Estonia Financial Agency Stops Two Year Long Investigation of Bitcoin Trader

The Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit on Friday stopped its investigation of a Bitcoin trader in the Northern Baltic European nation. The decision comes after  Otto de Voogd had evidently exercised his right to remain silent over the course of two years.  In February 2014, de Voogd’s BTC.ee announced it “temporarily stopped trading due to threats ...

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The Blockchain for Heathcare: Gem Launches Gem Health Network With Philips Blockchain Lab

Gem, a provider of enterprise blockchain solutions, launched Gem Health, a network for developing applications and shared infrastructure for healthcare powered by the Ethereum blockchain, and announced that Philips Blockchain Lab, a research and development center of healthcare giant Philips, is the first major healthcare operator to join the Gem Health network. Gem Health is a blockchain network for the ...

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The United States Is Falling Behind in Bitcoin Regulation

Lawmakers and regulators in the United States could be doing a much better job attracting innovative fintech startups to the country, Coin Center Executive Director Jerry Brito said at a recent cryptocurrency-focused event hosted by the Cato Institute. Although the United States started out as the leader in Bitcoin regulation, it is now falling behind other jurisdictions, such as the ...

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Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech Are Fueling a Fourth Industrial Revolution

Editor’s Note: This is an opinion piece by Andrew Quentson; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Is a fourth industrial revolution underway? Advancements in information-sharing technology, including data analytics, cloud computing, wireless sensors, smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations and blockchain technology seem to be fuelling not just a disruption but a revolution, fuelled by the invention ...

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Blockchain Technology Could Enable Next-Generation, Peer-To-Peer Energy Microgrids

An experimental energy microgrid in Brooklyn, New York, shows how energy-generating homes can become part of a peer-to-peer electricity system, Fast Coexist reports. The project, part of the Brooklyn Microgrid ‒ a distributed energy development group in the Park Slope and Gowanus communities of Brooklyn, creating a connected network for local energy ‒ also shows how distributed ledger technology could ...

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Ethcore Raises Financing Round as First Venture Capital Funded Ethereum Startup

Ethereum startup Ethcore has raised $750,000 in a preliminary, pre-seed funding round led by Silicon Valley-based Blockchain Capital and Shanghai-based Fenbushi Capital.  Ethcore intends to further pursue the development of the Ethereum blockchain stack and assist partners who wish to innovate using the smart contract platform. The startup was also awarded a grant by the U.K. government’s Innovate UK to ...

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This Bitcoin Developer Is Working Hard to Prepare Projects for Segregated Witness

Nicolas Dorier is the main developer behind NBitcoin, which is a comprehensive Bitcoin library for the .NET framework. NBitcoin is used in the backend of multiple Bitcoin services such as Lykke, BitKong, Teambrella and BTCTrader. Recently, Dorier has been working on various projects intended to assist developers who wish to implement the upcoming Segregated Witness (SegWit) improvement in their own ...

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Decentralized, Peer-To-Peer Bitcoin Exchange Bitsquare to Launch Next Week

Having been in development for more than two years, what promises to be the first proper decentralized Bitcoin exchange is set to officially launch next Wednesday.  Bitsquare, an open source project led by the Austrian-born Manfred Karrer, allows anyone to trade Bitcoin for fiat currency as well as altcoins, without requiring a company, central intermediary or permission from anyone. Karrer: ...

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Fold Relaunches Card for Cash: Trade Gift Cards for Bitcoin

Matt Luongo, the founder of Fold, and his team are known for creating an app that lets you spend bitcoins at large retailers such as Starbucks, Target and Whole Foods for a discount. Today they have returned to their roots by re-launching another product they created for the space, to help people earn bitcoins from their gift cards. The product is ...

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