Ep179: AT&T’s For-Profit Spying Scandal, OpenBazaar Deploys Stores, the Pentagon Steals from Soldiers, and a Cyberwar is Heating Up!

An update on the U.S.-Russia Proxy War. News about the recent mass internet outage that affected NE U.S. AT&T secretly spied on their customers for profits and now wants to buy up Time Warner and more! Eurozone approves the latest bailout for Greece. Chinese State Banks selling dollars to shore up the falling Yuan. Facebook Messenger bots let you buy things with PayPal. Venezuela escapes bankruptcy while Venezuelan congress calls for a trial for Maduro. The Pentagon steals from soldiers. Debit card holders in India beware! Blocksize or Blocktime? OpenBazaar releases some updates and a way to have your store hosted in the cloud. The Ethereum attack’s IP may have been found. Ethereum Classic is upgrading and hard forking.

All this and more on episode 179 here on Wednesday October 26th, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1267 Bitcoin (BTC) $675
Silver $17.59 Litecoin (LTC) $3.93
Oil $49.21 Ethereum (ETH) $11.50
Dow Jones 18,199 points DASH $9.24
30Y UST Yield 2.543% Monero (XMR) $5.99
Euro (EUR) $1.09 STEEM ~$0.14
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 AMP ~$0.15
British Pound (GBP) $1.22 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Episode 133 – Paying Taxes: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Chris Pacia and Matt Whitlock join us in studio. The IRS can revoke passports of delinquent tax payers. QE 4 is starting to be mentioned in the mainstream news media. Puerto Rico is bankrupt and faces lawsuits for over-taxation. Swiss and Greek policy makers are trying to push people out of using cash. Finland free money for everyone! A Bitcoin conference is taking place in China right now!

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Traditional Markets

Gold $1087

Silver $14.55

Oil $40.14

DOW 17,847

30 year 3.0119

 

Crypto Markets

BTC $397

LTC $3.43

ETH $0.88

 

News:

IRS granted power to revoke passport

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/12/04/irs-power-over-passports-signed-into-law/

QE4 mentioned in mainstream sources such as CNBC and Bloomberg

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy case

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/12/06/puerto-ricos-bankruptcy-case-if-something-cant-go-on-for-ever-then-it-wont/

Greece using less cash

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/world/europe/in-greece-shift-from-cash-to-plastic-could-undercut-shadow-economy.html?ref=world&_r=0

Finland considering “universal basic income”

http://qz.com/566702/finland-plans-to-give-every-citizen-a-basic-income-of-800-euros-a-month/

China Miners, Block size Debate

http://www.coindesk.com/chinas-miners-heat-up-blocksize-debate-at-scaling-bitcoin-hong-kong/

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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

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Episode 128 – Banks are Under-Capitalized the World Over

Darren gives us a recap of the Keenevention. The US debt ceiling was raised by a vote in the middle of the night… again. Australian banks balk at bitcoin due to criminal dangers. Venezuela wants to sue a website in US courts. Greek banks are under-capitalized. US banks are under-capitalized.

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Traditional Markets

Gold $1142

Silver $15.54

Oil $46.34

Dow 17,663

30 year treasury 2.924%

Crypto Markets

BTC $320

LTC $3.60

ETH $1.05

News

Keenevention Rundown
Debt ceiling deal

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligence/2015/10/28/debt-ceiling-budget-deal-doesnt-have-much-to-like

Australia banks abandon bitcoin

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/business-it/bitcoin-flounders-as-regulatory-worries-bite-20151004-gk14ld.html

Venezuela cracking down on black market reporting

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/23/venezuela-sues-dolartoday-currency-website-cyberterrorism

Greek Banks in the hole 14bn euros

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/31/greece-banks-14bn-survive-economic-downturn

US Banks have new rules that leads to an $120bln shortfall.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/31/us-fed-capitalrules-idUSKCN0SO2IA20151031

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Episode 124 – Open Source Saves Time and Money

EuroPol embraces bitcoin and urges trading of the currency. Ethereum has an update regarding their funding status. Updates from Venezuela and Greece. The Jobs reports comes in weak. Darren talks about open source software and Keenevention.

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Show Notes

Traditional Markets

Gold is 1138

Silver 15.26

Dow 16,472

Oil 45.66

30 year treasury down more than 13 basis points 2.826% for the week

Crypto Markets

BTC 239

LTC 2.972

ETH 0.68

News

Europol embraces bitcoin

http://bravenewcoin.com/news/europol-embraces-bitcoin-and-urges-cryptocurrency-training/

Ethereum Update

http://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-bitcoin-decline-9-million-funding-shortfall/

Venezuela Bitcoin Website Ban

http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-websites-experience-service-outage-in-venezuela/

Greece News

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/10/04/world-view-greeces-alexis-tsipras-says-greece-must-implement-harsh-reforms/

Fed doesn’t raise rates on weak employment data

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/03/business/economy/jobs-report-hiring-unemployment-wages-fed-rates.html?_r=0

Darren set up a file server with Debian. The vast wealth of open source.  

