Largest Bitcoin ATM Network Coinme Raises New Funding from Ripple’s Xpring 

Coinme, which provides kiosks and ATMs for digital currencies, raised $1.5 million in a Series A-1 financing round that included Ripple’s subsidiary Xpring and Blockchain Finance Fund, the company said. Proceeds from the funding will be used for additional licensing to expand its U.S. and international coverage. Co-founder and CEO Neil Bergquist told CoinDesk that […]

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Coinbase Hires Ex-COO of Nerdwallet to Succeed Emilie Choi in VP Role

Coinbase has hired a new a vice president of business and data to replace Emilie Choi, who was elevated to chief operating officer earlier this year.  The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange picked up Dan Yoo, formerly the chief operating officer of personal finance site Nerdwallet and earlier a vice president of business operations and analytics […]

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Crypto Sleuthing Firm Elliptic Raises $23 Million in Fundraise Led by SBI

Blockchain forensics firm Elliptic has raised $23 million in a Series B funding round led by Tokyo-based financial institution SBI Holdings. Announced Wednesday, the funding will help drive Elliptic’s Asia expansion, which includes a recently opened Singapore office and one in Japan that will open this week. Tomoyuki Nii, executive officer for overseas investment at […]

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Bitcoin Mining Farms Are Flourishing on the Ruins of Soviet Industry in Siberia

The Takeaway: Russia’s abandoned Soviet-era factories are enjoying a second life as cryptocurrency mining facilities. Siberia’s big hydropower plants (another legacy of the USSR) have lured miners with cheap electricity. The favorable energy prices and naturally cold climate are turning Siberia into an international mining hub with miners from Europe, Asia and the U.S. placing […]

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Alive, Thriving and Totally Unauthorized: Inside the Underground Market for Telegram’s Cryptocurrency

The Takeaway: Telegram’s long-awaited blockchain, Telegram Open Network, is said to be scheduled to launch Oct. 31, but the yet-to-be-issued gram tokens are already trading in an unauthorized secondary market. Telegram has yet to publicly or formally acknowledge the project, but investors in last year’s $1.7 billion token offering, widely publicized in the press, are […]

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Philippines’ UnionBank Launches Stablecoin, Conducts the Country’s First Bank Blockchain Transaction

The Philipines’ UnionBank has issued its own stablecoin, PHX, according to Filipino media PhilStar Global. With the issuance, the bank also conducted the first blockchain-based transaction by a Filipino bank.  The PHX stablecoin is pegged to the Philipino peso and backed by UnionBank reserves. “PHX is a stable store of value, medium of exchange and […]

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Facebook’s Libra Lacks Foundational Components for Crypto Key Security

Steven Sprague is one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven served as president and CEO of Wave Systems Corp. for 14 years before transitioning to the board of directors. Recently, Facebook launched Libra with the stated goal of “transforming the global economy.” It’s a lofty aim. However, after […]

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