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CoinDesk’s Crypto-Economic Data Is Now Accessible on GitHub

Nolan Bauerle is research director at CoinDesk. For more data and insights, visit the CoinDesk Crypto-Economics Explorer.  Starting today, CoinDesk will use GitHub to help crowdsource potential methodology changes and data sources for our Crypto-Economics Explorer (CEX), our comprehensive data tool designed to measure and compare crypto assets.  After we launched the beta version of our tool in… Read More »

Why ‘Mainstream Adoption’ Is an Unfair Success Metric for Dapps

Coleman Maher is the head of partnerships at Origin Protocol, a blockchain platform for peer-to-peer marketplaces. You can follow him on Twitter @colemansmaher. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Two popular refrains by crypto commentators in 2018 were “the herd is coming” and a call for “mainstream adoption.” Prognosticators openly speculated on the… Read More »

BlockEx Goes from $24 Million ICO to Layoffs in Less Than a Year

BlockEx’s treasury couldn’t stop taking hits in 2018 – and for the London-based startup, it has meant significant delays, scaled-back ambitions and layoffs. CEO Adam Leonard confirmed to CoinDesk that “staff reductions” had taken place. “Some of it naturally as products finished and additionally to reduce burn,” Leonard said via email, declining to offer specifics on how many were… Read More »

Overstock’s Patrick Byrne Says tZERO Will Launch Next Week’s long-awaited tZERO security token trading platform will go live by the end of next week, CEO Patrick Byrne said Friday. Byrne told CoinDesk the company is “ready to hit the button and go live today,” but was waiting a few more days to process user signups. “But by the end of the next week we will be turning… Read More »

Ethereum Devs Propose Activating Constantinople Hard Fork in Late February

Ethereum core developers have proposed activating Constantinople – a planned system-wide upgrade that was called off earlier this week – in late February. Also called a hard fork, Constantinople is now estimated by developers to go live some time between Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, with a block number to be determined at a future date. The proposal… Read More »

OECD: ICOs Have Business Financing Benefits But Aren’t a Mainstream Option

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) thinks initial coin offerings (ICOs) may become a useful financing tool for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) – but the space is not yet mature or regulated enough for the “mainstream.” The report, published Tuesday by the international economic organization, provides a broad overview of ICOs and different token distribution methods,… Read More »

Who’s Left, Joined and Almost Joined Coinbase Since Its $300 Million Raise

Crypto exchange startup Coinbase is a hot place to work – and undoubtedly a coveted resume destination for technologists looking to advance their careers in Silicon Valley. One of the cryptocurrency industry’s few unicorns – or companies with a valuation over $1 billion (Coinbase was valued at $8 billion in its last $300 million funding round in October… Read More »

This Malware Has a Worrying Trick to Mine Monero on Cloud Servers

A recently observed form of malware uses a concerning new trick to avoid detection and mine cryptocurrency on cloud servers. Two researchers, Xingyu Jin and Claud Xiao, from cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, published a report on Thursday, saying that a nasty bit of software from bad actors dubbed the Rocke group is targeting public cloud infrastructure. Once… Read More »