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The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has announced that it will soon be offering cryptocurrencies as tradeable assets for its clients. The company said Tuesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with blockchain startup Blockstation for the creation of a new digital assets trading platform. While it is not clear which tokens will …

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Those running lightning nodes are earning a little extra bitcoin. Trumpeted as a way to scale bitcoin to handle mainstream adoption, there’s a lesser-known perk to spinning up a lightning node to allow users to send cheap, instant payments – you can make money. To be clear, we’re not talking very much. Today’s average fee …

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Falling prices have sent the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies back below $200 billion. Data from CoinMarketCap shows the total market cap slid to $189 billion on Tuesday, a move that follows successive days of market declines. The market cap first rose above $200 billion in November 2017, a development spurred at the time …

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A metal frame with four small and two large propellers – carrying a container the size of a refrigerator – rises into the air with a roar, hovering above an empty road amidst snowy fields. The video was shot on the airfield near the Russian city of Kazan, which is located to the south-east of Moscow, …

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In an industry that’s become synonymous with fast cash, patience can be a rare commodity. That makes a little-discussed announcement last week by the Nebulas project, powered by the top 100 cryptocurrency NAS, all the more remarkable. The team behind the protocol, today valued at $64 million, will now voluntarily wait a decade before they …

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Bitmain Technologies, Ltd. is about to go public. According to documents obtained by CoinDesk, the cryptocurrency mining company is filing for an initial public offering (IPO) potentially as high as $18 billion this September at a market capitalization of $40 to $50 billion. It will be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Q4 …

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David Marcus is stepping down from the board of directors at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, citing his new assignment at Facebook leading the social media giant’s blockchain strategy. Marcus, a vice president at Facebook since 2014, joined the board at Coinbase, now valued at $8 billion, in December of last year. At the time, CEO Brian Armstrong said …

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PayPal 2.0? That may have been a rallying cry for early bitcoin believers who saw the cryptocurrency as a superior form of payment, but excitement tapered off as bitcoin ran up against technical limitations. Yet, the idea may now be coming back in vogue – apps being built on the layer-two technology lightning network, which this …

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IBM and shipping giant Maersk have recruited a sturdy crew for their global trade blockchain platform. Revealed Wednesday, the companies have already signed up 94 firms for the platform since it was spun off from Maersk in January. They have also finally given it a name: TradeLens. Leveraging Maersk’s leviathan-like scale, TradeLens has attracted a wide …

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The number of Tezos bakers is on the rise. The protocol’s term for a validator (its equivalent of bitcoin’s miners), bakers are crucial to ensuring the nascent network’s security. And that’s all the more necessary given the value of the funds at stake. Since raising $232 million in 2017, the protocol has had a very …

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There’s no shortage of breathless hype about blockchain. What’s harder to find is a sober and nuanced discussion of the technology’s merits and drawbacks for a particular use case. For such a perspective, it can help to talk to different people at the same company who have been studying the matter and reached divergent conclusions. …

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There are many words that could be used to describe Amir Taaki – but today, ambitious is best. The infamous bitcoin developer – known for co-creating Dark Wallet, Darkleaks and OpenBazaar – took the stage during a hackathon he hosted in the wake of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) in Barcelona last week, the same city where …

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“I wish I knew the answer to your $1 billion question. Seriously.” That’s Gabor Gurbacs, director of digital asset strategy at New York-based investment management firm VanEck, the company has been making headlines of late for a proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). No lightweight in the arena, though, the VanEck proposal has been deemed by …

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To hear Blythe Masters tell it, the time has come for Digital Asset (DA) to spread its wings and fly. The distributed ledger technology (DLT) company she founded in 2014 is entering a new phase, heralded by, among other things, a partnership with Google Cloud to simplify and proliferate the tech. To date, DA’s strategy …

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Are airdrops useful? While the jury’s still out about the mechanism, used of late to massively distribute crypto tokens to those who already own cryptocurrencies, several industry observers and startups already believe it could be done better. The concept of “smartdrops” seems to have garnered some attention after a July Medium post by Yeoman’s Capital founder and …

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Tuur Demeester is an economist and investor. The following article references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for that. Despite an already six month cool-off period, for 2018 we see more sideways and downside potential in the bitcoin price due …

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Japan may not be quite the cryptocurrency powerhouse that the world thinks it is. A deep dive by CoinDesk has found methodological flaws in widely-cited bitcoin exchange data that appear to overstate the importance of the Japanese yen as a trading pair. Our analysis of trading data collected from July 26-30 suggests that the U.S. …

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A long-secret cryptocurrency project whose investor deck once touted Burning Man as central to its anti-capitalist ethos has finally arrived. Released Thursday, Handshake, backed by top venture capitalists and some of the most well-known blockchain developers, has raised $10.2 million for an attempt to replace the digital entities that today authenticate web payments, in the …

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The proposals just keep piling in. At press time, a total of six ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs) have emerged, each hoping to alter the project’s code ahead of an upcoming software update (scheduled for October). Driving the debate is ethereum’s so-called “difficulty bomb,” a piece of code locked into the $45 billion platform that makes …

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Regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission shouldn’t be acting as gatekeepers to new technologies like bitcoin, according to Commissioner Hester Peirce. Peirce’s remarks, made during an interview with CoinDesk, follow the agency’s decision to confirm the 2017 rejection of a bitcoin-tied exchange-traded fund backed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, which reinforced the argument made …

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