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International Women’s Day: Women and Crypto – The Direction in 2019

It is International Women’s Day 2019, and a time for Bitcoin News to reflect on a year in print and celebrate women in fintech, and those women of all ages whose lives still remain largely uncelebrated. The point of International Women’s Day is to look back over the past year and pinpoint the successes and failures in the promotion of …


IDC Report: Blockchain Spending in 2019 to Soar 88.7%

Blockchain spending is on the rise as more companies embrace the technology, with a predicted growth forecast of USD 2.9 billion in 2019, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). The figures come from IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Blockchain Spending Guide and indicate that the technology has now moved beyond research and design, and is now increasingly being used by many companies in …


Chinese University to Launch Shanghai Blockchain Research Center

Chinese University to Launch Shanghai Blockchain Research Center

Fudan University in China has decided to setup a blockchain research center in Shanghai. The said university is one of the top-ranked institutes in the country. According to the announcement, Shanghai Zhongren Information Technology Co, Ltd and Zhongan Online Property Insurance Co, Ltd will collaborate with Fudan University in order to establish the Shanghai Blockchain Engineering Technology Research Center. The …


Miners Concerned Over Russia’s Planned Internet Shutdown Test

There are growing concerns is Russia’s cryptocurrency community that the cyberwar internet shutdown tests scheduled to take place before 1 April could impact Bitcoin mining. The Digital Economy National Program, a new law recently drafted, will require Russian ISPs to be able to operate if the country is isolated online and as such the government is planning to monitor its effectiveness …


UK Think Tank to Study Crypto Impact on Economic Institutions

According to a recent report by crypto media outlet CoinTelegraph, the Institute of Decentralized Economics (IDE) has opened in the United Kingdom for the study of the economic impact of cryptocurrencies and its underlying blockchain technology. The source says the initiative is being backed by fintech company Sweetbridge and that the think tank will explore the possible potentials of decentralized …


UC Berkeley Starts Accelerator for Fledgling Blockchain Startups

UC Berkeley Starts Accelerator for Fledgling Blockchain Startups

The prestigious Californian educational Institute UC Berkeley has just launched an accelerator program for new blockchain startups in the country. The program is 12 weeks long and will help the early stage projects to gain the necessary traction and development to become successful later on. The new Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator is partly sponsored by Venture Capitalist fund Berkeley X-lab Fund and …


Fake Photo Scams Largely Ineffective but Illustrate Need for Cold Storage

Fake Photo Scams Largely Ineffective but Illustrate Need for Cold Storage

With reported instances of the latest ploy for hackers to access user funds, photo scamming is further proof that cryptocurrency cold storage is by far the safest way to keep digital assets secure. Doctored images are now for sale on dark web forums according to research by Hold Security and warnings from Bank Info Security, and can be purchased for …


Unpacking Hostile Media Narratives About Bitcoin’s Environmental Impact

Unpacking Hostile Media Narratives About Bitcoin’s Environmental Impact

Rhetoric about Bitcoin’s environmental impact just became too much for one CCN correspondent recently, who wrote an editorial in an attempt to put the record straight; or at least bring some balance to the argument. A recent Bitcoin News article recently tried to address the same debate after the much-publicized Alex de Vries article last year in Science Direct, forecasting …


Open Access Publisher ScienceMatters Turns to Blockchain

Open Access Publisher ScienceMatters Turns to Blockchain (2)

ScienceMatters, a Swiss-based scientific online publishing platform, is now developing a peer review process based on blockchain technology. Plans are currently underway to utilize Eureka, a publishing platform that uses the Ethereum blockchain, which will also enable reviewers of submitted work to be compensated for their efforts with Eureka tokens. The tokens can then be exchanged for other currencies. ScienceMatter’s …


Blockchain Defender Reports Distrust In Crypto Industry Is Still An Issue

Blockchain Defender Reports Distrust In Crypto Industry Is Still An Issue

A recent Blockchain Defender report claims that despite cryptocurrencies increasing market capitalization there is still a prevailing lack of public trust in the industry as a whole. Despite the market cap hitting nearly $800 billion in January 2018, the report cited negative sentiments in many areas. The report essentially focused on market sentiments, trends, capitalization and comparisons with traditional exchanges …


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