Tough year for cryptocurrencies, which saw their value plummet in what famed economist Nouriel Roubini describes as a “crypto-apocalypse.”
Bitcoin has fallen around 67% from its December 2017 high of US$19,300 to its current price of about US$6,350, and the whole cryptocurrency market has plunged more than 73%, from a total market capitalization of more than US$815 billion in January 2018 to now US$213 billion.
Despite the fall in the value of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, the technology underlying them, continues to gain traction and attract investors. In the first half of 2018, blockchain investment in the US exceeded the total investment seen in 2017, according to KPMG, which claims that the rapid growth in blockchain investment can be attributed to a number of factors, including the widespread applicability of blockchain to help harness efficiencies within financial institutions, and the realization that blockchain can be applied to industries beyond banking and insurance.
As the crypto and blockchain industry continues to evolve rapidly, the following ten blogs from Europe will help you keep up with the burgeoning space:
Bitcoin News Switzerland is a German language blog (since 2012) maintained by Christian Mäder covering breaking news in the Swiss blockchain and crypto space. The blog also curates a lot of interesting related Blockchain and Bitcoin topics such as Bitcoin films and curates a useful list about where to buy bitcoins.
Launched in 2013, CCN, formerly CryptoCoinsNews) is a site providing news coverage around cryptocurrencies including bitcoin. It is a source of cryptocurrency news, with writings cited in publications of economics and medicals. CCN also produces a podcast hosted by Jake Sylvestre. CCN is owned by Hawkfish, a company based in Norway.
Bitcoin.fr is a French language information and news portal focusing on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The blog aims to explain what these technologies are all about, relay key announcements and developments in the space, and follow the growth of the industry.
Founded in 2014, CoinSpeaker is a news source focusing on fiintech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, payments and the Internet-of-Things. The blog is read by over 450,000 unique visitors per month. CoinSpeaker’s coverage spans every aspect of the bitcoin and altcoin markets, featuring a mix of regular tech wraps, daily and weekly market updates, expert interviews and much more, delivering the core story in a simple and to-the-point factual style.
Live Bitcoin News (UK)
Live Bitcoin News is a global news portal designed to offer relevant news and information in the crypto currency space. The blog covers the fast-growing ecosystem, offerings breaking news, experts’ insights, interviews, and analysis.
BTC-ECHO is a German-language media platform focusing on bitcoin, digital currencies and blockchain. It reports daily on all important developments in the digital currency markets and provides up-to-the-minute reporting, investigative reports, interviews, chart analysis and much more. Over the past three years, BTC-ECHO has become the central point of contact for the German-speaking community.
BTCGermany is a German language portal providing informational content and which reports on key developments in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. The site also features videos and other materials from the crypto space.
Bitcoin Informant (Germany)
Bitcoin Informant is a German language site maintained by Dennis Koray, providing regular news roundups and videos. The Bitcoin Informant show delivers news about bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies five times a week.
Established in 2016, CryptoPotato is an information source for crypto investors, providing high-quality content. CryptoPotato reports on the key announcements in the space, and provides price analysis of top cryptocurrencies.
Founded in 2013, CoinSpectator started as a small independent news portal covering the cryptocurrency industry but decided later on to focus on developing a news aggregator that tracks the latest news, projects and influencers in one simple real-time stream. The company still however maintains a blog in which it covers topics interesting topics, such as AI in finance, new blockchain projects, and key company announcements.
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