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Former Regulator Known as Crypto Dad to Launch Digital-Dollar Think Tank
A former top American financial regulator dubbed Crypto Dad for his embrace of cryptocurrencies is setting up a think tank to promote the idea of digitizing the U.S. dollar.
Jan 16
05:53 AM
Bitcoin Has Biggest New-Year Rally Since 2012
Investors point to renewed optimism about broader takeup of cryptocurrencies as the catalyst for bitcoins roughly 20% rise since the beginning of the year. (BTC )
Jan 14
11:46 PM
Visa Nears Deal to Buy Fintech Startup Plaid
Visa Inc. is nearing a deal to buy privately held financial-technology firm Plaid Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, who said a deal could be announced this week.
Jan 13
01:01 PM
COSO to Issue Guidance on Blockchain
The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission, which advises industry on risk management practices, plans to issue guidance on controls for blockchain technology.
06:42 AM
Crypto Startup Accused of Illegal Fundraising Ordered to Refund Investors
A technology startup that raised nearly $13 million at the peak of investor demand for unregulated cryptocurrencies agreed to pay a fine, refund investors and provide more transparency about its finances and business plan.
05:02 PM
Cashing In on Fintech Unicorns Is Harder Than It Seems
It has been hard to find a losing strategy in the equities markets these days. Growths a winner. Values a winner. Even bonds are having a good year. Fintech unicorns, however, havent kept up with the markets record year.
01:57 PM
Venmo Glitch Opens Window on War Between Banks, Fintech Firms
Fintech companies say they need access to customer account information held by banks and other traditional financial companies. To protect their own turf, banks and brokerage firms have resisted.
02:42 AM
Blockchain, 3-D Printing Combine to Make Aircraft Parts
Aircraft-component maker Moog is testing a combination of blockchain and 3-D printing to speed up the replacement of defective aircraft parts to a few hours from several days or even weeks.
03:15 PM
How Investigators Busted a Huge Online Child-Porn Site
The call came in from a confidential source while two criminal investigators for the Internal Revenue Service sat at a Bangkok airport gate in July 2017, waiting for a flight: a new website was selling child pornography for bitcoin.
04:14 AM
Bitcoin Drops Below $7,000 as China Euphoria Fades
After surging past $10,000 last month following Chinese leader Xi Jinpings declaration that China should speed up research into blockchainthe technology behind cryptocurrenciesthe price of bitcoin has sunk to a six-month low. (BTC )
10:47 PM
Feds Powell Says in Letter to Congress Fed Not Creating Digital Currency
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said in a letter to a congressman that the U.S. central bank doesnt currently have plans to launch a digital currency and sees the adoption of something like it difficult in the U.S.
09:13 AM
Fidelitys Digital-Currency Business Gets Green Light from New York State
The step is expected to help the financial firm recruit new clients to its fledgling platform for storing and trading bitcoin.
10:13 AM
Blockchain Makes Inroads Into the Stock Markets $1 Trillion Plumbing System
Technology from the bitcoin world is coming to the trillion-dollar plumbing that underpins the U.S. stock market.
05:17 AM
Large Bitcoin Player Manipulated Price Sharply Higher, Study Says
Stablecoin tether and the Bitfinex exchange were reportedly used to drive up bitcoin in 2017 and 2018. (BTC )
02:37 AM
The Professor, the President and the Pep Talk That Kicked Off a Blockchain Rally
Chinas blockchain frenzy, which sparked rallies in an array of companies, has catapulted one academic into the limelight.
07:37 AM
Bitcoin Advocate Jack Dorsey Backs Crypto Startup CoinList
Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, a longtime bitcoin advocate, is making a fresh bet on cryptocurrency, investing in CoinList in its latest round of funding. (BTC )
06:47 AM
Chinas Blockchain Revolution Wont Set Investors Free
Xi Jinpings blockchain push sent bitcoin and cryptocurrency-related investments surging, but Chinas need for control and past patterns for other technologies provide reason for investor caution.
