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 technology got another boost today when PayStand Inc., a business payments technology company, announced it has raised $6 million in a Series A funding. PayStand intends to use the money to help scale up its account receivable systems and launch a new, free accounts payable product line, which is opening in beta today. Both of […]
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Mobile payment company Square Inc. may be entering the bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets with the company now trialing a program that allows select customers to buy and sell bitcoins via its Cash app. The service, offered through an app provided by the company that allows merchants to process credit card transactions without needing a cash register or […]
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Social gaming platform developer FlowPlay Inc. today announced a partnership with Walt Disney Co.-incubated blockchain Dragonchain Inc. with the intent to build secure blockchain-based monetization for casual and social games. Dragonchain is a distributed ledger technology platform, also known as a blockchain, that was developed at Disney’s Seattle campus in 2015 under the name “Disney […]
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The debacle that saw hundreds of millions worth of Ethereum cryptocurrency left frozen in wallets provided by Parity continues, juiced by a new accusation that the alleged accident may have been the result of hacking. Parity wallets were frozen last week after it was alleged that a security vulnerability was “accidentally” triggered, causing a library […]
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Bitcoin spinoff Bitcoin Cash saw a massive surge in investment over the weekend as its price hit a high as $2,461.91 at one point, briefly surpassing Ethereum as the world’s second-most popular cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Bitcoin Cash or BCH for short, for those not familiar with the cryptocurrency, is a spinoff coin created following […]
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The price of bitcoin dropped in trading Wednesday after a plan for a proposed fork in the cryptocurrency that would have seen investors credited with an additional bitcoin-related cyptocurrency were dropped due to a lack of support. Called SegWit2x, the proposed fork would have increased the blocksize of bitcoin to allow quicker and less costly transaction […]
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A security vulnerability in a popular wallet used to store the Ethereum cryptocurrency has been triggered, freezing more than $280 million worth of ETH in the process with no fix currently in site. The triggered vulnerability involves code in wallets from Parity that was introduced on July 20 to patch a previous coding issue that had […]
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Bjork is the latest to jump on the cryptocurrency bandwagon. The famous Icelandic singer announced Friday that fans can purchase her new album using cryptocurrencies and that everyone who does will be rewarded with an obscure cryptocurrency in return. Bjork (pictured) is accepting payments in bitcoin, litecoin, dashcoin and something called “audiocoin.” Every fan who preorders her album will […]
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Bitcoin fans are fond of claiming that the price of the cryptocurrency is heading to the moon, but it may now be halfway to Mars. The price of bitcoin broke yet another new record in trading Thursday thanks to rumors that Amazon.com Inc. might be about to enter the market. The price of bitcoin hit […]
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CME Group Inc., the operator of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, announced Tuesday that it intends to launch bitcoin futures trading by the end of the year. Pending regulatory approval from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the move would be a U.S. first. It would see the exchange offer and trade bitcoin futures contracts, a form of tradable forward agreement […]
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