6 Darknet Markets for the Crypto Curious

6 Darknet Markets for the Crypto CuriousIf you’ve got a few thousand satoshis burning a hole in your wallet, the darknet beckons. There’s no obligation to spend a single sat while scouring the darker recesses of the web, but it’s nice to know that should you get the urge, your crypto’s good. There are few certainties when shopping on darknet markets […]

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Smart Contract Blockchains Are Struggling to Scale

Smart Contract Blockchains Are Struggling to ScaleSecond generation blockchains were presented as being faster, cheaper, and more scalable than Bitcoin. Third generation chains (basically anything that came after Ethereum) promised even greater optimizations. In the event, these networks have run into the same difficulties as Bitcoin, with competition for scarce resources leading to mounting costs and congestion. To tackle these problems, […]

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ICOs Are Dead But ICO Scammers Are Immortal

ICOs Are Dead But ICO Scammers Are ImmortalThe initial coin offering may have all but died, but the ICO scammer marches on regardless. Whereas legitimate projects have to wrangle with all kinds of challenges including the strength of the market, generating value for investors, creating a real product and actually delivering on the promises they make, the soulless scammer is unencumbered by […]

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10 of the Best Telegram Crypto Channels

10 of the Best Telegram Crypto ChannelsTelegram’s token might have received short shrift from the SEC, but its messaging app has been embraced everywhere by everyone. 300 million users attest to the success of Pavel Durov’s end-to-end encrypted platform, which has become a mainstay of the crypto community. On the rare occasions when Telegram experiences an outage, there is a discernible […]

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Bitcoin Is a Weapon for Free Speech in the Face of Government and Corporate Censorship

Bitcoin as Free Speech Money: Government and Corporate Censorship Shows the Value of Financial SovereigntyThe latest skirmishes in the bruising trade war between the U.S. and China have led to the unlikely politicization of the NBA. But how did the views of a basketball executive become such a political football? And what does China’s ideological commitment to censorship say about the value of free speech and of free speech […]

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5 of the Best Crypto Swapping Services

5 of the Best Crypto Swapping ServicesCreating an exchange account, signing in and placing an order every time you want to switch cryptos is like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut. It’s an incredibly inefficient way to jump between cryptos, and given that no exchange has all the coins, it necessitates creating multiple accounts, with the added verification and security […]

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Decentralized Exchanges Are Evolving at Last

Decentralized Exchanges Are Evolving at LastThe humble DEX has come a long way since the days of Etherdelta. While not all of those steps have been forward – such as the enforcement of KYC on IDEX – the scope and quality of decentralized trading platforms has evolved greatly. As an examination of several new and emerging platforms shows, DEXs can […]

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Crypto and Real Estate Were Built for One Another

Crypto and Real Estate Were Built for One AnotherWhether buying, selling or tokenizing real estate, the property market and blockchain are deeply intertwined. As the purchase of property has become possible with bitcoin, so has the wider potential of blockchain technology to transform the industry. The convergence of real estate and cryptocurrency is no longer the stuff of idle speculation, but a growing […]

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2019’s Token Sales Have Produced a Handful of Winners

2019’s Token Sales Have Produced a Handful of Winners2019 has proven a challenging year in which to launch a crypto startup, with the most successful tokens recording only modest returns. Investors chasing the sort of double-digit returns that were one commonplace have been mostly frustrated by a markedly more conservative market in which picking a winner has called for a combination of shrewdness […]

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Bitcoin History Part 18: The First Bitcoin Wallet

Bitcoin History Part 18: The First Bitcoin WalletBitcoin users today are blessed with a panoply of feature-rich software and hardware wallets. When Bitcoin launched, however, there were no wallets. It took Satoshi Nakamoto to engineer the first desktop client, and his creation proved surprisingly resilient, serving the community faithfully for years. Also read: Bitcoin History Part 17: That Time Mt. Gox Destroyed […]

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