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A brief history of cryptocurrency and blockchain white papers

It’d be foolish to undermine the role of white papers in the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem, given these industries – estimated to be worth billions in years to come – spawned from a nine-page document put together by Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin‘s mysterious creator (or creators). First published in 2009, Nakamoto’s white paper set the scene for an innovative and decentralized peer-to-peer payment network, its underlying blockchain technology, and the some 1,600-plus altcoins that have em...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Nakamoto, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin

Meet the lawyer-turned-artist behind classical cryptocurrency paintings

Over the past 10 years cryptocurrency, blockchain, and art have become the most surprising and unlikely of bed fellows. Street art, graffitti, and memes are quite common, but the words cryptocurrency and fine art rarely appear in the same sentence. But that’s changing as one artist is making these worlds collide to produce something as individually unique as a Bitcoin wallet private key. Toronto-based fine artist – Nelly Baksht – is one of a growing community creating works specifically for the ...
Tags: Startups, Toronto, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Nelly, Hard Fork, Nelly Baksht

Inside NEO’s plans to get Microsoft .NET devs to build apps on its blockchain

The Bitcoin bear market has battered and bruised a multitude of blockchain startups. It’s also rendered terms like “streamlining,” “restructuring,” and “run out of money, shutting down” all too common. But somehow, a Matrix-themed cryptocurrency, NEO, is hiring. The second iteration of NEO DevCon took place in Seattle over the weekend. The most notable announcement was the opening of a new office in the famously tech-orientated Washington capital. It’s to be spearheaded by John deVadoss, former ...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Washington, Seattle, Neo, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, DevCon, Hard Fork, Microsoft Digital, John deVadoss

Elon Musk thinks Bitcoin is ‘brilliant’ — but only owns 0.25 BTC

Despite Elon Musk being somewhat of an unofficial poster boy for cryptocurrency, it turns out he actually doesn’t hold any – well, aside from 0.25 Bitcoin. The Tesla CEO recently went on record proclaiming Bitcoin is “quite brilliant,” and that “paper money is going away.” It might come as a surprise then to learn that Musk infact doesn’t have any “crypto holdings,” according to a Tweet from earlier today. Just a relatively small amount of Bitcoin. That said, I still only own 0.25 BTC, which a f...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Btc, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Musk, Hard Fork

Security token offerings aren’t looking much better in 2019

Pressed to explain who is using them, and why, 99 percent of cryptocurrencies let out all their air, go flying around the room making a raspberry sound, hit the wall and fall behind the couch forever. The party is over. A few, however, can present a credible use case. “Tokenized securities” could be one of them: a more open and efficient way to transact shares and notes as well as distribute cash flows. Proponents of “security token offerings” (STOs) have been telling that story now for a little...
Tags: US, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, SEC, Cnbc, Cryptocurrency, Startengine, Ico, Edgar, US Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, ICOS, Distributed Ledger, Dentacoin, Tzero, Silicon Valley Business Journal From

Binance launches its decentralized cryptocurrency exchange, but there’s a catch

Following months of anticipation and numerous teasers, Binance has finally launched its decentralized cryptocurrency exchange (DEX) powered by its own blockchain, Binance Chain. But hold your horses before you get too excited: Binance DEX is only rolling out to a dedicated testnet for the time being. Still, users will now be able to try out the new trading platform. Among other things, traders can create a wallet and exchange tokens. “Binance DEX is a decentralized exchange with a decentralized ...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Dex, Hard Fork, Binance, Changpeng Zhao, Binance dex

Binance releases a first version of its decentralized crypto exchange

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has launched an initial version of its highly-anticipated decentralized trading service (dex) today which is available now at The launch — which is initially a testnet as the URL suggests — has been a long time coming and it is designed to complement the main Binance exchange, which does around $1 billion in daily trading volumes according to data from That core service is centralized, like most others, meaning...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Asia, Wallet, Vpn, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Zhao, Vitalik Buterin, Binance, MetaMask, Viktor Radchenko, Binance dex, Changpeng, Binace, Binance Chain

