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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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Rapid Report on the Bitcoin Blockchain’s Environmental Impact.

This week, there’s been a wildly incorrect report on the ecological impact of running the world’s Bitcoin mining machine, promulgated primarily by one digital researcher and one columnist over at Vice’s Motherboard. Our CEO, Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins, has tracked the growth and spread of Bitcoin in general dating back to 2011, and has issued reports […]

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“Bitcoin is a fraud,” – JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon.

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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How to Securely Liquidate Your Bitcoin Cash

The Roger Wilco Agency has issued a report titled How to Obtain & Convert Your “Bitcoin Cash”, commissioned by bitqyck, Inc, which reveals that there is “an overbearing elephant in the room of this amazing technology called Bitcoin: ridiculously long transaction resolution times.” The decentralized nature of Bitcoin makes it attractive to a global audience and […]

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Ask Doctor Bitcoin: A Quick Crypto FAQ.

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, […]

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Ask Doctor Bitcoin: Do You Endorse the bitqy Token?

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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IBM Waston IoT interviews Mark Hopkins on how to secure IoT

“How can we address security in the #IoT?” New #quickbytes with #WatsonIoT Futurist @rizzn #blockchain #ibminterconnect pic.twitter.com/UQ1L72gsFg — IBM Watson IoT (@IBMIoT) March 22, 2017 Mark Hopkins, the founder of Roger Wilco Agency, attended IBM’s InterConnect conference in Las Vegas from March 19th to 23rd. During his visit, IBM Waston IoT held a brief Twitter interview […]

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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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Bitcoin prices recover as Japanese housewives blamed for speculative bubble

The prices of bitcoin and bitcoin futures rose in trading Thursday, resuming a record-breaking bull run, or speculative bubble, that has now been partly blamed on Japanese housewives. Bitcoin futures on the Cboe Global Markets exchange, having slumped yesterday as investors invested in alternative cryptocurrencies, were up across one-month, two-month and three-month contracts. The prices […]

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Bitcoin futures trading temporarily halted as investors flood into other cryptocurrencies

Trading in bitcoin futures on the Cboe Global Markets exchange was halted briefly on Wednesday as investor interest switched from bitcoin to alternative cryptocurrencies, some of which hit new record highs. The automatic two-minute halt kicked in after the price of XBT.1 January 2018 bitcoin futures dropped to a low of $16,230 at 1:39 p.m. EST after having traded as […]

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South Korea calls emergency meeting to consider cryptocurrency regulations

South Korea’s central bank has called an emergency meeting to discuss cryptocurrencies as bitcoin speculation sweeps the country. Reuters reported Tuesday that officials are not saying exactly what will be on the table at the meeting. But policymakers in the country have been called upon to regulate cryptocurrency markets because of ongoing volatility, saying that trading in it has created […]

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Futures traders predict bitcoin price growth will rapidly slow

Investors in bitcoin futures launched on the Cboe Global Markets exchange Sunday are predicting that growth in the price of the cryptocurrency will rapidly slow in the coming months, ending an unprecedented bull run that has seen the price of bitcoin increase by 1,600 percent since the beginning of the year. The newly launched XBT futures contracts are tradeable […]

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Bitcoin price steadies as first futures contracts begin trading on Cboe exchange

The price of bitcoin steadied in trading Sunday night following the launch of the Cboe XBT, tradable bitcoin futures contracts on the Cboe Global Markets exchange. Bitcoin trading was all over the place in the lead up to the launch, with the price of bitcoin surging $1,700 in early morning trading to $15,591.63 at 9:30 a.m. […]

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Russia set to legalize cryptocurrencies as bitcoin price passes $17,000

As bitcoin surged through a new record high of over $17,000 in a trading Thursday, Russia, proving that its reputation of being good at rhythmic gymnastics is well deserved, despite being banned from the Olympics, is now saying it will legalize cryptocurrencies, less than three weeks after saying it never would. The latest triple backflip […]

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As bitcoin passes $14,000, game platform Steam abandons it: too volatile

The price of bitcoin keeps on rising, breaking through $14,000 in trading late Wednesday. But its status as a currency, crypto or otherwise, has hit a new low as the gaming service Steam stopped accepting bitcoin for payment partly because of those same price fluctuations. Valve Corp.’s popular online game service, which was cited as an innovator […]

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$68M in bitcoin stolen in hack of NiceHash mining marketplace

Bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash has been hacked as a large sum believed to amount to $68 million in bitcoin was stolen from the site. The news was confirmed by NiceHash after the service went offline claiming to be undergoing maintenance. While not providing much in the way of details, the company did say in a statement […]

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Island ownership and IRA fund now retirement savings options for bitcoin investors

Those looking to park some of their bitcoin holdings into long-term investment opportunities for retirement or old age now have two new options, be it one that would appear to be entirely speculative and possibly nothing more than a marketing stunt while a second option taps into existing U.S. retirement regulations. The flashiest of the […]

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Bitcoin hits new record high as positive news boosts investor confidence

The price of bitcoin recovered from its plunge Nov. 29 to hit yet-another new record high on Sunday as positive market news drove investors back into the market. Pushing near $12,000 for the first time, the price of bitcoin hit $11,830.13 at 3:20 p.m. EST before profit takers dropped the price back down to around […]

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