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Bitcoin Hard Fork: What is the Chance of Survival for the Weak Chain?

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Bitcoin Hard Fork: What is the Chance of Survival for the Weak Chain?

One chain or two chains? The Bitcoin community fears that the Bitcoin blockchain will split into two persisting chains when Bitcoin Unlimited miners initiate a hard fork, even if it is done with a majority of the hash rate. But is this true? How can the majority chain attack - and how can the minority chain resist? The past days...

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Stormy Weather: How the Hard Fork Crisis Evolved Over a Weekend

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News

Stormy Weather: How the Hard Fork Crisis Evolved Over a Weekend

Since March 17, the possibility of a Bitcoin Unlimited hard fork has not ceased to dominate the discussion in the Bitcoin community. From the statement of the exchanges to list Unlimited as another asset to BitClub mining a block signaling support for the alternative client - we provide the details on what happened. Wow. For Bitcoin journalists, the weekend beginning...

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Coinbase: Users to Pay Fees for On-chain Transactions, Internal Off-chain Transactions Still Free

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Business, News

Coinbase: Users to Pay Fees for On-chain Transactions, Internal Off-chain Transactions Still Free

The Bitcoin ecosystem evolves. Coinbase, with six million users the largest exchange platform in the US, reacts to the emerging fee market and does no longer pay the transaction fee for its customers. Off-chain transactions, from Coinbase account to Coinbase account, however, are still free. Besides some minor updates in its so-called “Spring Cleaning” Coinbase also adjusts its wallets to...

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Bitcoin Core 0.14 Released: Better Performance, Faster Synchronization, and More

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Bitcoin Core 0.14 Released: Better Performance, Faster Synchronization, and More

Bitcoin Core released version 0.14 of the reference client of Bitcoin. This release contains some significant improvements in the performance, especially when building a node. Also, it changes the mempool management, enables users to retrospectively increase the fee for a transaction and many more things. With the version number 0.14 Bitcoin Core, the reference client of Bitcoin reaches a new...

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While Chinese Exchanges Extend the Locking of Bitcoin, PBoC Talks about the Shape of Upcoming Regulation

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

While Chinese Exchanges Extend the Locking of Bitcoin, PBoC Talks about the Shape of Upcoming Regulation

The large Bitcoin exchanges of China prolong the locking of bitcoin withdrawals, and a director of the Chinese central bank outlines how he wants to regulate Bitcoin; with observation, supervision, licenses, negative lists - and with blockchain technology. There is a proverb saying that if an official of the Chinese central bank falls on a Bitcoin exchange, the price of...

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Fee Market Kicks in with Weird Consequences

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Commentary

Fee Market Kicks in with Weird Consequences

Bitcoin knocks at its capacity limits. After the Mempool did not empty at the weekend for the first time, the traffic jam on the Blockchain might become a permanent state. Full capacity already bears weird results, like that you can buy faster confirmations with credit cards. What can be done? Is there help in sight? By itself it is no...

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The World’s Biggest Mining Pool Mines a couple of Bitcoin Unlimited Blocks

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The World’s Biggest Mining Pool Mines a couple of Bitcoin Unlimited Blocks

AntPool, the world’s biggest Bitcoin mining pool, finally makes its actions speak rather than its words. After complaining about the unsolved capacity problems, the pool mined a couple of Bitcoin Unlimited blocks. But the story is far from clear. You can say a lot of things about Jihan Wu; as the co-founder of BitMain, the world’s most important manufacturer of...

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The Bitcoin ETF: Is it Already In the Bag?

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Regulation

The Bitcoin ETF: Is it Already In the Bag?

On March 11 it will become clear if the Bitcoin ETF COIN will be allowed to be traded on exchanges. On this date, years of waiting for a decision comes to an end. Let us have a look, how good chances for approval are, and what the rumors and speculations say. For Bitcoin, an ETF would be a milestone. Such...

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The First Bitcoin Store of the World opens in Vienna

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Interviews, News

The First Bitcoin Store of the World opens in Vienna

Magdalena Isbrandt, the founder of the “House of Nakamoto,” called the Bitcoin Store in Vienna explains, what you can buy in the store, and why Vienna was a better place for the project than Berlin. The story how the Berlin-born Magdalena Isbrandt discovered Bitcoin, sounds a bit like a Chinese fairytale. But maybe it is typical: “I studied in Beijing,...

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“Rather than Resist, European Regulators should Innovate.”

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

“Rather than Resist, European Regulators should Innovate.”

The EU seems to open its mind to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain; Malta’s Prime Minister advises to double down on cryptocurrencies, while a report by the Parliament focuses on how blockchain could improve several key areas of economy and state. By now the EU usually has become the subject of cryptocurrency news for its planned regulation which mostly considers Bitcoin...

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