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Venezuela's Crisis Deepens as the Maduro Administration Targets Bitcoin Remittances

As hyperinflation continues to rock Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro struggles to hold on to power, the Venezuelan government is moving to collect fees from Bitcoin remittance payments. In early March the Maduro regime launched a state-owned cryptocurrency remittance service called Patria. The government-operated service levees a 15 percent fee on all cryptocurrency remittances and according to Caracas Chronicles, the move to tax crypto remittances shows just how desperate the cash strapped regime has become. The platform has received some scrutiny as it asks users to provide their date of birth, national identity card and user funds are deposited into a Patria-operated custodial wallet. To date, peer-to-peer (P2P) Bitcoin trading is the method preferred by most Venezuelans that trade cryptocurrency and reporting indicates that the Bolivar has essentially become worthless. (RS)

3 hours ago

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Good morning Hong Kong! 🌅 🇭🇰 After a wonderful first day at #TOKEN2049, we're ready to rock Day 2, meet even more…

6 days ago

Timestamped Surprise AMA 03/12/2019 breakdown

Just finished the AMA breakdown: [0:00]( Welcome from the hotel room in Hong Kong [1:40]( Shelley testnet very likely this month, V1.5 also on schedule, Daedalus backend [4:30]( Ledger support soon (maybe April 2nd because Ledger is releasing new apps on the first Tuesday of the month) [6:05]( The 10 watt full node Raspberry Pi, Rock Pi [7:25]( Deployment in Ethiopia, coffee supply chain [9:25]( Cardano interoperability progress [11:15]( Some sort of quantum resistance this year (epic closing) [12:20]( Interoperability lightning interledger (ILP) [13:18]( Samsung crypto wallet in S10 [14:00]( Tangem card, offline transactions, trusted platform module (TPM) [16:00]( Ergo platform [17:23]( Flyclient paper vs NIPoPoWs (Non-Interactive Proofs of Proof-of-Work) [20:17]( Endor (predictive analytics venture) [22:02]( Rant on the "first trillion dollar cryptocurrency" misquotation. [23:35]( A tiff with Chico Crypto [25:44]( BLISS signatures and not being quantum resistant [26:20]( Transaction vs smart contract, UTXO vs account style record keeping [31:54]( Rant about release date estimates. [36:36]( Enigma project, secret smart contracts [38:33]( Other IOHK projects like RS|Coin and Qeditas [41:00]( Strategy for teaching 10,000 plutus developers [43:00]( Working with different universities [43:43]( Scientific research on Rchain / Rholang (programming language) [48:48]( Staple coins [49:49]( Since roll out is a little slower then originally anticipated do you plan to continue after the 2020 funding? (after 2020) [50:10]( Would you join a PoS vs PoS discussion with Kyle Samani and Will Martino (Kadena) [51:40]( Cardano in Hawaii [52:36]( What Charles studied [54:23]( Lighting network and possible Cardano integration [54:41]( How do you work with formal methods? [1:00:00]( Netflix recommendations [1:00:48]( Single thread performance transactions per seconds with Shelley (TPS) [1:02:10]( Ranting about someone doubting the peer reviewed papers. [1:03:00]( Smart contracts making deep inroads into legally binding contracts [1:05:00]( Token 2049 Conference [1:05:26]( DC or Marvel [1:05:54]( What happened to the suitcase? [1:06:20]( What's the main income of IOHK? [1:06:40]( Tone Vays [1:08:24]( When Joe Rogan podcast? [1:09:30]( Multiple brief rants [1:12:45]( What about writing a spec after you finish coding? [1:14:25]( Haskell has an extensive learning curve or how to introduce a new platform [1:20:00]( The Voynich manuscript

7 days ago

A New Bitcoin Scam is Swindling Naive Instagram Users

A new cryptocurrency scam appears to be targeting Instagram users after reports of ‘high-end’ products like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Apple being advertised for rock bottom prices between 50 and 300 Euros. Shoppers are encouraged to exchange fiat to crypto in order to complete the transaction and the seller vanishes once the payment is made. Forbes reported that the scam appears to originate from Sweden and Swedish authorities have cautioned the public against purchasing items from Instagram with cryptocurrency. Magnus Karlsson, a strategic analyst for the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Swedish Police, said Instagram is not designed for eCommerce and he urged to public to be skeptical of anyone selling cheap, high-quality products via social media apps. (RS)

8 days ago

Crypto Markets Stuck in a Rut Headed into the Weekend

The crypto markets are stuck in a rut at the moment, with most of the top 20 coins not showing very much movement at all. The Bitcoin price is up fractionally at $3,936 after trading as high as $3,947 earlier in the day. Ethereum is down fractionally at $138. Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin has proposed a flat gas fee for Ethereum transactions, funds that would be directed toward client and wallet developers. Meanwhile, XRP is posting fractional losses and has shed 2.5% over the past week. Binance Coin (BNB) has been a rock star in the market but investors are taking some profits, pressuring the coin down 6% to $14.36. The combined value of the crypto market currently hovers at nearly $134 billion. (GT)

11 days ago

Bitcoin Remains Most Popular Crypto, Says UK Regulator

Bitcoin (BTC) remains the best-known cryptocurrency in the United Kingdom, but that’s not saying much. Just over half of the country’s crypto investors have bought the original digital asset, according to a recent report. But the same report reveals that general awareness about digital assets remains relatively low. The survey, which was conducted by the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), looked into changing attitudes towards virtual currencies. Published yesterday, the study found that 51% of all respondents that had ever invested in cryptocurrency had bought Bitcoin. Out of more than 2,100 investors who participated in the study, 70% said that they either hadn’t heard of cryptocurrency or could not define what it was. Out of the 30% who did know what crypto was, the FCA estimates that 1 in 10 had actually bought some. Most British investors have “never heard” of cryptocurrency. Via FCA. Many respondents also said that they saw crypto as a risky investment, with 71% saying it was a risk they were prepared to take. 31% of those who did invest only did so as a gamble, and 30% had bought crypto as part of a wider investment portfolio. 18% of respondents said they thought they expected to make money quickly, with only 4% saying they bought because of FOMO - fear of missing out. Although Bitcoin was the most popular virtual asset, Ether (ETH) wasn’t far behind. One in three of survey respondents had purchased Ether. Litecoin (LTC), XRP and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) all tied with 20% replying that they had bought these assets. A slim majority of investors - 57% - said they had only ever bought one digital currency. Rock bottom Bitcoin awareness More than a decade old, Bitcoin remains the poster-boy for the crypto world. There are far more searches for ‘Bitcoin, than there are for the broader term, ‘cryptocurrency’, according to Google Trends. Bitcoin dominance, which was more than 90% of the total market cap until as recently as 2017, still hovers above 51%. Nonetheless, cryptocurrency awareness in the UK remains low, compared with other countries. A study conducted by YouGov last year found that nearly 80% of American citizens knew at least one type of digital asset, with most saying they had heard about Bitcoin. Even Chile had a better score than the UK. Despite having only one tenth of the UK’s GDP, nearly 40% of Chileans say they have heard about cryptocurrencies, according to a study last October by the country’s financial regulator. Anthony Broderick, analyst and media editor at CoinSchedule, a cryptocurrency data provider, said the results showed more work to be done. “If as an industry we can work to educate consumers on the benefits of cryptoassets, relative to legacy systems, and address the issue of trust then there is significant potential to create a new (and inclusive) financial system backed by cyptoassets,” Broderick wrote in an email. Nick Cowan, managing director and founder of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX), said raising cryptocurrency awareness should become a priority in the UK. He wrote: “The fact that over 70% of those surveyed haven’t heard of cryptocurrencies or are unable to define cryptocurrencies underlines the urgent need for more accessible education on blockchain and digital assets.” “Education around blockchain technology and digital assets is intrinsically linked to the sustained growth of the industry globally,” he added. The author is invested in digital assets, including BTC and ETH which are mentioned in this article. Join the conversation on Telegram and Twitter! The post Bitcoin Remains Most Popular Crypto, Says UK Regulator appeared first on Crypto Briefing.

11 days ago

Celebrating the Spirit of WomenInBlockchain on International Women’s Day 2019

Note: This by no means is a rating/ranking, the article summarizes the voluntary inputs from various women rockstars. Let’s forget competition and celebrate the spirit of Women’s day. Coingape admires the talent of women and their contribution to Blockchain & crypto on International Women’s Day. We thank all the mentioned women for providing their unique perspective to some of the most burning questions in crypto and blockchain. Quite often, WOMEN ARE EMPOWERING OTHER WOMEN. Last year we witnessed crypto prices falling to their ATHs and even some of the big players like Coinsquare and bitman were not spared as they either had to shed their workforce or abandon the operations. But Shireen YIP, COO at Travel-By-Bit believes it’s time to “Ignore financial speculations, let’s build genuine blockchain adoption” Wise is the one who accepts that there is a problem, inequality is the biggest issue women are facing today- but the trend has moved into something exciting, Women in Tech or Women on Board are removing all the barriers and holding out a mike, inspiring million other women to leverage the cutting edge era like - Blockchain Technology and Crypto Ecosystem. To bring up the real-time experience of #WomenInBlockchain, we reached out to women working closely with the Blockchain and Crypto-based firms and asked their opinions on a wide range of questions. Let’s look at the diverse opinions of BlockchainWomen on few sneaky questions! Q - How to encourage more women in blockchain and Crypto space and why is it Crucial? Sasha Kolesova from Changelly - Director of PR (Russia) We obviously need more great examples of women leading the space to feel equal. Ironically, our community is too close in a way, we’re obsessed with our projects and ideas and sometimes forget to share the basics with as many people as we can. We’re here together, so let’s bring everybody here, in this melting crypto pot, and see what happens in a decade. Priya Sharma from WazirX The first step would be busting the myth that it’s difficult to get into the Blockchain field if you’re not an engineer. It’s in your head, and if that were the case, I’d be jobless right now! I’d love to educate young women on the blockchain, and its career scope - there’s room for marketing, finance, legal, compliance, and so much more! We could even start conducting counseling workshops in undergrad colleges, have online seminars, and whatnot. Simona Pop -from Bounties Network Diversity and inclusion, a variety of perspectives. I encourage them to get involved in meet-ups, conversations and create content on what they’re passionate about Q- What’s your voice on upcoming Indian crypto policy? (Will India bring positive crypto regulations to the country? What would be that if you think so)! Priya Sharma from WazirX A positive crypto regulation is on its way, and I’m confident that the Indian government won’t let us down. I don’t think that crypto will be accepted as a mode of payment yet, I feel that crypto will fall under a new asset class, and income from it would be taxable. I also see a stringent AML guideline coming in for exchanges, Said Priya. More than anything else, the upcoming regulation will finally give crypto the “legitimacy” it deserves and creates room for more innovation! Simran from AMBCrypto and KoinEx To be very honest, the decision makers do not understand the technology behind cryptocurrencies. And if you don’t understand the aspects that makes crypto great you can’t really understand why there’s a need for its legitimacy. I’m pretty bullish that people are going to accept crypto to accelerate financial sovereignty but it’s going to take a while before the Indian government takes a stance. Indian Crypto Girl With nations formulating policies on cryptocurrency and blockchain every day, India will soon have to regulate the industry as well. Growing international pressure of investments in the sector will force the government to ensure the laws keep up with disruptive technologies. Q - What’s the future of Blockchain in your view? Especially in India. Which sector will witness surge in Blockchain revolution? The answers to this question were quite similar, resulting in the quick answer as ‘BANKS’. Here are their views; Chitral from LalaWorld Blockchain will certainly revolutionize the way we trade currently. Much needed in banking and financial sector, health, and entertainment industry. Simran - I believe that India needs Blockchain for banks, supply chains, voting, medical and more. We’re a country with one of the highest population rates in the world. We need to be systematic. We need to be transparent. We need to be democratic, and for that, we need to be decentralized. Ayushi Jain from Coinswitch Banking sector and decentralized finance is the sector which would have a global adoption as well as adoption in India Desi Crypto Girl As an agrarian economy, Agriculture is the first sector which can be positively impact

11 days ago

A couple of weeks ago Eugene from Rock the Block Live @RTBLT...

