Fork Watch: How To Follow Tomorrow’s High-Stakes Bitcoin Cash Update

The most contentious hard fork in bitcoin cash’s one-year history is happening Thursday. So contentious, in fact, that this one holds the potential to split the blockchain into two separate iterations of the bitcoin cash protocol – one led by developer group Bitcoin ABC and the other, Bitcoin SV, led by blockchain research company nChain. The […]

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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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Builders on Wall Street: Bitcoin Devs Host Lightning Hack Day

It was described as “not a normal conference.” Sure, speakers took to the podium to present their futuristic ideas – a staple at the cryptocurrency space’s many, many conferences. But the Lightning Hackday, which took place in the heart of Wall Street on October 27th and 28th, was all-in-all more of a community-led endeavor with […]

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Bitcoin Brought Us a New World We Could Have Only Imagined

Mike Belshe is the co-founder and CEO of BitGo. This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin at 10: The Satoshi White Paper” series. In the 10 years since the bitcoin white paper was released, our understanding of the world around us has changed. The introduction of a global, digital currency that can exist […]

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Bitcoin’s White Paper: The Blueprint for a Payments Model T

David Schwartz is CTO at Ripple. This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin at 10: The Satoshi White Paper” series. In 1991, my patent for a multi-level distributed computer network was granted. I was working on graphics rendering problems requiring significant amounts of CPU power and wanted to distribute computing-intensive tasks to a […]

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The Double-Spend (What Bitcoin’s White Paper Solved Forever)

Bill Barhydt is the founder and CEO of Abra. This exclusive opinion piece is part of CoinDesk’s “Bitcoin at 10: The Satoshi White Paper” series. I remember reading Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin white paper for the first time a few weeks after it was released. I also remember the phrase that really grabbed my attention: “We […]

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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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What China’s Cashless Revolution Can Teach the West About Crypto

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. Cash appears to be disappearing from China’s teeming cities. Foreign tourists talk of struggling 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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