Sirin Labs Finney review

The Sirin Labs Finney phone is to cryptocurrency what the iPhone is to Apple Pay. It facilitates the payment, processing, and exchanging of cryptocurrencies on a smartphone, and surprisingly does it in a user-friendly way. The post Sirin Labs Finney review appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Android, Mobile, Trends, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Finney, Sirin Labs, Sirin Labs Finney, Finney Phone

The differences between cryptocurrencies, virtual, and digital currencies

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Rife with complex terminology, the world of cryptocurrency can be daunting at the best of times, but things got even more confusing last week when JPMorgan announced the launch of its own coin, which many argued was a digital currency – possibly a stablecoin – but most definitely not a cryptocurrency. With this in mind, Hard Fork put together a primer o...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Jpmorgan, Hard Fork, Hard Fork Basics

The blockchain industry is sexist and still sucks at diversity

Diversity is a term that’s thrown about often, and sometimes rather vacuously, but the fact of the matter is that the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency industries need more of it. According to Statista, female employees make up between 26 percent (Microsoft) and 43 percent (Netflix) of the workforce at major technology firms – unsurprisingly the numbers drop further when it comes to jobs where technology is a core function. These stats are disheartening, but the problem is felt more acute...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Netflix, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Statista, Hard Fork

Moonday Mornings: Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten may be getting into cryptocurrencies

With Bitcoin up 2.7 percent over the past week, the cryptocurrency market closed in the green this weekend. But is the trend here to stay or are the bears coming to leave investors bleeding yet again? Let’s take a look at the news and find out. Here are some of the hottest blockchain stories you might’ve missed over the weekend: 1. Scammers be scamming. Mumbai police department has busted a group of swindlers involved in a racketeering scheme that amassed over $14 million worth of cryptocurrency...
Tags: Startups, Mumbai, Rakuten, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, The Times of India, Hard Fork

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Cannabis - and Taxes

" Since cryptocurrencies are decentralized and unregulated for the most part, they enable cannabis businesses to accept secure, cashless, and fast payments that can be converted into greenbacks or sent anywhere around the world at competitive speeds."* I like to research and write about emerging technologies and trends in how we live and work. A long time ago, that is how I gov involved in tax policy and technical matters related to the Internet and e-commerce.  For almost ten years now, it has ...
Tags: Taxes, Congress, California, Marijuana, Cannabis, Irs, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Virtual Currency, Fiona Ma, Professor Nellen, Nellen, House Committee on Financial Services, Alex Moskov

Coinbase users can now withdraw Bitcoin SV following BCH fork

If you’re a Coinbase user, you may have seen some new tokens on your account. The Bitcoin Cash chain split into two different chains back in November. It means that if you held Bitcoin Cash on November 15, you became the lucky owner of Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin ABC. And Coinbase just started handing out Bitcoin SV to its users if you’re involved in the split. The split happened because Bitcoin Cash developers couldn’t agree on an upgrade. Some developers backed an upgrade to the code called B...
Tags: Abc, Tech, Bitcoin, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, BCH, BSV, Distributed Ledger, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin ABC, Bitcoin SV, Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin ABC

JP Morgan’s new digital ‘coin’ is not a cryptocurrency, or even a stablecoin

JP Morgan has a new digital asset, JPM Coin. It’s not really a cryptocurrency, and it’s not quite a stablecoin, but it does use a blockchain. It’s mostly referred to as a digital coin. Still, JPM Coin is set to square off against all the other redeemable bank tokens in the market, eventually. Announced today via a flurry of reports, JPM Coin’s drawcards are listed as each token being redeemable for fiat, and that its powered by a “blockchain,” specifically Quorum, a distributed ledger platform d...
Tags: Startups, Jp Morgan, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork

Think crypto’s dead? JPMorgan to offer first cryptocurrency backed by a U.S. bank

