Florincoin – the 2014 Altcoin You Don’t Remember – Is Attracting Real Users

feature One of the most recognizable names in the crypto space (and perhaps even outside of it) is using one of the least recognizable blockchains. Overstock.com subsidiaries Medici Ventures and tZERO have been utilizing the FLO blockchain for some time in work aimed at re-organizing property rights. At one time, a video of the tZERO…

‘Satoshi’s Treasure’ Is a Global Puzzle With a $1 Million Bitcoin Prize

feature A new alternate reality game called Satoshi’s Treasure has hidden the keys to $1 million worth of bitcoin across the globe, forcing players to collaborate and improvise. “A lot of people have joked we’re doing the bitcoin version of Ready Player One,” Primitive Ventures co-founder Eric Meltzer, the game’s co-creator, told CoinDesk. “The game…

Over 40 Central Banks Are Considering Blockchain Currencies: Davos Report

news More than 40 central banks worldwide are experimenting with blockchain technology, says a new report by the World Economic Forum. Published Wednesday, the report analyzes how different central banks are either examining what blockchain can be used for or are outright experimenting with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). “It’s very much the case that…

2018: A Record-Breaking Year for Crypto Exchange Hacks

opinion Eric Larcheveque is the CEO of Ledger, a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications since 2014. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  2018 was a record-breaking year. From the number of cryptocurrency exchange hacks, to the amount of assets that were stolen, to the…

US Lawmaker Suggests ‘WallCoin’ Crypto to Fund Trump’s Mexico Border Wall

news Ohio Congressman Warren Davidson thinks crowdfunding may provide a solution to the controversial proposal of building a wall on the Mexican border. And, perhaps more notably, he suggested using a cryptocurrency to do so. During an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, the U.S. lawmaker explained that he has already proposed letting the American public…

Report: Venezuela Is Forcibly Converting Pension Balances to the Petro

news Venezuela has reportedly begun converting pensioners’ monthly payments into its controversial cryptocurrency, the petro. According to the Caracas Chronicles, an English-language politics and economics blog based in the country, the government has recently been taking the bolivares (the country’s current fiat currency) paid to its elderly residents and automatically swapping them for petros. Normally,…

UNICEF Funds 6 Blockchain Startups to ‘Solve Global Challenges’

news The United Nations’ charity arm for children, UNICEF, is funding research into blockchain tech. Announced Monday, UNICEF is investing $100,000 in six blockchain startups to “solve global challenges using blockchain technology,” ranging from healthcare delivery transparency to managing finances and resources. The investments are part of a broader program which already funds 20 technology…

Coinbase Backs Security Token Startup’s $12.7 Million Funding Round

NEWS Security token startup Securitize announced it has raised nearly $13 million in a Series A funding round Monday as part of its mission to digitize traditional securities products on a blockchain. Led by Blockchain Capital, the equity investments were made to help the company bring on “knowledgeable investors” as it prepares for a security…

Free Software Messiah Richard Stallman: We Can Do Better Than Bitcoin

FEATURE Richard Stallman, the fervently committed founder of the free software movement, is discussing the term “libertarian,” when he stops talking abruptly and says, “Hello?” I tell him I’m still listening, but he explains that the confused greeting wasn’t intended for me. Instead, he says a man’s voice – neither mine nor an echo of…