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The 4 Archetypes of the Halving Debate- CoinDesk

The bitcoin halving is just two weeks away. While the COVID-19 crisis and the introduction of “QE Infinity” has pushed attention off the momentous event for a while, the discussion is coming back fast and strong. Google searches for the bitcoin halving already exceeding the 2016 peak, despite almost no mainstream media coverage.  In a […]

Ether Futures Activity Grows Ahead of July Protocol Upgrade

BitMEX announced a new ether quarterly futures product Friday, which they described as “the only one of its kind available in the market.” Settled in bitcoin, the contract trades the ether-dollar pair, and expiry is in June. This coincides with the scheduled ETH 2.0 launch in July, which Ethereum researchers are confident will happen, as […]

Bitcoin Miner Maker Ebang Files for a $100M US IPO

Ebang International Holdings, one of the leading manufacturers of bitcoin mining equipment, is taking another stab at going public, this time farther from home and with a smaller fundraising target. The Hangzhou, China-based firm aims to raise up to $100 million from an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., according to an April 24 […]

Starting a Bitcoin Startup During the COVID-19 Crisis

With companies closing, unemployment rising and investors spooked in the age of the pandemic, NLW speaks with Swan BTC co-founder Yan Pritzker about the experience of launching a startup in the hyper-competitive world of Bitcoin. Yan Pritzker is the CTO and cofounder of Swan Bitcoin, an automated bitcoin-only investing app aiming to be the best […]

We Don’t Need Big Brother to Beat This Virus

Is there a way to reopen the economy post-virus that doesn’t involve draconian surveillance measures? One of the key aspects of most plans to survive the virus and reopen the economy is digital contact tracing. This would be an apparatus whereby mobile phones kept track of the other mobile phones they had been physically proximate […]

Why the Fed Is the Only Sugar Daddy Left, Feat. Luke Gromen

A look at how we went from the Bretton Woods system of gold-backed U.S. dollars to the Federal Reserve’s QE Infinity of today. QE infinity from the Fed. Corporate bailouts. Nudgin’ UBI. The incredible economic phenomena going on now didn’t happen out of the blue. They are the byproducts of key events spread across the […]

Multi-Chain DeFi Protocol Raises $750K in Token Sale With Framework Ventures

Framework Ventures – a fund focused on decentralized finance (DeFi) plays including Synthetix and Chainlink – has purchased between 1 percent and 5 percent of all Kava tokens. Announced Tuesday, the token deal, valued at $750,000, comes ahead of Kava’s launch next month. Similar to DeFi platform MakerDAO, Kava will allow users to create collateralized […]

ConsenSys Cuts, DForce Faces Doom, ATMs Boom

A weekend hack drained funds from a popular decentralized finance application, Ethereum incubator ConsenSys is laying off about 90 employees and bitcoin ATMs are seeing growth during the coronavirus contagion event. In a breaking story, ConsenSys has confirmed to CoinDesk that due to coronavirus-led market turmoil, the firm will cut approximately 14 percent of its […]

Bram Cohen: ‘Getting Rich Is a Terrible Metric of Success’

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by Bram Cohen, author of the BitTorrent protocol and CEO of Chia. In this wide-ranging interview, they talk about Cohen’s early interest in “hard problems,” his unexpected ascent from sketchy to celebrity and much more. Disclosure Read More The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that […]

Bitcoin Halving 2020: What Miners Expect of Crypto Markets

“If price performance following the November 2012 and July 2016 halvings is any indicator, bitcoin’s price should increase significantly over the 10- to 12-month period following the [third] halving.” That’s Ciara Sun, head of global business and markets at cryptocurrency exchange Huobi. Speaking on the third podcast episode of “Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miner Perspectives,” Sun […]

Bitcoin Halving Searches on Google Hits All-Time Highs

Searches for “bitcoin halving” on Google Trends recently reached record highs, suggesting peak interest in the retail crowd about the upcoming supply altering event.  Queries about the highly anticipated event peaked in the week ending April 11, the highest in bitcoin’s (BTC) 11-year history. It moved down 18 percent as of press time but remains […]

Open Interest in CME Bitcoin Futures Rises 70% as Institutions Return to Market

Open interest in bitcoin futures listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has recovered significantly from the March lows, indicating a resurgence in institutions that want to buy the cryptocurrency.  As of Wednesday, open interest, or the number of futures contracts outstanding, was $181 million, a 70 percent increase from $106 million recorded on March […]