J.P. Morgan Chase is making history by rolling out a trial, over the next few months, of the first cryptocurrency, dubbed JPM Coin, which is backed by a large United States bank. The post Think crypto’s dead? JPMorgan to offer first cryptocurrency backed by a U.S. bank appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, United States, Computing, Cryptocurrency, Jpmorgan, Chase Bank

Cryptocurrency influencers are even worse than normal influencers

Tech marketers have been using celebrity endorsements for decades – Microsoft and Apple have relied on this method to flock their goods to the masses since the ’80s – and the cryptocurrency industry, although nascent, is no different. In the beginning, one could argue the objective was to put a friendly, familiar face on a product to make it more relatable to the average consumer. Today, it’s much more about the cool factor and reinforcing the link created between the endorser, the product, and ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Microsoft, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork

More Bitcoin ETF hopes dashed after SEC says it’s ‘inappropriate’

According to a note from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) put forward by Blockforce Capital’s Reality Shares ETF Trusts has been withdrawn. Reality Shares has requested its application to obtain the SEC’s approval of its ETF to be rescinded on the advice of the commission. A lawyer representing Reality Shares told Coindesk that the SEC thinks it’s “not appropriate to file a registered 40 Act fund with cryptocurrency exposure at this time.” Though it see...
Tags: Startups, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Coindesk, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Hard Fork, Blockforce Capital

The pros, cons, and taboo nature of enforcing smaller Bitcoin blocks

The Bitcoin network is a behemoth, and much of its strength is defined by the number of machines validating transactions on the network. Its code is also highly calibrated. Very specific variables were set throughout its development, and dogmatic allegiance to certain settings has defined much of what Bitcoin‘s blockchain is today. This means altering Bitcoin code has implications. Proposals for changes have caused mayhem for the wider cryptocurrency ecosystem in the past, and seemingly will for...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin Core, Hard Fork, Luke Dashjr

Just got some Bitcoin: how to choose your first cryptocurrency wallet

So you’ve entered the world of crypto, have bought your first Bitcoin and want to know how you should choose your first cryptocurrency wallet. For seasoned cryptocurrency investors this may seem obvious, but for a newbie who’s keen to get involved, it can seem like a daunting task. With so many options available, what’s the best answer? There is no hard and fast rule. At the end of the day it simply comes down to personal preference, but here are some tips to bear in mind. A cryptocurrency walle...
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Intel takes on IBM and Microsoft with its own ‘off-the-shelf’ blockchain packages

Intel is expanding its blockchain offering even further to make it easier for businesses to get into the blockchain game. According to marketing materials published earlier this month, the computer hardware and infrastructure manufacturer has launched what it’s calling ‘Intel Select Solution for Blockchain: Hyperledger Fabric.’ Under the surface this actually isn’t a change to Hyperledger, Intel’s blockchain software, rather it’s a set of ready-made packages of hardware and software infrastructu...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Intel, Ibm, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Hyperledger Intel

Coinbase handed out a $30K bounty for a critical bug in its systems

Another day, another bug. Cryptocurrency exchange desk Coinbase has handed out a massive $30,000 bug bounty for a critical vulnerability in its systems. The flaw was logged on February 12 via Coinbase‘s vulnerability disclosure program on HackerOne. A Coinbase spokesperson confirmed to Hard Fork the vulnerability has since been fixed, but could not provide any further details about the issue in question. The vulnerability report is closed to the public, but considering the high bounty of $30,000...
Tags: Startups, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork

Why storing your Bitcoin private keys on Google Drive is a terrible idea

You expect to find questionnable advice about storing your Bitcoin on the internet, but you never expect it to come from one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange desks. Well, Coinbase is here to prove that nothing is impossible. The exchange is rolling out a new backup service that encourages users to keep an encrypted copy of their private keys to their personal cloud storage accounts, like Google Drive and iCloud. “This new feature provides a safeguard for users, helping them avoid l...
Tags: Google Drive, Startups, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork

