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First look: Search Experience in OpenBazaar 2.0

First look: Search Experience in OpenBazaar 2.0

The OpenBazaar 2.0 beta will be available in beta in the next few days! For those who are just learning about what we are doing, this new version is a major update from our previous release. There are many significant improvements that make OpenBazaar the most secure,...

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OpenBazaar v1.0 Is Updating

OpenBazaar version 1.x is currently down for updating. The present version of OpenBazaar relies on a few federated Libbitcoin servers, which are Bitcoin full nodes, to interact with the Bitcoin blockchain. This was a remnant of when the project was DarkMarket....

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OpenBazaar Wallet Integrates Segwit

OpenBazaar Wallet Integrates Segwit

Segregated Witness has thankfully activated on the Bitcoin network before the release of OpenBazaar 2.0. This has given us an opportunity to upgrade OpenBazaar to make use of segwit before putting it in the hands of users. Had segwit activated later, it would have...

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Is OpenBazaar a Darknet Market?

Is OpenBazaar a Darknet Market?

OpenBazaar is a new way to do commerce online, and people are often unclear exactly how it is different from traditional ecommerce platforms. We sometimes have people look at the features of this network and confuse OpenBazaar with so-called “darknet markets.” What...

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How to Help Test OpenBazaar 2.0

If you’re part of our Alpha or Beta testers, we’d like to thank you for helping us make sure the 2.0 release of the OpenBazaar platform is as high-quality as possible. If you are not a tester, but would like to be, click here to learn how you can...

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Trust is Risk: A Decentralized Trust System

Trust is Risk: A Decentralized Trust System

One of the foundational problems of a decentralized marketplace is that of trust. It’s an inherently difficult problem: How can you trade with someone who could, in principle, be completely anonymous? In this article, we provide a novel answer to that question,...

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Why We Need Alternatives to Ecommerce Giants Like Amazon

Why We Need Alternatives to Ecommerce Giants Like Amazon

Amazon has seen incredible growth since its founding in 1994. Originally focused on books, the online marketplace is now the largest retailer in the US, and the fourth most valuable public company in the world. With its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it becomes...

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First Look: Super Fast Checkout Process In OpenBazaar 2.0

Yesterday our designer, Mike Wolf, shared this great tweet about the speed of the purchasing time within OpenBazaar 2.0: Purchasing on @OpenBazaar 2.0 takes as little as 10s with the new internal wallet $crypto $BTC 😮😮 pic.twitter.com/nLgKNUh5wg — Mike Wolf...

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Why Is Decentralization Important?

Why Is Decentralization Important?

  In a recent post we talked about how “decentralization is guiding the ship.” While the definition of the word can be guessed easily enough, the concept is nuanced and takes some time to understand the costs and benefits of decentralization....

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