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How to see another company’s growth tactics and try them yourself

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at More posts by this contributor How do you hire a great growth marketer? How do startups actually get their content marketing to work? Every company’s online acquisition strategy is out in the open. I...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Column, Media, Advertising Tech, Marketing, Strategy, Seo, Tech, Hack, Adsense, Photo Sharing, Growth

As Bitcoin surges, hackers rush to spread cryptocurrency malware on Google Play

An unfortunate consequence of Bitcoin’s price revival in recent weeks is the resurgence of cryptocurrency malware on Google Play. ESET security researchers, have verified that there were at least two apps on Google Play specifically designed to steal users’ coins. One such app, called Trezor Mobile Wallet, was masquerading as an app version of the popular hardware wallet, Trezor. After analyzing the app, researchers found that it can’t actually do any harm to Trezor users. But it is connected to...
Tags: Google, Startups, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork

These startups are locating in SF and Africa to win in global fintech

To become a global fintech player, locate your company in San Francisco and Africa. That’s the approach of payments company Flutterwave, digital lending startup Mines, and mobile-money venture Chipper Cash—Africa-founded ventures that maintain headquarters in San Francisco and operations in Africa to tap the best of both worlds in VC, developers, clients, and the frontier of digital finance. This arrangement wasn’t exactly coordinated across the ventures, but TechCrunch coverage picked up the...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Uber, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, Accelerator, Europe, Finance, Nigeria, Africa, San Francisco, Tech, Banking, E-commerce

What will save crypto?

Sulaiman al-Fahim Contributor Sulaiman al-Fahim is an international businessman based in Dubai with focuses on property management/real estate, cryptocurrency, and philanthropy. His company, Sulaiman Al-Fahim Holdings, is a global operator that facilitates transactions to develop properties in various areas of the world. He is also an advisor and partner at ADAB Solutions, a group dedicated to bringing the newest movement in financial tech to the Muslim world. ...
Tags: TC, Column, Asia, Money, Saudi Arabia, Finance, US, Tech, Qatar, Economy, Bitcoin, United States, New York Times, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Dubai

‘Crypto exchange’ Goxtrade caught using other people’s photos on its staff page

Alleged cryptocurrency exchange Goxtrade bills itself as a “trusted platform for trading bitcoins,” but its staff page is filled with photos of people of pulled seemingly at random from the internet. The alleged exchange, which claimed to debut in 2017 yet its website is only a little more than a week old, used photos taken from social media profiles and other company websites not associated with the company. Bizarrely, the alleged exchange didn’t bother to change all of the names of the people ...
Tags: Security, London, Money, Germany, Tech, Economy, Bitcoin, Melbourne, Ryan Gosling, Illinois, Cloudflare, Cryptocurrencies, Phishing, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Yandex

Openfinance opens up US trading of third-party digital assets

Openfinance, the secondary market for trading digital alternative assets, announced it will be opening up trading of third-party digital securities to US Investors, making it the first trading platform to do so. The company already supported the trading of third-party digital securities (securities that have been migrated onto the blockchain that are now traded on Openfinance’s blockchain-based platform) in Europe, but was unable to provide the same capability in the US due to minimum holding pe...
Tags: TC, Europe, Finance, Government, US, Tech, Banking, Policy, SEC, Private Equity, Nasdaq, Hedge Fund, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hernandez, Juan Hernandez

Coinbase expands USDC stablecoin support to 85 countries

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is ramping up stablecoin support around the world. Customers can now trade USD Coin (or USDC for short) in 85 countries — USDC support was only available in the U.S. excluding NY. You can trade USDC on both Coinbase and Coinbase Pro. The company has been aggressive when it comes to international expansion. Coinbase is currently available in over 100 countries — 85 out of 103 countries support USDC. But there’s a trick. Many countries can only exchange crypto a...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Argentina, Ny, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, USDC

Cryptocurrency Hacks Still Growing — What Does That Mean for the Industry?

