Tim Swanson: Enterprise Blockchain is in a "Trough of Disillusionment”

There are few people who have worked in the blockchain technology space for so long and maintained such a seemingly disinterested and skeptical perspective on the emerging technology as Tim Swanson. Through numerous books and a blog, Tim has shown a knack for going out of his way to do deep market research within the ...

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ZFX Token Fuels Investor Experiential Learning

Common thinking suggests that investment markets are against you.  This includes stocks, mutual funds and, of course, cryptocurrency. It’s in these sectors where unfair market advantages such as investors with better access to information and high-frequency trading are among the barriers that the average everyday trader is facing. This is why over half of investors lose money during their first ...

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With Forkgen, Anyone Can Now Create Their Own Bitcoin Fork (Even Us)

“Forkcoins,” or “Initial Fork Offerings” — alternative coins that “split off” from Bitcoin — are all the rage right now. The latest trend in the cryptocurrency world was kicked off last summer with the launch of Bitcoin Cash. The Bitcoin offshoot is a top 3 cryptocurrency by market cap according to websites like Coinmarketcap. Perhaps even more importantly, it is ...

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: After Giddy Heights, Bitcoin Sees a Steady Decline in Price

In the days leading up to the various bitcoin futures markets opening, bitcoin saw a push to fresh all-time highs near $20,000. However, shortly after reaching these values, the market saw a steady decline in price as demand dwindled and supply began to dominate the market. In the last bitcoin market analysis, we discussed a possible distribution phase for bitcoin ...

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How Bulletproofs Could Make Bitcoin Privacy Less Costly

Bulletproofs, presented in a paper titled “Bulletproofs: Short Proofs for Confidential Transactions and More,” describe a new zero-knowledge proof system. The proposal uses on-chain scaling for privacy and suggests a new, faster and more compact way to verify privacy-enhancing Confidential Transactions (CTs). Specifically, Bulletproofs can decrease the size of these verifications for these types of transactions drastically. Furthermore, the authors ...

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After Second Hack This Year, South Korean Exchange Youbit Closes Down

South Korean exchange Youbit announced on its website today that it is closing down after a hack early Tuesday, December 19, 2017, that resulted in the loss of 17 percent of its assets. The exchange, previously known as Yapizon, did not indicate how many bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies were stolen or what the total fiat value of the attack amounted ...

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This Lightning Network Designer Is Re-Inventing Bitcoin Smart Contracts

Bitcoin is usually not considered the blockchain best suited for self-executing conditional payments, better known as smart contracts. While it does support basic programmability to enable features like time locks and multi-signature (multisig) schemes, competing projects like Ethereum, Ethereum Classic or Qtum are often expected to better support more advanced applications. However, a new wave of research is increasingly questioning ...

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Vaultbank Forges New Path to Value Creation

There was a time back in 2016 when the price of bitcoin was worth less than $1,000. During that year, a number of digital assets saw a significant rise in value. Few really knew what Bitcoin was, let alone how to make a purchase. Those that did steered clear of cryptocurrencies fearing their volatile nature as well as the complexities ...

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Op Ed: Bitcoin’s Scaling Challenge Brings the Battle for Liberation of Cyberspace

This year brought a climax in the prolonged Bitcoin block size debate. Heated disputes over scaling that have become toxic in the ecosystem have overshadowed the technology. The cancelation of SegWit2x, the most controversial proposal in this cryptocurrency’s history, averted a potential catastrophe. Innovation moves on and the community is finding some time for reflection. What did this latest crisis ...

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Canadian TSX Venture Exchange Approves Crypto-Mining Company HashChain to Launch Monday

On December 18, 2017, HashChain Technology, a cryptocurrency mining company, went public for the first time on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol KASH, joining at least eight other crypto-related startups including HIVE Blockchain Technologies (Genesis Mining). At least 50 more blockchain and cryptocurrencies firms are preparing to list on the TSX in the coming year, including Hut ...

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