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What the Data Tells Us About Bitcoin in 2017

What the Data Tells Us About Bitcoin in 2017

Jameson Lopp is an engineer at BitGo and the creator of Statoshi.info. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. I’ve always been fascinated with the raw numbers relating to the operational status and growth of bitcoin, especially as we ride the […]

2018: The Year Blockchain, AI and IoT Converge

2018: The Year Blockchain, AI and IoT Converge

Jalak Jobanputra is founder and managing partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early-stage venture fund investing in decentralization and digital assets. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. 2017 was the year that cryptocurrency became mainstream. But what’s even more exciting […]

Why Bitcoin Needs Fiat (And This Won’t Change in 2018)

Why Bitcoin Needs Fiat (And This Won’t Change in 2018)

Tim Swanson is the director of research at Post Oak Labs, a U.S.-based technology advisory firm, and the former director of research at distributed ledger technology consortium R3.  The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review series. Imagine a parallel universe in which […]

Price of Success? Bitcoin Faces New Pressure in a Multi-Coin World

Price of Success? Bitcoin Faces New Pressure in a Multi-Coin World

“Blockchains are about increasing freedom for individuals and allowing them the flexibility to leave on principle at any point in time.” If day one of Scaling Bitcoin showed how bitcoin’s technical and academic communities are moving swiftly to capitalize on the network’s newly updated code […]

Hold the Fork: No 2x But Everything Else Goes at Scaling Bitcoin Event

Hold the Fork: No 2x But Everything Else Goes at Scaling Bitcoin Event

“Bitcoin is the currency of enemies.” If adversarial thinking like Tadge Dryja‘s was on display, it’s target was relegated to theoretical targets on day one of Scaling Bitcoin Saturday. Held this year at Stanford University, the event’s fourth edition, first started to bridge bitcoin’s then-scaling […]

Neo ICO Token Wins Traders as China Worries Fade

Neo ICO Token Wins Traders as China Worries Fade

The neo-US dollar (NEO/USD) exchange rate is showing signs of renewed life today. As a China-based project, neo (formerly antshares) perhaps bore most of the brunt of the decision by the country’s regulators to ban initial coin offerings (ICOs), falling nearly 40% over the day’s trading on September 4. However, neo appears to now be recovering, posting a […]

Untangling Bitcoin: Why Russell Yanofsky Is Taking Apart Crypto’s Oldest Code

Untangling Bitcoin: Why Russell Yanofsky Is Taking Apart Crypto’s Oldest Code

Developers often use words like “monolithic,” “blob” and “tangled” to describe the code underpinning bitcoin. These words paint a picture of how difficult the code can be to comprehend and, in turn, work with, and it’s not exactly a comforting thought for a network supporting […]

Optimizing SegWit: How Bitcoin’s New Software Is Giving Scaling a Boost

Optimizing SegWit: How Bitcoin’s New Software Is Giving Scaling a Boost

SegWit may be live on bitcoin, but the work to realize its potential isn’t over. Even after the bitcoin blockchain upgraded to support Segregated Witness (SegWit) last month, ending perhaps the network’s most heated debate on direction to date, the optimization has yet to leave much […]

Better, Faster zk-SNARKs: Zcash Developers Release New Privacy Tech

Better, Faster zk-SNARKs: Zcash Developers Release New Privacy Tech

Researchers working on the zcash protocol announced today they’ve invented a new way to speed up the anonymous cryptocurrency. Today, zcash, the seventeenth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, uses the bleeding-edge cryptographic technique zk-SNARKs to hide balances and user addresses, but the technique comes with a […]

Broken Hash Crash? IOTA’s Price Keeps Dropping on Tech Critique

Broken Hash Crash? IOTA’s Price Keeps Dropping on Tech Critique

The IOTA-U.S. dollar exchange rate (IOT/USD) has plummeted in the last 24 hours following revelations from Boston University and MIT researchers that cryptographic vulnerabilities had led to a patch in the widely touted cryptocurrency’s code. Heralded for its corporate partnerships and unique technology that enables […]