A couple of weeks ago Eugene from Rock the Block Live @RTBLTweet interviewed our COO @reubenyap on a wide range of…

11 days ago

Top Crypto Analyst believes Bitcoin without Satoshi Nakamoto is facing the same fate as Apple without Steve Jobs

Former tech banker and self-proclaimed Bitcoin maximalist Kevin Pham has taken to Twitter to express his thoughts on the current state of the Bitcoin network. Pham’s tweet implied that the Bitcoin network is losing momentum, more precisely, Pham compared the current state of the network to that of America’s top tech company Apple. The tweet read : “What happened to Bitcoin after Satoshi left is the same thing that happened to Apple after Steve Jobs left.” While this may look like Pham was referring to the Satoshi Nakamoto himself, Pham was actually referring to Craig Wright of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision. Wright had even replied to Pham’s tweet saying “I’m back”. Presently, the general public is still uncertain of the identity behind the creator of Bitcoin and would argue against Wright being Bitcoin’s actual founder, however, there remains an accuracy in the instability of the Bitcoin network all through last year, to this year. Many believe that Bitcoin is fast bottoming as reflected in BTC’s trading price and volume. After Bitcoin fell from $6,000 to $3,000 last year, the cryptocurrency community is still caught in the dilemma of whether the big bull can still make a come back or if BTC is indeed headed for rock bottom. Furthermore, the fact that the Bitcoin network is still facing an identity crisis makes it harder for Bitcoiners to hold on to anything positive. Meanwhile, Pham seems to have fully bought into the path of BSV as he has continued to express his full support towards Wright’s mission of “continuing with the intended vision of Bitcoin” using the BSV. In fact, Pham who is a highly pronounced opposer of the Ethereum network also tweeted ; “Bitcoin SV can do everything Ethereum can do but better, faster and cheaper. Bitcoin is Turing complete.” The post Top Crypto Analyst believes Bitcoin without Satoshi Nakamoto is facing the same fate as Apple without Steve Jobs appeared first on ZyCrypto.

12 days ago

Feeling It: Cryptocurrency Consumer Goods And 2020 Vision

The narrative is all about how 2018 was a terrible year for crypto. And yes, the market correction after a false bubble always gets people. But it’s not a sign of the failure of crypto - the industry grew while the market shrank. I spent 2018 researching the ever-changing top 100 cryptocurrencies by market cap. By the end of 2018, I finally reinvested in crypto (I dabbled in BTC and LTC in their early years) and had a slew of crypto-themed socks and coins. These days I’m flossin in my blue-collar Lambo (read: the 2011 Ford Fusion my paychecks afford me) and an upgraded one-bedroom apartment in a nicer part of town. But it’s not just personal fortune that gives me hope for crypto and blockchain moving toward 2020. Cryptocurrency and blockchain are on the verge of breaking through and becoming ‘real’... You Can’t Floss a Bitcoin There’s a reason we focus more on the markets than anything else - it’s how we all judged Bitcoin, whether we like to admit it or not. But besides buying a Lambo and renting Mike Tyson’s old Las Vegas mansion, everyone found it hard to show off their newfound crypto fortunes. Like an E! True Hollywood Story of lottery winners, child celebrities, and other new money, people went to zany extremes to “feel” rich with their newfound wealth. Even I found it hard to explain my newfound enthusiasm in crypto. Blockchain, trust systems, mining algorithms, forks, and distributed ledgers don’t make for interesting holiday conversations. I mostly just smile and talk about the weather. Bitcoin made real people real money. Crypto and blockchain are real markets with real technological innovations, products, and services. But I didn’t have anything real I could show people. I could only talk about it, and the Snowflake Generation is known for being all talk. We live in a “pics or it didn’t happen” society, and the graphs were only cool pics to show people when they were skyrocketing upward in an unnatural way. It was in the weeks following CES 2019 that I came up with the answer - consumer products. It’s Real If You Can Touch It Reality is a great philosophical debate. What’s real, anyway? As a bank whistleblower, my debate against the reality of economics is this: it won’t hurt as much if I throw economics in your face, as it would if tossed a rock at you. Some people don’t even believe space is real because they haven’t seen it. You’re never going to convince a flat-earther about the utility of PoS over PoW. Cryptocurrency and blockchain have thousands of use-cases, but what I believe will be the breakout star through 2020 are the consumer goods. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been pulling in over the past few months to get hands-on with: Disclaimer - The author may have received some of these products for free for purposes of providing hands-on reviews. No financial consideration was given, and this list does not contain affiliate links. Hardware and Cold Wallets OpenDime Ledger Nano S Trezor Model T ARCHOS Safe-T SecuX W20 Denarium Bitcoin D’Cent BitBox Crypto Seed/Key Storage Cryptosteel Blockplate ColdTi Yubico Yubikey Crypto Key Stack Billfodl This isn’t even close to all of them. There are also cards, phones, and so much more crypto gear on the way. In fact, if you make any physical crypto products, send them my way - I’m working on more video content, and those work great. You can reach me at or on social media, or in our Telegram group. Because I’ll be adding these products to my cryptocurrency intro guide load to make sure we introduce the world to these physical products. More are popping up all the time, and sooner or later, one of these products is going to become iconic. It’ll show up in movies and on popular YouTube feeds. Everyone will own one. Each release will be heralded like the next Galaxy or iPhone. That doesn’t necessarily mean these companies are going to generate the type of revenue B2B enterprise-grade blockchains will. They’ll just become the public face - the mascot that Bitcoin only is in spirit. Mickey Mouse may be the face of Disney, but it’s Disneyland and those Mickey scalps everyone wears (s/o to Norm Macdonald). I’ve been investing in cryptocurrencies since late December, and the market has been great to me. I have a lot to smile about. When people ask why, I pull out a shiny object and let them hold it as I explain how much deeper the rabbit hole goes than Bitcoin. It’s my Goldilocks zone between the douchebaggery of showing them a Lambo, or giving a speech on abstract tech and finance topics. I suggest you try it. The author is invested in digital assets, including Bitcoin and Litecoin, which are mentioned in this article. Join the conversation on Telegram and Twitter! The post Feeling It: Cryptocurrency Consumer Goods And 2020 Vision appeared first on Crypto Briefing.

15 days ago

Popular Trader Leaves Crypto, But Remains Hopeful For Bitcoin (BTC)

Bitcoin Analyst Capitulates That’s right, CryptoYoda, an industry personality, trader, and thought leader extraordinaire that sports hundreds of thousands of followers, is leaving the industry. Or temporarily, at least. In what can only be described as an acute case of Bitcoin (BTC) bear market blues, Yoda took to Twitter on Friday to convey his final (for now) message. In a tweet that garnered traction throughout the space, Yoda wrote that while he will be leaving for a “while,” he remains fully invested in cryptocurrencies, as their value proposition from his perspective is still as apparent as ever. will be leaving this space for a while, remaining fully invested. perspective hasn't changed - still in the first selloff on a major timescale, still the beginning, $50k+ inevitable. global fomo will reignite. if it drops again, buy more. may the patience be with you. farewell — CryptoYoda (@CryptoYoda1338) March 2, 2019 He adds that the recent downturn in the Bitcoin price, was just the “first selloff on a major timescale,” leading him to the conclusion that in the grand scheme of things, crypto assets are just getting started. In fact, he adds that BTC reaching the auspicious price point of $50,000 is inevitable, echoing points made by Travis Kling, Chris Burniske, and others about how this space is already becoming too big to fail. Yoda even wrote that global FOMO will eventually reignite, especially as fundamentals continue to deviate drastically from market valuations. And with that, the industry commentator left. It isn’t clear when Yoda will reappear, but, maybe like in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he will make a surprise appearance to wrest cryptocurrency out from a rock and a hard place. Regardless, the analyst’s sudden disappearance still sparked an outburst of love from the crypto community. Luke “Venture Coinist” Martin, Panama Crypto, Dan Okopnyi, among other pro-Bitcoin netizens that frequent Crypto Twiter all expressed their support. Interestingly though, some took this time to note that this could be a sign that a bottom in this market is inbound. Some wrote that this is the epitome of capitulation, which usually marks a bottom in nascent, irrational markets much like Bitcoin. Ramen, a popular crypto enthusiast, added that as Yoda was a “bull market expert’ for much of 2018, the decision to leave could indicate a floor in this market is rapidly approaching. Crypto Needs To Fall Further Before Bitcoin Rally Yet, some say that the loss of community members won’t be enough to signal that bears are heaving their last breaths. Travis Kling, a former Wall Streeter turned founder of crypto fund Ikigai, says that if Bitcoin is to see a resurgence, this array of shortcomings, including layoffs, exchange collapses, stringent regulation, and cries that “crypto is dead,” will be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Kling, a former portfolio manager at Steve Cohen’s Point72, recently took Twitter to claim that not enough horrors have befallen this industry to warrant a bull run. He explained: We need more. More exchanges gone. More projects shuttering. More SEC enforcements. More developer ragequits. More ICO Treasury selling. More layoffs. More fund liquidations. More scammers exposed. More failed cap raises. More “crypto is dead”. Only then do we move higher — Travis Kling (@Travis_Kling) January 28, 2019 Although such sentiment from a notable industry insider, and one with a presumably large vested interest, may seem harrowing, Kling said this with the thought process that a continued industry collapse would be the silver bullet to kill the raging, seemingly unrelenting Bitcoin bear. Title Image Courtesy of Sebastian Unrau Via Unsplash The post Popular Trader Leaves Crypto, But Remains Hopeful For Bitcoin (BTC) appeared first on Ethereum World News.

15 days ago

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22 days ago

Bitcoin Could Swell To $1.5 Million If It Absorbs All Fiat and Gold Holdings

Bitcoin (BTC) was built to be an alternative to the traditional of finance. While Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of the cryptocurrency, never explicitly made such a comment, many have come to understand this underlying raison d’etre. Former product manager Dan Held, for instance, once issued an extensive 47-part thread on Twitter to claim that Satoshi meant to build a new backbone fo the financial system, rather than a peer-to-peer digital cash system in and of itself. While the crypto godfather’s dream has yet to come to fruition, some are convinced that it is only a matter of time before Bitcoin begins to make a noticeable move on fiat currencies and Wall Street. Bitcoin Is The Hardest Money... Ever Travis Kling, the chief investment officer of Ikigai that “fell down the Crypto rabbit hole,” recently took to Twitter to issue what he called a “bear market reminder.” In a bid to keep diehards of this space optimistic, even as the Bitcoin price has remained stuck between a rock and a hard place, he remarked that BTC remains the “hardest money we’ve ever had in the history of humanity,” echoing rallying cries touted by Saifedean Ammous. Bear market reminders- BTC is the hardest money we've ever had in the history of humanity. Print this out and put it next to your computer. h/t @crypto_voices — Travis Kling (@Travis_Kling) February 19, 2019 Alongside his innocuous, yet strong comment, Kling, a former portfolio manager at Steven Cohen’s Point72, posted an infographic from analytics provider Crypto Voices that touched on the dichotomy between Bitcoin and legacy forms of money. Citing data from a number of sources, the Crypto Voices team claimed that the fiat supply in existence right now equates to a U.S. dollar value of about $19.6 trillion. All the gold in circulation, deemed just as important as fiat by some economists, is currently valued at $7.83 trillion. Bitcoin, on the other hand, was valued at a relatively mere $60 billion at the time they compiled the report, indicating that there is asymmetric upside potential for the cryptocurrency. Thus, Crypto Voices noted that if Bitcoin was to theoretically absorb both gold and fiat at all the assets’ currency supply levels, BTC could swell to $1,571,316 a pop. While this staggering price point is obviously theoretical, some argue that it wouldn’t be illogical to assume that Bitcoin could begin to eat up some, or even much of fiat money’s current hegemony. The Argument For Crypto To Oust Fiat Anti-establishment figure Max Keiser once told Bitcoinist that the flagship cryptocurrency is much like a monetary black hole, and will “gobble up all fiat” over time as the ongoing (in Keiser’s eyes) financial crisis continues to wreak havoc on society. Trace Mayer echoed Keiser’s thoughts to a tee. The long-time Bitcoiner and a zealous anti-centralization thinker remarked that it’s been a mere 11 years since the 2008 recession, but that governments and society at large haven’t learned, accumulating $87 trillion more debt as humanity’s relentless lust for growth continues. In separate comments, he noted that with the advent of the Lightning Network and other innovative protocols, coupled with the eventual arrival of Wall Street, BTC will become the de-facto go-to investment for any intelligent consumer. Mayer even quipped that holding BTC will easily outpace an IRA or 401k, as the latter investments may get nationalized as debts hit the economy hard, and hyperinflation becomes the norm. While these comments are being issued as if the legacy world of finance is already on the verge of collapse, this might not be far from the truth. Related Reading: Bitcoin Giant BitMEX: Major Financial Crisis Could Be Several Years Away At the World Government Summit in Dubai, the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde, deemed the 22nd most powerful person in the world by Forbes in 2018, commented that there are “four clouds” closing in on the global financial environment, even quipping that a “storm” might strike. The finance heavyweight explained that these clouds include the trade spats between the U.S. and China, quantitative tightening, Brexit, and, arguably most importantly, the “heavy debt” that governments, individuals, and corporations alike have garnered. Ray Dalio, the co-founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, also made harrowing comments. Dalio recently drew eerie parallels between today’s environment and the one seen in the midst of the Great Depression. In a comment made at Davos, the world-renowned investor, who has become a market pessimist as of late, explained that from 1929 to 1932, there was a lot of “printing of money, and purchases of financial assets,” much like today. While all the aforementioned pundits seem to be convinced that trying times are around the corner, will Bitcoin prove itself to be a perfect hedge or do commentators just have stars in their eyes? Featured Image from

