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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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Enterprise-focused blockchain startup Axoni has completed a $32 million Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners. Also participating in the round were Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group, among others. The round raises Axoni’s total venture capital funding to over $55 million to date, …

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Launched in 2009, the social networking app Foursquare was hailed as providing a cutting-edge approach for users to share their location with friends. Called a “check-in,” people would reveal their location through their mobile device by selecting the venue they were frequenting at that time. The app grew immensely popular as users around the world …

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A blockchain startup wants to raise nearly $100 million dollars to create a new form of fantasy football. Called the Crown League, the project’s owner told CoinDesk on Tuesday that it seeks to form a professional fantasy football league, with 12 teams initially, which will collectively be owned by fans via the platform’s crypto tokens. …

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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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Down two-thirds from its peak of $20,000, bitcoin (BTC) now risks printing fresh 2018 lows below $5,755. The corrective rally seen over the weekend failed to penetrate a key rising trendline hurdle of $6,480 on Monday, allowing the bears to make a strong comeback. As a result, the leading cryptocurrency fell below $6,000 (February low) …

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The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has announced that it will soon be offering cryptocurrencies as tradeable assets for its clients. The company said Tuesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with blockchain startup Blockstation for the creation of a new digital assets trading platform. While it is not clear which tokens will …

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Mobile payments firm Square now lets customers buy and sell bitcoins via its Cash App in all 50 U.S. states. The company – which was co-founded by Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey – announced the service expansion through a Tweet on Monday, months after the firm initially rolled out the bitcoin service to investors in …

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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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South Korea’s Jeju island is seeking to become a free zone for initial coin offerings (ICOs) – a plan, if approved, would allow crypto projects to conduct token sales in the self-governing province despite the country’s tough stance on the issue. Korean news outlet JoongAng Daily reported on Monday the governor of the Jeju province …

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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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The price of bitcoin fell below $6,000 on Tuesday, a move that brought the world’s largest cryptocurrency within 2 percent of its 2018 low.  At press time, bitcoin is trading hands at $5,922, printing a 5 percent 24-hour depreciation, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, up slightly from a low of $5,785 set June 24. …

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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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XRP, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, fell to its lowest price of 2018 on Tuesday. At 00:01 UTC, just after Monday’s close, the cryptocurrency dropped to $0.27 cents for the first time since December 12, 2017, according to CoinDesk price data. XRP was last seen trading at $0.2705, marking roughly a 2.95 percent decline since …

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A draft proposal by the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs suggests creating new regulations for public initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to a document published Friday. Ashley Fox, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the United Kingdom, wrote a draft report on proposed regulations for Europe’s crowdfunding platform operators and companies. …

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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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Marvel is not yet sure if it will oppose a cryptocurrency startup playing off the name of the fictional nation of Wakanda from the Black Panther film. The comic book giant’s subsidiary, Marvel Characters, filed for extensions with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to receive more time before deciding whether it will oppose the …

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Barbados-based blockchain startup Bitt is partnering with the Centrale Bank van Curaçao en Sint Maarten (CBCS) to look into issuing a central bank-backed digital currency for the two nations. Bitt, a portfolio company of Overstock’s Medici Ventures, said Monday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the central bank for the Dutch Caribbean …

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Bitcoin (BTC) jumped to seven-month highs against Turkey’s national currency, the lira (TRY), on Monday. The price spike comes after the U.S. imposed sanctions against Turkey on Friday for continuing to hold an American pastor in custody. The resultant economic shock-wave has seen the lira drop to a new lifetime low of 7.20 TRY against …

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In a message on GEAR Token’s website, iconic political talk show host Larry King says that global climate change is threatening humanity’s existence and is “a potentially catastrophic issue from the combustion of fossil fuels … putting immense pressure on the environment and on our health.” King says that “this is simply not sustainable” and …

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