Blockchain

Blockchain technology can be described a digital ledger that consists of a growing list of records – blocks – linked using cryptography. Each block contains information such as a timestamp, transaction data, and more, that can be permanently verified. While data on these blocks isn’t unalterable, blockchains are resistant to modification, especially if decentralized.

Blockchain technology was invented by the person or group behind the Satoshi Nakamoto pseudonym, which was behind the creation of the first cryptocurrency: Bitcoin. It allows the cryptocurrency to be decentralized and solves the double-spending problem without the need for a trusted authority. As a result, Bitcoin transactions are peer-to-peer.

This type of technology has over the years been deployed for a number of uses, including tracking the supply chain of supermarkets. Various cryptocurrency naysayers argue blockchain tech has potential.

On this page you'll find news related to this technology.

Bitcoin-Themed Art Piece Sells for $130,000 at Christie’s New York

The bitcoin-themed piece of art Block 21, which depicts a portion of Satoshi Nakamoto’s original code, sold at Christie’s auction house for over $130K.

Block.one CEO Brendan Blumer Welcomes Google Cloud to the EOS Community

On Tuesday (October 6), blockchain software company Block.one, which develops the software that implements the EOSIO protocol powering the EOS network, announced that cloud computing provider Google Cloud will “join the EOS community and is taking steps to become an EOS network block producer.” Block producers in EOS are like miners in Proof-of-Work (PoW) blockchains such […]

FinTech Firm Ripple Partners With Pan-European Payment Institution ‘Lemonway’

On Tuesday (October 6), Californian FinTech firm Ripple announced that French firm Lemonway had joined RippleNet to “unlock faster euro-to-euro payments.” Paris-headquartered Lemonway was founded in 2007. It is “a pan-European Payment Institution that offers a solution dedicated to marketplaces, crowdfunding platforms, as well as to large groups requiring payment and fundraising services on behalf […]

Ripple Considering Moving Headquarters to a More Crypto-Friendly Jurisdiction

On Tuesday (October 6), Chris Larsen, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Fintech firm Ripple Labs, said that his firm is considering moving its headquarters from San Francisco, California to a more crypto-friendly jurisdiction in Europe or Asia. Chris Larsen was born in San Francisco, California, and got his bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in accounting and business administration in […]

Blockchain-Powered Real Estate Transaction Platform Gets Funding From Tim Draper

Caifornian startup Propy, which has developed a platform that uses blockchain technology for easier, faster, and more secure real estate transaction management, has secured funding from legendary tech investor Tim Draper. Palo Alto-based Propy was co-founded by Natalia Karayaneva (the company’s CEO) and Denitza Tyufekchieva. Its ICO (PRO) in August-September 2017 raised around $15.37. Last […]

SingularityNET Announces Partnership With Cardano Creator IOHK

Artificial intelligence marketplace SingularityNET has announced a new collaboration with Cardano’s creator IOHK to improve the scalability of AI services.

Decentralized App Platform Blockstack Will Use Chainlink As Its Oracle Solution

On Wednesday (September 30), Blockstack PBC said that it will integrate decentralized oracle framework Chainlink “as the preferred oracle solution for the Blockstack and Algorand-supported Clarity smart contract language.” In a blog post published earlier today, Mitchell Cuevas, Blockstack’s Marketing Partner, wrote that “Blockstack developers will soon be able to build sophisticated Clarity smart contracts that are enhanced with […]

‘I’m doubtful’: Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Shares Opinion on Smart Contracts

Nobel Prize-winning economist Oliver Hart shared his thoughts on smart contracts, saying the technology was less applicable in long-term relationships.

Ripple-backed XRP Ledger Foundation Aims to Help With Adoption of XRP Ledger

On Thursday (September 24), independent and non-profit entity XRP Ledger Foundation announced that it had just launched and that its mission is “to accelerate the development and adoption of the decentralized XRP Ledger.” Here is a brief explanation of the XRP Ledger: “The XRP Ledger is “an online system for payments, powered by a community without a […]

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey Talks About Blockchain and Bitcoin

On Friday (September 25), Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, spoke at this year’s Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) explained the importance of blockchain technology to micro-blogging platform Twitter. Oslo Freedom Forum is “a series of global conferences run by the New York-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation (HRF) under the slogan ‘Challenging Power’.” At […]

Crypto Bull Lark Davis Points to New Trend for DeFi Market

Popular crypto influencer Lark Davis calls non-fungible tokens (NFTs) the next big thing for the DeFi industry, noting their application beyond digital art and gaming.

