Bitcoin History Part 15: Silk Road Is Born

Plea Bargain Shows Silk Road 2 Admin Will Likely See No Prison TimeSilk Road launched in February 2011 as the darknet’s first bitcoin-based marketplace. Within four months, it would be the darknet’s most notorious site whose reputation extended all the way to the U.S. Senate. The origins of the drugs marketplace can be traced back further, however, to a philosophical thread on the Bitcointalk forum. It was […]

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These Portfolio Tracking Tools Will Also Prepare Your Crypto Taxes

These Portfolio TrackingTools Will Also Prepare Your Crypto TaxesTax season is months away, which is why you need to start preparing for it now. Leave everything to the last minute and you’ll only end up cursing your procrastination. Organize your cryptocurrency activity in advance and you’ll breeze through tax deadline day without so much as flinching. Despite maddeningly vague or unfair legislation, filing […]

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How Bridging Blockchains Unlocks Value and Unites Crypto Tribes

How Bridging Blockchains Unlocks Value and Unites Crypto TribesInteroperability is a multisyllabic word for a multi-faceted problem. How do you get blockchains to communicate with one another? Until recently, there’s been no easy way to achieve this, leaving assets isolated and smart contract-powered dapps siloed on their respective protocols. Before crypto assets can take over the world, first they need to escape the […]

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Bitcoin History Part 14: The 1,000 BTC Poker Game

Bitcoin History Part 14: The 1,000 BTC Poker GameBitcoin and poker have a history that stretches back to the very start. Perhaps, even, to before the start of Bitcoin as we know it, for there is evidence that Satoshi had a background in poker. What’s beyond dispute is that in March 2010, the world’s first bitcoin poker tournament took place, with the nascent […]

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How to Become a Blockchain Developer

How to Become a Blockchain DeveloperSkilled blockchain developers are a scarce commodity, as precious as the bitcoins that reside on the distributed ledgers they maintain. Teach yourself one of the major blockchain programming languages and you’ll be set for life, though like anything worth having, this achievement won’t come easy. If you’re contemplating becoming a blockchain dev, here’s how to […]

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How to Become a Blockchain Developer

How to Become a Blockchain DeveloperSkilled blockchain developers are a scarce commodity, as precious as the bitcoins that reside on the distributed ledgers they maintain. Teach yourself one of the major blockchain programming languages and you’ll be set for life, though like anything worth having, this achievement won’t come easy. If you’re contemplating becoming a blockchain dev, here’s how to […]

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Youtube Censorship Drives Uptake of Crypto-Powered Video Platforms

Youtube Censorship Drives Uptake of Crypto-Powered Video PlatformsIf the prospect of greater privacy and financial sovereignty doesn’t lure the masses to crypto networks, perhaps the ability to speak freely will. Lately, a lot of people who couldn’t give a damn about peer-to-peer cryptocurrency have taken a shine to peer-to-peer networks that run on the same censorship-resistant principles. As social networks run amok, […]

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P2P Crypto Lending Is on the Rise

P2P Crypto Lending Is on the RiseAs peer-to-peer cash, it only seems logical that cryptocurrency should be deployed for P2P lending. While that application has taken time to materialize, bitcoin and other crypto assets are now increasingly fulfilling that purpose. Across the BTC, BCH and ETH networks, credit is being supplied to ordinary citizens while bypassing its traditional gatekeepers, usurping the […]

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Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes Crypto

Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes CryptoWhen we think of the unbanked, we envisage citizens of developing nations who lack the means and documentation to obtain access. But you don’t have to be a Mongolian goat herder to find yourself financially excluded. In the West, relatively affluent citizens are having their banking services withdrawn suddenly and without warning. Their ‘crime’? Buying […]

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Five of the Most Important Use Cases for Cryptocurrency

Five of the Most Important Use Cases for CryptocurrencyCrypto assets have come a long way since Bitcoin. What started out as a P2P payment system has spawned an array of use cases that extend far beyond the original designation of cryptocurrency. While the primary function of crypto assets such as ETH and BTC is a matter of some debate, what’s indisputable is that […]

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