Blockchain start-ups see record Q2 despite crypto plunge

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Blockchain start-ups worldwide raised a record £3.2 billion in funding during Q2 2021, in spite of the significant decline the cryptocurrency market has been experiencing since mid-April.

This data, collected by analytics firm CB Insights in its 'State of Fintech' report, represents a 50% increase over last quarter and a ninefold increase compared to the same time last year.

The global fintech industry also reached new heights in this quarter, with £22.4 billion being...

PayPal scraps annual purchase limit of cryptocurrency

PayPal Office, Dublin

PayPal has announced its annual purchase limit of $50,000 (£36,500) for Bitcoin and other digital assets is being removed.

Similarly, the platform’s weekly purchase limit is being raised fivefold from $20,000 (£14,500) to $100,000 (£73,000).

Jose Fernandez da Ponte, PayPal’s vice president of blockchain, crypto and digital currencies said: “These changes will enable our customers to have more choice and flexibility in purchasing cryptocurrency on our...

BSV surpasses BTC blockchain in data size

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The Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain has surpassed BTC in accumulated data size, according to Bitcoin Association, which works to advance business with the BSV blockchain and digital currency.

On May 16, 2021, the accumulated growth (in data size) of the BSV blockchain surpassed the BTC blockchain for the first time, with the total data stored on-chain reaching 352.9 GB on the BSV network compared to 352.4 GB on the BTC network on that date. Since then, BSV continues to extend its lead...

HSBC steers clear of Bitcoin due to “volatility”

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HSBC has confirmed it has no interest in getting involved with Bitcoin.

The bank has no plans to offer the cryptocurrency to clients due to its volatility and lack of transparency, according to HSBC chief executive Noel Quinn.

He said: “Given the volatility we are not into bitcoin as an asset class. If our clients want to be there then of course they are, but we are not promoting it as an asset class within our wealth management business.

“I view bitcoin as...

How can cryptocurrency achieve mainstream adoption?

A pile of bitcoins.

Tesla founder Elon Musk ensured Bitcoin remained in the headlines this week, backtracking on comments he made that had suggested he might throw his support behind Dogecoin instead of Bitcoin.

During one of many recent Twitter spats, Musk tweeted: “Obnoxious threads like this make me want to go all in on Doge."

Rumours had already begun circulating that Tesla planned to sell the bitcoins it purchased for $1.5 billion (£1.06bn) in February 2021. Subsequently, Bitcoin...

Generation Z: How post-millennial young people are engaging with blockchain

Feature In 2019, Gen Z surpassed millennials and baby boomers to become the largest generation in the world, making up a third of the global population. This demographic dominance alone makes those born between 1995 and 2010 an important consideration for cryptocurrency markets and blockchain tech firms. What’s more, Gen Z’s comfort with and strong preference for digitised transactions makes them an even more important demographic in these growing...

Charles Hoskinson, Founder, Cardano: On restoring trust through decentralisation

The Block spoke with Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson about the blockchain industry and restoring trust through decentralisation ahead of the platform’s upcoming launch of smart contracts.

Hoskinson co-founded the current decentralised app platform leader, Ethereum, but left the project following a dispute about accepting venture capital and the need for a more formal governing structure. He went on to found Cardano in 2015 and became the CEO of the project’s main developer,...

Blockchain Capital exec says people will regret not investing now

A partner at Blockchain Capital has said he believes investors will regret not buying-in at current low prices.

We’re a few days into an uncharacteristic bull run (for this year, at least) in the crypto market, and there’s definitely a more positive sentiment around – though it could be that holiday cheer.

Speaking on CNBC’s “Fast Money” segment, Spencer Bogart emphasised his bullish outlook:

“Could Bitcoin go to $50,000? Absolutely. It doesn’t...

HTC announces Exodus, a blockchain-powered smartphone

HTC has announced a smartphone this week powered by blockchain technology, called Exodus. The phone will include a secure hardware enclave designed for cryptocurrencies and decentralised applications. The Exodus phone also has a universal wallet, which will support Bitcoin, Ethereum, Lightning Networks, Dfinity and other major cryptocurrencies. Users will be able to send and receive crypto payments, with each device acting as a node for crytocurrency trading. Security and privacy seem like...