• January 23, 2016 – Bitcoin Core launches Social media accounts as well as a public Slack in an attempt to interface more directly with the community. This follows a controversial hashing algorithm change proposal that could have made bitcoin less accessible, altering the utility of the entire specification. Also read: DASH Block Size Increase Reaches Consensus in Less Than 24 hours   Negative Response to DOA Hard Fork   Dashjr, an influential Bitcoin Core developer,

    Bitcoin Core Launches Social Media Presence

    | 2016/01/23 11:09 pm
  • Bitcoin Core, an “open source software project that is a direct descendant of the original Bitcoin implementation”, released a statement late last week on its website. The main focus was how Bitcoin consensus rules were changed, which is typically through soft forks and hard forks. Also read: The Bitcoin Foundation Unveils 2016 Plan, Might Shut Down Instead  Hard forks and soft forks do virtually the same thing, so Bitcoin Core argues that soft forks are to

    Bitcoin Core Releases Statement on Hard vs Soft Forks

    | 2016/01/11 8:00 am
  • Bitcoin Core is at the center of Bitcoin; changes made here have the biggest effects on the network. Scalability has always been an issue of hot debate in Bitcoin, and it has only gotten bigger as time has elapsed. Entire threads are filled with thoughts and suggestions on how Bitcoin should be adapted for long-term use as Bitcoin inevitably will have to support more users. To bring all of the efforts of various members in one

    Bitcoin Core Statement: “Capacity Increases for the Bitcoin System”

    | 2016/01/01 12:00 pm
  • Discussions about changing the dynamic code that runs the Bitcoin blockchain should constantly be happening. Over the course of the past year, the talks of changing the block size have been an overwhelming topic of conversation. There have been some pretty stubborn people when it comes to changing the protocols code, and this is not to say that forking the code is the right step. There has been censorship and subsequently has created a rift

    Bitcoin: Discussing Code Changes Is Half The Battle

    | 2015/11/03 8:00 am
  • A society without physical money is already becoming very apparent in our world. Most people do not use cash or checks like they used to 20 years ago. Currently, there is only 8% of hard physical cash represented in the world, and the rest of our money is pure digits. It’s not hard to see that this is a reality as people use mobile banking, debit cards, and online payments. People can go for quite

    Bitcoin Is Superior To Cashless Systems Used Today

    | 2015/10/03 8:34 pm
  • /u/dpinna submitted a technical paper on the Bitcoin Subreddit to the dev-list which outlines the advantages gained by increasing block sizes. It is well known that block size has been a matter of debate for quite a while, and Bitcoin users on both sides of the argument are very passionate. /u/dpinna’s paper outlines how miner advantages actually scale up with network and mempool properties in the scenario of uncapped block sizes. Taking inspiration from \u\Peter__R ‘s

    The Miner’s Advantage With Uncapped Block Size

    | 2015/08/29 11:58 pm
  • Regardless of which side you agree with, the block size debate affects everyone in the Bitcoin community. There are a lot of opinions to be heard, from developers, miners, and individual users to Bitcoin companies — everyone has their say on what they think is best for the future of Bitcoin. BitPay, the world’s largest Bitcoin payment processor, recently posted its thoughts on Medium. The voice of reason has spoken, but it remains to be seen

    BitPay in Favor of Merging BIP 101 Into Bitcoin Core

    | 2015/08/21 8:00 am
  • Bitcoin has done extremely well this week, rising from a low of $249 from the beginning of this week, all the way up to a high of $270, with price sitting at $269.61 currently. With Bitcoin known to receive significant market movement from global politics, it is no surprise Greece defaulting gave Bitcoin a $20 boost in price. Also Read: Last Weeks Market Wrap Up Another event that has helped as well as slightly inhibited

    Bitcoin Market Wrap Up 6/28 – 7/5: BTC Up From BIP66, Greece as Litecoin Approaches $5

    | 2015/07/06 2:00 pm
  • Trust is a component in both gold currency and Bitcoin, although working in two fundamentally different ways. With gold, trust is almost always required, be it in mining, minting, or banking. On the other hand, with Bitcoin, mandatory trust only enters the equation with a centralized mining network. All other trust requirements with Bitcoin occur when an individual voluntarily gives a company or other person control over his or her coins. Also read: Is Bitcoin Better

    Is Bitcoin Better Than Gold? Part Two: Trust

    | 2015/06/04 3:00 pm
  • Imagine a digital form of identity and access control that can replace passwords, forms of physical identification like passports and driver’s licenses and how this can bring about a lot of changes. This has now been made possible as blockchain startup Onename has launched its new product Passcard. Also read: “Indestructable” Cryptosteel Wallet Gets a Redesign Passcard uses a blockchain-tied profile to create a secure and “trustless” identity and according to the company, is a

    Blockchain Startup Onename Launches Passcard

    | 2015/05/16 8:00 am
  • Although Bitcoin has not yet reached Wall Street, its underlying blockchain technology will soon be right in the middle of the action. NASDAQ OMX, the company behind the NASDAQ stock exchange, revealed that it is testing a system that uses blockchain technology to oversee stock trades on a separate market solely for private companies. Also read: Overstock Wants to Issue $500 M in Bitcoin-Like Stocks The reasoning behind the idea of using the blockchain without Bitcoin holds that

    NASDAQ OMX to Bring Blockchain Technology to Wall Street

    | 2015/05/14 8:00 am
  • Over the past several days, the debate over increasing the Bitcoin block size limit has been rekindled. Gavin Andresen, the most prominent Core developer, restarted the debate in a blog post announcing his intention to respond to each substantial argument that opposed raising the limit. Staying true to his word, Andresen proceeded to publish a slew of posts addressing several different arguments against raising the limit. This series of articles sparked yet another community-wide discussion

    Should We Raise the Bitcoin Block Size Limit?

    | 2015/05/13 7:00 pm
  • Sfards, a Bitcoin mining company that uses advanced semiconductor technology to develop the future of Bitcoin mining chips, is organizing a contest for the most creative miner designers from May 11 to 17. Prizes include one bitcoin for the winner, as well as consolation prizes for the other participants. Disclaimer: This article was written with information provided by Sfards. Bitcoinist is not affiliated with Sfards and is not responsible for its products and/or services. Though the company

    Sfards to Host Contest For Creative Miner Designers

    | 2015/05/11 12:00 pm
  • Article by Kyle Torpey The Bitcoin Foundation has been wrapped up in controversy throughout its entire existence, but the non-profit organization could turn a new leaf with the appointment of Bruce Fenton as the new executive director. Fenton delivered a clear, concise presentation about the future of the Bitcoin Foundation at Inside Bitcoins NYC 2015, and he made some statements that could possibly grab the attention of even the most adamant haters of the foundation. Throughout his talk, Fenton

    Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director Bruce Fenton Outlines Plans for Improved Transparency at Inside Bitcoins NYC

    | 2015/04/30 9:00 am
  • Update: Gavin Andersen has contacted us via Twitter regarding this article. He has stated that he is still the Chief scientist for the Bitcoin Foundation. Bitcoinist is reaching out for additional comments, and apologizes for the confusion.   Gavin Andresen, if you do not know, is a well-regarded Bitcoin celebrity of sorts. Most known for his work for Bitcoin, Gavin has access to the alert key that allows him to broadcast messages about critical network

    Gavin Andresen Leaves Bitcoin Foundation; Joins Digital Currency Initiative

    | 2015/04/24 1:00 pm