XRP Nears 50 Cents as Price Rises to One-Month Highs

The price of XRP, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, jumped 6 percent on Monday, to reach its highest total in 30 days, according to CoinDesk data. At 15:01 UTC, the cryptocurrency rose to $0.49 cents for the first time since Oct. 8, and was last seen trading at $0.4950, marking roughly a 6.14 percent increase since the day’s open. At press time, XRP is the biggest winner among the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, reporting a seven-day gain of 11.13 percent, according to data from CoinMarketCap. XRP’s market…

No, Bitcoin Isn’t Secretly Messing with the Mid-Term Elections

Brian Forde most recently ran for U.S. Congress in California’s 45th district and was the founding Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT. Previously, he was a Senior Tech Advisor in the Obama White House. On the eve of the most important election of our time, we’ve seen what misinformation gets us. Fear of the unknown, fear of change. In these times, we need to be vigilant about how we examine what’s new or different. Hundreds of articles have been written about campaign contributions made with cryptocurrencies — and…

Why Blockchains Struggle to Gain Traction in Enterprises

Paul Brody is EY’s global innovation leader for blockchain. The views expressed are his own. The Y2K program (does anyone remember that?) came about because software developers assumed, in the early days of computing, that newer, better enterprise systems would come along very soon and that their efficient two-digit date systems would be replaced long before the year 2000 came along. There were very few CIOs in those days, and many of them would have carefully explained to those efficient software developers that if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it,…

Winklevoss Twins Lawsuit | Gemini Founders Sue Charlie Shrem

The Winklevoss twins have filed a lawsuit against infamous BitInstant founder Charlie Shrem. They claim the Bitcoin investor stole 5,000 Bitcoins from them in 2012. Winklevoss Twins Lawsuit According to the New York Times, Shrem made several lavish purchases in 2018 that caught the attention of the Winklevoss twins. They filed a civil suit against him, convinced that Shrem made these purchases—which include a $2 million house and luxury cars—using the Bitcoins he had stolen from them in 2012. Shrem Worked for the Winklevoss Twins Before Lawsuit The twins hired…

Op Ed: Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption Is Neither Frivolous Nor Excessive

As the CEO of Hut 8, one of North America’s largest cryptocurrency miners and the world’s largest publicly traded cryptocurrency miner, I’m often asked questions about energy consumption in the mining of cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions around energy use and why it’s required to safely and securely transact cryptocurrencies. During our ribbon-cutting ceremony in the City of Medicine Hat in September 2018, a reporter asked me how I felt about something “frivolous” like bitcoin using so much energy. I was taken aback by the question. It indicated a…

SC Johnson will Offer Crypto for Recycling in Indonesia Soon

SC Johnson has just announced that it has teamed up with Plastic Bank to reduce the global ocean plastic crisis happening around the world. The companies are currently trying to increase recycling rates in impoverished communities within Indonesia, while also trying to address the challenges of poverty. SC Johnson Blockchain SC Johnson and the environmental organization are planning on opening eight plastic recycling centers in the future and will offer its local tokens for the waste collection. The first center will officially open on October 8th in Bali. The press release…

The Ripple Drop – Episode 6

Welcome to the sixth episode of The Ripple Drop, a web video series covering the latest news about our customers, technology, products and culture. We’re getting deep into Ripple tech this month. First we talk to SVP of Product Asheesh Birla about RippleNet’s three different products and how they work together. Birla breaks down the specifics of how payment flows would work from the U.S. to Mexico using XRP. Next up, we sit down with Director of Product Craig DeWitt to discuss RippleNet’s multi-hop feature. We recently announced that Siam…

Bitcoin Shows New Resilience as Markets Shake off Futures Settlement

Bitcoin futures may have expired, but even that failed to produce volatility in cryptocurrency as markets remained flat Saturday, Oct. 27. Market visualization from Coin360 Data from CoinMarketCap and Coin360 confirm that the end of the trading week – and with it the payment date for CME Group’s Bitcoin futures – had essentially no effect on either Bitcoin (BTC) or altcoin prices. The behavior marks a stark contrast from just several months ago, with impending futures previously sparking losses in the run-up to their settlement date. On Friday, Cointelegraph had…

Coinbase at Devcon4 – The Coinbase Blog

Hot on the heels of SF Blockchain Week, Ethereum enthusiasts and blockchain engineers from around the world are set to gather in Prague for the 4th annual Ethereum developers conference. Hosted by the Ethereum Foundation, Devcon covers all of the blockchain’s latest developments, as well as updates from the protocols, dapps, and services built on top of it. We’re excited to be joining the hundreds of other teams attending and can’t wait to meet and mingle. Here’s a sneak peek at where you’ll see some folks from Coinbase Wallet, and…

Cryptocurrency ‘Illegal’ In India Says Trade Organization Head

The head of an Indian nonprofit trade organization said cryptocurrency is “illegal,” and urged businesses to obey the law, local news daily the Hindu reported Thursday, Oct. 25. Debjani Ghosh, the president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), was cited by the Hindu saying that cryptocurrencies are illegal from NASSCOM’s perspective. NASSCOM is a nonprofit trade association of over 2,000 member companies for the Indian IT and business process outsourcing industries. “It is [the] law of the land and hence, we have to work with it,”…