Securing the Internet-of-Things with Blockchain

Securing the Internet-of-Things with Blockchain

In the past few years, developments in technology have brought us closer to the hyper-connected world that futurologists imagined in the 1950s. Self-driving cars, computers that can converse in real-time and hyperloop transportation are among the developments that will shape our future beyond what we thought possible. Of all the major trends, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) […]

Victory Lap? 2017 Was Bitcoin's Backward Year

Victory Lap? 2017 Was Bitcoin’s Backward Year

Jim Harper is a vice president at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he works to adapt law and policy to the information age. He served as Global Policy Counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation in 2014. This article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review opinion series. 2017 was another gloriously miserable year for […]

Scratch That: CryptoKitties Isn't Ethereum's Vision for Apps

Scratch That: CryptoKitties Isn’t Ethereum’s Vision for Apps

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin cried himself to sleep the night "World of Warcraft" maker Blizzard Entertainment altered his "beloved warlock’s Siphon Life spell." According to Buterin, the online role-playing game forever changed his outlook toward app development. "On that day, I realized what horrors centralized services can bring," he writes on his official "About.me." Aspiring […]

Bitcoin Has Gone Mainstream. That's a Very Big Deal

Bitcoin Has Gone Mainstream. That’s a Very Big Deal

Michael J. Casey is chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor of blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. Last week, my eighth-grader came home saying that all the boys at school were talking about bitcoin. Some might describe this vignette, and many others like it from the past few weeks, as a […]

Cryptocurrency and ICO Predictions for 2018

Cryptocurrency and ICO Predictions for 2018

What future holds for Cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been the hottest topic in investment circles this year, and the rage has yet to reach its peak. More than 16 million Bitcoins are now circulating worth more than $170 billion – and there’s more to mine yet. It’s moved beyond the criminal spheres of the Silk Road […]

Is Litecoin The Future of Cryptocurrency?

Is Litecoin The Future of Cryptocurrency?

More on Blockchain and Bitcoin Despite bitcoin’s relative youth at just under 10 years old, its fervent popularity has spawned a cryptocurrency revolution and several competitors. An influx of new money from both retail investors and institutional entities means that these alternative cryptocurrencies, or “altcoins”, are under new scrutiny as traders look to diversify away […]

How cryptocurrency mining works: Bitcoin vs. Monero

How cryptocurrency mining works: Bitcoin vs. Monero

Ever wondered why websites that are mining in the background don’t mine for the immensely hot Bitcoin, but for Monero instead? We can explain that. As there are different types of cryptocurrencies, there are also different types of mining. After providing you with some background information about blockchain [ 1 ],[ 2 ] and cryptocurrency […]

Futures Launch Puts Record Bitcoin Highs Back in Play

Futures Launch Puts Record Bitcoin Highs Back in Play

Having landed on Wall Street with a bang, bitcoin is solidly bid and looks set to scale new heights. As per CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index , the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization rose to a high of $16,773.04 at 08:00 UTC today, and was last seen trading at $16,500 levels. Going by CoinMarketCap data, […]

BitGo Scores $43 Million Series B as Crypto Goes Corporate

BitGo Scores $43 Million Series B as Crypto Goes Corporate

BitGo, the maker of multi-signature cryptocurrency wallets for enterprises, has closed a $42.5 million Series B funding round in a sign that demand has at last arrived for institutional-grade services in the market. Led by Valor Equity Partners with participation from Bill Lee and David Sacks, the round of venture capital brings BitGo’s total funding […]