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Category: Commentary

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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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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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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How to Buy and Sell Bitcoin in the UK and EU

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Trading Strategies

How to Buy and Sell Bitcoin in the UK and EU

With Bitcoin’s popularity rising amidst mainstream media coverage, those new to the cryptocurrency scene have little knowledge of how to acquire and sell this digital asset. In an attempt to help newcomers to the ecosystem, BTCManager has prepared this guide outlining the choices you have when buying or selling bitcoin. First, you will need a bitcoin wallet, whether it be...

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Sweden's Blockchain Land Registry Testnet Arrives March 2017

Category: Commentary, News, Tech

Sweden's Blockchain Land Registry Testnet Arrives March 2017

Sweden will launch a testnet for managing the nation's real estate with smart contracts and blockchain technology in March 2017. Lantmäteriet, the Swedish National Land Survey, along with blockchain startup ChromaWay are leading this public/private collaboration with support from consulting firm Kairos Future, and telephone service provider Telia. Recently, two banks specializing in mortgages, Landshypotek and SBAB, have also added...

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And He is Alive! WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Proves Video is Live with Bitcoin’s Blockchain

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And He is Alive! WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Proves Video is Live with Bitcoin’s Blockchain

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange encounters the questions of fans and critics in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) held on January 10. To eliminate the ongoing rumors, that he is dead, missing or kidnapped, he read out the hash of the latest Bitcoin block in a video. The Australian Julian Assange is famous for having founded the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks. Since...

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China's Central Bank Continues to Probe Bitcoin Exchanges

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China's Central Bank Continues to Probe Bitcoin Exchanges

China’s central announced the launch of ongoing spot checks on Chinese bitcoin exchanges on January 11, forcing the price of bitcoin down even further, trading just below $790 at the time of writing. While there has been no statement made that the appropriate regulations are not being adhered to, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said its probe was to...

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Bitcoin and the March Toward the Abolition of State Control

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Bitcoin and the March Toward the Abolition of State Control

Since the birth of bitcoin, this has motivated many aspects of the blockchain on its way to reshaping society and the nation state. Bitcoin separates money and state, reducing the power of central banks. Moreover, bitcoin provides some anonymity to support a perpetual traveler lifestyle, as people begin to protest against governments by not complying with taxes and as blockchain...

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