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Bitcoin Hash Rate Doubles in Three Months, Mining Now Costlier Than Buying One BTC

According to research by Sam Doctor, a quantitative analyst at Fundstrat, Bitcoin mining costs have doubled since May. Increasing Hash Rate Late last week, Doctor released a cost analysis of the notoriously expensive Bitcoin mining process that supports the pioneer...

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Vitalik Buterin Proclaims an End to Explosive Growth as ETH Values Plummet: How Will Ethereum Recover?

Ethereum prices have plummeted over the last week, experiencing a drop in value of over 30% amidst a bloodbath that has shaved $50 billion off the cumulative cryptocurrency market cap. With ETH prices hovering around the $200 mark, Ethereum...

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ConsenSys’ Joseph Lubin and Amanda Gutterman Discuss Civil Partnership at TechCrunch Disrupt

Joseph Lubin and Amanda Gutterman of ConsenSys explained how blockchain technology and media companies go hand in hand during TechCrunch Disrupt; while the latest project ConsenSys is working with, The Civil Media Company, looks to create independent newsrooms in...

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Research: Nearly Half of Millennials Prefer Crypto Over Fiat

Since the ICO fervor of 2017, cryptocurrency and blockchain have become an international phenomenon, driving the digital economy movement. With public adoption on the rise, market research firm YouGov has conducted a study revealing recent statistics on cryptocurrency awareness....

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Crypto Market Chaos: Crypto Community Quick to Blame Goldman Sachs, Silk Road Bitcoin Liquidation More Likely

The cryptocurrency market is in the midst of a selling frenzy, with Bitcoin, Ethereum and most altcoins experiencing a sharp and sudden drop in value. A major sell-off, which began at 4:40 p.m. UTC +7:00 on Wednesday saw total cryptocurrency...

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The Beginning of the End for Fiat Currency: Government-Issued Crypto Gaining Traction Worldwide

The term “government-issued” cryptocurrency is paradoxical. The core tenets of cryptocurrencies — decentralized ledgers and trustless cryptographic payment clearance — are antithetical to government control over value transfer. Officially sanctioned government issued cryptocurrencies are increasing in number, however. Sweden,...

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Dread Pirate Roberts Whale Wallet Activity Hints Toward $800 Million Bitcoin Market Dump

Almost $800 million worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash has been withdrawn from wallets associated with defunct cryptocurrency “black market” Silk Road marketplace and linked to Silk Road owner Ross “Dread Pirate Roberts” Ulbricht, signaling a potential large-scale Bitcoin...

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BitMEX Reports Bitmain Needs Efficient Management to Reach ‘Legendary’ Status

The research arm of Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX) recently analyzed leaked data about mining giant Bitmain to pinpoint fallacies and other investor accusations toward the mining business. Bitmain a Potential ‘Legend’ BitMEX researchers defined Bitmain, which is valued at...

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PwC Report: Blockchain Technology to Reach $3 Trillion by 2030

PwC, a “Big Four” auditing firm, recently published research that found 84 percent of companies have either a “live” blockchain project or experiment underway. China Primed to Lead Blockchain Innovation The company surveyed over 600 executives from 15 countries–including the...

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China’s Biggest Payment App AliPay Bans Accounts Trading Bitcoin in OTC

Alipay, the biggest payment application in China valued at $150 billion,  officially banned over-the-counter (OTC) Bitcoin trading, prohibiting traders from utilizing Alipay accounts to initiate digital asset trades. The announcement of Alipay shared by Red Li, a cryptocurrency researcher...

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Research: Bitcoin Cash Declining in Adoption and Merchant Use Cases

Blockchain analysis and forensics firm Chainalysis recently produced a report on payments received by the world’s top 17 cryptocurrency merchants, concluding the role of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has steadily decreased in most day-to-day transactions. As reported by Bloomberg, a group...

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The Case for Stablecoins: A Much-Needed Asset Class or the Worst Crypto Idea?

The case of cryptocurrencies’ global relevance remains a moot point given its wildly volatile nature, an aspect which has spurred a billion dollar crypto-exchange market. However, some entrepreneurs and companies are determined to bring needful price stability to the...

