Stacking Fasts: Inside the Crypto Community’s New Diet Craze

It’s been 27 hours since my last meal and my body is starting to eat itself. Autophagy, literally self-eating, is the latest dietary trend in the crypto community. More commonly known as fasting, the idea is to abstain from ingesting food for a set amount of time, ranging anywhere from 24 hours to an entire […]

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USA vs. Virgil Griffith: What We Know (and Don’t) in the Bombshell Crypto Sanctions Case

Prosecutors appear to have a strong case against Virgil Griffith, the ethereum developer charged with conspiring to aid North Korea, legal experts say. For one thing, the mere act of giving a presentation in Pyongyang might have violated the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) sanctions, depending on what he said there, […]

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Former JPMorgan Exec Joins Binance as Latin American, European Director

Former Huobi counsel and regional director Josh Goodbody is shifting to a similar role at Binance, one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges by trading volume. Goodbody comes aboard as the exchange’s new director of European and Latin American Growth and Institutional Business, Binance announced Thursday. He was most recently head of Europe and the […]

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Decentralization Philosophy Part 1 – From Buddha to the Conquistadors

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss decentralization in blockchain projects, the historical context of decentralized organizations, the robustness it conveys but also the difficulties it engenders. While the battlefield is different, the insight is perhaps even more relevant to the […]

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CabbageTech CEO Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison After Pleading Guilty in Fraud Case

Patrick McDonnell was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to charges of defrauding investors in his crypto trading firm CabbageTech, otherwise known as Coin Drop Markets. McDonnell was also ordered to pay back his victims $224,352, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Thursday’s […]

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In New Court Filing, Craig Wright Claims to Receive Keys to $9.6B Bitcoin Fortune

Craig Wright, bitcoin’s self-declared creator, says the much anticipated “bonded courier” has arrived.  According to a court filing to the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida dated Jan. 14, a third party has “provided the necessary information and key slice to unlock the encrypted file,” seemingly referencing the “mysterious,” unnamed intermediary with the private keys […]

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‘The Internet Was Illegal’ and Other Early Stories With Zooko Wilcox

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! show enlisted CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen and early cypherpunk Zooko Wilcox for a conversation on the history, challenges and long-term development path of early, formative technologies, which we often hear modern blockchain movements compared against.  From the pre-internet […]

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Professor Ben Noys: What Crypto Sees in Accelerationism

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Benjamin Noys, a professor at the University of Chichester, in the UK, invented the term “accelerationism” for a philosophy that says technological progress should be greatly sped up. In […]

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Taylor Monahan on Crypto’s Divergent Possibilities in 2020

Taylor Monahan is the founder and CEO of MyCrypto. In this interview as part of The Breakdown’s end of year coverage, she argues that the level of discourse in crypto matured in 2019, with more focus on things that actually matter. That’s important, because in 2020, she predicts a major fork-in-the-road moment, where the industry […]

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