Bitcoin Mining’s Electricity Bill: Is It Worth It?

They say it takes money to make money; in order to make a profit off Bitcoin mining, you have to buy mining equipment and pay your electricity bill first. As more miners join the Bitcoin network, some individuals fear that the amount of electricity consumed by mining will have a negative impact on the environment. …

Crypto Exchange Huobi Jointly Launches $93 mln China-South Korea Blockchain Fund

Huobi, the world’s third largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volumes, has entered into a partnership to launch a $93 mln China-South Korea investment fund for blockchain companies, the China Money Network reported yesterday, June 1. Huobi, together with Chinese investment firm NewMargin Capital and South Korean securities firm Kiwoom Securities Co., Ltd., will use the …

Estonia Rolls Back Its Plan to Issue National Digital Currency

Estonia rolled back its plan to establish a national cryptocurrency Estcoin following criticism from the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and local banking authorities, Bloomberg reported June 1. The managing director of the Estonian e-residency program, Kaspar Korjus, proposed the development and issuance of Estcoin in August last year. Along with becoming …

Singapore Startup Secures $12.3 Bln in Assets on Blockchain Platform

Singapore-based crypto-finance company FUSION has secured $12.3 bln in financial assets from three strategic partners, who will lock those assets on the startups’ public blockchain platform, Reuters reported June 1. The funds were reportedly provided by three companies, FormulA, Carnex, and KuaiLaiCai, which operate in the fields of asset management, car financing, and restaurant supply …

Norway’s Largest Bank to Explore Applications for IOTA’s Distributed Ledger Technology

DNB ASA (Den Norske Bank), Norway’s largest financial services group, and the IOTA Foundation (IOTA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), according to a press release May 31. DNB and IOTA will now reportedly cooperate to explore applications of the IOTA Tangle, a “third-generation” distributed ledger (DLT). According to the press release, the two …

US Crypto Exchange Signs Agreement to Offer Fiat-Crypto Trading to Corporate Clients

Seattle-based crypto exchange Bittrex has signed a banking agreement that will allow corporate investors to trade selected cryptocurrencies for fiat, Bloomberg reports today, May 31. Bittrex, which supports over 200 cryptocurrencies and reportedly has over 3 mln customers worldwide, will cooperate with New-York based Signature Bank to launch fiat trading for Bitcoin (BTC), Tether and …

Central Bank Digital Currency ‘not Clearly Superior to’ Existing Infrastructure

Hong Kong will not currently issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC), citing the existence of already efficient payment infrastructure, according to a government press release published yesterday, May 30. Joseph Chan, the Acting Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in the Legislative Council, said in response to questions about both the People’s Bank …

New Blockchain App For Quick Identity Verification To Help Protect Users’ Data

A company has launched a new blockchain-powered identity verification app to help users avoid online fraud during internet transactions. Blockpass also aims to counter the repetitive task of constantly entering proof of identity across different platforms, such as new bank accounts and travel document applications. The idea of the project is to allow customers to …