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The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is hurting the crypto industry, too. As the impasse in Washington stretches into its record-breaking fourth week, the closure of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has put key developments – namely, the approval and launch of products and services involving cryptocurrencies
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Kevin Dowd is a Professor of Finance and Economics in the Business School at Durham University, and the co-author of the 2015 paper “Bitcoin Will Bite the Dust.”  For more on bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, check out our new interactive feature Bitcoin At 10.  ————————————————————— Back in August 2014, I discovered that the bitcoin mining industry had
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Alexis Gauba is co-founder at she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, and Mechanism Labs, which is conducting blockchain based research experiments in the domains of distributed consensus, scalability, and usability.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Blockchain technology has been
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Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here.  With so much buzz around tokenized securities, compounded by strong progress from
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Tim Draper is a founding partner of Draper Associates and headmaster at Draper University. For more on bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, check out our new interactive feature Bitcoin At 10.  ————————————————————— It wasn’t 10 years ago, but more like 15, when I first saw the potential for a digital currency. I’ve been through some big up and
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Jutta Steiner is the founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, a blockchain infrastructure and innovation focused company building platforms and applications. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. The past year has seen an onslaught of doom-and-gloom narratives shower down on our fledgling movement, in stark contrast to the inflated hype
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The Cowboy State is continuing its efforts to welcome blockchain and crypto startups, most recently by approving a bill to let blockchain startups to operate within a regulatory “sandbox” for a legislative vote. The Wyoming House Committee on Minerals, Business and Economic Development unanimously approved its financial technology sandbox bill on Friday. The bill, if
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Having allegedly been blocked from fundraising on GoFundMe, the brother of deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar has launched a cryptocurrency apparently targeting the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump. Revealed on a new website, escobartrump.org, the new token has been dubbed the ESCOBAR and is an ethereum ERC-20-based stablecoin it claims will be pegged to the U.S.
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Institutional-focused crypto exchange Seed CX is launching a new wallet solution aimed at adding security and transparency for its customers. The company, which raised $15 million in funding last fall, announced Thursday that its new wallet features on-chain settlement, and provides each customer a unique wallet rather than using omnibus wallets. Provided through its settlement
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Crypto startup Bitwise Asset Management has proposed a new bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) that it says would address the regulatory concerns that doomed previous attempts. The company has filed an initial registration form proposing the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Trust with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund would track the Bitwise Bitcoin Total
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Monero (XMR) is by far the most popular cryptocurrency among criminals deploying mining malware, according to a new study. Two researchers, Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and King’s College London, respectively, published their report last week, estimating that hackers have mined at least 4.32 percent of the total monero in
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Venezuela is pushing back against U.S. sanctions before the World Trade Organization, including ones imposed against its controversial cryptocurrency efforts. The complaint, filed late last month and published this week, addresses a number of actions taken by the U.S. in recent years, claims that the country is infringing on Venezuela’s rights under the General Agreement
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“Just rely on the fact that it’s all funded by Papa Joe.” That’s how one former employee, who asked to stay anonymous, citing fear of legal repercussions, described the sentiment that prevailed until recently at ConsenSys, the ethereum-centric venture studio headed by ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin. In other words, the entrepreneurs building blockchain apps and
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