Grasping Lightning: Mapping the Key Players in Bitcoin’s Next Phase

You might have heard of bitcoin’s “lightning network,” but don’t know what’s going on with it right now. Who are the mysterious big players behind this magical technology that allegedly solves all of bitcoin’s problems?   Lightning is one of the most promising technologies in the space right now, even drawing in Square and Twitter CEO […]

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Hardware Is Hard: Two Blockchain Devices Win Plaudits at CES 2020

LAS VEGAS – In tech there’s an old adage: “hardware as hard.” It’s much easier to prototype and test a product when a mistake can be fixed by deleting and rewriting a few lines of code. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, though, two crypto companies are leading with atoms […]

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Crypto Trading Privacy Gets a Boost as $15M of Tether Moves to Liquid Sidechain

Stronger privacy is coming to the largest stablecoin, tether, with a recent blockchain-to-blockchain swap of $15 million worth of tokens. At 11:27 UTC on Jan. 7, stablecoin issuer Tether conducted a cross-chain swap of some 15 million USDT reserves from ethereum to Blockstream’s Liquid, a federated sidechain running parallel to the bitcoin blockchain. The technical […]

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Professor Ben Noys: What Crypto Sees in Accelerationism

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Benjamin Noys, a professor at the University of Chichester, in the UK, invented the term “accelerationism” for a philosophy that says technological progress should be greatly sped up. In […]

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Pantera Partner Paul Veradittakit’s Crypto Predictions for 2020

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Paul Veradittakit is a partner at Pantera Capital, focusing on venture capital and hedge fund investments. Pantera Capital is one of the earliest and largest institutional investors in digital […]

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Ethereum’s ‘Bazaar’ Development Model Will Pay Off in 2020

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Ben Edgington advises on Eth2 across ConsenSys. Prior to joining ConsenSys, he was Head of Engineering for Information Systems at Hitachi Europe. My life would be much easier if […]

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For Quick Wins, Focus on Decentralization Within Existing Businesses

This post is part of CoinDesk’s 2019 Year in Review, a collection of 100 op-eds, interviews and takes on the state of blockchain and the world. Tal Kol is the co-founder of Orbs, a public blockchain bringing enterprise solutions and transparency to businesses. 2019 pushed the reset button on our industry. While hundreds of blockchain […]

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