Month: May 2017

SegWit Can Be Activated on Bitcoin When a Futures Market is Combined with a UASF

Note: If you’re unfamiliar with user-activated soft forks, read my previous article on the pros and cons of activating Segregated Witness via a user-activated soft fork. This piece can be viewed as a continuation of that one. User-activated soft forks (UASFs) are currently seen as a controversial method of adding new functionality to the Bitcoin …

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Ethereum Powered P2P Energy Sharing Project Brings Blockchain to E-Mobility

Share&Charge, a decentralized marketplace that connects electric vehicle owners with private and public charging stations, has released its mobile app, available now in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The platform, which already has over 1,000 charging stations listed in Germany, seeks to support the concept of the sharing economy. In …

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Jaxx Integrates With 70+ Blockchain Projects And Platforms

Multi-asset digital wallet Jaxx has secured over 70 new partners and integrations in a massive expansion push. The new partners and integrations aim at bolstering the company’s mission to “become the ultimate command center for all things blockchain” and create a single point of entry into various areas of blockchain technology including user-controlled payments and …

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Bitbank’s Lizardo: ‘Very Little’ Bitcoin Use in China, 99% Speculation

Due to the pseudonymous nature of bitcoin, it is sometimes difficult to figure out who is using the digital currency and for what reason. In a recent interview with Chris DeRose, Bitbank Group Vice President of International Affairs Virgilio Lizardo Jr. discussed the type of people using bitcoin in China. Bitbank Group is behind some …

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Estonia’s Polybius Foundation Is Building The World’s First Digital Bank For Blockchain, Crypto Startups

Polybius Foundation, a financial services company established this year and registered in Estonia, is building a fully digital bank for businesses and individuals and the “first bank in the world to specialize in financial services for cryptocurrency startups and blockchain projects.” Polybius Bank, which intends to apply for a EU financial institution license, aims to …

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CoinDirect runs ICO to offer decentralized platform for Casino industry.

16th of May, 2017, Hong-Kong, HK Blockchain developer Nico Ami Lee announces the opening of the CoinDirect.io – an open source platform for online gambling where bitcoins & other major cryptoassets will be sent directly from player to player eliminating the third party. The mission behind project is to decentralize gambling experience further by moving …

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Blockchain, Crypto ICO Funding Gains Popularity Amongst Investors

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) funding, a means of raising funds from the crowd for a new cryptocurrency or blockchain venture, grew quickly throughout 2016 and Q1’17, while traditional venture funding to blockchain companies fell progressively over the same period. 28% of total early-stage blockchain funding came from ICOs over the past four quarters, a figure …

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SpectroCoin Offers Bitcoin Debit Cards

UK Bitcoin service offers pre-paid Bitcoin debit cardsrn UK Bitcoin service provider SpectroCoin offers pre-paid Bitcoin debit cards: https://spectrocoin.com/en/bitcoin-debit-card.html SpectroCoin offered debit cards are one of the cheapest on the market, retailing for just $0.50/€0.50/£0.50 for a virtual card and $9.00/€8.00/£6.00 for a plastic card, and that includes shipping and handling fees. Customers can choose from …

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Charlie Lee: Bitcoin Miner Voting is Kind of Silly, But Safest Option

On a recent episode of The Bitcoin Podcast, Litecoin creator and Coinbase Director of Engineering Charlie Lee spoke with co-hosts Corey Petty and Marcello Milteer about the activation of Segregated Witness (SegWit) on Litecoin. During the discussion, Lee shared his thoughts on the important role of miners in the activation process for protocol upgrades, which …

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Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell on the Potential Hurdles to Better Privacy in Bitcoin

At a recent presentation at the Coinbase headquarters in San Francisco, Blockstream CTO and Bitcoin Core contributor Greg Maxwell discussed the challenges of implementing privacy enhancements in Bitcoin, specifically in terms of the Confidential Transactions (CT) proposal. In short, CT is a privacy solution for Bitcoin that blinds the amounts involved in transactions. When combined …

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