Ep191: Project Alchemy Bridges Ethereum and Zcash, Israel Eyes Bitcoin Taxes, President Trump

Trump takes office and signs executive orders like they’re autographs. We discuss a letter from a listener. Bloomberg has a revealing article detailing how Deutsche Bank helped the world’s oldest bank Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena hide a 367 million euro gambling loss in 2008. Pedro talks about Project Alchemy, an effort to create a bridge between Zcash and Ethereum blockchains. We also talk about a bill in the Washington state Senate proposing to bar legal marijuana companies from using bitcoin and about how they are already denied bank access thanks to Federal policy. A draft of changes to Israeli tax code sees bitcoin users suffering a 25% capital gains tax and a 17% VAT. Some WhatsApp users are not taking the time to carefully configure security features. Abra bitcoin wallet app focuses on inter-currency exchange through local human ATMs called Tellers… Local Bitcoins just went International. Bots are good for trading but the real news is that Bloomberg bitcoin news coverage has matured. Ziftrcoin is no more.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 191 — Wednesday January 25th, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,201 Bitcoin (BTC) $894
Silver $16.97 Litecoin (LTC) $3.66
Oil $52.38 Zcash (ZEC) $39.94
Dow Jones 20,068 points Ethereum (ETH) $10.44
30Y UST Yield 3.102% DASH $14.55
Euro (EUR) $1.08 Monero (XMR) $11.81
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 Augur REP $4.29
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Editorial: Blockchains Will Become the DNA of Our Future Society

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Darren and I started Neocash Radio to talk about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies as our main focus. Talking about the future of money today. What we ended up talking about was the future of technology, the future of software development, and the future information security.

While on one hand you have a few ever growing corporate behemoths on the other hand you have an array of new innovations created by individuals. The old model and the new. The old model required the consolidation of resources due to the scarcity of those resources. The resources include people and equipment which made sense to pack closely together into localized hubs. The new model is a sea of individuals directed by their own desires and passion, each working on a very small piece of a much larger puzzle. Like individual cells in a larger organism.

Bitcoin and open source development have created a new kind of money. A currency controlled by a protocol and a distributed ledger — a blockchain. Blockchains will become the DNA of our future society. A log of all the decisions made, the consequences, and the resulting sum. Using this technology for money was a master stroke. Now that the Blockchain is proven and widely adapted money will never be the same.

But it’s not really about money. It’s about the action created, the signal sent, and the time spent. Ultimately time is the only real currency. The rest are tokens for convenience. Or tokens of time, as in the hourly wage. What we are actually talking about the the future of humankind today, the future given the effect of the human actions created up to and including now. Whether sitting in front of a TV or driving a race car, in each case an action was created, a purchase was made, and time was spent.

With time, everybody starts out rich and ends up poor.

With near-instant communication, open source development, blockchains, and the rise of peer-to-peer protocols humankind can more closely mimic a well known, durable, proven system: the human body or carbon based organisms in general.

Individuals working together like cells forming an organ, all part of a greater organism. The Blockchain is the critical component. Like DNA, everyone gets a copy and there is no need to trust someone else. You can trust the DNA.

The trust that comes from the Blockchain is a by-product of consensus. The nodes and miners build a block through consensus and the network verifies it. In mere seconds a decentralized open source protocol gets everyone to agree on the same thing. A feat no man could hope to accomplish. With a divergent spectrum of proven and emerging blockchains, the future of choosing the right blockchain for you might look like trying on shoes.


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Ep190: Chinese Debt Fallout, Nigerian Payroll Exorcism, Mexico’s Oil Subsidy Blowback

Mexico feels the blowback from flawed economic policies including a government oil monopoly and subsidies. The new Nigerian president is cleaning house by eliminating graft including 50,000 ghosts on the government payrolls. Chinese suffers from debt woes leading to a crackdown on capital flight, a censorship of the New York Times and a crumbling Yuan. Swarm City distances themselves from Arcade City founder Christopher David. Zcash published a video hyping up the security and techniques they used to create the cryptocurrency. Last weeks Monero price jump may have been caused by an announcement that they would be targeting the Chinese market. JJ and Darren discuss how an up-and-coming new cryptocurrency may end up eating Bitcoin’s lunch.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 190 — Wednesday January 11th, 2017!

