Category: Business / Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

May 14, 2019

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Microsoft announced plans to use the bitcoin blockchain to create a “digital identity” that could be used to access sites and apps across the internet.

by Gregory Barber in Business
May 10, 2019

New to Blockchain: Turning In-Game Virtual Goods into Assets

Companies like Forte and Animoca want to use blockchain technology to allow players to trade skins and other in-app purchases.

by Gregory Barber in Business
May 3, 2019

Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

A report says Facebook is seeking investors for its planned cryptocurrency, and merchants who might accept the virtual coin.

by Gregory Barber in Business
April 26, 2019

How the Blockchain Could Protect California’s Aquifer

State law requires farmers to use groundwater at sustainable levels, and lets them trade water with neighbors. The blockchain could make sure the system is fair.

by Gregory Barber in Business
April 18, 2019

This Startup Could Sell You Crypto Tokens—With SEC Backing

Blockstack is proposing an unprecedented initial coin offering under an SEC rule that would allow it to sell shares to small investors.

by Gregory Barber in Business
April 9, 2019

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

China is home to more cryptocurrency mining operations than any other country. Now the government wants to eliminate them.

by Gregory Barber in Business
April 8, 2019

A Fight Over Specialized Chips Threatens an Ethereum Split

The Ethereum community is divided over whether some chips are too powerful, pricing out small miners. The dispute also reflects heightened US-China tensions.

by Gregory Barber in Business
April 4, 2019

This Montana County Wants to Crimp Bitcoin to Save the Earth

Missoula County, Montana, commissioners are expected to approve a resolution that would require bitcoin mines to offset their energy use with renewables.

by Gregory Barber in Business