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US Regulators Debate Whether Bitcoin is Commodity or Security

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission just released a primer on virtual currencies. This guide covers the basics of virtual currencies, the risks associated with them and CFTC's role in regulating them.Daniel Gorfine, CFTC's Chief Innovation Officer, said at the release of the primer.“As people worldwide try to understand and wrap their heads around the virtual currency ecosystem, we though

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Render Payment: Revolutionizing High-Risk Merchant Payment Processing

Although the ubiquitous nature of credit and debit card usage throughout the world has revolutionized financial transactions, the glaring reality for many small business owners is that a select few payment processors who dominate the industry have a stranglehold on the flow of money.  Many large merchant account providers will refuse to process transactions for high-risk businesses,

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ESports Entrepreneurs Powered by Blockchain

The digitization of both the economy and the entertainment industries over the past 10 years has presented opportunities for tech entrepreneurs to address customer needs that didn't exist until recently - and the potential rewards are vast.On the one hand, the online entertainment sector has been driven by a revolution in gaming that has seen the popularity of the pursuit skyrocket as of late. Ove

Papyrus: Blockchain and Other Technologies Protect Advertisers and Users on the Internet

Ad fraud traffic is a real disaster for the digital advertising industry. The size of the market is more than $200 billion (annually) and counting, but more than half of this amount goes to botnet owners and to other unscrupulous website owners, developers, and ad agencies. The key issue of the modern digital advertising market boils down to the fact that the advertiser gets only so much data abou

Industries That Are Nailing Blockchain Already

The cryptocurrency market has been experiencing exponential growth throughout 2017. With Ethereum making the jump from $40 to $320 at the time of writing, and Bitcoin shattering previous records with all-time highs, plus eight other cryptocurrencies with a total market capitalization over $1 bln, the entire ecosystem has reached a market value of over $170 bln.Image: coinmarketcapWhile the value o

Gold Miner Pivots: Backs Blockchain Company and Starts Mining Bitcoin

Mining A Canadian mining guru, Frank Giustra, has begun mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies instead of just gold. He has recently backed a Vancouver Blockchain company, called Hive Technologies Inc., to oversee these mining operations and offer first-ever mining stock options. Also read: Preparing for the Bitcoin Hard Forks: A St

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Robert Shiller: “Bitcoin is a Fad” but “I’ll take Bitcoin”

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller appeared on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” earlier today. During the interview he commented on the “strange enthusiasm” people seem to have for Bitcoin but ultimately sums up the cryptocurrency up as a “fad”, comparing it to the phenomena of bimetallism.For those unaware, bimetallism refers to a trend that occurred in the late nineteenth century. P

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Cathie Wood: Bitcoin ETF Could is Close

CEO of ARK Investment Management, Cathie Wood made some bullish comments about Bitcoin on Bloomberg earlier today. She believes that it’s only a matter of time before an Exchange Traded Fund is approved but we should expect to see closed-end funds much sooner.I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a closed-end fund before a bitcoin ETF. I don’t think we’ll see an ETF within a year, bu

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Real Estate on the Blockchain: More Sellers Want Crypto

This week, there have been some interesting developments within the crypto/property space. Firstly, Magnum Real Estate Group president, Ben Shaoul spoke to CNBC about his latest project. He’s currently developing several condominiums on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Each will hit the market for between $700,000 and $1.5 million for which he’s willing to accept payment i

Sweden Uses Cryptocurrency Technology to Become Cashless Pioneer

Sweden, the Scandinavian nation famous for ABBA, Björn Borg, and Volvo, is leading the way when it comes to becoming the world’s first cashless country – and the technology behind Bitcoin and the cryptocurrencies that have spawned is catalyzing the process.Two years ago, in October 2015, Niklas Arvidsson, a researcher in industrial economics and management at the KTH Royal Institute of T

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