What is MAST MAST, short for Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees, proposes to improve Bitcoin by changing how smart contracts are written to the blockchain. In effect, it allows smart contracts to be split into their individual parts. This has several benefits in terms of privacy, transaction size and allowing for...
The number of altcoins (alternative crypto coins) that have emerged after nine years of Bitcoin's existence is large, but they are not always highly profitable projects. In this context, a study conducted by computer scientists at Princeton University and the University of California determined that under certain conditions, it...
China filed the most blockchain patents with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2017, according to Thomson Reuter’s statistics. Out of all blockchain patents filed around the world, China accounted for 49%, while the United States came second with 33%. Among the top 100 patent-filing organizations, the PBOC dominated the list, with three...
The LN node count has progressed impressively from 29 nodes in January 2018 to over 1,500 active nodes currently. Lightning has achieved significant growth, both on its testnet and mainnet implementations, since these launched in December 2017. This accomplishment is particularly impressive given that Lightning boasted a measly 29 nodes back in mid-January. Among other...
The Bitcoin price has been moving within a price range of $6,000 to $7,000 for several weeks and shows no clear direction - neither up nor down. Although the lower volatility is a positive sign from the point of view of many experts, many investors are waiting for a...
Former Goldman Sachs executive Breanne Madigan has joined Blockchain, a cryptocurrency wallet provider. Madigan will work on bringing more institutional clients to Blockchain, CNBC reported today.   Madigan has big experience in heading a division for institutional wealth at GS, which had a total of $1.49 trillion of assets under its...
In the second half of 2017, the word "Bitcoin" became one of the most searched on the web. In the news, forums and other media it was the topic to follow. Most perhaps out of curiosity to know what was causing the price to go up in price more...
During the last few weeks, the cryptocurrency market has remained stable, compared to the volatility it experienced in the first few months of the year. Global market capitalization has remained between $214 billion and $225 billion over the past seven days and has not exceeded $240 billion since the beginning...
Since the end of 2017, South Korea - like China - has had a ban on initial coin offerings. An initiative from the South Korean parliament is now about to overturn this ban. The reason given by MEPs is that they see the development of blockchain technology hindered by...
Taproot is designed to significantly increase Bitcoin's privacy. This approach relies on multi-signatures, to be exact, on Schnorr multisigs. Worried about price trends, ETFs and the rift between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, people forget that Bitcoin is also evolving technically. Beyond these public...