Chris David introduces Trident decentralized project management platform.  

 

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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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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/

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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

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Episode 116 – Overstock Ether

Overstock.com reveals a new trading platform and Symbiont moves forward with it’s trading platform. BitLicense Reactions are mostly bad. Venezuela is seizing private businesses while the inflation rate climbs to 800% on the year. Tokyo judge rules that Bitcoins are “not subject to ownership”. Tor troubles and upgrades.

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Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrnes unveils t0

http://www.coindesk.com/overstock-unveils-blockchain-trading-platform-to/

Symbiont Issues Securities on the Bitcoin Blockchain to Usher Capital Markets into the Blockchain Era

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/21456/symbiont-issues-securities-bitcoin-blockchain-usher-capital-markets-blockchain-era/

Bitlicense reaction (Bitstamp applying for bitlicense)

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3gcedf/bitlicense_the_rundown/

Venezuela

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-30/venezuela-seizes-nestle-polar-warehouse-as-food-shortages-mount

800% inflation

http://panampost.com/fergus-hodgson/2015/08/04/venezuelan-inflation-soars-to-800/

Tokyo Judge rules that Bitcoins are not Property

http://www.coindesk.com/tokyo-court-bitcoin-not-subject-to-ownership-2/

Problems with Tor?

http://www.businessinsider.com/mit-researchttp://www.businessinsider.com/mit-researchers-has-some-bad-news-for-users-of-anonymity-browser-tor-2015-8hers-has-some-bad-news-for-users-of-anonymity-browser-tor-2015-8

HorNet allows high speed browsing and is a more secure alternative to Tor.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hornet-tor-alternative-for-high-speed-anonymous-browsing-revealed/

Greece News

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11792827/Greece-inches-closer-to-third-bail-out-deal-but-Finns-insist-rescue-package-wont-work.html

Poorly researched CNN article on encryption

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/01/opinions/rogers-encryption-security-risk/index.html

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Episode 115 – Ether Takes Form

Steel is cheaper than cabbage in China. Reddit user buys pizza internationally. The FDA and e-cigs. Greece news, Venezuela new. Mark Karpeles arrested by Japanese police. Ethereum has launched.

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Rundown

Steel cheaper than cabbage in China

http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/chinese-steel-is-now-cheaper-than-cabbage-20150708-gi81ea.html

British man buys pizza for americans while drunk

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3179696/The-Jesus-Internet-Drunk-British-man-hailed-saviour-buying-300-worth-pizza-strangers-America.html

FDA threatens a drug replacement industry.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10130211234592774869404581088451777513530

Greek Stock Markets open on Monday

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/02/greece-athens-stock-market-reopens

Venezuela

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/looting-venezuela-shortages_55bcec4de4b0d4f33a0309a3

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ist/?next=/smart-news/venezuela-about-run-out-beer-180956069/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/11754156/Venezuelan-farmers-ordered-to-hand-over-produce-to-state.html

News

Mark Karpeles Arrested

http://www.wsj.com/articles/japanese-police-arrest-mark-karpeles-of-collapsed-bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-1438393669

Ethereum Launch

http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/01/vapor-no-more-ethereum-has-launched/


 

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Episode 113 – BRICS Summit and Greek Pitfall

BRICS nations met for a Summit this past week. RC4 security vulnerability may affect bitcoin users. Greek news wrap-up for the week. Socialized losses for Litecoin margin traders. The bitcoin blockchain debate still sees no consensus.

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Show Notes:

Traditional

DJIA up to 18086

Gold down to 1133

Silver down to 14.84

Oil down to 50.78

30 year treasury down to 3.08%

Crypto

BTC down to $274

LTC down to $3.71

Doge 63 satoshis

Rundown

BRICS Summit

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shashi-tharoor/brics-summit_b_7769914.html

Bitcoin Platform Vulnerability

http://www.biztekmojo.com/00964/bitcoin-platforms-serious-threat-due-https-tls-rc4-vulnerability

+Greece News

Austerity Measures Votes on with Violent Protests outside

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11743107/As-it-happened-Greek-parliament-passes-new-austerity-measures.html

Banks Reopen

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/greece-crisis-banks-re-open-monday-with-tight-cash-withdrawal-limit-1.3159210

German Loan?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/greece-crisis-tsipras-shuffles-cabinet-after-anti-austerity-mini-rebellion-1.3156316

News

Socialized Losses

http://cointelegraph.com/news/114885/-huobi-talks-about-lessons-learned-from-socialized-losses

 

Block Size Debate

http://cointelegraph.com/news/114882/core-developer-jeff-garzik-proposes-2mb-block-size-limit-to-buy-time

 

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