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Stellar Gears Up to Implement Lightning Network

Last week, on March 15, 2018, Lightning Labs unveiled their beta for the Lightning Network in a flash of media attention and enthusiasm. The Lightning Network has been heralded as a solution to Bitcoin’s scalability issues, and the developments were greeted by the community with tremendous optimism. A little less than a week later, the Stellar network team has announced ...

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Decentralized Exchanges on the Rise With Kyber and Binance Developments

Decentralized exchanges promise a world in which cryptocurrency can be traded without a centralized middlemen. Nevertheless, the majority of cryptocurrency currently trades on centralized exchanges that have amassed large network effects, offer large amounts of liquidity and have an easy-to-follow user experience. Recently, exchanges Binance and Kyber Network released news of progress toward the future of decentralized exchanges: Binance announced ...

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Unibright Unlocks New Possibilities for Blockchain Integration

The exponential growth of blockchain technology worldwide has been well documented.  According to the data-gathering site Statistica, the global market for blockchain technology is expected to continue its growth, expanding to an estimated $2.3 billion by 2021. On the heels of this rapid growth trajectory come concerns of a massive blockchain expertise shortage. Blockchain developers, amid this uptick in activity, ...

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We Tested the TREZOR Model T Cryptocurrency Wallet: Here’s What We Found

The new TREZOR model T, a hardware cryptocurrency wallet developed by SatoshiLabs, is the second generation of SatoshiLabs’ popular TREZOR hardware wallet family. The Model T was announced in November 2017, on the ninth anniversary of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper and made available for pre-order. All pre-order devices were sold out, and regular sales are expected to start soon. ...

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A “Four-Wheel” Economy, Parked Right Up the Block

Like a car accelerating onto a highway on-ramp, the trajectory of blockchain technology continues to move at a rapid pace. Amid talk of crypto price volatility and initial coin offerings, a number of promising distributed applications continue to take shape, disrupting the landscape. One novel initiative being curated in the nascent blockchain space involves the field of transportation and mobility, ...

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TrustedHealth Develops a Healthcare Ecosystem Based on Blockchain …

Blockchain technology’s immense potential, while well-documented, continues to get lost in the hype surrounding the increasing value of cryptocurrencies and the oft-astronomical raises of initial coin offerings (ICOs).  Though it has ushered in one the most disruptive technologies in decades, the distributed ledger movement remains in its infancy stage, relative to its potential application and scalability. The healthcare sector, however, ...

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Decred Sets Its Sights on Decentralization in 2018

In 2015, Bitcoin developers Jake Yocom-Piatt and David Collins were getting frustrated with Bitcoin. The way they saw it, although Bitcoin started off as a decentralized system, over time, miners and a select group of developers had gained too much control over the protocol. In an attempt to create a system with a more open governance structure, the two launched ...

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Lightning’s First Implementation Is Now in Beta; Developers Raise $2.5M

Today, March 15,Lightning Labs announced lnd 0.4-beta, the first beta release of the Lightning software implementation spearheaded by the development company. This makes lnd the first ever Lightning implementation to be marked as beta, meaning that the development team deems it to be feature complete and safe enough for use on Bitcoin’s mainnet — though the software could still contain ...

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We Must Distinguish Digital Commodities From ICOs

On March 14, 2018, the House Financial Committee held a hearing entitled “Examining the Cryptocurrencies and ICO Markets.” This was the first hearing in which members of the U.S. Congress, specifically a subcommittee on capital markets, securities and ICO markets, addressed cryptocurrencies and ICOs. Witnesses at the hearing included Dr. Chris Brummer, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center; ...

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