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Hash Power Favors Craig Wright Camp in Looming Bitcoin Cash Fork

Hash Power Favors Craig Wright Camp in Looming Bitcoin Cash Fork Ready for a hash war? Bitcoin cash’s upcoming network update (or hard fork) is coming on November 15, but a fractious divide between competing stakeholders has raised the specter that the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market cap – which …

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Crypto Token Airdrops Are a Marketing Ploy (and That’s OK)

Crypto Token Airdrops Are a Marketing Ploy (and That’s OK) Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. …

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A 7-Year Legal Fight Led This Dev to Build Unstoppable Ethereum Storage

A 7-Year Legal Fight Led This Dev to Build Unstoppable Ethereum Storage “If you build it strong enough, the law will follow.” That’s how Daniel Nagy, the leading developer behind Swarm – ethereum’s decentralized storage-layer – described his “takeaway lesson” after a seven-year legal battle over the hosting a file-sharing node. …

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For Bitfinex Users, Dollar Withdrawals Are Now a Weeks-Long Struggle

For Bitfinex Users, Dollar Withdrawals Are Now a Weeks-Long Struggle Three weeks after being assured that everything was running smoothly, some customers of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex are wondering why they still can’t withdraw their money. On Oct. 15, the cryptocurrency exchange published an announcement saying, “all cryptocurrency and fiat withdrawals are, …

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Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta

Expect the SEC to Target More Token Exchanges After EtherDelta The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) settlement with the founder of EtherDelta is likely the first of many enforcement actions to come against crypto token exchanges. Until recently, the SEC’s scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry largely focused on projects and …

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Bitcoin Cash Declares War: Why This Could Mean Another Split

Bitcoin Cash Declares War: Why This Could Mean Another Split “Do not come crying when you are bankrupt.” Lobbed at those bitcoin cash enthusiasts supporting Bitcoin ABC, the main implementation of the blockchain software, Craig Wright seems to have no intention to compromise as the cryptocurrency gears up for its …

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The Little-Known Ways Ethereum Reveals User Location Data

The Little-Known Ways Ethereum Reveals User Location Data “People don’t realize how much information is out in the open.” That’s Péter Szilágyi, an ethereum core developer who manages development on the ethereum software client Geth. He’s referring to the fact that little attention has been paid to ethereum’s underlying network layer, where …

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As ‘Plasma’ Stalls, SNARKs Become New Hope for Scaling Ethereum Now

As ‘Plasma’ Stalls, SNARKs Become New Hope for Scaling Ethereum Now Efforts to scale ethereum, the world’s second-largest blockchain, are growing more varied as one much-anticipated solution encounters pitfalls amid its continued development. At the forefront of this transition has been plasma, a concept widely heralded as ethereum’s best bet for …

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