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Joseph Bonneau is an assistant professor at New York University and co-author of “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies,” a popular textbook.  This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin at 10: The Satoshi White Paper” series. The Bitcoin white paper has been, rightfully, recognized as one of the most original and influential computer science papers
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Joseph Bonneau is an assistant professor at New York University and co-author of “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies,” a popular textbook.  This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin at 10: The Satoshi White Paper” series. The Bitcoin white paper has been, rightfully, recognized as one of the most original and influential computer science papers
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In January, a new token is being launched on the ethereum blockchain that will be backed one-for-one by bitcoin. The companies behind the initiative include decentralized exchange startups Kyber Network and Republic Protocol, as well as cryptocurrency custody company BitGo. What’s more, a number of ethereum-based projects are also reported to support adoption of the token once
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Mobile payments startup Square is making its bitcoin cold storage solution open-source. Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer for the company, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that the documentation, code and tools for the company’s “Subzero” bitcoin cold storage solution are now publicly available on Github. Menghrajani said Square uses Subzero to hold bitcoin assets
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Bitcoin mining computer manufacturer Bitmain has released a software update for its Antminer s9 devices, using controversial code to allow them to more efficiently mine bitcoin. Bitmain announced Monday that the just-released firmware will support “overt AsicBoost” functionality, bringing a speed boost to the miners. Notably, while Bitmain is only just now enabling these mining
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One of bitcoin’s earliest entrepreneurs, Charlie Shrem is the former founder of BitInstant and co-founder of cryptocurrency intelligence service CryptoIQ. This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin at 10: The Satoshi White Paper” opinion series. Ten years after Satoshi published the white paper that gave us bitcoin – and the explosion of innovation
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Three years in the making, bitcoin’s first sidechain “Liquid” is now live. Launched by San Francisco startup Blockstream, Liquid is arguably the most advanced implementation of a technology called sidechains that’s long been a holy grail for bitcoin coders (though what’s being launched today may be a watered-down version of the original “trustless” vision). Still,
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When Crypto Springs conference co-organizer Meltem Demirors took the stage on Wednesday, watermelon margarita in hand, her “nothing is decentralized” rallying cry drew thunderous applause. That may seem counterintuitive for a poolside gathering of cryptocurrency industry veterans in Palm Springs, California. But the tone distinguishing this event from the plethora of blockchain conferences was an
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An increasing amount of bitcoin is being held by active individual users, rather than companies and long-term investors, according to new data from Chainalysis. Announced Monday, the analytics firm found 4.8 million bitcoin, or roughly 32 percent of the protocol’s cryptocurrency supply (minus lost coins), was held in personal wallets with some level of transactional
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Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. There are shifts at ShapeShift and not everyone’s happy with them. When the token exchange
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