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Cardano Co-Founder: Wall Street Will Bring ‘Tens of Trillions of Dollars’ to Crypto

Cardano co-founder tweets that Wall Street could infuse “tens of trillions dollars” into the crypto space.Charles Hoskinson, co-founder of altcoin …

Cryptocurrency

What’s behind Eastern Europe’s crypto boom?

The cryptocurrency craze seems to have stagnated in recent months, following a peak at the end of last year that saw Bitcoin reach an all-time high of $19,783.06, and Ethereum and Ripple make percentage gains of around 9,200 percent and 35,000 percent, respectively, in 2017. Yet interest in digital …

Cryptocurrency

Puzzling Bitcoin transaction has fanatics hailing return of Satoshi Nakamoto - but the reality is much more simple

An unusual Bitcoin transaction has puzzled the passionate online community around the cryptocurrency, with some fanatics suggesting the mystery hints at the return of Bitcoin's elusive founder Satoshi Nakamoto.<p>A line of computer code in the Bitcoin blockchain appears to be so unusual and rare that …

Bitcoin

Disrupting the paycheck, Gusto’s Flexible Pay allows employees to pick when they get paid

People should get paid for work they have done. It’s a pretty simple principle of capitalism, but a principle that seems increasingly violated in the modern economy. With semi-monthly paychecks, the work an employee does on the first day of the month won’t be paid until the end of the third week — …

The Workplace

Microsoft launches ambitious blockchain project to help creators get paid

It seems that Microsoft isn’t done experimenting with blockchain technology.<p>Microsoft and Ernst & Young (EY) announced the launch of a blockchain solution for content rights and royalties management on Wednesday.<p>The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners. …

Blockchain

Qoo10 to 'renew focus' on Singapore e-commerce market

One of the earliest e-commerce market players in Singapore, Qoo10 is planning a new round of funding as it looks to refocus on the local market, …

Bitcoin price rise expected, with less than 4 million tokens left to be mined

<b>More than 80% of all Bitcoin that will ever exist have already entered circulation.</b><p>The 17 millionth Bitcoin was mined earlier this month, according …

Netflix to raise $1.5 billion in debt

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Monday it planned to raise $1.5 billion in debt, the second time the company is tapping the debt market in less than a year to fuel a rapid expansion in original content.<p>The video streaming pioneer, which raised $1.6 billion in debt last October, has been spending …

Altered Carbon

LawGeex raises $12M for its AI-powered contract review technology

Can Artificial Intelligence replace lawyers? Perhaps sometime in the distant future, but in the meantime AI is already augmenting the work done by legal professionals as startups race to reach that ultimate goal.<p>One burgeoning player in the AI-powered legal tech space is Tel Aviv-based LawGeex, …

Drift raises $60 million to be an Amazon for businesses

When you’re raising venture capital, it helps if you’ve had “exits.” In other words, if your company has been acquired or you’ve taken one public, investors are more inclined to take a bet on anything you do.<p>Boston -based serial entrepreneur David Cancel has sold not just one, but four companies. …

Ethereum falls after rumors of a powerful mining chip surface

Rumors of a new ASIC mining rig from Bitmain have driven Ethereum prices well below their one-week high of $585. An ASIC – or Application-specific integrated circuit – in the cryptocurrency world is a chip that designers create for the specific purpose of mining a single currency. Early Bitcoin …

Cryptocurrency

Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin's blockchain

German researchers have discovered unknown persons are using bitcoin’s blockchain to store and link to child abuse imagery, potentially putting the cryptocurrency in jeopardy.<p>The blockchain is the open-source, distributed ledger that records every bitcoin transaction, but can also store small bits …

Blockchain

Over $60 billion wiped off value of cryptocurrencies in 24 hours as bitcoin slide continues

Prices of major cryptocurrencies saw a sharp downward slide Thursday, amid closer regulatory scrutiny on the space and after Google announced plans …

Cryptocurrency

Billionaire Marc Andreessen Backs Cryptocurrency-Focused Hedge Fund | Investopedia

Billionaire internet pioneer and software engineer Marc Andreessen is a key investor in Multicoin Capital, a cryptocurrency-focused hedge fund.<p>The …

Apple Pay Cash nears its first international expansion

Apple Pay Cash may not be limited to Americans for much longer. Users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain have all reported seeing the peer-to-peer payment service show up in iOS' Messages app, suggesting that launches in their countries (and potentially more) are just around the bend. Apple hasn't …

