Blockchain in production is still extremely limited across the globe, and holding it back is the inability to get it out of proof of concept.

There are two origins for the word blockchain. The first is the blockchain as it is used in cryptocurrencies and in this context, the word was invente(...)

“Bitcoin accepted” sign in the window of a cafe in Zurich. Photograph: iStock

One of the top bankers in the euro zone has described bitcoin as “the evil spawn of the financial crisis”. European Central Bank executive board membe(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg,  the company’s partnerships and  marketing vice president Dan Rose  and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg: Channel 4’s “Dispatches” report  helped  explain why so much appalling content  is still featured and shared on the  site. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

It hasn’t been a good week for the overlords of the internet. On Tuesday, Facebook was exposed by the Channel 4 Dispatches programme for flouting its(...)

A zooming in on a wafer of D-Wave Quantum Computer

Whoever Satoshi Nakamoto is or was, the author’s 2008 paper on blockchain technology is now regarded as one of the most important developments in comp(...)

Bitcoin was set up in 2008 by an individual or group calling itself Satoshi Nakamoto. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP

Irish gamblers can join the volatile cryptocurrency action after Lottoland launched its Bitcoin lotto jackpot here. The draw, which takes place every(...)

No Bitcoin doesn’t look like this. A Bitcoin is a digital token — with no physical backing — that can be sent electronically from one user to another, anywhere in the world. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

If you find the concept of Bitcoin confusing, you are not alone. The virtual currency has been a constant source of controversy, but it is still not (...)

A customer uses a Bitcoin ATM in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator

It’s been called the “queen of cryptocurrencies” and the biggest bubble in the world. Bitcoin, launched in January 2009, has gained astonishing moment(...)

 Professor Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank at Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Honohan, picked by the Government in 2009 to sort out the Central Bank and the State’s lenders as it grappled with the financial crisis, settl(...)

Don Tapscott: “If I send you €100 it’s really important that I don’t still have the money and that I can’t send it to somebody else.” Photograph: Ana Grillo

For a long time, people have missed the blockchain wood for the bitcoin trees. But the father-and-son writing team of Don and Alex Tapscott are bettin(...)

Dr Craig Wright, the man claiming to be the inventor of Bitcoin Photograph: PA

Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright, who earlier this week said he would provide “extraordinary proof” that he was the creator of digital curren(...)

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