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CoinDesk is a news site specializing in bitcoin and digital currencies. The site was founded by Shakil Khan and was subsequently acquired by Digital Currency Group. CoinDesk began publishing in May 2013, and was founded by serial entrepreneur Shakil Khan. Khan is also an investor in BitPay, a bitcoin payment processor. In September 2013, Jon Matonis, former executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation, joined CoinDesk as a contributing editor. CoinDesk also provides guides to bitcoin for those new to digital currencies. In January 2016, CoinDesk was acquired by Digital Currency Group for an estimated amount of US$500K-600K.Source
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Bitcoin Briefly Hits $9K, Investors Remain Bullish

Bitcoin Briefly Hits $9K, Investors Remain Bullish

Bitcoin (BTC) failed to plant a flag above $9,000 early on Tuesday, even as on-chain data suggests spiking investor interest in the top cryptocurrency by market value. Prices rose to a high of $9,112 at 05:05 UTC, extending a recovery from Monday’s low of $8,528. At press time, the cryptocurrency had dropped back to near $8,850 on major exchanges, representing a 1.9% decline on the day, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. While the cryptocurrency found dip demand on Monday, the seven-day average of the number of unique addresses active on the network, as sender or receiver,...

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May 5, 2020
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Bitcoin Halving 2020, Explained

Bitcoin Halving 2020, Explained

The Bitcoin halving will take place sometime in May 2020. What is the halving, how will it affect the price, and what does it mean for miners and the cryptocurrency's long-term prospects? Here's everything you need to know. “The halvening” sounds like a horror movie about an ax murderer. But it’s actually the nickname for one of the most hotly anticipated events in Bitcoin’s history. Sometime in May, the number of bitcoins (BTC) entering circulation every 10 minutes (known as block rewards) will drop by half, to 6.25 from 12.5. It’s a milestone that’s easy to see coming because it happens...

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March 24, 2020
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New Twitter Investor May Remove Bitcoin Advocate Jack Dorsey as CEO

New Twitter Investor May Remove Bitcoin Advocate Jack Dorsey as CEO

Elliott Management Corp. – an activist investor owned by billionaire Paul Singer – has plans to shake up the management at Twitter. As reported by Bloomberg on Saturday, Elliott has taken a large stake in the social media messaging platform and, according to "people familiar with the matter," has plans to remove Jack Dorsey as CEO. The hedge fund has already nominated four directors to Twitter's board, the sources said. Dorsey is also the chief of payments firm Square and has become a darling of the crypto community for his advocacy of bitcoin. He recently integrated a feature on Twitter...

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February 29, 2020
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Bitcoin Price Crash: China Outlaws Bitcoin for Financial Institutions

Bitcoin Price Crash: China Outlaws Bitcoin for Financial Institutions

The price of bitcoin has climbed back up to $1,012, according to the Coindesk BPI. The price of bitcoin fell by $300 on popular exchange Mt. Gox this morning after China’s central bank warned financial institutions to steer clear of the digital currency. According to the People’s Bank of China, it doesn’t consider bitcoin a threat to China’s financial system, but it does believe the digital currency carries significant risks. “The concern is that it interferes with normal monetary policy operation,” Hao Hong, head of China research at Bocom International Holdings Co. in Hong Kong, told...

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Emily Spaven
December 5, 2013
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PayPal, Venmo to Roll Out Crypto Buying and Selling: Sources

PayPal, Venmo to Roll Out Crypto Buying and Selling: Sources

Fintech giant PayPal plans to roll out direct sales of cryptocurrency to its 325 million users, according to three people familiar with the matter. Currently, PayPal can be used as an alternative means for withdrawing funds from exchanges such as Coinbase, but this would be a first in terms of offering direct sales of crypto. “My understanding is that they are going to allow buys and sells of crypto directly from PayPal and Venmo,” a well-placed industry source told CoinDesk. “They are going to have some sort of a built-in wallet functionality so you can store it there.” It is unclear which...

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Ian Allison
Jun 22
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Online Chess Chooses Algorand Blockchain to Host Player Rankings - CoinDesk

Online Chess Chooses Algorand Blockchain to Host Player Rankings - CoinDesk

Algorand’s blockchain platform has been selected by the official online body of chess to record the ratings and titles of players.In an announcement on Thursday, Algorand said it will record FIDE Online Arena players’ data and provide a transparent platform where participants can view game information that’s updated in real time.FIDE Online Arena is the federation’s internet server that is solely responsible for official digital tournaments and world championships in which players earn international ratings and titles.See also:“It’s exciting to continue bringing innovation to chess,” Ilya...

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Caitlin Long's Avanti Raises $5M, Submits Wyoming Bank Charter Application Draft - CoinDesk

Caitlin Long's Avanti Raises $5M, Submits Wyoming Bank Charter Application Draft - CoinDesk

Crypto bank Avanti now has the backing of several popular investors in crypto.The bank raised $5 million in an angel round and closed on a subscription to issue an additional amount at its option at a later date, said Avanti CEO Caitlin Long. The round was led by the University of Wyoming Foundation with participation from Anthony Pompliano’s Morgan Creek Digital, Blockchain Capital, Digital Currency Group, Lemniscap, Madison Paige Ventures, Malex Enterprises, Susan B. Anthony, LLC, Gary Gigot and others.“This announcement means Avanti is sufficiently funded to get through the process of...

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Hedge Fund Billionaire Ray Dalio: ‘I Have Some Bitcoin’

Hedge Fund Billionaire Ray Dalio: ‘I Have Some Bitcoin’

Concerns about a looming global debt crisis have taken the world’s top hedge fund manager from doubting to dabbling in it. Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio said the U.S. dollar is on the verge of devaluation on a level last seen in 1971 and that China is threatening the greenback’s role as the world’s reserve currency. In such an environment bitcoin, with its gold-like properties, looks increasingly attractive as a savings vehicle, said Dalio, whose firm started 2021 with $101.9 billion in assets under management, making it . “Personally, I’d rather have bitcoin than a bond” in an...

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Bitcoin Garners New Users as Governments Flood World With Fiat

Bitcoin Garners New Users as Governments Flood World With Fiat

Governments around the world are careening toward a period of dramatic spending. The U.S. Federal Reserve announced another $2.3 trillion in lending programs on Thursday to stabilize America’s coronavirus-stricken economy. The Bank of England announced it would likely extend billions of pounds to directly finance the government’s crisis response. All this inspires inflation concerns around the globe, which appear to be driving demand for bitcoin (BTC) in some corners. “The non-stop quantitative easing process will finally impact the mid-term and long-term market,” said Danny Deng, a...

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Leigh Cuen
April 9, 2020
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Opinion: Why El Salvador’s Bitcoin Plan Isn’t That Crazy

Opinion: Why El Salvador’s Bitcoin Plan Isn’t That Crazy

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to make bitcoin legal tender in his country has been met with understandable head-scratching and skepticism among observers in the developed world. Speaking to BBC News, Willamette University College of Law professor Rohan Grey said a country that made such a move would cede “its degree of autonomy and control over its own policy space to a network that isn’t stable, doesn’t have accountable actors and doesn’t have a track record of providing the kinds of price stability and liquidity stability that a currency is supposed to provide.” But to...

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