The Consensus 2019 Videos Are Live

The official Consensus 2019 videos are now available for public viewing. Our official Consensus 2019 video page is now live and features a slate of amazing talks from the Consensus main stage, our Business and Markets tracks, as well as our developer-focused Construct. In these videos, you’ll hear from the likes of ConsenSys founder Joe […]

Beyond KYC: Global Regulators Appear Set to Adopt Tough New Rules for Crypto Exchanges

The Takeaway The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is set to finalize new international standards for regulating cryptocurrency firms next month. Those standards are widely expected to subject crypto exchanges, wallet providers and others to the “travel rule” long followed by correspondent banks. Industry representatives say this requirement would be onerous if not unworkable for […]

CoinDesk’s John Biggs Walks the Exhibit Halls of Consensus 2019

CoinDesk’s annual Consensus conference isn’t just about big names or well-known startups and enterprises. In fact, there are many small and growing startups populating the main exhibit halls, pitching their products and services to the ever-shifting crowd of thousands. To capture just a slice of the activity going on, CoinDesk news editor John Biggs hit […]

Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang Says Regulators ‘Owe’ Clarity on Rules for Crypto Industry

Presidential contender Andrew Yang took the stage at Consensus 2019 on Wednesday, facing a friendly (if not slightly boisterous crowd) as he discussed bitcoin, blockchain and his bid for the White House. Amid jokes about a possible YangCoin, Yang essentially pitched himself as a sympathetic friend of the crypto community in an appearance that came […]

Blockchain Project Thundercore Releases Code for ‘Pala’ Consensus Protocol

Public blockchain platform provider ThunderCore has just released proof-of-concept code for a new consensus protocol, dubbed Pala, on GitHub. According to Elaine Shi, chief scientist for ThunderCore, the work represents “a dream consensus protocol.” As stated on the newly released GitHub page: “Pala is a byzantine fault tolerant consensus protocol…It can achieve low latency and […]

Coinbase Custody Now Has $1 Billion of Crypto Under Management, CEO Says

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced the exchange’s custody product, Coinbase Custody, already has $1 billion in assets under management (AUM) in just 12 months after launch. In an on-stage discussion at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 event on Wednesday, Armstrong was asked by panel moderator and Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Vigna about the status of institutional involvement […]

Congressman Emmer to Reintroduce Tax Bill Focused on Crypto Hard Forks

U.S. Representative Tom Emmer plans to reintroduce a bill that would benefit taxpayers who hold cryptocurrency resulting from blockchain network splits, or hard forks. Emmer revealed his intention to reintroduce the “Safe Harbor for Taxpayers with Forked Assets” bill, first announced in 2018, during a panel on the relationship between government and technologies at Consensus […]

Bitcoin in Space? It Helps With Connection Woes, Says Blockstream’s Adam Back

Adam Back, CEO of bitcoin technology startup Blockstream, dove into the lesser-known uses for beaming bitcoin from space during a presentation at Consensus 2019 on Tuesday. The startup launched its cryptocurrency-focused satellite product nearly two years ago with the primary goal of giving people who don’t have an internet connection another way to download a bitcoin […]

ZebPay Reminds India to Be Patient in Waiting for Crypto-Friendly Regulations

One of the major talking points in the crypto space has been bitcoin’s ability to continually dodge government regulations. And while the protocol is resistant to almost all sanctions, the businesses built on top of the technology aren’t. A primary example of this paradox has been the developments in India where draconian crypto regulations have […]

‘Maximum Pain’: Joe Lubin, Jimmy Song Strike $500K Crypto Bet on Ethereum’s Future

The terms of a much-hyped bet have finally been settled, and, at current prices, more than $500,000 in crypto is on the line. “It’s a maximum pain kind of bet,” Jimmy Song said during a session of CoinDesk Live at Consensus 2019. “Skin in the game.” The new details stem from an onstage agreement from […]