Ep 235: Is This The Last Moonshot of 2017?

This week Darren is back from his trip to Arizona and he is fired up to talk about crypto! The prices of everything but Bitcoin SegWit is up. This past week the difficulty of the Bitcoin SegWit chain increased by 15%, Coinbase has started offering Bitcoin Cash, and BitPay has announced they will support multiple blockchains starting with Bitcoin Cash. We also talk about South Korean exchange Youbit needed to declare bankruptcy following a hack. Finally we discuss the future of money and what it could mean for crypto.


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BitPay Will Process Payments on Multiple Blockchains, Starting with Bitcoin Cash

https://blog.bitpay.com/multiple-blockchains/

“We’ve received repeated requests from merchants and users over the years to support additional blockchain payment methods. Many of the top alternative cryptocurrencies’ blockchains make their own innovations on the features which have made Bitcoin great for payments. These range from faster transaction confirmations to greater payment privacy.

Allowing our merchants to accept payments on other blockchains will open up new customer bases to our merchants.

We will continue to build on the Bitcoin blockchain without interruption. We’re examining every option we can use to allow Bitcoin users to continue to affordably and reliably pay for the things they need, including the current development efforts on the Lightning Network.

We are already working in various parts of our platform to support transactions with SegWit. Segwit is a new set of features in Bitcoin which can reduce the bitcoin miner fee cost for transactions by over 40% on average. However, with average transaction fees already around $20, we understand that Bitcoin alone cannot handle the current demand for blockchain payments.”

Coinbase opens up Bitcoin Cash trading on December 19th ahead of Jan 2018 schedule
Within 4 minutes of listing, trading of BCH was temporarily halted after quoted prices were nearly $9,000, more than $6,000 above the market cap price of $2,900.
Today Coinbase announced it will start an investigation to see if any employees might have violated it’s insider trading rules in the run-up to it’s surprise listing of Bitcoin Cash.
The current Bitcoin Cash price is $4,125 or over 70% rise in 24 hours.  The Bitcoin Cash 24/hr hashrate compared to Bitcoin Segwit has approx doubled to 14.2%.

Bitcoin Segwit Difficulty adjusts up 15% on December 18 increasing unconfirmed transactions


More Bitcoin Segwit futures opened up this week.
After Cboe launched Bitcoin futures on Dec 10, Bitcoin rose 20%.
This week saw the launch of Bitcoin futures from CME Group on the 17th as well as futures via TD Ameritrade for select clients available through Cobe on the 18th.

Youbit exchange to declare bankruptcy after alleged North Korean Hack
Youbit announces it was hacked on Dec 18th of approx 18% of its cryptocurrencies.  Users are suspended from trading and withdrawing holdings. This is the second major hack of this platform, the first occuring in April 2017 when it was known as Yapizon to the amount of 4,000 Bitcoins.

Anonymous sources via Reuters report this hack is similar to the one back in April that had ties to North Korea, however Youbit via a representative denied that this attack originated from there.

December 18th also saw the White House officially named North Korea being behind the May 2017 WannaCry attacks.


300 Million Tethers Issued in the last week.


Charlie Lee sold all his lightcoin.


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Ep234: The Future of Money is Gold, Crypto Futures Trading

Precious metals deregulation in Russia as BRICS nations prepare to trade gold. The Vanguard Group to offer blockchain-based index. Bitfinex hires law firm to squelch free speech. SEC Chairman releases statement about cryptocurrencies and token offerings. Waves Platform is the next to launch self-regulating body. Crypto Futures trading starts in the US and abroad. Steam drops Bitcoin as fees continue to rise. OpenBazaar to offer a token to incentivize curated lists of items for sale. Venezuela talks about offering a petro-backed cryptocurrency.


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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,256 Bitcoin SegWit (BSW) $16,656
Silver $16.04 Ethereum (ETH) $639
Oil $56.72 DASH $889
Dow Jones 24,585 points Litecoin (LTC) $306
30Y UST Yield 2.781% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $1599

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Ep233: Net Neutrality Repeal, Markets Rise and Rise Again, Quadratic Sharding

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FCC wants to repeal net neutrality. Is Tether price manipulation affecting other crypto prices? Vitalik talks up plan to scale Ethereum via quadratic sharding. Taiwan follows Singapore’s lead on crypto regulation. Price spikes and panic selling.


