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AltcoinWeekly - Issue #121

Issue #121

18 - 24 April 2016 

Bitcoin price broke through the $450 barrier this week as traders rallied behind news that the code for Segregated Witness has been released raising hopes to a solution of the block size problem.


Bitcoin Price


Latest News

Ethcore Raises Financing Round as First Venture Capital Funded Ethereum Startup

Ethereum startup Ethcore has raised $750,000 in a preliminary, pre-seed funding round led by Silicon Valley-based Blockchain Capital and Shanghai-based Fenbushi Capital. Ethcore intends to further pursue the development of the Ethereum blockchain stack and assist partners who wish to innovate using the smart contract platform.

Decentralized, Peer-To-Peer Bitcoin Exchange Bitsquare to Launch Next Week

Bitsquare, an open source project led by the Austrian-born Manfred Karrer, allows anyone to trade Bitcoin for fiat currency as well as altcoins, without requiring a company, central intermediary or permission from anyone.


Looting of the Fox: The Story of Sabotage at ShapeShift

ShapeShift CEO tells the story of the recent ShapeShift hack, detailing the betrayal committed by one of his own employees.

DigixDAO Introduces Gold-backed Tokens on the Ethereum

DigixDAO will be creating tokens that are backed by gold value on the Ethereum blockchain whereby tokens are minted through a Smart Contract.

Block Size Debate

The Segregated Witness Timeline: From Idea to Adoption in Six Steps

After months of coding, Segregated Witness is getting close to rollout, as a pull request was submitted to Bitcoin Core earlier this week.

The four horsemen of the Bitcoin apocalypse

Wouter Schut wrote a piece on some possibilities on what will happen to Bitcoin when these 4 events happen in the next 1-3 months:

  • Hitting the hard-limit
  • Segregated Witness Softfork
  • 14Nm mining chips
  • Halving


Morgan Stanley Report Issues Predictions for Blockchain in 2025

Morgan Stanley positioned its stock for medium-term blockchain earnings, according to a report in which the bank ventures it predictions for the future.

Reading the tea leaves

Tim Swanson looks at the cryptocurrency ecosystem again with some solid data to back up his claims. According to him, there is less data available today than previously available.

Balaji Srinivasan on private blockchains

Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21 Inc had a tweet storm recently explaining his thoughts on private blockchain.


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