Bitcoin News www.bitcoins.am http://feed.informer.com/digests/I2GGLAVR70/feeder Bitcoin News www.bitcoins.am Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:31:46 -0400 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Three Ways Your ICO Can Overcome FUD in the Market: Expert Take https://cointelegraph.com/news/three-ways-your-ico-can-overcome-fud-in-the-market-expert-take CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:64b2a3bd-05d4-98f4-8bb6-87e822a84c80 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:05:08 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTdkOWY4NTAwY2EwMTE5MDdhNzNlN2UwNWRkMmI0YTY5LmpwZw==.jpg"><p>The ICO-market has a PR problem, FUD is a symptom of misunderstanding. #EXPERT_TAKE</p> Blockchain Cryptocurrencies ICO Tokens CoinTelegraph By Guest Author Canada: TD Bank Bans Credit Card Purchases of Crypto Following Global Trend https://cointelegraph.com/news/canada-td-bank-bans-credit-card-purchases-of-crypto-following-global-trend 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account data to the IRS #NEWS</p> Blockchain Coinbase IRS Taxes Government Bitcoin Exchanges CoinTelegraph By Molly Jane Zuckerman US: Georgia Next State In Line To Accept Crypto For Taxes, Licenses https://cointelegraph.com/news/us-georgia-next-state-in-line-to-accept-crypto-for-taxes-licenses CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:6433d4d5-79ff-6c41-8c43-c1013d092b6d Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:38:50 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTQ2NDMxOWJjMDU3MzNkNWE5NDExNmQwMjI1NjQwYTdiLmpwZw==.jpg"><p>US state of Georgia proposes bill to allow tax payments in crypto, following on the heels of Arizona #NEWS</p> Bitcoin Taxes Payments Government Cryptocurrencies CoinTelegraph By Aaron Wood Pump and Dump in Crypto: Cases, Measures, Warnings https://cointelegraph.com/news/pump-and-dump-in-crypto-cases-measures-warnings CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:aa887157-1673-c010-c9a0-217d3aa7d2ed Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:00:03 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTBkYjcxMTUxMTk1YzAyNjg0N2MxNDlkMmUyMDliNDZhLmpwZw==.jpg"><p>The increased amount of pump and dump schemes in the cryptocurrency market has prompted the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to issue a Consumer Protection Advisory statement. #REGULATIONS</p> Blockchain Cryptocurrencies SEC Markets Bittrex CoinTelegraph By Patrick Thompson Overstock CEO Puts ‘Millions Of Dollars’ Into Unknown Coin, Compares To Bitcoin https://cointelegraph.com/news/overstock-ceo-puts-millions-of-dollars-into-unknown-coin-compares-to-bitcoin CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:969528c2-0475-028c-7983-d40cb026837b Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:38:29 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTZkNjY4YzQ5NGJlY2UyNjM5ZWRkNjE4Y2VkMzU2Y2I3LmpwZw==.jpg"><p>In a recent interview, Overstock CEO raves about a virtually unknown Blockchain project he’s invested “millions” into, while also taking credit for “saving” Bitcoin community in 2014 #NEWS</p> Bitcoin Overstock Mining Adoption CoinTelegraph By Molly Jane Zuckerman Romanian Startup Targets $400 Bln Charity Fundraising Market With New Platform https://cointelegraph.com/news/romanian-startup-targets-400-bln-charity-fundraising-market-with-new-platform CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:1233d226-173e-50d5-b65a-dba21c521170 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:26:17 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZWRlMzQyOTExOGQ4OWMxM2UzMTFkMWMwYmZmNjExMWY5LnBuZw==.jpg"><p>Blockchain startup is building a fundraising platform for charities #SPONSORED</p> Blockchain Charity Tokens Red Cross USA Decentralization CoinTelegraph By Bala Murali Krishna Elon Musk Reveals Personal Crypto Holdings https://www.ccn.com/elon-musk-reveals-personal-crypto-holdings/ CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News » News urn:uuid:3e7edbf5-0eb1-9931-4ebd-2c11ec5d1100 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:03:26 -0500 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/elon-musk-reveals-personal-crypto-holdings/">Elon Musk Reveals Personal Crypto Holdings</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> <p>Elon Musk has revealed his personal cryptocurrency holdings. The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla told Twitter followers that he in fact has never purchased cryptocurrency, and only holds a small amount of Bitcoin gifted by a friend. Not sure. I let @jack know, but it’s still going. I literally own zero cryptocurrency, apart from &#8230; <a href="https://www.ccn.com/elon-musk-reveals-personal-crypto-holdings/">Continued</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/elon-musk-reveals-personal-crypto-holdings/">Elon Musk Reveals Personal Crypto Holdings</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> News bitcoin btc Elon Musk SpaceX Tesla Lewis Gray Lights, Camera, Crypto: Advertising Campaigns For New Money https://cointelegraph.com/news/lights-camera-crypto-advertising-campaigns-for-new-money CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:4518eab5-b18b-9312-fad9-6693b1943421 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:42:07 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTc2ZjUwZGI1NjBkMzBmNWU3NzQ4MTAyY2ViZmEzODk5LmpwZw==.jpg"><p>The crypto boom has served up some interesting marketing and advertising campaigns over the past few years. #PANORAMA</p> Bitcoin Advertisement Cryptocurrencies Fiat Money Facebook ICO CoinTelegraph By Gareth Jenkinson Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk Says He Owns $2.5K In BTC, Or ‘Literally Zero Cryptocurrency’ https://cointelegraph.com/news/tesla-billionaire-elon-musk-says-he-owns-25k-in-btc-or-literally-zero-cryptocurrency CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:80cb5e38-3b20-4fb6-9531-7df8f2b0ca9b Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:26:13 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTNmZGU1NTA3OWQ5NDlhYTcwYzMyZjcwMzI0NTIyMjg1LmpwZw==.jpg"><p>Tesla’s Elon Musk revealed how much crypto he owns, and it’s a tiny fraction of his net worth. #NEWS</p> Bitcoin Scams Cryptocurrencies Tesla Twitter Satoshi Nakamoto Mainstream CoinTelegraph By Helen Partz Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase Launches SegWit Compatability https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-exchange-coinbase-launches-segwit-compatability/ CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News » News urn:uuid:5d0d87be-e0de-1c45-9b43-aae71d2f1e5b Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:00:42 -0500 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-exchange-coinbase-launches-segwit-compatability/">Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase Launches SegWit Compatability</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> <p>Coinbase have announced that the site will now be implementing SegWit on Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals. The transition is being implemented over the coming week, and should improve transaction speeds and lower fees. SegWit was introduced August of last year through BIP 141 (Bitcoin Improvement Proposal), however Coinbase was slow to adopt the technology. The lack of