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Educating the Next Wave of Bitcoin Developers

Bitcoin is an open-source protocol that anybody can interact with. It is getting attention and attracting participation in different ways, whether it is through speculation, investing and sending money, all the way to contributing to what’s underneath the hood. The entire Bitcoin repository is on GitHub, inviting any developer to see the protocol’s code and perhaps contribute toward solving existing problems if they can. A noteworthy fact, however, is that the pool of developers today is quite small. “It’s not an easy field to get into,” Jimmy Song, author of…

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Living on Bitcoin Day 1: “That’s Not Going to Work”

“The point is to get people to think about bitcoin, not spend it. I don’t think it’s good for that. It’s not meant to be used like cash,” Jeremy Gardner, founder of Ausum Ventures, advised me. “Satoshi created a decentralized store of value,” probably encapsulates his thesis that bitcoin is best unspent — better to hoard it like gold. To Gardner, using it as a currency is not only impractical. It is counterintuitive. Well, I’m trying it anyway. After all, journalist Kashmir Hill experimented with living on bitcoin as early…

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Bitcoin Approaches $3,700 as Top Cryptos Report Gains

Tuesday, Jan. 15 — all the top 20 cryptocurrencies are seeing slight to moderate gains in the 24 hours to press time. Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has approached $3,700 again, according to Coin360 data. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is up nearly 3 percent on the day, trading at around $3,680. Looking at its weekly chart, the current price is lower than $4,060, where Bitcoin started the week. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap Ripple (XRP) is up just under 3 percent on the day, trading at around $0.33 at…

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Public Gets Chance to Earn Block Rewards by Donating Computing Power to Scientific Research

A startup has unveiled bold plans to tackle the excessive levels of energy consumption seen in cryptocurrency mining, all while giving everyday computer users more of a chance to receive block rewards. Resistance argues that proof-of-work mining “has been hijacked by huge mining farms using tons of energy to take control of the market” — isolating normal consumers who cannot afford to get involved with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The company also says the levels of electricity being used is “wasted on mathematical equations” rather than making a positive impact on…

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Bittrex Launches Over-the-Counter Trading Platform for Bitcoin, Crypto

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex will launch an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk today, January 14, 2018, by 18:00 UTC. The service will allow investors to trade nearly 200 digital assets currently offered on the Bittrex trading platform. OTC trading is popular with institutional investors who trade in large volumes of cryptocurrencies. This form of crypto trading happens between two parties, and it takes place away from the exchanges. OTC trades are often handled via brokers, who offer high-volume traders a trading desk to execute large trades with a faster settlement and…

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Bitmain Continues to Downsize Amid Management Restructuring Reports

Chinese crypto mining juggernaut Bitmain has taken a substantial hit in the recent crypto crash, leading to negative consequences for the company on many fronts. Just today, a source has confirmed with Bitcoin Magazine that the company is shutting down its offices in Amsterdam. Throughout December 2018, for example, like many companies in the crypto space, Bitmain appeared to be gearing up for a wave of layoffs. With employees taking to semi-anonymous, Chinese forums to describe their experiences, reports claimed that entire departments were completely shuttered, and about half of…

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Banking Giant HSBC’s Blockchain Platform Processed $250 Billion in Forex in 2018

International banking giant HSBC settled $250 billion of forex trades using blockchain technology in 2018. The company has revealed the figure in a press release quoted by the Financial Times (FT) Jan. 14. Through its proprietary blockchain platform dubbed “FX Everywhere,” HSBC handled 3 million transactions, which translated into 150,000 payments since it launched in February. The technology allows HSBC to “conduct thousands of foreign exchange transactions within the bank, across multiple balance sheets, in dozens of countries,” FT quoted Richard Bibbey, acting global head of currencies as saying. “FX…

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Despite Bear Market, Crypto Mining Malware Tops Threat Index for 13th Month Running

Three strains of crypto mining malware have topped the latest Global Threat Index from Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point, according to a press release published on Jan. 14. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is a security solution provider for governments and enterprises globally, with over 100,000 organizations reported to be currently using its security management system. As reported, stealth crypto mining attacks — also known as cryptojacking — work by installing malware that uses a computer’s processing power to mine for cryptocurrencies without the owner’s consent or knowledge. According to…

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Swiss Multi-Billion Dollar Bank Vontobel Launches Regulated Crypto Custody

Switzerland’s major private investment bank Vontobel has launched a crypto custody solution targeting banks and asset managers, according to an official press release published on Jan. 14. Zurich-based Vontobel bank is reportedly the third largest financial custody provider in Switzerland, with 110.3 billion CHF ($112.2 billion) in assets under its actively developing Asset Management tool, according to the company’s financial report in 2017. With the launch of the new digital assets custodian solution named Digital Asset Vault, the private bank claims to be the first bank in the world to…

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Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This Week Altcoin Ethereum Classic Reportedly Undergoes 51 Percent Attack Earlier this week, the Ethereum Classic (ETC) reportedly underwent a 51 percent attack. In the aftermath, crypto exchange Coinbase noted that upwards of $1.1 million in crypto was double spent during the time of the deep blockchain reorganization. Coinbase and several other cryptocurrency exchanges temporarily paused deposits and withdrawals of the altcoin to prevent loss of funds. Crypto exchange Gate.io confirmed that the attack was carried out and promised refunds, stating that around 54,200 ETC in total (worth…

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