Crypto M&A is on a tear as deal-makers see opportunity in bitcoin’s price slump

Deal-makers seem to be anything but deterred by bitcoin’s price pain this year — they’re actually using it as an excuse to go bargain hunting. Despite the ongoing bear market in the sector, merger and acquisition activity by cryptocurrency companies among themselves and by companies hunting for bitcoin’s underlying technology is hitting record levels.Read more


Cryptocurrency Fever is Starting to Fade: Russian Central Bank

The famed Russian economist and former economic advisor to the Russian President Vladimir Putin represented businesses’ point of view to the bearish crypto market. She hinted that the failure of a majority of blockchain projects and their ICOs has made investors more practical and sober than ever. Read more


Gates Foundation Partners With Former Ripple CTO’s Blockchain Project

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with blockchain startup Coil as part of its mission to provide payment services for the unbanked. The news comes via a tweet from Miller Abel, the foundation’s deputy director and principal technologist, on Oct. 17. Abel indicated that the organization and Coil will work together to implement the Interledger Protocol and explore ways to support “pro-poor payment systems.” Read more


130 Coffee Shops in Europe Started to Accept and Sell Crypto

A “technology enabler” startup known as Cyclebit is aiming to simplify things by enabling stores to serve as “cryptocurrency gateways” – enticing crypto enthusiasts to come and spend their coins with them and inject some new funds into the economy. Read more


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