implementation</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-exchange-coinbase-launches-segwit-compatability/">Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase Launches SegWit Compatability</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> News bitcoin btc coinbase Segwit Lewis Gray Riot Blockchain Gets Hit by Another Shareholder Lawsuit https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/riot-blockchain-gets-hit-another-shareholder-lawsuit/#1519487265 Bitcoin Magazine urn:uuid:7abf3282-baed-a5f1-33c9-2e4370f5a75b Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:47:45 -0500 <img alt="Riot Blockchain Gets Hit by Another Shareholder Lawsuit" height="444" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/riot_lawsuit.width-800.jpg" width="800"> <br/> <div class="rich-text"><html><head></head><body><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d28d2d3-c87d-a70e-bcd2-a3059ee55212"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>After changing its name to </span><span><a href="https://www.riotblockchain.com/">Riot Blockchain</a></span><span> in October to include the word “blockchain,” the public company </span><span>watched its stock skyrocket from $8 a share to more than $38 during a cryptocurrency rally at the beginning of the year.</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The first significant problem was the company did not have any real focus on blockchain technology. Before October, Riot was known as Bioptix, a maker of diagnostic machinery for the biotech industry. The company also changed its ticker symbol to RIOT from BIOP.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Another problem was that key shareholder Barry Honig got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, </span><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/investor-who-rode-pivot-from-biotech-to-bitcoin-sells-big-stake-1517403600"><span>selling off</span></a><span> a big stake of his shares at $38 per share after the name change.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>On February 22, 2018, law firm Robbins Geller Rudman &amp; Dowd LLP </span><a href="https://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases-riotblockchain.html"><span>announced</span></a><span> it was filing a class-action lawsuit against Riot. The complaint charges Riot, along with Honig and company CEO John O’Rourke and CFO Jeffrey McGonegal, with securities violations.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Specifically, the charges claim that despite its lack of blockchain expertise, Riot changed its name to generate investor enthusiasm to further an insider scheme that would allow Riot’s controlling shareholders to dump their stocks at grossly inflated prices.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>At least two other lawsuits have been filed against Riot and its principals, charging them with securities violations and false and misleading statements. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>These lawsuits follow a scathing </span><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/16/public-company-changes-name-to-riot-blockchain-sees-shares-rocket.html"><span>investigation</span></a><span> into Riot by CNBC on February 16, 2018, that raised questions about the company’s business model and Honig. In the wake of that report, shares tumbled 33 percent to $11.46. It is likely these class-action lawsuits may be the first of many to come against Riot. </span></p><h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Shady Activities</span></h4><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>On October 4, 2017, Riot </span><a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bioptix-changing-name-to-riot-blockchain-as-company-shifts-focus-to-strategic-investor-and-operator-in-blockchain-technologies-300530737.html"><span>adopted its new name</span></a><span> and headed off in a radical new business direction, announcing it was going to invest in and operate blockchain technologies with a focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum. The company had no previous business in blockchain technology, yet in press releases, Riot portrayed itself as a seasoned player in the space. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“At Riot Blockchain, our team has the insight and network to effectively grow and develop blockchain assets,” said Riot’s then-CEO, Michael Beeghley, in a</span><span> </span><a href="https://ir.riotblockchain.com/press-releases/detail/10/bioptix-changing-name-to-riot-blockchain-as-company-shifts"><span>statement</span></a><span> </span><span>at the time. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The company has a history of questionable activities. In December, Riot began purchasing cryptocurrency mining equipment. But rather than purchasing from the manufacturer or other suppliers, the </span><a href="https://seekingalpha.com/article/4131031-riot-blockchain-sudden-business-pivot-suspicious-acquisitions-questionable-special-dividend"><span>company paid</span></a><span> more than $11 million for equipment worth only $2 million by purchasing it through a newly formed shell entity.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Honig is also charged with exercising outside influence over the company’s business operations. Beginning in April 2016, long before the company changed its name to Riot, Honig began purchasing shares in the company. By December 2016, he had become the company’s largest shareholder, owning more than 11 percent of the company. He used that influence to nominate several new directors to the board, including O’Rourke. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>In addition to insider selling after the name change, other worrying signs about the company included: </span><span>Riot lost two auditing firms in just one year, and two annual stockholder meetings were </span><a href="https://www.riotblockchain.com/news-media/press-releases/detail/30/riot-blockchain-announces-adjournment-of-annual-meeting-of"><span>postponed</span></a><span> at the last minute. Also, some of Riot’s business deals involved investors who had worked on similar deals together in the past, raising questions about the company’s governance.</span></p><h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“All Aboard”</span></h4><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Riot is not the only company to have jumped onboard the rename-your-company  “blockchain” bandwagon. Several other companies have also rewritten their names to cash in on the blockchain and cryptocurrency craze.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>In December, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation, a New York–based company that makes iced tea, </span><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-21/crypto-craze-sees-long-island-iced-tea-rename-as-long-blockchain"><span>rebranded itself</span></a><span> as “Long Blockchain.” Its company shares rose 300 percent as a result. In January, legacy photography company Kodak announced the </span><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-01-31/there-s-not-much-coin-to-kodakcoin"><span>launch of KODAKCoin</span></a><span>, a “photo-centric” cryptocurrency for photographers, and its stock went up 80 percent within hours. