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Category: Ethereum

GDAX Introduces Margin Trading for Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Finance, News

GDAX Introduces Margin Trading for Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin

While Wall Street will have to wait a bit longer until the SEC approves the first Bitcoin ETF, professional traders have been introduced to yet another channel through which to try bitcoin. Coinbase, the most prominent Bitcoin exchange which also trades Ethereum’s cryptocurrency ether, now allows margin trading on its institutional trading platform, GDAX. With over $100 million in funding...

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Ether to be Added as Third Supported Cryptocurrency on AlphaBay

Category: Altcoins, Ethereum, News

Ether to be Added as Third Supported Cryptocurrency on AlphaBay

AlphaBay, one of the leading dark web markets, announced March 18 that they would be initiating acceptance of Ethereum’s token, ether, as a supported cryptocurrency on their website. Ether will be joining the ranks of bitcoin and monero and will be fully operational on May 1, 2017. Ethereum’s cryptocurrency, ether, is already at an all-time high, and with the announcement...

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Ethereum's Cryptocurrency Rises to New High Above $50, Where Next?

Category: Ethereum, News, Price Analysis

Ethereum's Cryptocurrency Rises to New High Above $50, Where Next?

The cryptocurrency powering Ethereum's blockchain, ether, has managed to reach a fresh all-time high just above the $50 handle and experienced a huge increase in volume, as more traders, investors and speculators are drawn to the altcoin. In comparison to the Bitcoin community, Ethereum looks to be steaming ahead at this point. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, progress on the long...

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Is Ethereum a Viable Alternative to Bitcoin as a Payment Network?

Category: Blockchain, Commentary, Ethereum, News

Is Ethereum a Viable Alternative to Bitcoin as a Payment Network?

The vast majority of digital currency and Bitcoin enthusiasts perceive Ethereum as a sophisticated smart contract protocol designed and structured to support unique decentralized applications. However, Social Minds founder and Reality Keys developer Edmund Edgar sees Ethereum as a viable alternative to bitcoin as a payment network, primarily due to its simple method of facilitating transactions. Processing payments on the...

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Qtum, a Hybrid of Bitcoin and Ethereum, Set to Launch Crowdsale

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Finance, News

Qtum, a Hybrid of Bitcoin and Ethereum, Set to Launch Crowdsale

A new hybrid blockchain Qtum, combining the UTXO set of Bitcoin and the smart contracts of Ethereum, will launch a crowdsale on March 16 lasting until April 15, with 51 percent of the token's total supply up for sale. Qtum have also announced their collaboration with PwC, a big player in the consultancy and finance space. The Best of Both...

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Ethereum Classic Integrates Deflationary Monetary Policy

Category: Altcoins, Ethereum, News

Ethereum Classic Integrates Deflationary Monetary Policy

Ethereum Classic (ETC), the spinoff project of the original Ethereum network created in response to the decision to bailout investors of the DAO, is fully detaching itself from the traditional Ethereum model, starting with the elimination of the original monetary policy, with the idea first floated in late 2016. The Ethereum network produces nearly 13 million new ether annually, without...

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Enterprise Ethereum Alliance: Big Business Meets the Blockchain

Category: Business, Ethereum, News

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance: Big Business Meets the Blockchain

Several business heavyweights have joined forces to create new computing systems based on the Ethereum platform. Around 30 companies are participating in the creation of what they are calling the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, focused on utilizing the new potential blockchain technology allows, announced February 28. The official announcement has seen a spike in the price of ether, with details first...

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Sprites: An Improvement on the Lightning Network

Category: Bitcoin, Ethereum, News, Tech

Sprites: An Improvement on the Lightning Network

Four cryptocurrency researchers from UIUC, Cornell, Microsoft, and Newcastle University released a paper on February 19 describing a solution for scaling blockchains using state channels which in theory would be faster than the Lightning Network model. They are calling it "Sprites." Presently, Bitcoin is approaching maximum capacity and might soon be unable to support the amount of transactions that users...

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EDCON Highlights: Ethereum's Ecosystem Drives Forward

Category: Ethereum, News, Tech

EDCON Highlights: Ethereum's Ecosystem Drives Forward

The EDCON conference, an annual event focused on development within cryptocurrency and Ethereum in particular, came to a conclusion February 18. Below are just a few of the most important highlights of the conference. Casper First introduced in early August of 2015, Casper is a consensus protocol utilizing a revised version of Proof of Stake, where participants must place a...

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0x: An Open Protocol for Decentralized Exchange on the Ethereum Blockchain

Category: Ethereum, News, Tech

0x: An Open Protocol for Decentralized Exchange on the Ethereum Blockchain

The developmental landscape for smart contracts and decentralized applications (dApps) is rife with the challenges of several key issues; interoperability, governance, open standardization, technical infrastructure, and secure exchange functionality. The 0x Project is an attempt to address these problems. As pointed out in the white paper, “While 0x is fundamentally a network protocol used to facilitate signaling between buyers and...

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