Late Confirmation by CoinDesk

Late Confirmation by CoinDesk

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The top stories in the blockchain world, delivered daily from the team at CoinDesk.
Just $7 Million Short
Oct 17 • 5 min
Trading bots appear to have gamed a big token announcement from Coinbase.Binance teams up with Chainalysis to monitor cryptocurrency transactions in real-time.A senior U.S. official made a big statement on blockchain-based smart contracts this week.…
Stablecoins Gone Wild
Oct 16 • 4 min
The Gemini dollar (GUSD) soared above $1 to a high of $1.19 Tuesday, just a day after competing stablecoin Tether (USDT) dropped to an 18-month low.Crypto exchange Bitfinex announced a new process for depositing fiat currency, a move that came after the…
Fidelity Goes Crypto
Oct 15 • 5 min
Financial services provider Fidelity Investments is launching a cryptocurrency trading and storage platform.The price of the tether stablecoin (USDT) fell to an 18-month low Monday, and rumors are swirling.But it’s not all bad news for stablecoins: Hong…
Ex-Trump Advisor Joins Blockchain Startup
Oct 12 • 7 min
Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea by trading volume, has been sold.Ethereum’s next system-wide upgrade is on track for November release, according to coders.Gary Cohn, once the chief economic advisor to U.S. President Donald…
Twitter Promotes an Elon Impostor
Oct 11 • 5 min
Coinbase will add the 0x protocol token to its professional trading platform, Coinbase Pro. It’s the first ERC-20 token to get a place on the platform.A region in Northern Syria is looking to cryptocurrency as a way to overcome economic sanctions.Crypto…
Life in the Sidechain
Oct 10 • 6 min
Three years in the making, bitcoin’s first sidechain, called “Liquid”, is now live. The Financial Stability Board says that cryptocurrencies and digital assets are not currently a threat to global financial stability. The Securities and Exchange…
Spanked By Hackers
Oct 9 • 7 min
The Persian Gulf may get its first cryptocurrency exchange licensed by a central bank.A cryptocurrency investment fund in Switzerland receives a license from the nation’s financial markets regulator.Blockchain startup Bitwala is aiming to launch Germany’s…
Crypto: Don’t Leave Venezuela Without It
Oct 8 • 5 min
French supermarket giant Carrefour joins an IBM Blockchain program.An ICO on bitcoin? If start-up RSK has its way, it could happen.Controversial exchange Bitfinex attempts to disprove rumors of insolvency. Stealth startup Good Money plans to launch of…
Yale Going Crypto?
Oct 5 • 5 min
Yale University reportedly invested $400 million in crypto fund. SEC is looking for more comments on rejected bitcoin ETFs.Miner making multi-million bet on Ethereum staying Proof-of-Work.Celsius has over 10,000 users earning interest on crypto. Fortnite…
Spies and Bribes
Oct 4 • 7 min
The EOS community is having its first voting fraud scandal. The U.S. Department of Justice charged seven alleged Russian intelligence agents with using cryptocurrencies to fund undercover operations across the world. An ICE official says that his agency…
Gemini Gets Insured
Oct 3 • 5 min
A critical exploit originally found in bitcoin’s code was patched last month before criminals could act on it. But it now appears there were some victims.IBM claims to have found a way to reduce the energy consumption needed on proof-of-work…
Diplomas and Decentralization
Oct 2 • 12 min
CoinDesk has released a list of the top universities that offer courses on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Former president Bill Clinton spoke at Ripple’s Swell conference in San Francisco on Monday. Clinton expressed concern about “disparity of access”…
Hyperledger + EEA = ?
