US Researchers Develop Blockchain Protocol to Fight Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

Portland State University (PSU) researchers have made a blockchain protocol to prevent counterfeit pharmaceuticals from filling the market, according to a press release published on April 15. PSU researcher and professor of computer science at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, Nirupama Bulusu, in collaboration with PSU computer science doctoral student Naif Alzahrani published a work dubbed “A new product anti-counterfeiting blockchain using a truly decentralized dynamic consensus protocol.” In the paper, the researchers described a new blockchain-based method to record transactions geared to facilitate the fight against…

Bitcoin Remains Stable | Crypto Market Capitalization Hits New High

Over the last month, the cryptocurrency market was on a hot streak, rising about 38% as investors piled into crypto assets such as Bitcoin and other popular alternatives like Litecoin, Ripple’s XRP, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and EOS. Crypto Market Capitalization Hits New All-Time High At the beginning of the month, Bitcoin (BTC) price surged, taking analysts and traders by surprise as to what might have caused the sudden increase in price. However, analysts are unsure whether the cryptocurrencies will hold their recent gains. But considering Bitcoin has managed to maintain…

Satoshi’s Treasure: The Chase Is on for a $1 Million Bitcoin Prize

A treasure hunt for $1 million worth of bitcoin is officially underway. In a cryptic, rambling message broadcasted to the Blockstream Satellite on April 13, 2019, an anonymous user challenged the rest of the Bitcoin community to a million dollar hunt for what they called “Satoshi’s Treasure,” a contest which will “test the resolve, courage, intelligence, and savvy [sic] of would-be hunters,” the game master claimed. At the current exchange rate, the contest’s award is roughly 198 BTC. “This message should reach you at the middle of the fourth month…

Op Ed: Bitcoin Is Turning Left vs. Right Into Big Data vs. Privacy

The political spectrum is usually divided into four main categories: libertarian left, authoritarian left, libertarian right and authoritarian right. Those on the left prefer a more controlled economy, while those on the right have a preference for free markets. Libertarians tend to promote more liberal social policies, while authoritarians want to control what people do in the privacy of their own homes. This is generally how political leanings are defined today, but technologies like Bitcoin and end-to-end encryption are changing that as our digital lives become, in some ways, more…

Binance Delists Bitcoin SV | Bitcoin Magazine

The cryptocurrency exchange Binance is officially removing Bitcoin SV (BSV) from its trading options, according to a company blog post. The delisting comes after Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (aka CZ) threatened to delist the Bitcoin Cash fork coin in response to Craig S. Wright, the coin’s creator, threatening Lightning Torch prometheus Hodlonaut with a lawsuit. Per the blog post, “All trade orders will be automatically removed after trading ceases in each respective trading pair” but withdrawals will be open until July 22, 2019. Officially, the blog post cited a failure…

Bulls Chorus, Bitcoin (BTC) Steady above $5,000 despite Liquidation Risks

Bitcoin price close above $5,000 Analysts and Investors confident of market recovery The Bitcoin moon-sling chorus is only getting louder as the market ooze confidence thanks to early April upswings and supporting candlestick arrangement. Even so, there should be a conclusive close above $6,000 before bulls lift prices higher. Bitcoin Price Analysis Fundamentals Not only are ordinary investors and traders optimistic of Bitcoin’s long-term prospects–after prices rallied past $4,500 and bulls are actively rejecting anything below $5,000. Even so, analysts are on overdrive, dispensing their two cents on what the…

ING Bank Is Bringing Bitcoin ‘Bulletproofs’ to Private Blockchains

ING’s blockchain team is testing a privacy technology called “bulletproofs,” the latest in a series of seemingly unlikely cypherpunk experiments at the Netherlands-based global bank. Developed and refined by hardcore cryptographers at Stanford University, University College London and startup Blockstream, bulletproofs are designed to hide the amounts being transferred in bitcoin transactions, which are normally visible to anyone. But banks have privacy concerns about blockchains too, since they don’t want to expose competitive or sensitive client data to rivals. One early solution was zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs), a way of proving…

IMF and World Bank Launch Educational Blockchain Token

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have launched a crypto token called “Learning Coin” to better understand how blockchain technology works. The two institutions said that the coin would have no monetary value and would not be made openly available, the Financial Times reported Saturday. To support the token, the IMF and the World Bank have also launched a private blockchain network. The project is aimed to build “a strong knowledge base” around blockchain technology among staff at the organizations. The IMF said in the report: “The development of…

Ripple (XRP) Pinned, Prices Unresponsive Despite Fundamental Stimuli

Ripple prices in range mode above 30 cents Coil, InterLedger Protocol and Puma browser to integrate At third, Ripple (XRP) is underperforming and back to a trade-range with caps at 34 cents. Regardless, there has been a lot of integration news which is yet to be factored, meaning the coin is undervalued and would likely rally past 34 cents and even 40 cents. Ripple Price Analysis Fundamentals It’s all about use cases, and Ripple Inc is on over-drive towards meeting clients’ demands. Part of this is building interoperability and thanks…

Five Months to Litecoin (LTC) Halving, Demand, Price and Hash Rate Soar

Litecoin prices trending higher Hash rate around ATHs at 347 TH/s against 359 TH/s The direct correlation of hash rate with prices means Litecoin network is secure as miners funnel their computing power searching for profit. At spot rates, the coin is up 3.6 percent and bouncing off the middle BB as buyers flow back. Litecoin Price Analysis Fundamentals Cumulatively, the market is on the rise after last week’s correction. Spearheading this bounce is Litecoin (LTC) which is up 3.6 percent in the previous day but still down 11.1 percent…