Author: Leigh Cuen

A Digital Renaissance: What Artists Love About Crypto – CoinDesk

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In this audio interview, CoinDesk’s Leigh Cuen and Blockade Games co-founder Marguerite deCourcelle talk about bitcoin’s impact on artistic careers. From collecting unique, interactive pieces to designing video games, Cuen and deCourcelle explore how crypto could redefine modern art. For more Read More

Ex-Bitcoin Dev Settles Defamation Suit Over Sex Assault Claims – CoinDesk

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Former Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd has settled his defamation lawsuit against fellow privacy-tech expert Isis Lovecruft, who tweeted in February 2019 that Todd was a “rapist.” Lovecruft, who uses nonbinary pronouns, claimed in 2019 that Todd sexually harassed them Read More

‘Passwordless Login’ Startup Magic Raises $4M From Naval Ravikant, Placeholder – CoinDesk

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The blockchain industry desperately needs password solutions that aren’t such a royal pain in the neck. That’s why the San Francisco-based startup Magic just raised a $4 million seed round from investors like Naval Ravikant, SV Angel, Placeholder, Lightspeed Venture Read More

Why Kyber Network Tokens Tripled to $100M Despite the Coronavirus Recession – CoinDesk

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Kyber may be the Great Lockdown’s hottest token project.  According to the analytics firm Flipside Crypto, the Kyber Network is one of the fastest-growing token projects so far during the coronavirus-led recession (in terms of developer contributions, social media chatter, Read More

Ledn Launches USDC Stablecoin Savings Accounts With Focus on Latin America – CoinDesk

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The crypto loan startup Ledn, which primarily serves users in Latin America, is now offering USDC stablecoin savings accounts through a partnership with the lending and trading conglomerate Genesis. (Disclosure: Genesis is owned by CoinDesk’s parent company, Digital Currency Group.) Read More

Cannabis Shops Are Using Zap’s Lightning App During Coronavirus Cash Crunch – CoinDesk

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It’s now easier than ever to use bitcoin to support regular businesses beyond the crypto bubble.  Zap founder Jack Mallers, best known for Lightning-friendly bitcoin services, just launched a desktop tipping product to complement the Strike payments app. Just like Read More

Bitcoin’s Lightning Becomes Latest Protocol to Court Publishers With Micropayments – CoinDesk

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The trouble with bitcoin payments these days may be a lack of spenders, not spending opportunities.  On Monday, the Silicon Valley bitcoin startup Lightning Labs announced a new standards proposal that makes it easier for companies to automate small bitcoin Read More

CasperLabs Pivots Away From Ethereum to Fundraise With Its Own Blockchain – CoinDesk

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Some crypto startups, like Solana and Dapper Labs, are eager to execute fundraising plans regardless of any coronavirus-induced downturn. Likewise, CasperLabs, the startup advised by Ethereum Foundation researcher Vlad Zamfir, is now partnering with the Singapore-registered exchange BitMax to conduct Read More

What an Uptick in ‘Coinjoins’ Says About Bitcoin’s Value Proposition – CoinDesk

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With the global economy reeling from the coronavirus crisis, bitcoiners are increasingly turning to crypto wallets with privacy features.   A masking feature called “coinjoin” batches transactions together so it’s harder to identify specific participants. Some refer to it as “mixing,” Read More

Gemini’s Nifty Gateway Bets on Celebs to Drive Interest in Crypto Collectibles – CoinDesk

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The “Bitcoin Billionaire” twins, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss of the Gemini crypto exchange, now also have a regulated, fiat marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs).   Gemini first acquired Nifty Gateway in late 2019 with Tyler Winklevoss saying in a statement, “We Read More

Retail Investors Are Buying the Bitcoin Institutions Are Selling, Traders Say – CoinDesk

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As institutions unload bitcoin (BTC) along with stocks as part of the coronavirus-driven global sell-off, cryptocurrency’s traditional base – retail investors – is doing most of the buying, market participants said. And while pricing screens may still be flashing red, Read More

Leader to Watch: Elena Giralt Talks Zcash and Feminism – CoinDesk

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CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by Elena Giralt, the Electric Coin Company’s product marketing associate known for her research on cryptocurrency usage in Latin America, to talk about how digital assets can subvert power dynamics. According to the Brookings Institute, Read More