Melotic Shuts Down Digital Asset Exchange

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.39.29 AMHong Kong-based cryptocurrency startup Melotic has announced that it is shutting down its digital asset exchange, citing a lack of sufficient growth.

In a 3rd May blog post, Melotic indicated that the cost of operating its platform had become prohibitive. The exchange, which hosts a number of altcoins and decentralized app (dapp) tokens, appears to have fallen victim to low trading volumes.

According to the post, users will have until 15th May to withdraw their balances, and deposits. After 15th May, the exchange will be shut off.

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The Value of Replicated, Shared Ledgers from First Principles

‘Digital currencies’ aren’t needed to explain why distributed ledgers are important. In this post, IBM’s Richard Gendal Brown develops an argument for replicated shared ledgers from first principles.


This is intended to be an ‘education piece’ aimed at those, particularly in the finance industry, who prefer explanations of new technologies to be rooted in a description of a real-world business problem rather than beginning with a description of a purported solution.

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Be Vigilant on Compliance, Coinbase Warns Bitcoin Startups

One of the largest players in bitcoin has warned fledging startups to remain vigilant on regulatory compliance issues.

Coinbase‘s associate counsel Sarah Hody urged entrepreneurs to follow the firm’s “proactive” stance in front of a packed audience at bitcoin developer meetup in San Francisco’s South of Market district.

Hody, who worked at several different law firms prior to joining the cryptocurrency space, noted that a number of other sectors, including food services and the automotive industry, have regulatory bodies that ensure consumer protection.

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CEX.IO Opens Bitcoin Exchange to US Market

Bitcoin exchange CEX.IO has expanded its operations to the US enabling customers in 23 states to deposit and withdraw fiat currency.

Citing Coinbase as its main competitor stateside, Helga Danova, chief editor at CEX.IO said that she was confident that they could become a “great alternative for US citizens and broaden the possibilities of buying bitcoin and trading other cryptocurrencies.”

The US launch comes amid a continued pivot away from mining services. The company halted its cloud mining operations in January citing bitcoin’s declining price as a motivating factor.

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The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of members of the general public for the first time, and opinions about its usefulness are flying fast and furious. Here at TechCrunch, we’ve been sharing… Source: Apple Watch Review | TechCrunch

Sweden’s Nasdaq Exchange Approves Bitcoin-based ETN

Sweden’s Nasdaq exchange has approved a bitcoin-based exchange traded note (ETN), opening up investment in the digital currency to those who do not want to directly purchase and hold bitcoins.

The Bitcoin Tracker One, launched by Stockholm-based XBT Provider AB, which is owned by the KnC Group and is expected to launch on 18th May.

In a statement, Alexander Marsh, chief executive officer of XBT Provider AB, said:

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San Andreas Movie Trailer

San Andreas – Official Trailer 2 [HD] – YouTube

Dwayne Johnson stars in SAN ANDREAS, in theaters May 29, 2015. After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. […]

Nevada Regulators Seek Bitcoin Poker Site Operator’s Arrest

The Nevada Attorney General’s Office is seeking to arrest the operator of defunct bitcoin poker service Seals with Clubs.

As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bryan Micon was charged in Nevada court on Monday with operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system. Micon is accused of failing to acquire the necessary licensure to operate Seals with Clubs.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

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Richard Branson to Host Bitcoin Summit on Private Island

Billionaire Richard Branson is set to bring “the world’s greatest minds in cryptocurrency” together to discuss bitcoin on his personal private island. Source: Richard Branson to Host Bitcoin Summit on Private Island

WordPress Now Lets You Use Emoji Everywhere

Emoji support while blogging is something I’ve been waiting for as long as I can remember and it’s finally here. WordPress 4.2 landed last week and fully supports emoji. If you previously used emoji… Source: WordPress Now Lets You Use Emoji Everywhere

WordPress 4.2.1 Security Release

WordPress 4.2.1 is now available. This is a critical security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

A few hours ago, the WordPress team was made aware of a cross-site scripting vulnerability, which could enable commenters to compromise a site. The vulnerability was discovered by Jouko Pynnönen.

WordPress 4.2.1 has begun to roll out as an automatic background update, for sites that support those.

For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.2.1 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now”.

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WordPress Under Attack As Double Zero-Day Trouble Lands

Forbes Magazine reports a fresh zero-day, a previously unknown and unpatched weakness, affecting the latest version of WordPress, 4.2, and prior iterations, as revealed by Finnish company Klikki Oy yesterday… Read article at Forbes >>

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WordPress 4.1.2 Security Release

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WordPress 4.2 Release Candidate

The release candidate for WordPress 4.2 is now available. We’ve made more than 140 changes since releasing Beta 4 a week and a half ago. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.2 on Wednesday, […]

Improvements to

If you visit regularly you might have noticed some changes around the place. If you don’t, now’s the time to check them out! We’ve been working hard to improve the site to make it more useful to everyone, both developers and users, and we hope you like what we’ve done.

New Theme and Plugin Directories

Since WordPress 3.8, you’ve been enjoying improved theme management in your WordPress admin, and in WordPress 4.0 plugin management was refined. We’ve brought these experiences from your admin and re-created them right here on

Theme Directory

The Theme Directory has a better browsing experience, with handy tabs where you can view featured, popular, and the latest themes. As with the theme experience in your admin, you can use the feature filter to browse for just the right theme for your WordPress website.


Click on a theme to get more information about it, including shiny screenshots, ratings, and statistics.


Konstantin Obenland posted a good overview of everything involved with the theme directory overhaul and followed up with a post on improved statistics.

Plugin Directory

The Plugin Directory has a brand new theme that mirrors the experience in your WordPress admin, with a more visual experience, and better search and statistics.


As well as a facelift, there are some great new features for you to play around with:

  • Favorites – when you’re logged in to you account, this page gives you direct access to the plugins that you have favorited.
  • Beta Testing – try out plugins where developers are experimenting with new features for WordPress.
  • Search by plugin author – you can search for a plugin author using their username.
  • Better statistics – listings now display the number of active installs so you can see how many people are actually using a plugin.

An overview of the new theme was posted by Scott Reilly.

Better Statistics

We’ve made huge improvements to our statistics. This gives us more useful information about the WordPress versions people are using, their PHP version, and their MySQL version.

Already these new statistics have provided us with useful insights into WordPress usage.

  • More than 43% of all sites are running the latest version of WordPress. Previously, we thought only 10% of sites were up-to-date. By excluding sites that are no longer online we were able to improve these statistics.
  • We were able to clear up the data around WordPress 3.0, bringing it more in line with expectations. This anomaly was a by-product of spammers.
  • Only 15.9% of sites are using PHP 5.2, which is better than we thought.

Over the coming months we’ll be able to use these statistics to bring you new tools and improvements, and to make more informed decisions across the board. Read Andrew Nacin’s post about these changes for more background.


Thanks to everyone who contributed to the theme directory redesign, the plugin directory refresh, and improved statistics: Alin MarcuDamon Cook, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, Jan Cavan Boulas, Konstantin Obenland, Kyle Maurer, Matías Ventura, Mel Choyce, Natalie MacLees, Paul de Wouters, Samuel Sidler, Samuel Wood (Otto), Scott Reilly, Siobhan McKeown.

If you want to help out or follow along with future projects, check out Make WordPress and our meta development blog.