Watch Black Friday Deal Hunters Rack Up Christmas Debt in Real Time

Black Friday deal hunters are on pace to smash online shopping records. Many Americans finance their Christmas spending with debt. A neat graphic from Shopify lets you watch those purchases – and those debts – pile up in real-time. Black Friday spending is off to a record start this year, and analysts predict online sales alone could clear $7.4 billion today. Unfortunately, that means that Americans are likely on track to rack up a record amount of Christmas debt. Shopify Graphic Lets You Track Black Friday Spending Live Thanks to…

WATCH: Binance CEO CZ Says Crypto Exchange Is No ‘Outlaw’

MOSCOW – If you’re looking to hide money from the authorities, don’t choose Binance, says CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ). The cryptocurrency exchange mogul sat down to talk with CoinDesk’s Anna Baydakova during his recent visit to Russia. Our conversation – over 80 minutes long – touched on everything from custody to security to the crypto exchange’s plans for Eastern Europe and Russia. During the interview, CZ rejected the popular perception of Binance as a global crypto pirate. “There is a common misconception that Binance is kind of an outlaw, that we don’t work with…

WATCH: What Are the Main Takeaways From Deribit’s $1.3 Million Flash-Crash?

  Delphi Digital Co-Founder Yan Liberman joined CoinDesk’s Brad Keoun on Monday, Nov. 4, to talk about last week’s flash crash on Deribit, a Netherlands-based cryptocurrency exchange, and the outlook for bitcoin. (The following is an edited transcript.) Brad Keoun: We’re here today with Yan Liberman. He’s co-founder of Delphi Digital, which is a research firm founded in August 2018 focusing on cryptocurrency markets. Previously, Yan was an associate with Deutsche Bank and also an equity research associate with Bloomberg LP. He first dipped his toes into the crypto markets a few…

WATCH: Where Is the Crypto Market Headed Next Week?

Arca Chief Investment Officer Jeff Dorman joined CoinDesk’s Brad Keoun on Thursday, Oct. 24, to talk about the current downward trend in crypto pricing and why things may be looking up. (On Friday, bitcoin’s price shot up 13 percent to more than $8,400.) “It’s always difficult real-time to understand what’s causing a price decline or a price appreciation. After the fact, you can piece together pieces of news that may have caused it,” said Dorman, adding: “I think over the last months, not just yesterday, you’re definitely seeing some miners selling, which is causing some downward pressure. But the…

WATCH: David Chaum Explains His New ‘Quantum-Resistant’ Crypto, Praxxis 

Digital money pioneer David Chaum is creating his second digital currency and we caught up with him at Devcon in Osaka, Japan. He created the first platform, Ecash, in 1983 and it was meant to be an electronic cash system, not unlike what bitcoin is today. Now, Chaum is developing a new so-called “quantum-resistant” digital currency called Praxxis that innovates on his original ideas for Ecash as well as on the technology advanced by Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin. “Praxxis is delivering two things. One is a new consensus algorithm that is…

WATCH: Ava Blockchain Founder Plans to Launch in December

“The sky’s the limit in terms of how these sub networks can be constructed.”  That’s Emin Gün Sirer, CEO of AVA Labs and associate professor at Cornell University. Sirer is talking about his soon-to-be launched proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain, Ava.  “[Ava] is almost feature-complete with [its own] codebase. We’re hoping to go public with a testnet soon, within the next month and mainnet sometime between December and February,” said Sirer.  Ava will be comprised of multiple different “sub networks” able to be uniquely coded to support different types of decentralized applications…