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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I just can’t stop thinking about how dumb these Dimon quotes are. In case you missed it, the CEO of JP Morgan Jamie Dimon had harsh words for Bitcoin yesterday. He, during a Barclays conference, called it a “fraud … worse than tulip bulbs, it won’t end well” and that any JPMorgan “trader trading Bitcoin” […]
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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 […]
Blockchain startup Tezos, which raised $233 million in an initial coin offering in July, is imploding as the founders of the code have declared war on the head of the foundation set up to raise funding to support its development. The row involves Arthur and Kathleen Breitman of Dynamic Ledger Solutions Inc., the company that developed the […]
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JP Morgan Chase & Co. today followed in the footsteps of IBM Corp. in announcing a new Ethereum blockchain-based payments platform designed to facilitate cross-border financial transactions by banks. Called the Interbank Information Network, the network aims to “enhance the client experience” by reducing the amount of time it takes to transfer money across borders from […]
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The price of bitcoin went through the roof on Thursday, surging past $5,000 for the first time and was heading towards $6,000, sitting at just below $5,800 at the time of writing. Bitcoin’s price surge has been attributed to a number of possibilities, with the most interesting being the idea that investors are buying into […]
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Russia is the latest country on a growing list of nations that don’t like cryptocurrencies with the country blocking access to cryptocurrency exchanges in a potential first move that could result in an outright ban. The country’s central bank issued a decree Tuesday to block all cryptocurrency exchanges within its borders, prompting President Vladimir Putin to tell local press […]
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In the final chapter of a long-running prosecution, Homero Joshua (Josh) Garza, the chief executive officer of fraudulent bitcoin mining operation GAW Miners, has been fined $9.18 million plus prejudgment interest of $742,774 for his role in the scam. The judgment, handed down by a federal judge in Connecticut on Tuesday, came as a result of the […]
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The website for Etherparty, an initial coin offering selling tokens for a blockchain-based smart contract tool, has been hacked, as the address for sending funds to buy tokens was changed to one controlled by the hackers. The hack took place on the first day of Etherparty’s ICO, occurring 45 minutes after the Oct. 1 launch. The […]
Japan’s Financial Services Agency has officially licensed 11 bitcoin exchanges as part of the government’s move to bring cryptocurrency trading under supervision following its decision to legalize bitcoin as a legal payment method in April. According to reports, the licensed bitcoin exchanges will have to comply with a range of requirements, including building a strong computer system, segregating […]
South Korea’s financial regulator announced Friday that it would ban all initial coin offerings effective immediately and that in addition to the ban all virtual currency trading needed to be tightly controlled and monitored by the government. According to local reports, the decision was made after a meeting of senior officials from relevant ministries, led by the Financial Services Commission. Kim […]
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An application by Grayscale Investments LLC to take its Bitcoin Investment Trust public has been withdrawn over fears that it would be rejected by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The trust was seeking to raise $500 million with an investment objective that the registered shares would reflect the performance of the value of bitcoin, before liabilities and expenses of […]
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