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Lawsuits like the ones now piling up against Riot stand as a reminder that a name change is not enough — a company needs real blockchain experience and technology and a solid business plan behind it before adding “blockchain” to its name.</span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <img alt="Riot Blockchain Gets Hit by Another Shareholder Lawsuit" height="444" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/riot_lawsuit.width-800.jpg" width="800"> <br/> <div class="rich-text"><html><head></head><body><span id="docs-internal-guid-6d28d2d3-c87d-a70e-bcd2-a3059ee55212"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>After changing its name to </span><span><a href="https://www.riotblockchain.com/">Riot Blockchain</a></span><span> in October to include the word “blockchain,” the public company </span><span>watched its stock skyrocket from $8 a share to more than $38 during a cryptocurrency rally at the beginning of the year.</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The first significant problem was the company did not have any real focus on blockchain technology. Before October, Riot was known as Bioptix, a maker of diagnostic machinery for the biotech industry. The company also changed its ticker symbol to RIOT from BIOP.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Another problem was that key shareholder Barry Honig got caught with his hand in the cookie jar, </span><a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/investor-who-rode-pivot-from-biotech-to-bitcoin-sells-big-stake-1517403600"><span>selling off</span></a><span> a big stake of his shares at $38 per share after the name change.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>On February 22, 2018, law firm Robbins Geller Rudman &amp; Dowd LLP </span><a href="https://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases-riotblockchain.html"><span>announced</span></a><span> it was filing a class-action lawsuit against Riot. The complaint charges Riot, along with Honig and company CEO John O’Rourke and CFO Jeffrey McGonegal, with securities violations.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Specifically, the charges claim that despite its lack of blockchain expertise, Riot changed its name to generate investor enthusiasm to further an insider scheme that would allow Riot’s controlling shareholders to dump their stocks at grossly inflated prices.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>At least two other lawsuits have been filed against Riot and its principals, charging them with securities violations and false and misleading statements. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>These lawsuits follow a scathing </span><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/16/public-company-changes-name-to-riot-blockchain-sees-shares-rocket.html"><span>investigation</span></a><span> into Riot by CNBC on February 16, 2018, that raised questions about the company’s business model and Honig. In the wake of that report, shares tumbled 33 percent to $11.46. It is likely these class-action lawsuits may be the first of many to come against Riot. </span></p><h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Shady Activities</span></h4><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>On October 4, 2017, Riot </span><a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bioptix-changing-name-to-riot-blockchain-as-company-shifts-focus-to-strategic-investor-and-operator-in-blockchain-technologies-300530737.html"><span>adopted its new name</span></a><span> and headed off in a radical new business direction, announcing it was going to invest in and operate blockchain technologies with a focus on Bitcoin and Ethereum. The company had no previous business in blockchain technology, yet in press releases, Riot portrayed itself as a seasoned player in the space. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“At Riot Blockchain, our team has the insight and network to effectively grow and develop blockchain assets,” said Riot’s then-CEO, Michael Beeghley, in a</span><span> </span><a href="https://ir.riotblockchain.com/press-releases/detail/10/bioptix-changing-name-to-riot-blockchain-as-company-shifts"><span>statement</span></a><span> </span><span>at the time. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The company has a history of questionable activities. In December, Riot began purchasing cryptocurrency mining equipment. But rather than purchasing from the manufacturer or other suppliers, the </span><a href="https://seekingalpha.com/article/4131031-riot-blockchain-sudden-business-pivot-suspicious-acquisitions-questionable-special-dividend"><span>company paid</span></a><span> more than $11 million for equipment worth only $2 million by purchasing it through a newly formed shell entity.  </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Honig is also charged with exercising outside influence over the company’s business operations. Beginning in April 2016, long before the company changed its name to Riot, Honig began purchasing shares in the company. By December 2016, he had become the company’s largest shareholder, owning more than 11 percent of the company. He used that influence to nominate several new directors to the board, including O’Rourke. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>In addition to insider selling after the name change, other worrying signs about the company included: </span><span>Riot lost two auditing firms in just one year, and two annual stockholder meetings were </span><a href="https://www.riotblockchain.com/news-media/press-releases/detail/30/riot-blockchain-announces-adjournment-of-annual-meeting-of"><span>postponed</span></a><span> at the last minute. Also, some of Riot’s business deals involved investors who had worked on similar deals together in the past, raising questions about the company’s governance.</span></p><h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“All Aboard”</span></h4><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Riot is not the only company to have jumped onboard the rename-your-company  “blockchain” bandwagon. Several other companies have also rewritten their names to cash in on the blockchain and cryptocurrency craze.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>In December, the Long Island Iced Tea Corporation, a New York–based company that makes iced tea, </span><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-21/crypto-craze-sees-long-island-iced-tea-rename-as-long-blockchain"><span>rebranded itself</span></a><span> as “Long Blockchain.” Its company shares rose 300 percent as a result. In January, legacy photography company Kodak announced the </span><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-01-31/there-s-not-much-coin-to-kodakcoin"><span>launch of KODAKCoin</span></a><span>, a “photo-centric” cryptocurrency for photographers, and its stock went up 80 percent within hours. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Lawsuits like the ones now piling up against Riot stand as a reminder that a name change is not enough — a company needs real blockchain experience and technology and a solid business plan behind it before adding “blockchain” to its name.</span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?a=13PG_NcfH1I:g1Y8f0rKwpM:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?a=13PG_NcfH1I:g1Y8f0rKwpM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BitcoinMagazine/~4/13PG_NcfH1I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Bitcoin Amy Castor There Has Been An Awakening. 