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Exchanges, Startups Pick Sides After the Bitcoin Cash ‘Hash War’

The so-called “hash war” over the future of bitcoin cash is over – and what remains appears to be a persisting rivalry between the forces behind what are now two distinct cryptocurrencies. Created in November when the blockchain underwent a controversial system-wide upgrade (also called a hard fork), there remains a segment of the bitcoin cash community that… Read More »

Coinbase and the Awkwardness of Growing Up

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here. Coinbase’s recent announcement that it was considering another 31 tokens for listing was greeted with a potent mix of… Read More »

One Month Later, Which Crypto Is Winning the Bitcoin Cash Split?

One month has officially passed since the bitcoin cash blockchain underwent a hard fork on November 15, resulting in the creation of two distinct networks. They’re now commonly referred to as Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin SV. Yet in the weeks that followed the mid-November fracture, there is still no favorite in terms of overall price. Bitcoin cash… Read More »

Crypto is for Activists: Why We Need More Cypherpunks, Not Cypherposers

Zach Harvey is the CEO of Lamassu, an early and active provider of cryptocurrency vending machines.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  Emotions were high during bitcoin’s block size debate (each side believing bitcoin would be damaged by the other’s triumph), and they’re high again in this year’s bear market. People are once again listening… Read More »

When There’s Blood in the Street (Why It’s Not Quite Time to Be Long Crypto)

Timothy Enneking is the founder and the primary principal of Digital Capital Management, LLC (DCM). ——————- Two members of the Rothschild family are credited, perhaps incorrectly, with the (in)famous quote regarding investing: “When there is blood in the street” (James (mid-19th century) and Nathan (after the battle of Waterloo)). The family has been one of the richest in… Read More »

Coinbase Revamps PayPal Withdrawals for US Crypto Users

Coinbase customers in the U.S. can now make withdrawals into their PayPal accounts. According to a blog post, U.S. customers can withdraw their Coinbase balances to PayPal immediately and without any fees. The new arrangement allows customers to quickly convert their cryptocurrency holdings to cash, wrote Allen Osgood, who works on product at the exchange. Coinbase announced it… Read More »

This Binance-Backed Crypto Startup Wants to Anonymize Everything

“We’ve been fucking up this mixnet idea for 39 years.” That’s how lead developer David Stainton introduced the mixing tech that powers Nym Technologies, a stealth anonymity startup that sports a roster of privacy activists and cryptography heavyweights from around the world. An open infrastructure based on a near-forgotten anonymity system named mix networks, Nym is now entering… Read More »

Ethereum Chat Startup Status Lays Off 25% of Staff

Ethereum browser startup Status.IM is cutting a quarter of its staff due to the ongoing downturn in cryptocurrency prices. Announcing the move to employees on Monday, co-founder Jarrad Hope said that the startup is much larger than can be sustained due to the fact that the company did not anticipate ethereum’s price dropping more than 80 percent. COO Nabil… Read More »

EU Parliament Calls for Action on Blockchain Adoption in Trade

The European Parliament (EP) has called for measures to boost blockchain adoption in trade and business across the region. The legislative body adopted a resolution on Thursday, dubbed “Blockchain: a forward-looking trade policy,” setting out how the nascent technology could improve EU trade policies, including free trade and mutual recognition agreements. Blockchain could improve supply chain transparency, streamline… Read More »

Crypto-Friendly Money App Revolut Wins EU Banking License

Revolut, provider of a mobile finance app that offers crypto trading, has been granted a banking license from the European Central Bank. The firm announced Thursday that the new license will ultimately allow it to offer users an account to manage all their finances from a single place through its upcoming venture Revolut Bank. That vision is a little… Read More »