New Altcoin Promotes Fitness with ‘Proof of Sweat’

Mining bitcoins chews up a lot of computing power for no other purpose than to sustain the network. Wouldn’t it be useful to mine cryptocurrency in some other, more productive way? Now a team of Serbian developers has tried to crack the problem with a proof-of-concept altcoin that lets you mine coins simply by exercising. Mangocoinz was launched […]

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The 12 Best Answers from Gavin Andresen’s Reddit AMA

Bitcoin Core developer Gavin Andresen took to Reddit today to engage the community in an ask-me-anything (AMA) session that tackled a variety of topics both silly and serious. In his post kicking off the session, the 47-year-old chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation detailed his contributions to the bitcoin space so far. These included the nine Bitcoin […]

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MakerDAO and More: The Quest for a Stable Stablecoin Continues

Update (09.20 UTC, Jan. 24): This article has been updated with a response from Tether representatives. Usually, no one bats an eye when a cryptocurrency’s price drops 30 percent over the course of a week. This is the Wild West, after all. But when it happened to DAI this month, heads turned, primarily because the token […]

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Airdrops Are a Marketing Ploy (And That’s OK)

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. In February 2014, when growing interest in bitcoin spawned the first wave of “altcoins,” the […]

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How Bitcoin’s Lightning Can Be Used for Private Messaging

Bitcoin’s lightning network might have a use case beyond faster and more scalable payments. Last week Lightning Labs developer Joost Jager revealed an experimental, new proof of concept: Whatsat, a version of lightning that can be used to send private messages. Like bitcoin, it’s censorship-resistant. But, unlike encrypted apps that morph messages into unreadable, garbled […]

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Crypto Convergence: From Decentralization to Direct Listings

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 weekly newsletter focused on institutional investment in crypto assets. Sign up for free here. Ever since U.S. Securities and Exchange (SEC) […]

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Zcash Will Get a Gateway Into Ethereum’s DeFi Ecosystem

When cryptocurrency fans gathered in Osaka, Japan, this week for the Devcon developer conference, the halls were filled with buzz about smaller projects seeking access to ethereum’s decentralized finance smorgasbord, especially loans and financial products, via interoperability. “Connecting to other chains doesn’t seem to be an ethereum developer’s priority,” Summa co-founder James Prestwich told CoinDesk. […]

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Mastering Emotions and Managing Risk in Cryptocurrency Trading

When it comes to trading, there are several steps you can take in order to reduce your exposure to the market extremes of price volatility. A combination of both technical and fundamental analysis can be used to determine the true worth of a company or asset, securing a greater chance of success with a particular investment […]

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What It’s Like Being CIO of a Crypto Fund

Jeff Dorman, partner at crypto asset management firm Arca Funds, spent 18 years on Wall Street and in fintech before turning his focus to developing crypto asset strategies and products. This article originally appeared in ‘Institutional Crypto,’ a weekly CoinDesk newsletter focused on the institutional investors interested in crypto assets. The opinions expressed in this […]

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This North Syrian School Is a Baby Step Toward a Blockchain Society

Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her series from Rojava, Syria.  “It’s a first for Rojava and a first for the Middle East.” That’s how 22-year-old programming student Mohamed Abdullah describes the Open Academy – a new school […]

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