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Stepping Off the Main Chain

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As the boom and bust cycle returns to the upward trend, it’s time to take a look at what the major challenges the blockchain ecosystem faces. Support for infrastructure-based projects has grown with over a dozen blockchain-focused accelerators lending resources and publicity to projects that enrich the set of existing development tools. The battle cry…


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IEO – The New ICO

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An Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) is a new and improved twist on the classic Initial Coin Offering (ICO). ICOs are frequently blamed for exacerbating the effects of the rampant cryptocurrency speculation and subsequent crash in late 2017 and early 2018. Most ICOs have a very simple structure, relying on an Ethereum smart contract (often copied…


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Reddit and Steemit: A Decentralization Case Study

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Consumer-facing blockchain apps that are just decentralized versions of existing, successful products have somehow managed to sell themselves as the future, but they have an uphill battle ahead. A quick example are decentralized versions of social networks. The value proposition of these decentralized apps is mainly transparency and strong stances for freedom of speech/expression. For…


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Russia on Blockchain (Link)

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Like it or not, the direction of financial blockchains is largely directed by regulation. This becomes especially important across international borders.  As a large player in the world of cryptocurrency, Russia has had an interesting approach to say the least. The difference in ideology creates a very distinct ecosystem compared the US for certain kinds…


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A Quick Look at Trust

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Getting caught up in details and specifics is a classic pitfall that stalls progress in almost anything, but especially idea generation. Blockchain doesn’t have to be for currency transfer- that’s just one specific use case. The broader scope of the technology is trust. Arjun Kharpal did an excellent job illustrating this in his piece Beyond…


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Life, Death, and Smart Contracts Part 2

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Life, Death, and Smart Contracts p1 Currently, there are legal mechanisms to ensure certain tasks are carried out when someone dies, but nothing compared to a smart contract. An extensive document with clear rules can be carried out by an estate, but a smart contract can carry out actions across borders and into the deepest…


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Building the Blockchain Toolbox

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The most important parts of blockchain are its growth and adoption. These require blockchain’s core technologies to be easily accessible to developers. There are hundreds of use cases for blockchain that have yet to be discovered, and the only way they can come to life is via programmers willing to create them. By establishing solid…


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Technology Doesn’t Stop for Tickers

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As the prices of cryptocurrencies have plummeted, the rift between the two universes of blockchain has widened. One world is focused on tickers while the other hammers away at the foundation of a revolution. During last year’s price surge, optimistic greed fueled the ecosystem of budding cryptocurrencies and ICOs. Now, prices have descended all the way…


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The Blockchain Digital Yard sale

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The next generation of Ebay could sell products that feature instant delivery with no shipping, and there’s no way you’re emotionally attached to the good you sell while maintaining cryptographic proof that you can’t be ripped off. I’m talking selling your idle computer power. Every unused ounce of storage, computing power, or bandwidth can be…


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Stacking Up Blockchain Platforms

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Decentralized blockchains live and die by their users. Proof of Work platforms especially rely on their miners. In this day and age, launching a new network is extremely expensive and risky. Fortunately, each new project doesn’t have to make its own network of users to leverage blockchain technology. Select existing chains allow users to upload…


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