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Bitcoin

Valuing Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Applications

Posted on July 12th, 2017.

Arguably the most interesting financial trend of 2017 is the spreading of cryptocurrencies, especially in the Ethereum ecosystem. With the ICO boom of this year, a lot of different business models have been connected to tokens or blockchains of their own. This brings up several questions in the mind value-conscious investors, as given...

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Analysis

ICO Analysis: EOS

Posted on July 5th, 2017.

EOS.IO software by block.one wants to “Decentralize Everything”. Mr. Larimer has already put two notable blockchain systems live: BitShares and Steem. Both of these systems remain online and recently benefited from increased interest in the crypto-asset space in general. To this date, EOS has raised $200 million in revenue from token...

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Blockchain

Token Analysis: Is NEO (Formerly Antshares) ‘China’s Ethereum’?

Posted on June 23rd, 2017.

NEO has been called “China’s Ethereum”. The Western market first collectively learned about Antshares, a smart contract and decentralized application (dApp) platform, just ahead of the company’s rebrand to ‘NEO’ – which is Greek for “newness”, novelty and youth. That merely one exchange offers bitcoin-NEO trades...

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Articles

Totally Private Transactions With Cryptocurrency

Posted on March 27th, 2017.

Bitcoin’s true purpose is argued about. Some believe it is a store of value similar to gold, and that transaction fees should not matter due to this. Others, however, believe it is meant to be digital cash. When you hand over cash to a gas station cashier, there is no record besides the receipt. No one necessarily knows where that dollar...

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Cybersecurity

Shock Wave on the Ice: The Pirate Party Could Win Iceland’s National Elections Next Saturday, Grab Power

Posted on October 27th, 2016.

The Pirate Party of Iceland, founded in 2012 to champion direct democracy and internet freedom, is projected to win Saturday’s general election and could end up leading Iceland’s next government, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Bitcoin

This Anonymous Cryptocurrency Has Privacy Advocates Talking

Posted on October 10th, 2016.

Monero is an anonymous crypto-currency known for being preferred by dark net’s largest marketplaces, where drugs and illicit goods are sold. Darknet marketplaces were made popular by Ross Ulbricht’s Silk Road, which landed him a lifetime in prison. The newest cryptocurrency craze preys upon modern privacy concerns. It cites how big...

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Communication

Toward Unbreakable Quantum Encryption for Everyone

Posted on September 12th, 2016.

Hacked recently covered the efforts of the Chinese government to build unbreakable quantum communication networks. According to analysts, quantum communications networks are so expensive that they could have a “recentralizing effect,” enabling states to recover the ground that they have lost to decentralizing digital...

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Cybersecurity

Blockchain Tech Hints At The Future of the Internet & Cybersecurity

Posted on December 27th, 2015.

Bitcoin, as the first successful blockchain implementation, is not an unprecedented breakthrough, but it is the first to be applied and adopted at a global rate. The blockchain technology comes from a history of cryptography and security research. The Merkle Tree and distributed hash tables, hit upon in the 1970s, meant autonomy, fault...

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Business

The Foo Fighters Should Torrent Their New Free EP

Posted on November 26th, 2015.

At the turn of the century, when the file-sharing service Napster was taken down in a court of law rather than by the competition, Metallica got a lot of press for being against the service and testifying that it had lost the millionaires significant sums of money. But around that time, another band benefited by exposure to the...

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Decentralization

Kim Dotcom Talks about Meganet, His Blockchain-Based P2P Internet

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

Antihero and all-around Hollywood foe Kim Dotcom has revealed his vision for a new, evolved and more secure internet with MegaNet. Despite subtle hints teasing a new project where he proclaimed “…a new internet that can’t be controlled, censored or destroyed by Governments or Corporations with MegaNet,” Kim Dotcom hadn’t revealed much of...

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Business

Flywheel Helps Cabs in War Against Uber

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

Much of the argument in favor of Uber, when not indulging in disgusting tirades against people earning tips as part of their living, has to do with the ease of use that Uber provides by comparison to taxi companies. The user is not required to talk to anyone on the phone, can pay easily by credit card (which is also the case in major...

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Decentralization

Politicians and Regulators Beware, the Uber Economy is Here to Stay

Posted on October 20th, 2015.

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft saw huge demand increases in Portland between May and August, KGW reports, while taxi service slowed, according to a report released by the city of Portland.

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Decentralization

First Steps Toward Implementing Distributed Permanent Web With IPFS

Posted on September 10th, 2015.

According to Neocities Founder Kyle Drake and Brewster Kahle, a programmer and Internet entrepreneur known for founding the Internet Archive, the Internet Credit Union, Alexa, and the early supercomputer company Thinking Machines, HTTP is obsolete. It’s time for a distributed, permanent web based on IPFS.

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Companies

Filament Deploys Mesh Networks of Smart Sensors for the Internet of Things

Posted on August 25th, 2015.

Filament, a developer of ad-hoc mesh networks of smart sensors for industrial applications and the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that it has closed $5 million in funding led by Bullpen Capital. Joining the Series A round are Verizon Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Samsung Ventures, Digital Currency Group, Haystack, Working Lab...

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Artificial Intelligence

Tesla and Uber – When Disruptive Technical and Social Innovations Collide

Posted on July 9th, 2015.

Tesla and Uber are two companies at the forefront of disruptive technical and social innovation. Their businesses may come together in disruptive synergy bigger than the sum of its parts, which will revolutionize whole industries.

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Decentralization

Citizen Science Project Develops Nanotube Filtration Systems For Clean Water

Posted on July 7th, 2015.

Researchers at Tsinghua University and Tel Aviv University developed a framework for a new nanotechnology-based strategy to improve water filtration.

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Companies

Angered over Redditgate, users want a Decentralized alternative to Reddit

Posted on July 6th, 2015.

Reddit is in revolt to protest the termination of Victoria Taylor, the site’s director of talent who managed the popular “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) sessions that have included President Obama and other celebrities, Wired reported a few days ago. Hundreds of subreddits have been shut down by angered moderators. In other...

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Business

uTorrent Bundles Bloatware on an “Epic Scale”

Posted on March 10th, 2015.

µTorrent (often spelled uTorrent) is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients in the world. Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, uTorrent was designed to be a lightweight torrenting client that would rival more resource-intensive programs like Vuze and BitComet.

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Decentralization

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom Will Protect The Free Internet With Reverse DDoS

Posted on February 5th, 2015.

The Pirate Bay is back online, but its recent take-down shows that there is an urgent need of a new, more resilient, decentralized and distributed Internet infrastructures and software platforms. In December, we reported that BitTorrent is testing a P2P web browser called Project Maelstrom, based on BitTorrent technology. Project...

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Decentralization

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online

Posted on February 1st, 2015.

The Pirate Bay is back online after almost two months of downtime. The popular BitTorrent site was raided by the Swedish police in December and taken offline. Following a period of complete unavailability, the site was resurrected in December, with an image of a phoenix replacing its standard pirate-ship logo, and a timer indicating that...