When Gyam Queen heard Nigeria would enter a 14-day lockdown, her first thought was about her studies. Queen, who is 26, is pursuing a Hospitality Management course at Wavecrest College in Lagos and aspires to open a restaurant offering Nigerian cuisine. Thanks to a donation from the WONDER...
Leah Callon-Butler, a CoinDesk columnist, is the director of Emfarsis, a consulting firm focused on the role of technology in advancing economic development in Asia. There are 1.7 billion unbanked people around the world, and if you had the chance to ask each and every one of them what...
New research shows certain wallets are vulnerable to a quasi double-spending attack, a federal appeals court effectively said blockchain data is not protected under the Fourth Amendment and more. Here’s the story: You’re reading Blockchain Bites, the daily roundup of the most pivotal stories in blockchain and crypto news, and...
Frenchman Alex Masmej, 23 years old, recently raised $20,000 on Ethereum by tokenizing himself. Now he wants his investors to vote on his life choices.  His “control my life” experiment challenges token holders to tell him whether to take a run or eat only veggies. That may sound a...
Scam sales, a big win for privacy from Apple, new jobless claims in the “whack-a-mole” economy and the biggest BTC options expiry ever. Today’s edition of The Breakdown is an extended version of the Brief, this time covering five topics. DisclosureThe leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet...
Top financial authorities are rethinking what a “basket-backed” stablecoin means for monetary sovereignty. The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) issued a new report claiming stablecoin initiatives like Libra haven’t driven central banks to explore CBDCs, Craig Wright is heading to trial and BTCPay received its largest donation to date....
Singapore authorities charged a 23-year-old woman with breaking the city-state’s ban on unlicensed bitcoin sales on Wednesday. The woman allegedly bought S$3,350 (about $2,400) in bitcoin in late February 2020 using funds the police say came from the proceeds of an online scam. The Straits Times identified the woman...
You’ve seen it before: A site that promises instant returns on your small crypto investment. It looks legitimate with all the happy customer testimonials, FOMO-inducing promises and easy-to-use dashboards that look like so many other financial sites. The language is open, breezy but sometimes, well, odd. One site, Coindeskminers.com...
Marc Hochstein is the executive editor of CoinDesk.  This week has brought what many would call the blogosphere’s equivalent of the torching of the Library of Alexandria as an unintended consequence of an outdated media practice. Scott Alexander, the perspicacious polymath behind the influential blog Slate Star Codex, deleted all...
The number of bitcoin whales is at its highest level since 2017, as the network adjusts its difficulty setting for the first time post-halving. Elsewhere, Canada is hiring a CBDC expert, Thailand is using a blockchain to issue bonds and Kraken is expanding into Australia. Here’s the story: You’re...