North Korea to Host its First-Ever International Crypto Conference: Report

Sanctions-hit North Korea is planning to host its first-ever international conference focusing on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in October. According to Radio Free Asia, the event will be held in the hermit kingdom’s capital of Pyongyang and will stretch for two days beginning October 1. Per various reports, the conference is expected to attract blockchain …

Coinbase UK CEO on the Biggest Issue Facing Cryptocurrency

Zeeshan Feroz, CEO of Coinbase UK, spoke with CCN recently about the recent developments in the cryptocurrency exchange industry and the space as a whole. Feroz has been with Coinbase since February 2017 and notes that the UK is the company’s fastest growing market. After opening a London office in March of last year the …

UK Government Pilots Storage of Digital Evidence on a Blockchain

The UK Government has disclosed plans to conduct a pilot project for storing digital evidence on a blockchain. The initiative was revealed in an announcement by Balaji Anbil, Head of Digital Architecture and Cyber Security at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) under the Ministry of Justice. Court Reform In the announcement, Anbil revealed …

Bitcoin Etfs Are a ‘Terrible Idea’, Says Bitcoin Advocate Andreas Antonopoulos

Bitcoin advocate Andreas Antonopoulos offered his opinion on Bitcoin ETFs in a rather foreboding video released on August 14. He first explained the concept of an ETF or exchange-traded fund as a fund that has a custodian or manager that creates a special financial instrument that is similar to a stock. In the case of Bitcoin …

Americas’ Oldest Central Bank Partners Bitcoin Startup to Explore Digital Currency

The Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has announced a partnership with blockchain technology firm Bitt aimed at exploring the issuance of a digital currency for Curacao and Sint Maarten island nations. Per the chief executive of Bitt, Rawdon Adams, a digital currency will be especially relevant to the two countries, which are …

Rialto Teams up With Bittrex for Digital Securities Trading Platform

Alternative Trading System (ATS) provider Rialto Trading announced today, Aug. 23, that it is partnering with cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex to create a trading platform for blockchain-based securities, pending regulatory approval. Combining Specializations Rialto, which presently offers its users a regulated ATS for trading fixed income products, is seeking permission from regulators to extend its ATS …

Norwegian Bitcoin Mining Firm Hit with Bomb Threat Risks Govt. Shutdown

Barely a week after receiving bomb threats, Kryptovault now has to contend with another threat — forced closure by local authorities. According to the Norwegian edition of The Local, one of the bitcoin mining facilities that Kryptovault runs in Norway is at risk of being shut down by the local municipality following noise pollution complaints …

Alarm Over Bitcoin Mining is a Red Herring: Energy Researcher

The amount of electricity consumed by bitcoin mining is not the global environmental crisis it is often portrayed to be. This is the professional assessment of Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou,  a research associate in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. ‘New Technologies Are Energy Intensive’ Writing in an article penned for non-profit academic media …