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A Slightly Stronger Dollar Halts Bitcoin, but Long-Term Outlook Remains Unchanged

On Friday (August 7), the U.S. Dollar Index (ticker: DXY) went up 0.60 (or 0.65) to close at 93.39 due to better-than-expected U.S. jobs growth in July. On Friday, a press release (titled: “Employment Situation Summary”) by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, revealed that “total […]

Bitcoin Price Is Under Pressure on Two Fronts: China and the United States

On Friday (July 10), Bitcoin is trading around $9,200, seemingly under pressure by events in China and the United States.

European Leaders Approve Emergency Funding, But No Coronabond Aid Yet

A new credit line worth several hundred billion euros (potential) has been approved last night, along with new pledges for a more relaxed attitude toward fiscal injections in the EU; this prompts concerns of eventual inflation.

The Internet Inventors’ Trilemma; How Can Blockchain Help Solve It?

As a global society, we have become reliant on the internet. It is a tool that fuels almost every aspect of our lives. However, it is a dynamic and evolving tool, but that evolution is not always for the better. Interestingly, the internet was only proposed thirty years ago, by Tim Berners-Lee, yet, its creator has a few concerns.  

Cryptocurrency in 2025: What Does the Future Hold for Digital Money?

Written by: Dmytro, who is a CEO and Founder of Pridicto, a web analytics startup. His work has been featured in various publications, including The Next Web, Entrepreneur.com, Huff Post, TechRadar, Hackernoon and Bitcoin.com.  Predicting the future of the weird and wonderful world of crypto might be a tall order for even the most prolific […]

Coinbase Launches Dedicated Mobile App for Coinbase Pro Users, but Was It Needed?

On Thursday (October 10), Coinbase announced a dedicated mobile app (iOS only for now) for users of Coinbase Pro, its platform for experienced/professional traders. But since there was already a great mobile website, is this mobile app really necessary?

Why the CFTC Chairmans Comments About Ethers Status Are Not That Big a Deal

On Thursday (October 10), Heath Tarbert, the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), stated that it was his belief that “ether is a commodity.” However, this does not mean that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agrees with this view.

Is Blockchain Too Bleeding Edge for ETFs?

Earlier in September both traditional and alternative investors reacted positively to the news that Nasdaq will launch a new index tracking a select group of DeFi crypto innovators.

This Key Market Measure Shows Bitcoin Is Dominating the Cryptocurrency Market

Every day bitcoin is getting stronger. Maybe this hasn’t been reflected in the price for a while as it languishes 30% below its 2019 peak, but against its rivals it is vastly outperforming.

Gibraltar Distributed Ledger Technology Update 2019 Platos Wise Men & Fools

As someone who has been involved in the distributed ledger technology (‘DLT’) industry for the past few years, I have found it hard to write up an article on the DLT sector for a while now. 

Burn Satoshi’s Bitcoin, Suggests Paxful CEO in Thought Experiment

One member of the global cryptocurrency community has come up with what can best be described as a scorched earth policy for settling the debate over who is Satoshi Nakamoto once and for all.

Think Twice Before Agreeing to Cryptocurrency Salary Payments

As an increasing number of employees choose to receive portions of their salary in cryptocurrency, a risky strategy given the volatility of the digital asset classes.

How Altcoins Could Increase the Fault Tolerance of the Digital Ecosystem

A finely tuned engine involves not only a lot of moving parts, but also just the right mix of fuel to air for optimal performance. Too much air and it will lock up, and too much fuel is a waste, leading to weak performance, higher emissions, and bad gas mileage. 

Why Has ‘Mr Wonderful’ Changed His Mind About Bitcoin?

Millionaire investor Kevin O’Leary has changed his mind on bitcoin. This has been more than apparent from the number of stories online calling him a hypocrite for his new “crypto-crap” views.

How Will Better Blockchain Monitoring Make Crypto Safer?

Being able to monitor and query public blockchains is one of the fundamental properties of cryptocurrencies. Publicly verifiable transactions are what proves that a transfer of value occurred. Even in so-called privacy coins, there still needs to be a mechanism to prove value has been moved from one address to another.

Central Banks and Cryptocurrencies: Natural Born Enemies, or Soon-to-Be Friends?

The frosty and (some have speculated) internationally coordinated response from central bankers to Facebook’s Libra was received with little surprise by crypto entrepreneurs and investors.

