Gemalto Partners with Symbiont to Bring Smart Contracts in Big Finance

Gemalto, a recognized world’s leader in digital security, announced its partnership with blockchain startup Symbiont, a leading company for implementation of the blockchain technology and distributed accountancy on capital markets. The partnership is set to bring safe execution of smart contracts and other blockchain-based kinds of transactions to financial services.

Europol Finds No Evidence Linking Bitcoin to Islamic State

According to a recent report by Europol, the EU top law enforcement agency, there is no evidence to back allegations concerning possible usage of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies by the Islamic State terrorists to fund their activities. “There is no evidence however of IS-financing networks in existence. Despite third party.

Russia Allegedly Blocks Access to Yet Another Bitcoin Exchange

Following the self-inflicted ban of Bitstamp, Russia-based users cannot access one of the biggest bitcoin exchanges, BTC-e. Notably, the block did not cover all regions of the country as yet. The screenshots provided hereunder show what Moscow-based users may see when attempting to access the website. However, we managed to.

Block Size Debate: Chinese Miners Side with Bitcoin Core

China-based F2Pool, the world’s second largest miner in terms of capacity, confirmed it rejected the original idea of supporting Bitcoin Classic as a possible solution for block size scaling, and stuck with Bitcoin Core. The same decision was made by another Chinese miner HaoBTC. Its spokespersons state Chinese miners mostly.

Bitcoin Rising as Ruble Descends

Following the recent fall in bitcoin price, the cryptocurrency recovered losses during the last 24 hours, and returned to the last week’s indices.

The International Monetary Fund Praises Cryptocurrencies

The International Monetary Fund issued a report praising the benefits of virtual currencies, and stating they are here to stay. The statement comes in contrast with the scandalous statements by Mike Hearn, which earlier claimed bitcoin failed. In a statement accompanying the report, the Managing Director of IMF Christine Lagarde.