BLOCKCHAIN EMBASSY

By Mark Smalley | http://bce.asia

Coinbase buys Earn.com and makes CEO Balaji Srinivasan its first CTO

Coinbase, the prominent cryptocurrency exchange, has announced its most significant piece of M&A to date after it agreed to buy Earn.com, the U.S. startup that uses the blockchain for its paid-email service, in a deal worth over $120 million. In additional, Coinbase has appointed Earn.com …

Startups

Why Everyone Missed the Most Mind-Blowing Feature of Cryptocurrency

There’s one incredible feature of cryptocurrencies that almost everyone seems to have missed, including Satoshi himself.<p>But it’s there, hidden away, …

Bitcoin

Inside the Jordan refugee camp that runs on blockchain - MIT Technology Review

A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through the aisles of a grocery store stocked with bags of rice, a small selection of fresh …

Blockchain

Ripple Invests $25 Million of XRP in Blockchain Capital Fund

Ripple has invested $25 million worth of its XRP token in Blockchain Capital's Parallel IV venture fund, the startup announced on Wednesday.<p>The …

Blockchain Startups

Coinbase Acquires Ethereum Wallet Startup Cipher Browser

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has acquired mobile ethereum wallet Cipher Browser, the companies announced on Friday.<p>Cipher Browser, which also …

Cryptography

YouTube and Facebook Are Losing Creators to Blockchain-Powered Rivals

Peter “Furious Pete” Czerwinski has close to 5 million YouTube followers, but they can’t see most of his new videos there. To get 46 of the 71 …

Internet

22 European Nations Come Together with Blockchain Partnership

On April 10, 2018, 22 European countries joined forces to cooperate on blockchain regulation and education.<br>The European Blockchain Partnership “will …

Europe

How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them.<p>That’s because in …

Wind Power

Chainalysis Raises $16Mn – Plans to Monitor Multiple Blockchains

<b>The blockchain surveillance company Chainalysis has announced it has raised $16 million USD in a Series A funding round from the firm Benchmark.</b> …

Bitcoin Cash

Australia Seeks Public Input on Crypto Tax Guidelines

Australia's government wants to hear from the public about its tax treatment of cryptocurrencies.<p>The Australian Tax Office (ATO) said Monday that it …

Cryptocurrency

Vitalik Wants You to Pay to Slow Ethereum's Growth

Could adding a new fee help preserve ethereum in the long term?<p>It's a contentious statement in light of the debates ongoing across blockchains over …

Cryptography

Spring Labs Raises $15 Million to Build Credit Data Blockchain

Spring Labs, a blockchain startup that aims to decentralize the data-sharing process in the credit industry, has raised $14. 75 million in a seed …

Blockchain

Ford Patent Envisions Car-to-Car Crypto Transactions

A new patent awarded to Ford suggests the U.S. automaker is considering the use of cryptocurrency to let cars on the road communicate with each other …

Autonomous Cars

Second Life Creator: High Fidelity’s HFC Is a Social Cryptocurrency for VR

In December 2017, High Fidelity announced the launch of Avatar Island, a Virtual Reality (VR) space where High Fidelity users can purchase items for …

Virtual Reality

A Nobel-winning economist is part of a team launching a low-volatility cryptocurrency

Last year, when the price of bitcoin rose 1,000%, you might have regretted not buying in. Now that it has fallen almost 40% so this year, perhaps you don’t have as many regrets. The murky trading and wrenching volatility of cryptocurrencies threaten their place as a fundamental plank of the future …

Cryptocurrency

A16z, USV Lead $12 Million Funding for CryptoKitties - CoinDesk

The team behind the viral ethereum app CryptoKitties is breaking away from its parent company, Canada-based Axiom Zen, and raising $12 million in …

Cryptography

PlayTable tablet uses blockchain technology to enhance board games

Bored of normal board games? A San Francisco company has developed a tablet system to ride the resurgence in tabletop gaming<p>San Francisco-based company Blok.Party has developed a new way to play board games using blockchain technology: the PlayTable, a hybrid of video games console and table-sized …

Board Games

Gibraltar Plans to Regulate ICO Tokens as Commercial Products - CoinDesk

Gibraltar's government provided new details about its plan to regulate initial coin offerings in a white paper published on Tuesday.<p>Notably, the …

Gibraltar

Bitcoin's Highly-Anticipated Lightning Network Goes Live As Startup Raises $2.5 Million

In a blog post published today, Lightning Labs announced the beta release of their highly-anticipated Lightning Network Daemon (LND), which is a developer-friendly software client used to access Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. The Lightning Network has long been viewed as a tremendous breakthrough in …

Bitcoin

The International Monetary Fund Has a Dystopian Vision for the Blockchain

IMF head Christine Lagarde wants to “fight fire with fire” in order to regulate cryptocurrencies.<p>The International Monetary Fund is an ideological enemy to Bitcoin and decentralized virtual currencies in general. The Washington, DC-based organization centrally controls a global system of payments …

Bitcoin

GE's Transport Arm Joins Blockchain Consortium

General Electric has joined a blockchain consortium through its transportation division.<p>GE Transportation announced last Thursday that it has become …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The Decentralized Internet Is Here, With Some Glitches

I usually write in Google's online word processor Google Docs, even when noting the company's shortcomings. This article is different: it was drafted …

Coins and Tokens Aren’t the Same; Difference Between Cryptocurrency Coins and Tokens

Even though cryptocurrencies have boomed recently, few people understand the technicalities behind them. There are tons of different factors behind …

Bank Negara Malaysia Issues Cryptocurrency Regulation

Following the public consultation issued by Bank Negara Malaysia in December, the central bank has announced the official cryptocurrency regulation …

Oregon’s Cheap Hydropower Attracts a Swarm of Bitcoin Miners

<b>Over the past few months, quite a few bitcoin miners have been flocking to regions in North America in places such as Vancouver, and multiple states</b> …

Archos announces a cryptocurrency hardware wallet (yes, Archos)

Remember Archos? Yes, that Archos, the company that made portable multimedia players (PMPs) with below average touch screen ten years ago. The company is still around, selling cheap Android phones, cheap tablets, cheap drones and more.<p>And yet, for the first time in many years, I’m excited by an …

Cryptocurrency

Secretive Chinese bitcoin mining company may have made as much money as Nvidia last year

A secretive Chinese start-up called Bitmain that dominates the bitcoin "mining" industry likely made as much as chipmaker Nvidia did last year, …

Cryptocurrency

Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

French startup Ledger is making some of the most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallets out there. But the company’s apps aren’t that great. That’s why the company announced that Ledger has been working on brand new native apps for all desktop and mobile platforms.<p>Right now, Ledger relies on Google …

Apps

Montana Scores $250 Million Bitcoin Mining Campus

<b>The Big Sky Country state of Montana keeps raking them in. For the second time this month, a mining operation is announcing its moving to the Butte</b> …

Cryptocurrency