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John Carvalho on Lightning and Bitcoin’s Layer 3: ‘We’re Thinking Way Ahead’ (bitcoinmagazine.com) 10/23/2019 - 5:03pm
During the last day of the Lightning Conference in Berlin , John Carvalho was scheduled to make a presentation titled “The Lightning Economy: Business Models and Product Considerations.” However, due to the noisy chatter that echoed inside the chamber, the Bitrefill CCO decided to take his discussion outdoors. So, the conversation took place in...
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Grayscale sees inflows up by 200% in Q3, but where are its competitors? (theblockcrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 4:42pm
Quick Take Grayscale runs one of the most successful crypto trust funds, and it faces little competition The structure of Grayscale’s trust products is unique, which can potentially result in high premiums for shares sold on the secondary market However, with no viable alternatives such as crypto ETFs or similar trust fund products, retail...
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Ripple and XRP 2019 market summary (theblockcrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 4:18pm
Quick Take Last week Ripple released its third quarterly markets report detailing the market status of the company and XRP The Block has analyzed these reports to provide a 2019 market summary of XRP and Ripple We analyzed XRP sales, price and trading volume This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily . You can continue...
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How Centralized Payment Systems Learned to Accept Decentralized Cryptocurrency (news.bitcoin.com) 10/23/2019 - 2:04pm
They might not be shouting it from the rooftops, but fiat payment gateways are no longer the enemy of bitcoin. Hostilities have ceased, the bad blood has been let, and today the fiat and crypto worlds are bridged and doing business. Despite the two systems sporting opposing aims and architecture, many centralized payment processors have learned to...
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Decred’s Politeia: Lessons Learned From A Year Of Decentralized Governance (cryptobriefing.com) 10/23/2019 - 12:35pm
With its tandem on and off-chain governance system, the Decred community has enjoyed a productive year of uniquely decentralized decision-making. After the submission of more than 50 proposals, resulting in 25 approvals, with the casting of nearly half a million votes, members of the Decred community have learned a lot about reaching consensus on...
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Research: 42% of blockchain industry employees work for exchanges (theblockcrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 11:25am
Quick Take The Block has analyzed 158 companies exclusively involved in blockchain and cryptocurrencies At least 50 companies in the blockchain industry currently employ more than 100 people The largest is Bitmain with 1,500 employees, followed by  Huobi (~1,300), Coinbase (~1,000) and OKEx (~950) More than 42% of all people in the blockchain...
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The Nitty-Gritty of Litecoin’s New Privacy Upgrade Proposal (insidebitcoins.com) 10/23/2019 - 11:22am
Major Cryptocurrency, Litecoin is again in the news. Making rounds is its privacy upgrade proposal in which it will be making use of a technology that was previously designed for Bitcoin. Earlier this year, it had revealed its plans for improving its privacy and fungibility. Previous years it had dealt with the scaling problem. Litecoin has...
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Bakkt Achieves a New ATH With 363 BTC on its 1st Monthiversary Amidst Bitcoin Price Drop (coingape.com) 10/23/2019 - 11:17am
Bakkt , the Bitcoin Futures Exchange and digital assets platform from Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the creator of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is a month- old now. Today, as it turned 1-month old, the platform achieved a new all-time high (ATH) of 360 BTC on its Bitcoin Monthly Futures Contracts. The number as it expected to increase...
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How Fiat Money Fails: Deconstructing the Government’s Paper-Thin Promise (news.bitcoin.com) 10/23/2019 - 10:45am
Fiat money has a surprisingly short lifespan. The almighty U.S. dollar currently serving as world reserve currency is not exempted, in spite of all proclamation that it cannot fail. Throughout history, fiat money has failed over and over again, where sound assets like gold have survived. Ruling out acts of god and unforeseen circumstance, the...
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How Fiat Money Fails: Deconstructing the Government’s Paper-Thin Promise (e-cryptonews.com) 10/23/2019 - 10:45am
Fiat money has a surprisingly short lifespan. The almighty U.S. dollar currently serving as world reserve currency is not exempted, in spite of all proclamation that it cannot fail. Throughout history, fiat money has failed over and over again, where sound assets like gold have survived. Ruling out acts of god and unforeseen circumstance, the...