Forget the Tether Controversy Focus on the Rapid Progress in Blockchain Applications

Following the much anticipated ‘Tangle in Taipei’, in which renowned economist and long-time opponent of cryptoassets Nouriel Roubini faced-off against crypto entrepreneur Arthur Hayes, fresh attention has come to the arguments for and against cryptocurrencies and their applications.

Is Rolling Back the Bitcoin Blockchain Possible and What Would it Do to Bitcoin?

Earlier this month, digital asset exchange Binance was hacked for little over 7,000 bitcoins, worth over $40 million. To stop the hackers from getting away with the stolen BTC, an attempt to rollback the Bitcoin blockchain was considered.

Distributed Versus Decentralized Tech and Why You Should Care About the Difference

Distributed ledgers – digital records stored on many computers at the same time – are everywhere. As is decentralized technology but how are they different and why should you care?

Tether and the Never-Ending Scandal: What Does the Future Hold for Stablecoins?

What started as a notable solution to the highly volatile nature of cryptocurrency markets has since turned into a never-ending scandal.

Heres Why Crypto Twitter Doesn’t Let Coinbase Catch a Break

Coinbase, a leading US-based cryptocurrency exchange, has been seeing crypto Twitter attack it from all sides in the last few months, as the cryptocurrency community seemingly doesn’t agree with its recent moves, and has been letting it know.

Why Cryptocurrencies Might Be Too Technical for Mainstream Facebook, Telegram Users

The world’s largest online messaging platforms are now “hoping to succeed” where digital asset and blockchain-related firms “have failed” by “introducing” cryptocurrencies to “mainstream consumers”, according to Nathaniel Popper, the critically acclaimed author of “Digital Gold, A History of Bitcoin.” 

Coinbase Wallet: Cloud Keys Raise Questions About The Soul of Crypto

The decision by Coinbase, announced last week, to offer users the facility to store private cryptocurrency keys within a cloud-based file service has drawn ire among the cryptocurrency community. However, it is an argument that appears to cut to the heart of the drive to fuel wider adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Davos Panelist Predicts Bitcoin Will Go to Zero

During a panel at this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland, an investor predicted that bitcoin could “go to zero.” Many financial experts at the forum were touting the potential of blockchain technology, but had harsh words for cryptocurrency investors.

BitTorrent to Launch its Own Cryptocurrency, But is It Really Necessary?

BitTorrent, one of the pioneers of peer-to-peer (P2P) software systems for internet-based file sharing, is reportedly launching its own digital currency. 

Coinbase De-Platforms Controversial Open Social Media Site Gab, Again

Coinbase has closed accounts of a controversial uncensored social media platform, which has hosted content of far-right political figures and even one mass murderer. A clear tension between decentralization and censorship is unfolding.

A Big Future in a Microscopic Package: How Decentralization Will Herald a New Era of Microtransactions

In this guest post, Dmytro Spilka, CEO at Pridicto, takes a look at how decentralization is set to usher in a new era for micropayments in several industries.

Op-Ed: Former IMF Chief Economist Fails to Understand the Basics of Crypto

Kenneth Rogoff, a well-known economist and chess Grandmaster, recently expressed his views regarding cryptocurrencies in an article that was published in The Guardian. Rogoff, an economics and public policy professor at Harvard University, has argued that government regulations could cause cryptocurrencies to collapse. He also wrote that digital assets have no intrinsic value.

“Best Time to Buy Bitcoin is Before Halving Events,” Which Is Now-ish

Several commentators emphasize similar historical bitcoin price behaviors during the year or so preceding reward halvings. We are now in that range, and those price pundits are arguing that a bottom will soon arrive and be safe territory to buy.

Why a Nobel Laureate Economist Is Wrong About Bitcoin Being ‘Toast’

Robert C. Merton, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, believes the recent downturns in the cryptocurrency markets signal the end for Bitcoin, but Mr Merton has missed some of the key facts that undermine many of his arguments.

The Many Deaths Of Bitcoin: How the Media Loves Killing Crypto

As bitcoin and altcoin prices remain in the doldrums following a miserable period for crypto markets, it is perhaps unsurprising that mainstream financial media seem to be falling over themselves to disparage the cryptocurrency.  But this is by no means the first time bitcoin has been pronounced “dead.”

Bitcoin Black Friday: “Deals and Giveaways You Cannot Miss!”

