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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Andreas Antonopoulos - Keynote at Internetdagarna 2017


Technologist and serial entrepreneur Andreas Antonopoulos about how bitcoin will break the banks and change the world at its core. This is a keynote speech from Internetdagarna 2017 in Stockholm.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cryptocurrency News for 21 Nov 2017

 

By 2040, There Will Be No World Without Bitcoin

By 2040, There Will Be No World Without Bitcoin

 

Balaji Srinivasan, a prominent venture capital investor and the CEO at Earn.com, a Bitcoin-focused startup that has raised over a hundred million dollars in early-stage funding, believes by 2040, everyone under the age of 30 will “have never known a world without Bitcoin.”

By that, Srinivasan essentially means everyone born after the year 2010 would be using Bitcoin as a store of value or a currency by 2040, given the current rate of Bitcoin adoption by general consumers, businesses, investment firms and financial institutions.

This week, Coinbase, CME, CBOE and Gemini, some of the world’s largest Bitcoin brokerages and financial institutions, have rolled out strategies and infrastructure to target institutional investors in the mid to long-term.

"With Coinbase’s Custody platform which allows institutional investors to invest a minimum value of $10 mln, and CME Group’s strictly regulated Bitcoin futures exchange approved by the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission, by mid-2018, it is highly likely that most financial institutions in the US, as well as major markets such as South Korea and Japan, will have already adopted Bitcoin as a robust store of value and digital currency."


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Source: CoinTelegraph


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Bitcoin Now Processes $2 Billion Worth Of Transactions Per Day, A 10x Increase In 2017

Bitcoin Now Processes $2 Billion Worth Of Transactions Per Day, A 10x Increase In 2017

 

2017 has been bitcoin’s biggest year yet, with the digital asset reaching another new all-time high above $8,000 over the weekend. In addition to the exploding price, the total value transacted on the network per day has also seen substantial gains this year; however, the actual number of transactions processed by the network per day has been rather stagnant in 2017.

For most of January, roughly $200 million worth of bitcoin was being sent around the Bitcoin network per day. Things didn’t really take off until May where there was a steady rise in the total value of the transactions processed by the network. Near the end of that month, days where more than $700 million was transacted on the network were common.

After declining over the next couple of months, the value being transacted on the Bitcoin network spiked in the runup to the release of Bitcoin Cash, which forked off from the Bitcoin ledger on August 1st. The lock-in of the much-anticipated Segregated Witness (SegWit) improvement for Bitcoin also occurred around this time.

Roughly a billion dollars of value was sent around the Bitcoin network per day in early August. This number declined down to $600 million by late September before exploding to $1.5 billion by late October.


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Source: Forbes


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Survey Says 88% of Japanese Have Heard of Bitcoin

Survey Says 88% of Japanese Have Heard of Bitcoin

 

A recent survey of 10,000 men and women across Japan shows that 88% of them have heard of bitcoin. Among those that have bitcoin, 47% said that they have used it in retail stores but long-term investment is most respondents’ main reason for purchasing bitcoin.

Global market research company with agencies in over 90 countries Macromill Group recently conducted a survey on the awareness and usage of bitcoin among the Japanese. Ten thousand men and women aged 20 to 69 across Japan participated.

The Japanese government legalized bitcoin as a method of payment in April. In July, they declared the sale of bitcoin free from consumption tax. Since then, more Japanese have been exposed to bitcoin online and offline, as more merchants start accepting the digital currency and promoting them in the process.

Among the 10,000 respondents, Macromill Group found that 56.2% said they have heard of bitcoin but do not know what it is. In contrast, 31.4% said they know what bitcoin is while 12.4% admitted they do not know what it is at all. The company summarized:

"Overall, the cognitive rate was high, 88%.


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Source: Bitcoin News


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Bitcoin to hit $20,000 by December 2018 – investor

 

Mike Novogratz, the former macro hedge fund manager at Fortress Investment Group who has joined the mad dash for crypto-currencies, predicts the value of a bitcoin will soar to $20,000 by the end of 2018, fueled in part by his believe mainstream institutional investors are about six to eight months from adopting the volatile crypto-currency.


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Source: SydesJokes Blog


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FUD on All Sides: In Defense of CME's Bitcoin Plan

FUD on All Sides: In Defense of CMEs Bitcoin Plan

 

I'm a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. I've also been a bitcoiner since 2013. So, when CME Group announced its intention to launch bitcoin futures in the coming weeks, I thought, "Great! Way to go, CME."

The first exchange to offer a futures contract on bitcoin is good news for my CME friends: more trading volume and and speculative opportunities. And it's also good for my bitcoin friends: the legitimacy and access is sure to help with adoption and higher bitcoin prices. Win-win! Right?

Well, that wasn't quite the response I got.

Instead I heard just about every negative stereotype about both futures trading and bitcoin, from both communities. Let's try to put these misperceptions to rest.


