Antpool Will Not Run SegWit Without Block Size Increase Hard Fork

Although there has been some serious, public drama over scaling in the Bitcoin community for over a year, it appears that the community is mostly unified behind a single plan going forward, which is based on the “Bitcoin Roundtable Consensus.” There are still high-profile individuals, such as former Bitcoin Core lead maintainer Gavin Andresen and ...

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Distributed: Trade Blockchain Hackathon Offers $25k in Prizes for Supply Chain and Finance Use Cases

BTC Media, the parent company of Bitcoin Magazine, and SixThirty recently announced a 24-hour blockchain hackathon with $25,000 in prize money will take place on June 12-13, 2016, a day before their Distributed: Trade conference, in St. Louis. Teams competing in the hackathon are tasked to build blockchain applications that optimize financial services and supply chain operations and to find solutions to problems ...

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DARPA, NATO Looking at Military Applications of Blockchain Technology

Both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and NATO have put out requests for military-related apps built on blockchain technology, Defense One reports.  DARPA wants to leverage blockchain technology to create a secure messaging service. The request for proposals, titled “Secure Messaging Platform” and listed under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) ...

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Are Altcoins Bitcoin’s Friends or Enemies?

Altcoins have a long tradition in the Bitcoin community, but they tend to cause a contentious divide among those who think they’re useful and those who think they’re all scams. One side of the argument, articulated by the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute’s Daniel Krawisz, is that altcoins have no chance of success and distract possible users from Bitcoin, while the other ...

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Holy DAO! Reflections on the $155 Million (And Growing) Autonomous Behemoth

DAO: a distributed, autonomous corporation.  (A backgrounder can be found here.)   Just more than a year ago, as I was completing work on Augur, a couple of old friends proposed to me a crypto-equity crowdfunding entity. It would be structured similar to “The DAO” currently being flooded with ether right now. I was skeptical, to say the least. This is a ...

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Deloitte Team Launches Custom Blockchain Solution Rubix Core

Earlier this month, the Rubix by Deloitte team started rolling out their beta product, Rubix Core, with an early release to a group of selected clients in preparation for an upcoming broader release. Founded in Toronto by Deloitte in 2014, Rubix wants to bring start-up speed and enterprise reliability to the blockchain market, bridging the gap between the exponentially innovative ...

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Features From the Most Popular Altcoins Are Planned for Bitcoin

For many people involved with Bitcoin, altcoins are nothing more than testnets. Hundreds of digital currencies are currently listed on CoinCap.io, but Bitcoin still dominates 78 percent of the market. In total, there are only 10 digital currencies with a current market cap of $10 million or more. When looking at the most popular altcoins, it’s easy to see that ...

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Holberton School Begins Tracking Student Academic Credentials on the Bitcoin Blockchain

Educational institutions are turning their attention to the public blockchain to record and verify student credentials. Under normal circumstances, recording student achievements using paperwork can be labor-intensive and costly, making blockchain a significant step toward maximizing cheapness, security and transparency. Holberton School of software engineering, based in San Francisco, is now actively recording student achievements through blockchain. In October 2015, ...

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