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Blockchain-Focused Presentations to Watch at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas

by Amy Castor
Money 20/20 Las Vegas is only a few days away. The event, to be held on October 22–25, 2017, at the Venetian, will be packed with people from the top tiers of banking and finance looking to learn more about the ...

Scaling Bitcoin Announces This Year’s Program and a New Developer Bootcamp

by Aaron van Wirdum
Today, Scaling Bitcoin, the international engineering conference focused on Bitcoin and blockchain research, released its program for the 2017 edition. The conference, to be held in Stanford, California, in the first ...
Oct 13, 2017

A Bitcoin Beginner’s Guide to Surviving the Bgold and SegWit2x Forks

by Aaron van Wirdum
This is an updated version of A Bitcoin Beginner's Guide to Surviving a Coin-Split specifically addressing issues associated with the upcoming Bitcoin Gold and SegWit2x forks.It looks as if Bitcoin will experience at ...
Oct 12, 2017

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Bitcoin Rally Shows Strength for Continued Growth

by Bitcoin Schmitcoin
Today, bitcoin reached a new all time high as it rose by $500 in just a few short hours. At the time of this article, bitcoin is sitting in the $5300s as it looks ready, once again, to spring for a new all time ...
Oct 12, 2017

Op Ed: European Blockchain Business is Booming, Even Among Regulatory Concerns

by David Henderson
As cryptocurrencies become increasingly mainstream, governments worldwide are exploring methods for regulating blockchain projects and their methods of funding. While China and South Korea have recently cracked down ...
Oct 11, 2017

Bitcoin Gold Is About to Trial an ASIC-Resistant Bitcoin Fork

by Aaron van Wirdum
It’s forking season.After Bitcoin Cash (Bcash) forked from the Bitcoin blockchain to create a new cryptocurrency (BCH), and ahead of the SegWit2X fork that may do the same thing, a third Bitcoin fork is in the ...
Oct 11, 2017

Op Ed: Is There a Future for Banking in a Cryptocurrency-Dominated World?

by Jeffrey Tucker
What is the future of banking, central banking and financial intermediation in a world in which cryptocurrency is dominant? Let’s speculate a bit, with the proviso that no one can fully anticipate how these markets ...

Hyperledger and Linux to Offer a Massive Open Online Blockchain Course

by Jessie Willms
Hyperledger, the international blockchain collaboration of corporate giants and young startups in partnership with the Linux Foundation, is launching a new free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to meet the rapidly ...

India Trials a Power Grid on the Blockchain to Incentivize Sustainable Energy

by David Hollerith
Access to reliable energy is the foundation of economic development and human society. Yet reliable energy can come at a steep environmental cost.Today’s energy systems are being rapidly reexamined and transformed by ...
Oct 9, 2017

Interview: Cryptographer Silvio Micali on Bitcoin, Ethereum and Proof of Stake

by Amy Castor
Silvio Micali is an MIT professor and Turing Award–winning cryptographer known for his work in technologies that form the bedrock of blockchains today: public-key cryptosystems, digital signatures, pseudorandomness ...
Oct 6, 2017

Bitcoin Price Analysis: There May Still Be Some Life in These Exhausted Bulls

by Bitcoin Schmitcoin
Over the last week, the BTC-USD market has seen some major price swings. At one point, the price nearly reached $4500 only to see it pull back down to the low $4100s. And now, within two days, the price has topped ...
Oct 6, 2017

Op Ed: A Roadmap For How the Blockchain Can Open Up Foreign Property Investment

by Jakob Drzazga
For most individuals, investing in foreign property seems out of reach. The barriers, however, have far less to do with one’s income and more to do with issues around information, namely quality and verifiability. It ...
Oct 6, 2017

2x or NO2X: Why Some Want to Hard Fork Bitcoin — and Why Others Do Not

by Aaron van Wirdum
A group of Bitcoin companies plans to deploy a hard fork to double Bitcoin’s block weight limit to eight megabytes this November. Known as “SegWit2x,” this incompatible protocol change follows from the New York ...
Oct 5, 2017

Central Banks and the IMF Warm Up to (Centralized) Digital Currencies

by Giulio Prisco
Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, is considering whether the country should introduce a purely digital form of government-backed money, perhaps using distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) similar to the ...
Oct 4, 2017

Op Ed: The SEC Is Watching Cryptocurrencies, So Beware — But Don't Overreact

by Jeffrey Alberts and Yvonne Saadi
A startling trend has recently emerged in the cryptocurrency industry. Since July 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has regularly begun asserting itself in this space. It has taken various ...
Oct 3, 2017

Op Ed: How the Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers Will Transform the Real Estate Market

by George Kachmazov
In its "Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond Block Chain" report published in 2016, the U.K. Government Office for Science deemed the impact of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) “probably ...

How Blockchain Technology is Helping to Clean the Niger River

by Rebecca Campbell
Ogoniland, situated off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in southeastern Nigeria, is considered the most polluted region along the Niger Delta and among the worst in the world.Even though the Niger Delta is rich in ...
Oct 3, 2017

Op Ed: Where Pseudonymous Cryptocurrency Transactions Meet AML Reporting Requirements

by Michelle Ann Gitlitz and Shawn M. Wright
Two months ago, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“USAO”), assessed a civil money penalty of over ...
Oct 2, 2017

South Korea's ICO Ban: A Reaction to "Serious Concerns" Over Cryptocurrency Investment Practices

by David Hollerith
The South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) has announced it will ban all forms of initial coin offerings (ICOs). After a meeting to discuss virtual currency control, the vice-chairman of financial affairs, ...
Oct 2, 2017

IOHK Launches Cardano Blockchain; Ada Now Trading on Bittrex

by Amy Castor
So far, Ethereum has been the lead player in the smart contract platform space. Now a new competitor is steadily creeping into the game. And, in an interesting twist, the effort is being led by a former Ethereum ...

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