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London Blockchain Week • January 20-26, 2017

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“Nobody has set up an Electrum Server for Over a Year.”

Category: Bitcoin, Interviews, News, Tech

“Nobody has set up an Electrum Server for Over a Year.”

Electrum is one of the oldest and remains a favorite light client for Bitcoin. It works with a network of servers that feed the clients with block data. But with the growth of the Blockchain, starting a new server has become nearly impossible, so that the creation of new servers has ultimately come to a halt; until Neil Booth’s ElectrumX...

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World’s Elite Present Blockchain Projects and Cooperatives at Davos

Category: Business, Commentary, News, Tech

World’s Elite Present Blockchain Projects and Cooperatives at Davos

Once in a year in late January, the economic and political leaders of the world meet in Swiss mountain village Davos to discuss the state of the world and connect with each other. This year the Blockchain was a big topic, with the launch of the Global Blockchain Business Council, an announcement to bring the oil trade on a blockchain...

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Why the German Energy Industry Started to Love the Blockchain

Category: Business, News, Tech

Why the German Energy Industry Started to Love the Blockchain

The German energy industry has caught Blockchain fever. More than 50 percent of the companies are planning a Blockchain project. But what do the energy companies expect from the technology? How do they think it will disrupt their industry? In this article, we will take a look at the ideas that are circulating and the first projects. In most countries...

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And He is Alive! WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Proves Video is Live with Bitcoin’s Blockchain

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

And He is Alive! WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Proves Video is Live with Bitcoin’s Blockchain

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange encounters the questions of fans and critics in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) held on January 10. To eliminate the ongoing rumors, that he is dead, missing or kidnapped, he read out the hash of the latest Bitcoin block in a video. The Australian Julian Assange is famous for having founded the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks. Since...

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European Regulation Takes a Major Step Toward Identifying Bitcoin Users

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

European Regulation Takes a Major Step Toward Identifying Bitcoin Users

The Council of the EU confirms the plans of the Commission to regulate both exchanges and wallet providers; this is a major step to an EU-wide regulation of the Bitcoin industry due June 2017. There has been no sign ever that any terrorist in the whole world has ever used cryptocurrencies. But this does not stop European politicians to propose...

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Scaling Bitcoin the Third Way: Do Nothing

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Scaling Bitcoin the Third Way: Do Nothing

A third way in the block size debate; some members of the Bitcoin communities vote for preserving Bitcoin’s immutability at all costs, instead of hard- or soft-forking to obtain bigger blocks because they consider Bitcoin to be digital gold instead of coffee money. This opinion has its reasons and its merits - but might turn out to be the best...

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New Release of Ethereum’s Client Geth Awakens the Swarm

Category: Ethereum, News, Tech

New Release of Ethereum’s Client Geth Awakens the Swarm

With the geth 1.5 release, Ethereum integrates an alpha version Swarm in its main client; a distributed storage platform that is part of Ethereum’s vision of Web 3.0. The long-term goal of Ethereum goes far beyond creating a currency. Instead, the developers aim to build a decentralized Internet known as Web 3.0. While Ether, the digital asset fuelling the Blockchain,...

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Acatis Founder Hendrik Leber: “Many Colleagues use Gold as a Hedge Against Uncertainty. I Think Bitcoin Can do the Same.”

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, Interviews, News

Acatis Founder Hendrik Leber: “Many Colleagues use Gold as a Hedge Against Uncertainty. I Think Bitcoin Can do the Same.”

Hendrik Leber is the founder of Acatis, an investment fund company for wealth managers and banks. Acatis manages around €3.5 billion for its clients and is the first traditional investor globally to have integrated bitcoin into its portfolio. In an exclusive interview with BTCManager, Leber explains how he came to Bitcoin and what is the role of the cryptocurrency in...

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Zug, the Heart of the Swiss Crypto Valley, Warms to Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

Zug, the Heart of the Swiss Crypto Valley, Warms to Bitcoin

The little Swiss city of Zug became famous worldwide for being the first city to accept bitcoin for municipal services. Now the city says it has had “positive experiences” with accepting bitcoin - and that it plans to adopt non-monetary blockchain applications for the city’s administration. Zug, the capital of Swiss canton Zug, is a remarkable town. With just 23,000...

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BitPay: Affiliate Networks use Bitcoin for Global Payouts

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News

BitPay: Affiliate Networks use Bitcoin for Global Payouts

Since its introduction in 2015, BitPay’s Payout Service is growing much faster than the services of other payment providers, demonstrating that Bitcoin is less about spending but more about receiving. BitPay have worked so hard to establish Bitcoin as a means of payment. The company have developed a beautiful and convenient invoice, offered merchants to exchange the customers pay from...

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