Alyssa Hertig

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Feb 18 2021

How Crypto Transforms Prediction Markets

Betting can be used to predict the future. That's the crazy idea behind prediction markets. Here's how they work and where cryptocurrency fits into the picture.

Feb 17 2021

What Is a Flash Loan?

Feb 17 2021 Published at CoinDesk under tags  defi ethereum evergreen explainer explainers

A guide to one of DeFi's most innovative and controversial features.

Feb 09 2021

Bitcoin ‘Can’t Be Stopped’: Nigerians Look to P2P Exchanges After Crypto Ban

Some Nigerians plan to continue using bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies despite a directive issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) last week ordering banks to close down accounts associated with cryptocurrencies.

What Is the ERC-20 Ethereum Token Standard?

Feb 09 2021 Published at CoinDesk under tags  blockchain cryptocurrency erc20 ethereum tech

The ERC-20 token standard was revolutionary for creating interoperability between tokens built on the Ethereum Network.

Feb 08 2021

Which Crypto Projects Are Based on Ethereum?

Feb 08 2021 Published at CoinDesk under tags  dapps ethereum explainers learn tech

Ethereum dapps are different from everyday apps because they aim to hand users more control over their online lives.

Feb 05 2021

What Does Hashrate Mean?

Miners must compete using their machines to solve a difficult mathematical problem.

Jan 22 2021

Bitcoin Core Lead Maintainer Steps Back, Encourages Decentralization

"One thing is clear: this is a serious project now, and we need to start taking decentralization seriously," said Wladimir van der Laan.

Dec 30 2020

What Is Proof-of-Stake?

Proof-of-stake is a method of maintaining integrity in a blockchain, ensuring users of a cryptocurrency can’t mint coins they didn’t earn.

All Major Mining Pools Now Support Taproot, Bitcoin’s Biggest Upgrade in Years

Dec 30 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  bitcoin mining pools taproot tech

Binance Pool represents 11% of Bitcoin’s mining hashrate. Adding it to the “yes” column pushes mining pool support for Taproot to about 91%.

Statechains Scaling Solution Offers New Potential for Bitcoin Privacy

Statechains offer another way to scale bitcoin payments. New exploration has uncovered that statechains could boost Bitcoin privacy as well.

Dec 29 2020

What Are Stablecoins?

Dec 29 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  dai diem evergreen explainers learn

A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency whose value is tied to an outside asset, such as the U.S. dollar or gold, to stabilize the price.

Dec 22 2020

What Is an Oracle?

An oracle sends data from the outside world to a blockchain so specific data, like temperature, can execute the disbursement of money.

Dec 16 2020

What Is Proof-of-Work?

Dec 16 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  bitcoin cryptocurrency ethereum explainers learn

Proof-of-work is the blockchain-based algorithm that secures many cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Dec 15 2020

Becoming Self Sovereign: How to Set Up a Bitcoin Node, With Lightning

Setting up a RaspiBlitz Bitcoin node (with Lightning!) is an easy way to become self-sovereign and support the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Dec 09 2020

First CoinSwap Test Could Herald an Era of Stronger Bitcoin Privacy

Dec 09 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  bitcoin chris belcher coinswap privacy tech

"A big day for bitcoin privacy" said developer Chris Belcher as he announced a test transaction implementing a promising privacy technology invented years ago

Dec 04 2020

What Is a CBDC?

A CBDC is a central bank digital currency, a new type of money governments are experimenting with that often has blockchain at its core.

Dec 02 2020

What Is Sharding?

Dec 02 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  ethereum explainers learn scalability sharding

"Sharding" is a proposed method of splitting Ethereum's infrastructure into smaller pieces in an attempt to scale the network.

Dec 01 2020

Privacy Concerns Over Bitcoin Upgrade Taproot Are a ‘Non-Issue,’ Experts Say

Dec 01 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  bitcoin developers privacy taproot tech

Bitcoin privacy experts are unimpressed with a circulating slideshow-style privacy report that targets upcoming Bitcoin upgrade Taproot.

Nov 24 2020

Square, Human Rights Foundation Back New Bitcoin Open-Source Developer Fund

Nov 24 2020 Published at CoinDesk under tags  bitcoin developers tech

Veteran Bitcoin developer John Newbery just launched a new, independent organization for funding Bitcoin's open source developer community.

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