Singapore-based Blockchain Consortium Buys Majority Share in Bithumb

Singapore-based BK Global Consortium has paid 400 billion won (approximately $350 million) for a majority stake in South Korean Bithumb, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange, according to a local news outlet. BK Global Consortium is a blockchain investment firm under BK Global, a Singapore plastic surgery medical group owned by Kim Byung-Gun. The Consortium had …

Officials Push Ahead Despite Concerns With West Virginia’s Blockchain Voting Experiment

West Virginia is gearing up to deploy a blockchain-based voting application for elections in November. The idea is being met with growing amounts of criticism from security experts and election specialists, but those spearheading the initiative are moving forward.  Earlier this year, Bitcoinist reported on West Virginia’s ambitious plans to bring blockchain to voting. In …

What’s Causing 2% Bitcoin Premium on Bitfinex? Possibility of Arbitrage

On Bitfinex, a leading cryptocurrency exchange, Bitcoin is being traded with a 2 percent premium based on the current price of $6,285. As BitMEX Research revealed, the premium of Bitcoin on Bitfinex continued to increase throughout the past week, during a period in which Tether (USDT) started to demonstrate a decline in price. Currently, on …

Bitcoin is Maturing, Crypto Growth Surprisingly Positive Reveals Study

New research published in a renowned scientific journal speculates that the Bitcoin markets are rapidly maturing, which could be positive news for investors. The journal – called Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science – highlights some interesting features regarding the rapidly evolving cryptocurrency markets in a report titled “Bitcoin market route to maturity? Evidence from …

South Korea Stands Firm: Won’t Legalize ICOs For Now

South Korea stood its ground on the matter of legalizing initial coin offerings (ICOs), reaffirming the ban that the country instituted last fall. ICO Ban Stands The Financial Services Commission (FSC) – South Korea’s top financial regulator — reaffirmed October 11 that the country will maintain its position on initial coin offerings and keep them outlawed. …

Report Links 74% of Bitcoin Mining to China, Sees Threat to Network

Bitcoin, the world’s most sought-after cryptocurrency, could be at the wish and whim of Asia’s economic giant. A recent study titled “The Looming Threat of China: An Analysis of Chinese Influence on Bitcoin,” jointly researched by Princeton University and Florida International University researchers, suggests China’s mining scene has an overwhelming influence over Bitcoin, something that …

Bitcoin Price Drops $380; Ethereum, Ripple (XRP) Plunge 9%

Cryptocurrency analysts had predicted that the bitcoin price was about to break away from its $6,550 peg, and those predictions came true early Thursday morning. Unfortunately for investors, though, this movement did not occur to the upside. After briefly making a push toward $6,700 earlier in the week, the bitcoin price was holding steady between …

Google: Not just Evil… Clueless About Crypto Too

The controversies of this week have exposed Google’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra as the hollow platitude it always was. So it’s nice to see that, apart from being morally questionable, they can also be really dumb. At least as far as Bitcoin is concerned, according to Reddit and a report by Motherboard. See No Evil …