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Ep241: Bitfinex and Tether Subpoenaed by CTFC, OpenBazaar Integrates Bitcoin Cash and Zcash, First Video Episode!

Bitfinex and Tether receive subpoenas from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Facebook’s new ads policy forbids options and crypto trading hype. Blockchains, LLC buys up more than 67,000 acres in a Nevada industrial park. Japanese chat app LINE to open crypto exchange for 200 Million monthly users. OpenBazaar 2.1 integrates Bitcoin Cash and Zcash payment options. BitPay upgrades website plug-ins to help merchants accept Bitcoin Cash. Coincheck suffers a massive hack that sees more than $500 Million in tokens disappear. The SEC steps in on a Texas-based scam ICO. We are moving to video so please let us know how we can do better!


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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,347 SegWit (SW) $10,130
Silver $17.30 Ethereum (ETH) $1,102
Oil $64.76 DASH $689
Dow Jones 26,080 points Litecoin (LTC) $162
30Y UST Yield 2.946% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $1,484

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Ep236: Security and Inheritance

In this special episode Darren and JJ talk about the idea of passing on your crypto after you die and the practicality of security.


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When it come to cryptocurrencies there are many options for most everything. There are many places to acquire most cryptos, there are many wallets to hold the crypto and there are many ways to add layers of security. While it might seem like good security to keep all of your information obfuscated and hidden, all that security can cause issues for your family or loved ones should an untimely death befall you. If you don’t plan on passing on your digital wealth then do what you feel is best. But if you do want a family member or loved one to inherit your crypto you should be planning for that now.

It starts with writing it all down in very simple terms and arranging for someone(s) to help your loved one make sense of the documentation. Think about fundamental access first all the way to the wallet or exchange where the crypto is held. In some cases this will mean that the first step is gaining access to the computer which could include a drive encryption password, computer login password, and login information for the wallet, software, or service. And then think about two factor authentication: what email or cell phone is linked to the exchange or service and what is the login information for that.

In a perfect world you could have some paper wallets or seed phrases held securely in a safe deposit box in a trusted location and a Will to make sure the proper information gets to the right person. But things rarely work out that well. On the other hand by spelling things out and documenting everything you are creating a new security risk. You will need to practice good physical security surrounding the location of your instructions.

There are several ways to hide the information in plain sight. You could encrypt the instructions and set up a dead man’s switch but this has its own problems like: what if your family just doesn’t check that email or can’t figure out the encryption? Don’t forget that loved ones may be distraught at the loss of you and are not thinking clearly. Some family members may not understand crypto or encryption; all the subtle hints you dropped and sage advice you rendered did not prepare them for this moment.

For clarity you ought to have very simple and exact instructions. Where is a copy of the wallet back-up located? What program should the user download and install? Is there a delay due to a blockchain download? Then what? Your family or loved ones may not want to hold crypto so they will need instructions on how to cash out.

Having a trusted crypto-savvy helper work with your family or loved ones would make all of this much easy but no you are trusting a third party. You ought to have more than one ‘helper’ as well — what if your best friend is slated to help your wife make sense of your crypto fortune and he just happened to be in the same car accident that killed you?

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

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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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.

We’ve written out short overviews of the topics discussed on today’s show below! Be sure to listen in to the whole podcast to get more information, insights, and thoughts on each of them from Darren, Pedro and JJ!


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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 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

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

Ep 219: Scam Warnings About Bitfinex, Tether, and Empire Card

Scam alerts! There’s a fishy smell emanating from BitFinex and USDTether. Spammers attack Bitcoin cash. Darren shares his Bitcoin cash analysis. JJ interviews founders of Santiment and Centra. Overstock is doing $50K/week in Bitcoin business. Plus, you heard it here first: Empire Card ICO may be a scam!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,282 Bitcoin (BTC) $4,331
Silver $17.07 Ethereum (ETH) $301
Oil $46.77 DASH $228
Dow Jones 22,024 points Litecoin (LTC) $44.75
30Y UST Yield 2.812% Bitcoin Cash (BCH) $298

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