Op-Ed: Investing in Bitcoin and Blockchain Startups: Can You Survive an Interest Rate Hike?

At a recent Bitcoin meetup in Hong Kong, a serial bitcoin/blockchain angel investor gave a talk. His investment framework consisted of investing in companies that had low margins but could scale easily. One audience member asked what he would do in a situation where margins went to zero or even negative. Many blockchain application businesses fall into this category. Part ...

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Support for Augur's REP Sees Solid Community Growth

Following months of speculation, Augur’s digital token Reputation (REP) was launched on October 4, with the core product platform slated to go live soon. Since REP’s launch, the token has seen a great deal of popularity within the community and is positioned eighth on CoinCap’s list of most valuable currencies. Augur is a decentralized prediction-market network and forecasting tool built on ...

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Bcoin: A "Menace to the Network" or an Enrichment of the Bitcoin Ecosystem?

Purse is best known as a peer-to-peer marketplace and gift card service where users can save money using Bitcoin through Amazon’s e-commerce platform. Now, the company is in the throes of a complementary project that has garnered the attention of entrepreneurs and developers throughout the Bitcoin community. Bcoin, as it is affectionately called, is a newly developed JavaScript library that ...

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Review: "The Politics of Bitcoin" Offers a Flawed and Misleading Partisan View

David Golumbia, an assistant professor in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, an aspiring political pundit, and the author of the recently published book, The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism, denounces Bitcoin in a recent blog post titled Trump, Clinton, and the Electoral Politics of Bitcoin. “[What] concerns me about Bitcoin is how it contributes to ...

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Babyghost and VeChain: Fashion on the Blockchain

The world of fashion met the world of blockchain technology at Shanghai’s Fashion Week. When independent, trendy fashion label Babyghost teamed up with Shanghai-based Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) company, BitSE, and its VeChain project, the result was a multidimensional sensory feast for the fashion crowd. For Babyghost’s 2017 Spring and Summer collection, the brand took to the streets to create a new twist. ...

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After Scaling Bitcoin, a Lightning Winter Release Is Now Within Reach

As last week’s Scaling Bitcoin workshops came to an end and its attendees returned home, the main task for 12 of Bitcoin’s prominent lightning network developers was really just starting. Last Monday and Tuesday, representatives fromACINQ, Amiko Pay,  BitFury, Blockstream, Lightning Labs and Purse gathered on the third story of a working space in the center of Milan. Sitting around a table filled with humming laptops ...

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Nokia and Bitwalking Team Up in Digital Currency Fundraising Event for Charity

Walkathons are a popular way to raise funds for charities. Today, at the Nokia Futurecom conference in Brazil, Nokia is partnering with Bitwalking, the Walking Dollars (W$) digital currency app, to launch its first charity fundraising event in São Paulo from October 17-20. Walkers will use the app to raise money for an educational project sponsored by Nokia in Latin ...

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Is the Time Finally Ripe for Bitcoin Remittances in Africa?

When the words Bitcoin and Africa appear in a sentence, the word remittance usually follows. When Bitcoin first hit the mainstream in 2013, its low-cost money transfer feature was hailed as the solution to the overly expensive remittance costs charged by the large money transfer operators (MTOs), Western Union and MoneyGram. This is especially true when it comes to transferring ...

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The Next Step to Improve Bitcoin’s Flexibility, Scalability and Privacy Is Called MAST

The soon-to-be proposed Segregated Witness soft fork is set to extend Bitcoin’s potential in several ways. One potentially promising innovation enabled by “SegWit” is MAST, an abbreviation for Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees. While mainly designed to increase smart contract flexibility, MAST would increase scalability and privacy on the platform at the same time. The idea of MAST originates from Blockstream developer Russell O’Connor, ...

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