Bitcoin in Beta Longer than Gmail | Bitcoin Magazine","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2583,"articleId":"dcf59c59-4935-4829-92f7-1c19c86a55b2","title":"📈 Swiss SIX exchange launches XRP exchange-traded product","content":"Amun AG has launched a Ripple ([$XRP] (https://messari.io/asset/xrp)) exchange-traded product (ETP) price tracker on Switzerland's number one stock exchange SIX. The ETP will trade under the ticker AXRP and is their fourth cryptocurrency ETP product to date, including a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), and basket ETP of the top five cryptos by marketcap under ticket HODL. According to Amun CEO Hany Rashwan, Amun is working toward making crypto purchases \"as easy as buying a stock.\"","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/xrp-exchange-traded-product-goes-live-on-swiss-six-exchange\t"}],"publishDate":1554220800,"createDate":1554207259.253007,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"swiss-six-exchange-launches-xrp-exchange-traded-product","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"XRP Exchange-Traded Product Goes Live on Swiss SIX Exchange - CoinDesk","tags":["btc","eth","xrp"]},{"rowId":2580,"articleId":"db4708d2-7378-4165-b306-9421d30cfb7e","title":"🎫 Ukraine's capital Kiev may soon accept Bitcoin for public transport","content":"The Kiev City State Administration (KCSA) has resurfaced the idea of adding Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) compatibility for its public transportation network. The KCSA originally floated the idea in 2018, ultimately scrapping due to price concerns. The addition of Bitcoin payments would be part of the transportation systems 2024 total e-ticketing goal.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bitcoinist","referenceLink":"https://bitcoinist.com/ukraines-capital-kiev-may-soon-accept-bitcoin-for-public-transport/"}],"publishDate":1554192000,"createDate":1554173887.326243,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"ukraine-s-capital-kiev-may-soon-accept-bitcoin-for-public-transport","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Ukraine's Capital Kiev May Soon Accept Bitcoin for Public Transport - Bitcoinist.com","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2571,"articleId":"480d6165-8e27-4541-88d3-d4eb09b880cb","title":"⚡ Hong Kong Hackday makes Bitcoin ATM Lightning payments a reality","content":"As a proof-of-concept, crypto researcher Felix Weis at Lightning Hackday in Hong Kong tested the first Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ATM Lightning transaction. Weiss described the event as a proof-of-concept for topping off existing channels and that the code remains buggy.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bitcoinist","referenceLink":"https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-atm-lightning-network/"}],"publishDate":1554141600,"createDate":1554090834.549244,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"hong-kong-hackday-makes-bitcoin-atm-lightning-payments-a-reality","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Making ATM Bitcoin Payments via Lightning Network Is Becoming a Reality - Bitcoinist.com","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2569,"articleId":"fa56533f-f969-46c0-8ee8-d93111f8d6c9","title":"💰 Bitcoin developer introduces soft fork proposal to set minimum price at $50,000","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) developer [Luke Dashjr has published a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) to initiate a soft fork at block height 622,370 which would accept as valid only transactions that declare a price denominated in dollars set at a minimum of $50,000. \"Certain parts of the community have been selling bitcoins for unreasonably low prices,\" explains Dashjr. \"Bitcoin is worth much more than [its current price], and there is widespread support for higher prices.\"","references":[{"referenceName":"GitHub","referenceLink":"https://github.com/luke-jr/bips/blob/softfork_50k/bip-softfork-50k-price.mediawiki"}],"publishDate":1554098400,"createDate":1554089122.203989,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"bitcoin-developer-introduces-soft-fork-proposal-to-set-minimum-price-at-50-000","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"bips/bip-softfork-50k-price.mediawiki at softfork_50k · luke-jr/bips · GitHub","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2560,"articleId":"68b0203f-3274-4280-ace7-fdbdb3613686","title":"👨🏽‍⚖️ [Analysis] Two New Bitcoin ETF Proposals Pending as Cryptocurrency Markets Mature - Emily Chan","content":"Two recent proposals for Bitcoin ($BTC) ETFs are vying to become the first to receive approval from the SEC, one filed by CBOE and the other by Arca. The SEC has yet to approve a cryptocurrency ETF, although several applications were filed throughout 2018. Emily Chan explains the hesitations that the SEC has expressed regarding Bitcoin ETFs, including: valuation, liquidity, custody, arbitrage, and possible manipulation. A Bitcoin ETF would allow investors to easily invest in bitcoin without needing to directly buy and manage the cryptocurrency themselves. An interview leaked on Twitter with Commissioner Robert Jackson expressed confidence that an applicant for a Bitcoin ETF will eventually meet the agency’s requirements, but if any pending applications are the one remains to be seen.","references":[{"referenceName":"The National Law Review","referenceLink":"https://www.natlawreview.com/article/two-new-bitcoin-etf-proposals-pending-cryptocurrency-markets-mature"}],"publishDate":1554069600,"createDate":1554042500.609928,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"analysis-two-new-bitcoin-etf-proposals-pending-as-cryptocurrency-markets-mature-emily-chan","type":"summary","referenceTitle":" SEC Cryptocurrency EFT Applications Pending ","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2553,"articleId":"2241a34c-e635-4c25-a012-225c1757d1f6","title":"🗽 XMR.to, a privacy service for bitcoin transactions, will no longer serve US customers","content":"In a Reddit post, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) privacy service [XMR.to] (https://xmr.to/) says it will no longer be servicing U.S. based customers. According to The Block, the announcement seems odd in light of XMR.to policies which demonstrate how to mask IP address information.","references":[{"referenceName":"The Block","referenceLink":"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/xmr-to-a-privacy-service-for-bitcoin-transactions-will-no-longer-serve-us-customers/"}],"publishDate":1554033600,"createDate":1553998810.264406,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"xmr-to-a-privacy-service-for-bitcoin-transactions-will-no-longer-serve-us-customers","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"XMR.to, a privacy service for bitcoin transactions, will no longer serve US customers - The Block","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2552,"articleId":"a49240fc-f87f-44fa-adcb-33c07b88c560","title":"⚡ [Analysis] Routing Fee Economics of the Lightning Network ","content":"[Lightning Network] (https://messari.io/resource/lightning-network) routing economics comes down to two issues: are there enough funds in a channel and do fees attract liquidity? Of the 7,615 Lighting nodes currently operating, only a handful are actively monitoring their channel liquidity. The checklist for managing a node is often to long, pointing towards an area of future investment and automation. To better understand Lightning fee economics, BitMEX played with its own node's fee rate, finding a general fee equilibrium point exists on the new market. These fees will change as investments move towards the 'risk free rate of return' Lighting promises Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) holders. Investment in the network will be defined by larger financial and economic conditions and demand for Lighting transactions.","references":[{"referenceName":"BitMEX Research","referenceLink":"https://blog.bitmex.com/the-lightning-network-part-2-routing-fee-economics/"}],"publishDate":1553983200,"createDate":1553981456.686375,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-routing-fee-economics-of-the-lightning-network","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"The Lightning Network (Part 2) – Routing Fee Economics – BitMEX Blog","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2549,"articleId":"0e46c76f-6a2b-4aff-9531-4fb6fd564946","title":"💬 SEC Crypto Mom: regulators miss the point of cryptocurrency","content":"In an interview with journalist Laura Shin, U.S. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce says that the SEC and other regulators are missing the point on cryptocurrency, hurting the market in the process. Peirce, the only commissioner to famously approve of the Winkelvoss twins Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ETF, said that the SEC in particular has not been good at adapting to innovation, something she is actively addressing. Peirce continues to affirm her pro-market stance, saying the fate of crypto ETF's should be addressed by the market and not a regulator's desks.","references":[{"referenceName":"CCN","referenceLink":"https://www.ccn.com/crypto-mom-u-s-regulators-dismissive-miss-point-crypto"}],"publishDate":1553976000,"createDate":1553969222.716652,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"sec-crypto-mom-regulators-miss-the-point-of-cryptocurrency","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Crypto Mom: 'Dismissive' U.S. Regulators Miss the Point of Cryptocurrency","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2547,"articleId":"422fca61-537e-4832-ba69-063a5f8f886e","title":"🤔 Maduro announces energy rationing, Bitcoin transactions spike","content":"On-chain Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) transaction counts are the highest in a year at 400,000 transactions per day. The growth correlates with Venezuelan power outages, perhaps indicating increased Bitcoin use post-outages. Transaction count jumped from 220,000 to 390,000 transactions per day from March 24th through the 28th, right as President Nicolas Maduro's electricity 'load management' plan was announced.","references":[{"referenceName":"Trust Nodes","referenceLink":"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/03/29/bitcoin-transactions-spike-as-electricity-returns-in-venezuela"}],"publishDate":1553961600,"createDate":1553956341.001636,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"maduro-announces-energy-rationing-bitcoin-transactions-spike","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Transactions Spike","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2541,"articleId":"e2695cac-8906-43be-abc4-435238aa61b3","title":"📣 Bakkt introduces new board members ","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures contract platform [Bakkt] (https://www.bakkt.com/index) has announced its new board members on a [Medium] (https://medium.com/bakkt-blog/progress-report-9ac2c519d262?source=---------4------------------) post by CEO Kelly Loeffler. The board will be led by serial tech entrepreneur Tom Noonan. No launch date or updates on regulatory approval were given.","references":[{"referenceName":"The Block","referenceLink":"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/03/29/bakkt-introduces-new-board-members-as-its-bitcoin-futures-launch-hangs-in-the-balance/"}],"publishDate":1553947200,"createDate":1553897624.534853,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bakkt-introduces-new-board-members","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bakkt introduces new board members as its bitcoin futures launch hangs in the balance - The Block","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2543,"articleId":"a948771f-1ab7-4838-b2ae-16cb5b5fd62d","title":"🤝 Indeed: 'Big Four’ accounting posts most blockchain, crypto jobs","content":"Indeed.com's survey data from Feb. 2018 - Feb. 2019 shows 'Big Four' accounting firms Deloitte, KPMG, and EY all sit in the top five for blockchain or crypto-related job postings. J.P. Morgan came in at number four as well, despite well known Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) focused criticism from CEO Jamie Dimon. Indeed economist Andrew Flowers noted that last year was the first time blockchain or crypto job postings outpaced job searches.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/big-four-consulting-firms-dominate-blockchain-jobs-market-says-indeed"}],"publishDate":1553932800,"createDate":1553900796.309045,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"indeed-big-four-accounting-posts-most-blockchain-crypto-jobs","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"'Big Four' Consulting Firms Dominate Blockchain Jobs Market, Says Indeed - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2538,"articleId":"ac0f3b41-d92d-442d-abdb-ef76f0bff5d0","title":"🖥️ [Analysis] What Is DeFi and Where Does It Leave Bitcoin? - Michael Taiberg","content":"Decentralized finance, or “DeFi” for short, is an umbrella concept describing any financial services that are built on top of public blockchains like Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH) and their subsidiary tokens. The question of whether or not the more sophisticated, decentralized financial services that are being build atop Ethereum right now will migrate to Bitcoin is not a matter of if, but when. Decentralized finance is becoming popular for several key reasons, which are all parallel to the ethos of Bitcoin itself. Today, however, Ethereum is much better designed to handle DeFi services due to its complex smart contract capabilities.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bitcoin Magazine","referenceLink":"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/what-defi-and-where-does-it-leave-bitcoin/"}],"publishDate":1553896800,"createDate":1553891337.475433,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-what-is-defi-and-where-does-it-leave-bitcoin-michael-taiberg","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"YPE html><!--[if IE 7]><html class=\"no-js lt-ie9 lt-ie8\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><!--[if lt IE 7]><html class=\"no-js lt-ie9 lt-ie8 lt-ie7\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><!--[if IE 8]><html class=\"no-js lt-ie9\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><!--[if gt IE 8]><html class=\"no-js\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><head><script>(function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start': new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], j=d.createElement(s),dl=l!='dataLayer'?'&l='+l:'';j.async=true;j.src= 'https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id='+i+dl;f.parentNode.insertBefore(j,f); })(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-N24X87P');</script><script data-cfasync='false'>(function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start': new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], j=d.createElement(s),dl=l!='dataLayer'?'&l='+l:'';j.async=true;j.src= 'https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id='+i+dl;f.parentNode.insertBefore(j,f); })(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-TFWPFBN');</script><script src=\"//cdn-s2s.buysellads.net/pub/bitcoinmagazine.js\" data-cfasync=\"false\"></script><meta name=\"google-site-verification\" content=\"QnuSHe7YlKnMLT0TreHLL6X5ZzyxIUv4RuX2Uw70hPo\" /><link rel=\"manifest\" href=\"/manifest.json\" /><link rel=\"amphtml\" href=\"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/what-defi-and-where-does-it-leave-bitcoin/amp/\" /><link rel=\"canonical\" href=\"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/what-defi-and-where-does-it-leave-bitcoin/\" /><meta charset=\"utf-8\"><meta http-equiv=\"Content-Type\" content=\"text/html; charset=utf-8\"><html lang=\"en\" xml:lang=\"en\" xmlns=\"http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml\"><meta name=\"viewport\" content=\"width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no\" /><link rel=\"shortcut icon\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/favicon.ico\"><meta name=\"application-name\" content=\"Bitcoin Magazine\"><meta property=\"og:type\" content=\"website\" /><meta property=\"og:site_name\" content=\"Bitcoin Magazine\" /><meta name=\"apple-mobile-web-app-title\" content=\"Bitcoin Magazine\"><meta name=\"apple-mobile-web-app-capable\" content=\"yes\"><meta name=\"apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style\" content=\"black\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-startup-image\" href=\"/img/bitcoin-mag-sq.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"57x57\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-57x57.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"60x60\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-60x60.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"72x72\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-72x72.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"76x76\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-76x76.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"114x114\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-114x114.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"120x120\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-120x120.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"144x144\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-144x144.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"152x152\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-152x152.png\"><link rel=\"apple-touch-icon\" sizes=\"180x180\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/apple-touch-icon-180x180.png\"><link rel=\"mask-icon\" href=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/safari-pinned-tab.svg\" color=\"#343434\"><meta name=\"msapplication-TileColor\" content=\"#343434\" /><meta name=\"msapplication-TileImage\" content=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/mstile-144x144.png\"><meta name=\"msapplication-config\" content=\"https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/ico/browserconfig.xml\"><meta http-equiv=\"X-UA-Compatible\" content=\"IE=edge,chrome=1\" /><!--[if lte IE 9]> <script src=\"https://cdn.polyfill.io/v2/polyfill.min.js\"></script> <![endif]--><meta name=\"theme-color\" content=\"#343434\"><meta property=\"fb:app_id\" content=\"875084465904764\" /><meta name=\"pocket-site-verification\" content=\"3dd59a007024cd1df41c32f8c82df0\" /><meta name=\"alexaVerifyID\" content=\"sNEKy71py3FDJmnBnmEqBJbPU9Q\" /><html prefix=\"og: http://ogp.me/ns#\"><title data-test-attr=\"seo_title\">What Is DeFi and Where Does It Leave Bitcoin? 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VeriBlock’s model extends the Bitcoin blockchain’s security protection from 51% attacks to non-Bitcoin blockchains by linking them to Bitcoin.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bitcoin Magazine","referenceLink":"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/veriblocks-bitcoin-backed-security-protocol-goes-live/"}],"publishDate":1553868000,"createDate":1553867475.145141,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"veriblock-blockchain-goes-live-on-bitcoin-mainnet","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"YPE html><!--[if IE 7]><html class=\"no-js lt-ie9 lt-ie8\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><!--[if lt IE 7]><html class=\"no-js lt-ie9 lt-ie8 lt-ie7\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><!--[if IE 8]><html class=\"no-js lt-ie9\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><!--[if gt IE 8]><html class=\"no-js\" lang=\"\"><![endif]--><head><script>(function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start': new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], j=d.createElement(s),dl=l!='dataLayer'?'&l='+l:'';j.async=true;j.src= 'https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id='+i+dl;f.parentNode.insertBefore(j,f); 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Brave New Coin's Andrew Gillick notes that cryptocurrencies are already playing a significant role in geopolitics as less-powerful nation-states realize their new ability to circumvent the political pressure routinely applied to them by world leaders who issue dominant reserve currencies. Experiments like Venezuela's El Petro are unlikely to experience lasting success, but as fiat reserve currencies inch closer to another crisis and countries like Russia and Iran prove Bitcoin's use case to evade international political pressure, other governments are likely to follow suit.","references":[{"referenceName":"Brave New Coin","referenceLink":"https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/role-digital-currencies-playing-geopolitics-andrew-gillick/"}],"publishDate":1553853600,"createDate":1553826537.017208,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"analysis-the-role-digital-currencies-are-playing-in-geopolitics-andrew-gillick","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"The role digital currencies are playing in geopolitics","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2512,"articleId":"13550efe-00db-4905-a570-0c7455a89f47","title":"🏧 Bitcoin ATM removed from Dubai, CEO arrested","content":"Blockchain firm [Amhora] (https://www.amhora.com/btc) installed a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ATM in a Dubai hotel, only to be shutdown within 48 hours and the CEO arrested for violating know your customer (KYC) laws. A criminal investigation was launched against CEO Anhad Dhingra for KYC violations, to which he is fighting. Amhora is implementing KYC changes for future ATM placements.","references":[{"referenceName":"The Daily Chain","referenceLink":"https://www.thedailychain.com/blog/bitcoin-atm-removed-from-dubai-ceo-anhad-dhingra-pushes-forward-despite-challenges/"}],"publishDate":1553774400,"createDate":1553746697.30041,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"bitcoin-atm-removed-from-dubai-ceo-arrested","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin ATM Removed from Dubai, CEO Arrested","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2513,"articleId":"6f1ec2f0-37ab-481f-be4f-afec43af5a58","title":"🖥️ [Analysis] Top 5 Blockchain Programming Languages - Mahesh Chand","content":"Contributing to the cryptocurrency ecosystem often amounts to learning a programming language, of which six are commonly used: C++, C#, Go, Java, Python, and Solidity. The most popular languages, for not only blockchain programming but for everyday scripting, are Java and Python respectively. Solidity is a programming language built just for Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) based smart contract creation. C++ is the most popular for blockchain projects to date, boasting Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ripple ([$XRM] (https://messari.io/asset/xrp)),and Monero ([$XMR] (https://messari.io/search)) among others.","references":[{"referenceName":"C# Corner","referenceLink":"https://www.c-sharpcorner.com/article/top-5-best-programming-languages-for-blockchain-development/"}],"publishDate":1553767200,"createDate":1553747370.985268,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-top-5-blockchain-programming-languages-mahesh-chand","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Top 5 Blockchain Programming Languages","tags":["btc","xmr","eth","xrm"]},{"rowId":2490,"articleId":"2c033b1b-0958-479c-a2cc-87598bdacd22","title":"🤑 Telegram and WhatsApp crypto wallet launches beta next month","content":"[Wuabit] (https://wuabit.com/)'s cryptocurrency wallet for WhatsApp, Telegram, and SMS is set for beta launch next month. The wallet's developers describe it as an intelligent \"software agent\" that can respond to simple message commands like \"Send 0.25 BTC to Sarah\". Wuabit said they are \"near completing the wallet core service\", and will launch with initial support for Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)).","references":[{"referenceName":"Express UK","referenceLink":"https://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/1104940/bitcoin-news-whatsapp-wallet-Wuabit-cryptocurrency-crv"}],"publishDate":1553623200,"createDate":1553621472.138433,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"telegram-and-whatsapp-crypto-wallet-launches-beta-next-month","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin goes MAINSTREAM: Cryptocurrency wallet on WhatsApp set for release | City & Business | Finance | Express.co.uk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2481,"articleId":"e520cb39-60c6-4909-b23b-21de46e0045b","title":"⚡ Ethereum-inspired web standard for Lightning is taking off","content":"A new open source [Lightning Network] (https://messari.io/resource/lightning-network) payment standard, [WebLN] (https://github.com/wbobeirne/webln), inspired by similar Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) products like [MyEtherWallet] (https://www.myetherwallet.com/), is taking off. The standard integrates Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) Lightning payment system into web browsers like Chrome and is already being used by [Lightning Joule] (https://lightningjoule.com/) and [Bluewallet] (https://bluewallet.io/). Developer William O’Beirne is in talks with similar services [Casa] (https://store.casa/) and [Bitsum] (https://bitsum.money/).","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/a-bitcoin-lightning-web-standard-inspired-by-ethereum-is-gaining-steam"}],"publishDate":1553580000,"createDate":1553574204.761523,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"ethereum-inspired-web-standard-for-lightning-is-taking-off","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"A Bitcoin Lightning Web Standard, Inspired By Ethereum, Is Gaining Steam - CoinDesk","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2465,"articleId":"3975a042-55dc-4b71-9a6b-f75c893573be","title":"😟 Bitcoin dev says \"productive work\" is chased out of community spaces","content":"Long-time core Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) contributor Greg Maxwell says a lot of productive work \"or even just fun\" has been chased out of public community bitcoin and crypto spaces due to the feeling that \"no good work will go undramaed\". Maxwell explains that the most enjoyable and productive work he's accomplished recently has happened in small, private collaborative environments, which he notes \"don't scale\".","references":[{"referenceName":"Reddit","referenceLink":"https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/b4itqy/i_feel_those_words_working_on_bitcoincoreorg_can/ej8wuaj/"}],"publishDate":1553551200,"createDate":1553478331.08411,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"bitcoin-dev-says-productive-work-is-chased-out-of-community-spaces","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"I feel those words. Working on @bitcoincoreorg can demotivating. You need to find a source of extrem patience. Most developers come from a corporate culture where written code is merged code. In Core, even a simple fix may take month. But there is a reason for that. Don't give up : Bitcoin","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2467,"articleId":"26c58f34-c067-4162-90d7-3024e3a10fa5","title":"♊ Bitcoin will be bigger than Facebook, according to the Winklevoss twins","content":"In a recent interview with [The Telegraph] (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/03/17/bitcoin-billionaires-tyler-cameron-winklevoss-see-no-limits/), the Winklevoss twins said Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) will be more valuable than social media giant Facebook. Bitcoin's marketcap sits at $69.99 billion compared to Facebook's $458 billion valuation. Cameron Winklevoss likened the growth to Amazon versus Barnes and Nobles booksellers in the early 2000s, while brother Tyler said digital payment facilitation gives Bitcoin a leg up on social media in the new digital economy.","references":[{"referenceName":"Blockonomi","referenceLink":"https://blockonomi.com/winklevoss-twins-bitcoin-bigger-than-facebook/"}],"publishDate":1553493600,"createDate":1553480801.760134,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"bitcoin-will-be-bigger-than-facebook-according-to-the-winklevoss-twins","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Winklevoss Twins: Bitcoin Will be Bigger than Facebook","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2459,"articleId":"b3a47313-84f4-44c0-bb0a-958e97310f9e","title":"🏆 China ranks EOS 1st, Bitcoin 15th in new crypto report","content":"China's Center for Information and Industry Development (CCID) has released its eleventh issuance of cryptocurrency rankings, with EOS ([$EOS] (https://messari.io/asset/eos0)) in the top spot, followed by Tron ([$TRX] (https://messari.io/asset/tron)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) rounded out towards the end at 15th. Under the CCID rankings, EOS has remained number one since June 2018.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinTelegraph","referenceLink":"https://cointelegraph.com/news/chinas-11th-crypto-rankings-eos-first-tron-second-ethereum-third-bitcoin-fifteenth"}],"publishDate":1553464800,"createDate":1553438282.435886,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"china-ranks-eos-1st-bitcoin-15th-in-new-crypto-report","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"China’s 11th Crypto Rankings: EOS First, TRON Second, Ethereum Third, Bitcoin Fifteenth","tags":["btc","eos","eth","trx"]},{"rowId":2457,"articleId":"d0719600-2a96-46c5-856e-97d6d6bd0692","title":"🎮 Twitch stops accepting cryptocurrency payments","content":"Game-streaming company Twitch.tv has ended cryptocurrency payments, as the options for purchases in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) or Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)) have disappeared. Cryptocurrency purchases were first added in mid-2018. The deletions were not publicly announced, but first noticed on Reddit.","references":[{"referenceName":"CryptoGlobe","referenceLink":"https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2019/03/twitch-quietly-stops-accepting-cryptocurrency-payments/"}],"publishDate":1553436000,"createDate":1553392875.570015,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"twitch-stops-accepting-cryptocurrency-payments","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Twitch Quietly Stops Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments | CryptoGlobe","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":2456,"articleId":"0b02f17c-6385-47a8-9101-a6f8c485f926","title":"🤲 Switzerland's biggest online retailer now accepting Bitcoin ","content":"The largest online retailer in Switzerland, Digitec-Galaxus, is now accepting Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), and eight other cryptocurrencies for means of payment. Transactions will be processed and converted by [Coinify] (https://coinify.com/) but is only in Switzerland for the time being. The addition of crypto payments is mostly a marketing move for younger customers.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bitcoinist","referenceLink":"https://bitcoinist.com/digitec-galaxus-switzerland-bitcoin/"}],"publishDate":1553428800,"createDate":1553384189.474999,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"switzerland-s-biggest-online-retailer-now-accepting-bitcoin","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Switzerland’s Biggest Online Retailer Starts Accepting Bitcoin - Bitcoinist.com","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2426,"articleId":"9ea681b3-fbea-4d54-9aaa-fe9494a22760","title":"🤒 [Analysis] Bitcoin Spreads Like a Virus - Timothy Peterson","content":"\"The virus is spreading!\" is a popular social media cryptocurrency meme referencing the incremental mass adoption of digital assets and decentralized value transfer networks like Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH), but this analysis takes the meme seriously: Bitcoin actually does spread \"like a virus\". Bitcoin’s long-term price performance is non-random, and it can be modeled as a function of user growth over a given period of time. This analysis compiles observed data from Bitcoin and Facebook to derive the relationships between price, users, and time, which results in a Gompertz sigmoid growth function for Bitcoin. Historically, this growth pattern is used to describe the growth of biological organisms like bacteria, tumors, and viruses.","references":[{"referenceName":"Cane Island Alternative","referenceLink":"https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3356098"}],"publishDate":1553400000,"createDate":1553199495.010807,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"analysis-bitcoin-spreads-like-a-virus-timothy-peterson","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Spreads Like a Virus by Timothy Peterson :: SSRN","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2450,"articleId":"58e72b36-17f6-4c61-af5a-35985817578d","title":"👷 CFTC ‘diligently’ working on crypto-related applications, Bakkt","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures platform [Bakkt] (https://www.bakkt.com/index) is not receiving special treatment from the CFTC, despite the multiple delays. In a press statement, commissioner Dan Berkovitz said every crypto-related project is receiving diligent attention and no project will pass without meeting all the regulator's standards.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinTelegraph","referenceLink":"https://cointelegraph.com/news/cftc-were-diligently-working-on-all-crypto-related-applications-including-bakkts"}],"publishDate":1553378400,"createDate":1553360358.816453,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cftc-diligently-working-on-crypto-related-applications-bakkt","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"CFTC: We’re ‘Diligently’ Working on All Crypto-Related Applications, Including Bakkt’s","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2448,"articleId":"e0a632aa-81a8-4c0e-afc5-f662c7a64211","title":"✂️ Crypto lender BlockFi cuts interest rates paid to largest account holders","content":"Crypto wealth management firm [BlockFi] (https://blockfi.com/) has cut its interest rates for accounts holding more than 25 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) or 500 Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) from 6.2% to 2%. Only 1% of total BlockFi clientele are affected. BlockFi states that the high demand from institutional investors of over $1 million deposited forced the interest rate cut.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-lender-blockfi-cuts-interest-rates-paid-to-largest-account-holders"}],"publishDate":1553371200,"createDate":1553359342.751261,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-lender-blockfi-cuts-interest-rates-paid-to-largest-account-holders","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Crypto Lender BlockFi Cuts Interest Rates Paid to Largest Account Holders - CoinDesk","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2442,"articleId":"03462cad-bb67-4414-a3f1-3e0c7464d1d1","title":"🆕 Overstock’s tZERO exchange to launch Bitcoin trading app this June","content":"Overstock's [tZERO] (https://www.tzero.com/) is pivoting from security tokens exclusively, planning a mobile trading app with Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and possibly Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) support by this June. The app, which will be available on iOS and Android, is being developed by tZERO subsidiary Medici Ventures portfolio company [Bitsy] (https://bitsy.com/). The app is claimed to allow custody without a third party and connect to a growing network of exchanges.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/overstocks-tzero-exchange-to-launch-bitcoin-trading-app-this-june"}],"publishDate":1553320800,"createDate":1553268840.049344,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"overstock-s-tzero-exchange-to-launch-bitcoin-trading-app-this-june","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Overstock's tZERO Exchange to Launch Bitcoin Trading App This June - CoinDesk","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2399,"articleId":"f179e3e3-64a0-4dc1-9290-f53d88bd1a7d","title":"⚒️ [Analysis] A Formal Treatment of Hardware Wallets - Myrto Arapinis, et al.","content":"Increasing amounts of attention and money are paid to improving the security of hardware and software that are used to store digital assets, but no formal treatment has been given to the various design properties selected by different storage technology companies prior to the publication of this paper, which is the first formal model of Bitcoin ($BTC) hardware wallet operations. The properties and security parameters of Bitcoin wallets are identified and formally defined, and the scattered wallet and storage ecosystem is captured within certain shared assumptions. Lastly, the security of leading commercial wallets and possible attacks are analyzed.","references":[{"referenceName":"Financial Cryptography","referenceLink":"https://eprint.iacr.org/2019/034"}],"publishDate":1553313600,"createDate":1553031395.707227,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"analysis-a-formal-treatment-of-hardware-wallets-myrto-arapinis-et-al","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2019/034 - A Formal Treatment of Hardware Wallets","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2435,"articleId":"48b0ec54-d4d3-4358-9620-9a0bf684d8d5","title":"🆕 CoinMarketCap launches indices on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, and Thomson Reuters","content":"[CoinMarketCap] (https://coinmarketcap.com/) has launched two cryptocurrency benchmarks on Nasdaq, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and Börse Stuttgart. The indices will be administrated by [Solactive] (https://www.solactive.com/) and track the top 200 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. One index, the CMC Crypto 200 Index (CMC200), will track with Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), while the other, the CMC Crypto 200 ex BTC Index (CMC200EX), will track without it.","references":[{"referenceName":"Cryptimi","referenceLink":"https://www.cryptimi.com/news/coinmarketcap-launches-indices-on-nasdaq-bloomberg-and-thomson-reuters/"}],"publishDate":1553263200,"createDate":1553231052.237283,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"coinmarketcap-launches-indices-on-nasdaq-bloomberg-and-thomson-reuters","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"CoinMarketCap Launches Indices on Nasdaq, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters - Cryptimi","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2390,"articleId":"930a69de-5e80-4f7b-aac7-3127e0bc0f11","title":"⚡ A Lightning API for Bitcoin futures data has launched","content":"[Surebits] (https://suredbits.com/), a Lightning Network startup, has launched a micropayments Lightning system for Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures data from [Kraken] (https://www.kraken.com/en-us/) and [BitMEX] (https://www.bitmex.com/). The API allows users to subscribe with small payments, a possible model for the future of monetizing information content. While the data from Kraken and BitMEX is typically free, Surebits believes the model will catch on as Lightning adoption increases.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/a-lightning-api-for-bitcoin-futures-data-has-launched"}],"publishDate":1552989600,"createDate":1552966932.003394,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"a-lightning-api-for-bitcoin-futures-data-has-launched","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"A Lightning API for Bitcoin Futures Data Has Launched - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2372,"articleId":"fd9d9dc7-fa93-464c-bf20-126a62bb0856","title":"🚀 Intercontinental Stock Exchange seemingly to expand cryptocurrency data feed","content":"Intercontinental Stock Exchange (ICE) is expanding its [Cryptocurrency Data Feed] (https://www.theice.com/market-data/connectivity-and-feeds/consolidated-feed/coverage-list/cryptocurrencies?utmsource=twitter&campaign=7010L000000z9ud&utmmedium=video) from 58 coin listings to thousands with hundreds of venue listings as well. ICE partnered with Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and blockchain firm [Blockstream] (https://blockstream.com/) on the feed and hopes to promote transparency in the market with the revamped product.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinTelegraph","referenceLink":"https://cointelegraph.com/news/intercontinental-stock-exchange-seemingly-to-expand-cryptocurrency-data-feed"}],"publishDate":1552694400,"createDate":1552689218.502656,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"intercontinental-stock-exchange-seemingly-to-expand-cryptocurrency-data-feed","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Intercontinental Stock Exchange Seemingly to Expand Cryptocurrency Data Feed","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2368,"articleId":"f306064d-47e0-4584-a04c-f89d4d494748","title":"👍 [Analysis] Investing in Bitcoin - Hasu and Su Zhu","content":"A rise in the demand for Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) comes from three main sources: demand for digital cash, demand for a neutral settlement network, and as a hedge against system failure. Current digital systems are digital payment systems while Bitcoin is digital cash, meaning it adopts the finality feature of cash within a digital framework. As the United States' monetary abuses continue to be thwarted and probably rejected, Bitcoin can serve as an international, non-political settlement network. Hedging against a catastrophic system collapse--'doomsday insurance'--is an increasingly acknowledged source of demand for Bitcoin. In this view, Bitcoin must only out compete the worst fiat, not the U.S.D.","references":[{"referenceName":"Uncommon Core","referenceLink":"https://uncommoncore.co/investing-in-bitcoin/"}],"publishDate":1552665600,"createDate":1552663260.509052,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-investing-in-bitcoin-hasu-and-su-zhu","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Investing in Bitcoin - Uncommon Core","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2363,"articleId":"a65c8d84-44cc-44ed-8f68-84a0f8b1a461","title":"📉 CBOE halts Bitcoin futures, considering conceding market to CME","content":"[CBOE] (http://cfe.cboe.com/cfe-products/xbt-cboe-bitcoin-futures) Futures Exchange (CFE) is not issuing Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures (XBT) for March with the last trading futures set to expire in June if none are listed after this month. CFE's XBT trading volume have been trending low since May 2018, while competitor [CME Group] (https://www.cmegroup.com/trading/equity-index/us-index/bitcoin.html)'s BTC futures are looking to hit the highest quarterly trading volume since its product launched in late 2017.","references":[{"referenceName":"The Block","referenceLink":"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/cboe-halts-bitcoin-futures-considering-conceding-market-to-cme/"}],"publishDate":1552636800,"createDate":1552610713.622376,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"cboe-halts-bitcoin-futures-considering-conceding-market-to-cme","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"CBOE halts Bitcoin futures, considering conceding market to CME - The Block","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2364,"articleId":"fd73bb72-9e7e-45de-ac58-83b2baac1cd8","title":"🗻 Former Mt. 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Karpeles, who pleaded innocent, was cleared of embezzlement charges.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bloomberg","referenceLink":"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-15/former-bitcoin-baron-mark-karpeles-gets-suspended-jail-term?srnd=cryptocurrencies"}],"publishDate":1552629600,"createDate":1552616640.868409,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"former-mt-gox-ceo-mark-karpeles-gets-suspended-jail-term","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bloomberg - Are you a robot?","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2362,"articleId":"5387709c-ce6c-4db3-89a4-2a61f1fa26f2","title":"💸 [Analysis] Why open source finance will win - Richard Burton","content":"[Balance] (https://balance.io/)'s Richard Burton claims half of all assets will live on open source financial systems in 50 years. Why? Because the entry barrier to fintech has been dramatically lowered. Those who dislike existing systems need only build their own on top of open source platforms like Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) or Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). On-chain businesses like Maker ([$MKR] (https://messari.io/asset/maker)) and [Uniswap] (https://uniswap.io/) are already taking off and point towards a future of community focused, highly adaptive financial world.","references":[{"referenceName":"Medium","referenceLink":"https://medium.com/balance-io/why-open-source-finance-will-win-a1f3a61544c2"}],"publishDate":1552622400,"createDate":1552610032.061625,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-why-open-source-finance-will-win-richard-burton","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Why Open Source Finance Will Win – Balance – Medium","tags":["btc","eth","mkr"]},{"rowId":2358,"articleId":"be491dc3-aeb2-4b21-a71c-1437afdd6c12","title":"👨‍⚖️ Court rules Quoine exchange liable for reversing Bitcoin trades worth millions","content":"The Singapore International Commercial Court ruled against crypto exchange [Quonine] (https://liquid.com), now named Liquid, over an April 2017 reverse trade dispute with crypto market maker [B2C2] (https://www.b2c2.com/). Quonine reversed a trade amounting to 3,092 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) after noting an abnormality in the exchange rate between Bitcoin and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). Damages will be assessed at a later hearing.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinDesk","referenceLink":"https://www.coindesk.com/court-rules-quoine-exchange-liable-for-reversing-bitcoin-trades-worth-millions"}],"publishDate":1552593600,"createDate":1552583684.311123,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"court-rules-quoine-exchange-liable-for-reversing-bitcoin-trades-worth-millions","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Court Rules Quoine Exchange Liable for Reversing Bitcoin Trades Worth Millions - CoinDesk","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2357,"articleId":"97ca82c3-d731-47cf-9fcd-17dcad94e337","title":"💱 Nasdaq-powered EU digital exchange DX launches security token trading","content":"Estonian-based crypto exchange DX.Exchange has launched security token trading and listings on its domain with purchases available in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), Ripple ([$XRP] (https://messari.io/asset/xrp)), and Tether ([$USDT] (https://messari.io/asset/tether)). The exchange is also listing private security token IGWT which re-distributes 10% of DX.Exchange's profits back to IGWT holders.","references":[{"referenceName":"CoinTelegraph","referenceLink":"https://cointelegraph.com/news/nasdaq-powered-eu-digital-exchange-dx-launches-security-token-trading"}],"publishDate":1552586400,"createDate":1552582860.708743,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"nasdaq-powered-eu-digital-exchange-dx-launches-security-token-trading","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Nasdaq-Powered EU Digital Exchange DX Launches Security Token Trading","tags":["btc","eth","usdt","xrp"]},{"rowId":2356,"articleId":"2af2f2f1-bd21-4b41-bd20-9e6a96441aef","title":"🔏 [Analysis] Schnorr Signatures & the inevitability of privacy in Bitcoin - Lucas Nuzzi","content":"Multiple privacy preserving technologies exist that could be added to Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) like Confidential Transactions, Bulletproofs, zkSNARKs, zkSTARKs, and MimbleWimble. It is most likely that the hardfork averse nature of Bitcoin and concerns about masking inflation data means none of these systems will be implemented. Schnorr Signatures succeed where these fail. The tech enables new key aggregation techniques for private multi-signature events, off-chain contracts, and cross-input aggregation. Schnorr can be implemented in conjunction with other systems to increase the privacy of Bitcoin transactions, particularly against chain analysis.","references":[{"referenceName":"Medium","referenceLink":"https://medium.com/digitalassetresearch/schnorr-signatures-the-inevitability-of-privacy-in-bitcoin-b2f45a1f7287"}],"publishDate":1552579200,"createDate":1552527428.496135,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-schnorr-signatures-the-inevitability-of-privacy-in-bitcoin-lucas-nuzzi","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Schnorr Signatures & The Inevitability of Privacy in Bitcoin","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2349,"articleId":"13c842f3-c689-4812-a8b2-8efeee431087","title":"💰 Marc Faber: I bought bitcoin for the first time","content":"Legendary Swiss investor and Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) skeptic Marc Faber made his first Bitcoin purchase in February, according a recent talk with Swiss-German financial news website Cash. Faber bought at a price of around $3,000 based on market technicals and conversations with [Xapo] (https://xapo.com/) CEO Wence Casare.","references":[{"referenceName":"Cash (DE)","referenceLink":"https://www.cash.ch/news/top-news/crash-prophet-marc-faber-ich-habe-zum-ersten-mal-bitcoin-gekauft-1294130"}],"publishDate":1552528800,"createDate":1552496158.233672,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"marc-faber-i-bought-bitcoin-for-the-first-time","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Crash-Prophet - Marc Faber: «Ich habe zum ersten Mal Bitcoin gekauft» | News | cash","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2343,"articleId":"d9503312-33e3-4df1-af0d-df4bee3d25b4","title":"🎡 [Analysis] Introducing the Bitcoin Wheel - Philip Swift","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) is a brand. Like any other brand, Bitcoin needs to be able to communicate on a personal level its beneficial attributes in both a compelling and truthful manner. Two challenges exist: its decentralized nature promotes different narratives and Bitcoin thought leaders are intimately connected to specialized products which limit their ability to market Bitcoin holistically. A positioning wheel, often used by major brands to visually demonstrate real benefits from a given product, is an excellent and untried way of marketing Bitcoin by addressing public perception with digestible counters.","references":[{"referenceName":"Medium","referenceLink":"https://blog.goodaudience.com/introducing-the-bitcoin-wheel-4df9ecb41277"}],"publishDate":1552492800,"createDate":1552490804.976597,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-introducing-the-bitcoin-wheel-philip-swift","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Introducing The Bitcoin Wheel – Good Audience","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2342,"articleId":"307edc6b-0b2a-4cf0-bbec-f559e97478fa","title":"💸 Alan Howard’s Elwood targets big investors for digital assets","content":"Elwood Asset Management is looking into offering a full range of digital assets and may one day offer cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). CEO Bin Ren believes an ETF is a good start to on-boarding institutional investors in a trusted and regulated manner. The company did so recently with [Invesco] (https://messari.io/article/a-blockchain-etf-is-launching-on-the-london-stock-exchange-today), launching a blockchain based ETF on the London Stock Exchange.","references":[{"referenceName":"Bloomberg","referenceLink":"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-12/alan-howard-s-elwood-targets-big-investors-for-digital-assets?srnd=cryptocurrencies"}],"publishDate":1552485600,"createDate":1552483507.107307,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"alan-howard-s-elwood-targets-big-investors-for-digital-assets","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bloomberg - Are you a robot?","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2327,"articleId":"ee275794-53bf-47b1-97ea-7f638a1baa91","title":"🇻🇪 Bitcoin transactions plunge amid blackout in Venezuela","content":"Contemporaneous to the countrywide power outage in Venezuela, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) transactions and active address counts plummeted. Some estimates put the drop at over minus 100,000 transactions over the weekend. Venezuela has consistently set all time highs for BTC transactions over the last year, typically over peer-to-peer exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/).\n \nUpdate According to [CoinMetrics] (https://twitter.com/coinmetrics/status/1104913875240128512), the end of [Veriblock] (https://www.veriblock.com/) testnet correlates better with the recent drop in Bitcoin transaction counts than the power outages in Venezuela. Veriblock was accounting for 20-30% of transactions before its testnet ended. The Veriblock mainnet is set to launch March 15th.","references":[{"referenceName":"Trust Nodes","referenceLink":"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/03/10/bitcoin-transactions-plunge-amid-blackout-in-venezuela"}],"publishDate":1552377600,"createDate":1552358577.921288,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"bitcoin-transactions-plunge-amid-blackout-in-venezuela","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Transactions Plunge Amid Blackout in Venezuela","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2318,"articleId":"6de9422a-0f75-4bb0-875f-43cd818e0ed1","title":"⚡ [Analysis] Bitcoin, pizza, and the Lightning Network - Connor Dempsey","content":"Crypto firm [Circle] (https://www.circle.com/en/) recently made a big purchase: 1,743,602 satoshis worth of Domino's pizza. For fun and for marketing purposes, Circle threw a team pizza party with custodial wallet [BlueWallet] (https://bluewallet.io/) which neatly pairs Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) with the [Lightning Network] (https://messari.io/resource/lightning-network). New applications, or lapps, built on top of the fledgling Layer 2 payment protocol like [Tippin.me] (https://tippin.me/) or [Satoshi’s Place] (https://satoshis.place/) are showing the promise of not only microtransactions, but a quicker, Bitcoin-based payment system for ordinary purchases.","references":[{"referenceName":"Medium","referenceLink":"https://medium.com/circle-research/bitcoin-pizza-and-the-lightning-network-8a8980cbab41"}],"publishDate":1552363200,"createDate":1552315695.020905,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-bitcoin-pizza-and-the-lightning-network-connor-dempsey","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin, Pizza, and the Lightning Network – Circle Research – Medium","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2322,"articleId":"26a8805b-e5e2-421d-98d8-1180f4678546","title":"📱 Samsung Galaxy S10’s crypto wallet doesn’t support Bitcoin ","content":"Samsung's long awaited crypto friendly Galaxy S10 will not support Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) to begin, opting for Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) based tokens exclusively. Samsung's phone hosts its own integrated blockchain wallet supported by Samsung Knox. The wallet will be able to interact with established Dapps as well as use-case tokens Enjin ([$ENJ] (https://messari.io/asset/enjin-coin)) and Cosmee (COSM).","references":[{"referenceName":"BREAKERMAG","referenceLink":"https://breakermag.com/the-samsung-galaxy-s10s-crypto-wallet-doesnt-support-bitcoin/"}],"publishDate":1552341600,"createDate":1552319516.56116,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"samsung-galaxy-s10-s-crypto-wallet-doesn-t-support-bitcoin","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"The Samsung Galaxy S10’s Crypto Wallet Doesn’t Support Bitcoin","tags":["btc","enj","eth"]},{"rowId":2325,"articleId":"0ead8089-1612-429d-8fce-f8a16de3023b","title":"🛰️ We beamed the Communist Manifesto to space using Bitcoin","content":"In a win for both Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and communist proponents, the Communist Manifesto was beamed via satellite all over the globe using [Blockstream] (https://blockstream.com/)'s new API. The API was added in January along with a testnet version of the [Lighting Network] (https://messari.io/resource/lightning-network). MotherBoard used Twitter user [MediumSqueeze] (https://twitter.com/MediumSqueeze)'s website [spacebit.live] (https://spacebit.live/) to easily send messages on the Blockstream API.","references":[{"referenceName":"Mother Board","referenceLink":"https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nex54w/we-beamed-the-communist-manifesto-to-space-using-bitcoin?utm_source=mbtwitter"}],"publishDate":1552334400,"createDate":1552332549.106493,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"we-beamed-the-communist-manifesto-to-space-using-bitcoin","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"We Beamed the Communist Manifesto to Space Using Bitcoin - Motherboard","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2315,"articleId":"9e62be35-cbe4-4dfa-a7a2-ec0110478291","title":"🇻🇪 Bitcoin transactions plunge amid blackout in Venezuela","content":"Contemporaneous to the countrywide power outage in Venezuela, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) transactions and active address counts plummeted. Some estimates put the drop at over minus 100,000 transactions over the weekend. Venezuela has consistently set all time highs for BTC transactions over the last year, typically over peer-to-peer exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trust Nodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/03/10/bitcoin-transactions-plunge-amid-blackout-in-venezuela\"}]","publishDate":1552305600,"createDate":1552235754.115212,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-transactions-plunge-amid-blackout-in-venezuela","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Transactions Plunge Amid Blackout in Venezuela","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2306,"articleId":"ba0e9ab1-ac44-48cb-aab8-c76bbd400082","title":"☑️ Niall Ferguson admits his former crypto skepticism was wrong","content":"Contrary to what he originally assumed, British economic and financial historian Niall Ferguson has admitted that there will actually be material use cases for currencies like Bitcoin ($BTC) built on blockchain data structures. Coin Telegraph also reports that the historian openly questions whether or not fiat-collateralized coins and tokens will ultimately create a new and useful form of money.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Telegraph \",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/economic-historian-niall-ferguson-crypto-wont-turn-out-to-be-a-complete-delusion\"}]","publishDate":1552100400,"createDate":1552013519.300037,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"niall-ferguson-admits-his-former-crypto-skepticism-was-wrong","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Economic Historian Niall Ferguson: Crypto ‘Won't Turn Out to Be a Complete Delusion'","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2300,"articleId":"aacbf109-5fa8-4532-a503-5aef22783914","title":"🎤 Andreas Antonopoulos says Bitcoin's volatility is a chicken-and-egg problem","content":"In a recent interview with What Bitcoin Did's host Peter McCormack, Andreas Antonopoulos explained that, in his opinion, price volatility for Bitcoin ($BTC) (and other related digital assets) is a temporary impediment to wider-spread adoption, but the adoption is delayed because of the assets' price volatility. Continued interest in digital assets is encouraging though, according to Antonopoulos, as institutional and retail investors weather the prolonged bear trend and discover why these assets are actually valuable.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"AMB Crypto\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://ambcrypto.com/bitcoin-btcs-volatility-is-one-of-those-chicken-and-egg-problems-says-bitcoin-proponent-antonopoulos/\"}]","publishDate":1552028400,"createDate":1552008479.895746,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"andreas-antonopoulos-says-bitcoin-s-volatility-is-a-chicken-and-egg-problem","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin [BTC]'s volatility is one of those chicken-and-egg problems, says Bitcoin proponent Antonopoulos - AMBCrypto","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2279,"articleId":"e23cdb89-274f-424b-a5c1-908eacb221ac","title":"💲 Twitter CEO reveals that he buys $10,000 in Bitcoin each week","content":"In a string of recent recent podcast interviews about Bitcoin, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told Tales From The Crypt host Marty Bent that he has regularly maxed out CashApp's $BTC $10,000 buy limits each week. Some back-of-napkin math from News BTC works out to this buying habit equaling roughly 1% of Dorsey's net work, if continued for a calendar year.