Roger Ver wins bet: Lightning Network fails at simple task


(April 17th, 2018) - Everybody wants them. Faster transaction times, smaller fees, lesser blockchain congestion. Some might even say they want a lightning-fast cryptocurrency payment system. Unfortunately, a recent demonstration designed to show why Lightning Network (LN) is positioned to revolutionize SegWit-Coin BTC (also known as Bitcoin legacy or Core) transactions only fizzled—no lightning, no thunder.

Source: CoinGeek.com



IMF Chief Envisages Large-Scale Shift Towards Cryptocurrencies


(April 17th, 2018) - IMF chief Christine Lagarde has dedicated her latest two blog posts on the official IMF website to cryptocurrencies. In her latest post, she outlines multiple benefits of crypto and envisages a large-scale shift away from government-issued currencies towards cryptocurrencies.

Source: Bitcoin.com



Coinbase Amps Up Its Efforts To Become The Driving Force In Crypto Sector


(April 17th, 2018) - After acquiring Cipher Browser last week, Coinbase has now made a significant addition to its M&A by buying the Earn.com for a deal of about $120 million. Earn.com is a US startup that is worth over $120 million and utilizes blockchain for its paid email service.

Source: CoinGape.com



Kraken to Halt Trading Services in Japan by June Citing Rising Costs for Decision


(April 17th, 2018) - Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has announced that it will be halting its trading services for Japanese residents, citing rising costs in Japan for the decision.

Source: LiveBitcoinNews.com



IMF Chief: Cryptocurrency Could Have ‘Significant’ Impact with Potential ‘Large-Scale Shift Away’ from Government-Issued Fiat


(April 16th, 2018) - The head of the International Monetary Fund says cryptocurrency could have a “significant” impact on the way we save, invest and pay our bills – and eliminate the need for certain financial intermediaries altogether.

Source: DailyHodl.com



Ripple Asks UK Government To “End the Wild West Days,” Introduce Regulations


(April 16th, 2018) - Owing to the “Wild West” days- meaning no laws or regulations present – of the cryptocurrency market, Ripple, the world’s third largest digital currency, has encouraged the British regulators to follow Japan’s example of the implementation of new rules to end any crypto-frauds.

Source: BTCManager.com



Electroneum Joins The Cryptojacking Party: Hackers Exploit IIS 6.0


(April 16th, 2018) - Researchers from F5 labs found hackers exploiting servers running IIS 6.0 to mine Electroneum, a cryptocurrency not commonly associated with cryptojacking.

Source: Cryptovest.com


Mastercard Is Hiring Blockchain Specialists in Ireland


(April 18th, 2018) - Mastercard, the global financial services provider is hiring 175 new employees in Dublin. The company is trying to increase its presence in Ireland and improve their services. Among the specialists that the company is searching for we can find Blockchain experts.

Source: UseTheBitcoin.com



Hanoi Prohibits Use of Cryptocurrencies in E-commerce Transactions


(April 16th, 2018) - The Hanoi Department of Industry and Trade has prohibited organizations and individuals involved in e-commerce business in the city from using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This follows a directive signed by the country’s prime minister intended to strengthen the legal framework of cryptocurrencies.

Source: Bitcoin.com



Indonesian Finance Group Says Bitcoin is Halal


(April 16th, 2018) - An Islamic scholar from Indonesia asserts that Bitcoin is halal and contradicts both Egyptian and Turkish religious authorities in the matter.

Source: Cryptovest.com


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