Doctor Bitcoin, aka Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins, is a bitcoin enthusiast who’s been following all things cryptocurrency since 2011. If you have a cryptocurrency question, chances are he knows the answer, or knows someone who does.
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For those who don’t know, I’m a cryptocurrency fan. I’ve been following all of this very closely since 2011, and I enjoy learning more technical details around blockchain as well as theorizing and architecting new solutions utilizing blockchain. I also sell cryptocurrency through my company, Roger Wilco. As such, this week perhaps more than most others, […]
As many of you are aware, I’ve been active in endorsing a group of marketers’ endeavors in the Dallas startup community that has become active specifically in the cryptocurrency space. The key members of the group (which has grown and evolved since the beginning of my involvement) were Bruce Bise and Sam Mendez, both interesting and […]
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If you’re an American, last week was really weird. Without a doubt, most folks had reconciled with the fact that we’d have America’s first female president, only to have the apple-cart upset at the eleventh hour. We’re now ushering in the age of Trump, and that means a great deal of un-imagined consequences and uncertainty, which […]
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I’m attending IBM’s “World of Watson” event this week in Las Vegas, and one of the most murmured-over topics of conversation is the massive malicious application of IoT to execute one of the world’s biggest distributed denial-of-service attacks in the history of the Internet. In case you missed it, the short version is that millions […]
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Kevin Rose, founder of the famous Web 2.0 startups Digg and Rev3 Networks recently announced that one of his blockchain investments from his tenure at venture partner firm Google Ventures has raised even more money from some particularly unlikely sources: big banking. According to CNBC (and ostensibly confirmed by Kevin himself) the banking institutions include: […]
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According to a report in the Financial Times this morning, Santander’s long promised foray into blockchain technology was finally disclosed upon. UBS, the Swiss bank, pioneered the “utility settlement coin” and has now joined forces with Deutsche Bank, Santander and BNY Mellon — as well as the broker ICAP — to pitch the idea to […]
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The typical cryptocurrency enthusiast goes through a few steps as they continue their journey, particularly if they see any early gains with their crypto investments. Initially, they’ll put in some sum of money – usually small – into a cryptocurrency and see some amount of gains and get excited. They’ll either be excited by the gains themselves, […]
So last night, as my team was readying itself for one of the most well-attended #BigDNT presentations in memory, my attention was elsewhere, as one of the most precipitous price falls in Bitcoin history was underway. I posted to my Facebook account a quick update at the time: So if you’re wondering why Bitcoin is […]
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There’s been some interesting positive movement in the world of Ethereum, both locally in DFW as well as for the larger crypto markets. Just yesterday, Coinbase and GDAX announced support for Ethereum wallets and accounts on their web and mobile wallets – and last night at the weekly YoCoin meetup at Barista‘s event space, YoCoin […]
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On Thursday evening, I was invited to give a brief talk at the meetup for a new cryptocurrency, YoCoin. I was first introduced to the group by happen-stance, when two locals from the marketing team for YoCoin came in to make a Bitcoin purchase. I’ve had the good fortune in the intervening time to get to know […]
Fadhe Chehade, former CEO and President of Internet governance body ICANN, has sent ripples through the community following a recent decision to be the frontman a new Chinese government program to franchise their way of managing internet access to the world. Chehade is probably familiar to many of you in my circles, as he was a guest on my program, […]
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Maybe I nicked this statement from someone, or maybe I come up with it, but a phrase I use a lot when I talk to people about Digital Autonomous Organizations is “.. the economy and the state are engineering problems, not political ones.” What struck me from the Dell announcement around Bitcoin acceptance is this is reflective […]
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A common misconception is that Bitcoin is an anonymous currency. What it offers is a kind of ‘pseudo-anonymity’ (or ‘pseudonymity’), which means that if the someone were inclined to trace Bitcoin transactions or investigate Bitcoin addresses, they can do so just by looking at Blockchain.info, BlockExplorer, or any a number of open source tools used […]
As someone who has a keen interest in cryptocurrency and has a history in political campaigning, I am one of those peculiar animals who knows Federal campaign finance laws and enjoys learning new things about them. [Disclaimer: I am not a campaign finance lawyer. I’ve been a journalist for far longer than I was involved […]
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I’m traveling out West this week, in Las Vegas for EMCworld (catch the coverage I’m producing with the team on our live channel through Wednesday!), so for folks on the East coast, I’m sleeping in a bit later than them. You can imagine why I was a little bit alarmed this morning to get a […]
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Whether or not there’s a place for banking as we know it in the world of cryptocurency is a hotly debated question among Bitcoin enthusiasts and stakeholders. “Unbank yourself,” and “Time for plan ฿,” are many of the slogans thrown about the Bitcoin world, symptoms of the sub-cultures ingrained abrasiveness to traditional banking. There is […]
Legal, regulated bitcoin options trading will soon be a reality after the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order granting LedgerX LLC registration as a derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act. Founded in 2013, LedgerX already offers a range of services akin to a bitcoin exchange, but the new regulatory approval means that it’s […]
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Bitcoin has survived its first weekend following an agreement to implement a software upgrade that is designed to allow the cryptocurrency to scale and operate more efficiently. The upgrade, referred to as BIP91, involves the implementation of the Segwit2x code that changes the transaction structure of the bitcoin blockchain so as to increase a cap on the amount of data that […]
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Blockchain software and infrastructure company BitFury Group Monday announced the launch of its enterprise distributed cryptographic ledger technology service. The blockchain framework, named Exonum, is aimed at providing businesses and governments a secure and easy way to rapidly bring blockchain solutions online. “We have seen interest and enthusiasm for blockchain solutions grow every day as businesses, […]
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As the price and interest in bitcoin continues to rise, it was only a matter of time until mainstream financial institutions wanted a slice of the action. That’s exactly what has happened in Switzerland as a private bank is now offering bitcoin services for the first time. The new service, described as the first private bank offering […]
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The seemingly never ending saga of failed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox may finally be entering its final act. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Karpeles Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement and data manipulation before the Tokyo District Court Tuesday. He stands accused of transferring 341 million yen ($3 million) from a Mt. Gox account holding customer […]
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Another day, another cryptocurrency exchange hacked with the latest victim being leading South Korean exchange Bithumb. The hack itself is said to have started with a hacker accessing and downloading the user details but not passwords from around 33,000 users in February from an employee’s computer. While not directly compromising Bithumb, those details were then […]
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Illegal goods market Alphabay Marketplace has disappeared from the darknet in a move some are suggesting may involve those behind the site shutting it down to steal from users. Launched in December 2014 and ranked by researchers as the largest illegal good market online by October 2015, Alphabay has often been referred to as the new Silk […]
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed criminal charges against a man alleged to have been running a dubious bitcoin trading business along with a related co-working space company. Renwick Haddow (pictured), described as a U.K. citizen living in New York, ran an unregistered broker-dealer business using sales representatives to cold-call potential investors and sell […]
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A hoax that claimed that Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin had died led to $4 billion being wiped off the value of the popular cryptocurrency alternative to bitcoin. The hoax, that originated on 4chan before appearing on the fake news website Vionews (since deleted) claimed that 23-year-old Buterin and 34-year old Travis Sellmon had died in […]
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Anthony Murgio, the operator of the now-disgraced bitcoin exchange Coin.mx has been sentenced to 5-and-a-half years in prison following his guilty plea in January. 33-year-old Murgio of Tampa, FL., was arrested in July 2015 on charges of breaching federal anti-money laundering laws and regulations, as well as on the allegation that he enabled criminal activity by exchanging cash […]
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