Axoni raises $18M in Series A funding

Investing | December 30, 2016 By:

Blockchain company Axoni completed an $18 million Series A financing round that was led by Wells Fargo and Euclid Opportunities, Icap’s fintech investment business that Axoni was already previously partnered with.

Axoni is one of a number of startups in the blockchain and distributed ledger space seeking to provide services to major financial firms.


IRS asks court to dismiss Coinbase customer’s motion to block investigation

Crime | December 30, 2016 By:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking to dismiss the filing by Coinbase customer Jeffrey K. Berns, which sought to block the IRS from accessing personal and transactional information of individuals who used the Coinbase’s platform during 2013-2015.

Filed in the US District Court of Northern California (which oversees the city of San Francisco where Coinbase is headquartered),


iPayYou launches Bitcoin Direct to Starbucks

Now Accepting | December 30, 2016 By:

iPayYou has launched Bitcoin Direct to Starbucks, a new way for addicts of the coffee chain to use bitcoin.

With this feature, users will be able to seamlessly transfer bitcoin from their existing iPayYou wallet to their Starbucks mobile app. Users just need to select an amount of USD funds they wish to transfer and Bitcoin Direct to Starbucks will automatically withdraw the proper amount of bitcoin from the user’s iPayYou account and deposit the correct amount into the Starbucks account.


R3’s Corda Distributed Ledger now available on Microsoft Azure

Announcements | December 28, 2016 By:

Microsoft announced the availability of R3’s Corda on Microsoft Azure.

R3’s Corda is a distributed ledger for recording and managing financial agreement between regulated financial institutions. It is mainly focused on the benefits of using blockchain systems. This design is the result of the detailed analysis and prototyping with the members and will be made open sourced.


CEX.IO launches Bitcoin Affiliate Program

Announcements | December 28, 2016 By:

CEX.IO, a London-based cryptocurrency exchange, announced the launch of brand new Bitcoin Affiliate Program.

“Participation in the referral program is very easy. All you need to do is register on CEX.IO and generate your unique referral link. We provide you with a bunch of promo materials (landing pages and banners) for you to choose what to place on your website.