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Lightning Network Payment System “SparkSwap” Makes Its Official Debut

Lightning Network Payment System “SparkSwap” Makes Its Official Debut

A new way to trade bitcoin and digital currencies is now in the books. SparkSwap is the first crypto exchange to be built on the Lightning Network. It allows users to trade both bitcoin and altcoins in seconds without depositing assets with a third party. In a blog post, SparkSwap founder Trey Griffith said, “You can trade between different blockchains (currently Bitcoin and Litecoin, with others coming soon), with trades settling in about a second — a transaction time comparable…

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Bitcoiners Losing Faith in Twitter Inspire an Exodus to Mastodon

Bitcoiners Losing Faith in Twitter Inspire an Exodus to Mastodon

It’s no secret that a growing number of Bitcoiners are unhappy with Twitter. A mix of perceived censorship through shadow banning and lack of serious action being taken by the platform to remove the notorious ether giveaway bots have aggravated calls for a decentralized alternative to the existing social media goliath. Although members of the community had been vocal about this for awhile, it seems that recent moves like the unexplained temporary suspension of BHB Network’s Giacomo Zucco yesterday or…

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ShapeShift to Add Multi-Crypto Swapping Tool to Its Exchange Platform

ShapeShift to Add Multi-Crypto Swapping Tool to Its Exchange Platform

On August 8, 2018, ShapeShiftAG, the parent company of ShapeShift.io, one of the world’s largest decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges, announced its acquisition of Bitfract, a blockchain software startup based in Austin, Texas. Bitfract’s crypto trading tool allows users to swap bitcoin for a basket of cryptocurrencies within a single transaction. Speaking to Bitcoin Magazine, ShapeShift founder and CEO Erik Voorhees revealed that this sort of multi-crypto trading solution has been a long-term target of ShapeShift’s internal engineering team. One thing that…

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Op Ed: Exploring the SEC’s New “Sufficiently Decentralized” Test

Op Ed: Exploring the SEC’s New “Sufficiently Decentralized” Test

The regulators have awoken. SEC Director William Hinman introduced novel concepts to the securities law analysis such that sellers of digital assets may have an escape valve. Yes, even if their initial sale triggered securities laws, later sales may not. The industry should not move forward without careful exploration of these concepts. First order of business: Can digital assets change their colors? As outlined by Global Digital Finance, a digital asset can be a financial asset token (potentially coded as…

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Distributed Dialogues: Blockchain’s Better Side

Distributed Dialogues: Blockchain’s Better Side

The fact that great responsibility accompanies great power has become crystal clear in the blockchain world. While blockchains are most commonly connected with commerce, the potential impact of distributed ledgers is being discovered in fresh sectors daily. In the most recent episode of the Distributed Dialogues podcast, a collaborative show between the Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network and Distributed Magazine, blockchain’s better side was on display. The show explored three different perspectives on how the technology is being used, not just…

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Supply Still Outweighing Demand as Prices Dip

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Supply Still Outweighing Demand as Prices Dip

Over the last two weeks, bitcoin saw its longest streak of red days since 2014. The volume was modest and expansive on the drop as the price managed to lose 25% in value in just 10 days. At the time of this article, the market is testing the strength of the support near the bottom of the macro trading range (TR): Figure 1: BTC-USD, 1-Day Candles, Macro Trading Range As noted in several previous articles, this is a very important…

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Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF Proposal Denied by U.S. SEC

Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF Proposal Denied by U.S. SEC

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rejected the Winklevosses’ latest attempt to list a bitcoin ETF. After having a proposal rejected last year, the Gemini exchange founders had hoped to secure their Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust on BATS Global Market’s BZX stock exchange with this latest attempt. But BZX’s June filing was curbed in a 3-1 vote this Thursday, July 26, 2018. In filing for the ETF, BZX proposed a rule change with hopes that the new proposal would…

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Canadian Cryptocurrency Miner to Install 85-Megawatt Power Substation

