Akon presses ahead with his own crypto city in Senegal
In June 2018, artist Akon talked about his ambitions to build a brand new city in Senegal, powered by his own cryptocurrency, Akoin. At the height of blockchain fever, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the project...
January 15, 2020
Major payment companies back out of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency
Back in June, Facebook announced that it was going to launch its own cryptocurrency – Libra. The news resulted in the classic mixed results. Some focused on the fact that it would change the financial shape of markets where...
October 14, 2019
Questions and criticism emerge for Facebook’s Libra currency
Facebook launching its own global currency was bound to provoke some criticism, and some close scrutiny of exactly what the social network is planning and how it will work. Three pieces are worth your attention today to understand...
June 20, 2019
Spotify explains why it’s backing Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency
The recent leaks were correct: music-streaming Spotify is on board as one of the first backers of Facebook's new Libra cryptocurrency. The social network will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020, complete with...
June 18, 2019
Report claims Spotify is backing Facebook’s new cryptocurrency
Facebook has quietly (bar the odd leak) been working on its own cryptocurrency initiative for some time now. Reports suggest it will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday 17 June), complete with a consortium of partners offering...
June 17, 2019
Sandbox Issue 205: Merchandising and Swift Sales
Lead: In part two of our online and social media merchandise special, we go beyond Instagram to look at the wide variety of tools and platforms opening up here, how to best deploy them and where they can be used to make artist/fan...
May 30, 2018
Blockchain startup Soundpruf to pay artists AND fans for Spotify streams using cryptocurrency
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music. “Soundpruf will offer a web/mobile...
April 13, 2018
Lino raises $20m funding round to build a ‘crypto YouTube’
Lino wants to build “a decentralised autonomous content economy, where content value can be recognised efficiently and all contributors can be incentivised directly and effectively to promote long-term economic growth”. Not...
February 6, 2018
Gareth Emery of blockchain music startup Choon: ‘We’re committed to radical transparency’
We’ve seen a few blockchain-music startups in our time, but Choon is the first one named after what you might shout at the DJ when feeling over-excited and emotional in a club. That’s a world that the startup’s founder...
February 5, 2018
Meet Kasotsuka Shojo – the cryptocurrency-themed J-Pop group
We’ve come a long way from Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice and Posh Spice, it’s fair to say. Japanese pop group Kasotsuka Shojo have been getting a wave of coverage in the west for being the first...
January 15, 2018
Messaging app Telegram goes blockchain with own cryptocurrency
Telegram has become the second major messaging app (after Kik) to explore blockchain technology, including its own cryptocurrency. TechCrunch reports that the company is planning to launch the ‘Telegram Open Network’,...
January 9, 2018
Valyou X wants to create a blockchain-based stock market for music
The idea of fans investing in music rights is enjoying a flurry of attention in 2017, and blockchain startups are all the rage. It was only a matter of time before startups started putting the two concepts together. One...
November 23, 2017