Oct 1 • 6 min
Hyperledger and Enterprise Ethereum Alliance join forces. — Three companies are now using Ripple’s xRapid in real life. — Researchers say that Ether’s price plunge didn’t hit ICOs. — Blockchain is praised at the U.N. General Assembly. — Montana nearly…
Regulators, Dapps, and $1 Trillion
Sep 28 • 6 min
BitGo CEO Mike Belshe looks ahead to the the problem of securing a trillion dollar cryptocurrency wallet. — Decentralized exchange Everbloom is looking to become a certified broker-dealer in the U.S. — U.S. regulators brought charges against securities…
Bitmain Sails High
Sep 27 • 15 min
Bitmain’s IPO filing reveals that it’s doing well despite the bear market. -AND- If you bet that the SEC would delay its bitcoin ETF decision again, you’re a winner. -ALSO- In a biting op-ed on CoinDesk.com, former EY employee Angus Champion de Crespigny…
Coinbase Rolls Out the Welcome Mat
Sep 26 • 20 min
Coinbase is gearing up to rapidly expand the range of crypto assets it lists. -AND- A new Ethereum scaling solution is out, and will be ready sooner than any other technologies aimed at scaling the second largest blockchain so far. -ALSO- Mining hardware…
Do You Really Need a Blockchain for That? Concordia Annual Summit Special - Part 2
Sep 25 • 19 min
We traveled to the Concordia Annual Summit in New York City and spoke to four leading voices in the blockchain world, asking each one: how useful is a blockchain, anyway? Hear answers from investor Jalak Jobanputra, Microsoft’s Yorke Rhodes, attorney…
Concordia Annual Summit Special - Part 1
Sep 24 • 17 min
On a special episode of Late Confirmation, we visit the Concordia Annual Summit in New York City, where a broad range of thinkers and creators from different fields gather alongside the UN General Assembly. In this episode, we sit down with four notable…
Cody Wilson Arrested in Taiwan
Sep 21 • 8 min
A new research paper claims that tether has had no meaningful impact on the price of bitcoin. -AND- Bitmain unveils another ASIC, but it’s light on detailed specifications. -ALSO- 3D-printed gun creator and bitcoin advocate Cody Wilson has been arrested…
The Cypherpunk’s Elixxir
Sep 20 • 14 min
Cryptocurrency exchanges react furiously to a new report from the New York Attorney General’s office. -AND- Another Japanese exchange loses millions of dollars to hackers. -ALSO- Cypherpunk veteran David Chaum has a new coin: Elixxir. -DON’T MISS-…
New York, the Jealous Ex?
Sep 19 • 8 min
Banking giant PNC has adopted Ripple’s technology for cross border payments -AND- Leaders at R3 believe that enterprise blockchain industry will soon see consolidation. -ALSO- Binance says it will launch a cryptocurrency exchange on (almost) every…
Bitcoin in Palestine
Sep 18 • 9 min
Another stablecoin?! Yes, believe it or not. This time, it’s a token anchored to the Japanese yen. -AND- Kyber Network is adapting the technology beneath its decentralized exchange to allow merchants to accept payments in any ethereum token. -DON’T MISS-…
Court Hodls Lambo
Sep 17 • 15 min
Cloudflare says it’s made it easier to access the InterPlanetary File System or IPFS. -AND- Bancor partners with EOS for a new cross-chain product. -ALSO- A U.S. district court ruled to seize the assets and property of Alexandre Cazes, the deceased…
Blockchain Convict, Shard Time
Sep 14 • 13 min
IBM and Hacera launch a crypto “yellow pages.” -AND- R3’s CordaCon event draws big crowds as rumors swirl about the company’s cash crunch. -ALSO- GAW Miners founder Josh Garza has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to a wire fraud…
Wall Street
Sep 13 • 10 min
FOAM’s decentralized world map is now live. -AND- BitGo just launched its own regulated custodian for crypto assets. -ALSO- 10 years after Lehman: Bitcoin and wall street are closer than ever. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s Christine Kim joins host Bailey…
Get Out of Jail Free Token
Sep 12 • 9 min
A bitcoin mining company called Bitewei is being hailed as a new rival to Bitmain. -AND- Yet another stablecoin has been unveiled, this time from blockchain startup Carbon. -ALSO- The CEO of OKCoin has been released from police custody after speaking with…
Soccer Team Gets Crypto, SEC Doles Out Penalties
Sep 11 • 13 min
The SEC hits crypto asset fund and “ICO superstore” with penalties in a double whammy. -AND- Ethereum developers are hard at work on new ways to fend off ASICs. -ALSO- Le crypto is coming for French sports fans in the form of a new cryptocurrency for a…
WeChat vs. Bitmain