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"News BTC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.newsbtc.com/2019/03/05/twitters-dorsey-buying-10000-bitcoin-each-week-bullish/\"}]","publishDate":1551906000,"createDate":1551886630.253372,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"twitter-ceo-reveals-that-he-buys-10-000-in-bitcoin-each-week","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Twitter CEO Is Buying $10,000 In Bitcoin Each Week: Why Is He So Optimistic?","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2249,"articleId":"020f0ee0-dc49-4d84-b756-5485551e96ba","title":"✍️ [Analysis] Past, present, future: from co-ops to cryptonetworks - Jesse Walden","content":"At a certain point, network operator firms like Airbnb or Uber switch from cooperating behavior to competitive behavior. This competitive behavior, particularly for nascent markets like crypto, is not always the best model, however. One model the crypto industry should look towards going forward should be cooperatives. Co-ops naturally align consumer and business interests because the two are the synonymous. While significant obstacles exist, like less exposure to capital and confusing governance models, co-ops incentivize communal goals that naturally avoid extractive behavior. In a sense, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) have the foundations for creating a co-op crypto market. As these systems grow, we should identify how to mesh secondary applications with cooperative models.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"a16z\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://a16z.com/2019/03/02/cooperatives-cryptonetworks/\"}]","publishDate":1551891600,"createDate":1551655667.100162,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-past-present-future-from-co-ops-to-cryptonetworks-jesse-walden","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Past, Present, Future: From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks – Andreessen Horowitz","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2242,"articleId":"9035da0a-888b-4a03-b25f-333978752ed0","title":"❓ [Analysis] Opinion: some of the top cryptocurrencies aren’t really cryptocurrencies - Kyle Torpey","content":"What defines a cryptocurrency? Many cyrptos do not even meet the basic Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) requirements: a lack of anonymity due to centralization draws a distinction between the first crypto and all others. Systems like Ripple ([$XRP] (https://messari.io/asset/xrp)), Stellar ([$XLM] (https://messari.io/asset/stellar)), and EOS ([$EOS] (https://messari.io/asset/eos)) have either intentionally designed governance models to function in a centrally organized manner or induced them through poor governance decisions. Calling them cryptocurrencies is often generous. Going forward, the cryptocurrency market needs to address how different tokens are labeled based on their features and limitations.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Long Hash\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.longhash.com/news/opinion-some-of-the-top-cryptocurrencies-arent-really-cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1551848400,"createDate":1551653261.799556,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-opinion-some-of-the-top-cryptocurrencies-aren-t-really-cryptocurrencies-kyle-torpey","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Opinion: Some of the Top Cryptocurrencies Aren’t Really Cryptocurrencies - Longhash","tags":["btc","xlm","eos","xrp"]},{"rowId":2267,"articleId":"4152c2ca-3bd0-433f-9fbb-dd341f7db016","title":"🥂 Kraken futures trading nears $1 billion after Crypto Facilities acquisition","content":"After digital asset exchange Kraken acquired crypto futures provider Crypto Facilities at the beginning of February, futures trading volume has increased more than 500 percent. Nearly $1 billion in crypto futures has been traded over the past month across all five products: Bitcoin ($BTC), Ethereum ($ETH), XRP ($XRP), Litecoin ($LTC), and Bitcoin Cash ($BCH).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/futures-trading-nears-1-billion-in-first-month-at-kraken-crypto-exchange\"}]","publishDate":1551834000,"createDate":1551804092.214371,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"kraken-futures-trading-nears-1-billion-after-crypto-facilities-acquisition","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Futures Trading Nears $1 Billion in First Month at Kraken Crypto Exchange - CoinDesk","tags":["btc","ltc","bch","eth","xrp"]},{"rowId":2237,"articleId":"d736e9e8-be21-426d-8c13-ab476cb4fa4d","title":"🕵️ [Analysis] Bitcoin SV security audit helps resolve multiple vulnerabilities across different bitcoin blockchains","content":"Chain analysis firm [Trail of Bits] (https://www.trailofbits.com/) recently audited the Bitcoin SV Node implementation source code, finding three security vulnerabilities of medium severity. The three concerns, which were patched in an early February update, all revolved around Denial of Service attacks. Bitcoin SV believes the audit was the first security implementation audit in the ten year history of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). Interestingly, Trail of Bits concluded that the vulnerabilities were inherited from Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-sv)) and most likely remain active on those chains. The information was shared with development teams of Bitcoin Unlimited, Bitcoin XT, Bitcoin ABC, and Bitcoin Core in a show of professionalism and integrity in the space.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin SV\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinsv.io/2019/03/01/bitcoin-sv-security-audit-helps-resolve-multiple-vulnerabilities-across-different-bitcoin-blockchains/\"}]","publishDate":1551805200,"createDate":1551651238.90494,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-bitcoin-sv-security-audit-helps-resolve-multiple-vulnerabilities-across-different-bitcoin-blockchains","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"BITCOIN SV SECURITY AUDIT HELPS RESOLVE MULTIPLE VULNERABILITIES ACROSS DIFFERENT BITCOIN BLOCKCHAINS - BitcoinSV","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":2235,"articleId":"b7cd1d01-acf2-4158-b355-f88df50a53a3","title":"💵 [Analysis] Why it’s important to point out that JPM Coin is not a cryptocurrency - Jerry Brito","content":"Regardless of J.P. Morgan’s and other’s marketing claims, JPM Coin is not a cryptocurrency, and that’s a distinction that matters. The FAQ release even said as much: JPM Coin is redeemable one-to-one in fiat held by J.P. Morgan and is only accessible via permissioned, KYC on-boarding system. Crypto, and specifically Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), is neither of these. Crypto is permissionless, open digital cash. The responsible action would have been marketing JPM Coin for what it is, a new inter-bank settlement network. Drawing comparisons to Bitcoin through poor language only muddles public opinion. Going forward, clarity in language from institutions moving into the space is necessary.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@jerrybrito/why-its-important-to-point-out-that-jpm-coin-is-not-a-cryptocurrency-f26fb07a04bc\"}]","publishDate":1551718800,"createDate":1551649568.301526,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-why-it-s-important-to-point-out-that-jpm-coin-is-not-a-cryptocurrency-jerry-brito","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Why it’s important to point out that JPM Coin is not a cryptocurrency","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2264,"articleId":"a93f164e-ce7a-44a7-ae50-a2c51e0b9db9","title":"🚀 Crypto challenger bank' offers bitcoin interest account--and has great rates","content":"Crypto lending platform BlockFi has announced two new lending products, one for Bitcoin ($BTC) and the other for Ethereum($ETH) that offer a 6.2% rate of interest. The new release comes after a private beta that attracted $10 million from retail, corporate, and institutional crypto investors.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2019/03/05/crypto-challenger-bank-offers-bitcoin-interest-account-and-has-great-rates/#787493763878\"}]","publishDate":1551708000,"createDate":1551793765.112153,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-challenger-bank-offers-bitcoin-interest-account-and-has-great-rates","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"'Crypto Challenger Bank' Offers Bitcoin Interest Account--And Has Great Rates","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":2216,"articleId":"b945f5f6-9dae-4c4d-9170-dd7f176a8ef5","title":"⚡ Bitcoin Lightning tech expands beyond invoices in step toward better UX","content":"[Lighting Labs] (https://lightning.engineering/) CTO Olaoluwa Osuntokun has published a rough draft proof of concept code for static Lightning addresses. The code will sidestep the usual invoice request method, which requires a unique code for every transaction, making sending and receiving Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) over the [Lightning Network] (https://lightning.network/) more efficient. With the new code, parties do not need to be aware of one another to complete transactions.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-lightning-tech-expands-beyond-invoices-in-step-toward-better-ux\"}]","publishDate":1551387600,"createDate":1551376549.294982,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-lightning-tech-expands-beyond-invoices-in-step-toward-better-ux","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Lightning Tech Expands Beyond Invoices in Step Toward Better UX - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2218,"articleId":"92ecf31f-06fe-482b-8cb1-9ab46fbeeb86","title":"🛰️ Blockstream Satellite transfers first encrypted meme","content":"In a first for the Bitcoin and blockchain community, Blockstream employee @notgrubles received an encrypted \"Rare Pepe\" meme via the Blockstream Satellite dedicated to the host of the satirical cryptocurency talk show Bitcoin Car Talk. Blockstream satellite is an important piece of infrastructure in allowing transactions in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and other digital assets without an Internet connection.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/notgrubles/status/1100891807834091520\"}]","publishDate":1551380400,"createDate":1551377848.829664,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"blockstream-satellite-transfers-first-encrypted-meme","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Twitter","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2207,"articleId":"8943e554-742a-454b-b359-a7a61f1f7aa6","title":"🆕 Crypto exchange Huobi adds support for Ethereum-based Tether","content":"In a move to simplify retail and institutional trade experiences, crypto exchange [Huobi Global] (https://www.hbg.com/en-us/) has added U.S.D. pegged stablecoin Tether ([$USDT] (https://messari.io/asset/tether)) of both the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and ERC20 based variants. Huobi executives noted the speed and smoothness of Tether transactions as the lead reason for its listing.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-exchange-huobi-adds-support-for-ethereum-based-tether\"}]","publishDate":1551337200,"createDate":1551313543.68026,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-exchange-huobi-adds-support-for-ethereum-based-tether","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Crypto Exchange Huobi Adds Support for Ethereum-Based Tether","tags":["btc","usdt"]},{"rowId":2193,"articleId":"af9ecfce-f5ab-4b65-b3b3-c103457dcc8f","title":"📈 OKEx increases max leverage to 5x for BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, ETC and EOS","content":"Hong Kong crypto exchange OKEx increased the maximum leverage 5x for trading pairs [$BTC]/USDT, [$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)/USDT, ETH/BTC, [$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)/USDT, BCH/BTC, [$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)/USDT, LTC/BTC, [$ETC] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum-classic)/USDT, ETC/BTC, [$EOS] (https://messari.io/asset/eos)/USDT and EOS/BTC. OKEx says the leverage increase was due to market demand, but some experts believe it was done to increase trade volume against top dog [Binance] (https://www.binance.com/en).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SludgeFeed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://sludgefeed.com/okex-increases-leverage-to-5x-for-btc-eth-bch-ltc-etc-eos/\"}]","publishDate":1551236400,"createDate":1551234230.423216,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"okex-increases-max-leverage-to-5x-for-btc-eth-bch-ltc-etc-and-eos","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"OKEx Increases Max Leverage to 5x for BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, ETC and EOS","tags":["btc","ltc","bch","eth","eos","etc"]},{"rowId":2185,"articleId":"b71c47ad-355c-47cb-8f5e-1985057d1486","title":"💥 Bitcoin is processing fewer payments per month than it was in 2016","content":"According to data from [Coinmetrics] (https://coinmetrics.io/), Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) is expected to process fewer purchases per month than Feb. 2016. Since the Dec. 2017 price crash, uses of Bitcoin for payment have continued to drop and now reflect 2016 levels.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Long Hash\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.longhash.com/news/bitcoin-is-processing-fewer-payments-per-month-than-it-was-in-2016\"}]","publishDate":1551193200,"createDate":1551151370.136905,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-is-processing-fewer-payments-per-month-than-it-was-in-2016","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin is Processing Fewer Payments Per Month Than It Was in 2016 - Longhash","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2170,"articleId":"aeee2d29-084c-45f0-95e5-db272a820da9","title":"🙌 [Analysis] A human rights activist’s response to Bitcoin critics - Alex Gladstein ","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) is a thoroughly humanitarian technology, a \"first line of defense\" against centralized power. Popular establishment attacks on Bitcoin--from 'its boiling the oceans!' to 'its a den of thieves!'--fail with even a little investigation. It is a technology that holds promise for all by liberating all: the Venezuelan, the Egyptian, and the Iranian can hold value across space and time in a manner never seen before. Bitcoin follows in the tradition of other decentralizing efforts like democracy or the Internet, a position both libertarians and progressives can support.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@alexgladstein/a-human-rights-activists-response-to-bitcoin-critics-d50e6760ee80\"}]","publishDate":1551157200,"createDate":1551036593.799196,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-a-human-rights-activist-s-response-to-bitcoin-critics-alex-gladstein","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"A Human Rights Activist’s Response to Bitcoin Critics","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2194,"articleId":"cc6f0f87-1ae6-42ab-84ed-422f7c6fa750","title":"🇻🇪 [Anlaysis] Can Bitcoin Save Venezuelans? - Carlos Hernandez","content":"To economist and Venezuelan Carlos Hernandez, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) is a godsend. A simple ten minute transaction on peer-to-peer exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/) moves Hernandez's crypto holdings to ever-depreciating Bolivars for a quick trip to the grocer. Unfortunately, the grocers having nothing to sell, an increasingly common scene in an economy that has contracted by 18% last year alone. Still, Hernandez's Bitcoin has allowed his family to stay afloat where others have not. It even allowed his brother to briefly sojourn to Columbia for work: the magic of \"borderless money.\" In the midst of a humanitarian crisis, Bitcoin is a silver lining.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The New York Times\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/opinion/sunday/venezuela-bitcoin-inflation-cryptocurrencies.html\"}]","publishDate":1551157200,"createDate":1551240752.012692,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"anlaysis-can-bitcoin-save-venezuelans-carlos-hernandez","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"YPE html><html lang=\"en\" itemId=\"https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/23/opinion/sunday/venezuela-bitcoin-inflation-cryptocurrencies.html\" itemType=\"http://schema.org/NewsArticle\" itemScope=\"true\" class=\"story\" xmlns:og=\"http://opengraphprotocol.org/schema/\"> <head> <title data-rh=\"true\">Opinion | Bitcoin Has Saved My Family - The New York Times","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2177,"articleId":"b9a268dc-0846-47a3-bc00-9639595133ab","title":"🕵️ Bitfinex proudly announces return of 0.023% Bitcoin from infamous 2016 hack","content":"The U.S. government has tracked down and recovered just under 28 Bitcoins ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) from the August 2016 [Bitfinex] (https://www.bitfinex.com/) security breach. The 28 BTC account for only 0.023% of the 119,756 BTC lost in the hack. All funds recovered will go to Recovery Right Token (RRT) holders which replaced the Bitifinex token after the breach.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"BREAKERMAG\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://breakermag.com/bitfinex-proudly-announces-return-of-0-023-bitcoin-from-infamous-2016-hack/\"}]","publishDate":1551121200,"createDate":1551112678.55203,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitfinex-proudly-announces-return-of-0-023-bitcoin-from-infamous-2016-hack","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitfinex Proudly Announces Return of 0.023% Bitcoin From Infamous 2016 Hack","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2169,"articleId":"f0cc0580-2062-47a6-97c6-8844c88c220c","title":"🏛️ [Analysis] Ungoverned of anti-governance? How Bitcoin threatens the future of Western institutions - ","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) is an alternative store of value that undercuts Western institutions. These institutions once held the same prerogative, but as the global market became increasingly complex, it became associated more with fraud than wealth protection. Whether currency debasement or outright seizure, Western institutions have lost the mandate through abuse. Bitcoin, to be extreme, has a messianic quality: it both attacks the status quo while fulfilling Western notions of individual sovereignty. As institutions realize Bitcoin's potential, expect them to denounce it with one face and buy it with another.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Journal of International Affairs\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.jstor.org/stable/26552331?read-now=1&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents\"}]","publishDate":1551114000,"createDate":1551035104.63123,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-ungoverned-of-anti-governance-how-bitcoin-threatens-the-future-of-western-institutions","type":"summary","referenceTitle":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2176,"articleId":"125a5121-9317-4aba-8876-c8e525cdfc6a","title":"⚡ Derivatives giant Fidelity Investments receives and passes on the Lightning Torch","content":"Multi-trillion dollar asset manager Fidelity Investments has joined the #LNtrustchain, receiving the torch from Twitter user @wiz. At the time, the torch held some 3.64 million satoshis. The torch, a demonstration of the Lightning Networks potential of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) payment scalability, has now been to space, on every continent, and even with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/DigitalAssets/status/1099085417557753856\"}]","publishDate":1551106800,"createDate":1551058309.61878,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"derivatives-giant-fidelity-investments-receives-and-passes-on-the-lightning-torch","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Twitter","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2173,"articleId":"d247e8bb-597b-443d-90a0-dddc15363775","title":"🇮🇩 Bitcoin volumes spike in Indonesia after legalization as a commodity","content":"Trade on peer-to-peer exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/) has shot up considerably following new regulations classifying Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) as a commodity. Previous trade volume sat around $30,000 weekly but are now hover around $1 million. Still, the new requirements have taken tremendous criticism related to heavy handed exchange funding criteria.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trust Nodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/02/22/bitcoin-volumes-spike-in-indonesia-after-legalization-as-a-commodity\"}]","publishDate":1551085200,"createDate":1551055354.904158,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"bitcoin-volumes-spike-in-indonesia-after-legalization-as-a-commodity","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Volumes Spike in Indonesia After Legalization as a Commodity","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2166,"articleId":"0742005f-b02d-4caf-a176-488a52c10842","title":"🏴󠁵󠁳󠁯󠁨󠁿 Ohio introduces cryptocurrency tax option; only two companies opt to use Bitcoin to pay","content":"Ohio turned heads when it chose to accept cryptocurrency for tax settlement, but only two businesses have paid using Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) to date. The amounts collected using cryptocurrency have not been disclosed. Ohio’s state treasurer Robert Sprague says the program will be re-evaluated in light of the low usage.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/ohio-introduces-cryptocurrency-tax-option-only-two-companies-opt-to-use-bitcoin-to-pay/\"}]","publishDate":1550876400,"createDate":1550849508.889753,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"ohio-introduces-cryptocurrency-tax-option-only-two-companies-opt-to-use-bitcoin-to-pay","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Ohio introduces cryptocurrency tax option; only two companies opt to use bitcoin to pay - The Block","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2155,"articleId":"99a4f365-a34b-4de7-a0f9-319af79ab55c","title":"🏗️ Dubai property giant starts accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum","content":"The UAE's Emaar Properties, developer of the world's tallest skyscraper, is now accepting Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ether ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). The company, which has a yearly revenue of $6 billion, is using Swiss-based broker Bitcoin Suisse to convert crypto payments to fiat.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"TrustNodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/02/21/dubai-property-giant-starts-accepting-bitcoin-and-ethereum\"}]","publishDate":1550790000,"createDate":1550783216.692704,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"dubai-property-giant-starts-accepting-bitcoin-and-ethereum","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Dubai Property Giant Starts Accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":2153,"articleId":"afccd214-4284-4aad-81d9-96ef1c2847b3","title":"📩 QuadrigaCX has sent all its Bitcoin and Ether to ‘Big Four’ auditor EY","content":"Defunk crypto exchange QuadrigaCX has sent almost the entirety of its hot wallet content to the court appointed monitor, Ernst & Young. The wallets held only 52 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), 960 Ether ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), 33 Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)), 2,000 Bitcoin Gold ([$BTG] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-gold)), and 822 Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)). Remaining funds in the hot wallet amount to less than 0.5 BTC.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/quadrigacx-has-sent-all-its-remaining-crypto-to-big-four-auditor-ey\"}]","publishDate":1550782800,"createDate":1550757260.041847,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"quadrigacx-has-sent-all-its-bitcoin-and-ether-to-big-four-auditor-ey","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"QuadrigaCX Has Sent All Its Bitcoin and Ether to 'Big Four' Auditor EY - CoinDesk","tags":["btg","eth","bch","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":2139,"articleId":"08161c84-02fc-4533-a0bc-5063da6e43f5","title":"🤔[Analysis] MetCalfe’s law applies to Bitcoin only in the long term, not short term, says new study","content":"According to a recent technical paper that analyzed Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) blockchain data from 2010-2018, MetCalfe's law--which correlates value to the number of system users--is proving right in the long run, but not necessarily in the short term. Short run movements, moreover, are more likely tied to speculation than any clear metric. The paper gives hope for a better valuation metric for analyzing Bitcoin through active address count.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trust Nodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/02/19/metcalfes-law-applies-to-bitcoin-only-in-the-long-term-not-short-terms-says-new-study\"}]","publishDate":1550725200,"createDate":1550634245.31311,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-metcalfe-s-law-applies-to-bitcoin-only-in-the-long-term-not-short-term-says-new-study","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"MetCalfe's Law Applies to Bitcoin Only in the Long Term, Not Short Term, Says New Study","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2140,"articleId":"91b84ed3-a1eb-4dac-a0a6-03aa600a725b","title":"⌨️ Google adds Bitcoin symbol to QWERTY keyboard","content":"In an important symbol of public adoption, Google has added the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) symbol to its iOS keyboard. The symbol is not yet available for Android users.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reddit\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/as987r/well_look_what_googles_keyboard_is_showing_on_it/\"}]","publishDate":1550674800,"createDate":1550634745.327332,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"google-adds-bitcoin-symbol-to-qwerty-keyboard","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Well look what googles keyboard is showing on it atm!!? : CryptoCurrency","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2138,"articleId":"7e1c4489-f8d1-4613-8213-c862e7711ff7","title":"🥖 Cryptocurrency can now be purchased at 10,000 French tobacco shops","content":"An agreement between French crypto firm Digycode and payment solution provider Ingenico has led to the introduction of cryptocurrency at some 10,000 French tobacco shops. Tobacco shops serve as a one-stop-shop for miscellaneous purchases in France, opening up virtual currency to the physical world. Five cryptocurrencies are available: Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), Dash ([$DASH] (https://messari.io/asset/dash)), Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)), and Ripple ([$XRP] (https://messari.io/asset/ripple)).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin News\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptocurrency-can-now-be-purchased-at-10000-french-tobacco-shops/\"}]","publishDate":1550667600,"createDate":1550633509.991711,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cryptocurrency-can-now-be-purchased-at-10-000-french-tobacco-shops","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Cryptocurrency Can Now Be Purchased at 10,000 French Tobacco Shops - Bitcoin News","tags":["xrp","eth","dash","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":2134,"articleId":"41175d20-fd76-4168-b8e6-00f37a4b9d44","title":"🌎 P2P Bitcoin transactions on the rise in South America","content":"According to data from [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/) (LBC), the amount of peer-to-peer Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) transactions since last year are up in Peru and Columbia by 10 and 20 times respectively. Peru processed 19 BTC LBC transactions per week in Dec. 2017 and now averages 236, with Columbia seeing 66 exchanges last year per week up to 655 today.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"LongHash\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.longhash.com/news/p2p-bitcoin-transactions-on-the-rise-in-south-america\"}]","publishDate":1550631600,"createDate":1550620751.780651,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"p2p-bitcoin-transactions-on-the-rise-in-south-america","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"P2P Bitcoin Transactions on the Rise in South America - Longhash","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2130,"articleId":"c109da9f-0467-4fcc-9862-27efdb13f2a3","title":"📣 Blockstream releases test code for proposed Bitcoin tech upgrade Schnorr","content":"Technology startup [Blockstream] (https://blockstream.com/) has added a test code for the proposed Schnorr upgrade named MuSig to its public library. Schnorr signatures, a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) upgrade in the works for sometime, adds privacy and scalability to Bitcoin. MuSig is the first public launch of such a Schnorr test code.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/blockstream-releases-test-code-for-bitcoin-tech-upgrade-schnorr\"}]","publishDate":1550602800,"createDate":1550598615.680028,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockstream-releases-test-code-for-proposed-bitcoin-tech-upgrade-schnorr","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Blockstream Releases Test Code for Proposed Bitcoin Tech Upgrade Schnorr - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2126,"articleId":"8b47887a-74c8-4269-808d-d6220e42849c","title":"🗣️ CFTC commissioner Brian Quintenz suggests creation of crypto self-regulatory organization","content":"Brian Quintenz, a CFTC commissioner, recently suggested the crypto industry make a mutual self-regulation association in light of the CFTC's lack of crypto statutory oversight. The comment, stated at a Bipartisan Policy Center panel, comes in light of crypto business' frustration over slow regulatory movements, particularly ICE's Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures exchange [Bakkt] (https://www.bakkt.com/index)).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/cftc-commissioner-brian-quintenz-suggests-creation-of-crypto-self-regulatory-organization\"}]","publishDate":1550588400,"createDate":1550525240.34392,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cftc-commissioner-brian-quintenz-suggests-creation-of-crypto-self-regulatory-organization","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz Suggests Creation of Crypto Self-Regulatory Organization","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2120,"articleId":"9645c321-581d-4ba3-acec-4dd6025b4c8e","title":"🌎 Argentina settles export deal with Paraguay using Bitcoin","content":"In a first for both Latin American countries, Argentina settled an export with Paraguay using Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). Paraguay purchased $7,100 worth of pesticides and fumigation products from Argentina who accepted Bitcoin to be later converted into the Argentine Peso. The exchange occurred over Latin America's [Bitex] (https://bitex.la/) crypt payment service firm.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/argentina-settles-export-deal-with-paraguay-using-bitcoin\"}]","publishDate":1550278800,"createDate":1550269527.894815,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"argentina-settles-export-deal-with-paraguay-using-bitcoin","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Argentina Settles Export Deal With Paraguay Using Bitcoin","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2115,"articleId":"683c588c-4392-4a76-98cf-8f569397a140","title":"🆕 Binance adds major stablecoin pairs for BitTorrent (BTT)","content":"[Binance] (https://www.binance.com/en) has added three new trading pairs for the BitTorrent ([$BTT] (https://messari.io/asset/bittorrent)) token including Paxos Standard Token ([$PAX] (https://messari.io/asset/paxos-standard-token)), TrueUSD ([$TUSD] (https://messari.io/asset/trueusd)), and USD Coin (USDC). The pairs join Tether ([$USDT] (https://messari.io/asset/tether)), Binance Coin ([$BNB] (https://messari.io/asset/binance-coin)), and Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) as trading pairs to increase liquidity.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SludgeFeed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://sludgefeed.com/binance-adds-stablecoin-pairs-for-bittorrent/\"}]","publishDate":1550242800,"createDate":1550193684.184038,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"binance-adds-major-stablecoin-pairs-for-bittorrent-btt","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Binance Adds Major Stablecoin Pairs for BitTorrent (BTT)","tags":["bnb","tusd","usdt","pax","btt","btc"]},{"rowId":2108,"articleId":"faee8b9a-0c80-4e6a-9009-47b47b80ea57","title":"🏛CFTC divisions announce examination priorities","content":"The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has tasked the the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) with examine cryptocurrency surveillance practices. The publishing of 2019 Examination Priorities comes at the time when multiple firms are seeking CFTC and SEC approval for crypto projects. ICE's [Bakkt] (https://www.bakkt.com/index) Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures exchange is still awaiting approval.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CFTC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cftc.gov/PressRoom/PressReleases/7869-19\"}]","publishDate":1550192400,"createDate":1550167435.022106,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"cftc-divisions-announce-examination-priorities","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"CFTC Divisions Announce Examination Priorities | U.S. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2106,"articleId":"f92027cb-fc25-4ec5-afb8-5ce19274b6ec","title":"💳 13% have used Bitcoin to buy stuff online: Kaspersky Labs Study","content":"According to a [Kaspersky Labs] (https://usa.kaspersky.com/) study, one in ten people have used Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) to make online purchases. Kaspersky surveyed some 12,000 customers in 22 countries. While still the least popular online payment method--credit and debt stood at 81% popularity--Karspersky Labs' survey shows Bitcoin is growing as a payment system.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoinist\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-buy-online-stuff-kaspersky-lab/\"}]","publishDate":1550185200,"createDate":1550166259.495736,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"13-have-used-bitcoin-to-buy-stuff-online-kaspersky-labs-study","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"13% Have Used Bitcoin to Buy Stuff Online: Kaspersky Labs Study - Bitcoinist.com","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2099,"articleId":"cc5704ae-7074-4b23-a50f-8754dfc5e889","title":"⛔ Proposal for ETF following Bitcoin futures, sovereign debt withdrawn by SEC request","content":"The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have asked for the withdrawal of a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures and sovereign debt backed ETF provided by Reality Shares ETF Trust. Reality Shares is a sub-unit of fintech firm [Blockforce Capital] (https://www.blockforcecapital.com/).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/proposal-for-etf-following-bitcoin-futures-sovereign-debt-withdrawn-by-sec-request\"}]","publishDate":1550127600,"createDate":1550096911.019732,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"proposal-for-etf-following-bitcoin-futures-sovereign-debt-withdrawn-by-sec-request","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Proposal for ETF Following Bitcoin Futures, Sovereign Debt Withdrawn by SEC Request","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2091,"articleId":"e38f831b-2545-449c-ac02-dc9cee02f936","title":"👉 Brave New Coin crypto indexes to join Nasdaq’s family of 40,000 indexes","content":"Nasdaq is adding the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) Liquid Fund and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) Liquid Fund to its list of 40,000 indexes. The two indexes are provided by [Brave New Coin] (https://bravenewcoin.com/) and list the most liquid prices available on the market. The indexes will be added by the end of the month.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/02/12/brave-new-coin-crypto-indexes-to-join-nasdaqs-family-of-40000-indexes/\"}]","publishDate":1550084400,"createDate":1550074692.655843,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"brave-new-coin-crypto-indexes-to-join-nasdaq-s-family-of-40-000-indexes","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Brave New Coin crypto indexes to join Nasdaq's family of 40,000 indexes - The Block","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":2090,"articleId":"73fcd0ed-986d-496a-beab-df83450472f4","title":"🔐 Court monitor report shows QuadrigaCX accidentally lost $500,000 Bitcoin on Feb. 6th","content":"In a court [statement] (https://documentcentre.eycan.com/eycm_library/Quadriga+Fintech+Solutions+Corp/English/1.+Monitor's+Reports/2.+First+Report+of+the+Monitor/First+Report+of+the+Monitor+dated+February+12,+2019.pdf), the court appointed monitor Ernst and Young says QuadrigaCX inadvertently lost 103 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) worth about $500,000 by placing it in a cold wallet they do not have access to at this time. The monitor and QuadrigaCX are working on recovering the funds.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Supreme Court of Nova Scotia\",\"referenceLink\":\"\"}]","publishDate":1550070000,"createDate":1550026826.774619,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"court-monitor-report-shows-quadrigacx-accidentally-lost-500-000-bitcoin-on-feb-6th","type":"summary","referenceTitle":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2059,"articleId":"ade2fbc4-124c-461f-b62e-a5be54795c4e","title":"🚀 [Analysis] Nuanced analysis of LocalBitcoins data suggests Bitcoin is working as Satoshi intended - Matt Ahlborg","content":"Analysis of peer-to-peer exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/) (LBC) shows a clear trend of higher adoption rates in developing countries. By modeling transaction volumes against various socioeconomic scores like internet access, data from LBCs makes adoption rates almost tangible. The less economically free a country is, the higher adoption is. In Venezuela, for instance, trade on LBC three years ago is less than one percent of today's. Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) adoption, furthermore, is contingent on a minimum amount of internet penetration. This is a good explainer for Nigeria's higher BTC adoption rates over the rest of its African neighbors. The data points towards one conclusion: Satoshi's money is walking out its political vision.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@mattahlborg/nuanced-analysis-of-localbitcoins-data-suggests-bitcoin-is-working-as-satoshi-intended-d8b04d3ac7b2\"}]","publishDate":1549947600,"createDate":1549731584.73207,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-nuanced-analysis-of-localbitcoins-data-suggests-bitcoin-is-working-as-satoshi-intended-matt-ahlborg","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Nuanced Analysis of LocalBitcoins Data Suggests Bitcoin is Working as Satoshi Intended","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2068,"articleId":"84a7416d-60e8-4ca9-905a-a38f73399256","title":"⚡ CoinGate adds support for Litecoin (LTC) Lightning Network payments","content":"The Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)) Lighting Network (LN) gained support from Lithuanian-based [CoinGate] (https://coingate.com/), opening up the network to 4,500 merchants who use the platform. Like the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) LN, the Litecoin Lightning Protocol is a Layer 2 application on top of the Litecoin state allowing for quick transactions and near zero fees. As of now, it has a 88.49 Litecoin capacity with 795 channels and 139 nodes.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SludgeFeed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://sludgefeed.com/coingate-adds-litecoin-lightning-network-payments/\"}]","publishDate":1549911600,"createDate":1549840269.643195,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"coingate-adds-support-for-litecoin-ltc-lightning-network-payments","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"CoinGate Adds Support for Litecoin (LTC) Lightning Network Payments","tags":["ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":2057,"articleId":"edb9ae9a-ae53-4d8e-b23b-e9e68a482a4e","title":"👨‍⚖️ Winklevoss ordered to pay $45K worth of Charlie Shrem’s legal fees","content":"A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Winklevoss Capital to pay $45,000 of Charlie Shrem's legal fees from ongoing lawsuit. The Winklevoss twins accuse Shrem of failing to broker a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) purchase of some $750,000 in 2012. The case is set to go to court again in June.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/winklevoss-pay-45k-charlie-shrem-legal-fees\"}]","publishDate":1549674000,"createDate":1549646223.900131,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"winklevoss-ordered-to-pay-45k-worth-of-charlie-shrem-s-legal-fees","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Winklevoss Ordered to Pay $45K Worth of Charlie Shrem's Legal Fees - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2041,"articleId":"1e217cd8-52a4-4f3d-8337-dd32c3cd951f","title":"💵 [Analysis] The case for electronic cash - Jerry Brito","content":"Cash is the aorta of the liberal open society. As a technology, cash provides unheralded access to privacy through bearable and permissionless peer-to-peer exchanges. However, the rise of digitization has thrown a kink in this timeless tech: intermediaries have more knowledge, and therefore more power, than ever. China, for instance, has developed a social credit score system around Tencent's WeChat and Alibaba's Alipay that rewards and penalizes citizens based on spending habits. Even in the United States, companies are leveraging consumer data for individualized marketing programs.\n \nPrivacy is an essential human freedom and historically cash has been the vehicle for anonymous transactions. Yet, physical cash is quickly losing its privacy crown as the digital economy grows. To keep an open society, electronic cash systems must be developed. To date, multiple projects exist, even outside Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) such as Grin ([$grin] (https://messari.io/asset/grin)), Beam ([$beam] (https://messari.io/asset/beam)), or Zcash ([$ZEC] (https://messari.io/asset/zcash)). It is becoming increasingly clear, by example from both authoritarian and capitalist regimes, that cash must evolve if human flourishing is to continue.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coincenter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://coincenter.org/entry/the-case-for-electronic-cash\"}]","publishDate":1549558800,"createDate":1549510880.617508,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-the-case-for-electronic-cash-jerry-brito","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"The Case for Electronic Cash | Coin Center","tags":["zec","grin","beam","btc"]},{"rowId":2039,"articleId":"5ec006c8-807a-484d-bc2a-517bc94d6437","title":"💰 LedgerX unveils betting market for 2020’s Bitcoin block reward halving","content":"LedgerX is launching betting contracts for the upcoming Bitcoin ([$BTC] ( mining halving. Estimated for May 2020, the Bitcoin block reward will fall to 6.25 Bitcoins per block mined on block 630,000. LedgerX will launch contracts this quarter for institutional investors with betting dates between March 27th to July 31st, the former being the riskiest and the latter the least risky.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/ledgerx-unveils-betting-market-for-2020s-bitcoin-block-reward-halving\"}]","publishDate":1549544400,"createDate":1549503493.756204,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"ledgerx-unveils-betting-market-for-2020-s-bitcoin-block-reward-halving","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"LedgerX Unveils Betting Market for 2020's Bitcoin Block Reward Halving - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2029,"articleId":"8b7a5f5a-76f3-4a19-84d1-2475f3dedd92","title":"😮 [Analysis] A startup is launching a solution that protects users from exchange hacks - Larry Cermak","content":"Decentralized exchanges are failing: centralized exchanges coin holdings are larger than ever and DEX usage is dropping like a rock. The value proposition of DEXs still hold true, however. The added security from peer-to-peer (P2P) trading can easily be quantified: an estimated$1.4 billion has been stolen from exchanges to date. Arwen, a startup using Layer 2 Blockchain protocol like the [Lightning Network] (https://lightning.network/) (LN), is aiming to bring back the DEX by plugging P2P services into centralized exchanges. Like the LN, a protocol layer built on top of the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) state allows for users to fully control private keys when exchanging. Arwen, furthermore, is malleable and hoping to add other cryptocurrencies on top, such as Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)). Although still in development, the project is gaining traction and was picked up in Beta by KuCoin last month.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/02/05/a-startup-is-launching-a-solution-that-protects-users-from-exchange-hacks/\"}]","publishDate":1549515600,"createDate":1549472640.248445,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-a-startup-is-launching-a-solution-that-protects-users-from-exchange-hacks-larry-cermak","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"A startup is launching a solution that protects users from exchange hacks - The Block","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":2034,"articleId":"6cca0b16-3f5d-4d53-8c79-20bbe33ce5d8","title":"👛 Announcing Bitcoin (BTC) support on Coinbase Wallet","content":"Coinbase Wallet has added Bitcoin ($BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) support to compliment Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), Ethereum Classic ([$ETC), and the 100,000 available ERC20 and ERC721 tokens. Both SegWit and Legacy addresses will be supported. Coinbase is working to add other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)) and Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)) in the near future.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coinbase\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.coinbase.com/announcing-bitcoin-btc-support-on-coinbase-wallet-e57aeadc7380\"}]","publishDate":1549508400,"createDate":1549475563.137418,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"announcing-bitcoin-btc-support-on-coinbase-wallet","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Announcing Bitcoin (BTC) Support on Coinbase Wallet","tags":["etc","eth","bch","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":2031,"articleId":"1afe6214-bfd3-4748-8c4d-9fd82a74d752","title":"📈 Bitcoin volumes reach all time high in Venezuela","content":"Trading on peer-to-peer exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/) has reached another all time high, seeing 2,000 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin) traded in 24 hours. Trading volumes in nearby Columbia and Brazil are also up, likely attributable to spill over from the refugee crisis and local premiums for Bitcoin. Since last summer, the trading volume has increased by a factor of 4 on LocalBitcoins while inflation of the fiat Bolivar has reached one million percent.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"TrustNodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2019/02/06/bitcoin-volumes-reach-all-time-high-in-venezuela\"}]","publishDate":1549486800,"createDate":1549473955.345556,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-volumes-reach-all-time-high-in-venezuela","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Volumes Reach All Time High in Venezuela","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2027,"articleId":"d5c3d113-8d58-468c-b21f-ec469239ab63","title":"🚀 Abra announces the ability to invest in stocks and ETFs using Bitcoin","content":"Abra has announced early registration for a new offering that will allow investors in 155 countries the ability to invest in traditional stocks and ETFs using Bitcoin ($BTC,) in addition to more than 30 cryptocurrencies and 50 fiat currencies already available on the platform. During the initial phase, Abra will offer access to 50 assets including stocks like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google, commodities like SPDR Gold Trust, ETFs like Vanguard Growth, and indexes like Russell 2000. Abra operates a unique non-custodial model that stores users funds on the Bitcoin blockchain and leverages Crypto Collateralized Contracts to give them exposure to various investments without needing to directly hold the assets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Abra\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.abra.com/eq\"}]","publishDate":1549459800,"createDate":1549417619.772427,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"abra-announces-the-ability-to-invest-in-stocks-and-etfs-using-bitcoin","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"EQ Abra Coming Soon Placeholder","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2022,"articleId":"b2ccfdda-2258-48c1-a3a3-beaeab8d7b37","title":"🔭 {Analysis} Navigating Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP: how Google is quietly making blockchains searchable","content":"Google is moving into crypto, just in a different direction than other big tech firms. While others, like Amazon or Microsoft, focus on blockchain applications, Google is working on data analysis, quantification, and user experience. The project is a subset of Google Cloud and is harnessing big data and application program interfaces (API) to search blockchains like Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). Just like Google Search in the early days of the internet, Google is using its 'BigQuery' system for generalized searches across blockchains. BigQuery is growing and hoping to add altcoins like Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)), Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)), Dash ([$DASH] (https://messari.io/asset/dash)) and more.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2019/02/04/navigating-bitcoin-ethereum-xrp-how-google-is-quietly-making-blockchains-searchable/#4f2389d14248\"}]","publishDate":1549429200,"createDate":1549411665.441159,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-navigating-bitcoin-ethereum-xrp-how-google-is-quietly-making-blockchains-searchable","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Navigating Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP: How Google Is Quietly Making Blockchains Searchable","tags":["eth","bch","dash","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":2021,"articleId":"62504796-01eb-4031-b7b9-873a3271f1f3","title":"💱 East to west: Huobi launches US dollar gateway for global crypto traders","content":"Cryptocurrency exchange [HBUS] (https://www.huobi.com/) is now partnering with [PrimeTrust] (https://primetrust.com/) to open a fiat on-ramp for Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), and Tether ([$USDT] (https://messari.io/asset/tether)). HBUS hopes to become the gateway between western and eastern markets and is beefing up its staff to deal with global regulatory compliance. Theoretically, HBUS could be used as a roundabout fiat exchange, leading to compliance worries particularly for Chinese users.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/huobi-crypto-fiat-global-bitcoin-investors\"}]","publishDate":1549422000,"createDate":1549410702.699392,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"east-to-west-huobi-launches-us-dollar-gateway-for-global-crypto-traders","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"East to West: Huobi Launches US Dollar Gateway for Global Crypto Traders - CoinDesk","tags":["usdt","eth","btc"]},{"rowId":2020,"articleId":"6a91c20d-b259-4ea1-9101-aa91501e4c79","title":"👀 Blockstream’s tool to prove the exchanges’ reserves goes open source","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) technology company Blockstream is open sourcing its Proof-of-Reserve tool for increased transparency. Most proof-of-reserve operations require substantial transactions that put exchanges at high security risks. Blockstream's innovative tool uses common sense and UTXO values to prove the extent of reserves. However, revealing UTXO values themselves is not a safe method, a problem Blockstream is currently working to rectify.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/blockstreams-tool-to-prove-the-exchanges-reserves-goes-open-source/\"}]","publishDate":1549414800,"createDate":1549409081.212463,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockstream-s-tool-to-prove-the-exchanges-reserves-goes-open-source","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Blockstream's tool to prove the exchanges' reserves goes open source - The Block","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2026,"articleId":"a5608f60-2a0f-432f-aa6f-608cef0c3839","title":"⚡ Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey receives Lightning torch, passes it to Elizabeth Stark","content":"The #LNtrustchain has made its way to Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey. The Lighting Torch chain was created by Twitter user hodlonaut as a demonstration of the Lighting Network's] (https://lightning.network/) Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) payment capabilities. Dorsey passed the torch onto [Elizabeth Stark, the co-founder of Lighting Labs.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/jack/status/1092892320842706944\"}]","publishDate":1549414800,"createDate":1549414227.726501,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-receives-lightning-torch-passes-it-to-elizabeth-stark","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Twitter","tags":["btc","lntrustchain"]},{"rowId":2015,"articleId":"20b2d661-aaf7-4f02-b9d2-824920734bdf","title":"🔥 Bitcoin’s ‘Lightning Torch’ has blazed through 37 countries so far","content":"The Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) Lightning Torch has now passed through 37 countries and 139 people, including notables Andreas Antonopoulos, Anthony Pompliano, and Joost Jager. Launched by Twitter user hodlonaut, the Lightning Torch is a display of the [Lightning Network's] (https://lightning.network/) growth and transaction capabilities. Each torch bearer adds 10,000 satoshis and passes it on to someone they trust to continue the #LNtrustchain. Set code will stop the chain at 4,390,000 satoshis, about $150, which should then be donated to charity.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoins-lightning-torch-has-blazed-through-37-countries-so-far\"}]","publishDate":1549393200,"createDate":1549385775.051599,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-s-lightning-torch-has-blazed-through-37-countries-so-far","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin's 'Lightning Torch' Has Blazed Through 37 Countries So Far - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":2010,"articleId":"1eb1d34a-c6f6-4271-832d-2f2a239b212f","title":"💹 Singapore-Based KuCoin lists BitTorrent (BTT)","content":"Only a week after its launch on [Binance Launchpad] (https://launchpad.binance.com/), BitTorrent (BTT) has been listed on Singapore-based exchange [KuCoin] (https://www.kucoin.com/) with trading pairs for Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). BTT is the native currency for BitTorrent which was purchased by [Tron] (https://tron.network/) last summer. The token allows for faster download speeds and, soon, premium products.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SludgeFeed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://sludgefeed.com/kucoin-lists-bittorrent-token/\"}]","publishDate":1549350000,"createDate":1549338839.610655,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"singapore-based-kucoin-lists-bittorrent-btt","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Singapore-Based KuCoin Lists BitTorrent (BTT)","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":2007,"articleId":"bcae0189-5ae3-463e-bb05-260eb245eec4","title":"✍️ [Analysis] Herding behavior and contagion in the cryptocurrency market - Gama Silva, Klotzle, Pinto, Gomes","content":"In this empirical study, herding behavior and market contagion were analyzed for 50 coins from March 2015 - Nov. 2018 using common economic models. The researchers, among other goals, chiefly focused on portfolio management and used the [CRIX] (http://thecrix.de/) coin index as an empirical basis for the study. The researchers concluded that herding behavior does exist in crypto markets and has the greatest pull when negative information is driving the group movements. Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), it is found, drives and directs investment flows in crypto assets. So, news related to Bitcoin controls the herd with negative Bitcoin press moving the market the most. Analysis also shows that when Bitcoin falters, it typically causes contagion in every coin. Over the years analyzed, only one model saw coins with no significant contagion from Bitcoin movements: stablecoins Tether ([$USDT] (https://messari.io/asset/tether)) in 2015 and $BITUSD in 2016.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Science\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214635018302090\"}]","publishDate":1549342800,"createDate":1549301450.599843,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-herding-behavior-and-contagion-in-the-cryptocurrency-market-gama-silva-klotzle-pinto-gomes","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Herding behavior and contagion in the cryptocurrency market - ScienceDirect","tags":["usdt","bitusd","btc"]},{"rowId":2003,"articleId":"e0826b7a-fa70-4b26-9328-7d9779dd6afa","title":"🐙 Kraken acquires futures startup in deal worth at least $100 million","content":"Cryptocurrency exchange [Kraken] (https://www.kraken.com/en-us/) has acquired British futures startup [Crypto Facilities] (https://www.cryptofacilities.com/) for $100 million. Kraken users can now trade spot and open positions for exposure to future prices. Crypto Facilities is registered with the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), opening up more markets for Kraken in Europe. The acquisition also gives Kraken access to [CME's] (https://www.cmegroup.com/) CF Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) Reference Rate, an index for pricing U.S. futures offerings which Crypto Facilities and CME jointly worked on.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-kraken-acquires-crypto-facilities\"}]","publishDate":1549306800,"createDate":1549294731.133573,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"kraken-acquires-futures-startup-in-deal-worth-at-least-100-million","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Kraken Acquires Futures Startup In Deal Worth At Least $100 Million - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1989,"articleId":"422f3583-abb7-4792-8945-17285eec32eb","title":"🍴 [Analysis] Evaluating Bitcoin forks with network data","content":"Popular metrics for cryptocurrency hardfork analysis often leave much to be desired. Focusing on Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) derived hardforks, Coin Metrics breaks down the pros and cons of common metrics, such as transaction value, block fullness, fees, and, most importantly, market capitalization. Coin Metrics then walks out alternative methods including user uptake on a new fork, active supply, addresses with balances, and UTXO set size. Each metric stresses different data derived from a fork's blockchain with particular attention to on-chain activity. In other words, how active are these forks compared to Bitcoin? Coin Metrics analyses can also be seen as a knock against market cap, an almost universally adored metric with significant flaws. Overall, Coin Metrics emphasizes the need for multiple metrics to be used in unison in order to balance the blind spots of each tool.