Bitcoin Cash Miners Undo Attacker’s Transactions With ‘51% Attack’

Two bitcoin cash (BCH) mining pools recently carried out what is known as a 51 percent attack on the blockchain in an apparent effort to reverse another miner’s transactions. The move is tied to the bitcoin cash network hard fork that occurred on May 15. The two mining pools — BTC.com and BTC.top — carried out […]

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$19 Million: Ethereum Foundation to Fund Work on 2.0 Upgrade, Plasma and More

The Ethereum Foundation detailed Tuesday how an estimated $30 million will be spent by the organization on key projects within the ethereum ecosystem. The group said that $19 million has been earmarked over the next 12 months to be put towards “building the ethereum of tomorrow.” Namely, this includes an ambitious scaling upgrade dubbed ethereum […]

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‘Tackling Real World Issues’: Hackers at ETH New York Build Apps Geared Towards Social Change

If building decentralized financial applications was the motto topic of Ethereal, the ethereum hackathon ETH New York was all about discussing the social impact of such applications. Speaking to a group of high school students at ETH New York, Mariano Conti – head of smart contracts at the MakerDAO Foundation – asked foundational questions surrounding […]

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Blockchain Project Thundercore Releases Code for ‘Pala’ Consensus Protocol

Public blockchain platform provider ThunderCore has just released proof-of-concept code for a new consensus protocol, dubbed Pala, on GitHub. According to Elaine Shi, chief scientist for ThunderCore, the work represents “a dream consensus protocol.” As stated on the newly released GitHub page: “Pala is a byzantine fault tolerant consensus protocol…It can achieve low latency and […]

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Ethereum 2.0’s Nodes Need to Talk – A Solution Is ‘Hobbits’

Developers working to create the next iteration of the ethereum blockchain have developed code intended to help client developers boost their testing efforts ahead of the upgrade. Ethereum 2.0 is by far the biggest upgrade on the agenda of developers said to bring massive improvements to scalability and usability on the now four-year-old blockchain network, […]

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Bitcoin Startup Unveils ‘Thunder Bird’ Lightning Code for IoT Devices

Japanese startup Nayuta is releasing an in-progress lightning implementation with a compelling new focus: the internet of things (IoT). As revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Nayuta is publishing the first lightning implementation geared specifically toward IoT, or networks of connected devices that feed data to one another. The idea behind Nayuta’s release is that it connects […]

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Murder, Censorship and Syria: Crypto and the Future of Uprisings

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk, covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her ongoing dispatches from Rojava, Syria.  In August 2011, a hackerspace in Damascus, Syria, was stormed by armed guards. Known as Aikilab, the guards stripped the place; televisions, computers and […]

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Privacy Crypto Monero Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

One of the most popular cryptocurrencies for privacy protection, monero, celebrated five years of existence this week. Launched in April 2014, monero has, since its inception, been entirely crowdfunded. And in tune with this decentralized, grassroots structure, monero is almost entirely developed by volunteers. “Monero is very committed to its decentralized, grassroots structure meaning we took […]

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Ethereum Core Developers Debate Benefits of More Frequent Hard Forks

How often is too often to alter consensus? A group of ethereum’s veteran open-source developers discussed the subject in a bi-weekly meeting Friday, wherein they aired the possibility that system-wide upgrades, also called hard forks, to the software could be enacted as often as every three months. Wanting to “check the temperature,” the developer asking the question […]

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