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Vitalik Buterin Goes on ‘Tweet Storm’ About Ethereum’s Casper

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin unleashed a “tweet storm,” Aug. 16, presumably to succinctly explain the Casper protocol to crypto-enthusiasts while dismissing rumors and misconceptions. The 75-tweet-long update from Buterin showcased the developer’s infuriation with commonly propagated rumors as well...

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Bitmain Holds Nearly 6% of Bitcoin Cash Supply, Accused of Price Manipulation for IPO

Surfaced documents suggest that Bitmain has accumulated nearly $1 billion worth of Bitcoin Cash, raising eyebrows over the cryptocurrency’s role in a prospective $18 billion initial public offering (IPO). The documents were first tabled by Samson Mow in a Tweet, who included...

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Crypto Adoption Frenzy: More Than Half of Americans Familiar with Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum

The cryptocurrency market may be experiencing a sudden bear market, but recent statistics released by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) demonstrate that consumer awareness and interest in digital assets such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum is...

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Bitcoin Market Share Returns to December High as Hash Rate Exceeds 50 Quintillion Hashes per Second

Bitcoin’s market share catapults back to almost 50 percent, returning to levels not seen since the December 2017 bull-run that resulted in an all-time high BTC value of nearly $20,000. The return of Bitcoin’s market share dominance coincides with...

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Why Major Crypto Exchange OKEx Controversially Used User Funds to Liquidate Bitcoin Contract

OKEx, the second biggest crypto exchange by daily trading volume, officially announced the decision to engage in a forced liquidation to settle a massive long contract. On July 31, 2018, a user with the ID 2051247, the largest individual...

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Bank of Canada: Double Spending is “Unrealistic” in Blockchain Technology

A study released in July 2018 by the Bank of Canada (BoC) concludes the dreaded “double spending” attack on public blockchains is an “unrealistic” outcome. Blockchain Technology Scrutinized The research study, titled “Incentive Compatibility on the Blockchain,” examines incentive...

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ADVFN CEO: Bitcoin to Return to $20k — But Not Before Plummeting to $2k First

Bitcoin has experienced a lengthy period of stagnation subsequent to the late 2017 all-time high of $20,000, with the most valuable cryptocurrency failing to challenge the $10,000 mark the first half of 2018. ADVFN CEO Clem Chambers, however, believes...

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Is Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Writing a Book? The Crypto Community Doesn’t Think So

A schism appeared within the cryptocurrency community around the time a new statement and book excerpt purportedly released by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. NakamotoFamilyFoundation.org, A newly-registered website launched June 26, 2018, captured the attention of both...

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Tether Exchange Vulnerability Raises Security Concerns, New Research Suggests USDT Wash Trading on Kraken

This week, US-Dollar pegged stablecoin Tether once again captured cryptocurrency community attention for the wrong reasons with poorly-implemented Tether exchange integration resulting in the successful execution of a double spend. Tether’s tenuous relationship with the cryptocurrency market has been...

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Slide Back in to Red as Market Reacts to Japanese Regulation, South Korean Tax Confusion

The cryptocurrency market has swung violently back into the red due to a series of regulatory movements from Asia, spooking skittish market participants. Bitcoin and Ethereum plummeted by almost 10% as Japanese regulators crack down on exchange action. Crypto...

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One in Three High Net Worth Individuals are Interested in Holding Cryptocurrency

The latest World Wealth Report 2017 released by Capgemini, a multi-billion dollar French professional services company, revealed that 29%, nearly one in three, high net-worth individuals are interested in holding cryptocurrency in the long-term. Why Investors are Interested in...

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The Final Frontier of Crypto Decentralization: DEXs and The Liquidity Problem

Circumstantial evidence of insider trading and fabricated volume on major crypto exchanges has catalyzed renewed focus on decentralized exchanges — or DEXs — as the future of crypto trading platforms. However, can the present issues within the current market...

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EOS Blockchain Temporarily Halted, Criticized For its Ability to Suspend User Accounts

EOS, the most valuable initial coin offering (ICO) of all time that raised over $4 billion throughout its 1-year-long token sale, has recently received criticisms regarding its latest blockchain halt and controversial statements on its Termination of Agreement, or...

