As Lightning’s Economy Takes Shape, Devs Are Split on Proposed

Fees aren’t just a topic of discussion for Bitcoin Core users anymore. As the tech matures and an economy develops, fee discussions are making their way into the lightning network too. This past weekend, bitcoiners and lightning fanatics gathered in an industrial Berlin sector for the first-ever Lightning Conference. With topics ranging from onboarding and […]Read More

Binance CEO: Russian Ruble to Be First Fiat-Crypto Trading Option

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is soon to launch its first fiat-to-cryptocurrency trading pairs. Speaking at the Open Innovations 2019 conference in Moscow on Monday, CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao confirmed that fiat options are on the way, kicking off with the Russian ruble: “We’re adding support for fiat trading. In about two weeks or so, we should have support for Russian […]Read More

Bitcoin’s 3% Price Rise Neutralizes Bearish Setup

View Bitcoin has again bounced up from $7,800 support, neutralizing the immediate bearish setup. A break above $8,820 is needed to invalidate the lower-highs setup and confirm a bull reversal. A bullish close, if confirmed, would open the doors for $9,320 (Aug. 29 low). Bitcoin’s price bounce has shed some of the recent bearish pressure, […]Read More

Libra Could Drop ‘Basket’ and Issue Individual Fiat Stablecoins

The Facebook-led Libra project may consider a fundamental change to the way its planned global payments system will operate, according to its chief. Speaking at a banking seminar, according to a Reuters report on Sunday, co-creator of Libra David Marcus said that the firm could consider dropping the currently planned “synthetic” stablecoin – which is […]Read More

Major Korean Banks Join Government-Backed Blockchain ID Initiative

Four more major institutions including the Shinhan and NH Nonghyup banks have joined a South Korean decentralized identity initiative that’s aimed to secure and share personal information using blockchain. According to a report from CoinDesk Korea on Sunday, the program, which was first released in July, is now officially named as the Initial DID Association. […]Read More

Researchers Uncover Bitcoin ‘Attack’ That Could Slow or Stop Lightning

The bitcoin lightning network could be vulnerable to a simple and disruptive attack, according to a recent research paper. Written by Saar Tochner, Aviv Zohar, and Stefan Schmid, the paper describes a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that could be used to slow down or even stop a huge percentage of payments on the network and, although the behavior […]Read More

It’s Not Time to Write Libra’s Crypto Obituary Just Yet

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors of the nation-state’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The exits of Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and four other firms from the Libra consortium came after France and Germany moved to block the global “stablecoin” cryptocurrency project and after U.S. lawmakers delivered stern warnings to Libra members. This was more than a major […]Read More

Bitfinex Files for Subpoena in Bid to Recover $880 Million

Bitfinex has applied to a U.S. court to subpoena a former banking executive of a trust company that the crypto exchange believes can help it recover over $850 million in frozen funds. The exchange submitted a filing on Oct. 18 to a court in California for obtaining the permission to take the deposition testimony of Rondell […]Read More

You Can Now Get a Master’s in Blockchain From a

Malta, the “Blockchain Island” in the Mediterranean, has a government authority to certify distributed ledger platforms, regulations to manage smart contracts and a framework for launching ICOs. Now it has a blockchain master’s program, too. The University of Malta’s Masters Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology began its inaugural semester this October, with around 35 students […]Read More

HTC’s Latest Blockchain Phone Can Run a Full Bitcoin Node

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC has launched its latest blockchain phone, the Exodus 1s, which enables users to support the bitcoin network. Unveiling the device Saturday at the Lightning Conference in Berlin, the company claimed the new product is the first smartphone to be able to run a full bitcoin node, allowing it to propagate transactions […]Read More