Bitcoin Bull Anthony Pompliano Bets on Blockchain as the Future for Digital Art

Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano is betting on blockchain being the future for the digital art industry, announcing an investment into the Winkelvoss-backed Nifty Gateway.

NiceHash Denies It Enabled 51% Attacks on Ethereum Classic

Hashing brokerage giant NiceHash has denied its involvement in a 51 percent attack on ethereum classic’s blockchain at the end of July.

Stablcoin Tether (USDT) Launches on High-Speed Blockchain ‘Solana’

Tether says that its fiat-pegged stablecoin Tether (USDT) has gone live on the Solana blockchain. Solana is “an open source project implementing a new, high-performance, permissionless blockchain” that is maintained by the Geneva-based Solana Foundation. Solana protocol was created by Solana Labs, which is backed by investors such as Multicoin Capital, Slow Ventures, Foundation Capital, 500 […]

Binance Buys Digital LAND in Blockchain-Based Gaming Platform The Sandbox

Binance has announced the purchase LAND NFTs from its most recent Launchpad project The Sandbox, a gaming platform that utilizes blockchain.

Block.One CEO Criticizes Ethereum for ‘Slow, Costly’ Transactions

Block.One CEO Brendan Blumer blasted ethereum for high transaction fees and network congestion, while praising EOS for being a substantial improvement.

US Air Force Renews Contract With Chainalysis For Nearly $800K

The US Air Force has agreed to a third contract with blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis for nearly $800,000.

Solana-Powered ‘Serum DEX’ Goes Live

At approximately 12:13 UTC on Sunday (August 30), markets on the Solana-powered Serum DEX, which its developers (Project Serum) describe as “the world’s first completely decentralized derivatives exchange with trustless cross-chain trading”, went live. What is Solana? Solana is “an open source project implementing a new, high-performance, permissionless blockchain” that is maintained by the Geneva-based […]

VeChain Partners with Professional Client Network Giant Grant Thornton Cyprus

Enterprise-friendly public blockchain VeChain has announced a partnership with one of the world’s largest networks of accounting and consulting firms, Grant Thornton Cyprus.

New LINK Marine Dave Portnoy: ‘$LINK to the Moon’

Dave Portnoy, the founder and president of Barstool Sports, who invested $50,000 in decentralized oracle framework Chainlink’s LINK token on Thursday (August 13), seemed excited earlier today as LINK broke through $19 to a new all-time high. On Thursday, Portnoy sent out a tweet with an attached video that showed him buying Bitcoin (BTC) and Chainlink […]

Cardano Crosses 10 Billion ADA Staked as Network Prepares for Smart Contracts

Cardano has surpassed 10 billion ADA being staked on the network as the platform prepares for smart contract integration later in the year.

Chainlink vs Band Protocol: Battle of the Top Two Decentralized Oracle Projects

With both LINK and BAND both just setting new all-time highs, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the competition between two most successful decentralized oracle projects in the crypto space—Chainlink and Band Protocol. But before we start, it is important to understand the problem that both of these projects […]

Goldman Sachs Considering Creating Its Own Fiat-Backed Stablecoin

American multinational investment bank and financial services company Goldman Sachs’ recently-appointed Global Head of Digital Assets says that his firm is exploring the idea of creating its own “fiat digital token.” According to his Linkedin profile, McDermott, who has been with Goldman Sachs for almost 15 years, became the firm’s Global Head of Digital Assets in June, and before […]

Waves Enterprise and Microsoft Partner to Launch Russian Corporate Blockchain

Waves Enterprise has announced a partnership with Microsoft Russia to develop corporate blockchain solutions and smart contract auditing services. 

