18 Oct

The Three Industries to Be Improved by Blockchain Technology

By Daniel Zo Blockchain, Logistics, Health Care, Real Estate Read Comments

With time, consumer demands and expectations across all industries tend to change, therefore encouraging disruption through new technologies that could better fill the needs of both consumers and companies throughout the world.

As you may have probably heard, blockchain technology has the potential to change the future for numerous industries, with better services being provided. For those who do not know, a blockchain is more or less a continuously increasing list of records known as blocks, which are then secured and linked using cryptographic protocols. While the blockchain technology is still fairly new to the market, experts are now finally understanding the fact that its potential doesn’t only reside in the financial and banking sectors. In this article, we will outline a few important industries which could be significantly changed after the introduction of blockchain technologies.

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16 Oct

Will Malaysia End up Banning Digital Currencies Altogether?

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Malaysia, Ban Read Comments

Digital currency regulation represents an issue that numerous governments throughout the world are dealing with, as the cryptocurrency ecosystem continues to evolve. In the case of Malaysia for instance, there are more and more talks about how and if bitcoin should be regulated, alongside with whether it should be banned entirely.

To put things better into perspective, reports suggest that the Central Bank is now taking a couple of cues from China, following a couple of statements that haven’t been positive towards digital currencies and possible regulation in the future. It is interesting to see how things changed, judging by the fact that in 2014, the BNM stated that: “The Bitcoin is not recognised as legal tender in Malaysia. The Central Bank does not regulate the operations of Bitcoin. The public is therefore advised to be cautious of the risks associated with the usage of such digital currency.”

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12 Oct

Understanding Recent Bitcoin Volatility and Future Predictions

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Volatility Read Comments

The last couple of weeks have once again proven that bitcoin remains a strong, yet volatile digital currency, due to the numerous changes in value. To put things better into perspective, bitcoin finally ended up staging another rally over the end of the week, thus hitting a one-month high.

This was quite surprising judging by the fact that economic analysts have been warning against another negative volatility event. At the time of writing, bitcoin is trading at $4,625, which is the highest level that it has reached since the 8th of October. This is significantly better when compared to the value that it has a couple of weeks ago, when the digital currency ended up declining a bit below the $3,000 mark.

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04 Oct

Understanding Ethereum’s status in South Korea

By Daniel Zo Ethereum, South Korea, China, ICO Read Comments

In a short period of time, Ethereum has managed to gain a lot of popularity on the digital currency market, with millions of dollars-worth of investments being poured into the new, trustless, smart contracts technology, which has a huge potential to further revolutionize the way we transmit data of all kinds, and the security behind it.

The last couple of months have brought forward a couple of growths and decreases in value, so this article will focus on some of today’s main factors that will further encourage Ethereum development, adoption and popularity. Additionally, Vitalik Buterin, has recently mentioned that: “I would say that Ethereum’s main benefits are in its generality and in its utility to many kinds of industries. There are applications in finance, identity, supply chain tracking, health care, energy and many other areas. This is a result of Ethereum deliberately being designed as a general-purpose programming platform.”

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03 Oct

Why Some Investors Think of Bitcoin as a Bubble?

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Bubble, Investing Read Comments

During the last couple of months, we have often heard economic analysts state that bitcoin is likely a bubble, about to burst, thus bringing forward a huge price decrease. Yet, this never actually happened, regardless of having the digital currency express its volatility during the last few weeks, with trading volumes going below the $3,999 threshold, and then rising back again to newer all-time highs.

However, it isn’t that hard to understand why numerous investors, bankers, finance enthusiasts, and of course market analysts tend to believe bitcoin is a bubble- because they’ve never seen anything like it. Since 2009, Bitcoin has managed to become the world’s most valuable currency, with no medium of exchange worth more than bitcoin is at this moment in time. When compared to traditional, fiat-based currencies, which have only gradually modified their value with time, it is understandable why bitcoin really took the world by storm.

