Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency - Special Reports

Are cryptocurrencies sorcery? Maybe the real magic is in blockchain

As the shine comes off Bitcoin, all the positives in this story of technological disruption seem to sit with the data network 'software'
2018-01-20 01:01 | Technology, cryptography, computers | ATimes

First commercial centre to accept cryptocurrency

DUBAI: The Star Business Centre, offering state of the art fully furnished offices for new investors, business people and those international companies seeking suitable ready-made fully furnished plug-and-play workplaces, has announced that it is now ready to accept cryptocurrencies – especially Bitcoin – as a mode of payment for its services. The company’s commercial tenants are now able to pay rents and service charges by using
2018-01-20 00:01 | BUSINESS | GulfToday

US Cybersecurity Agency Accuses North Korea of Cryptocurrency Cyber Heist

Cybersecurity experts have linked North Korea to an apparent attack on South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges, claiming that Pyongyang’s black hats used the same malware code that was unleashed against Sony in 2014.
2018-01-19 20:01 | Asia & Pacific | SputnikNews

SEC says bitcoin funds raise 'investor protection issues'

(Reuters) - The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday raised alarm about the safety of bitcoin-themed investments, telling the fund industry they want answers to their concerns before endorsing more than a dozen proposed products based on cryptocurrencies.
2018-01-19 13:01 | businessNews | Reuters

SEC questions prospects of bitcoin ETFs

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has questioned the prospects of bitcoin exchange-traded funds saying there are a significant number of investor protection issues about cryptocurrencies and related products that need to be examined.
2018-01-19 03:01 | businessNews, SEC | Reuters

Cryptocurrency Investors Worry, Wait After Bitcoin Price Drop

There are hundreds of digital currencies worldwide. The price of the largest, best known one just plummeted by 50 percent. Now, investors are watching for a boom — or a bust.
2018-01-18 21:01 | News | NPR

Bitcoin holds ground as frantic rally sets $10,000 support level

Jitters across the globe over a potential bloodbath helped wipe as much as $400 billion off the global market value of digital assets
2018-01-18 13:01 | News | GulfNews

Bitcoin Bubble Will Burst – But No Big Deal

Despite losing more than 40% of its value in recent weeks bitcoin prices still have a lot further to fall, according to analysts. 
2018-01-18 13:01 | BUSINESS, Economy and Policy, Main headlines | AlBawaba

Is Africa ready for bitcoin? [Business Africa]

How do you trade with bitcoin in Africa? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that allows value transfers around the world in seconds on the Internet without the need of a trusted authority, thanks to Blockchain technology. This virtual currency, as of last week is worth $13,000. It is becoming increasingly popular and is of interest to companies governments and individuals. But how does it work? and is Africa ready for it? Emmanuel Tokunbo Darko, bitcoin expert answered these questions.
2018-01-18 08:01 | News | AfricaNews

Bitcoin storms back from dip below $10,000

In South Korea, a hotbed of trading, regulators warned they may shut down cryptocurrency exchanges completely after limiting their operations
2018-01-18 08:01 | News | GulfNews

Old hands in South Korea Bitcoin market unfazed by threats of ban

SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Threats of a potential cryptocurrency trading ban in South Korea have scared many investors away, but some veterans of the young market are defiant, saying restrictions would be relatively easy to circumvent.
2018-01-18 04:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Regulatory fears hammer bitcoin below $10,000, half its peak

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin fell as much as 20 percent on Wednesday, piercing below $10,000, while other cryptocurrencies took similar spills due to investor fears that regulators could clamp down on them in an effort to curb speculation.
2018-01-17 20:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin slumps below $10,000, half its peak, as regulatory fears intensify

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded below $10,000 on Wednesday, halving in value from its peak price, with investors gripped by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that sky-rocketed last year.
2018-01-17 17:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin slumps to $10,000, half its peak price, as regulatory fears grow

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded a further 12 percent on Wednesday, marking an almost halving in value from its peak price, with investors spooked by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that skyrocketed last year.
2018-01-17 14:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin: Japan's largest bank to sell cryptocurrencies

Here are a few of the traditional banks and exchange operators that allow you to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
2018-01-17 13:01 | News | Aljazeera

Bitcoin jolted by regulation worries, tumbles 11 percent on extended sell-off

TOKYO/LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin skidded more than 11 percent on Wednesday, extending a precipitous downturn in fortunes with investors spooked by fears regulators might clamp down on an asset whose value has skyrocketed in the past year.
2018-01-17 12:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin: Know the risks before you buy

'Bitcoin is right now the riskiest investment you can make.' Here are the risks you should consider before you buy.
2018-01-17 12:01 | News | Aljazeera

Bitcoin Falls to $10,000 on Bitstamp Exchange for First Time Since December

The first decentralized digital currency lost on Wednesday almost a half of its highest value that it reached in December.
2018-01-17 11:01 | Tech | SputnikNews

