Articles by Nikhilesh De

UNICEF Funds 6 Blockchain Startups to ‘Solve Global Challenges’

The United Nations’ charity arm for children, UNICEF, is funding research into blockchain tech. Announced Monday, UNICEF is investing $100,000 in six blockchain startups to “solve global challenges using blockchain technology,” ranging from healthcare delivery…




SEC Fines Crypto Fund $50K and Issues Cease-and-Desist

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ordered fund manager CoinAlpha Advisors LLC to pay a $50,000 fine following what it deemed to be an unregistered securities sale. According to the order published Friday, CoinAlpha…



LedgerX's Bitcoin Derivatives Trading Is Up 7X Since Launch

Bitcoin trading platform LedgerX has seen a sevenfold increase in volume in the six months following its launch of cryptocurrency derivatives. Chief operating officer Juthica Chou told CoinDesk that the startup has seen roughly $7.5…



Walmart Wants to Store Payment Data On a Blockchain

Newly published patent filings from retail giant Walmart hint at a plan to store payments data using blockchain tech. The two applications – published on Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) –…



Bitcoin Mining Hardware Thief Escapes from Prison

The alleged thief behind Iceland’s “Big Bitcoin Heist” has escaped from prison and escaped to Sweden. Sindri Thor Stefansson, who is accused of stealing 600 cryptocurrency mining computers across at least four separate incidents between…