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New code is set to be released that would make obsolete the mining hardware designed by chip maker Bitmain for the decentralized storage protocol siacoin. Revealed in an email obtained by CoinDesk, Obelisk, a startup that aims to offer alternative mining equipment for the protocol, has proposed code would give those running the software the …

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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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Falling prices have sent the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies back below $200 billion. Data from CoinMarketCap shows the total market cap slid to $189 billion on Tuesday, a move that follows successive days of market declines. The market cap first rose above $200 billion in November 2017, a development spurred at the time …

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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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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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The price of ethereum classic (ETC), the cryptocurrency that forked away from the ethereum blockchain in 2016, has depreciated more than 30 percent against the US dollar since its listing on Coinbase. Prior to the August 7th listing date, ETC’s price surged on two occasions, the first of which began on June 11th when Coinbase …

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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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The total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies just fell to its lowest point in 2018. The developments come after the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delayed a decision on a proposed bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The news triggered a market reaction, ultimately sending the total value of all cryptocurrencies down to $228,528,969 on Wednesday – the …

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Are airdrops useful? While the jury’s still out about the mechanism, used of late to massively distribute crypto tokens to those who already own cryptocurrencies, several industry observers and startups already believe it could be done better. The concept of “smartdrops” seems to have garnered some attention after a July Medium post by Yeoman’s Capital founder and …

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Tokens on the blockchain protocol neo may be indivisible – but it’s becoming apparent that its community is not. Perhaps ironically, it’s the very notion of indivisibility that has proved contentious to the coin’s investors and users in recent weeks. More specifically, a Github proposal to change the structure of the NEO token – one …

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Hedera Hashgraph has raised $100 million in a new funding round. According to CEO and co-founder Mance Harmon, the funding will be used to finish developing a smart contract platform, file storage system and a token. Going forward, Harmon continued, the plan is to raise a further $20 million through a public initial coin offering …

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Happy birthday, bitcoin cash. Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the first block on the crypto protocol that split from the bitcoin network, now the fourth largest by total value, after a years-long disagreement about the course the cryptocurrency should take. For supporters, the main goal for the competing protocol was increasing the block size …

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has acquired mobile ethereum wallet Trust Wallet, the startups announced Tuesday. The acquisition will enable Binance to add a mobile wallet to its services, while Trust Wallet will be able to tap into advantages offered by the exchange, including both its existing user base and a proposed decentralized exchange, according to a press …

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There are early adopters, then there are early early adopters. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the first coder to work alongside bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Martti ‘Sirius’ Malmi, is joining a team of developers launching a new cryptocurrency called AXE. The project, which is combining Malmi’s Identifi online reputation system with decentralized database system GUN, is …

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If any coin is going to fly under the radar, it makes sense for a privacy coin to do so. Spectre (not be confused with a separate project called SPECTRE), created two crypto tokens – the aptly named spectre token and the xspec token – in 2016, but hasn’t received much notice from the crypto community …

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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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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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The popular crypto data tracker CoinMarketCap is instituting changes in light of what it called “concerns” over fake volume figures. In a blog post, published on July 19, the site said that it had already dropped a minimum volume requirement for exchanges listed on the site, a policy it said was originally pursued “in order …

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Malicious cartels just might be lurking on your blockchain. At least, that’s the latest finding from Cornell University researchers Philip Daian, Tyler Kell, Ian Miers and Ari Juels, who reached the conclusion in a paper published last week on a vote manipulation scheme it termed a dark decentralized autonomous organization, or “dark DAO.” Describing the dark …

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