Will Bitcoin lose its #1 market cap crown?
Ethereum has just overtaken Bitcoin! But, wait! We’re not talking about market cap… As you’ve probably seen reported elsewhere, ETH now (Jun/2018) has more unique active addresses than Bitcoin. Is this a sign of something different looming in the horizon? Will Bitcoin end its 9 year reign as king of cryptocurrencies? Are there other cryptocurrencies […]
Proof of Elapsed Time (POET) Summary [Cryptocurrency consensus mechanisms]
In this poetically named consensus mechanism, network participants prove that they have slept for a random amount of time before being able to mint a block. POET was released by Intel in 2016 and was originally aimed at trusted computing using Intel CPU’s. A special instruction set called Software Guard Extensions (SGX) allows programs to […]
ELI5 Bitcoin Puzzle Transactions
As the name implies, Bitcoin puzzle transactions are created as a challenge and not for the usual purpose of monetary transfer. Puzzles can be published for several reasons, including software test bounties, marketing campaigns or just for fun. Early Puzzles In the early days of Bitcoin, when $BTC coins could be found for free on […]
Bitcoin: The mother of all cryptocurrencies
On January 12 2009, an individual, or group, using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, announced that the first Bitcoin transaction had taken place. Ten Bitcoins had been magically transferred between Satoshi and cryptography legend Hal Finney. It was the beginning of a revolution which, to this day, promises to change how humankind deals with money, finance […]
Concepts In This Page
Bitcoin is the world's first viable decentralized cryptocurrency. It was released on January 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto.
A Bitcoin Puzzle is a cryptographic puzzle which carries Bitcoin as a reward. Those able to break the cryptography obtain access to the private key needed to unlock the Bitcoin.
A process or system by which multiple parties are able to reach consensus. In the context of cryptocurrencies, it's the process which allows for everyone to agree on everyone else's money balance. E.g. Bitcoin employs Nakamoto consensus via PoW mining.
A concept of value exchange that does not require physical tokens (coins or paper cash) to be used in order to trade. Cryptocurrencies are a type of digital money.
A distributed ledger is a decentralized financial database with data stored across multiple locations.
Hal Finney was a cryptographer who pioneered the development of Bitcoin. Finney received the first ever Bitcoin transfer.