Bitcoin's Lightning 'play' with derivatives is a pitch far from perfect

Bitcoin’s Lightning ‘play’ with derivatives is a pitch far from perfect

The debates around Bitcoin’s Lighting Network have continued to make headlines, despite the fact that it has been years since these first emerged. The 2nd layer payments protocol on the Bitcoin blockchain is supposed to solve Bitcoin‘s scaling issues and enable more payments in a faster and reliable manner. However, it has been reported that …

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Coinhouse Wins First Crypto License From French Regulator

Coinhouse Wins First Crypto License From French Regulator

Crypto trading company Coinhouse has become the first crypto company to be registered with France’s top financial regulator, the Financial Markets Authority (AMF). The registration means Coinhouse now has a shot at getting banking services in France, which could give the firm cheaper services than the German bank it currently works with. “It’s a recognition …

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Crypto exchange Kraken taps Marco Santori as chief legal officer

Crypto exchange Kraken taps Marco Santori as chief legal officer

Kraken, the cryptocurrency exchange company, has hired veteran industry lawyer Marco Santori as its chief legal officer. The exchange firm said Monday that Santori “will use his experience with regulators, banks, payment service providers, broker-dealers, and several other key industry players to drive the next phase of Kraken’s growth.”  Santori previously served as Blockchain.com’s president and …

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Improving on Bitcoin With BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen

Improving on Bitcoin With BitTorrent Creator Bram Cohen

The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Last week the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Show spoke with BitTorrent Creator and Chia CEO Bram Cohen to discuss the lasting effects of Coronavirus lockdowns and how he believes he’s improved on Satoshi’s approach to distributed consensus. On this episode BitTorrent creator and Chia CEO Bram Cohen joins …

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Stellar, Bitcoin Diamond and Qtum surge; will April rewrite the alt saga?

Stellar, Bitcoin Diamond and Qtum surge; will April rewrite the alt saga?

The much-hyped alt season still seems to be a distant dream even though most alts are continuing to make minor gains towards recovering the losses they collectively incurred during the previous month’s massive price crash. Altcoins such as Stellar, Bitcoin Diamond and Qtum have seen their price surge up to 10 percent in less than …

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Top crypto exchanges, token issuers named in Friday barrage of U.S. class-action lawsuits

Top crypto exchanges, token issuers named in Friday barrage of U.S. class-action lawsuits

Well-known crypto market players and companies were hit by a barrage of new lawsuits filed Friday in New York federal court.  Eleven new putative class actions were filed on April 3 by the Roche Freedman law firm in the Southern District of New York. They separately name Binance, Civic, BProtocol, Status, Block.one, KayDex, Quantstamp, BiBox, …

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Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miners in China Brace For Impact

Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miners in China Brace For Impact

Hosted by CoinDesk Research Analyst Christine Kim, the first episode of the Bitcoin Halving 2020 podcast series is about the impact of bitcoin’s third halving on the concentration of miners in China. In about 40 days, the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, bitcoin (BTC), will undergo a pre-programmed block reward reduction known …

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Blockchain Experts Weigh in on Russia’s Controversial Coronavirus Tracking App

Blockchain Experts Weigh in on Russia’s Controversial Coronavirus Tracking App

Experts suggest that blockchain technology could have been a better solution for handling coronavirus-related data in Russia. Moscow’s COVID-19 App is pulled from Google Play On March 25, an app called “Social monitoring” appeared in Google Play store. According to the app’s description, it was designed for social monitoring as well as for providing access …

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Coinbase Custody is the biggest Tezos staking service, despite charging higher fees

Coinbase Custody is the biggest Tezos staking service, despite charging higher fees

Coinbase Custody is the largest operator of a Tezos staking validator, despite charging higher fees. The firm is staking over 65 million XTZ as of March 30, according to research conducted by The Block’s John Dantoni. Coinbase Custody launched its staking service in April 2019. That equates to more than $110 million at today’s XTZ …

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