• Bitfinex repays tether
    Media,  Tether

    Bitfinex’s new tactic: Attack journalists

    Tether’s sister company goes after reporter who published something they didn’t like

    Bitfinex, the embattled exchange with a reputation for opaqueness, has taken on a combative approach against journalists—specifically, targeting one from a big name in crypto reporting. About a week ago, CoinDesk’s David Floyd began focusing on the crypto soap opera that is Bitfinex and Tether. On October 19, he wrote a piece about how traders were moving their Tether tokens on to Kraken. It appears those traders were then selling their tether for U.S. dollars because the exchange rate touched a low of 85 cents. “With users apparently unable to convert their USDT into dollars in the way envisioned by Tether’s white paper, they seem to be trying to accomplish…

  • Vitalik Buterin
    Ethereum,  Media,  Opinion

    Why Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin is boycotting CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018

    No hero is perfect

    Many of the biggest players in cryptocurrency and blockchain are set to descend on New York in a couple of weeks for CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018. But there’s one top figure calling on everyone to boycott the event—Ethereum’s wunderkind founder, Vitalik Buterin. Buterin, who was a panelist at the same event two years ago, took to Twitter to unleash his fury at CoinDesk, which sponsors the annual equivalent of a crypto Lollapalooza. First, he ripped into them for a technical analysis piece about OmiseGo’s OMG token (which, by the way, was built on the Ethereum platform). Specifically, the CoinDesk piece included links to a scam that claims to be giving away…