25 days ago

Novogratz, Winklevoss, Pomp & More Here Are Some Of The Key Figures In Crypto

There are a lot of key figureheads in the cryptocurrency industry. Many of which made their millions (and even billions) thanks to the leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin. These people have been there since the start and have made a risky investment but boy did it pay off. Some of the key figures are still prominent in the space today and we’re going to go through some of the biggest names in crypto who put their faith in the hope that the industry would pay out. Winklevoss Twins Let’s start with the Winklevoss twins. If you haven’t heard of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss then you must have been living under a rock for the past fifteen or so years. The infamous twins rose to fame when they sued Mark Zuckerberg over who the true creator of Facebook was and ended up with an $11 million payout. When this payout was invested in Bitcoin, the two made headlines and then became billionaires in 2017 when the market spiked and Bitcoin reached $20,000. Novogratz Mike Novogratz is a well-known figure in the crypto space. The former hedge fund manager and partner in Goldman Sachs ventured into the crypto space by starting a crypto fund called Galaxy Digital Holdings Limited. Even when the Jamie Dimon - CEO of JP Morgan Chase - dubbed Bitcoin as a fraud in 2017, Novogratz has consistently swayed his way in support for crypto. Pomp Anthony Pompliano is a well-known founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital who is commonly known as just Pomp, within the crypto community. Morgan Creek Digital is an investment company which focuses on creating opportunities for institutional investors to invest in the blockchain and digital assets. Backing the firm is Morgan Creek Capital Management which is a multi-billion dollar asset manager. The entrance of institutions to the crypto space is something that is eagerly awaited by many community members but as Pomp says: This morning our team at Morgan Creek Digital announced a new $40 million crypto venture fund anchored by two public pensions.The institutions aren’t coming. They’re already here. 🚀 — Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) February 12, 2019 Draper Tim Draper is a venture capitalist investor. He is famous is the crypto space for purchasing 2,000 of the 50,000 Bitcoins auctioned off by the US Marshall office in 2014 following the Silk Road incident. Ever since Silk Road, Draper has become a well-known crypto enthusiast who has put his money in several crypto projects. He even believes that Bitcoin could reach $250,000 in 2022...

a month ago

In a 30-Minute Video, Victim Lays Out How He Lost $400K in Crypto on QuadrigaCX

Since the QuadrigaCX story has crossed paths with the world’s largest business and crypto news outlets, seemingly little attention has been given to this debacle’s victims. Outlets, such as Bloomberg, CNN Business, among others, refer to the creditors as a “they,” making it tough to remember that there are crypto investors behind each lost dollar. But, the fact of the matter is that there are thousands, if not tens of thousands of victims, who are wallowing and sulking, as many lost thousands in fiat and Bitcoin holdings. Yet, some have done their utmost to push the envelope, clamoring to get their stories pushed to press in a bid to spark some much-needed action in Canadian courts. Tong Zou, a Canadian-born Silicon Valley engineer that recently upped and left for Vancouver, took to Youtube recently to issue a heartfelt tell-all about how he got caught up in this whole imbroglio. How Tong Zou Lost $422,000 Trading Bitcoin On Quadriga As reported by NewsBTC, Tong gave a brief synopsis of his harrowing story to Bloomberg in an exclusive phone interview. Long story short, when the engineer chose to repatriate to Canada, Tong decided to move his funds from his American to his Canadian bank account through QuadrigaCX, rather than traditional means. But when he deposited his $422,000 worth of Bitcoin on the exchange to issue a Canadian dollar denominated withdrawal, But according to a recent Youtube tell-all, his comments to Bloomberg were just the tip of the iceberg. He explained that in late-2017, his Silicon Valley peers were cashing in on the crypto craze, as he sat on the sidelines. But as the market peaked, he FOMOed in, taking out three self-described “stupid” loans from the bank to invest into cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Cardano, among other popular assets. Tong accentuated the fact that he “lost a lot of money,” but did his utmost to amend his loan situation by allocating half of his paycheck to slowly satisfy his debts. Eventually, the developer decided that to pay his loan in full, he should liquidate his entire position in a Bay Area apartment. And that he did, leaving him with approximately $400,000 and no outstanding debts. As he already had plans to move to Vancouver, where QuadrigaCX is purportedly located, Tong started to look into ways to move his capital into Canadian banks quickly, so he could take advantage of what he thought were good exchange rates. Eventually, he decided on QuadrigaCX, as the exchange not only had a 10% risk premium (red flag), but the ability for Tong to make investments that could make his savings appreciate too. Emotionally, the former BitTorrent developer thrust his money onto the exchange, which he now acknowledges as a “Ponzi scheme,” in hopes of making money due to QuadrigaCX’s premium. Yet, months later, we now know that Tong never got his withdrawal. But interestingly, the Ontario-born Canadian claimed that he “deserved to lose the money,” explaining that he was reckless, greedy, and impatient with this whole situation. He even explained that in his eyes, money isn’t the key to happiness. But, this didn’t discount the fact that QuadrigaCX’s sudden closure lost him his life savings, putting him between a rock and a hard place. What’s Next For The QuadrigaCX Victims? Tong’s statements were ones made by someone with no hope. But, some believe that creditors still have a chance, albeit slim, at recuperating their millions in losses, or at least a portion of them. While ~$150 million in assets were reportedly lost to the ether, there’s a chance that the owed sum — QuadrigaCX’s crypto asset debts — are much lower than that jaw-dropping figure. And with Jennifer Robertson, Cotten’s wife, looking to liquidate much of her estate’s assets, there’s a fleeting chance that payments, whether in crypto or fiat, may start to come the way of victims. Per a copy of Cotten’s most recently will, which was signed a mere two weeks prior to his Crohn’s disease-induced death in India, primary beneficiary Robertson was left with a copious amount of assets. In fact, the will stipulate that should he pass, his wife was to be left with a Jeanneau 51 sailboat, purportedly sold for $500,000 Canadian, vehicles, an aircraft, along with a handful of pieces of real estate scattered across Canada. These assets are likely worth well in excess of $10 million Canadian. Related Reading: QuadrigaCX Imbroglio Continues: Cotten Mentioned Bitcoin Key Loss In 2014 But even if the court rules that the fiat received from the sale of Robertson’s assets should be fully allocated to the victims’ pockets, which could be unlikely, this process could take upwards of one year. That’s the M.O. of the legacy court system anyway. Yet, the victims of this fracas are still grasping the ring they were thrown. Only time will tell whether they will sink or stay afloat. Featured Image from Shutterstock The post In a 30-Minute Video, Victim Lays Out How He Lost $400K in Crypto on QuadrigaCX appeared firs

a month ago

Ripple (XRP) Breaks Above 21 Day EMA But Demonstrates A Loss Of Momentum

Ripple (XRP) has finally broken above its 21 day exponential moving average but the momentum that we see is a lot different than what we used to see in XRP/USD. During every market recovery, Ripple (XRP) used to be one of the high achieving coins. That does not seem to be the case anymore as we have seen a clear loss in bullish momentum following the JPM coin announcement. This is very alarming to see when a lot of big banks across the globe are beginning to use Ripple’s xRapid service. The effect of those positive developments seems to have been overshadowed by the overhyped impact of JPM Coin. This is a short term setback for Ripple (XRP) investors but things will take a turn for the best once sanity returns back to the cryptocurrency market. When markets are overly bullish, a lot of investors have unrealistic expectations that call for higher valuation. We saw this during the previous bull market when people were calling for a price of $15 or higher. The same thing is happening here with a lot of people labeling XRP as a scam and a sh*tcoin that has finally been put out of business with the JP Morgan’s entry. As ironic as it is to see some cryptocurrency enthusiasts to side with JPM Coin to see XRP fail, it should be borne in mind that people behave unreasonably during unreasonable times. The market is currently overly bearish and so the sentiment is overly pessimistic. A lot of people are pointing out flaws where they do not exist. This is why so many people miss bull runs and buy late into the market. When everything is going well, that is not the time to buy; in fact it is the time to look for selling opportunities. The market is bleeding at the moment which means now is the time to start accumulating. Sure, the price could move down some more but if we take risk/reward into account, this is one of the best entry points. The daily chart for XRP/BTC shows that Ripple (XRP) has reached the bottom of a bullish pennant after facing strong rejection at the 50 day moving average. There is still a good change that the price might continue to fall towards the 200 day moving average. However, if that were to happen, Ripple (XRP) would be at risk of significant further sell off. Both the RSI and MACD profiles for XRP/BTC show that the price is ready for a big move to the upside. However, as we have seen with Bitcoin (BTC), the price could move sideways for a while before breaking decisively to the upside or the downside. XRP/USD seems to be already in the clear but XRP/BTC is in a rock and a hard place kind of situation. As bullish as the bull pennant is, if the price were to slide down to the 200 day moving average, that would seriously diminish the chances of any bullish breakout for Ripple (XRP). Ripple (XRP) has been a very lucrative investment in the past but after recent developments investors should exercise caution not just for fundamental reasons but for technical as well.

