Ethereum blasts to new high, cracks $1,000 for the first time

Alternative cryptocurrency ethereum broke a fresh record high Thursday.

The digital currency broke the $1,000 mark for the first time, edging up to an all-time high of $1,045.08 at about 10:05 a.m. ET, according to data from industry website CoinDesk.

It is currently the third-largest cryptocurrency by market value, after being dethroned by another altcoin, Ripple’s XRP, last week. Its market capitalization shot above $100 billion for the first time Thursday, according to Coinmarketcap data.

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin said in a blog post Tuesday that the non-profit foundation that oversees the blockchain network was launching two new subsidy programs to support research into the scalability and development of the distributed ledger.

Distributed ledgers store vast amounts of transactions on a decentralized network of computers.

“The Ethereum Foundation has started issuing grants to help it scale,” Charles Hayter, CEO of Crypto Compare, told CNBC in an email. “This network effect will galvanize the community and help ethereum to throw off its growing pains.” […]

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