Canadian Cryptocurrency Miner to Install 85-Megawatt Power Substation

DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc., a diversified blockchain company, is in the process of installing an 85-megawatt transformer and electric substation for the company’s cryptocurrency mining facility, according to a company statement. The new substation is  commissioned to be operational by September 2018, with 60 megawatts available for energizing mining rigs. The Canadian company offers a range of services including Mining as a Service (MaaS),where it manages bitcoin mining on behalf of third parties at scale. The installation of the new substation is…

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Google Play Store Removes Mining Apps from Offerings

Google Play Store Removes Mining Apps from Offerings

Google just nixed any app that mines cryptocurrencies from its Play Store. With a recent update to the store’s policies, the tech monolith rewrote its stance on cryptocurrency apps. We don’t allow apps that mine cryptocurrency on devices. We permit apps that remotely manage the mining of cryptocurrency. As the latter half of the policy indicates, other mining applications, such as those that facilitate cloud and other forms of remote mining, will not be removed. The policy change is a…

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Kraken review

Kraken review

Kraken, a San Francisco-based exchange that has been on the market for seven years Original source: https://cryptocomes.com/guides/exchanges-guide/kraken/kraken-review

Bithumb Guide

Bithumb Guide

Being founded in 2013, Bithumb suffered from a few major cyber attacks, but managed to overcome these hurdles remaining at the top of its game. Original source: https://cryptocomes.com/guides/exchanges-guide/bithumb/Bithumb-Guide

CBOE Files with SEC for Bitcoin ETF

CBOE Files with SEC for Bitcoin ETF

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is examining an application from the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Global Markets which, if approved, could grant the company a coveted bitcoin ETF license, and bring new waves of institutional investors to the bitcoin arena. The process began in June 2018, when the SEC recently sought comments from industry professionals regarding the ETF in question, which is being offered through the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust – a joint venture between financial…

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Expanding the Practical Use of Blockchain Technology Within Insurance

Expanding the Practical Use of Blockchain Technology Within Insurance

The Institutes RiskBlock™ Alliance is joining forces with Accenture in a move that will see both companies expand the use of blockchain technology within the insurance sector. Accenture joins the Alliance as the lead framework architect responsible for developing a “production-grade platform” to create and implement blockchain use cases. The Institutes RiskBlock Alliance is a consortium of industry experts who seek to advance “insurance-specific use cases via RiskBlock’s interoperable blockchain architecture.” RiskBlock was created by The Institutes, a leading and…

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Fighting for Freedom in Venezuela: How Crypto Helped Héctor’s Family Buy Food

Fighting for Freedom in Venezuela: How Crypto Helped Héctor’s Family Buy Food

On July 1, 2018, Héctor* received 0.5 nano. The transaction was a first for the Venezuelan, and he received it thanks to a donation from one of his fellow countrymen. To some, the roughly $1.80 sum in USD may be inconsequential. But to Héctor, whose country’s native currency is worth next to nothing, it was a godsend. “0.5 nano is almost one entire monthly salary in my country. It’s more than I made last month,” he wrote in a post…

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Markets Turn Red as EOS, Bitcoin Diamond, Bancor Suffer

Markets Turn Red as EOS, Bitcoin Diamond, Bancor Suffer

The markets have taken a bit of a hammering over the last 24 hours with only a few in the green and a lot of well known coins taking big losses Original source: https://cryptocomes.com/markets-turn-red-as-eos-bitcoin-diamond-bancor-suffer

Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review: Looking to the Past and the Future

Bitcoin Magazine’s Week in Review: Looking to the Past and the Future

South Korea just ruled that bitcoin is a legally recognizable asset, which is good news for investors, but not such good news for convicted criminals that had managed to hold onto their cryptocurrency in the past. While 5,300 miles away in Slovenia, we see BTC City adopting full cryptocurrency support via blockchain by all vendors in the shopping center. Meanwhile, The Woz continues to have a sunny outlook on Bitcoin and predicts that, within 10 years, bitcoin will become a…

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