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The initial bullish rally seemed promising as it broke the macro, descending channel that governed much of the market over the last two months:</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><img class="richtext-image lightbox" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Figure_1_Ly51qaK.original.jpg" width="1814" height="881" alt="Figure_1.jpg"><span><i>Figure 1: BTC-USD, 6-Hour Candles, Descending Channel</i></span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The breakout of the descending channel (red dotted channel) gave hope to many bullish investors as it seemingly signaled the end of the downtrend and perhaps the beginning of a sustained bullish reversal. The volume was increasing and the price was pushing full steam ahead. However, after a few days of strong bullish movement, the price took a sharp turn downward and broke the governing channel that outlined the bullish rally from the $6,000s:</span><span><br class="kix-line-break"/></span><span><br class="kix-line-break"/></span><img class="richtext-image lightbox" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Figure_2_30mins.original.jpg" width="1809" height="880" alt="Figure_2_30mins.jpg"><span><i>Figure 2: BTC-USD, 30-Min. Candles, Bullish Channel</i></span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>As noted in the previous BTC-USD market </span><a data-original-title="" href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoin-price-analysis-bitcoin-tests-pivotal-resistance-levels-following-strong-rally/" title=""><span>analysis</span></a><span>, there was a possible distribution trading range (TR) under way, and I mentioned that a breakout above the TR was likely. However, if the market managed to break out and return back inside the TR, that would possibly mark the beginning of a sustained move downward:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><img class="richtext-image lightbox" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Figure_3_qulGtMZ.original.jpg" width="1812" height="876" alt="Figure_3.jpg"><span><i>Figure 3: BTC-USD, 30-Min Candles, Distribution TR</i></span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Yesterday, the market saw a strong push below the TR, where it managed to find a bottom around the $9,600 range. After finding a local bottom, the market returned to the TR from the bottom side and was ultimately rejected from the TR, marking a possible last point of supply (LPSY) for the TR. Currently, the market is hovering just below the TR and is on the tipping point of breaking strong support. If we manage to break the strong support around the 38% retracement values (shown in Figure 3), I expect to see widespread capitulation that will lead to a return to the bearish channel shown in Figure 1. It is entirely possible that we could see a return to the TR once more, so I’m not ruling out the possibility of a short-term bullish rally.  However, I have very little hope at the moment for a resumption of the macro uptrend.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>If we manage to push new lows, I expect to find support in the low $9,000s as this marked the breakout of the current, failed rally. From there we will have to reassess the market conditions, but for now, I have very little confidence in a bullish continuation.</span></p><h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Summary:</span></h4><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"></p><ol><li>After a strong uptrend, and after a breakout of the bearish descending channel, the market saw a strong pullback.<br/></li><li>The strong pullback marks a potential distribution trading range on the 30-minute candles.<br/></li><li>New lows may be in store for bitcoin as it decides whether the bulls are too exhausted to keep the buying pressure aloft.<br/></li></ol><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span><i>Trading and investing in digital assets like bitcoin and ether is highly speculative and comes with many risks. This analysis is for informational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Statements and financial information on Bitcoin Magazine and BTC Media related sites do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BTC Media and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation to buy, sell or hold. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.</i></span></p><p><span><br/></span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <img alt="Bitcoin Price Analysis" height="463" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/BitcoinPrice3.width-800.jpg" width="800"> <br/> <div class="rich-text"><html><head></head><body><span id="docs-internal-guid-cdcc5c9a-c533-62af-6c12-69bc2f1975f1"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>After seeing a rally to the $11,000s, bitcoin has managed to pull back to the $9,000 range and has left many bullish investors confused. The initial bullish rally seemed promising as it broke the macro, descending channel that governed much of the market over the last two months:</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><img class="richtext-image lightbox" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Figure_1_Ly51qaK.original.jpg" width="1814" height="881" alt="Figure_1.jpg"><span><i>Figure 1: BTC-USD, 6-Hour Candles, Descending Channel</i></span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The breakout of the descending channel (red dotted channel) gave hope to many bullish investors as it seemingly signaled the end of the downtrend and perhaps the beginning of a sustained bullish reversal. The volume was increasing and the price was pushing full steam ahead. However, after a few days of strong bullish movement, the price took a sharp turn downward and broke the governing channel that outlined the bullish rally from the $6,000s:</span><span><br class="kix-line-break"/></span><span><br class="kix-line-break"/></span><img class="richtext-image lightbox" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Figure_2_30mins.original.jpg" width="1809" height="880" alt="Figure_2_30mins.jpg"><span><i>Figure 2: BTC-USD, 30-Min. Candles, Bullish Channel</i></span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>As noted in the previous BTC-USD market </span><a data-original-title="" href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoin-price-analysis-bitcoin-tests-pivotal-resistance-levels-following-strong-rally/" title=""><span>analysis</span></a><span>, there was a possible distribution trading range (TR) under way, and I mentioned that a breakout above the TR was likely. However, if the market managed to break out and return back inside the TR, that would possibly mark the beginning of a sustained move downward:</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><img class="richtext-image lightbox" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Figure_3_qulGtMZ.original.jpg" width="1812" height="876" alt="Figure_3.jpg"><span><i>Figure 3: BTC-USD, 30-Min Candles, Distribution TR</i></span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Yesterday, the market saw a strong push below the TR, where it managed to find a bottom around the $9,600 range. After finding a local bottom, the market returned to the TR from the bottom side and was ultimately rejected from the TR, marking a possible last point of supply (LPSY) for the TR. Currently, the market is hovering just below the TR and is on the tipping point of breaking strong support. If we manage to break the strong support around the 38% retracement values (shown in Figure 3), I expect to see widespread capitulation that will lead to a return to the bearish channel shown in Figure 1. It is entirely possible that we could see a return to the TR once more, so I’m not ruling out the possibility of a short-term bullish rally.  