by Florin Oprea
Mark Decambre – MarketWatch
Mark Wiedman, who oversees BlackRock’s iShares exchange-traded funds, explains why the asset manager won’t be launching a bitcoin or virtual-currency ETF.
FAO: A diplomatic approach, I would say. We will follow BlackRock’s next steps in this direction. Do you feel the “heat” these giants feel? Let’s park this alongside Mr. Jamie’s statements and recent (the other day) Goldman Sachs announcements. Speaking about Goldman, read the following articles…
It Could Take Goldman Sachs Years To Trade Bitcoin
Leigh Cuen – International Business Times
Matt Levine – Bloomberg
Goldman Sachs is weighing a new trading operation dedicated to bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first blue-chip Wall Street firm preparing to deal directly in this burgeoning yet controversial market, according to people familiar with the matter.
QUOINE will be the first licensed global cryptocurrency exchange in Japan to launch an ICON. QUOINE Corporation was officially licensed by the Japan FSA.
FAO: The future is here! Good luck, Quoine!
Cole Latimer – The Sydney Morning Herald
Power Ledger, a business that uses blockchain technology to provide peer-to-peer energy trading, is carrying out an ICO to raise equity and engage potential users in its trading network.
FAO: Power Ledger raised $15m in cryptocurrency in its’ pre-ICO.
Andrew McMillen – Wired
Smart companies build apps and websites that keep our eyeballs engaged, and we reward them with our data and attention, which benefit their bottom line.
Steemit, a nascent social media platform, is trying to change all that by rewarding its users with cold, hard cash in the form of a cryptocurrency.
DNT: A sincerely WOW for this…And I can say it again! And I will: wow.
Rachel Rose O’Leary – CoinDesk
Ethereum’s most popular client has upgraded its code to enforce the upcoming Byzantium upgrade set for later this month.
Darryn Pollock – The Cointelegraph
In Bitcoin’s early days, one of its selling points was the ability to move money globally, with little to no fees. That is no longer the case, as the cost of moving Bitcoin can sometimes exceed the costs of PayPal and Western Union.
Michael del Castillo – CoinDesk
“Any incumbent, that’s a middleman – which the Fed is, stock exchanges are, Swift is, The Clearing House is – I wouldn’t say that the fintechs are going to put us out of business, necessarily. What they will do is wake us up in some cases to be a little more innovative with our systems in a way that’s positive.”
FAO: I think it just did…read another example below…
Anna Irrera – Reuters
Commerzbank, Bank of Montreal, Erste Bank, and CaixaBank have joined an initiative launched by UBS and IBM aimed at building blockchain-based technology to support trade finance transactions.
DNT: The platform is called Batavia and it would help banks and their clients to step further in the digital era.
Ryan Browne – CNBC
There are too many blockchain “tourists” using the term as a “buzzword” rather than developing real world use cases, the chief executive of cryptocurrency start-up Ripple has said.
FAO: It’s a free “cryptoverse” (well, excepting China…)…even for “blockchain tourists”…
Karolina Tagaris – Reuters
A Greek court cleared the way on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian, also wanted by Moscow, suspected of laundering billions of dollars in digital currency bitcoin.
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Rachel Rose O’Leary – CoinDesk
European Union law enforcement agency Europol has for the first time released a cybercrime report examining the growing role of zcash, monero and ether on the darknet.
FAO: …and since we’re here, check out the following article.
Nick FitzGerald – Computerworld
Secret browser-based mining for cryptocurrencies is a growing trend.
Mohit Mamoria – TechCrunch
Evelyn Cheng – CNBC
The U.S. government seized 144,336 bitcoins gained from Silk Road’s illegal activities that were found on Ulbricht’s laptop, Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York,
FAO: Uh oh…
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News
DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor Blockchain Daily News