Sep 10 • 12 min
Interstellar is born. The long-awaited union of Chain and Lightyear.io has delivered a new company. -AND- The WeChat crackdown on cryptocurrency-related accounts continues! This week’s victim: mining giant Bitmain. -ALSO- More stablecoins! No fewer than…
The End of the ICO Era
Sep 7 • 11 min
The era of big ticket ICOs may be over, at least according to some cryptocurrency industry observers. -AND- The pioneer of the proof-of-stake consensus system wants to get into… hardware? -ALSO- Crypto payments firm Wyre has acquired a smart contract…
Blood in the Water
Sep 6 • 10 min
Officials in China want to use blockchain to track the movements of paroled convicts. Maybe Chinese ICO backers will get to use blockchain after all? -AND- IBM is working with a blockchain organization that believes personal data ownership is a human…
R3jected
Sep 5 • 12 min
Good news out of China? The People’s Bank of China’s digital currency researchers are expanding. -AND- Ripio is expanding its crypto-powered loan offering across South America. -ALSO- R3’s attempt to take over a “settlement coin” project didn’t quite work…
NEO Wanted BitTorrent
Sep 4 • 9 min
A new paper co-authored by Vitalik Buterin proposes to solve the network’s “free rider” problem. -AND- The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has pushed back the launch of a blockchain replacement for the decades-old CHESS clearing and settlement…
An Apple a Day Keeps the War Riders Away
Aug 31 • 10 min
Developers move to change the economics of the Ethereum blockchain. -AND- Messaging giant LINE launches a live blockchain and plans to issue 1 billion of its own tokens. -ALSO- Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten will buy cryptocurrency exchange Everybody’s…
If You Give A Mouse a Bitcoin…
Aug 30 • 10 min
Ethereum’s biggest test is fast approaching, and an important decision regarding issuance is up in the air. -AND- Secret contracts provider Enigma has signed eight partners to test its service at launch. -ALSO- Bitcoin mining juggernaut Bitmain is coming…
Blintzes on the Blockchain
Aug 29 • 9 min
Binance backs $32 million funding for a new stablecoin from the creator of a billion-dollar Korean online commerce site. -AND- After the acquisition of BitTorrent, Tron’s founder Justin Sun also acquired a share in the Chia Network, a new protocol…
Officer, I’d Like To Report An ICO
Aug 28 • 8 min
Lloyd’s of London, the centuries-old insurance marketplace, is quietly providing cover against the theft of cryptocurrencies. -AND- China is encouraging its citizens to report illegal token sales. -ALSO- Crypto exchange Huobi wants to buy a public…
EOS The World Turns
Aug 27 • 11 min
A blockchain project spearheaded by NEX Group is facing questions over its future. -AND- One of the biggest airlines in Russia has piloted a blockchain system for collecting data on plane refueling. -ALSO- Chinese search giant Baidu moves to censor some…
Changin’ On The Telephone
Aug 24 • 10 min
A feud between Bitcoin Cash’s developers could split the year-old cryptocurrency in two. -AND- Mt Gox’s former creditors can now submit proof of their claims in a newly-approved rehabilitation process. No word on whether they’ll get their Thicket Basilisk…
SEC-ya later
Aug 23 • 11 min
The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued rejections to nine bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETFs) proposals. -AND- Crypto startups are destroying millions of their own token supply to generate value for investors. -ALSO- A Chinese regulatory agency…
Crypto Black Lotus
Aug 22 • 9 min
The central bank in Thailand said it will launch its own digital currency by next year. -AND- New rules imposed by the Chinese government have led to a crackdown on blockchain and cryptocurrency media accounts on WeChat. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk reporter…
Insane in the Bitmain
Aug 21 • 9 min
Two investing giants say they’re not involved in pre-IPO funding for Bitmain, despite reports to the contrary. -AND- Proposed changes to the $200 million Siacoin blockchain would ice out Bitmain’s mining rigs, but concerns around the changes are growing.…
CryptoTitties
Aug 20 • 9 min
A U.S. bitcoin trader has been indicted for alleged money laundering -AND- The SEC is going to decide the fate of yet another bitcoin ETF this week. -ALSO- Lightning Network is getting its own hacker camp. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk reporter Brady Dale joins…
Is Overstock a Bitcoin Price Index?