However, I have very little hope at the moment for a resumption of the macro uptrend.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>If we manage to push new lows, I expect to find support in the low $9,000s as this marked the breakout of the current, failed rally. From there we will have to reassess the market conditions, but for now, I have very little confidence in a bullish continuation.</span></p><h4 dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Summary:</span></h4><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"></p><ol><li>After a strong uptrend, and after a breakout of the bearish descending channel, the market saw a strong pullback.<br/></li><li>The strong pullback marks a potential distribution trading range on the 30-minute candles.<br/></li><li>New lows may be in store for bitcoin as it decides whether the bulls are too exhausted to keep the buying pressure aloft.<br/></li></ol><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span><i>Trading and investing in digital assets like bitcoin and ether is highly speculative and comes with many risks. This analysis is for informational purposes and should not be considered investment advice. Statements and financial information on Bitcoin Magazine and BTC Media related sites do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BTC Media and should not be construed as an endorsement or recommendation to buy, sell or hold. 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It’s thought that around 95 percent of these people are in either sub-Saharan Africa or developing Asia, with 80 percent in rural areas.</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Ethereum-based platform </span><a href="http://impactppa.com/"><span>ImpactPPA</span></a><span> is attempting to turn on the lights using the power of the blockchain.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Selected as one of the top three most promising ICOs at this year’s North American Bitcoin Conference, ImpactPPA aims to disrupt renewable energy to finance and accelerate global clean energy production by decentralizing and tokenizing energy generation through power purchase agreements (PPAs). To achieve this, the platform is using blockchain technology, smart contracts and its energy protocol, the SmartPPA. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The project </span><a href="http://impactppa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ImpactPPA_v4.2WEB_edit-1.pdf"><span>white paper</span></a><span> describes how, right now, energy financing and distribution is bottlenecked by large, centralized NGOs and government agencies that have established an unwieldy financing system that can take years from proposal to product implementation. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The SmartPPA is the lynchpin of the new system and permits anyone, anywhere, to create a proposal for a project of any size. Even though ImpactPPA will allow users worldwide to access clean energy on a mobile device, the platform is primarily focusing on the emerging economies in the world.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Speaking to </span><span><i>Bitcoin Magazine</i></span><span>, ImpactPPA CEO Dan Bates explained that the current funding process with centralized NGOs is “too cumbersome and costly for many developing nations,” leaving many countries and their populations with limited access to power.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“ImpactPPA’s use of the blockchain and the crowd dramatically changes this paradigm, tapping into the vast potential of the socially minded impact investor and concerned citizen, looking to benefit the well-being of others while mitigating climate change,” he said.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>As a company that has already been working in the traditional renewable energy (wind and solar) space for over 10 years, with projects on the ground in 35 countries, ImpactPPA’s platform is now ready to deploy with the blockchain component. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>According to Bates, the team has more than 200 megawatts in discussion for PPAs around the world that they expect to begin executing within the next six months. Through its pay-as-you-go model for power, ImpactPPA is providing the most remote and underserved populations the chance to rapidly fund and deploy clean energy solutions that improve their quality of life, giving users the chance to purchase and consume energy on an as-needed basis.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“There is great need for our solutions in rural Africa as well as island nations like Puerto Rico and Haiti, which have been affected by hurricanes, just to name a few examples,” said Bates. “But as a company, we are interested in working everywhere and anywhere there is a need for power.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>ImpactPPA is currently working with the Haitian government and local partners to provide power to 42 of their coastal communities that have been left without power since Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The platform is planning on working with NGOs in the future too.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Delivering this energy to smart meters that are connected to the blockchain allows for government, utility companies, businesses or individuals to decentralize the flow of power while using the best of the blockchain to ensure trust and security of the power generated and transmitted, Bates explained.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Built on the Ethereum platform, ImpactPPA will sell its asset-based MPAQ token to enable projects, typically microgrids, to be quickly deployed.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“MPAQ token holders will be able to review and vote on proposed projects for funding by the company, giving the token-holding community a voice in the conversation about which projects should be funded,” Bates said.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>ImpactPPA expects to begin its MPAQ token sale on April 22, 2018, coinciding with Earth Day, for funding projects currently in the pipeline.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>It will also sell a GEN Credit to be used by consumers of the electricity generated by the renewable energy systems. It is priced in kWh and is determined by the PPA that it is attached to. Bates added that 30 percent of all net profits from implemented PPAs will be credited toward the platform’s GEN Pool. On a quarterly basis, and as long as the GEN Pool has a value of at least $100,000, ImpactPPA will use the accumulated GEN Pool to repurchase MPAQ tokens.