• The bullish cryptocurrency year of 2017 has attracted a vast range of worldwide projects and attention. Now that this industry has a $300+ Billion market capitalization, there’s one question growing larger with economists and tech watchers: What is the real economic value of these Blockchain startups and how will they make an actual impact on our lives? How will they perform over time and will they manage to keep up with the promises they made

    This Tiny Altcoin Proves There’s Light at the End of the Crypto Tunnel!

    | 2018/03/18 3:00 am
  • As a college student, I often ask myself about where I stand amidst the overarching reach of our institutions and the demanding responsibilities of public life. While many everyday actions seem impermanent – or overshadowed by the immensity of the collective – I have been thrown into a circumstance where I have regained my status as a genuine individual. In the world of crypto assets, I have never felt so defined and well-placed. [Editor’s note:

    Brave New World: Why the Crypto Revolution Shapes the Modern Individual

    | 2018/03/17 7:00 am
  • Thursday’s unveiling of the first Bitcoin mainnet-ready Lightning Network (LN) tool, ‘Lightning Network Daemon’ (‘lnd’) promises several transformations of the Bitcoin user experience. LN Goes Mainstream Released to acclaim from well-known cryptocurrency figures and users alike, lnd’s beta brings simpler connection to LN to a host of excited developers. “With this release, lnd has gained a considerable feature set, deeper cross-implementation compatibility, a new specialized wallet seed, comprehensive fault-tolerance logic, a multitude of bug fixes,

    3 Revolutions The Lightning Network Beta Release Will Bring To Bitcoin

    | 2018/03/16 1:00 pm
  • Tech investor Peter Thiel recently spoke at the Economic Club of New York, sharing his thoughts on why he is more confident in Bitcoin and shunning the current hype around blockchain technology. Bitcoin ‘A Hedge Against the Whole World Falling Apart’ Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has reiterated why he is still very much “long” on Bitcoin as he spoke at the Economic Club of New York on Thursday. He explained that Bitcoin

    Peter Thiel is ‘Long Bitcoin’ and ‘Neutral to Skeptical’ of Everything Else

    | 2018/03/16 6:00 am
  • Price of Bitcoin got you down? Don’t worry! Bitcoin isn’t dead (again). What’s more, here are five reasons the world’s first cryptocurrency is fundamentally stronger than ever. More People Are Using It Metrics gauging Bitcoin users and usage all point to a continuous uptrend, albeit with peaks and alleys along the way, just like with any new technology. First, transaction volume per day is probably the most straighforward metric, which follows a rising trend-line seen

    5 Reasons Bitcoin is Fundamentally Stronger Than Ever

    | 2018/03/15 8:00 am
  • The Lightning Network (LN) has passed 1000 active nodes on its Bitcoin mainnet implementation, marking a major milestone for the scaling solution. Lightning: 1003 Nodes, Almost 2000 Channels Data from monitoring resources show 1003 nodes online at press time March 12, with a record high 1892 open channels. The news comes as commentators speculate from technical progress by LN developers that the first mainnet version of the protocol may soon see an official release. Looks

    Lightning Network Mainnet Passes 1000 Nodes as Release ‘Nears’

    | 2018/03/12 5:00 am
  • Cryptocurrency users continue to complain about unfair fees imposed by payment processors, with one calling out BitPay for charging a 0.2% transaction fee. BitPay ‘Lying About Network Cost’ During a purchase from Canadian merchant Newegg, which users BitPay as a processor, developer Jorge Timon additionally criticized BitPay’s practice of implying altcoin Bitcoin Cash (BCH, also known as ‘BCash’) is the same as Bitcoin (BTC). “Sad to see BitPay lie about ‘network cost’ of both bitcoin

    Is BitPay Lying About ‘Network Cost’ as Bitcoin Fees at Record Lows?

    | 2018/03/09 5:00 pm
  • SegWit (segregated witness) Bitcoin transactions are at an all-time high, and Bitcoin transaction fees are the lowest they have been in months. What factors contributed to this sudden change? For new users of Bitcoin, SegWit may seem like a meaningless buzzword that does not hold any value. But, for those aware of what it is, it means so much more. SegWit is a relatively new improvement to the current Bitcoin network that hopes to solve

