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US Lawmakers Eye National Crypto Regulation

US Lawmakers Eye National Crypto RegulationGun control? Russia? Health care? Members of the US House of Representatives and Senate in both parties tend to differ, and often vehemently. Similar to issues of national security and war, however, it appears cryptocurrency regulation is decidedly less divisive. Both traditionally pro-market Republicans and open-minded Democrats are producing bipartisan rhetoric in support of federal […]

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CFTC Offers $100,000 Bounty to Crypto Pump-and-Dump Whistleblowers

$100,000 Bounty Available to Crypto Pump-and-Dump WhistleblowersThe US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has created a bounty to encourage whistleblowers coming forward in exposing “pump-and-dump” schemes. “Customers should not purchase virtual currencies, digital coins,” the CFTC warned, “or tokens based on social media tips or sudden price spikes. Thoroughly research virtual currencies, digital coins, tokens, and the companies or entities behind […]

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Internet Pioneer John Perry Barlow Who Influenced Assange & Snowden Dead at 70

John Perry Barlow is dead. Your unacknowledged soulmate, he was what everyone would call an internet pioneer, understanding early cyberspace’s potential. During his varied and colorful life, he collected many friends, among them Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Bob Weir, John F. Kennedy Jr., Timothy Leary, and Vice President Al Gore. His A Declaration of […]

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb vs David Birch on The Bitcoin Standard

Nassim Nicholas Taleb vs David Birch on The Bitcoin StandardThe Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, by bitcoin maximalist Saifedean Ammous, is set for a spring release, having managed to make news ahead by snagging philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb to write its foreword. Mr. Taleb is his usual profound self, offering a full-throated defense of its essential idea, in contrast to many […]

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AIER Researchers: Bitcoin’s Price Moves with News

AIER Researchers: Bitcoin’s Price Moves with NewsResearchers at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) teamed with Missouri University to examine whether the price of bitcoin is being manipulated by a few traders. Conspiracy theories abound, and new accusations arise regularly. A first in a series of papers on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, the present project attempts to show a […]

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Why Venezuela’s New National Cryptocurrency El Petro Will Fail

Why Venezuela’s New National Cryptocurrency El Petro Will FailWashington and legacy media are in a tizzy about Venezuela reportedly thwarting international sanctions by way of a dreaded state-backed cryptocurrency. A closer look reveals several stumbling blocks for the Bolivarian Republic: nonexistent reserves, hyperinflation, centralization, and the impossibility of actual redemption. The attempt will fail, if it’s ever rolled out, adding woes to a region […]

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George Soros: Bitcoin is Propped Up by Dictators

George Soros: Bitcoin Propped Up by DictatorsLegendary currency trader, hedge fund titan, philanthropist George Soros, 87, delivered his yearly talk at The World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos, Switzerland. At the end of his remarks, an audience question asked the mogul his thoughts on cryptocurrencies generally and bitcoin in particular. Also read: Tezos Swiss Foundation Concept is “Old, Inflexible and Stupid” George […]

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Robinhood Smartphone Trading App Adding Bitcoin and Ether

Robinhood Smartphone Trading App Adding Bitcoin and EtherPopular smartphone app Robinhood announced it will begin to allow users to trade bitcoin next month, and without transaction fees. Until now, online retail brokerage platforms have been careful about dabbling in bitcoin by way of futures contracts, preferring not to deal directly in cryptocurrency. The young app is ready to try a loss-leader model […]

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Autopsy of the Bitconnect Implosion: Ponzi, Centralization, Governance

Autopsy of Bitconnect: Ponzi, Centralization, GovernancePonzi lending smart bot scam Bitconnect finally did what most sane observers predicted long, long ago. It went splat. And it didn’t collapse due to government pressure, nor flurries of bad press, and certainly not from DDoS hacking attacks. The story is more of a ballad, a great object lesson, and it is the lie […]

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Cboe Bitcoin Contracts Slide 36 Percent as January Futures Expire

Cboe Bitcoin Contracts Slide 36 Percent as January Futures ExpireChicago Board Option Exchange (Cboe) historic bitcoin futures market has had its first month, and results are decidedly mixed depending on the analyst. Some see the experiment as a dud, while others champion the mainstreaming of cryptocurrency. So far, bears are trouncing bulls.   Also read: Have Lunch with Bitcoin Jesus! Cboe Futures Didn’t Tame […]

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