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A Protocol for Issuing Tokens Launches on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network

| Leigh Cuen

The first protocol for issuing tokens via bitcoin’s lightning network is aimed to rival ethereum's ERC-20. But that's a tall order.

Marketing Chief Amanda Gutterman Is Latest Exec to Leave ConsenSys

| Leigh Cuen

CMO Amanda Gutterman is the third executive departure from ConsenSys since early May.

Bitcoin Startup Bitrefill Raises $2 Million Funding for Global Expansion

| Leigh Cuen

The lightning-centric bitcoin startup plans to use this funding to expand services to almost every country in the world by 2020.

NEO Releases Detailed Financials Ahead of Cryptocurrency Relaunch

| Leigh Cuen

Many of the companies associated with NEO have proven to be a lucrative boon for token cofounders Erik Zhang and Da Hongfei.

Overstock’s Medici Ventures Leads $7 Million Round for Blockchain Voting Startup

| Daniel Palmer

Blockchain-based mobile voting platform Voatz has raised $7 million in a Series A round led by Overstock's Medici Ventures and Techstars.

$1 Billion Valuation May Elude Ethereum Co-Founder’s New Blockchain Polkadot

| Leigh Cuen and Wolfie Zhao

Polkadot’s bid for unicorn status has hit a snag, with three Chinese funds buying into the token sale at valuations below $1 billion.

Former Mt Gox CEO Says He Wants to Restore Japan as Tech Leader

| Daniel Palmer

Former Mt. Gox chief Mark Karpeles has reportedly revealed he's "starting from zero" with an IT project.

Russian Retailer Dixy Using Ethereum Tech to Streamline Trade Finance

| Anna Baydakova

Grocery chain Dixy has partnered with a blockchain startup to greatly reduce the time it takes to pay suppliers

Crypto Exchange Bits Of Gold Wins Supreme Court Battle Over Bank Block

| Benedict Alibasa

Cryptocurrency exchange Bits of Gold has won a notable legal victory over an Israeli bank in its bid to keep access to banking services.

Encrypted Email Service Launches on Blockstack With Bitcoin Features

| Leigh Cuen

An Egyptian web firm is building Dmail on Blockstack to bring bitcoin-friendly privacy tech to the Middle East.