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  • COVID-19 Tracing Apps Have to Go Viral to Work. That’s a Big Ask

    COVID-19 Tracing Apps Have to Go Viral to Work. That’s a Big Ask

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    To be useful, any COVID-19 tracing app has to go viral. But with concerns about privacy running high, getting a contact tracing app voluntarily adopted at scale is a big ask. Governments around the world are weighing different privacy-enhancing designs, with some saying an app would be voluntary to begin with, but not ruling out making it compulsory.  A now oft-cited statistic, Singapore’s TraceTogether app was adopted by only 10-20 percent of the population, with the…
  • Bitcoin News Roundup for April 24, 2020

    Bitcoin News Roundup for April 24, 2020

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    BTC could hit $9K this year and Purse might have a second life. It's CoinDesk's Markets Daily Podcast. Today's stories: First Mover: Bitcoin Jumps as Fed Assets Top $6.5T and Traders Focus on Halving Bidooh Founders Admit to Cloning Business for Rival Advertising Venture Immunity Passes Explained: Should We Worry About Privacy? Bitcoin Startup Purse May Have a Lifeline After All For early access before our regular noon Eastern time releases, subscribe with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, RadioPublica or RSS. Read…
  • Blockchain Bites: DLT’s Great Leap Forward, Bitcoin Hoarders and a16z’s New Fund

    Blockchain Bites: DLT’s Great Leap Forward, Bitcoin Hoarders and a16z’s New Fund

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    China is taking charge in the digitization of the world economy. Yesterday, it revealed a testing environment for its DC/EP central bank digital currency (CBDC), which may one day supplant physical cash in the second-largest economy. Further, high-ranking officials set April 25 for the launch of its national blockchain platform, the Blockchain Service Network (BSN), which will enable developers to plug in and code blockchain applications on a centralized platform. You're reading Blockchain Bites, the daily…
  • Bitcoin News Roundup for April 15, 2020

    Bitcoin News Roundup for April 15, 2020

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    BTC bumps against $7K while cowboys put land records on the blockchain. It's CoinDesk's Markets Daily podcast. Today's stories: Bitcoin Tests $7K as Spot Trading Volumes Subside to Normal Levels Overstock Subsidiary to Put Wyoming County Land Registry on the Blockchain MakerDAO Users Sue Stablecoin Issuer Following 'Black Thursday' Losses Another Bitcoin Mining Firm Warns COVID-19 Pandemic May Harm Its Business For early access before our regular noon Eastern time releases, subscribe with Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Stitcher, RadioPublica or RSS. Read…
  • Morgan Creek Invests in Startup Bringing Bitcoin to DeFi

    Morgan Creek Invests in Startup Bringing Bitcoin to DeFi

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    Bitcoin advocate Anthony "Pomp" Pompliano is betting the top cryptocurrency might have more of a role to play in the emerging decentralized finance (DeFi) space. Pompliano's Morgan Creek Digital was one of the investors in a $2.45 million seed round for Atomic Loans, a Canadian startup looking to create bitcoin-backed lending instruments. Announced Wednesday, the seed round was led by Initialized Capital – an investor in Coinbase – with participation also coming from the founders of…
  • IDG-Backed Crypto Exchange KuCoin Launches OTC Desk for Enterprises

    IDG-Backed Crypto Exchange KuCoin Launches OTC Desk for Enterprises

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    Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has teamed with DigitalBits, a blockchain protocol layer focused on branded crypto assets, for the launch of what it calls a new kind of OTC desk. KuCoin's Enterprise Currency Desk (ECD) is tailored toward companies looking to venture into blockchain technology and decentralized finance (DeFi) by providing bespoke solutions for the acquisition of digital assets, the company says. The new partnership seeks to simplify that process for businesses, and further allows them…
  • TradeStation Builds Out Crypto Trading Arm With ErisX Tie-Up

    TradeStation Builds Out Crypto Trading Arm With ErisX Tie-Up

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    TradeStation is plugging into crypto exchange ErisX as it seeks to enhance digital asset trading for its pro and institutional clients. The online brokerage and trading technology firm said Wednesday it is integrating ErisX's order book into its subsidiary, TradeStation Crypto, to provide clients with deeper liquidity and tighter spreads when trading digital assets. Both TradeStation and ErisX believe the tie-up will take market infrastructure up to the same sort of standards as already exist in…
  • Bitfury Latest to Donate Crypto Mining Power to Coronavirus Research

    Bitfury Latest to Donate Crypto Mining Power to Coronavirus Research

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    Blockchain tech firm Bitfury has donated some of its GPU-based computing power towards coronavirus research. The Amsterdam-based firm said Tuesday it had dedicated its GPU computer nodes to the "[email protected]" coronavirus research project. Run by Washington University, the project has been asking for computer processing power to run simulations for coronavirus protein structure that could ultimately help develop a vaccine. "Our contribution of highly efficient computing power pales next to the selflessness and sacrifice of our…
  • As Crypto Prices Reeled in Q1, These Coins Stood Out

    As Crypto Prices Reeled in Q1, These Coins Stood Out

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    The first quarter of 2020 will be remembered as a period when the coronavirus-led uncertainty set off a liquidity crisis in financial markets, forcing investors to sell everything, including bitcoin (BTC). The top cryptocurrency, often touted as a safe haven, fell by 10 percent in the first three months of 2020.  While the cryptocurrency eked out 30 percent gains in January amid the U.S.-Iran tensions, it could not withstand the bearish pressures emanating from the global…
  • Coinbase Pumps $1.1M USDC Into DeFi Sites Uniswap and PoolTogether

    Coinbase Pumps $1.1M USDC Into DeFi Sites Uniswap and PoolTogether

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    Coinbase is putting its digital dollars where the traction is.  Announced Wednesday, Coinbase has deposited $1.1 million in USDC stablecoins into the pools powering two of the most popular decentralized finance (DeFi) applications on Ethereum: Uniswap and PoolTogether. The investment comes via the USDC Bootstrap Fund, which the company launched in September 2019. "With USDC, we hope to provide critical infrastructure that will enable DeFi to grow and increasingly compete with existing financial products," Coinbase wrote…