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ICOs on Our Terms and Conditions

Zoe Dolan is a lawyer focusing on crypto and blockchain projects, fintech and start-up business representation, and constitutional rights and freedoms. She is an experienced federal trial and appellate attorney and the author of various books. In this opinion piece, Dolan proposes a practical way to structure token sales that complies with securities laws and enhances value for all involved. To help regulators and the public understand why cryptographic token sales (also known as initial coin offerings, or ICOs) are [...]

Back Above $5,500: Bitcoin Shrugs Off Fork with Price Rebound

Bitcoin is gathering fresh upside traction this Wednesday. At press time, the Bitcoin-US dollar (BTC/USD) exchange rate is $5,540, up 3 percent from the intraday low of $5,376, but still down 2 percent on a daily basis. Week-on-week, BTC is trading largely unchanged, while on a monthly basis, it is up 41 percent. But, it’s perhaps the daily recovery that is most notable. While slight, it can be read as encouraging as it follows the news that Bitcoin gold, a new [...]

National Economics, Gambling and Cryptocurrency: A Perfect Storm?

Noelle Acheson is a 10-year veteran of company analysis, corporate finance and fund management, and a member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday, exclusively to our subscribers. The gambling world is no stranger to disruption. Just as online platforms are pushing aside evocative, casino-based settings, they themselves are starting to face big change. The threat – or the opportunity – comes from two trends, one cultural and one technological. [...]

Bitcoin Meets Netflix? Laolu Is Building a Lightning-Powered App for That

A principal developer of the Lightning Network, Olaoluwa “Laolu” Osunokun is understandably interested in tools that could be made possible by Bitcoin. But while most developers have been focused on ironing out Bitcoin’s much-discussed protocol-level problems, Osunokun is taking a notable step in that he is actually considering launching a production application on top of the network. Despite the volatility of the scaling debate, and the uncertainty of just how many forks there will be, Osunokun is going so far as [...]