Sexual Assault Survivor Uses Crypto to Crowdfund Anonymously

A new use case is emerging for cryptocurrency: helping women who’ve suffered sexual harassment or assault gain financial independence while also protecting their privacy. Case in point, a sexual assault survivor used the crypto-powered payment processor Seeds to crowdfund $500 in September after the trauma left her unable to work for several months. Had she […]

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Data Shows Millions Leaving Crypto Wallets Tied to Long-Troubled Exchange

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance has frozen accounts that received more than 93,000 ether from two wallets indirectly linked to the troubled Russian exchange WEX. The accounts were frozen on October 25, Leah Li, a spokeswoman for Binance, told CoinDesk. The action was taken in response to pleas from WEX users who have been […]

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Bitcoin Futures Could Go Live on ICE’s Crypto Trading Platform in December

The Intercontinental Exchange’s upcoming cryptocurrency trading platform Bakkt will officially launch on December 12, pending regulatory approval. ICE announced Monday that Bakkt could begin offering physically settled bitcoin futures contracts in December, marking the first cryptocurrency-related offering provided through the new platform. Bakkt will hold the bitcoins backing the futures contract in the ICE Digital […]

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Sorry, I Turned Off My Bitcoin Faucet (Because Money)

Ofir Beigel is the general manager of 99 Bitcoins, an informational site for newcomers to the space. In November 2015, I started operating 99Bitcoins’ faucet. Almost three years later, on Oct. 8, I shut it down. Throughout its history, the faucet paid out over 12.795 bitcoins to its users. Here’s its story. What are cryptocurrency […]

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Which Stablecoin Is the Riskiest? The Crypto Market Is Pricing That In

The market is starting to differentiate between stablecoins, even though these cryptocurrencies are all designed to trade 1-to-1 with fiat. Several U.S. dollar-pegged cryptocurrencies are now trading either significantly higher or significantly lower than the greenback, reflecting investors’ perceptions of their relative risk. Given that stablecoins are typically used as on-ramps for investors looking to […]

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Bitfinex Says Withdrawals Are Fine, But Crypto Exchange Customers Disagree

Crypto exchange Bitfinex said Monday that withdrawal services are operating “without the slightest interference” – but some of its users would seem to disagree. “Processing complications” led to crypto exchange Bitfinex suspending fiat deposits into customer accounts last week, according to the October 15 blog post. Its move to pause such deposits is a temporary one, […]

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Not Everyone Wants to Fix Bitcoin’s ‘Time Warp Attack’ – Here’s Why

Bitcoin’s open-source developers don’t agree on many things, but you’d be forgiven if you thought something best known as an “attack” might be one of them. Still, there’s a divide forming in conversation surrounding bitcoin’s long-standing “timewarp attack” – and for good reason. First and foremost, Blockstream co-founder Mark Friedenbach recently found that the exploit […]

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Middle East’s First Central Bank-Backed Crypto Exchange to Launch in 2019

Two blockchain veterans are gearing up to launch what could be the first cryptocurrency exchange in the Persian Gulf to be licensed by a central bank. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, Rain Financial has opened its public waiting list after a year in the Central Bank of Bahrain’s fintech sandbox. Co-founded by Saudi blockchain consultant Abdullah […]

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Bitcoin ‘Breakthrough’ Claims Block Size Increase Possible Without Hard Fork

Some dub it a “breakthrough,” others call it a “network attack.” Those were the prevailing opinions leading up to Mark Friedenbach’s much-anticipated talk at Scaling Bitcoin Friday, where the Blockstream co-founder presented for the first time “Forward Blocks,” a proposal that claims to make future, contentious changes to bitcoin – such as block size increase or […]

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Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work Can Be Made More Efficient, IBM Research Claims

Proof-of-work (PoW), the consensus mechanism that secures bitcoin and numerous other cryptocurrency blockchains, has given the technology a reputation for hogging energy. Indeed, a commonly advanced argument is that an army of specialized computers all racing to solve some arbitrary math problem can wind up using as much electricity as a small country. However, scientists from […]

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