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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,286 SegWit (SW) $9,822
Silver $16.50 Ethereum (ETH) $433
Oil $57.43 DASH $710
Dow Jones 23,940 points Litecoin (LTC) $85.90
30Y UST Yield 2.824% Bitcoin Cash (BCC) $1348

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Ep232: Tether Hack, Ethereum and Casper, Darren is back from Hong Kong

Tether was hacked losing some 30 Million USDTether and 5 Bitcoin to a wallet address connected to the 2015 hack of BitStamp. We discuss the future of money and what a Tether implosion could mean for the crypto market. Darren was in Hong Kong this past week for a work session with the DASH core team. He talks about the experience. Vlad Zamfir releases a first look at possible Casper Proof-of-Stake code.


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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,292 SegWit (SW) $8,189
Silver $17.13 Ethereum (ETH) $369
Oil $58.01 DASH $584
Dow Jones 23,526 points Litecoin (LTC) $71.40
30Y UST Yield 2.743% Bitcoin Cash (BCC) $1314

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Ep231: Bitcoin Cash Fork Successful, Central Banks Want Their Own Crypto

Bitcoin Cash has a hard fork changing the Difficulty Adjustment Algorithm. The central banks are interested in issuing their own cryptocurrencies. Singapore is especially interested in a crypto version of the Singapore Dollar.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,278 SegWit (SW) $7,314
Silver $16.99 Ethereum (ETH) $331
Oil $55.28 DASH $421
Dow Jones 23,271 points Litecoin (LTC) $63.62
30Y UST Yield 2.766% Bitcoin Cash (BCC) $1204

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Ep230: SegWit2x Fork Cancelled, Parity Wallet Woes, DASH for Bigger Blocks

Segwit 2x fork cancelled. Oops, another huge problem with Parity multisig wallets. DASH upgrade features bigger blocks and lower fees. JP Morgan gets in the blockchain game. Chinese central bank wants state-backed crypto. It’s not too early to start buying holiday gifts from Neoware Apparel!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,280 SegWit (SW) $7,268
Silver $16.99 Ethereum (ETH) $312
Oil $56.82 DASH $313
Dow Jones 23,563 points Litecoin (LTC) $62.47
30Y UST Yield 2.792% Bitcoin Cash (BCC) $630

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Ep 229: Bitcoin Gold Flop, Bitfinex Wash Trading, Singapore Won’t Regulate Crypto

All that glitters isn’t Bitcoin Gold. Wash trading helps explain fishy smell at Bitfinex. Putin wants crypto regulations. Singapore takes wait and see approach. Tezos founders fight for control of third most successful ICO in history.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,277 Bitcoin (BTC) $5,573
Silver $16.92 Ethereum (ETH) $299
Oil $52.22 DASH $289
Dow Jones 23,329 points Litecoin (LTC) $55.44
30Y UST Yield 2.946% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $330

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Ep 228: ICO Legal Questions Linger, The CryptoRuble Cometh, Bitcoin Cash Is Bitcoin

ICO legal questions linger. Ethereum’s Byzantium fork is successful. Russians will soon be spending CryptoRubles. Bitcoin Cash is Bitcoin! Ben Bernanke talks about Bitcoin.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,280.00 Bitcoin (BTC) $5,511
Silver $16.97 Ethereum (ETH) $308
Oil $52.03 DASH $295
Dow Jones 223,157 points Litecoin (LTC) $59.46
30Y UST Yield 2.85% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $332

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Ep 227: Bitcoin AirDrop FOTM, Ethereum Byzantium

Bitcoin Gold: viable chain or cash grab? Airdrops emerge as flavor of the month. Ethereum Byzantium hard fork approaches. Vladimir Putin weighs in on crypto. Is Bitcoin becoming a pyramid scheme? DASH partnership focuses on legal cannabis industry. Russia and U.S. fight over who gets to prosecute Alexander Vinnik.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,292.50 Bitcoin (BTC) $4,848
Silver $17.20 Ethereum (ETH) $303
Oil $51.29 DASH $300
Dow Jones 22,860 points Litecoin (LTC) $50.89
30Y UST Yield 2.88% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $313

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Ep. 226: Exploring Bitnation’s Pangea, ICO Self-Regulation Efforts, and Weaknesses of IOTA

The hosts explore Bitnation’s Pangea. Project Transparency launches ICO self-regulation effort. Hedge funds pump and dump ICOs. Closer look at IOTA’s weaknesses. Bitcoin Cash update from Darren. European central bank advises blockchain interoperability. Russia to educate citizens on cryptocurrencies and ICO risks. Musiconomi shares token locker smart contract. Finnish exchange LocalBitcoins sells BCH balances, credits users with BTC (why?).

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,274.90 Bitcoin (BTC) $4,219
Silver $16.58 Ethereum (ETH) $292
Oil $49.83 DASH $306
Dow Jones 22,660 points Litecoin (LTC) $51.11
30Y UST Yield 2.87% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $361

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