Financial Services: The Coming Cataclysm

Alex Tapscott is a venture capital investor, co-author (with Don Tapscott) of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World and co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, in Toronto. The following excerpt, written by Alex Tapscott, is from his new book Financial Services Revolution, available in all good stores now. Facebook’s foray into […]

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Plasma Became Optimism and It Might Just Save Ethereum

The ethereum network is still looking to boost transaction capacity and the startup Optimism wants to lead the charge.  Since the network’s throughput is limited to roughly 15 transactions per second, ethereum can’t become a widespread platform for automating functions, like supply chain management and loans, unless it scales. So Optimism aims to use a […]

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Tron’s Justin Sun (Finally) Gets $4.5M Dinner With Warren Buffett

Justin Sun and Warren Buffett discussed cryptocurrencies over dinner, six months after Sun canceled the original event claiming he had kidney stones. The TRON Foundation announced Thursday that Sun met the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway for dinner, at Buffett’s suggestion, at a private country club in his home city of Omaha, Neb., on […]

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Bitcoin Usage Among Merchants Is Up, According to Data From Coinbase and BitPay

Although bitcoin adoption may move at a glacial pace, merchants are seeing sustained traction regardless of market dips.  According to BitPay CMO Bill Zielke, the payment processor facilitated $1 billion worth of cryptocurrency transactions in 2019, with bitcoin leading the pack. Likewise, a Coinbase spokesperson said Coinbase Commerce processed $135 million worth of cryptocurrency payments […]

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Financial Firm SBI Holdings to Offer XRP Cryptocurrency as Shareholders’ Benefit

Japan’s crypto-friendly financial services company SBI Holdings is to give shareholders the option to receive the XRP cryptocurrency as a benefit. SBI announced on Friday that shareholders could either take the benefit in XRP or another product offered by its health food and cosmetics subsidiary SBI Alapromo. Under the scheme, newer shareholders on the company’s […]

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Bittrex Takes Out Record $300M Insurance on Crypto Held in Cold Storage

Bittrex has insured digital assets held in its cold (or offline) storage to up to $300 million, the highest coverage yet offered by a cryptocurrency exchange. The company announced the news Thursday, saying it has obtained digital asset insurance that will protect users’ holdings in cases of “external theft and internal collusion.” Bittrex CEO Bill […]

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Bitcoin Sign Guy Is Back, Bringing Sound Money to Urbit’s ‘Sound Computer’

If bitcoin is digital cash and ethereum is digital law, Urbit is digital land.  The highly ambitious cloud computing project imagines nothing less than a rewiring of the internet, allowing users, not corporations, to own their online identities and data. While most blockchain projects rely on Amazon Web Services and other behemoths for essential infrastructure, […]

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SBI, GMO to Rent Capacity at Massive Bitcoin Mine in Texas: Report

Potentially the world’s biggest bitcoin mine is said to have signed up two top corporate customers, SBI Holdings and GMO. The Japanese corporate giants will be renting mining capacity at the facility in Rockdale, Texas, recently put into construction by Whinstone Inc., according to Bloomberg sources. The firms are to begin mining “within coming months,” […]

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Guangdong Blockchain Financing Platform Aims to Help Small Business

The Guangdong government launched a blockchain-based financing platform Thursday that will help small companies in the region receive loans faster from commercial banks.  The government-led project is supported by OneConnect, a fintech firm backed by one of the largest Chinese insurers, Ping An Insurance, according to a media report from Sina Finance.  The platform aims […]

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