On October 31, 2008, a link to a paper titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System was posted to a cryptography mailing list. It outlined an entirely new banking system – without the banks. The system would use computer science and mathematics to create a more transparent and effective way of storing and transferring money. After treading water and…


JP Morgan just gave a ringing endorsement to Ethereum – but the company’s CEO is not done trashing Bitcoin. The financial giant is making strides with Quorum, which is the firm’s enterprise version of the Ethereum blockchain. As reported by The Australian Financial Review, Quorum will be used to essentially tokenize gold bars on the…


Coinbase confirmed on Tuesday a new round of funding led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Y Combinator Continuity, Wellington Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain and others. The Series E equity round of $300 million pushes Coinbase’s valuation to over $8 billion. In August 2017, Coinbase was valued at $1.6 billion. The latest investment coincides with…

October 29, 2018. Golden Currency (www.goldencurrency.money) announced today of the first issue of Golden. Golden is planned to be the first global private currency fully backed by gold. Golden is the name of real money, which will be used for everyday cash and non-cash transactions. The first sample issue of Golden has one denomination of…

Ripple’s chief marketing strategist Cory Johnson says XRP is Bitcoin on steroids. In a new interview on the Fintech Focus Podcast, Johnson outlines what Ripple does and why the company has decided to utilize blockchain to work directly with banks and financial institutions. “We’re trying to solve this really big problem, which is moving money…


Appearing at the Web3 Summit in Berlin, Phil Chen, decentralized chief officer at Taiwanese electronics giant HTC, did more than just announce HTC Exodus 1, the first blockchain-based crypto phone. Chen’s presentation signals how far, wide and deep the world’s top tech minds are delving to cultivate the next big device in personal computing – and rebuild…

Bakkt and Bitcoin In a new interview with CNBC’s Crypto Trader, billionaire Bitcoin bull Tim Draper says he expects the launch of Bakkt to boost the price of Bitcoin. Formed by Intercontinental Exchange, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, Bakkt is set to launch its daily futures contract for Bitcoin on December 12th,…

Developers and innovators from three cryptocurrency companies are launching a Bitcoin ERC20 token on Ethereum. The new cryptocurrency, Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), is designed to combine the best of both worlds, bridging Bitcoin liquidity with Ethereum’s decentralized ecosystem. It will be fully backed by Bitcoin and is scheduled to launch in January 2019. Three crypto industry…

Seoul, South Korea. This morning at the 2018 Korea Blockchain Expo, Representative Hye Hoon Lee, hinted at the South Korean government changing its stance on ICOs. Mrs. Lee is the nominee for Chairwoman of the National Assembly Special Committee for the 4th Industrial Revolution. The special committee was formed to pay attention to AI, big data,…

Johnny Depp has signed a development deal with TaTaTu, an Ethereum-based, streaming entertainment platform similar to Netflix. Depp will work with Italian film producer Andrea Iervolino, who also runs TaTaTu, to create digital content and films. Iervolino says Depp will be a key collaborator, identifying and developing projects. TaTaTu runs on its native cryptocurrency, TTU tokens…


Coinbase, in a partnership with Goldman Sachs-backed Circle, have announced the launch of a ‘digital dollar’ stablecoin called USDC. “Starting today, Coinbase customers in supported jurisdictions can buy, sell, send and receive the USD Coin stablecoin (USDC) at Coinbase.com and in the Coinbase iOS and Android apps. US customers outside New York state can buy…