Episode 135 – RAND Corp: Bitcoin Can Increase Economic Power of User

Bitcoin mining difficulty makes a large jump. 2MB Blocksize BIP proposed by Jeff Garzik. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 0.25% and the crowd goes wild. Argentina lifts currency controls on Peso. RAND Corp report indicates that Bitcoin user can have some positive side effects. AirBitz partners with Fold and the future of wallet integrated services. Russia starts pilot run of a new a payment solution. The Canadian Dollar is weak. A fiat version of bitcoin is being proposed sans blockchain.

 

 

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Traditional Markets

Gold down slightly to $1067

Silver up to $14.08

Oil drops again to $34.55

DOW finishes the week down 17,128

30 Year US Treasury is up slightly to 2.92%

 

Crypto Markets

BTC up slightly to $440

LTC down slightly to $3.50

ETH is at $1.00

 

News

Mining Difficulty jumps to 93.4 Billion

http://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/news/bitcoin-mining-difficulty-jumps-the-most-in-16-months-100b-next/

Jeff Garzik Proposes BIP 202; Block size Increase to 2 MB

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/12/20/jeff-garzik-proposes-bip-202-block-size-increase-to-2-mb/

Fed raised interest rates to a whopping 0.25%

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/16/fed-raises-rates-for-first-time-since-2006.html

Argentina to lift capital controls Peso tumbles to over 13 per $1 US

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-16/argentina-to-announce-lifting-of-currency-controls-today

U.S. National Security Report: ‘Virtual Currencies Can Disrupt Sovereignty’

http://bitcoinist.net/u-s-national-security-report-virtual-currencies-can-disrupt-sovereignty/

Airbitz partners with fold

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/airbitz-partners-with-fold-allows-users-to-buy-gift-cards-inside-wallet-1450121665

Russian Mir Card

http://bitcoinist.net/russias-mir-card-takes-competition-to-visa-mastercard-and-bitcoin/

Canadian Dollar is currently weak

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/loonie-drops-72-cents-1.3369475

The Anti-Bitcoin—A Centralized Digital Currency—Takes Root

http://www.paymentssource.com/news/technology/the-anti-bitcoina-centralized-digital-currencytakes-root-3023026-1.html

Episode 132 – Bank Accounts Frozen for More Whistle-Blowers

The bitcoin mining difficulty is going up. Whistle-blowers are having their bank accounts frozen. The new president of Argentina is good news for Bitcoin. The BitUnit conference happened in Ghana! News out of Europe included central bank interest rates and more Greek woes.

 

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Traditional Markets

Gold down slightly $1057

Silver down slightly $14.07

Oil steady $41.77

DOW steady around 17,798

30year Treasury down slightly 2.9976%

Crypto Markets

BTC up $365

LTC up $3.55

ETH down $0.90

News

Cyber Realm

BTC Difficulty goes up

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/mining-difficulty-increases-by-over-due-to-bitcoin-price-increase-and-next-generation-chips-1448389961

US

Targeted bank account freezing

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/11/drone-pilots-have-bank-accounts-and-credit-cards-frozen-by-feds-for-exposing-us-murder.html

Strange letter correspondence between Ralph Nader and Janet Yellen

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0TC2EB20151123

South America

New Argentina President

http://cointelegraph.com/news/115724/argentinas-new-president-good-news-for-bitcoin-bad-news-for-inflation

Africa

BitUnit in Ghana is happening.

Europe

Russian Finance Minister wants to ban Bitcoin but not the blockchain

http://www.coindesk.com/russia-ban-bitcoin-not-blockchain/

QE not enough, European Central Bank stimulates with lower interest rates.  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12022811/Fresh-ECB-stimulus-set-to-hit-Europes-biggest-banks.html

NYSE delisting National greek bank after price drops

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-27/nyse-is-delisting-national-bank-of-greece-after-91-plunge

Swiss banks pass on negative interest rates to customers.  

http://news.yahoo.com/swiss-alternative-bank-breaks-negative-rates-taboo-055303880.html

Episode 123 – Patents, Licenses, and LBRY.io

Jeremy Kauffman joins us to talk about LBRY.io. The first New York BitLicense is issued. 21 Inc. releases their first bitcoin miner. Bitcoin is ruled as a commodity. An international market update. Bitcoin patents are being applied for.