How Twitter’s Jack Dorsey became Bitcoin’s unlikely champion

Blockchain has a new unexpected hero: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Although up until recently the cryptocurrency community would routinely grill Dorsey over Twitter’s notorious Bitcoin giveaway scam epidemic, the micro-blogging service’s chief has found a new fandom among staunch Bitcoin supporters; and it all began on the Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. Following a heated backlash from free speech activists, Dorsey embarked on an unusual podcast media run to discuss Twitter’s code of c...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Dorsey, Joe Rogan, Hard Fork

Blockchain investment still lags behind fintech despite record-breaking 2018

European blockchain technology companies had a record year in terms of VC investment in 2018, although overshadowed by funding going into financial technology (fintech) companies. According to Innovate Finance’s ‘2018 FinTech VC Investment Landscape‘ report , the European blockchain and cryptocurrency industry witnessed a series of significant deals, but notably just four deals amounted to over $300 million. Paxos delivers blockchain solutions for financial institutions, including Bankchain, a s...
Tags: Startups, Switzerland, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Bankchain, Innovate Finance, Hard Fork

Cryptocurrency in the developing world needs a fresh approach

It’s a common narrative that cryptocurrencies will provide a platform for the millions of unbanked individuals in the world to obtain financial freedom. In the developing world, around 50 percent of people over the age of 25 have a bank account. This is nearly half what is seen in the likes of North America. If anywhere in the world needs access to more cost effective financial systems its those in developing nations, where the cost of sending money without a bank account can be prohibitively ex...
Tags: Startups, World Bank, North America, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Diar

Blockchain and Trust

In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: "We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust." He was referring to blockchain, the system behind bitcoin cryptocurrency. The circumvention of trust is a great promise, but it's just not true. Yes, bitcoin eliminates certain trusted intermediaries that are inherent in other payment systems like credit cards. But you still have to trust bitcoin -- and everything ab...
Tags: Trust, Cryptography, Bitcoin, Ibm, Essays, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Satoshi Nakamoto, Bruce Schneier, Steve Wozniak, Nicholas Weaver, Academic Papers, Kevin Werbach, Hyperledger Global Forum, James Waldo

Public pensions back new $40M blockchain fund raised by Morgan Creek

A prominent digital asset firm has revealed it successfully closed a new $40 million blockchain-specific venture capital fund, thanks largely to contributions made by two public pensions. Morgan Creek Digital, a hedge fund backed by institutional powerhouse Morgan Creek Capital, has launched what it calls the Morgan Creek Blockchain Opportunities Fund, geared entirely toward investing in the digital asset industry. In March last year, Morgan Creek Digital was reported to have had over $1 billion...
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WATCH: Understanding real estate tokenization

What is tokenized real estate? How can cryptocurrency transactions help offset the shifting market? Piper Moretti, founder and CEO of The Crypto Realty Group, gives an overview of how it works and how agents can benefit onstage at Inman Connect New York. 
Tags: Technology, Radio, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Inman Connect New York, Markets & Economy, Select, ICNY, Piper Moretti, Crypto Realty Group, Inman Connect New York 2019, ICNY 2019, Icny 19, Connect Video, The Crypto Realty Group

12 Bitcoin scammers extradited to US for selling fake cars on eBay

An international cryptocurrency fraud cartel has been busted by a joint investigation between US and foreign authorities. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it has charged 20 people, including 16 foreigners for being part of an international organized crime syndicate that saw American citizens defrauded for millions of dollars. “The defendants allegedly orchestrated a highly organized and sophisticated scheme to steal money from unsuspecting victims in America and then l...
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We tagged Amsterdam Central Station with LONG BITCOIN SHORT THE BANKERS

The White House has been tagged with digital Bitcoin graffiti, thanks to a new augmented reality platform powered by cryptocurrency. Satoshi’s World allows anyone in the world to add text, images, and GIFs to real world settings for a small Bitcoin fee. Posts are made viewable through a special Google Maps feed. It was launched over the weekend, and it took just a few hours for “bitcoin” to be scrawled across the White House. Found it — Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) Fe...
Tags: Startups, White House, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Satoshi, Amsterdam Central Station, Neeraj K Agrawal, Hard Fork