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Later this month, Hong Kong will host their annual Fintech Week. This year’s event is being billed as the “world’s first” cross-border Fintech event. The multi-faceted conference will straddle Honk Kong and Shenzen – the relatively new metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland. Macao… Read More

Argo Set to Launch Bitcoin on Cryptocurrency Mining Platform

Argo, a UK-based provider of cryptocurrency mining services, announced on Friday that Bitcoin will be launched on its cryptocurrency mining platform on November 1st. Founded in 2015, Argo describes itself as a platform that enables customers to efficiently mine Ethereum and other altcoins from their own… Read More

BrewDog’s Equity For Punks V Set to Close on Crowdcube With More Than £24.7 Million in Funding

UK-based crowdfunding brewery BrewDog is set to close its Equity For Punks V funding round on Crowdcube with more than £24.7 million. The funding round, which launched in August, originally had already attracted more than £20.6 million prior to launching on Crowdcube and was seeking £22… Read More

Keeping Your Cryptos Safe – Security and Exchanges

If you’ve been interested in cryptocurrency for any period of time, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “wallet,” and you probably realize that it doesn’t quite mean the same as it does in everyday life. A wallet in crypto terms is somewhere for… Read More

Gone Crypto: Former Trump Advisor Gary Cohn Joins Blockchain Startup Spring Labs as an Advisor

Gary Cohn, formerly the Chief Economic Advisor to President Trump and former President and COO of Goldman Sachs, has joined a blockchain startup, Spring Labs, as an advisor. Spring Labs is  building a “decentralized network for identity and credit” to provide a more secure and… Read More

Dr. Nouriel Roubini Extends Crypto Bashing on Twitter, Blocks Crypto Advocates Who Challenge Him

Dr. Nouriel Roubini, also known as “Dr. Doom,” has extended his crypto / blockchain bashing on Twitter during the past few days. Following a widely viewed Senate Banking Committee hearing where Dr. Roubini submitted a 37 page document that eviscerated the concept of cryptocurrency calling… Read More

Fake Flash Player Updates Getting More Sophisticated at Spreading Crypto Malware

Until recently, fake Flash Player updates designed to spread malware have typically been rather clunky and lacking in “stealth,” says Brad Duncan, a threat intelligence analyst and writer for the cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks. “In recent years, such imposters have often been poorly-disguised malware… Read More

Scammers Impersonate Canadian Tax Authority, Threaten to Deport Recent Immigrant, Use Bitcoin ATM to Steal $62 500

Telephone scammers pretending to be representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently used threats of deportation and a bitcoin ATM to defraud a recent immigrant in Charlottetown PEI out of $65 000, CBC reports. Now a Charlottetown court has ruled that the Bitcoin ATM… Read More

Modulus CEO Slams Congressman Sherman’s Anti-Crypto Opinion

Congressman Brad Sherman is well known for his anti-crypto perspective having attacked digital currencies during Congressional hearings. Modulus CEO Richard Gardner recently challenged Representative’s Sherman opinion pointing to a statement emanating out of Kenya. Bitange Ndemo, Chairman of the Taskforce on Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence… Read More

Prime Trust Says it Can Custody All ERC 20 Tokens Plus Stellar

Prime Trust, a “blockchain driven trust company” is providing solutions to custody cryptocurrency while also providing various compliance solutions including US security exemptions. This week, Prime Trust announced that it is adding support for Stellar. The company can already custody all ERC 20 tokens including ST-20…. Read More

Insurtech Startup Jumpstart Launches: Now offering Natural Disaster Insurance in California

Insurtech startup Jumpstart announces the official launch of an innovative type of natural disaster insurance in California, initially for earthquakes. Founded in 2015, Jumpstart stated its technology-driven, index-based approach delivers instant signup, affordable coverage, and automatic payout. “Starting with the earthquake risk in California, our first-of-its-kind policy… Read More


Y Combinator Alum Cover Secures $16 Million Through Series B Funding Round Led By Tribe Capital

Cover, a U.S.-based mobile insurtech company and Y Combinator alum, announced last week it secured $16 million through Series B funding round, which was led by Tribe Capital with participationfrom Samsung, Y Combinator, Exor and Social Capital. Founded in 2016, Cover’s primary product is a… Read More

As US Withdraws from Nuclear Deal, FinCEN Warns of Possible Increase in Iran’s “Illicit” Use of Finance Networks, Including Crypto

The American Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an advisory warning that Iranian state actors may escalate their attempts to move money in and out of the country through “illicit” channels (including cryptocurrencies) once the US completes its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Read More

Danske Bank Launches 10-Week Sustainable Business Training Program for Nordic Startups

Danske Bank announced on Thursday it kickstarted a 10-week training program for 10 specifically selected Nordic start-ups. According to Danske, the program aims to help them fine-tune their business plan and increase their growth opportunities. Danske reported that from October 2018 to January 2019, all… Read More

SeedInvest Partners with Jason Calanis & LAUNCH Scale Live Crowdfunding

Jason Calacanis is offering live crowdfunding once again – this time during LAUCH Scale in San Francisco this week. Calacanis partnered with investment crowdfunding platform SeedInvest to help match investors to the early stage firms. The event took place yesterday (Thursday, October 11, 2018) with… Read More

SEC Expands Scrutiny of Companies That Sold ICOs to Unaccredited Investors

The American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been following up on “scores” of subpoenas it sent in January to companies issuing ICOs (initial coin offerings) and is now focussing on those and “many more” that sold ICOs to unaccredited investors, Yahoo Finance reports. Based… Read More

CoinText Introduces Buy Command Feature to Pay For BitPay Invoices Through SMS Messages

On Friday, CoinText.io, a wallet to transact cryptocurrency using SMS messages, introduced its new “buy command” feature that will allow users to spend Bitcoin Cash (BCH) at any retailer that uses BitPay to process bitcoin payments. CoinText reported that its users can now instantly send… Read More

Hacker Arrested in Oklahoma for $14 Million Crypto Heist Now Linked to $2 Million Hack on ICO Investor Ian Balina

One of two young men suspected of hacking $14 million in crypto from the Crowd Machine project in September has now been tied to a $2 million April hack on ICO investor and influencer Ian Balina, Motherboard reports. Fletcher Robert Childers, 23, and Joseph Harris,… Read More

LendingTree Set to Acquire Insurance Comparison Marketplace QuoteWizard

Online lending exchange LendingTree(NASDAQ: TREE) announced last week it is now set to acquire insurance comparison marketplace, QuoteWizard. According to LendingTree, QuoteWizard has helped nearly 40 million consumers find their ideal insurance policy with top-tier insurance carriers across key insurance markets, which are auto, home, and health…. Read More

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