a month ago

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a month ago

Storing Your Crypto: 3 Tips to Make Sure Your Crypto Assets are Secure

Over the last couple of weeks, the world has watched as the QuadrigaCX crypto exchange saga unfolded. Long story short, the exchange lost access to the majority of its assets in cold storage after the founder died unexpectedly. Cotten reportedly had the “sole responsibility for handling the funds and coins,” and was the only person who knew the passwords. With his passing, no one else at the exchange can access the assets. QuadrigaCX now owes customers nearly $190 million in holdings it cannot retrieve. Customers could be out thousands of dollars and the exchange’s team is caught between a rock and hard place. This situation is both sad and confusing for all parties involved, however, it reinforces some valuable lessons about storying crypto assets. 1. Store Your Own Crypto - The entire revolutionary aspect of blockchain technology is that it is decentralized. This feature provides security by eliminating any central entity that can be compromised. Keeping your crypto in an exchange wallet defeats the entire purpose of a decentralized system. If the exchange is compromised, frozen or, in the case of QuadrigaCX, inaccessible, you can kiss your digital assets goodbye most of the time. Transfer any assets purchased on exchanges to your private wallet for safe keeping. Exchange wallets can be convenient, but they come at too high a cost to security. 2.Don’t Store Your Passwords Online - “Don’t write your passwords down,” is advice as old as the internet, but storing them in a file on your computer/cloud is just as dangerous. I’ve seen several strategies for keeping managing passwords and there isn’t a single perfect solution. Breaking up passwords into pieces can be a useful trick, but even using this method, you should still hold the separate parts of a password in different mediums. For example, maybe the first half of your password is filed away in a physical book while the other half lives in a spreadsheet with other decoy information. 3.Don’t Store Your Passwords on Your Person - If parts of your passwords are recorded on a physical medium, like paper or a notebook, make sure you store it somewhere secure, like a safe or a safety deposit box at your bank. While keeping track of your passwords in a physical form can protect you from cyber criminals, it can leave you more vulnerable to physical threats like robbery. By keeping your physical passwords in a secure place off of your person, you minimize both online and offline risks. Dima Zaitsev, Head of International PR at ICOBox comments, “the QuadrigaCX situation should cause everyone in the crypto community to reassess their security protocols. If you are an exchange customer, transfer your holdings to a private wallet as soon as possible. If you are an exchange, revisit and revise security protocols and contingency plans.” Knowing a well-constructed password by heart without written record anywhere might be the best solution for the everyday crypto user, but QuadrigaCX has proved that this method simply doesn’t cut it when other people’s money is on the line. Our advice is to take some time developing your own multifaceted security strategy, no matter who you are. The post Storing Your Crypto: 3 Tips to Make Sure Your Crypto Assets are Secure appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

a month ago

How to Trade Market Sentiment

Emotions are the key to understanding financial markets. However, it’s tough to make rational decisions based on them. Even if you think you read your emotions or other peoples emotions, you may get lost in trying to comprehend the feelings of the crowd. And the market sentiment is the emotions of millions of traders around the world. If you’d like to know more about it, read the guide by SimpleFX WebTrader. The behavior of the masses works differently from the mechanism that determines individual actions. The discovery is quite old and well described in a book by a French anthropologist Gustave Le Bon in 1895 “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind.” The author states some of the characteristics of the psychology of the crowds: “impulsiveness, irritability, incapacity to reason, the absence of judgment of the critical spirit, the exaggeration of sentiments, and others...” Trying to take advantage form market sentiment is a common mistake by individual traders, source: SimpleFX WebTrader Every trader knows the importance of emotions. You can see it in market volatility; you can see that some stock is overvalued in comparison to the company’s fundamentals, and others are undervalued. Just like people on a rock concert, football game, or political demonstration transcend from individuals to a crowd, traders around the world create an entity that has its emotions and moods. The state of mind of the crowd of traders is called market sentiment. The market sentiment is one of the three possible pillars for any trading strategy: Technical Analysis Fundamental Analysis / Trading the News Reading Market Sentiment For Forex and especially cryptocurrency traders fundamental analysis is much more difficult to apply than on the stock market. That is why these markets traders focus on technical analysis. Bulls, bears and “dumb money” Understanding the sentiment will let you know whether the crowd is optimistic (bull market), cautious or pessimistic (bear market) about a currency, stock or crypto. Identifying the current trend can help you predict the future overall market sentiment and will open sentiment-based trading opportunities. Market sentiment works for all kind of markets, but it is very difficult to read. There are big players, such as institutional banks that can play against the prevailing sentiment, and seek for so-called “dumb money.” Wait until the crowd gets all in on a particular position - be it long or short - and use the trading power to incite a reversal. Follow or go against the market sentiment There are two possible strategies for using the market sentiment. You can go with the current and try to join the crowd or trade against the sentiment. The first strategy would include tactics involving the Fibonacci retracement tool, that can help traders profit from local price corrections. The second strategy is all about hunting for reversals identifying support and resistance levels and taking into consideration the overall market sentiment to decide whether a breakout may happen. Safe-havens play an important role when the market sentiment goes to extremes, or there’s an overwhelming uncertainty. Assets like gold, USD, CHF or JPY are considered an excellent shelter in case of too much risk. When more volatile assets are entering a bear market, traders (including the most prominent players) tend to seek these safe-havens, which automatically creates a bull market on ultrasafe assets. The two most dominant emotions Fear and greed are the most dominant emotions among traders. They are either afraid of losing money, or they want to earn more. Greed is overwhelming at market peaks when the bubble is created. A classic example of greed taking over in the peak of 2017 Bitcoin bubble, source: SimpleFX WebTrader More and more people open the same long position on a hot asset be it a tech company, a currency of a fast-growing economy or a popular cryptocurrency. Just take a look at the most significant burst in crypto. On the other hand, fear takes over when the market hits bottom. Traders are panicking underestimating the real value of an asset. A savvy investor can see an opportunity for opening a long position in these situations. However, trading against the trend always involves high risk. How to identify fear or greed? When you see a trend accelerating breaking new resistance levels without any fundamental explanation - no critical information that would justify it - you may expect the greed is in action. The same mechanism works the other way around with fear. If during a downtrends support levels are broken without an apparent reason, the fear may have taken over. How to spot “dumb money” “Dumb money” is where traders are taking the most popular and the most obvious moves. Everyone takes the hottest position, more and more people join and put themselves in a very vulnerable position. Let’s take a look at Forex, a market where individual traders compete with the largest banks to make successful trade

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a month ago

Bitcoin Transaction Fees Fall to Four-Year Low amid Mixed Bag of Market Data

Bitcoin transaction statistics are a mixed bag out of crypto market data firm Diar. Bitcoin transaction fees are on the decline. Bitcoin median transaction fees have revisited 2015 lows. The declining fees come even with the “total monthly Bitcoins moved on-chain standing at higher levels than seen throughout most of 2018.” The value of Bitcoin transactions, however, has reached rock bottom in conjunction with USD volume which in January 2019 “fell below May 2017 levels,” according to the Diar report. Meanwhile, crypto exchanges last year experienced “record transacting volumes.” (GT)

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a month ago

Brewery Consortium

Brewery Consortium Airdrop is worth 20 BEER tokens (~$ 1). There is also a lottery to win BEER tokens worth $100,000 USD. Share your referral link and you will earn 20 points for every referral. About Brewery Consortium Beautiful Bubble Lda (BB) is a British owned Portuguese limited liability company operating Brewery Consortium and Algarve Rock Craft Brewery (AR) based in Faro, Portugal with more than 100 years brewing experience. Beautiful Bubble Lda will offer a new convertible CryptoCurrency; Brewery Consortium Coin (BEER), created as an ERC 20 derivative token of Ethereum and linked to the tangible assets and value of a rapidly growing craft beer brewing company. Brewery Consortium is rated 4.5/5 on ICObench.

a month ago

A call to action from a future Validator

Hi there, I wanted to explain an idea I have been stewing on for over a year now and hope to present a compelling business case for what is and why I feel this is urgent. Let me preface this by giving you a bit about me: I have been involved in cryptocurrency (investing/using & playing in the ecosystem) since 2013. I joined the Ethereum community in 2016 and have for the most part silently observed the traction over the years. My long-term plans involve becoming a validator, with a timeframe measured in decades. My mindset is I’m in this for the long haul and don’t care for parlour tricks or anything that doesn’t actually drive true growth. I told myself for the longest time my voice wouldn’t matter, because other people are making decisions. However my call-to-action is seeing what, and most importantly, why, things need to change for the longevity and growth of this network and by seeing others beginning to speak up about the issues we face today I am encouraged to do the same instead of continually lurking in the background. I now understand tackling these decisions today will only make us stronger in the long-run. So yes, let’s figure that out as a community — but let’s not get ahead of ourselves and let me begin by explaining the **what and why**. **What** I want as a future Validator: I want to give up a % of my block reward as a validator to a DAO/community led fund that’s sole purpose is to sustain/implement core protocol research/audits & development. Honestly, I am absolutely begging for this to happen and for us to get our heads out of the sand and to realize how important this is. Simply: Let me give up a slice of my reward, so that my remaining slice is in turn even more valuable long term. **Why** do I want to give up a % of my reward as a future Validator: Let me be blunt and transparent: Because when I put on my investor hat you’re right *I DO* want my actual ether to be worth something more than what it would be than if I didn’t do this as a validator. I’m not doing this out of pure altruism, I am doing this because I can see this will be better both for the health and growth of our network long run and thus in turn my bottom line. Let’s not split hairs here: Yes, I do genuinely believe in decentralization & the spirit of this community and that’s what brought me here a few years ago. But let’s also not pretend investment and opportunity cost do not matter. The money I have in Ethereum today (which I’ve held through thick and thin: the DAO hack and from $1400->$82, and will continue to do so) matters to me and I’d like to see it worth more tomorrow and in 3,5,12 years than it is today. So let me break down how this reward cut accomplishes it. **Here is my thesis point-by-point:** **1.)** There are public services on Ethereum that would benefit from being built as a greater good, yet right now there are no *‘true’* incentives for them to be built and/or are underfunded by grants. Instead we see mostly ICO’s trying to build on top of the protocol to capture that value or teams switching last minute and adding immense friction by doing an ICO/token model (ie: Raiden) to do so. Let me be clear here: I don’t blame developers for this — they’re just reacting to the reality of the market. It’s on us to provide the proper incentives for them to actually build the tooling and infrastructure we all need for tomorrow. **2.)** The stronger the protocol, the more likely people will in turn build more on top of it. For 2016-2018 it was clear Ethereum had the best developer mindshare. Well now there is competition and we need to get our act together. By doing so, there will be more platform *“confidence”* as developers/users know this protocol has a sustainable path towards research, innovation. As an investor, we care about this too. This is what keeps me up at night when I think about how to allocate my capital in this space. Who or what platform actually gets this? **3.)** The true driver of the price of Ether is largely a derivative of the mindshare/talent working on the base layer. Like Microsoft in the 90s said: It’s all about the developers. Let’s not only keep the best talent working in our ecosystem and stop slippage to competitors, but also grow our development velocity at a faster rate. We need to give them more support. Based on the velocity and pushbacks I would say they’re likely underappreciated, underpaid and overworked for the most part. It’s a high pressure job and mostly thankless; we need to correct this and ensure they’re here with us for the long run, while ideally adding even more to the core team so we can ensure deadlines get hit in the future. **4.)** More useful things being built on L1/protocol = drawing in even more L2 architecture/talent building in our ecosystem = more developers building better things with better tooling/security and infrastructure = more transactions & usage of the network = this drives growth in all key stakeho

a month ago

QuadrigaCX: No identifiable Bitcoin [BTC] cold wallet reserves are being held by exchange, claims researcher

In what would constitute a plot twist, a noted cryptocurrency researcher has suggested that there are no identifiable cryptocurrency reserves, whether Bitcoin [BTC] or otherwise, available for QuadrigaCX. The research, posted by Crypto Medication through a post on Medium, also makes a few other findings which if true, would have the potential to rock the cryptocurrency market. QuadrigaCX, once Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has been in the news lately after it claimed that it had lost access to $150 million worth of cryptocurrencies in a cold wallet reserve after the untimely death of its founder, Gerald Cotten, in India. The exchange had previously been in the news after the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce froze the accounts of QuadrigaCX’s payment processor last year. Crypto Medication has however, implied that the exchange is lying in its court documents and press releases as it never had access to such a huge reserve of cryptocurrencies that included some 26,500 BTC, 20,000 LTC and 430,000 Ethereum, among others. Summed up, the researcher suggests that not only did the exchange never have any access to such a huge pool of reserves, but the exchange is lying when it says that it doesn’t have any access to existing reserves. Source: Twitter The researcher claims to have tracked back several dozen wallet addresses from verified deposits and withdrawals initiated by customers and found that none of them sourced to any vast source of Bitcoin owned by QuadrigaCX. Crypto Medication also argued that the exchange’s claim that they have no access to any reserve could be a lie as if this was so, there shouldn’t have been any movement out of QuadrigaCX’s wallet. However, this hasn’t been the case, he has suggested. Finally, Crypto Medication has through his research, also claimed that the Canadian exchange never had any reserves of their own and were instead, using deposits made by customers to pay those who wished to withdraw. Despite the implication however, Crypto Medication makes no claim to refute the news of Gerald Cotten’s death. Crypto Medication’s in-depth analysis of QuadrigaCX’s holdings used the empirical evidence provided by the blockchain to investigate and arrive at the conclusion offered. If found to be true, this would be in line with Kraken’s Jesse Powell’s thoughts on the case. Powell had called the case ‘extremely suspect’ and had even suggested that Canadian authorities investigate. Source: Twitter The post QuadrigaCX: No identifiable Bitcoin [BTC] cold wallet reserves are being held by exchange, claims researcher appeared first on AMBCrypto.

