Blockchain

Gambling tycoon builds $100m bitcoin-funded Antiguan resort — The Guardian

Calvin Ayre, a gambling and bitcoin multi-millionaire who was once on the run from the US authorities, is building a $100m five-star resort on Antigua, writes Rupert Neate of The Guardian. Here is the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/18/bitcoin-gambling-tycoon-builds-100m-resort-antigua-calvin-ayre

50 Cent: ‘I forgot’ taking 700 bitcoins for 2014 album; stake is now worth millions — NPR

When 50 Cent agreed to accept bitcoin for purchases of his 2014 album, Animal Ambition, a unit of the cryptocurrency was already worth hundreds of dollars — but the value of those sales has since skyrocketed; NPR's Bill Chappell writes. Here is the link: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/24/580259163/50-cent-i-forgot-taking-700-bitcoins-for-2014-album-stake-is-now-worth-millions 

Beyond the Bitcoin bubble — NYT

The mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth, Steven Johnson writes in The New York Times Magazine. Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/magazine/beyond-the-bitcoin-bubble.html

Buffett on cryptocurrencies: ‘I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending’ — CNBC

Warren Buffett tells CNBC the recent craze over bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies won't end well, Berkeley Lovelace Jr. writes. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/10/buffett-says-cyrptocurrencies-will-almost-certainly-end-badly.html

Voatz raises $2.2 million

Voatz, a mobile focused election voting and citizen engagement platform, has raised roughly $2.2 million in seed round funding.

Walmart, IBM launch Blockchain Food Safety Alliance in China

Walmart,  IBM, Chinese e-commerce company JD.com, and Tsinghua University will be working together in a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance.

Citi, CME Group implement distributed ledger

Citi and CME Clearing have implemented a real-time distributed ledger platform developed by Baton Systems.

Bitcoin surpasses $10,000 for the first time — CNBC

All that glitters is not gold; sometimes it can be bitcoin. The digital currency hit $10,000, according to CoinDesk. Bitcoin's market cap is less than...

Libra raises $7.8 million

Blockchain and cryptocurrency startup Libra has raised a $7.8 million.

PayStand raises $6 million

B2B payment solutions company PayStand has raised a $6 million Series A round led by BlueRun Ventures with participation from Cervin Ventures, Serra Ventures, TiE...

Former Secret Service agent sentenced in bitcoin money laundering scheme

A former U.S. Secret Service Special Agent, who had been a member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, was sentenced to prison on...

Investing in ICOs may be even riskier than you realize

Investing in the burgeoning world of initial coin offerings may be even riskier than it appears, warns Olga Kharif of Bloomberg. Here is the...

Department of Homeland Security awards Digital Bazaar blockchain contract

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a $749,241 Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR) contract to Digital Bazaar...

EY launches blockchain-based mobility platform

EY has launched Tesseract, a mobility platform for blockchain technology. The platform can facilitate fractional vehicle ownership, shared use and seamless multimodal transport, says...

BitPesa raises a Series A follow-up round

BitPesa, a blockchain payments platform for Africa, with offices in Nairobi, Lagos, and London, has raised a follow-up to its Series A funding round from...