Aug 17 • 10 min
Accusations of a cloned app mean that Ethereum’s gambling problem is only getting worse. -AND- Coinbase wins a patent for a secure bitcoin payments system. -ALSO- Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com rolls out blockchain platform with its first app. -DON’T…
Intel’s New Vulnerability Foreshadows Big Trouble
Aug 16 • 11 min
Ripple gives its blessing to a set of crypto exchanges for its xRapid service. -AND- Airbnb Co-Founder Backs $22 Million in Funding for Crypto Dealer SFOX. -ALSO- A newly-disclosed vulnerability in Intel chips could have far-reaching effects on…
The Custody Race ETHs Up
Aug 15 • 9 min
The code for an anonymous Lightning Network is now live. -AND- Bitcoin’s Taproot privacy tech is ready – but there’s a big catch. -ALSO- Prime Trust enters the cryptocurrency custody race and says it will hold ‘any’ Ether. CoinDesk’s Nikhilesh De joins…
#BitcoinDominance
Aug 14 • 12 min
The AirSwap decentralized exchange is upgrading its tech to handle any-size Ethereum trades. -AND- You can now get paid for using bitcoin’s Lightning Network, but don’t quit your day job. -ALSO- Coders are making new efforts to fork mining giant Bitmain…
Greetings from Bitstanbul
Aug 13 • 11 min
A Russian team with big aspirations plans to build a cargo drone fleet connected via blockchain. -AND- Long-term thinking? In a rare move, ICO founders will delay crypto paydays for a decade. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen joins host Nikhilesh De to…
EOS Is Forking and Forking and Forking
Aug 10 • 14 min
Micropayment applications are taking off on bitcoin’s Lightning Network. -AND- Facebook’s David Marcus is stepping down from the Coinbase board of directors. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s David Floyd joins host Bailey Reutzel to discuss the upcoming forks of…
Tezos Is Doing OK For Once
Aug 9 • 14 min
The SEC will decide on 9 proposals in the coming months, not counting the one they just delayed. -AND- IBM and Maersk have 94 companies signed up to their supply chain platform. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s Brady Dale joins host Marc Hochstein to discuss the…
Augur’s Unpredictable Drop
Aug 8 • 14 min
State Street is looking to adopt blockchain technology for securities lending – that’s if internally they can all get on the same page. -AND- The SEC’s Bitcoin ETF decision has been postponed until September. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s David Floyd joins host…
Will the SEC Answer a Billion-Dollar Question?
Aug 7 • 12 min
A 17th century principle is finding use in 21st century tech. We’ll talk about blockchain insurance. -AND- Another U.S. state will start to recognize blockchain data. Rock and roll! -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s Christine Kim joins host Stan Higgins to discuss…
Smartdrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head…
Aug 6 • 8 min
Digital Asset is ready to spread wings and fly — the startup’s CEO Blythe Masters tells CoinDesk about the project’s new ambitions. -AND- Economist and investor Tuur Demeester doesn’t expect bitcoin to soar in 2018. -DON’T MISS- CoinDesk’s Annaliese…
Mt. Gox’s Creditors Come Calling
Aug 3 • 5 min
The New York Stock Exchange’s parent company plans to launch a digital assets platform and a bitcoin futures product. -AND- Setting sun? It turns out that US dollars are dominating the bitcoin trading, not Japanese yen. -ALSO- A group of Mt Gox’s…
Is Bitcoin Mining Profitable?
Aug 2 • 14 min
A company previously only known for a crazy party with palm readings and something called “moon oil mining” has finally been formally revealed… and they’re trying to rebuild the internet. We’ll look at Handshake. -AND- Should have stayed with the iced…
Crypto Mama and SEC Drama
Aug 1 • 14 min
A newly released transcript shines a light on a heated debate over crypto happening inside the SEC. -AND- Bitcoin cash celebrated its first birthday yesterday. Long the subject of criticism, BCH is said to have seen an influx of new projects, including…
The Return of Sirius
Jul 31 • 8 min
Spanish bank giant BBVA can’t hold crypto – and that’s a problem. -AND- The NFL is the latest sports league to enter the world of crypto as the players union announced a deal with a blockchain startup. -ALSO- Martti ‘Sirius’ Malmi, also known as the first…
Your Job On the Blockchain
Jul 30 • 12 min
The first major app on Blockstack, launched today, is promising to disrupt future models of employment, bringing it more in line with a decentralized ethos. -AND- A blockchain “app store,” backed by IBM, aims to help connect banks and fintech and software…
Crashing the Party
Jul 27 • 14 min
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejects a request from the Winklevoss twins for a Bitcoin ETF… again. -AND- Are Know-Your-Customer regulations a scam? At least one CEO thinks so. -ALSO- Hope your burner phone has a camera! This crypto wallet…
Notes On a Swatting
Jul 26 • 17 min
Bitcoin engineer Jameson Lopp reflects on an incident last year that saw armed police descend on his home. -AND- Bitcoin’s cutting-edge ‘Coin Selection’ tech gets its first major integration. -ALSO- Decentralized exchange Waves scored a $6 million debut.…
The Wrong Kind of Attention
Jul 25 • 12 min
The first Augur assassination markets have arrived. -AND- What scams? Ethereum’s vision for decentralized apps is only growing bolder. -ALSO- Bitcoin’s price is nearing $10K on a single, troubled exchange. CoinDesk’s Anna Baydakova joins Editor-in-Chief…
Coming Soon from CoinDesk: Late Confirmation
Jul 18 • 0 min
Coming July 25! CoinDesk is thrilled to announce the launch of Late Confirmation, a daily podcast looking at the top stories in the blockchain world. We’ll be breaking down crypto’s biggest stories about markets, technology, currencies, or anything else…