    The Arrival of SegWit: Bitcoin’s Saving Grace?

    | 2018/03/07 4:30 pm
  • Bitcoin mining rig manufacturer Halong Mining has announced its AsicBoost patent has joined the Blockchain Defensive Patent License (BDPL) scheme. Bitcoin Network Gets ‘Friendly’ AsicBoost The highly-anticipated move, which challenges existing mining monopoly of competitor Bitmain, could revolutionize Bitcoin mining, with Litecoin creator Charlie Lee describing it as a “huge development.” Halong’s acquired patent differs from Bitmain’s “covert” AsicBoost technology, which caused outrage in Bitcoin circles last year, the patent representing a way of saving

    ‘Huge Development’: Overt AsicBoost Patent Crushes Bitmain Mining Monopoly

    | 2018/03/07 8:30 am
  • Innovative companies are rushing to create real-world business applications that combine artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology. For example, JD.Com, the largest retailer in China, recently launched a new accelerator, AI Catapult, to build new businesses and applications using AI and blockchain technology. Separately, Porsche is introducing various blockchain and AI solutions into its smart cars. The Benefits of Combining AI and Blockchain Academia and the business world are focusing on the fantastic benefits that

    The Awesome Power of Combining AI and Blockchain

    | 2018/03/03 3:30 pm
  • The total number of Bitcoin Core nodes currently stands at 9,499, marking an impressive surge since the Bitcoin Cash hard-fork that occurred on August 1st of last year. Bitcoin Node Count Goes Parabolic Contrary to the many cries of doom and gloom, admonishing against a network split last spring, the Bitcoin network not only survived the August 1st hard-fork but appears to be stronger than ever.  Hard Fork seems imminent. Scary is that majority fork

    Streisand Effect? Bitcoin Node Count Surged After Hard Fork

    | 2018/03/01 6:00 am
  • SegWit usage on the Bitcoin network has hit 30% in a new all-time high sparked by uptake from major industry businesses and services. High-speed, Low-fee Bitcoin Emerges Citing data from cryptocurrency hardware wallet manufacturer Trezor, investor and commentator Alistair Milne noted the historic highs continue to come in tandem with an almost empty mempool, leading to rock-bottom Bitcoin transaction fees. SegWit usage continues to skyrocket, hitting 30% for the first time#bitcoin pic.twitter.com/OEexWND9ab — Alistair Milne

    SegWit Transactions in Bitcoin Hit 30% For First Time

    | 2018/02/28 12:00 pm
  • Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd has delivered a frank appraisal of the Lightning Network, suggesting it is technically insufficient in its current form. Lightning’s Growing Pains Writing about his “initial impressions” of Lightning’s testnet implementation on Twitter Monday, Todd questioned aspects including operational resilience and programming language. “Initial impressions of Lightning on testnet: c-lightning segfaults a lot, and when it’s not crashing payments fail more often than not. Writing it in C – a notoriously

    Crashes And Failed Payments: Peter Todd Urges Caution Over Lightning Network

    | 2018/02/27 11:30 am
  • Days after launching the world’s first ever state-issued cryptocurrency, the government of Venezuela has opened up a cryptocurrency school for its citizens — presumably to educate them on the glory of Petro. Prioritizing Petro According to reports, the government of Venezuela has opened the doors to a cryptocurrency training center at the Granja Laboratorio Petro School in Caracas — supposedly to educate interested citizens on how to buy, sell and mine cryptocurrencies, as well as illustrate

    Venezuela Opens State-Funded Crypto School as Citizens Starve

    | 2018/02/26 9:30 pm
  • Bitcoin enthusiasts celebrate the release of Bitcoin Core 0.16.0, on February 26, 2018. This new version includes novel features, several bugfixes, various performance improvements, and updated translations. Most notably, Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 introduces full support for SegWit. Now, Bitcoin’s value, once again, is puncturing the $10,000 USD resistance level. Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 to Improve Bitcoin’s Scalability The advent of Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 is renewing enthusiasm in the crypto space because it brings new powerful features

    Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 Rolls Out With Full SegWit Support

    | 2018/02/26 3:30 pm
  • NEO and bitcoin are two cryptocurrencies which have risen to prominence since their inceptions. These coins possess some similarities, however, they also possess a number of important differences. Here is a closer look at the key similarities and differences between NEO and bitcoin. Similarities Popularity – Both NEO and Bitcoin are extremely popular. That is why both coins are in the top ten coins by overall market cap as of February 12th, 2018. NEO and