a month ago

Towards a free market for P2P governance

Think what you want about his ideas, you can’t deny that Ethereum researcher Vlad Zamfir has a knack for the politics of attention. Over the weekend, Vlad published “Against Szabo’s Law, For A New Crypto Legal System,” announcing it with a tweet saying that he was willing to die on the hill of his argument. The rhetorical theatrics, as well as the “throw a rock at the big kid on the playground” technique did exactly what they were supposed to do and pretty soon, everyone was debating the piece. In the spirit of lively political debate, I’d like to make two arguments via The Block. First, what Vlad is talking about is more about governance than law. Second, that as the conversation about governance grows, users will more consciously self-select protocols and applications whose approaches make sense to them, ultimately evolving into a free market for p2p governance (defined as the upgrade path and coordination mechanism for a protocol’s features, security responses, economics, monetary policy, core developer leadership, dispute resolution, changes to governance itself, and more). Governance, not law Some perceptive observers noted that “Szabo’s Law,” as Zamfir titled it, was not, in fact, a law. A more accurate term might be an ethos or shared philosophical disposition. That ethos in question is non-interventionism. The TL;DR version of Zamfir’s articulation of Szabo’s law is that public blockchains shouldn’t be intervened with except to perform technical maintenance. In a response to the piece, Vitalik Buterin pointed out that this sort of philosophical non-interventionism is consistent with classical conservative thought. Another commentator, Elliot Olds made an analogy to Libertarianism, arguing that, if we imagined he was talking about libertarian philosophy rather than blockchain governance non-intervention, most of Zamfir’s critique could be ported 1-to-1. What’s really at question in Zamfir’s critique of Szabo’s Law are changes to the protocol: Who can intervene? About what can they intervene? What is the process by which that intervention takes place? These are questions of protocol governance. The users, miners, stakers, validators, and other types decentralized workers (dWorkers) that make up a blockchain ecosystem represent a voluntary network who agree to function on the basis of the rules of that network. How those rules change is, in fact, the key substance of blockchain governance. It is also the substance of what Szabo’s “law” is about: not making changes except with regard to technical maintenance. It’s a philosophy of governance - a very specific philosophy of minimized governance, but a philosophy of governance nonetheless. It’s important to define our terms in this case because invoking “law” brings with it specific meanings - such as recourse under the law based on your physical jurisdiction, as compared to the free exit available to all in voluntary blockchain networks - and specific implications - the interaction between existing global legal systems and blockchains, rather than the internal functioning of a blockchain network. Ultimately, while there are many important conversations to be had about the long term relationship between blockchain governance models and the legal systems they operate in - such as whether the voluntary rules governing blockchain networks can be enforced through existing world contracts - that isn’t really what Zamfir is getting at for most of the piece. Fundamentally, he’s critiquing what he considers dogmatic non-interventionism and asking (as Kyle Samani put it) “why can’t we change the thing?” That’s a governance question. A Free Market For Governance Models It isn’t surprising that Zamfir’s post has created such a ruckus. Beyond the fact that crypto loves drama and Vlad set it up to max effect by framing his argument as an indictment of a specific well-known figure, governance has moved firmly into the mainstream as an area of focus. I’ve been studying it since the early days of Web3 and even wrote an essay on the growing importance of blockchain governance back in December. Part of this has to do with the fact that, as time goes on, blockchains inevitably face issues that demand dispute resolution. These can be major issues - like hacks, thefts, and loss of funds. They can also be much more mundane - resource allocation, development roadmaps and operating priorities. As, over time, people and communities encounter more and more issues that feel like they need a process for resolving, the demand for governance increases. Importantly though, over the last year, the supply of governance has also increased, in the sense that new approaches that were once only theoretical have actually gone live. There is a positive feedback loop between recognition of the need for governance models (demand) and more models to choose from (supply). People’s sense of what is normal is shaped by what’s around them, so as projects implement more formal approaches to governan

2 months ago

Why Richard Heart’s Bitcoin Hex is a scam

What if Bitcoin was an ERC20 token on the Ethereum blockchain, didn’t require its own hardware to secure the network, and had its entire supply redistributed? This must be the premises on which the veteran bitcoiner and successful YouTuber Richard Heart based his quest on to build Bitcoin Hex. However, the project seems to me more of an attempt to print new money to attract the followers of thought leadership into a sketchy scheme which isn’t necessarily fair, transparent, or even viable as a way to attain the goals of BTC. The idea of inventing a better version of Bitcoin, which solves some issues or adds extra features, has been around for a long time and precedes the popularization of the term “altcoin”. However, the attempt has always been faced with technical shortcomings, a questionable degree of decentralization, and poor user adoption. People trust Satoshi’s blockchain because the code is transparent and has been reviewed by countless computer science and cryptography experts. The changes made to the Bitcoin Core software client are made conservatively and only after thorough debates which prioritize decentralization as the absolute quality. The 10-year long uninterrupted running time is a testament of reliability. Conversely, Bitcoin Hex is advertised as the project which takes away Satoshi’s coins and redistributes them to the holders. But beyond this romantic ideal, which seems to come straight out of Robin Hood, hides a scheme whose game theory isn’t necessarily fair. It will not be the next Bitcoin, it will not get adopted by the whales it tries to penalize during the airdrop (or during the distribution via smart contract). And it certainly doesn’t deserve the name Bitcoin since it holds no merits in contributing to the network’s Proof of Work. First of all, what happened to Richard Heart? If you watch the August 2017 debate between Richard Heart and Roger Ver, you will notice that the flamboyant show host used to be a hardcore bitcoiner who defends the store of value qualities and tries to find ideological middle ground with the Bitcoin Cash proponent. When Ver mentions that Bitcoin had lost most its market dominance due to its inability to scale via bigger blocks and meet the demand for space, Schueler (stage-named Richard Heart) smartly replies that the new world computer project (aka Ethereum) has brought lots of new money into the space. Ethereum investors aren’t necessarily libertarians who understand the value of sound money and long for the days of the Gold Standard. Rather they can be said to be geeks who invest in the promise of world-computer on blockchain and left-wing idealists who think they can decentralize everything with a blockchain. The business-minded Roger Ver reminds everybody that Vitalik Buterin’s initial plan was to build Ethereum on top of Bitcoin - and it if wasn’t for the selfish Core devs, all the money which was poured into Ethereum would have benefited the Bitcoin project instead. This is where the most important part comes in: Richard Heart points out many Ethereum protocol flaws, ranging from poor coding to bad decisions in terms of programming language implementations. Too much coding diversification leads to a big mess which doesn’t fulfill its goal as effectively and may never achieve its world computer ambitions. Here’s a quote from Richard Heart himself, as he defends Bitcoin during the debate with Roger Ver (video with exact timestamp is attached too): “The Ethereum network is down often because they use a blockchain that fills up just like ours. And it fills up faster because they have larger blocks. So there is literally a competition to shove your transaction into the new ICO as a miner before you let actual normal retail people in, so that you can get the coins before they run out. So there’s already front-running going on in Ethereum mining, there is already full blocks going on in Ethereum minig, there’s already millions upon millions of dollars being lost to attack surfaces being lost to gigantic attack surface in Ethereum. And I’m glad that the poison and the problems and the design decisions that Vitalik and his crew made, which are unrepairable I might add: multiple consensus implementations from different software languages from different teams are very much more likely to fall out of consensus than a single software implementation. It’s very hard to write one thing that doesn’t have bugs, it’s exponentially harder to write two or more things that don’t have bugs.” A year and a half later, the same Richard Heart is trying to promote what he proposes as a better version of Bitcoin which is built on top of the same Ethereum which he deemed “unrepairable”, “down so often”, biased towards ICOs, more likely to fail than Bitcoin, and the reason why millions of people lose money. This change of heart (terrible pun intended) comes in a moment when the market is down and the interest for new cryptocurrency projects (be that ICO tokens or new coins on

2 months ago

Is There a Future for Cryptocurrencies in the Online Casinos?

Anyone who has not been living under a rock for the past couple of years has surely heard other people speaking about blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Not surprising, considering they have completely revolutionized the way we process payments over the internet. The blockchain technology has made its way into a variety of sectors including the online […]

2 months ago

Vitalik v/s CZ Isn’t Over, Binance CEO mocks Vitalik After Ranking First Among 100 Most Influential Crypto People

With the most engaging profile, Zhao changpeng, CEO of Binance is again ranked 1st among the 100 most influential people in crypto 2019 ranked by Cryptoweekly. The list counts 100 plus individuals that are involved in the crypto community over the past year. It began with Vitalik’s “burn in hell” comment for centralized exchanges Among the initial 10 names, along with CZ, the list presented Coinbase’s Brian, Ethereum’s Vitalik, Gemini’s Tyler Winklevoss, Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse, Roger Ver, Barry Silbert, Jihan Wu, Michael Novogratz, and Adam Back. However, the other renowned faces of the industry including, Tron’s Justin Sun, John McAfee, Charlie Lee, Cameron Winklevoss Bobby Lee, Anthony Pompliano, Vinny Lingham and many other comes down the scroll. While the announcement may excite all those personalities appeared in the list, CZ’s sense of gratitude to be the first in the list again was quite interesting. The latest tweet of CZ quietly mocks at Vitalik Buterin’s statements so far. Wow, honored to be first again. I honestly don't think I am more influential than many of the guys on the list, like Vitalik, etc. I just say my mind and talk random sh!t most of the time. Well, Vitalik also says sh!t sometimes, like wishing people to burn in hell. lol... — CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 16, 2019 Again this tweet of CZ pointed out the Vitalik Buterin’s comment in an interview with Jon Evans at Techcrunch session in July 2018 where he criticized centralized exchanges. “I definitely hope centralized exchanges go burn in hell as much as possible.” As Coingape reported earlier, this conversation between CZ and Vitalik Buterin has been heated up when in response to it, CZ tweeted: Got asked a few times, re: “Vitalik’s burn in hell”. Let’s not wish others to "burn in hell". Let’s have a bigger heart, and appreciate the fact that we are part of an eco-system... — CZ Binance (@cz_binance) July 10, 2018 Although CZ is quite vocal about what he feels, and consequently, his tweet of gratefulness towards cryptoweekly, but there seems nothing from Vitalik’s side yet. Many of CZ’s fans congratulated him whilst pointing out what he actually wants to indicate - one of such user points; Hahaha.. You rock CZ. Your sense of humor is impressive to all of us. It's a great asset than anything else😂😂😂 — Brahma (@Bhramma5) January 16, 2019 Further early today, CZ silently trolled the hacked incident of Cryptopia (but by not naming it anywhere in his tweet) as a way to promote ‘Binance DEX’. Although at first he draws fire on himself since the tweet didn’t indicate ‘DEX promo’ but after the backlash, he had to backtrack. CZ then quickly took Twitter and cleared his viewpoint, explaining that; Some people seems to misread this tweet. It lists 3 options. It does not say which option is better than another, as that depends on each persons security skill, preference, fund allocation, etc. Most importantly, it is an ad for the #BinanceDEX. My bad for not making it clear. — CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 15, 2019 It clearly indicates Vitalik’s sentiments about centralized exchanges and that being a centralized exchange himself he didn’t like it much. Do you think Vitalik was right in calling centralized exchanges to “burn in hell”? The post Vitalik v/s CZ Isn’t Over, Binance CEO mocks Vitalik After Ranking First Among 100 Most Influential Crypto People appeared first on Coingape.

2 months ago

What Is the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork and Why Is It Sending Other Cryptos Into Freefall?

