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Joke: Bitcoin mining wastes 1% of the world's energy production. Woke: Attacking Bitcoin costs 1% of the world's energy production.

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Mining algorithms — tools of modern miner

"In this article, I will try to simply explain the main differences between Proof of Work vs. Proof of Stake, and provide a definition of mining, or the process where new digital currencies are released through the network."

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How an ancient stone money system works like cryptocurrency

"Archaeologists see similarities between giant coins carved from stone and cryptocurrencies"

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Cryptocurrencies: Irrational Exuberance or Brave New World?

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CoinDesk Releases Q2 2018 State of Blockchain Report

"To use crypto parlance, the second quarter was a painful time if you were HODLing – but a productive one if you were BUIDLing. That's perhaps the biggest takeaway from CoinDesk's State of Blockchain Q2 2018 report."

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Before EOS and Ethereum: How much has Proof-of-Stake evolved since PPCoin?

"In this post we will investigate the PPCoin system as a PoS case study. From this early attempt at PoS we will understand some of the general challenges the PoS paradigm must resolve in order to yield resilient and secure blockchain systems."

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The historically recent growth of centralized digital money has resulted in the transformation of money from being a medium of exchange, to many officials viewing it as primarily a medium of law enforcement. This is increasingly making such money more local and less trustworthy.

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How Cryptocurrency Prices Work, Explained

How do cryptocurrency prices compare to fiat currencies? Why do we see so much fluctuation in cryptocurrency prices? What are the biggest determinants of cryptocurrency prices? How have cryptocurrency prices changed over the past 18 months? How accurate are cryptocurrency price predictions?

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Counterfactual: Generalized State Channels

"State channels are an important technique for reducing fees for blockchain users. Within their scope of applicability, they allow users to transact with each other without paying blockchain transaction fees and with instant finality, and are the only technique that securely realises the latter property."

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Bitcoin Q&A: Operating a business with cryptocurrency

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Ethereum Presale Dynamics Revisited

"We set out to answer if there was inside-investing or other irregularities in the Ethereum presale. We looked at the rules of the presale and formulated strategies for all actors. The shape of the chart (as compared to other charts referenced by Preston) can be explained by these strategies."

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Getting Started as an Ethereum Web Developer

What do you need to start as an ethereum web developer?

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It’s simple: my internet coin is falling because markets have natural cycles and short-term price is a weak signal, but *your* internet coin is falling because the market is an unerring beacon of truth

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Whether Ether is a security

Preston Byrne analyses whether ether is a security.

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The History of Lightning: From Brainstorm to Beta

This is a deep dive into a lightning's history and implementation.

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Crypto 101: Security

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How to Value a Crypto-Asset — A Model

"Over the past two years blockchain-based tokenized networks — entities that we believe comprise a new asset-class — have accrued billions of dollars in value and raised more than a billion dollars in capital. Since these networks are fundamentally different from more well-established assets, traditional valuation frameworks do not apply. What do you pay for an asset that offers no claim on an underlying business, generates no operating cashflow, and promises to pay nothing out to its owners?"

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A few take-aways from the Augur prediction market

"So it was great to see Augur go live a few weeks ago and I took the opportunity to play around with the product. Here are a few of my observations"

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