Crypto Winter to Spring: Key Factors That Brought Bitcoin Back to Life

Let’s take a look at some of the key factors that helped spur the growth of the crypto market in 2019.

During the first couple of months of 2019, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) stayed put under the $4,000 mark, thereby solidifying fears that the market was indeed in the midst of a long crypto winter. Not only that, but all through 2018, this space witnessed the simultaneous collapse of around 2,000 cryptocurrencies — which lost around 80% of their combined market cap. Read more

BTC Could Hit $10K, ‘Stay Away from North Korea,’ Akon City: Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 13–19

Bitcoin may be ready to hit $10,000, U.N. warns the public not to attend North Korea’s crypto conference, and the best day of the week to buy crypto is revealed.

Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Read more

Why Centralized Exchanges Are Decentralizing

The traditional financial system has been reshaping from its very core — the concept of trust — through blockchain, decentralized in nature.

In an industry built on an ethos of decentralization and the empowerment of individuals, where the key idea is that each and every person should have control of their own wealth and begin acting as their own bank, we’ve seen centralized custodial exchanges lead the charge up until now. Now, as the industry continues to develop ethos, we’re seeing centralized exchanges beginning to adopt more properties of decentralization. Read more

How Real World Use Cases Will Drive Crypto Growth in 2020

From Coca-Cola and Maersk to the giant gaming industry and government: Technology that stands behind crypto has become more and more usual.

As Bitcoin enters its twelfth year, the past eleven offer a meaningful amount of time to identify key trends that have emerged around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. These trends provide insights that are helpful in projecting the future of the digital asset space and how it will take shape over the next decade. Read more

Ethereum 1.x Devs Focusing on ‘Stateless Clients’ to Curb Chain Bloat

As Ethereum Serenity is still years away, additional work on the existing chain is needed to maintain it fully functional throughout the transition period.

While Ethereum continues to develop the next stage of its evolution with the sharding-enabled Ethereum 2.0, a group of developers will focus on the existing chain to maintain its operability during the transition.  Read more

New EU AML Compliance Laws Could Disrupt the Crypto Industry

As the 5AMLD is signed into law, turbulent times lie ahead for the crypto industry, experts discuss the changes.

On Jan. 10, the European Union’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD), was officially signed into law. The legislation will give sweeping powers to compliance organizations and law authorities. However, aside from tracking dirty money to offshore paradises, the law brings about a series of restrictive demands on crypto companies in a way never seen before. Read more

Oklahoma Senator Working on Bill for State-Backed Blockchain Institution

Oklahoma senator Nathan Dahm will introduce a new bill set to support blockchain and digital asset innovation in the state.

Oklahoma senator Nathan Dahm wrote a new bill for his state which looks to build a state-backed innovative financial institution around blockchain technology, establishing a new classification of institutions. Read more

Amid Legal Controversy, Telegram Blockchain Explorers Are Already Available

Despite recent action by the SEC, Telegram Open Network now has a fully-fledged blockchain explorer from Blockchair for its reportedly unstable testnet.

As the SEC lawsuit against Telegram Open Network (TON) forced it to postpone mainnet launch, working blockchain explorers are already available for the testnet. Blockchair announced the creation of a user-friendly alternative to Telegram’s own explorer. Read more

Alethea to Launch Decentralized Network for Deepfakes and Synthetic Content

Alethea is set to launch a decentralized network to ensure the digital rights for deepfake videos in an attempt to regulate the creation of fake AI-based media.

Alethea AI is launching a decentralized Synthetic Content Network to track the usage and intellectual property of AI-generated content. The company plans to offer a wide selection of content, including but not limited to face-swapped deepfake videos. Read more