it has since retreated to sub-$17,000 levels, as per CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). As of writing, the cryptocurrency is trading at $16,628. As… Read More »

DOJ Alleges Bitcoin Involved in Attempted ISIS Funding

By | December 15, 2017

A New York woman has been indicted for attempting to provide financial support to the ISIS terrorist grou in a scheme that prosecutors say involved the purchase of cryptocurrencies using fraudulently obtained credit cards. Zoobia Shahnaz of Long Island, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said today, has been charged… Read More »

Goodbye Ethereum: Kik Plans to Move Its ICO Tokens to Stellar

By | December 15, 2017

Mobile messaging startup Kik is planning to shift its Kin token network from ethereum to Stellar, CEO Ted Livingston confirmed on Wednesday. Speaking in a live question-and-answer session on YouTube, the company’s founder argued that ethereum’s blockchain – which the app is presently based on – is unable to scale to the level that Kin needs, among other… Read More »

Malaysia

By | December 15, 2017

Malaysia’s central bank has published new draft regulations for cryptocurrencies that operate in the country. On Thursday, Bank Negara Malaysia announced the move in a release on its website, asking the public to weigh in on measures aimed at easing money laundering and terrorist financing concerns related to cryptocurrencies. The publication follows months of work… Read More »

Intel Sees Role for

By | December 15, 2017

A new patent application from Intel indicates suggests that the tech giant is looking at a unique way to utilize the energy expended during cryptocurency mining: the sequencing of genetic data. In the patent application, first filed June 2016 and released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, inventors Ned Smith and Rajesh… Read More »

Denmark Could Tap Blockchain For Foreign Aid Delivery, Says Report

By | December 15, 2017

Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a new report on the applicability of blockchain to foreign aid. The study was prepared in conjunction with blockchain startup Coinify and Sustania, a think tank, in a bid to explore the ways in which the technology can help deliver assistance to impoverished areas, particularly on the financial… Read More »

Out With the Old? Blockchain Requires a New Regulatory Approach

By | December 15, 2017

Eva A. Kaili is a member of the European Parliament, where she chairs the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel aimed at assessing AI, fintech and blockchain. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. The internet is once more in a period of transition. The “cloud era” that served consumers and… Read More »

Ethereum Innovators Revive the Fight for Net Neutrality

By | December 15, 2017

A tech meetup at a dimly lit New York City bar – so far, nothing out of the ordinary. But what’s peculiar about this particular meetup is that other locations throughout the East Village are being connected to the bar’s Wi-Fi-enabled node, allowing anyone in the area to not only piggyback off all the signals… Read More »

2018

By | December 15, 2017

Elly Zhang is a London-based global marketing professional who leads Asia growth initiatives for bitcoin and ether wallet startup Blockchain. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. This year has been pivotal for digital assets like bitcoin and ether, resulting in unprecedented price increases, capital investment and general awareness. But despite… Read More »