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“It is this GEN Credit that will be exchanged by end users, buyers or proxies for the energy created by the renewable energy systems delivered to fulfill the SmartPPAs,” said Bates. “It is used to insure delivery of energy, manage storage devices, create interconnected data networks, and enable new economic models for the millions upon millions of people who will be positively impacted by the access to power.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>For Bates, the platform will deliver positive social impact in any form.</span></p><blockquote style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Energy begets an improved quality of life, education and self-empowerment, but energy is just the beginning for ImpactPPA.</span></blockquote><p><span><br/></span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <img alt="Bringing Renewable Energy to the World Using Blockchain Technology" height="444" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/ImpactPPA.width-800.jpg" width="800"> <br/> <div class="rich-text"><html><head></head><body><span id="docs-internal-guid-3ce5b64c-c3ea-77d6-e30a-f5d51efd70bc"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Modern energy services are vital to human well-being and to a country’s economic development, yet according to the </span><span><a href="https://www.iea.org/topics/energypoverty/">International Energy Agency</a></span><span> (IEA), globally 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity. 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To achieve this, the platform is using blockchain technology, smart contracts and its energy protocol, the SmartPPA. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The project </span><a href="http://impactppa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ImpactPPA_v4.2WEB_edit-1.pdf"><span>white paper</span></a><span> describes how, right now, energy financing and distribution is bottlenecked by large, centralized NGOs and government agencies that have established an unwieldy financing system that can take years from proposal to product implementation. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>The SmartPPA is the lynchpin of the new system and permits anyone, anywhere, to create a proposal for a project of any size. Even though ImpactPPA will allow users worldwide to access clean energy on a mobile device, the platform is primarily focusing on the emerging economies in the world.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Speaking to </span><span><i>Bitcoin Magazine</i></span><span>, ImpactPPA CEO Dan Bates explained that the current funding process with centralized NGOs is “too cumbersome and costly for many developing nations,” leaving many countries and their populations with limited access to power.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“ImpactPPA’s use of the blockchain and the crowd dramatically changes this paradigm, tapping into the vast potential of the socially minded impact investor and concerned citizen, looking to benefit the well-being of others while mitigating climate change,” he said.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>As a company that has already been working in the traditional renewable energy (wind and solar) space for over 10 years, with projects on the ground in 35 countries, ImpactPPA’s platform is now ready to deploy with the blockchain component. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>According to Bates, the team has more than 200 megawatts in discussion for PPAs around the world that they expect to begin executing within the next six months. Through its pay-as-you-go model for power, ImpactPPA is providing the most remote and underserved populations the chance to rapidly fund and deploy clean energy solutions that improve their quality of life, giving users the chance to purchase and consume energy on an as-needed basis.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“There is great need for our solutions in rural Africa as well as island nations like Puerto Rico and Haiti, which have been affected by hurricanes, just to name a few examples,” said Bates. “But as a company, we are interested in working everywhere and anywhere there is a need for power.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>ImpactPPA is currently working with the Haitian government and local partners to provide power to 42 of their coastal communities that have been left without power since Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The platform is planning on working with NGOs in the future too.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Delivering this energy to smart meters that are connected to the blockchain allows for government, utility companies, businesses or individuals to decentralize the flow of power while using the best of the blockchain to ensure trust and security of the power generated and transmitted, Bates explained.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Built on the Ethereum platform, ImpactPPA will sell its asset-based MPAQ token to enable projects, typically microgrids, to be quickly deployed.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“MPAQ token holders will be able to review and vote on proposed projects for funding by the company, giving the token-holding community a voice in the conversation about which projects should be funded,” Bates said.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>ImpactPPA expects to begin its MPAQ token sale on April 22, 2018, coinciding with Earth Day, for funding projects currently in the pipeline.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>It will also sell a GEN Credit to be used by consumers of the electricity generated by the renewable energy systems. It is priced in kWh and is determined by the PPA that it is attached to. Bates added that 30 percent of all net profits from implemented PPAs will be credited toward the platform’s GEN Pool. On a quarterly basis, and as long as the GEN Pool has a value of at least $100,000, ImpactPPA will use the accumulated GEN Pool to repurchase MPAQ tokens.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“It is this GEN Credit that will be exchanged by end users, buyers or proxies for the energy created by the renewable energy systems delivered to fulfill the SmartPPAs,” said Bates. “It is used to insure delivery of energy, manage storage devices, create interconnected data networks, and enable new economic models for the millions upon millions of people who will be positively impacted by the access to power.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>For Bates, the platform will deliver positive social impact in any form.</span></p><blockquote style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Energy begets an improved quality of life, education and self-empowerment, but energy is just the beginning for ImpactPPA.