January 14

CME Group has announced its highly anticipated bitcoin options are now open for trading.

Each contract, quoted in U.S. dollars, represents five bitcoin and is cleared centrally to avoid counterparty risk. CME relies on trade flow data from several of the large bitcoin exchanges to accurately track bitcoin’s price.


Being able to write smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain using Solidity remains one of the most sought after skills by companies going into 2020. In its report, LinkedIn disclosed a growing need for developers who can use Solidity.”


“There are two core technologies of the dweb:

  • ENS is the decentralized name service (replacing traditional DNS)
  • IPFS is a distributed file storage system (replacing traditional web servers).

Together, they form a new decentralized web that is more robust and censorship resistant.

According to the Almonit directory, there are now 106 dwebsites.”

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Non-cooperative channel closures are more easily tracked and recognized, and they have to be confirmed in blocks on the blockchain. Since the network started its activity — about 60,000 such transactions took place.

The fact that non-cooperative closures are more common than many thought, means the privacy and scalability benefits of lightning are lower than many expected too. However, […] as users learn more about how to use the lightning network and lightning wallets improve, the prevalence of non-cooperative closures could fall.

The report also explains that in some instances, non-cooperative channel closures see a party attempt to steal the funds. The Lightning Network, while promising according to many, is still largely experimental.


Wright was granted a request to extend a period of discovery so that a “mysterious” bonded courier can unlock the encrypted Tulip Trust. Wright claims the trust is currently inaccessible because several keys are held by an unnamed intermediary. Wright has until Feb. 3 to file a notice with the court that the courier “has appeared from the shadows.” 

Wright previously testified it would be “impossible” to comply with the court order to identify his bitcoin before the bonded courier returned 100 percent of the assets to his control on Jan. 1, 2020.

Wright has not confirmed publicly whether the courier arrived and has not moved bitcoin said to be held in the trust.


“Telegram will release bank records that the United States Securities Exchange Commission believes will prove misconduct in the latter’s $1.7 billion offering of Gram tokens. 

On Jan. 10, the SEC produced invoices from alleged underwriters to Telegram’s sale of Gram tokens that the SEC believes demonstrate offering of Gram tokens outside of their approved timeline. 

Telegram’s attorneys have agreed to provide the SEC with full bank records, while the public will have access to redacted versions.”


“Block.One claimed that the update makes the blockchain “faster, simpler, and even more secure.” Presently there is no set date for adoption of the update.

It is supposedly up to 16 times faster than the engine used in the previous version. This update also introduces WebAuthn support.”


“WisdomTree is looking to deploy a digital currency backed to a basket of assets such as gold, fiat currencies or government debt. The firm also intends to obtain approval by the U.S. SEC.

WisdomTree has a total of $63.7 billion in assets under management.”

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“One of the largest U.S. television providers has filed a patent application for a new “anti-piracy management system” that uses blockchain to enable owners to track how their content is being used.

Dish Network’s application outlines a system that allows owners to embed an identification mark into the content’s code that can be stored and regularly updated using a distributed ledger. Should the uploader not have the appropriate access rights, the system can automatically notify both them and the owner that content is being used without permission.”


“Coinbase has agreed to turn over $962,500. Any individuals who used the exchange before 2015 can submit claims.

Brandon Leidel brought the suit in 2016 alleging Cryptsy CEO Paul Vernon used the exchange to launder millions of dollars’ worth of user funds over a multi-year period.

This case shows that businesses in the cryptosphere bear a large measure of responsibility, from with whom they decide to do business and with whom they choose to associate.”


“The platform tokenizes electronic federal letters of credit sent out to grant recipients, thus helping trace the distribution of the grant payments and making the transaction more secure.

The tests are expected to be finished by the end of January.”