Monthly Archives: July 2021

What Do Bitcoin, Antifragility And Fantasy Football Have In Common?

Fantasy football players and Bitcoiners use the same strategic thinking principles when building for an uncertain future. “Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, mathematical statistician, and former option trader and risk analyst, whose work concerns problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb Introduction Life is a constant stream of decisions, the outcomes of which shape our futures. In this constant churn of decisions, we seek to improve our odds against the inevitability of randomness, whenever possible. We want to make well-informed decisions […]

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Altcoin roundup: Crypto credit cards could be the missing link to mass adoption

Hodling is nice, but eventually, everyone wants to buy something. This is why crypto debit and credit cards are key to mass adoption. Out of the many routes available to the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies, which includes decentralized finance (DeFi), layer-one protocols, nonfungible tokens and stablecoins, perhaps the simplest and most applicable path for the public at large is the ability to utilize cryptocurrency for everyday purchases with an integrated debit or credit card. 2021 has seen a growing number of companies offer cryptocurrency-based credit cards that […]

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The Hero’s Journey: Authentic Digital Ids For Bitcoin

Personalized authentic engagement design integrated into Bitcoin paradoxically transforms aspirations into unintended outcomes. The Hero’s Journey: Creating Authentic Digital IDs And Personalized Engagement For Bitcoin Decentralized/Distributed Systems Introduction Numerous Bitcoin podcast discussions have led to the inevitable “wall,” a wall which, to date, has not been penetrated and its adjacent territory explored. I’m referring to the existential question of how “Bitcoinization” actually manifests for each individual, while legacy monetary infrastructure and social structures disintegrate. It’s one thing to romanticize how our new society will somehow magically crawl […]

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Weekly roundup: Ark Invest, Edge Wealth Management, and Rothschild Investment accumulate crypto

Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest purchased more than 450,000 GBTC shares in two separate buys this week. As the price of Bitcoin returned to more than $32,000 this week, some major firms announced they had increased their exposure to cryptocurrencies through Grayscale’s crypto trusts. According to a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, New York-based investment firm Edge Wealth Management currently holds 54,134 shares of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), valued at $27.13 at the time of publication, and 25,280 shares of the company’s […]

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French Central Bank Conducts Fifth Experiment on Tunisia CBDC

The French central bank, Banque de France (BOF), recently carried out its fifth experiment on the Central Bank of Tunisia (CBT)’s central bank digital currency (CBDC). According to a statement from BOF, the latest experiment is part of the banks’ joint effort to create conditions that are “conducive to a better inclusion of the Tunisian diaspora in Europe.” Platform Targets Tunisian Diaspora In his comments following the experiment, Mohamed Sadraoui, a director-general at CBT, suggested that the CBDC platform’s success will likely “reinforce transparency, speed and cost […]

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Bitcoin ATMs Are Popping Up To Meet Demand And Propel Mainstream Adoption

Bitcoin ATM units in the U.S. have nearly doubled in a year, indicating a growing demand from retail investors who seek convenience. Bitcoin ATMs are popping up across the U.S. as Bitcoin adoption grows. The machines provide a convenient, hassle-free experience for anyone to purchase bitcoin, meeting the growing demand across the country – with some tradeoffs. In less than a year, bitcoin ATM units deployed in the U.S. have more than doubled, now amounting to over 38,000 machines, according to How Many Bitcoin ATMs, an independent […]

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Rangers Protocol launches Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible testnet

The project is branding its testnet as useful to “new developers without blockchain background knowledge.” The Rangers Protocol has opened its testnet to users aiming to provide an Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible solution that supports cross-chain contract interoperability. In a Friday announcement, the Rangers Protocol said it had successfully migrated its first Dapp to the testnet which went live on July 19. The project migrated an Ethereum-based lending protocol, BlueStone, to the testnet, a move the protocol described as “smooth and developer-friendly” given Rangers’ Ethereum Virtual Machine, or […]

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Edge Wealth Management Increases Bitcoin Exposure By Over 40%

Edge has disclosed it holds 54,134 shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust in a filing with the SEC, a more than 40% increase since last quarter. Edge Wealth Management has disclosed ownership of 54,134 shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) in a 13F-HR form filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), representing a 43.95% increase in the 37,605 shares it held in April. GBTC has become a popular investment vehicle among institutions for obtaining indirect exposure to bitcoin. The trust, which might turn into an exchange-traded […]

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Coin98 gains 1,200% after Binance listing, Ampleforth soars on Aave integration

C98 rallied 1,200% from its ICO price shortly after listing on Binance and AMPL shot higher after the project integrated with AAVE. Few things in the cryptocurrency space generate more hype than a new token listing because the prospect of finding a rare 1000x coin continues to be a top goal of many crypto investors.  Coin98 (C98) is the most recent example of this phenomenon after the Binance Smart Chain-based decentralized finance (DeFi) solution rallied 1,200% from its initial coin offering price at $0.075 to $0.928 on […]

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El Salvadorians take to the streets to protest Bitcoin law

Those who marched against Bitcoin this week claimed the cryptocurrency was too volatile and would allow businesses to “launder ill-gotten money.” Protesters calling themselves the Popular Resistance and Rebellion Block have come out against El Salvador’s government passing a law making Bitcoin legal tender. A Tuesday tweet from local news outlet El Mundo shows El Salvadorians carrying banners saying “no to Bitcoin” in the streets of San Salvador demanding a repeal of the country’s Bitcoin law. Legislative assembly members Anabel Belloso and Dina Argueta addressed the protesters […]

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