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Starbucks, Microsoft Back Bitcoin ETF And Stakes Are Huge

Starbucks, Microsoft Back Bitcoin ETF And Stakes Are Huge

Investors may want to mark their calendars on Sept. 30 and Nov. 5 for potential spike in Bitcoin’s value because wider acceptance of BTC could be on the line. On Sept. 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will rule on whether to approve the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). (Here’s their application.) […]

Coinbase Hires Former AWS and Microsoft Employee Tim Wagner as New VP of Engineering

Coinbase Hires Former AWS and Microsoft Employee Tim Wagner as New VP of Engineering

Former Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft employee Tim Wagner has joined Coinbase as vice president (VP) of engineering, according to a blogpost August 6. Wagner will now lead Coinbase’s engineering team, which is “central to [Coinbase’s] mission of creating an open financial system for the world,” Coinbase writes in the post. Aiming to build the “most open, secure, and accessible financial system,” […]

Bitcoin Hovers Near $7,000, While Altcoins Show Marked Signs of Recovery

Bitcoin Hovers Near $7,000, While Altcoins Show Marked Signs of Recovery

August 5: After yesterday’s market nosedive, Bitcoin (BTC) is up just slightly, hovering around the $7,000 mark. All major altcoins are however showing marked signs of recovery, up between one and seven percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is trading around $7,040 to press time, holding ground on the day after its rapid tumble yesterday back to a price […]

Despite NYSE’s ‘Biggest News of the Year’ for Bitcoin, Crypto Markets Plummet in a Blink

Despite NYSE’s ‘Biggest News of the Year’ for Bitcoin, Crypto Markets Plummet in a Blink

Crypto markets have taken a vertiginous plunge today, August 4, with Bitcoin (BTC) losing almost $500 in the six hours before press time to dip below $7,000, and all of the top ten cryptocurrencies by market cap in the red, as data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is trading around $7,028 to press time, having lost almost […]

NYSE Operator Announces New Global Digital Assets Platform, Plans Bitcoin Futures Launch

NYSE Operator Announces New Global Digital Assets Platform, Plans Bitcoin Futures Launch

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the operator of 23 leading global exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), has announced plans to create a Microsoft cloud-powered “open and regulated, global ecosystem for digital assets,” according to a press release published August 3. The operator of NYSE is forming a new company, dubbed “Bakkt,” and will work alongside a marquee group […]

Microsoft, Hyperledger, UN Join Blockchain Identity Initiative

Microsoft, Hyperledger, UN Join Blockchain Identity Initiative

Tech giant Microsoft and blockchain alliance Hyperledger have joined blockchain-based digital identity initiative, the ID2020 Alliance. Announced during the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland yesterday, the alliance – which aid agency Mercy Corps and the U.N. International Computing Center have also just joined – aims to improve people’s lives through provision of digital […]

Microsoft Resumes Bitcoin Payments After Halt Over ‘Instability’

Microsoft Resumes Bitcoin Payments After Halt Over ‘Instability’

Tech giant Microsoft is once more accepting bitcoin payments on its online store. According to Bleeping Computer, Microsoft temporarily suspended bitcoin transactions last week, with company sources citing the “unstable” state of the cryptocurrency. The reason was likely due to bitcoin’s current high volatility and fees, the tech news source added  An unnamed spokeswoman from Microsoft […]

Microsoft CEO Challenges Swift: Build ‘Useful’ Blockchain Applications

Microsoft CEO Challenges Swift: Build ‘Useful’ Blockchain Applications

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella closed out Sibos 2017 with what sounded an awful lot like a challenge. At day three of the annual financial conference, hosted by interbank messaging service Swift, Nadella provided a footnote on what was otherwise an event focused largely on collaboration between fintech startups, but which left blockchain out of the spotlight during […]