Hong Kong Stock Exchange CEO Scoffs at Crypto Giant Bitmain’s IPO Attempt

Cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain has been unsuccessful, so far, in gaining approval to be a publicly listed firm in Hong Kong | Source: Shutterstock Talking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), Charles Li Xiaojia, talked about how important it is for …

Indonesia’s First Billion-Dollar Unicorn Acquires Philippine Bitcoin Wallet

By CCN.com: On Jan. 18, after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Philippines market earlier this month due to foreign ownership concerns, Go-Jek, a major Indonesian ride-sharing platform has announced a partnership between with Coins.ph, a local crypto wallet and payments platform. The Filipino firm is currently in the process of rolling out beta access to users in the …

Bulls and Bears on Nvidia as the Chip Maker Moves into Robotics

After shelving a focus on processor chips for the cryptocurrency mining market, Nvidia is looking to robotics and artificial intelligence for future success. Nvidia’s Seattle Robotics Research Lab Nvidia has officially opened a 13,000 ft. robotics research lab in Seattle. The lab will have 20 Nvidia roboticists as well as 30 academic experts. The lab …

Australian Startup to Enable Users Invest in Crypto with Spare Change

An Australian fintech startup based in Perth is giving users the opportunity to invest in crypto without going out of their way, using spare change from their electronic transactions to carry out micro-investments in crypto portfolios. Through its app, Bamboo says that it will improve access to investment opportunities and enhance user understanding of the …

Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitfury Trims Cooling Demands by 95% with ‘Magic’ Liquid

With cryptocurrency markets struggling, Bitfury Group has immersed its mining equipment in a non-conducive liquid to reduce costs at its 40-megawatt mining plant in Tbilisi, Georgia, as it races to mine the remaining 21 million mineable bitcoins. The company’s investment in cooling technology signals the extent cryptocurrency miners are going to chill their energy-intensive computers, …

Bitcoin-Friendly Square Cash is Now More Popular Than Venmo

Data from app research firm Sensor Tower and Nomura Instinet have revealed that cumulative downloads of Square’s Cash App have surpassed that of its rival, Paypal’s Venmo, per a Bloomberg report. Square’s Cash App now has a cumulative total download of 33.5 million, which exceeds Venmo’s 32.9 million for the first time, after a successful …

Cryptocurrency Startup Swarm Is Selling Tokens Backed by Robinhood Shares

Cryptocurrency startup Swarm has an ambitious plan to democratize venture capital, and it has today taken a major step toward that goal by listing tokens that allow investors to purchase fractional shares in privately-owned fintech darling Robinhood. No, Robinhood, a wildly-popular commission-free stock trading app that recently earned a $5.6 billion valuation, isn’t holding a …

WeChat Trials Using Blockchain Tech to Reimburse Employee Expenses

WeChat, a messaging, social media and financial services app owned by Tencent Holdings Limited, has deployed a blockchain electronic invoice system at Shenzhen Guomao Rotary Restaurant, making the city of Shenzhen the first in China to issue invoices with blockchain technology. The blockchain invoice process, which encompasses payment, invoicing and reimbursement, was created in partnership …

Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail Could be Planning an ICO

Cryptocurrency-friendly encrypted email provider ProtonMail appears to be planning an initial coin offering (ICO), a job posting has revealed. The Swiss firm, founded in 2014 by CERN researchers, has long supported cryptocurrency payments for its premium email and VPN services. Now, the company is hiring a blockchain developer for a project that may see the …