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Ethereum’s First Production Scaling Project Is Here – But With a Catch

A TechStars-incubated startup has launched what looks like the first production-ready platform designed to increase the capacity of ethereum. Called Loom Network, the little-known company is today releasing a developer toolkit that makes it possible to deploy scalable ethereum apps on the second-largest cryptocurrency network, effectively leapfrogging ongoing efforts such as Raiden Network and Plasma. For network users, the timing of the release couldn’t be more welcome. Scaling has long been top of mind for stakeholders of major cryptocurrencies, and on [...]

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2018 and Beyond: Tokens Are Eating the Firm

Tekin Salimi is a corporate lawyer and principal at Xastris.io, a blockchain advisory firm specializing in regulatory, capital Markets and ICO execution services. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. One of the most fascinating outcomes of the 2017 gold rush into open-source protocol development is the growth of “community management” – a business function that combines elements of Marketing, business development, Investor relations and human resources. Community managers are being hired en masse. Their job [...]

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My Advice for ICOs? I’m Sorry I Was Right…

Jason Seibert, esq. leads a small law practice focusing on securities fraud, transactions and fiduciary duties, and host of the “I’m Not Your Lawyer” podcast. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. Since 2015, people have asked me what I think about all kinds of things in the crypto-securities world. After working on the SEC v. Shavers case, I had the opportunity to speak at several locations, and to consult with a lot of businesses. [...]

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Bitcoin Takes All? Enterprise Blockchains Need Time, Too

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk and the former editor-in-chief of American Banker. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. Last week I described how Bitcoin, as a deflationary currency, encourages delayed gratification. Now there’s evidence that Bitcoin’s straight-laced twin, enterprise blockchain technology, requires such an attitude as well. Overshadowed by the Bitcoin price action, the enterprise use case  – and one of its most prominent evangelists – scored a major advance last [...]

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Topped Out? Bitcoin Flirts with Short-Term Bearish Reversal

Bitcoin prices are taking a hit at press time, and could suffer a deeper pullback over the weekend, the price charts indicate. Notably, it’s only been a day since the cryptocurrency clocked an all-time high of $11,363.99, before falling more than 15 percent to $9,295.79, as per CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). In the Asian hours, Bitcoin regained some poise, moving to a high of $10,681 today, before starting to drop again at around 05:00 UTC. The cryptocurrency was last seen [...]

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Bitcoin Classic Announces Closure In Wake of Segwit2x Suspension

Proposed Bitcoin scaling solution Bitcoin Classic has announced it will be closing its doors, claiming Bitcoin cash is now achieving what the project set out to do. Speaking in a blog post, release manager for Bitcoin Classic, Tom Zander, said that, given the suspension of the Segwit2x hard fork, Bitcoin’s scaling problem will continue, and the functionality of Bitcoin cash will likely surpass that of Bitcoin. Zander wrote: “In at most 6 months I’m sure we’ll just drop the ‘Cash’ and [...]

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Bitcoin Startup RSK to Launch Smart Contracts Sidechain in 2017

One of the most-anticipated Bitcoin projects is planning a live network launch later this year. Revealed in an interview with CoinDesk, startup RSK aims to soon go live with technology that will bring smart contract functionality to Bitcoin in the form of an interoperable sidechain. According to RSK co-founder and chief scientist Sergio Lerner, with the formal launch, users will be able to use ethereum-like tools on Bitcoin for the first time. As profiled by CoinDesk, sidechains allow for tokens [...]

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Where to Trade Bitcoin? Brokerage Apps Move In Amid Market Boom

Established brokers and startups want in on the crypto boom – but, Trading 212 is a bit of both. Founded by Bulgarians Ivan Ashminov and Boris Nedialkov, Trading 212 is the trade name for Avus Capital, a broker-dealer with roots going back 14 years in foreign exchange and commodities dealing in Europe. But while the company isn’t exactly new, what it’s doing with share trading and cryptocurrencies is – and it seems to be generating success so far. Its app is [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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