What is a blockchain? Distributed ledger technology underlies cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and could be the future of money, security, and online privacy. But there's also a ton of hype.


Should central banks issue digital currency? Suddenly, it’s an urgent question.

Stable digital currencies—and particularly Facebook’s plans to launch one—have central bankers playing defense.


The US government has a hidden weapon it could deploy against Bitcoin

The US could someday try to crack down on cryptocurrency by calling certain users financial institutions. Critics say that would be a terrible idea.

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Some crypto-criminals think jumping across blockchains covers their tracks. Big mistake.

A popular cryptocurrency service that may appear to enhance anonymity actually doesn’t, according to new research.

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New money-laundering rules change everything for cryptocurrency exchanges

Complying with regulators could mean the difference between going mainstream and remaining forever on the margins of the global financial system.

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