Smart Contracts

This New Coding Language Could Help Unlock Bitcoin’s Smart Contract Potential

Bitcoin Core contributor Jeremy Rubin has revealed his work on a new smart-contract language for Bitcoin, which he hopes will increase the “financial self-sovereignty” of users. Rubin demoed the new language, Sapio, on Saturday at a RecklessVR meetup presentation in virtual reality, with many audience members joining the talk in VR headsets. He plans to …

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Chainlink Token Price Surges, Briefly Breaks Into the Top Ten by Market Cap

700,000 Expedia Hotels Can Now Be Paid With Cryptocurrencies via Travala More than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and accommodations are now available via crypto-friendly travel booking platform Travala. Bookings can be paid with more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Despite covid-19, Travala saw a 170% increase in booking revenue from its … read more. The …

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20,000 Helbizcoin Investors Accuse Company of Trying to Destroy Evidence, Seek Court Injunction

Bitcoin Entrepreneur Brock Pierce Joins the 2020 US Presidential Election Blockchain entrepreneur and former Disney child actor, Brock Pierce, is running for President of the United States this election. Pierce announced he was running during America’s Independence Day celebration on July 4, the same day Kanye West revealed his candidacy. … read more. 700,000 Expedia …

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Bitcoin Script and Onchain Contracts: Two High-Level Programming Languages for Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Entrepreneur Brock Pierce Joins the 2020 US Presidential Election Blockchain entrepreneur and former Disney child actor, Brock Pierce, is running for President of the United States this election. Pierce announced he was running during America’s Independence Day celebration on July 4, the same day Kanye West revealed his candidacy. … read more. 700,000 Expedia …

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DeFi Insurer Nexus Mutual Maxed Out by Yield-Farming Boom

Nexus Mutual is maxed out covering the risks associated with decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms. “Our product has honestly seen massive interest since yield farming kicked off,” Nexus Mutual founder Hugh Karp told CoinDesk in an email. “With potential yields being so lucrative many users are looking to protect themselves against the risk of smart contract …

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Base Layer Wars Heat Up With Another $12M Committed to AVA Labs’ Avalanche Blockchain

Avalanche blockchain developer AVA Labs has closed a $12 million private sale of its AVAX token. The funding round was co-led by Galaxy Digital, Bitmain, Initialized Capital, NGC Ventures and Dragonfly Capital, and included other undisclosed individual investors. The sale precedes a planned public offering of the Avalanche token to U.S. accredited investors and non-U.S. …

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Blockchain and Smart Contracts Have a ‘Dark Side’, Says Researcher

Blockchain technology crystallizes the rise of “algorithmic power” that today presents a major challenge to traditional forms of sovereignty, legal authority and state-led governance.  So goes the argument in a new post for the Oxford University Faculty of Law blog on June 1 by Kevin Warbach, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at …

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Market Wrap: Here’s Why Ether’s Price Has Jumped 65% So Far This Year

While bitcoin (BTC) is often discussed as the cryptocurrency best suited for turbulent times, the price of ether (ETH), the second-largest digital asset by market capitalization, has been substantially outperforming bitcoin since the start of 2020. But ether has much different technical dynamics to consider than bitcoin. As of 20:00 UTC (4 p.m. ET), ether was …

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