Ethereum-Based Payment Protocol Launches Streaming Payments

January 17, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
The Ethereum (ETH) based payment protocol Sablier now facilitates continuously streamed payments, innovating the way that workers can be paid. Essentially, instead of receiving a paycheck once every week or two, a worker being paid via Sablier can receive a continuous stream of payments once every hour, or for every task that they complete. Such… Read more

Atomic Swaps Between Bitcoin and Monero Could Be Possible In the Near Future

January 15, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Atomic swaps between the Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR) blockchains could be possible in the near future, perhaps even sometime during 2020, according to blockchain developer Joel Gugger. Apparently the only thing preventing atomic swaps between Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR) from being launched at this time is the developers do not have an easy… Read more

New Software Uses Replace-By-Fee To Make Ethereum Wallets Impenetrable

January 7, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Robert Forster has written a new type of Ethereum (ETH) wallet software that uses the Replace-By-Fee protocol to make wallets essentially impenetrable, even if a hacker has access to the private key. In order to test this, Forster posted the public and private key of an Ethereum (ETH) wallet on Reddit. Typically, if someone has… Read more

Apple and Google Cracking Down on Mobile DApps

December 30, 2019  /  by Crypto.IQ
The Apple Store has apparently changed its policy and is no longer allowing decentralized applications (DApps). This was brought to light by Coinbase, which was forced to delete the DApp browser that comes with its mobile wallet. Simultaneously, Google banned MetaMask from the Google Playstore, which is the most popular Ethereum (ETH) wallet and DApp… Read more

China Uses Blockchain Technology To Issue $2.8 Billion Of Bonds

December 24, 2019  /  by Crypto.IQ
The Chinese Central Bank has issued 20 Billion Chinese Yuan (CNY) of bonds worth $2.8 billion in an effort to fund small businesses. CNY 404 billion of similar bonds have been issued in 2019, but what makes this latest batch of bonds remarkable is that they utilize blockchain technology. Essentially, China has developed a blockchain-based… Read more

It Is Impractical To Run Full Nodes For EOS, Ripple (XRP), And Stellar (XLM) Due To Massive Blockchain Sizes, Decentralization Sacrificed For Transaction Scalability

December 23, 2019  /  by Zachary Mashiach
Coin Metrics performed a study which attempted to launch full nodes and then re-create the full blockchain history for 8 major cryptocurrencies, in order to conduct an audit and verify the supply of these cryptocurrencies. Auditing is critical for cryptocurrencies since both Stellar (XLM) and Bitcoin Private (BTCP) have deviated significantly from their expected supply… Read more

Federal Reserve ACH System Goes Down For 14 Hours, Showing The Risk Of Centralized Payment Networks

December 20, 2019  /  by Crypto.IQ
The Federal Reserve’s automated clearing house (ACH) system went down for 14 hours from 3:30 pm on December 18 until 7:40 am on December 19. Since commercial banks in the United States depend on this system for their ACH transactions, ACH payments across the country were disrupted by this incident. This shows the risk of… Read more

Dutch Banking Giant ING The Latest Major Financial Institution To Enter The Crypto Custody Sector

December 12, 2019  /  by Crypto.IQ
Dutch banking giant ING Group, which is based in Amsterdam and has total assets of EUR 887 billion, is developing crypto custody services according to anonymous insiders. ING corroborated this report, telling Reuters that ING sees increasing opportunities in both the stablecoin and security token sectors, in addition to being focused on developing digital asset… Read more

SpaceChain and SpaceX Send a Crypto Hardware Wallet to the International Space Station

December 9, 2019  /  by Crypto.IQ
The International Space Station (ISS), humanity’s largest and most advanced habitation in space with a multinational crew of 6 people, will soon have cryptocurrency capabilities thanks to SpaceChain sending a hardware wallet up to the ISS via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This hardware wallet will be installed on Nanoracks’ commercial platform onboard the ISS,… Read more

Bitfinex Integrates Lightning Network For Instant Deposits And Withdrawals

December 5, 2019  /  by Crypto.IQ
Bitfinex has become the first major cryptocurrency exchange to integrate the Lightning Network, which is a 2nd layer scalability solution for Bitcoin (BTC) which facilitates instant transactions while requiring practically zero fees. Apparently Bitfinex is running a full Lightning node, and customers are able to open up payment channels with Bitfinex via https://ln.bitfinex.com/, allowing for… Read more
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