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SHOW NOTES:

Traditional Markets

Gold $1147

Silver $15.13

Oil $45.34

Dow 16,314

30 year US treasury 2.9596%

Crypto Markets

BTC $232

LTC $2.85

ETH $0.72

News

First company to be issued a bitlicense

http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20150922/regulator-issues-first-bitcoin-license-to-company

21 releases first bitcoin miner

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/87327/20150922/bitcoin-bitcoin-miner.htm

Bitcoin as a commodity

http://panampost.com/panam-staff/2015/09/22/us-financial-regulators-tighten-their-grip-on-bitcoin/

International markets update:

Bartering in Greece

http://fortune.com/2015/09/21/greece-bartering-economy-tsipras/

and http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/22/business/international/trading-meat-for-tires-as-bartering-economy-grows-in-greece.html?_r=0

Venezuela worse than media portrays

https://www.reddit.com/r/vzla/comments/3m1crr/whats_going_on_in_venezuela_economically_outsider/cvb6vd5

Brazilian Real weakens to 4 per US dollar

Peso weakens to 9.41 per US dollar

Private blockchain bad for bitcoin

http://www.coindesk.com/barry-silbert-private-blockchains-will-capitulate-to-bitcoin/

Bank of America files Patent for Bitcoin wire transfer

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/09/22/bank-of-america-files-patent-for-bitcoin-wire-transfer-system/

Coinbase files for 9 Bitcoin patents

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/09/22/coinbase-files-for-nine-patent-bitcoin-applications-with-the-us-patent-and-trademark-office/

Amagi Metals bought

http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/09/24/bitcoin-to-bullion-retailer-amagi-metals-purchased-by-anthem-vault/

Episode 118 – Greece, Litecoin, Brazil, Argentina, and Korea

Greece to receive 1000 Bitcoin ATMs. Litecoin will half it’s block reward this coming Tuesday. Some Brazilian States are in default. Argentine Security Guru raided after finding backdoor in E-Vote software. US Stock Markets crash this past Thursday/Friday. St. Louis Federal Reserve Official sees no evidence that the QEs had any effect on the economy.

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Traditional Markets

Gold 1160
Silver 15.35
Dow at 16459 WOW
Crude Oil: 40.29
30 year yield 2.74

Crypto Markets

BTC 227
LTC 3.34
Dash 2.61
Ether crazy wild expensive .00594 or ~$1.34

Rundown
Greece to receive 1000 BTC ATMs
http://www.mobilepaymentstoday.com/news/greece-to-receive-1000-bitcoin-atms/

Litecoin Halving Aug 25th
https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/litecoin-halving-set-aug-25-2015-uncertainties-loom-price/

Some Brazilian states in default.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-21/brazil-has-yet-another-big-mess-on-its-hands-after-state-default

Argentine security guru raided after finding security holes in e-vote system
https://joac.github.io/donations/en/

Stocks drop over two days
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/22/business/dealbook/global-markets-fall-for-second-day.html?_r=0

Mike Tyson’s BTC ATM goes live
http://cointelegraph.com/news/115157/mike-tysons-bitcoin-atm-goes-live

Bitcoin ETF launched in Korea
https://twitter.com/barrysilbert/status/634001803932233728

BitGold! ends 21:17
http://www.newsbtc.com/2015/08/21/bitcoin-company-bitgold-connects-with-usas-biggest-banks/

News
No evidence that QE accomplished anything
(noise) http://www.cnbc.com/2015/08/18/st-louis-fed-official-no-evidence-qe-boosted-economy.html

Episode 79–Bitcoin Foundation Regroups, China, and more

Conference in New York.  Weedbush and Buttercoin partnership.  50,000 bitcoin US martial auction.  Belgium and Finland rule there is no VAT tax applied to bitcoin.  Similar name to MtGox?  Vitalik wins world technology award. China slashes interest rates.  China intervenes in Argentinian markets.  Bitcoin foundation reduces scope.

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Episode 78 — International troubles and cryptography

Bitcoin based login.  Venezuelan arrests to enforce price controls on basic goods like vegetable oil.  ISIS announces plans  for own currency.  Canada mulls over digital currency. Anyone remember Mintchip?  Counterparty recreates ethereum’s smart contract platform. Argentina raids banks targeting money laundering and enforcing currency controls. Russia considers lower penalties for bitcoin activities.


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Episode 63 – Cold Storage Bitcoin and Argentina Default

Corrections for the Ethereum release: Etheirum is expected out the first quarter 2015. Darren talks about his experience with cold storage and bitcoin. Argentina defaults on bond holders. Overstock.com to pay employees bonuses in bitcoin. Litecoin and Dogecoin merged mining.

 

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Episode 51 – Dark Wallet is Live, Argentina Loves Bitcoin, Dogecoin NASCAR

Darren is in the studio while JJ skypes from the road! Bitcoin anonymity is more robust with the new Dark Wallet. The Department of Defense wants analysis as to whether the Bitcoin protocol is a terrorist threat. A new bitcoin start-up in China is bringing Bitcoin ATMs to the masses and finding ways around the bank bans. Argentina’s residents are adopting bitcoin faster than most other countries as the Peso plummets. Josh Wise finishes 20th at the Talladega 499 in the Dogecoin car.

 

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