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1508, 2020

BTSE exchange to launch DeFi index

|15 Aug 2020|News|

The BTSE exchange and Brave New Coin have announced an ambitious roadmap for the remainder of 2020 which includes an initial DeFi index and four other new indices by year’s end.

1604, 2018

Arguments for Bitcoin maximalism are starting to falter

|16 Apr 2018|News|

Since Bitcoin's share of the total crypto market capitalization has dropped from over 90 percent to years ago to lows of around 50 in the past 12 months it's timely to reassess the Bitcoin maximalist tenets. How have they stood the test of time?

1004, 2018

Understanding the difference between the Bitcoin and altcoin crashes

|10 Apr 2018|News|

*After the precipitous drop in market caps across the cryptocurrency market this year, it's reasonable to wonder whether interest in advancing blockchain technology has waned. But knowing why major assets like Bitcoin have weathered the storm better than altcoins helps us understand how and why they might recover.*

1712, 2017

Will Bitcoin’s rising tide continue to float all boats?

|17 Dec 2017|News|

While bitcoin holders are rejoicing about the incredible year-end rally that bitcoin is experiencing, many holders of alternative cryptocurrencies and digital tokens are positioning themselves to benefit from a possible altcoin rally off the back of bitcoin's success — but should they be?

110, 2016

Do you Hear the Whispers of Ripple?

|1 Oct 2016|Resources|

In this talk, we will first describe one of our novel heuristics to link wallets based on the patterns observed in the Ripple network as the result of two wallet owners settling a Bitcoin exchange over their Ripple credit link. This heuristic facilitates the linking of Bitcoin and Ripple wallets owned by the two involved users, therefore allowing for the first time to perform clustering of wallets across two different payment networks. In fact, it is not restricted to Bitcoin, and enables the clustering of Ripple wallets with other cryptocurrencies wallets (i.e., altcoins), thereby enlarging the set of clustered wallets. Second, we will discuss the analysis of our findings. In particular, to analyze the efficacy of our heuristics, we crawl the Ripple network (as of December 2015) obtaining a total of 174, 738 wallets, 115, 996 credit links, and 17, 645, 343 transactions using them. We deploy our heuristics over this dataset, resulting in the clustering of 959 Ripple wallets, 3, 113 Bitcoin wallets and 1, 130 Altcoin wallets, which are involved in 934, 484 transactions in total. The set of clustered wallets has allowed us to reconstruct the complete set of transactions of the most widely deployed gateways1, and showed that is indeed bigger than the set of transactions associated to their publicly announced Ripple wallets, as shown in Fig. 1. Finally, we will also discuss the privacy implications of setting a Ripple validator server on the Ripple network. These servers collects transactions from the Ripple users and can significantly increase the deanonymization rate from the observed

503, 2015

Bitcoins Value: Altcoins

|5 Mar 2015|News|

Despite the many differences among the altcoins, they all share a common lineage back to Bitcoin, and that means a set of common attributes that can be measured, compared, and analyzed.

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