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No Shortcut to Trust: Economist Arnold Kling Joins Chorus of Blockchain Naysayers

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Arnold Kling, an economist and adjunct scholar at the Libertarian think tank The Cato Institute, has blogged his reflections on a recent interview with blockchain proponents and tech VCs Andreessen-Horowitz (A-H). Like A-H, Kling was around during the Internet’s nascent phase and made money from… Read More

Investors Sue Crypto Promoter Who Threw Cash Off Hong Kong Highrise

A man arrested for flinging Hong Kong hundred dollar bills ($13 USD) off a local high-rise in December is now being sued by investors who say he duped them out of $3 million dollars, South China Morning News (SCMP) reports. Four investors staged a protest… Read More

Chinese Analysts Say Bear Market for Bitcoin Likely to Persist in 2019, Crypto “A Zero-Sum Game”

“Bitcoin became an investment black hole,” in 2018, says Beijing Times reporter Pan Yichun, and according to several Chinese analysts, the prospect of significant Bitcoin price gains in 2019 are small, though there may still be opportunities brought by “small bulls” in the market, Beijing… Read More

70-80% of South Korean Cryptocurrency Mines Close As Costs Exceed Prices

At the top of markets in December 2017, mining an Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, cost about 240,000 Korean won ($213 USD), and that Ether could be sold for 2.3 million won ($2093 USD). At that time, South Korea was the third… Read More

Equity Fund Manager V Shankar Advises Investing in Common Goods – Not Bitcoins

“We are for biscuits, not Bitcoins.” V Shankar, CEO of a large “South-South” equity investment fund called Gateway Partners, was shouting into the wind last year when he advised investors to stay away from the trendiest investments: cryptocurrencies, Argentina, and Tesla. But he has been… Read More

Hackers Lock Dublin Tram System Website, Demand Bitcoin Ransom

People seeking information today about the Luas light rail system in Dublin may have encountered a message threatening to “publish all data and send emails to your users” unless a ransom of one Bitcoin (worth about $3850) is paid, RTE reports. That message has now… Read More

Hacker Demands Bitcoin Ransom to Return 9-11 Attack Records

“(E)ach time a Layer is opened, a new wave of liability will fall upon you,” says an extortion note from the prolific hacker ‘Dark Overlord,’ who now claims to possess sensitive records relating to the 9-11 stolen from prominent insurance and legal firms, Motherboard reports. The… Read More

Jailed Silk Road Dark Net Marketeer Appeals to Roger Ver for Help

Ross Ulbricht, the jailed founder one of the Dark Net’s first black marketplaces, Silk Road, has written to longtime Bitcoiner and Bitcoin Cash founder Roger Ver to appeal for his help in getting a presidential pardon. Ulbricht, 34, was sentenced in 2015 to two life… Read More

“Bitcoin Babushkas”: Older Women Mining Bitcoins in Siberia

Russia is one of the most crypto (currency)-enthused regions in the world, and mining cryptocurrencies not just a big city, male phenomenon there, BBC reports. In the Siberian city of Irkutsk, even “grandmothers” are getting in on the action. “I want some money that I’ve… Read More

Jihan Wu and Micree Zhan, Founders of Cryptomining Giant Bitmain, Rumoured to Be Leaving

Rumours of widespread layoffs at Bitmain, the world’s largest manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining equipment and largest operator of crypto-mining pools, are now being followed by stories the company’s two famous founders -Micree Zhan and Jihan Wu- will be leaving their posts as Bitmain co-directors, Weixin… Read More

Africans Using Gift Cards to Buy Bitcoins Through Paxful

Owners of a peer-to-peer Bitcoin trading app called Paxful says Africans are conducting 17 000 bitcoin trades per day using the service, and that the majority of the trades involve exchanging bitcoins for gift cards from Amazon and iTunes, according to a recent blog post… Read More

Self-Proclaimed Inventor of Bitcoin Loses Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Claiming He Stole 300 000 Bitcoins from Deceased Business Partner

Craig Wright, an Australian businessperson and Bitcoin enthusiast who claims to be the elusive inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, has lost a bid to have a lawsuit filed against him in Florida courts dismissed. The suit claims that Wright absconded with between 300 000 and… Read More

Christmas Hacks: Thieves Steal Bitcoins from Electrum Wallet Users

Hackers have stolen more than $750 000 USD in Bitcoins from users of the Electrum Bitcoin hot wallet since December 21st, CCN reports. Another outlet places the amount stolen closer to $1 million. A “hot wallet” is a device for storing the “private keys” needed… Read More

Disgraced Mt Gox Bitcoin Exchange CEO Reasserts Innocence at Tokyo Embezlement Trial

Mark Carpeles, the disgraced former CEO of the now-defunct early Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has told a Japanese court that he did not embezzle 340 million yen (~$3 million USD) from the exchange in 2013, NHK reports. Mt Gox fell apart in the early months… Read More

Report: 340 British Crypto Businesses Folded in 2018, Individual Investors Lost Their Homes

Over 340 British crypto companies have folded this year (up from 139 last year) says British news outlet Sky News. And thanks to bad timing, some inexperienced and over-leveraged crypto investors – members of the general public – have even lost their marriages and homes:… Read More

Creators Accused of Ripping Off Investors by Covertly “Premining” Bitcoin Private Coins

An accused “scammer,” “serial forker” of cryptocurrencies, the San Francisco Bay Area software engineer Rhett Creighton is in hot water this week on Twitter following the publication of an article by Coin Metrics alleging Creighton and fellow creators of “Bitcoin Private” of secretly pre-mining and… Read More

Blockstream Launches Fifth and Final Bitcoin Satellite

The stubborn Bitcoin satellite-coverage hole over Asia has been closed. Blockstream, a California-based company dedicated to building out Bitcoin infrastructure, has launched the fifth of five planned satellites sent aloft to allow the world to transmit Bitcoin with or without Internet and/or the permission of… Read More

Wall Street Backing Off Its Bitcoin and Crypto Ambitions- For Now

The cryptocurrency mania of 2017 was impossible for Wall Street to ignore, but a mainstream avalanche into crypto is easier said than done, and a stampede of clients demanding crypto-based products from their institutional brokers just hasn’t materialized yet, Bloomberg reports. “The market had unrealistic… Read More

Researcher: Asia Still the Big Driver in “Crypto Assets”

Researchers at the Mosaic “cryptoasset data and research platform” have assembled a report showing that Asia is still the centre of the universe when it comes to crypto-price action. The company begins by describing “key headline events” in China, Korea and Japan during the course of… Read More

Indian Police Arrest 10 in “GB21” Crypto Ponzi Fraud Case

Cybercrime police in the Indian city of Pune have arrested 10 individuals accused of defrauding 8000 investors in a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme called “GB21.” According to The Times of India, the leader of the scheme, Amit Bharadwaj, and his brother Vivek, ran a company called Gain Bitcoin,… Read More

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