06:32 AM
Bitcoin and Chinese Tech Stocks Surge After Xi Jinping Touts Blockchain
Chinas president said the country should speed up research into the technology underpinning digital currencies, fueling a surge in related stocks and bitcoin, which briefly topped $10,000. (BTC )
04:17 AM
Chinas Next Financial Bubble: High-End Sneakers
Investors on a perpetual search for the next big thing pile into anything hot, such as bitcoin or garlic. Such feeding frenzies rarely end well. Travis Scott Nike Air Force 1s for $2,667, anyone?
10:03 AM
Facebook, Zuckerberg Dig In for Long Haul on Cryptocurrency
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers the social-media giant would soldier on with plans to help create a cryptocurrency-based payments network.
10:58 AM
Judge Denies Federal Agencys Authority To Issue Fintech Bank Charters
A federal banking regulator doesnt have the authority to grant national charters to financial technology companies, a federal judge ruled.
11:08 AM
Facebooks Zuckerberg to Face Congressional Grilling
Mark Zuckerberg is set to appear before the House Financial Services Committee in a hearing focused on Facebooks libra cryptocurrency plans. Lawmakers also are expected to ask about potential discrimination in how the company handles housing and credit-related advertising.
08:07 AM
Barclays CTO Helps Spearhead Female-Entrepreneurs Program
Barclays and venture-capital firm Anthemis Group are looking for women with ideas for fintech startups, hoping some can start businesses that can eventually sell the London-based bank new software or other products.
01:33 PM
U.S. Regulators Sue Cryptocurrency Startup Telegram Over Initial Coin Offering
U.S. regulators sued a company that raised $1.7 billion through a cryptocurrency offering that became one of the largest such deals ever.
03:58 PM
Facebook CEO to Testify at House PanelAbout Libra
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is slated to return to Capitol Hill this month to testify before a House panel about the companys foray into cryptocurrency.
09:28 AM
Facebooks Libra Hits Extra Regulatory Roadblocks in Europe
The European Union will introduce legislation aimed at preventing libra, Facebooks proposed digital currency, from undermining Europes single currency and being used as a money-laundering toolrepresenting one of the toughest regulatory responses so far.
07:33 AM
Bitcoin Slumps as Launch of Bakkt Futures Market Disappoints
Bakkt, a bitcoin-futures platform, went live two weeks ago. Its performance so far underscores the reticence of Wall Street and institutional investors when it comes to embracing cryptocurrencies. (BTC )
07:28 AM
Visa, Mastercard, Others Reconsider Involvement in Facebook's Libra Network
Cracks are forming in the coalition Facebook Inc. assembled to build a global cryptocurrency-based payments network
03:03 PM
Cryptocurrency Startup to Pay $24 Million in SEC Settlement
A startup behind one of the largest initial coin offerings of the past two years will pay $24 million to resolve allegations by the SEC that its deal violated federal investor-protection laws.
08:12 PM
Cryptocurrency Exchanges Including Coinbase to Rate Digital Assets
The biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchanges have developed a system to rate which digital assets are probably securities that cant be traded on their venuesand which likely can.
02:53 AM
Now You Can Build Your Own Real-Estate Empire, $100 at a Time
Fintech startup Lex Markets wants to attract mom-and-pop real-estate investors to its platform to buy and trade small slices of office towers and other commercial buildings around the country.
02:48 PM
Eyeing That Sweater? Its Yours in Four Easy Payments
Installment plans arent just for big-ticket items anymore. Fintech firms and large banks are increasingly pitching the programs to consumers eager to borrow for smaller items.
05:07 AM
The Coming Currency War: Digital Money vs. the Dollar
Central banks are getting closer to issuing their own digital currencies. If they do, the dollar might finally face real competition as the worlds dominant currency.