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Metrics\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://coinmetrics.io/evaluating-bitcoin-forks/\"}]","publishDate":1549040400,"createDate":1548984327.43885,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-evaluating-bitcoin-forks-with-network-data","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Evaluating Bitcoin forks with network data - Coin Metrics","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1988,"articleId":"4d20dba9-4efb-409c-9079-2745bad068f0","title":"🏧 NYDFS grants BitLicense to third Bitcoin ATM operator","content":"Cottonwood LLC has been granted New York's infamous BitLicense, joining [Coinsource] (https://coinsource.net/) (2017) and [LibertyX] (https://libertyx.com/), which received its license earlier this month, as the only licensed ATMs. Less than 20 firms hold the license, although three were granted this past January including [Robinhood Crypto] (https://crypto.robinhood.com/) and the two mentioned. Bitcoin ATMs are becoming an increasingly popular method to buy and sell Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/nydfs-grants-bitlicense-to-third-bitcoin-atm-operator\"}]","publishDate":1549033200,"createDate":1548980364.112229,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"nydfs-grants-bitlicense-to-third-bitcoin-atm-operator","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"NYDFS Grants BitLicense to Third Bitcoin ATM Operator - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1987,"articleId":"f0c92ed2-e52d-4d94-be9e-0a48bd5fde0f","title":"🌴 Court ruling means Florida cops can target unregulated Bitcoin sales","content":"Florida's 3rd District Court of Appeals has overruled a Miami judges 2016 verdict on Bitcoin's ([$BTC] ( classification as money. Felony charges of illegal transmission and laundering of money were raised against Michell Espinoza for selling Bitcoin on LocalBitcoins.com to undercover agents. The Miami judge threw out the charges, agreeing with the Defense that Bitcoin is not money. The Florida Appeals court disagrees, however, arguing Espinoza should have registered with the Florida Office of Financial Regulation. Espinoza has been re-charged, but no court date has been set.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Miami Herald\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article225292880.html\"}]","publishDate":1549026000,"createDate":1548976726.636638,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"court-ruling-means-florida-cops-can-target-unregulated-bitcoin-sales","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Court ruling paves way to arrest unregulated Bitcoin sales | Miami Herald","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1986,"articleId":"7011cc77-d493-4e23-a204-7090c3b9cab0","title":"🇵🇾 Bitfury and Commons Foundation to launch Bitcoin operations in Paraguay","content":"[Bitfury] (https://bitfury.com/) is teaming up with South Korea's [Commons Foundation] (https://commons.foundation/) to launch a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) transaction processing site in Paraguay, part of the duo's \"Golden Goose\" initiative to open Spanish markets to cryptocurrency. Bitfury's mobile data center, the BlockBox AC, will be run on hydroelectric power from waterfalls Itaipú and Yacyretá, the former being the largest hydro power producer in the world.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/meetbitfury/bitfury-and-commons-foundation-to-launch-bitcoin-operations-in-paraguay-1e3df2f20dd4?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1549018800,"createDate":1548975826.807604,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitfury-and-commons-foundation-to-launch-bitcoin-operations-in-paraguay","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitfury and Commons Foundation to Launch Bitcoin Operations in Paraguay","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1977,"articleId":"eedab749-d788-4cf7-9891-38479d0f8387","title":"💳 Binance opens the fiat floodgates, accepting credit card payments for crypto","content":"[Binance] (https://www.binance.com/en), the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume, is now allowing crypto purchases with credit and debit cards. A fiat on-ramp for crypto purchases brings Binance into greater competition with firms like [Coinbase] (https://www.coinbase.com/). Binance is partnering with [Simplex] (https://www.simplex.com/) to ob-board credit and debit card users and has opened up Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin)), and [$XRP] (https://messari.io/asset/ripple) for purchase.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/31/binance-opens-the-fiat-floodgates-accepting-credit-card-payments-for-crypto/\"}]","publishDate":1548968400,"createDate":1548955198.6649,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"binance-opens-the-fiat-floodgates-accepting-credit-card-payments-for-crypto","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Binance opens the fiat floodgates, accepting credit card payments for crypto - The Block","tags":["xrp","eth","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":1982,"articleId":"fc7905c0-145f-49f7-a625-77718eb0cff7","title":"🔖 Cboe resubmits the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF proposal for SEC approval","content":"VanEck digital asset strategy lead Gabor Gurbacs has announced that the firm has resubmitted its proposal for the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ($BTC) ETF with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The proposal had been withdrawn earlier this month amid the government shutdown and the inability for the company to continue talks with the SEC. If approved the filing would allow the Cboe BZX Exchange to list shares in the proposed ETF. Once published, the SEC will have 240 days to decide whether to approve or reject the proposal.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/cboe-re-files-vaneck-solidx-bitcoin-etf-proposal\"}]","publishDate":1548964800,"createDate":1548963952.920805,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cboe-resubmits-the-vaneck-solidx-bitcoin-etf-proposal-for-sec-approval","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Cboe Resubmits the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF Proposal for SEC Approval - CoinDesk","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1972,"articleId":"c0bdf126-0d2a-450a-bbb6-738433452376","title":"☕ [Analysis] How stablecoins can become currency to buy coffee - JP Koning","content":"Volatility in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) led to its demise as a payment processor like Paypal or Visa. Stablecoins, pegged to fiat currencies, can become what Bitcoin did not by sidestepping volatility but keeping other core features. For stablecoins to become common currency, however,they need to identify and then implement these features. First, stablecoins should adopt Satoshi Nakamoto's non-reversibility design, which makes Bitcoin operate like digital cash: no third party mediation on disputed contracts. Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws required for regulated stablecoins make implementing this design difficult though. Even if non-reversibility is implemented, stablecoins still have to be adopted by the market. The best way is through merchants who can pass along the savings from the non-reversibility design--to lack third party oversight is to lack overhead costs--to the consumer. Even still, behavioral theory shows that humans digest gains and losses asymmetrically and that discounting is not always as effective a method as once thought. Stablecoins still have a lot of questions to answer.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Breaker Magazine\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://breakermag.com/how-stablecoins-become-currency-we-use-to-buy-coffee/\"}]","publishDate":1548954000,"createDate":1548896226.952098,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-how-stablecoins-can-become-currency-to-buy-coffee-jp-koning","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"How Stablecoins Become Currency We Use to Buy Coffee","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1975,"articleId":"3fd3cdfd-b7ff-452b-9854-888d2ae77c0b","title":"⚡ Bitcoin Lightning Network reaches capacity of 600 BTC, worth $2 Million in first year","content":"The [Lightning Network's] (https://lightning.network/) capacity has increased some 15% over January and now holds a capacity of 600 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) worth $2 million. A payment system built on top of Bitcoin's blockchain, the Lightning Network grew slowly at first in 2018, but new metrics show incredible growth leaving 2018 and entering 2019. The number of nodes stands at 5768, a rise of 16% over the month, while the number of channels has shot up 36% to 22,750.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin Exchange Guide\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinexchangeguide.com/bitcoin-lightning-network-reaches-capacity-of-600-btc-worth-2-million-in-first-year/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1548946800,"createDate":1548905509.878099,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"bitcoin-lightning-network-reaches-capacity-of-600-btc-worth-2-million-in-first-year","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Bitcoin Lightning Network Reaches Capacity of 600 BTC, Worth $2 Million in First Year","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1961,"articleId":"78f35e43-93a2-4053-8fe3-9b5d260b9201","title":"💸 [Analysis] Genesis Capital digital asset lending snapshot Q4 2018 - Matt Ballensweig and Roshun Patel","content":"Genesis Capital issued its 2018 Q4 digital asset lending snapshot, showing an increase in loan activities across the board, largely correlated to Nov. 14th's cryptocurrency price crash. Loan origination increased 100% in the final three months of 2018 compared to the prior six months, likely due to liquidity demand for covering short positions by over the counter (OTC) exchanges. In light of this, Genesis Capital's Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) holdings rose ten percent against other altcoins. The snapshot also noted both a 75% rise in Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) loan origination from Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 2018 and negative return rates from the loan origination rate till sale of the short position. In other words, Ethereum's extreme volatility makes it hard to short. Conversely, Bitcoin typically traded on basis during the same period, meaning traders had a fairly easy time arbitraging. Genesis also added fiat cash lending against cryptocurrency holdings for institutional investors to increase institutional liquidity and facilitate more asset purchases. Over 2018, Genesis processed nearly $1.1 billion in lends and borrows.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Genesis Capital\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://genesiscap.co/q4-insights/\"}]","publishDate":1548910800,"createDate":1548868080.203442,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-genesis-capital-digital-asset-lending-snapshot-q4-2018-matt-ballensweig-and-roshun-patel","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"Q4 Insights - Genesis Capital","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1966,"articleId":"05d5b602-f2b8-4eb7-94c6-b0e9444ccb2b","title":"💲 Wikimedia Foundation works with BitPay to accept Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash donations","content":"The non-profit that operates Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, has tapped [BitPay] (https://landing.bitpay.com/rs/249-OMD-845/images/bitpay-wikimedia.pdf) to handle Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)) transactions. The Wikimedia Foundation has accepted Bitcoin for several years, but recent demand for donations in altcoins sparked the transition to BitPay as the donations processor. In the press release, the Wikimedia Foundation expressed the compatibility of a global payment system and Wikipedia's global knowledge sharing vision.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"BitPay\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitpay.com/\"}]","publishDate":1548882000,"createDate":1548874878.234666,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"wikimedia-foundation-works-with-bitpay-to-accept-bitcoin-and-bitcoin-cash-donations","type":"summary","referenceTitle":"ype html><html data-n-head=\"\"> <head> <title data-n-head=\"true\">BitPay – Welcome to the future of payments","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":1957,"articleId":"e3f5d8c5-8b2c-42e1-8067-476075e53fea","title":"🎁 Wrapped Bitcoin is launching January 30, 2019","content":"Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), the first ERC-20 token backed one to one with Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), is launching today, Jan. 30, 2019. The token claims to bring the Bitcoin market's liquidity to Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) while bringing over Ethereum contracts to Bitcoin and standardizing institutional node setups. WBTC believes traders will benefit from the liquidity, institutions from standardization across the two largest cryptocurrencies, and decentralized apps (dApps) from the liquidity and smart contract interoperability.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"WBTC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.wbtc.network/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1548838800,"createDate":1548828389.987312,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"wrapped-bitcoin-is-launching-january-30-2019","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1954,"articleId":"d4b77c9d-0a6f-4584-b19d-2077aadab09a","title":"📣 Fidelity is said to plan march launch of Bitcoin custody service","content":"According to three insiders, [Fidelity] (https://www.fidelity.com/) Investments is expected to launch its Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) custody service in March 2019. Custody is a common financial sector practice wherein a third party holds assets like stocks. Under CEO Abigail Johnson, Fidelity has a been a first mover among institutions, mining Bitcoin as early as 2015. In October 2018, Fidelity announced its plans for a cryptocurrency platform designed for institutional investors like hedge funds.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-29/fidelity-is-said-to-plan-march-launch-of-bitcoin-custody-service\"}]","publishDate":1548817200,"createDate":1548807745.729846,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"fidelity-is-said-to-plan-march-launch-of-bitcoin-custody-service","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1952,"articleId":"093dcc66-b2ad-47d4-a0d6-b7fe5d2c117a","title":"🚀 TokenSoft launches crypto custody service for security tokens","content":"Broker-dealer and token-sale compliance contracting firm [TokenSoft] (https://www.tokensoft.io/) has launched the beta version of its securities token wallet, Knox. The wallet can hold ERC-20, ERC-1404, DS-20 ([Securitize] (https://www.securitize.io/)), ST-20 ([Polymath] (https://polymath.network/)), [Harbor’s] (https://harbor.com/) R tokens, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), although the main focus remains on security tokens. According to TokenSoft co-founder Mason Borda, the self-custody wallet is a \"key piece of infrastructure that the industry has ignored up until now.\"","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/tokensoft-launches-crypto-custody-service-for-security-tokens\"}]","publishDate":1548810000,"createDate":1548784110.458531,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"tokensoft-launches-crypto-custody-service-for-security-tokens","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1953,"articleId":"c22ce1c5-abac-4485-8d5d-4767236b6a17","title":"🔎 [Messari Research] Three more Grayscale products could be available on OTC Markets soon","content":"Amid the continued discussion around the approval of a Bitcoin ($BTC) ETF it is worth noting that two prominent “side-door ETFs” are trading on OTC markets today. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust ($GBTC) and Grayscale Ethereum Classic Trust ($ETCG) have taken advantage of an SEC Rule 144 exemption which allows them (and their investors) to resell shares to the public, but only after an accredited Regulation D offering, and a one-year holding period. The Bitcoin Trust is the largest Grayscale fund with $768.2 million in assets under management (AUM). Because these products aren't truly exchange traded it makes it difficult or impossible to sell them short, leading to inefficient markets. Currently, GBTC trades at a 17% premium to NAV (the actual value of the underlying assets), which is modest compared to where it was in 2017, and ETCG trades at a massive 85% premium to NAV. Grayscale has used this structure to work within the existing regulatory framework for numerous other assets as well, three of which are eligible for OTC trading now, and three of which will be eligible later this year.\n \n\nEligible now (and could already be in the works):\n\nGrayscale Ethereum ($ETH) Trust ETH: $6.4 million AUM\n\nGrayscale Zcash ($ZEC) Trust: $7.8 million AUM\n\nGrayscale Digital Large Cap Fund: $8.4 million AUM (eligible Feb 2)\n\nFor initial investors that have been relying on the premium to NAV for enhanced returns, their strategy could be hindered by a delay in OTC listings for products or the launch of a Bitcoin ETF, which may prove more enticing for investors looking to gain exposure to the asset class.\n \nSubscribers to our Unqualified Opinions newsletter can get more insights into the situation, including the three funds that may trade later this year. If you aren't subscribed, click here to sign up for daily insights from the Messari team.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Unqualified Opinions\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://messari.substack.com/p/sidedoor-etfs-unqualified-opinions\"}]","publishDate":1548802800,"createDate":1548801713.372389,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"messari-research-three-more-grayscale-products-could-be-available-on-otc-markets-soon","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc","zec"]},{"rowId":1950,"articleId":"999f6197-ea72-454f-a6fb-ae6676c86f50","title":"🤫 Charlie Lee Is ‘focused’ on making Litecoin (LTC) a privacy coin in 2019","content":"In the wake of the launch of privacy coins [Beam] (https://messari.io/asset/beam) and Grin ([$grin] (https://messari.io/asset/grin)), Litecoin ([$LTC] (https://messari.io/asset/litecoin) founder Charlie Lee tweeted that Litecoin will work towards Confidential Transactions for enhanced fungibility. Lee stated that both Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Litecoin lack fungibility which should be a new goal after settling the scaling debate. Confidential Transactions is an alternative encryption method that masks transaction input and output information much like Mimblewimble technology.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SludgeFeed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://sludgefeed.com/charlie-lee-to-make-litecoin-privacy-coin-in-2019/\"}]","publishDate":1548795600,"createDate":1548782669.303223,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"charlie-lee-is-focused-on-making-litecoin-ltc-a-privacy-coin-in-2019","type":"summary","tags":["grin","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":1943,"articleId":"22226228-55c7-4817-a72b-526e3b3e8099","title":"📥 [Analysis] Graftroot: how delegating signatures allows for near-infinite spending variations- Aaron van Wirdum","content":"As an alternative to Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) smart contract protocol Taproot, Bitcoin Core developer Gregory Maxwell has put forward Graftroot, a similar system to Taproot that increases contract flexibility while lowering data storage. Like Taproot, Graftroot uses 'threshold' public keys and signatures to mask smart contracts into regular Bitcoin transactions. In the protocol, the parties sign alternative scripts, the possible conditional outcomes of the contract, which can occur if a 'cooperative close' is not found. A cooperative close is when both parties accept the contract as it stands. If a cooperative close does not occur, the alternative scripts come into play: the user whose alternative script lines up with the contract first--say a certain amount of time passed or combination with a secret number--is awarded the coins. The upside of Graftroot is the endless alternative scripts available; the downside is the high level of party interaction necessary to establish the contract and the need for key storage for each alternative script. As of now, Graftroot sits behind Schnorr and Taproot for softfork deployment.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin Magazine\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/graftroot-how-delegating-signatures-allows-near-infinite-spending-variations/\"}]","publishDate":1548781200,"createDate":1548735979.184088,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-graftroot-how-delegating-signatures-allows-for-near-infinite-spending-variations-aaron-van-wirdum","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1942,"articleId":"24e12486-eff1-45de-baff-e19147ab3fcc","title":"🌳 [Analysis] Taproot is coming: what it is, and how it will benefit Bitcoin - Aaron van Wirdum","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) based smart contracts are about to evolve via the Taproot softfork, a combination of Merkelized Abstract Syntax Trees (MAST) and the Schnorr signature scheme. Since 2012, Bitcoin's smart contracts have run on pay to script hashes (P2SH) which mask coin holdings, but reveals potentially compromising smart contract conditions (script) after the coin dispersal. MAST addresses this oversight by masking the script through a Merkle tree and root pairing. Smart contracts options (stems) are placed in a Merkle Tree with a corresponding Merkle Root. When a smart contract goes through, the root verifies the transaction, like in P2SH systems, but does not reveal the entire script, only the action undertaken. The rest of the script remains hashed in the Merkle Tree. Schnorr builds on MAST by masking the entire structure on the blockchain, making it appear as a regular transaction. By aggregating transactions, meaning the public keys and signatures, into 'threshold' keys and signatures, keys can be 'tweaked' to mask contracts as transactions. When a dispute arises, revealing the smart contract for what it is to the blockchain, Schnorr masks the relevant sensitive information via MAST while providing evidence to the blockchain for proper coin dispersal. Taproot, while still in development, adds unheralded layers of security for Bitcoin-based smart contracts.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin Magazine\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/taproot-coming-what-it-and-how-it-will-benefit-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1548738000,"createDate":1548734284.228489,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-taproot-is-coming-what-it-is-and-how-it-will-benefit-bitcoin-aaron-van-wirdum","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1936,"articleId":"8be76506-4a13-4aae-9dad-49d23a022a8f","title":"😀 [Analysis] Grin and the mythical fair launch - Arjun Balaji and Hasu","content":"Grin ($grin), a Mimblewimble based privacy token launched earlier this month, boasts perhaps the fairest cryptocurrency launch to date. Fairness is subjective, but the period of issuance and price equality over issuance are two metrics that help scrutinize claims to fairness. Grin's launch was totally transparent, as the work proceeded via public contributions and input. The issuance schedule via mining, furthermore, was publicly debated and published, allowing for information to penetrate the market and create truer price bids. Common Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) arguments against Grin fall short within a free market paradigm: VC miners who took on risk anticipating market demand for Grin should be rewarded for their economic insight. Highly competitive pools like VC miners, moreover, are the best way bring coins to the secondary market. Lastly, a lack of privacy, unlike Satoshi's project or many ICOs, demonstrates the projects transparency.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"UncommonCore\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://uncommoncore.co/grin-and-the-mythical-fair-launch/\"}]","publishDate":1548694800,"createDate":1548650348.687042,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-grin-and-the-mythical-fair-launch-arjun-balaji-and-hasu","type":"summary","tags":["btc","grin"]},{"rowId":1934,"articleId":"2af6cfc9-3d5a-4597-aa95-9ddf5857d45f","title":"🇻🇪 Bitcoin ATM Startups say they’re booming, thanks in part to Venezuela","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ATMs are surging in Latin America due to the Venezuelan crisis. Startup [Cryptobuyer] (https://cryptobuyer.io/en/) is planning on deployed Venezuela's first Bitcoin ATM in Caracas in February 2019. Additionally, [Athena Bitcoin] (https://www.athenabitcoin.com/) claimed $3 million in net profits largely from Latin American operations alone. Athena Bitcoin launched 25 new machines and plans to launch 90 more in 2019. The ability for displaced Venezuelans to access bank funds is believed to be a key market driver going forward.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-atm-crypto-venezuela-tokens\"}]","publishDate":1548680400,"createDate":1548641010.34921,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-atm-startups-say-they-re-booming-thanks-in-part-to-venezuela","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1931,"articleId":"18dfd4a9-6eb0-423c-a6f9-f431ca4b6153","title":"😨 LocalBitcoins resumes outgoing transactions after warnings of phishing link on forum","content":"P2P crypto exchange [LocalBitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/) experienced a phishing attack via a third party forum. A vulnerability on an official forum was exploited by hackers to post a phishing link to LocalBitcoins. LocalBitcoins said six users were effected, with one Reddit user losing about eight Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) worth around $28,000. LocalBitcoins momentarily shut down outgoing transactions due to the attack.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/localbitcoins-resumes-outgoing-transactions-after-warnings-of-phishing-link-on-forum\"}]","publishDate":1548658800,"createDate":1548637224.335016,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"localbitcoins-resumes-outgoing-transactions-after-warnings-of-phishing-link-on-forum","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1928,"articleId":"d6bdf83e-a8ea-4aa8-8e06-2e338ab830a2","title":"🕭 LibertyX receives coveted New York BitLicense","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) purchasing platform LibertyX was awarded a BitLicense by New York's Department of Financial Services yesterday, Jan. 24, 2019. LibertyX allows for purchases of Bitcoin at kiosks, ATMs, on its mobile app, and store locations. Now, Bitcoin purchases can be made in throughout New York. LibertyX's was joined by [Robinhood Crypto] (https://crypto.robinhood.com/) as well.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/libertyx/status/1088523294356238337\"}]","publishDate":1548457200,"createDate":1548438341.583764,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"libertyx-receives-coveted-new-york-bitlicense","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1921,"articleId":"fd832a9c-28eb-43c7-98c5-570877c95db6","title":"😮 BitMEX’s Bitcoin (BTC) insurance fund is now worth $77 million","content":"According to [BitMEX] (https://www.bitmex.com/) research data, the BitMEX insurance fund, which grows from liquidations executed above bankruptcy prices, has grown from 162 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) at the start of 2018 to 21,366 BTC, or roughly $77.5 million. In other words, as traders lose big, BitMEX's insurance pot grows bigger. Chart analysis, furthermore, shows an inverse relationship between the price of Bitcoin and BitMEX insurance fund holdings.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SludgeFeed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://sludgefeed.com/bitmex-insurance-fund-is-now-worth-76-million/\"}]","publishDate":1548406800,"createDate":1548386601.347143,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitmex-s-bitcoin-btc-insurance-fund-is-now-worth-77-million","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1919,"articleId":"b0de3881-92ef-4470-98f2-91ce7f7785f4","title":"🏆 [Analysis] All the ways Grin and Beam take crypto back to its roots - David Z. Morris","content":"\"Ethos-driven\" communities developing politically bent technology defined the Cypherpunk movement, and so it does for [Beam] (https://messari.io/asset/beam) and Grin ([$grin] (https://messari.io/asset/grin)), the two newest cryptocurrencies on the block. Both launched in January to great fanfare, particularly because of Mimblewimble technology and no initial coin offering (ICO). Mimblewimble allows for truly untraceable payments like privacy coins ZCash ([$ZEC] (https://messari.io/asset/zcash)) or Monero ([$XMR] (https://messari.io/asset/monero)). This tech, as outlined in Grin's white paper, has political teeth: even Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) reveals to much. Lastly, by not repeating the ICO mistakes of 2019 like premines, Grin and Beam have put themselves about the fray, limiting speculation and increasing there values.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Breaker\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://breakermag.com/all-the-ways-grin-and-beam-take-crypto-back-to-its-roots/\"}]","publishDate":1548392400,"createDate":1548381792.564955,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-all-the-ways-grin-and-beam-take-crypto-back-to-its-roots-david-z-morris","type":"summary","tags":["zec","xmr","grin","btc"]},{"rowId":1918,"articleId":"e4a7b3f3-d9cd-49a9-82d4-2a585abb42b2","title":"📰 Bakkt Bitcoin futures contract details released","content":"Intercontinental Exchange's (ICE) Bakkt has listed futures contract details on its website. Minimum fluctuations are set at $2.50, block trades are executed at $0.01 per Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), and exchange fees are listed at $0.50 per side. Bakkt is waiting on SEC regulatory approval to list daily Bitcoin futures contracts.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Intercontinental Exchange\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theice.com/products/69281872/Bakkt-Bitcoin-USD-Daily-Future/specs\"}]","publishDate":1548385200,"createDate":1548358456.822379,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bakkt-bitcoin-futures-contract-details-released","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1917,"articleId":"5675e13a-6eea-461d-801a-e8032f54e3c2","title":"🐦 Robinhood Crypto coming to New York after firm nabs coveted BitLicense","content":"[Robinhood Crypto] (https://crypto.robinhood.com/), the subsidiary of the online broker firm Robindhood, has received a BitLicense from the state of New York according to a company statement. BitLicenses are notoriously difficult to get, making Robinhood the 14th firm to receive the regulatory license. Robinhood Crypto currently offers six cryptocurrencies, including Bitocin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) and does business in 30 states.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/24/robinhood-crypto-coming-to-new-york-after-firm-nabs-coveted-bitlicense/\"}]","publishDate":1548378000,"createDate":1548357357.849226,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"robinhood-crypto-coming-to-new-york-after-firm-nabs-coveted-bitlicense","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1914,"articleId":"fa950c5d-0638-4f79-a163-e077bbb399dd","title":"👍 Crypto OTC services now available on Binance","content":"Cryptocurrency exchange [Binance] (https://www.binance.com/en) has launched an over-the-counter (OTC) exchange, allowing for quick and easy settlement of large cryptocurrency transactions. Binance OTC has 80 cryptocurrencies available. To access Binance OTC, a level two verified account is necessary and trades must exceed 20 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Binance\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.binance.com/en/blog/294786426278453248\"}]","publishDate":1548356400,"createDate":1548354239.110517,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-otc-services-now-available-on-binance","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1912,"articleId":"dcf9357e-cb16-4821-aeae-c61e33b71020","title":"📈 [Analysis] Data shows Bitcoin’s price volatility has been declining over its 10 year history - Kyle Torpey","content":"The history of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) is the story of decreasing volatility. While crazy price movements such as November's 43.5% drop in 11 days are often cited, Bitcoin typically moves in tighter ranges than many other asset classes, including gold at times. Even more so, the moments of greatest volatility are becoming mundane compared to the past. For example, 2017's peak price crash stood at only 7.71%, before tumbling further, compared to 2013's 12.57% dive. As Bitcoin has transitioned from a cryptocurrency to a digital asset, it has become a less volatile store of value.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"LongHash\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.longhash.com/news/data-shows-bitcoins-price-volatility-has-been-declining-over-its-10-year-history\"}]","publishDate":1548349200,"createDate":1548293615.950503,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-data-shows-bitcoin-s-price-volatility-has-been-declining-over-its-10-year-history-kyle-torpey","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1910,"articleId":"3a649a4b-7b9a-4a19-9359-d319766cd7cc","title":"🐜 Antminer in China particularly attacked by virus hAnt for BTC ransom","content":"According to local crypto media Yibenchain, the last few months have seen Chinese miners being attacked from a new virus, hAnt. Believed to be an overclocking firmware virus that overrides cooling protocol, the hAnt hacker demands ten Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ransom at the threat of overheating mining machines and further spreading the virus. Mining operators have limited options, all of which are costly such as reformatting SD cards, replacing byte libraries, or selling the machines.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"8btc\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.8btc.com/antminer-in-china-particularly-attacked-by-virus-hant-for-btc-ransom\"}]","publishDate":1548327600,"createDate":1548290349.570228,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"antminer-in-china-particularly-attacked-by-virus-hant-for-btc-ransom","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1909,"articleId":"5786cbcc-f781-4fbd-afe3-4d0419b0de33","title":"Samsung Blockchain KeyStore confirmed by Galaxy S10 leaked images","content":"Leaked images online confirm the pressing arrival of Samsung's Blockchain KeyStore app. Images show wallet options for importing an existing wallet or setting one up. The wallet is claimed to host Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), Ethereum-derived token ERC20, and Bitcoin Cash ([$BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)) and have tools for accessing transaction history, saving digital currency, and storage of private and public keys, among other features.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SamMobile\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.sammobile.com/2019/01/23/samsung-blockchain-keystore-galaxy-s10-leaked-images/\"}]","publishDate":1548320400,"createDate":1548289125.756731,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"samsung-blockchain-keystore-confirmed-by-galaxy-s10-leaked-images","type":"summary","tags":["eth","bch","btc"]},{"rowId":1907,"articleId":"a4b476a1-bdbe-4cf3-a359-1707c8921115","title":"🕵️ The mystery Of the Bitcoin nonce pattern","content":"On Jan. 4, 2019, Twitter user [@100trillionUSD] (https://twitter.com/100trillionUSD/status/1081217034485149697) posted a graph of nonce patterns spanning Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) history. It showed patterns in what should be a chaotic system since about block 40,000. Four horizontal patterns are easily discernible across equidistant nonce values. Nonce's are part of the block header and introduce entropy to drive the difficulty of Proof-of-Work (PoW) mining. [TokenAnalyst] (https://twitter.com/thetokenanalyst/status/1088089854964105216?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1088089854964105216&refurl=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.bitmex.com%2Fthe-mystery-of-the-bitcoin-nonce-pattern%2F) and BitMEX research overlaid Bitcoin's nonce distribution with color assortments of active mining pools, discovering [Antpool] (https://www.antpool.com/) correlates more highly than other pools such as [Bitfury] (https://bitfury.com/) or [Slushpool] (https://slushpool.com/home/) with the patterns. Further analyses showed block 40,000 aligns with the speculated arrival of covert [AsicBoost] (https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/breaking-down-bitcoins-asicboost-scandal/). However, these correlations lack substantiation, leaving the trail cold for now.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"BitMEX Research\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.bitmex.com/the-mystery-of-the-bitcoin-nonce-pattern/\"}]","publishDate":1548306000,"createDate":1548287235.165369,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"the-mystery-of-the-bitcoin-nonce-pattern","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1903,"articleId":"beef209e-15fc-4f45-b135-db36aad633d0","title":"🇨🇭 Xapo shifting services from Hong Kong to Switzerland","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) wallet [Xapo] (https://xapo.com/) is moving operations from Hong Kong to Switzerland over regulatory clarity concerns. President Ted Rogers expressed frustration with Hong Kong's \"opaqueness\" and believes Swiss regulators are more \"smart, interested and sophisticated in dealing with the financial markets.” Support for non-U.S. accounts will move to Switzerland, while cash operations will be carried out in London.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SwissInfo\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/bitcoin-vault_xapo-shifting-services-from-hong-kong-to-switzerland/44695988\"}]","publishDate":1548298800,"createDate":1548265663.381919,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"xapo-shifting-services-from-hong-kong-to-switzerland","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1899,"articleId":"0aa5bb53-d745-4ea9-94da-68fc985a5fc1","title":"📈 [Analysis] Crypto Is Not An Asset Class - Jill Carlson","content":"Cryptocurrencies should not be valued as an asset class, but as asset classes. Increasingly, capital flight to cryptocurrencies as a store of value demands a reexamination of cryptocurrencies definition. Lumping Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) into the same category as other cryptocurrencies, moreover, changes real valuations of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This lumping is fundamentally unfair and akin to using similar analytical means to evaluate Venezuelan debt, gold, or an IPO's solvency. So, the best way to analyze crypto assets is to separate it from Bitcoin and weigh it by its own purported values.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@jillcarlson/crypto-is-not-an-asset-class-dd28597951b3\"}]","publishDate":1548262800,"createDate":1548258069.296024,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-crypto-is-not-an-asset-class-jill-carlson","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1897,"articleId":"2a93b013-5c39-459f-8121-0a5b155d3799","title":"😠 Tax nightmare: 10,000 Bitcoin trades net Swedish man nearly $1 million in taxes","content":"Swedish crypto trader Linus Dunker is looking at an almost $1 million bill after being audited by the Swedish Tax Authority (STA). According to Dunker, 2014 filing laws were not made clear until 2016, but by 2018 he was being audited for 'improper' 2014 filings which did not properly deduct his cash purchases of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). Dunker claims he is being taxed 300% of total earnings and that the STA is treating his trades as business and not personal activities.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/tax-nightmare-10000-bitcoin-trades-net-swedish-man-nearly-1-million-in-taxes/\"}]","publishDate":1548255600,"createDate":1548208057.189391,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"tax-nightmare-10-000-bitcoin-trades-net-swedish-man-nearly-1-million-in-taxes","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1898,"articleId":"bf17e58b-6f00-4265-9a56-31a5ba3d58f6","title":"🤯 [Analysis] Beyond the doomsday economics of “proof-ofwork” in cryptocurrencies - Raphael Auer ","content":"In this BIS working paper, Raphael Auer claims Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) underlying Proof-of-Work (PoW) algorithm must be abandoned due to the future lack of mining profitability in the face of decreasing transaction fees. When mining becomes increasingly costly, such as in Q4 2018, the security of the Bitcoin blockchain comes under scrutiny as a final payment settler. Auer uses the concept of \"economic payment finality,\" wherein it is asked if a double spending attack is profitable or not, to analyze PoW. He finds that as mining rewards shrink per the halving schedule, transaction fees will not necessarily rise, leading to excess hashing power which could threaten a 51% double spend attack. Secondly, the \"Tragedy of the Common Chain,\" where transactions free ride on the lowest transaction fee provider, will become predominant as mining rewards shrink. PoW, with excess hashing power and low transaction fees, will fall apart as a secure final payment settler. This doomsday scenario, therefore, necessitates a switch to alternative methods such as Proof-of-Stake.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Bank for International Settlements\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bis.org/publ/work765.htm\"}]","publishDate":1548219600,"createDate":1548214194.466501,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-beyond-the-doomsday-economics-of-proof-ofwork-in-cryptocurrencies-raphael-auer","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1889,"articleId":"550a8807-d558-4330-91e4-8bd7f0d69518","title":"😮 Global blockchain unicorn Bitfury launches music business","content":"Blockchain company [Bitfury] (https://bitfury.com/) has announced a new open source platform \"SurroundTM\" to be launched on Bitcoin's([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) blockchain. The platform is tasked with sharing copyright and intellectual property information quicker for increased monetization and and security. After a recent fundraising round, Bitfury is now valued at over $1 billion, according to Reuters.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-blockchain-bitfury/global-blockchain-unicorn-bitfury-launches-music-business-idUSKCN1PA0Q9\"}]","publishDate":1548190800,"createDate":1548177189.012001,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"global-blockchain-unicorn-bitfury-launches-music-business","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1886,"articleId":"a7092878-3d27-4f6e-9a1d-e6e2eae5e969","title":"🇰🇷 Crypto exchange CEO sentenced to 3-year jail term for faking trading volume","content":"CEO of Korean cryptocurrency exchange Komid, along with a team member, were sentenced to three and two years jail respectively for faking trade volumes and deceiving investors. CEO Hyunsuk Choi was found guilty of using fake accounts and trading bots to undertake millions of transactions resulting in $45 million worth of fees in Jan. 2018 as well as embezzling funds through Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) transfers to a personal wallet.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-exchange-ceo-sentenced-to-3-year-jail-term-for-faking-trading-volume\"}]","publishDate":1548169200,"createDate":1548130494.338083,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-exchange-ceo-sentenced-to-3-year-jail-term-for-faking-trading-volume","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1882,"articleId":"d351fe1d-96cb-4200-87cf-6090beb709a1","title":"🗻 Digital Garage to test yen-pegged stablecoin on Blockstream Network","content":"Internet context company [Digital Garage] (https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=9265491) is teaming with Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) infrastructure startup [Blockstream] (https://blockstream.com/) to launch a trial run of a yen backed stablecoin. Digital Garage subsidiary Crypto Garage says the yen-stablecoin will trade on Blockstream's Liquid network against Liquid's Bitcoin pegged token, Liquid Bitcoin (L-BTC). Although only slated to last the year, this is the first proof-of-concept trial to be managed by Japanese regulators.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/digital-garage-to-test-yen-pegged-stablecoin-on-blockstream-network\"}]","publishDate":1548147600,"createDate":1548123946.722136,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"digital-garage-to-test-yen-pegged-stablecoin-on-blockstream-network","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1879,"articleId":"1f575d6a-aa50-424d-9133-743971a5d448","title":"😟 South Korean exchange loses $5 Million in accidental Bitcoin airdrop","content":"A computer error changed cryptocurrency exchange [Coinnest's] (https://www.coinnest.co.kr/) airdrop from We Game Tokens (WGT) to Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). Some $5.3 billion worth of Bitcoin was sent to airdrop participants along with an unstated amount of Korean won. Coinnest has asked users to return funds and is rolling back transactions to restore lost assets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/south-korean-exchange-loses-5-million-in-accidental-bitcoin-airdrop\"}]","publishDate":1548118800,"createDate":1548102733.451574,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"south-korean-exchange-loses-5-million-in-accidental-bitcoin-airdrop","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1875,"articleId":"789c3fb9-b21b-43ec-aacf-b063cfac36bf","title":"#️⃣ [Analysis] Selfish mining in Ethereum - Jianya Nin and Chen Feng","content":"Jianya Nin and Chen Feng of the University of British Columbia analyze selfish mining in Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), claiming through both theory and empirical research that Ethereum is more vulnerable than Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). Selfish mining is the pooling of hashing power to increase rewards. In Proof-of-Work (PoW) systems like Bitcoin and Ethereum, a certain threshold of mining power must be reached before rewards are large enough to justify selfish mining. Selfish mining, furthermore, can have different ends: controlling the ledger to allow double spending--as in a 51% attack--or pooling hashing to gain extra rewards versus other miners. While Bitcoin has only to worry about the former, Ethereum has both problems. Nin and Feng find [Ethereum's uncle and nephew] (https://blog.ethereum.org/2016/10/31/uncle-rate-transaction-fee-analysis/) reward system, which were designed to limit centralization in mining, actually do the opposite. By playing the hashing game right, the hashing power necessary for profitable selfish mining is decreased substantially. Simulating a system of 1000 miners in 10 mining sessions of 100,000 blocks, Nin and Feng show that miners have an incentive to mine selfishly at just 16.3% of total hashing power. While not against uncle and nephew rewards per se, Nin and Feng argue that a change to the reward structure for uncle and nephew rewards is necessary to decrease the probability of selfish mining.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"University of British Columbia (Okanagan Campus)\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://arxiv.org/pdf/1901.04620.pdf\"}]","publishDate":1548090000,"createDate":1548087389.160201,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-selfish-mining-in-ethereum-jianya-nin-and-chen-feng","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1874,"articleId":"a2343448-5fdb-4e43-8a0b-7bd3472a0df2","title":"🤫 Daily bitcoin transactions on darknet markets doubled throughout 2018: report","content":"According to research from [Chainanalysis] (https://www.chainalysis.com/), the use of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) as a payment method on dark web market sites doubled from the beginning of 2018 till years end, peaking at about $2 million per day. Overall, 2018 saw a lower volume spent than 2017, from $700 million to $600 million. Chainalysis correlates the 2018 increase in activity but drop in total volume to the closures of websites AlphaBay and Hansa in mid-2017, which caused a momentary market dip.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currencies/daily-bitcoin-transactions-on-darknet-markets-doubled-throughout-2018-report-idUSKCN1PC1OE?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1548082800,"createDate":1548024751.081486,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"daily-bitcoin-transactions-on-darknet-markets-doubled-throughout-2018-report","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1873,"articleId":"fd4890f2-8f6c-4491-9792-d569b6b337fe","title":"🇵🇭 Indonesia’s first billion-dollar unicorn acquires Philippine Bitcoin Wallet","content":"Indonesian ride-sharing platform [Go-Jek] (https://www.go-jek.com/) has acquired a majority stake in Filipino cryptocurrency wallet and payment service [Coins.ph] (https://coins.ph/) for $72 million. Coins.ph allows for the buying of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Bitcoin Cash ([BCH] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin-cash)), and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), a cryptocurrency wallet, and a beta cryptocurrency exchange, [Coins Pro] (https://pro.coins.asia/). This is Go-Jek's second attempt at entering the Filipino market, the first being slapped down earlier this month by a regulatory board when it attempted to get a Manila ride hailing service license.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/indonesias-first-billion-dollar-unicorn-acquires-philippine-bitcoin-wallet/\"}]","publishDate":1548075600,"createDate":1548010653.320076,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"indonesia-s-first-billion-dollar-unicorn-acquires-philippine-bitcoin-wallet","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1870,"articleId":"04a69868-4d7d-48eb-b5bf-adc772793321","title":"🇨🇱 Chilean taxpayers must report cryptocurrency profits to Chilean IRS: local media","content":"Chileans must now report income made on the sale of foreign fiat and cryptocurrency, according to Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) news agency Diario Bitcoin. As reported on Jan. 17th, the Chilean Internal Revenue Service (SII) changed their 2018 standards at the end of 2018, making reporting mandatory.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/chilean-taxpayers-must-report-cryptocurrency-profits-to-chilean-irs-local-media\"}]","publishDate":1548054000,"createDate":1548007916.174724,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"chilean-taxpayers-must-report-cryptocurrency-profits-to-chilean-irs-local-media","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1863,"articleId":"130923b2-5044-4650-9fc3-70ce4407c8a1","title":"🤩 Huobi’s crypto derivatives market has already passed $20 billion in trades","content":"Crytpocurrency exchange [Huobi's] (https://www.huobi.com/) crypto derivative market has now seen up to $20 billion in total trade volume to date. The mark, met on Jan. 12th, came only two weeks after surpassing the $10 billion on Dec. 28th. Huobi holds derivatives in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), and EOS ([EOS] (https://messari.io/asset/eos)).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/huobis-crypto-derivatives-market-has-already-passed-20-billion-in-trades/\"}]","publishDate":1547845200,"createDate":1547778941.250763,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"huobi-s-crypto-derivatives-market-has-already-passed-20-billion-in-trades","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1866,"articleId":"7fc12117-7602-44ee-95f5-d90803e45d5b","title":"🤝 [Analysis] Handshake is attempting to make the Internet more open - Steven Zheng","content":"Handshake is the anti-DNS hierarchy project that seeks to upend the entire internet structure as we know it. Run on private donations and sales of its HNS native token, Handshake is looking to replace the hierarchical DNS internet structure with a take from Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) book: blockchain, smart contracts, and incentives. Essentially, the internet is structured via ownership of domain names, from the basic URL all the way to the root zone file (.com., .net, .gov). At the top, root services are controlled by central authorities then controlled by the [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)] (https://www.iana.org/domains/root/servers). Handshake wants to do away with this power tower, which has all the logical drawbacks of centralization, and replace it with a blockchain registry and bidding system via its smart contract system, Covenant. Ownership of domains will be available to all via bidding, creating a more transparent internet. Domain bidding will take place under the [Vickrey Auction] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickrey_auction) system, which seals bids until counting, among other things. All bidding will take place on Handshake's token, HNS. Although boasting a star studded cast, Handshake has a large task ahead of it: moving billions off the DNS system and onto its own vision of the internet.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/17/handshake-is-attempting-to-make-the-internet-more-open/\"}]","publishDate":1547830800,"createDate":1547783293.400131,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-handshake-is-attempting-to-make-the-internet-more-open-steven-zheng","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1865,"articleId":"3e93e2d4-9e36-430f-b41f-91e8bc443d2e","title":"🎓 MIT, Stanford researchers to fund new ‘globally scalable’ cryptocurrency, ‘Unit-e’","content":"Researchers from MIT, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley, are claiming to have developed a \"better Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)).\" The project is funded by [Distributed Technologies Research (DTR)] (https://dtr.org/) and [Pantera Capital] (https://www.panteracapital.com/). The new cryptocurrency, dubbed \"Unit-e,\" will be able to process 10,000 transactions per second.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/mit-stanford-researchers-to-fund-new-globally-scalable-cryptocurrency-unit-e\"}]","publishDate":1547787600,"createDate":1547780288.239758,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"mit-stanford-researchers-to-fund-new-globally-scalable-cryptocurrency-unit-e","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1855,"articleId":"8f438f81-0c1b-4b4c-82c0-30398c1b6998","title":"😊 Grin is second cryptocurrency after Bitcoin on forum bitcointalk","content":"Privacy cryptocurrency Grin, which launched yesterday Jan. 16th, will now be accepted by forum bitcointalk. The forum, which did not accept any other cryptocurrency besides Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), had noted enthusiasm for exciting new features which are \"clearly built in the same cypherpunk spirit that Bitcoin was.\"","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcointalk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5098450.0\"}]","publishDate":1547780400,"createDate":1547770639.262391,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"grin-is-second-cryptocurrency-after-bitcoin-on-forum-bitcointalk","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1852,"articleId":"b8ccbd26-e821-42f0-8d2a-ea3adf8e5786","title":"🏧 Cryptocurrency at the grocery store: Coinstar launches bitcoin purchasing feature at kiosks","content":"Coins into cash kiosk company Coinstar has partnered and invested an undisclosed amount into [Coinme] (https://coinme.com/), the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ATM startup. The Seattle companies have operational kiosks in California, Texas, and Washington at Albertsons and Safeway stores to date.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"GeekWire\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.geekwire.com/2019/can-now-buy-bitcoin-coinstar-kiosks/?fbclid=IwAR0yGRKIMZQTUjrT_AtL2eqlp3RfONBJ3txg96tN9eAq_UagXTVlvuil04M\"}]","publishDate":1547773200,"createDate":1547751822.37515,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cryptocurrency-at-the-grocery-store-coinstar-launches-bitcoin-purchasing-feature-at-kiosks","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1851,"articleId":"6cd70adb-1b4c-4cfa-80a6-968c2ea6c8fa","title":"⚡ Bifury brings Lightning Network payments to the first Bitcoin exchange","content":"[Bitfury's Lightening Peach] (https://lightningpeach.com/) has teamed up with cryptocurrency exchange [BTCBIT] (https://btcbit.net/) to bring [Lightning Network] (https://lightning.network/) capabilities to the exchange. Lightning Network is a secondary layer protocol on the Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) state which allows for quick, non-blockchain recorded transactions through a Lightning tunnel. BTCBIT will use the new technology to quicken transactions for customers, although fiat on-and-off ramping via the SWIFT and SEPA systems is proving to slow the overall transaction rate considerably.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoinist\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinist.com/bitfury-lightning-network-btcbit/\"}]","publishDate":1547766000,"createDate":1547751137.622693,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bifury-brings-lightning-network-payments-to-the-first-bitcoin-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1848,"articleId":"392b8550-da44-49e0-95de-5a7b8202089c","title":"🇨🇳 [Analysis] China’s monetary easing may provide an unexpected boost for Bitcoin - Patrick Tan","content":"At the beginning of January, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) injected $117 billion into the Chinese economy, a move Patrick Tan correlates with capital flight to Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). The Chinese economy is facing some major hurdles: high debt levels, a rogue shadow banking industry, and failed work projects doting the countryside. Moody's Analytics shows the amount of capital to raise GDP a given level has doubled since 2007. In light of this, the PBoC has injected fiat currency into the economy to spur economic growth by cutting bank reserve requirements by one percent. Additionally, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with three of the largest commercial banks at the beginning of this month to push for increased lending to smaller banks and projects. Tan, examining the historic Mandate of Heaven--the social contract between the Chinese government and people based on economic conditions--sees problems ahead. In the mean time, however, Tan believes capital flight to Bitcoin, which already operates at a premium on the local market, should see a resurgence regardless of the scrutiny it receives from the communist government.