Ep 222: China Drops Hammer on ICOs, Tether Remains Scandalous, First Look at Monetha

China drops hammer on ICOs. South Korea hints at future regulations. Hong Kong issues statement. Brazil’s central bank runs blockchain tests. Tether finally responds to critics: “trust us” (note: we don’t). Bitcoin Cash is going strong after one month. Ethereum’s Raiden scaling solution passes milestone. Monetha ICO raises $37 million in 18 minutes.

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,334 Bitcoin (BTC) $4,545
Silver $17.85 Ethereum (ETH) $329
Oil $49.15 DASH $342
Dow Jones 21,807 points Litecoin (LTC) $78.98
30Y UST Yield 2.74% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $626

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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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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


First company to be issued a bitlicense


21 releases first bitcoin miner


Bitcoin as a commodity


International markets update:

Bartering in Greece


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


Brazilian Real weakens to 4 per US dollar

Peso weakens to 9.41 per US dollar

Private blockchain bad for bitcoin


Bank of America files Patent for Bitcoin wire transfer


Coinbase files for 9 Bitcoin patents


Amagi Metals bought


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

Greece to receive 1000 BTC ATMs

Litecoin Halving Aug 25th

Some Brazilian states in default.

Argentine security guru raided after finding security holes in e-vote system

Stocks drop over two days

Mike Tyson’s BTC ATM goes live

Bitcoin ETF launched in Korea

BitGold! ends 21:17

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 94 – Liberty Forum 2015

This special episode focuses on the New Hampshire Liberty Forum 2015. The Brazilian Real drops in value as interest rates are increased to slow inflation. Spending Bitcoin anywhere a MasterCard is accepted may be coming soon. Privacy implications in Canada as a man faces charges for not divulging his mobile phone password.



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Episode 86 – The Price of Bitcoin

Roger Ver denied visa to US. Overstock.com installs bitcoin ATM and offers to pay employees in Bitcoin. News from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Venezuela. BitStamp was hacked last weekend and is back online following a few days of worry. Darren will be presenting at Liberty Forum in New Hampshire. The Price of Bitcoin and ‘Why is the price as high as it is?’


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Episode 24 – The Powerful Bitcoin Network

The Bitcoin Network increases in hashrate and difficultly while the currency rises in price : China bitcoin markets are climbing in price : Bitcoin Financial instrument trading sites close : Capitol One closes accounts over bitcoin : New exchanges open for the dollar to bitcoin bridge : Bitcoin client downloads surge in Q3 over Q2 for India and Brazil : Security : Silver : Gold