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Source: CoinDesk


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Five Countries Where Bitcoin is Illegal

Five Countries Where Bitcoin is Illegal

 

Be it due to fear, ignorance, or protectionism, governments have a tendency to legislate against perceived threats. The first prerogative of every government is to govern, after all, and any disruptive technology that erodes their power is liable to receive short shrift. Governments that ‘get’ bitcoin, such as Japan, have passed legislation that protects its citizens whilst facilitating the free trade of the digital currency.

The World’s Most Hostile Bitcoin CountriesSadly not all countries are as progressive, not just when it comes to embracing new technology, but in respecting basic human rights that people in developed nations tend to take for granted. In the most egregious cases, citizens have had their assets seized, accounts frozen, and been locked up. Governments can’t stop the blockchain from propagating, but they can severely hamper their citizens’ attempts to access it.

Like banning drugs, alcohol, or the internet, banning bitcoin sounds nonsensical and The World’s Most Hostile Bitcoin Countriesunenforceable. Nevertheless, that’s exactly the case in five countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal. As news.Bitcoin.com recently reported, the Nepalese government has jailed almost a dozen cryptocurrency enthusiasts, with the latest pair seemingly guilty of little more than operating a small-scale bitcoin exchange.

In South America, bitcoin is mostly synonymous with Venezuela, whose people have been turning to the cryptocurrency as a haven amidst rising inflation and a failed economy. It is the continent’s most centralized country geographically, however, which has come out against decentralized currency; In 2014, the Central Bank of Bolivia banned bitcoin and the government has since sharply cracked down on its usage.


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Source: Bitcoin News


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Crypto News: ‘End the Fed’ Evangelist Ron Paul Plugs Bitcoin IRA for Retirement

‘End the Fed’ Evangelist Ron Paul Plugs Bitcoin IRA for Retirement

Ron Paul is a former Texas congressman who is well known for spreading the beliefs of libertarianism during his multiple runs for the U.S. presidency over the past decade. Paul has always had different opinions than most of his fellow politicians, as the congressman has always been against war, bolstered sound economics and alternative currencies, and has relentlessly ridiculed how big government has grown. Moreover, Paul has always been against the central banking system and thinks gold and more recently cryptocurrencies can help defeat the monopoly on money.

“It is no coincidence that the century of total war coincided with the century of central banking,” explains Paul in his critically acclaimed book called ‘End the Fed.’

Since being a believer in precious metals, over the past year or so Paul has been favoring bitcoin lately in his discussions. Now the former politician appears in nationally televised commercials for the company, Coin IRA, a firm dedicated to cryptocurrency-based retirement accounts. The company is also a subdivision of a precious metals management firm called Goldco. Coin IRA offers cryptocurrency portfolios consisting of bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, and ripple. Paul’s commercial targets an older crowd who would typically invest in commodities like gold. During the one minute long commercial Paul explains he’s looking forward to the cryptocurrency revolution saying;  

"As a firm believer in currency competition, I’m excited to see the options what bitcoin opens up."


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Crypto News: Setbacks And Naysayers Begone! Bitcoin Breaks $8,000 On Investor Confidence

Setbacks And Naysayers Begone! Bitcoin Breaks $8,000 On Investor Confidence

Bitcoin broke through the $8,000 price mark this morning, reaching an all-time high of $8,100, thumbing its nose at the growing chorus of doomsayers reacting to the financial industry’s rising interest in the cryptocurrency. The price in the afternoon had dipped below the $8,000 mark, but the past week’s trend has been positive.

Shortly after noon, bitcoin’s price stood at $8,067.09 according to coinmarketcap.com, having posted a $133.956 million market capitalization and a 4.24% gain in a 24-hour period.

The recent surge follows a near 29% plunge from the previous high of $7,562.47 on Nov. 5 to $5,650 on Nov. 12. This past week’s rally followed a $38 billion loss in market capitalization after the SegWit2x was canceled on Nov. 8. The recent volatility has been credited to the cancellation of SegWit2x, which caused some investors to move their holdings to altcoins, one sign being the near doubling in price of Bitcoin Cash.

After starting the past week below the $6,000 mark on Nov. 13 at $5,937.82, the price rose and approached the $8,000 mark on Nov. 16, at which point it ebbed and flowed until today, Nov. 19 when it finally topped the $8,000 mark.

Bitcoin’s market share of the total cryptocurrency market today was 56.07%, followed by Ethereum at 14.51%. Bitcoin’s dominance was actually higher on Nov. 4 when its


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Crypto News: Bitcoin breaks $8,000 barrier amid speculation over spin-off

Bitcoin breaks $8,000 barrier amid speculation over spin-off

The price of the virtual currency bitcoin has broken the $8,000 barrier for the first time, prompting speculation that it could soar past $10,000 by the end of the year.

The rise means one unit of the world’s first major cryptocurrency is now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, traditionally seen as a safe-haven investment in times of economic turmoil.

Bitcoin’s value is regularly volatile but despite several steep falls this year it has now surged tenfold from around $800 at the beginning of 2017 to more than $8,000 in the early hours of Friday morning.

Its latest increase, a month after it broke through $5,000, is linked to speculation about the likelihood of a “hard fork” to create a spin-off currency.


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