• Victor Pascucci, the head of corporate development at USAA, says blockchain technology is game changer, and that he has not seen many technologies that meet this description during his nearly 20 years in the VC sector. Thus, Pascucci has stated his organization is developing a thesis on the application of the blockchain. Also read: How the Blockchain may be the Future of Wall Street So far, the most involved the USAA has been in the blockchain

    USAA Develops Thesis on Blockchain Technology

    | 2015/08/31 3:00 pm
  • If there was ever a doubt regarding how little innovation there has been in the financial sector over the past 50 years, the recent NatWest outage and HSBC payment issues are a fine example. The banking system as we all know it is struggling to keep up with new forms of technology, and the sector needs a major overhaul to say the least. While these issues took place, the Bitcoin network carried on like nothing

    NatWest And HSBC Payment Network Issues, Bitcoin Carries On Like Usual

    | 2015/08/31 1:13 pm
  • It’s difficult not to love the ending of the movie “Jaws.” Chief Brody and Matt Hooper are forced to paddle their ways to the nearby shore through a rising mountain of seagulls and shark remains after destroying the killer fish responsible for terrorizing swimmers native to Amity Island. After only a few moments of paddling, Brody says, “I used to hate the water,” to which Hooper replies, “I can’t imagine why.” Also read: Are Wall Street and The

    How the Blockchain may be the Future of Wall Street

    | 2015/08/30 3:00 pm
  • /u/ _miracle-max_ on reddit has released a working release of his project titled Drop Zone. The Drop Zone Protocol is a decentralized marketplace layer that is written on top of Bitcoin. While this is by no means a finished project, the functioning command line client allows “for the selling, buying, and facilitation of secure messaging between buyers and sellers using nothing but the Blockchain and testnet.” The current working version is written entirely in the Ruby

    Completely Functional Decentralized Marketplace Protocol Drop Zone is Released

    | 2015/08/30 1:14 pm
  • In “The Godfather Part II,” Michael Corleone sits in the family home with his distant relative, Frankie Pentangeli, and recites the famous words his father once told him in secret: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” The line is simply a take on the old saying, “know thy enemy.” It’s a strategy that opposing armies have used for centuries, and it has been proven to work. Knowing your enemies means knowing their weaknesses. Knowing

    INTERPOL Takes On the Darknet

    | 2015/08/30 8:00 am
  • /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
  • On August 25, 2015, Agora announced that it would go offline as the result of “suspicious activity,” which it believed to be attempts at breaking through their security protections. The online drug market uses the anonymous communication software, Tor, to protect its servers and customers from third-party, and more specifically, government snooping. Tor works through a decentralized network of volunteer computers that encrypts user’s data and IP’s with an extensive series of relays. Also read:

    Agora Shutdown Shows Need for More Decentralization

    | 2015/08/29 3:00 pm
  • The evolution of Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology is gaining interest from all different corners of the world. Most of the focus remains on the financial side of things for the time being, while facilitatory services will start to enjoy their spotlight in the next few years. The decentralized world that is yet to come, is all possible thanks to blockchain technology; but more specifically, the invention of Bitcoin. Also read: Visa Begins Blockchain Research, Possible

    “Blockchain Technology” Is Bringing Bitcoin to the Mainstream

    | 2015/08/29 8:00 am
  • The confusion and tension surrounding the term “Bitcoin XT” is what many are pointing toward as a major factor of why the Bitcoin price has fallen significantly from the used-to-be norm of around $280. What exactly is BitcoinXT, and why is it causing so much controversy, to the point where mods on r/Bitcoin are censoring discussions regarding it? Also Read: Block Size Debate Takes Turn: F2Pool Rejects XT, Adopts BIP100 Instead What is BitcoinXT? BitcoinXT,

    BitcoinXT: Evolution or Revolution?

    | 2015/08/27 3:00 pm
  • There are many tools available today that can support our curiosity when it comes to gaining insight into past, present, and future events. The discrepancy, however, lies with the perspective that one can take when sifting through the vast amount of information available to us through the many sources. It may help to have a diverse background or experience so that one can understand and interpret the information more clearly — though this is not

    The Art of Forecasting: Augur’s Decentralized Prediction Market

    | 2015/08/27 8:00 am
  • According to the description available online, the Cyber Security Graduate Certificate provides a professional, technical, and policy-oriented view of the challenges created by rapid advancements in information technology.  Also read: Bitcoinist Weekly News Re-Hash: Bitcoin XT Drama Continues, Global Economic Slowdown Looms In very short span of Bitcoin’s life, a number of exchanges have been hacked and manipulated by cyber criminals. To address these security issues, Stanford has decided to study topics such as altcoins,

    Stanford University Offers Bitcoin Course to Students

    | 2015/08/25 8:00 am