BBVA warns of speculation bubble in ICO industry

Spanish bank BBVA recently warned investors at a blockchain event of a potentially "dangerous bubble" growing in the blockchain initial coin offering space. The bank warned that speculation is creating this bubble and that investors should "hit the brakes on...

Swiss private bank to offer bitcoin cash, ether, litecoin

Falcon Private Bank, a Swiss financial intermediary and asset manager, has announced it will offer ether, litecoin and bitcoin cash to its clients as part of a collaboration with Bitcoin Suisse AG. The bank's clients will be able to purchase,...

BlockMason announces SEC-compliant ICO

Blockchain developer BlockMason has announced an upcoming ICO for its credit protocol. The protocol allows users to "track, record, and settle debts anywhere in the world in any currency … ," according to a BlockMason blog post. Customers can use...

China's ATMChain boosts blockchain expertise with RFintech purchase

China-based ATMChain Foundation, an organization sponsored by the Jiangsu Huaxin Blockchain Research Institute of China, has acquired 7.5 million shares of RFintech, a company that specializes in AI and blockchain technologies. ATMChain offered a total consideration of 15 million euros...

Centra Tech retains CTO to oversee debit card product development, deployment

Centra Tech has announced the hiring of Chief Financial Officer Steve Sykes.

Bitcoin price surges past $4K

The bitcoin price surged past $4,000 on Aug. 13 and as of Aug.

Viberate announces ICO for music artist-booking, payment platform

Slovenia-based crowdsourced global live music ecosystem, Viberate has announced an initial coin offering for its platform, which empowers music artists to accept cryptocurrency payments from event organizers. By the same, er, token, the Viberate's database of 120,000 artists and musicians...

Coinbase raises $100M in funding round for total value of $1.6B

Coinbase recently raised $100 million in a Series D funding round, bumping the company's total value to $1.6 billion, according to a report by Tech Crunch. The company plans to use this latest funding boost to build a customer interface...

Microsoft at work on system to boost blockchain security, performance

Microsoft Corp. is working on a technology to improve the speed and privacy of blockchain systems.

More than half of large companies considering blockchain use

A new study from Juniper Research has found that 57 percent of large corporations are either considering or actively deploying blockchain solutions. Of the companies that have reached the proof of concept stage, 66 percent are planning to deploy blockchain...

Oxford launches fintech program for AI, blockchain

The University of Oxford has launched the Oxford Fintech Program, focused on disruptive financial technologies like AI and the blockchain. The University is starting this program due to new studies that predict the blockchain and AI will threaten 30 percent...

Farmers bring home the bacon with blockchain tech

The Grass Roots Farmer's Cooperative, a group of livestock farmers in Arkansas, are using blockchain technology to trace their products from the farm all the way down to a customer's plate. They are using the technology to create a digital...

IBS and SSC ink partnership for cross-border settlements

Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc. has signed a cooperating agreement with International Business Settlement Holdings Ltd.

Consensys crafts blockchain training program with Ethereum co-founder

Consensys, a blockchain specialist firm, plans to launch its Academy Developer Program on Aug. 1.

Veteran health care execs join HealthCombix advisory board

Dr. Andreas Freund, Ph.D., and Peter Nichol have joined the advisory board of HealthCombix advisory board, according to a press release. Dr.

Cloudwith.me crowdsale accepts credit cards, wire transfers

Cloudwith.me held a presale of its "Cloud" tokens, and is the first ICO to accept credit cards and bank wire transfers as payment in addition to Bitcoin and Ether, according to a press release. In North America, the tokens can...

SEC investigation of The Dao opens a can of worms for ICOs

SEC investigation of The Dao opens a can of worms for ICOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investigative report Wednesday cautioning market participants that offers and sales of digital assets (i.e., initial coin offerings and token sales) by "virtual" organizations are subject to the requirements of federal securities laws. An...

Partnership to deliver decentralized mobile data to 500M people

Dent Wireless, a blockchain-based mobile data exchange, has teamed with data rewards company Mobile Data Exchange to create a decentralized mobile data solution for 500 million people worldwide who lack access to data. The solution will allow Aquto Tier 1...

Cisco joins Hyperledger advisory board

Cisco has upgraded its Hyperledger general membership to premier. With the upgrade, Ram Jagadeesan, Cisco's distinguished engineer and blockchain CTO, will join the Hyperledger governing board, according to a press release. Premier members include American Express, Intel, JPMorgan Chase, Change Healthcare, CME Group and others.

Bank of England completes DLT proof of concept for high-value payments

The Bank of England has published summaries from a third round of proofs of concept completed by the bank's fintech accelerator. The fintech accelerator was set up a year ago to deploy innovative technologies relevant to the bank's mission and...

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