Blockstream’s Liquid Launched

October 11, 2018  /  by Ronald Tichenor
Blockstream’s Samson Mow announced the official launch of the Liquid Network in a blog post yesterday. The Bitcoin sidechain project, several years in the making, has actually been live since Sept. 27. It is designed to decrease transaction times to nearly instant for partner traders and exchanges. This allows for increased arbitrage opportunities, reduced balances… Read more

Lightning Labs CEO Speaks About the Future of The Lightning Network

October 4, 2018  /  by Jackson Rickun
At a recent Bitcoin conference, CEO and Co-Founder of Lightning Labs, Elizabeth Stark, spoke about the future of the Lightning Network. The conference, called Baltic Honeybadger 2018, was held in Riga, Latvia earlier this week and brought together notable Bitcoin leaders like Saifedean Ammous, Peter Todd, Adam Back, and Stark to discuss the current cryptoasset… Read more

Ripple’s xRapid Goes Live

October 3, 2018  /  by Jackson Rickun
Ripple Labs announced yesterday it’s new xRapid payment protocol is now commercially available. In Ripple’s annual two-day Swell conference, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said three institutional customers — MercuryFX, Cuallix, and Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union — will use the newly available xRapid protocol. Ripple’s payment system, called RippleNet, is comprised of three different protocols,… Read more

Bitcoin’s Traceability Leads to New Solutions to Preserve its Fungibility

July 10, 2018  /  by Cathy Zollo
The last dollar bill you held in your hand almost certainly had detectable amounts of cocaine on it. In fact, 90 percent of U.S. currency carries trace amounts of the drug, and the percentage is even higher around some urban areas.  If you’ve seen pretty much any narco movie in recent years, you know why.… Read more

The Lightning Network and You

July 8, 2018  /  by Cathy Zollo
The most relevant way to talk about Bitcoin’s Lightning Network for non-engineers/developers and crypto newcomers is to explain how it can benefit you and how you engage with it. The Lightning Network uses smart contracts to oversee transactions that happen alongside — but not on — the main blockchain. Smart contracts remove any need for… Read more