Monthly Archives: October 2018

Chinese Retail Giant JD.com Launches Blockchain Research Lab

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has partnered with two technology institutes to launch a blockchain research lab to examine new applications of the technology. Chinese retail giant JD.com is further gaining a foothold in blockchain technology by launching a research lab for blockchain in partnership with two technology institutes, according to an announcement published Oct. 30. Jingdong Group (JD.com) is a leading Chinese e-commerce company, controlling roughly 30 percent of the business-to-consumer online market in China with 314 million active users, according to Financial Times. The company focuses […]

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Bitstamp Is Looking Towards ‘Global Expansion’ After Being Acquired by South Korean Investors

Bitstamp has been acquired by Brussels-based investment firm. On October 29, the cryptocurrency exchange, Bitstamp, was acquired by Belgium-based investment firm NXMH, which in turn, is owned by South Korean media conglomerate NXC Corp. The Luxembourg-registered exchange is now controlled by the same company that bought the majority stake in the South Korean crypto exchange, Korbit, last year, while its CEO remains in office to continue with Bitstamp’s “global expansion.” Brief history of Bitstamp, Europe’s oldest and most legally compliant crypto exchange Bitstamp was launched in August […]

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Weekly Consolidation Hints Toward Sustained Breakout

Another week has passed as bitcoin continues to coil in a tighter and tighter consolidation. Both price and volume continue to consolidate as bitcoin decides where the next major move will be. A trend of higher lows and lower highs shows a balance of both supply and demand, but ultimately one will win out: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Macro Consolidation To gain a perspective of *just* how tightly wound the market is, a great tool analysts often use are Bollinger Bands (bbands). Bbands are a visual […]

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Microsoft to Integrate Blockchain Offering Into Nasdaq Services Following New Partnership

A new partnership between Microsoft and Nasdaq Inc. aims to integrate the Azure Blockchain offering with Nasdaq’s Financial Framework product. American software corporation Microsoft will integrate its Azure Blockchain technology into stock exchange Nasdaq Inc.’s Financial Framework (NFF), according to an Oct. 30 press release. Per the recent announcement, Microsoft will integrate its Azure blockchain service with NFF, a technology which provides software for trading infrastructure and operations outsourcing, and fulfills Nasdaq’s risk and surveillance technology offering. Within the collaboration, the parties will reportedly develop a “ledger […]

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UK Government Moots Ban on Cryptocurrency Derivatives

The U.K. government is considering a ban on cryptocurrency-linked derivative products. The Financial Conduct Authority said in a report on Oct. 29 that it will begin consultations on whether to ban the sale of derivatives based on digital coins like BTC as well as to restrict crypto-based contracts of difference to the public. Virtual currency futures and options will also be looked into, in discussions slated for the first quarter of 2019. Also Read: Coincheck Reports Deepening Losses of $5.3 Million in Third Quarter FCA Worried About Consumer […]

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Standardized Specifications for Enterprise Version of Ethereum Announced

On October 29, 2018, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) announced in Prague at DevCon 4 two new software specifications that will help businesses standardize future code developments on an enterprise version of the Ethereum blockchain. The first specification, Client Specification V2, defines the implementation requirements for Enterprise Ethereum clients, including interfaces to the external-facing components of Enterprise Ethereum and how they are intended to be used. The standardization of performance, permissioning and privacy demands of enterprise deployments are viewed as a necessary step by the EEA in […]

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Slight Slump in Markets Continues, Ethereum Trades Below $200

Following a period of prolonged stability, crypto markets see the second day of a slight slump. Tuesday, Oct. 30: Crypto markets are mostly trading sideways after the recent drop-off that took place on Monday, Oct. 29. The top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap are seeing mixed signals with insufficient fluctuations, with total market capitalization hovering around $203 billion. Market visualization from Coin360 After dipping below the $6,400 threshold yesterday, Bitcoin (BTC) has been trading around $6,330 for the most part of the day. As of press time, […]

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Coinbase Raises $300 Million, Reaching $8 Billion Valuation

The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange and brokerage service Coinbase announced on Tuesday that it had raised $300 million in series E equity funding. This latest round confirms Coinbase’s status as the largest cryptocurrency organization of its kind, bringing its market valuation up to $8 billion. Also read: Bitstamp Confirms Acquisition by South Korean Company Coinbase Raises More Funds in Order to Expand Global Efforts Coinbase has raised more money this month after raising $100 million in August in a series D funding round. The company announced on Oct. […]

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CryptoDredge 0.9.4 Nvidia Miner With a Number of New Algorithms Now Supported

The latest update of the CryptoDredge Nvidia GPU miner to version 0.9.4 for both Linux and Windows introduces support for a number of new mining algorithms as well as some performance improvements. The new algorithms include Exosis, C11, Polytimos and BCD (Bitcoin Diamond) and as far as performance improvements go, there is improvement in the hashrate for Allium (+3-5%), PHI1612 (+16-20%) and Skunkhash (+18-25%). Definitely worth the upgrade, even if you are not currently using your Nvidia GPU mining rigs for any of the supported algorithms, just […]

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Distributed Dialogues: Political Censorship in China

On the latest episode of Season 2 of Distributed Dialogues, the hosts took a deep dive into the state of political repression in the People’s Republic of China. Interviewing experts and dissidents at the Oslo Freedom Festival, this thorough examination of Chinese political life combines insight and research with the real, lived experiences of people in the nation. The podcast episode compared two people’s interactions with the state machines of China, one of whom was a U.S. citizen working as a journalist in China, the other a […]

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