</span></blockquote><p><span><br/></span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?a=Dzlbcd5OM04:fiE_qak4l0g:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?a=Dzlbcd5OM04:fiE_qak4l0g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BitcoinMagazine/~4/Dzlbcd5OM04" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Bitcoin Adoption & community Rebecca Campbell Bank Of America: Our ‘Inability To Adapt’ Could See A Failure To Compete With Crypto https://cointelegraph.com/news/bank-of-america-our-inability-to-adapt-could-see-a-failure-to-compete-with-crypto CoinTelegraph.Com News urn:uuid:33926760-4781-f8f8-547b-32d76cef211c Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:23:52 -0500 <img src="https://cointelegraph.com/images/528_Ly9jb2ludGVsZWdyYXBoLmNvbS9zdG9yYWdlL3VwbG9hZHMvdmlldy9iYWRnZTM4NDFlODM5ODliZGNjYTNmM2NmNTEwMzJlYTExYjM3Lg==.jpg"><p>Big spending may be the only way for Bank of America to compete with cryptocurrency, the bank tells the SEC in its 2017 fiscal report. #NEWS</p> Bitcoin Regulation Bank Of America Cryptocurrencies Government SEC CoinTelegraph By William Suberg Tezos Foundation President Johann Gevers Resigns Amid Board Reorganization https://www.ccn.com/tezos-foundation-president-johann-gevers-resigns-amid-board-reorganization/ CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News » News urn:uuid:7a8b6ed7-eda4-c266-e091-e9edd9c8a9ba Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:16:02 -0500 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/tezos-foundation-president-johann-gevers-resigns-amid-board-reorganization/">Tezos Foundation President Johann Gevers Resigns Amid Board Reorganization</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> <p>Controversial Tezos Foundation President Johann Gevers has formally resigned his post as part of a wider board reorganization. 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Subscribe to our localized social media to stay updated on the latest global and local news. #NEWS</p> Bitcoin Cryptocurrencies Media Germany Austria Switzerland Cointelegraph CoinTelegraph By Helen Partz Nokia Launches Blockchain-Powered IoT Sensing as a Service for Smart Cities https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/nokia-launches-blockchain-powered-iot-sensing-service-smart-cities/#1519405103 Bitcoin Magazine urn:uuid:20744620-9fa4-ae3f-75ce-6186b768f42a Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:58:23 -0500 <img alt="Nokia Launches Blockchain-Powered IoT Sensing as a Service for Smart Cities" height="444" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/NokiaIoT.width-800.jpg" width="800"> <br/> <div class="rich-text"><html><head></head><body><span id="docs-internal-guid-d4f3ed69-c395-e940-a88d-bf652c2ce84e"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia </span><span><a href="https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2018/02/20/nokia-introduces-services-technology-to-help-operators-address-needs-of-digital-cities">is launching</a></span><span> a set of services, based on Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, and blockchain technologies, for economically and environmentally sustainable “smart cities.”</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>In the emerging IoT, billions of connected devices and sensors will generate vast amounts of data. Smart cities will need to retrieve, process, interpret and act upon real-time environmental data in a timely manner to ensure they remain sustainable environments for their citizens. To enable efficient IoT ecosystems for smart cities, it’s important to create new data monetization opportunities for IoT sensor network operators able to provide smart city authorities with real-time processed and analyzed environmental data.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>"Cities need to become digital in order to efficiently deliver services to their habitants,” said Asad Rizvi, head of Global Services business development at Nokia. “Smart infrastructure, which is shared, secure, and scalable, is needed to ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used. We can help cities with that. In addition, we can help operators generate new revenue utilizing their existing network by providing solutions for smart city players, such as city, transport, travel and public safety authorities."</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia’s </span><a data-original-title="" href="https://networks.nokia.com/services/sensing-as-a-service" title=""><span>Sensing as a Service</span></a><span> (S2aaS) provides intelligent analytics on environmental data gathered from IoT-connected sensors, which operators can sell to cities and other authorities. Nokia envisions IoT-based, real-time monitoring systems able to provide timely environmental information for smart city management. For example, S2aaS will detect unusual environmental behavior like illegal construction, trash burning or unusual particles in the air.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>NetworkWorld</span><span> </span><a href="https://www.networkworld.com/article/3257664/internet-of-things/iot-sensor-as-a-service-run-by-blockchain-is-coming.html"><span>notes</span></a><span> that the idea behind the product is to provide a way for mobile network operators (MNOs), many of which use Nokia cell site equipment, to monetize existing infrastructure, such as towers, by selling live environmental sensor data to cities and others.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia’s S2aaS is powered by a blockchain with a built-in micropayment platform, which supports smart contracts for “anonymized, private and secure micro-transactions that allow operators to monetize analyzed data and generate new revenue streams.” </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“Our complete micropayment platform can help you quickly generate new revenue from your data,” reads </span><a href="https://onestore.nokia.com/asset/201997/NOKIA_Sensing-as-a-service_Solution-paper_EN.pdf"><span>a Nokia solution paper</span></a><span>. “Based on blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that is taking finance, healthcare, and a range of other industries by storm, our platform allows you to easily integrate third parties into your data market — expanding your customer base and service offerings. And as every transaction is verified against other peers in the blockchain network, you can be sure that your platform is secure.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Independent operators will have the option of a traditional CapEx (Capital Expenditure) business model, or a revenue sharing service model. Nokia stated that it will work with clients to identify optimal business models for their specific use cases.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia will manage all hardware installation, equipping existing network sites with new environmental sensors and edge gateways. S2aaS will include a complete platform for collecting and processing sensor data hosted in Microsoft Azure, AWS, or Nokia’s private cloud, using a choice of Amazon IoT, and Microsoft IoT, or Nokia’s own </span><a href="https://networks.nokia.com/services/nokia-ava-cognitive-services-platform"><span>AVA</span></a><span> cognitive services platform. According to the company,  AVA “integrates cloud-based delivery, intelligent analytics and extreme automation to deliver instant and flawless personalized services.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia </span><a href="https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibitor/nokia-2/"><span>will present</span></a><span> S2aaS and related services at the </span><a href="https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/"><span>Mobile World Congress</span></a><span> in Barcelona, Spain, held from February 26 to March 1, 2018.