Though once synonymous with underground networks and black hat hackers, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone mainstream over the past two years. In 2017, we saw the skyrocket of bitcoin to an all-time high of close to $20,000 followed by a significant decline the following year. But beyond the ups and downs in the market for the world's largest cryptocurrency is a much more sinister [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Tech, Hacking News, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Wang Wei, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Bitcoin Hacking

HTC’s new $300 blockchain phone will double as a Bitcoin node

Taiwainese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is launching a more affordable blockchain phone with full Bitcoin node capabilities. Originally announced last month, the Exodus 1S will be launching in Q3 this year and will have an extra SD card to support its blockchain capabilities. For what it’s worth, HTC was gunning to include node capabilities in the Exodus 1, but the company ultimately decided to drop the functionality for the device’s first iteration – perhaps due to Google’s updated Play store ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Htc, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork

U.S. Charges 9 'SIM Swapping' Attackers For Stealing $2.5 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice today announced charges against nine individuals, 6 of which are members of a hacking group called "The Community" and other 3 are former employees of mobile phone providers who allegedly helped them steal roughly $2.5 million worth of the cryptocurrency using a method known as "SIM Swapping." According to the 15-count indictment unsealed today, five Americans [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
Tags: Tech, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Cyber Criminal, Cryptocurrency, Two Factor Authentication, Sim Swapping, Sim Card Cloning, Sim hacking, SIM Swapping Attacker, SIM Swapping Hacker, Sim Swap

Binance Hacked — Hackers Stole Over $40 Million Worth Of Bitcoin

Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, confirmed today that the company lost nearly $41 million in Bitcoin in what appears to be its largest hack to date. In a statement, Binance's CEO Changpeng Zhao said the company discovered a "large scale security breach" earlier on May 7, as a result of which hackers were able to steal roughly 7000 bitcoins, which worth 40.6 [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
Tags: Tech, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Data Breach, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Mohit Kumar, Security Breach, Bitcoin exchange, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Binance, Changpeng Zhao, Cryptocurrency Hacking

One of the World's Largest Crypto Exchanges, Binance, Hacked to the Tune of $40 Million

Cryptocurrency trading hub Binance, one of the world’s largest, has confirmed it lost about 7,000 Bitcoins (around $40 million) to hackers after its so-called “hot wallet,” i.e. one connected to the internet and used to process transactions, was breached, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Finance, Bloomberg, Cybersecurity, Bitcoin, Hacks, Crypto, Hackers, Cryptocurrency, Binance

Reports: Police Bust Deep Dot Web, Saying It Made Millions Off Referral Links to Dark Web Markets

The FBI working in conjunction with authorities in multiple nations has arrested several individuals in connection with their involvement in Deep Dot Web, a website that allegedly profiteered by taking commissions on referral links to dark web markets, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday. It has also seized domains…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Privacy, Affiliate Marketing, Cybersecurity, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Bitcoin, Dark Web, Doj, Cryptocurrency, Deep Dot Web, Deepdotweb

Coinbase loses its first CTO after just one year in the job

Coinbase, the $8 billion-valued crypto exchange, has lost its CTO after Balaji Srinivasan announced his departure from the company. Srinivasan became the U.S. company’s first CTO one year ago after it acquired, where he was CEO and co-founder. Given the tenure — one year and one day — it looks like Srinivasan’s departure comes after he served the minimum agreed period with Coinbase. A high-profile figure in the crypto space who has also spent time with Coinbase and Earn investor A16z...
Tags: Y Combinator, Tech, United States, Andreessen Horowitz, Cryptocurrencies, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Srinivasan, TechCrunch, Hacking Team, Cto, World Wide Web, Coindesk, Digital Currencies, USDC

Rapidly Growing Electrum Botnet Infects Over 152,000 Users; Steals $4.6 Million

An ongoing attack against Electrum Bitcoin wallets has just grown bigger and stronger with attackers now targeting the whole infrastructure of the exchange with a botnet of over 152,000 infected users, raising the amount of stolen users' funds to USD 4.6 million. Electrum has been facing cyber attacks since December last year when a team of cybercriminals exploited a weakness in the Electrum [Author: [email protected] (Mohit Kumar)]
Tags: Tech, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Cryptocurrency, Mohit Kumar, Electrum, hacking Bitcoin, Electrum Bitcoin, Electrum Bitcoin Wallet, Electrum Download

Binance’s hotly-anticipated Singapore crypto exchange is now live — and underwhelming

