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Bitcoin Holders Can Now Receive Daily Interest Payments On Coinbase

By The cointelegraph.com,

On January 21st, during the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami,BSAVE announced its Bitcoin savings account for Coinbase wallet users. This new feature allows Coinbase clients to receive daily interest payments. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 23, 2016

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Bank consortium R3CEV successfully tests Bitcoin tech in traditional bank transactions

By Nicky Capella for The Stack magazine,

R3CEV, a startup dedicated to bringing blockchain technology to traditional finance, yesterday ran a successful test of transactions between 11 of the world’s largest financial institutions. This represents a big step forward in bringing blockchain, the foundation for Bitcoin, to traditional banking. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 21, 2016

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Zcash, an Untraceable Bitcoin Alternative, Launches in Alpha

By Andy Greenberg for Wired.com,

BITCOIN MAY HAVE become the currency of choice for the anonymity-loving Internet underground. But it’s never been anonymous enough for Zooko Wilcox. As he’ll remind anyone who’ll listen, the blockchain, bitcoin’s very public ledger of all transactions in its crypto-economy, means that unless bitcoin’s users funnel it through intermediaries or special software, their transactions can easily be traced. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 20, 2016

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R.I.P., Bitcoin. It’s time to move on

By Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency is fighting for survival. The reality came to light on Jan. 14, when its influential developer, Mike Hearn, declared Bitcoin a failure and disclosed that he had sold all of his Bitcoins. The price of Bitcoin fell 10 percent in a single day on the news, a sad result for those who are losing money on it. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

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Is Bitcoin’s Promise Going Up In Smoke?

By Vivek Wadhwa for techcrunch.com

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency seems to be fighting for survival. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

Bitcoin Exchange Kraken Acquires Coinsetter To Expand To The U.S.

By Romain DILLET for techcrunch,

According to Bitcoinity, Kraken is the largest EUR bitcoin exchange in the world with Bit-x and Gatecoin not far behind. But Kraken has one weakness — there isn’t much volume when it comes to other currencies. The company is trying to fix that by acquiring Coinsetter to expand to the U.S. and Canada — for real this time. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

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A lead developer just quit bitcoin, saying it ‘failed’

By Jemima Kelly for Businessinsider.com

Bitcoin slid by 10 percent on Friday after one of its lead developers, Mike Hearn, said in a blogpost that he was ending his involvement with the cryptocurrency and selling all of his remaining holdings because it had “failed”. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 16, 2016

A Bitcoin Believer’s Crisis of Faith

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Two years ago, Mr. Hearn quit a cushy programming job at Google’s Swiss headquarters to devote himself full time to what was his great passion: the virtual currency Bitcoin. He was one of a handful of developers around the world dedicated to maintaining the basic software that governs both the creation of new Bitcoins and the network on which the financial transactions take place. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Interviews

January 14, 2016

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PayPal Adds Bitcoin Entrepreneur To Its Board To Focus On The Future Of Money

By Jon Russell for Techcrunch.com,

PayPal has made a notable move to position itself for the future of money and currency after it added seasoned fintech figure and bitcoin entrepreneur Wences Casares to its board. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 14, 2016

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CoinDesk Gets Acquired By Digital Currency Group

By Lucas Matney for Techcrunch.com,

CoinDesk, one of the leading bitcoin news sites, has been acquired by Digital Currency Group according to a post on the company’s site. A source close to CoinDesk tells TechCrunch the price of the deal was around $500-600k. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 13, 2016

Australia bourse ASX invests $10m in US blockchain developer Digital Asset Holdings

By Swati Pandey for DealStreet Asia mag,

Australian markets operator ASX Ltd on Friday said it has bought a minority stake in a U.S. blockchain developer, positioning itself to become the first stock exchange in the world to use distributed ledger technology for public companies. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 10, 2016

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The Bitcoin Story: Money, Drugs — and Wall Street

By Wharton School of Management,

Is Bitcoin a high-tech pyramid scheme or an important piece of finance for the future? The value of the virtual currency soared to $1,200 in 2013 before crashing to about $100 in 2014 and recovering to $300-$500 more recently.

(more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 8, 2016

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The Plan to Unite Bitcoin With All Other Online Currencies

By Cade Metz for the wired.com

BITCOIN ISN’T THE only way of sending digital money across the Internet. There’s also Ripple. And Stellar. And Litecoin. And Ethereum. And so many others. Bitcoin is by far the most popular. But every so often, some developers or an entrepreneur or a company will decide we need something better. A coder named Jed McCaleb built Ripple as a better bitcoin. Then he built Stellar as a better Ripple. And he’s not the only one. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 6, 2016

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Deals: Singapore-based Bitcoin startup BitX raises new round of funding from Venturra Capital

By Duncan Miley for Silicon Angle,

Bitcoin startup BitX has raised an undisclosed new round of funding from South East Asia investment fund Venturra Capital. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news

January 3, 2016