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Bitcoin Price Manipulation: Study Suggests $2.5 Billion Tether Used to Create Artificial BTC Demand

A new investigation conducted by University of Texas researchers reveals compelling evidence that the meteoric rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in late 2017 is linked to price manipulation executed by individuals using Tether to create artificial market demand....

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Comparing the Cross-Chain Communication Protocols of EOS, Cosmos, AION, and Wanchain

Once upon a time, people believed there would only be one blockchain. But one-blockchain maximalism soon proved to be a shortsighted belief. Without forking and new chains, experimentation was extremely limited and led to the creation of hundreds of blockchains adapted...

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Ethereum’s Active and Unique Addresses Overtake Bitcoin

Ethereum — the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap — now claims more unique and active addresses than Bitcoin. Effectively doubling in size since December 2017, the Ethereum network now hosts 35 million unique addresses — 100,000 new registrations being...

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Can Bitcoin’s Price Measure Stock Market Volatility?

Crypto markets and traditional investment vehicles have very little direct connection. Although Bitcoin is making progress via futures contracts, digital currencies still primarily function as an alternative to traditional investments like stocks. After all, cryptocurrencies were born in a...

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What Went Wrong? Tom Lee Breaks Down Post-Consensus Market Rally Flop, Remains Bullish on Bitcoin

Fundstrat Global managing partner and notorious Bitcoin bull Tom Lee has reaffirmed his prediction of a $25,000 Bitcoin end-of-year price despite underwhelming post-Consensus cryptocurrency market performance. The Consensus conference, which ran in New York from May 14-16, is widely...

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Cardano (ADA) Update: Latest Technical Release Reveals Solid Foundation Being Built

The Cardano Project begins to take shape with the announcement of two testnets alongside major advancements in providing a provably secure Proof of Stake protocol. The latest version of Cardano’s Ouroboros staking algorithm, dubbed Genesis, will allow parties to...

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Pantera CEO Thinks Crypto Market Could Reach $40 Trillion, Calls Bitcoin “Screaming Buy”

Pantera Capital, a blockchain investment fund, has issued its most brazen show of positive sentiment to date, its founder stating the cryptocurrency market could one day reach $40 trillion. A vocal proponent of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, Pantera Founder and...

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Cardano (ADA) April Update: Up 53% Over Past Month On New Developments and Exchange Listings

A string of recent developments has seen Cardano (ADA) continue to assert its position as a cardinal cryptocurrency, giving its holders every reason to turn their fling into a long-term relationship. As Bitcoin’s gut-wrenching volatility upsets the hardiest of...

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Exploring the Top 5 Technological Advantages of IOTA Over Blockchain

With “blockchain technology” grabbing most of the headlines when it comes to crypto-innovation, IOTA is offering users with an all-new digital framework that promises to introduce a similar level of innovation but within a much larger, industrial scale. IOTA’s...

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Congressional Hearing on ICOs Presents Fractured Stance on US Crypto Regulation

Cryptos came to Capitol Hill on Wednesday this week, with a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee holding a hearing entitled “Examining Cryptocurrencies and ICO Markets.” The hearing, which marked the first time Congress tackled...

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Litecoin Rallies Over 50% Ahead of Litepay Announcement, Fork Rumors

Payment-focused cryptocurrency, Litecoin (one of the strongest competitors to Bitcoin), has experienced strong growth this week. Rallying over 50%, Litecoin is running with a cryptocurrency market resurgence that has seen the market rebound over 70% since February 6th. The unexpected price...

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A Look at Seattle-based RChain’s Plans to Build a Scalable & Safe Blockchain

Improvement is iterative. That’s what we see right now as a slew of blockchain startups strive to make iterative changes to the fundamental features of blockchain platforms like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Introducing RChain There are several blockchain platforms striving...

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Vetting VeChain – a Blockchain Platform for Products and Information

In an increasingly crowded but frustratingly similar ICO environment, platforms are looking for ways to differentiate themselves. Many companies have risen to prominence following the same playbook, using similar designs, and publishing the same-sounding articles. Now that the total...

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