</span></p><p><span><br/></span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <img alt="Nokia Launches Blockchain-Powered IoT Sensing as a Service for Smart Cities" height="444" src="https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/NokiaIoT.width-800.jpg" width="800"> <br/> <div class="rich-text"><html><head></head><body><span id="docs-internal-guid-d4f3ed69-c395-e940-a88d-bf652c2ce84e"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia </span><span><a href="https://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2018/02/20/nokia-introduces-services-technology-to-help-operators-address-needs-of-digital-cities">is launching</a></span><span> a set of services, based on Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, and blockchain technologies, for economically and environmentally sustainable “smart cities.”</span><br/></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>In the emerging IoT, billions of connected devices and sensors will generate vast amounts of data. Smart cities will need to retrieve, process, interpret and act upon real-time environmental data in a timely manner to ensure they remain sustainable environments for their citizens. To enable efficient IoT ecosystems for smart cities, it’s important to create new data monetization opportunities for IoT sensor network operators able to provide smart city authorities with real-time processed and analyzed environmental data.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>"Cities need to become digital in order to efficiently deliver services to their habitants,” said Asad Rizvi, head of Global Services business development at Nokia. “Smart infrastructure, which is shared, secure, and scalable, is needed to ensure urban assets and data are efficiently used. We can help cities with that. In addition, we can help operators generate new revenue utilizing their existing network by providing solutions for smart city players, such as city, transport, travel and public safety authorities."</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia’s </span><a data-original-title="" href="https://networks.nokia.com/services/sensing-as-a-service" title=""><span>Sensing as a Service</span></a><span> (S2aaS) provides intelligent analytics on environmental data gathered from IoT-connected sensors, which operators can sell to cities and other authorities. Nokia envisions IoT-based, real-time monitoring systems able to provide timely environmental information for smart city management. For example, S2aaS will detect unusual environmental behavior like illegal construction, trash burning or unusual particles in the air.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>NetworkWorld</span><span> </span><a href="https://www.networkworld.com/article/3257664/internet-of-things/iot-sensor-as-a-service-run-by-blockchain-is-coming.html"><span>notes</span></a><span> that the idea behind the product is to provide a way for mobile network operators (MNOs), many of which use Nokia cell site equipment, to monetize existing infrastructure, such as towers, by selling live environmental sensor data to cities and others.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia’s S2aaS is powered by a blockchain with a built-in micropayment platform, which supports smart contracts for “anonymized, private and secure micro-transactions that allow operators to monetize analyzed data and generate new revenue streams.” </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>“Our complete micropayment platform can help you quickly generate new revenue from your data,” reads </span><a href="https://onestore.nokia.com/asset/201997/NOKIA_Sensing-as-a-service_Solution-paper_EN.pdf"><span>a Nokia solution paper</span></a><span>. “Based on blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that is taking finance, healthcare, and a range of other industries by storm, our platform allows you to easily integrate third parties into your data market — expanding your customer base and service offerings. And as every transaction is verified against other peers in the blockchain network, you can be sure that your platform is secure.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Independent operators will have the option of a traditional CapEx (Capital Expenditure) business model, or a revenue sharing service model. Nokia stated that it will work with clients to identify optimal business models for their specific use cases.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia will manage all hardware installation, equipping existing network sites with new environmental sensors and edge gateways. S2aaS will include a complete platform for collecting and processing sensor data hosted in Microsoft Azure, AWS, or Nokia’s private cloud, using a choice of Amazon IoT, and Microsoft IoT, or Nokia’s own </span><a href="https://networks.nokia.com/services/nokia-ava-cognitive-services-platform"><span>AVA</span></a><span> cognitive services platform. According to the company,  AVA “integrates cloud-based delivery, intelligent analytics and extreme automation to deliver instant and flawless personalized services.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span>Nokia </span><a href="https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibitor/nokia-2/"><span>will present</span></a><span> S2aaS and related services at the </span><a href="https://www.mobileworldcongress.com/"><span>Mobile World Congress</span></a><span> in Barcelona, Spain, held from February 26 to March 1, 2018.</span></p><p><span><br/></span></p></span></body></html></div><p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://bitcoinmagazine.com">Bitcoin Magazine</a>.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?a=h35NlOL5I_M:vnXhODny0NM:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?a=h35NlOL5I_M:vnXhODny0NM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/BitcoinMagazine?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BitcoinMagazine/~4/h35NlOL5I_M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Bitcoin Blockchain Adoption Giulio Prisco Austria Plans to Regulate Bitcoin Like Gold, Derivatives https://www.ccn.com/austria-plans-to-regulate-bitcoin-like-gold-derivatives/ CCN: Financial Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News » News urn:uuid:4e53d64e-2dae-e1f9-5425-3cc04e6ce687 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:28:50 -0500 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/austria-plans-to-regulate-bitcoin-like-gold-derivatives/">Austria Plans to Regulate Bitcoin Like Gold, Derivatives</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> <p>Austria’s finance ministry said that it intends to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies similarly to how it currently governs gold and derivatives trading, and it hopes the European Union will do the same. Regulators across the world have grown increasingly concerned about the immutability and decentralized nature of blockchain transactions, which they say makes them &#8230; <a href="https://www.ccn.com/austria-plans-to-regulate-bitcoin-like-gold-derivatives/">Continued</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com/austria-plans-to-regulate-bitcoin-like-gold-derivatives/">Austria Plans to Regulate Bitcoin Like Gold, Derivatives</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.ccn.com">CCN</a></p> Bitcoin Regulation News Regulation Austria bitcoin Josiah Wilmoth