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Bitcoin Has Been Hijacked by Communists, Claims BSV Supporter (beincrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 10:20am
In the cryptocurrency space, one significant argument that is always being brought up is whether the original Bitcoin today has strayed from what Satoshi Nakamoto, its creator, first envisioned. Yesterday, one of the founders of the Bitcoin SV-powered social media platform Twetch, appeared in an episode of the David Knight Show. There, the founder...
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Ethereum Price Analysis ETH / USD: Ravine Fall (cryptobriefing.com) 10/23/2019 - 9:36am
Ethereum’s technicals remain bearish over both the short-term and the medium-term The four-hour time is showing a bearish head and shoulder patterns with a $20.00 downside projection The daily time frame shows multiple bearish head and shoulders patterns Ethereum is back under heavy downside pressure after the second-largest cryptocurrency by...
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Bitcoin Halving Price Similarities Outlined by Analyst (beincrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 9:35am
A Bitcoin block reward is the new BTC granted as a reward by the network to miners. Every 210,000 blocks, the network goes through a “halving” — an event in which the rewards for mining are cut in half. Until now, there have been two such events — in November 2012, when the rewards were cut from 50 to 25 BTC per block, and in June 2016, when the...
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Around The Block With Jeff And Dave – October 23, 2019 (btcmanager.com) 10/23/2019 - 9:31am
Bitmain establishes 50MW facility in Rockdale, Texas. The IMF warns that banks are losing control of the fiat narrative. We discuss what will happen if the US continues to dump $80Billion a month into the hands of banks. Join Us! We’re on YouTube! Watch us! https://youtu.be/BRClVHjtYlg Read More . The post by Around The Block With Jeff And David...
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Bitcoin ‘Needs $100M Positive Interest Per Week’ To Keep $8K Price (bitcoinist.com) 10/23/2019 - 8:30am
Bitcoin must attract a giant $2.88 billion in net positive demand if it is to keep its $8000 price in the run-up to the block size halving event. Demeester: Bitcoin Halving Run-Up Needs $2.8B That was according to Adamant Capital founding partner and commentator Tuur Demeester, who this week offered an alternative perspective on Bitcoin’s short-...
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There are now 11 blockchain unicorns in the world, with over $1B valuation, including Binance, Ripple and Coinbase (theblockcrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 6:28am
The blockchain industry worldwide now has 11 unicorns, companies with over $1 billion in valuation, including cryptocurrency exchanges Binance and Coinbase, as well as blockchain payments firm Ripple. Research firm Hurun published its inaugural list of global unicorns for 2019 on Monday, ranking the world’s billion-dollar tech startups founded in...
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Litecoin News Today – Top Headline for Litecoin LTC (smartereum.com) 10/23/2019 - 6:14am
Litecoin Developer Proposed the Use of Block Extentions And Mimblewimble Litecoin’s Upgrade Will Aid In Fixing Arising Issues Following the launch of Bitcoin, several altcoins have been created and these altcoins are often used as test cases for blockchain technology that could be of use to Bitcoin. Litecoin I one of the prominent altcoin often...
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A look at which institutional investors hold Grayscale trust products (theblockcrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 5:57am
Quick Take Total AUM for Grayscale products still sits above $2 billion, but came in 22% since last month. AUM is up 40% Y/Y across investment products According to 13F filings, we found that 1.3% of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust assets come from institutional investors with more than $100m in AUM (and in the U.S). The other 98.3% come from unknown...
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Russian block: Putin threatens to BAN Facebook in Russia (express.co.uk) 10/23/2019 - 4:12am
Coin Rivet is a website bringing news, information, analysis, opinion and insight from the fast-moving blockchain world. The Facebook chief takes the stand with the dust barely settled on the roasting ...
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Binance to use third-party services for providing direct fiat-crypto trading, says CEO (theblockcrypto.com) 10/23/2019 - 2:32am
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s upcoming direct fiat-to-crypto trading facility, starting with Russian rubles, will be provided through third-party services. The information was revealed by Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao “CZ”, in an interview with Russian news outlet RBC on Tuesday. CZ did not disclose the names of those third-party services. The...
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NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 Introduces GURUS AWARDS to Recognize and Reward Industry Influencers (cryptonewsz.com) 10/23/2019 - 1:49am
The NEXT BLOCK Conference prides itself on recognizing and promoting innovation, especially in the fintech and crypto industry, and after six successful conferences in various countries, NEXT BLOCK is proud to introduce GURUS AWARDS, which will debut this year in the upcoming NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 event, scheduled for December 2019 in Bangkok,...