2018 has been something of a watershed year for the cryptocurrency. The volatility that has been part and parcel of digital currency over the past ten years has started to level out into a pattern of steady, predictable growth. The major players Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple are being taken seriously and widespread adoption looks to be ever closer. At least, that was the case for the first 10 months of the year. Over the past week or so, the major cryptocurrencies have tanked in a fashion that many commentators hoped, had been consigned to history. Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum investors have been left licking their wounds, and one phrase has been resonating by way of explanation: The Bitcoin Cash hard fork. Nodding sagely is well and good, but let’s be frank - most people are wondering what on earth it means and why it is causing chaos in the halls of crypto. Let’s try to find out. What’s so hard about a fork? Bitcoin Cash is itself, the product of a fork. It was created in 2017 to ease concerns over scalability by increasing the block size to 8MB, from Bitcoin Classic’s 1MB and by freeing up more space within blocks. Now, it has reached a point where it needs to fork again. The network undergoes two revisions per year. The problem is that this time, there will be two separate updates, and they are mutually incompatible. Think of it like Noel and Liam Gallagher each having their own creative ideas about where to go next. The only solution is for each to go his own way - but they can’t both be called Oasis. The Oasis parallel is not as fanciful as it might sound. For Liam and Noel, read Craig Wright and Roger Ver, the hitherto partners, each of whom will now be taking control of his own fork. The recently released email exchange between the pair certainly sounds more like the bickering of rock stars than a professional exchange between two middle-aged computer scientists and businessmen. Knock on effect Two grown men behaving like schoolchildren and calling each other names is the sort of thing that most of us would either find mildly amusing or just plain pathetic, and that would be an end to it. However, in this case, the fork, the fallout and the obscurity over which path will retain most mining support have combined to give the whole crypto community a case of the collective jitters. There are many who use cryptocurrency as more than just an investment tool. For example, as a preferred currency in the rapidly growing Bitcoin casino sector or as a cost-effective way of affecting international money transfers. One point that all these different types of users agree on is that any change in the landscape can cause destabilisation. This becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as traders make a dash for the door, selling off their stocks, and hey-presto, we have a price crash of 10 percent across all the major cryptocurrencies. Unsurprisingly, it was Bitcoin Cash itself that bore the brunt of the losses, a fact made all the more ironic given that this was the only significant cryptocurrency that had been showing gains over recent weeks when the likes of Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum were holding steady. Angel Versetti is the CEO of Ambrosus, a tech firm that uses blockchain technology for its IoT sensors. In an interview with The Independent last week, he explained the dynamic at work: “In the first week of November, while the markets for the main large cryptos were flat, bitcoin cash was the only major cryptocurrency shooting up. It created strong expectations and pulled the price up, resulting in outflow from other cryptocurrencies. However, now the split is looming and the outcome is yet undefined. This has impacted the outflow of money from bitcoin cash. As people are moving into fiat, cryptocurrencies are taking a fall.” What lies ahead? Predicting the future behaviour of cryptocurrencies is a notoriously hazardous business, and up until last week, market analysts had been predicting a strong end to 2018 and a surge in values. This sudden drop might not have been part of the script, but the prognosis for the coming months is not necessarily doom and gloom. If certain market conditions are met, the crypto market could bounce back stronger than ever. Market research agency SharePost has been looking at the indicators and their Managing Director, Rohit Kulkarni says that it would only take some clarity from regulators and perhaps some commercial innovation in the market from one of this year’s blockchain startups to turn the bear into a bull and get the market back on track. The Bitcoin Cash fork has come at an unfortunate moment, but hard forks like these will be inevitable bumps in the road that the market will have to ride. From a broader perspective, 2018 could still be looked back upon as the year that cryptocurrency really came of age. Image: Pixabay The post What Is the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork and Why Is It Sending Other Cryptos Into Freefall? appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

2 months ago

Goldman Sachs-Backed Circle Says It’s All-In On Crypto

Stablecoins are one of the safest bets in the crypto space. Compared to the rock star price movements we’re accustomed to with other cryptocurrencies, they might even be seen as a little boring. But of late USD Coin (USDC), the ERC-20 stablecoin issued by fintech firm Circle, has been anything but boring. Traders are moving […]

2 months ago

TenX President Julian Hosp Says Goodbye

2019 began with a sad mood for the TenX community after the sudden announcement of the departure of Julian Hosp, now former President of the company. According to an announcement issued by TenX on its social networks, Toby Hoenisch will take over the leadership of the business with no one by his side, a decision that took many by surprise, even among the most loyal members within the community. The decision was peaceful and agreed upon, and came after several meetings that allowed them to reach a series of essential agreements at the executive team level. TenX thanked Hosp for all the work done “paving the way towards further success for TenX in the years to come.” An important #TenX company announcement. — TenX (@tenxwallet) January 9, 2019 TenX Community Has a Lot of Questions Yet to Be Answered The ambiguity of the announcement left many questions unanswered, and Hosp’s lack of a solid declaration explaining in depth the reasons for this drastic turn of events led many users to speculate about the causes of the dismissal. It is important to note that Hosp was recently linked to Lyoness, a company that was denounced in various countries for developing a Ponzi scheme. This recent news was associated by many users to the cause behind Mr. Hosp’s dismissal. Likewise, in addition to the dark past of its President, the constant failure to meet its objective of delivering a crypto-compatible credit card has somewhat tarnished the credibility of the project. Several people within the community also mention this as a potential cause. Everything Will Be Alright However, Julian Hosp subsequently addressed his followers, explaining that the decision could have been due to an incompatibility of opinions among the board members. Hosp said it was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever had to make, emphasizing his deep appreciation and optimism for the project: “While we were planning 2019 and beyond, it became clear to us as Founders that the only way forward is to mutually part ways. And that means that I will be stepping down as the President of TenX. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life... I can only wish my team the best for the future. They are full of rock stars, and I think they are going to do well.” Hosp commented that after his departure he would take a short vacation, not offering any further details about his plans for the future (in case he has any). In the face of the wave of speculation and controversy, both parties addressed the public clarifying certain points. Julian Hosp explained that his departure was peaceful and did not take more than three days to make it. I might be repeating myself, still I want to highlight again that the decision to step down as the president of TenX as mentioned in my announcement was made in the past 3 days only. I am sad to read random speculations that try to combine false facts to make a story out of it. — Dr. Julian Hosp (@julianhosp) January 9, 2019 Meanwhile, the TenX team announced that they will conduct a Q&A next week, clarifying the community’s questions. Hey community, we understand that you've got a lot of unanswered questions. In next week's Q&A livestream, Toby will address #TenX future, Q1 and the top upvoted questions in this thread. Thank you and see you on the livestream: — TenX (@tenxwallet) January 9, 2019 After Hosp’s announcement, TenX’s token (PAY) has suffered a sharp decline, going from a a stability zone between 0.20 - 0.22 USD to a price under 0.16 USD according to data provided by coinpricewatch The post TenX President Julian Hosp Says Goodbye appeared first on Ethereum World News.

2 months ago

Let's rock the vote! Vote for the ETHOS token to get listed ...

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2 months ago

Altcoins Daily Preview: Litecoin (LTC) Top Performer, adds 23.7 Percent

Latest Litecoin News An Estonian digital exchange is making headlines for good reasons. The company-though based outside the US, allow foreign investors to trade stock derivatives of Facebook, Tesla and eight other NASDAQ listed companies 24 hours a day, seven days a week even when the markets are closed. And what’s more, they don’t need permission from US regulators as they are already a regulated entity in their jurisdiction. In an email interview with Bloomberg, the CEO of DX. Exchange, Daniel Skowronski, said: “We saw a huge market opportunity in tokenizing existing securities. We believe that this is the beginning of the traditional market’s merge with blockchain technology. This is going to open a whole new world of trading securities old and new alike.” Read: Buy The Dip - The One Exchange Token I’d Buy Right Now The token derivatives-like stable coins will be backed 1:1 with real stocks held by MPS Market Place Securities—compliant with Cyprus regulators- and powered by NASDAQ’s class matching engine are based on the Ethereum blockchain. Participants would be entitled to cash dividends of the underlying stocks, trade for free and the platform supports among other coins Litecoin, Bitcoin and Ethereum. What’s more, Dx.Exchange with offices in Israel and Estonia has grand plans of listing stocks listed in Tokyo, NY and Hong Kong stock exchanges. Also Read: Litecoin (LTC), Cardano (ADA) and NEO Highest Takers Perhaps this support is behind the latest resurgence as LTC rise 23.7 percent in the last week flappening Bitcoin SV and Tether from seventh. At spot prices, it is $50 million away from replacing Stellar Lumens as the seventh most valuable coin in the space. Litecoin (LTC) Price Watch By adding 7.2 percent in the last day, LTC is now trading above our main resistance and buy trigger line at $35. This is bullish and from our last altcoin price review, our LTC/USD trade conditions have been met. Notice that propelling this surge is above average volumes—459k against 223k and after hitting rock bottoms in 2018, this revival could be the foundation of a wave of higher highs kick-starting a reversal. In that case, our Litecoin (LTC) trade plan will be as follows: Buy: spot Stop: $30 Target: $50 Stellar Lumens (XLM) Price Watch Obviously, the path of least resistance is southwards. As visible from the daily chart, XLM is literally struggling with sellers. Though recent bounce backs off 8 cents could propel prices above 15 cents, sellers are firmly in control and liquidation off 15 cents could feed the next wave of lower lows in a trend resumption phase. From the chart, our last XLM/USD trade plan is valid and as long as prices consolidate along the 7 cents range with caps at 15 cents, we shall maintain a bullish outlook expecting XLM to recover and rise with the bullish tide visible in the space. To reiterate, breaks above 15 cents will trigger the next wave of higher highs towards 30 cents. Ideally, these gains should be at the back of above average volumes. Assuming there are satisfactory up-thrusts above 40 cents, this will be our Stellar Lumens near term trade plan: Buy: 15 cents Stop: 11 cents—Dec 28 lows Target: 30 cents All charts courtesy of Trading View—Bittrex and CoinBase This is not Investment Advice. Do your own Research. The post Altcoins Daily Preview: Litecoin (LTC) Top Performer, adds 23.7 Percent appeared first on Ethereum World News.

2 months ago

2018 in review: ICOs

2018 has been a fabulous year for the ICOs - twice as many ICOs, thrice the money raised versus 2017... A superficial researcher exploring the early days of cryptocurrency in 2043 could have come to this conclusion based on the statistics. As we know there are: “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”. The crypto market reached its zenith in January, the inertia allowed for a few more months of successful ICO fundraising (note, that the numbers are heavily skewed by EOS and Telegram). In the first six months of the year, $17.5 billion was raised, in the second - $4 billion, so a considerable cooldown. February 6, 2018, Jay Clayton, Chairman of the SEC, testifying in front of the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs stated: “By and large, the structures of ICOs that I have seen involve the offer and sale of securities and directly implicate the securities registration requirements and other investor protection provisions of our federal securities laws”. The U.S. government hasn’t come out with any specific ICO regulation, it hasn’t been banned it, there is not a single federal law that governs it. Yet, all the carefully measured statements made and the actions taken throughout the year by the SEC, have made it abundantly clear that ICOs, as we knew it, are over. There are three major implications for the market that arise from it: Anyone wishing to offer coins in the ICO to the American citizens needs to comply with the Securities Acts of 1933, 1934 and any other regulation pertaining to the offering of securities. Those who had allowed Americans to participate in their offerings might have to restitute them in full (fiat equivalent). Most of the crypto exchanges are in violation as they have allowed American citizens to trade tokens that will be considered “unregistered securities” and themselves do not have proper licenses to be trading securities. And at the same, there are no liquid exchanges for security tokens. The impact of this reckoning is further multiplied by the predominant position of the USA in the global financial markets and the desire and the ability of its judicial system to exercise its power extraterritorially. This crowdsale was slowly dying caught between the rock and a hard place - collapsing ether price and regulatory pressure. As ether and bitcoin were depreciating, so were most altcoins. The crowdsale was dependent on the crowd investing in one ICO, receiving exponential returns and then reinvesting it into the next ICO. Everyone was feeling rich and wanted to become even richer. But once this cycle was broken, there was no way of fixing it. ICOs turned to crypto funds, hundreds of which popped in late 2017 - early 2018. However, so-called “professional investors”, “smart money” haven’t done a much better job than the crowd. Thus, 2018, instead of becoming the year when this new fundraising model become mainstream, turned out to be the year when many of the inadequacies of this model have come to the surface. It’s not to imply that the ICO is dead for good. It will come back whether in the form of STO or in some other form that we can’t yet envision. Despite all its faults, it introduced unprecedented democratization of the investment process in human history. Predictions for 2019 STOs More stablecoins Tokenization of real assets (real-estate in particular) Return of the crowdsale towards the end of 2019 in some shape or form Possible reinvention of the “utility” token Focus on privacy ecosystems 2018 in Review: ICOs (data: The post 2018 in review: ICOs appeared first on Crypto Insider.

2 months ago

Hacking together a little Star Wars themed Rock, Paper, Scis...

