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Bitcoin’s First Sidechain, Liquid, Is Live

This week, Blockstream, one of the largest contributors to the Bitcoin codebase, launched Liquid, Bitcoin’s first sidechain. The project originated in 2015 and has been live in beta for the past year or so. Now, the sidechain is open to all of Blockstream’s partners. Liquid provides exchanges with a near-instant way to move bitcoin around…

Gemini Secures Hot Wallet Insurance

In what may be an industry first, Gemini has now obtained insurance for the digital assets held in the company’s hot wallets. The insurance is arranged Aon, a global professional services firm specializing in risk, retirement, and health solutions. Now, Gemini maintains insurance for its users’ cryptocurrency as well as their U.S. dollar funds through…

Key Crypto Trend/Momentum Analysis for Thursday, October 11, 2018

The big picture technical backdrop for BCHUSD, ETHUSD and LTCUSD changed substantially over the past 24 hours, with all three coins surging southward out of narrow-range Bollinger Band squeeze setups that had printed on their respective six-hour charts. The precipitating event for these significant declines was, of course, the shock sell-off in the broad US…

Learning to Love Proof of Stake

Crypto networks like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, NEO, etc. are fundamentally different from any type of organization that has come before them. They’re not institutions, since there’s no one in control. But they’re also not simple open source projects. You can fork a blockchain, but it’s not as easy as forking Ubuntu or OpenOffice. The main…

Lessons from the Dotcom Era – How First Movers in Blockchain Are Preparing for the Tech Revolution

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain were once a niche interest, protected and propagated by a hardcore legion of early adopters. Now, times have moved on. Blockchain technology has captured the attention of the world. One report estimates that the number of blockchain wallet users is increasing by more than 1.5 million each month. Spurred on by the…

One of the Most Valuable Startups in the US: Coinbase

Coinbase is allegedly in negotiations with Tiger Global to raise $500 million, placing the company at an $8 billion valuation – more than four times more than its $1.5 billion valuation just last summer. This valuation would make Coinbase one of the most valuable startups in the United States and would help serve as a…

Should Investors be Concerned about Ripple’s XRapid?

If you’ve been following Ripple with moderate attention over the last year, you’ve likely heard of their much-publicized XRapid product. Well, Ripple CEO Brand Garlinghouse finally announced three companies that will actually be using XRapid, MercuryFX, Cuallix, and Catalyst Corporate Credit Union, at Ripple’s San Francisco Swell Conference. XRapid basically enables companies to integrate Ripple’s…

Key Crypto Trend/Momentum Analysis for Thursday, October 6, 2018

The ‘big picture’ technical backdrop for BCHUSD, ETHUSD and LTCUSD still remains moderately bullish for the foreseeable future. Two of the coins (Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin) feature bullish pennant patterns on their daily charts, even as Ethereum comes close to testing a major resistance trendline – and with a bullish breakout a real possibility in…

What is public-key cryptography and how does it work?

Every individual who has been involved with blockchain technology on any level should be acquainted with the concept of public and private keys. These two key types form the fundamental basis of the blockchain, and are responsible for securing accounts and for verifying account identities. But how do they actually work? Public keys and private…

Herding in the most volatile market in decades

In finance and economics, there is a branch called behavioural finance, which tries to theorize, research and document the human emotional aspect and behaviour of financial participants. Behavioural finance suggests psychologically based theories to try to explain deviations in price. One of the most powerful techniques used in an economist’s arsenal in understanding the behaviour…