Monthly Archives: January 2019

San Francisco’s “Bitcoin Mafia”: How Bitcoin Started in the City on the Bay

The early Bitcoin community in San Francisco was originally comprised of revolutionaries: Individuals who believed in the freedom and opportunity that a permissionless distributed system would bring the world. We were widely regarded as unsavory and unpopular. Most people associated bitcoin with drugs, money laundering, and the dark web. On dates, dinner parties at friends houses or holidays with families, we were ridiculed and belittled. To believe in Bitcoin at that time, you had to be a rebel, someone who thought critically about what could be. A […]

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Proof of Keys Event Aims to Challenge Perceived Centralization of Cryptocurrencies

The Proof of Keys event on Jan. 3 is essentially a bank run on centralized exchanges, which aims to reassert holder control over their crypto assets. The “Proof of Keys” event aimed against centralized exchanges is happening today, Jan. 3, spearheaded by Bitcoin (BTC) investor Trace Mayer. The Proof of Keys event is essentially a bank run on centralized exchanges, wherein activists are called to withdraw all their cryptocurrency funds from centralized trading platforms and store them in their own wallets. The idea behind this is to […]

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Major Exchange OKEx Adds 7 New Pairs to Crypto Derivative Product

Cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has added perpetual swap contracts for 7 additional crypto assets, in addition to BTC/USD. Major cryptocurrency exchange OKEx has added multiple new crypto derivative pairs to its platform, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Jan. 3. As Cointelegraph reported in late December, the exchange first launched a derivative product called a “perpetual swap” that supports BTC/USD,with up to 100x leverage. As Cointelegraph reported at the time, the product is a margin trading instrument that lets users speculate on the future value of […]

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Banking Struggle Drives Bitcoin ATM Manufacturer Lamassu to Switzerland

While governments and banks in some countries are trying to hamper the development of cryptocurrency-related businesses, other locations are cashing in on the investments and new jobs that the industry brings. The latest example of this is the establishment of bitcoin ATM manufacturer Lamassu in Switzerland. Also Read: European Exchange to Offer Investing in Stocks With Cryptocurrencies Lamassu Industries AG Lamassu, the well-known cryptocurrency ATM manufacturer, which assembles its machines in Portugal, announced on Jan. 1 that after years of searching for a home, it is now officially […]

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US Retail Giant Overstock to Use Bitcoin to Pay Its Taxes in Ohio

U.S. retailer Overstock, headed by crypto enthusiast Patrick Byrne, to pay taxes in the state of Ohio using Bitcoin. United States retailer Overstock.com has announced it will pay part of its business taxes in the state of Ohio using Bitcoin (BTC), according to an announcement on its website Jan. 3. Overstock will cover commercial activity taxes (CAT) with Bitcoin starting February, using the recently launched cryptocurrency taxpayer platform, OhioCrypto.com. The company’s CEO and founder Patrick Byrne — a longtime crypto enthusiast — said in the announcement that […]

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Bitcoin’s Proof of Keys Day Begins With Industry-Wide Support

In addition to being Bitcoin’s 10th birthday, Jan. 3, 2019 will go down in history as being the crypto world’s inaugural Proof of Keys day. The initiative, conceived by Trace Meyer just weeks ago, has drawn broad support from cryptocurrency influencers and businesses. Over the past 24 hours, crypto companies have tweeted their encouragement for users to withdraw their funds from exchanges and other custodial wallets. Also read: European Exchange to Offer Investing in Stocks With Cryptocurrencies Proof of Keys Day Draws Strong Support From Crypto Companies If […]

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On Bitcoin’s 10th Birthday, Crypto Markets See Corrections Across the Board

Crypto markets have dipped back into the red, with most of the top twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap seeing losses capped below 6 percent. Thursday, Jan. 3 — after some positive inklings of growth earlier this week, crypto markets have today dipped back into the red, with most of the top twenty cryptocurrencies by market cap seeing losses capped below 6 percent, as data from CoinMarketCap shows. TRON (TRX) is one of the only outliers among the top coins and the strongest top twenty performer on the […]

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Neutrino: A Privacy-Preserving Light Wallet Protocol

Lightning is all the rage these days and, while it’s an exciting development, users currently have to have a full node running in order to transact in it. In this article, I’m going to introduce Neutrino, a new protocol for light clients to get the data that they need while preserving privacy and without trusting a central server. A Little History In the original white paper written in 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto described something called Simplified Payment Verification (SPV). SPV is how a light node can verify payments […]

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10 Years Ago Bitcoin’s Genesis Block Changed the Course of History

Over the last 12 hours, cryptocurrency supporters across the globe have been celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Bitcoin genesis block which was mined at approximately 18:15:05 UTC. Die-hard crypto enthusiasts believe the software released by the anonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto has forever changed the way people look at money, and that the technology’s effect on the global economy will transform the course of history. Also read: 2018’s Top Cryptocurrencies Ranked by Github Activity 10 Years of Dust Sent to the Genesis Block’s Wishing Well On Halloween 2008, […]

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Bitcoin Turns Ten on Anniversary of Genesis Block

Today marks ten years since the creation of the very first block on the Bitcoin blockchain. Today, Jan. 3, marks ten years since the creation of the very first block on the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain. Known in more technical parlance as a “genesis block,” the first block on a blockchain is unique in that it — logically — contains no reference to any previous blocks, and is always hard-coded into the network’s software, establishing all of the necessary variables required to create the ensuing blockchain. Whereas Bitcoin’s […]

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