Tag Archives: blockchain

‘I’m Freaking Out’: How It Feels to Hold the Bitcoin Lightning Torch

‘I’m Freaking Out’: How It Feels to Hold the Bitcoin Lightning Torch

“Hey are you set up with lightning? To send and receive lightning payments?” The day I held the Lightning Torch was the day I learned how the lightning network works. Living in Venezuela, the experimental payments network had somehow skipped my Twitter feed until I received the following message from renowned crypto advisor Jill Carlson. She had the […]

A Blockchain ETF Is Launching on the London Stock Exchange Today

A Blockchain ETF Is Launching on the London Stock Exchange Today

Investment management company Invesco is launching a blockchain exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the London Stock Exchange today. For the effort, Invesco has partnered with London-based Elwood Asset Management, an investment firm specializing in digital assets, to launch the product called the “Invesco Elwood Global Blockchain UCITS ETF.” Elwood announced the news Monday, saying the ETF is designed […]

German Finance Ministry Calls for Regulated Blockchain Securities Market

German Finance Ministry Calls for Regulated Blockchain Securities Market

The German Ministry of Finance has recommended that the country recognize blockchain-based securities as a legitimate form of financial instrument and regulate them as such. In a paper published Friday, the agency said securities can be issued in electronic form and shouldn’t have to be documented on paper. “German law should generally be opened up for electronic […]

Samsung Galaxy S10 Arrives Sans Bitcoin, Only Ethereum is Supported

Samsung Galaxy S10 Arrives Sans Bitcoin, Only Ethereum is Supported

The internet was set ablaze when rumors began circulating that Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S10, may potentially support cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum via a Blockchain Keystore application. Samsung’s reveal event confirmed the existence of the Blockchain Keystore app that serves as a crypto wallet for top cryptocurrencies, however, the most important cryptocurrency of all won’t […]

SWIFT Teams Up With Major Banks, SGX to Trial Blockchain Voting

SWIFT Teams Up With Major Banks, SGX to Trial Blockchain Voting

Financial messaging giant SWIFT has teamed up with the Singapore Exchange and four banks to trial a platform for e-voting based on blockchain tech, the firm said Tuesday. Joining the effort to see if distributed ledger technology (DLT) can help make shareholder voting more simple and efficient are Deutsche Bank, DBS, HSBC and Standard Chartered […]

Tether to Launch New Version of USDT Stablecoin on Tron Blockchain

Tether to Launch New Version of USDT Stablecoin on Tron Blockchain

Tether is gearing up to launch its controversial stablecoin as a native token on the Tron blockchain. For the effort, Tether is partnering with the Tron Foundation to launch the dollar-pegged USDT stablecoin as a TRC-20 token, the companies announced Monday. TRC-20 is a technical standard used by the Tron blockchain for implementing tokens, similar to and […]

Ethereum Developers Start Search for New Hard Fork Coordinator

Ethereum Developers Start Search for New Hard Fork Coordinator

Developers in the ethereum community are seeking a new specialist to help coordinate major software upgrades. Following the departure of core developer Afri Schoedon from the open-source project in late February, ethereum developers discussed the issue of who would take his place in coordinating hard forks, or system-wide software upgrades, in a meeting Friday. Schoeden left just […]

$404 Million to $100 Million: GSR to Cut Overstock tZERO Investment By 75%

$404 Million to $100 Million: GSR to Cut Overstock tZERO Investment By 75%

A long-awaited capital infusion for Overstock and its tZERO security token platform has been delayed again – and significantly downsized. GSR Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, was supposed to close the $404 million investment on Feb. 28. But on Friday, Overstock said the deal had not closed, and the parties are now in talks for a much smaller […]

Facebook Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency in First Half of 2019: NYT Report

Facebook Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency in First Half of 2019: NYT Report

Facebook is talking to exchanges about potentially listing a cryptocurrency. That’s the main finding from a New York Times story published Thursday on several efforts to introduce native cryptocurrencies to widely used messaging platforms. The Times reports that Signal and Telegram are also planning to roll out tokens over the next 12 months. Citing “four people briefed […]