Is blockchain living up to the hype?

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As we approach Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary at the end of this month, we ask whether blockchain – the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency – is fulfilling its promise, or a tech still looking for a better reason to exist. There have been some very grandiose claims made about blockchain. Source: BBC Business Technology Date: November 30th, 2018 Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45919700… Read more »

Bitcoin Mining Now Consuming More Electricity Than 159 Countries

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  Bitcoin’s ongoing meteoric price rise has received the bulk of recent press attention with a lot of discussion around whether or not it’s a bubble waiting to burst.   However, most the coverage has missed out one of the more interesting and unintended consequences of this price increase. That is the surge in global electricity… Read more »

What Do Cryptocurrencies Have to Do with Trust?

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Bitcoin and other “cryptocurrencies” have been much in the news lately, in part because of their wild gyrations in value. Michael Lee and Antoine Martin, economists in the New York Fed’s Money and Payment Studies function, have been following cryptocurrencies and agreed to answer some questions about digital money. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York… Read more »

China Quietly Orders Closing of Bitcoin Mining Operations

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Bitcoin can’t catch a break in China.  Chinese authorities ordered the closing of operations that create a large share of the world’s supply of bitcoin, tightening a clampdown that has already shuttered exchanges for the trading of cryptocurrencies in China.  A multiagency government task force overseeing risks in Internet finance issued a notice last week ordering local authorities… Read more »

Bitcoin Cash deals frozen as insider trading is probed

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One of the US’s leading crypto-currency exchanges is carrying out an insider trading investigation.  Coinbase fears its own workers may have exploited its move into Bitcoin Cash – a spin-off of the original Bitcoin.  The San Francisco-based firm announced the move after Bitcoin Cash’s price jumped.  Coinbase began letting its users buy, sell, send and receive Bitcoin Cash on Tuesday… Read more »

What exactly is an ICO?

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In simple terms, an initial coin offering is an unregulated means to raise funds for a new crypto-currency business. It allows investors to buy newly created tokens – known as coins – issued by a venture in return for more established virtual currencies, such as bitcoins or ethereum. It is often compared to an IPO… Read more »

Hackers hit San Francisco transport systems

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San Francisco’s transport agency has been hit by a hack attack that led to customers being able to travel for nothing. The hackers have made a ransom demand of 100 Bitcoin, which amounts to about $70,000 (£56,000 ; €66,000).  As a precaution, staff shut off all ticketing machines on the network. Source: BBC Technology News Date: November 29th,… Read more »