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/altcoin-magazine/chinas-monetary-easing-may-provide-an-unexpected-boost-for-bitcoin-760e9424907\"}]","publishDate":1547744400,"createDate":1547694981.172184,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"analysis-china-s-monetary-easing-may-provide-an-unexpected-boost-for-bitcoin-patrick-tan","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1845,"articleId":"414a818b-f18b-4ab2-a41b-ce7396461111","title":"🤭 Ripple: only XRP private keys that used software from before August 2015 are vulnerable","content":"Software libraries published my Ripple ([XRP] (https://messari.io/asset/ripple)) before August 2015 have rendered private keys that have undergone multiple transactions vulnerable. Researchers from the [DFINITY Foundation] (https://dfinity.org/) and the University of California successfully cracked Ehtereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) Ripple, HTTPS, and SSH private keys via biased nonces that make computation of \"long-term private key trivial to compute.\" Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithms (ECDSA), which prohibits private key cracking in this manner, was only implemented on the Ripple network as of 2015.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/ripple-only-xrp-private-keys-that-used-software-from-before-august-2015-are-vulnerable\"}]","publishDate":1547722800,"createDate":1547688944.580315,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"ripple-only-xrp-private-keys-that-used-software-from-before-august-2015-are-vulnerable","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1842,"articleId":"38152c01-ca85-4e13-903c-313c76cd2301","title":"📋 [Analysis] Mine the gap: Bitcoin and the maintenance of trustlessness - Gili Vidan and Vili Lehdonvirta","content":"In this piece, Harvard's Gili Vidan and Oxford's Vili Lehdonvirta explore trust maintenance in Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) decentralized system. \"Trust in code\" is a popular rally cry for Bitcoiners and fans of decentralized systems. Yet, no software is perfect. Moments of crisis have brought power players to the forefront. By analyzing three breakdowns--2014's Mt Gox, 2015's block size battle, and 2014's [GHash.IO] (http://ghash.io/) 51% mining pool--Vidan and Lehdonvirta come to four popular arguments that maintain trust in Bitcoin's imperfect code.\n \nFirst, Nakamoto's one-CPU-one-vote protocol. The ambiguity of this statement in context of pro-bitcoin arguments \"portray(s) (Bitcoin) as a self-regulating system not susceptible to human foibles.\" Next, an appeal to market actors as rational and self-interested. This was largely seen during GHash.IO's rise to 51% of the mining pool. Gavin Andresen argued that it was against the mining companies interest to attack the network. Regardless of the validity of his point, this argument leads to notions of \"techno-utopianism.\" Thirdly, an appeal to technical expertise. An appeal to technical knowledge is often touted over others, leading to conformity and consensus in the Bitcoin community. Lastly, blaming crises on temporary bugs. Vidan and Lehdonvirta amount this argument to an appeal to authority: Nakamoto's vision wherein the perfect code is almost within reach. To conclude, Vidan and Lehdonvirta are critical of techno-utopianism and push for the creation of fair political institutions for decentralized decision making.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Sage Journals\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1461444818786220\"}]","publishDate":1547701200,"createDate":1547683580.891759,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-mine-the-gap-bitcoin-and-the-maintenance-of-trustlessness-gili-vidan-and-vili-lehdonvirta","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1841,"articleId":"6c89fcd4-cb9d-4183-9a0f-2ae2ecf57b12","title":"🏝️ Binance targets EU, UK traders with new fiat-to-crypto exchange","content":"[Binance] (https://www.binance.com/en) is launching a new fiat on-ramp on the island of Jersey, a British self-governing dependent off the Northern French coast, Binance Jersey. The exchange, which is an independent entity from parent company Binance, will focus on Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)), the British Pound, and Euro. Binance CFO Wei Zhou says, \"Binance selected Jersey for its highly developed digital infrastructure, robust regulatory framework, and world-class financial services sector.\"","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/binance-targets-eu-uk-traders-with-new-fiat-to-crypto-exchange\"}]","publishDate":1547694000,"createDate":1547678434.839529,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"binance-targets-eu-uk-traders-with-new-fiat-to-crypto-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1839,"articleId":"2ccf8ff6-8259-4c86-b39b-3044c92ba9f3","title":"😟 U.S. investors lost $1.7 billion after selling bitcoin, but many don’t plan to deduct it. Here’s why they should.","content":"According to a Credit Karma survey, 55% of Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) investors do not think they need to report earnings or losses to the IRS based on how little they gained or lost. Credit Karma research reveals Bitcoin investors who sold last year lost some $1.7 billion at $718 per person. A separate question shows that 53% of investors will report, 35% do not plan to do so, and 19% are undecided for the upcoming tax season.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Credit Karma\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.creditkarma.com/insights/i/investors-lost-1-7-billion-bitcoin-but-dont-plan-to-deduct/\"}]","publishDate":1547679600,"createDate":1547657731.359675,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"u-s-investors-lost-1-7-billion-after-selling-bitcoin-but-many-don-t-plan-to-deduct-it-here-s-why-they-should","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1829,"articleId":"68b69a4a-f019-4d31-bbf5-65cdc7ba5e13","title":"😏 OKCoin lists Tron cryptocurrency, claims it’s not a security","content":"Cryptocurrency exchange [OKCoin] (https://www.okcoin.com/lang/en-US/) has listed Tron ([$TRX] (https://messari.io/asset/tron)) with CEO Tim Byun labeling it a utility, not security. OKCoin is a fully compliant exchange under U.S. financial law and therefore does not list securities. In an interview with CCN, Byun said OKCoin was impressed with the Tron team and general demand for the token. Tron will be tradable against USD., Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/okcoin-lists-tron-cryptocurrency-claims-its-not-a-security/\"}]","publishDate":1547629200,"createDate":1547601868.13861,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"okcoin-lists-tron-cryptocurrency-claims-it-s-not-a-security","type":"summary","tags":["trx","eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1826,"articleId":"4b02673e-1bcd-4743-8367-5f3da8d851c7","title":"⚡ [Analysis] The growth of the Lightning Network has been remarkable. But there’s a catch - Larry Cermak","content":"Analysis from [the Block's] (https://www.theblockcrypto.com/) Larry Cermak, shows the [Lightening Network (LN)] (https://lightning.network/) is still dominated by a few node owners which he identifies as a problem going forward. Since it came online last year, LN saw an explosion of growth, now standing at some 2,800 nodes with active channels and about 20,000 total channels. Yet, a common complaint leveled at the LN is the centralized growth pattern it is undertaking. Running a node on the LN is typically undertaken by the technically proficient, creating big actors in the space who dominate the network. Cermak examined one such actor, LNBIG.com, and found that the 20 nodes they run (0.7% of total LN nodes) account for 64% of the networks capacity. According to co-founder of Lightning Labs Elizabeth Stark, LNBIG is in it for routing fees. To Cermak, however, such centralization in what is touted as a secondary layer for the most decentralized currency, Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), seems dishonest at best. While he notes the data is favorable in regards to the future of the LN, he states users should be made aware of large actor domination of the LN.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/15/the-growth-of-the-lightning-network-has-been-remarkable-but-theres-a-catch/\"}]","publishDate":1547614800,"createDate":1547576505.359288,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-the-growth-of-the-lightning-network-has-been-remarkable-but-there-s-a-catch-larry-cermak","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1822,"articleId":"ea35a618-4f8c-4696-b465-b964bf00ba68","title":"📈 European blockchain startup launches trading in tokenized securities","content":"[Currency.com] (https://currency.com/), a Belarus blockchain startup, has launched a fully regulated tokenized securities trading platform. The exchange will allow for the trading and investing of financial investments via Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) or Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)). The platform will begin with 150 tokenized securities with up to 10,000 possible listings in the future.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/european-blockchain-startup-launches-trading-in-tokenized-securities\"}]","publishDate":1547586000,"createDate":1547572507.29955,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"european-blockchain-startup-launches-trading-in-tokenized-securities","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1819,"articleId":"7556bf6c-496e-4072-8c81-4cd8506a905d","title":"🔥 Crypto asset manager LedgerX launches Bitcoin volatility index","content":"LedgerX] (https://ledgerx.com/) has launched a Bitcoin ([$BTC) volatility index, LedgerX Volatility Index (LXVX), which will be regulated by the CFTC. The index measures fear, uncertainty, and doubt, often termed FUD, in the Bitcoin market using in house data from LedgerX's Bitcoin options platform. The company hopes to make LXVX a tradable platform in the future.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-asset-manager-ledgerx-launches-bitcoin-volatility-index\"}]","publishDate":1547564400,"createDate":1547510260.811257,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-asset-manager-ledgerx-launches-bitcoin-volatility-index","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1816,"articleId":"d6642d6d-6396-4c73-bc24-77ffcef486a1","title":"🇷🇺 Russia plans to tackle US sanctions with Bitcoin investment, says Kremlin economist","content":"The Russian Federation is looking to buy up to $10 billion in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), according to a Kremlin economist. Vladislav Ginko of the state funded Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration told the Telegraph that Putin's Russia is investing in the digital asset to circumvent U.S. sanctions and undermine the U.S. dollar. Russia has divested from U.S. Treasuries over 2018, buying alternative currencies like the Chinese Yuan, Euro, and Japanese Yen. If true, the Bitcoin purchase would amount to one-sixth of the current market cap.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Telegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/01/14/russia-plans-tackle-us-sanctions-bitcoin-investment-says-kremlin/\"}]","publishDate":1547542800,"createDate":1547508601.93205,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"russia-plans-to-tackle-us-sanctions-with-bitcoin-investment-says-kremlin-economist","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1813,"articleId":"948ab573-a016-4396-98b3-9a7bc6098e57","title":"🔊 [Analysis] Unpacking Bitcoin’s assurances - Nic Carter","content":"Nic Carter defines the various guarantees that give Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) value and the threats leveled against it from personal acquisition to exit of Bitcoin. Carter selects five points: open access, seizure resistance, censorship resistant, counterfeit resistance, and free exit. Of the five, three have serious threats from government interventionism: access, censorship, and exit. Accessing and exiting Bitcoin is dependent on the method of choice: using a well known exchange can result in third parties knowing more information about your purchase than you would otherwise care to tell. For censorship, Carter notes that state action against decentralized systems like Bitcoin come at tremendous cost to the attacking party. Cutting the internet is often the only solution for the state, which bears a hefty price. Looking back at all five, Carter labels direct threats and entrepreneurial innovations or real features of Bitcoin that prevent hostile takeover: new wallets like [Wasabi] (https://www.wasabiwallet.io/) or [Samourai] (https://samouraiwallet.com/), P2P exchanges like [HodlHodl] (https://hodlhodl.com/) or [Localbitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/), and Bitcoin's Proof-of-Work and mining difficulty adjuster. His analysis, though, does leave room for doubts: third parties have impressive methods, and only a well informed user can use Bitcoin's assurances in their favor.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@nic__carter/unpacking-bitcoins-assurances-a3c98824d3f0\"}]","publishDate":1547528400,"createDate":1547493493.082675,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-unpacking-bitcoin-s-assurances-nic-carter","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1811,"articleId":"bcacc8c0-1de2-4e61-ab08-ada1eea4e66a","title":"🗾 Japan not considering approval of Bitcoin ETF, FSA denies reports","content":"A spokesperson for Japan’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) shot down speculation regarding approval of a Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) ETF. Last week, multiple news organizations including [Bloomberg] (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-07/japan-is-said-to-explore-crypto-etfs-after-snubbing-futures) reported the FSA was leaning towards approval. The FSA reasserted its anti-ETF and anti-futures position, stating it sees no need for a cryptocurrency related derivative at this time.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/japan-not-considering-approval-of-bitcoin-etf-fsa-denies-reports/\"}]","publishDate":1547514000,"createDate":1547490426.521345,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"japan-not-considering-approval-of-bitcoin-etf-fsa-denies-reports","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1807,"articleId":"1212aa93-3b96-4d25-ac87-9c47b200d798","title":"☑️ Bakkt's new acquisition will speed its plan to streamline consumer payments","content":"[Bakkt] (https://www.bakkt.com/index), the fully-federal regulated Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) warehousing and trading platform owned by ICE, has acquired assets from futures commission merchant Rosenthal Collins Group. According to an interview with CEO Kelly Loeffler, Bakkt is purchasing \"a portion of the back office operations, including compliance and treasury services, and risk management, as well as adding members of the RCG team.\" Bakkt is awaiting word from CFTC on the opening of its exchange, planned for Jan. 24th, but is being delayed by the partial government shutdown.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Fortune\",\"referenceLink\":\"http://fortune.com/2019/01/14/bakkt-acquisition-consumer-payments/\"}]","publishDate":1547492400,"createDate":1547487583.759035,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bakkt-s-new-acquisition-will-speed-its-plan-to-streamline-consumer-payments","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1804,"articleId":"19c399c0-a3bd-49f2-9b4b-575e52015615","title":"🏛️ [Analysis] Whither the price of Bitcoin - David Andolfatto and Andrew Spewak","content":"The St. Louis Federal Reserve’s David Andolfatto and Andrew Spewak argue that altcoins place a downward pressure on the purchasing power of all cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)). Using economic theory, Andolfatto and Spewak see Bitcoin bound between the ultra-bull and ultra-bear forecasts: a non-zero bottom, but no ridiculous tops. Looking at the bullish case, the tandem find that the more altcoins enter the market, the more downward pressure is put on the exchange rate between Bitcoin and altcoins. No intrinsic exchange value exists, as cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value, meaning the exchange rate could go anywhere. It is most likely the case, however, that the purchasing power of all cryptocurrencies decreases as the supply of altcoins increases, either by creation of a new project's coins or old projects releasing more. Simply, the more altcoins exist, the lower the price of Bitcoin will be compared to the alternative of Bitcoin in a less flooded cryptocurrency market. In the bearish case, Andolfatto and Spewak outline a non-zero bound bottom because of Bitcoin’s permissionless access and decentralized database system, two features that people will place value in.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"St. Louis Federal Reserve\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://files.stlouisfed.org/files/htdocs/publications/economic-synopses/2019/01/11/whither-the-price-of-bitcoin.pdf\"}]","publishDate":1547485200,"createDate":1547434973.16505,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-whither-the-price-of-bitcoin-david-andolfatto-and-andrew-spewak","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1797,"articleId":"dacad30a-8d57-4ffa-b4d9-4f0aeff68f8c","title":"📲 This scaling tech could let you sync Bitcoin straight from your phone","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) scaling project \"utrexxo\" has a functioning proof-of-concept code which could turn a mobile phone into a node. Utrexxo breaks Bitcoin transactions into UTXO sets which is the unspent transaction data on the network. By boiling down the network into UTXO sets, essentially cryptographic proofs, a hardware device unable to hold the 200 plus gigabytes of the Bitcoin state can now participate as a full node. CoinDesk noted that the functioning proof-of-concept code is only a stepping stone for the project.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/this-scaling-tech-could-let-you-sync-bitcoin-straight-from-your-phone\"}]","publishDate":1547449200,"createDate":1547416541.262951,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"this-scaling-tech-could-let-you-sync-bitcoin-straight-from-your-phone","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1773,"articleId":"0b55f610-7d42-4960-b1e6-b179757154bf","title":"🏛 Bitwise files with the US SEC for a physically held Bitcoin ETF","content":"Crypto index fund provider Bitwise Asset Management has applied with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)to offer a new Bitcoin ($BTC) ETF. According to the registration filing, the product plans to track the Bitwise Bitcoin Total Return Index, which tracks BTC prices across multiple exchanges. Bitwise would require physical Bitcoin to be held with regulated third-party custodians.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitwise-files-with-the-us-sec-for-a-physically-held-bitcoin-etf\"}]","publishDate":1547161200,"createDate":1547159397.763869,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitwise-files-with-the-us-sec-for-a-physically-held-bitcoin-etf","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1771,"articleId":"3d4008d5-f9db-4c6c-935c-a6a39bea7b78","title":"🚬 Tobacco retailers in France start selling Bitcoin","content":"Several tobacco shops in France have started selling Bitcoin($BTC) for fiat despite on-going regulatory uncertainties and Adil Zakhar, a cryptocurrency wallet developer that supported the experiment, has plans to expand the efforts to 6,500 tobacco shops by February.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Telegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/french-tobacco-shops-start-selling-bitcoin-despite-regulatory-uncertainty\"}]","publishDate":1547146800,"createDate":1547144785.636901,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"tobacco-retailers-in-france-start-selling-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1770,"articleId":"93e7a261-7173-4e3b-bbb7-e3c42bfa29ad","title":"📈 [Analysis] Bitcoin UTXO holder analysis through cycles - Delphi Digital","content":"In a follow-up report to complement their \"The State of Bitcoin\" short term outlook on the value of Bitcoin ($BTC), Delphi Digital published a robust analysis of timing future market cycles by looking at trends in UTXO sets, originally called \"hodl waves\" in a similar, earlier write up from Unchained Capital. In this report, Delphi expands on the hodl wave concept to explain why UTXO set data are valuable to timing the market and suggest frameworks for identifying when selling pressures will likely wane to forecast price movements.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Delphi Digital\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.delphidigital.io/utxo\"}]","publishDate":1547139600,"createDate":1547137756.74251,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-bitcoin-utxo-holder-analysis-through-cycles-delphi-digital","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1765,"articleId":"ed34681f-cd41-425f-b498-7159791191e1","title":"⚡️New bitrefill service aims to make lightning payments easy","content":"Bitrefill, a service that allows users to top up phone usage, pay bills, or buy gift cards, is releasing a new service to make it easier to utilize the Bitcoin ($BTC) lightning network. The new Thor service aims to allow users to use the lightning network without the technical work of opening a channel.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/new-bitrefill-service-aims-to-make-lightning-payments-easy\"}]","publishDate":1547110800,"createDate":1547091699.111172,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"new-bitrefill-service-aims-to-make-lightning-payments-easy","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1768,"articleId":"752ebad3-ac1d-4a45-bd36-05e4ff1bfc55","title":"📉 [Analysis] Crypto exchange wallet analysis shows holdings are decreasing - The Block","content":"According to data collected by The Block's Larry Cermak, the balances of exchanges' bitcoin wallets have decreased by an average of 6% since October 2018, which could indicate low levels of investor speculation or that an increasing number of customers are withdrawing their coins from exchange accounts to their own wallets. The research also notes that there are currently approximately 716,000 Bitcoin ($BTC) (4.1 percent of circulation), 7 million Ethereum ($ETH) (6.8 percent of circulation) and 1.2 billion Tether (63.5 percent of circulation) held in the publicly known wallets of crypto exchanges. Furthermore, Coinbase claimed that it had migrated as much as five percent of Bitcoin in circulation and eight percent of all Ethereum during a wallet upgrade last month, and BitMex reportedly holds at least one percent of Bitcoin in circulation meaning that exchanges likely hold at least 10 percent of all Bitcoin.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/01/09/analysis-of-cryptocurrency-exchange-wallets-shows-holdings-are-decreasing/\"}]","publishDate":1547096400,"createDate":1547098376.353442,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","authorName":"zack@messari.io","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-crypto-exchange-wallet-analysis-shows-holdings-are-decreasing-the-block","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1761,"articleId":"174989f4-3633-4a31-a734-79294307a9a8","title":"🚀 Decentralized platform Qtum introduces Bitcoin atomic swaps to Its mainnet","content":"Blockchain platform Qtum ($QTUM) is introducing Bitcoin ($BTC) atomic swaps according to a recent press release. The new technology uses Hash Time-Locked Contracts (HTLCs) technology based on the code from Decred ($DCR).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Telegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/decentralized-platform-qtum-introduces-bitcoin-atomic-swaps-to-its-mainnet\"}]","publishDate":1547074800,"createDate":1547072195.500951,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"decentralized-platform-qtum-introduces-bitcoin-atomic-swaps-to-its-mainnet","type":"summary","tags":["dcr","qtum","btc"]},{"rowId":1757,"articleId":"8ebe8435-34c2-4ecd-9a59-18a6d7d3a486","title":"🎬 Blockchain is still stuck in phase one, says McKinsey report","content":"A new report from McKinsey claims that blockchain suffers from an \"Ocaam problem\" in that it is rarely the simplest way to solve a problem to which it can be applied. The authors note that some cryptoassets, like Bitcoin ($BTC) are exceptions to this case and that some other areas such as tracking asset ownership, verifying data integrity, and following goods through global supply chains are promising.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Breaker Mag\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://breakermag.com/blockchain-is-still-stuck-in-phase-one-says-mckinsey-report/\"}]","publishDate":1547046000,"createDate":1547045860.518688,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockchain-is-still-stuck-in-phase-one-says-mckinsey-report","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1739,"articleId":"52175c7c-41d4-4ec3-b05d-b4532e9b5664","title":"💱 Crypto exchange takes on behemoths with physical bitcoin futures","content":"Coinfloor subsidiary CoinfloorEX will rebrand to Coin Futures and Lending Exchange, or CoinFLEX, as it seeks to offer crypto derivatives to Asian investors. Coinfloor co-founder Mark Lamb will serve as CEO of the new Hong Kong based business which plans to offer futures contracts on Bitcoin ($BTC), Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), and Ethereum ($ETH) with up to 20 times leverage.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-06/crypto-exchange-takes-on-behemoths-with-physical-bitcoin-futures?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1546909200,"createDate":1546888926.307545,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-exchange-takes-on-behemoths-with-physical-bitcoin-futures","type":"summary","tags":["eth","bch","btc"]},{"rowId":1719,"articleId":"b9ad82bf-4ec0-4d91-816c-11b2b3231702","title":"📔 Bitcoin Magazine launches custom block explorer","content":"Bitcoin Magazine is launching a new block explorer to honor the ten year anniversary of the Genesis Block mining. The new interface will allow for exploration of blocks on Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) blockchain, including such information as the number of transactions on a block, block height, and confirmation date by the network.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin Magazine\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoin-magazine-launches-custom-block-explorer/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1546599600,"createDate":1546571103.808509,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"bitcoin-magazine-launches-custom-block-explorer","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1709,"articleId":"1f8ca2a9-e997-4247-a3d0-75171f897ee7","title":"💬 Overstock will pay some of its 2019 taxes in Bitcoin","content":"[Overstock.com] (https://www.overstock.com/) will pay some its Ohio commercial taxes in Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) this year. The digital retail giant will be the first major company to do so after Ohio opened itself up to the Bitcoin last November. Overstock.com has accepted Bitcoin since 2014.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/overstock-will-pay-some-of-its-2019-taxes-in-bitcoin\"}]","publishDate":1546542000,"createDate":1546536943.040318,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"overstock-will-pay-some-of-its-2019-taxes-in-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1708,"articleId":"c3c51e37-9c76-4154-ae72-a336ec018a59","title":"📖 [Analysis] Four Crypto Gospels: [1] Custody - Su Zhu","content":"In this piece, Su Zhu examines the first of his four cryptocurrency \"Gospels:\" custody, professional funds, regulation clarity, and financialization. Custody is the handing off of digital asset to a third party for safe keeping. The custodian can be charged with a variety of duties from basic key storage to accounting and finance duties. Some new market actors, such as [Fidelity] (https://www.fidelity.com/) and [Bakkt] (https://www.bakkt.com/index), will see custodianship of multiple duties. In Zhu's eyes, however, custodianship is not only antithetical to two of four of Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) value propositions--censorship resistant and anti-confiscation--but it has practical problems as well. The only custodian worth trusting is an insured custodian, yet insured custody does not work: it is expensive and not socially scalable. To Zhu, third parties are necessary as not everyone is in the position to hold coins for themselves, though it is far from the best situation.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@suzhu/four-crypto-gospels-1-f152fd245824\"}]","publishDate":1546534800,"createDate":1546532429.227479,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-four-crypto-gospels-1-custody-su-zhu","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1704,"articleId":"e2947d8c-b1f8-4bde-a9dc-643d83af116d","title":"👑 Bitcoin on Path to Be Better Store of Value Than Gold, Lou Kerner Says","content":"[CryptoOracle's] (https://cryptooracle.io/) Lou Kerner said in an interview with Bloomberg that Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) could take over gold as the best store of value. Calling fiat a ponzi scheme, Kerner noted how Bitcoin's market cap has already taken over what has historically been considered the second best store of value, silver.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-12-30/bitcoin-on-path-to-be-better-store-of-value-than-gold-lou-kerner-says-video\"}]","publishDate":1546520400,"createDate":1546478246.45338,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-on-path-to-be-better-store-of-value-than-gold-lou-kerner-says","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1706,"articleId":"f217b751-855e-4556-9af0-f873a3a06e05","title":"🔭 [Analysis] Envisioning the stacks of a decentralized financial system & a decentralized internet - Vision Hill Advisors","content":"Vision Hill Advisors look at the future of decentralized systems, comparing contemporary systems to a prospective vision of the future. Vision Hill sees two immediate market consequences of decentralization which it terms the Money Stack and the Internet Stack. For the Money Stack, the advent of a new value proposition, transparency and decentralized trust, necessitates some sort of reordering of the current financial infrastructure. In this new system, Vision Hill predicts a tertiary layering: Bitcoin's blockchain ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) as a settlement layer, followed by the [Lightening Network] (https://lightning.network/) and federated sidechains on the second, concluding with decentralized lightning apps (Lapps) on a final consumer level. The Internet Stack will see a similar change, but more likely a layering on current systems rather than fundamental transformation. Vision Hill foresees a Web 3.0 that builds decentralized exchanges, financial contracts, and curation markets, alongside other developments, on top today's web, Web 2.0. But this is not all: a decentralized application layer will arise, with everything from decentralized social media platforms to decentralized insurance networks, on top of the early decentralized Web 3.0 we see today.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@visionhill_/envisioning-the-stacks-of-a-decentralized-financial-system-a-decentralized-internet-4692ed4adf8c\"}]","publishDate":1546491600,"createDate":1546483140.524707,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-envisioning-the-stacks-of-a-decentralized-financial-system-a-decentralized-internet-vision-hill-advisors","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1687,"articleId":"46c9206b-3053-49aa-ab21-f8d9fe60275e","title":"⚡ [Analysis] Why Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is ingenious - Todd Kronenberg","content":"Todd Kronenberg breaks down the accounting theory behind Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) [Lightning Network] (https://lightning.network/) (LN). The LN, Kronenberg explains, is double entry accounting layered on top of Bitcoin's triple entry accounting system, the blockchain. Triple entry accounting, however, has one obvious drawback: information dispersion. Since all transactions must go through the blockchain, it is necessarily slow. By layering double entry accounting, which involves only two actors, on top of the Bitcoin's blockchain, a system of quick transactions backed by trustless security is formed. On the LN, users can exchange assets limited to the total amount available in a LN channel. The channel is off the blockchain, but funds are secured by accounting information stored on the blockchain: the blockchain records the beginning and ending values of each LN channel, making it a closed system.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/coinmonks/why-bitcoins-lightning-network-is-the-ingenious-10dc1ad9ccae\"}]","publishDate":1546311600,"createDate":1546288899.677401,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-why-bitcoin-s-lightning-network-is-ingenious-todd-kronenberg","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1682,"articleId":"e465a018-197a-4a02-96cc-c2b4a7758cb0","title":"📩 $182 million: ICE exchange’s Bitcoin startup Bakkt announces massive fundraise","content":"Bakkt, the global digit assets and Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) futures platform, announced its first fundraising wave to the tune of $182.5 million. Bakkt is owned by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Bakkt's launch date was moved from Jan. 24th to an undisclosed 2019 launch date earlier this week.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/182-million-ice-exchanges-bitcoin-startup-bakkt-announces-massive-fundraise\"}]","publishDate":1546282800,"createDate":1546280496.424977,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"182-million-ice-exchange-s-bitcoin-startup-bakkt-announces-massive-fundraise","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1681,"articleId":"902956de-0ecd-4c85-9062-0d99189c9abc","title":"💓 [Analysis] Liveliness of Bitcoin - Tamas Blummer","content":"Using data from the Bitcoin [($BTC)] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin) blockchain, Tamas Blummer has created a new quantitative measurement for HODLing analysis. The Bitcoin blockchain contains the ins and outs of every Bitcoin transaction to ever occur, allowing for financial insight unknown to traditional markets. Liveliness is a measurement of stake; stake is the holding period multiplied by the amount held. A ratio between one and zero, liveliness can be described as the \"inverse measure of lost or HODLed Bitcoins.\" As the inverse, Blummer concludes, liveliness can both show the movements of old and large stashes and be used as a weight against market caps, as weaker coins will have liveliness approaching zero.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@tamas.blummer/liveliness-of-bitcoin-174001d016da\"}]","publishDate":1546275600,"createDate":1546225806.42099,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-liveliness-of-bitcoin-tamas-blummer","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1679,"articleId":"990ba55d-0522-4e7e-a340-17e5e9e070de","title":"🤑 Israeli exchange to launch crypto payments API service for local businesses","content":"Tel Aviv based cryptocurrency exchange [Bits of Gold] (https://www.bitsofgold.co.il/) developed an Application Program Interface (API) for companies to accept payment in cryptocurrency and exchange for U.S.D. or Israeli Shekels. Bits of Gold hopes to issue cryptocurrency adapted cash registers soon as well as a Bitcoin [($BTC)] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin) clearing service for businesses in Q2 2019.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin News\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.bitcoin.com/israeli-exchange-to-launch-crypto-payments-api-service-for-local-businesses/\"}]","publishDate":1546268400,"createDate":1546218429.082888,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"israeli-exchange-to-launch-crypto-payments-api-service-for-local-businesses","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1674,"articleId":"4c0359ef-c957-4901-9b8a-265edac2eff6","title":"🥇 Once a rebel, Bitcoin Is conforming to mainstream markets","content":"As investors and traditional capital move into Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), Bitcoin is behaving more and more like gold. Bitcoin entrepreneur initiatives such as regulator friendly exchanges and future markets are attracting institutional money, decreasing volatility. Over the last five trading days, Bitcoin has maintained a 0.84 correlation to gold on a -1 to +1 scale.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Wall Street Journal\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.wsj.com/articles/once-a-rebel-bitcoin-is-conforming-to-mainstream-markets-11546005600\"}]","publishDate":1546038000,"createDate":1546022657.395976,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"once-a-rebel-bitcoin-is-conforming-to-mainstream-markets","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1671,"articleId":"00f53902-cb43-4239-9e2b-420a2ab3f4d8","title":"🙅🏼‍♂️ [Analysis] Tuur Demeester critiques Ethereum","content":"Crypto analyst Tuur Demeester offered his critical thoughts on Ethereum $ETH in a 50 tweet thread earlier today. Tuur said he felt a responsibility to share his concerns as an analyst given his feeling that the Ethereum community often inappropriately claims to offer many of the same solutions as Bitcoin $BTC, something he finds misleading (\"ETH is at best a science experiment”), and concerning given newcomers’ impression that Ether is a crypto “blue chip\" investment.\n\nTuur also says:\nOn scaling: \"Sharding is still a pipe dream”; “A peer review of the recent Casper / sharding white paper concluded the proposed solutions do not live up to its own claims”; “It’s unclear whether main-chain issued ERC20 type tokens will be portable to state channels (Ethereum’s version of lightning)”; “(Plasma’s) ideas were all considered previously in the “Treechains\" design process, and ultimately rejected as insecure.”\n\nOn proof-of-stake: \"Changing from proof of work to proof of stake changes the economics of the system, all the rules change and it will impact everything”; \"Proof of Stake blockchains require subjectivity (i.e. a trusted third party) to achieve consensus”; PoS hasn’t worked in the past, either and “proof-of-stake based private currency designs date at least back to 1998”; “in order to “guarantee” the transition to PoS’ utopia of perpetual income (staking coins earns interest), a “difficulty bomb” was embedded in the protocol, which supposedly would force miners to accept the transition,\" but this bomb has been repeatedly hard-forked away\n\nOn the Ethereum culture: “This has become a pattern in Ethereum’s culture: recycling old ideas while not properly referring to past research and having poor peer review standards”; one of my big concerns is that sophistry and marketing hype is a serious part of Ethereum’s success so far”; “Ethereum (has a) romance with the vague and dangerous notion of ‘social consensus’, where disruptive hard-forks are used to ‘upgrade’ or ‘optimize’ the system, which inevitably leads to increased centralization”; \"Vitalik is no stranger to embracing free lunch ideas, e.g. during his 2014 ETH announcement speech, where he described a coin with a 20% inflation tax as having “no cost” to users.\"\n\nOn programmability: Ethereum’s programmability \"was criticized by P2P & OS developers as a reckless notion, given that every smart contracts is actually a “de novo cryptographic protocol”. In other words, it’s playing with fire”; \"By now the Ethereum bloat is so bad that cheaply running an individual node is practically impossible. ETH developers are also imploring people to not deploy more smart contract apps on its blockchain.\"\n\nOn the Ethereum ICO: \"Here’s why Ethereum is dubious to me: rather than creating an open source project & testnet to work on these interesting computer science problems, its founders instead did a securities offering, involving many thousands of clueless retail investors. Investing in the Ethereum ICO was akin to buying shares in a startup that had “invent time travel” as part of its business plan. Imo it was a reckless security offering, and it set the tone for the terrible capital misallocation of the 2017 ICO boom.\n\nTuur's never one to mince words, but this one is sure to rile up a lively debate.\n\n-TBI","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"ThreadReader\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1078682801954799617.html\"}]","publishDate":1546021800,"createDate":1546019145.042974,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|117973137808464108566","authorName":"Ryan Selkis","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-tuur-demeester-critiques-ethereum","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1670,"articleId":"9eee7d05-0b01-4876-8b28-4a7f11e219d2","title":"🤡 U.S. Court Denies Craig Wright Motion to Dismiss 1.1 Million BTC Lawsuit ","content":"Interesting: A U.S. federal court denied Craig Wright's (#faketoshi) motion to dismiss a lawsuit over 1.1 million Bitcoin ($BTC) worth around $4 billion today, that the plaintiff alleges Wright seized from a former business partner as part of an early bitcoin mining operation.\n\nThat partner, Dave Kleiman, died in 2013, but the claim is being pursued by Kleimen’s brother, Ira, on behalf of Dave’s estate. CoinDesk reports six of the nine counts of Wright’s motion have been denied, and the South Florida court acknowledged the plaintiff has \"sufficiently alleged a claim for conversion” of at least 300,000 bitcoins Wright allegedly transferred to various international trusts upon Kleiman’s death.\n\nEarlier this year, Bloomberg broke down the original filing, including this gem of an accusation from Ira Kleinman regarding an old email exchange between he and Wright (following Dave’s death):\n\nIra: “Dave mentioned you had 1 million Bitcoins in the trust and since you said he has 300,000 as his part. I was figuring the other 700,000 is yours. Is that correct?”\n\nCraig: “Around that. Minus what was needed for the company’s use.”\n\nThat’s a lot of bitcoin for someone completely unrelated to Satoshi. The ball is back in Wright’s court, he needs to respond by Jan. 10 to the remaining counts.-TBI","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/craig-wright-denied-attempt-to-dismiss-lawsuit-over-billions-in-bitcoin\"}]","publishDate":1546020000,"createDate":1546015385.212825,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|117973137808464108566","authorName":"Ryan Selkis","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"u-s-court-denies-craig-wright-motion-to-dismiss-1-1-million-btc-lawsuit","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1664,"articleId":"271d92cc-4d19-4c88-a586-f863d936a5d8","title":"🔦 Phishing attack on electrum wallet nets hacker almost $1 Million in hours","content":"Electrum wallet users are experiencing a phishing attack which has netted the hacker 243 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) to date. The phishing scheme redirects users to a fake Electrum wallet via an \"updated\" URL. On Twitter, Electrum is asking its users to validate the URL before accessing their wallets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegram\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/phishing-attack-on-electrum-wallet-nets-hacker-almost-1-million-in-hours-report\"}]","publishDate":1545980400,"createDate":1545967386.604564,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"phishing-attack-on-electrum-wallet-nets-hacker-almost-1-million-in-hours","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1660,"articleId":"42afdac1-cb8f-47cf-829c-a23be4f70e88","title":"🔌 Suspected electricity thief arrested after mining $3 million in Bitcoin, Ether","content":"According to a report from EBC Dongsen News, a Mr. Yang was arrested under suspicion of stealing electricity valued at over NT$100 million ($3.25 million). Yang allegedly hired electricians at his various businesses to redesign wiring so he could evade metering and would then use the stolen electricity to mine Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum($ETH).\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/suspected-electricity-thief-arrested-after-mining-3-million-in-bitcoin-ether\"}]","publishDate":1545958800,"createDate":1545934991.882758,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"suspected-electricity-thief-arrested-after-mining-3-million-in-bitcoin-ether","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1657,"articleId":"b8897bfb-d706-41c8-92de-f5f31877e857","title":"👨‍⚖️ Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles claims innocence as trial nears end","content":"Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles claims innocence in closing arguments over alleged embezzlement and data manipulation. The Mt Gox exchange collapsed in 2014 after losing some 800,000 Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)), valued $480 million at the time. The prosecution is seeking a ten year sentence.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Desk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/former-mt-gox-ceo-mark-karpeles-claims-innocence-as-trial-nears-end\"}]","publishDate":1545937200,"createDate":1545932697.951582,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"mt-gox-ceo-mark-karpeles-claims-innocence-as-trial-nears-end","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1656,"articleId":"dc3a9c1b-d50a-4573-a9d9-8c70c7e4ccfd","title":"🏹 [Analysis] Bitcoin's incentive scheme and the rational individual - Hugo Nguyen","content":"Hugo Nguyen examines Bitcoin's [($BTC)] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin) incentive structure using behavioral economics. Nguyen begins with Expected Utility Theory, showing that humans make rational choices according to incentives. Yet, Nguyen notes other behavioral theories, such as Prospect Theory and the Selfish Gene Theory, which imply nuance in human rationality: humans operate according to incentives, but within bounds. Bitcoin, then, takes the best of behavioral economics and puts it in code. Nguyen identifies the fixed supply cap, mining subsidies, and transactions fees as powerful incentives to keep Bitcoin both alive and dominant. The lack of development incentive, conversely, Nguyen notes as a positive: development is highly subjective and incentives are better off than on-chain.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@hugonguyen/bitcoins-incentive-scheme-and-the-rational-individual-dc20effa4715\"}]","publishDate":1545930000,"createDate":1545927493.093283,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-bitcoin-s-incentive-scheme-and-the-rational-individual-hugo-nguyen","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1653,"articleId":"3cae1181-ccc1-444e-8ab2-baacfe02a509","title":"🏦 2019 will see entry of more institutional players in crypto, says Asia fintech PwC leader","content":"In an interview with Bloomberg published Dec. 24, [PricewaterhouseCoopers'] (https://www.pwc.com/) (PwC) Henri Arslanian predicted large institutional moves in the 2019 crypto market, particularly from big banks. PwC is one of the \"big four\" accounting firms and accepts Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) at its Hong Kong location. Arslanian believes increased regulatory clarity and introduction of big bank institutional knowledge will redefine the crypto market for the better.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Telegram\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/2019-will-see-entry-of-more-institutional-players-in-crypto-says-asia-fintech-pwc-leader?utm_source=telegram0&utm_medium=social\"}]","publishDate":1545908400,"createDate":1545860842.535648,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"2019-will-see-entry-of-more-institutional-players-in-crypto-says-asia-fintech-pwc-leader","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1665,"articleId":"f980c118-7b68-491a-9920-cd60b0f2329c","title":"🇻🇪 Venezuela sees biggest jump in Bitcoin volume to date","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) purchases hit the highest mark yet on the peer-to-peer exchange [Local Bitcoins] (https://localbitcoins.com/). The exchange saw an 11% increase from Dec. 15th - Dec. 22nd. Concurrently, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts Bolivar inflation to hit one million percent by the end of the month.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoinist\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinist.com/venezuela-buying-bitcoin-record-jump/\"}]","publishDate":1545901200,"createDate":1545968256.041252,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"venezuela-sees-biggest-jump-in-bitcoin-volume-to-date","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1652,"articleId":"b8b2c1c3-284f-46a6-8b31-4ffb9eacb655","title":"☺️ Bitcoin and Ethereum weekly trading volume reached 7-month highs","content":"Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) and Ethereum ([$ETH] (https://messari.io/asset/ethereum)) weekly trading volumes hit highs not seen since May 2018 at $46 billion and $18.5 billion respectively. The data shows more encouraging news as Bitcoin one year trade volume grew 153% from $870 billion to an expected $2.2 trillion. Ethereum followed suit, trading some $800 million worth of volume, about 37% of Bitcoin's volume.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/bitcoin-and-ethereum-weekly-trading-volume-reached-7-month-highs/\"}]","publishDate":1545901200,"createDate":1545859939.767234,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"bitcoin-and-ethereum-weekly-trading-volume-reached-7-month-highs","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1650,"articleId":"49607e70-57d6-4266-8f8d-78c0782131f3","title":"💲 [Analysis] What happens to Bitcoin in financial crisis? - Saifdean Ammous and Soona Amhaz","content":"Dr. Saifdean Ammous and Soona Amhaz examine Bitcoin's ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) evolution in a global financial crisis. Ammous and Amhaz utilize Exeter's Pyramid, which correlates liquidity and risk and return across financial assets and shows how highly liquid assets are non-risk averse, while less liquid assets are highly risk averse. In theory, Bitcoin's value as an international payment mechanism and its strict asset scarcity will carry Bitcoin through a global crisis which, according to Ammous and Amhaz, will likely give it an edge over gold. Indeed, the the duo conclude that a few financial crises could see a reordering of Exeter's pyramid with Bitcoin moving below gold.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Token Daily\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/what-happens-to-bitcoin-in-financial-crisis\"}]","publishDate":1545886800,"createDate":1545857427.027908,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-what-happens-to-bitcoin-in-financial-crisis-saifdean-ammous-and-soona-amhaz","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1640,"articleId":"3c057c9b-623d-4c51-b275-b4d70ef3ad8a","title":"🍁 Jordan Peterson Misses Bitcoin ($BTC) in Patreon Dispute","content":"On Dec. 25, University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson announced his move off [Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com), the content creation platform, in conjunction with intellectual thought leaders Dave Rubin and Sam Harris. Peterson, who accepts Bitcoin ([$BTC] (https://messari.io/asset/bitcoin)) donations on his website, is creating a rival censorship resistance platform to Patreon. Bitcoin enthusiasts were quick to note the missed chance to promote Bitcoin as a censorship resistant payment alternative.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"News BTC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/12/25/spurred-censorship-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1545822000,"createDate":1545790400.542019,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","authorName":"William Smith","updatorId":"google-oauth2|115829286013861749932","updatorName":"William Smith","slug":"jordan-peterson-misses-bitcoin-btc-in-patreon-dispute","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1633,"articleId":"1736d5a8-dd5f-45ae-8e09-ca28e2829faf","title":"🔎[Analysis] Don’t trust, verify: A Bitcoin Private case study - Coinmetrics","content":"According to research from Coinmetrics, the total supply of Bitcoin Private ($BTCP) is 2.04 million BTCP higher than what has been publicly stated. When BTCP, which is a fork-merge of Bitcoin ($BTC) and ZClassic ($ZCL), was created additional units were covertly minted during the import of the Bitcoin UTXOs and sent to the BTCP shielded pool, bringing the initial supply to 22.6 million compared to the ~20.4 million announced by the team. Coinmetrics shows that a large number of tokens later moved from the shielded account but due to the privacy features of the blockchain it remains unknown what happened with the additional supply.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coinmetrics\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://coinmetrics.io/bitcoin-private/\"}]","publishDate":1545670800,"createDate":1545660349.637051,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-don-t-trust-verify-a-bitcoin-private-case-study-coinmetrics","type":"summary","tags":["zcl","btcp","btc"]},{"rowId":1625,"articleId":"ead3e9c5-b937-4d1a-92ff-8ac8ec2f3aba","title":"🚔Executives at Korean crypto exchange UPbit indicted for fraud","content":"Three senior staff members, including founder Song Chi-Hyung, have been indicted by Korean prosecutors on charges of fraud. The executives are alleged to have made fraudulent transactions between late last year using a fake corporate account to make fake orders worth 254 trillion won (or $226.2 billion) to inflate trading volume figures and attract more customers to the exchange. They are also accused of selling 11,550 Bitcoin ($BTC) to customers to reap 150 billion won (or $133.8 million) through rigged transactions.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/executives-at-korean-crypto-exchange-upbit-indicted-for-fraud\"}]","publishDate":1545397200,"createDate":1545397395.918398,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"executives-at-korean-crypto-exchange-upbit-indicted-for-fraud","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1624,"articleId":"eb03bef6-c3c6-47cf-8b83-15a20a33bf6e","title":"💵Coinbase moves $5 billion, reports largest crypto transfer on record","content":"Coinbase recently completed a cold-storage upgrade that required the firm to move $5 billion in crypto, which the company claims was the largest single transfer ever. During the migration, Coinbase moved, five percent of all Bitcoin ($BTC), eight percent of all Ethereum ($ETH), and 25 percent of all Litecoin ($LTC), along with other assets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/coinbase-moves-5-billion-reports-largest-crypto-transfer-on-record\"}]","publishDate":1545303600,"createDate":1545396972.117527,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"coinbase-moves-5-billion-reports-largest-crypto-transfer-on-record","type":"summary","tags":["eth","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":1622,"articleId":"ae784490-ffba-4b4f-b8ad-032b9e36b426","title":"💵Coinbase moves $5 Billion, reports largest crypto transfer on record","content":"Coinbase recently made what it claims to be the largest transfer of cryptoassets on record. According to an announcement from the company five percent of all Bitcoin ($BTC), eight percent of all Ethereum ($ETH), and 25 percent of all Litecoin ($LTC), along with other assets were moved to new cold storage infrastructure that had been planned in secret for months.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/coinbase-moves-5-billion-reports-largest-crypto-transfer-on-record\"}]","publishDate":1545303600,"createDate":1545365988.329444,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"coinbase-moves-5-billion-reports-largest-crypto-transfer-on-record","type":"summary","tags":["eth","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":1608,"articleId":"c69cf7c2-08da-45bc-8a1d-64c72b02794d","title":"🔎Out of 460 million bitcoin addresses, only 37 percent ‘economically relevant’","content":"According to a new report from crypto research firm Chainalysis, only 37 percent (172 million) of Bitcoin ($BTC) addresses are economically relevant, meaning they are controlled by individuals or services who currently own Bitcoin. Furthermore, only 27 million of these actually hold the cryptocurrency. Of the 37 percent identified in the report 86 percent belonged to a service like an exchange or darknet market.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/report-out-of-460-million-bitcoin-addresses-only-37-economically-relevant\"}]","publishDate":1545289200,"createDate":1545279876.883062,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"out-of-460-million-bitcoin-addresses-only-37-percent-economically-relevant","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1595,"articleId":"0b585275-e652-4a44-b0ac-1c622323e2e2","title":"⚡️Tim Draper invests $1.25 Million in Bitcoin payments processor OpenNode","content":"Tim Draper has invested in OpenNode, a bitcoin-only payments processing startup that leverages the Bitcoin ($BTC) Lightning network. According to the company's announcement, the funds will be used to expand its team and add to its legal and compliance efforts.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/tim-draper-invests-1-25-million-in-bitcoin-payments-processor-opennode\"}]","publishDate":1545202800,"createDate":1545183846.699635,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"tim-draper-invests-1-25-million-in-bitcoin-payments-processor-opennode","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1584,"articleId":"957c7dfe-7914-4a76-9806-734512308790","title":"🛰Blockstream expands its Bitcoin satellite service to Asia-Pacific","content":"Blockstream has announced the expansion of its satellite services to the Asia-Pacific region. In 2017 Blockstream launched its satellite which aims to provide global coverage for Bitcoin ($BTC) transactions even without internet service.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/blockstream-expands-its-bitcoin-satellite-service-to-asia-pacific/\"}]","publishDate":1545123600,"createDate":1545109861.332028,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockstream-expands-its-bitcoin-satellite-service-to-asia-pacific","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1580,"articleId":"a4073913-e897-448e-a23f-b762089fbfc5","title":"🔁 Coinbase announces direct crypto conversions","content":"Coinbase has announced a new feature for Coinbase.com and mobile users called Convert which facilitates crypto-to-crypto transactions. Initially, customers in limited jurisdictions can convert between Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH), Ethereum Classic ($ETC), Litecoin ($LTC), 0x ($ZRX), or Bitcoin Cash ($BCH).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coinbase Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.coinbase.com/direct-crypto-conversions-on-coinbase-e458af083c62\"}]","publishDate":1545094800,"createDate":1545085339.166059,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"coinbase-announces-direct-crypto-conversions","type":"summary","tags":["etc","eth","bch","ltc","btc","zrx"]},{"rowId":1551,"articleId":"f6014f93-95d4-4ff9-949c-24bcf5373505","title":"🏦Payments startup Bitwala now offers crypto banking in Germany","content":"German crypto-payment firm Bitwala has announced a new crypto-banking service which it calls Europe's first. Through a partnership with regulated SolarisBank users can manage bitcoin ($BTC) and euro payments through a single application. Bitwala has started on-boarding 40,000 users that pre-registered and has already opened applications for new users.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/payments-startup-bitwala-now-offers-crypto-banking-in-germany\"}]","publishDate":1544706000,"createDate":1544669736.931078,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"payments-startup-bitwala-now-offers-crypto-banking-in-germany","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1544,"articleId":"4363042c-da1d-4ad9-9d4d-d757200cd7de","title":"🏛 Germany’s second largest stock exchange, SolarisBank partner to launch crypto exchange","content":"SolarisBank and Stuttgart Exchange, the second largest stock exchange in Germany, are working to develop the infrastructure for a new cryptocurrency exchange. The exchange will offer trading in bitcoin ($BTC) and ethereum ($ETH) for both retail and institutional investors with plans to expand into an ICO and secondary trading market for tokens.