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Survey Suggests 300 Percent Rise in Cryptocurrency Adoption in Ireland

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Survey Suggests 300 Percent Rise in Cryptocurrency Adoption in Ireland

 A report by The Irish Times  on June 11, 2018, suggested a 300 percent increase in the number of Irish citizens owning a cryptocurrency in 2018, compared to 2014 statistics. Irish Citizens “Curious” About Cryptocurrencies The study suggested that over 120,000 citizens are officially holding bitcoins or altcoins, in addition to over 180,000 people who “have at some stage” purchased…

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Women Considering Cryptocurrency Investments Have Doubled Since the Beginning of 2018

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Women Considering Cryptocurrency Investments Have Doubled Since the Beginning of 2018

Research shows the first six months of 2018 experienced an increase in women considering cryptocurrency investments, from 6 percent to 13 percent. Females are Financially Informed While demand and interest in cryptocurrencies have fallen over the year, cryptocurrencies have gained more popularity with women. Approximately 20 percent of female millennials are now keen to invest in cryptocurrencies. There was however…

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Boston College Research: ICO Success is Proportional to Twitter Activity

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Boston College Research: ICO Success is Proportional to Twitter Activity

The monumental rise of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as a form of fundraising in 2017 was undoubtedly impressive, with industry observers expressing both criticism and acknowledgment of the process.  Now, the method has been studied in detail by academics, who sought to point out the technique’s incredible success rate in proportion to Twitter metrics. Twitter Followers and ICO Returns According…

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Study Highlights 46 percent of Past ICOs Took Place Without Working Plan in Place

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Study Highlights 46 percent of Past ICOs Took Place Without Working Plan in Place

While the ICO market is showing no signs of slowing down, a study by an Amsterdam-based company that specializes in rating ICOs, ICO Rating, has highlighted that a total of 412 projects raised a whopping $3.3 billion in the first quarter of 2018 alone. This figure represents a five percent increase over the capital raised in the last quarter in…

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Imperial College Economists Develop New Bitcoin Pricing Model

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Imperial College Economists Develop New Bitcoin Pricing Model

As the world asks how cryptocurrency can be classified and valued, two economists from Imperial College have released a paper centering on two crucial questions: What type of asset is bitcoin, and what is its fundamental value? Emiliano Pagnotta and Andrea Buraschi, two professors of finance at Imperial College Business School in London, explore the general equilibrium of a decentralized…

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Research Exposes Flaws in Cryptocurrencies based on the Zerocoin Protocol

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Research Exposes Flaws in Cryptocurrencies based on the Zerocoin Protocol

A new analysis, titled ‘Burning Zerocoins for fun and profit,’ exposes several flaws in Zerocoin, a technology that aims to improve anonymity and used by several cryptocurrencies. The study was published by the Chair of Applied Cryptography on April 12, 2018. The German authors said, “We identified critical coding issues in a software library implementing Zerocoin, allowing an attacker to…

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That Old Chesnut: Monero Steams Ahead Despite ‘Broken Privacy’ Allegations

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That Old Chesnut: Monero Steams Ahead Despite ‘Broken Privacy’ Allegations

Cryptocurrencies had been originally launched with the vision of being decentralized, digital and anonymous replacements of fiat currency. However, when the veil of anonymity was lifted from Bitcoin’s blockchain, it was widely speculated that Monero would be leading the industry regarding privacy. The Monero development team were so confident about that, in fact, that they claimed it was near impossible…

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German Researchers Uncover Illegal Content Linked to the Bitcoin Blockchain

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German Researchers Uncover Illegal Content Linked to the Bitcoin Blockchain

According to a research paper published by researchers in Germany in March 2018, the Bitcoin blockchain may be hosting links to illegal content, including three specific instances of child abuse. The authors of the paper, who come from the University of Aachen and Frankfurt, have stated that while there is a lot of illegal content present on the blockchain, a…

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Only 40 Percent of ICOs reached target in November 2017 compared to 90 Percent in June 2017

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Only 40 Percent of ICOs reached target in November 2017 compared to 90 Percent in June 2017

Research by Ernst & Young has shed light on a worrying aspect of investing in cryptocurrency projects online. The multinational professional services company analyzed more than 372 “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) and found that about ten percent of the funds raised through ICOs are either stolen or lost in cyber attacks. Professional Study Reveals Surprising Results For the uninitiated, an…

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Pineapple Fund Promises $4 Million To Study Aimed At Finding Health Benefits Of MDMA

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Pineapple Fund Promises $4 Million To Study Aimed At Finding Health Benefits Of MDMA

The still-young but famed Pineapple Fund has once again come into the limelight after promising a new round of funding for the US-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The money raised via this new initiative will go to a research project analyzing the health benefits of MDMA. Medical Progress Pineapple Fund has pledged to match any new donation dollar-for-dollar…

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