John McAfee Will No Longer Promote ICOs, Cites ‘SEC Threats’

Anti-virus pioneer and crypto evangelist John McAfee tweeted that he will no longer work with initial coin offerings (ICOs) or promote them due to “threats” from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC declined to comment on his statement. Due to SEC threats, I am no longer working with ICOs nor am I recommending them, and those doing ICOs can all look forward to arrest. It is unjust but it is reality. I am writing an article on an equivalent alternative to ICOs which the SEC cannot touch.…

Blockchain Platform to Challenge App Stores With ‘Borderless Payments’

A new platform is going to allow anyone to establish their own eCommerce content store and receive payments from anywhere in the world – reducing costs for their consumers and opening the door to fast-growing emerging markets. The platform would allow service providers and other entreprises to build up applications or services on it’s blockchain. Bezant claims that many small businesses and individuals are missing out on opportunities to thrive because they cannot accept alternative payment methods. Credit cards and bank transfers are the most commonly used and accepted means…

IBM Launches Blockchain-Powered Media Transactions Tracker to Prevent Advertising Fraud

IBM iX has partnered with software supplier Mediaocean to launch a blockchain-powered tracker for digital media transactions, the company tweeted June 19. IBM iX is the business and tech consulting wing of international technology giant IBM. According to IBM iX, the main purpose for applying blockchain in the media ecosystem is to “clean things up” in the media buying industry.   “The promise of #blockchain will scale the opportunity to clean things up [in media buying].” @rmaster of @Unilever during the announcement of a major partnership between IBM and Mediaocean to…

BitTorrent Has ‘No Plans to Change’ After $120 Million Tron Acquisition

Peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent seemingly pushed back against claims that it would begin using cryptocurrencies after being acquired by the Tron Foundation. In a statement posted to its website Tuesday, BitTorrent wrote that the company has “no plans to change” its business model and will not charge fees for any of its services. Further, the company stated that it has “no plans to enable mining of cryptocurrency now or in the future.” The company was recently acquired by the Tron Foundation’s Justin Sun, according to a report from Variety.…

Automotive Advances With Blockchain Technology

The automotive industry is regarded as one of the more cutting edge sectors that often leads the way for new technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. Blockchain is being seen as one such technology, and it is unsurprising that the industry is immersing itself in this new space. Car manufacturers have been quietly picking up on the blockchain phenomenon, trying to figure out different ways in which they can utilize the immutable ledger to their different needs. For example, on June 11, IOTA and Volkswagen demonstrated a proof-of-concept…

Cointelegraph Launches Aggregator Platform for DApp Discovery, Analysis

Tuesday, June 19, Cointelegraph is announcing the launch of an aggregator for decentralized applications (DApps), DApphub, for easy discovery and analysis of the growing number of DApps in existence. Cointelegraph’s DApphub allows crypto enthusiasts to view information about each DApp in one place, including a description, specifics about current status, developers, and popularity. DApphub’s listings can be arranged according to various criteria, including their Ethereum (ETH) balance and number of users, to determine a given DApp’s popularity. Any DApphub user can also submit a DApp to potentially be listed by…

Crypto Startup Circle Reveals How It Chooses New Token Listings

Blockchain startup Circle has released new details about how it will select cryptocurrencies for its trading and investment platforms. On Tuesday, the firm published its Asset Framework, providing a rough outline of what aspects are evaluated when assets are added to the Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange, as well as its Circle Invest and Circle Trade product lines. These criteria cover five different categories, which include the project’s fundamentals, the technology underpinning a token, the people behind a project, the business model employed and the available market, according to the document. In a release,…