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All your crypto questions answered.

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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Ask Doctor Bitcoin: What does a Trump Administration mean for Bitcoin?

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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2 ways Blockchain technology could have last week’s massive IoT-launched DynDNS attack

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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Ask Doctor Bitcoin: What Makes Ripple a Unique Blockchain Technology?

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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Ask Doctor Bitcoin: What are the implications of Sandtander’s new cryptocurrency?

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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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What is Dollar Cost Averaging?

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, […]

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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What does the Bitfinex Heist mean for cryptocurrency?

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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Dr. Bitcoin on How to Install the Ethereum Mist wallet.

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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YoCoin, a local Dallas-run cryptocurrency.

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 […]

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Fadi Chehade to head a new ‘authoritarian’ governance regime.

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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Dell’s move to Bitcoin reflects their philosophical core.

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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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

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 […]

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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Can I donate Bitcoin to politicians?

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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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: How big of a terrorist threat is Bitcoin?

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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Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Does Bitcoin Need Banks?

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 […]

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Bitcoin News

Research finds bitcoin scams have surged as price hits record highs

New research published by security firm ZeroFOX Inc. has found that bitcoin scams have surged as the cryptocurrency has hit record highs. The research found that along with traditional scams such as phishing attempts and pyramid schemes, new types of financial scams involving bitcoin are actively spreading across social networks. Such scams included the use […]

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The new business disrupter: How IBM is taking blockchain all the way to the bank

If bitcoin is the new currency then blockchain is the new bank. IBM recently made investments in developing blockchain technology and is working with the open-source project Hyperledger to advance the concept of blockchain throughout the enterprise. “Blockchain is all about trust in business transactions. There is an opportunity for the first time for companies […]

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Node40 launches tool to help taxpayers report bitcoin profits and losses

Blockchain hosting firm Node40 LLC has released a new product that allows Americans to report their bitcoin profits and losses to the Internal Revenue Service. Called Node40 Balance, the new service is said to set a “new standard in precision and simplicity” as it is able to calculate net gains and losses for every single transaction made throughout a calendar year […]

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Chinese Government regulations would require bitcoin exchanges to check ID

China looks set to impose strict regulations on bitcoin with the country’s central bank circulating new guidelines that would require exchanges to identify clients and adhere to banking regulations. According to The Wall Street Journal, the draft regulations would require Chinese bitcoin exchanges to comply with current banking and anti-money-laundering laws that include the requirement to […]

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Snapcard will close its bitcoin services to pursue blockchain payments platform

Bitcoin exchange and wallet provider Snapcard Inc. is leaving the bitcoin business to focus on an alternative blockchain-based payments service. Snapcard operated as a bitcoin-focused exchange and wallet provider from its launch in 2013, catering to customers in both the United States and Brazil. It then launched Masspay, an enterprise-level application programming interface that allowed companies […]

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Biggest bitcoin miner backs Bitcoin Unlimited software fork

The fight for the next generation of the bitcoin platform just took an unexpected twist: Antpool, the world’s largest bitcoin miner, has backed Bitcoin Unlimited’s proposal along with a number of other high-profile miners. Bitcoin Unlimited, first proposed by Roger “Bitcoin Jesus” Ver, is a bitcoin fork proposal that would remove the blocksize limit on […]

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Prosecutors in Norway demand online drug dealers pay penalty in bitcoin

Prosecutors in Norway have demanded that a number of criminals charged with selling drugs pay part of their penalty in bitcoin, the first time that a country in Scandinavia and possibly all of Europe has demanded compensation using the cryptocurrency. The case involved three men arrested in June 2015 who were alleged to have been […]

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Bitcoin price recovers after shock SEC rejection of Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust ETF

The price of bitcoin recovered at the weekend after the shock rejection by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the application from the Winklevoss twins to list their Bitcoin Trust ETF. The proposed electronic traded fund was first filed by the famous twins back in 2015 and was proposed as a way for those interested […]

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Bitcoin price plunges as Chinese exchanges suspend withdrawals indefinitely

The price of bitcoin plunged in trading Wednesday following an announcement from China’s three largest exchanges that they would extend their ban on withdrawals on the cryptocurrency indefinitely. BTC China, Huobi and OKCoin made the announcement in separate statements, saying that the suspension will lift only after regulators approve internal compliance upgrades, according to Bloomberg. […]

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Bitcoin blockchain P2P payments startup Veem raises $24M in new round

Bitcoin blockchain payment services startup Veem Inc. has raised $24 million in a Series B round for its effort to provide an alternative to expensive wire transfers. Founded in 2014 and previously known as Align Commerce, Veem offers a financial payments platform that facilitates person-to-person payments using bitcoin as the through point for the transfer. The […]

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The Blockchain is Taking Off in China!

The blockchain’s uses span far beyond cryptocurrency. Check out these articles on some of the ways it is taking off in China: Walmart and IBM Are Partnering to Put Chinese Pork on a Blockchain China’s Social Security to Use Blockchain Tech Blockchain is Behind a Massive $30B Smart City Project in China

Ask Doctor Bitcoin: What does a Trump Administration mean for Bitcoin?

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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2 ways Blockchain technology could have last week’s massive IoT-launched DynDNS attack

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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