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Here's Why Bitcoin Privacy Sucks and How It Can Be Drastically Improved

One of the first things people think they learn about Bitcoin is that it is some sort of system for completely anonymous payments on the Internet; however, the reality is that all transactions are logged on a public ledger for the whole world to see. Having said that, researchers have made strides in improving Bitcoin privacy. One of the most widely-known Bitcoin privacy tools is CoinJoin, which is a way of mixing transactions together with other users on the network. But this method of achieving better privacy doesn’t actually work that well. As Saarland University’s Tim Ruffing put it at...

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Millennials: Bitcoin over stocks

In popular media, millennials are often criticised for going against tradition and established order, however, they may very well be on the right path when it comes to investing their hard-earned cash. Surveys have found that the latest generation of investors is not interested in stocks anymore; instead, they are looking ahead to new technologies. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are perfectly suited to the stereotypical millennial way of thinking. The very mindset that sees them frustrated with banks and traditional investment leads them to be more likely to see the benefit in cryptocurrency. A recent survey by the Blockchain Capital...

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Lubin believes Bitcoin bubbles are good news

Whether or not Bitcoin is in a bubble is always questioned. The co-founder of Ethereum, Joseph Lubin, says that Bitcoin is most certainly in a bubble, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Investors are currently behaving quite cautiously as it appears that the revolutionary technology behind Bitcoin is building to burst, however, Lubin believes that the bubble is actually a good thing. Joseph Lubin believes that Bitcoin has experienced bubbles along its entire journey so far, however, they are the good kind of bubble. Lubin defines a “good bubble” as occurring when a new technology emerges, yet can’t build...

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Is Bitcoin security under threat?

The security of the algorithm that allows computers to mine Bitcoin has contributed hugely to the currency's success. When Bitcoin was first announced, there were significant fears that any crack in the algorithm could make it easy to mine Bitcoin much more quickly than had been anticipated, leading to a rapid collapse in the value of the cryptocurrency. That hasn't happened to date, but a new report in the MIT Technology Review suggests that the rise of quantum computing could change all of that. Are they right? Or is this the latest Bitcoin scare that will lead to nothing? When...

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Google results show more people searching for Bitcoin than gold

In what is sure to be a welcome move for Bitcoin and the whole cryptocurrency sector, internet giants Google have reported that Bitcoin is now a more widely searched term than gold. Reports issued via Bloomberg show that the search term 'buy Bitcoin' was more popular than 'buy Gold' when Google analysed its recent data. Bad news for Gold Once seen as the premier safe haven currency, this latest news is not great for gold. Already under increasing pressure as a result of the flow of money into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, it will not be wanting more news to come...

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