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AltcoinWeekly - Issue #120

Issue #120

11 - 17 April 2016 

BITCOIN PRICE (BITSTAMP)

Bitcoin Price

 

Latest News

Airbnb just acquired a team of bitcoin and blockchain experts

Home-rental company Airbnb has "acqui-hired" the majority of the team behind ChangeCoin, a startup that runs a bitcoin-based micropayments service, according to four people with knowledge of the deal. The alternative lodging site has been looking at a few bitcoin and blockchain startups, according to two sources, to study what the technology could do for its services.

Bitcoin Messiah Patrick Byrne’s Medical Leave Could Rattle Blockchain’s Future

His absence will be felt most among the worldwide Bitcoin community.

Ecosystem

Changelly Exchange Opens Doors As Compromised ShapeShift Goes Down

Changelly, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, opened after six months of successful beta. Meanwhile, ShapeShift went down, having announced it had been compromised.

Winklevii: Bitcoin a Haven for Really Stupid Criminals

The Winklevoss Twins recently disputed the argument that Bitcoin is a haven for criminals.

What Circle's UK E-Money License Means for Bitcoin and Blockchain

Industry commentators weigh in on the impact of Circle's new e-money license in the UK.

Coinalytics Rebrands As Skry, Hires IBM Vet to Go ‘Blockchain’

Coinalytics announced it has rebranded as Skry, unveiled a new logo, and hired a former architect at IBM Watson and artificial intelligence expert.

Block Size Debate

Jeff Garzik: Sidechains a Better Bitcoin Scaling Solution Than Lightning Network

In a recent interview with Bitcoin Uncensored, Bitcoin Core contributor and Bloq Co-Founder Jeff Garzik shared his views on the issue of scalability in Bitcoin. One of the key points made by Garzik during the interview is that he thinks — in terms of scaling — sidechains are a better option than the Lightning Network.

Learn

Who Will Pay for Turing-Complete Smart Contracts?

Who needs turing complete smart contracts? The answer, says Counterparty community director Chris DeRose, may very well turn out to be "No one".

 

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