Online Ads, Exchanges and Lightning

Following last weeks news from Lightning Labs about the first beta release of the “Lightning” protocol for Bitcoin, Stellar announced that they will be integrating Lightning. In other announcements, the rise of decentralized exchanges continues with news from Kyber and Binance launching their decentralized exchanges. Google and Twitter appear to be following Facebook’s lead in …

Venezuela’s Petro Now Purchasable with Foreign Fiat

Adam James · March 25, 2018 · 4:45 am Last month, Venezuela became the first country to issue its own cryptocurrency with the launch of the purportedly oil-backed Petro. Now, the digital currency is available for purchase with a variety of fiat currencies — just not the dollar. Petro for Fiat Venezuelan citizens, companies, and …

Bitcoin Donations Helped These Earthquake Survivors Recover

This is the second in a series by Aaron van Wirdum focusing on real people who use cryptocurrencies. Read about his earlier experiences in Italy here: “Real Users”: In This Mountain Town, Everyone Knows About Bitcoin. The straight stone road from the partially crumbled city wall to the scaffolded church in the center of the …

Creators of uTrener and KHL Fantasy Sport Apps Introduce Blockchain Powered Daily Fantasy Sports Platform MyDFS

Bitcoinist.net · March 23, 2018 · 2:00 pm A blockchain-powered daily fantasy sports platform, MyDFS promises to improve the gaming experience for the uncountable amount of fantasy sports enthusiasts around the world by delivering better speed, ease-of-use, transparency, governance, and accountability. This mobile-based fantasy sports ecosystem has been created by the founders of uTrener and …

Upbit Announces Launch of Korea’s First Cryptocurrency Index

South Korea’s second largest and the world’s fifth biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Upbit, has announced the launch of the countries first domestic cryptocurrency index. Korea’s First Domestic Index Dunamu, the holding company that owns Upbit announced on March 22 the start of its new cryptocurrency index the UBCI (Upbit Cryptocurrency Index). As reported by Business Korea UBCI has …

Coca-Cola Taps Blockchain to end Supply Chain Forced Labor

Blockchain technology has a lot of different purposes in the real world. Outside of the financial sector, there are dozens of opportunities waiting to be explored. Coca-Cola and the US State Department are looking into distributed ledgers as we speak. This technology is of great interest to them in terms of addressing forced labor. Coca-Cola …

The Many Faces of Sharding for Blockchain Scalability

Any programmer who has ever sat down to build a DApp at one point has had to think about the limits of current public blockchains, the most important and obvious one being their limited throughput, i.e., the number of transactions processed per second. In order to run a DApp that can handle real-world throughput requirements, …