Proof-of-Work vs. Proof-of-Stake for Scaling Blockchains

Most people in the cryptocurrency world are aware that network validation often comes in one of two forms: proof-of-work or proof-of-stake. There are others, but these systems are common and power many of the most popular blockchains. They take the same basic problem — verifying transactions — and solve it in unique ways. However, both …

Italian Banking Association Ready to Accept Digital Euro

The Italian Banking Association (ABI) has revealed it would be willing to support the implementation of a digital currency from the European Central Bank. According to a June 28 update on the ABI website, the association had approved guidelines governing its position on digital currency and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).  The ABI—representing a group …

Almost All Bitcoiners Are ‘Total Idiots’

Nassim Taleb, author of “Skin in the Game,” got into a small Twitter feud in which he explained that most investors can’t understand the nuances of a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. According to a tweet posted by Nassim Taleb on June 21, Bitcoin (BTC) is a good idea but “almost all bitcoiners are total idiots.”  Taleb …

Blockchains Are an Excellent Solution for Privacy, Part 2

From a technical viewpoint, blockchain is a growing records list that is cryptographically tied to and managed by a peer-to-peer network. At the same time, they join a protocol of communication among nodes to validate new blocks. Essentially, a blockchain is a way of validating data transactions in a permanent and immutable manner to guarantee …

Ethereum 2.0 Should Be Secure and Scalable but Poses Risks for Users

Alongside the ultimate scalability and security for the Ethereum network, the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 upgrade to a proof-of-stake model promises to bring additional, new benefits to its users, too. One of the main attractions, which encourages buying Ether (ETH), is a staking model that allows receiving passive income for the validation of transactions. And here, …

Cryptocurrency News From Japan: June 14

This week’s headlines from Japan included research company Xangle releasing a report on Japanese crypto regulation, Binance supporting Japan’s language but not its residents, SBI Holdings turning gift certificates digital with blockchain, and Nomura Holdings opening a crypto custody service with Ledger and Coinshares.  Check out some of this week’s crypto and blockchain headlines, originally …