Hacking together a little Star Wars themed Rock, Paper, Scissors game running on the #Raiden mainnet, @lorecirstea…

2 months ago

Thanks @BittrexIntl Team! Rock On! ...

Thanks @BittrexIntl Team! Rock On!

3 months ago

Multicoin Co-Founder Kyle Samani says Bitmain Layoffs Indicate Bearish Future for LTC and BCH

Multicoin Capital co-founder Kyle Samani believes the current wave of staff cuts at Bitmain point toward future bearishness for Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. Samani tweeted that Bitmain holds nearly 1 million Litecoin and more than 1 million Bitcoin Cash. Samani suggests that the current layoffs indicate that Bitmain is running short on cash will soon have no choice but to liquidate these holdings. Even though both assets are at rock bottom prices compared to their all-time highs, the possibility of a BCH and Litecoin dump could negatively impact investor sentiment and lead to additional volatility within the crypto market. (RS)

3 months ago

Another big win at BitStarz - Jungle Rumble lands player $80,000 prize!

When we say “Dream Big, Win Bigger”, we really mean it. Here at BitStarz, we want to be anything but ordinary, which is why we’re not afraid to payout the big bucks to our players. This year alone our players have won millions in prizes, with big payouts including $45,000, $59,000, $148,000, $206,000, $265,000, and even a whopping $300,000 (19.2 BTC). Joining the ranks of our biggest winners, one player has scooped $80,000 by spinning the reels of Jungle Rumble. There’s a Rumble in the Jungle Jungle Rumble might not be our biggest slot, but it’s sure to become one of our most popular games in the weeks to come. Featuring 5 reels, 25 paylines, and some tantalizing bonus features, Jungle Rumble lets players rock the reels with ease, with there being plenty of cash up for grabs for players to win. One player has taken full advantage of Jungle Rumble and all it has to offer to the tune of $80,000 - talk about a Christmas present to remember. A Year to Remember This latest win proves that 2018 really has been our year, as our players have experienced one amazing ride. More than 1800 games, 10-minute cashouts, 24-hour customer service, and some of the most unique promotions around have all been served up. Trust us when we say that we’re only getting warmed up, with 2019 on the horizon now is the perfect time to join BitStarz. We’re turning up the heat with our Christmas cracker of a welcome bonus, as all new players can get up to 5 BTC in bonuses and 180 free spins. Awards and Rewards Just Keep Coming We take plenty of pride in being a true industry innovator, so don’t expect BitStarz to be “just another online casino.” Market leading is what we’re all about, which is exactly why we’ve been earning critical acclaim all year long. AskGamblers’ named us Best Casino of 2017, while we also earned two nominations for CRM Campaign of the Year and Innovation in Casino at the prestigious EGR Awards. As we keep bringing players the ultimate cryptocurrency casino experience, our players can expect the money to flow and - hopefully - the awards and nominations to keep coming. Will You Be The Next Big BitStarz Winner? Speaking on the recent BitStarz big win, Srdjan Kapor (BitStarz Marketing Manager) said: “This year has been electric for us, as we’ve been making huge strides across the board. Big wins have been at the heart of that, as we’re happy to announce that yet another smashing prize has been paid out. One player has won $80,000 on Jungle Rumble, which is quite the early Christmas present if you ask us.” BitStarz is powering towards to 2019 - will you ring in the New Year as our next big winner? There is only one way to find out! For more information on BitStarz and our action-packed casino platform, please contact Srdjan Kapor at Press contact: Srdjan Kapor Marketing Manager The post Another big win at BitStarz - Jungle Rumble lands player $80,000 prize! appeared first on ZyCrypto.

3 months ago

Bitcoin’s Tech Trends of 2018: What This Year Brought Us (Part 2)

This is the second part of our December cover story. Click here for part 1.Where 2017’s dizzying price highs embedded “hodl” into the public consciousness, 2018 was the year that “buidl" became a trend in the crypto-industry — and Bitcoin was no exception.Anticipated in Bitcoin Magazine’s first cover story of the year, Bitcoin’s technological progress only accelerated in 2018. Improving Bitcoin from around the world, developers and entrepreneurs furthered Segregated Witness adoption, rolled out the Lightning Network, released privacy solutions, realized sidechains and made progress on a Schnorr signature solution — all of which were still around the corner only a year ago.Following up on January’s cover story, 2018’s closing two-parter cover story explores how these five technologies progressed.In part two: privacy, sidechains and Schnorr signatures.Privacy SolutionsTwo of the most promising privacy solutions that were proposed over the past few years — TumbleBit and ZeroLink — were both on the verge of release at the start of this year.The first is TumbleBit, a coin-mixing protocol first proposed in 2016 by an academic research team led by Boston University’s Ethan Heilman. TumbleBit uses a (centralized) mixer to create off-chain payment channels between several participants in a mixing session. Everyone ends up with each others’ coins, breaking the transaction trail for all. Importantly, clever cryptographic tricks ensure that even the tumbler can’t establish a link between the users and their transactions.Excited by this potential, Bitcoin developer Nicolas Dorier and privacy-focused Bitcoin developer Ádám Ficsór (as well as several others) went a long way toward implementing the solution in the two years after it was first proposed. In early 2017, Stratis, the company behind the Stratis platform and token, even hired Ficsór to implement the technology in its Breeze wallet, which also supports bitcoin.However, back in July 2017, Ficsór had come to doubt the real-world potential of TumbleBit. The solution needs a relatively large number of on-chain transactions for each mixing session, potentially making it cumbersome and expensive to use.“I did not and I do not think anyone else ever thought through TumbleBit’s Classic Tumbler’s economics as I did now, in a high Bitcoin fee environment where we are inevitably going towards,” Ficsór wrote in a Medium blog post at the time. “To be completely honest, after I wrote all these down I became pretty disillusioned.”Ficsór and Stratis did complete the project. After years of high anticipation, TumbleBit was finally released in the Breeze Wallet in August of this year. But by then most of the enthusiasm around the project seemed to have waned. Breeze’s TumbleBit stayed off the radar of many, and because of that, usage statistics are presumably low.Instead, much of the effort to realize a more private Bitcoin shifted to the other major privacy solution: ZeroLink. Based on “Chaumian CoinJoin,” first proposed by Bitcoin Core contributor Gregory Maxwell in 2013, ZeroLink is a privacy framework first announced in August 2017 by the same Ádám Ficsór.ZeroLink allows several users to mix their coins in a big transactions that sends coins from all participants in a mixing session to all other participants. It has similar requirements (a central server) and benefits (breaks the trail of transaction) as TumbleBit, but Ficsór believes the trade-offs are preferable, most notably because ZeroLink requires fewer on-chain transactions.To realize ZeroLink, Ficsór set up his own Bitcoin privacy-focused company this year, zkSNACKs, which he first publicly revealed at the Building on Bitcoin conference in Lisbon in July.A rebrand of his initial “Hidden Wallet” project, zkSNACKs’ flagship product is the Wasabi Wallet, a desktop wallet with additional privacy features based on the ZeroLink framework. Besides Chaumian CoinJoin, this, for example, includes compact-client side block filtering: a privacy enhancing solution for light clients that don’t download the entire Bitcoin blockchain.The Wasabi Wallet was officially released on October 31 of this year, on the Bitcoin white paper’s 10th birthday. While still far from mainstream, Wasabi Wallet has already become the go-to privacy option for many of those that care about privacy the most. According to GitHub statistics, the wallet was downloaded thousands of times in the first few months since its release. And, according to the Wasabi Wallet’s website, it has mixed almost two thousand coins already.“Honestly, I've been astonished by the user growth and social media activity. If this keeps up we will finally be able to think about liquidity dependent privacy solutions, for example to allow direct sends through mixing,” Ficsór told Bitcoin Magazine. “Exciting times.”The ZeroLink framework is being adopted as a standard by other wallets as well. The new (and so far relatively unknown) Bob Wallet announced in March that it is developing a

3 months ago

An activist crypto hedge fund launched today, and it’s backed by Digital Currency Group and Peter Thiel

Carl Icahn. Bill Ackman. Dan Loeb. These investors are some of the best known in the hedge fund industry for being so-called activist investors, stock-traders who not only make a bet on the direction of a company but actively use their shareholder power to influence company management. Now, crypto has an activist investor of its own: Alexander Liegl. Liegl doesn’t have the same pedigree as the aforementioned rock stars, but he has high hopes for his new fund, Layer1, which will make investments in key crypto projects and then build out supporting infrastructures for those investments. It is a bold move given the market backdrops and comes at a point when many funds are abandoning the old buy and hold investing model. Still, the firm’s model is unique, says Liegl. “The angle is we take very concentrated bets on blockchain protocols that we are interested in,” he said. “And then we build the tech around them and accumulate exposure by buying it and mining it and then we have a very hands-on approach to actively shape the investment we hold.” In a sense, he says, the firm is hybrid of investing firm Polychain and Blockstream, a firm which aims to build the infrastructure for bitcoin. To be sure, Layer1 isn’t moving into projects to quickly make changed to raise the value and the dump the project. They are operating on multi-year investment horizons, Liegl said. “We know this takes time. It takes time for the engineering processes to get priced in. This isn’t a pump and dump. We are going to be constructivist.” The firm’s model has attracted big-ticket investors, including tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who joined Digital Currency Group in backing the firm in the closing of its $2.1 million seed round. “We believe there is huge potential for a hands-on, mission-driven investor to take a concentrated position in a single cryptocurrency, and then dedicate talent and resources to significantly accelerate its development,” wrote Travis Scher, VP Investments at Digital Currency Group. “Alex and his team are extremely talented and we are excited to support them.” The post An activist crypto hedge fund launched today, and it’s backed by Digital Currency Group and Peter Thiel appeared first on The Block.

3 months ago

An activist crypto hedge fund launched today, and its got backing from Digital Currency Group and Peter Thiel

Carl Ichan. Bill Ackman. Dan Loeb. These investors are some of the best known in the hedge fund industry for being so-called activist investors, stock-traders who not only make a better on the direction of a company but actively use their shareholder power to influence company management. Now, crypto has an activist investor of its own: Alexander Liegl. Liegl doesn’t have the same pedigree as the aforementioned rock stars, but he has high hopes for his new fund, Layer1, which will make investments in key crypto projects and then build out supporting infrastructures for those investments. It is a bold move given the market backdrops, and comes at a point when many funds are abandoning the old buy and old investing model. Still, the firm’s model is unique, says Liegl. “The angle is we take very concentrated bets on blockchain protocols that we are interested in,” he said. “And then we build the tech around them and accumulate exposure by buying it and mining it and then we have a very hands on approach to actively shape the investment we hold.” In a sense, he says, the firm is hybrid of investing firm Polychain and Blockchain, a firm which aims to build the infrastructure for bitcoin. To be sure, Layer1 isn’t moving into projects to quickly make changed to raise the value and the dump the project. They are operating on multi-year investment horizons, Liegl said. “We know this takes time. It takes time for the engineering processes to get priced in. This isn’t a pump and dump. We are going to be constructivist.” The firm’s model has attracted big ticket investors, including tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who joined Digital Currency Group in backing the firm in the closing of its $2.1 million seed round. “We believe there is huge potential for a hands-on, mission-driven investor to take a concentrated position in a single cryptocurrency, and then dedicate talent and resources to significantly accelerate its development,” wrote Travis Scher, VP Investments at Digital Currency Group. “Alex and his team are extremely talented and we are excited to support them.” The post An activist crypto hedge fund launched today, and its got backing from Digital Currency Group and Peter Thiel appeared first on The Block.

