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Iran Bans Cryptocurrency to Stave off Currency Crisis

Attempts by Iranian citizens to trade their rapidly deflating rials for US dollars or cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are being vigorously scuttled by Iranian authorities. The latest ban on cryptocurrencies, reported by the state news agency IRNA, follows the imposition of standardized exchange rates across the… Read More

Coinbase Crypto Exchange Shuts Out Wikileaks

In a form letter correspondence consistent with the low service levels crypto clients have come expect, Coinbase, operators of the planet’s 11th largest crypto exchange, pulled the plug on payments to the Wikileaks store April 20th. In a screenshot of the letter posted by Wikileaks,… Read More

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert Espouse the Global Urgency of Bitcoin

Soft spoken computer scientist Adam Back, one of the most important figures in the technical history of Bitcoin, had a hard act to follow after Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert burned down the stage presenting their gleeful and anarchic brand of Bitcoin-boosting. “The era of… Read More

Trezor Wallet’s Alena Vranova: How to Truly Disrupt a Tech Market

  Before Alena Vranova became one of Bitcoin’s early entrepreneurs in 2013, this cofounder of Satoshi Labs and Trezor Hardware Wallets spent ten years innovating in the insurance industry in her native Czech Republic. There, she learned her first lesson in industry disruption: “Don’t listen to people… Read More

Tone Vays Describes ‘Inevitable ICO Bubble’ at Blockchain Economic Event, Toronto

Well-known “Bitcoin Maximalist” and despiser of ICO’s (Initial Coin Offerings) Tone Vays has lately been so deluged with idiotic requests to advise on ICO’s that he has updated his LinkedIn profile to the following: “I am NOT interested in your ICO/Token Sale. Please send all requests… Read More

Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange Refuses to Cooperate in New York Attorney General’s Inquiry

The CEO of San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, Jesse Powell, has fired back at a letter from the New York Attorney General’s office asking cryptocurrency exchanges to provide detailed information on their business practices within two weeks. The 34-point request for info was sent to… Read More

Telegram Vows to Shore Up VPNs as Russia-wide Ban Affects Even Non-Telegram Users

TorrentFreak.com are reporting today that Telegram co-founder and exiled Russian businessperson Pavel Durov has vowed to donate millions of dollars in Bitcoin to providers of virtual private network (VPN) services. Consistently routing messages through VPNs, which obscure message origins, may allow Russian citizens to continue… Read More

IMF’s Christine Lagarde Advocates ‘Even-Handed Approach to Crypto’

After blogging last month about the risks of cryptographic currencies and assets, including their use in “darknet” marketplaces like AlphaBay, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde blogged this month about “the promise” of cryptocurrencies and urged an even-handed international approach to their regulation. Judicious consideration, wrote Lagarde,… Read More

Cambridge Analytica Planned ‘Dystopian’ ICO

Cambridge Analytica, the firm that claims it used personal data to sway the last US election, planned to issue a cryptocurrency to enhance it’s powers of political persuasion, the New York Times reports. In addition to considering their own ICO (Initial Coin Offering), Cambridge Analytica… Read More

Flipping Crypto Cats: “DapperKittie” Reports 462 Ether Profit Trading CryptoKittie Founder Cats

A CryptoKittie trader has made $210,000 trading digital cartoon cats in collector markets, reports Kevin Pan at tokendaily.co. The trader, known as “DapperKittie,” bought his or her first Bitcoin in 2012 for $20, and by 2017, was familiar enough with crypto to make strong early… Read More

HotelGift and FlightGiftCard Now Accepting Crypto

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts can now give the gift of crypto-backed travel thanks to a decision by HotelGift and FlightGiftCard to begin accepting cryptocurrencies this week. Though a check of each card’s website indicates that crypto payments have not yet been enabled there, customers will supposedly be… Read More

Russia Blocks 1.8 Million Telegram IP Addresses

Torrent Freak has reported that Russian telecom regulator Rozomnadzor has begun blocking ISP addresses used to transmit private messages using the Telegram app. The actions come after the app was added to a state register of banned services last Friday after an 18-minute trial. Telegram… Read More

Mining Monero More Profitable Right After Anti-Asic Hard Fork

“Hashing power” dropped precipitously on the Monero network right after the system “hard forked” April 6th. The temporary decrease in competition for block rewards induced by the fork has been attributed to the fact that many minors had not upgraded their software in time for… Read More

Alibaba Music Chairman Gao Xiaosong Defends Cryptocurrencies on Talk Show

According to 8btc, Gao Xiaosong, host of the #1 talk show in China and Chairman of Alibaba Music, defended cryptocurrencies in an episode of “Morning Call” aired last Friday. “I cannot figure out why so many people are mean to virtual currency. (After all) currencies… Read More

Popular ICO Investor Ian Balina Hacked

Popular initial coin offering (ICO) investor and YouTube influencer Ian Balina has reported on Twitter, Telegram, and Instagram that he has been hacked. The hack may have been initiated during a live ICO-review broadcast Balina hosted last night on Youtube. In it, Balina responded to… Read More

Australian Government Posts Reasonable Cryptocurrency Tax Obligations

In mid-March, The Government of Australia published tax guidelines for citizens and businesses using cryptocurrencies to invest, make or receive payments. The document, “Tax treatment of cryptocurrencies,” is fairly readable and the compliance procedures outlined quite reasonable. In short: “Our view is that Bitcoin…is an… Read More

Latest Pantera Fund Newsletter Calls Bitcoin Bottom Now

Bitcoin has bounced off the bottom at $6500 USD, Pantera Capital claims in a recent newsletter to investors. The declaration comes shortly after Pantera announced April 10th that they had lost 50% of the value of their digital asset fund in March. But Pantera CEO… Read More

Goldman Sachs VP Latest Defector to Crypto

Press tracking events in crypto have been reporting on talent migrating from traditional tech and finance into blockchain and crypto for some time now. The latest news concerns an announcement that Richard Kim, formerly VP London at Goldman Sachs, is now CEO at Mike Novogratz’s new… Read More

Crowdsourced Crypto Due-Dilligence Platform Publishing “Terrible Token Tuesday” Lists

Redditors “Scott Lew” and “Nassim” have started a “self-funded” and crowdsourced due-diligence initiative currently red-flagging questionable ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) in regular “Terrible Token Tuesday” posts at the website ConcourseQ.io. The latest issue of Terrible Token Tuesdays, in fact, red flags the project “Abyss,” one… Read More

Navigating the Cryptosphere’s “Forest of Signs”

French philosopher Roland Barthes once stated, “The world is a forest of signs.” Every object was a sign, he believed, and behind it lay a world of meaning. At at recent blockchain conference in Toronto, one entrepreneur presented her product to help, “Navigate the Token… Read More