Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. At first glance, this week’s move by the investment bank Societe Generale to issue a security […]
Rachel-Rose O’Leary is a reporter at CoinDesk, covering how cryptocurrencies are being used in areas of economic, social and political unrest. This article is part of her ongoing dispatches from Rojava, Syria. In August 2011, a hackerspace in Damascus, Syria, was stormed by armed guards. Known as Aikilab, the guards stripped the place; televisions, computers and […]
Crypto loan platforms are booming as ether holders look to mitigate portfolio losses endured during 2018’s bear market. Among these decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, San Francisco-based startup Dharma Labs is emerging as one of the industry leaders by facilitating more than $6.4 million worth for crypto loans since its peer-to-peer lending platform launched on April […]
A new proposal by Vitalik Buterin, the creator of ethereum, suggests he is considering increasing rewards for validators who would secure the operation of the next version of the world’s second-largest blockchain. Ethereum 2.0 is by far the biggest upgrade on the horizon for the ethereum blockchain, today valued at $17.5 billion. Its broader goal […]
South Korean electronics giant Samsung is developing its own blockchain network and eyeing the issuance of its own token further down the road. An exclusive CoinDesk Korea report on Tuesday, citing a person “familiar with Samsung’s internal situation,” said that the company’s blockchain task force – part of its wireless division – is building a […]
An effort to build a domain name system on top of the ethereum blockchain network is gearing up for a major upgrade early next month — and the project’s developers are urging stakeholders to prepare. At the heart of the upgrade is the replacement of the Ethereum Name Service’s registrar, with the goal of vastly […]
French financial services giant Societe Generale has issued about $112 million worth of bonds in the form of a security token on the public ethereum blockchain. Announced today, the investment bank used the OFH token (obligations de financement de l’habitat, or home financing obligations) to represent 100 million euros of covered bonds, a type of security […]
An unknown entity has been taking advantage of weak private keys to gather up tens of thousands of ETH, according to a new study. The study — “Ethercombing: Finding Secrets in Popular Places” — was undertaken by Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), a security consulting firm, and published Tuesday. The company’s findings were also covered in […]
Two weeks from now, token-holders for the Aragon application will put the efficacy of its on-chain governance model to the test. The Aragon project, launched in 2016, is envisioned as a way to offer users the tools to build decentralized organizations that are secured cryptographically and run natively on top of the ethereum blockchain. But […]
ConsenSys is seeking a funding boost. Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin’s Brooklyn-based venture studio is looking to raise $200 million from external investors, The Information reported Monday, at a valuation of $1 billion. The Information reports that ConsenSys is pitching Chinese investors with materials claiming the company aims to earn $50 million in revenue this year, […]
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