Miller Lite Teams With Blockchain Firm for Customer Engagement Game

news Miller Lite, the popular beer brand from U.S. brewer MillerCoors, has teamed up with a blockchain marketing company for the latest iteration of its “Know Your Beer” program. For the ongoing campaign, launched July 1, Vatom Labs built what it calls a mobile”edutainment game,” called Great Taste Trivia, that served a 12-question quiz to cellphones,…

Bitcoin Miners Halt Operations as Rainstorm Triggers Mudslides in China

news A prolonged rainstorm in China’s Sichuan province has caused land- and mudslides, forcing some local hydropower plants and bitcoin miners to halt operations. Heavy rain has been drenching Sichuan’s mountainous Aba prefecture since Monday, with landslides now affecting 17 counties in the area, according to local government social media posts on Tuesday. Among them, the Wenchuan county…

Dark Web Drug Dealer to Forfeit Millions of Dollars in Illicit Crypto Earnings

news A man has been sentenced in San Diego, California, for conspiring to sell drugs over dark web markets for cryptocurrencies. Thirty-nine-year-old Sky Justin Gornik had pleaded guilty to using a number of marketplaces such as Alpha Bay, Trade Route, Abraxas, Evolution, Outlaw Market, and Dream Market to deal in fentanyl, carfentanil, ketamine, oxycodone, amphetamine and…

Silvergate Bank Eyes Crypto-Collateralized Loans for Institutions

news Silvergate Bank, one of the cryptocurrency industry’s few go-to financial service providers, is planning to become a crypto lender. According to an updated IPO filing, Silvergate, which serves some of the cryptocurrency world’s top firms like Coinbase, Bitstamp, Genesis Trading, Blocktower Capital, Polychain Capital and Xapo, has seen increased demand from the industry and is aiming…

A Big Four Audit Firm Lost $1 Million In Bitcoin. Victims Are Losing Patience

feature The Takeaway: QuadrigaCX’s former users are running out of patience with Miller Thomson and EY, the court-appointed companies tasked with recovering their missing funds. The users want more transparency into EY’s investigation of Quadriga’s missing funds, as well as a better understanding of how the audit firm accidentally lost 103 bitcoin earlier this year.…

Bitcoin’s Surging Dominance – Is This Time Really Different?

opinion Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter focused on crypto assets. Sign up here. Everything flourishes with a bit of attention – even attention itself. You may…

Investors Who Lost Big in Poloniex Flash Crash Receive Bitcoin Refunds

news Poloniex is now crediting trading fees to lenders who lost funds in a May market crash involving the obscure cryptocurrency ClAMS. According to an official blog posting, Circle’s Poloniex exchange will cover lost funds by covering trading fees back through June 6. Poloinex’s Clam margin trading market experience a flash-crash on May 26. A 2014…

Trump’s Currency War With China Could Be Bitcoin’s Do-or-Die Moment

opinion Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. The global economy faces its biggest crisis in 11 years. In theory, this should be…

IBM Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Web Browser

news A new patent application from IBM describes a blockchain-based web browser. Filed on August 6 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, IBM’s patent is for a web browser backed by a peer-to-peer network. The browser collects pre-specified information from web browsing sessions, according to the patent. The information is then transferred to…