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The complexity of Bitcoin mining jumped by 21.4% for the first time in two years


Users of the social network Reddit discuss the recent jump in complexity in the Bitcoin network. The last major change raised the complexity by 250 billion units, or by 21.4% from a value of 1,196,792,694,099 to 1,452,839,779 146. The last time such a major leap took place in 2015. In order for the reader to better understand the scale of this change, we recall that it took almost 7 years for the complexity to rise from 1 to 250 billion. The reason for such a drastic change could only be the introduction of new large-scale mining equipment in the last two or three weeks, and the consequence was a natural growth of the network hash from 8.56 to 10.4 E / s (ex-session per second).

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The Superior Court of Quebec began the process against the organizer ICO Plexcoin


The Supreme Court of Canadian Quebec accuses the organizer of ICO PlexCoin and the head of DL Innov inc, Dominic Lecroix, in disobeying the regulator - it repeatedly ordered to stop investing money from investors on PlexCoin (the Altocum on the basis of the Etherium). In July, the Commission for the Supervision of the Financial Market of France (AMF) issued regulations prohibiting companies Lecruix and some other projects that are associated with it, to engage in "any form of investment", as well as close all sites related to PlexCoin, and withdraw all advertising .

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Atomic swaps: what it is and how they work


Many specialists in the developer community are working on a new function called atomic swaps. These swaps completely eliminate the need for third parties to participate in the exchange between blockchains of various crypto currencies and transfer the reins of the trade directly to the user. In recent months, much has been said about the revolutionary idea, known as internetwork atomic swaps. Atomic swaps are a new technology that is still in development, allowing P2P trading between different types of digital assets.

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Bitmain engaged in the development of artificial intelligence


Leading manufacturer of equipment for mining, Bitmain, announced the release of the first products in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The initiative is being implemented at the Bitmaintech Israel Research Center, the first center of the company outside of China. "We are very proud to be part of the effort to develop software for an artificial intelligence product called Sophon. Our AI researchers focused on creating a computer version and NLP solutions optimized for the Sophon platform, "said Bitmaintech Israel head Gadi Glikberg.

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Vitalik Buterin predicted the onset of the era of "tokens 2.0"


Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the Ethereum, does not particularly believe in most ERC20-based tokens. In fact, he believes that almost all of them will disappear and sooner rather than later. But in general, Buterin is confident that the crypto currency is a bright future, as investors and developers are learning on "tokens 1.0". "This, in fact, tokens 1.0". Speaking at ETHWaterloo, the 23-year-old founder of the Ethereum reminded everyone that 90% of startups fail. Similar can be said about the tokens of the ERC20 standard. According to Buterin, 90% of the coins, which are now listed on CoinMarketCap, will soon depreciate.

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The operator of the former Bitcoin Exchange Coin.mx received 16 months in prison


One of the operators of the now defunct bitkoin exchange Coin.mx was sentenced to 16 months in prison. According to Reuters, the Ukrainian software engineer Yuri Lebedev, who lives in Florida, was found guilty of assisting in the management of an unlicensed bitcoin exchange. From the time of his arrest to the verdict handed down by District Judge Alison Nathan, more than two years have passed. Initially, he was arrested and charged with violating laws on money laundering. Pastor Trevon Gross, like Lebedev, was found guilty in March, although in the case of Gross he was charged with bribery in connection with the recently closed credit union in New Jersey, which was allegedly used to transfer funds from Coin.mx abroad.

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Central Bank of Indonesia banned crypto-currencies, exchanges in the country are being closed


Indonesian crypto-exchange platforms announced the termination of activities in connection with the announcement of the Bank of Indonesia that it does not recognize bitcoin as a means of payment. So Bitbayer, the Indonesian alternative to Bitpay, announced that it will stop providing services from November 1 and invited customers to withdraw funds by the end of October. Toko Bitcoin, which allows its customers to purchase prepaid vouchers for bitcoins, also ceased to accept crypto currency as a means of payment. Bitcoin Indonesia, Oscar Darmawan, the general director of the exchange, said that the termination of the platforms was not the result of direct intervention by the central bank of Indonesia.

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Satoshi Nakamoto could already be on the Forbes list


Recently, the price of bitcoin exceeded 6,000 dollars, and the capitalization briefly exceeded $ 100 billion. Thus, the alleged state of the anonymous creator of crypto currency Satoshi Nakamoto exceeded 6 billion dollars, theoretically making it possible to include it in the list of the richest people in the world according to Forbes. At the current bitcoin course, 1 million coins, owned by Satoshi, would place him at 237 in the Forbes rating.

