CoinDesk: news on page 441

Don't Use a Blockchain Unless You Really Need One

Blockchains are inefficient, and worth the cost only when censorship-resistance is required. For money, it clearly is; for identity, it just might be.

Blockchain and the Rise of Transaction Technology

Governments are centers of trust – so why would they make the leap to blockchains as a way to extend that already vital service?

Kraken Exchange Is Back Online After Troublesome System Upgrade

The cryptocurrency exchange has resumed services after a scheduled maintenance that was supposed to take two hours but instead took two days.

3 Web Giants That Could Be Decentralized on a Blockchain

Blockchain-based startups, many of which are using their own crypto tokens, are taking aim at the centralized monopolies on the web today.

What the Data Tells Us About Bitcoin in 2017

Statistics show bitcoin is at the forefront of an increasingly complex ecosystem that continues to grow in a variety of ways. And it refuses to die.

Korea's Crypto Crackdown Talk Draws Backlash From Users and Politicians

South Korea's citizens reacted angrily to a proposed ban on cryptocurrency exchanges, with politicians and residents alike condemning the move.

Tennessee Might Also Recognize Blockchain Data Through Proposed Law

A lawmaker in Tennessee has filed a new bill that recognizes a blockchain signature as a kind of legal electronic record.

Former Customers Sue Crypto Exchange Vircurex Over Frozen Funds

Former Vircurex customers are suing the exchange, four years after it first froze their funds and allegedly failed to repay them.

China's Internet Finance Association Warns on 'Initial Miner Offerings'

The National Internet Association of China warned against "initial miner offerings," referring to them as "disguised ICOs" on Friday.

US Finance Regulators Form Crypto Working Group, Says Mnuchin

Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that the Financial Stability Oversight Council has formed a working group focused on cryptocurrencies.

Upside Break on the Way? Zcash Eyes Gains Against Bitcoin

Privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash is solidly bid against the dollar and could soon see a spike against bitcoin.

Blockchain in Your Pocket? The Phone Behind Sirin's $157 Million ICO

Sirin says its Finney phone will fill a gap in the crypto market. But as the adage goes, "hardware is hard," and in blockchain it may be even harder.

Bitcoin Eyes Consolidation as Price Flirts with $14K

Bitcoin is back around $14,000 and could be in for a phase of rangebound trading as the markets come to terms with regulatory noises from South Korea.

Search Giant Baidu Launches Blockchain-as-a-Service Platform

Chinese web search giant Baidu has launched its own blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform based on its own technology.

Russia's Sberbank Has Launched a Blockchain Lab

Sberbank, one of the largest banks in Russia, has built a blockchain laboratory to develop and test blockchain-based solutions.

2018: The Year Blockchain, AI and IoT Converge

Cryptocurrencies emerged as a leading tech in 2017, but 2018 may find them merging with other technologies to become even more ubiquitous.

Jonas Schnelli Wants You to Run a Bitcoin Full Node

Bitcoin Core contributor and maintainer Jonas Schnelli is on a mission to make running full nodes easier for non-geeks. Decentralization is at stake.

KFC Canada Is Accepting Bitcoin for Fried Chicken

Fried chicken chain KFC Canada is accepting bitcoin for a limited time for a so-called "Bitcoin Bucket."

Ukraine Forms Cryptocurrency Oversight Working Group

Ukraine's national defense chief called for legislation regulating cryptocurrencies at a recent meeting on cybersecurity.

Arizona Lawmakers Want to Let People Pay Taxes in Bitcoin

A new bill submitted to the Arizona Senate would, if approved, let people pay their state tax liabilities using bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.