Bitcoin startup Blockstream has released a micropayment processing system that it claims makes it simpler to build bitcoin apps on top of its Lightning Network. Called Lightning Charge, the system complements Blockstream’s existing Lightning Network implementation "c-lightning" and is intended to make life easier for developers creating Lightning-powered payments applications,...
Roger Boodoo, MD, is a radiologist and clinical informatics fellow actively seeking opportunities where blockchain technology might be applied to challenges in healthcare. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk's 2017 in Review. Let's start with the problematic scenario. A medical researcher stands behind the podium at a...
You've heard of proof of work, but what about proofs of proofs of work? A complex notion, the research on "Non-Interactive Proofs of Proofs of Work," or NiPoPoW, released in October, has received very little attention so far but is heralded as breaking through one of the major roadblocks...
The top 20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization are all down today in excess of 10 percent, market data reveals. According to CoinMarketCap.com, those cryptocurrencies have fallen by at least 13% – and in excess of 25% in the case of XRP – since the start of the day. At...
Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that legislation laying out rules for the country’s cryptocurrency sector will be needed in the future. According to a report from Russian-language news agency TASS, Putin said on Jan. 11 that legislation “will be definitely required in future]” on this front. "This is the...
The company behind the controversial cryptocurrency BitConnect has announced that it will close down its lending and exchange platform. BitConnect’s lending service will be shuttered, effectively immediately, while its exchange platform will close in 5 days, according to a post on its website published Tuesday. “In short, we are closing lending service...
At CoinDesk, we strive to provide a world-class user experience to our growing audience as part of our mission to inform, educate and convene the global blockchain community. On Tuesday, we experienced technical difficulties that prevented us from publishing new content to CoinDesk.com for several hours. Our engineers...
Metropolitan Commercial Bank is pushing back against reports that it has moved to halt international wires related to cryptocurrencies. In a statement published Tuesday morning, the bank's parent company, Metropolitan Bank Holding Corp., said it was responding to "erroneous statements contained in articles" regarding its policies, which it said...
Ripple's XRP token fell to a 2.5-week low today, and is looking at a more or less sideways movement in the short-term, chart analysis suggests. The world's third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization fell to the low of $1.23 at 09:54 UTC today before regaining a little poise, data source...
The Dallas Mavericks, the U.S. basketball team, will begin accepting cryptocurrency payments during their next season, according to owner and investor Mark Cuban. Cuban was asked about the possibility of paying for tickets with cryptocurrency on Twitter earlier today, to which he replied: "Next season." In a follow-up comment to...