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How to Spot Bitcoin’s Golden or Death Cross Using Simple Moving Averages

Understanding short-term and long-term moving averages (MAs) is important for trading strategies, whether for cryptocurrency or traditional assets. Two rare but powerful signals that traders look for occur when the short-term and long-term MAs cross. On the upside, that’s the golden cross, and, on the downside, it’s called the death cross. Golden and death crosses have predicted many of the worst economic downturns of the previous century; for example, the death cross predicted the 1929, 1938, …

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How Bitcoin’s Lightning Can Be Used for Private Messaging

Bitcoin’s lightning network might have a use case beyond faster and more scalable payments. Last week Lightning Labs developer Joost Jager revealed an experimental, new proof of concept: Whatsat, a version of lightning that can be used to send private messages. Like bitcoin, it’s censorship-resistant. But, unlike encrypted apps that morph messages into unreadable, garbled text to keep messages from prying eyes, there’s no central entity to stop users from employing the network. Jager told …

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93 Days Dark: 8chan Coder Explains How Blockchain Saved His Troll Forum

The Takeaway: Administrators at 8kun, the anarchic message board formerly known as 8chan, have been experimenting with blockchain and p2p technologies in an effort to build a website resistant to deplatforming and censorship. They found an ideologically aligned open-source blockchain to piggyback on, but the developers don’t seem keen on protecting 8kun from activist attacks. Ron Watkins, the principal 8kun dev, plans to launch the mysterious Project Odin in an attempt to bolster the publicly …

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What’s Next in the Securities Case Against Ripple Over XRP

The Takeaway: Monday is the deadline for an XRP holder to file a response to Ripple’s motion to dismiss his suit against the company. That motion largely sidestepped the plaintiff’s argument that Ripple sold XRP as an unregistered security, instead contesting the case on procedural and evidentiary grounds. The suit is unlikely to settle the security question. While Ripple presented a strong defense, the case is likely nowhere near complete, and the company will remain …

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After Painful 2018, Chinese Blockchain VCs Are Getting Back Into the Market

The Takeaways: After the 2018 crypto crash, up to 90 percent of blockchain-focused Chinese venture capital firms left the market. Now, as China’s central government pushes for greater blockchain adoption, some are returning and deal-flow is increasing.   Surviving funds are retooling and diversifying into fields such as secondary trading and bitcoin mining.  Chinese venture capital firms are taking another look at blockchain. After the 2018 crypto crash, up to 90 percent of blockchain-focused VCs left …

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Hyperledger Challenges JPMorgan’s Quorum for Enterprise Ethereum Crown

There’s a seismic shift taking place in the enterprise blockchain space. It’s called Besu. A software client designed from scratch to connect businesses with the public ethereum network, Besu enjoys the support of Hyperledger, the Linux-like greenhouse for growing open-source blockchains. As such, Besu has the clout to potentially eclipse all the other enterprise versions of ethereum, including megabank JPMorgan’s Quorum. On the face of it, there’s plenty of Kumbaya refrains being sung around the …

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3 Ways Staking Will Upend the Economics of Ethereum

The Takeaway: New analysis of the economic model behind Ethereum 2.0 suggests validators can expect to earn 4.6–10.3 percent in annualized rewards at the start. The hardware cost for running Ethereum 2.0 validator software may increase as a result of a new design proposal by founder Vitalik Buterin. Even so, the economic model of Ethereum 2.0 maintains inflation rates below 1 percent and a dynamically adjusting rewards scale for validators. As ethereum undergoes a major …

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Crypto Convergence: From Decentralization to Direct Listings

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a weekly newsletter focused on institutional investment in crypto assets. Sign up for free here. Ever since U.S. Securities and Exchange (SEC) commissioner William Hinman said last year that a digital asset could start out a security but cease to be one …

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Researchers Uncover Bitcoin ‘Attack’ That Could Slow or Stop Lightning Payments

The bitcoin lightning network could be vulnerable to a simple and disruptive attack, according to a recent research paper. Written by Saar Tochner, Aviv Zohar, and Stefan Schmid, the paper describes a denial-of-service (DoS) attack that could be used to slow down or even stop a huge percentage of payments on the network and, although the behavior hasn’t been seen in the wild and lightning’s technology is still in-progress, it’s considered a major flaw in the network …

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WATCH: MyCrypto CEO Taylor Monahan on Crypto Adoption and Ethereum

At Devcon 5 last week, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen sat down with MyCrypto CEO Taylor Monahan to chat about user adoption and the state of ethereum. Founded in 2015, MyCrypto makes the blockchain more accessible through customer-first products for ethereum and ERC-20 tokens. As Monahan told CoinDesk, MyCrypto focuses on the customer experience: “People are used to the Googles and the Facebooks and you type in your username and your password and if you forget it …

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