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Who is to Dominate IOT? ETC or IOTA?

This November saw IOTA’s market cap octupled, securing this cryptocurrency’s top 4 rank across the board and ahead of Ripple, a well-established peer token. IOT is where IOTA applies and the selling point in its pitch deck. Given the heated status quo of IOT in recent years, it’s no wonder to spot a markup on IOTA. ETC, another digital currency with good standing, also starts to deploy its p

Markets Update: Bitcoin’s Value Climbs After Cboe Opens XBT Trading

Markets and Prices Bitcoin’s value has been climbing since the recent opening of Cboe’s futures markets. The spot price of BTC had dipped a good 3 percent an hour prior to Cboe’s Sunday evening trading sessions, but volume immediately spiked at precisely 6 pm ET when the futures trading opened. At the moment bitcoin is hovering around the $15,7

Thinking of Shorting Bitcoin Futures? GBTC Bears Nurse Big Losses

Finance With Cboe launching its futures markets and CME set to begin its bitcoin derivatives products next week, many people are speculating on individuals and organizations short selling the cryptocurrency. However, there already is a publicly traded bitcoin investment vehicle called the Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) that can be short sold as well. Although,

This Week in Bitcoin: Mania, Meltdown, and Futures Fever

Featured Well, that was emotional. What exactly? Oh, you know: every single second of the past seven days in bitcoin. If you didn’t have palms sweaty, knees weak, and arms heavy, you clearly don’t have enough invested in bitcoin. Even for those who are only emotionally invested in the virtual currency’s future, the last few days have been inten

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Lightning Network Inches Closer to Being Deployed on the Bitcoin Mainnet

The Lightning Network will be a game changer for Bitcoin. That is, assuming this concept comes to market in the near future. A lot of progress has been made behind the scenes as of late. A successful mainnet test, a new explorer, and more developers working on this technology are all positive developments. The wait for proper scaling and microtransactions as part of Bitcoin is almost over, by the

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Vinny Lingham Points out new Bitcoin Investors Only Want Profit Rather Than Innovation

It is evident everyone with a sense of adventure aims to buy Bitcoin right now. These colossal price gains throughout 2017 have not gone by unnoticed whatsoever. However, one also has to question the reason for buying Bitcoin now. Most people couldn’t care less about this innovative technology or using it as a currency. Instead, they see this as a way to make a quick buck. Vinny Lingham is think

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Steam Stops Accepting Bitcoin Payments Citing Extreme Volatility, Fees

Today, Valve announced that the Steam gaming platform will no longer accept Bitcoin payments due to high fees and incredible volatility. Valve says transaction fees, which are passed on to the company by Bitcoin payment processor Bitpay, surpassed $20 last week. Transaction fees were only 20 cents last spring when Valve began accepting the digital currency for payment.The Steam platform began acce

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Developers Release Lightning Protocol 1.0; Perform Successful Interoperability Tests

Blockchain developers ACINQ, Blockstream and Lightning Labs, are announcing the 1.0 release of the Lightning protocol and the world’s first Lightning test payments on the Bitcoin mainnet across all three implementations. These are considered to be important steps toward the standardization of the Lightning Network’s second-level, off-chain payment layer. The three teams, and others in the Bitc

Bitfury is Building the ”Largest Bitcoin Mining Operation in North America”

Mining Vancouver’s Hut 8 Mining Corp has announced plans to create “North America’s largest bitcoin mining datacenters”. The ambitious scheme will see the Canadian firm partner with mining specialists Bitfury, who will provide the hardware, software, and maintenance. Subject to necessary funding being raised, the deal is expected to be comple

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A Greener Cryptocurrency From Bittorrent Inventor, Bram Cohen

The inventor of Bittorrent has now turned his attention to blockchain technology and building a greener Bitcoin called Chia. Bram Cohen released Bittorrent to the world in 2004, but, in early 2017, he stepped away from the company he built to focus on blockchain technology. A very technical paper was co-authored by Cohen and released in September 2017 titled "Beyond Hellman's Time-Memory Trade-Off

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