Bitcoin Price Decline Driven by Q4 Futures Launch

Bitcoin’s winter price peak and subsequent decline coincided with the introduction of bitcoin futurestrading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. A team of researchers doesn’t think it was a coincidence. Galina Hale, Arvind Krishnamurthy, Marianna Kudlyak and Patrick Shultz — economic researchers writing for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco — claim in a research paper that the rapid rise and subsequent decline in…

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Blockchain Cryptography

A lightearted guide to blockchain, cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptography September 10, 2017 Introduction Today we’re going to talk about the two key cryptographic features that maintain the integrity of all blockchains; cryptographic hash functions and digital signatures. Before we get into this topic allow us to clarify one thing. You do not have to know how these cryptographic features…

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What the hell is blockchain?

Why are we writing this blog? Imagine for a moment that you were transported back in time to the early 1990’s. Back then, the internet was still in its infancy and Average Joe and Jane had little to no understanding of how it worked. In 1993, the total number of worldwide internet users was around 14 million and the internet…

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A brief history of blockchain

Prologue A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. A mysterious white paper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” was released under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. The paper described, in their own words, “a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust”. The time was November 2008 and the galaxy far, far away was the internet. This is…

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The blockchain ecosystem

In this post we are going to discuss the ecosystem of a typical blockchain. Ecosystem in this context, refers to the different stakeholders and their interactions with each other, the system and the outside world. The different stakeholders we are going to explore are: Users Investors Miners Developers Understanding how each of these stakeholders fit into a blockchain ecosystem will…

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The argument against blockchain

As two millennials living out our comfortable and perfectly ordinary lives in a developed nation, it’s questionable how much life wisdom we will be able to offer up during the course of this blog. Nevertheless… During the course of the first 5 blog posts, we have spent a significant amount of time talking about the world altering potential of blockchain…

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How Blockchain can Help Travel Brands create Smoother and more Secure Digital Experiences for Travel

We live in an increasingly digital era where securing the enormous amount of sensitive data that is generated is becoming of paramount concern, particularly in the e-commerce space. Significant financial data is involved in the form of the large volume of transactions that take place each day across the world, and cybersecurity threats loom large. There is much ado about the risk…

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