‘Tackling Real World Issues’: Hackers at ETH New York Build Apps Geared Towards Social Change

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A New York Blockchain Week ended last Friday we spent time at an ethereum hackathon where developers came together to build blockchain tools with social impact.

New Ethereum-based digital collectibles market Meme Factory goes live

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A new Ethereum-based digital collectibles market called Meme Factory went live this week. The platform was created by district0x, a network of decentralized marketplaces behind the DNT token, and will allow users to create, issue, and trade rare digital collectibles. Users can now trade “provably rare” digital collectibles on Meme Factory The digital collectibles industry…

Markets Update: Bears Claw Crypto Prices Back While Uncertainty Fills the Air

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Digital asset markets fell hard during the early morning trading sessions on May 17 as the price of bitcoin core (BTC) quickly tumbled from $7,900 to a low of $6,200 on Bitstamp. Many other crypto markets followed BTC’s drop in value, but over the last few hours, a good portion of coins have regained a…

How Bitcoin and Ethereum plunged in minutes amidst unexpected correction

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On May 17, the price of Bitcoin plunged from around $7800 to $6700 within minutes in a flash crash on BitMEX. Immediately after, the price of Ethereum dropped from $240 to $190. The abrupt decline in the price of Bitcoin was triggered by the placement of a large sell order on Bitstamp and other major crypto…

SEC Commissioner Says Time Is Right for Bitcoin ETFs — 3 Funds Pending

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is currently reviewing three bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), one of which was filed last week to track the prices of two cryptocurrencies. An SEC commissioner said at the Consensus conference on Monday that the time is right for a bitcoin ETF, as the commission is due to make…

Vitalik Buterin: “Microsoft has embraced the open community of blockchain developers” on Ethereum

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On May 7th, Microsoft announced the Azure Blockchain Service, a tool that helps developers and companies create, deploy, and manage blockchain networks. This service, which is currently in public preview, is a continuation of Microsoft’s goal to provide platform-as-a-service tools for blockchain technology. At the Build, Microsoft’s marquee developer conference that occurred in Seattle on May 7th,…

Markets Update: Crypto Prices Continue to Gather Bullish Momentum

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Digital asset markets have been surging over the last 24 hours as the market valuation of the entire cryptoconomy has gained over $20 billion. Moreover, global trade volume has been significant, crossing $85 billion worth of coins swapped in the last day. Also read: Bitcoin’s Software Has Been Rolled Back Before Crypto Markets Add $20…

Ethereum co-founder predicted the bottom for bitcoin, the future looks bright for crypto

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Joseph Lubin, the co-founder of Ethereum and one of the crypto titans, accurately called the bottom of the 2018 bear market. Amidst the mass layoffs and restructuring of ConsenSys, and contrary to the “epic amount of fear, uncertainty, and doubt” in the market, Lubin asserted the industry has a “very bright” and exciting future. Industrialists…

Why Vitalik Buterin thinks Ethereum and DeFi will disrupt finance

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Vitalik Buterin asserted that finance is likely the first sector that will be disrupted by blockchain. The advent of decentralized finance (DeFi)—with projects such as MakerDAO, Augur, Uniswap, and Etherisc—has the potential to disrupt the “insanely inefficient” sector. Is DeFi Ethereum’s Killer App? Vitalik Buterin said while delivering a talk at ETHCapeTown 2019: “If you…

Murder, Censorship and Syria: Crypto and the Future of Uprisings

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One technologist’s imprisonment and execution in Syria exemplifies the parallel use of technology for both liberation and repression – and why bitcoin and other censorship resistant tech is needed in such areas. Meet Bassel Khartabil.