Binance, the company widely seen as the world’s largest crypto exchange, has officially set up shop in Singapore after it launched a service in the country. The new Singapore service, however, bears more of a resemblance to U.S. rival Coinbase than a classic Binance exchange. Binance’s rapid ascent is thanks to a service that lets users trade a range of crypto tokens with very little verification or individual data required. It’s Singapore venture is quite the opposite: it allows customers to...
Tags: Asia, Money, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Spokesperson, Author, Economy, Uganda, Bitcoin, United States, Cryptocurrencies, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Decentralization

ZenGo wants to become the crypto wallet for the masses

KZen is about to release ZenGo, a mobile app to manage your cryptocurrencies securely and more easily. There are already countless of crypto wallets out there, but the startup thinks they’re all either too complicated or too insecure. If you own cryptocurrencies, chances are they’re sitting on an exchange, such as Coinbase or Binance. If somebody manages to log in to your account, nothing is stopping them from sending those assets to other wallets and stealing everything. Worse, if somebody hack...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Tech, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Zengo, Vitalik Buterin, Distributed Ledger, Ouriel Ohayon

Chris Dixon is coming to talk crypto — and much more — at Disrupt SF

It’s 2019, and most institutional money managers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to crypto assets, concerned in part about market manipulation schemes and other nefarious actors. Though a growing number of top establishments is beginning to kick the tires — Harvard just made its first bet on a crytpo currency, following an investment last year by Yale into the cryptocurrency fund Paradigm, and two U.S. pension funds got into the game in February — it’s happening more slowly than adheren...
Tags: TC, Ebay, Tech, Harvard, Yale, Andreessen Horowitz, Columbia, Cryptocurrency, Andreesen Horowitz, Chris Dixon, Dixon, McAfee, Katie Haun

Coinbase launches debit card in the UK

When you buy cryptocurrencies on Coinbase, many users simply don’t know what to do with them. Customers in the U.K. can now get a good old plastic card and spend cryptocurrencies in-store and on any online website. This is a Visa card so it should work with any merchant on the Visa network. The company is launching a separate mobile app called Coinbase Card to manage your cryptocurrency balances. For instance, you’ll be able to choose whether you want to use your Bitcoin, Ethereum or Litecoin...
Tags: Europe, UK, Tech, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Coinbase Card

Daily Crunch: China considers Bitcoin mining ban

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Regulators in China are weighing a ban on Bitcoin mining Cryptocurrency mining has become the latest target for the Chinese government seeking to phase out industries considered to be a drag on the country’s economy. The National Development and Reform Commission, the top economic planning agency in the w...
Tags: Apple, UK, China, Softbank, Tech, Bitcoin, Crypto, Cryptocurrency, Klook, Ming Chi Kuo, Eric Gnock Fah, National Development and Reform Commission, David Liu, Daily Crunch, Bernie Xiong, Anita Ngai

Hackers Steal $19 Million From Bithumb Cryptocurrency Exchange

Hackers yesterday stole nearly $19 million worth of cryptocurrency from Bithumb, the South Korea-based popular cryptocurrency exchange admitted today. According to Primitive Ventures' Dovey Wan, who first broke the information on social media, hackers managed to compromise a number of Bithumb's hot EOS and XRP wallets and transferred around 3 million EOS (~ $13 million) and 20 million XRP (~ [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: South Korea, Tech, Hacking News, Data Breach, Cryptocurrency, Wang Wei, Bithumb, Cryptocurrency Exchange, Cryptocurrency Hacking, Dovey Wan

How to file taxes on your cryptocurrency trades in a bear year

Chandan Lodha Contributor Chandan Lodha is co-founder at CoinTracker, a Y Combinator and Initialized Capital-backed startup that offers a secure cryptocurrency tax calculator. He was previously the Product Manager on Project Loon at Google[x]. Fred traded bitcoin, ether and a handful of other cryptocurrencies on Gemini, Binance and Coinbase last year. Unfortunately, due to the crypto downturn, his trading yielded a capital loss of more than $35,000. He’s not alo...
Tags: Google, TC, Column, Taxes, Tech, Irs, Cryptocurrency, Maya, Initialized Capital, Fred, U S, Cointracker, Chandan Lodha

