Bitcoin Sign Guy Is Back, Bringing Sound Money to Urbit’s ‘Sound Computer’

If bitcoin is digital cash and ethereum is digital law, Urbit is digital land.  The highly ambitious cloud computing project imagines nothing less than a rewiring of the internet, allowing users, not corporations, to own their online identities and data. While most blockchain projects rely on Amazon Web Services and other behemoths for essential infrastructure, […]

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Crypto Trading Privacy Gets a Boost as $15M of Tether Moves to Liquid Sidechain

Stronger privacy is coming to the largest stablecoin, tether, with a recent blockchain-to-blockchain swap of $15 million worth of tokens. At 11:27 UTC on Jan. 7, stablecoin issuer Tether conducted a cross-chain swap of some 15 million USDT reserves from ethereum to Blockstream’s Liquid, a federated sidechain running parallel to the bitcoin blockchain. The technical […]

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SBI, GMO to Rent Capacity at Massive Bitcoin Mine in Texas: Report

Potentially the world’s biggest bitcoin mine is said to have signed up two top corporate customers, SBI Holdings and GMO. The Japanese corporate giants will be renting mining capacity at the facility in Rockdale, Texas, recently put into construction by Whinstone Inc., according to Bloomberg sources. The firms are to begin mining “within coming months,” […]

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IBM Blockchain App Promotes ‘Virtuous Cycle’ for Sustainable Coffee

IBM is launching a new app that uses blockchain to allow consumers interested in sustainability to trace the coffee they buy along the supply chain. IBM said its new “Thank My Farmer” app will allow consumers to track their morning joe from the store where they buy it back to the farm where it was […]

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Professor Ben Noys: What Crypto Sees in Accelerationism

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Benjamin Noys, a professor at the University of Chichester, in the UK, invented the term “accelerationism” for a philosophy that says technological progress should be greatly sped up. In […]

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For Quick Wins, Focus on Decentralization Within Existing Businesses

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Tal Kol is the co-founder of Orbs, a public blockchain bringing enterprise solutions and transparency to businesses. 2019 pushed the reset button on our industry. While hundreds of blockchain […]

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Crypto-Mining Attacks Fell Sharply in 2019 but Ransomware Is Trending: Kaspersky

In the cat-and-mouse game between hackers and users, less-lucrative crypto-mining malware fell out of favor this year. While security experts at Kaspersky found that the number of “unique malicious objects” rose by 13.7 percent – led in part by a 187 percent increase in so-called web-skimmer files, malware designed to steal credit card information – […]

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Dissidents and Activists Have a Lot to Gain From Bitcoin, if Only They Knew It

Beyond privacy, the ability for individuals to buy bitcoin with fiat and convert bitcoin into fiat is a big challenge. In the past few years we have seen an incredible increase in local liquidity, where it’s now fairly easy to buy or sell bitcoin in most major urban areas around the world, even inside dictatorships […]

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