Major Brands Are Now Using Blockchain Tech for Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty is one of the cornerstones for every successful business, which is why it is no surprise that many businesses offer club memberships, frequent customer rewards and many other loyalty program incentives to their customers. However, the massive multitude of clubs and programs can be frustrating for customers to navigate, as they try to maneuver between the numerous club cards in their wallets and online, often finding it difficult to keep track of their point status and where they can be redeemed. While cryptocurrencies made a splash in recent…

Binance Blockchain: Binance to Launch the Binance Chain

If it wasn’t enough for Binance to be the biggest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, such is its popularity that it will now launch its own blockchain. Dubbed the ‘Binance Chain’ (give that genius a can of coke), the new blockchain is due to arrive in the “coming months” according to a Tweet today. The Binance Blockchain The Tweet gave a little more detail. It said the following: “Binance is pushing for blockchain adoption and doing many things to help advancement of the industry. E.g. we will have the…

NASDAQ Officially Confirms Launch of Bitcoin Futures in Early 2019

The world’s second-largest stock exchange in the world, the Nasdaq exchange, has officially confirmed its plans to launch Bitcoin futures in 2019. Late last week, unofficial reports surfaced of the exchange launching these plans, first reported by Bloomberg. Joseph Christinat, VP of Nasdaq’s media team, spoke to the UK’s daily tabloid The Express yesterday and confirmed the plans. The VP states that these futures will be listed and launched in the first half of 2019—no official date has been given at this time. Nasdaq Bitcoin Futures The launch still remains subject to…

Sirin Labs Blockchain Phone ‘Finney’ Will Ship in December

Sirin Labs’ blockchain phone is expected to begin shipping in late December, it was announced today. The phone’s final design was unveiled at an event in Barcelona. Sirin Labs’ Blockchain Phone Dubbed ‘Finney,’ the blockchain phone promises to advance the user experience of decentralized apps, or dApps. The blockchain phone was developed off the back of an initial coin offering in which Sirin Labs raised $157 million earlier this year. However, it’s wondered if the creation of Finney is an example of putting the cart before the horse, as there simply…

Bitcoin (BTC) up Nearly 20% in 48 Hours, How High will It Go?

Bitcoin (BTC) made a rather dramatic comeback just 48 hours ago. At press time, the world’s first digital currency is currently trading above $4,300. The entire crypto community is buzzing, as most altcoins have followed BTC’s upward movements. Bitcoin (BTC) Comeback The cryptocurrency community took a huge hit in mid-November when Bitcoin Cash miners started a hash war. Investors lost confidence in the maturity of the community, as the war dragged out after Bitcoin Cash split in two. On one side was Roger Ver, CEO of Bitcoin.com, who led the…

Voting on the Blockchain: South Korea Tests New Technology

South Korea has just become the first East Asian country to legalize medical marijuana. But it may be the second to put voting on the blockchain. Japan is already trialing the technology to allow citizens to cast votes on “social contribution projects.” South Korea has been an advocate of blockchain technology though it has a strict stance towards cryptocurrency. It makes sense that it would follow in Japan’s footsteps. Voting on the Blockchain in South Korea Democratic voting on the blockchain is one of the most controversial applications of blockchain…

Bitcoin Rally: Cryptocurrency Makes a Comeback After Major Slump

Many in the financial world this week were claiming Bitcoin was “dead” after it hit its 2018 record lows this week. What they didn’t predict was a Bitcoin rally. On Sunday, the world’s first digital currency hit just above $3,600 a coin, which is the coin’s record-low this year. Bitcoin hadn’t seen below $3,700 since mid-September 2017, and this past week, the cryptocurrency was down almost -40% for the month. However, on Tuesday night that all began to shift. Bitcoin Rally In around 60 minutes, Bitcoin jumped up in price…

NASDAQ to launch Bitcoin Futures in 2019

Nasdaq Inc. is still planning to launch its Bitcoin futures early next year, Bloomberg reported early this morning. Two individuals familiar with the Bitcoin project told Benjamin Bain, a reporter at Bloomberg, that despite the downturned market the index still plans on offering these contracts. Bitcoin Futures Bitcoin (BTC) has plunged nearly -75% since the beginning of the year and interest in digital currencies has dramatically decreased. Still, the Wall Street exchange feels there is enough investor interest to continue its plans. One of the individuals at Nasdaq told Bloomberg…

Bitcoin Cash Hash War: Who Won?

Nearly ten days ago, Bitcoin Cash underwent its second scheduled protocol upgrade of the year. Most in the crypto community know that a ‘hard fork’ in the chain is the only way to upgrade proof-of-work consensus protocols. Just before this upgrade occurred, competing proposals emerged and split the BCH community in three. From the scheduled hard fork, three fractions of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain emerged, and the Bitcoin Cash hash war began. Bitcoin Cash Hash War On November 15th, BCH was split into Bitcoin SV, Bitcoin ABC, and Bitcoin Unlimited. Bitcoin…

Ohio Accepts Bitcoin for Tax Payments: A Much-Needed Silver Lining

As Bitcoin heads down the slope, the State of Ohio has just made a move that actually champions the ailing coin. And it’s a vital time for such a move. Ohio has decided to accept Bitcoin for tax payments, becoming the first state to do so. Not only is this move momentous in terms of institutional approval, but its timing is also impeccable—casting a silver lining to what has been a very dark cloud for Bitcoin. Ohio Accepts Bitcoin in the Nick of Time The initiative begins now. Ohio businesses…