This is a daily round up of important blockchain and crypto news between Jan 14, 2019 and Jan 15, 2019 . The focus is on important news around developments in the blockchain space, on exchanges and crypto projects.
Please note that this is neither the only nor the exhaustive list, we are constantly trying to improve the feed and if you have any feedback, please feel free to contact us.
1. Bitmain scaled down its mining operations in its Rockdale, Texas facility
According to the local news media outlet Texas Public Radio, Bitmain has halted the mining operations in its Rockdale, Texas facility due to the sharp decline in cryptocurrency prices which has greatly reduced profitability and there are no words from the giant on when the operations will presume. There are estimated 7000-8000 mining units within the facility. Read more
2. Arrington XRP Leads $1 Million Funding Round in Dapp Economy Startup
Dapp economy startup Totle has raised $1 million in a private funding round. The new funding will be largely be used to hire more developers, with about 40 percent also going into administration and marketing. Arrington XRP, the hedge fund launched by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, led the round along with NEO Global Capital and Goren Holm Ventures. Read more
3. Spanish’s major energy company to use blockchain in renewable energy tracking
As per reports of Spanish independent news agency Europe press reports, Spanish’s major energy company Iberdrola has started using Blockchain to track renewable energy. The first trial was conducted in cooperation with Kutxabank. During the pilot, Iberdrola monitored the renewable energy delivered from two wind farms and one power station to banks’ offices located in Basque Country and the southern city of Cordoba.Read more
4. Bitcoin worth $70,000 donated to a Twitch gamer playing Runescape
A Twitch streamer called “Sick_Nerd” received a donation of 20 BTC during a live stream on January 11, 2019 while playing a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. The donation was made by a user “lightpuma”. It came in denominations of 4 BTC and the total donations amounted to 20BTC worth a whopping €61,687.42 or $70,780.20. Read more
5. Vermont State Agencies Launch Blockchain Pilot Program for Captive Insurance Industry
The Secretary of State Jim Condos and Department of Financial Regulation Commissioner Michael Pieciak have signed an agreement to join forces to explore Blockchain technology and the benefits of its deployment in maintaining records in the captive insurance field. Captive insurance is an alternative form of self-insurance where a parent group creates a licensed insurance company for itself. The type of alternative insurance helps large corporations to insure their own risks and reduce their insurance premiums. Read more
6. New Zealand Crypto Exchange Cryptopia Goes Offline Citing Hack
The exchange announced the news on Twitter this morning, stating that it “suffered a security breach which resulted in significant losses.” No information has yet been provided on the value of the losses, the tokens and currencies affected or any measures to refund users. Read More
Only the headlines are enough for these news
- ShapeShift Not Selling KeepKey Despite Premature Diversification Read Story.
- Twitter Explodes at Indian Bank’s clampdown on Bitcoin Read Story.
- Facebook moving aggressively with crypto payment service Read Story.
- Iceland: Draper Associates Leads $5 Million Funding Round for Blockchain-Based ID Platform Read Story.
- LedgerX Launches ‘Bitcoin Fear Index’ to Track Price Volatility Read Story.
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