08:22 PM
NYSE Owner to Launch Long-Awaited Bitcoin Futures
Intercontinental Exchange, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, is set to launch its long-delayed market for bitcoin futures. It is betting that consumers, businesses and Wall Street will embrace cryptocurrencies. (BTC )
05:37 AM
Fintech Company Stripe Joins Silicon Valley Elite With $35 Billion Valuation
Stripe has climbed closer to the top ranks of the highest-priced U.S. startups after a new fundraising round valued the financial-technology company at $35 billion.
10:07 AM
Companies Compete to Be Cryptocurrency Custodians
The battle pits some of the biggest financial-services companies against startups.
04:12 AM
Washington, Silicon Valley Struggle to Unify on Protecting Elections
A recent meeting between U.S. national-security officials and Silicon Valley executives shows how the two sides arent unified on how best to combat foreign election interference. (UNIFY )
09:37 AM
France Hardens Position Against Facebooks Libra Currency
Europe should block Facebook-backed digital currency Libra and create a public alternative, a senior French official said, staking out a hard line amid broader resistance to the idea from U.S. and international officials.
06:48 AM
Samsung Launches Smartphone Meant to Make Blockchain Friendlier
Samsung is releasing a variant of its newest flagship phone meant to boost adoption of blockchaina tall task for a technology that still puzzles many consumers.
09:22 PM
Van Eck, SolidX to Offer Limited Version of Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund
Crypto enthusiasts have been trying without much success to get regulatory approval for funds to bring bitcoin to investors. Two firms plan to use a workaround. (BTC )
03:27 AM
Venture-Capital Stalwart Battles Washingtons Crypto Crackdown
Andreessen Horowitz, a venture-capital firm known for early investments in companies including Facebook, is putting up a fight against Washingtons cryptocurrency crackdown
08:33 AM
A Crypto Miner Cuts Costs And Rides Bitcoins Price Rise
Hut 8 Mining, a Canadian firm that deals in bitcoin, has returned to profitability, offering a unique look at the impact of the recent rally in the cryptocurrency. (BTC )
08:58 AM
Swiss Regulator Promises Scrutiny of Blockchain Companies
The guidance released Monday by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority steered blockchain businesses toward compliance with Switzerlands existing anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulatory regimes.
03:12 PM
BOEs Carney Floats Idea of New, Virtual Reserve Currency
Central banks should consider joining forces to create a virtual currency that could supplant the dollars role in the global economy, Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney said, offering a novel solution to concerns about the greenbacks status as the worlds foremost reserve currency.
12:03 PM
Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez Are Investing in Fintech Firm Acorns
Acorns Grow wants to go viral. It has enlisted A-Rod and J.Lo to help. The influencer strategy is the brainchild of Acorns Chief Executive Noah Kerner, who is trying to transform the company from a niche savings app into a bank alternative used by 100 million consumers.
04:42 AM
IRS to Cryptocurrency Owners: Come Clean, or Else!
The Internal Revenue Service is on the war path against Americans who havent reported income from cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
05:12 AM
Facebook Pressed on Protections for Cryptocurrency Users
House lawmakers questioned Facebook about how its cryptocurrency should be regulated and its plans to protect users, underscoring the political hurdles facing the company as it seeks to issue the digital cash called Libra.
02:32 PM
France Hopes to Hammer Out Deal With U.S. on Taxing Big Tech
France's finance minister said he shared the Trump administration's concerns about Facebook's plan for its cryptocurrency, but suggested a gulf remains between Europe and the U.S. on how to tax the biggest tech companies.
06:41 AM
Bitcoin Loses Almost a Third of Its Value as Libra Hype Fades
Facebook's struggle to convince lawmakers it can create a viable cryptocurrency is rubbing off on bitcoin. Regulatory scrutiny of the company's ambitious plan to release a digital coin, called Libra, has spoiled bitcoin's big rally this year. (BTC )
01:16 AM
Facebook Faces Critics, Potential Allies at Senate Hearing on Digital Currency
Top Senate lawmakers questioned Facebook's plans for its own cryptocurrency, with the banking committee's leading Democrat saying the social-media giant isn't trustworthy enough to operate its own digital money.
08:06 AM

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