Decentralized Finance Emerges as Banner Topic at Ethereum Denver Conference

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ETHDenver kicked off with an address by Aave CEO Stani Kulechov about a hot new wave of decentralized finance applications.

Report Claims 85% of the Monero Network Dominated by ASIC Miners

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Over the last few years, certain cryptocurrency networks have tried to block ASIC mining with many fruitless attempts to forge ASIC-resistant protocols. Multiple cryptocurrency developers have attempted to brick ASIC miners, but with scant success. A perfect example is the privacy-centric digital currency Monero, a project that has tried to fork the software multiple times…

Analyzing Vitalik Buterin’s Statement About Cryptos that are “Centralized Piles of Trash”

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Co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, spoke at the Blockchain Connect Conference in January about Casper CBC and Ethereum 2.0, but also criticized blockchains that boast their speed, calling them “centralized piles of trash.” At the Blockchain Connect Conference in San Francisco, the audience asked Vitalik whether CBC Casper was being designed with any transaction throughput…

Opera Launches In-Browser Ethereum Buys for Scandinavian Customers

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Opera has partnered with regulated crypto brokerage Safello to offer Ethereum buys directly from its browser-based wallet for those in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Opera is currently only offering Ethereum (ETH) for purchase, but it allows payments with credit and debit cards, along with some payment networks. This includes Swedish mobile payment system Swish. Safello…

Markets Update: Top Crypto Assets Open 2019 With Slow Month of Trading

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The leading cryptocurrency markets have seen a slow start to the year, with the top three markets by capitalization shedding between 10% and 37% since early January’s local highs. January has also seen volatility in market cap rankings, with XRP and ETH competing for the second largest crypto asset capitalization, and EOS, USDT, and BCH…

Storm Play Launches Long Awaited iOS App for Microtasks

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The popular gamified microtask platform, StormX, has launched their long-awaited iOS app. To celebrate the milestone, Storm Play account holders have the opportunity to win prizes worth $10,000 in BTC, STORM, BNB, or ETH via the company’s Twitter competition. Cryptocurrency Freelancing Storm Play leverages blockchain to “empower the global workforce.” Storm Play lets users earn…

Proof-of-Stake Could Lead to Crypto Banking. Let’s Avoid That

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“Staking as a service” is taking off. We need to think hard about what this means for crypto’s evolution, warns Michael J. Casey.

The Struggles and Successes of Introducing Crypto to the Unbanked: A Social Experiment in Colombia

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How cryptocurrency can help the unbanked has been a hot topic over the past 12 months. It is a laudable goal, but one that it is by no means easy to accomplish. One tech enthusiast and stablecoin startup employee, Steven Gilbert, experienced the struggles – and successes – of attempting to do so when he…

Parity Technologies Awarded $5 Million Grant from Ethereum Foundation

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London-based Parity Technologies has won a $5 million grant from the Ethereum Foundation to fund its work on improving the Ethereum blockchain, such as developments in Casper, sharding, light clients, developer tools, audits, and general infrastructure. Parity to Receive Funding in Tranches The foundation announced the grant via a blog post on Jan. 7th, explaining…