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/germanys-second-largest-stock-exchange-solarisbank-partner-to-launch-crypto-exchange\"}]","publishDate":1544655600,"createDate":1544636162.63949,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"germany-s-second-largest-stock-exchange-solarisbank-partner-to-launch-crypto-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1543,"articleId":"9b9eff24-bef4-44f2-a620-95c5880b5f49","title":"🔌 Cheap power is luring battered bitcoin miners to Iran","content":"As the price of bitcoin ($BTC) remains low miners are increasingly looking towards Iran as an option for cheap power to run their operations. Electricity in the country can be obtained for as little as $0.006 per kilowatt-hour which is cheap even compared to options in China. Despite the appeal for foreign companies to set up shop in the country due to issues with importing hardware to the country and sanctions from the United States.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/cheap-power-lures-crypto-miners-to-iran-but-its-not-as-easy-as-it-sounds\"}]","publishDate":1544648400,"createDate":1544635759.159211,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cheap-power-is-luring-battered-bitcoin-miners-to-iran","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1542,"articleId":"a457f57c-af25-41d7-9d1d-dad5947aa8e1","title":"🔒 Crypto platform Cubits begins insolvency procedure after alleged hack, locks users’ funds","content":"U.K. based crypto startup Cubits has filed for administration following a sudden outage that locked customer funds. The project claims that it had lost $32.8 million to fraudsters in February and was unable to recover those funds. That loss stems from a group of traders that purchased bitcoin ($BTC) on the Cubits platform and allegedly never paid the fiat balance due for the trade. Now the appointed administrators will be responsible for working with creditors in an attempt to pay back lost funds.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinTelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/crypto-platform-cubits-begins-insolvency-procedure-after-alleged-hack-locks-users-funds\"}]","publishDate":1544641200,"createDate":1544634628.579429,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"crypto-platform-cubits-begins-insolvency-procedure-after-alleged-hack-locks-users-funds","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1528,"articleId":"734f6a86-17f7-4840-a4c4-36441e93bc34","title":"🇫🇷 Blockchain-friendly UK lawmaker calls for crypto tax payments","content":"Eddie Hughes, a member of the U.K. Parliament has proposed allowing individuals to pay taxes and household bills like those to utility firms with bitcoin ($BTC) or other crypto alternatives. Hughs has long been a supporter of blockchain technology and cryptoassets and believes that further adoption is being held back by a lack of knowledge around the technology.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/blockchain-friendly-uk-lawmaker-calls-for-crypto-tax-payments\"}]","publishDate":1544547600,"createDate":1544548131.598349,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockchain-friendly-uk-lawmaker-calls-for-crypto-tax-payments","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1524,"articleId":"1c7541a0-29fa-4fed-85de-80fb13f1890d","title":"🗓 [Analysis] Bitcoin’s tech trends of 2018: what this year brought us - Aaron van Wirdum","content":"In part one of a two-part series Aaron van Wirdum reflects on Segregated Witness and the Lightning Network, two of the biggest tech topics in Bitcoin ($BTC) during 2018.\n \n\nSegregated Witness, or SegWit, was a controversial soft fork activated in August 2017 that aimed to enable second layer protocols. Adoption was slow at first, with less than 15 percent of transactions using the feature. While this has grown to around 40 percent it is still lower than some had expected by this point. On top of SegWit adoption the bech32 address format, which requires less data and therefore leads to cheaper fees, saw its first non-trivial adoption.\n \n\nLightning Network was one of the most anticipated debuts of the year, though it is still technically in a testing phase. Lightning is a second layer solution which allows for noticeably cheaper and faster transactions on top of the bitcoin network. Throughout the year a bevy of applications have been built on the network and adoption has continued to grow. Developers continue to flesh out and build the underlying codebase to support new features and traffic in the future.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin Magazine\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoins-tech-trends-2018-what-year-brought-us-part-1/\"}]","publishDate":1544504400,"createDate":1544494044.267732,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-bitcoin-s-tech-trends-of-2018-what-this-year-brought-us-aaron-van-wirdum","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1514,"articleId":"85ea081a-0040-473d-9e59-a6da5103b51a","title":"🤝 Crypto trading platform ErisX hires serial exchange founder Matt Trudeau","content":"As it looks to launch spot and futures trading early next year ErisX has hired industry veteran Matt Trudeau as chief strategy officer. Trudeau has overseen the launch of 10 exchange platforms worldwide including Instinet, Chi-X, IEX and tokenized metals platform Tradewind. ErisX, which is backed by firms like DRW, TD Ameritrade, and ConsenSys, plans to launch spot trading of bitcoin ($BTC), bitcoin cash ($BCH), litecoin ($LTC), and ethereum ($ETH) by the second quarter of 2019. Futures contracts are planned shortly after pending approval by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-trading-platform-erisx-hires-serial-exchange-founder-matt-trudeau\"}]","publishDate":1544475600,"createDate":1544464469.716096,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-trading-platform-erisx-hires-serial-exchange-founder-matt-trudeau","type":"summary","tags":["eth","bch","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":1501,"articleId":"33e816f3-8c71-45a8-b7cd-9f483eacc5c7","title":"⌛ SEC again delays decision on bitcoin ETF","content":"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended a rule change proposal allowing the nation’s first bitcoin ($BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), pushing the decision deadline to next year. In a notice posted online, the securities regulator said it was extending the review period for the ETF to Feb. 27, 2019.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"SEC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/cboebzx/2018/34-84731.pdf\"}]","publishDate":1544194800,"createDate":1544176722.51297,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"sec-again-delays-decision-on-bitcoin-etf","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1489,"articleId":"2d3f2350-2be9-4d9f-905b-316f6d046ba2","title":"💰 Institutions still bullish on crypto: Grayscale owns 1% of all bitcoin","content":"Since the start of 2018, Grayscale, owned by Digital Currency Group (DCG), has seen its bitcoin ($BTC) holdings swell to 203,000 BTC total, now accounting for more than 1 percent of the asset’s total circulating supply.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"News BTC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/12/05/institutions-still-bullish-on-crypto-grayscale-owns-1-of-all-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1544158800,"createDate":1544085469.663681,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"auth0|5bad01d9c862aa105444a773","updatorName":"zack@messari.io","slug":"institutions-still-bullish-on-crypto-grayscale-owns-1-of-all-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1491,"articleId":"f0772248-e785-4226-911e-3fbd09635584","title":"🧨 Aion token project estimates 18-month runway after bitcoin and ether sales","content":"According to Aion Foundation CEO Matt Spoke, the foundation has sold off half of the bitcoin ($BTC) and ether ($ETH) it raised in its 2017 token sale for fiat. Even after spending more than $10 million launching its unique blockchain platform and opening offices in Canada, Barbados, and China, the nonprofit had $14 million left as of Oct. 31 of this year, with $5.8 million of it in fiat.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/aion-token-sells-crypto-for-fiat\"}]","publishDate":1544151600,"createDate":1544085619.791715,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"aion-token-project-estimates-18-month-runway-after-bitcoin-and-ether-sales","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1490,"articleId":"a23364d3-5b6c-42e0-83f9-8fd97bd2d1e9","title":"🎈 Crypto fund manager Bitwise has launched two new funds to address client demand","content":"California-based Bitwise Asset Management on Wednesday announced the launch of two new crypto funds, a move that could put the firm up against one of the largest investors in the market for digital currencies. The two funds, The Bitwise Bitcoin ($BTC) Fund and the Bitwise Ethereum ($ETH) Fund, joined the asset manager’s crypto basket Bitwise 10 Private Index Fund. Bitwise says its clients have been clamoring for crypto-specific funds to invest in despite the bear market.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2018/12/05/crypto-fund-manager-bitwise-has-launched-two-new-funds-to-address-client-demand/\"}]","publishDate":1544137200,"createDate":1544085549.050614,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-fund-manager-bitwise-has-launched-two-new-funds-to-address-client-demand","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1481,"articleId":"c2067424-6845-46e3-9125-809356b79a64","title":"🤔 [Analysis] The “Bitcoin mining death spiral” debate explained – Arjun Balaji","content":"Arjun argues that Bitcoin ($BTC) is not going into a “mining death spiral.” The death spiral argument is as follows: Bitcoin prices drop materially, eventually marginally profitable miners shut off, ad infinitum, until all the miners are gone and no one mines Bitcoin.\n \nHowever, Arjun says that in an extremely unlikely scenario if hash rate dropped a lot, miners can be kept running by increasing fees. If that wasn’t enough, as a last resort, there could be an emergency fork to manually lower difficulty.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2018/12/04/the-bitcoin-mining-death-spiral-debate-explained/\"}]","publishDate":1544072400,"createDate":1544084062.371231,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"analysis-the-bitcoin-mining-death-spiral-debate-explained-arjun-balaji","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1470,"articleId":"59d2ce53-62f7-4884-8b5d-0c1ca770c7f9","title":"🔎 [Analysis] The growing focus on blockchain governance – Chris McCoy","content":"Without a clear, articulated governance structure, crypto protocols suffer from delayed decision-making and implementation as well as contentiousness around the validity of those decisions.\n\nToday, a number of forces are increasing the broader crypto communities focus on governance, with implications not only for protocols but the developers, investors and communities that surround them. There are three reasons for the growing focus:\nThe efficacy of the “governance-by-default” approach of Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH) is being tested\nA set of newly live protocols including EOS, Tezos, Dfinity and Decred are putting the governance conversation front and center by offering different versions of on-chain governance that they argue are superior to the off-chain approaches of the other protocols\nGrowing institutional engagement with crypto assets means the importance of governance models is growing\n\nWhile the problems with today’s governance models are numerous, a few stand out: efficacy and finality in “1.0” off-chain governance models, and plutocracy and populism in emerging “2.0” on-chain models.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Token Daily Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/the-growing-focus-on-blockchain-governance\"}]","publishDate":1544029200,"createDate":1543977586.029455,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-the-growing-focus-on-blockchain-governance-chris-mccoy","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1473,"articleId":"9a0e26ce-d4e8-46e3-80f4-a79c590e2031","title":"🚨 Bitcoin trader on US sanctions blacklist says he’s innocent","content":"Iranian bitcoin ($BTC) trader Mohammad Ghorbaniyan says he’s been wrongfully blacklisted, as he was not aware of the origin of his bitcoin. He was among the wallet holders whose names and blockchain addresses were added to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions list last week.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/iranian-bitcoin-trader-on-us-sanctions-blacklist-says-hes-innocent\"}]","publishDate":1544007600,"createDate":1543979782.52015,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-trader-on-us-sanctions-blacklist-says-he-s-innocent","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1466,"articleId":"caf7d499-801f-4855-afa4-ffa272dece71","title":"⚡ The Buckeye state goes all in on bitcoin","content":"Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel discussed Ohio’s pioneering move in becoming the first state in the United States to allow companies to pay their bills with bitcoin ($BTC). The policy decision was not just an effort to provide more options and ease for taxpayers, Mandel said. The state treasurer said he wanted this decision to send a statement to the industry that Ohio is a place that is embracing cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-30/the-buckeye-state-goes-all-in-on-bitcoin-jp4n54wp?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1543964400,"createDate":1543916243.51261,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"the-buckeye-state-goes-all-in-on-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1463,"articleId":"c4214509-d6ab-4ace-914c-f2baf180a2f5","title":"💀 Bitcoin miner consolidation increases risk of more crypto mayhem","content":"Most miners are only profitable when bitcoin ($BTC) trades above $4,500. It hasn’t closed above that level since Nov. 19. As a result, at least 100,000 individual bitcoin miners have shut down, according to Autonomous Research LLP. Fundstrat Global Advisors LLC estimates that about 1.4 million servers have been unplugged since early September.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-03/bitcoin-miner-consolidation-increases-risk-of-more-crypto-mayhem?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1543935600,"createDate":1543916126.872709,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"bitcoin-miner-consolidation-increases-risk-of-more-crypto-mayhem","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1453,"articleId":"1b6e35f4-e25a-41ad-b49c-35f47fca718f","title":"🆕 Intel wins patent for energy-efficient bitcoin mining","content":"Global tech giant Intel, known for its widely-used computer processors, has won a patent connected to its work in the area of cryptocurrency mining. On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded the company a patent(http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&S1=10,142,098.PN.&OS=pn/10,142,098&RS=PN/10,142,098)) outlining a processor which claims to be able to conduct “energy-efficient high performance bitcoin mining,” specifically naming the SHA-256 algorithm used by bitcoin ($BTC).\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/intel-just-won-a-patent-for-an-energy-efficient-bitcoin-miner\"}]","publishDate":1543870800,"createDate":1543871062.177158,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"intel-wins-patent-for-energy-efficient-bitcoin-mining","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1450,"articleId":"252337c9-049d-4357-9d36-4a76b7d3caa2","title":"👍 Bitcoin ETF seekers met with SEC Monday in latest pitch for approval","content":"Members of VanEck, SolidX, and the Cboe BZX Exchange met with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff earlier this week to present a new argument on why the bitcoin ($BTC) market is ready for an exchange-traded fund (ETF). The proponents’ argument centered around the idea that the bitcoin market is mature enough to support an ETF, and at present looks similar to markets for other assets which already have such products, such as crude oil, silver, and gold.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-etf-seekers-met-with-sec-monday-in-latest-pitch-for-approval\"}]","publishDate":1543849200,"createDate":1543833562.228572,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-etf-seekers-met-with-sec-monday-in-latest-pitch-for-approval","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1447,"articleId":"a8fe514a-267b-40df-a28d-c3c30ab6e4f7","title":"👀 P2P Foundation account previously associated with Satoshi Nakamoto makes a new post after four years of being inactive","content":"An account once associated with Bitcoin ($BTC) creator Satoshi Nakamoto posted a cryptic message on P2P Foundation, a platform dedicated to advocacy and research of peer-to-peer solutions. The account is tied to Nakamoto's old email address, satoshin@gmx.com, but this email address was compromised in 2014, so it is doubtful the person(s) behind the new post is the real Satoshi Nakamoto.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/tiny/p2p-foundation-account-previously-associated-with-satoshi-nakamoto-makes-a-new-post-after-four-years-of-being-inactive/\"}]","publishDate":1543827600,"createDate":1543833050.39333,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"p2p-foundation-account-previously-associated-with-satoshi-nakamoto-makes-a-new-post-after-four-years-of-being-inactive","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1440,"articleId":"0d4d5310-a4e9-40df-8f52-0b5b41f2a315","title":"😨 Iranian bitcoin users are already being affected by new US sanctions","content":"After news of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioning two bitcoin ($BTC) addresses tied to Iran residents was released, some Iranians are no longer able to access the cryptocurrency swap platform ShapeShift, even when using virtual private networks (VPNs). As such, the sanctions appear to be already impacting Iranians who want to make lawful use of cryptocurrencies.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/iran-bitcoin-sanctions-wallets-ofac-crypto\"}]","publishDate":1543618800,"createDate":1543568804.861918,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"iranian-bitcoin-users-are-already-being-affected-by-new-us-sanctions","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1428,"articleId":"74aebfbb-ace3-4ff0-8dcc-5100f0c2cafd","title":"🔍 Google searches for ‘bitcoin’ just hit their highest level since April","content":"Google’s trend explorer reveals the weekly number of worldwide searches for the keyword “bitcoin” ($BTC) has reached levels not seen since the first week in April. While the exact number of searches accrued so far this week is not clear, data from Google reveals ‘bitcoin’ searches in the past three days alone made up 17 percent of its all-time-high weekly search volume set from Dec. 17-23, 2017.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/google-searches-for-bitcoin-just-hit-their-highest-level-since-april\"}]","publishDate":1543525200,"createDate":1543484318.581037,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"google-searches-for-bitcoin-just-hit-their-highest-level-since-april","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1425,"articleId":"3637e3b7-984d-41d1-9c8a-66fe5daebc1c","title":"📉 Mike Novogratz’s crypto trading desk lost $136 million in nine months","content":"Net realized and unrealized losses on digital assets at Galaxy Digital Holdings LP’s trading operation totaled about $41 million in the third quarter, bringing losses for the first nine months of the year to $136 million, according to company filings this week. The latest hit was caused in large part by losing bets on ether ($ETH), bitcoin ($BTC) and XRP ($XRP), Galaxy Digital said.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-28/novogratz-s-crypto-trading-desk-lost-136-million-in-nine-months?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1543518000,"createDate":1543484159.409572,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"mike-novogratz-s-crypto-trading-desk-lost-136-million-in-nine-months","type":"summary","tags":["xrp","eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1426,"articleId":"306bb9f4-1533-4402-b207-e35014e807e1","title":"👮 Treasury designates Iran-based financial facilitators of malicious cyber activity ","content":"The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against two Iran-based individuals who helped exchange bitcoin ($BTC) ransom payments into Iranian rial on behalf of Iranian malicious cyber actors involved with the SamSam ransomware scheme that targeted over 200 known victims. The OFAC also identified the two digital currency addresses associated with these two facilitators.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"U.S. Department of the Treasury\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm556\"}]","publishDate":1543503600,"createDate":1543484200.322068,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"treasury-designates-iran-based-financial-facilitators-of-malicious-cyber-activity","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1416,"articleId":"67c91051-d96f-438d-a1d7-d2afa55ec99b","title":"⛔️ Bitcoin ETFs roadblocked by lack of safeguards, SEC's chief says","content":"The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday that concern over a lack of investor protections makes it unlikely that the SEC will approve a bitcoin ($BTC) exchange-traded fund anytime soon. Chairman Jay Clayton said that currently, cryptocurrency can be too easily stolen or manipulated on exchanges.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-27/bitcoin-etfs-roadblocked-by-lack-of-safeguards-sec-s-chief-says\"}]","publishDate":1543417200,"createDate":1543402141.371714,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-etfs-roadblocked-by-lack-of-safeguards-sec-s-chief-says","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1413,"articleId":"ab7739f3-3518-44de-bd3e-5dc06aa88acc","title":"👍 Nasdaq plans to pursue bitcoin futures despite plunging prices, sources say","content":"Nasdaq Inc. is moving ahead with a plan to list bitcoin ($BTC) futures. The New York exchange operator wants to allow trading in the first quarter of 2019.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-27/nasdaq-is-said-to-pursue-bitcoin-futures-despite-plunging-prices?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1543410000,"createDate":1543402004.301703,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"nasdaq-plans-to-pursue-bitcoin-futures-despite-plunging-prices-sources-say","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1404,"articleId":"65ed788d-d283-450f-b9b7-9fc19cc4934b","title":"👾 BitPay wallet vulnerability caused by use of popular JavaScript library","content":"A vulnerability on the popular Javascript library event-stream, used for streaming data in Node.js applications, affected BitPay’s Copay wallet application. The vulnerability enabled malevolent actors to steal bitcoin ($BTC) and bitcoin cash ($BCH) from accounts using BitPay’s Copay wallet application.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2018/11/26/bitpay-wallet-vulnerability-caused-by-use-of-popular-javascript-library/\"}]","publishDate":1543352400,"createDate":1543308103.613699,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitpay-wallet-vulnerability-caused-by-use-of-popular-javascript-library","type":"summary","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":1391,"articleId":"195e60f7-255c-4cff-a678-433759d291cc","title":"📉 600k Bitcoin miners shut down in last two weeks, F2Pool founder estimates","content":"Between 600,000 and 800,000 bitcoin ($BTC) miners have shut down since mid-November amid declines in price and hashrate across the network, according to Mao Shixing, the founder of F2Pool, the third-largest mining pool. Mao explained most miners that may have halted operations are likely those using older models, such as the Antminer T9+ made by Bitmain and AvalonMiner 741 by Canaan Creative.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/600k-bitcoin-miners-shut-down-in-last-2-weeks-f2pool-founder-estimates\"}]","publishDate":1543266000,"createDate":1543254206.882833,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"600k-bitcoin-miners-shut-down-in-last-two-weeks-f2pool-founder-estimates","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1387,"articleId":"d6c52ebd-30c0-4ec1-9812-123f8d8502c0","title":"📉 Bitcoin's deepening crash now rivals its worst-ever bear markets","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) fell as low as $3,475 on Sunday, Bitstamp prices show. The 2018 crash has now entered the same league as Bitcoin’s 93 percent plunge in 2011 and its 84 percent rout from 2013 to 2015, during the collapse of Tokyo-based crypto exchange Mt. 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The idea to accept the digital currency for taxes came from state Treasurer Josh Mandel.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"WSJ\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.wsj.com/articles/pay-taxes-with-bitcoin-ohio-says-sure-1543161720\"}]","publishDate":1543237200,"createDate":1543220542.782788,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"ohio-now-allows-tax-payments-in-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1380,"articleId":"b13ba87d-0aa5-4337-b4e8-2016dbc8b2a8","title":"🤔 How bitcoin's crash compares to history's biggest bubbles","content":"After an almost 60-fold increase in three years to nearly $20,000, bitcoin ($BTC) has now tumbled more than 75 percent from its peak. By comparison, the Nasdaq Composite Index posted a 78 percent peak-to-trough decline after the dot-com bubble burst in 2000.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-21/how-bitcoin-s-crash-compares-to-history-s-biggest-bubbles-chart?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1543006800,"createDate":1542998792.917335,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"how-bitcoin-s-crash-compares-to-history-s-biggest-bubbles","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1378,"articleId":"14b134e5-99fa-46b3-bd6a-5260b51fdf98","title":"🤝 VanEck subsidiary launches index tracking OTC bitcoin price","content":"MV Index Solutions (MIVS), a subsidiary of New York-based investment management firm VanEck, has launched a new bitcoin ($BTC) index. Announced Tuesday, the MVIS Bitcoin US OTC Spot Index (MVBTCO) is said to be the first index that covers the performance of bitcoin on selected over-the-counter (OTC) platforms in the U.S.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/vaneck-subsidiary-launches-index-tracking-otc-bitcoin-performance\"}]","publishDate":1542992400,"createDate":1542955292.119104,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"vaneck-subsidiary-launches-index-tracking-otc-bitcoin-price","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1375,"articleId":"480a2fdf-6158-4bee-ac05-3866289d7c78","title":"👮‍♂️ Amended suit against Coinbase details Bitcoin Cash insider trading claims","content":"A new amended class action complaint has been filed against crypto exchange Coinbase. The document outlines why the plaintiffs believe Coinbase “made false and deceptive statements” about its rollout of the bitcoin ($BTC) fork; how the exchange allegedly caused bitcoin cash’s ($BCH) price to spike while simultaneously depressing bitcoin’s price; and how insiders who knew Coinbase would list bitcoin cash were able to allegedly buy and sell the token before other customers.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/amended-suit-against-coinbase-details-bitcoin-cash-insider-trading-claims\"}]","publishDate":1542970800,"createDate":1542953863.21429,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"amended-suit-against-coinbase-details-bitcoin-cash-insider-trading-claims","type":"summary","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":1373,"articleId":"1d480187-2e91-4f0b-b67c-d3cbadd98463","title":"🇫🇷 French tobacco retailers to sell bitcoin from January","content":"Tobacco retailers in France will be offering bitcoin ($BTC) vouchers in denominations of 50, 100 or 250 euros (around $57, $114 or $285) from Jan. 1, 2019. Local crypto startup Keplerk is said to have signed a deal with a cash register software provider to facilitate the sale. Keplerk will allow customers to convert their vouchers into bitcoin and store it in wallets on its platform.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/french-tobacco-retailers-to-sell-bitcoin-from-january\"}]","publishDate":1542956400,"createDate":1542953801.108627,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"french-tobacco-retailers-to-sell-bitcoin-from-january","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1372,"articleId":"aaf5c106-0a22-45ae-a3be-3f282742a10d","title":"🇳🇴 Norway ends power tax subsidy for bitcoin miners","content":"The Norwegian government has scrapped a power subsidy currently granted to bitcoin ($BTC) miners to take effective next year. At the moment, larger mining firms receive the same electricity tax discount as other power-intensive industries in the country, paying just 2.8 percent of the standard rate.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/norway-ends-power-tax-subsidy-for-bitcoin-miners\"}]","publishDate":1542949200,"createDate":1542953738.507679,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"norway-ends-power-tax-subsidy-for-bitcoin-miners","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1363,"articleId":"ea534813-b9b1-4e3f-9836-adb9e065449f","title":"🇬🇧 Bitcoin slump takes pressure off Britain's regulators","content":"A plunge in the value of bitcoin ($BTC) and other cryptoassets has eased the pressure on Britain’s financial watchdog to take radical action that could deter investment and financial innovation, government officials and regulators said on Tuesday. British regulators and government officials told a conference they were focused on how 2,000 or more cryptoassets slot into existing rules before considering reforms.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-cryptoassets-regulator/bitcoin-slump-takes-pressure-off-britains-regulators-idUSKCN1NP1I4?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1542819600,"createDate":1542804519.682265,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-slump-takes-pressure-off-britain-s-regulators","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1360,"articleId":"c045b3da-f3e3-47d0-ba68-d09bacbd6afe","title":"🌵 Bitcoin for payments a distant dream as usage dries up","content":"The value of bitcoin ($BTC) handled by major payment processors dropped nearly 80 percent in the year to September, data from blockchain researcher Chainalysis shows. Bitcoin still endures torrid swings in price, as this week’s 30 percent plunge shows. For a spell last month, though, the cryptocurrency was more stable than U.S. stocks.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currencies-payments-analysis/bitcoin-for-payments-a-distant-dream-as-usage-dries-up-idUSKCN1NP1D8\"}]","publishDate":1542812400,"createDate":1542801689.575681,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"bitcoin-for-payments-a-distant-dream-as-usage-dries-up","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1357,"articleId":"6234a434-893e-4ef5-8cf7-2a8dfc30d5bc","title":"💸 Bitcoin for payments a distant dream as usage dries up","content":"The value of bitcoin ($BTC) handled by major payment processors dropped nearly 80 percent in the year to Sept., data from blockchain researcher Chainalysis shows. Bitcoin still endures torrid swings in price, as this week’s 30 percent plunge shows. For a spell last month, though, the cryptocurrency was more stable than U.S. stocks.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currencies-payments-analysis/bitcoin-for-payments-a-distant-dream-as-usage-dries-up-idUSKCN1NP1D8\"}]","publishDate":1542783600,"createDate":1542782694.286496,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-for-payments-a-distant-dream-as-usage-dries-up","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1352,"articleId":"8fa7cddd-3346-41ef-a05c-8115065bce34","title":"🚀Bakkt Bitcoin contract to start trading in January ","content":"The Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) has announced that Bakkt Bitcoin USD daily futures contracts will start trading on Jan. 24, 2019. The contract will be physically settled with Bitcoin ($BTC) help by Bakkt and clearing performed by ICE. Each contract calls for the delivery of one BTC from Bakkt and trading will be conducted in U.S. dollar terms.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"ICE\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theice.com/publicdocs/futures_us/exchange_notices/ICE_Futures_US-Notice_BitcoinLaunch20181120.pdf\"}]","publishDate":1542735000,"createDate":1542735760.116254,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"bakkt-bitcoin-contract-to-start-trading-in-january","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1347,"articleId":"cc12a0a5-0c72-4f7f-9cc3-62a2aee2dcff","title":"👎🏿 Bitcoin breaches $5,000, plumbs fresh 13-month low","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) fell below $5,000 on Monday for the first time in over a year, slumping to a fresh 13-month low. Traders said selling was largely sentiment-driven and cited fears that Thursday’s “hard fork” in bitcoin cash ($BCH), where the smaller coin split into two separate currencies, could destabilise others.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currencies/bitcoin-breaches-5000-plumbs-fresh-13-month-low-idUSKCN1NO229\"}]","publishDate":1542718800,"createDate":1542706596.571585,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-breaches-5-000-plumbs-fresh-13-month-low","type":"summary","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":1334,"articleId":"a4b6daf4-f8a8-486b-843f-61053f702844","title":"💸 Bitcoin Cash clash is costing billions ","content":"The Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) split has wiped out almost $3 billion in market capitalization. The two warring factions also risk losing millions more on computing costs and opportunity costs from not mining Bitcoin ($BTC).\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-16/bitcoin-cash-clash-is-costing-billions-with-no-end-in-sight?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1542632400,"createDate":1542617546.72433,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-cash-clash-is-costing-billions","type":"summary","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":1332,"articleId":"81c363f3-0a6f-4e53-8f0d-cf0fcada6a96","title":"💋 [Analysis] How can Bitcoin stabilize if it's a Keynesian Beauty Contest? – Tony Sheng","content":"Tony argues that one can claim that Bitcoin ($BTC) does not have a reason to stabilize because there is no Nash equilibrium since it does not fulfill the two requirements of:\nEverybody knows the equilibrium behavior of everybody else\nEverybody does not change their behavior\n\nHowever, Bitcoin’s stability depends on the design of its “weighing machine,” which takes each equilibrium behavior adjusted for popularity and strength, and returns a net weight, price. Maximum stabilization would come when the entire world is using Bitcoin and everybody agrees on one way to value it.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Tony Sheng Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tonysheng.com/keynesian-beauty-contest-bitcoin\"}]","publishDate":1542603600,"createDate":1542605417.871294,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-how-can-bitcoin-stabilize-if-it-s-a-keynesian-beauty-contest-tony-sheng","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1325,"articleId":"2014d93a-4a84-4709-9774-9d1ef3da0e66","title":"💱 Binance exchange will list Circle’s USDC stablecoin this week","content":"Binance, currently the world’s third largest cryptocurrency exchange by bitcoin ($BTC) trading volume, is adding support for Circle’s recently launched stablecoin, USD Coin ($USDC), this weekend. Binance announced Thursday that it will open trading pairs for USDC against its own token Binance coin ($BNB) and bitcoin on Nov. 17, adding that it has already started accepting deposits for USDC in preparation for the start of trading.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/binance-exchange-will-list-circles-usdc-stablecoin-this-week\"}]","publishDate":1542380400,"createDate":1542355749.935306,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"binance-exchange-will-list-circle-s-usdc-stablecoin-this-week","type":"summary","tags":["usdc","btc","bnb"]},{"rowId":1312,"articleId":"feb18f7a-a374-493e-8dae-a6681baa3e36","title":"⚠️ An official Google account on Twitter was hacked by cryptocurrency scammers","content":"An official, verified Twitter account for Google's G Suite was hacked by scammers seeking to bilk innocent people out of their bitcoin ($BTC). Verified accounts across Twitter have recently fallen victim to this kind of widespread hacking effort. Needless to say, the cryptocurrency giveaway to which it makes reference doesn't exist - it's a ploy to get cryptocurrency.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Business Insider\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://markets.businessinsider.com/currencies/news/google-g-suite-twitter-cryptocurrency-bitcoin-scam-2018-11-1027723099\"}]","publishDate":1542308400,"createDate":1542298626.265748,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"an-official-google-account-on-twitter-was-hacked-by-cryptocurrency-scammers","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1305,"articleId":"f87b34cb-874c-456b-8ede-513043d84bd6","title":"💰 Bain Capital Backs $2.25 Million Round for Bitcoin Rewards Startup Lolli","content":"Bitcoin rewards platform Lolli has raised $2.25 million in seed funding from investors including Bain Capital Ventures and Digital Currency Group. Lolli is a rewards platform that allows users to earn bitcoin ($BTC) when they shop at the company’s partner brands.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bain-capital-backs-2-25-million-round-for-bitcoin-rewards-startup-lolli\"}]","publishDate":1542250800,"createDate":1542251612.869467,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bain-capital-backs-2-25-million-round-for-bitcoin-rewards-startup-lolli","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1299,"articleId":"e1976293-4039-4d61-84ab-4062faa755e0","title":"👨‍⚖️ Bitmain sues alleged Bitcoin thief in US federal court","content":"Crypto mining hardware maker Bitmain has filed suit against an anonymous thief in a US federal court. In a complaint submitted to the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle, Bitmain alleges that the unidentified thief stole 617 bitcoin ($BTC) from an account it holds at crypto exchange Binance, and is seeking a jury trial for damages.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitmain-sues-alleged-bitcoin-thief-in-us-federal-court\"}]","publishDate":1542222000,"createDate":1542175914.139847,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"bitmain-sues-alleged-bitcoin-thief-in-us-federal-court","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1318,"articleId":"7ab9cc5b-c503-4c11-8f9b-f062ead6cd57","title":"🍴 [Resource] Bitcoin Cash – Messari Team","content":"Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) is the first Bitcoin ($BTC) hard fork dedicated to increasing block sizes and on-chain transaction throughput. Supporters of Bitcoin Cash believe that hash power decides the future of the network and in late 2018 a battle to control hash power broke out between competing implementations. Bitcoin Cash ABC wants to make upgrades to support smart contract oracles and transaction re-ordering while Bitcoin Cash Satoshi's Vision (SV) believes in expanding block size instead of focusing on new features.\n \nThis resource page contains a list of readings and tools to help understand the history of Bitcoin Cash and the November 2018 hash power battle: https://messari.io/resource/bitcoin-cash\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Messari\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://messari.io/resource/bitcoin-cash\"}]","publishDate":1542218400,"createDate":1542304686.556774,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"resource-bitcoin-cash-messari-team","type":"summary","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":1291,"articleId":"1d0b9e0b-4343-4848-9397-cdfc1f0c0e53","title":"🥶 [Analysis] The business of Bitcoin cold storage – Nik Bhatia","content":"Nik argues that vaults storing bitcoin ($BTC) private keys have been around for years, but Fidelity recently set an asset management industry precedent that will redefine bitcoin’s custodial infrastructure landscape. Bitcoin does not need Fidelity to become legitimate; rather Fidelity launched bitcoin custodial services because bitcoin has already achieved legitimacy. Many other custody firms will follow suit and ETFs will be approved. This will open up the path for institutional investors as they can now trust that their funds will be safe and can feel assured about investing in the asset class.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Nik Bhatia Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@timevalueofbtc/the-business-of-bitcoin-cold-storage-148fba7f1255?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1542171600,"createDate":1542158235.712769,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-the-business-of-bitcoin-cold-storage-nik-bhatia","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1289,"articleId":"904d4466-6896-4ae3-baf0-39e23f246398","title":"⛔ Michigan secretary of state nixes crypto for political donations","content":"The Michigan Secretary of State has formally barred cryptocurrencies from being used as donations to political campaigns, according to a letter published last Thursday. The Michigan Campaign Finance Act emphasizes that the value of any donation must be “exact, precise and certain or can be determined with certainty.” Bitcoin ($BTC) and other cryptocurrencies are too volatile to qualify for such donations.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/michigan-secretary-of-state-shoots-down-crypto-for-political-donations\"}]","publishDate":1542157200,"createDate":1542094033.370507,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"michigan-secretary-of-state-nixes-crypto-for-political-donations","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1288,"articleId":"5227f610-75b1-462d-b7ab-4496eb357344","title":"💰 CFTC fines Bitcoin trader $1.1 million for crypto fraud","content":"The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has jailed a bitcoin ($BTC) trader and fined him over $1 million for running a fraudulent bitcoin and litecoin ($LTC) scheme. The trader, Arizona resident Joseph Kim, admitted to defrauding investors of hundreds of thousands of dollars after misappropriating more than $600,000 of his previous employer’s funds.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/cftc-fines-bitcoin-trader-1-1-million-for-crypto-fraud\"}]","publishDate":1542150000,"createDate":1542093990.366638,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"cftc-fines-bitcoin-trader-1-1-million-for-crypto-fraud","type":"summary","tags":["btc","ltc"]},{"rowId":1281,"articleId":"3b2e9e65-285d-4204-ae21-01989ab5b372","title":"💵 Major US museum now takes crypto payments","content":"Great Lakes Science Center, a large museum and educational facility in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, will begin accepting bitcoin ($BTC) as a payment method beginning Nov. 13. The Museum of the Coastal Bend in Texas and St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida have accepted bitcoin for quite some time.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/major-museum-in-the-us-to-accept-bitcoin-big-win-for-crypto-awareness/\"}]","publishDate":1542092400,"createDate":1542093534.355613,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"major-us-museum-now-takes-crypto-payments","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1279,"articleId":"3097d857-b845-41ae-a820-87717e2a34d0","title":"🧙🏽‍♀️ [Analysis] MimbleWimble: the good and the bad – Mohamed Fouda","content":"MimbleWimble (MW) was a Bitcoin ($BTC) improvement proposal made to achieve transaction privacy. Nevertheless, it was rejected by the community as it required significant changes to the protocol.\n \nBenefits of MW include:\nBetter privacy for users by shielding transaction amounts and avoiding the use of publicly visible addresses\nIt allows for smaller blocks and smaller blockchain data size which makes it easier for nodes to join the network\n\nThe shortcomings of MW include:\nThere is a need to have some form of communication between the sender and receiver\nIt is more difficult to create multi-party transactions\nThe transactions are not fully private and can be deciphered given enough analysis\n\nOther privacy maintaining techniques, particularly Zcash's ($ZEC) shielded transactions and Monero's ($XMR) Ring Confidential Transactions and stealth addresses achieve significantly better privacy.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Token Daily Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/mimblewimble-the-good-and-the-bad\"}]","publishDate":1542085200,"createDate":1542077296.378815,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"analysis-mimblewimble-the-good-and-the-bad-mohamed-fouda","type":"summary","tags":["btc","zec","xmr"]},{"rowId":1274,"articleId":"68aa4539-5a9a-40ac-bbf9-69133da621e1","title":"📉 Bitcoin’s hashrate falls 13 percent","content":"Bitcoin’s ($BTC) hashrate has dropped more than it ever has this year, from 54 quintillion to 47 quintillion. The reason for the significant drop is unknown.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/11/11/bitcoins-hashrate-falls-13\"}]","publishDate":1542070800,"createDate":1542051736.967259,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-s-hashrate-falls-13-percent","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1259,"articleId":"1216671c-1cee-409e-a736-15a3024690da","title":"💸 Winklevosses' foe wins end to asset freeze in bitcoin battle","content":"The Winklevoss brothers lost a round in a court against the disgraced former head of a New York cryptocurrency exchange, Charles Shrem. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss sued the ex-BitInstant CEO Shrem, claiming he took part of their $750,000 investment in his exchange in 2012 and used it to buy 5,000 bitcoins ($BTC), then valued at $61,000. A judge froze Shrem’s assets last month before Shrem found out about the suit, but lifted that order Thursday after a court hearing.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-08/winklevoss-s-foe-wins-lifting-of-asset-freeze-in-bitcoin-battle?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1541768400,"createDate":1541745639.686839,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"winklevosses-foe-wins-end-to-asset-freeze-in-bitcoin-battle","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1251,"articleId":"b2154a17-1a22-4d0a-89e7-dfeae303fc74","title":"💸 The U.S. has seized nearly 200,000 bitcoins to date, global confiscations are up to 453,000","content":"The total amount of seized or confiscated bitcoins ($BTC) is now nearly 453,000, about 2.6 percent of the total circulating supply. 85.6 percent of that amount is coming from just two cases — Silk Road and SELEC. Seizures in the U.S. total approximately 198,000 bitcoins from at least 100 different cases. The U.S. sold the majority of seized bitcoins for $151 million, which averages to about $780 per bitcoin.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2018/11/07/analysis-the-u-s-has-seized-nearly-200000-bitcoins-to-date-global-confiscations-are-up-to-453000/\"}]","publishDate":1541725200,"createDate":1541658923.786443,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"the-u-s-has-seized-nearly-200-000-bitcoins-to-date-global-confiscations-are-up-to-453-000","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1239,"articleId":"a65c9f74-0dae-4458-9130-2ddac968d0cf","title":"🤷‍ Charlie Shrem says he never owned bitcoin claimed stolen by Winklevosses","content":"Early Bitcoin ($BTC) entrepreneur Charlie Shrem is pushing back against an accusation that he stole 5,000 bitcoin from Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, according to recently-published court filings. The Winklevoss brothers sued Shrem in September, claiming that while they paid him $1 million to purchase bitcoin on their behalf in September 2012, he failed to deliver 5,000 coins, instead keeping them for himself. At press time, they would be worth approximately $32 million.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/charlie-shrem-says-he-never-owned-bitcoin-claimed-stolen-by-winklevosses/\"}]","publishDate":1541660400,"createDate":1541574353.631555,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"charlie-shrem-says-he-never-owned-bitcoin-claimed-stolen-by-winklevosses","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1234,"articleId":"fbf6cd25-d7ca-41da-825c-8ed7dd32a661","title":"😌 'Off the Chain' crypto podcast back on iTunes after brief removal","content":"Crypto analyst Anthony Pompliano’s \"Off the Chain\" podcast was blocked on the iTunes app on Monday, after Pompliano released a podcast discussing the “ultimate argument for Bitcoin ($BTC).” However, iTunes soon restored the podcast on Tuesday.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/off-the-chain-crypto-podcast-apparently-blocked-on-apple-itunes/\"}]","publishDate":1541624400,"createDate":1541574192.086355,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"off-the-chain-crypto-podcast-back-on-itunes-after-brief-removal","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1233,"articleId":"69784dc2-b7d6-435a-ade8-0cf8824c8f69","title":"🆕 Blockstream announces the Liquid full node and wallet release","content":"Blockstream announced on Tuesday the launch of its Liquid full nodes and its wallet release. Users can join the P2P Liquid network by operating a full node. The full nodes allow users to issue assets, send and receive Liquid issued assets, send and received Liquid BTC ($BTC), and more.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Blockstream Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blockstream.com/2018/11/06/liquid-full-node-and-wallet-release/\"}]","publishDate":1541595600,"createDate":1541574159.420382,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockstream-announces-the-liquid-full-node-and-wallet-release","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1228,"articleId":"fdeddf60-ee17-424d-a6c7-3a7f80e9bba1","title":"🗺 [Analysis] Mapping out bitcoin's supply chain – Steven Zheng","content":"At the start of the bitcoin supply chain is the bitcoin ($BTC) network. Miners earn bitcoin by solving cryptographic puzzles. Then, the miners sell the minted coins via exchanges or OTC platforms which then circulate the coins to users and investors via ATMs, investment-product providers, and P2P exchanges. Users and investors have three options: saving, trading, or using. Thus, merchants are at the end of the supply chain.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2018/11/01/mapping-out-bitcoins-supply-chain/\"}]","publishDate":1541566800,"createDate":1541573893.33909,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-mapping-out-bitcoin-s-supply-chain-steven-zheng","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1217,"articleId":"e02eabd4-7318-4d93-8b42-a3cc619fb7dd","title":"🔥 Winklevosses’ adversary calls bitcoin theft claim ‘scandalous’","content":"The disgraced former chief executive of BitInstant Charlie Shrem called a lawsuit by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s Winklevoss Capital Fund a \"scandalous and fantastical story,\" and urged a U.S. judge to throw it out. The Winklevosses sued Charles Shrem for fraud, alleging that he had used part of their 2012 investment of $750,000 in BitInstant to buy 5,000 bitcoins ($BTC) for himself. The bitcoins would be worth $32 million today.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-05/winklevosses-adversary-calls-bitcoin-theft-claim-scandalous?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1541494800,"createDate":1541498087.122316,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"winklevosses-adversary-calls-bitcoin-theft-claim-scandalous","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1205,"articleId":"c697c23c-07c4-4b54-a06a-09700f095be7","title":"⚖️ Bitcoin’s ‘first felon’ faces more legal trouble","content":"Bitcoin’s ($BTC) first felon, Charlie Shrem, went to prison in 2015 after he pleaded guilty to helping people buy drugs online. He was sued by the Winklevoss twins for $32 million worth of bitcoin that he failed to turn over to them following an earlier agreement.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"NYT\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/technology/bitcoin-charlie-shrem-winklevoss-twins.html\"}]","publishDate":1541408400,"createDate":1541407229.486304,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-s-first-felon-faces-more-legal-trouble","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1201,"articleId":"419d29a8-3dcd-4d52-b596-8a68879f5e5d","title":"🔥 [Analysis] Sorry, Bitcoin is still anarchist – Zack Voell","content":"Zack Voell argues that properly understanding Bitcoin ($BTC) requires accepting an unpopular definition of anarchy such that Bitcoin becomes “un-domesticable”, very political, and not “sovereign friendly”. The primary benefit of monetary anarchism is a guarantee that anyone, even bureaucrats, can use Bitcoin. And challenging the established fiat money regime is nothing if not political. In short, Bitcoin is an invulnerable tool for monetary anarchist politicking.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Zack Voell Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@zackvoell/sorry-bitcoin-is-still-anarchist-3e995d2fbbf1\"}]","publishDate":1541196000,"createDate":1541149087.407346,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-sorry-bitcoin-is-still-anarchist-zack-voell","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1198,"articleId":"cb08d94b-1a99-4419-8501-a956a17d7b19","title":"📝 Morgan Stanley report says crypto now an institutional asset class","content":"The market's current thesis appears to be that bitcoin ($BTC) is a \"new institutional investment class,\" and has been for almost a year – according to a new report by Morgan Stanley. The amount of crypto assets under management has been increasing since January 2016, with $7.11 billion currently being stored by hedge funds, venture capital firms, and private equity firms.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/morgan-stanley-says-crypto-is-a-new-institutional-asset-class/\"}]","publishDate":1541181600,"createDate":1541148908.648889,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"morgan-stanley-report-says-crypto-now-an-institutional-asset-class","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1194,"articleId":"b98cbd47-45e5-4259-978e-c51c0a17f035","title":"🍎 New York regulator grants virtual license to bitcoin ATM operator","content":"The New York state Department of Financial Services approved on Thursday the virtual currency license of Coinsource Inc., the bitcoin ($BTC) teller machines operator. The company allows customers to insert cash and buy bitcoin and store it on their mobile wallet, or sell bitcoin for cash, by scanning their mobile wallet at the kiosk.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bitcoin-usa-coinsource/new-york-regulator-grants-virtual-license-to-bitcoin-atm-operator-idUSKCN1N65EW\"}]","publishDate":1541145600,"createDate":1541148734.360482,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"new-york-regulator-grants-virtual-license-to-bitcoin-atm-operator","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1193,"articleId":"45a38e05-bebf-42d3-b452-e8be5b622836","title":"⏯ Only one in four bitcoins moved between addresses in past six months","content":"Only one in four bitcoins ($BTC) not freshly mined moved between addresses in the last six months. This is a huge change from late 2017, when about half of all bitcoins were active.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-31/only-1-in-4-bitcoins-moved-between-addresses-in-past-six-months?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1541138400,"createDate":1541114682.676895,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"only-one-in-four-bitcoins-moved-between-addresses-in-past-six-months","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1181,"articleId":"0b6e3d9b-d708-43e8-ab4c-78bddaffcb56","title":"👛 Nearly 10% of all bitcoins haven’t moved in 12 months","content":"Nearly 10 percent of bitcoin ($BTC) wallets, including one that ranks seventh among all of the largest wallets, hasn’t had any activity in a year, according to data from bitinfocharts. The number of dormant wallets has nearly doubled to 15.8 million in this time. It's likely those holders are buying into the store of value narrative of bitcoin and are holding for the long run.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Marketwatch\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nearly-10-of-all-bitcoins-have-been-rock-steady-for-the-past-12-months-2018-10-30\"}]","publishDate":1541066400,"createDate":1540977264.814734,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"nearly-10-of-all-bitcoins-haven-t-moved-in-12-months","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1184,"articleId":"d3adf0c6-1486-40df-a155-945005a837a5","title":"👨‍⚖️ Bitcoin trader pleads guilty over unlicensed exchange business","content":"A 21-year-old bitcoin ($BTC) trader from California has pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmission business. According to a news release issued Monday by the Attorney's Office of the Southern District of California, the trader, Jacob Burrell Campos, reportedly sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin to over 1,000 customers throughout the U.S. from January 2015 to April 2016.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-trader-pleads-guilty-over-unlicensed-exchange-business/\"}]","publishDate":1541059200,"createDate":1540977477.159144,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-trader-pleads-guilty-over-unlicensed-exchange-business","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1179,"articleId":"d7f254f7-ce68-4a1f-8698-172b378115a9","title":"₿ Bitcoin is now the least volatile since late 2016","content":"The 30-day volatility of bitcoin ($BTC) has plunged to the lowest since December 2016. There haven’t been many regulatory breakthroughs to buoy prices or scandals to drag them down, but the silver lining for believers is that this may also point to less speculative trading. The stabilizing of the price is important for bitcoin adoption and for its becoming a better currency.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-30/yawn-bitcoin-is-now-the-least-volatile-since-late-2016-chart?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1541016000,"createDate":1540977118.245618,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-is-now-the-least-volatile-since-late-2016","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1177,"articleId":"c55367f2-ab20-4670-b958-d45b665f8246","title":"😞 Former Fed chair Janet Yellen is 'not a fan' of bitcoin","content":"Former U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said that she is \"not a fan\" of bitcoin ($BTC) at the Canada Fintech Forum on Monday. Reasons for this included: price volatility, investor risk, and the threat of hacks that bitcoin faces.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/former-fed-chair-janet-yellen-is-not-a-fan-of-bitcoin/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1540994400,"createDate":1540976999.528871,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"former-fed-chair-janet-yellen-is-not-a-fan-of-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1176,"articleId":"0f163621-e0fa-4e4b-80c5-62dcad58cecd","title":"🏦 Goldman Sachs has customers getting ready to trade its bitcoin derivative, but it’s not rushing to push more products","content":"Goldman Sachs has been onboarding a small number of clients to actively trade its bitcoin ($BTC) derivatives product, demonstrating an institutional interest in the space. It is also exploring ways to custody cryptocurrency for customers. However, it is not looking into a similar contract for ether ($ETH).