It’s Friday, May 22, 2020, and two pizza pies cost $45.90 at Stromboli's, across from my apartment in New York City. But 10 years ago, in Florida, two pies from Papa John’s cost Laszlo Hanyecz about $41—or 10,000 bitcoins, which is how he paid. And how Bitcoin Pizza Day was born.
Coming up with a list of the 100 most influential people in crypto and blockchain is hard in any year. But doing it in 2020 is particularly rough. That’s because the industry didn’t just advance last year, it went mainstream. And that makes “influence” a lot harder to define.
Baidu Xuperchain is a “blockchain basic service” for small- to medium-size businesses that want to quickly and easily deploy DApps and use smart contracts. It also supports President Xi Jinping's October call to make China the world leader in blockchain.
The high-profile closing of a Shanghai office used by the Binance exchange in late November appears to have been an early example of China’s latest crackdown on cryptocurrency trading.