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Citing Low and Volatile Crypto Prices, Argo “Temporarily” Drops Cloud Mining Program

Due to “challenging conditions” in crypto markets, Argo Blockchain (LSE:ARB), a cryptomining firm that went public in the UK last year, is no longer accepting new customers for its “mining-as-a-service” program (also known as “cloud mining”), and will terminate all contracts as of April 1,… Read More

Reality Shares Fiat and Bitcoin Futures ETF Filing Withdrawn After One Day at SEC’s Request

Exchange-traded fund provider Reality Shares has withdrawn its application to have its proposed “Reality Shares Blockforce Global Currency Strategy ETF” approved by the SEC- one day after the request was initially filed, Bitcoin.com reports. According to the “request for withdrawal,” the demand was made at… Read More

Crypto Miners Return to Sichuan Province for Cheap Hydro During Rainy Season

After many were forced out and ruined by floods last year, tenacious crypto miners are nonetheless poised to (re)establish operations in the mountainous Chinese province of Sichuan. They plan to do so just ahead of May to October’s rainy season when the price of electricity… Read More

NASDAQ Partners with Brave New Coin on Bitcoin and Ethereum Index

Nasdaq is moving up the crypto ladder with a new “data dissemination relationship” with Brave New Coin (BNC). The partnership will send real-time Bitcoin and Ethereum index level information on the Nasdaq Global Index Data ServiceSM (GIDS) starting on Monday, February 25th. The Bitcoin Liquid Index (BLX)… Read More

Two Years In, Mongo Databases Still Being Ransomed for Bitcoin, Though Less Successfully

Unsecured databases hosted on the free and open-source cross-platform database MongoDB are still being attacked by hackers demanding Bitcoin ransoms, says Zero Day, albeit less effectively than before. Reports of hack exploitation of MongoDB data first surfaced in December 2016, “when hackers realized they could extort… Read More

Swift Says Its New GPI System Outperforming Ripple

Bitcoin advocates and companies like Ripple have long been critical of slow and expensive cross-border money transfer services provided by banks and other traditional firms. Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse presides over a vast sum of publicly-tradable XRP crypto tokens which the company has used to… Read More

Child Porn Permanently Logged on Fork of Bitcoin Called BSV

Child porn has been permanently logged on a code copy of the Bitcoin blockchain called “Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision” (BSV), The Next Web reports. BSV was created last year in yet another contentious “forking” of Bitcoin after the team behind Bitcoin Cash broke up and Craig… Read More

“Sleeping Giant” Wakes: Google Building Comprehensive Crypto Block Explorer

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A software developer with a background in using multiple small computers to analyze the human genome is building a master blockchain surveillance tool for Google he hopes will show what their real use is, Forbes reports. According to Forbes, Google has so far been behind… Read More

Bank of Korea Says Central Bank Cryptocurrency Would Cause Cash Shortages and Escalating Interest Rates

Bankers at Korea’s central bank, the Bank of Korea, have issued one of the most decisive warnings against the creation of a central bank-backed cryptocurrency so far, The Korea Times reports. International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde called last year for an “even-handed approach” to… Read More

Cryptographer Takes Shots at Blockchain “Hype,” Says Trust Cannot Be Automated, Only Moved

Veteran cryptographer Bruce Schneier has strongly attacked “trust automation” value claims by blockchain advocates in a piece published in Wired this week called, “There’s No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology.” He also called cryptocurrencies “useless” to anyone but spectators and criminals: “Honestly, cryptocurrencies are useless…. Read More

Coinbase Announces Bitcoin Support on Coinbase Wallet

Coinbase announced on Tuesday it is now offering Bitcoin support on its Coinbase Wallet service. Coinbase reported that users may now store their Bitcoin directly in the Coinbase Wallet app, which already supports Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and more than 100,000 different ERC20 tokens, and ERC721 collectibles… Read More

Aave Announces Bitcoin Launch on Ethereum-Based Crypto Lending Marketplace

Aave, a UK-based tech company which specializes in the development of decentralized and hybrid blockchain applications, announced on Wednesday the launch of bitcoin on its crypto lending marketplace platform, ETHLend. According to Aave,  ETHLend is a lending peer to peer marketplace where users can borrow money using their… Read More

Three Large Japanese Banks Drop Plans to Create Peer-to-Peer Payment Network

Three large banks in Japan, players in the country’s “crowded” payments market, have decided to abandon a cooperative pilot undertaken in 2017 to create a peer-to-peer remittance network, Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) reports. The three banks- Mizuho Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group– will… Read More

Research Suggests QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange’s Story of Lost Wallets Untrue

Claims by current operators of the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX that the company has “lost” cold wallets containing more than $150 million in crypto are being disputed by a researcher at the Zerononsense blog. QuadrigaCX filed for creditor protection last week, and according to Zerononsense,… Read More

Young American Crypto-Anarchist Killed in Acapulco

A young “crypto anarchist” going by the name of “John Galton” who claimed to be fleeing marijauna-related charges in the US has been shot dead in his home in Acapulco, NBC San Diego reports. The young man’s male friend , Jason Henza, 43, was reportedly… Read More

Oakland Man Accused of Using Bitcoins on Dark Net to Purchase Chemical Weapon for Use in Domestic Violence

Oakland, California resident Sandford Bemi Faison is being held on charges alleging he tried to buy a toxic chemical on the Dark Net in order to poison his estranged spouse, The Los Angeles Times reports. The intended victim is also the mother of the accused’s two… Read More

First Convicted SIM-Swap Hacker Agrees to 10-Year Sentence

Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old California college student, has accepted a plea deal and has agreed to a sentence of 10 years for stealing $5 million in cryptocurrencies from victims he robbed via SIM-swap hack, Motherboard reports. Ortiz will be sentenced on March 14, and it… Read More

Wikimedia Foundation Teams Up With BitPay to Accept Bitcoin & Bitcoin Cash Donations

Wikipedia operated nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation, has formed a partnership with Bitcoin payments processor Bitpay to accept Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash donations. According to the duo, all of the Wikimedia Foundation’s work is driven by its vision to create a world in which everyone can freely share in… Read More

Bitfury Jumps on Korean Company’s “Golden Goose” Publicly-Subsidized Cryptomine Venture in Paraguay

Bitfury, one of the world’s largest cryptomining  and “blockchain-services” firms has announced it is partnering with the Korea-based company Commons Foundation, “to open and operate Bitcoin transaction processing centers in Paraguay as part of the foundation’s “Golden Goose” initiative to expand cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation… Read More

Nurse Selling Opiods for Bitcoins on Dark Net Arrested in California

A nurse from Rancho Cordova, California, has been arrested by federal agents in the US and charged with conspiracy and distribution of fentanyl for allegedly selling more than 20 ooo prescription opioid pills and patches over the Dark Net for bitcoins, The Sacramento Bee reports…. Read More

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