Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blockchain

Dow Jones flirting with blockchain technology for digital publishing

Privacy web browser Brave Software and Dow Jones Media Group have inked a partnership aimed at bringing premium content to audiences and testing blockchain technology for digital publishing.

BitPay raises $40 million

Global blockchain payments provider BitPay has closed a $40 Million extended Series B funding round.

Slync appoints Jim Atwell to board of directors

Slync, an enterprise blockchain platform for the shipping, logistics and supply chain industries, has added Jim Atwell to its board of directors.

Addressing the dark side of the crypto world — IMF Blog

We should take a step back and understand the peril that comes along with the promise of crypto-assets, Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, writes in a blog post. Here is the link: https://blogs.imf.org/2018/03/13/addressing-the-dark-side-of-the-crypto-world/

Uber Creator Invents New Cryptocurrency—And Wants Your Help Making It Reality — Fortune

Uber’s cofounder has resolved to invent his own riches. Fortune's Robert Hackett writes about Garrett Camp's plans for a brand new cryptocurrency. Here is the link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/01/bitcoin-uber-cryptocurrency-eco-garrett-camp/

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...