Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange Appoints New CEO

Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) has appointed in-house Head of Business Development Kurt Looyens, as its new CEO. Looyens formerly held the position of Country Executive at ABN AMRO Bank in Spain, and he will be taking over from Nick Cowan, as the latter transitions into his role as CEO of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX)…

Belarus Could Get a Nuclear-Powered Bitcoin Mining Center

Aleksandr Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, met with the country’s IT community to discuss the growth of its native tech industry, according to the state-owned national news agency, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency. The meeting was reportedly set up at the president’s request and he promised government support for Belarusian fintech companies. Lukashenko also reportedly outlined…

Mueller Report: Russia Used Bitcoin to Fund DNC Hacks

An intelligence branch of the Russian government used bitcoin to fund its cyberwarfare efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Mueller Report claims. The culmination of a two-year investigation, the “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” details the findings that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his…

Coinbase Provides Wider Support for Crypto-to-Crypto Conversions

Crypto exchange platform Coinbase has announced that it will be expanding its crypto-to-crypto trading service to more countries. In the announcement, Coinbase explains that cryptocurrencies are in a transition period, which will see them move from being investment options to utilities. According to the exchange, the enablement of crypto-to-crypto conversions will serve as “the backbone…

Cartoon: Distorting Mirrors

To many on the outside, the blockchain industry and speculative crypto markets are one and the same, which often leads to misunderstandings. For the two entities that regulate the market, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the result is that they tend to either look at the…

Microsoft Azure Now Supports RSK Smart Contracts

RIF Labs has announced the integration of its public blockchain, RSK Smart Contracts, on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace. The RSK Smart Contract Network is an open-source platform that seeks to extend the functionality of Bitcoin using smart contracts and the Azure Marketplace is an app store for Microsoft’s cloud computing service. Prior to the integration, RIF…