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How Dropgangs and Dead Drops Are Transforming Darknet Practices

Since the creation of the Silk Road, authorities have waged a war against the online drug trade with a wave of surveillance and enforcement. However, crypto-anarchists are developing new ways to evade the state’s tentacles as the next technological phase started to emerge in late 2017. On Monday, the Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast discussed the evolution […]

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Researcher’s Scathing Lightning Network Analysis Finds Flaws

On January 7, digital preservation researcher David Rosenthal published an overview of BTC’s Lightning Network (LN) which claims LN infrastructure isn’t decentralized and privacy-preservation is a myth. Rosenthal’s analysis found significant flaws with the LN fee system and the editorial insists “in order for Lightning Network to provide privacy, it must be massively over-capitalized.” Also […]

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Close to 14,000 Google Scholar Articles Mentioned Bitcoin in 2019

Close to 14,000 Google Scholar Articles Mentioned Bitcoin in 2019On January 3, 2020, the Bitcoin network officially turns 11 and the technology has transformed the lives of many. Since blockchain’s inception, scholars and economists have rigorously studied and written thousands of academic papers covering the subject. In 2019, there were more than 13,700 academic papers and Google Scholar articles published that mention the Bitcoin […]

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Deutsche Bank Strategist Predicts Crypto Could Replace Fiat Money

Deutsche Bank Strategist Says Crypto Could Replace Fiat Money in the Next DecadeDeutsche Bank analysts have made some predictions regarding the future of cryptocurrency. Strategist Jim Reid explained why cryptocurrencies are inevitable and how the existing fiat money system could crumble over the next decade, leading to soaring demand for cryptocurrencies. Also read: Swiss Licensed Crypto Bank Expanding Into 9 Markets ‘The End of Fiat Money?’ – […]

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Almost 70 Crypto Funds Close This Year, Twice as Many Launch

Almost 70 Crypto Funds Close This Year, Twice as Many LaunchDozens of crypto funds, almost 70, have closed this year, a mainstream media outlet reported. And while the startling number reveals the influx of institutional investors into the crypto space might not be happening at a fast pace, it’s also worth noting that crypto fund launches are projected to reach 140 by the end of […]

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104 Addresses Hold 70% of Tether, Research Reveals

104 Addresses Hold 70% of Tether, Research RevealsThe ownership of tether (USDT) turns out to be quite concentrated. According to a recent report, a few addresses control the bulk of the stablecoin, which is widely used by bitcoin traders. The finding comes on top of fresh accusations of creating a bubble levied in a lawsuit against tether’s operators. That adds to the […]

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Bitcoin Cash Outshines BTC Retail Spending in Australia by a Wide Margin

Bitcoin Cash Outshines BTC Retail Spending in Australia by a Wide MarginThe BCH-centric web portal Bitcoinbch.com published on October 13 an in-depth report that shows the aggregate of cryptocurrency expenditure for Australian retail businesses. According to the 10-page document, BCH transactions in the country exceed BTC transactions by a wide margin and BCH is the top digital currency in Australia. Also read: Bitcoin Cast Program Gives […]

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Bitfinex Braces for Imminent Lawsuit Alleging Tether Manipulates Crypto Market

Bitfinex Braces for Imminent Lawsuit Alleging Tether Manipulates the Crypto MarketThe operators of the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and the stablecoin Tether are again engaged in public relations crisis management. They have notified users of an imminent lawsuit over market manipulation allegations and are trying to frame it as just a shameless money grab attempt. Also Read: Zimbabwe Bans Popular Mobile Money Services From Paying out […]

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German Bank Predicts BTC at $90,000 After Next Halving

German Bank Predicts BTC at $90,000 After Next HalvingYou wouldn’t expect a traditional financial institution to come up with a very optimistic forecast about the future of a cryptocurrency or an honest appraisal of its design. But Bayern LB, a lender based in the rich German province of Bavaria, has surprised the crypto community. In a recently published research paper, the bank asks […]

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74% of the World’s Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy Says Report

74% of the Worlds Bitcoin Mining Operations Driven by Renewable Energy, Says ReportThere’s a lot of debate over whether bitcoin mining is bad for the environment. Many bureaucrats and mainstream media pundits claim that mining is wasteful and bitcoin’s energy consumption cannot be ignored. However, these claims have been refuted in the past and on June 6, Coinshares published a report that details mining is not environmentally […]

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Without a True Two-Way Peg No ‘Real’ Sidechain Exists, Says Drivechain Creator

On April 17, the founder of the Drivechain project, Paul Sztorc, published a new blog post concerning the validity of today’s so-called ‘production sidechains.’ Sztorc has declared on multiple occasions that true sidechain technology hasn’t been invented yet and even Blockstream’s Liquid protocol, dubbed “the first production sidechain,” in a critical sense is not a […]

