Articles by Olga Kharif

Software Developers Launching Type of Insurance Cover for Cryptocurrencies

Adventurers in what is perhaps the most lucrative and risky corner of the cryptocurrency world are starting to see a bit of a safety net. In the past year, scores of investors big and small have poured billions into decentralized-finance …

Why Chinese Crypto Entrepreneur Was No-Show for $4.5M Buffett Charity Lunch

Chinese cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun, who cited health issues in postponing his charity lunch with Warren Buffett this week, issued a broad apology to just about everyone for touting the plan to dine with one of America’s richest people, noting …

Crypto Startup BitGo Offers Insurance Against Quadriga Cold-Wallet Debacle

While users of the troubled Quadriga CX cryptocurrency exchange remain unable to retrieve millions in funds, a startup backed by mainstream companies such as Goldman Sachs says they’re able to offer some protection. BitGo Inc., which provides custodian services on …

Walmart Ready to Mandate Blockchain for Certain Food Suppliers

After several years of tests, Walmart Inc. is ready to mandate use of blockchain technology by a swath of its U.S. suppliers, marking one of its biggest commercial uses. Starting in September 2019, Walmart and its Sam’s Club division will …

Interest in Crypto Insurance Grows, Despite High Premiums, Broad Exclusions

In the staid and buttoned-up world of insurance underwriting, few want to talk about it. You won’t find many ads promoting it or details on company websites offering it. But according to industry insiders, there’s a hot new business that …

What’s Next for Major Blockchain Firm R3? IPO or Sale?

R3, a blockchain-software company that works with more than 200 heavyweights such as Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., US Bancorp and Wells Fargo & Co., is considering going public, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is speaking with …

Custody Protection, Regulation, Insurance Seen Paving Way for Shift to Cryptocurrencies

Hedge fund manager Kyle Samani embraces his job making multimillion-dollar bets on the wild market for cryptocurrencies, but he’s long contended with a headache: Ensuring his holdings aren’t stolen. Samani, a managing partner at Multicoin Capital, hopes to offload that …

Previous Telecom Efforts Flopped But Google, Apple See Future for Telemedicine

Google and Apple Inc. have some bright ideas about the future of health care. Not so long ago, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. had similar ideas: a networked world of devices and services that would revolutionize how medicine is …

Shopping, Banking from Car Dashboards Opens Door to Identity Theft

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers’ purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have …