Will Ethereum Face Scaling and Governance Issues?

The Bitcoin block size and scaling debate has been one of the most highly anticipated discussions amongst cryptocurrency enthusaists since early 2015. Now, the next second best thing in the crypto industry is Ethereum. Ethereum is another crypto-platform for creating blockchain-based applications and smart contracts. Even though Ethereum was not originally designed to be a […]

VC Fintech Funding Sets Record In 2015, Fueling Bitcoin And Blockchain Growth

Two thousand fifteen was the year fintech – including blockchain technology – entered the “mainstream,” signified by a groundswell of venture capital (VC) investment.   More than $13.8 billion in venture capital (VC) was invested in a variety of fintech companies globally, more than twice the amount invested in 2014, according to “The Pulse of Fintech […]

Microsoft Limits Bitcoin Usage But Has No Plans To Add Ether

It would appear as if Microsoft is trying to make a push for replacing Bitcoin with Ethereum across all of their offerings. One the one hand, the company, is pushing hard to promote their Ethereum blockchain-as-a-service product while they have also partially removed Bitcoin payment support from the Microsoft Store. Some people see this as […]

BitFury Invests in Pan-African Bitcoin Trading Platform BitPesa

Bitcoin blockchain mining infrastructure providerBitFury has announced it has made a strategic investment in the universal African Bitcoin exchangeBitPesa. Founded in 2013, BitPesa sees itself as an easy way for businesses and individuals worldwide to buy and sell local African currencies through Bitcoin to Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania with the monetary settlement taking place directly […]

Bitcoin Privacy: "Confidential Transactions" Feature Can Fix Some of CoinJoin’s Problems

Andrew Poelstra is a mathematician at Blockstream and was recently part of a panel discussion on improvements for Bitcoin at the 2016 MIT Bitcoin Expo. During the panel, Poelstra discussed Confidential Transactions, which is a privacy-enhancing feature he has been working on with Blockstream co-founders and Bitcoin Core contributors Greg Maxwell and Pieter Wuille. One […]

Japan Debates Bitcoin Sales Tax, Stricter Rules for Exchanges

The Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei reported in early March that the country’s parliament, the Diet, will soon vote on a set of Bitcoin regulations to be put forward by the ruling cabinet. The regulations proposed by Finance Minister Taro Aso of the ruling Liberal Democratic cabinet would classify Bitcoin as a currency, impose new requirements on […]

Scam Alert: Bitcoin Stealing Chrome Extension Called BitcoinWisdom

BitStamp detected yet another scam targeting Bitcoin users. Much publicized, the Bitcoin community has faced threats from hackers and other plays for years. Oftentimes, phishing attacks have been used to trick users into giving up their coins to criminal elements. Other times, ransomware attacks have opened the door to a new realm of cyber attack.  […]