Korean police are investigating a cryptocurrency startup claiming to be selling treasure from a sunken ship, the Korea Joongang Daily reported Tuesday. Authorities are reportedly looking into Shinil Group, which claims to have found a Russian shipwreck from the early 1900s, for possible fraud charges. The company launched its own cryptocurrency, which investors bought with…

There are early adopters, then there are early early adopters. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the first coder to work alongside bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Martti ‘Sirius’ Malmi, is joining a team of developers launching a new cryptocurrency called AXE. The project, which is combining Malmi’s Identifi online reputation system with decentralized database system GUN, is…

Karma is real. Just as the crypto community was – not so secretly – displaying its joy over Facebook’s historic stock loss, bitcoin’s price took a surprising drop below $8,000. A reaction to the news that bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), one proposed by brothers and co-investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, had been rejected for the second time, it…


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Singapore Airlines has officially launched its blockchain-based loyalty program for frequent customers. KrisPay, a digital wallet developed in partnership with KPMG and Microsoft, allows Singapore Airlines customers to turn travel miles into units of payment, which can be used with partner merchants in Singapore. Most notably, however, the newly dubbed KrisFlyer program utilizes a blockchain…

Crypto investment startup Bitwise is seeking regulators’ permission to offer an exchange-traded fund (ETF) tied to the top 10 cryptocurrencies. The Bitwise HOLD 10 Cryptocurrency Index Fund ETF would track the returns on the startup’s HOLD 10 Index. That index is the basis for a passive investment fund which itself invests in the top 10 cryptocurrencies…

Payments giant Mastercard suffered a severe outage last week that led to a hold-up in transactions. As reported on July 12 by the Financial Times, it had a global impact, sparking a round of complaints from the payment firm’s customer base. As might be expected, those affected quickly took to social media to voice their frustration…

Huobi, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange platform by trade volume, is now offering a business arm to help customers build their own digital asset exchanges. Dubbed the Huobi Cloud, the service is set up to provide clients “a one-stop solution … [to enable] its partners to build secure and stable digital asset exchanges quickly,” according…

Bitcoin’s price shot well above $7,000 Tuesday in a dramatic move that took the cryptocurrency to a level it hasn’t seen in more than a month. As of press time, the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency by market capitalization was trading at $7,368.22, up more than $600 from the day’s open at $6,726.40. Indeed, the market moved…

It was news that was perhaps too strange for crypto’s typically divided reactions. First revealed Wednesday, the Litecoin Foundation, the non-profit that develops the software that powers the sixth-largest cryptocurrency, bought a stake in a very real, non-crypto bank. The move was met with applause and skepticism, but also a stunned sense of disbelief from nearly all…

Cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin has launched a branch in the U.S. market offering trading services between U.S. dollars and several major cryptocurrencies. According to OKCoin’s website on Friday, the exchange has already launched the new offering and is now accepting U.S. dollars deposits and withdrawals, as well as trading against bitcoin, bitcoin cash, litecoin, ethereum and ethereum…