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Category: Bitcoin

NoDAPL: How Best to Divest from your Bank

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, Finance, News

NoDAPL: How Best to Divest from your Bank

In 2016, the United States saw the Dakota Access Pipeline protests unfold and resolve over the course of many months. After a drawn out event, which can only be described as a human struggle involving sacrifice, courage, and resolve, a key component to the protest’s success was the collective’s opt-out of the banking system which funded the corporations behind the...

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Coinbase CEO Asks IRS For Reasonable Agreement

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

Coinbase CEO Asks IRS For Reasonable Agreement

Brian Armstrong, CEO of prominent bitcoin exchange and wallet platform Coinbase, firmly believes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provided an unfair assumption that the majority of Coinbase users are evading taxes. Armstrong and his team are asking the IRS for a more reasonable agreement and an alternative approach in dealing with the matter. In late 2016, the IRS sent Coinbase...

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1nd Alpha Release: Lightning Network Open to Developer Testing

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

1nd Alpha Release: Lightning Network Open to Developer Testing

The Lightning Network has always been seen as a solution to help alleviate the scalability problems we have seen in Bitcoin as daily transactions continue to rise. Due to the fixed block size of 1MB, Bitcoin can only handle seven transactions per second. Implementation of lightning would enable off-chain transactions with minimal fees and immediate confirmations. Talked extensively with some...

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Bitcoin Gone Physical: The Satoshium Alternative

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, Interviews, News

Bitcoin Gone Physical: The Satoshium Alternative

It’s early 2017. Thomas Hartman and Alex Kravets find themselves entrenched in a bold endeavor based on the following belief; Bitcoin, to become mainstream as a global transaction and savings medium, must be physical. Taking precious metal coins as their starting point, these two ambitious entrepreneurs are in the throes of curating a physical bitcoin that they hope will appeal...

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Bitcoin’s Eighth Anniversary: The First Transaction to Hal Finney

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Bitcoin’s Eighth Anniversary: The First Transaction to Hal Finney

The Bitcoin community celebrated the digital currency’s eighth anniversary by paying tribute to cryptographer and early bitcoin developer Hal Finney, the first individual to run the Bitcoin client apart from Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto on January 10, 2009. Investors and bitcoin company executives including BTCC CEO Bobby Lee and Bitcoin Foundation director Jon Matonis showed their appreciation toward Finney, for...

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Research Finds Innovation Potential as Main Driver of Cryptocurrency Returns

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Finance, News

Research Finds Innovation Potential as Main Driver of Cryptocurrency Returns

With interest in Bitcoin growing, cryptocurrencies are identified as lucrative investment opportunities and are researched as some kind of financial asset or commodity. The Winklevoss ETF looks to bring bitcoin to a wider investment audience and the German fund Acatis have stated how the cryptocurrency acts as a hedge against uncertainty, similar to a commodity such as gold. While cryptocurrencies...

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Russia's Government and Largest Bank are Looking More Favorably on Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Regulation

Russia's Government and Largest Bank are Looking More Favorably on Bitcoin

The central bank of Russia, better known as the Bank of Russia, does not plan to impose a ban on Bitcoin. Olga Skorobogatova, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia, announced on January 12 that the central bank nor the government would prohibit the usage of bitcoin. Skorobogatova emphasized the complexity and sophistication of bitcoin and explained that the...

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Chinese Exchanges Retract Margin Trading, Calms Volatility

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Regulation

Chinese Exchanges Retract Margin Trading, Calms Volatility

With the Bitcoin community captivated by recent price movements, everyone is looking to where the market, namely China, goes next. With the majority of hash rate, trading volume, and Bitcoin startup companies sourced in China, the events that occur within Chinese borders have such a noticeable effect on what is supposed to be a decentralized cryptocurrency. How Far Does the...

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Can Lightning Enable Micropayments in Other Cryptocurrencies?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Can Lightning Enable Micropayments in Other Cryptocurrencies?

The Lightning Network, better known as Lightning, is a unique scalability solution eagerly anticipated by the Bitcoin community and industry. Toward the end of 2016, experts including Andreas Antonopoulos and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee introduced the concept of implementing Lightning in other cryptocurrencies apart from bitcoin. Lightning is essentially a smart contract project that was first submitted by Joseph Poon...

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Retelling the Bitcoin Story: ‘Banking on Bitcoin’ Review

Category: Bitcoin, Entertainment, News

Retelling the Bitcoin Story: ‘Banking on Bitcoin’ Review

Banking on Bitcoin, released in independent cinemas across the US on January 5, tackles the true life stories and public misconceptions surrounding the cryptocurrency's rise to prominence. Stylistically, Banking on Bitcoin feels a little bit like the 2015 movie about the financial crisis: The Big Short. There are neat graphics of some of the currency’s technical underpinnings. However, it does...

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