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 […]
Bitcoin traders are fond of referring to the cryptocurrency as going “to the moon” when its price jumps. Now, a new service from blockchain firm Blockstream Inc. will actually take bitcoin partway to the celestial body, via a satellite. Called Blockstream Satellite, the new service broadcasts real-time bitcoin data from satellites to large parts of […]
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The price of bitcoin surged through $4,000 for the first time at the weekend off the back of increased demand due to tensions in the Korean peninsular. Bitcoin hit $4,224.80 in trading early Sunday morning as demand from Japan, along with South Korea and China surged as investors seemingly looked to park their money in perceived […]
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In yet another sign of what is either a boom or a bubble in cryptocurrencies, bitcoin exchange Coinbase Inc. today said it has raised $100 million in new venture capital funding. The Series D round was led by Institutional Ventures Partners and included Spark Capital, Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures, Section 32 and Draper Associates. The round was first rumored […]
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Paying for home décor and clothing at Overstock.com is about to get a lot more interesting as the online retailer announced today that shoppers can now purchase products with numerous cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dash, Monero even the newly minted Bitcoin Cash and others. Overstock.com Inc. is offering the capability through an integration with digital currency […]
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Bitcoin broke through $3,000 over the weekend as the price of the cryptocurrency surged as initial interest in an alternative version of bitcoin launched last week declined. The price of bitcoin peaked at $3,323.93 in trading Saturday before dropping to $3248.35 at the time of writing according to figures from Coindesk. Along with a record price, bitcoin’s […]
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A new version of the infamous Cerber ransomware now steals bitcoin from wallets, according to newly published research. Gilbert Sison and Janus Agcaoili from Trend Micro Inc. detail the new version in a blog post, explaining that the new version of Cerber, which has gone through six separate versions with various differences in its routines, targets […]
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The viability of Bitcoin Cash, a spin-off from bitcoin that launched Tuesday, appears to be proven with the price of BCH surging Wednesday to become the third largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Despite a slow initial start with some experts questioning whether the time it takes to mine Bitcoin Cash may limit its potential, bitcoin […]
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The price of bitcoin settled in late trading Monday after the launch of Bitcoin Cash, an alternative to bitcoin supported by a small number of bitcoin traders and miners as an alternative to the bitcoin Segwit2x implementation. Bitcoin Cash went live when its first block was mined at 2:20 p.m. EST with reports claiming that the […]
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Despite near universal support for an upgrade to the blockchain powering bitcoin that allows the cryptocurrency to operate more efficiently, a number of recalcitrant bitcoin coders and miners have decided to fork bitcoin into a new currency. Called “Bitcoin Cash,” or BCC in an abbreviated version, the new cryptocurrency will take the entire bitcoin blockchain […]
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In news that can only be described as out of left field, the hermit kingdom of North Korea has apparently joined the digital age and has started mining bitcoin in a serious way. The new comes via a report this week from threat intelligence company Recorded Future Inc., which found that despite most of the country […]
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