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Visit any EOS Telegram channel and some version of this question will pop up again and again: Is the mainnet live yet? While the EOS blockchain technically launched on June 10 at 13:00 UTC, the answer to that question is effectively no. That’s because the crypto tokens created by Block.one’s $4 billion EOS initial coin …

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Paul Brody is the global innovation blockchain Leader at EY. When we sit down inside of EY and discuss what the biggest risks are to the future of the blockchain industry, one topic that comes up again and again is the high rate at which key blockchains are forking and the possibility that future forks will …

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Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the CERSA/CNRS/Université Paris II, a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the “alchemist” for DAOstack and a co-author of “Blockchain and the Law.” A blockchain network is a complex system that involves a variety of actors that cannot be trusted. Its …

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In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the city council of Berkeley, Calif., took a step towards approving the issue of a blockchain-based “microbond.” Ben Bartlett, the vice mayor and council member who spearheaded the initiative, told CoinDesk by phone on Thursday: “It’s happening. We passed it.” But the actual decision taken by the vote is a …

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Put enough heads together and you might just solve governance. At least, that was the idea behind a private, two-day meeting of top researchers, who met in Toronto this week to discuss how decisions should be made on ethereum, the world’s second most valuable blockchain network. Named “EIP:0,” a nod to the platform’s process for accepting …

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As ethereum, now the world’s second most valuable blockchain, grows larger and more diverse, it’s becoming clear its mechanisms for getting input from its constituency are proving problematic. Indeed, a series of proposals targeted at controversial topics – lost fund recovery, the ether supply rate and the emergence of new mining hardware – have sparked …

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Who has the authority to change a public blockchain? It’s a question that has been in the minds of top cryptocurrency developers as the many available networks struggle to serve their diverse, often conflicting stakeholders. But that’s not to say there aren’t norms and best practices – the ability to make and enforce software changes …

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“Can’t we just solve scaling? Can’t we just solve privacy? Can’t we just say ‘done’ and get to feature-complete?” That was the question Bob Summerwill asked the audience at the ethereum conference EthCC in Paris on Thursday, the comments coming as part of a broader talk that called for an end to “tribalism” in the community supporting the …

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The team behind a soon-to-be-launched cryptocurrency has issued the notable claim that it will be un-forkable. Announced today, Hedera is a public network built on Hashgraph, a type of distributed ledger technology (DLT) developed by the software company Swirlds, which has already deployed private versions with several enterprise clients. Hedera Hashgraph, the governing body for the …

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At the beach, they say, all your troubles melt away. But that’s not entirely the case for researchers who spent part of this week at the Financial Crypto 2018 conference on the Caribbean island of Curacao, discussing the decentralization of the two largest crypto protocols, bitcoin and ethereum – or where they’re lacking in this regard. Presented …

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Primavera De Filippi is a permanent researcher at the CERSA/CNRS/Université Paris II, a faculty associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, the “alchemist” for DAOstack and a co-author of “Blockchain and the Law.” Much discussion is currently taking place concerning the nature and specificities of blockchain governance, but when …

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On November 24, 2015, James Levy received 40,000 ether from the Ethereum Foundation. Worth roughly $35,000 at the time (and nearly $35 million today), the grant was an award for Levy’s efforts to create an early smart contracting tool, and one of many meant to encourage work on what was then another nascent cryptocurrency in a sea …

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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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Cab Morris is blockchain strategy lead for the Illinois Blockchain Initiative and deputy director of strategy and operational performance for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. Let’s all acknowledge that things are looking pretty positive in the world of blockchain. Bitcoin’s price …

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Taylor Pearson is the author of “The End of Jobs” and writes about entrepreneurship and blockchain technologies at TaylorPearson.me. In this opinion piece, Pearson argues that the mere option of forking not only empowers cryptocurrency users when they leave a project, but also when they stay. Commentators often try to compare the current stage of …

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Swarm, a cooperative ownership fund for investment assets, has raised $5.5 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). Philipp Pieper, a partner at the company, told CoinDesk that 637 contributors took part in the token sale, which was split into two phases. All told, those backing the project gave 18,048 ethers in exchange for 8,171,014 SWM …

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