Bank of America admits cryptocurrency is threatening its business model

One of the world’s largest financial institutions admitted in its annual report that cryptocurrency is a looming threat to its business model.<p>According to a report filed with the SEC by Bank of America:<p>Clients may choose to conduct business with other market participants who engage in business or …

How a $20 bitcoin buy led to a multiyear hassle

<i>This is part of "Blockchain Decoded," a series looking at the impact of blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency on our lives.</i><p>Thunk. That's the sound of bitcoin investors bopping their foreheads on their keyboards through early 2018 as the price of the cryptocurrency plummets (currently down to a …

Bitcoin

I've started to mine cryptocurrency, and it's surprisingly easy — but I'm still 8 months away from breaking even

I have two of the most powerful graphics cards you can buy: the GTX 1080, which I then upgraded to the GTX 1080 Ti. And they just so happen to be some of the best graphics cards for mining cryptocurrencies.<p>Cryptomining is the process of solving complex problems to verify digital transactions using …

Anarchist hacker Amir Taaki says bitcoin’s boom means it’s on the verge of a collapse

Amir Taaki is notorious in the bitcoin world for his radical political beliefs and technical skills—which is saying something in a culture that has spawned a cast of infamous characters, like the cryptocurrency magnate “Bitcoin Jesus” or the rapper CoinDaddy.<p>Taaki, 29, an influential bitcoin voice …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin plunges over fears Tether traders inflated cryptocurrency price

The price of Bitcoin has plunged by almost half since the beginning of January in a ‘bloodbath’ which has seen the total value of the market plummet …

ATM jackpotting reaches US shores

The hacking technique forces ATMs to cough up large sums of cash.<p>ATM manufacturers Diebold Nixdorf and NCR have warned that jackpotting attacks have …

Apple may soon stop offering e-commerce discounts on iPhone

Apple may soon stop offering discounts on iPhones through e-commerce platforms. According to a report from ET, Apple’s new India head, Michel …

ContentSquare raises $42M Series B for its UX insights platform for mobile and web

ContentSquare, which offers cloud-based software that helps businesses understand how and why users are interacting with their app, mobile and web sites, has picked up $42 million in Series B funding.<p>The round is led Canaan, the U.S. VC firm that has previously invested in LendingClub, Ebates, and …

Goldman Sachs

OMERS expands cryptocurrency presence with $50-million Ethereum public company offering

Ontario pension giant OMERS is pushing further into the rapidly expanding cryptocurrency business through the creation of an Ethereum-focused public company that is planning to raise $50-million.<p>The pension fund, the first in Canada to invest sizeable amounts into Canada's technology sector …

BigID pulls in $14 million Series A to help identify private customer data across big data stores

As data privacy becomes an increasingly important notion, especially with the EU’s GDPR privacy laws coming online in May, companies need to find ways to understand their customer’s private data. BigID thinks it has a solution and it landed a $14 million Series A investment today to help grow the …

Online Privacy

Huawei enhances mobile payment system

Huawei is looking to speed up the worldwide adoption of Huawei Pay by signing a co-operation agreement with UnionPay International.<p>The two companies, …

A wildly popular bitcoin stock is popping after a 91-for-1 split

• <b>Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust gave investors 91 shares for every one they previously owned, and the stock is spiking now that shares are cheaper.</b>• <b><br>The move makes the stock more accessible to those who want to invest.</b><p>It just got easier to invest in bitcoin without actually buying the digital …

Criminals Are Using Malware To Empty Bank Machines

For several years now, hackers in search of big cash payouts have been targeting bank machines. With the help of an accomplice or two on the ground and some sophisticated malware, they’ve been able to trick ATMs into dispensing millions of dollars.<p>Security professionals refer to these attacks as …

UK to fine companies up to £17 million for cybersecurity lapses

The UK government will fine companies in "critical industries" up to £17 million if they have woefully inadequate cybersecurity defences. The penalty system is a response to an EU directive, passed in August 2016, that was drawn up to ensure its member states are prepared for modern cyber attacks. …

Cryptocurrencies: Japan sanctions Coincheck exchange after massive NEM coin heist

Japan's regulators have ordered improvements to Tokyo-based Coincheck's operations. Hundreds of millions of NEM coins were lost in a massive …