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Inside the messy collapse of the UK's unworkable porn block (wired.co.uk) 10/22/2019 - 11:04pm
The PortesCard wasn’t the only piece of tech developed specifically for the introduction of age checks on pornographic websites. Everything from facial recognition to blockchain technology was being ...
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Tokelau, a tiny island nation with nearly 17,000 domain names per resident (theblockcrypto.com) 10/22/2019 - 5:53pm
Quick Take In the South Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, is the island territory of Tokelau Tokelau has a population of 1,340 residents, an annual GDP of ~$9 million and 22.5 million registered domain names This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block...
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Litecoin Developers Mull Using Extension Blocks and MimbleWimble (themerkle.com) 10/22/2019 - 3:34pm
When it comes to cryptocurrency development, altcoins are often considered test cases for technology that could benefit Bitcoin. Litecoin is often the go-to testing ground in this regard. It appears the popular altcoin will get its own MimbleWimble implementation. Two separate improvement proposals have been made public on GitHub. Extensions...
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The Litecoin MimbleWimble Extension Block Proposal has been Published. (litecoin.com) 10/22/2019 - 2:29pm
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Surging Bitcoin Longs Suggest Institutions Bullish On Price (cryptobriefing.com) 10/22/2019 - 1:12pm
The Bitcoin price volatility has returned to remarkably low levels. The leading cryptocurrency remains at almost exactly the same level as yesterday, and altcoins offer a similar scenery. Notable outliers today are Chainlink (5.7%), BAT (5.7%) and Maker (-2.9%). Is bullish momentum building up? The purely-technical picture appears bearish so far,...
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Morgan Creek Digital has so far raised $61M for its second blockchain fund; targeting $250M (theblockcrypto.com) 10/22/2019 - 12:34pm
Quick Take Morgan Creek Digital has so far raised more than $60 million for its second blockchain fund The fund is reportedly aiming to raise $250 million Morgan Creek Digital's first blockchain fund raised $40 million out of its target of $25 million This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily . You can continue reading this...
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A crown jewel for crypto money laundering is emerging, but no one is paying attention (theblockcrypto.com) 10/22/2019 - 12:26pm
Quick Take Mining pools are the least common cash-out vehicle for dark-net-market vendors, according to Chainalysis But experts say mining pools may actually offer professional crypto-launderers the most undetectable method DEA financial investigations section chief says Latin American drug cartels are becoming increasingly comfortable using...
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Bitcoin Narrative Strengthens As “Fake” Gold Spreads (blockonomi.com) 10/22/2019 - 11:28am
Bitcoin has been called many things over the years. One of its latest titles is “gold killer.” Case in point, Grayscale Investments earlier this year unveiled an advertising campaign that urged investors to “drop gold, buy Bitcoin,” which centered around showing how the precious metal is rather inefficient and antiquated in today’s modern economy...
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Theta Token Price Analysis THETA / USD: Bulls Peeking Out (cryptobriefing.com) 10/22/2019 - 11:24am
THETA remains technically bearish over both the short-term and the medium-term The four-hour time is showing a valid bearish head and shoulders pattern But the daily time frame shows a huge bullish reversal pattern THETA is on the rise in early week trading, as the increasingly popular cryptocurrency attempts to stage a bullish breakout above its...
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The Biggest Challenge of the Consumer Web — and How Crypto is Poised to Solve It (blog.coinbase.com) 10/22/2019 - 11:12am
The Biggest Challenge of the Consumer Web — and How Crypto is Poised to Solve It Introducing Around the Block, a new blog from Coinbase that aims to provide context on the constantly evolving cryptocurrency landscape through explanations of new protocols, key ecosystem developments, and more. By Justin Mart and the Coinbase Ventures team Coinbase’...
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BitDEX: A decentralized exchange for perpetual swaps (theblockcrypto.com) 10/22/2019 - 10:14am
Quick Take Financial services platform UMA has released a specification regarding a decentralized protocol for perpetual swaps, BitDEX BitDEX presents a way to provide highly leveraged exposure to any target asset in a non-custodial, permissionless fashion This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading...
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Blockchain Ventures Invests in Blockchain-Gaming Leader Enjin (blog.blockchain.com) 10/22/2019 - 9:01am
We created Blockchain Ventures to power the next wave of blockchain innovation by investing in and supporting great teams using blockchain technology to provide utility to consumers or businesses. We’re excited to announce that Blockchain Ventures is the first equity investor in Enjin , a leading blockchain game development company responsible for...
