BitMEX Takes Aim at Bitcoin Core, Will Launch Competing Software Client

The research arm of cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX has announced that it will launch its own Bitcoin software client to compete with reference implementation and industry standard Bitcoin Core. Unveiled this week in a lengthy post discussing the merits of competing software clients, BitMEX Research said that it chose to release its own BTC client

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Chilean Bitcoin Exchange Buda Adds Lightning Network Support

lightning network bitcoinBuda, one of Chile’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, has recently introduced support for Lightning Network (LN) payments on its platform, to allow its users to experiment with the second layer scaling solution. Bitcoin Exchange Now Accepts Lightning Network Payments According to a recently published blog post, users will be able to pay via

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‘Liquid Network’: Blockstream’s Bitcoin Sidechain is Now Live

bitcoin sidechain liquid network blockstreamSamson Mow, chief strategy officer at Blockstream, announced today that the blockchain startup has launched the Liquid Network, a Bitcoin sidechain. Liquid is, as described by the company, “an innovative sidechain built on the Bitcoin network, facilitating faster bitcoin transactions between businesses and individuals, while enabling extended functionality.” The main purpose for the technology is

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French Bitcoin Startup ACINQ Raises $1.7 Million to Grow the Lightning Network

French bitcoin startup ACINQ has closed $1.7 million in seed funding to aid its development of the tools and services necessary to help the Lightning Network (LN) experience mass adoption. Lightning Network Developer Closes Seed Round According to the announcement, the Series Seed round was led by venture capital firm Serena, with participation from Bertrand

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This Off-Grid, Solar-Powered System Sends Crypto Through Radio Waves

To many, cryptocurrency is a way of securing financial independence from banks and governments. Those interested in going off-grid, distancing themselves from authority, and even “preppers” who believe that major catastrophe is coming any day share many of the values of hardcore crypto advocates. One point of contention is blockchain’s reliance on the power grid

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Bitcoin Core Vulnerability Would Have Allowed Miners to Inflate the BTC Supply

A newly-patched vulnerability in Bitcoin Core was far more severe than initially revealed, developers disclosed in an updated statement on Thursday. Bitcoin Vulnerability More Serious Than Earlier Announced The statement, posted on the website for the open source project, revealed that Bitcoin Core versions 0.16.3 and 0.170rc4 not only patch a denial-of-service (DoS) bug but

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New Core Patch Fixes Bitcoin Network Vulnerability to DDoS Attacks

The Bitcoin Core team yesterday released a patch for a DDoS vulnerability that could prove fatal to the Bitcoin network. The patch note urged miners to shut down their older versions urgently and replace them with the new version, Bitcoin Core 0.16.3. The announcement, first reported on Hacked, revealed that all the recent Bitcoin Core

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PBoC’s Digital Currency Unit Opens Research Center in Eastern China

The People Bank of China (PBoC) has accelerated its efforts to promote financial technologies such as blockchain by opening a new research center in Nanjing. The bank’s blockchain front, known as Digital Currency Research Lab, enters the capital city of Eastern Jiangsu Province with a promise to develop finance technologies in partnership with the municipal government.

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Security Tokens in 2018: What Now, and What Next?

The concept of ‘Security Tokens’ has been a subject of debate and controversy since they came to prominence . How have they changed since they were first introduced, and where might they be heading next? Futures, and “All Coins are Securities” This was around Winter 2017 – 2018. The same time when the Securities and

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The Owner of Bitcoin.org Has a Plan to Avoid a Bitcoin Cash Civil War

Another attempt is being made at brokering a compromise before the Bitcoin Cash Civil War culminates in a permanent blockchain split, and it’s coming from what may initially seem like an unlikely source: Cobra, the pseudonymous co-owner of Bitcointalk and Bitcoin.org. Earlier this year, Cobra — originally a critic of Bitcoin Cash — came out

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