Bitcoin, released to the world in 2009 by a person or people called Satoshi Nakamoto, is not backed by a central bank or a government and is seen as an alternative payment system. In February 2013, Bi

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Xi Jinping sent Chinese investors into blockchain frenzy
Chinese stocks associated with blockchain jumped after President Xi Jinping extolled the technology popularized by Bitcoin. Dozens of Chinese financial and technology firms making use of the digital database rose to their daily 10% limit on Monday. It was the first day of trading in China after Chinese state media reported on Friday evening Xi’s speech urging the development of blockchain technology. Xi’s remarks represented a stamp of approval from the highest level of China’s government of blockchain, potentially accelerating and widening the application of the technology in industries including banking and supply chain management. A blockchain is akin to a digital ledger, allowing users t
Xi Jinping sent Chinese investors into blockchain frenzy
As Trump disses Libra, China could be learning from it
Donald Trump said he is not a fan of bitcoin and Facebook’s proposed new digital currency, Libra.  But in China, the Libra proposal could prompt the government to speed up the development of the country’s homegrown cryptocurrencies.  ....Similarly, Facebook Libra’s “virtual currency” will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019 In a recent speech, China’s former central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan suggested Beijing could learn from Facebook and Hong Kong’s currency
As Trump disses Libra, China could be learning from it
Facebook’s crypto, Libra, is rattling China’s central bank
Facebook’s plans to create its own cryptocurrency, called Libra, have forced China’s central bank to step up its game in developing its own digital currency. Facebook says Libra will let consumers send money around the world easily, but the project has raised regulatory questions at home and in several other countries. A People’s Bank of China official said Libra could challenge the country’s monetary policy and even financial sovereignty, and has forced the Chinese government to speed up research into creating a version of digital currency it can control. “If [Libra] is widely used for payments – cross-border payments in particular – would it be able to function like money and accordingly h
Facebook’s crypto, Libra, is rattling China’s central bank
The man who paid $4.57 million to lunch with Warren Buffett
A Chinese entrepreneur made a record bid to have lunch with Warren Buffett, hoping to woo the American billionaire and Bitcoin skeptic. Justin Sun, the founder of a cryptocurrency platform called Tron, said Tuesday that he won a charity auction to lunch with Buffett with his $4.57 million bid. I officially announce I’ve won the record-setting 20th-anniversary charity lunch hosted by @WarrenBuffett. I’ll also invite #blockchain industry leaders to meet with a titan of investment. I hope this benefits everyone. #TRON #TRX #BTT #BitTorrent pic.twitter.com/EMZ4TMhgpR — Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) June 3, 2019 The bid represents one of the 28-year-old Tron CEO’s costliest attempts to promote his
The man who paid $4.57 million to lunch with Warren Buffett
North Korean hackers found stealing from Bitcoin hodlers
North Korean hackers have taken to stealing cryptocurrency from individual investors as part of a new strategy by Pyongyang to blunt the impact of international sanctions. The targeting of individuals holding virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, known as hodlers, marks a departure from its previous methods, which have targeted exchanges and financial institutions. (Hodler is a misspelling-turned-jargon used to describe investors who hold on to a digital asset despite its falling market value.) Analysts say the shift shows Pyongyang is seeking a new source of income as it buckles under sanctions targeting its illicit nuclear weapons program. “Previously, hackers directly attacked exchanges,”
North Korean hackers found stealing from Bitcoin hodlers
Chinese cops bust $1.5 billion World Cup crypto gambling ring
Chinese police have broken up an illegal World Cup gambling ring hosting more than $1.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency bets. It’s the the first major sports betting crime involving digital money in the country. Police in southern Guangdong province said in an online statement on Thursday that they had apprehended six major suspects of the syndicate, frozen about $750,000 in their bank accounts, and seized more than $1.5 million worth of cryptocurrencies they own. The gambling platform ran on the so-called dark web, which isn’t indexed by traditional search engines. It only accepted cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, according to Guangdong police. During the eight mont
Chinese cops bust $1.5 billion World Cup crypto gambling ring
A foul-mouthed Bitcoin billionaire rant has China’s crypto community pissed
China’s most high-profile Bitcoin tycoon has delivered a foul-mouthed tirade calling out many big names in the country’s cryptocurrency space as “cheaters.” The 50-minute recording of Li Xiaolai, a controversial English teacher-turned venture capitalist, was leaked to Chinese social media on July 4. In the recording, Li slammed some of the country’s biggest crypto start-ups as scams, suggesting they were cheating retail investors. His targets included Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, and NEO, a leading cryptocurrency with a market cap of over $2.5 billion. Li did not discuss what set his own business apart. The incident throws a spotlight on the shadowy world o
A foul-mouthed Bitcoin billionaire rant has China’s crypto community pissed