Binance Chain Has a New Feature That Small Projects Are Going to Love

Binance’s native blockchain, Binance Chain, which recently completed the “Nightingale” hardfork upgrade, offers a new feature—the BEP8 format token—that will make it much easier and cheaper for small projects to issue and list their own tokens.

Block.Ones New Social Media Platform Voice Briefly Launched Ahead of Schedule

Block.One’s new social media platform Voice launched briefly ahead of schedule before being made officially available on July 4th. 

OKEx Announces OKChain Hackathon to Boost Development of Decentralized Applications

Popular bitcoin exchange OKEx has announced the launch of an OKChain Hackathon in a bid to promote the creation of decentralization applications in the blockchain network’s community.

Crypto-Powered Social Media Platform Voice Planning Launch for July 4

EOSIO developer Block.one has announced the launch for their new social media platform Voice will be moved up to July 4. 

OKEx to Foster Crypto Talent Via Mentorship Program

Popular cryptocurrency exchange OKEx is launching a mentorship program called Beacon Program in Europe to support those interest in the cryptocurrency space during the lockdown and foster new talent in the space.

Brazil Is for Blockchain but Against Crypto

Brazil, or the Federative Republic of Brazil, is a Portuguese-speaking state in South America with more than 200 million inhabitants. It is in fifth place among all countries of the world in terms of area and sixth in terms of population. The Brazilian economy ranks ninth in the world in terms of nominal GDP and […]

How Decentralized Platforms Could Evolve the Multi-Billion Cloud Computing Industry

Since 1991, the American Dialect Society’s has published a ‘Word of the Year’ as determined by a panel of independent linguists, as well as their pick of words from a variety of categories such as ‘Most Useful’, ‘Most Creative’ and ‘Most Likely to Succeed’. 2011 saw ‘cloud’ emerge as the likeliest word to succeed, capturing the optimism surrounding this new computing trend.   

South Korean Remittance Firm Explains How It Is Benefiting From Ripples Technology

On Wednesday (April 8), South Korean remittance firm Coinine Transfer, a subsidiary of crypto exchange Coinone, explained how it has been using Ripple’s technology to solve problems with cross-border payments and to open new payment corridors.

Opera Expands ’30-Second’ Cryptocurrency Wallet Top-Ups to Europe and Other Countries

Freeware web browser Opera has announced major updates for its built-in crypto wallet across android devices. 

Thailands Largest Bank Explains Benefits of Being Part of RippleNet

In a recent interview, Arthit Sriumporn, the SVP of Commercial Banking at Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), which is Thailand’s largest bank by total assets, talked about the benefits SCB has enjoyed by being part of RippleNet, Ripple’s global payments network.

Winkelvoss Twins Launching Marketplace for Digital Art

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are launching Nifty Gateway, a marketplace for digital art that utilizes blockchain. 

MIT Researchers Discover Counterattacks Prevented Bitcoin Gold Doublespend

MIT researchers discovered that miner “counterattacks” were able to prevent doublespends during the recent 51 percent attacks on bitcoin gold’s blockchain. 

Crypto Wallet Provider Blockchain.com Launches Retail Lending Service ‘Borrow’

Blockchain.com is officially launching its retail lending service called ‘Borrow,’ which allows clients to borrow the platform’s native stablecoin against bitcoin held in their wallet. 

HTC Launching Home Blockchain Router Capable of Running Bitcoin Nodes

Consumer electronics company HTC is launching a 5G blockchain router that is capable of running full bitcoin nodes. 

Tezos Developer Creates XTZ Prize Pool for Coronavirus Research

A tezos developer has created a prize pool to incentivize users to contribute to research combating the coronavirus. 

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Delaying Chinas Digital Currency Research

China’s research into the launch of its own digital currency has reportedly been delayed over the coronavirus outbreak, which according to recent data has infected over 81,000 people worldwide and claimed the lives of 2,765.

Block.one CEO Responds to Coinbases Complaints About EOS Networks Performance

On Tuesday (February 25), Brendan Blumer, Co-Founder and CEO of Block.one, responded to Coinbase’s concerns about EOS network’s “degraded performance levels.”

