User Retention: The Holy Grail for DApps Moving Beyond Buzzword Status

Decentralized apps saw greater transaction volumes in 2019 but low user retention, and difficult to use apps still stall mainstream adoption push. Decentralized apps (DApp) continue to be a major focus point for developers in the crypto space. However, 2019 ended with DApps still far off from reaching their much-touted potential of being the “future of the internet.” DApp projects in 2019 continued to suffer from their usual issues like poor user retention and the difficulties of navigating user interfaces (UI), among others. While some projects boast market capitalizations north…

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A Stronger Foundation for Bitcoin ETF Applications

The reasons of failure of Bitcoin ETF applications and the new path that may give regulators the confidence needed to take an application forward. One of the recurring themes in the digital asset markets across 2018 and 2019 has been the failure of multiple Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications to gain the approval of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Each new application was met with anticipation, only to be dismissed for the same reason: concern over how the ETF would derive its price, whether this price could…

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Tax Agencies Step Up Efforts to Hone in on Crypto Tax Evasion

The U.K.’s tax agency is stepping up its blockchain analytics operations. If other countries follow, will it spell the end for anonymity in crypto? The year 2019, for a short while, raised expectations that stablecoins would bring about mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. 2020, however, seems to be dousing those hopes with ever-tightening regulation that is putting pressure on investors and companies alike. The first complication came only 10 days into the year. In early January, the European Union’s landmark Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, or 5AMLD, was signed into law. The…

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Blockchain and 5G: Greatest Promise Is to Transform the Developing World

The potential of new emerging technologies has its limits: Imagine the combination of the next-generation techs, such as blockchain and 5G, what would that really mean? The biggest topic in the mobile industry over the last few years has been 5G. In an industry that has been starved for innovation in this interregnum between the launch of the iPhone and the full-scale integration of next-generation technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain, the introduction of the 5G network has become a sort of catch-all for carriers and handset manufacturers…

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Litecoin Creator Proposes Miners Voluntarily Donate 1% for Development

Litecoin creator Charlie Lee recently posited the concept of LTC miner pool donations to help boost funding. Litecoin (LTC) founder Charlie Lee proposed mining pool donations as a new funding method for cryptocurrency development.   “I think a better way to fund development is mining pools voluntarily donate a portion of the block reward,” Lee said in a tweet on Jan. 24, adding: “How about Litecoin pools donate 1% (0.125 LTC) of block rewards to the @LTCFoundation? If every miner/pool does this, it amounts to about $1.5MM donation per year!” With…

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CV Summit United Blockchain Leaders and Enthusiasts in Davos

CV Summit offered Davos attendees the chance to go deep on blockchain. If you wanted to go deep on blockchain at the World Economic Forum, you needed to attend the conference’s side events. Perhaps the largest of these crypto-friendly events was CV Summit, an all-day conference organized by CV Labs. The Switzerland-based organization (operated by CV VC) endeavors to offer crypto entrepreneurs whatever resources they need to succeed, from fundraising help to coworking space. On Thursday, January 23, that meant offering a full agenda of speakers and panel presentations to…

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Bitcoin ‘Needs More’ PR from People Like Peter Schiff: Binance CEO

Fresh from his dubious week in the spotlight after claiming to “lose” his BTC holdings, Schiff is still saying Bitcoin investors are blind to gold’s benefits. Bitcoin (BTC) skeptic and gold bug Peter Schiff is unwittingly advertising the cryptocurrency’s virtues over other investments, says the CEO of exchange Binance. In a tweet on Jan. 25, Changpeng Zhao (known as “CZ” in crypto circles) argued Schiff was failing in sewing distrust of Bitcoin among social media followers and beyond. CZ: We need more “negative voices” “I think Peter is doing great…

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Bitcoin Risk-Return a ‘Different Beast’ Compared to Amazon: Analyst

Even $AMZN performance in the 2010s keeps it firmly in line with traditional investments, while Bitcoin outperforms by an order of magnitude. Bitcoin’s (BTC) risk-return is a “different beast” compared to even the darling of the stock market of the 2000s, Amazon. That was the conclusion drawn by one of the cryptocurrency industry’s best-known analysts and the creator of a uniquely accurate Bitcoin price model. PlanB: Amazon “normal” compared to BTC Uploading a chart showing BTC risk-return versus Amazon stocks, U.S. bonds, gold and the S&P 500 on Jan. 24,…

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‘Nothing Special’ — Bitcoin Slumps 6% on Coronavirus, Chinese New Year

A double whammy of uncertainty in stocks and a New Year sell-off could be at the heart of BTC/USD erasing gains last week, analysts say. Bitcoin (BTC) has shed 6% in a week thanks mainly to Chinese New Year and uncertainty over coronavirus, commentators are suggesting. Analyzing Bitcoin price data along with Chinese stocks’ performance on Jan. 24, social media resource Light said a slump in performance had spread to cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency market daily overview. Source: Coin360 Stocks correlation shows Bitcoin’s “global stage” Over the past several days, it notes,…

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SEC Goes Head-to-Head With Telegram, Makes a Guinea Pig of TON

A new debate emerges over the nature of digital assets and if they should be treated separately from the circumstances of their offering and sale. Earlier this week, the Chamber of Digital Commerce went ahead and filed an amicus brief for the ongoing court hearing taking place between Telegram — one of the world’s most widely used encrypted messenger services — and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. In its most basic sense, an amicus brief is a legal document that provides non-litigants with the right to submit their…

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