3 months ago

Another Day Another New Low For Crypto Markets

FOMO Moments Crypto markets dump to new lows again; Bitcoin Cash, SV, nearly dead, Litecoin surviving. As predicted yesterday crypto markets have dumped to a new low during intraday trading. A minor recovery during the week could not be sustained and total market capitalization has fallen to a new low of $101 billion a few hours ago. Bitcoin led the drop when it fell through support at $3,400 a couple of days ago and kept going back down to a new 2018 low of $3,205 at 22.00 UTC. A quick bounce took it back to $3,250 but Bitcoin is still at its cheapest price for 16 months. Needless to say Ethereum has also been smashed dropping to a low of $83 before recovering back to a very weak $85. The rest of the altcoins are all in pain during Asian trading today. The top ten is a sea of red and as usual the Bitcoin Cash twins are getting hammered with BCH dumping 10% and BSV 12%. EOS and Litecoin have stopped falling at the time of writing but the rest are down a couple of percent. The top twenty is all in the red also with Monero and Nem getting hit the hardest dropping around 7% each. The rest are down 2-4 percent since yesterday and are at rock bottom prices for the year. There are only two altcoins getting a fomo pump at the moment, Waves and Revain are up about 10% right now. Syscoin has entered the top one hundred with a big pump today but it is likely to do the exact opposite tomorrow. DEX is getting smashed at the other end of the table with a 40% dump on the day. MobileGo is also having a bad day with a 20% drop. Total market capitalization is down another 3% on the day and is currently around $103 billion. A new 2018 low was made a few hours ago of $101 billion and as things stand market cap will be double digits very soon. Over 9% has been lost from crypto markets since last weekend and almost 45% since the same time last month. The selloff does not seem to be abating and things are not even stabilizing at a bottom - down is the only direction for cryptocurrencies at the moment. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 altcoins during the current trading session and analyses the best performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Another Day Another New Low For Crypto Markets appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 months ago

Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange is Crowdfunding at a $4 Billion Valuation

The contents of a recent email sent to select “valued clients” of Kraken cryptocurrency exchange reveal that the company is crowdsourcing a fundraising round at a valuation of $4 billion. According to the email, the company is looking to build a “war chest” that will fund an ambitious plan to take advantage of the rock bottom cryptocurrency prices that are the result of a year-long bear market. Kraken CEO Jesse Powell said that the fundraising round represents a “limited time opportunity” to purchase Kraken shares. Share pricing begins at $100,000 and the funding round will bring Kraken’s total valuation to $4 billion. (RS)

3 months ago

My take on OmiseGO, expectations vs reality, expectation management, developmental status and short/midterm future analysis and concerns.

Some might know me, as I’ve been around since the beginning shortly after ICO. I was very excited, to the point of shilling it to friends, family, on reddit and twitter. Defending this team, project and community. I tried educating people, correcting FUD and actively engaging in discussions. I am not posting this for sympathy, upvotes or whatsoever. I want everyone to know what has been said, how it’s been said, when it’s been said and compare that with what we have right now. If I posted anything wrong, correct me and I’ll stand corrected. I also believe there are things going on that need attention, for the sake of the future of this project. English is not my native language so I'm trying to keep this post as readable as possible :) The way this project was announced made me feel like this project was different from any other crypto. Had major backers in the likes of Vitalik, Poon. Aims to provide a solution to real world problems, can drastically change lives. This token is supposed to be a utility token, that will eventually ‘earn’ you fees. This way the token will have an intrinsic value, in contrast to many tokens out there. It all felt like a no brainer buying in, especially compared to other tokens/currencies out there. ------------------------------ The last few months were absolutely brutal. Times like these also make you critically assess your ‘investments’ and evaluate where we stand and where we are heading. Ofcourse, bear markets can clog your mind and reasoning abilities possibly even more so than in bull markets. I can safely say I am not immune to these drastic market movements, but even though I have invested a lot of money, it is money I can afford to lose. Which doesn’t mean I should be okay with it. I have been seriously emotionally attached to this investment because I want it to succeed so bad. I care about the project and I appreciate the people working on it. A slur of death threats and extremely offensive, racist remarks is not something the team deserves and I’d like to distance myself from people like this empathically. **We can all come to the conclusion OmiseGO is far from succeeding in their goals laid out in their whitepaper, crowdsale docs and public communications, and I believe now is the time to evaluate and look back all the way to the moment OMG was announced on the 17th of February, 2017 (close to 22 months ago) and announcements, developments plus comms by the team along the way.** ------------------ I will start at the beginning and use tweets from the official OmiseGO twitter account. ####**February 2017** . Announcement of OMG. Notice how this tweet already contains Q4 2017, which immediately provides a sense of ‘this is all around the corner, all we need is a token sale done in Q2’17. The first few public communications by the OMG team were tweets about tendermint, for example this retweet by the OMG team: . PoS research so advanced already! Then there is this retweet of an article containing an interview with Thomas Greco (who’s role has mysteriously diminished) from the 20th of February 2017. Interesting little outtake from this article: > “Wendell Davis, product development lead, Omise, said: "If you are going to launch a mobile money platform you need people to accept it. You need merchants etc. The justification for Omise doing a project like this is we have already done that type of business development with 3,000-plus major merchants from the likes of airlines to large corporate holding companies that have restaurants and things like that. That business is already done; those relationships already exist. > Regarding the token sale and the initial role of token holders, he added: "We want there to be a variety of stakeholders and we want those stakeholders to have access initially to what we are calling our fee revenue. Basically while we are operating this network of wallets - whether on behalf of this company or that company - we are taking small fees. To begin with OMG token holders will be able to claim a percentage of fee revenue so that they can participate in this.” Notice how it suggests the token is going to have utility ‘initially’. ####**May 2017** On the 3rd of May 2017 we have a tweet with Vitalik and Poon sitting at the table with OMG Shortly after that there’s an ethereum meetup with Poon and Thomas Greco and just a week later we have the actual OMG whitepaper written by Joseph Poon . The first question that comes to mind is where is Joseph Poon? Since writing the

3 months ago

Blockchain to Make Ohio State “Silicon Valley of Crypto”

Ohio, a U.S state, has plans to claim more fame again. After giving the world the Wright Brothers, and John Glen, Rock & Roll of fame, the state now wants to be “Silicon Valley of Cryptocurrency.” Ohio is positive that blockchain technology and cryptocurrency will strengthen its economy to better Standards. Reportedly, blockchain and crypto recently teamed-up in innovation, investments, education, and public policy. According to a report, Ohio might soon be changing its official nickname “Buckeye State” to “The BTC State” (VK)

3 months ago

Bitcoin [BTC/USD] Technical Analysis: Investor sentiment drops as market bleeds red

The volatility in the cryptocurrency market prevails with most of the control remaining with the bear as of now. BTC is currently down by a mere 0.21%. At press time, the token was trading at $3,996 with a market cap of $69.5 billion. The total 24-hour volume was recorded at $5.4 billion. 1-hour BTCUSD 1-hour candlesticks | Source: tradingview The one-hour timeline of BTC shows a steep downtrend from $4,158 to $3,975. Moreover, there are two supports that have kept the price from hitting rock bottom, i.e., $3,933 and $3,777. At present, a trend breakout is not expected as the prices are yet to reach concentration. The Bollinger Bands are not depicting an increased volatility in the market but are still predicting a continued high volatility for BTC. The RSI is bullish on the cryptocurrency as the reading line tends to travel north. However, this stance cannot be confirmed as the indicator has turned its head to follow a downward path. The MACD made a bullish crossover as well and is fairly positive on Bitcoin. Unlike RSI, MACD is confident with its bullish prediction as the reading line approaches upward. 1-day BTCUSD 1-day candlesticks | Source: tradingview In the one-day scenario of the Bitcoin candlesticks, there are two major downtrends since July, one from $8,388 to $6,494 and the other from $6,251 to $4,106. Meanwhile, the support is set at $3,716. Furthermore, the latter downtrend is forming a descending triangle with the support line to depict a strong bearish market for the cryptocurrency. A trend breakout may be upcoming as the concentration in the price increases. The Aroon Indicator is showing a weakened uptrend, although the downtrend is also weakening after showing much strength in an earlier scenario. The indicator is currently bearish on the BTC market. The Awesome Oscillator is also bearish on the coins as the bar is red. The Chaikin Money Flow is in the bear-zone but plans to move up and ahead as indicated by the reading line. The indicator has not confirmed its bearish stance as it has taken an upward approach. Conclusion In the technical analysis, while the short-term indicators are bullish on the token, the one-day indicators seem to disapprove. The Bollinger Bands are also indicative of some volatility in the market. Hence, it is concluded that BTC might not be out of the bear-zone yet, but might see glimpses of green every now and then. The post Bitcoin [BTC/USD] Technical Analysis: Investor sentiment drops as market bleeds red appeared first on AMBCrypto.

3 months ago

Mike Novogratz Expects Crypto Market Turnaround, Adoption in 2019

Frankly, it would be fair to say that bears have brutalized the crypto market and its constituents in 2018, throwing Bitcoin and its altcoin brethren off metaphorical cliffs. However, in spite of the widespread carnage, some innovators remain tunnel-visioned, focused on bolstering the nascent crypto and blockchain ecosystem with no holds barred. Regulatory Fears Remain, but Galaxy Digital Bets on “Big Adaptation” Speaking on a conference call Friday, presumably to address his firm’s dismal financial report, Mike Novogratz, Galaxy Digital CEO, did his utmost best to maintain an upbeat tone. As noted by Bloomberg, who received a transcript of the call, Novogratz, a former traditionalist banker-turned-Bitcoin fanatic, couldn’t avoid talk of the bear market, explaining that this year has been “horrible” for tokens. The cryptocurrency advocate added that “there’s plenty of reasons to be depressed,” failing to adequately sugar coat the downturn in cryptocurrency values and the retail interest dry spell. Touching on the proposed catalysts behind the sell-off, which left Galaxy Digital high and dry with $76 million in Q3 losses, Novogratz pointed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) renewed crackdown on inital coin offerings (ICOs) and fraudulent crypto-centric startups. While also discussing his firm’s financial condition, he elaborated: “And not just was [the SEC] tough on them — [but] they mentioned personal investors can go for reparations in most cases. And people got very nervous... We [at Galaxy Digital,] found that getting the right regulatory structure was just harder than we thought it would be.” The zealous pundit is likely referencing the SEC’s recent case involving AirFox and ParagonCoin, two lesser-known, yet successful ICO-funded projects that were charged for touting digital securities without proper credentials. Still, Novogratz’s bullish long-term outlook on cryptocurrencies remained steadfast, claiming that he expects a fundamental shift in the utilization of blockchain technologies during 2019 and 2020. More specifically, the former Goldman Sachs partner drew attention to blockchain-based items, such as e-gaming collectibles, that could single-handedly catalyze the adoption of this literally game-changing innovation. Putting his money where his mouth is, so to speak, Novogratz added that Galaxy Digital, a Toronto-listed, crypto-centric merchant bank, is “making big investments in that area” specifically. Novogratz: Institutions to Buy Crypto, Bitcoin En-Masse in Q2 2019 Echoing forecasts issued by other industry insiders, in the aforementioned conference call, the forward-thinker stated outright that Bitcoin will likely undergo a monumental rebound in Q2 2019, subsequently backing his essential dice throw with prospective bullish factors. The Galaxy chief explained that now that the participants of 2017’s retail mania have capitulated, this market is stuck between a rock and a hard place, and is awaiting the arrival of institutional participants. Although this statement was nebulous in and of itself, Novogratz added that such adoption could arrive by April, following the launch of Bakkt’s physically-backed Bitcoin futures and Fidelity’s custody and trade-execution products. Related Reading: Why Are Novogratz, Fidelity, and Bakkt Banking on Institutional Crypto Investors? These recent claims are essentially a reiteration of his incessant statements regarding the “institutional herd” and the “FOMO” that said group will inevitably experience. Per previous reports from NewsBTC, in early-November, Novogratz told Financial News that “institutional FOMO” will catapult Bitcoin above $10,000, before a likely retesting of the asset’s all-time highs backed by the deep pockets of institutions. And with that in mind, it should come as no surprise that Novogratz unequivocally sees a bright future for this industry, which has been battered and bruised since January 2018. Bitcoin, for one, was called dead for the 327th time just last Thursday, by none other than a foreboding Bloomberg video. But if what Novogratz touts comes to pass, mainstream media outlets and the out-of-touch will find no reason to bash crypto assets any further. Featured image from Shutterstock. The post Mike Novogratz Expects Crypto Market Turnaround, Adoption in 2019 appeared first on NewsBTC.

4 months ago

Even with the Market Crash, Crypto Holders Are Still Giving

There hasn’t been much good news lately with prices on a downward spiral. Even with an overnight surge, no one knows for sure if crypto has hit rock bottom yet. So it may come as a surprise that even when crypto HODLers are bleeding wealth, they’re still in a giving mood. According to a survey

4 months ago

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