Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies are a digital system of money created through the use of encryption software — and they all rely on the blockchain, essentially a public ledger that stores every transaction. Digitally created and secured money is currently in a period of very cool experimentation, including astounding revenue growth and a variety of different visions of what currency of the future might look like. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works, why it’s popular, and where cryptocurrency is heading.

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Sirin Labs’ crypto-phone could change the way we pay

If blockchain technology, tokens, hot and cold wallets, and all the other cryptocurrency buzzwords have put you off learning about and using this fascinating technology, Sirin Labs is making the phone for you. It’s called the Finney.
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Ripple is a different kind of cryptocurrency. Here's how to buy it

Need to know how to buy Ripple? You've come to the right place. In this guide we'll walk you through the process step by step, as well as offer an alternative for those who want to get more hands-on with their trades.
Emerging Tech

Chinese authorities break up billion-dollar cryptocurrency gambling ring

Whenever there's a major sporting event, there will be gambling and the World Cup is no exception. Chinese authorities have broken up a billion-dollar enterprise focused on betting cryptocurrencies on the outcome of the World Cup.
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Hackers allegedly used cryptocurrency in attack against Clinton campaign

An indictment filed against Russian military intelligence officers reveals that the group allegedly used cryptocurrency to remain anonymous in a scheme against the Clinton campaign. They used digital coins to pay for their website.
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Money-laundering ‘Bitcoin Maven’ receives one-year prison sentence

A former stockbroker known as the Bitcoin Maven was sentenced to a one-year prison term for laundering Bitcoin and operating an unlicensed money transmission business. Prosecutors wanted a 30-month sentence.
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HTC's blockchain phone is coming soon, and will have Cryptokitties inside

HTC has another smartphone on the horizon, and this time it's geared toward blockchain technology. Known as the HTC Exodus, the smartphone is designed to support cryptocurrencies and decentralization. Here's everything we know.
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Cryptocurrency may be why you still don’t have Nvidia GTX 11 Series graphics

Sources point to the overabundance of add-in graphics cards as to why you’re not already seeing Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 11 Series on store shelves. Nvidia is holding back because there is simply no room for next-gen cards.
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Ethereum isn't your average cryptocurrency. Here's what makes it different

The financial and tech sectors are excited about Ethereum, but what exactly makes it different from your average cryptocurrency? While it often gets lumped in with the rest, there is a lot more to it. Here's everything you need to know.
Emerging Tech

These are the largest Bitcoin mining farms in the world

The world is in the middle of a second gold rush -- but it's not gold they're mining today. It's Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, ones and zeroes that are being turned into pure profit. Around the globe, they're making millions from…
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A look into Bitcoin’s troubled year

Bitcoin has had a rough year in general and a particularly rough summer as the coin's value has fallen thanks to a number of important factors.
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Everyone's talking about Bitcoin. Here's what it is and why it's important

What is Bitcoin? If you asked one of the recent investors who jumped on the bandwagon at the end of 2017, they might be unlikely to tell you. Here's a breakdown of what it is and why it's important.
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Now you can buy a classic Ford Mustang with cryptocurrency

Classic Recreations, known for rebuilding and upgrading vintage Ford Mustangs, now accepts cryptocurrency as a form of payment. That means you can buy an 800-horsepower muscle car with Bitcoin.
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Why Mastercard is ripping a page from Bitcoin’s book

Mastercard's new blockchain patent seeks to put an end to credit card skimmers and make money safer. Regardless of what you think of cryptocurrency, the largest financial institutions are transforming real money to become more like it every…
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Facebook changes its cryptocurrency rules by easing its ad blocking policy

Facebook changed its mind about banning cryptocurrency-related ads from the social network. Facebook now allows ads that promote cryptocurrency and related content, but only from pre-approved advertisers.
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Was late 2017 cryptocurrency spike artificially inflated?

A new report stemming from the University of Texas at Austin claims that the big surge in cryptocurrency values during 2017 was artificially created using a digital currency called Tether. The report focuses on Bitfinex.
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Apple just banned apps from cryptocurrency mining on iOS devices

Apple has formally banned apps that mine cryptocurrency on iOS devices. The company updated its guidelines recently, highlighting that while apps related to cryptocurrency are still allowed, apps that mine it are not.
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South Korean cryptocurrency exchange loses $40 million in hack

A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange has lost roughly $40 million dollars worth of tokens in a hack. Coinrail has taken its service offline, but it is unclear if they will offer refunds to their affected customers
Emerging Tech

Why a 19-year-old Bitcoin millionaire built a working Dr. Octopus suit

What would you do if you were a 19-year-old kid with $3.3 million? There are few people more equipped to answer that than teenaged bitcoin millionaire Erik Finman. Here's his answer.