JP Morgan Report: Mainstream Adoption for Blockchain Still Years Away

A recent Prospectives report by JPMorgan claims that blockchain is still years away from mainstream adoption despite making large strides in certain sectors. 

Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Calls Crypto Integration ‘Insane’

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said that integrating cryptocurrency onto the encyclopedia platform would be “insane” and potentially harmful to the project’s vision. 

The Big Bang Theorys Jim Parsons Explains Blockchain and Crypto on the Simpsons

In a recent episode (titled “Frinkcoin”) of the American animated sitcom “The Simpsons”, Jim Parsons, who plays theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper on the American sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, explained how blockchain and cryptocurrencies work.

Crypto-Backed Virtual World Decentraland Goes Live

Cryptocurrency-backed virtual world Decentraland has made its official launch, generating more than $1 million in traded assets over the last ten days.

Sweden’s Central Bank Starts Testing Its Central Bank Digital Currency E-Krona

Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, is reportedly starting to test its own central bank digital currency, the e-krona, in a bid to determine its potential use.

Bank-Backed Cryptocurrencies Are a Decade Away, Says Central Banker

Former vice president of the European central bank (ECB), Christian Noyer, has affirmed that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are unlikely to be rolled out for another decade.

Will 2020 Be the Year of Enterprise Blockchain?

Amid the extreme hype of the ICO boom, many corners of the blockchain sector seemed convinced that enterprises would rush to embrace the technology. Blockchain was touted as the solution to any and all business problems, finding use cases across almost every industry sector. 

Cambodia’s Central Bank Launching Blockchain-Powered Payment Network

Cambodia’s central bank, the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), is launching a blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment network, according to its chairwoman Chea Serey.

Blockchain Programmer Runs Full Bitcoin Node on a Tesla

A blockchain programmer was able to get a Tesla’s onboard operating system to run a full bitcoin node. 

Blockchain Is Well-Positioned to Help the Unbanked, OKEx Executive Says

Lennix Lai, OKEx’s Financial Markets Director, has recently made two presentations in Davos, where the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting is taking place, to spread the word about blockchain technology.

CoinShares’ Executive Chairman on What Makes Gold-Backed Token DGLD Special

DGLD is a gold tokenization project that was launched a couple of months ago by a European consortium. In this article, we provide an overview of this project, and with the help of Daniel Masters, the Executive Chairman of CoinShares, try to get a better understanding of DGLD and what makes it special.

Blockchain Tops LinkedIns List of Most In-Demand Hard Skills for 2020

In a post for LinkedIn’s Talent Blog, Bruce Anderson says that blockchain tops “LinkedIn’s global list of the most in-demand hard skills.” 

Bithumb Mulls Investing $8.6 Million Into ‘Regulation-Free’ Blockchain Zone

Leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is reportedly considering investing 10 billion won, around $8.6 million, in Busan city’s “regulation-free” blockchain zone.

Telegrams TON Wallet Wont Integrate Its Messaging App at Launch, Firm Says

Telegram has issued a notice clarifying that when its TON Wallet launches, it won’t be integrated into its privacy-centric messaging app.

Baidu Launches Its Own Cryptocurrency Xuperchain

Chinese internet giant Baidu has officially launched its own cryptocurrency, called Xuperchain. 

5 Costly Tech Mistakes Crypto Beginners Make

Admittedly, mining or trading cryptocurrency can be a volatile endeavour, but it can also be profitable and rewarding if you know what you’re doing.

Some Parity Ethereum Nodes Not Syncing, Parity Suspects an Attack

Various users have been reporting Ethereum nodes running on Parity Technologies’ ETH Client have been “randomly falling out of sync.” After investigation the issue, Parity issued an emergency fix warning an attack may be underway.

UN Secretary-General Says Organization Needs to Embrace Blockchain

The United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres says the intergovernmental organization must embrace blockchain technology.

Ethereum Foundation Schedules Next Upgrade on New Years Day

The Ethereum Foundation has scheduled the Muir Glacier update, which will delay the network’s mining difficulty increase, for New Year’s Day–much to the ire of node operators and miners.