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Gold $1,192 Bitcoin (BTC) $789
Silver $16.69 Litecoin (LTC) $3.89
Oil $52.38 Zcash (ZEC) $40.05
Dow Jones 19,952 points Ethereum (ETH) $9.72
30Y UST Yield 2.952% DASH $11.34
Euro (EUR) $1.04 Monero (XMR) $11.60
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $3.81
British Pound (GBP) $1.22 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep189: Swarm City Brand Fork, Coinbase Looks Beyond Bitcoin, History of 2016

Camo from cameras as a new fashion. Arcade City / Swarm City brand fork. Charlie Shrem’s latest project is Mainstreet Investments LP an investment fund and a waste management company. Coinbase is looking to diversify as Bitcoin’s future relies on core to be not core. We discuss the big stories of 2016 and the future evolution of the digital society.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 189 — Wednesday January 4th, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,163 Bitcoin (BTC) $1108
Silver $16.40 Litecoin (LTC) $4.40
Oil $53.35 Zcash (ZEC) $52.32
Dow Jones 19,942 points Ethereum (ETH) $10.77
30Y UST Yield 3.041% DASH $15.48
Euro (EUR) $1.05 Monero (XMR) $17.67
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $4.79
British Pound (GBP) $1.23 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep188: HUGE Ponzi ScaMMM in Africa, Airbnb Considers Bitcoin, India’s Anti-Crypto Propaganda

Millions of Nigerians turn to the MMM ponzi scheme for economic relief. Mavro coin is a scam. Central Banks are addicted to cutting interest rates. The next chapter in the IRS v Coinbase saga. Airbnb CEO may consider Bitcoin integration for 2017. India Today creates a Reefer Madness-style anti-Bitcoin video that is both funny and terrifying. The Harvard Business Review talks about the future of blockchains. We discuss Bitcoin’s technological evolution and focus on how blockchains will see growth that more closely mimics a cellular organism than a digital construct. Randy talks about his experience solo mining & pool mining Zcash.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 188 — Wednesday December 28th, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,142 Bitcoin (BTC) $970
Silver $15.98 Litecoin (LTC) $4.37
Oil $53.62 Zcash (ZEC) $50.70
Dow Jones 19,833 points Ethereum (ETH) $7.55
30Y UST Yield 3.094% DASH $10.22
Euro (EUR) $1.04 Monero (XMR) $14.10
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $3.33
British Pound (GBP) $1.22 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep187: IMF Chief is Too Big to Jail, NY Pension Bribe Scandal, OpenBazaar’s Chris Pacia in-studio!

OpenBazaar lead backend developer Chris Pacia joins us in-studio. India’s demonetization gone wrong. The Italian government may have to bail out the banks. The IMF chief is guilty of crimes, but too big to jail. A former NY State retirement fund manager charged with taking $180,000 in bribes plus strippers and blow! We talk with Chris about OpenBazaar’s recent VC funding, ShapeShift integration, and dreams for OpenBazaar 2.0! Hackers are using your phone number to steal your crypto! SECURITY ALERT: Ethereum.org forums database compromised. Ethereum Geth client awakens the Swarm. Zcash malware is mining on compromised phones and computers. Bitcoin mining gets a mention on Huffington Post.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 187 — Wednesday December 21st, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,132 Bitcoin (BTC) $825
Silver $15.93 Litecoin (LTC) $3.57
Oil $52.60 Zcash (ZEC) $36.16
Dow Jones 19,941 points Ethereum (ETH) $7.89
30Y UST Yield 3.112% DASH $9.80
Euro (EUR) $1.04 Monero (XMR) $8.41
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $2.81
British Pound (GBP) $1.24 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep186: Central banks destroy money, A.I. runs a hedge fund, and the “Welfare Cliff”