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27 Sep

Second-Biggest Supermarket Chain in South Africa to Allow Bitcoin Payments

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, South Africa, Pick n Pay Read Comments

At this moment in time, the growing popularity of bitcoin has encouraged over 100,000 merchants from all around the world to take bitcoin and other digital currencies as a form of payment for both products and services.

Recent reports now indicate that South Africa’s second biggest supermarket chain store, known by the name of Pick n Pay, has started accepting bitcoin in one of its stores, as reported by Electrum, a payment software development firm. The goal of this move is to test how the Pick n Pay customers react to the introduction of bitcoin-based payments, and see whether this represents a viable solution for all of their stores in South Africa.

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20 Sep

China to Crackdown Even More on Bitcoin Trading and Exchanges

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, China Read Comments

During the last couple of months, China has been actively cracking down on digital currency use in the country. While the reasons behind this remain unknown, this is bound to hurt the market, considering the fact that China has been and continues to be the country with the highest digital currency trading volume, especially in the case of bitcoin.

After banning initial coin offerings, which were used by start-ups to generate funds by selling tokens for actual cash, and threatening to close down all domestic exchanges which do not clearly respect the regulatory terms imposed by the government, it seems like the country will now clamp down even further on bitcoin trading, as all digital token exchanges may be shut down.

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17 Sep

North Korea Begins Mining Bitcoin, and Attacking Digital Currency Exchanges

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, North Korea Read Comments

Chances are that you may have heard about the tensions going on between North Korea and the rest of the world. After all, this is mostly what the media has been focusing on during the last couple of months, and it’s surely understandable given the circumstances.

However, recent reports indicate that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is now taking an unexpected interest in Bitcoin and other digital currencies. With this in mind, it appears that the regime may be funding itself with the help of the cryptocurrency, as mentioned by an intelligence research firm. So far, the news on the matter indicates that North Korea has started mining Bitcoin on the 17th of May, in order to generate more revenue that could sustain the country. While it is hard to imagine that a country could sustain itself on bitcoin mining rewards alone, this statement isn’t too far-fetched, as we’re talking about a country, rather than a company, therefore they most likely have all the processing power they need to mine bitcoin efficiently.

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12 Sep

U.S. Bill to exempt Bitcoin Transactions under $600 from Tax

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, USA, Tax Read Comments

Bitcoin taxation and regulation have, and will continue to be a sensitive subject for both governments, but also members of the digital currency community from all around the world. According to recent reports, it seems like two members belonging to the US House of Representatives have just filed a bill meant to create a tax exemption for certain digital currency-based purchases.

The move, which if successful, is bound to be great news for the digital currency community in the United States, wants to create a de minimis tax exemption for all digital currency payments under the threshold of $600, starting from January 1st 2018.

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10 Sep

Understanding the Status of Bitcoin in Russia

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Russia Read Comments

Russia has always been an important force for the evolution and value of digital currency, yet the numerous internal debates going on in the country make it hard for the average bitcoin users to understand what is really going on, and whether the Kremlin government is either against, or for digital currencies.

This mostly relates to the numerous news articles related to Russia putting Bitcoin in a bad light, similar to what China has been doing for a while, yet is this really the truth? Recent reports indicate that last week, law enforcement in Russia decided to arrest three individuals, who were then charged with illegally trading around $9 million worth of Bitcoin, which represents the country’s first criminal case against bitcoin sales so far. While some may interpret this and state that the Russian government is against any use of bitcoin, it simply shows that the Kremlin authority wants to crack down on those who are using the digital currency as a means for money laundering, rather than its true purpose. Not only this, but there have been numerous reports of Russian courts banning several bitcoin websites alongside with exchanges from allowing people to exchange bitcoin to rubles and vice versa, mostly due to the fact that the law states that there is no legal way for people to legally exchange bitcoin into rubles.

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