Monthly Archives: November 2019

China’s Dive Into Blockchain, Digital ID Spurs Rest of World to Action

Identity digitalization: How China is taking major steps to use blockchain in the government sector. News on crypto and blockchain technology is coming in abundance from China. This became especially true in late October 2019, when the Chinese President Xi Jinping called for accelerating the use of blockchain technology in the country. President Xi identified dozens of use cases that should be promoted: loans, health care, anti-counterfeiting, charity and food security. Xi emphasized that blockchain development could “China gain an edge in the theoretical, innovative and industrial […]

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Binance Denies Police Raid, Bitcoin Wipeout, Facebook ‘Stupid’: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 18–24

Binance and Bithumb deny their Shanghai offices have been raided by Chinese police, and Bitcoin completely wipes out the gains from its October rally. Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Binance and Bithumb deny reports of Chinese police raids Heads were turned this week when reports suggested that […]

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Sticking to Crypto’s Core Philosophy Is the Way to Prevent Its Abuse

What does the blockchain technology have in common with the invention of the internet and its mass adoption? When the internet was a fledgling technology, there was a lot of uncertainty. Some people thought it would amount to nothing. Clearly, they were wrong. Today, the internet is a massive, global necessity. The internet has enabled us to connect to each other around the globe, it allows us to purchase anything we want in one click, and it has given us access to all the content we could […]

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How Bitcoin Applies to The Sovereign Individual Thesis

Just before the internet became a massive display of human ingenuity and networking, a few individuals anticipated the emergence of tools that would help progress the end of politics and the nation states. 22 years ago, much like Nostradamus, Isaac Newton, Gerald Celente, and Carl Jung’s forecasts, a book called “The Sovereign Individual” predicted the growing autonomy of the individual but also noted the development of the world’s largest economy flourishing in cyberspace. Also read: Bitcoin Is a Viable Way to Remove the State From Your Life […]

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Bitcoin Core 0.19.0 Released: Here’s What’s New

Today, November 24, 2019, marks the official release of Bitcoin Core 0.19.0, the 19th major release of Bitcoin’s original software client launched by Satoshi Nakamoto almost 11 years ago and still the dominant Bitcoin implementation on the network today. (Though due to an issue that came to light in a late stage of the Bitcoin Core 0.19.0 release process, the version released for download is actually 0.19.0.1.) Overseen by Bitcoin Core lead maintainer Wladimir van der Laan, this latest major release was developed by over a hundred […]

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JPMorgan’s Blockchain Products, Explained by Ex-JPM Tech Leads

The evolution of JPMorgan Chase’s blockchain products, an expert take by former JPM and U.S. SEC tech leads. JPMorgan Chase — whose CEO, Jamie Dimon, once notably expressed skepticism over cryptocurrency — was actually one of the first financial institutions to “learn to love the blockchain.” In 2015, the bank created a division dedicated to exploring emerging technology such as blockchain. We were two of the first members of the JPMorgan blockchain team. We built some of its earliest blockchain technology and vetted other blockchain providers for […]

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Top-5 Cryptos This Week: Bitcoin (BTC), XTZ, LEO, XRP, BSV

Bitcoin is at a critical level. Rising open interest on Bakkt with intraday recovery in BTC price indicates buying at lower levels. The total crypto market capitalization slumped from close to $238 billion on Nov. 18 to a low of about $189 billion on Nov. 22. That is a drop of just over 20% within four days. However, despite the sharp fall in prices, the Bitcoin miners remain unfazed as the hash rate on Nov. 23 was close to its previous all-time highs. Cardano (ADA) creator Charles […]

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2019: A Berlin Odyssey — 7 Days of Crypto-Living on Monolith’s ETH Debit Card

Crypto takes on Berlin, as Cointelegraph’s Joseph Birch lives on after using a crypto-backed debit card for a whole week. “YOU’VE TRANSCENDED. You are here because you’ve opened your eyes to a new type of society; one powered by a decentralised economy and full of shimmering new possibilities.”  This is not the calling card for a new religion. This is what new Monolith customers are met with when opening up the box for the first time. Narrative is a central part of cryptocurrency, whether people like it […]

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After Blockstack’s Regulated Offering, Where Now For US Token Sales?

When Blockstack announced the first Reg A+ token sale, many believed it would open the floodgates for a spate of similar offerings. Reg A+ has long been the Holy Grail of token offerings in the U.S., with a host of companies pursuing the only SEC exemption that allows the inclusion of unaccredited investors. Despite Blockstack winning significant praise and plaudits for securing the exemption where so many had failed, and despite the hope that others would follow where Blockstack has led, the predicted stampede of new Reg […]

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The Quest for a Pan-European Approach to Cryptocurrency

The EU has the potential to become the leader of crypto legislation, guiding other countries in the direction of legal regulation. Part of the appeal of digital currencies is their global nature. Since the vast majority of digital currencies are not sponsored by an individual state, the hope was that the crypto world could be largely borderless. This has turned out to be a bit of a pipe dream. It turns out that countries actually do matter when it comes to digital currencies, as they have the […]

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