• Coronavirus hits darknet revenues
    Bitcoin

    Even drug dealers are hurting as coronavirus hits darknet revenues

    Blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis finds bitcoin spending is dropping on darknet markets and gambling sites, but not legitimate merchants; crypto scammers are stepping up

    The pandemic's economic destruction is so bad that even retailers of what may be the most recession-proof product there is—illegal narcotics—are feeling the pinch as coronavirus hits darknet revenues.

  • EY Microsort COnsensys baseline
    Technology

    ConsenSys, Microsoft, EY bet businesses will embrace public blockchains

    Strong security and off-chain storage are key ingredients of the Baseline protocol the firms hope will coax enterprise coalitions onto Ethereum

    EY, Microsoft, and ConsenSys believe that given strong security and the right tools, businesses will embrace public blockchains as they look for ways to work together.

  • World Economic Forum sign sticking out of the snow in Davos. Clearly, the party got wild (via WEF).
    Technology

    World Economic Forum puts blockchain at center of ‘fourth industrial revolution’

    Its new Global Blockchain Council is one of six designed to influence the growth of technologies poised to change the world

    Blockchain is one of the six emerging technologies the World Economic Forum believes will change the world so dramatically that they will be a “fourth industrial revolution.”

  • Trading Apple shares on your phone is not as simple as this graphic implies.
    Ethereum

    Tokenized securities put real-world assets in the blockchain

    Apple stock and ownership in the St. Regis Aspen resort are among the first tangible assets to be tokenized

    On Jan. 7, digital exchange DX.Exchange, based and regulated in Estonia, began offering investors the ability to trade digital tokens backed by shares in 10 NASDAQ-listed stocks, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft. And in October, crowdfunding platform Indiegogo sold tokenized shares of the St. Regis Aspen Resort to SEC-accredited traders.