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cryptocurrency May 2, 2019

Code for ethereum’s highly-anticipated proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain is on course to be finalized as early as sometime next month. In a bi-weekly call between ethereum developers, Ethereum Foundation researcher Justin Drake said that code specifications for the first phase of ethereum’s transition to a proof-of-stake network were “on track” to be finalized by June 30. […]

cryptocurrency May 1, 2019

A new type of decentralized finance (DeFi) app wants to boost crypto-market liquidity by offering you interest on your coins. Today at the Techstars Blockchain Accelerator demo day, Alkemi CEO Ryan Breen will unveil a crypto liquidity pool deal worth $16 million from industry veterans like Joseph Weinberg, chairman of the data network Shyft, and […]

cryptocurrency April 29, 2019

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 […]

cryptocurrency April 28, 2019

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 […]

cryptocurrency April 26, 2019

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 […]

cryptocurrency April 26, 2019

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 […]

cryptocurrency April 24, 2019

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 […]

cryptocurrency April 23, 2019

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 […]

cryptocurrency April 23, 2019

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 […]

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