Month: November 2015

Ethereum Adds CryptoNote-like Ring Signatures [Pre-Alpha]

There has been a lot of Ethereum focused news lately, so it isn’t surprising this tidbit went mostly unnoticed. Development has started on adding a CryptoNote-like ring signature to the Ethereum platform, potentially giving Ethereum users similar anonymous capabilities to CryptoNote powered coins like Monero. Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin made the announcement last week on …

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia Announces Blockchain Workshops

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has partnered with think tank organization the Coalition of Automated Legal Applications (COALA) to run blockchain workshops in Sydney. The conference, called the Sydney Blockchain Workshops, will bring together regulators, policy makers and technologists to better understand the upcoming opportunities and challenges of blockchain tech, as well as their …

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Shift Releases US Bitcoin Debit Card, Not Available In Every State

Shift Payments, through co-operation with web wallet giant Coinbase, has released a US based Bitcoin Debit card with no annual fee and no domestic transaction fee. The news was announced the same day as when Coinbase announced charity giant Fidelity Charitable would begin accepting Bitcoin donations. The card is accepted at “38 million” VISA accepting merchants …

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Align Commerce Closes US$12.5 Million Series A Round Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

Align Commerce, a blockchain-powered global payments provider, has closed a US$12 million Series A funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) to take on the US$25 trillion international payments industry. Other investors in the round included Silicon Valley Bank, Recruit Strategic Partners and existing Align Commerce investors, including Pantera Capital, Digital Currency …

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Ethereum’s Dr Gavin Wood On Scalability, The Future Of Crypto & Why $1 Billion Might Not Matter

Devcon1, the second major Ethereum Conference took place at a sold-out Gibson Hall. Previously serving as the headquarters for the National Provincial Bank, it provided an apt setting for a conference dedicated to the future of finance. The building alone is a testament to how much the “Crypto space” has matured in the past years. …

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Filipino Bitcoin Startup Satoshi Citadel Industries Announces Offline Digital Payments Via SMS

Filipino bitcoin startup Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) has announced a new blockchain-powered product that allows people to send and receive money digitally without an Internet connectivity. Called Boom Cash, the new service is the result of an internal hackathon and the latest project to graduate out of SCI’s labs. With Boom Cash, SCI seeks to …

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Where The Bitcoin Community And Law Enforcement Can Find Some Common Ground

The Department of Justice, the Chamber of Digital Commerce and Coin Center have created a co-operative forum called the Blockchain Alliance, where they can work together to reduce crime in the digital currency space. A large portion of the Bitcoin community has reason to be distrustful law enforcement, for a variety of reasons. Either for political ideological …

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Greg Maxwell Hopes to Have a Sidechains BIP Ready in a Few Months

In a presentation at the recent Bitcoin Foundation DevCore Workshop at Draper University, Bitcoin Core Developer Greg Maxwell revealed that an official BIP (Bitcoin Improvement Proposal) for adding two-way peg sidechain functionality could be ready in a matter of months. Sidechains is a concept that first became popular in April of 2014 after Blockstream’s Adam …

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Microsoft Launches Ethereum Blockchain as a Service on Azure

Microsoft officially launched its cloud-based blockchain platform on Tuesday. The tech giant has partnered with Brooklyn-based startup Consensus Systems (ConsenSys) to offer Ethereum Blockchain as a Service (EBaaS) on its Azure cloud platform. The offering consists in two tools that enable Enterprise clients and developers to make SmartContract based applications. The first tool is called …

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No Need for Notaries When You Have the Bitcoin Blockchain; Interview with Stampery’s Co-Founders

Stampery wants to send notaries on vacation – forever. By leveraging the blockchain to certify all documents, this young startup is determined to cut off all trusted third parties, “which are basically both a cost and a security hole,” claims Daniele Levi, Stampery’s co-founder and CEO. Founded in April 2015, this Spanish startup enables users …

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Talib Kweli Selling New Album ‘Indie 500’ On ZapChain For Bitcoin

An earlier version of this article embarrassingly misspelled ZapChain COO Daniel Cawrey’s name and erroneously listed him as the CEO, we regret the error. Talib Kweli’s  new album is available on ZapChain for Bitcoin. He previously posted the entire album, Indie 500, a collaboration with the 9th wonder, streaming online a few days in advance of its official launch. Now, it …

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Accenture: Fintech Investment in APAC Will Quadruple in 2015

Fintech investment in APAC has skyrocketed this year. Nearly US$3.5 billion has been invested so far; almost three times more than in 2014, according to a new report from Accenture. Entitled “Fintech Investment in Asia-Pacific set to at least quadruple in 2015,” the report examines current fintech investments and predicts future investment patterns. According to …

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