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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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Peter Ryan is a research analyst at CoinDesk.  The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. In Robert Heinlein’s novel “Stranger in a Strange Land,” the character Jubal Harshaw asks one of his secretaries to identify the color of a house in the distance. She replies, …

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Those running lightning nodes are earning a little extra bitcoin. Trumpeted as a way to scale bitcoin to handle mainstream adoption, there’s a lesser-known perk to spinning up a lightning node to allow users to send cheap, instant payments – you can make money. To be clear, we’re not talking very much. Today’s average fee …

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A metal frame with four small and two large propellers – carrying a container the size of a refrigerator – rises into the air with a roar, hovering above an empty road amidst snowy fields. The video was shot on the airfield near the Russian city of Kazan, which is located to the south-east of Moscow, …

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In an industry that’s become synonymous with fast cash, patience can be a rare commodity. That makes a little-discussed announcement last week by the Nebulas project, powered by the top 100 cryptocurrency NAS, all the more remarkable. The team behind the protocol, today valued at $64 million, will now voluntarily wait a decade before they …

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In the world of crypto trading, recognizing patterns can yield more than insights. In fact, this skill is what traders use to determine the strength of a current trend during key market movements and to assess opportunities for entries and exits. In short, patterns can be useful in determining which direction price is likely to go. Further, …

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Amid a floorshow of acrobats, cross-dressers and samurai dwarves, gambling pioneer turned cryptocurrency advocate Calvin Ayer boomed, “This is a great moment in the history of money.” It might sound a bit nonsensical, but it was far from fiction at a bitcoin cash birthday party in London last week, where a circus-meets-gypsy-themed party gathered the cryptocurrency’s local …

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Trading volume on Turkey’s cryptocurrency exchanges surged Friday as the country’s fiat currency plunged to record lows on economic jitters. According to CoinMarketCap, volume at Turkish exchanges Paribu, Btcturk and Koinim jumped over the past 24 hours by more than 100 percent each. Absolute volumes are still relatively small at these exchanges, with Btcturk, the country’s largest, handling …

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Bitmain Technologies, Ltd. is about to go public. According to documents obtained by CoinDesk, the cryptocurrency mining company is filing for an initial public offering (IPO) potentially as high as $18 billion this September at a market capitalization of $40 to $50 billion. It will be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Q4 …

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Honeyminer, the crypto mining app that lets users earn bitcoin with laptops, is fast gaining traction. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the startup’s user base has swelled to almost 50,000 since launching in June. A third of the new customers are located in emerging markets and 5 percent hail from Africa, the company said. In the …

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PayPal 2.0? That may have been a rallying cry for early bitcoin believers who saw the cryptocurrency as a superior form of payment, but excitement tapered off as bitcoin ran up against technical limitations. Yet, the idea may now be coming back in vogue – apps being built on the layer-two technology lightning network, which this …

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IBM and shipping giant Maersk have recruited a sturdy crew for their global trade blockchain platform. Revealed Wednesday, the companies have already signed up 94 firms for the platform since it was spun off from Maersk in January. They have also finally given it a name: TradeLens. Leveraging Maersk’s leviathan-like scale, TradeLens has attracted a wide …

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The number of Tezos bakers is on the rise. The protocol’s term for a validator (its equivalent of bitcoin’s miners), bakers are crucial to ensuring the nascent network’s security. And that’s all the more necessary given the value of the funds at stake. Since raising $232 million in 2017, the protocol has had a very …

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There’s no shortage of breathless hype about blockchain. What’s harder to find is a sober and nuanced discussion of the technology’s merits and drawbacks for a particular use case. For such a perspective, it can help to talk to different people at the same company who have been studying the matter and reached divergent conclusions. …

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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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There are many words that could be used to describe Amir Taaki – but today, ambitious is best. The infamous bitcoin developer – known for co-creating Dark Wallet, Darkleaks and OpenBazaar – took the stage during a hackathon he hosted in the wake of the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS) in Barcelona last week, the same city where …

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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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Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk. The views expressed here are his own, so please don’t blame his colleagues. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. While it may seem only tangentially related to cryptocurrency, the fight in the U.S. over publication of …

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“I wish I knew the answer to your $1 billion question. Seriously.” That’s Gabor Gurbacs, director of digital asset strategy at New York-based investment management firm VanEck, the company has been making headlines of late for a proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). No lightweight in the arena, though, the VanEck proposal has been deemed by …

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