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Does Decentralization Create Value or Destroy It?

To Bitcoin (BTC) proponents, the world’s need for a decentralized form of money is more apparent than ever, as challenges mount to government monopolies on money-printing and military force, from the U.S. to Uganda.  It’s possible that this vision is attracting new investors into crypto, but this week’s price surge (notwithstanding the sudden bitcoin price whiplash at […]

Previewing the Economic Showdowns Coming This Fall

From the size of a second round of stimulus to COVID-19 litigation to reshoring, last week previewed some key issues for the months to come. On this week’s edition of The Breakdown Weekly Recap, NLW argues the big story of the week was actually a set of smaller stories that preview the faultlines and economic […]

Bitcoin Ends July at Highest Monthly Close Since 2017 Peak

Bitcoin closed the month of July at $11,351, its highest monthly close since the bellwether cryptocurrency’s all-time high nearly two-and-a-half years ago.  Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary […]

Market Wrap: Bitcoin Clings to $11,000 as Ether Futures Top $1B

Bitcoin was little changed at around $11,000 with lower spot volumes as traders eye growth in the market for ether futures. Bitcoin was little changed at around $11,000 Thursday as traders digested reports the U.S. economy shrank during the second quarter at the fastest pace on record, and that President Donald Trump is wondering if […]

Scammers Are Forging CoinDesk Emails – Here’s How to Protect Yourself

One of the most unfortunate aspects of the crypto space is its tendency to attract scams. The world bore witness to this in early July when one of the boldest hacks in Internet history – the hijacking of several prominent Twitter accounts, including those of presidential candidate Joe Biden as well as tech titans Bill Gates […]

5 Years After Launch, Predictions Market Platform Augur Releases Version 2

Augur released the second version of its betting platform Tuesday. The project was one of Ethereum’s first in 2015 with angel investments from Vitalik Buterin. Its v2 adds a suite of new crypto tools including IPFS, MakerDAO’s Dai, 0x Mesh and Uniswap’s pricing oracles. The ultimate decentralized finance (DeFi) money Lego has arrived: Augur Version […]

Digital Bank Revolut Adds Stellar to List of Supported Cryptocurrencies

Users will now be able to buy and sell XLM on Revolut’s platform, the fintech firm announced Tuesday. Source link

Crypto Long & Short: Where Fintech Ends and Crypto Begins

An interesting op-ed by Leah Callon-Butler in CoinDesk this week got me to change my mind about something pretty fundamental. She asked: “Is crypto fintech?” My instinctive answer was “no!” For me, fintech is technology applied to finance, while cryptocurrency is a technology unto itself. That technology is giving rise to a new type of finance. […]

What Sex Workers Want to Do With Bitcoin

In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and OnlyFans performer Savannah Solo talk about fintech and the sex industry. From distribution platforms to Twitter and bitcoin, she helps break down what sex workers really need from digital tools. For more episodes and free early access before our regular 3 p.m. Eastern time releases, subscribe with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, RadioPublica, iHeartRadio or RSS. […]

CoinDesk’s Twitter Hack Proved the Media Can’t Rely on Web 2.0

A rundown from one of CoinDesk’s editorial Slack channels during an action-packed hour on Wednesday last week reads like a high-pace drama.  It tells the tale of a news team going through a process of incremental information discovery.  First, there’s the realization that a big story – a massive hack on Twitter – is developing. […]

Climbing off Twitter on Scaffolds of Truth: Where Srinivasan and Benet Diverge

In the American epic, Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, there are two characters who can see much further than the other members of their gang: Captain Gus McCrae and Joshua Deets. McCrae’s co-captain, Woodrow Call, and their fellow cowboys learn to take Deets and McCrae at their word when they say they see something out […]

Senate Hearing Sees Digital Dollar as a Tool for Economic Supremacy

The idea of a U.S. digital dollar is no longer a fringe novelty. Now, it may be a means to an end.  The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy conducted a hearing on “Winning the Economic Competition” between China and the U.S. on Wednesday. Once again, the idea of a […]