Bitcoin Is… Bitcoin Just Is What?

Bitcoin just is. Edited by Iris Fraser-Gudrunas Subscribe to CoinDesk on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c… Site: https://www.coindesk.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/CoinDeskTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/coindeskInstagram: https://www.Instagram.com/coindeskNewsletter: https://www.coindesk.com/newsletter/Twitter (Markets): https://www.twitter.com/coindeskmarkets CoinDesk is the leading digital media, events and information services company for the crypto asset and blockchain technology community.

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Bitcoin’s ‘Lightning Torch’ Has Blazed Through 37 Countries So Far

The bitcoin community is currently immersed in an experiment called the “lightning torch.” The effort is intended to show the value of bitcoin’s lightning network – an up-and-coming technology that is experimental and hard to use so far, but it does offer improvements over today’s most common payment systems by allowing users to pass money around…

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State of Lightning: What’s the Path for Network Adoption in 2019?

This is a visualization of the lightning network taken at 22:29 (UTC) on Friday. Created by blockchain analytics startup 1ML, the snapshot represents all of the nodes running lightning software and creating public payment channels atop the bitcoin blockchain. Looks complex, right? And believe it or not, this network is getting progressively larger each day according to…

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Proof-of-Stake Could Lead to Crypto Banking. Let’s Avoid That

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. ___________ With last week’s Constantinople delay offering a reminder that ethereum faces challenges in its long…

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Bitcoin Will Still Bite the Dust

Kevin Dowd is a Professor of Finance and Economics in the Business School at Durham University, and the co-author of the 2015 paper “Bitcoin Will Bite the Dust.”  For more on bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, check out our new interactive feature Bitcoin At 10.  ————————————————————— Back in August 2014, I discovered that the bitcoin mining industry had…

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Tokenized Securities: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here.  With so much buzz around tokenized securities, compounded by strong progress from…

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How to Last the Crypto Winter? Seek Simplicity, Manage Complexity

Jake Yocom-Piatt is the Project Lead for Decred, a hyper-secure, adaptable and self-funding digital currency. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. In 2018, we have seen the cryptocurrency market cap go from all-time highs in January to falling over 80 percent by December, despite little changing in the context of…

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