Monthly Archives: October 2020

Amid IRS bounty and competitor progress, Monero developers ship a major update

A new Monero update brings improvements in performance, speed, and security amid increased scrutiny from law enforcement and developments from competitors First announced in September, Monero developers today went live with a network update featuring a new version of its node software, codenamed ‘Oxygen Orion.’ The product of 30 contributors, the update promises significant improvement across nearly all aspects of the privacy-focused cryptocurrency’s performance.  The highlight of the new update is the compact linkable spontaneous anonymous group (CLSAG) feature. According to the Monero blog, CLSAG will reduce […]

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Cashfusion Use Increased by 328%, $200M in BCH Fused and Close to 20,000 Fusions

Cashfusion, the privacy-enhancing solution for the Bitcoin Cash network is nearing its one-year anniversary and during the last four months, fusions have increased by 328.93%. The protocol recently completed a security audit and fusions are nearing 20k with close to $200 million worth of bitcoin cash fused to-date. On November 28, 2020, the Cashfusion protocol for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network will celebrate a milestone of one year operating so far. At the time of publication, stats from the web portal stats.devzero.be/#/fusion shows approximately 19,658 fusions have […]

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Sharp Bitcoin price move brewing as BTC volatility falls to a 16-month low

Bitcoin volatility has fallen to a 16-month low, signalling that a sharp move in BTC looms. Bitcoin (BTC) options aggregate open interest has increased to $2 billion, which is 13% below the all-time high. Although the open interest is still heavily concentrated on Deribit exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has also reached $300 million. In simple terms, options derivatives contracts allow investors to buy protection, either from the upside (call options) or downside (put options). Even though there are some more complex strategies, the mere existence […]

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Following whipsaw launch, Filecoin looks to weeklong conference for stability

After two days of wild volatility for FIL, Filecoin’s Liftoff Week conference aims to chart a path forward Two days after a whiplash-inducing launch that saw Filecoin’s FIL token rocket 118% before a nearly 80% plunge, the blockchain-based data storage platform turns now to a weeklong digital conference in the hopes of righting the ship.  Billed “Filecoin Liftoff Week,” the event is centered on education, infrastructure, interoperability, and future plans for the project. Kicking off October 19th, 2020, the five days of programming feature a different theme […]

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Cryptocurrency ETFs: SEC Wants to Facilitate Tokenized Products

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) wants to facilitate tokenized exchange-traded funds (ETFs), according to chairman Jay Clayton. The agency is collaborating with other U.S. regulators to determine how to regulate different crypto products. SEC Open to Tokenization of ETFs SEC Chairman Jay Clayton talked about the commission’s approach to regulating crypto products during a panel discussion hosted by the Chamber of Digital Commerce earlier this month. The event, entitled “Two Sides of the American Coin: Innovation & Regulation of Digital Assets,” also features acting Comptroller […]

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Will the dollar’s weakness result in Bitcoin finally breaking $12,000?

The recent weakness in the dollar is giving Bitcoin some momentum to possibly test multi-year highs. Historically, a weaker United States Dollar leads to strength across other “safe haven” assets. By analyzing the correlation, such momentum and conclusion can also be drawn with Bitcoin (BTC) and the USD. Bitcoin has gained in 2020 as the U.S. Dollar Currency Index (DXY) has been having a tough year. But will this momentum continue in the coming months? Let’s take a closer look at the charts. Bitcoin has to hold […]

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Neo Foundation teases surprising Neo3 features: file storage and digital identity

Neo3 promises to provide file storage and digital identity, though the demand is questionable In an open letter today to Neo community members, the Neo Foundation reflected on the past four years of activity and teased their plans for the future: Neo3, the third iteration of their smart contract-enabled blockchain, which will sport file storage and D-ID (Digital or Decentralized Identity) features.  Neo, the 22nd largest cryptocurrency by marketcap, has enjoyed a strong year, having successfully launched a cross-chain interoperability product in collaboration with Ontology and Switcheo.  […]

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The next big treasure: Corporations buy up Bitcoin as a treasury reserve

The entry of firms like Square, MicroStrategy and Stone Ridge may open the BTC floodgates and provide “confidence for the rest to follow.” October is a time for surprises. On Oct. 8, right on cue, mobile payments giant Square, which boasts a market cap of $86.6 billion, announced that it had invested $50 million in Bitcoin (BTC). Five days later, asset manager Stone Ridge Holdings, which manages over $10 billion in assets, disclosed that it had purchased more than 10,000 BTC, worth around $114 million, as part […]

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Mission-driven cryptocurrency requires an active commitment to equity

Crypto isn’t inherently good in just its development and proliferation; the community must address the reasons causing financial exclusion. On Sept. 27, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong sought to center his employees’ work around the company’s core mission: “to bring economic freedom to people all over the world.” Armstrong argues for a narrow interpretation of Coinbase’s mission to build the best possible product because it is “already hugely ambitious” and because companies generally cannot succeed if their goals “include all forms of equality and justice.”  Armstrong’s perspective is […]

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Bitcoin’s Creator vs. Bezos: Satoshi Nakamoto’s Uphill Climb to Surpass the Amazon Founder’s Net Worth

Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man, but someday if bitcoin crosses a certain valuation then Satoshi Nakamoto will be the wealthiest if he/she or they are still alive. Today, Satoshi Nakamoto, is the 157th richest person worldwide, and the crypto asset will have to cross six digits in order to surpass the Amazon founder’s net worth. In 2020, the founder of Amazon has a whopping 175 billion and he’s currently the richest person on earth today. According to the real-time billionaires’ tracker, a data set that […]

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