Monthly Archives: November 2020

Nigeria is establishing a framework for widescale crypto adoption

Africa’s largest economy has become a bastion for crypto adoption. Nigeria’s Finance Ministry is reportedly in talks with the country’s securities regulator to develop a new framework for blockchain and cryptocurrencies — a move that could accelerate adoption in Africa’s largest economy.  Business Day, a Nigerian market intelligence publication, reported Tuesday that the Ministry of Finance is working with the Abuja-based Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, to “provide a regulatory environment for blockchain” and digital assets. The publication cites Ministry adviser Amstrong Takang speaking at an industry […]

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What would Commerce Secretary Andrew Yang mean for crypto?

A CNN report suggests Yang may be on the short list for a position in Joe Biden’s cabinet. President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly considering crypto-friendly Andrew Yang as his future Secretary of Commerce. According to a CNN report “based on conversations with Biden allies and advisers and Democrats with knowledge of the matter,” the president-elect may be tapping Yang, a former presidential candidate and entrepreneur, for a position in his cabinet. Many considered Yang to be one of the most pro-crypto presidential candidates. He said that he […]

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Google Trends shows ‘Bitcoin’ searches at 2020 high as BTC tops $19.4K

Google Trends data show searches for ‘Bitcoin’ rose to a yearly high as BTC price rallied to $19,400. Today Bitcoin (BTC) price extended its rally toward a new all-time high as the price surged to $19,412 in the morning trading session.  Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360 Determining the actual all-time high for BTC is somewhat debatable as various exchanges have different figures listed. For example, Coinbase has registered $19,892 as Bitcoin’s peak, whereas BitMEX and Binance have $19,891 and $19,799 respectively. Thus, for most traders, $20,000 […]

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Ethereum 2.0 Deposit Threshold Met: Proof-of-Stake ‘Beacon’ Chain Starts in 7 Days

The Ethereum network’s ETH 2.0 contract has crossed the threshold needed to initiate the upcoming upgrade. Currently, there’s more 694,368 ether worth over $422 million resting in the contract, as developers hope the proof-of-stake launch will begin on December 1. At the end of the first week of November, the Ethereum Foundation initiated the first process of the highly anticipated Ethereum 2.0 (ETH 2.0) upgrade specifications, which detailed the initial rules of the genesis phase 0. The genesis phase 0 contract specification noted that there needed to […]

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Video: Coordinating Bitcoin Upgrades With Poolin’s Alejandro De La Torre

Listen To This Episode: Apple Spotify Google Libsyn The guest for this episode of Bitcoin In Asia is Alejandro De La Torre, vice president at Poolin. De La Torre and Poolin have launched taprootactivation.com to improve on the communication and transparency of the Taproot activation process. Bitcoin Magazine’s Aaron van Wirdum covered the initiative here, and in this Interview, De La Torre and host John Riggins explored additional context around it.  De La Torre has been in the Bitcoin data and mining space since 2014 when he […]

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Blockchain-based voting systems have potential despite security concerns

Experts explain why blockchain-based systems are still more efficient then paper ballots or online voting systems The 2020 United States presidential election was met with an increase in mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 concerns. Yet while many Americans stayed away from polling stations this year, postal delays, rejected ballots, and other challenges emerged. Unsurprisingly, better ways for casting votes during major elections quickly became a hot topic of discussion. This has also led some in the crypto community advocating with renewed vigor for a blockchain-based voting system to […]

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Will ‘money printer go brrr’ rob Bitcoin of its all-time high?

What price high must Bitcoin hit to account for the past three years of U.S. dollar inflation? Bitcoin’s (BTC) price rose to almost $20,000 in 2017 before losing more than 80% of its value at the end of the initial-coin-offering boom. In the years since, the asset has never again come close to these prolific price highs — until now. Crypto’s first currency is once again trading a few percentage points away from its previous milestone as of press time. While crossing $20,000 may soon be celebrated […]

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3 reasons why Bitcoin price faces a major hurdle at $20,000

Bitcoin price hit $19,469 for the first time since December 2017, but there are crucial factors that might prevent BTC from hitting a new all-time high. The price of Bitcoin (BTC) hit $19,469 on Coinbase, reaching its highest point since its December 2017 peak. Although the dominant cryptocurrency is close to surpassing its record high, there are some warning signs to take note of. Three potential reasons Bitcoin faces the possibility of a pullback at $20,000 are a bull trap, overhead resistance and an overcrowded derivatives market. […]

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Video: Securing Bitcoin With Zach Herbert Of Foundation Devices

Listen To This Episode: Apple Spotify Google Libsyn Overcast On this episode of the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, host Christian Keroles and Zach Herbert, the CEO and co-founder of Foundation Devices, sit down to discuss the company’s launch and its first product, the Passport hardware wallet. During the conversation, Keroles and Herbert dive into the design editions for the Passport as well as Herbert’s ideas about multisig, hardware wallets in general, Bitcoin mass adoption, user safety and more. Topics discussed in this episode include: Foundation devices’ outlook The […]

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Democratizing Bitcoin’s hash rate takes center stage at mining summit

Bitcoin’s bull market is having a dramatic effect on demand for hardware resources as miners look to ramp up production. Bitcoin (BTC) mining continues to ramp up following the successful May 11 halving, but growing industry concentration could undermine the “democratization of hash rate,” according to a panel presentation at this year’s Mining and Investment Summit. Hosted by Matrixport and sponsored by Bitmain, the 2020 Mining and Investment Summit was held virtually Tuesday morning, bringing together the “leading companies in the fields of cryptocurrency mining and digital asset […]

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