This ICO Startup Didn’t Die During Crypto Winter. It Has DAI to Thank

The Takeaway: Monolith turned a $16.9 million ICO into $25 million-worth of assets by riding the bull market of 2017 then taking out DAI loans. This DAI strategy is increasingly common among ethereum-centric startups. MakerDAO and Monolith are now collaborating to connect DeFi loans to a European Visa debit card. Ether fans can spend crypto […]

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Bitcoin’s Surging Dominance – Is This Time Really Different?

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter focused on crypto assets. Sign up here. Everything flourishes with a bit of attention – even attention itself. You may have […]

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Two Economists. Two Views on Bitcoin’s Ability to Disrupt Fiat Money

“Half of the audience here is like, ‘I hope you die in a fire.’” As a libertarian, comedian and podcast host Dave Smith has a lot of common ground with bitcoin enthusiasts, who have a reputation for having a libertarian bent. But when he and others argue that bitcoin isn’t going to replace government-issued currencies, […]

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In Big Block Hard Fork, Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Has Left Nodes Behind

In the wake of a recent network upgrade, a number of nodes have been separated from the bitcoin SV blockchain, a development that highlights why “hard forks” have long been the subject of passionate infighting among cryptocurrency developers. According to block explorer Blockchair, roughly 20 percent of BSV nodes are still running an older version […]

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From Ghana to the Bronx, Meet the Teen Bitcoiners Building the Future

Jemima Joseph, 18, is working a summer job as a social media manager for a crypto startup after graduating from high school in the Bronx. And she learned how to make her first cryptocurrency transaction, a purchase using zcash, with the Flexa mobile app.  It was a summer day, so hot the air outside felt […]

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Crypto Exchanges Are Benefiting from Algorithmic Trading: Here’s How

Matthew Trudeau is chief strategy officer at crypto asset exchange ErisX. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free newsletter for institutional investors interested in crypto assets. Sign up here. Recently CoinDesk published an article titled, ‘High Frequency Trading is Newest Battle Ground in Crypto […]

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Binance Charity Foundation’s Donation Records Aren’t Transparent Yet

The Takeaway: The charity arm of Binance was reportedly financed late last year by donations of at least $13 million. However, less than half of the donations made to the Binance Charity Foundation (BCF) are accounted for on BCF’s website, which shows under $6 million worth of crypto. BCF is partnering with the nonprofit AFRIpads […]

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Anchorage Chose South Dakota for Its Crypto Custody – Here’s Why

During a tense Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday, in which Facebook blockchain lead David Marcus was skewered over the social media company’s ambitious Libra project, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) started his remarks with a brief announcement: “Mr. Marcus, thanks very much for appearing here before us today. Before I begin my questions, I just want […]

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Facebook’s Libra Crypto Code Draws Critiques and Clones

The early-access code for Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency hit GitHub two weeks ago — and in that time, critics and would-be trollers have taken aim at the project. Spun-up by the social media giant and presently managed by the non-profit Libra Association, the project on GitHub has been saved or “starred” by close to 10,000 users, […]

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Staking Isn’t Just a Way to Earn Crypto Money – And It Shouldn’t Be

Jake Yocom-Piatt is the project lead for Decred and the creator of btcsuite — an alternative full-node Bitcoin implementation written in go whose source code has been used in several notable projects. Staking is money you don’t want to miss out on — simple as that, right? While most cryptos today are trading 70 -90 […]

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