NIST Blockchain Report Examines the Tech Behind the “Hype”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a report titled “Blockchain Technology Overview.

Cryptocurrency-Friendly Regulations in Belarus Could Attract Foreign Capital and ICOs

At the end of 2017, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed a “Digital Economy Development Ordinance,” aimed at developing the country’s IT sector and attracting blockchain technology companies, capital and talent from all over the world.

Hong Kong–Based Investment Firm Acquires Pioneering Bitcoin Exchange BTCC

BTCC is exiting the Chinese market to focus on making digital currencies accessible to everyone globally. This acquisition by a Hong Kong–based blockchain investment fund is a milestone for BTCC and will allow BTCC to focus on global digital currency adoption.

South Korea Allows Cryptocurrency Trading for Real-Name Registered Accounts

Six Korean banks will begin allowing the simultaneous opening of accounts, deposits and withdrawals, as well as transfers of funds between these accounts and exchanges, beginning on January 30, 2018, but with some new restrictions.

Study Suggests 25 Percent of Bitcoin Users Are Associated With Illegal Activity

In a newly published paper on the use of bitcoin for illegal activity, researchers from the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga indicate that a quarter of all bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity.

Nationwide Insurance Rolls Out Proof of Insurance on the RiskBlock Blockchain

The Institutes has announced a new blockchain framework called RiskBlock to provide more streamlined and secure proof of insurance.

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech Market Could Reach $10 Trillion in 15 Years, Says RBC Analyst

In a report published on January 3, 2018, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Capital Markets analyst Mitch Steves confidently stated that the cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology applications market could increase thirteenfold in 15 years, reaching $10 trillion.

IcyWallet Offers a Cold Storage Bitcoin Wallet for the Visually Impaired

Safely storing cryptocurrency can be confusing, especially for newcomers to the space, but for people with visual impairments, finding an accessible option is especially challenging. IcyWallet is a cold wallet with a difference: it is designed to make it as simple as possible for people with visual impairments to manage offline bitcoin storage.

Out of Steam: PC Gaming Platform Ends Bitcoin Payment Option

The utility aspect of Bitcoin faced a setback yesterday as PC gamers heard from Valve Corporation’s Steam Team in a blog post that Bitcoin would no longer be accepted as payment on its digital distribution platform, Steam.

The Promise and Regulatory Challenge of "Physical" Bitcoins

Physical bitcoins that can be exchanged like cash have been discussed for years. In 2010, Gavin Andresen himself started a Bitcoin Forum discussion on possible ways to “print out bitcoins to function as user-created paper money.

Local Meetups: Growing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech at the Grassroot Level

Bitcoin is exploding and interest in the associated blockchain technology is at an all-time high, with Bitcoin being talked about on sitcoms as well as the news. But much of this success has been the result of a vibrant grassroots movement that has been fostered over time by dedicated and devoted communities of crypto enthusiasts around the world.

South Korea’s Second Largest Commercial Bank is Testing a Bitcoin Vault and Wallet

Shinhan, the second largest commercial bank in South Korea by market valuation and consumer base, has initiated the testing phase of its bitcoin vault and wallet services. Why a Major South Korean Bank Decided to Launch a Bitcoin Vault and Wallet Platform A representative of Shinhan Bank told Naver News, a media outlet operated by South Korea’s most widely used search engine, that the bank has come to a corporate decision to launch a bitcoin vault and wallet platform as a response to the recent hacking attacks of leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges including Bithumb.

Connecting the Luxury Fine Art Industry with the Modern Digital Economy

Latest figures from the Tetaf art market report, released by the European Fine Art Foundation, show that in 2016 global art market sales amounted to an estimated $45 billion, up 1.

Germany’s Biggest Bitcoin Marketplace to Integrate Ethereum Trading

Bitcoin.de, the largest German bitcoin marketplace, will soon integrate support for Ethereum traders on its platform. On September 27, the Bitcoin.de development team revealed in an email to its clients that it is set to add Ethereum trading in the upcoming weeks. In an interview with BitcoinBlog.de, a local bitcoin-focused news publication, an employee of BItcoin.de stated that the company has come to a decision to integrate Ethereum due to the overall rise in demand toward alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins.