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Category: Altcoins

Research Finds Innovation Potential as Main Driver of Cryptocurrency Returns

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Research Finds Innovation Potential as Main Driver of Cryptocurrency Returns

With interest in Bitcoin growing, cryptocurrencies are identified as lucrative investment opportunities and are researched as some kind of financial asset or commodity. The Winklevoss ETF looks to bring bitcoin to a wider investment audience and the German fund Acatis have stated how the cryptocurrency acts as a hedge against uncertainty, similar to a commodity such as gold. While cryptocurrencies...

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Can Lightning Enable Micropayments in Other Cryptocurrencies?

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Can Lightning Enable Micropayments in Other Cryptocurrencies?

The Lightning Network, better known as Lightning, is a unique scalability solution eagerly anticipated by the Bitcoin community and industry. Toward the end of 2016, experts including Andreas Antonopoulos and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee introduced the concept of implementing Lightning in other cryptocurrencies apart from bitcoin. Lightning is essentially a smart contract project that was first submitted by Joseph Poon...

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Ambisafe Inc. and ICOrating Partner to Form “Moody's” of ICO Investing

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Ambisafe Inc. and ICOrating Partner to Form “Moody's” of ICO Investing

As the cryptocurrency economy continues to mature, investors have been funding blockchain startups with millions of dollars through what the crypto world calls "ICOs," or Initial Coin Offerings. To help individuals and institutional investors make informed decisions, U.S. corporation Ambisafe Inc. has partnered with Russian rating agency ICOrating, to analyze the burgeoning ICO market. The term ICO is an almost...

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Scaling Bitcoin the Third Way: Do Nothing

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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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Altcoins Experience Tailcoat Effect on Bitcoin Rally

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Altcoins Experience Tailcoat Effect on Bitcoin Rally

Bitcoin’s rally has thrown up some interesting results on January 4, with altcoins surging and following Bitcoin higher with a tailcoat effect. Cryptocurrencies such as Dash, Monero, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Counterparty, and Factoids displayed impressive gains, with most appreciating more than 10 percent on the day. Usually while as bitcoin rallies, altcoins experience losses, as most are paired with bitcoin...

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Barry Silbert Removes Stocks From Portfolio, 'All In' on Cryptocurrencies and Cash for 2017

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Barry Silbert Removes Stocks From Portfolio, 'All In' on Cryptocurrencies and Cash for 2017

Barry Silbert, founder of Digital Currency Group, a bitcoin investment fund which oversees 19 major bitcoin exchanges across the world, announced that he would be entering 2017 with no public stock, fixed income or debt. Instead, he intends to focus on Bitcoin, Ethereum Classic, and ZCash, to avoid global financial crisis and economic instability. The rally of the Bitcoin price...

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Will a National Cryptocurrency be Scotland’s Solution to a Life After the Pound?

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Will a National Cryptocurrency be Scotland’s Solution to a Life After the Pound?

Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, Scotland’s political leaders have been calling for a second independence referendum to gain separate from the UK. While in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish people voted to remain part of Great Britain the situation has now changed. Many Scots at the time voted...

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A Growing Blockchain Effort: Hyperledger Adds Eight More Companies

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A Growing Blockchain Effort: Hyperledger Adds Eight More Companies

Eight new companies, including Sovrin Foundation, a private-sector international non-profit that was established to govern the world’s first self-sovereign identity network, and Swisscom, a major, state-owned Swiss telecommunications provider, have joined the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger project. The other six companies that have joined Hyperledger are; Lykke, a zero-commission, digital currency, and asset trading ecosystem, Hashed Health, using blockchain technologies to...

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BTCMANAGER’s Year in Review: 2016

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Ethereum, News, News Digest

BTCMANAGER’s Year in Review: 2016

In what has been one of the strongest years for Blockchain technology and the growth of Bitcoin, BTCManager looks back at 2016 in our Year in Review. Here we highlight the stories brought to you by us that defined the evolution of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general over the past year. January: Mike Hearn Quits after Classic’s Attempt to Hard...

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ValueShuffle: A Way to Improve Bitcoin's Fungibility

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ValueShuffle: A Way to Improve Bitcoin's Fungibility

Bitcoin’s privacy concerns have been a hot topic this year. Due to the cryptocurrency's pseudonymous status, many newcomers to believe its transactions to be untraceable. However, that is not the case. As all bitcoin transactions are publicly recording on the blockchain, there are various ways in which transaction can be traced by linked users’ public bitcoin addresses to them. A...

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