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Will Murphy is the vice president for blockchain at of Talla.com, the company behind Botchain, a blockchain for managing autonomous intelligent agents. I predict that in 10 years blockchain technology will improve to a level that calling it “blockchain” will no longer be a useful term. Let’s think about this a moment. Why do we call it …

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Some people just aren’t that into digital cats. Once the only major ethereum application (or dapp) to see a large number of users trading “crypto collectables,” CryptoKitties is seeing new competition from projects seeking to issue their own tradable code on the blockchain. Zombies, countries – even crypto celebrities – are now creating whole new markets …

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It was around midnight, January 31, when K. received an email from Coinbase containing a 1099 tax form. That was strange enough – K. certainly didn’t expect a cryptocurrency exchange to be a conduit for government documents. Then K. looked at how much Coinbase said he owed money on: $2.4 million. “I initially freaked out, considering …

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“Be careful out there!” So tweeted litecoin creator Charlie Lee in response to the launch of litecoin cash, a cryptocurrency that’s expected to spin off from his project, the fifth largest cryptocurrency by total value, next weekend, taking its code and transaction history with it. Always outspoken, Lee went on to call the project a …

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As enterprise blockchains inch closer to live launches, a group of cybersecurity experts within IBM is out to make sure clients take every step to keep their new investments secure. Adewale Omoniyi, a senior managing consultant in the biometrics and cybersecurity for IBM Global Business Services, is one such professional, and on Wednesday, he sought …

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Lightning is spreading across the cryptocurrency landscape. Originally designed for use on bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market size was also the first to implement the concept, touted as a way to make transactions faster and cheaper by moving them to a layer above the blockchain. But with scalability emerging as a pressing issue across the industry, …

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Ethereum’s world computer is in need of a magic touch. As developers continue to clash over yet another controversial software update, some of ethereum’s top minds are working together to conjure up a solution for what has been a troubling absence of late — community consensus. Recent discussions concerning the return of lost funds — …

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Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have proved quite charitable, at least as far as Fidelity Charitable is concerned. Announced today, the global charity revealed it has received $69 million in cryptocurrency donations in 2017, making it the fastest-growing asset type accepted by the firm. According to Fidelity Charitable’s annual report, the funds, which included donations in bitcoin and …

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Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk.  The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. “You have no sovereignty where we gather. We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one…” The “we” John Perry Barlow referred to in his 1996 essay “A Declaration …

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It’s like the early days of bitcoin all over again. Comprised of invite-only chat channels, alien terminology and warning signs at every turn, the nascent ecosystem springing up around Lightning Network, the scaling technology that could end up having the greatest impact yet on bitcoin’s capacity, is to date, hopelessly difficult to operate. “Going to be …

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A house on a blockchain? That’s the future a number of initial coin offering (ICO) issuers envision, one in which tokenized pieces of the property could be tracked and traded via a shared database. In this way, the tokens would allow for what entrepreneurs are calling “fractional ownership,” or the ability for a real estate …

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Comcast Ventures isn’t just investing in blockchain startups – it’s investing in blockchain startups that invest in blockchain startups, with some very specific goals in mind. The firm last month joined IBM and Boldstart Ventures in backing accelerator mState, which invests in startups building enterprise blockchain solutions. Further, Comcast Ventures revealed to CoinDesk a recent …

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David Silver is the founder of Silver Miller, a plaintiffs’ law firm that brings cases against cryptocurrency exchanges and investment offerings. The views expressed here are his alone. You can reach him at DSilver@SilverMillerLaw.com. I’m late, I’m late! For a very important date! No time to say “Hello.” Goodbye! I’m late! I’m late! I’m late! …

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The term dark pool might sound ominous, but investors think building one could prove to be a boon for the crypto market. Announced today, Republic Protocol has officially completed an initial coin offering (ICO) for its REN token, raising 35,000 ether (roughly $30.5 million at current prices) from lead investors Polychain Capital and FBG, as well …

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T-Mobile has been quietly toiling away on an enterprise blockchain solution for months, and it looks primed to make a big reveal soon. The telecom giant’s interest in blockchain was most recently advanced after the company was prominently mentioned for its role in helping develop Hyperledger Sawtooth’s 1.0 version. Yet, its overarching blockchain work is not widely …

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“To the moon!” While this cryptocurrency rallying cry is typically used as the price of a coin starts a climb, this time the slogan’s being used to demonstrate excitement over the progress that’s being made on a long-anticipated bitcoin code optimization. Called Schnorr signatures, the technology looks to replace bitcoin’s existing signature scheme with one …

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Kade Morton is a security consultant and open source enthusiast. In his spare time, when he isn’t volunteering for Mozilla, he’s working on his own open-source decentralized application, Aletheia. Follow him on twitter @cypath In a recent CoinDesk op-ed, Sandro Ro urges the blockchain community to “construct and act by a new culture whereby our companies …

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A look at the headlines of late may leave you with a familiar conclusion – with all the ups and downs in the market, it’s just too early to take crypto seriously. And it’s true, despite the best efforts of even the industry’s most notable developers, the world’s largest cryptocurrencies remain not just volatile, but …

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Sure, there were white papers, prototypes and theories, but in the land of ICOs, 2017 was largely about one thing – money – and lots of it. Entering 2018, those closest to the sector, the area of the industry that’s actively applying learnings from cryptocurrencies to startup models, see a bit of a different story. …

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Strobes pulsed through fog as a tightly packed audience sought to get a shot of the DJ. Revered for his contributions to electronic dance music, Gareth Emery was in the box at London’s Ministry of Sound last weekend, there to show off the synths that have helped him win the prestigious “A State Of Trance Tune Of …

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