The Best in Crypto – 5/25/18

South Africa’s Central Bank Calls Crypto ‘Cyber-Tokens’, Not Currency Because digital currencies “don’t meet the requirements of money,” the South African Reserve Bank calls them “cyber-tokens” (Cointelegraph). Shanghai Startup to Use Blockchain to Verify Wine Origin, Fight Counterfeits VeChain, a Shanghai-based blockchain startup, is testing a blockchain application to fight counterfeits because “at least half …

The Best in Crypto – 5/24/18

U.S. Launches Criminal Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation The Justice Department is working with CFTC, which oversees crypto futures, on an investigation into illicit trading (Bloomberg). Bitcoin Price Drops to $7,300 as Cryptocurrency Market Correction Continues Analysis on the recent Bitcoin price drop (CCN). MIT Tests Smart Contract-Powered Bitcoin Lightning Network “The prestigious U.S. university has been …

The Best in Crypto – 5/23/18

Australia’s Prime Minister Ordered Blockchain Research Push, Gov’t Agency Says Australia invested $250,000 into Blockchain this year, thanks to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Cointelegraph). From the Internet to Crypto – How the World’s Richest Have Sized Things Up Industry leaders’ opinions on crypto/blockchain and how it relates to the revolutionary introduction of the internet (Cointelegraph). Bank …

The Best in Crypto – 5/22/18

Vitalik Buterin Reportedly Pursued by Google, Asked Followers for Opinion in Deleted Poll Buterin posted a photo of an email from Google in addition to an interactive poll, with the text, “Should I drop Ethereum and work for Google?” (Cointelegraph) Walmart Files Patent for Blockchain-Based Customer Marketplace The patent was filed for a blockchain-based marketplace …

The Best in Crypto – 5/21/18

Crypto Tribalism Is Holding Back Blockchain The breakdown of how that mindset isn’t helping the crypto world (Coindesk). National Government Digital Currencies Versus Globally Distributed Cryptocurrencies: in Depth Opinion piece on government-run cryptocurrencies including Petro and FedCoin (Cointelegraph). U.S.: Colorado Proposes Accepting Cryptocurrency for Political Campaigns The Secretary of State Wayne Williams made a proposal …

The Best in Crypto – 5/19/18

Malta Partners With Blockchain Startup to Improve Public Transportation The transport minister of Malta is improving the Malta Public Transport Service via partnership with UK blockchain startup, contributing to making Malta the “Blockchain island” (Cointelegraph). JPMorgan Creates and Fills New Position of Head of Crypto Assets Strategy London-based Oliver Harris will take the position that …

The Best in Crypto – 5/18/18

Binance Co-Founder Denies Rumors of Company’s Plans to Build Blockchain Country on Private Island Co-founder He Yi dismissed claims about the “Genesis plan” to build Binance’s own blockchain-powered country on a private island (Cointelegraph). Counting Bitcoin’s Hidden Costs Opinion piece on the energy Bitcoin consumes – from our planet and our minds (Bloomberg). Cryptocurrency investor …