Volume 3 - 5/19/2018

Slate, “What Is a Blockchain Phone and Why Would Anyone Want One?” by Aaron Mak

HTC is building “the first native blockchain phone,” the Next Web reported on Tuesday. Details are sparse about the phone, which has been dubbed the HTC Exodus. But the news raised two immediate questions: What is a blockchain phone? And why would anyone want one?

Blockchain refers to the decentralized ledger technology that (among other things) underlies cryptocurrencies like…

Fox Business, “It's Time We Got Real About Blockchain Technology” by Sean Williams

Last year, cryptocurrencies were virtually unstoppable. When the clock struck midnight on 2017, the aggregate value of virtual currencies had soared by almost $600 billion, or more than 3,300%, when all was said and done. It's probably the single greatest year we've ever witnessed for any asset class.

While there were a number of catalysts behind this rally, including a weakening U.S. dollar and retail investors controlling a majority of the trading action in…

Standard, “Report: Facebook could be launching its own version of bitcoin” by Amelia Heathman

Facebook is reportedly looking into launching its own cryptocurrency like bitcoin, according to sources close to the matter.

People familiar with the plans have told US publication Cheddar that Facebook is “very serious about” launching a cryptocurrency.

The virtual token would be aimed at allowing Facebook’s two billion+ users around the world to make electronic…