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Dubai International Blockchain Summit • January 9, 2018

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About author: Christoph Bergmann

Christoph Bergmann is a historian and science writer. When he discovered Bitcoin, he immediately became enthusiastic - and still is, several years later. In Germany, he writes for the famous bitcoinblog.de.

“And there is the Real Danger. A Bitcoin World can Destabilize the Real Economy.”

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

“And there is the Real Danger. A Bitcoin World can Destabilize the Real Economy.”

With bitcoin reaching the unseen territory of prices beyond $15,000, it becomes more likely that the cryptocurrency will indeed have effects on the global financial system. Institutions, banks, and economists are partially aware of this risk. Maybe there is a specter, to paraphrase Marx, haunting the financial institutions, and maybe it’s bitcoin and the fear that the cryptocurrency will destabilize…

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DHL Extortionist Demands €10 Million in Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, News

DHL Extortionist Demands €10 Million in Bitcoin

It might be one of the biggest cases of extortion for bitcoin; a criminal has sent a parcel with a nail bomb to a place close to Potsdam Christmas market. To not do it again, he demands €10 million ($11.79 million) in bitcoin form parcel service DHL. Does bitcoin make blackmailing great again? It is not the first time people…

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Scaling Kitties on Ethereum

Category: Blockchain, Ethereum, News

Scaling Kitties on Ethereum

In the past few days, Ethereum broke another record; it traded more than one million Kitties – and reached a new transaction peak of 700,000 a day. Ethereum is knocking on capacity limits, and scaling solutions are desperately needed. Last week the world’s first successful non-monetary blockchain application was born. It is about buying, breeding, and trading kitties. CryptoKitties is…

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Bitcoin Cash: ABC and BU Announce Roadmap for 2018

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

Bitcoin Cash: ABC and BU Announce Roadmap for 2018

The different developer teams of Bitcoin Cash met in London. The two most important, ABC and Unlimited, presented their roadmap for the mid-term future. In the roadmap, you find exciting, but sometimes daring goals. Seven teams of developers came together in London, to talk about the future of Bitcoin Cash; Bitcoin ABC, Bitcrust, Bitprim, Bitcoin Unlimited, ElectrumX, nChain, and Parity….

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Nearly Half of the Darknet Drug Trading Happens in the EU, but the Scope of the Market Remains Insignificant

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Nearly Half of the Darknet Drug Trading Happens in the EU, but the Scope of the Market Remains Insignificant

Recently the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Abuse (EMCDDA) published an extensive report about the darknet markets and their use in the drug trade. The report marks the EU as a center of the darknet drug trade – but considers its share out of all drug trafficking that takes place as insignificant. Nevertheless, the agency sees a chance…

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Good News for Privacy on Bitcoin and Ethereum

Category: Bitcoin, Ethereum, News

Good News for Privacy on Bitcoin and Ethereum

The past few months saw the development of some new, exciting privacy technologies for both Bitcoin and Ethereum; Confidential Transactions, Reusable Payment Codes, zk-SNARKs and Ring Signatures. This revives the hope that cryptocurrency will give humanity financial privacy. In case you didn’t know, privacy and cryptocurrencies are in most cases a tragedy. If you look at Bitcoin and Ethereum, nothing…

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The Labyrinth of Tether: A new Mt. Gox or just a case of Hysteria?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Commentary, News

The Labyrinth of Tether: A new Mt. Gox or just a case of Hysteria?

Currently, the rumor is going around is that Bitfinex and Tether manipulate the price of bitcoin upward with a fake Dollar token. Is there some truth to this or is it just scaremongering? We take a look at the subject. For some months, an individual with the pseudonym “Bitfinex’ed” has warned on Twitter and Medium against an alleged fraud by…

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How a German Startup Helps Cryptocurrency Traders to Simplify their Tax Declaration

Category: Finance, Interviews, News

How a German Startup Helps Cryptocurrency Traders to Simplify their Tax Declaration

Sometimes it can be a mess to calculate tax liabilities of the profits of trading bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, especially when you trade with several coins on several exchanges. The German startup CoinTracking helps to organize the data for your tax declaration. We took a look at the platform and talked with its founder. In 2017, most traders, tax consultants,…

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A Layer Inbetween to Fund Lightning’s Channels

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News

A Layer Inbetween to Fund Lightning’s Channels

The Lightning Network and other variants of payment channel networks are said to be the future of scaling Bitcoin. A newly published paper by Christian Decker, Conrad Burchert, and Roger Wattenhofer introduces another layer between the blockchain and payment channels, which has the potential to overcome the last limits of scaling. It is possible that Bitcoin will be able to…

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Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks to a Better Difficulty Algorithm

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News

Bitcoin Cash Hard Forks to a Better Difficulty Algorithm

The Bitcoin chain that can hard fork, Bitcoin Cash, executed another hard fork. After a wild weekend with crazy price swings, the sharply aspiring coin changed the mining difficulty algorithm to stop the constant fluctuation between being too slow and too fast. On November 13, all exchanges which list Bitcoin Cash (BCH) halted deposits and withdrawals. After a doubling in…

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