Black Friday is upon us, the best time of the year to spend your hard earned money. While some of us will take advantage of the declining market to add some more coins to our portfolios, many will want to actually spend crypto. And what better time to do it than today? The Bitcoin Black Friday website is listing and publishing the best bitcoin deals out there. If you are a merchant you can submit your deal and have a chance to sell your products for cryptocurrencies.

How Crypto’s Falling Prices Could Finally Shift the Spotlight Toward dApps

It has been a wild ride for blockchain and cryptocurrencies. So far this year, the market saw crypto prices rise to all-time highs only to fall again to the pre-frenzy levels of 2017. 

KPMG’s Report: Cryptoassets Are Not Yet a Legitimate Store of Value, Nor Medium of Exchange

Netherlands-based KPMG, one of the “Big Four” professional services firm which also include Ernst & Young (EY), PwC, and Deloitte, recently released a report in which it noted that bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptoassets may not yet be considered a legitimate store of value (SoV). In August 2018, KPMG had said that the digital currency market was maturing, and that it was on its way to moving beyond its experimental stage.

Coingeek Claims Crippling Bitmain Debt From Anonymous Sources, Despite Having an Agenda

Coingeek, a major competitor of Bitmain in the Bitcoin Cash ‘hashwar’, has claimed Bitmain cannot pay its debts, citing a host of anonymous, private, unverifiable sources – with a lack of proof Coingeeks agenda is called into quesiton.

Should Charges Against EtherDelta Founder Concern Crypto Developers?

Will recent rulings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission set a precedent for legal penalties against developers of cryptocurrency exchanges?

Opinion: Socialite Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cryptocurrency Explainer is Good News

Gwnyeth Paltrow, a Primetime Emmy Award winning actress, prominent businesswoman, singer, and lifesytle guru, recently published an article about cryptocurrencies on her popular Goop website. The writeup serves as a good explainer, and does not make misleading claims about digital assets (as news outlets claims).

As Environmental Costs of Mining Crypto Become Known, Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?

According to newly published research, the energy needed to “mine” one US dollar’s worth of the four top cryptocurrencies is more than twice the amount required to mine one dollar’s worth of copper, gold, or platinum. The study, “Quantification of energy and carbon costs for mining cryptocurrencies”, was carried out by researchers at the Oak Ridge Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio and published in the journal Nature Sustainability.

Is Initiative Q a Scam?

Over the past month, a new project named Initiative Q has been making the rounds all over social media. Hailed as “a modern payment network,” created by “the founders of PayPal,” the hype for Initiative Q is real. In this, op-ed I ask – is Initiative Q a Scam?

Blockchain Tech Gives New Hope to Censored Activists and Journalists

Major social media platforms are cracking down on hate speech and offensive content, but activists and journalists are also getting caught up in the clampdown. Blockchain developers are now racing to create censorship-proof alternatives.

Does Cryptocurrency Really Have Value?

Many skeptics of cryptocurrencies don’t believe that digital assets have real-world value, but all assets, from gold to Bitcoin, ultimately derive their value from the faith and participation of the people that trade them.

Public Comments on VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF: Informed, Informative, Empathetic, All-Around Mensch

The SEC asked you what you thought. Here’s what you had to say!

How Institutional Investors Will Enter the Cryptocurrency Markets

With cryptocurrencies yet to break out of their protracted range-bound cycle, the speculation on how these markets will mature continues to build, particularly with regards to institutional investor participation.

Careful Vetting Required as McGill University Introduces Yet Another Blockchain Course

MLG Blockchain, a technical consulting firm for blockchain technology and smart contracts, announced on October 12th that it has officially launched its Montreal-based Blockchain Student Certificate pilot program. MLG’s course on the impact and applications of distributed ledger technology (DLT) has reportedly been developed in collaboration with Canada’s McGill University.  

RippleNet May Be Seen as ‘Strong Alternative to SWIFT’ in Some Cases, XRP Supporter Claims

Twitter user @Hodor, a strong supporter of Ripple company’s XRP cryptocurrency, recently published a blog post in which he wrote that the Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international organization monitoring global financial policy, had said crypto assets could “become a [preferred] option” when conducting cross-border transactions.

‘Beyond Uber’: Veteran Technologist Suggests Developing Blockchain & DApp-Powered Ride Hailing App

Riggs Eckelberry, the CEO of OriginClear Inc., an oil and gas industry technology licensing firm, recently published a post on Forbes in which he revealed that his company is developing its own cryptocurrency.