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2018/10/30/goldman-sachs-has-rolled-out-a-crypto-derivative-but-its-not-rushing-to-push-more-products/\"}]","publishDate":1540987200,"createDate":1540976897.195171,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"goldman-sachs-has-customers-getting-ready-to-trade-its-bitcoin-derivative-but-it-s-not-rushing-to-push-more-products","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1172,"articleId":"e7393e7b-a0f3-4fd2-a42d-a6de38635be2","title":"❓ Xapo founder says crypto is an experiment that may fail","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) is an intellectual experiment that could take years to prove successful, if it does at all, according to Xapo founder Wences Casares. The Argentine entrepreneur dubbed “Patient Zero” for his role in spurring Silicon Valley’s interest in the cryptocurrency said the probability of success is still greater than failure.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-29/bitcoin-s-patient-zero-says-crytpo-an-experiment-that-may-fail?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1540951200,"createDate":1540888351.84149,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"xapo-founder-says-crypto-is-an-experiment-that-may-fail","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1167,"articleId":"2284f996-2b46-41a4-b55d-05a37615527c","title":"🌡️ Could Bitcoin mining raise global temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius?","content":"Yes: ([Bloomberg](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-29/bitcoin-could-theoretically-put-paris-climate-goals-out-of-reach?srnd=cryptocurrencies\n), [Motherboard](https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/neganb/bitcoin-mining-could-raise-global-temperatures-by-2-c?ref=tokendaily\n))\nIf bitcoin ($BTC) were to become a true global transactional currency, the electricity needed to mine it alone would generate enough carbon dioxide to push the planet beyond 2 degrees Celsius of warming within a quarter-century—exceeding the limits set by the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a report published by Nature Climate Change.\n \nNo ([Axios](https://www.axios.com/no-bitcoin-is-not-going-to-destroy-our-climate-3fafbe80-d80c-4a0c-b191-1fcdafa18da1.html\n), Koomey.com):\nHowever, experts raised issues with the assumptions made. For example, the projections assumed that the fuel types used to generate electricity will remain the same as they are today, ignoring the rise of renewables and decarbonizing of many countries. Also, accurately predicting future use of a novel technology is difficult, and many observers expect Bitcoin to serve more as an investment vehicle than a currency.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg, Motherboard, Axios \",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.axios.com/no-bitcoin-is-not-going-to-destroy-our-climate-3fafbe80-d80c-4a0c-b191-1fcdafa18da1.html\"}]","publishDate":1540900800,"createDate":1540887789.128749,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"could-bitcoin-mining-raise-global-temperatures-by-2-degrees-celsius","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1157,"articleId":"1d232492-63fd-4e0f-8cee-b3494ed7bf6e","title":"🇨🇳 Chinese court rules bitcoin should be protected as property","content":"The Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration has ruled that bitcoin ($BTC) should still be legally protected as a property with economic value, despite China’s central bank's ban on cryptocurrency trading. This means that merchants can accept crypto as payment. The court concluded that, whether bitcoin is a legal tender or not does not impact the fact that bitcoin ownership should be protected legally based on China's contract law.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/chinese-arbitration-court-says-bitcoin-should-be-legally-protected-as-property/\"}]","publishDate":1540821600,"createDate":1540807798.48212,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"chinese-court-rules-bitcoin-should-be-protected-as-property","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1147,"articleId":"354a8b7b-ca1d-45b8-8a89-50a6f50f70f4","title":"📉 Tech stocks are more volatile than bitcoin","content":"Traditional tech stocks have been drastically more volatile than bitcoin ($BTC) in recent days.The 10-day volatility of the NYSE FANG+ Index topped at a record high of 46 percentage points, while bitcoin’s volatility is at its lowest since Oct. 2016.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-26/tech-stocks-are-the-new-bitcoin-when-it-comes-to-volatility?srnd=cryptocurrencies \"}]","publishDate":1540807200,"createDate":1540793852.725961,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"tech-stocks-are-more-volatile-than-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1143,"articleId":"519ae0c6-2903-450a-a76f-024cb75211fb","title":"📌Bitcoin pegged Ethereum token announced","content":"A new token will be released on the Ethereum network in Jan. 2019 which will be backed one-for-one by Bitcoin. The project, which is backed by crypto firms Kyber Network and Republic Protocol will use BitGo's custody service to hold Bitcoin ($BTC) reserves to back the new Wrapped Bitcoin token.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/a-new-token-is-coming-to-ethereum-and-its-fully-bitcoin-backed/\"}]","publishDate":1540591200,"createDate":1540591485.487607,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-pegged-ethereum-token-announced","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1131,"articleId":"068d25f5-7f24-4fbd-8730-7e714a636018","title":"🚨 Indian police seize crypto ATM run by exchange Unocoin","content":"Police in Bangalore seized a crypto ATM weeks after it was set up by local crypto exchange Unocoin. A commissioner from the Bangalore city police, Alok Kumar, said that Unocoin did not have a license from the Reserve Bank of India nor the Securities and Exchange Board of India that allowed it to carry out bitcoin ($BTC) transactions.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/indian-police-seize-atm-run-by-crypto-exchange-unocoin/\"}]","publishDate":1540497600,"createDate":1540446051.637606,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"indian-police-seize-crypto-atm-run-by-exchange-unocoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1121,"articleId":"40f91feb-2c12-48ed-94c8-2b82592eaf63","title":"📱 New HTC phone can only be bought with bitcoin and ethereum","content":"The new HTC Exodus 1 blockchain-enabled phone must be purchased with bitcoin ($BTC) or ethereum ($ETH). The Exodus 1 contains its own cryptocurrency wallet called Zion, allowing the phone to function as a hardware cryptocurrency wallet. HTC hopes that integrating blockchain technology will bolster user security and privacy.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2018/10/23/new-htc-phone-can-only-be-bought-with-bitcoin-and-ethereum/#6beebaf143cd\"}]","publishDate":1540425600,"createDate":1540399032.275155,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"new-htc-phone-can-only-be-bought-with-bitcoin-and-ethereum","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1118,"articleId":"222d2341-93e6-4ab3-825f-09a000f7097e","title":"🔓 Square is open-sourcing Subzero","content":"Fintech startup Square is open-sourcing the documentation and code for Subzero, its enterprise offline Bitcoin wallet that protects Square’s bitcoin ($BTC) holdings.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Square Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/square-corner-blog/open-sourcing-subzero-ee9e3e071827\"}]","publishDate":1540404000,"createDate":1540371533.252256,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"square-is-open-sourcing-subzero","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1117,"articleId":"58e06f91-4759-411c-a765-a0cd5b370d74","title":"💬 New SEC commissioner briefed on bitcoin ETF in October meeting","content":"The newest commissioner with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Elad Roisman, met with representatives from money manager VanEck and blockchain startup SolidX earlier this month to discuss a bitcoin-based ($BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF). VanEck and SolidX had submitted a rule change proposal early October to launch a bitcoin ETF.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/new-sec-commissioner-briefed-on-bitcoin-etf-in-october-meeting/\"}]","publishDate":1540389600,"createDate":1540371470.675986,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"new-sec-commissioner-briefed-on-bitcoin-etf-in-october-meeting","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1098,"articleId":"6f4cd32c-4191-457d-a733-1b764630ab15","title":"📆 Bakkt’s bitcoin futures to start trading December 2018","content":"Bakkt announced that its Bakkt Bitcoin (USD) Daily Futures Contract will be listed on Dec. 12, 2018. The first product to go live on the platform, each futures contract will deliver one bitcoin ($BTC) held in the Bakkt Digital Asset Warehouse and trade in U.S. dollar terms.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"ICE\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.theice.com/publicdocs/futures_us/exchange_notices/ICE_Futures_US-Notice_BitcoinLaunch102218.pdf\"}]","publishDate":1540296000,"createDate":1540270955.577239,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bakkt-s-bitcoin-futures-to-start-trading-december-2018","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1092,"articleId":"828548b6-0b62-4667-bad5-d34b53b14039","title":"🤑 A hedge fund manager will accept bitcoin for his $16 million mansion","content":"President of New York-based R.G. 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A “big believer in bitcoin,” Neiderhoffer said he would cover the closing costs for whoever pays in bitcoin.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-19/roy-niederhoffer-will-accept-bitcoin-for-16-million-nyc-mansion\"}]","publishDate":1540252800,"createDate":1540192302.684476,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"a-hedge-fund-manager-will-accept-bitcoin-for-his-16-million-mansion","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1080,"articleId":"69676e66-2e56-479f-a953-4e1b61bb858a","title":"📈 Crypto M&A is on a tear as deal-makers see opportunity in bitcoin's price slump","content":"Merger and acquisition activity for crypto companies has more than doubled in the past year amid a 54 percent slump in bitcoin ($BTC) prices, according to Pitchbook data compiled by JMP Securities. A majority of the M&A transactions are global in nature and \"relatively small\" at less than $100 million.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CNBC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/18/crypto-deal-makers-see-opportunity-in-bitcoins-price-slump.html\"}]","publishDate":1540000800,"createDate":1539930798.431838,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-m-a-is-on-a-tear-as-deal-makers-see-opportunity-in-bitcoin-s-price-slump","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1078,"articleId":"5acbcb45-9594-4c20-b20a-bd0207a4d35b","title":"💰 US marshals to auction $4.3 million in Bitcoin next month","content":"U.S. Marshals announced plans to auction 660 bitcoins ($BTC), worth nearly $4.3 million, in a sealed bid auction in November. These bitcoins were forfeited in federal criminal, civil, and administrative cases.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/u-s-marshals-to-auction-4-3-million-in-bitcoin-next-month/\"}]","publishDate":1539986400,"createDate":1539930715.710071,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"us-marshals-to-auction-4-3-million-in-bitcoin-next-month","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1065,"articleId":"7e846943-848b-490b-886e-af48a2b76378","title":"⬆️ Bitcoin futures average daily volume up 41% in Q3","content":"Derivatives marketplace CME Group tweeted on Wednesday that Bitcoin ($BTC) futures' average daily volume rose 41 percent in the third quarter. Open interest was up 19 percent from the second quarter.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/CMEGroup/status/1052579919925047296\"}]","publishDate":1539928800,"createDate":1539841203.366396,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"bitcoin-futures-average-daily-volume-up-41-in-q3","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1072,"articleId":"6ebf853c-23e8-4a34-901a-08a8a414d64a","title":"🤝 Genesis has loaned $553 million in crypto since March","content":"In a recently released report OTC trading firm Genesis revealed that it had loaned $553 million worth of cryptoassets to institutions since March. As of September, the firm had more than $130 million in active loans, with more than 60 percent of that amount denominated in Bitcoin ($BTC). Genesis noted that some of the largest loans were made in Ethereum ($ETH to hedge funds which typically use the borrowed assets for short positions. As of the end of the first quarter ETH based loans made up 42 percent of outstanding balances, but the amount fell to only 4 percent as of the end of the third quarter following an 80 percent decline in ETH prices. Genesis pays between 5 percent and 7 percent to borrow cryptocurrencies and then charges about 10 percent or 11 percent to lend.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-18/trading-firm-genesis-loaned-553-million-in-crypto-since-march\"}]","publishDate":1539892800,"createDate":1539888429.932637,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"genesis-has-loaned-553-million-in-crypto-since-march","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1056,"articleId":"ef84e1e8-8a07-47e0-9114-1627a5a729f9","title":"🎓 Colleges are baffled by bitcoin donations","content":"A crypto entrepreneur had to teach his alma mater how to accept his $10,000 gift. Nicolas Cary, co-founder and vice chairman of Blockchain.com, paid the University of Puget Sound through Bitpay, transferring the university 14.5 bitcoins ($BTC) through his Blockchain wallet.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-16/colleges-are-baffled-by-bitcoin-donations?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1539842400,"createDate":1539757694.990189,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"colleges-are-baffled-by-bitcoin-donations","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1055,"articleId":"f066d301-c6dc-4203-8aae-018c66196393","title":"💱 LINE’s crypto exchange lists its own token for trading","content":"Bitbox, the crypto exchange launched by Japanese messaging giant LINE, announced that it is listing its own token, LINK, for trading, joining bitcoin ($BTC), ether ($ETH), and tether ($USDT). Bitbox announced in August that it had launched a proprietary blockchain network called LINK Chain, which utilizes a combination of delegated proof-of-stake and practical Byzantine fault tolerance as its consensus mechanism.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/lines-crypto-exchange-is-now-listing-its-own-token-against-bitcoin-ether/\"}]","publishDate":1539820800,"createDate":1539757646.854616,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"line-s-crypto-exchange-lists-its-own-token-for-trading","type":"summary","tags":["usdt","eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1051,"articleId":"7f58f34c-68f3-4dc3-b940-c0481a60517b","title":"💵 BitPay introduces stable coin settlements in Gemini dollars and Circle USD coin","content":"BitPay announced a new way for merchants to receive settlements in the form of Gemini dollars ($GUSD) or Circle USD(https://www.circle.com/en/usdc)). Previously, merchants could only receive settlements in bitcoin ($BTC) or bitcoin cash ($BCH).\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"BitPay Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.bitpay.com/stable-coin-settlement\"}]","publishDate":1539799200,"createDate":1539757444.075978,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitpay-introduces-stable-coin-settlements-in-gemini-dollars-and-circle-usd-coin","type":"summary","tags":["usdc","bch","gusd","btc"]},{"rowId":1040,"articleId":"31da34b6-ff02-4b92-9d89-989ac5d46523","title":"🇺🇬 Binance launched an exchange in Uganda","content":"The world’s largest crypto exchange, Binance launched the Binance Uganda Exchange on Monday. Deposits for Ugandan Shillings (UGX), BTC ($BTC) and ETH ($ETH) will open starting Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. EAT.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Binance \",\"referenceLink\":\"https://support.binance.co.ug/hc/en-us/articles/360018215271-3 \"}]","publishDate":1539734400,"createDate":1539674068.146965,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"binance-launched-an-exchange-in-uganda","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1028,"articleId":"af267723-ee1a-4c7d-a9ec-0d8b8c137c99","title":"🚀 Fidelity announces institutional crypto platform","content":"Fidelity Investments has announced the launch of a new platform aimed at giving institutional investors access to Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH). The firm will provide cryptoasset custody, trading, and advisory services for institutional investors through a new subsidiary called Fidelity Digital Asset. New clients are being on-boarded by the company as of today while the company plans to open the platform officially in early 2019.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2018/10/15/fidelity-launches-institutional-platform-for-bitcoin-and-ethereum/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1831288975&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesCrypto#51dcba2f93c4\"}]","publishDate":1539626400,"createDate":1539623750.767022,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"fidelity-announces-institutional-crypto-platform","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":1020,"articleId":"7eee61f6-0d7d-4daf-b7ca-0f4dde8c7b9a","title":"⏯ Litecoin now available on Gemini","content":"Crypto exchange Gemini, founded by the Winklevoss brothers, announced support for Litecoin ($LTC trading and custody on Friday. Deposits were enabled Saturday and trading will be enabled on Tuesday at 9:30 am EDT. Litecoin will be the fourth crypto available on Gemini, joining Bitcoin ($BTC, Ether ($ETH, and Zcash ($ZEC.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Gemini Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/gemini/litecoin-is-now-available-on-gemini-467d7d1079e6\"}]","publishDate":1539597600,"createDate":1539568973.384307,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"litecoin-now-available-on-gemini","type":"summary","tags":["eth","zec","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":1006,"articleId":"f648d4c0-1ffd-46b8-a460-7b6e30d70064","title":"⏯ 1Broker says Bitcoin futures site will start processing withdrawals Thursday","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) futures firm 1Broker will resume processing withdrawals on Thursday, after being charged with numerous securities laws violations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/1broker-says-bitcoin-futures-site-will-start-processing-withdrawals-thursday/\"}]","publishDate":1539331200,"createDate":1539239092.085973,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"1broker-says-bitcoin-futures-site-will-start-processing-withdrawals-thursday","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":1002,"articleId":"c9c44933-f476-4ce8-ac92-90579d3650a4","title":"😜 Crypto exchange says it plans to pump random coins","content":"Russia-based crypto exchange YoBit] announced a plan to randomly pump coins and inject $66,000 into ten random markets. “We will buy one random coin for 1 btc ([$BTC) every 1-2 mins 10 times (total buy amount – 10 btc),” the exchange tweeted.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/cryptocurrency-exchange-says-it-plans-to-nakedly-pump-random-coins/\"}]","publishDate":1539295200,"createDate":1539238925.294452,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-exchange-says-it-plans-to-pump-random-coins","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":997,"articleId":"aac2e815-fe98-4fc1-a21f-24251baff35f","title":"💧 Blockstream launches Bitcoin sidechain, Liquid Network","content":"Blockstream announced the launch of the world’s first production Bitcoin ($BTC) sidechain, Liquid Network. Liquid aims to catalyze the trading process for exchanges and enables rapid, confidential, and secure transfer of funds between participants, addressing the problem of delayed transaction finality.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Blockstream\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blockstream.com/2018/10/10/liquid-launch.html?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1539259200,"createDate":1539238606.779904,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"blockstream-launches-bitcoin-sidechain-liquid-network","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":991,"articleId":"16e935f3-8fcb-4e20-9645-902e5182c4e3","title":"🤗 Tether volumes seem unaffected by the bear market","content":"Tether's ($USDT) trading volume seems to be unaffected by the declining bear market that has seen crypto trading volumes drop in the past months. As bitcoin’s ($BTC) monthly traded volume slid to an 11-month low in September, Tether recorded the third highest monthly trading volume in its existence.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Block\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://theblockcrypto.com/tiny/tether-volumes-seem-unaffected-by-the-bear-market/\"}]","publishDate":1539216000,"createDate":1539147748.124356,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"tether-volumes-seem-unaffected-by-the-bear-market","type":"summary","tags":["usdt","btc"]},{"rowId":977,"articleId":"62ae5694-8baa-4919-98fc-87bd5da96d9d","title":"⛏️ Bitcoin miner revenues near $5 billion, but profitability dwindles","content":"In the first six months of the year, Bitcoin ($BTC) miner revenues surpassed all earnings of 2017 by $1.4 billion. However, the record hashrate hit at the end of August saw miners paying retail electricity prices become unprofitable for the first time in September.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Diar\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://diar.co/volume-2-issue-40/ \"}]","publishDate":1539108000,"createDate":1539069023.502675,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-miner-revenues-near-5-billion-but-profitability-dwindles","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":966,"articleId":"36d49516-b5eb-441e-aab2-6c2e98c24349","title":"🤑 Rapper Soulja Boy brags about bitcoin gains in new rap track","content":"28-year-old rapper Soulja Boy debuted a new song about his bitcoin ($BTC) gains in his latest album, “Young Draco.” In the song, “[Bitcoin],” he claims to have made “100 racks,” or $1 million dollars, with $6,000. One of the latest musicians to reference cryptos, he is not alone: Mims, Snoop Dogg, 3lau and Young Dirty Bastard have also announced various projects or performances relating to crypto.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/rapper-soulja-boy-drops-song-about-making-money-on-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1539050400,"createDate":1538986014.310925,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"rapper-soulja-boy-brags-about-bitcoin-gains-in-new-rap-track","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":965,"articleId":"014c13ea-4489-474f-b1dc-5c45c3b40317","title":"💸 Bitcoin sidechain allows for ICOs through Bitcoin","content":"South Korean blockchain startup, Temco, will launch an initial coin offering on Bitcoin ($BTC) in late November. RSK launched the beta version of its sidechain in January this year, enabling Bitcoin to deploy smart contracts akin to those on Ethereum ($ETH). Temco CEO Scott Yoon and head of business development Joey Cho praised RSK's technology, citing its scalability and speed compared to other blockchains.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/sidechains-are-bringing-icos-to-bitcoin-and-that-might-change-crypto-funding/\"}]","publishDate":1539043200,"createDate":1538985974.08594,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-sidechain-allows-for-icos-through-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":964,"articleId":"4867a540-5d28-48b3-bcce-0337f4d6ba05","title":"😮 Bitcoin 'breakthrough' claims block size increase possible without hard fork","content":"On Friday, Blockstream co-founder and Bitcoin Core developer Mark Friedenbach announced his latest proposal, titled “Forward Blocks,” to make a consensus change to bitcoin ($BTC) through backwards compatibility. Instead of requiring a hard fork, Bitcoin can implement massive changes through forward blocks; potential applications include increasing block size or changing the proof-of-work mechanism.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-breakthrough-tech-forward-blocks/\"}]","publishDate":1539036000,"createDate":1538985909.628013,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-breakthrough-claims-block-size-increase-possible-without-hard-fork","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":953,"articleId":"7e1b84a5-0128-4566-9eae-55941fb3794e","title":"📈 Segwit now comprises 50 percent of bitcoin transactions ","content":"The proportion of bitcoin ($BTC) payments sent using Segregated Witness (SegWit) experienced a sudden spike on Oct. 4, rising to over 50 percent for the first time. SegWit is a a protocol which facilitates faster and cheaper bitcoin transactions for end users among other benefits. Data from Transactionfee.info uploaded to social media shows SegWit transactions jumping from around 45 percent to 53 percent.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoinist\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinist.com/segwit-now-comprises-50-percent-of-bitcoin-transactions/\"}]","publishDate":1538766000,"createDate":1538759254.072819,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"segwit-now-comprises-50-percent-of-bitcoin-transactions","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":951,"articleId":"52945883-cbfb-4e0a-a85b-b7c27714f812","title":"🔨 SEC files multiple amendments relating to bitcoin ETFs","content":"The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed amendments to multiple bitcoin ($BTC) ETF proposals on Oct. 4. After denying nine bitcoin ETFs proposed by GraniteShares, Direxion, and Proshares in August, the SEC reversed its decision and is now reviewing proposed rules for the ETFs. A final decision is expected by Oct. 26.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Blokt\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blokt.com/news/just-in-sec-files-amendment-relating-to-graniteshares-bitcoin-etf\"}]","publishDate":1538755200,"createDate":1538731456.067799,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"sec-files-multiple-amendments-relating-to-bitcoin-etfs","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":949,"articleId":"c0b5d1aa-4b08-4ab8-b7a4-c60a6fffbf37","title":"🤔 Another US indictment links bitcoin to covert Russian intelligence activity","content":"Seven alleged Russian intelligence agents were indicted with using cryptocurrencies as part of a broad \"influence and disinformation\" scheme by the U.S. Department of Justice. The indictment indicates investigators were able to track the machines used to initiate bitcoin ($BTC) transactions, noting that the defendants sent bitcoin payments from the same computers used to conduct some \"hacking activity.\"\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/another-us-indictment-links-bitcoin-to-covert-russian-intelligence-activity/\"}]","publishDate":1538744400,"createDate":1538731322.842138,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"another-us-indictment-links-bitcoin-to-covert-russian-intelligence-activity","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":940,"articleId":"3f5e2855-deff-4076-9746-0ffa5c41ff6f","title":"🗞 Coinbase rolls out system to free up stuck bitcoin payments","content":"Coinbase has rolled out a protocol, called “Child Pays for Parent (CPFP),” to expedite the confirmation time of stalled bitcoin ($BTC) transactions. CPFP works by following up a stalled bitcoin transaction (with a fee too low for the current market to want to process immediately) with a \"child\" transaction – a later transaction linked to the original \"parent\" transaction, and in this case, set to offer a higher fee.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-rolls-out-system-to-free-up-stuck-bitcoin-payments/\"}]","publishDate":1538695800,"createDate":1538640494.264014,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"coinbase-rolls-out-system-to-free-up-stuck-bitcoin-payments","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":935,"articleId":"0678510d-1193-4f88-8d0a-dfd7564dbe31","title":"💰 Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade backs new crypto exchange","content":"Brokerage firm TD Ameritrade is investing in a new cryptocurrency exchange built by Chicago-based derivatives market Eris Exchange LLC. The ErisX platform will let investors trade bitcoin ($BTC), ether ($ETH), bitcoin cash ($BCH), and litecoin ($LTC), as well as futures contracts for cryptocurrencies. The exchange is also backed by DRW Holdings and Virtu Financial.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-03/eris-exchange-to-create-crypto-market-backed-by-drw-virtu\"}]","publishDate":1538679600,"createDate":1538639476.216839,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"retail-brokerage-td-ameritrade-backs-new-crypto-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["eth","bch","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":927,"articleId":"ca40ffe0-690e-4f1d-bd57-24f6df83cb55","title":"🤑 France accuses intelligence agent of selling state secrets for bitcoin","content":"An unnamed agent with the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI) was indicted last Wednesday and taken into custody two days later after allegedly peddling economic information on the dark web for bitcoin ($BTC) in return and potentially falsifying administrative documents, according to Le Parisien.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/french-officials-allege-intelligence-agent-sold-state-secrets-for-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1538631000,"createDate":1538549721.172258,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"france-accuses-intelligence-agent-of-selling-state-secrets-for-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":922,"articleId":"49f3e681-5f54-4983-baba-0c7a6d56e53c","title":"👀 Bitcoin futures firm 1Broker moves to renew trader access after US charges","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) futures firm 1Broker said Monday that it will begin allowing users to access a \"read-only\" version -- meaning that users can view their balances and transaction history -- of its platform, days after it was hit with charges from U.S. regulators. Last week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission accused the company of violating federal law by allowing U.S. investors to trade on its platform without proper licenses.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-futures-firm-1broker-moves-to-renew-trader-access-after-us-charges/\"}]","publishDate":1538604000,"createDate":1538549425.111565,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-futures-firm-1broker-moves-to-renew-trader-access-after-us-charges","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":921,"articleId":"8358526d-003e-4c50-84cd-42a5b790b1b0","title":"📉 Bitcoin investment trust loses luster","content":"Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust, or GBTC, which tracks Bitcoin’s ($BTC) market price, has seen its net asset value hit its lowest point since the cryptocurrency’s price surged late last year. Shares of GBTC are down around 80 percent since bitcoin hit a high of $19,511 in mid-December. Some investors correlate GBTC’s downward trend with its expense fees, which is $20 for every $1,000 invested, or 2 percent. For comparison, the average equity mutual fund expense ratio was around 0.59 percent in 2017.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-02/bitcoin-investment-trust-loses-luster-as-premium-evaporates?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1538598600,"createDate":1538549367.17733,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-investment-trust-loses-luster","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":911,"articleId":"33a6a08a-a188-4f7c-ae4c-3fef704a0ac2","title":"💸 [Analysis] You Don't Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real – Maria Bustillos","content":"A common argument against Bitcoin ($BTC) is that, unlike the USD, it is not backed by anything other than faith. However, U.S. dollars are not backed by anything other than the faith of the fools who accept it as payment and of other fools who agree in turn to accept it as payment from them. The main difference is that, for the moment at least, the illusion, in the case of dollars, is more widely and more fiercely believed.\n \nIn fact, almost all of our U.S. dollars, about 90 percent, are purely abstract — they literally do not exist in any tangible form. Nevertheless, the temptation for leaders of nation-states to manufacture money has historically been practically irresistible. One evident result of this wantonness is inflation.\n \nMoney itself is an illusion, a mass hallucination. The “value” of all money, all stores of exchange, is unstable and abstract, even in the face of every attempt to secure it.\n \nOur existing financial institutions are deeply flawed, in short, and permanently prone to corruption. Bitcoin was a politically motivated project from the first, a new system explicitly built to provide a tamperproof digital means of exchange on which a better alternative to our existing banking systems might be based.\n \nBitcoin's codified way of controlling supply also prevents governments and politically motivated bodies from printing more supply and causing damage for their selfish interests.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Maria Bustillos Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/s/the-crypto-collection/you-dont-understand-bitcoin-because-you-think-money-is-real-5aef45b8e952\"}]","publishDate":1538582400,"createDate":1538548464.88096,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"analysis-you-don-t-understand-bitcoin-because-you-think-money-is-real-maria-bustillos","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":914,"articleId":"89559818-7b7f-4f8c-882e-4778e25b2fed","title":"😵 Bots are manipulating price of bitcoin in ‘Wild West of crypto’","content":"Abusive software runs largely unchecked on crypto exchanges, prompting regulatory concern. The Securities and Exchange Commission cited this risk in August when rejecting several bitcoin-based ($BTC) exchange-traded funds. Using \"spoofing\" bots and planned pump-and-dump schemes are common strategies used to manipulate the price of cryptocurrencies.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"WSJ\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-bots-manipulating-bitcoins-price-1538481600\"}]","publishDate":1538560800,"createDate":1538548851.870012,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bots-are-manipulating-price-of-bitcoin-in-wild-west-of-crypto","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":912,"articleId":"9d74cbd1-6e00-4be0-a274-8bf1da789eeb","title":"🐦 'Bitcoin bug' exploited on crypto fork as attacker prints 235 million pigeoncoins","content":"An unknown attacker took advantage of a bug that allows hackers to print unlimited coins on Tuesday, printing 235 million pigeoncoins ($PGN) worth about $15,000. The bug had been patched on Bitcoin ($BTC), but other coins that have borrowed Bitcoin’s public code and have yet to update with the patch remain vulnerable.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-bug-exploited-on-crypto-fork-as-attacker-prints-235-million-pigeoncoins/\"}]","publishDate":1538550000,"createDate":1538548707.669105,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-bug-exploited-on-crypto-fork-as-attacker-prints-235-million-pigeoncoins","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":905,"articleId":"59347cbd-128d-40ce-b81c-e426d1fdce3d","title":"🇨🇳 Chinese bitcoin billionaire Li Xiaolai exits cryptosphere ‘for good’ ","content":"Chinese bitcoin ($BTC) billionaire Li Xiaolai announced his departure from the crypto world in a Weibo post, saying that he will not invest in any more projects. Li founded BitFund, a Beijing-based venture capital investment fund with a focus on cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. This announcement is a follow up to his previous controversies.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cryptovest\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cryptovest.com/news/chinese-bitcoin-billionaire-li-xiaoli-exits-cryptosphere-for-good/\"}]","publishDate":1538517600,"createDate":1538458542.662052,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"chinese-bitcoin-billionaire-li-xiaolai-exits-cryptosphere-for-good","type":"summary","tags":[]},{"rowId":887,"articleId":"4351b913-0b8a-486d-ac31-2a7078b9062e","title":"⛓ Bitcoin fraudsters misled investors and impersonated regulators, CFTC alleges","content":"The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed charges against two defendants for allegedly going to a number of lengths in attempts to steal bitcoin ($BTC). The regulator announced late Friday that it was charging two individuals using the names Morgan Hunt and Kim Hecroft for \"fraudulent solicitation, impersonation of a CFTC investigator and forging CFTC documents\" as part of an elaborate scheme to convince cryptocurrency investors to pay a fake tax in bitcoin to the defendants.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-fraudsters-misled-investors-and-impersonated-regulators-cftc-alleges/\"}]","publishDate":1538431200,"createDate":1538368353.282679,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"bitcoin-fraudsters-misled-investors-and-impersonated-regulators-cftc-alleges","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":886,"articleId":"f0f27da7-2492-4857-8ad4-b703abedb6a6","title":"💰 Google and Goldman back Bitcoin startup for small businesses","content":"Serial entrepreneur Marwan Forzely, who sold his previous company to Western Union to help the money-transfer giant directly connect to customer bank accounts, has raised $25 million from Goldman Sachs] (goldmansachs.com), [GV, Kleiner Perkins, Silicon Valley Bank, Trend Forward Capital, and Pantera Capital to cut intermediary banks out of the payment process altogether. Instead of relying on a series of correspondents to move money between different jurisdictions around the world, Marwan’s latest venture, Veem, uses Bitcoin ($BTC) to directly connect its clients’ bank accounts with suppliers and customers.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2018/09/26/google-and-goldman-back-bitcoin-startup-for-small-businesses/#3761e8d5546d\"}]","publishDate":1538416800,"createDate":1538368095.56961,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"google-and-goldman-back-bitcoin-startup-for-small-businesses","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":885,"articleId":"7fc7e715-3f53-409e-92b6-578014582c97","title":"🇯🇵 Japanese money transfer giant opens corridor to Africa","content":"The Japanese money transfer giant SBI Remit is now letting nearly half a million customers send money to Africa using the Bitcoin ($BTC) blockchain. Designed to be a faster, more reliable way to send money to Africa’s often overlooked markets, the new treasury management services are being provided by venture-backed firm BitPesa, which has raised $10 million from Greycroft Partners and others to turn the bitcoin blockchain into an enterprise payment rail. Instead of relying on a number of banks and other middlemen to move yen into U.S. dollars or euros and then out into African currencies such as the Nigerian naira or the Ghanaian cedi, the licensed BitPesa uses a combination of the bitcoin blockchain and other services to create new currency pairs.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2018/09/24/bitcoin-breakthrough-japanese-giant-opens-corridor-to-africa/#ac208047d3c7\"}]","publishDate":1538402400,"createDate":1538367943.030054,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"japanese-money-transfer-giant-opens-corridor-to-africa","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":863,"articleId":"eb2ec769-9602-4a7c-99b1-d42e99b38253","title":"💰 Small portion of China's middle class investing in crypto","content":"According to a new report titled 2018 White Paper on the New Middle Class, less than 10% of China's \"new middle class\" is investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin ($BTC). The survey gathered responses from 100,000 individuals and included one million data points from other sources to define the new middle class and their preferences. Real estate and fixed-term bank investments were the most popular among the surveyed individuals reflecting a preference for low-risk investments. Only 9.2 percent of individuals surveyed were willing to accept an investment loss higher than 15 percent which would make them unlikely investors in volatile cryptoassets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Tech Node\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://technode.com/2018/09/26/chinese-middle-class-cryptocurrency/\"}]","publishDate":1538064000,"createDate":1538059642.473295,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"small-portion-of-china-s-middle-class-investing-in-crypto","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":858,"articleId":"a37b571d-dc93-4a6b-b51b-842c8dc5d97a","title":"💱 U.S. judge sides with CFTC on crypto oversight","content":"A federal judge has ruled that \"virtual currencies\" meet the definition of a commodity and fall within the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The decision was made in the specific case of a lawsuit against Nevada-based My Big Coin Pay Inc, which the CFTC claims missapropriated $6 million from 28 customers they lured by naming their virtual currency to sound like bitcoin and further claiming it was backed by gold. The judge found that because the law defines commodities in broad categories rather than specific types or brands My Big Coin would fall into the definition. Furthermore, because My Big Coin and Bitcoin ($BTC) can both be broadly categorized as virtual currencies, and bitcoin futures currently trade on U.S. exchanges, the CFTC has oversight for virtual currencies according to the judge.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reuters\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cftc-bitcoin/federal-judge-sides-with-cftc-on-virtual-currency-oversight-idUSKCN1M62Z0\"}]","publishDate":1538042400,"createDate":1538007742.257022,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"u-s-judge-sides-with-cftc-on-crypto-oversight","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":861,"articleId":"f7f7502f-1b2b-4f0d-a3fe-77c9a9185119","title":"🇨🇦 Samsung to produce chips for Canadian mining company","content":"Canadian based mining startup Squire has signed a deal with Samsung to manufacture ASIC chips for new crypto mining hardware. Squire raised $19.5 million in August to develop miners for Bitcoin ($BTC), Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), and other cryptoassets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/samsung-to-manufacture-asic-chips-for-canadian-bitcoin-mining-firm/\"}]","publishDate":1538035200,"createDate":1538010361.354477,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"samsung-to-produce-chips-for-canadian-mining-company","type":"summary","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":854,"articleId":"329f36bf-9b32-44c1-95bb-26606a0aeff4","title":"🏎️ First release of Drivechain launched","content":"The first version of Drivechain, called Testdrive, has been released by Paul Sztorc, director of research at Tierion. Drivechain is a protocol that allows a variety of blockchains to be compatible with Bitcoin ($BTC). The system, which could be made compatible with Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), uses Nakamoto consensus and shares the same 21 million BTC ruleset but could start to integrate more features like smart contracts.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin.com\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.bitcoin.com/developer-paul-sztorc-launches-the-first-version-of-drivechain/\"}]","publishDate":1538006400,"createDate":1537992697.918099,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"first-release-of-drivechain-launched","type":"summary","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":836,"articleId":"aa6c4c8b-ed91-47d8-b190-8e8613f60afc","title":"🗻 Mt. Gox trustee has sold $230 million in Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash this year","content":"In a recently released notice, attorney Nobuaki Kobyashi provided an update on civil rehabilitation process for now-defunct cryptoasset exchange Mt. Gox. Kobyashi, who is acting as trustee in the process, explained that $230 million worth of Bitcoin ($BTC) and Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) had been sold between March 18, 2018, and June 22, 2018, which is when the civil rehabilitation process commenced. Following the sales, the trustees account contained approximately $621 worth of assets. Any proceeds from earlier sales will be held in a separate trust for the benefit of the exchange's creditors.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/mt-gox-has-sold-170-million-in-btc-and-bch-since-march/\"}]","publishDate":1537884000,"createDate":1537885530.209511,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"mt-gox-trustee-has-sold-230-million-in-bitcoin-and-bitcoin-cash-this-year","type":"summary","tags":["bch","btc"]},{"rowId":831,"articleId":"bec896f8-6235-49a9-9189-c4df4513c567","title":"👮 Crypto exchange executives charged for accepting bribes","content":"Two executives from South Korean crypto exchange Coinnest have been indicted for allegedly accepting a bribe related to a token listing. The Seoul Southern District Public Prosecutors’ Office claims the CEO and COO of Coinnest hastened the listing process and failed to conduct a proper technical review before listing a new token called S Coin. In return, the individuals each received a combination of Bitcoin ($BTC) and S Coin worth approximately $860,000 from the issuer.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin.com\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.bitcoin.com/coinnest-bribe-coin-listing/\"}]","publishDate":1537862400,"createDate":1537834037.274238,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"crypto-exchange-executives-charged-for-accepting-bribes","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":825,"articleId":"03247071-20b0-46b3-bb44-bc32de78a6d0","title":"⛏️ [Analysis] The ASIC Mining Race and Where It is Going - Mohamed Fouda","content":"Mining is not just a way to make money but an essential and fundamental piece of any cryptocurrency. Miners act as a central bank in crypto networks by printing new money to release into the economy. As investors like VCs start to look at mining as a new way to participate and invest in networks it is important to understand the current state of mining technology. Application specific integrated chip (ASIC) technology has become the standard for miners on SHA256 blockchains like Bitcoin ($BTC). Now hardware manufacturers are looking to new chains and hashing algorithms to increase their market share. At the same time the chips that power these machines are become more advanced, offering increased power and profitability for miners. Mohamed Fouda believes that the increased spread of ASICs, and competition between manufacturers will benefit the ecosystem by driving down prices and delivering more efficient miners to market faster.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/zkcapital/the-asic-mining-race-and-where-it-is-going-afec44f021e2\"}]","publishDate":1537804800,"createDate":1537802960.495397,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-the-asic-mining-race-and-where-it-is-going-mohamed-fouda","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":823,"articleId":"2ec19c2c-c95f-4b7a-aa81-aaf715fe95d2","title":"🇧🇷 Brazil's largest brokerage to expand crypto exchange","content":"Grupo XP Guilherme Benchimol plans to launch a new exchange called XDEX for Bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH) trading in the coming months. The move comes following an April move int over the counter trading for BTC and a capital injection of $1.5 million for the exchange.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cointelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/largest-brazilian-brokerage-to-launch-exchange-for-bitcoin-and-ethereum\"}]","publishDate":1537776000,"createDate":1537762430.366288,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"brazil-s-largest-brokerage-to-expand-crypto-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":810,"articleId":"ff017645-7a0e-43b1-96f9-5b2075d473f9","title":"📝 SEC requests additional comments on Cboe Bitcoin ETF","content":"Earlier today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) released a notice requesting further comments on the proposed Chicago Board of Options Exchange (Cboe) Bitcoin ($BTC) ETF. The SEC was clear that they are not delaying their decision, but instead seeking additional input on the 18 points outlined in the proposal, specifically asking parties to address the sufficiency of the exchange’s statements in support of the proposal.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Blokt\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blokt.com/news/breaking-sec-seeks-further-comment-on-cboe-bitcoin-etf\"}]","publishDate":1537502400,"createDate":1537485956.99113,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"sec-requests-additional-comments-on-cboe-bitcoin-etf","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":807,"articleId":"e59adc98-39a4-4daa-973e-19aa86817079","title":"🚔 Crypto thefts hit $530 million in Japan","content":"A recently released report from the National Police Agency (NPA) of Japan shows that incidents involving crypto theft tripled in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year. So far this year, more than 60 billion yen, around $533 million, worth of cryptoassets have been stolen from exchanges and individuals in the country. The majority of stolen funds, around 58 million yen, can be tied to the hacking of crypto exchange Coincheck earlier this year. In thefts that targeted individuals over 60 percent of incidents the use of similar login details across platforms and accounts. Aside from NEM ($XEM), which was stolen from Coincheck, the most targeted assets were Bitcoin ($BTC) and XRP ($XRP).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/japan-cryptocurrency-theft-cases-tripled-in-h1-2018-530-million-stolen-police/\"}]","publishDate":1537480800,"createDate":1537468140.060259,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"crypto-thefts-hit-530-million-in-japan","type":"summary","tags":["xrp","btc","xem"]},{"rowId":801,"articleId":"9a846bba-2171-499a-ba5c-fba43f50c6c3","title":"👀 Hackers steal nearly $60 million from Japanese crypto exchange","content":"Hackers have targeted Japanese cryptoasset exchange Zaif, stealing 6.7 billion yen or around $59.7 million from user wallets and the exchange itself. Tech Bureau Inc, which operated Zaif, claims they detected a server error on Sep. 17th and immediately suspended deposits and withdrawals before realizing they were being hacked the next day. The majority of stolen assets were Bitcoin ($BTC) but also included Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) and MonaCoin ($MONA). Fisco Digital Asset Group will help cover customer losses by providing 5.0 billion yen, around $44.5 million, to the exchange in return for an agreement to dismiss more than half of Tech Bureau's directors and the firm's auditors. Fisco will also become a majority shareholder in the company.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cointelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/japanese-cryptocurrency-exchange-hacked-59-million-in-losses-reported\"}]","publishDate":1537444800,"createDate":1537402443.966884,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"hackers-steal-nearly-60-million-from-japanese-crypto-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["btc","mona","bch"]},{"rowId":799,"articleId":"e8c97195-c655-4eb5-8aa0-2ffccd7f5a41","title":"💻 Hackers using NSA leaked software flaw to mine crypto","content":"According to a report by Cyber Threat Alliance, cases of illicit cryptocurrency mining have surged 456 percent in 2018 compared to last year. The spike is tied to a 2017 leak of Eternal Blue, a tool linked to the NSA that can exploit vulnerabilities in outdated Microsoft Systems software. Hackers are using the exploit to commandeer a users computing power in order to mine cryptocurrencies at no cost to the hacker. As of July this year, 85 percent of illicit mining has targeted Monero ($XMR) while Bitcoin ($BTC) accounted for around eight percent according to the report.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-19/hackers-target-bitcoin-with-leaked-nsa-software-tip-report-says?srnd=cryptocurrencies\"}]","publishDate":1537437600,"createDate":1537400823.778978,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"hackers-using-nsa-leaked-software-flaw-to-mine-crypto","type":"summary","tags":["xmr","btc"]},{"rowId":798,"articleId":"53cc2693-a079-4474-a0e7-4b0181cb6808","title":"✂️ [Analysis] A Brief Study Of Cryptonetwork Forks - Alex Evans","content":"Forks are as ubiquitous as they are misunderstood according to Alex Evans. Forks can be broadly separated into two categories. Chain forks are where the code, ledger, or both are altered, creating a new network separate from the parent chain called a child chain. Code forks, on the other hand, involve tweaking a blockchain's code offline and releasing a separate network with a new genesis block. To date, there have been hundreds of forks, with at least 40 chain forks and numerous codebase forks coming from Bitcoin ($BTC) alone. Through a study of multiple parent and child chains, Placeholder found that:\nThe majority of child networks resulting from chain forks are in disuse and have lost significant value relative to their parent networks.\nChild chains have struggled to attract demand and developer talent from parent networks. Both users and developers tend to be loyal to the parent chain.\nDespite less user activity, child chains tend to trade at higher user and transaction (e.g. NVT ratio) multiples than their parent chains.\nMiners exhibit no loyalty to a specific chain and make their decisions based on economics.\nEarly evidence shows that the concept of \"forking away\" network rents, with value moving to a new fork, may not be true.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Placeholder\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.placeholder.vc/blog/2018/9/17/a-brief-study-of-cryptonetwork-forks\"}]","publishDate":1537408800,"createDate":1537399974.004459,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-a-brief-study-of-cryptonetwork-forks-alex-evans","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":796,"articleId":"e87b8e3f-1348-4be1-aa94-485ca88b547b","title":"🐛 Bitcoin Core developers fix bug that could have crashed the network","content":"Node operators have been asked to upgrade their software immediately following the discovery of a bug that could have crashed the Bitcoin ($BTC) and derivative networks like Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) and Litecoin ($LTC). The issue was related to a change made to the code in late 2016 aimed at reducing the time to check blocks. In theory had the issue not been fixed a miner could have designed a block which would have crashed other mining nodes on the network.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trust Nodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/09/19/fixed-bitcoin-core-bug-could-have-crashed-the-whole-network\"}]","publishDate":1537401600,"createDate":1537398198.559032,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-core-developers-fix-bug-that-could-have-crashed-the-network","type":"summary","tags":["bch","ltc","btc"]},{"rowId":783,"articleId":"6df6d1ef-44fe-4e49-a39d-ed40b135c55e","title":"🐳 Diar research shows top heavy distribution of Bitcoin","content":"According to research firm Diar, 55 percent of the outstanding Bitcoin ($BTC) supply is held in wallets with balances of more than 200 coins. One-third of these coins are contained in wallets that have never made an outgoing transaction indicating lost keys or a strong resolve to hold. Furthermore, 87 percent of BTC is held in wallets with more than 10 coins, representing just 0.7 percent of all Bitcoin addresses.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Diar\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://diar.co/volume-2-issue-37/\"}]","publishDate":1537308000,"createDate":1537300454.822449,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"diar-research-shows-top-heavy-distribution-of-bitcoin","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":766,"articleId":"aaf28c77-9310-4487-a1b5-33703624cd50","title":"🔁 Bitfinex announces release of EOS based decentralized exchange","content":"First announced in March, Bitfinex has provided details on its soon to be launched exchange called EOSfinex. The decentralized exchange will be built using EOS technology and will support EOS ($EOS), Bitcoin ($BTC), and Ethereum ($ETH) to USD trading pairs and allow for market, limit, post-only, and immediate-or-cancel orders.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Unhashed\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://unhashed.com/cryptocurrency-news/bitfinex-details-eosfinex-decentralized-exchange-announces-september-beta-reveal/\"}]","publishDate":1537171200,"createDate":1537143580.76824,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"bitfinex-announces-release-of-eos-based-decentralized-exchange","type":"summary","tags":["btc","eos","eth"]},{"rowId":745,"articleId":"a3c0de0e-498a-462f-b6ee-b0cc3d635b74","title":"🔁 Morgan Stanley to offer Bitcoin swaps to clients","content":"Morgan Stanley will be the latest Wall Street firm to offer Bitcoin ($BTC) related investments. According to a person familiar with the matter, the bank will deal in price return swap contracts which give clients synthetic exposure to BTC. From a technical perspective, Morgan Stanely is already prepared to offer the product, which won't require holding BTC but will instead utilize futures contracts, and now traders are waiting to see if there is institutional demand.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/crypto\"}]","publishDate":1536847200,"createDate":1536844558.04731,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"morgan-stanley-to-offer-bitcoin-swaps-to-clients","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":728,"articleId":"191838e9-ce76-4eca-af0b-3c1abb00868a","title":"🏢 [Analysis] The 4th era of crypto: Crypto-institutionalization - Yaniv Feldman","content":"Every crypto era has its driving force. The first was Bitcoin ($BTC), then came Altcoins, then the utility tokens and platforms. Following the demise of ICOs, alongside the rise of traditional financial solutions like ETFs, stable coins, and new instruments like Citigroup's DAR we see signs of a new crypto era according to Yaniv Feldman.\n \nExchange traded funds, or ETFs for short, are financial instruments that generally track a commodity or a larger basket of assets, like stocks or bonds. All attempts to win SEC approval for Bitcoin ETF have been denied, save for one that is currently awaiting approval. This is mainly due to immature infrastructure and concerns around regulating the underlying market. Despite the hype, there have been other solutions, like mutual funds, ETNs, and futures available to institutional investors for years, leaving the necessity of an ETF up for debate.\n \nStable coins are another emerging crypto product aimed at maintaining a stable value. At the start of 2018, there were five stable coin projects, a number that has grown to 30 in just nine months. Some have raised substantial amounts of money from respected investors, such as Basis which received $133 million and Terra Money which recently raised $32 million. Currently, four models dominate the market:\nAsset-backed: Every token is backed by a physical asset like fiat currency, precious metals, etc.\nCrypto-collateralized: Each token is backed by another, more significant, cryptoasset like Ethereum ($ETH)\nMechanism design: A \"central bank\" mechanism controls the token's price stability similar to existing central banks\nHybrid: A combination of two or more of the above models, such as an asset-backed approach combined with a central bank.\nWhile stable coins promise to bring stability to the volatile world of cryptoassets pegging them to things like fiat currencies can potentially give back controls to governments and expose them to issues like inflation.