Google accidentally promoted a malicious Bitcoin wallet on YouTube

Google-owned YouTube inadvertently advertized an illegitimate version of the Bitcoin wallet Electrum. A Redditor unearthed the issue, noting how the malicious advert was disguised to resemble a real Electrum advertisement. “It even tells you to go the correct link ( in the video but when you click on the advertisement it immediately starts downloading the malicious exe file,” the Redditor said. The malicious advert would redirect unsuspecting users to The real address...
Tags: Google, Startups, Cryptocurrency, Redditor, Hard Fork

Boston Tech Watch: Notarize, Optimus Ride, LogRocket & More

The self-driving cars are coming (to a gated development near you). Board additions at a novel tech startup. Another big funding round for an industrial 3D printing startup. The Endeavor v. QinetiQ robot competition’s final chapter. Read on for more.—Online notary startup Notarize is adding senior LogMeIn and State Street executives to its board. The Boston-based tech company says Larry D’Angelo, LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) chief sales officer, and Jack Klinck, former head of global strategy at Stat...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, 3D printing, Accomplice, Additive Manufacturing, Arlington, Army, Autonomous, Bae Systems, Battery Ventures, Ben Edelstein, Brex, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Burlington

Vectordash’s cloud gaming service brings crypto-miners a new revenue stream

PC gaming has grown to be a pretty wide niche of people with some far-flung similarities and differences, one thing they all share are souped-up rigs that rely on beefy GPUs. This is fine for those with dedicated machines but PC gaming isn’t too friendly to those trying to pull double-duty on their everyday machine. Vectordash, launching out of the latest Y Combinator batch, wants to turn your Macbook Air or other underpowered rig into a formidable machine through their cloud gaming service. The...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, Tech, West, MacBook Air, Gpu, Retina, Cryptocurrency, Bay Area, Vectordash, Sharif Shameem

Google distributed malicious Chrome app designed to steal your cryptocurrency

Be wary if you come across ads that promote an airdrop, distributing tokens for popular cryptocurrency exchange desk Huobi: the offer might be fake, and you might be getting swooped into an elaborate ploy designed to steal your coins. Security researcher Harry Denley, who maintains popular anti-phishing database EtherscamDB, has unearthed a phishing campaign that tricks victims into downloading a malicious Chrome extension, programmed to get a hold of your wallet‘s private keys. What makes the a...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Harry Denley

Bitcoin gets slower, smaller and more like Ethereum

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 Expo is not really about Bitcoin, per se. Many other cryptocurrencies are discussed. Sometimes, warring factions find themselves in the same room. On the Friday night before ...
Tags: Finance, Tech, Bitcoin, Lightning, Blockstream, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Welch, LaCroix, Prestwich, Danny Crichton, Stellar, Summa, Nic Carter, Galen Moore

Amun raises $4M to give stock-like buying options for crypto investors

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 the Swiss Stock Exchange that pulls together five of the most popular crypto assets: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, XRP and Litecoin. ‘HODL’ — as it is calle...
Tags: Money, Finance, Tech, Economy, Bitcoin, Egypt, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, Tim Draper, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Adam Draper, Founder, Digital Currencies, Draper, AMUN

Crypto Exchange Coinbase Says It Made a Mistake Buying Italian Firm Linked to Notorious Hacking Team

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has acknowledged it made a major mistake when it bought Italian blockchain analytics firm Neutrino, whose senior management staff included several members of infamous Italian firm Hacking Team—which has reportedly sold powerful hacking and surveillance tools to oppressive governments.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Human Rights, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Spyware, Hacking, Crypto, Hackers, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hacking Team

Boston Tech Watch: CoinMetrics, Bedrock Data, Modulate & Jobcase

A handful of Boston-area startups landed seed funding rounds this week, while another tech firm raked in $100 million in growth equity. Two acquisitions also rounded out the week’s tech news.—CoinMetrics, a cryptocurrency market data startup, has raised $1.9 million in seed funding from Castle Island Ventures, Fidelity Investments, Highland Capital Partners, and Dragonfly Capital. The Boston-based business, created in 2017 and incorporated in 2018, develops financial data for cryptoassets and b...
Tags: Startups, Boston, Marketing, Sales, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Electric Vehicles, Cambridge, Ai, Voice, Hiring, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Initialized Capital, Providence

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