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Bitcoin Halving 2020: Miners in China Brace For Impact

Hosted by CoinDesk Research Analyst Christine Kim, the first episode of the Bitcoin Halving 2020 podcast series is about the impact of bitcoin’s third halving on the concentration of miners in China. In about 40 days, the world’s first and largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, bitcoin (BTC), will undergo a pre-programmed block reward reduction known […]

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Ether-Bitcoin Price Volatility Spread Hits 4-Month Low

Cryptocurrency prices have always been roller coasters, and some rides are scarier than others. However, there may not be much difference in price volatility between the top two coins in the coming months, a key metric indicates. The spread between the three-month at-the-money implied volatility for ether (ETH) and bitcoin (BTC), a measure of expected relative […]

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Will DeFi Matter in a Post-Coronavirus World?

Keep Project founder Matt Luongo discusses launching a bridge between bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) as well as what the world looks like for BTC and DeFi after COVID-19. Matt Luongo got his start in bitcoin in 2013. In 2016, he watched a pivotal moment where the “sound money, digital gold” narrative subsumed the payments […]

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MakerDAO Foundation Plots Its Own Demise

MakerDAO founder Rune Christensen told CoinDesk late last year that the MakerDAO Foundation had two years left before its planned obsolescence. It sounds like it may take a bit longer but recent moves suggest the organization really is serious about shutting down.  First, it turned control of the supply of undistributed governance tokens, MKR, over […]

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BIS Researchers Say Coronavirus Could Spur Central Banks to Adopt Digital Payments

Researchers at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) think COVID-19 may accelerate the adoption of digital payments and sharpen the debate over central bank digital currencies (CBDC). They issued their forecast in BIS’ April 3 Bulletin. COVID-19 is changing the public’s relationship with cash, they said, despite the scientific community’s consensus that coronavirus transmission via […]

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SEC Charges 2 With Fraudulent Water-Backed Token Sale

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former Texas pastor and his wife for allegedly defrauding hundreds of investors through an alkaline water-backed cryptocurrency, TeshuaCoin. Larry Donnell and Shuwana Leonard were charged Friday with defrauding investors by allegedly stealing nearly $500,000 in the sale of bogus stock certificates and shilling an alkaline water-backed cryptocurrency […]