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Blockchain Truce? Putin’s Internet Adviser Calls for US-Russia Cooperation

Blockchain Truce? Putin’s Internet Adviser Calls for US-Russia Cooperation

An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has a strong message for state governments: stop competing for blockchain dominance. As China, Russia, the U.S. and other countries around the globe seek to distinguish themselves in the way they regulate their approach to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Herman Klimenko said that global superpowers should unite to create […]

Estonia Wants to ICO, But Is Currency Law a Deal-Breaker?

Estonia Wants to ICO, But Is Currency Law a Deal-Breaker?

There’s a new party interested in initial coin offerings (ICOs): global governments. This time, though, they aren’t just out to warn citizens or regulate the new mechanism. Instead, at least one progressive government is considering whether it can take advantage of the technology. The Baltic nation of Estonia made a splash last month proposing a […]

China, Shmyna: Bitcoin Trading Is Way More Distributed Now Anyway

China, Shmyna: Bitcoin Trading Is Way More Distributed Now Anyway

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor for CoinDesk and a former editor-in-chief of American Banker. In this opinion piece, Hochstein takes a quick look at the current state of the bitcoin markets, finding that just because there’s smoke, there’s not necessarily fire. Tl;dr: this ain’t Mt. Gox – and bitcoin survived that, too. With all […]

JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Is a ‘Fraud’

JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Is a ‘Fraud’

JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon doubled down on his past criticisms of bitcoin today, declaring it a “fraud” and saying he would fire any trader known to be trading the cryptocurrency. Dimon gave the remarks during an appearance at an event hosted by Barclays, according to reports from Bloomberg and CNBC. A long-time critic of […]

Tor and More: Bitcoin Market OpenBazaar Adds Features in 2.0 Beta Release

Tor and More: Bitcoin Market OpenBazaar Adds Features in 2.0 Beta Release

The team behind the open-source, bitcoin-powered marketplace OpenBazaar has published the beta version of its forthcoming 2.0 release. The launch, announced over the weekend, delivers a number of additions that developers outlined back in February. Among those is an integration with The Onion Router (Tor) network, enabling anonymous access to the marketplace network, as well as […]

Bitcoin Finds Bottom at $4,000 as Price Awaits Post-China Breakout

Bitcoin Finds Bottom at $4,000 as Price Awaits Post-China Breakout

The bitcoin-US dollar exchange rate (BTC/USD) may have climbed back above $4,000, but it might be ready to push higher even though China uncertainty reigns supreme. Following reports the country’s regulators may be seeking to shut down domestic bitcoin exchanges, the bitcoin price fell to a low of $3,977 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) […]

Microsoft Plays Blockchain Matchmaker with Azure Council Creation

Microsoft Plays Blockchain Matchmaker with Azure Council Creation

Microsoft is stepping into a new role as matchmaker in its creation of the Microsoft Azure Blockchain Council. Confirmed in new statements to CoinDesk, the council has been established to better connect those looking for distributed ledger tools with the kinds of companies that can build those tools. Spurred by requests for proposals sent to […]

Wallet Provider Blockchain Partners With Indian Bitcoin Exchange

Wallet Provider Blockchain Partners With Indian Bitcoin Exchange

Blockchain, the provider of the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, has entered a strategic partnership with Indian cryptocurrency exchange Unocoin. The news means that Unocoin’s exchange services are now directly available within the Blockchain wallet, allowing users to more easily buy and sell bitcoin. Citing the recent growth of digital assets in the Asian country, […]

ICOs Welcome: Isle of Man to Unveil Friendly Framework for Token Sales

ICOs Welcome: Isle of Man to Unveil Friendly Framework for Token Sales

The Isle of Man is opening its doors to entrepreneurs looking to launch initial coin offerings (ICO). In an interview today, Brian Donegan, head of operations for fintech and digital development at the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development, told CoinDesk that the British Crown dependency has created a regulatory framework it believes will […]

China’s Exchanges Yank Token Listings Amid ICO Ban Fallout

China’s Exchanges Yank Token Listings Amid ICO Ban Fallout

Cryptocurrency exchanges in China are moving to delist cryptographic tokens sold through initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the wake of a government crackdown on the funding model. As previously reported, regulators issued a statement over the weekend which declared that ICOs constitute an illegal form of fundraising in China. The government ordered that ICO organizer refund investors, […]