\n\n \nFinally, digital asset receipts (DARs) are a recently announced innovation from Citigroup that act similar to an American depository receipt (ADR). Under this structure, a custodian would hold a cryptoasset and a receipt would be issued to the investor. These new instruments may be beneficial to many investors that do not want to risk holding their own Bitcoin but remove the foundational control that many have sought in cryptoassets.\n \nInstitutionalization is coming, whether you like it or not. What we don't know is how it will impact Bitcoin and cryptoassets as we know them today.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/one-alpha/crypto-institutionalization-da1234be8d1d\"}]","publishDate":1536717600,"createDate":1536708599.956006,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"analysis-the-4th-era-of-crypto-crypto-institutionalization-yaniv-feldman","type":"summary","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":724,"articleId":"ca882ebc-ed75-4b54-b684-2cae789dcb84","title":"💻 Nasdaq preparing crypto analytics tool for traders","content":"According to a person familiar with the plan, Nasdaq is preparing to add crypto price prediction tools to its Analytics Hub platform. Analytics Hub uses machine learning and natural language processing technologies to parse social media and alternative data sources to help investors get a better picture of market movements. According to the source, the new crypto feature will cover hundreds of assets and is being targeted for a November release. Earlier this year Nasdaq outlined a more crypto focused strategy that could include offering Bitcoin ($BTC) futures and potentially launching a cryptoasset exchange.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/nasdaq-said-to-be-building-tool-to-predict-crypto-price-movements/\"}]","publishDate":1536696000,"createDate":1536675132.601834,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"nasdaq-preparing-crypto-analytics-tool-for-traders","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":712,"articleId":"a1ef28aa-08d8-41c6-be5c-f5b20d9972a8","title":"⏱️ [Analysis] Why Bitcoin & why sooner rather than later? - Jonathan Cheesman","content":"Jonathan Cheesman proposes that Bitcoin ($BTC) presents an asymmetric investment opportunity. It is the first investment open to everyone in and the fixed supply schedule presented a very clear route to mania should it grow in popularity. There will only ever exist 21 million BTC, and currently, only ~17 million have been mined. Far fewer are actually available to buy thanks to lost coins, exchanges and OTC desks holding inventories, and allocations held by true believers. Bitcoin's demand will likely be driven by macro factors related to generational preferences. Mistrust of politicians, central banks, corporations, and the media is growing. The monetization or misuse of data by companies like Facebook is creating demand for more privacy and control over data and digital identity. Bitcoin could represent an option for individuals to regain ownership and control of their data. Furthermore, Bitcoin represents an option for savers in emerging markets where many economies are reaching a breaking point and are seeing huge wealth destruction.\n \nDespite its promise, sentiment for Bitcoin is currently extremely bearish following a price decline from a $20,000 all-time high. This downtrend has been caused by six major headwinds:\nMacro: The dominant macro trend of 2018 has been a dollar liquidity squeeze caused by central bank tapering. Crypto has not been immune to this as the U.S. dollar and U.S. yields have risen and gold has fallen. After the market rushes to USD it can then re-focus. This was exactly what happened to gold in the financial crisis and if bitcoin is successful, it will be anti-fragile — something that benefits from disorder.\nSpeculative dominance and reflexivity: In its early life, Bitcoin’s use has been dominated by retail speculation. Given this, and a lack of accepted valuation framework, Bitcoin is prone to multiple hype cycles as are many new technologies. Over time this reflexivity will fade as the value proposition is better understood.\nRegulatory hesitance and the slow path to institutional adoption: Regulators across the globe have struggled with how to responsibly police crypto. Decentralized technologies, complications in classifying new assets, and bad actors have muddied the water. This uncertainty has slowed institutional investors, which lack of custody, insurance, data, and risk management solutions. Progress is being made on both fronts which has lead to new tokenized assets, mostly real estate, sold and accounted for on the blockchain.\nWeaker projects or scams: The hysteria at the end of 2017 has been a bad hangover for 2018. Many projects reached valuations exceeding any sort of reasonable measure and now some trade more down 90% from their highs. This multi-billion dollar decline in the aggregate market cap has impacted the reputation of crypto as an asset class. Over time impact marginal impact of weaker projects will decline compared to the effects of stronger projects.\nNatural supply: Bitcoin is prone to fairly deep bear markets because of both mining supply and exchange sales. This flow headwind can dominate the market and extend lulls.\nShort selling: Retail flows and algorithmic funds have been attracted by the profitability of short selling. Short sellers have become accustomed to using Bitcoin as it is the most liquid cryptocurrency.\n\nIn the medium-term Bitcoin will co-exist with sovereign currencies but the trend of globalization is shifting the gaze of our imaginations beyond the nation-state. Despite headwinds, the societal and generational preferences towards cryptoassets are tailwinds, and the relative size of the market make the asymmetry of the opportunity compelling.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Hacker Noon\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://hackernoon.com/why-bitcoin-why-sooner-rather-than-later-e44aa5373479?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1536616800,"createDate":1536595571.991634,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","slug":"analysis-why-bitcoin-why-sooner-rather-than-later-jonathan-cheesman","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":701,"articleId":"20667f5f-009d-4bf5-a37c-d672b7095be4","title":"⚡ Bitcoin adoption is getting a massive Lightning Network boost","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) adoption is about to take another step forward with the Lightning Network today with a boost from payment processing startup CoinGate, which is adding all 4,000 of its merchants to the off-chain system. Those CoinGate merchants which will be able to accept payments via the Lightning Network include Swiss watch manufacturers Chronoswiss and Louis Chevrolet and more. The Lightning Network creates a layer on top of the bitcoin blockchain, where transactions can be passed back and forth before being added to the underlying blockchain. This should mean transaction speed is greatly increased while costs are significantly reduced.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2018/09/05/bitcoin-adoption-is-getting-a-massive-lightning-network-boost/#609648f5420c\"}]","publishDate":1536343200,"createDate":1536303807.508542,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-adoption-is-getting-a-massive-lightning-network-boost","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":697,"articleId":"5b95c70a-a94d-4385-bcc6-84e3349d9755","title":"🏦 Goldman Sachs CFO says bank is working on Bitcoin derivative for clients","content":"Goldman Sachs Chief Financial Officer Martin Chavez called a report that the bank was ditching plans to launch a cryptocurrency trading desk \"fake news.\" Chavez says the bank is working on a Bitcoin ($BTC) derivative known as a \"non-deliverable forward,\" because of demand from clients. He looked to knock down the report about the banking dialing back plans, but also make clear that there's never been a timeline for this effort.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CNBC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/06/goldman-sachs-cfo-calls-reports-of-shutting-down-crypto-desk-fake-news.html\"}]","publishDate":1536314400,"createDate":1536303495.753439,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"goldman-sachs-cfo-says-bank-is-working-on-bitcoin-derivative-for-clients","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":679,"articleId":"8819c671-dd70-4b13-80cf-368707d967bf","title":"🇨🇦 The Bitcoin boom reaches a Canadian ghost town","content":"With fewer than 100 residents, Ocean Falls, a tiny town in the British Columbian hinterlands, is looking for a revival after almost four decades of industrial false starts. The small town’s cool weather, stable governments, and ample hydroelectricity has attracted Bitcoin ($BTC) miners.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-09-04/the-bitcoin-boom-reaches-a-canadian-ghost-town\"}]","publishDate":1536300000,"createDate":1536128588.349794,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"the-bitcoin-boom-reaches-a-canadian-ghost-town","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":678,"articleId":"1770d050-59d6-4a2b-a759-bf1b652c038e","title":"🏛 The federal court of California is now accepting Bitcoin for bail payments","content":"A defendant facing hacking charges in the federal court of California has been allowed to settle his $750,000 bail using Bitcoin ($BTC) or other cryptocurrencies. The assistant district attorney, Abraham Simmons, said that defendants can settle their bail payments in any credible format allowed by the judge. The main objective is to ensure that the defendant complies with court orders to appear for proceedings at a later date.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Ethereum World News\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://ethereumworldnews.com/the-federal-court-of-california-is-now-accepting-bitcoin-for-bail-payments/\"}]","publishDate":1536292800,"createDate":1536128536.853288,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"the-federal-court-of-california-is-now-accepting-bitcoin-for-bail-payments","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":690,"articleId":"f13988d5-9465-44a6-9373-658ff4506f90","title":"🌿 High Times says it's accepting crypto payments for its IPO","content":"Cannabis publication High Times is accepting cryptocurrency for its ongoing initial public offering (IPO) after all. The publication announced at the beginning of August that it would accept bitcoin ($BTC) and ether ($ETH) for its IPO, but later walked back that announcement in an August 13 filing submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “A third-party processor called Fund America is taking the two cryptocurrencies and converting into U.S. dollars, which the company will then receive,” a High Times representative said to CoinDesk.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/high-times-now-says-its-accepting-cryptocurrencies-payments-for-its-ipo/\"}]","publishDate":1536285600,"createDate":1536216940.08116,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"high-times-says-it-s-accepting-crypto-payments-for-its-ipo","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":691,"articleId":"145c2cc3-e630-4c9f-857b-56255779a7db","title":"💸 One billion dollars worth of bitcoins on the move, $100 million sent to exchanges","content":"A very old Bitcoin address that is likely owned by an old Mt. Gox whale, which did not move its coins since it was funded on the 2nd of July 2011 until March 2014, has been splitting its 111,114 bitcoins ($BTC) into smaller and smaller portions over the past four years, with 15,593 bitcoins (~$109 million) recently ending up on Bitfinex, Binance, and 210 bitcoins in Bitmex according to an unverified analysis.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/09/05/one-billion-dollars-worth-bitcoin-move-100-million-sent-exchanges\"}]","publishDate":1536278400,"createDate":1536217134.823822,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"one-billion-dollars-worth-of-bitcoins-on-the-move-100-million-sent-to-exchanges","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":684,"articleId":"28b8894e-1c32-423a-a1dd-30fb62172d1a","title":"❌ Goldman Sachs is ditching near-term plans to open a bitcoin trading desk","content":"Goldman Sachs is putting on hold plans to open a desk to trade cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin ($BTC), according to a report from Business Insider. The bank is downgrading the plans as the regulatory landscape for crypto remains uncertain. Goldman is instead focusing its energy on a custody product for crypto meant to better service large institutional clients.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Business Insider\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-sachs-retreats-from-launching-crypto-trading-desk-2018-9?r=UK&IR=T\"}]","publishDate":1536242400,"createDate":1536216584.349874,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"goldman-sachs-is-ditching-near-term-plans-to-open-a-bitcoin-trading-desk","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":693,"articleId":"48df24de-ff42-4337-adb0-f5279c384f21","title":"💷 Coinbase Pro announces support for trading bitcoin, ether, and other cryptocurrencies using British Pounds (GBP)","content":"Coinbase Pro is launching new support for British pounds (GBP) to their UK-based customers. The new pairs include: ETH–GBP ($ETH), ETC–GBP ($ETC), LTC–GBP ($LTC) and BCH–GBP ($BCH). Coinbase Pro already supports BTC–GBP ($BTC). There will be three stages to the launch – post-only, limit-only, and full trading.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coinbase Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-pro-announces-support-for-trading-bitcoin-ethereum-and-other-cryptocurrencies-using-2a8b82c4d19b?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1536220800,"createDate":1536217370.539496,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"coinbase-pro-announces-support-for-trading-bitcoin-ether-and-other-cryptocurrencies-using-british-pounds-gbp","type":"summary","tags":["ltc","btc","etc","eth","bch"]},{"rowId":667,"articleId":"a386fdfc-ed7f-4679-9e28-9a5f3182e232","title":"💵 [Analysis] Bitcoin's path to method of payment – Jimmy Song","content":"Like anything in a market economy, the price of Bitcoin is entirely dependent on supply and demand. A money that’s abundant will tend to have less demand and a money that’s scarce will tend to have larger demand. The main reason why people value Bitcoin ($BTC) is that it is scarce, hard money. The people that value Bitcoin’s scarcity are using Bitcoin as a store of value. Furthermore, Bitcoin is also hard to confiscate and is unique among assets in this regard. There really aren’t that many options that are provably scarce and are resistant to confiscation.\n\nThe method of payment use cases have one thing in common. The people involved want the convenience that Bitcoin provides them, but don’t care to hold the Bitcoin itself. In method of payment transactions, neither party holds Bitcoin for very long and neither cares about the Bitcoin price as long as the total fees (USD →BTC, BTC transfer, BTC →USD) are reasonable. Convenience is what matters. Conversely, method-of-payment demand does not actually increase demand much for Bitcoin as the amount bought is sold soon after. The only real benefits of having more method-of-payment utility are that Bitcoin can increase convenience and Bitcoin’s liquidity can increase.\n\nThe reason why people value Bitcoin as a store of value more than as a method of payment is that consumers have many choices for method of payment already. Furthermore, all these payment methods are much more convenient than Bitcoin for nearly every type of transaction. For method of payment, convenience is paramount and that means merchant acceptance. However, merchants don’t want to keep Bitcoin which hinders its use as a method of payment, as conversion from BTC to USD is costly. It’s much less convenient and thus an inferior method of payment.\n\nTrying to artificially create method-of-payment demand is putting the cart before the horse. First, the vast majority of people that hold Bitcoin aren’t looking to use it as a method of payment. Second, the merchants don’t want to keep the Bitcoin they receive.\n\nFrom a monetary evolution standpoint, a few conditions have to be met before people start using a hard money as a method of payment in earnest. First, the merchant has to want the particular monetary medium as a store of value. Second, the consumer has to desire the good or service so much that they’re willing to part with their precious Bitcoin. In other words, the merchant has to want Bitcoin as a store of value and produce higher quality goods to entice Bitcoin holders. Until this gap closes, there won’t be much Bitcoin flowing from holders to merchants.\n\nWhen paternalistic interventionists act on wishful thinking instead of letting the market play out, disaster looms. Increasing method of payment adoption, however, doesn’t change merchants' desires. At best, this results in selling pressure on Bitcoin, lowering price.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Jimmy Song Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@jimmysong/bitcoins-path-to-method-of-payment-6cb5b3297268?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1536206400,"createDate":1536119035.763106,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"analysis-bitcoin-s-path-to-method-of-payment-jimmy-song","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":674,"articleId":"61c81a5f-025a-4512-b5b7-5e3abb5bb672","title":"🇻🇪 Bitcoin believers speak out in Venezuela as Maduro makes historical devaluation","content":"In efforts to stabilize the economy, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has lopped five zeros off the bolivar, introduced new bills, and linked the new bolivar’s value to the national oil-linked petro cryptocurrency amidst its economic crisis. Last month, the International Monetary Fund warned Venezuela’s economy is expected to contract by around 18% in 2018, while inflation is forecast to reach 1,000,000%. People in the country struggling with the level of inflation are opting to use Bitcoin ($BTC) and cryptocurrencies as an alternative.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2018/08/20/bitcoin-believers-speak-out-in-venezuela-as-maduro-makes-historical-devaluation/#aaacf6745ae5\"}]","publishDate":1536184800,"createDate":1536128175.996927,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-believers-speak-out-in-venezuela-as-maduro-makes-historical-devaluation","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":672,"articleId":"71ece977-1d66-4738-a59d-7429e9d2c9c8","title":"⛓ Bitcoin suspect could shed light on Mueller’s Russian targets","content":"A cryptocurrency expert languishing in a Greek jail may have a vantage point on how Russians in U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s crosshairs used Bitcoin ($BTC) to obscure their money trail. The expert, Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, was detained last year after U.S. prosecutors in San Francisco accused him of supervising a digital currency exchange that helped criminals launder billions of dollars. The exchange has allegedly handled Bitcoins traced to Fancy Bear, one of the names for the Russian military intelligence officers who Mueller separately accused of stealing and releasing Democrats’ emails to sway votes in the 2016 elections.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-04/bitcoin-suspect-could-shed-light-on-russians-targeted-by-mueller\"}]","publishDate":1536170400,"createDate":1536128004.661741,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-suspect-could-shed-light-on-mueller-s-russian-targets","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":666,"articleId":"930c9a31-63f1-4063-ad93-bb9a381534c1","title":"👊🏿 [Analysis] Hodlers are the revolutionaries – Dan Held","content":"Early hodlers believed in Bitcoin despite the overwhelming negativity and false information. Hodlers had stronger risk appetite to weather the volatility of being a first mover. They’re practitioners of skin in the game. Holding Bitcoin ($BTC) is the exact opposite of speculation. By holding money you invest in the economy as a whole. Every time you choose to retain money you decrease the available amount in circulation. This leads to the increase of purchasing power per unit of that money. By holding Bitcoin the price per unit increases. The more people hold Bitcoin in the long run, the more volatility drops towards a gradual increase in price. This convergence towards a stable increase in price makes Bitcoin more attractive to new audiences, creating a feedback loop.\n\nThe increase in Bitcoin’s price has corresponding virality. And as it expands, hodling becomes popular with people with a lower risk appetite, pulling in more and more network effect into the Bitcoin black hole. With each of those boom/bust cycles we’ve seen Bitcoin redistributed from old hodlers to new hodlers via selling, decreasing the Gini Coefficient. Money is a winner-take-all technology, driven by network effects. The crypto with the most hodlers, therefore, is the most demanded by consumers and will be the ultimate winner.\n\nThe faith in a new financial system is what binds everything together. Bitcoin is not just a software project. It’s a method of coordination for a large group of people who face powerful adversaries. Bitcoin promises an alternative for citizens across the world to keep their savings in a form of money that can neither be confiscated nor diluted. If Bitcoin grows much larger, it may force governments to become a voluntary organization. Through hodling we may finally be free.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Dan Held Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@danhedl/hodlers-are-the-revolutionaries-66c8362ef9eb\"}]","publishDate":1536163200,"createDate":1536117568.089165,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"analysis-hodlers-are-the-revolutionaries-dan-held","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":671,"articleId":"2defc470-9eb7-4e7f-afc4-15be7fdfb150","title":"📈 Ethereum’s supply has crossed 100 million","content":"There is now more than 100 million ether ($ETH) in existence. Unlike Bitcoin ($BTC) which has its supply capped at 21 million, Ethereum does not have an upper limit on its total coin supply, despite cofounder Vitalik Buterin’s EIP proposal in April to cap the supply at 120 million. The lack of a limit has prompted concern about inflation in the Ethereum community.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"The Next Web\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://thenextweb.com/insider/2018/06/11/ethereums-total-supply/\"}]","publishDate":1536156000,"createDate":1536127936.29755,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"ethereum-s-supply-has-crossed-100-million","type":"summary","tags":["eth","btc"]},{"rowId":670,"articleId":"05703f04-d657-4cad-b520-f75b46eb2614","title":"❌ New Morgan Creek Fund excludes pre-mined cryptocurrencies, such as XRP","content":"A new Morgan Creek fund gives pensions, wealthy families, endowments, and accredited investors a way to gain exposure to Bitcoin ($BTC), Ethereum ($ETH), and eight more of the largest cryptocurrencies by market value. The index fund, managed by San Francisco-based Bitwise Asset Management, excludes pre-mined cryptocurrencies such as XRP ($XRP) and Stellar Lumens ($XLM); Morgan Creek Digital partner Anthony Pompliano believes that these cryptocurrencies introduce additional risk that would not exist in more decentralized networks. Other requirements included custody qualifications, trade concentration limits, and the technical ability to be secured offline in what is called cold storage.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Forbes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2018/08/28/ripple-not-included-new-morgan-creek-fund-excludes-pre-mined-cryptocurrencies/#dbb3e15153bf\"}]","publishDate":1536148800,"createDate":1536127843.4235,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"new-morgan-creek-fund-excludes-pre-mined-cryptocurrencies-such-as-xrp","type":"summary","tags":["xrp","xlm","eth","btc"]},{"rowId":669,"articleId":"68e2d31c-6cc0-4b39-b14c-81d8a3ed26f0","title":"⚡️ The Lightning team announces a new product, Casa lightning node","content":"The Lightning Ramp team announced the release of a new product, the Casa Lightning Node. Released in February 2018, Lightning Ramp aimed to facilitate the use of the Lightning network. Their partnership with key management company Casa produced the Casa Lightning Node, which hopes to enable customers to run Lightning and Bitcoin ($BTC) more easily.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Casa Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/casa/announcing-the-casa-lightning-node-596df7a7427\"}]","publishDate":1536141600,"createDate":1536127726.222706,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"the-lightning-team-announces-a-new-product-casa-lightning-node","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":663,"articleId":"352fd43e-190c-4cc7-aeba-fdc47c21394b","title":"🔑 Bitcoin's next big software update to feature new language for crypto keys","content":"Bitcoin Core is debuting its 17th major software release which will improve the software's default wallet. Another update is the debut of a new \"language\", which adds important extra information to keys and allows users to name their different accounts. Another significant use case of the language is to make it easier to move keys from one wallet to another. Partially Signed Bitcoin Transactions ($BTC) - a binary transaction format which contains the information necessary for a signer to produce signatures for the transaction and holds the signatures for an input while the input does not have a complete set of signatures - is another highly-anticipated change.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoins-next-big-software-upgrade-to-feature-new-language-for-crypto-keys/\"}]","publishDate":1536112800,"createDate":1536047723.537605,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"bitcoin-s-next-big-software-update-to-feature-new-language-for-crypto-keys","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":660,"articleId":"cd9f0b49-67a7-44be-a651-0cc1e82df86b","title":"🇦🇷 Argentine Peso collapses, Bitcoin at a premium","content":"Argentinian money has halved in value since May and is down 33 percent against the dollar in just the past five days. The Argentine central bank has increased interest rates to 60%, in order to slow down the free-fall of the Argentine Peso (ARS) as well as to tackle the ever growing inflation rate, which stood at 31 percent in July. Bitcoin ($BTC) is at a slight premium in Argentina of about $200. Crypto trading volumes across Latin America has been increasing recently.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/09/03/argentine-peso-collapses-bitcoin-premium\"}]","publishDate":1536105600,"createDate":1536047001.695295,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","slug":"argentine-peso-collapses-bitcoin-at-a-premium","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":657,"articleId":"ef67b1a0-20e0-4032-9b39-14e65e89eb52","title":"💰 Rakuten is planning to buy a Bitcoin exchange for $2.4 million","content":"Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is planning to acquire a local Bitcoin ($BTC) exchange, Everybody’s Bitcoin. The company said in an announcement that it has inked a share transfer agreement for 100 percent of the exchange on Friday. The acquisition will cost the firm 265 million yen, or $2.4 million, when it goes through on Oct. 1.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/rakuten-seeks-to-acquire-bitcoin-exchange-in-2-4-million-deal/\"}]","publishDate":1536084000,"createDate":1536045885.598294,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"rakuten-is-planning-to-buy-a-bitcoin-exchange-for-2-4-million","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":656,"articleId":"609d48bf-d0f8-4cdb-bcbd-ffb9289b8a50","title":"🏧 Global Bitcoin ATM market to be worth $145 million by 2023","content":"The Bitcoin ($BTC) ATM market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 54.7% between 2018 and 2023, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets. The value of this market will rise to a figure of $144.5 million in the five-year period. It is estimated that the cryptocurrency ATM market was worth $6.8 million last year but has since then grown to reach a figure of $16.3 million in 2018.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/global-bitcoin-atm-market-to-be-worth-145-million-by-2023-report/\"}]","publishDate":1536076800,"createDate":1536045704.07056,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"slug":"global-bitcoin-atm-market-to-be-worth-145-million-by-2023","type":"summary","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":642,"articleId":"9bc9c061-34c4-4fe6-b3c8-6db34cc00f0e","title":"💵 [Analysis] What is sound money? – Erik Torenberg ","content":"Sound money is a money that has an iron-clad monetary policy that cannot be changed by governments, central-banks, or other entities; in other words, the supply is fixed even if there is increased demand. Sound money gains in value over time and is chosen by the market. Examples include gold and Bitcoin ($BTC). Unsound money, on the other hand, refers to money whose quantity is easy to increase and is usually controlled by centralized actors. An example is copper. The US Dollar is not only unsound because it can print more whenever it wants, but also because, due to fractional reserve banking for-profit banks are able to lend out 10x their reserves and effectively print non-existent money out of thin air.\n \nSound money has positive second order effects. The better the money is at holding its value, the more it incentivizes people to save money. While this is bad news for Keynesians, it enables people to dedicate resources for future production, which leads to more capital accumulation and an improvement of living standards. Additionally, sound money keeps governments in check.\n \nUnsound money is a compounding problem: having the ability to print money increases the power of any government. The resulting inflation that comes from printing more money, in effect, takes wealth away from people who produce it and gives it to people who control of money without actually producing things valued by society.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Token Daily\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/what-is-sound-money\"}]","publishDate":1535716800,"createDate":1535698796.314954,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":635,"articleId":"9dfbd004-e321-4f18-a9c4-f757074b14e2","title":"🏛 Cboe is telling market makers that it's getting close to launching ether futures ","content":"Cboe, the exchange group behind the first market for bitcoin ($BTC) futures, is telling market makers that it is getting close to launching ether ($ETH) futures. The exchange is waiting on additional clarity from the CFTC, a person with knowledge of the situation said. The launch of ether futures would mark a significant step in ether's maturation as it could open the door to wider trading in the crypto and possibly an ETF.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Business Insider\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.businessinsider.com/ether-futures-on-the-way-at-cboe-2018-8\"}]","publishDate":1535695200,"createDate":1535694186.173402,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":630,"articleId":"432f757a-1072-4173-8abb-66c6b1a7ad8b","title":"🏅 Square wins patent for crypto payment network ","content":"The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has approved Square's application to patent a system that allows merchants to accept crypto alongside conventional payment methods and cash out in their currency of choice. Notably, the patent also details a process that allows the POS system eliminate latency in crypto transactions, ensuring that even Bitcoin ($BTC) transactions can be approved at roughly the same speed as a credit card transaction.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-accepted-everywhere-square-wins-patent-for-cryptocurrency-payment-network/\"}]","publishDate":1535673600,"createDate":1535599017.288671,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":632,"articleId":"4a52847f-a2e6-44af-a159-2207087deadf","title":"🎲 [Analysis] The Bitcoin risk spectrum – Nik Bhatia","content":"Bitcoin's ($BTC) next step is to transition from a reserve asset to a functioning reserve currency by unlocking the bitcoin capital market. The Bitcoin risk spectrum is charaterized by the following qualities:\nX-axis is risk\nY-axis is expected return\nThe graph is a linear graph with a slope of 1 and increases in both risk and expected return\nCold storage BTC, Lightning Network Reference Rate (LNRR), and off-chain lending are the three points on the graph in order of safe but low return to risky but high return\nCold storage BTC and LNRR have no counterparty risk\nOff-chain lending has counterparty risk\n\nCold storage BTC:\nThe analogy commonly used for cold storage is a gold bar held in your hand\nThere is no counterparty risk; the risk is its storage and security\nThe expected return on cold storage bitcoin is at best zero and is actually negative if you consider that storage costs and on-chain transaction costs are non-zero\n\nLightning Network Reference Rate (LNRR):\nRouting fees earned on bitcoin staked to Lightning payment channels can be expressed as an interest rate\nIf a consensus can be reached on an interest rate calculation protocol, capital providers can publish interest rates in an open and transparent way\nPositive interest rates will attract bank-like entities that believe they can earn positive return using effective payment channel management and security techniques\nBitcoin staked to Lightning is the most unique income producing asset in all of monetary history: income with zero counterparty risk\n\nOff-chain lending:\nReal world lending of bitcoin has genuine counterparty risk\nThese rates of borrowing should be higher than LNRR\nLenders will need strong contracts in jurisdictions with strong rule of law to ensure repayment of capital, just as they do with fiat currencies\nComplete loss of principal remains","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Nik Bhatia Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@timevalueofbtc/the-bitcoin-risk-spectrum-949f6abec290\"}]","publishDate":1535659200,"createDate":1535603135.887701,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":631,"articleId":"67b17ecc-5d74-4c4f-8bfc-a45077848c5a","title":"🦃 [Analysis] Cryptocurrency and the turkey problem – Taylor Pearson","content":"When resources are scarce (as they always are), there is a tradeoff between being more efficient and being more thorough. You can choose where on the efficiency thoroughness trade-off (ETTO) spectrum you fall, but you can’t get off the spectrum. If we’re deciding where on the ETTO spectrum to fall, we need to consider the impact of something going wrong. Is an error costly or cheap? Money is like a nuclear power plant, the cost of error is catastrophic. You want money to be maximally sound, and only more efficient if it doesn’t affect that soundness. Much of what seems efficient is not efficient, it is hiding risk somewhere out of sight (at least for the moment).\n \nBitcoin ($BTC) maximizes for soundness at the cost of efficiency. Currently the data supports two hypotheses: 1. Paul Krugman is right and the current fiat system is simply superior, both more efficient and more sound, than a system based on commodity money. 2. By ignoring the tradeoff between the efficiency and soundness of money, the monetary system has accumulated hidden risk with potentially catastrophic consequences.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Token Daily\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/cryptocurrency-and-the-turkey-problem\"}]","publishDate":1535630400,"createDate":1535601488.293847,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":623,"articleId":"f9592fb7-ce24-469b-801c-40ff1eed94ba","title":"📈 Bitcoin hash rate jumps by more than 35 percent","content":"There was a considerable jump in the Bitcoin ($BTC) network's hash rate earlier this week, jumping more than 35% to 62-69 EH/s. If we were to assume that this jump coincided with an entity turning on a large number of miners at once, that would mean that roughly one gigawatt of power came online at once. This increase in hash rate implies an improvement in Bitcoin's security.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Marty's Bent\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?u=67eb93253df610fc7b047c270&id=34bc4a0365\"}]","publishDate":1535616000,"createDate":1535596734.14717,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":602,"articleId":"b4cbe93f-c02e-4e5c-94f0-f8aa255608eb","title":"💧 New York firm transforms aging hydroelectric dam into Bitcoin mining farm","content":"DPW Holdings Inc. will use power generated by the Valatie Falls, New York hydroelectric dam for a Bitcoin ($BTC) mining farm that is expected to become operational in the fourth quarter. Due to the abundance of low-cost power in upstate New York, the New York State Public Service Commission believes it can serve the needs of existing customers and also encourage economic development.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/new-york-firm-gives-old-hydroelectric-dam-new-life-as-bitcoin-mining-farm/\"}]","publishDate":1535479200,"createDate":1535427725.120512,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":598,"articleId":"2f630159-5855-4c7a-b4f6-a322aa316b3e","title":"🏛 [Analysis] What the SEC rejection of pending derivative-backed ETFs mean – Jake Chervinsky","content":"The SEC rejected seven other derivative-backed ETFs proposed by GraniteShares & Direxion. Those ETFs weren't due for final decisions until September 15 and 21 respectively. The decision came down to the risk of market manipulation & fraud. The SEC can only approve an ETF that is \"designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices.\" These ETFs were not so, as according to last month's Winklevoss ETF rejection, the SEC found that:\nBitcoin ($BTC) markets are not inherently resistant to manipulation\nTo deter manipulation, exchanges need a surveillance-sharing agreement with a regulated market of significant size\n\nThe ETFs tried to get around this problem by pricing BTC via the CBOE and CME futures markets, however, the SEC found that the bitcoin futures markets aren't \"of significant size\" as required by the Winklevoss denial. They also repeated the concern that most trading \"occurs on unregulated venues overseas that are relatively new and that generally appear to trade only digital assets.\"\n \nThe SEC's demand is clear. They want to see:\n\nA surveillance-sharing agreement . . .\nWith a regulated market . . .\nOf significant size.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Jay Chervinsky Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1032431885413228545?s=21\"}]","publishDate":1535457600,"createDate":1535396425.72804,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":599,"articleId":"f035734c-da84-430f-af67-786956aa8ad0","title":"🔻 Bearish bets on Bitcoin futures hit record low","content":"The non-commercial futures contracts of Bitcoin ($BTC) traded by large speculators and hedge funds, totaled a net position of -1266 contracts in the week ended Aug. 21 – the lowest on record, according to the data released by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Friday. The futures data indicates that the speculators are the least bearish on BTC since the futures were first listed back in December 2017.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/upside-calling-bearish-bets-on-bitcoin-futures-hit-record-low/\"}]","publishDate":1535436000,"createDate":1535426496.584926,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":589,"articleId":"d9e9acdc-bc58-4369-a270-7dcd5796db40","title":"🔻 Bitcoin volatility downtrends to 14-month low","content":"Month-on-month volatility for Bitcoin ($BTC) has decreased from December 2017 peak, when futures began trading, from 8 percent now down to 3 percent. Whether or not Bitcoin Futures are at play in this instance would be speculative considering that both CME and CBOE Bitcoin Futures trading volume account for a mere 2% against spot trading.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Diar\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://diar.co/volume-2-issue-33-34/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1535385600,"createDate":1535337854.372949,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":[]},{"rowId":572,"articleId":"1e688047-791f-4024-8029-5c99fc23271e","title":"🤞 SEC to review rejected Bitcoin ETF application","content":"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will review the orders related to the disapproval of nine Bitcoin ($BTC) ETFs. Proshares, GraniteShares, and Direxion, which all had their applications rejected on Wednesday will now need to wait for a final decision from the regulator. According to commissioner Hester Peirce, SEC delegates certain decision-making responsibilities to its staff but commissioners have the ability to review those decisions. Until the review is complete the decisions are stayed and the firms must wait for a final announcement from the SEC Office of the Secretary.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/sec-says-it-will-review-bitcoin-etf-rejections/\"}]","publishDate":1535104800,"createDate":1535076747.170377,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":560,"articleId":"9b7a6a29-ec6e-4093-b5f7-dc29b3ce6820","title":"⚠️ FTC issues warning on bitcoin blackmail scam","content":"Scammers are sending letters threatening to expose an alleged secret or to make pornographic videos using people's faces, and are using that to ask for a \"confidentiality fee\" paid through bitcoin ($BTC), the FTC's Division of Consumer and Business Education warned on Tuesday.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/ftc-issues-warning-on-bitcoin-blackmail-scams/\"}]","publishDate":1535004000,"createDate":1534993674.861952,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":559,"articleId":"d438f7a6-d530-4bc2-a5ef-cbd3267d7667","title":"⛔️ SEC rejects three Bitcoin ETF applications","content":"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed to approve a group of Bitcoin ($BTC) ETFs on Wednesday. The applications included two products from ProShares designed to track Bitcoin futures, one from GraniteShares, and five leveraged or inverse ETFs from Direxion. The decision for ProShares noted that the applicant offered no record evidence to demonstrate that bitcoin futures markets are “markets of significant size.” Furthermore the regulator reiterated concerns around market manipulation and the lack of monitoring ability for the underlying Bitcoin markets but clarified that the rejections do not indicate an evaluation of whether or not blockchain and cryptoassets have value as an investment. An additional application from VanEck was delayed until Sept. 30.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CNBC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/22/sec-rejects-bitcoin-etfs.html\"}]","publishDate":1534980600,"createDate":1534980328.239305,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":546,"articleId":"65d2089b-0ac7-4719-87a1-e143c8c23af6","title":"💸 Bitcoin Cash commercial adoption lags Bitcoin","content":"According to a report from blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis, commerce related payments for Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) fell to $3.7 million in May compared to $60.0 million for Bitcoin ($BTC) during the same period. The report reviewed payments received by the world’s 17 largest crypto merchant processing services including services like BitPay, Coinify, and GoCoin. While Bitcoin Cash is focused on driving retail payments it is a newer currency compared to Bitcoin, having split from the network just a year ago. The report also notes that Bitcoin Cash ownership is concentrated, with about 56 percent of supply controlled by 67 wallets not located on exchanges. Of those, the two largest wallets hold between 10,000 and 100,000 Bitcoin Cash.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-20/-bitcoin-jesus-having-a-hard-time-winning-over-true-believers?srnd=cryptocurriences\"}]","publishDate":1534937400,"createDate":1534906046.713999,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":547,"articleId":"7b7ba508-d405-4b70-b1d4-ddb07792755e","title":"🏎 Bitcoin futures overtake Coinbase trading volume ","content":"CME’s fiat settled Bitcoin ($BTC) futures have overtaken Coinbase Pro spot BTC trading volumes for the first time recently. CME saw some $80 million worth of BTC futures trading on Aug. 20th, 2018, while Coinbase Pro saw around $63 million worth of trading on the same day.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/08/21/bitcoin-futures-overtake-coinbase-trading-volumes\"}]","publishDate":1534921200,"createDate":1534906386.494364,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":541,"articleId":"2e917f9b-588e-4493-a5ce-9ced6db153ce","title":"⚡️ [Analysis] Stop worrying about how much energy Bitcoin uses – Katrina Kelly-Pitou","content":"By talking specifically about just the consumption of energy alone, many fail to understand one of the most basic benefits of renewable energy systems: electricity production can increase while still maintaining a minimal impact on the environment. Rather than focusing on how much energy Bitcoin ($BTC) uses, the discussion should center around who indeed is producing it – and where their power comes from. Not all types of energy generation are equal in their impact on the environment, nor does the world uniformly rely on the same types of generation across states and markets. Rather than discussing the energy consumption of bitcoin generally, people should be discussing the carbon production of bitcoin, and understanding whether certain mining towns are adding to an already large environmental burden.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Phys.Org\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://phys.org/news/2018-08-energy-bitcoin.html#jCp\"}]","publishDate":1534910400,"createDate":1534841784.287589,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":539,"articleId":"c9bbe1af-da75-447d-89d3-635d4a9a35b6","title":"🎼 [Analysis] Sound digital goods – Tony Sheng","content":"Just as Bitcoin ($BTC) is a promise for sound money, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a promise for sound digital goods. Bitcoin is the soundest money because of its decentralization and mathematical protection against inflation. A population naturally prefers sounder money as evidenced by Gresham’s Law, as people naturally spend the less sound money and hoard the sound money, effectively driving sound money out of circulation.\n \nA commodity is more valuable (became a collectible) if it has at least the following desirable qualities:\nMore secure from accidental loss and theft. For most of history this meant carryable on the person and easy to hide.\nHarder to forge its value. An important subset of these are products that are unforge-ably costly, and therefore considered valuable, for reasons explained below.\nThis value was more accurately approximated by simple observations or measurements. These observations would have had more reliable integrity yet have been less expensive.\n \nDespite their soaring popularity, digital goods today are highly problematic as collectibles. The root cause: lack of decentralization. Pre-crypto digital goods are issued by central authorities that manage custody of the digital goods (risk to 1), can inflate the supply at will (risk to 2), and often limit the trade-ability of the items (risk to 3). A sound digital collectible should be worth at least an order of magnitude more. Blockchain could be a potential solution to that and can introduce sound digital goods.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Tony Sheng Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tonysheng.com/sound-digital-goods\"}]","publishDate":1534888500,"createDate":1534841488.01174,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","updatorName":"Hector Rosekrans","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":531,"articleId":"a31d4cfb-e90d-4295-af8d-e300cd9b3189","title":"🥇 First regulated Bitcoin Cash futures now available ","content":"Crypto Facilities, a UK-based cryptocurrency trading platform that launched Bitcoin ($BTC) futures with the CME Group last December, now offers futures for Bitcoin Cash ($BCH). Crypto Facilities had already offered, in addition to the BTC futures, futures for Ethereum ($ETH), Litecoin ($LTC) and Ripple ($XRP). The Bitcoin Cash-Dollar futures will enable professional investors to take a long or short position in the cryptocurrency, allowing them to broaden investment opportunities and hedge risk more effectively.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coingeek\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://coingeek.com/first-regulated-bitcoin-cash-futures-now-available/\"}]","publishDate":1534851000,"createDate":1534839752.40019,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc","ltc","bch","eth","xrp"]},{"rowId":528,"articleId":"f7b4126d-1f71-4d18-8fa7-540ab0aa8a4a","title":"⛔️ Bakkt CEO: crypto trading platform won't support margin trading ","content":"Bakkt chief executive Kelly Loeffler outlined the fundamentals for a platform to trade, store or spend cryptocurrencies in a post published on Aug. 20th, 2018. The platform will include three characteristics: it will be consistent with existing regulations, provide a transparent system for price discovery and offer \"institutional quality pre-and post-trade infrastructure.\" Specifically, with the solution, the buying and selling of bitcoin is fully collateralized or pre-funded. As such, its daily Bitcoin ($BTC) contract will not be traded on margin, use leverage or serve to create a paper claim on a real asset.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/bakkt-ceo-crypto-trading-platform-wont-support-margin-trading/\"}]","publishDate":1534834800,"createDate":1534839369.226915,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":526,"articleId":"7d985d19-3d5f-4f9f-bde0-fb0ce2bad881","title":"⚠️ New tip line created to reward crypto whistleblowers","content":"ECoinmerce, a blockchain based e-commerce platform has created the Crypto Community Watch Program to help alert authorities about suspected scams and other criminal activity. The program, which is also backed by ICO Alert, NewEconomies, Step VC, and GZH, provides an anonymous online form for whistleblowers to disclose information. Members of the program will conduct a preliminary investigation before handing the report off to authorities, if necessary. A 100 Bitcoin ($BTC) pool has been created to provide rewards for tipsters that provide information leading to an arrest or legal action.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CryptoGlobe\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2018/08/crypto-community-watch-program-launched-to-catch-and-punish-bad-actors/\"}]","publishDate":1534829400,"createDate":1534817585.969238,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":499,"articleId":"6d6dde7e-aad5-41c4-ac04-0f7a88cfae76","title":"🗓️ Over $800 billion of bitcoin transferred so far in 2018","content":"Using data from Coinmetrics Trustnodes reports that an estimated $830 billion worth of bitcoin ($BTC) has been transferred so far in 2018. Activity was highest at the start of the year with $220 billion of bitcoin transferred in January before falling to $140 billion in February and just $70 billion in July, which can be partially explained by failling prices. The data used is part of a new set offered by Coinmetrics which looks to remove the impact of mixers, self-churn, privacy enhancements, spam, and change outputs.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/08/16/nearly-one-trillion-dollars-worth-bitcoin-transferred-2018-close-half-trillion-ethereum\"}]","publishDate":1534516200,"createDate":1534470561.488169,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":509,"articleId":"7fd926e9-c993-4ec0-825c-e76e2b80f081","title":"🏆 Coinbase wins patent for secure bitcoin payments system","content":"In a patent filing, published Aug. 14th, 2018, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase outlined how it could develop a payment portal which would allow users to pay using bitcoin ($BTC) directly from their digital wallet. The system as described sets up a \"key ceremony\" that creates key shares that are combined into an operational master key – encrypted with the users' passphrases – that can be made publicly available and deleted after use. The operational master key is used for private key encryption during checkout, as well as for transaction signing when a payment is made. What the filing calls \"freeze logic\" is also employed in the process, a security measure that automatically halts transactions if an administrator chooses to suspend the system.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/california-is-open-to-allowing-crypto-political-donations/\"}]","publishDate":1534505400,"createDate":1534477273.159907,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":498,"articleId":"9ca88e13-2c17-4044-b155-dfa7727b0c7d","title":"⛏️ Genesis Mining forces customers to upgrade to new contracts","content":"Cloud mining provider Genesis Mining has started contacting some clients telling them they must upgrade to a five-year premium plan or they will lose service. The company offers the ability for subscribers to earn income from mining operations hosted by Genesis but the recent drop in bitcoin ($BTC) prices has caused the company to operate at a loss on some contracts. In June another cloud miner, Hashflare, announced it was shutting down bitcoin mining operations due to 28 consecutive days of unprofitable mining.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/genesis-mining-to-end-unprofitable-crypto-contracts/\"}]","publishDate":1534483800,"createDate":1534469612.85272,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":495,"articleId":"195e0b79-8502-4733-95a8-9e6cab634795","title":"💵 There's now an exchange-traded Bitcoin note that American investors can buy","content":"Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15th, 2018, investors can buy an exchange-traded Bitcoin ($BTC) note more easily even though it’s technically listed and regulated in Sweden. The product, called Bitcoin Tracker One, is now quoted in U.S. dollars under the ticker CXBTF, helping brokerages offer it to American investors. It started trading on the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange in 2015. This is a soft opening of sorts for a crypto ETF, which has been repeatedly shot down by U.S. regulators. Trading Bitcoin Tracker One is now similar to buying an American depositary receipt, in that traders will see a foreign-listed asset in U.S. dollars. Investors can purchase so-called F shares, which means that while the trades are executed in U.S. dollars, they are settled, cleared and held in custody in its home market.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-15/lovelorn-u-s-bitcoin-etf-fans-may-find-satisfaction-in-sweden\"}]","publishDate":1534429800,"createDate":1534405846.12978,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":470,"articleId":"3f7a9d40-e1f3-43fc-96f1-ea117842556c","title":"🏦 Prime Trust announces ERC20 custody options","content":"Nevada based Prime Trust now offers custody solutions for Ether ($ETH) and other ERC20 tokens. The small institution has been building crypto related services since its launch two years ago. Other offerings include Bitcoin ($BTC) custody and back office support for stablecoins like USD Anchor, a Stellar ($XLM) based project backed by Stronghold and IBM.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/ibm-is-helping-launch-a-price-stable-cryptocurrency-insured-by-the-fdic/\"}]","publishDate":1534338000,"createDate":1534334210.812213,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc","eth","xlm"]},{"rowId":455,"articleId":"28a0d7a2-f1d5-462a-aee4-f2aa228a9278","title":"💵 Square opens Bitcoin buying to all 50 states","content":"Earlier today payment company Square announced that its Cash App now supports Bitcoin ($BTC) buying in all 50 states. The app, which allows users to send and receive money as well as trade Bitcoin for no fee, generated $70 million in trading during the first half of 2018.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/square-cash-opens-bitcoin-buying-and-selling-in-all-50-states/\"}]","publishDate":1534257000,"createDate":1534255890.613629,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":436,"articleId":"87926524-64db-4e37-b830-484dfb2d349f","title":"🤷 IRS guidance unclear for crypto funds","content":"Despite announcing more scrutiny for crypto investments during audits this year the IRS has yet to offer clear guidance on how institutional investors with cryptoassets should treat their returns. The agency last offered guidance in 2014, when most investors were individuals, saying that cryptoassets would be treated as property for tax purposes. As the asset class has grown arguments have emerged that there are more appropriate classifications for crypto leaving accountants and their clients guessing on if they are calculating taxes correctly. The CFTC, for example, considers assets like bitcoin ($BTC) to be commodities which if recognized by the IRS could offer some advantages for crypto funds.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/for-hedge-funds-bitcoin-investing-is-creating-tax-predicaments\"}]","publishDate":1534170600,"createDate":1534168307.811238,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":433,"articleId":"8bc77f63-981c-4dd3-ad08-401dff985a7d","title":"💰 Bitmain IPO could value company at $60 billion","content":"Bitmain Technologies, Ltd, best known for crypto mining hardware and operations, could seek a public capital raise of $18 billion later this year giving it a market cap of $40 billion to $50 billion. According to documents the listing would be underwritten by China International Capital Corporation and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company is forecasting profits of $2.0 billion in 2018, up from $1.1 billion in 2017. While the Bitmain generated $11.0 billion in revenue from mining bitcoin ($BTC) in 2017, it expects its nascent artificial intelligence arm, which makes chips for AI applications, to generate 40 percent of revenue within the next five years.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-unicorn-bitmain-weighs-18-billion-ipo-one-of-worlds-largest/\"}]","publishDate":1534159800,"createDate":1534121184.270768,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":427,"articleId":"9d73457d-8c3a-4672-bc86-0f46d2b78664","title":"⛷️ Templum offers securities token purchase for resort property ","content":"Regulated token trading platform Templum recently launched a sale of new security tokens called Aspen coins which are tied to ownership of the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Each token represents one common share of a REIT that holds the ownership of the resort giving holders economic and voting rights for the investment. Templum allows investors to purchase these assets using US dollars, bitcoin ($BTC), and ether ($ETH).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/regulated-trader-templum-hosts-security-token-sale-for-luxury-resort/\"}]","publishDate":1533922200,"createDate":1533914121.203481,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc","eth"]},{"rowId":426,"articleId":"9d5fb13b-1e43-4dee-8cb3-f0de2b8ae9fc","title":"😠 Coinbase Pro experiences outage for bitcoin trading","content":"Users of crypto trading platform Coinbase Pro, formerly known as GDAX, were unable to place ($BTC)/USD trades starting around 8:45 PM ET on Thursday. After investigating the issue, Coinbase cleared all open orders and allowed the posting of new orders but not matching, leading to complaints from traders. Trading is expected to re-open at 12:00 PM ET today.