RChain Cooperative May Need to Liquidate RHOC Holdings to Remain Solvent

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An analysis of RChain Cooperative’s October balance sheet suggests the organization is insolvent with its liabilities greatly exceeding its liquid assets. To meet its liabilities, the organization may need to liquidate a large portion of its RHOC holdings or find another way to renegotiate or refinance its obligations, giving credence to allegations that the organization…

Analysis Suggests that 85 Percent of Monero Network is Dominated by ASICs

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Within the last 40 days, analysis suggests that Monero is once again dominated by ASIC mining, with 85 percent of the network hash rate coming from this specialized computer hardware. The author was able to detect this new wave of ASICs via mining nonce forensics. Background on Monero Monero is an open-source cryptocurrency created in…

Analysis of UAE and Saudi Arabia’s Government Cross-Border Payments Cryptocurrency

Analysis of UAE and Saudi Arabia’s Government Cross-Border Payments Cryptocurrency

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The United Arab Emirates and its neighbor Saudi Arabia launched a government-backed cryptocurrency to facilitate cross-border payments. The launch was part of a seven-point co-operation plan that was unveiled on Jan. 20th. Apart from cryptocurrency development, the rest of the plan includes a sort of customs union, which allows Saudi and Emirati small and medium-sized enterprises…

Without Regulation ICOs Unlikely to Disrupt Venture Capital According to OECD

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In its January report, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) explained some of the intricacies of ICOs in modern finance. Although ICOs still offer advantages for startups, it comes at a steep cost. The organization concluded that ICOs can’t be properly harnessed until there is regulatory consensus internationally and it is unlikely to…

Ethereum Classic’s 51 Percent Attack Highlights the Challenges of Proof-of-Work Coins

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On Jan. 5th, Ethereum Classic (ETC) suffered a 51% attack losing a total of more than US$1 million spread over 15 different transactions. The scale of this attack can offer some lessons to the challenges faced by blockchains secured by Proof of Work (PoW). This is not the first majority attack that has occurred. In…

Navigating FUD and Fake News in Crypto Journalism

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In an industry that’s flooded with money, it’s sad to see some crypto media outlets succumb to the perils of so-called fake news, not to mention misinformed readers falling for scams during the ICO craze. 2018 was a controversial year in the crypto media sphere. Disappointingly, it was uncovered that stories people may have read…

ICO Firms Paid Themselves $24 Billion Absent of Accountability or Much Effort

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A BitMex report highlights the egregiousness of the ICO craze of 2017. Cryptocurrency companies were able to raise millions absent of accountability and with little work, and at the expense of likely unsophisticated buyers. The scathing report, released on Jan. 16th by BitMEX, on the ICO market in 2017-18 concluded token startups raised over $24 billion during…

Binance Freezes Hacked Cryptopia Funds, Raises Questions Around Cryptocurrency Fungibility

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Part of the funds from the Cryptopia hack were recently sent to the Binance cryptocurrency exchange. In response, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance froze the funds, raising questions around cryptocurrency’s anonymity and fungibility. Cryptopia is a tiny exchange with a daily trading volume averaging around $2 million. The exchange was hacked on the…

Analysis: Bitcoin Transactions at 10-Month High While Fees at 2-Year Low

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BTC has hit a 10-month high in transaction volume. Meanwhile, tx fees are at a multi-year low. These figures indicate that factors such as scaling improvements to the Bitcoin protocol, and the relatively modest price of bitcoin, have made transactions in the cryptocurrency extremely affordable. Growing Transactions Volume At 300,000 transactions per day, Bitcoin is…

New Evidence Suggests Tether Does Not Have the Dollar Reserves It Claims

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Reports from the Central Bank of the Bahamas indicate that Tether Ltd. may have never deposited funds into the country. These findings could suggest that Tether may be holding their reserves elsewhere, or not have any reserves at all. In either case, the results could be catastrophic for the cryptocurrency markets. Investors have become increasingly…