Author: Iowa Blockchain

Weekly Roundup: July 20, 2018

Is it alt season? Will we continue to see surges as July wraps up? Share your thoughts with us by Tweeting, commenting, or inboxing us ([email protected]). Let’s jump right into this week’s (expanded) roundup of all things blockchain. Happy reading, Blockvangelist!   Former US Secret Service official becomes global head of security for Blockchain Ltd. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-19/former-presidential-bodyguard-has-new-job-protecting-blockchain People should be banned from buying or mining cryptocurrency in the US, says US Congressman https://mashable.com/2018/07/18/congressional-cryptocurrency-hearing-ban-bitcoin/#4EHW97IKKZqk Blockchain for aerospace supply chain https://www.forbes.com/sites/astanley/2018/07/16/accenture-showcases-blockchain-prototype-for-aerospace-supply-chains-at-farnborough-air-show/#576545aa4121 Chinese companies who include “Blockchain” in their name have grown 6x https://cointelegraph.com/news/china-sees-sixfold-increase-in-companies-with-blockchain-in-their-title Is BlackRock into Bitcoin? https://ethereumworldnews.com/blackrock-ceo-6-trillion-bitcoin-cryptocurrency-2018/ Coinbase is exploring the...

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Altcoin: Demystifying Bitcoin’s Cousin

While the popular press has fallen in love with bitcoin, its distant cousin altcoin toils in relative obscurity on crypto exchanges. This could be the shortest BCG article ever: “Altcoins are all cryptocurrencies that are not bitcoin.” Period. Hard stop. Finito. But what fun would that be?!? Sure, altcoins are those cryptocurrencies that are not bitcoin. (I know, I’m repeating myself here like this is an 11th grade term paper requiring I fill the whole page) But what ARE they? What purpose do they serve? What is the MEANING of altcoin?!? We are so glad you asked! Read on…...

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A Fine Time to Mine: Bitcoin Mining Simplified

A new wave of miners is participating in a cryptocurrency gold rush. Pack up your pick axe and pull up your Levi’s. We’re going to give you a quick overview of bitcoin mining. Can you conjure up an image of the miners of old? For most of us, it’s the vision of a grizzled man, dirty from a day’s work, wearing a dusty beard, and tattered blue jeans. The 49ers settled the west with a dream of striking gold and setting themselves up for a life of luxury. Long, hard days in the mines and panning the rivers sometimes...

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Weekly Roundup: July 13, 2018

This time last year, Bitcoin was ~$2,500. Our friends at Bad Crypto were just starting out with their now-incredibly-popular podcast. And the idea for Iowa Blockchain had just formed, after attending a local tech event where only a handful of people had heard about blockchain—and those who had, assumed the conversation was only geared around Bitcoin. What will happen over the next year? We haven’t a clue, but if some of the stories below are a sign of what’s to come, we’re on a rollercoaster. And we’ve only just been seated and locked in. Have a story as it’s...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Block Talk

Do blockchain insiders overwhelm you with their mastery of acronyms and double block-tendre? Well, then, this study guide is just for you! Our Block Talk infographic takes you through the alphabet soup and terms-to-know when it comes to blockchain technology. See anything we missed? Drop the term in the comments and we will circle back and add it to our next Block Talk...

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