Pedro joins Darren, JJ, and Randy in-studio to talk about cryptocurrency mining. The European Central bank will do less quantitative easing in the future. The Federal Reserve raises a key interest rate to curb price inflation. Numerai is paying anonymous coders bitcoin to help create an artificial intelligence hedge fund brain. Coinbase loses the court battle but a user is stepping up to stymie the efforts of the IRS. Dash now has its first BitPay-like service. Zero knowledge Proofs and zkSNARKs. Randy has a report on the welfare cliff and how mobile commerce is helping lift people out of poverty.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 186 — Wednesday December 14th, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,143 Bitcoin (BTC) $773
Silver $16.80 Litecoin (LTC) $3.58
Oil $50.77 Zcash (ZEC) $43.73
Dow Jones 19,792 points Ethereum (ETH) $8.20
30Y UST Yield 3.179% DASH $9.08
Euro (EUR) $1.05 Monero (XMR) $8.39
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $3.08
British Pound (GBP) $1.25 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep185: Credit Cards Chip Away Security, Italy Rocks the Eurozone Boat, Amazon’s Automated Future

Credit Card chips not all they are promised. Amazon wants you to just sit back and relax while robots do all the work. Italy says no to Constitutional Reform. Google set to own your soul and be using 100% green renewable energy by 2017. Bo Shen has his phone recovery used against him in hack. FinTech firms in the US may see a streamlined charter process available soon.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 185 here on Wednesday December 7th, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,174 Bitcoin (BTC) $767
Silver $17.09 Litecoin (LTC) $3.63
Oil $49.84 Zcash (ZEC) $53.71
Dow Jones 19,549 points Ethereum (ETH) $8.40
30Y UST Yield 3.026% DASH $8.76
Euro (EUR) $1.08 Monero (XMR) $7.69
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.145 Augur REP $3.17
British Pound (GBP) $1.26 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep183: America’s Got Debt, Russia Loves Gold, Bitcoin Mempool Peaks, Trump Dumps TPP

U.S. national debt spirals out of control. Trump will quit the TPP and have a hand in shaping the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Trump being in NYC is allegedly costing $1 million a day just in NYPD costs! Russia is buying up gold in a major way. The IRS wants to go fishing through Coinbase accounts. The Bitcoin Mempool is peaking just in time for the holidays. ChangeTip to shut down despite being popular. Overstock is set to sell the first stock shares over a blockchain. Ethereum fork number 4 is a success! Global gasoline demand likely peaking as electric cars become more popular and affordable.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 183 — Wednesday November 23rd, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,188 Bitcoin (BTC) $741
Silver $16.34 Litecoin (LTC) $3.89
Oil $47.94 Zcash (ZEC) $84.88
Dow Jones 19,083 points Ethereum (ETH) $9.67
30Y UST Yield 3.024% DASH $8.40
Euro (EUR) $1.06 Monero (XMR) $7.75
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $4.43
British Pound (GBP) $1.24 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep182: Massive Android Backdoor, India Cash Crunch Chaos, Ethereum’s 4th Fork

Darren talks about his experience running for local office. India phasing out banknotes leads to much suffering. Secret backdoor in millions of Android devices. U.S. government looks to block Chinese acquisitions. John McAfee warns of the dangers of smartphone security impacting Bitcoin use. Fake news loses advertising options. IRS agrees to cryptocurrency overhaul when they have the time/funding. Ethereum fork number 4 is coming.

All this and more on Neocash Radio episode 182 here on Wednesday November 16th, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1225 Bitcoin (BTC) $740
Silver $16.96 Litecoin (LTC) $3.84
Oil $45.33 Zcash (ZEC) $98.50
Dow Jones 18,868 points Ethereum (ETH) $10.07
30Y UST Yield 2.915% DASH $9.11
Euro (EUR) $1.07 Monero (XMR) $6.45
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 Augur REP $4.48
British Pound (GBP) $1.24 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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