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Bakkt Says It’s ‘Cleared to Launch’ Bitcoin Futures Next Month

Bakkt has been “cleared to launch.” The Intercontinental Exchange’s young subsidiary announced Friday that it had acquired a New York state trust charter through the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).

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Ethereum Coders Approve 6 Changes for Upcoming Istanbul Hard Fork

Ethereum core developers finalized late Thursday a list of six different code changes to be activated for ethereum’s next system-wide upgrade, Istanbul.

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How Bridging Blockchains Unlocks Value and Unites Crypto Tribes

Interoperability is a multisyllabic word for a multi-faceted problem. How do you get blockchains to communicate with one another? Until recently, there’s been no easy way to achieve this, leaving assets isolated and smart contract-powered dapps siloed on their respective protocols.

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XRP Price Charts First ‘Death Cross’ Since April 2018

XRP is flashing red this Tuesday morning with a long-term price indicator turning bearish for the first time in over a year.

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ICO Issuer PlexCorps Reaches Settlement With US Securities Regulator

A settlement between the SEC and a startup that raised funds in an initial coin offering has defendants paying out the big bucks.

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Trump’s Currency War With China Could Be Bitcoin’s Do-or-Die Moment

The global economy faces its biggest crisis in 11 years. In theory, this should be bitcoin’s moment to shine, a chance to prove itself as an uncorrelated asset immune from political risks. Eventually, that result may bear out. But a rocky road lies ahead – for bitcoiners and nocoiners alike.

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Derivatives Drama: The Unintended Consequences of Crypto Regulation

Last week’s kerfuffle over the launch-that-wasn’t of LedgerX’s physically delivered futures platform highlights two very important lessons, one obvious and one less so.

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Ripple CEO Intends to ‘Press Advantage’ With New Investments

Blockchain payments startup Ripple is looking to make new investments and acquisitions, with a few deals reportedly underway, according to the company CEO.

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Booze and Bitcoin Mining – Why Violent Prohibition Is Always Harmful

Stories continue to emerge about newly discovered illegal mining operations being busted by state and corporate authorities. Just last week Iranian media reported the seizure of 177 Bitcoin mining units worth over $270,000 being smuggled via truck in the Arak region.

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Banks Stopped Walmart Bank – Now the Retail Giant Hits Back With Cr…

On August 1, it was discovered that the giant retail corporation Walmart has patented plans for a stablecoin that’s backed by U.S. dollars. If released into the wild, the USD-based cryptocurrency would be issued to select Walmart retailers and partners while the patent’s description explains the coin could be used outside of Walmart’s retail scope as well.

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More Cities and Regions Accepting Coins for Taxes, Services

Cryptocurrency payments, as convenient as they can be, are still something most governments are trying to wrap their heads around and regulate. Local authorities, however, being closer to the citizens they are called upon to serve, are often quicker to adopt novelties that make their lives and the lives of ordinary people much easier.

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How Governments Steal Your Money and Conceal It Through Inflation

Dozens of countries all over the world have used the same trick called redenomination to hide how they have stolen their own citizens’ money through inflation or hyperinflation. The next nation to try this economic sleight of hand is the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Bitcoin’s Computing Power Sets Record as Over 100K New Miners Go On…

The total computing power now dedicated to securing the bitcoin blockchain has set yet another record.

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