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AirSwap is rolling out some pro tools to attract institutional investors to its decentralized exchange (DEX) for ethereum tokens. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the company is this week launching an interface for so-called over-the-counter (OTC) block trading. While to date AirSwap users have been signaling their intent to buy or sell a certain amount of …

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Ether, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, fell to its lowest price of 2018 on Monday. At 16:50 UTC during Monday’s trading session, the cryptocurrency fell below $300 dollars for the first time since November 12, 2017, according to CoinDesk’s Ethereum Price Index (EPI).  ETH was last seen trading at an average price of …

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Blockchain-based social network Minds is migrating its platform to the ethereum network, the startup announced Monday. After roughly four-and-a-half months on its Rinkeby test network, the startup will be moving to ethereum for its full live launch. The firm claims to provide a censorship-resistant, accessible social network for users, especially those in potentially authoritarian nations, …

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Microsoft has just rolled out an additional consensus mechanism for clients building ethereum-based apps on Azure that does away with mining. Called “proof-of-authority,” the mechanism notably replaces the proof-of-work mining process that is common in public blockchains. However, it is only applicable in a permissioned network scenario – that is, on private or consortium blockchains where …

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The day Augur launched it breezed into the rankings of top ethereum dapps by daily active users – but the momentum didn’t last long. Released on July 10, Augur allows users to create and bet on prediction markets tied to real-world events, such as World Cup games, elections and – unfortunately – murders. Having waited …

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“My premise is that you can use blockchain to essentially trust people you don’t know – you trust the code.” While that statement by Hugh Karp may sound like a standard line in crypto-land, his startup, Nexus Mutual, is actually building a product for those who don’t trust the code. Or, at least, don’t trust …

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Interactive financial markets technology platform LevelTradingField is launching a cryptocurrency derivatives exchange using the ethereum blockchain. Dubbed CADE, the exchange is set to go live this September. It will list ERC-20 tokens which track bitcoin, ether, litecoin, bitcoin cash, ripple and monero, with more to be considered on a rolling basis, according to a press …

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A new partnership will soon enable ethereum users to attach their addresses to a top-level internet domain name, making it easier to remember the identifiers associated with their assets, wallets and services. The Ethereum Name Service (ENS), which allows ethereum users to replace long addresses with “human readable names” attached to a .eth domain, has …

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Tickets for the first music festival set to be powered by blockchain technology are now on sale. Scheduled for this fall, the Our Music Festival is launching its own virtual currency — the OMF token — at its inaugural event in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. It will be the first musical entertainment experience to …

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The proposals just keep piling in. At press time, a total of six ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs) have emerged, each hoping to alter the project’s code ahead of an upcoming software update (scheduled for October). Driving the debate is ethereum’s so-called “difficulty bomb,” a piece of code locked into the $45 billion platform that makes …

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After becoming the first financial institution to combine public and private blockchains in a live transaction, Spanish multinational bank BBVA has hit something of a quandary. Specifically, it’s unsure how to take its forward-thinking work … forward. In the process of executing what was expected to be the third in a series of blockchain-based corporate …

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If cryptocurrency is decentralizing the world of money, a new bitcoin wallet startup thinks it could also help decentralize the world of work. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Misthos launched its multi-signature wallet Monday on top of Blockstack‘s decentralized application platform. One of the first enterprise products launched on Blockstack, the wallet is designed for project …

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What if ethereum looked more like monero? Fusing the privacy features of the latter into ethereum would make many of the platform’s stakeholders, including developers who have been working on privacy-enhancing features for some time, excited. But privacy techniques are rarely utilized because of the serious trade-offs presented – such as larger storage requirements and …

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Ethereum developers are already implementing code for Constantinople, the network’s next system-wide upgrade. The second part of a series of upgrades to make the ethereum network more efficient and less costly in terms of fees, Constantinople will be activated sometime before October’s Devcon4 ethereum conference, according to stakeholders during a core developer meeting Friday. That …

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Bitcoin traders may have their eyes on a different kind of chart this week. That’s because Friday, July 27 is the date that bitcoin futures contracts offered by derivatives giant CME Group are scheduled to expire. A financial product that lets institutions and professional traders long or short the crypto asset (betting on its future …

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Borderless, permissionless and free from coercion. That’s the dream underlying web 3.0, in which unstoppable, decentralized applications (dapps) combine with web 2.0 technology, eventually corroding the power structures that traditional infrastructures encode. But that vision hasn’t come as fast as some expected or hoped, and moreover, some ethereum applications seem to even be working against that …

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The hottest new apps on ethereum resemble an old favorite: the Ponzi scheme. At least that’s the early consensus on FOMO 3D and PoWH3D, two of the platform’s top three apps entering Tuesday. According to data website DappRadar, both games have amassed 20,000 ether ($9 million) in trading volume over the last 24 hours, a figure …

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Amber Baldet, former JPMorgan blockchain program lead (and current CEO of Clovyr), has expressed her doubts about the proliferation of blockchain protocols: “Each of these blockchains speaks a different language,” she said in April. Getting different blockchains to talk to one another has become a pressing issue, as more and more protocols pop up – eos, …

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Some say a “decentralized exchange” is an oxymoron. Perhaps not, but for now it’s not much more than an aspiration. Over the past year, dozens of cryptocurrency trading platforms have marketed themselves as decentralized exchanges. While models vary, the term implies they allow users to trade on a peer-to-peer basis, and more importantly, without using …

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A scandal around the fraudulent actions of a vaccine manufacturer in China has sparking a heated debate over the last week – and now the Chinese cryptocurrency community is suggesting blockchain as a potential solution. The uproar followed a report from China’s State Drug Administration, which, based on a tip-off, launched an investigation of the company …

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