Monthly Archives: September 2020

You won’t believe the depths to which crypto scammers on Twitter are willing to sink

Twitter doesn’t seem able to move fast enough to stop thieves from grossly misusing their platform. Last Friday night, crypto YouTuber Ivan on Tech messaged me on Twitter. Shortly into our conversation, he graciously offered me an investment opportunity in “Bitcoin trading/mining”, courtesy of a platform that he alleged was associated with Binance.  A tale of two Ivans; the real one is on the left. Source: Twitter. In reality, however, I was being approached by an Ivan impersonator, peddling a crypto affinity scam. The platform “Ivan” advertised, […]

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Bitcoin options still bullish despite this week’s $900 BTC price drop

Retail traders were rattled by Bitcoin’s $900 drop but BTC options data remains bullish ahead of Friday’s expiry. The $900 Bitcoin (BTC) price drop over the past two days might have been scary for novice traders, but those trading futures and options don’t seem bothered.  Cryptocurrency daily market performance snapshot. Source: Coin360 As Bitcoin price rallied to $11,000 on Sept. 19, investors may have become overly excited as the price briefly broke an important resistance level.  The steady rally lasted ten days and saw Bitcoin’s dominance rate […]

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Major banks implicated in the FinCen leak take a beating in the stock market

Banks cleared over $2 trillion in “suspicious” transactions. How did crypto fare in comparison? The major banks who were mentioned in the recent FinCen leak were subsequently thrashed by the market today. According to the investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, over the 20-year period from 1997 to 2017, the listed financial institutions facilitated over $2 trillion worth of suspicious transactions. When this news broke out yesterday, it was a day of reckoning for many of these institutions. Stocks top-5 banks by the amount of […]

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Craig Wright’s Summary Judgment Denied – Billion Dollar Bitcoin Lawsuit Heads to Trial

On Monday afternoon, Judge Beth Bloom, from the District Court of Florida, denied Craig Wright’s summary judgment and the infamous billion-dollar bitcoin lawsuit will go to trial in January. The court published a 93-page decision on the matter, as Judge Bloom detailed that “a genuine dispute of material fact exists” for a number of the complaints. Since Valentine’s Day in 2018, Craig Wright, the Australian who claims he invented Bitcoin, has been involved in a billion-dollar lawsuit. The case concerns the rightful ownership of an alleged 1.1 […]

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DeFi may not be like the ICO boom, but is that a good thing?

Cameron Winklevoss and Tone Vays disagree on the quality of the DeFi space within the context of previous blockchain booms and busts. The crypto industry has boasted tremendous growth over the past year, largely thanks to the decentralized finance, or DeFi, boom. Some believe that the DeFi sector resembles the initial coin offering, or ICO, bubble of 2017. Others disagree, noting that the two eras are demonstrably different. “At least in the 2017 ICO bubble there was effort made to come up with an idea to write […]

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Bitcoin-related ads are now streaming on Disney+ in some regions thanks to Zebpay

“Learn about simple, secure Bitcoin,” the ads state. Crypto exchange Zebpay has launched a campaign with ads featuring Bitcoin during the Indian Premier League cricket games. As reported by Twitter user Mohit Rai Sharma, ads for Zebpay appeared on Indian streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar during a series of cricket matches starting Sept. 19. “Learn about simple, secure Bitcoin,” the ads stated, directing viewers to pay just over $1 to start using the exchange. Sharma stated that the ads represented a “historic moment for crypto in India.” More […]

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Emin Gun Sirer’s $42 million blockchain for DeFi scaling has launched

The platform’s native asset began trading OKEx, Binance, and elsewhere shortly thereafter. Avalanche, a blockchain offering scalability to the world of decentralized finance took its mainnet live on Sept. 21.  “From Snowflake to Avalanche, the decentralized platform has come a long way, and its journey has only just begun,” Ava Labs said in a Sept. 21 statement on the mainnet launch. Ava Labs is the entity responsible for building the Avalanche blockchain and project. Emin Gün Sirer, ranked 52nd on Cointelegraph’s list of the top 100 people in […]

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Crooked police chief sentenced to 8 years for dark web shenanigans

The charges are reminiscent of events that took place during the “Silk Road” saga. Former police chief Yuri Zaitsev was recently sentenced to eight years in prison for acting as a bounty hunter for a dark web marketplace. In December 2018, Zaitsev was working as the leader of his unit within the Main Directorate for Drugs Control of the Republic of Khakassia — a law enforcement division analogous to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA. At that time, he initiated contact with the operator of a […]

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SEC vs. Telegram: Part 2 — The case against integrating the two prongs of a SAFT

Addressing the legitimacy of collapsing the sale of contractual rights with the eventual release of crypto assets. As discussed in the previous article, Telegram is a popular global instant messaging company. In 2018, it sold contractual rights to acquire a new crypto asset that it was developing (to be called Grams) to a group of accredited (and wealthy) investors around the world. Telegram raised about $1.7 billion from 171 investors, including 39 U.S. purchasers. This was a prelude to the planned launch of Grams, which was to […]

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The Sun Never Sets On Bitcoin Mining: Decentralization Continues As China Flounders

Bitcoin miners have successfully survived the 2020 Halving and COVID-19, and the network is now seeing some of its highest hash rates ever as these operations power up new equipment and reach new levels of decentralization going into the second decade of bitcoin mining. Bitcoin Mining Is Decentralizing China still dominates the bitcoin mining space, although the percentage of the hash rate coming from the country has dropped recently, from around 65 percent in early 2020 to about 50 percent more recently as Chinese mining farms are […]

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