Its Bot Versus Scambot in the 2018 Crypto Arms Race

When crypto exploded into the public consciousness last year, it also came to the attention of a new breed of criminal. No longer was it the drug lords attracted to the dark web and the notorious silk road marketplace that was shut down by the FBI. No, this time it was a more white-collar criminal that was interested in fraud. Here we take a look at the rapid evolution of crypto scams.

Common Misconception: Smart Contracts can Reduce Costs, Eliminate Intermediaries

Yoav Vilner, a tech startup mentor and Forbes contributor, recently published a post in which he recommends utilizing blockchain technology to help improve the growing freelance economy. Companies now increasingly prefer hiring freelance workers because it’s more affordable, or economical, compared to employing full-time staff.

Digital Searches May Threaten The Security Of Digital Assets

With the world relying more heavily on technology than ever before, the new battlefield in the war against crime and terrorism is cyberspace. However, digital search laws designed to combat the modern scourge may have adverse effects on cryptocurrency investors.

Academic Courses on Blockchain Technology Must Be Taught By Professionals with Industry Experience

New York University (NYU) recently announced it would offer graduate level specializations in cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology. Other top universities including Cornell and Stanford are also offering crypto-related courses, which suggests there is now a “major [growing or developing] connection between academia and the blockchain industry”, according to a recent article posted on Finance Magnates.

8 Ways to Spot an ICO Scam

An ICO is considered to be a modern fundraising tool. Fraudulent ICOs have made their way into the digital trading ecosystem to the point that some people just assume that an ICO is a sure way to get scammed, even though that’s not always the case. Here’s how to spot ICO scams.

In Spite of the Bear Market, Crypto-Funds Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Bear trends are a time for building infrastructure. The price may shake speculators, but serious parties are in it for the long haul. Advancements in trading infrastructure, regulatory progress and institutional grade custodianship are propelling crypto funds from strength to strength despite the ensuing bear market.

Ten Years Since the Financial Crash: The Role of Crypto

Satoshi Nakamoto’s original Bitcoin whitepaper was published just as the world was reeling from the financial crisis of 2008, and there has always been some speculation that the crash was a motivation for this project.

Apollo Currency Surprises By Declining HitBTC Listing

Apollo Currency, after being approved for listing on the HitBTC exchange has declined the listing – perhaps setting a new precedent for the industry. Could The McAfee Alliance harm HitBTC’s reputation?

Pied Piper Coin Is The Sheriff In Crypto Town

Pied Piper Coin (PPI) is not by any means affiliated with HBO’s hit show “Silicon Valley”, but the mastermind behind the airdropped ERC20 token is determined to bring justice into the space. When he’s not promising to fork EOS, the memecoin’s creator aims to mock the scams in the space through humor.

Blogger Who Wrote Why Bitcoin Is Stupid Gets Bank Account Frozen in Ironic Twist

Peter Adeney, a blogger who writes under the pseudonym Mr. Money Mustache, recently say Capital One freeze his bank account. Adeney has notably written a popular article that advised his readers to stay away from Bitcoin, the flagship cryptocurrency

Fake Volume on Exchanges Giving Crypto a Bad Name

After almost a decade, most people have come to understand that cryptocurrencies have uses beyond money laundering and buying drugs on the internet.Views on cryptocurrencies have generally become more positive after they went mainstream in 2017. However, there are still some practices in the ecosystem that would give skeptics reason to avoid participation in the cryptocurrency community.

Augur Being Used by Less Than 100 A Day, Despite $308m Valuation

Decentralised prediction markets platform Augur seems to be one of the most promising Ethereum DApps. Allowing users to create prediction markets for just about anything by buying ‘shares’ and staking ETH in the outcome of an event, the platform has seen a flurry of interesting and sometimes alarming bets – with money staked on everything from the price of ETH by the end of the year to whether President Donald Trump will die before 2020.

Tokenization Platforms Vs. Traditional Accounting: Why the Future is Decentralized

We take a look at tokenization platforms and how they stack up against traditional forms of accounting and why decentralization will be at the forefront of the future of accounting and asset management.

Bitcoin Cashs (BCH) One Year Anniversary: How Has it Fared?

Today is Bitcoin Cash’s (BCH) one year anniversary since it was created exactly 1 year ago on August 1st, 2017 through a fork off of the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain. Notably it’s not the only Bitcoin fork.