The Gold Rush Begins: The Day Bitcoin Topped the US Dollar

The story of bitcoin, told by those who lived it…

CoinDesk is excited to present “The Milestones: Bitcoin’s Biggest Turning Points.” Our inaugural essay series, “The Milestones” aims to provide up-close-and-personal commentary on some of the most pivotal moments in the tech’s near 10-year history.

Curated by CoinDesk Editor Pete Rizzo and author Brian Patrick Eha, the series, inspired by Eha’s new book, How Money Got Free, will run twice weekly and complete in time for a special presentation at Consensus 2017, the world’s largest blockchain conference held annually in New York.

Be sure to bookmark this page to see who will contribute next. Want to contribute? Email an idea to editors@coindesk.com.

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Blockchain Land Registry Trial in Sweden Concludes Second Phase

Blockchain Land Registry Trial in Sweden Concludes Second Phase
William Suberg
04 APR 2017  COINTEREGRAPH

Sweden’s Blockchain land registry trial has concluded its second stage with the successful deployment of smart contracts.

Lantmäteriet, the country’s authority for land ownership, has partnered with two banks and telecommunications operator Telia on a Blockchain implementation which research suggests could save the taxpayer $106 mln per year in costs.

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Op-ed: A New Bitcoin Blocksize Proposal Goes Nowhere

Op-ed: A New Bitcoin Blocksize Proposal Goes Nowhere
Andrew Quentson
04 APR 2017  cryptocoins news

I woke up today to what appeared to be good news. Joseph Poon, a Lightning Network developer, Stephen Pair from BitPay, Christopher Jeffrey from Purse and Fedor Indutny, had published a seemingly interesting proposal.

In what appeared to be a compromise that may reluctantly get the support of both sides, they proposed both on-chain scaling and segwit activation through a mechanism called extension blocks. Importantly, it is all a soft-fork, but segwit’s 4:1 discount is removed, while on-chain capacity is increased.

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