"2019 is the year when the blockchain ecosystem and the crypto industry as a whole had to get sober. After a wild 2017 and a bear 2018, the blockchain space is back on an upwards trajectory with new developments."
"And, how could bitcoin be effective as a transactional currency for payments if its value could reasonably drop tomorrow?"
"Plainly put, because a smart contract has no knowledge of reality it has to rely on a truth source, aka “an oracle” for it to receive external data. The “problem” is that while the execution of the contract may be trustless, as Jimmy Song puts it “A smart contract that trusts a third party removes the killer feature of trustlessness.” I believe this is wrong for a number of reasons"
"The key cryptographic protocols used to secure the internet and financial transactions of today are all susceptible to attack by the development of a sufficiently large quantum computer."
"Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, has been designated a terrorist organization by Western governments and some others and has been locked out of the traditional financial system. But this year its military wing has developed an increasingly sophisticated campaign to raise money using Bitcoin."
New IDC Spending Guide Sees Strong Growth in Blockchain Solutions Leading to $15.9 Billion Market in 2023
"United States-based market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast that overall spending on the technology will reach $15.9 billion in 2023, at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60.2% between 2018-2023."
"10,000 feet view of Ethereum's user needs and capabilities"
"The following is an attempt to explain some of the reasons behind this polarization, explore the underlying dynamics in more detail, and illustrate why an increasing number of people seem to be gravitating towards Bitcoin."
Wavelet: A decentralized, asynchronous, general-purpose proof-of-stakeledger that scales against powerful, adaptive adversaries
"Wavelet introduces a novel family of directed-acyclic-graph (DAG)-based consensus protocols. It is designed to alleviate the numerous scalability dilemmas predicated in decentralized ledgers, such as those that utilize either the longest chain rule, or some variant of stake delegation or committee election scheme."
"Over 300 Twitter accounts are trying to steal your money."
"The Crypto Report aims to educate, inform and stimulate the creation of new ideas in our readers, as we cover four of the largest, most rapid-growing and technologically interesting cryptoassets in the industry."
"Over the past years, many bodies have published data on massive wealth concentration in an otherwise decentralized Bitcoin network. Some of these reports have identified that less than five percent of all bitcoins addresses hold about 95 percent of all bitcoins. Research published in 2017 by How Much showed that 1 percent of those addresses had control over half of the bitcoin market."