Marshall Islands Updates 2019 Roadmap for Sovereign Cryptocurrency

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The Marshall Islands’ plan to issue a sovereign cryptocurrency, dubbed ‘the Sovereign’ (SOV), appears to be progressing, with the Oceanic nation announcing that it will work alongside Steve Tendon, a former adviser to the Maltese Office of the Prime Minister regarding blockchain policy, in developing the virtual currency. Also Read: Latin American P2P Bitcoin Markets Defy…

No, IBM’s Quantum Computer Won’t Break Bitcoin

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IBM recently unveiled its Q System One at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, with the company describing the quantum computer as being developed for “commercial use.” Despite numerous media outlets again decrying the imminent death of Bitcoin, IBM’s quantum system is not the game-changer that many are heralding it to be. Also Read: Japanese Regulator…

Bitcoin History Part 7: The First Major Hack

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Hacks and heists have been a threat for as long as bitcoin has been worth stealing. By 2011, as Bitcoin was easing into its second year of life and its first bubble, early cryptocurrency exchanges were bringing liquidity and price discovery to the nascent ecosystem. At the same time, they were providing an outlet for…

As 'Plasma' Stalls, SNARKs Become New Hope for Scaling Ethereum Now

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As work on ethereum’s Plasma scaling solution proceeds, some developers are hailing a form of cryptography used by zcash as an alternative.

The New Effort to Get Bitcoin's Lightning Network In Every Browser

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Devs are looking to make bitcoin’s layer-two lightning network compatible with a payment standard used by all major browsers – and so far, so good.

US Marshals Service Announces Auction of 660 BTC

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The United States Marshals Service (USMS) has announced an auction of 660 BTC that is scheduled to take place on Nov. 4. Under the auction rules, interested participants must formally identify themselves to the USMS and submit deposits of $200,000. Also Read: Trump Tariffs to Impact Chinese Mining Hardware Manufacturers USMS to Auction Forfeited BTC in…