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New York Stock Exchange of crypto-currency derivatives started trading


At the stock exchange in the United States, the first regulated transactions with derivatives of crypto-currency instruments were implemented: the LedgerX platform confirmed information on the trading of crypto-currency derivatives before the sale to institutional investors in July. On the trading platform LedgerX, there are 176 swaps and option contracts traded in the first week, for amounts over $ 1 million.

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ICO, also known as the initial token offering, creates new millionaires around the world: in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and both Americas. There are several actions that you have to perform for critical analysis of ICO before investing. Here are some practical steps for ICO analysis.

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In the rapidly developing digital economy, every year there are more and more crypto-currencies and tools associated with them. How to use the opportunities of growing market? How to invest in ICO and how to get to crypto-exchange? Here we present the Complete Guide to ICO. Usually a well-known, stable company with a financial history enters the financial exchange via IPO. ICO is mainly used for crowd-hosting projects, that is, for companies that are just beginning their history. Novice companies can not predict the market's reaction to the fullest. Therefore, the first step for the release of ICO is the pre-announcement of the project.

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Service of blockchain-acquiring Cryptonex (CNX) is preparing to launch


In 2017, we are seeing the active development of the crypto-currency industry. Companies strive to offer their solutions to actual problems, for example, the establishment of security and speed of conversion. However, experts in the field of blockchain come to the conclusion that there is a question that has not been resolved so far. It's about acquiring. Instead of waiting for the world's commercial companies to approve the crypto currency as the main means of payment along with Fiat, ambitious developers are already proposing projects that can change the situation.

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The organizer of business flights Star Jets International opened a payment in bitcoins


Star Jets International LLC now accepts bitcoin payments for private jet flights. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Defense Technologies, Inc. Customers who use Star Jets get to leverage all the advantages of using a corporate jet, according to an Econotimes article.  Furthermore, customers have access to over 5,000 jets domestically and roughly 15,000 across the globe. The company allowing bitcoin transactions may now open up a new realm of possibilities for the company along with a new customer base.

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Charlie Lee criticizes Bitcoin Cash for trying to be called "real" bitcoin


October 17, Bitcoin.com published a contradictory statement, which stated that it was Bitcoin Cash that should be called bitcoin. In response, leading industry experts, including the maker of lightcore, Charlie Lee (Charlie Lee), criticized such attempts. Bitcoin Cash was launched in early August from hard fork bitcoin, which supported several major mining pools, including ViaBTC and Bitmain. Since then, the support and demand for Bitcoin Cash has decreased significantly, which is noticeable in terms of the hash and market capitalization of the crypto currency.

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Opinion: blockchain will reduce up to 80% of operating costs for banks


The development of the law on the use of distributed registry technology will allow banks to significantly reduce costs, said the founder of Blockchain.ru Dmitry Matsuk. "In such areas as processing of counter transactions, structuring of products, account management, audit and financial control, the savings can reach up to 60-75%, and this is only a small part where a blockchain can be used. Therefore, the potential total savings on operating activities will be about 50%, which can be brought up to 80% with the development of technology and the transfer of all processes to the blockchain, "he said.

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ICO market in Russia twice exceeded the volume of venture capital investments


This year, Russian projects attracted $ 293 million through ICO, which is more than double the amount of venture capital investment in 2016. Nevertheless, ICO will not be able to replace venture investments, experts believe. The volume of the ICO market (Initial Coin Offering) in Russia since early 2017 was about $ 293 million, the general director of Skolkovo-Venture Investments, Vasily Belov, said at the Open Innovations forum. Thus, the volume of funds attracted by Russian companies with the help of ICO more than doubled the volume of venture investments in the country by the end of 2016, the size of which was $ 128 million, Belov said. "For an incomplete year, the volume of investments attracted in ICO exceeded the volumes of the classical venture market," he said.

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Bitcoin is ‘Fast, near Real-Time and Convenient’: Philippines Central Bank Official


The deputy director of the Philippines Central Bank has highlighted the advantages of using cryptocurrencies like bitcoin after releasing regulations for the industry earlier this year. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Philippine central bank, published regulations for bitcoin exchanges earlier this year. In a statement at the time, the central bank said it “recognizes that virtual currency systems have the potential to revolutionize delivery of financial services particularly for payments and remittance, in view of their ability to provide faster and more economical transfer of funds, both domestic and international, and may further support financial inclusion.”

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Bank of America: the real value of crypto assets can not be estimated


According to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, brokerage companies that offer products in the field of crypto currency can have a big impact on the global market. In the report of the bank entitled "Implementation of Crypto-Currency - what are they good for?", Analysts are considering the potential of Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP, as well as the main aspects of the market and open functioning network of detachment. It is noteworthy that the report touches on possible factors that could affect the future progress of the crypto-currency market, including financial products based on this technology.

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