How Segregated Witness Is About to Fix Hardware Wallets

Bitcoin Corelaunched its latest software release last week, which includes a proposed SegregatedWitness soft fork. If a majority of miners signal support for the proposal, Segregated Witness will activate on the Bitcoin network — perhaps as soon as December. This would offer several benefits, including an effective block size limit increase, a malleability fix and more. ...

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Bitcoin Wallet Developers Prepare for Segregated Witness

Bitcoin Core 0.13.1 was released last week, which means miner signaling on the proposed Segregated Witness (SegWit) soft fork will start soon. If activated, SegWit offers a number of benefits, one of which is an effective block size limit increase to about 1.6 to 2 megabytes, depending on the types of transactions included in blocks. If and when Segregated Witness is activated on ...

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The Blockchain Developer Shortage: Emerging Trends and Perspectives

Amid the steady rise of blockchain innovation, there are growing concerns about a looming shortage of qualified developers. With demand for talent outstripping supply, many companies are having to dial back blockchain related projects that are poised and strategically positioned for a rapid market launch. In his book The Business Blockchain, thought leader and author, William Mougayar, briefly explores this ...

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Zcash Has Launched: Here's How to Get Some

Zcash (ZEC), the new digital currency lauded for its privacy features, is launching today amidst some massive hype. But until enough tokens become available on exchanges, Zcash enthusiasts are poised to acquire their ZEC first-hand by mining for it, either by setting up a home rig or by signing up for a cloud mining contract. Created from a fork in ...

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Segregated Witness Officially Introduced With Release of Bitcoin Core 0.13.1

Today marks the release of Bitcoin Core version 0.13.1. This is the official introduction of Segregated Witness, the long-awaited centerpiece of Bitcoin Core’s scalability road map. Starting November 15, Bitcoin miners can signal support for the proposed protocol upgrade, which, if activated, enables a number of new features on the Bitcoin network as well as an effective block size limit increase. According ...

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New Partnership With ConsenSys and BlockApps to Boost Synechron’s Blockchain Accelerator Program

Synechron, a consulting services and technology provider specializing in the financial services market, has announced a partnership with Ethereum blockchain developers ConsenSys and BlockApps to develop next generation blockchain solutions. These solutions will address critical issues, such as data privacy on a private blockchain, scalability for market data applications and critical interoperability across Ethereum and complementary technologies. “While blockchain has ...

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Gem Partners With Capital One for Blockchain-Based Health Care Claims Management

Blockchain company Gem aims to tackle one of the biggest issues in health care insurance claim payments: providers have to wait a long time to get paid. Moving toward that goal, the ambitious startup just scored a major partnership with Capital One. In a recent press release, Capital One announced it is “reinventing” its treasury management platform to include, among ...

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Mediachain Labs Launches Blockchain-Based Content Attribution Engine

New York based startup Mediachain Labs has announced the launch of Mediachain Attribution Engine, an application built using Mediachain, an open media library built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain and the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS). The Mediachain Attribution Engine application will help users find high quality and properly attributed images that can be used for any visual imaging needs — on ...

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BitPay Launches Bitcoin Payments App Among Array of New Features

Continuing a wave of momentum that began a few months ago, Bitcoin payment provider BitPay just introduced its next advancement — the release of a full-featured BitPay app for purchasing, storing and spending bitcoin. Announced on Monday October 24 at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas, this move brings together BitPay’s merchant payment tools with a growing compendium of consumer options, ...

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Chain Releases Open-Source Version of Chain Core Technology Powering Visa’s New B2B Connect

On October 21, 2016, Visa announced a new partnership with blockchain enterprise company Chain that will develop “a simple, fast and secure way to process B2B payments globally.” Dubbed Visa B2B Connect, the system will offer participating pilot financial institutions a consistent process for managing settlement through Visa’s standard practices. “The time has never been better for the global business community to take advantage ...

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