JUN 23 DIGEST: 2nd US Agent Pleads Guilty to Bitcoin Theft; Former Nike Exec Named Bitreserve CEO

The second of two former US agents charged with pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin reached a plea agreement with prosecutors; former Nike CIO Anthony Watson has been made CEO at Bitreserve and more top stories for June 23.

Second US Agent Agrees to Plead Guilty to Bitcoin Theft

Carl Force, the second of two former US agents charged with pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin during the Silk Road investigation, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Force agreed to plead guilty to charges including money laundering and extortion. Force’s agreement follows a similar deal reached on June 17 with Shaun Bridges, a US Secret Service agent who worked with Force on the same Baltimore task force.

Former Nike CIO Anthony Watson Named CEO at Bitreserve

Former Nike CIO Anthony Watson is now CEO at Bitreserve, the Bitcoin startup he joined two months ago. As such, he replaces Bitreserve founder Halsey Minor, who will assume the role of board chairman and “chief visionary.”

Andresen Proposes Hard Fork Patch for Bitcoin XT; Critics Remain Skeptical

Bitcoin Core developer Gavin Andresen today proposed a hard fork change for Bitcoin XT in order to allow for an increased block size limit on the Bitcoin network. So far, however, it has failed to appease most critics of his previous proposals.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Blockstream co-founder, hashcash inventor and prominent critic of the proposed Bitcoin XT fork Dr. Adam Back said:

“Everyone in the developer and technical community is strenuously advising to avoid the unnecessary risk of a unilateral hard fork. These are the very people with the knowledge and expertise we all rely on for the security and ongoing support and maintenance of Bitcoin today — and they are extremely concerned.”

Andresen Proposes Hard Fork Patch for Bitcoin XT; Critics Remain Skeptical

Philippine Government proposes its own Crypto Currency

Philippine Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco has announced a national digital currency entitled E-Peso or Electronic Peso. The E-Peso will be the electronic equivalent of the paper peso, as all rights, obligations, attributes and characteristics accruing to the paper peso shall also accrue to the E-Peso. The Philippine Central bank will deploy government approved machines to be government controlled nodes around all the banks in the Philippines.

Barclays Signs ‘Proof of Concept’ With Safello to Explore Blockchain Advantages

Swedish-based digital currency startup Safello has signed a proof-of-concept deal with UK bank Barclays to examine what advantages FinTech solutions could offer the financial institution.

Making the announcement during the demo day for the Barclays Accelerator program, Safello is celebrating the deal to explore blockchain technology with the major bank.

Safello CEO and co-founder Frank Schuil said:

“[The blockchain could be used] at first as a way to optimize existing operations, [then later] as a complete new infrastructure to handle all kinds of financial transactions and p2p interactions.”