Deep Dive Of The Email Conversation On The Cypherpunks Mailing List From When Bitcoin Was First Launched Publicly On January 8 2009

April 22, 2020  /  by Zachary Mashiach
On January 8 2009 Satoshi Nakamoto posted an e-mail to the Cypherpunks mailing list titled ‘Bitcoin v0.1 released’. Essentially, this was when Bitcoin (BTC) was first released publicly to everyone on the Cypherpunks mailing list. Although the Bitcoin (BTC) Genesis Block did occur on January 3, Satoshi apparently waited 5 days before publicly announcing v0.1,… Read more

Bitcoin’s Developers Are Now For The Most Part Funded By Corporations, Which Could Pose A Centralization Problem

March 31, 2020  /  by Zachary Mashiach
BitMEX Research compiled a report on how Bitcoin (BTC) development is being funded, and apparently the majority of Bitcoin (BTC) developers are being funded by corporations. BitMEX Research concludes that this shows that the ecosystem is in a reasonably strong position when it comes to funding. An opposite conclusion can be drawn however, which is… Read more

Coinbase Directly Integrates With DeFi Platforms To Create A Streamlined Crypto Savings Experience

March 26, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Coinbase has announced that they have directly integrated with decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms like Compound and dYdX to create a streamlined crypto savings experience. Coinbase users will be able to move funds directly from their Coinbase balance into DeFi platforms. Further, users will be able to see the different interest rate options on the various… Read more

Bakkt Piloting Direct Payment Integration With Starbucks

March 17, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Since 2018 Bakkt has been promising to revolutionize the crypto space by partnering with major retailers like Starbucks and offering crypto payment services. Years later Bakkt has finally launched a pilot program with Starbucks. Essentially, users of the Starbucks app will now be able to see ‘Bakkt Cash’ as a payment option, and if they… Read more

Coinbase Wallet Integrates Ethereum Name Service (ENS) to Simplify Crypto Withdrawals

February 26, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Coinbase has integrated the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) in order to simplify crypto withdrawals. The ENS is a decentralized alternative to the DNS, and allows people to register domain names that have the .eth extension. Coinbase users can purchase an ENS domain name in the Coinbase Wallet’s dApp browser. Once the domain name is purchased,… Read more

Lightning Dead Man’s Switch Can Be Used to Pass on Bitcoin after Death

February 25, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Bitcoin (BTC) is so decentralized that if someone dies then their Bitcoin (BTC) could be lost forever, unless proper measures are taken to pass the Bitcoin (BTC) on to their inheritors. A decentralized way of sending Bitcoin (BTC) after death is a dead man’s switch which uses the Lightning Network. Lightning Labs infrastructure engineer Joost… Read more

United States Mining Firm Layer 1 Technologies Aims to Ensure the Decentralization of Bitcoin by Repatriating 30% of the Global Hash Rate

February 21, 2020  /  by Zachary Mashiach
Layer 1 Technologies, a Bitcoin (BTC) mining firm that is backed by PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel, has announced that mining operations have begun in its West Texas facility. Layer 1 Technologies aims to expand its farm until it controls 2% of the global mining hash rate by the end of this year, and then 30%… Read more

Bitcoin Smart Contract Platform RSK Is Now Interoperable with Ethereum

February 7, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
The Bitcoin-based platform RSK, which is a 2nd layer solution that facilitates smart contracts and tokens on the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain, has announced the launch of a ‘bridge’ which facilitates interoperability with Ethereum (ETH). Users will now be able to cross RSK assets and Ethereum (ETH) based assets. This will make it easier for projects… Read more

Taproot and Schnorr Are Now Formal Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs), Will Enhance the Privacy, Security, and Capabilities of Bitcoin

January 28, 2020  /  by Crypto.IQ
Taproot and Schnorr signatures have been in development for a long time, and now these proposed upgrades to the Bitcoin (BTC) protocol have finally been submitted as formal Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) by Pieter Wuille, Jonas Nick, and Anthony Towns. Specifically, three different BIPs have been submitted, including BIP 340 ‘Schnorr Signatures for secp256k1’, BIP… Read more

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
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