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Ethereum’s consensus algorithm is not the only thing changing with the launch of Eth 2.0. The underlying cryptography itself is getting an overhaul based on leading research out of the Electric Coin Company. Called BLS12-381, the new elliptic pairing curve will securely coordinate transactions on the proof-of-stake (PoS) Eth 2.0 network, while opening up opportunities
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A “high severity vulnerability” was found and patched in Ethereum wallet Argent, according to leading white-hat hackers OpenZeppelin. Disclosed Friday, OpenZeppelin security researcher Alice Henshaw discovered a vulnerability within Argent that would have allowed user funds to be drained from wallets that did not have Argent’s “guardian” feature.  According to an OpenZepplin blog post and
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Coronavirus is ravaging the globe, canceling presidential primaries in the U.S. and calling into question the wisdom of having lawmakers, many of them elderly, sitting close together as votes are held in Congress. Lawmakers, especially Democrats, have sought to expand mail-in voting, and perhaps give some voters the opportunity to vote digitally through their laptops
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A slew of investors is backing bitcoin brokerage River Financial to the tune of $5.7 million. Announced Wednesday, the San Francisco-based startup has closed a seed round joined by Polychain Capital, Slow Ventures, Castle Island Ventures, DG Lab Fund, Cygni, Pfeffer Capital and IDEO CoLab Ventures, according to a release from the firm. Several individual
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China’s second-largest online retailer, JD.com, is teaming with blockchain privacy platform ARPA to protect the financial data of major clients. Specifically, the data platform for the firm’s subsidiary JD Digits (formerly JD Finance) will integrate with ARPA’s blockchain-based network, which uses technology known as secure multi-party computation (sMPC). JD Digits was formed to help other
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Decentralized blogging is coming to a URL near you thanks to a partnership between Unstoppable Domains and Protocol Labs. Launched Thursday, San Francisco blockchain firm Unstoppable Domains has released its decentralized blog (dBlog) service hosted on Protocol Lab’s InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), complete with the .crypto domain. “No one can take it down,” Unstoppable Domains
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Ethereum was created to carry out complex applications Bitcoin supposedly couldn’t handle. A new app brings the idea full circle. Pseudonymous developer Fiatjaf has created Etleneum, which he describes as a “centralized” version of Ethereum that runs on payments from Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. Hence the name, a portmanteau of “Ethereum” and “Lightning.” (If that’s too
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