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/CoinbasePro/status/1027819652825509889?s=19\"}]","publishDate":1533916800,"createDate":1533907883.856664,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":415,"articleId":"d9ffd265-1104-46c8-af2b-c85851af18dd","title":"❷ [Analysis] The Bitcoin second layer – Nik Bhatia","content":"Similar to gold, Bitcoin ($BTC) will evolve in layers on its way to world reserve currency status. Despite having served as money for millennia, gold has not acted as money only in its raw physical form, or first layer. Gold is a perfect example of how a layered money system evolves as it has four layers and each layer only works if the previous layers' protocols have been adhered to:\nFirst layer: The physical gold in its raw form after it is mined: gold nuggets. Its protocol is just to adhere to the properties of the periodic table’s 79th element.\nSecond layer: Gold that has been melted and shaped into bars and coins following a standardized protocol of purity, weights, and measures.\nThird layer: Gold certificates that are claims issued by banks that have taken gold on deposit. These certificates can act as money but carry counterparty risk of the issuer.\nFourth layer: Certificates backed by bank-issued gold certificates. A liquidity provider can issue these certificates, which would require several layers of trust by the user.\nEach layer uses the layer beneath it for consensus and security. Money will always see a multiple layered expansion as it evolves, and each layer has costs and benefits. Each layer serves a different function. Base layers are for final settlement, while higher layers are for facilitation of economic activity.\n\nSimilarly, Bitcoin has two layers.\nFirst layer: Bitcoin's base layer is the original protocol described in the Bitcoin whitepaper. Bitcoin’s confirmation process is meant to be slow because of security reasons and its intent of being a censorship-resistant, scarce digital cash. The best way to think about Bitcoin’s base layer protocol is as a final settlements layer.\nSecond layer: Lightning Network is a second layer protocol on top of Bitcoin and uses it as its native denomination. Lightning allows for the instantaneous transfer of Bitcoin from peer to peer with one considerable difference from the first layer: channel balances can adjust but do not require immediate settlement on the base layer. Simply stated, Lightning transactions are unsettled Bitcoin transactions.\n\nLightning is important for three reasons\nLightning Network is a zero-sum, fully reserved routing network, meaning that it retains Bitcoin's limited supply feature.\nLightning does not carry the burden of base layer confirmation, allowing Bitcoins to be exchanged ad infinitum without consuming precious block space.\nLightning transactions can be interpreted as financial agreements, making Lightning Network a capital market layer.\n\nBitcoin is often referred to as digital gold, but I’ll propose a more specific analogy. Bitcoin’s base layer is like digital physical gold, while Lightning Network is like digital paper gold but without the counterparty risk. The second layer is unsettled and less secure, but infinitely more usable.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Nik Bhatia Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@timevalueofbtc/the-bitcoin-second-layer-d503949d0a06\"}]","publishDate":1533889800,"createDate":1533840907.795838,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":420,"articleId":"33c93ccf-3504-48a5-9aee-fa1a81177f77","title":"⛏ Bitmain offers Wi-Fi routers that mine cryptos","content":"Bitmain announced on Twitter that it’s releasing two Wi-Fi routers capable of mining cryptocurrencies. The devices, Antrouter R3-DASH and Antrouter R3-SIA, are designed to mint Dash ($DASH), Siacoin ($SC), X11 coins, and blake2b coins. The dual-function routers are models from Bitmain’s R3 series of products. They can be bought with crypto – Bitcoin ($BTC), Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) and Litecoin ($LTC). The first batch comes at a special price of $58 USD.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin.com\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.bitcoin.com/bitmain-offers-wi-fi-routers-mining-cryptocurrencies/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1533879000,"createDate":1533842716.588012,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc","ltc","dash","sc","bch"]},{"rowId":419,"articleId":"a0a185af-e48e-4780-a559-e26f614ac3f8","title":"👾 Ready-to-use malware for Bitcoin ATMs found for sale online","content":"Tokyo-based security software manufacturer Trend Micro has found Bitcoin ($BTC) automated teller machine (BATM) malware available for purchase online, according to a blog post published Aug. 7th, 2018. For the price of $25,000, criminals could purchase Bitcoin ATM malware accompanied by a ready-to-use card with EMV and near-field communication (NFC) capabilities. The malicious software reportedly exploits a Bitcoin ATM vulnerability, which allows fraudsters to receive the BTC equivalent of up to $6,750.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trend Micro Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/malware-targeting-bitcoin-atms-pops-up-in-the-underground/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Anti-MalwareBlog+%28Trendlabs+Security+Intelligence+Blog%29\"}]","publishDate":1533873600,"createDate":1533842436.172055,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":413,"articleId":"8f2841c4-8671-4f6b-8693-26b108709f88","title":"⚡️ Lightning network passes 3000 nodes, capacity approaches 100 BTC","content":"The Lightning Network active on the Bitcoin mainnet has passed 3000 nodes in August 2018. Data from monitoring resource 1ml.com confirms that network capacity increased 85 percent in the past thirty days, bringing mainnet Lightning’s total funds accommodation to 97 $BTC ($628,000). Lightning originally debuted around the start of 2018 in its mainnet form, with growth accelerating through Q2.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoinist\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinist.com/lightning-network-3000-nodes-capacity-100/?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1533857400,"createDate":1533840707.043093,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":405,"articleId":"72940ad5-623d-4a0c-a057-94674f0a83e0","title":"⛏️ GMO reports profit from bitcoin mining business","content":"Japanese internet firm GMO reported a $2.3 million profit from its bitcoin ($BTC) mining operations during the second quarter. The company uses internally developed miners that claims to offer more has power and use less electricity compared to current hardware offerings.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/gmos-cryptocurrency-business-made-2-3-million-profit-in-q2/\"}]","publishDate":1533814200,"createDate":1533813621.772437,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":398,"articleId":"c443364c-7a27-4015-a88e-f418cefcdaca","title":"🦊 ShapeShift acquires tool that quickly swaps Bitcoin for other cryptos","content":"ShapeShift, a crypto exchange, has acquired Texas-based Bitfract a startup that developed a tool for exchanging cryptos more efficiently. The tool allows for the exchange of Bitcoin ($BTC) for \"dozens of digital assets in a single transaction\" using the company's API. The idea is that the tool makes it easier for crypto-buyers to switch up their portfolio without having to execute numerous transactions. ShapeShift intends to continue operating Bitfract's tool in its present form \"as a demonstration of the power of ShapeShift's open API\" while also integrating the platform's mechanism into its own platform, creating a native \"multiple output transactions\" function.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-exchange-shapeshift-acquires-new-blockchain-startup/\"}]","publishDate":1533776400,"createDate":1533756172.42851,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":396,"articleId":"d406d1ac-584c-4d4f-94d4-bcc1397026f3","title":"🇹🇷 Bitcoin purchases grow popular in Turkey as Lira falls","content":"The latest currency crisis with the floating exchange rate of the Turkish Lira underlined the advantages of crypto assets as a store of value. Bitcoin ($BTC) purchases on LocalBitcoins picked up in June and July 2018 as the Lira stated to slide against the USD. Additionally, the Turkish crypto community is one of the most active, as seen by performance and statistics on the Steemit platform, a crypto-fueled social network.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cryptovest\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cryptovest.com/news/bitcoin-purchases-grow-popular-in-turkey-as-lira-falls/\"}]","publishDate":1533765600,"createDate":1533755247.764591,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":393,"articleId":"0e1a2828-a2f8-40fb-bc41-fd33e8631f5a","title":"🙏🏾 Evangelizing bitcoin – Su Zhu and hasufly","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) is a religion. First, in order to achieve mass adoption, it shouldn't be affiliated with any political beliefs and shouldn't comment on anything beyond its scope. Second, money itself is a shared imagination, and Bitcoin literally derives all of its properties from our collective beliefs. It is, what we want it to be. Religions only compete with other religions. In Bitcoin's case its competition is Nocoinery and Multicoinery. Nocoinery is the idea that digital assets don’t have value or can never be money, and Multicoinery is the idea that we can constantly come up with new cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin faces a few problems currently. For instance, vocal minorities are loading up Bitcoin with political statements that are not necessary to distinguish itself from other religions, and it’s driving out people who potentially agree with Bitcoin’s real message but disagree with these statements. Bitcoin should be apolitical and appeal to the center as much as possible while fighting its competition in order to reach mass adoption. There are many similarities between Bitcoin and the universalizing religions, and much for Bitcoin to learn from them. It indicates that we should go out of our way to talk to Nocoiners and Precoiners instead of Multicoiners. When talking about Bitcoin, we want to be open and apolitical and instead emphasize Bitcoin’s core message: no more debasement of our money and monetary freedom for everyone — no matter what else you believe in.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"hasufly Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@hasufly/evangelizing-bitcoin-729e6fc4cd2f?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1533754800,"createDate":1533754456.915435,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":384,"articleId":"15499c76-5ba2-4bd3-8c3e-03ab2dc1abb1","title":"🚀 Gamer hides bitcoins in No Man's Sky","content":"Jon Creasy, a crypto enthusiast, has hidden 0.004 bitcoins ($BTC) on a pair of planets in the open world survival game No Man's Sky. Creasy says more hidden bitcoin will soon be forthcoming. More importantly, he hopes his fellow gaming enthusiasts follow his example and offer crypto rewards as he thinks gamers could bring about mass adoption of cryptocurrency. When Twitter users were asked what use case will take cryptocurrency to more than 10 million daily users, gaming and collectibles came in third behind remittances and P2P payment and gambling and prediction markets.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/someone-hid-free-bitcoin-in-no-mans-sky/\"}]","publishDate":1533711600,"createDate":1533677276.696763,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","updatorName":"Hector Rosekrans","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":374,"articleId":"be2c1d3e-51ec-49a6-b19f-4198ba3fe5fe","title":"👮 Bitcoin use primarily speculation, not criminal activity according to DEA","content":"According to blockchain data collected by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) between 2013 and today, only 10% of bitcoin ($BTC) transactions are used for criminal activity like purchasing drugs online. When the organization first started tracking this data in 2013 around 90% of transactions were tied to criminal activity. While only 10% of transactions are associated with illicit activities today the dollar value of these transactions has increased compared to 2013.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-07/bitcoin-speculators-not-drug-dealers-dominate-crypto-use-now?srnd=cryptocurriences\"}]","publishDate":1533657600,"createDate":1533656162.350878,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":365,"articleId":"342049f0-aa3d-4833-8ede-004846f706e9","title":"🔁 JPMorgan CEO reiterates view of bitcoin as a scam","content":"Jamie Dimon, the CEO of megabank JPMorgan Chase called bitcoin ($BTC) a \"scam\" and something that he had no interest in during a wide-ranging discussion at the Aspen Institute’s 25th Annual Summer Celebration Gala. Dimon further stated that he believes governments may move to \"shut down\" cryptocurrencies because they are unable to control them.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-08-06/dimon-doubles-down-on-higher-u-s-yields-call-with-5-warning?__twitter_impression=true\"}]","publishDate":1533636000,"createDate":1533596572.161741,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":368,"articleId":"e27bb145-7841-4056-9fe7-83f7f1bda295","title":"📣 Ethereum Classic is now on Robinhood Crypto","content":"As of today, Aug. 6th, 2018, users of Robinhood Crypto can now invest in Ethereum Classic ($ETC), commission-free. In addition to being able to invest in ETC, users of Robinhood Crypto can now invest Bitcoin ($BTC), Ethereum ($ETH), Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), Litecoin ($LTC), and Dogecoin ($DOGE), as well as track market data for 10 other cryptos. The app is currently available in 19 states.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Robinhood Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"http://blog.robinhood.com/news/2018/8/5/ethereum-classic-is-now-on-robinhood-crypto\"}]","publishDate":1533625200,"createDate":1533599489.901541,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc","ltc","bch","eth","etc","doge"]},{"rowId":361,"articleId":"d139d3f8-8990-43c4-962d-8f13968822ba","title":"☕️ Contrary to news reports, Starbucks will not be accepting Bitcoin","content":"Contrary to numerous news reports, Starbucks’ new cryptocurrency partnership with Microsoft and Intercontinental Exchange doesn’t mean you’ll be able to spend your bitcoins ($BTC) at the coffee retailer’s locations. According to a Starbucks spokesperson, they \"are not accepting digital assets at Starbucks. Rather the exchange will convert digital assets like Bitcoin into US dollars, which can be used at Starbucks\".","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Motherboard\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43pq8p/starbucks-will-not-be-accepting-bitcoin\"}]","publishDate":1533587400,"createDate":1533586091.600087,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":359,"articleId":"b0e2f2dd-7917-4959-8f1b-c2375d5e1510","title":"🙋 First U.S. Representative discloses cryptoasset holdings","content":"Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) filed a report in May stating that he owns between $17,000 and $80,000 in Bitcoin ($BTC), Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), and Ether ($ETH). In June, the House Ethics Committee passed a rule that subjects cryptoassets to the same reporting requirements as other assets owned by members of Congress. Rep. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee, and his son is an investor in Coinbase.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Sludge\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://readsludge.com/2018/08/06/bob-goodlatte-may-be-the-first-member-of-congress-to-disclose-owning-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1533580200,"createDate":1533579823.698138,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","authorName":"Hector Rosekrans","updatorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","updatorName":"Hector Rosekrans","tags":["btc","bch","eth"]},{"rowId":355,"articleId":"481b49fc-0c0e-42ee-b5ac-3634ac6bfe00","title":"💵 Coinbase launches crypto plugin for popular e-commerce platform","content":"Crypto exchange platform Coinbase has announced that Coinbase Commerce, its non-custodial crypto payment solution for merchants, has now launched a plugin for popular e-commerce platform WooCommerce. According to Coinbase, WooCommerce currently provides payment systems for more than 28% of all online stores. The plugin is on GitHub and currently supports Bitcoin ($BTC) and Litecoin ($LTC).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coinbase Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.coinbase.com/new-features-woocommerce-plugin-send-bitcoin-and-litecoin-and-more-85f83fc520a\"}]","publishDate":1533567600,"createDate":1533555582.70744,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc","ltc"]},{"rowId":352,"articleId":"f8ff27e4-2459-49af-b07b-d14b439ba4e4","title":"📠 Square reveals move to OTC trading","content":"Payment provider Square disclosed that it had moved its bitcoin ($BTC) trading from public exchanges to private OTC exchanges in Q2'18. Square's Cash App allows users to send and receive payments in addition to trading bitcoin with no fee. Private markets can help Square avoid price slippage and maintain confidentiality for its trading which brought in $400,000 in profit on $34 million in revenue during the past quarter.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CNBC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/03/square-bitcoin-private-brokers-replace-public-exchanges.html\"}]","publishDate":1533555000,"createDate":1533530412.802258,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":350,"articleId":"7e7a92d3-65c1-4809-bc55-3c8c9020ac34","title":"⛰️ Lawyers push forward with claim for crypto from Mt. Gox","content":"Lawyers representing the creditors of Mt. Gox have started to prepare a claim asking the defunct exchange to repay past depositors with their respective cryptocurrencies instead of cash. A court in Tokyo approved a claim in June that would move the process from bankruptcy proceedings to civil rehabilitation, allowing creditors to receive bitcoin ($BTC) and bitcoin cash ($BCH) amounting to approximately $1.30 billion.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/mt-gox-creditors-are-preparing-to-claim-for-bitcoin-repayments/\"}]","publishDate":1533544200,"createDate":1533528464.646774,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":346,"articleId":"400ba0e3-bf89-4ef6-8484-e53cf946cff8","title":"🇺🇸 Data shows USD, not Japanese Yen, is dominating bitcoin trade","content":"According to a deep dive by CoinDesk, exchange data has been overstating the importance of the Japanese Yen as a trading pair. According to CoinDesk's analysis, the USD is the dominant trading currency for bitcoin ($BTC) by a wide margin. The problem is that the vast majority of yen-denominated transactions are not \"spot\" trades of actual bitcoin for yen. Instead, they are derivative products. The inconsistencies in how different transactions types are counted across exchanges and the different results highlight the nascent state of the cryptocurrency industry's data practices.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/data-shows-us-dollar-not-japanese-yen-is-dominating-bitcoin-trade/\"}]","publishDate":1533312000,"createDate":1533286110.070973,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":348,"articleId":"a5fa7102-f2d0-405f-a307-710b24e363e6","title":"☕️ Starbucks, Microsoft parter with NYSE owner on new crypto venture Bakkt","content":"Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) will launch a new cryptocurrency venture in November called Bakkt, and has announced partnerships with Starbucks and Microsoft. According to a Starbucks VP for Payments: \"Starbucks will play a pivotal role in developing practical, trusted and regulated applications for consumers to convert their digital assets into US dollars for use at Starbucks.\"\n\nBakkt will initially offer \"physically settled\" one-day futures on Bitcoin, meaning contract owners will receive $BTC upon settlement instead of cash. Short-dated options may help retailers manage crypto payments while reducing volatility risk.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-03/nyse-owner-announces-bitcoin-venture-with-starbucks-microsoft?srnd=cryptocurriences\"}]","publishDate":1533306600,"createDate":1533304542.495253,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","authorName":"Hector Rosekrans","updatorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","updatorName":"Hector Rosekrans","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":339,"articleId":"edeb0982-028b-4243-b722-af75664632c6","title":"💱 UBS releases report citing volatility as issue for bitcoin as money","content":"Swiss investment bank UBS released a report calling bitcoin ($BTC) too volatile to be considered money. According to the bank, the price of bitcoin would need to hit $213,000 in order to be comparable to the U.S. money supply. Overall the report finds cryptoassets a potential alternative asset class but not yet a mainstream asset.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cointelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/ubs-bitcoin-must-hit-213-000-to-replace-us-money-supply\"}]","publishDate":1533285000,"createDate":1533261906.96618,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":340,"articleId":"ba3e9ca6-26f7-4187-988a-2f621925ec3d","title":"📺 Canaan introduces television that mines bitcoin","content":"Mining hardware manufacturer Canaan recently announced a new television called AvalonMiner Inside which includes a built-in bitcoin ($BTC) mining chip. The device will feature voice commands and the ability to monitor bitcoin mining profitability in real time. Any cryptocurrency mined on the platform can be used to purchase entertainment content from Canaan.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Ethereum World News\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://ethereumworldnews.com/bitcoin-mining-giant-canaan-debuts-worlds-first-bitcoin-mining-television/\"}]","publishDate":1533274200,"createDate":1533262257.727281,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":329,"articleId":"b4cc0815-9aa8-446f-b542-20b4fafaf122","title":"💸 Square reports small profit from bitcoin trading","content":"Payment company Square reported that during Q2'18 users purchased $37.0 million worth of bitcoin ($BTC) on its Cash app. During the same period, Square spent $36.6 million buying bitcoin to facilitate trades resulting in a profit of $420,000. The platform does not charge explicit fees for trading but instead adds a small margin to each transaction.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CNBC\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/02/square-makes-tiny-q2-profit-on-bitcoin-but-it-wont-be-a-money-engine.html\"}]","publishDate":1533231000,"createDate":1533227462.324705,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":327,"articleId":"51e3f3af-4722-4bb9-8459-dc058cb451c9","title":"⁉️ $460 million Bitcoin long liquidated on OKEx but not filled ","content":"A record-breaking 950 bitcoins (~$460 million) ($BTC) long position was called on trading platform OKEx. However, $420 million worth of the order was not able to be filled. According to Whalepool, the liquidation of was such a big order that OKEx would crash the market if it sold all of it on the market. The insurance fund of the exchange was only around 10 BTC and was unable to cover the order. The rest will now seemingly have to be covered by everyone else under socialized losses.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/08/01/460-million-bitcoin-long-liquidated-okex-not-filled-socialized-losses-back-bang\"}]","publishDate":1533220200,"createDate":1533189804.326275,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":325,"articleId":"fbe3c4b1-068e-4c7b-9456-0d0b3bb5cb7a","title":"🏪 Bitcoin payments fall from high in September ","content":"According to research from Chainalysis, the top 17 bitcoin ($BTC) merchant processors facilitated $69 million in payments during June 2018, down from $411 million in Sept. 2017. Volatility and high fees earlier in the year caused some platforms, like Stripe, to stop accepting bitcoin. While fees may make it costly to complete small transactions, merchant processor BitPay noted an increase in companies paying vendors in bitcoin and online retailer Overstock.com saw a two-fold increase in crypto payments, primarily for big-ticket items like furniture and laptops.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-01/bitcoin-s-use-in-commerce-keeps-falling-even-as-volatility-eases?srnd=cryptocurriences\"}]","publishDate":1533209400,"createDate":1533176819.385258,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":316,"articleId":"25396e45-d7eb-450f-b69a-e6f5e68f2677","title":"💰 OTC markets are where real whales trade and are much larger than exchanges ","content":"According to a report from TABB Group, the OTC market of Bitcoin ($BTC) is at least two to three times larger than exchange markets. The number was based on interviews and evaluations of the market, per Monica Summerville, a senior fintech analyst at TABB Group. This suggests that price manipulation of BTC is more difficult than it seems.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/otc-is-much-larger-than-bitcoin-exchange-volume-where-real-whales-trade/\"}]","publishDate":1533177000,"createDate":1533161673.134648,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":317,"articleId":"e32a7b6b-6ce1-4754-922c-6fa3f68007a3","title":"🎂 Bitcoin Cash adoption remains stagnant on the anniversary of the token","content":"It has been a year since Bitcoin Cash ($BCH) launched, however adoption remains low. Since launch, only 1.4k out of 62k blocks (2.2%) have been over 1MB. BCH's increased block size should allow it to surpass Segwit's limit of ~4MB, yet only 193 BCH blocks have crossed that threshold. Additionally, only 1 month had >10% of blocks over 1MB, and Bitcoin ($BTC) USD transaction volume is on avg. 20x that of BCH's.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/BMBernstein/status/1023978218595000320\"}]","publishDate":1533171600,"createDate":1533163123.732011,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc","bch"]},{"rowId":312,"articleId":"5c8900c3-745d-41e5-b9fc-0ba1170989e1","title":"⛏ Blockstream buys mining equipment from Chinese manufacturer Innosilicon","content":"Blockstream, one of the largest Bitcoin Core funding contributors, has bought a large amount of Innosilicon mining rigs. By Bitcoin.com's estimates, Blockstream could have bought 4650 Terminator Bitcoin ($BTC) mining ASICs. At the time of writing, Blockstream has not announced any plans regarding mining centers.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoin.com\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://news.bitcoin.com/blockstream-buys-mining-equipment-from-chinese-manufacturer-innosilicon/\"}]","publishDate":1533150000,"createDate":1533144717.631678,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null,"tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":280,"articleId":"f5e0cc4c-51d9-4bad-91d1-1aaa095bbfec","title":"🃏 Kim Kardashian raises stakes with Bitcoin at charity poker night ","content":"Kim Kardashian staked what appeared to be physical Bitcoin ($BTC) chips on a charity poker night out in LA. The star posted a picture of the physical Bitcoin on her Instagram story, bringing increased attention to the crypto space.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cointelegraph\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cointelegraph.com/news/kim-kardashian-west-raises-stakes-with-bitcoin-in-charity-poker-night-out\"}]","publishDate":1533009600,"createDate":1532976059.009203,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114247483254044956628","authorName":"Katherine Wu","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang","tags":["btc"]},{"rowId":250,"articleId":"471608b2-7a77-44de-950c-8578617bb201","title":"🏦 CME will not introduce altcoin futures anytime soon","content":"The Chicago Mercantile Exchange's (CME) CEO Terry Duffy revealed in an interview that it will not introduce futures on crypto other than Bitcoin ($BTC) in the near future in an interview with Bloomberg. He claimed that Bitcoin futures might have been \"the most controversial launch of a product\".","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-26/crypto-futures-expansion-won-t-happen-soon-cme-s-duffy-says\"}]","publishDate":1532703600,"createDate":1532667117.312075,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":248,"articleId":"1f7cf5f7-706d-424b-9163-a3a22768500a","title":"🍯 Honeyminer allows people to mine Bitcoins with laptops again","content":"New Jersey-based crypto mining startup Honeyminer launched a free beta in June that allows users to participate in a dynamic mining pool by running the app when the users' computer's GPU isn't in use for images and videos. The pool focuses on GPU-friendly currencies and sends the participants their earnings converted into Bitcoin ($BTC) at the end of the session. The application and has already garnered 10,000 downloads across the world.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/honeyminer-crypto-miner-app-bitcoin/\"}]","publishDate":1532692800,"createDate":1532666631.587752,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":244,"articleId":"48078552-31a2-4f44-ab55-bc5b1e375925","title":"⚡️ A Reddit clone is using Bitcoin and Lightning Network","content":"ThunderMessage is a Reddit-like platform that utilizes the power of Bitcoin's ($BTC) Lightning Network. It allows users to interact by posting messages, comments, and content in addition to upvoting and downvoting items. The interesting concept behind ThunderMessage is that in order to submit a vote, users must submit 1 Satoshi to the platform (0.00000001 BTC).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cryptodaily\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cryptodaily.co.uk/2018/07/this-reddit-clone-is-using-bitcoin-to-help-you-become-a-memelord/\"}]","publishDate":1532682000,"createDate":1532661520.473793,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":240,"articleId":"3e5dabb7-6e8d-437a-9b89-343ff9eaba84","title":"⛓ Bitcoin stock exchange operator pleads guilty to securities fraud","content":"The founder and operator of two shuttered crypto investment platforms including BitFunder, has pled guilty to securities fraud and obstruction of justice. 37-year-old Texan Jon Montroll aka \"Ukyo\" admitted to deceiving investors and the SEC during the operations and investigations of the exchange \"WeChange\" in Australia and securities investment platform BitFunder. Montroll failed to disclose a 2013 hack leading to the theft of 6000 Bitcoins ($BTC) from customers' funds from WeChange and attempted to conceal the hack. Additionally, Montroll was accussed of siphoning user funds and providing false documents. Montroll has pled guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of obstruction of justice, each carrying a max penalty of 20 years in prison.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-stock-exchange-operator-pleads-guilty-to-securities-fraud/\"}]","publishDate":1532667600,"createDate":1532638679.465689,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":236,"articleId":"206c77a3-38d3-4735-9989-2ea943fee8c2","title":"⚡️ Zap wallet releases new Desktop app, iOS alpha testflight, and GitHub repo with tutorials ","content":"Zap, a Bitcoin ($BTC) wallet that uses the Lightning Network to send and receive BTC with minimal fees, released multiple features. The features include an all-new Zap desktop app, the Zap iOS alpha app, partnership with BTCPay for merchant services, and a GitHub repo with a series of Zap video tutorials.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Zap Medium\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://medium.com/@JimmyMow/new-zap-desktop-zap-ios-and-whats-next-806ce35e4fe7\"}]","publishDate":1532653200,"createDate":1532629285.716165,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":241,"articleId":"b6f9b440-7782-404e-b65d-ae16549cb934","title":"❌ Winklevoss brothers' Bitcoin ETF rejected by SEC for the second time","content":"The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has once again rejected an effort by investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to list a Bitcoin ($BTC) ETF. In the statement, the agency notably highlighted that the decision doesn't constitute a judgment against cryptos and blockchain in general, but rather the structure of the proposal that was pitched. And as before, the SEC left the door open to potentially approving such products in the future.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/south-carolina-ends-cease-desist-orders-against-crypto-startups/\"}]","publishDate":1532644380,"createDate":1532643324.587795,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":223,"articleId":"e106c4a5-d275-4cbd-86f6-343cdb0e0532","title":"🇺🇸 U.S. 2020 Presidential candidate accepting crypto donations for campaign","content":"Andrew Yang, a 2020 U.S. presidential candidate, tweeted that his campaign will now be accepting bitcoin ($BTC) and Ethereum ($ETH) from donors. The donation form asks its donors to refrain from publically sharing the wallet address, as it would make it possible for others to make untraceable donations to the campaign and making it difficult to-- among other things-- ensure individual campaign contribution limits ($2500).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/AndrewYangVFA/status/1021794073835855873\"}]","publishDate":1532606400,"createDate":1532572415.478592,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114247483254044956628","authorName":"Katherine Wu","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":221,"articleId":"e2bf6c52-9acf-432d-b69c-d0774b9bd8d6","title":"💸 No-fee crypto exchange with Uber ties coming later this year","content":"Voyager, a new crypto exchange with no-fee trading is being developed by Uber co-founder Oscar Salazar and Philip Eytan, one of the app's early investors. Stephen Ehrlich, the former head of E*Trade's professional trading arm will serve as CEO. The exchange plans to offer 15 cryptoassets including bitcoin ($BTC), ether ($ETH), and bitcoin cash ($BCH) with the potential to include assets less common on U.S. exchanges like XRP ($XRP) and Stellar Lumens ($XLM). Voyager will begin beta testing next week with plans to go live in Oct. 2018.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/uber-etrade-vets-to-launch-no-fee-crypto-exchange/\"}]","publishDate":1532599200,"createDate":1532570241.001529,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner"},{"rowId":215,"articleId":"b47dedd9-6228-4a45-a22a-0e647eca1ef7","title":"🔌 Bitmain announces transparency policy, begins sharing hashrate data","content":"Mining hardware producer Bitmain announced plans to provide monthly updates on the hashrate controlled by its in-house mining operations in addition to sharing policies around the use of hardware before release to the public, mining empty blocks, and a promise to provide details on the number of units sold to the public. According to CCN even if all the SHA256 hardware disclosed is used for Bitcoin ($BTC) mining it only equates to four percent of the hashrate for the network. Bitmain's mining pool subsidiaries account for nearly half of all Bitcoin hashrate, though pool operators do not fully control the underlying miners.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitmain Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.bitmain.com/en/transparency-policy-shipping-mining-practices/\"}]","publishDate":1532588400,"createDate":1532559809.983769,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":217,"articleId":"836caf51-9afe-4027-94e5-bf80923edac9","title":"👊🏽 [Analysis] How could an altcoin win? – MetaStable (July 2014)","content":"In 2014, Bitcoin ($BTC) had high market dominance and as a result, numerous potential models of altcoins that could potentially reduce BTC dominance emerged. The models include:\nBetter anonymity. As BTC is pseudonymous, it faces the risk of identities being uncovered if anyone could map some portion of addresses to identities. There is a huge demand for an anonymous payment store of value for many reasons.\nCentralized mining proof. Bitcoin faced serious mining centralization problems in 2014 with ghash.io briefly exceeding 50%. Thus, a centralization proof consensus algorithm is greatly desired.\nMore expressive protocols. Bitcoin faces limitations in terms of Turing completeness and expressiveness so a protocol that can enable more complex behaviors has high potential.\nBrokering scarce resources. In addition to money, other scarce resources can also derive high value for a cryptocurrency.\nFaster/easier innovation. Bitcoin has the potential to become too conservative to improve, thus faster, more agile protocols can potentially overtake Bitcoin.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"MetaStable\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.metastablecapital.com/how-could-an-altcoin-win/index.html\"}]","publishDate":1532577600,"createDate":1532568778.24518,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":214,"articleId":"5b755022-8ff8-4bae-8d3b-d08a2d98449d","title":"❌ Bitcoin.com is removing providers that do not support BCH","content":"According to a Reddit post by Bity.com, Bitcoin.com a site that supports Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), will remove all exchange listings on its site that does not support BCH. As Bity supports only $BTC and $ETH payments, Bitcoin.com informed the company that in order to stay on the exchange listings page, it would either have to add BCH support to the exchange or be removed from Bitcoin.com.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Reddit\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://np.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/91fk1z/bitcoincom_removing_providers_that_do_not_support/\"}]","publishDate":1532574000,"createDate":1532551051.164082,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":208,"articleId":"a8273113-d87e-404a-9d18-be624752cbe9","title":"👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 [Analysis] The early days – Nick Neuman","content":"We're still in the early days. The majority of people outside of our crypto bubble don't understand crypto and don't have easy access to learn about it. Some tips on how to bring about adoption include:\nHave concise interesting explanations of how blockchain and Bitcoin ([$BTC])(https://onchainfx.com/asset/bitcoin) work for beginners\nFind a list of good beginner articles and podcasts to share with people\nFight scams and help improve crypto's reputation\nAct. Use your specific skills to help increase crypto adoption\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Token Daily Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.tokendaily.co/blog/the-early-days\"}]","publishDate":1532552400,"createDate":1532546279.347134,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":207,"articleId":"fd83c914-fde6-4dc8-825b-974ab9964719","title":"👔 First \"physical\" Bitcoin swap completed","content":"Futures firm ED&F Man and crypto exchange itBit executed the first ever exchange-for-physical (EFP) transaction involving Bitcoin ($BTC) on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Prior to this, all BTC futures in the U.S. have been cash-settled. EFP transactions require that parties exchange the underlying asset itself, rather than its dollar value, and are common in commodity markets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/institutional-investors-swap-bitcoin-futures-for-physical-btc-in-wall-street-first/\"}]","publishDate":1532545200,"createDate":1532546262.117532,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","authorName":"Hector Rosekrans","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":191,"articleId":"3965a006-4421-4144-9c78-1c7a94c3332e","title":"💵 Lending startup secures more than $50 million","content":"BlockFi, a startup that offers secured loans backed by bitcoin ($BTC) and ether ($ETH), announced a new round of capital from Galaxy Digital Ventures, ConsenSys, and others. In addition to $50 million in funds to be used for lending to customers BlockFi also received $2.5 million in equity investment.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"TechCrunch\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/24/blockfi-just-gathered-up-50-million-to-lend-to-bitcoin-and-ethereum-holders-who-dont-want-to-cash-out-yet/\"}]","publishDate":1532509200,"createDate":1532481357.228742,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner","updatorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","updatorName":"Eric Turner"},{"rowId":178,"articleId":"e1ae73fe-1e71-484c-9d82-a932a892da9b","title":"👨‍⚖️ SEC can delay commodity-backed Bitcoin ETF decision until February 2019","content":"Today the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it was delaying their decision on several Bitcoin ($BTC) backed ETFs until September 21st, 2018. However, Attorney Jake Chervinsky points out that the Commission is able to delay their decisions for up to 240 days total. For administrative reasons the SEC must announce shorter extensions one at a time, but often use the full window to make major decisions. The final deadline is February 21st, 2019 for commodity-backed ETFs VanEck and SolidX, but the September deadline still applies to futures-backed ETF Direxion.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Twitter\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1021795224958455810?s=12\"}]","publishDate":1532453400,"createDate":1532453212.549659,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","authorName":"Hector Rosekrans","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":163,"articleId":"5fbea1d5-5b1f-494c-a273-37743e87b8ab","title":"🇬🇮 Gibraltar’s stock exchange launches crypto trading through its subsidiary","content":"Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange, a subsidiary of Gibraltar’s stock exchange (an EU regulated exchange), launched a crypto-trading platform. The platform is publically available and will allow for AML/KYC compliant individuals to trade Bitcoin ($BTC), Ethereum ($ETH), and the exchange’s own token, RKT.\n","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Trustnodes\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.trustnodes.com/2018/07/23/gibraltars-stock-exchange-launches-crypto-trading\"}]","publishDate":1532422800,"createDate":1532408158.3021,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":168,"articleId":"8494c18d-41af-4345-a50c-11ad33042993","title":"🔎 Google now lists some crypto prices in searches","content":"Originally only working for Bitcoin ($BTC), a trade mini-app in Google search now includes support for Litecoin ($LTC), Ethereum ($ETH), and Bitcoin Cash ($BCH). The tool automatically shows users the exchange price of the crypto when someone searches the word.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"BTCNN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.btcnn.com/google-now-lists-altcoins-cryptocurrency-price-in-searches/\"}]","publishDate":1532401200,"createDate":1532417190.577683,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":158,"articleId":"64943227-e0ed-46ce-815c-324be926fdad","title":"⚖️ Silk Road founder seeks clemency","content":"Ross Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, is serving a double life sentence for founding and running the Silk Road, an online marketplace that accepted Bitcoin ($BTC). Industry leaders including Erik Voorhees, Charlie Lee, Brian Hoffman, and many others are calling for leniency through a petition. Today, the U.S. Attorney for Maryland dropped additional murder for hire charges against Ulbricht, following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear his appeal in June.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coingeek\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://coingeek.com/silk-road-petition-heats-crypto-big-names-want-clemency-ross-ulbricht/\"}]","publishDate":1532383200,"createDate":1532383354.61678,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|118331492536330074775","authorName":"Hector Rosekrans","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":154,"articleId":"35694075-9973-4fbf-b9f8-c27550acddf1","title":"🇨🇳 China is increasing pressure on illegal mining","content":"China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region is cracking down on illegal Bitcoin ($BTC) mining. The government is demanding that utilities deny service to unregistered operations by the end of August 2018.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coindesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/chinese-region-to-shut-down-illegal-bitcoin-miners-by-september/\"}]","publishDate":1532337518,"createDate":1532351992.817396,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":150,"articleId":"4eaca077-ef1c-4a3f-a8c0-1dc139786fd4","title":"👩🏻‍💻 Bitcoin Optech announces launch of the project","content":"Bitcoin Operations Technology Group (Optech) announced their launch. The group's goal is to help Bitcoin ($BTC) companies adopt the best scaling techniques and technologies available to make efficient use of the blockchain, and thereby help Bitcoin scale to more users and use cases. The group is consisted of engineers and contributors and is project-agnostic. 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Cobinhood claimed that it passed Level 3 KYC requirements though it did not disclose in which territories and services it covers and which entity certified the company.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Cryptovest\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://cryptovest.com/news/cobinhood-crypto-exchange-to-add-crypto-fiat-trading-pairs-on-friday/\"}]","publishDate":1532057400,"createDate":1532058647.191052,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":128,"articleId":"3e2b30bb-617a-4460-8360-26350489be5d","title":"🇷🇺 U.S. tracked Russian hackers using the Bitcoin blockchain","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC) was the currency of choice for the Russian hackers involved in 2016 US election tampering, says the Department of Justice indictment. Hackers used the same Bitcoin wallet to buy a VPN, lease servers, and pay for domain hosting that tied back to the Guccifer 2.0 alias.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Finder\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.finder.com.au/how-bitcoin-helped-uncover-the-russian-election-hackers\"}]","publishDate":1531949400,"createDate":1531949847.217649,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":114,"articleId":"37ae88b1-f216-4b2f-a55c-8ce97e21d923","title":"Bitcoin Cash Development Activity and Network Usage are Sluggish and Underperforming ","content":"According to GitHub activity data, Bitcoin Cash's ($BCH) development activity is orders of magnitude less than that of Bitcoin ($BTC). Similar underperformance has been apparent in network usage as well, as BCH had a block over the weekend containing just five kilobytes of data whereas BTC's blocks were consistently two megabytes.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bitcoinist\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-cash-development-ghost-github/\"}]","publishDate":1531854000,"createDate":1531844134.631205,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":120,"articleId":"e4daa7b1-76b8-488f-a57b-c30bea624ad4","title":"🇺🇸 U.S. Congress to hold hearing on monetary policy and digital currency","content":"Bitcoin ($BTC), digital currencies, and their impact on central banking are going to be discussed in the halls of Congress tomorrow. The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade will hold a hearing on the topic, scheduled for Wednesday, July 18th 2018 at 2:00PM Eastern. 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Currently, VCTRADE supports JPY trading pairs for Bitcoin ($BTC), Bitcoin Cash ($BCH), and Ripple ($XRP).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/worlds-first-bank-owned-cryptocurrency-exchange-launches-publicly-in-japan/\"}]","publishDate":1531846800,"createDate":1531843731.312014,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":119,"articleId":"d9196202-109f-429c-be4d-63c36e2bb7d3","title":"Bitcoin's Role in the Russia Investigation ","content":"Last Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced the indictment of 12 Russian operatives, charged with criminally interfering in the 2016 Presidential election. The indictment indicated that the hackers used Bitcoin ($BTC) to purchase domain names, server space, and VPN access. When considering Bitcoin's role in the indictment, a few key points are to be highlighted: 1. Bitcoin is far from an ideal tool for criminals as it is not anonymous 2. The root cause of cybercrime is not cryptocurrency but poor cybersecurity 3. Permissionless networks will inevitably be used for both good and bad purposes 4. Bitcoin was not critical in the hackers' success as they could have used many other forms of payment such as prepaid cards 5. Blockchain transactions can reveal the structure of organized crime rings and hackers are routinely caught and prosecuted thanks to blockchain transactions' high traceability.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Coin Center\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://coincenter.org/entry/understanding-bitcoin-s-role-in-the-russia-investigation?ref=tokendaily\"}]","publishDate":1531846800,"createDate":1531845562.626978,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":97,"articleId":"cd4c6813-c11a-4227-ae5c-9a409cd53abc","title":"📡 EOS hits 1.2k transactions per second","content":"EOS ($EOS) achieved a new ATH in transactions per second with 1.2k transactions per second during a stress test. Scalability has been one of the biggest issues with other blockchains as Bitcoin($BTC) can currently only process approx. seven transactions per second and Ethereum ($ETH) can only process approx. 15 transactions per second.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"r/eos\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.reddit.com/r/eos/comments/8z16mt/eos_hits_12k_transactions_per_second/\"}]","publishDate":1531781700,"createDate":1531781552.849576,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":90,"articleId":"797dbd1c-34cb-42c2-b74e-d8413ee993a2","title":"💯 Etherparty launches consumer-ready smart contract application \"Rocket\" ","content":"The Etherparty team announced the launch of Rocket, the user-friendly token crowd sale creator used to create and execute crowd sales on the Ethereum ($ETH) and Bitcoin ($BTC) blockchains. Rocket allows users to create and execute smart contracts without the need for a development team and is currently designed for utility token projects.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Etherparty Blog\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://blog.etherparty.com/etherparty-launches-consumer-ready-smart-contract-application-rocket-88c52b1ea782\"}]","publishDate":1531495440,"createDate":1531495354.732432,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":87,"articleId":"7a8beda0-9d33-4361-8a47-a1628f2e30ec","title":"🇨🇦 Bitcoin ownership in Canada is up 72 percent since 2016","content":"A survey conducted by the Bank of Canada indicates that 5% of Canadians now own Bitcoin ($BTC), up from 2.9% a year ago. This marks a 72% relative increase in just a little more than a calendar year. Additionally, the survey found that 85% of Canadian residents are aware of Bitcoin, up from 64% the year before. The increase in awareness may partly stem from the fact that the country has emerged as a major hub for crypto mining in the Western hemisphere.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-ownership-in-canada-is-up-72-percent-since-2016-says-central-bank/\"}]","publishDate":1531495200,"createDate":1531495153.196433,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":79,"articleId":"acdd666b-6e8b-4771-b784-f40a3d6a8dff","title":"🇨🇳 Chinese-Yuan denominated Bitcoin trading volume dips below one percent since government crackdown","content":"Since the Chinese Government shut down all crypto-exchanges last September, Yuan-denominated trading in Bitcoin ($BTC) has dropped to below one percent of the global volume. Prior to the crackdown, the Chinese-Yuan had accounted for the majority of the global bitcoin trading volume. In its place now is the Japanese Yen, which takes up 44% of the pie.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-11/china-shifts-to-bitcoin-wasteland-from-epicenter-after-clampdown?srnd=cryptocurriences\"}]","publishDate":1531418400,"createDate":1531418834.405078,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":75,"articleId":"a8d90ee2-e828-4bdb-9bd5-e98d9b62647e","title":"⛓ LocalBitcoins trader sentenced to a year in prison","content":"Los Angeles Bitcoin ($BTC) trader, Theresa Tetley, has been sentenced to one year in federal prison after admitting to operating an unlawful money transmission business. Tetley worked as a trader on LocalBitcoins under the name \"Bitcoin Maven\" and reportedly exchanged millions of dollars worth of crypto from 2014 to 2017. Prior to this, several other lawsuits have been made against US-based traders who use LocalBitcoins.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CoinDesk\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.coindesk.com/localbitcoins-trader-bitcoin-maven-sentenced-to-year-in-prison/\"}]","publishDate":1531324800,"createDate":1531324474.658403,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":59,"articleId":"59d9239d-7bd0-49c1-b1fa-c898bb6a189b","title":"💸 An estimated four million Bitcoin is lost and 2 million is stolen","content":"According to Jameson Lopp, the former lead engineer at BitGo, nearly six million Bitcoin ($BTC) is either lost or stolen. This significantly reduces the available supply for BTC and, if taken into consideration, can impact market prices.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/6-million-bitcoin-is-lost-or-stolen-should-the-real-value-of-btc-higher/\"}]","publishDate":1530816180,"createDate":1530816141.475774,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":56,"articleId":"10a992a1-f899-419f-b4f1-3d08f93ef961","title":"🇪🇺 Largest exchange traded product firm in Europe starts trading cryptos","content":"Flow Traders NV, based in Amsterdam, will start to make markets in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) based on bitcoin ($BTC) and ether ($ETH). The move comes as large banks like Goldman Sachs and Barclays start to enter the cryptoasset markets.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"Bloomberg\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/dutch-speed-trader-jumps-into-crypto-bets-spurned-by-regulator?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_content=crypto\"}]","publishDate":1530813600,"createDate":1530814383.156477,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":54,"articleId":"92eb9253-9b42-4f85-83b9-6e4aee6bc6e4","title":"💪🏽 Bitcoin regains market dominance as ICOs fail","content":"Bitcoin's ($BTC) market dominance rose by seven percent over the past two months from 35% to 42%. This increase is likely caused by the death of hundreds of ICOs and through the bear market.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/as-hundreds-of-icos-fail-bitcoin-gains-more-dominance-over-the-market/\"}]","publishDate":1530652260,"createDate":1530652232.649733,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":null,"updatorName":null},{"rowId":50,"articleId":"9604131c-6e71-4249-972e-8dd534c9a477","title":"📄 New paper explores the limits of Bitcoin","content":"Chris Burniske recently highlighted a new report from Eric Budish at the National Bureau of Economic Research which explores the economic limits of bitcoin ($BTC).","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"NBER\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.nber.org/papers/w24717\"}]","publishDate":1530637200,"createDate":1530642962.18491,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang","updatorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","updatorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":43,"articleId":"1444f23c-2ce8-4ff5-b0ba-927b9429c498","title":"🌊 Rumors of flood at Chinese mining facility coincide with temporary drop in Bitcoin hashrate","content":"INBlockchain partner Eric Meltzer shared an image of mining equipment allegedly destroyed during a flood in the Chinese province of Sichuan. According to wallet provider Blockchain, the Bitcoin ($BTC) network hashrate temporarily experienced a 30% decline, from 45 million TH/s to 30 million TH/s, during this time.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/rumors-flood-in-sichuan-china-destroyed-bitcoin-mining-centers/\"}]","publishDate":1530446400,"createDate":1530479591.199934,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"},{"rowId":33,"articleId":"d61b6d98-61cd-4aea-9fe8-02ad53543b5c","title":"Bithumb Recovers Nearly Half of Stolen Funds from June Hack","content":"In a report published earlier today, Bithumb disclosed the full scope of a June 20th breach that allowed hackers to steal 35 billion KRW (~$31 million) worth of 11 different cryptoassets. After coordinating with other exchanges, where the hackers attempted to sell stolen tokens, Bithumb was able to recover 45% of the funds, bringing the total theft to 19 billion KRW (~$17 million). Withdrawals remain suspended but users are able to trade on the platform as the company continues to hold most funds in cold storage. Bithumb has promised to compensate users impacted by the hack from its $450 million reserve fund. Assets impacted by the hack include: $BTC $BCH $ELF $ETH $ETHOS $GNT $HSR $KNC $OMG $VEN $XRP","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/bithumb-has-recovered-nearly-half-of-funds-stolen-in-last-weeks-hack/\"}]","publishDate":1530208800,"createDate":1530209743.940552,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|114485335826372423133","authorName":"Eric Turner"},{"rowId":17,"articleId":"17458ab3-619f-42a4-81df-0c325c1f8971","title":"⛏ Bitmain's BTC hash rate nears 51%","content":"Bitmain's two mining pools BTC.com and Antpool respectively have 25.5% and 16.5% of Bitcoin's ($BTC) hash rate according to Coin Dance today, giving Bitmain influence over 42% of Bitcoin's hash rate. Though the financial incentive for Bitmain to attempt a 51% attack on the network is limited because doing so will likely negatively impact Bitcoin prices, concerns about Bitcoin's centralization are raised. Mining centralization has been an often-discussed topic, and last week Bitcoin Core developer Matt Corallo published the \"BetterHash Mining Protocol(s)\" (bip-XXXX) which seeks to decentralize Bitcoin mining.","references":"[{\"referenceName\":\"CCN\",\"referenceLink\":\"https://www.ccn.com/bitmains-mining-pools-now-control-nearly-51-percent-of-the-bitcoin-hashrate/\"}]","publishDate":1529962500,"createDate":1529962271.134718,"updateDate":null,"deleteDate":null,"deleted":false,"authorId":"google-oauth2|110450450492874874082","authorName":"Spenser Huang"}]},"events":[{"timestamp":1501593374,"type":"asset_fork","label":"Fork: Bitcoin Cash","descr":"<strong>Fork: Bitcoin Cash</strong><br />At block 478558 on the bitcoin network, Bitcoin Cash forked into its own new chain,<br />using the Bitcoin ledger state prior to the fork-block.<br />Bitcoin holders prior to the fork block thus had balances on both chains."},{"timestamp":1503583057,"type":"soft_fork","label":"Soft Fork: Segwit Activated","descr":"<strong>Soft Fork: Segwit Activated</strong><br />At block 481824 on the bitcoin network,<br />miners began enforcing the segwit soft-fork."},{"timestamp":1354116278,"type":"halving","label":"First Halving","descr":"<strong>First Halving</strong><br />Block 210,000 marked the first block-reward reduction,<br />from 50BTC in all prior blocks, to 25BTC for the next 210,000 blocks.<br />This reduced bitcoin's inflation rate by 50%."},{"timestamp":1468082773,"type":"halving","label":"Second Halving","descr":"<strong>Second Halving</strong><br />Block 420,000 marked the second block-reward reduction,<br />from 25BTC in each of the prior 210,000 blocks, to 12.5BTC for the next 210,000 blocks.<br />This reduced bitcoin's inflation rate by 50%."}],"crypto51":{"symbol":"BTC","name":"Bitcoin","minethecoin_link":"https://google.com","algorithm":"SHA-256","market_cap":88505510170,"market_cap_pretty":"$88.51 B","hash_rate":51117045683419630000,"hash_rate_pretty":"51,117 PH/s","rentable_capacity":35211757965000004,"rentable_capacity_pretty":"35 PH/s","nicehash_market_link":"https://www.nicehash.com/marketplace/sha256","attack_hourly_cost":429329.6386353715,"attack_hourly_cost_pretty":"$429,330","network_vs_rentable_ratio":0.0006888457166142784,"rentable_price_btc":0.0402,"rentable_price_units":"PH","rentable_price_usd_hour":"$8.40"},"id":"59d04cbe68ae96b853a987a3"}; 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