5 Best Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Wallets in 2018: TechRadar's Guide

Once you’ve bought Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies via an exchange, if you plan to spend your cryptocurrency right away, you can do so directly from the exchange. If you prefer to hang on to your digital assets, you'll need a secure wallet to which you can transfer your virtual coins.
2018-01-17 11:01 | BUSINESS, Tech Trends, International | AlBawaba

Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.
2018-01-17 09:01 | News | Aljazeera

Dubai-based digital asset exchange and wallet BitOasis raises investment from KBBO Ventures, Wamda, Jabbar & others

BitOasis, the Dubai-based digital asset exchange and wallet has raised an undisclosed amount of investment from KBBO Ventures, Wamda Capital, Jabbar Internet Group, Pantera Capital, a California-based focused on Bitcoin and other digital currencies, and some other investors. Founded by Ola Doudin in 2015, BitOasis is one of the leading digital asset exchanges in MENA that allows […] The post Dubai-based digital asset exchange and wallet BitOasis raises investment from KBBO Ventures, Wamda, Jabbar & others appeared first on
2018-01-17 07:01 | News, Startups, Crypto | menabytes

Asian shares retreat as commodities ease, bitcoin pummeled

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian equities stepped back from a record high on Wednesday as the region's resource shares were knocked by falling oil and commodity prices while digital currencies tumbled on worries about tighter regulations.
2018-01-17 07:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin jolted by regulation worries, falls 7 percent on extended selloff

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours, skidding more than seven percent on Wednesday in a rapid downturn in fortunes as investors were spooked by fears regulators might clamp down on an asset whose value has skyrocketed in the past year.
2018-01-17 06:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin falls more than 7% as regulation worries mount

Bitcoin spooked by worries regulators may try to clamp down on the highly-volatile trading in the digital currency
2018-01-17 05:01 | News | GulfNews

Bitcoin falls more than 7 percent as regulation worries mount

TOKYO (Reuters) - The price of bitcoin extended its sharp tumble of the past 24 hours, dropping more than seven percent on the Bitstamp exchange on Wednesday, spooked by worries regulators may try to clamp down on the highly-volatile trading in the digital currency.
2018-01-17 04:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Asian shares dip as commodities ease, bitcoin licks wounds

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks stepped back from a record high on Wednesday as the region's resource shares were hit by falling oil and commodity prices while digital currencies tumbled on worries about tighter regulations.
2018-01-17 03:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Bitcoin falls 25 percent to $10,200 on Bitstamp exchange

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bitcoin had lost a quarter of its value in early Asian trading on Wednesday as fears grew of a regulatory crackdown after reports that South Korea's finance minister said banning trading in cryptocurrencies was still an option.
2018-01-16 22:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Up to 95 Percent of Cryptocurrencies ‘Will Drop to Zero’ – Analyst

Speaking to Sputnik, Mark O'Byrne, Founder and Research director of Goldcore.com, outlined his views on the trends on the cryptocurrency markets as Bitcoin continued to lose value, dropping 18 percent in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
2018-01-16 18:01 | Tech | SputnikNews

Bitcoin slides 18 percent on crackdown fears; crypto rivals also plunge

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin tumbled 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week trough close to $11,000, after reports that a ban on trading of cryptocurrencies in South Korea was still an option drove fears grew of a wider regulatory crackdown.
2018-01-16 10:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Any rule on Bitcoin must be global, Germany’s central bank says

European Union states and legislators agreed last month on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing
2018-01-16 09:01 | News | GulfNews

Bitcoin slides 14 percent on crackdown fears, hits four-week low

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin slid as much as 14 percent on Tuesday to hit a four-week low below $12,000, as fears grew of a regulatory crackdown after reports that South Korea's finance minister had said banning trading in cryptocurrencies was still an option.
2018-01-16 09:01 | businessNews | Reuters

'Gram' Scam: Swindlers Start Forging Telegram Cryptocurrency

Users of the instant messaging service Telegram are reportedly receiving fake e-mail letters urging them to take part in the launch of the Gram crypto currency and the Telegram Open Network blockchain platform.
2018-01-14 16:01 | Tech | SputnikNews

MoneyGram in partnership with bitcoin-rival Ripple

As part of the arrangement, MoneyGram will test the use of Ripple’s cryptocurrency, XRP, to move funds in a faster and cheaper way
2018-01-14 12:01 | News | GulfNews

Bitcoin fever hits US real estate market

Digital currency was listed as a way to pay for some 75 properties for sale as of the end of last year
2018-01-14 11:01 | News | GulfNews