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Strong Evidence Suggests a Single Entity Mined More Than 1 Million Bitcoin

Strong Evidence Shows a Single Miner Mined More Than a Million BitcoinOn April 16, RSK Labs chief scientist Sergio Demián Lerner published a new research study concerning the earliest blocks mined on the Bitcoin network. The report concerning one of Bitcoin’s earliest miners provides strong evidence to suggest that a single miner processed 22,000 blocks. Additionally, Lerner has released a new website called Satoshi Blocks that […]

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Analysis Shows Lightning Network Suffers From Trust Issues Exacerbated by Rising Fees

Analysis Shows Lightning Network Suffers form Trust Issues and Rising Fees Makes it WorseOver the last two years, the Lightning Network has been touted as the scaling solution for the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network. However, the solution has been heavily criticized for its lack of security, and on March 28, Bitcoin Unlimited’s chief scientist Peter Rizun wrote an interesting evaluation of the Lightning Network’s “dirty little secret.” Also […]

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Report: 87% of Crypto Exchanges May Be Falsifying Volume

Report: 87% of Reported Trade Volume on World's Largest Crypto Exchanges QuestionableAt least 87 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges may have falsified their reported trade volumes, a new study claims. According to a review of the top 100 exchanges by analytics company The Tie, most of the trading volume on the world’s largest crypto trading platforms is suspect. Also read: Quadrigacx Co-Founder a Convicted Fraudster Suspicious Trading […]

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Survey Shows Consumers and Investors Remain Bullish on the Future of Cryptos

Survey Shows Consumers and Investors Remain Bullish About the Future of CryptosIt’s been a long crypto winter, but according to a recent survey, consumers and investors are still positive about the long term value of leading cryptocurrencies. Researchers from the FINRA-registered broker Sharespost emphasize that people have recently become more optimistic about digital assets and plan to increase their holdings. Also read: An In-Depth Look at […]

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Revenues on the Mend: Bitcoin Miners’ Gross Margins Grew 39% in February

Revenues on the Mend: Bitcoin Miners' Gross Margins Grew by 39% in FebruaryMining operations that process SHA-256 coins like BTC and BCH saw revenues slashed due to the bear market lows at the end of 2018. Revenues continued to fall into the new year, but over the last few weeks, network hashrates have been climbing again. A report published on March 4 details that even though mining […]

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Crypto Startups Push Swiss VC Investments to a Record $1.25B

Crypto Startups Help Push Swiss VC Investments to a Record $1.25BStartups based in Switzerland have attracted a record amount of venture capital in 2018 and companies from the cryptocurrency industry have contributed to the notable increase. Zug, which is home to the country’s Crypto Valley, is among the cantons with the highest growth in investment volume, a new report reveals.   Also read: Crypto Mining […]

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Study Finds Three Quarters of Attendees at Crypto Events Are Male

Study Finds Three Quarters of Attendees at Crypto Events Are MaleA recently released report confirms a well-known observation – crypto-focused events are still largely male-dominated, not only in terms of registrants in general but also speakers. According to another finding, almost half of the attendees at the studied forums came from the U.S.   Also read: Crypto Mining Could Bring Russia $1B in Taxes, Report Suggests […]

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Defying Crypto Winter, Swiss Crypto Valley Grows to 750 Companies

Defying Crypto Winter, Swiss Crypto Valley Grows to 750 CompaniesA new survey shows that the cluster of companies working with cryptocurrencies and related technologies in the Swiss Crypto Valley has expanded, despite the onset of what has been dubbed as “crypto winter.” The valley now covers a larger territory in the Alpine confederation and has spilled over into neighboring Liechtenstein.   Also read: Xapo […]

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Dropgangs and Dead Drops: Report Highlights Evolving Darknet Market Opsec

Dropgangs and Dead Drops: Report Highlights Evolving Darknet Market OpsecSince the creation and subsequent takedown of the darknet marketplace the Silk Road, the hidden market ecosystem has exploded with inventive solutions that promote private voluntary exchanges. According to recently published darknet market (DNM) research, the cat and mouse game continues with vendors inventing new ways to bolster online black market activities. In the last […]

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South African Officials Create Regulatory Working Group Dedicated to Cryptocurrencies

The Minister of Finance of South Africa, Tito Mboweni, explained in a letter on Jan. 2 that the region’s government has created a regulatory working group dedicated to cryptocurrencies. According to Mboweni, the working group includes representatives from multiple South African agencies and aims to produce a comprehensive regulatory response to the growing digital asset […]

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Study Finds Less Than 40% of BTC Addresses Are Economically Relevant

Study Finds Less Than 40% of BTC Addresses Are Economically RelevantThe number of unique addresses on the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network is constantly growing but only 37 percent of them are “economically relevant,” according to a recent study by Chainalysis. The vast majority of them – 86 percent – are controlled by service providers and the rest are used by private investors. Another key finding […]

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