Leading VPN Provider Acquires Bitcoin BlockExplorer



DENVER AND BERLIN — London Trust Media Holdings, provider of the leading VPN service Private Internet Access, has acquired the bitcoin reference site BlockExplorer. The ambition is to develop the site into a bigger outlet for market and economy data for the new financial world, with the vision of enabling a new generation of cryptocurrency users.

“Our company vision has always been about privacy and sovereignty, and as such, the addition of BlockExplorer fits well with how we want to shape the future”, says Rick Falkvinge, current Head of Privacy at Private Internet Access and newly appointed CEO of BlockExplorer. “We think of ourselves as financially sustainable privacy activists, and the concept of financial sovereignty goes hand in hand with our previous work for civil liberties.”

BlockExplorer has long been a reliable reference site in the Bitcoin community, and is used by many if not most next-generation financial services to look up details of transactions on the bitcoin network. Now, cryptocurrency enthusiasts can keep up market data and news on the site, for multiple cryptocurrencies.

“We will continue to make BlockExplorer an even greater site for the people”, says Caleb Chen, newly appointed Editor-in-Chief of the larger and improved BlockExplorer site. “We are up against trillions of dollars of the old money, and intend to beat them. It’s exciting to be part of this amazing movement. BlockExplorer has long served the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community with market leading insight. We are committed to rolling out the next generation of cryptocurrency market data.”



Rick Falkvinge (on European Berlin time), +46708303600

Caleb Chen (on United States Pacific time), +12132928492

About BlockExplorer

BlockExplorer is the longest running source of Bitcoin blockchain information and a leader in the financial technology media industry. Now, BlockExplorer has expanded to offer news, market data, and information about multiple blockchains. BlockExplorer gives decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a trusted source of data, analysis, and news. Visit the site at www.blockexplorer.com for more information.

About London Trust Media

London Trust Media Holdings (LTMH) is a group of companies seeking to return the Internet to its original state, where thoughts, ideas, and people were free from control and invasion. LTMH is a movement seeking to return power to the people. The LTMH group does this using cryptography, security, and anonymity technologies that empower individuals against encroaching governments. LTMH runs Private Internet Access (PIA), the leading no-log VPN service provider in the world. LTMH truly believes that access to an open internet is a fundamental human right and furthers that mission internally and by donating to causes such as FSF, EFF, GNOME, Arch Linux, Linux Mint, Qubes OS, FFTF, and many more to promote privacy and FOSS causes internationally. Please visit our website at www.londontrustmedia.com for more information.



BlockExplorer To Support Bitcoin (Cash) Over Bitcoin Legacy

Dear BlockExplorer users,

BlockExplorer.com will be supporting Bitcoin Cash over Bitcoin, which we feel currently has a negative momentum path when it comes to utility. Going so far as to change the default BlockExplorer.com to show Bitcoin (Cash) over Bitcoin Legacy. BlockExplorer CEO, Rick Falkvinge, wrote in the announcement:

In August 2017, Bitcoin forked into two variants. These have taken radically different paths.

Looking at the situation one quarter later, it is clear to us that the Blockstream fork of bitcoin diverges so radically from the ideas presented in the Bitcoin white paper, that it is an evolutionary dead end. While it may still have high trading value, as a mere collectible of curiosity, the Blockstream fork of bitcoin is not part of building any future financial infrastructure, which is what Block Explorer is about.

A currency of the future has subcent optional usage fees and instant transactions. The Blockstream fork of Bitcoin (“Bitcoin Legacy”) is at $20 usage fees and rising, with no end in sight, and can take days to confirm, despite unfulfilled promises to the contrary on both points when Segwit activated in what can only be described as a community fistfight. We are therefore making the decision to consider the Blockstream fork deprecated, and support it as legacy technology only.

Rather, we have made the decision to support the only bitcoin fork with a postive utility momentum, which is Bitcoin Cash. We took an early decision to deploy a Bitcoin Cash block explorer and will continue to roll out related services. We are also deploying tools for other cryptocurrencies we find on a positive momentum path, such as ZCash, which have increased privacy value.

We will not add future support for the Blockstream fork of bitcoin (“Bitcoin Legacy”), and will be deprecating it entirely at some future point in time to be determined. Developments have revealed it to be a dead end. At such a time, we will refer to Bitcoin Cash as Bitcoin only, but will make some effort to not break API calls by changing URLs of legacy automated systems.

Developers: Note the BlockExplorer API is changing

BlockExplorer’s API and website will change, so if your site references BlockExplorer for Bitcoin Legacy, please take note of the following changes:

  • https://blockexplorer.com will be switched over to displaying Bitcoin Cash data.
  • https://bitcoinlegacy.blockexplorer.com will display Bitcoin Legacy data.
  • https://blockexplorer.com/api will continue to serve data from Bitcoin Legacy for now until we feel confident we can deprecate it, in which it will then serve Bitcoin Cash data.
  • https://bitcoinlegacy.blockexplorer.com/api should be used immediately to use the Bitcoin Legacy API.
  • https://bitcoincash.blockexplorer.com/api should be used for the Bitcoin Cash API for now, until it is switched over to https://blockexplorer.com/api

The World Crypto Economic Forum (WCEF) Is Bringing Together Some of the World’s Most Notable Crypto Leaders

world crypto economic forum

The WCEF, being held January 15 & 16th, 2018 in the South San Francisco Conference Center, will bring together entrepreneurs, crypto enthusiasts, and thought leaders to discuss the ever changing landscape of this fast evolving blockchain economy.

Just announced, Nick Szabo — computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer who has spent many years developing ideas around cryptocurrencies, including the phrasing and concept of the smart contract — will be performing at the event. Michael Arrington, Founder at TechCrunch and XRP Capital, is another keynote speaker. Among other speakers are successful entrepreneurs and blockchain experts including Bill Barhydt (Abra), Joey Krug (Augur/Pantera), Justin Newton (Netki), Toni Lane Casserly (Culture), Igor Barinov (Oracles Network), Miko Matsumura (Evercoin) and others. Their talks will cover all facets of the digital economy — from blockchain tech to new economic models using tokens.

In addition to keynote presentations and panel discussions, WCEF will feature lightning talks, power networking sessions, and both a token pitch and hackathon contest.

Find more information on the website: http://wcef.co/

Get your early bird ticket now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-crypto-economic-forum-tickets-40798780250