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We constantly monitor everything that is happening in the world of digital assets. Here's our selection of the news that matters.

A glimpse into the dark underbelly of cryptocurrency markets
In this post I’ll investigate the key drivers of the unrelenting cryptocurrency/cryptoasset markets, and explain why they aren’t likely to go away soon. In particular, I will focus on the incentives which cause rankings sites to uncritically include junk exchange volume in their data.The major stakeholders in this market are exchanges (naturally), altcoin/cryptocurrency/fork
eCash Founder David Chaum Makes Bold Promises with Elixxir Blockchain
Over 30 years after creating eCash, a predecessor of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies which spawned the Cypherpunk movement of the 1980s, Dr. David Chaum is back in the public eye with a claim of having invented “the world’s fastest cryptocurrency.”Chaum is widely regarded as the forefather of cryptocurrencies and the wider world of cryptographic security and online privacy
Excellent article from @mwilcox "Fundamental Misconceptions" about the nature of Bitcoin and the security of the blockchain. It's long but the ideas are fundamental. markwilcox.com/articles/03/ He liked my video too!
Daniel [email protected] Excellent article from @mwilcox "Fundamental Misconceptions" about the nature of Bitcoin and the security of the blockchain. It's long but the ideas are fundamental. markwilcox.com/articles/03/ He liked my video
Reflecting on Time Well-Spent at LedgerX
I will soon be leaving LedgerX. I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my experiences and lessons learned from working at LedgerX, the first CFTC-regulated digital currency clearinghouse and options exchange.I joined LedgerX four years ago in 2014 to help build out the technology stack and its interaction with the Bitcoin system. Since that time, Bitcoin has grown in leaps
Bitcoin: Past and Future
By Murad Mahmudov and Adam Taché.ForewordThis is a follow-up to The Many Faces of Bitcoin, which discussed four schools of thought of Bitcoin. This article will analyze these perspectives by discussing trade-offs, philosophical divides within the community, and expected behaviors of the proposed systems.IndexBitcoin as MoneyRoles of Full Nodes & Miners in Bitcoin &
The Many Faces of Bitcoin
By Murad Mahmudov and Adam Taché.To nocoiners, gold-bugs, and Keynesians, the cryptocurrency space is best seen as a parasite infecting millennials with technobabble, forcing them to spout economic gibberish, and sucking them into believing the pipedream that a crypto-anarchist society could exist. To believers in the technology, cryptocurrencies represent an escape from the
Zcash: life on the crypto roller coaster
Suppressed in Japan. Championed in New York. Accused of betraying the billion-dollar community he created with an arcane and byzantine ritual, while accidentally solving — maybe — a transnational clandestine mining mystery. All this while leading the rollout of some of the world’s most cutting-edge cryptographic technology into production. It’s been an interesting six months
A New Startup Has Zooko and Naval Betting on Better Crypto Contracts
A group of old-school security researchers have raised funds to build a better smart contracting
The State of Cryptocurrency Mining
For those new to the blog, I am the lead developer of Sia, a blockchain based cloud storage platform. About a year ago, myself and some members of the Sia team started Obelisk, a cryptocurrency ASIC manufacturing company. Our first ASICs are going to ship in about 8 weeks, and our journey with Obelisk has given us a lot of insight into the world of cryptocurrency mining.One of
Goldman Sachs to Open a Bitcoin Trading Operation
While most big banks have steered clear of virtual currencies, the Wall Street giant will use its own money to trade in Bitcoin-related
ICOs are Cancer
I have been involved in a few venture-capital funded startups, so I’m used to getting introduced to entrepreneurs building software companies. It’s fun to see how people are building the future and a good way to give back. Over the past year many of the introductions I get are involved in ICOs, and I struggle with how to politely decline the intro and explain my disdain for
Gensler, who used to lead the CFTC, says that Ether and Ripple -- but particularly Ripple (XRP) -- should likely be categorized as unregistered securities based on the way they were created and sold nytimes.com/2018/04/22/tec…
Nathaniel [email protected] Gensler, who used to lead the CFTC, says that Ether and Ripple -- but particularly Ripple (XRP) -- should likely be categorized as unregistered securities based on the way they were created and sold
Coinbase is buying Earn.com for about $100 million in a deal that is mostly about one key hire
A huge part of the deal’s appeal to Coinbase is the chance to bring Balaji Srinivasan on as CTO. Coinbase has made its first real acquisition. In a deal that shows how the cryptocurrency platform continues to mature and expand, Coinbase is buying Earn.com, a portal that allows people to make money by answering emails or completing other tasks. Coinbase’s offer was slightly
Monero Privacy Protections Aren’t as Strong as They Seem
Researchers point out serious gaps in the privacy promises of stealth cryptocoin
#227 Peter Van Valkenburgh: Where US Cryptocurrency Regulation is Heading
Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Over the past year, as cryptocurrencies and ICOs started to go mainstream, we have seen a huge surge in regulatory
A “tamper-proof” currency wallet just got backdoored by a 15-year-old
Enlarge (credit: Saleem Rashid) For years, executives at France-based Ledger have boasted their specialized hardware for storing cryptocurrencies is so securely designed that resellers or others in the supply chain can't tamper with the devices without it being painfully obvious to end users. The reason: "cryptographic attestation" that uses unforgeable digital signatures
Bitcoin falls 10 percent after SEC warns about unregulated exchanges
Enlarge (credit: Thomas Trutschel / Getty Images News) The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a strongly worded warning on Wednesday about the risks of dealing with unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges. "The SEC staff has concerns that many online trading platforms appear to investors as SEC-registered and regulated marketplaces when they are not," the SEC
S.E.C.’s Subpoenas Signal Crackdown on Initial Coin Offerings
Regulators are believed to have demanded information from as many as 80 people and companies associated with virtual