Stanford University Is Going to Study Blockchain

stanford blockchain

The second best university of the world, based in Stanford, California, will open up a center for studying the blockchain technology. The idea was sponsored by a bunch of cryptocurrency projects and startups, including OmiseGO, Ethereum Foundation and others.

The lab will be engaged in analyzing and researching this innovative technology and also coming up with new ways of its application and implementation into education and other spheres of life. However, this is not going to be the only focus of this center. The official press release states:

Center scientists are creating courses to help future students and working professionals use blockchain to develop financial instruments, protect intellectual property, manage vital records and more.

The founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin expressed his excitement about the upcoming opening.

This center is going to be supervised by the two cryptocurrency experts who also happen to be teachers at the engineering department of the Stanford University.

We would like to remind you that the blockchain university will soon be opened in Oxford.

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John McAfee Will Shine the Light on Crypto

A crypto personality John McAfee took quite a serious position regarding his presidential campaign in 2020. He shared a couple of interesting details with his future electors

McAfee claimed that the main focus of his campaign is going to be blockchain, its implementation in various sphrese and raising awareness about this technology as well as cryptocurrencies among the people.

If we accept the Blockchain as our guiding light, our hearts and our minds can be free,” he added in a rather poetic way.

We remind you that McAfee does not actually want to become the President of the US, he just wants to run for the post. Here is why:

Why Is John McAfee Not Planning to Be the President?

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The U.S.-China Trading War Influences Cryptocurrency World, Bitmain Suffers Most

Not long ago, we discussed that Bitcoin was in danger, since Chinese authority was able to attack it any time. The US decided to keep up with opponents and stroke the crypto world of China, namely crypto asset industry.

These two countries are currently in a state of trading conflict, introducing tariffs on goods traded with each other. In June the USA changed the classification of ASIC miner, called Antminer S9, in a way that Chinese miners can be at a loss. That month the “electrical machinery apparatus”, the given category to the ASICs, had a 2.6% tariff.

Later in August, the tariff raised by 25 per cent. At the moment, Chinese mining producers deal with the fee of 27.6 per cent on their US shipments.This action has a colossal impact on Bitmain, the company based in Beijing and being the biggest Chinese mining hardware maker.

Bitmain tried to cope with the pressure by filing for a Hong Kong IPO. It could reportedly rise $3 billion. The company’s filing also mentioned the fact that about 62.8% revenue came from overseas in first half of 2018, though there was no comment on how many sales had come from the US.

The crisis came to Bitmain at a very bad time. IPO filing showed the company’s turnover dropped in second quarter of 2018 drastically, losing about $400 million in compare to $1.1 billion net profit in the first quarter.

One of the analysts, Mark Li, reckons the US tariffs aim at making Chinese hardware less competitive than opponent ones produced in other countries. He also added that Bitmain’s boardship is more aware of technology arms race, where the company is falling behind

The cold trading war between China and States can last for a long time, yet no one is sure how much loss or profit it can bring, we are only able to watch and wait. Now we want to remind you

Mining Complexity: What It Is and Where It Will Get

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TRON Is Partnering Up with Baidu: What Is the True Purpose of This Collaboration?

A decentralized blockchain platform TRON, which is one of the main competitors of Ethereum, announced its partnership with the Chinese web services giant Baidu.

Although, the TRON team assures the aim of this partnership is spreading blockchain solution among the crypto community, there has been a lot of speculation regarding this issue.

Many people believe that TRON is currently working on the launch of its own platform for video content, as an alternative to YouTube. Such assumptions were caused by the comments from TRON developers regarding the recent access issues on YouTube. They claimed that this would not have happened on TRON.

We remind you:

Justin Sun Offers the Venezuelan President to Connect Petro to Tron instead of Ethereum

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Dollar-Pegged Stablecoins Exceeded the Price Point of $1

Stablecoins (cosmonaut)

Although the main feature of stablecoins should be their unchanged price (namely, 1 unit of the currency they are backed up by), it seems like cryptocurrency is just not meant to stay stable.

Here is the chart of how much the major US-tied stablecoins are currently worth:


Source: CoinDesk

As we can see, all of the stablecoins went up the actual 1-dollar price limit, only Tether dropped a little bit.

Given the fact, that stablecoins are influenced by many factors, including volume in circulation, it seems like they will never be able to be fixed at one particular price. Thus, Roger Ver was right in his assumptions.  

We remind you:

Roger Ver: Stablecoins Aren’t Stable

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The Blockchain-Based Platform of Telegram Is Almost Ready

Telegram (cosmonaut)

As reported by the news media Vedomosti, the first news about the upcoming release of the blockchain of Telegram Open Network (TON) appeared in September and were privately sent to the major investors.

The project is approximately 70% ready. The main component, Virtual Machine, is fully completed, meanwhile, the developers are finishing up with the actual blockchain: the structure for creating new blocks and storing data in them.

Pavel Durov, the founder of Telegram messenger, and his team managed to raise almost $2 billion for this platform. It will be functioning some time at the end of November.

We remind you that the first stage of this blockchain, the Telegram Passport, which is a verification and authentication service, successfully went live in July.

Telegram Launches Passport Authorization Service

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Roubini vs. Buterin: Why Did Their Conflict Reach Live Debates and What Does McAfee Have To Do With It?

The conflict between two titans of the financial world – Nouriel Roubini and Vitalik Buterin is gaining momentum.

Forbes editor Laura Shin invited famous personalities to move from Twitter skirmishes to real live debates. Roubini and Buterin refused to cooperate with Shin, but they did not abandon the idea to talk live.

Where did it start?

As we reported earlier, an American economist Nouriel Roubini expressed a tough view of decentralization and the creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, on the Twitter account comparing him with a dictator and saying that “Decentralization in crypto is a myth. It is a system more centralized than North Korea ”.

After Buterin replied to Roubini that the above mentioned statement  is not “a fair characterization”, a long verbal skirmish began with personal attacks:

Conflict development

The more time passes, the more disagreements appear. Arthur Hayes, one of the founders of BitMEX crypto exchange, joined this “dialogue”, proposing to hold a discussion and pay all costs. Nouriel Roubini answered to this proposition no less harshly than Buterin, calling BitMEX “a criminal scam”.

Nevertheless, Roubini wrote on Twitter that he would be happy to discuss with Buterin in live mode. To which Vitalik replied: “Yeah sure why not.” For this purpose, they chose their own moderator, Kevin Pham, who is known not to support either of the sides. Laura Shin’s proposal to become a moderator was rejected because Roubini  have no interest to interact with @laurashin as he considers her biased.

What’s next?

Such a prominent event in the crypto world could not be ignored by the well known crypto personalities. John McAfee, who likes to be in the heart of events, has comically commented on this situation on his Twitter page. We think McAfee would be a good moderator, he would definitely give a sting to this debate.

Jokes aside, such “verbal duels” should end sooner or later, and we hope the live debates will help the opponents understand each other and find a common language.

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