Get Rich Quick: 5 Unusually Clever Ways to Earn Cryptocurrency (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Human creativity knows no bounds, especially when it comes to making some cash. The rise of cryptocurrency has resulted in people trying to find new and efficient methods to mine the digital money.
2018-01-13 18:01 | Tech | SputnikNews

Indonesia central bank warns over cryptocurrencies

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's central bank has issued a fresh warning about trading in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin because of the risk of losses to the public and even a potential threat to the stability of the financial system.
2018-01-13 09:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Chinese bitcoin miners eye sites in energy-rich Canada

MONTREAL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Bitmain Technologies is eyeing bitcoin mining sites in Quebec, a company spokesman told Reuters, as expectations of a potential Chinese crackdown on cryptocurrency mining make the energy-rich Canadian province an attractive alternative.
2018-01-12 14:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Zimbabwe:Central Bank Warns on Bitcoin

[Financial Gazette] THE demand for Bitcoin in Zimbabwe slumped over the past month following the central bank's warning to the public over the use of virtual currencies and cryptoccurencies. Bitcoin, which is the most prominent cryptocurrency, is a decentralised digital payment system which works without a central repository or single administrator.
2018-01-12 13:01 | News | AllAfrica

India’s richest man may be planning a cryptocurrency

Reliance Jio Infocomm is looking at creating its own cryptocurrency or JioCoin; it has proposed setting up a team to work on blockchain technology
2018-01-12 09:01 | Asia Unhedged, India currency, Cryptocurrency | ATimes

Kremlin Exploring 'Crypto-rouble' As Way To Evade U.S. Sanctions

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Financial Times reporter, Max Seddon, about his reporting on Russia's developing idea of a "crypto-rouble." The "crypto-rouble" would work similarly to a Bitcoin, except transactions would not be anonymous under an authoritarian government. The Kremlin hopes the currency can help evade U.S. sanctions.
2018-01-11 21:01 | News | NPR

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

South Korea’s government said on Thursday it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation’s police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion. The clampdown in South Korea, a crucial source of global demand for cryptocurrency, came as policymakers around … Continued The post South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market appeared first on Egypt Independent .
2018-01-11 13:01 | World, Bitcoin, business | EgyptIndependent

Bonds bounce, stocks struggle, Bitcoin battered

LONDON (Reuters) - Worries about a U.S.-led trade war put world stocks at risk of their first two day loss of the year on Thursday, while bond markets bounced as China poured cold water on reports that it might stop buying U.S. debt.
2018-01-11 13:01 | businessNews | Reuters

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's government said on Thursday it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.
2018-01-11 11:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Cryptocurrencies retreat amid South Korea clampdown concerns

The ministry is preparing a bill that would outlaw cryptocurrency trading via exchanges, Justice Minister Park Sang-ki told reporters today
2018-01-11 10:01 | News | GulfNews

South Africa:Cryptocurrencies - Digital Gold, a Bubble or an Investment Case?

[Daily Maverick] Bitcoin is now a ubiquitous conversation piece at dinner parties (even the fun types the authors are not invited to), having evolved from a fringe topic reserved for tech enthusiasts. It is a tech-heavy topic, often subject to hysteria or dismissal. What's the less biased view of its investment potential? By DANIEL POLAKOW, NICO KATZKE and ONNO HUYSER.
2018-01-11 08:01 | News | AllAfrica

Asian shares weaken on trade worries, bonds recover as China rebuts report, bitcoin slumps

TOKYO (Reuters) - The New Year rally in Asian shares petered out on Thursday due to concerns about rising U.S. protectionism, while bonds rebounded after China's regulator said a report about Beijing slowing or halting of its U.S. bond buying was possibly wrong.
2018-01-11 07:01 | businessNews | Reuters

South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, rattles market

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean government on Thursday said it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.
2018-01-11 05:01 | businessNews | Reuters

Asian shares pull back on trade concerns, bonds nurse losses, Bitcoin slumps

TOKYO (Reuters) - The New Year rally in Asian shares petered out on Thursday due to concerns about rising U.S. protectionism, while bond markets nursed steep losses and Bitcoin fell more than 11 percent after moves in South Korea to ban trade in the cryptocurrency.
2018-01-11 05:01 | businessNews | Reuters

CBE warns against Bitcoin transactions

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) warned against using virtual currencies, namely Bitcoin, due to the high risks involved, describing the currencies as volatile and unstable in value due to unmonitored exchanges. The CBE warned that those dealing with virtual currencies will be at risk of great losses, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm. In a statement issued … Continued The post CBE warns against Bitcoin transactions appeared first on Egypt Independent .
2018-01-10 15:01 | Egypt, Bitcoin, business | EgyptIndependent

Dutch investors take legal action against Flevoland bitcoin factory

Several investors in a Dutch ‘bitcoin factory for private individuals’ are considering legal action after the company, Koinz Trading, failed...
2018-01-10 13:01 | Business | DutchNews