    NEO vs. Bitcoin – Key Similarities & Differences

    | 2018/02/25 9:00 am
  • Amazing schemes and technological innovations are being tried and implemented to continuously enhance Bitcoin’s scalability, fungibility, financial confidentiality, and privacy. The Confidential Transactions (CT) tool is one of these schemes proposed to improve security and privacy. Now, to enhance CT capabilities, researchers are introducing a new efficient zero-knowledge proof protocol called Bulletproofs. Bulletproofs To Improve Bitcoin Confidentiality A team of researchers has recently put forward a paper entitled “Bulletproofs: Short Proofs for Confidential Transactions and

    Bulletproofs: The Latest Technique to Improve Bitcoin’s Confidentiality

    | 2018/02/25 1:30 am
  • At long last, Coinbase’s popular US-based digital asset exchange GDAX now supports Segregated Witness (SegWit) transactions on the Bitcoin network. What is SegWit? SegWit  — short for Segregated Witness  —  is an important soft fork upgrade to the Bitcoin network which makes transactions significantly more secure and efficient. When sending transactions with SeqWit, the main part of the transaction is effectively segregated from the portion which authorizes it. In turn, this makes Bitcoin transactions even

    Coinbase Rolls Out SegWit Support on GDAX

    | 2018/02/23 3:45 pm
  • Investing in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies has always been a rocky ride. Is the volatility worth it? ETF industry veteran and Bitwise executive Matt Hougan certainly thinks so. Generationally-Significant Opportunity Sometimes it’s easy to forget that those of us investing in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies right now are still the early adopters — and the potential for significant gains down the road is massive. Bitwise Asset Management Vice President of Research and Development Matt Hougan recently appeared

    ETF Industry Veteran: Bitcoin is a Multi-Trillion Dollar Opportunity

    | 2018/02/23 8:00 am
  • Bitcoin (BTC) transaction fees have dipped below than those of Bitcoin Cash (BCH), marking a blow to one of the hard fork’s central remits. Battle Of The Satoshis Data from monitoring resources Wednesday confirms the turnaround as BTC continues to see a drop in transaction fees not seen for six months. In terms of satoshis, the cryptocurrency’s smallest possible unit, BCH’s lower value means a transaction fee of 10,000 sat provides worse value than an equivalent

    Bitcoin Fees Sink to 6 Month Low, Undermining Bitcoin Cash

    | 2018/02/21 6:30 am
  • Bitcoin looks to become the biggest beneficiary of increasing money digitization as countries, such as Sweden, spearhead the so-called ‘war on cash.’ But First, What is ‘Cash’? By definition, cash is legal tender or coins that can be used to exchange goods, debt, or services, according to Investopedia. The main property of cash is that besides being physically exchanged at the point of sale for goods or services, it also offers some degree of privacy

    Bitcoin Will Be the Real Winner in the War on Cash

    | 2018/02/20 3:30 pm
  • Bitcoin Cash’s narrow focus on transactions ‘gets it wrong’ because money is only a ‘byproduct’ of a much bigger vision, according to Max Keiser.  Money Only a ‘Byproduct’ Financial pundit and host of The Keiser Report, Max Keiser, has put in his two cents on the Bitcoin scaling debate, stating that focusing on transactions ignores the main reason why the world’s first cryptocurrency was created. Keiser wrote on Twitter: Viewing [Bitcoin] narrowly through lens of

    Satoshi’s Vision? Bitcoin Cash Gets It Wrong, Says Max Keiser

    | 2018/02/19 2:00 pm
  • Is Lighting Network the second coming for Bitcoin or the coming of centralization? Andreas Antonopoulos states his case for the former in his latest video. A lot of misconceptions have arisen about the Lightning Network and the effect it will have upon Bitcoin. Look around the internet, and you’ll find videos such as this offering information on the Lightning Network that may not be accurate. To that end, Andreas Antonopoulos has created a video to detail

    Andreas Antonopoulos: 6 Things Critics Keep Getting Wrong About Lightning Network

    | 2018/02/19 11:45 am