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Russia to Ban Facebook if US Blocks Libra Cryptocurrency (bitcoinist.com) 10/22/2019 - 8:00am
A Russian government official says the nation will ban Facebook if the US decides to block the company’s Libra cryptocurrency. Putin Aide: Ask US About Libra Speaking to reporters on Oct. 22, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s special representative for IT confirmed his official position on Libra, as well as Telegram’s prospective...
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A deep dive into Circle: What’s the game plan now that Poloniex has been axed? (theblockcrypto.com) 10/22/2019 - 6:42am
Quick Take The announcement that Circle is spinning off Poloniex raises questions about the future of the business The firm has sunset Circle Pay and its OTC arm has seen a mass exodus of employees Unless the firm has something up its sleeve, things are looking somewhat precarious Its revamped website suggest some new businesses it might break...
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Libra Association may consider launching multiple stablecoins based on international currencies (e-cryptonews.com) 10/22/2019 - 6:20am
The big picture: After being faced with fierce regulatory pushback and losing several backers, the Libra Association is exploring options to speed up the approval process. It may even reverse its course and launch several fiat-pegged cryptocurrencies instead of a singular digital token tied to multiple global currencies like it originally planned...
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Bitcoin Price Still On Course For $100K In 2021, Confirms Analyst PlanB (bitcoinist.com) 10/22/2019 - 6:00am
The creator of one of the most historically accurate Bitcoin price prediction models is confident it will hit $100,000 by 2022. PlanB: ‘I Don’t Expect’ Less Than $100,000 In an interview with Global Macro Investor founder Raoul Pal last week, PlanB, the father of the Stock-to-Flow Bitcoin price tool, said he “did not expect” BTC/USD to fall short...
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4 Cryptocurrency Projects That Successfully Changed Chains (news.bitcoin.com) 10/22/2019 - 1:00am
Choosing the right blockchain is a tough call for any development team. It’s a decision that entails correctly anticipating project requirements – scalability; speed; community; security – before a line of code has even been written. It’s no wonder that a project occasionally finds its first choice of blockchain isn’t ‘the one,’ forcing it to play...
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A look at exchange confirmation times and settlement assurances (theblockcrypto.com) 10/21/2019 - 9:05pm
Quick Take Cryptocurrency exchanges have become a primary attack target for hackers One way exchanges manage their security is by setting the minimum number of block confirmations for cryptocurrency deposit The Block compares the confirmation times of eight cryptocurrencies + ERC-20 tokens across 18 exchanges to take a look at how exchange view...
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Money 2.0 Stuff: The Facebook Start Up methodology (theblockcrypto.com) 10/21/2019 - 7:58pm
Quick Take Facebook has a duty to innovate, apparently More stablecoins Auctions get weird in permissionless settings This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block .
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CFTC Chairman: a commodity can become a security and vice versa (theblockcrypto.com) 10/21/2019 - 6:18pm
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Heath Tarbert confirmed that a security can turn into a commodity and vice versa. Tarbert made this remark on Monday at DC Fintech Week, when asked about a comment he made earlier this month that ether is not a commodity. At the conference, Tarbert emphasized that the Securities and Exchange...
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When Will Bitcoin Sidechains Send Ethereum, Ripple, And Other Crypto Prices To Zero? (forbes.com) 10/21/2019 - 3:13pm
In the past, extension blocks have also been criticized as effective block size increases, but Back said this drawback can be avoided by implementing a unified limit for the extension block and ...
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The Week: Bitcoin Hits New Mining Milestone and Binance Cranks up the Leverage (cryptoglobe.com) 10/21/2019 - 2:50pm
Reflecting on a week in which the 18 millionth bitcoin was mined at block 600,000, Binance upped the stakes by raising leverage on its futures trading platform to a staggering 125X, Telegram delayed the launch of its TON blockchain until April 2019 following US regulatory backlash, BAT-powered Brave browser hits 8 million monthly active users and...
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‘Most Dramatic’ 2020 Halving Could Cut Supply by $63M a Week. (cryptonewmedia.press) 10/21/2019 - 2:19pm
Crypto New Media Press Bitcoin (BTC) advocates continue to focus on the May 2020 block reward halving this week as the impact on price becomes more apparent. In a Twitter discussion beginning Oct. 18, commentators noted that next year’s event will reduce the amount of new Bitcoin in circulation up to $63 million per week at current prices. The...
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