January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Simon Denny: Exploring the World of Blockchain Through Art

Reimagining traditional finance to dreaming of alternative, self-sovereign futures has become possible with blockchain technology. That’s according to Berlin-based New Zealand artist, Simon Denny, whose latest exhibition, Blockchain Future States at the Petzel Gallery in New York City looks at the cultural implication of what blockchain application across different sectors could mean globally. Full-length, cut-out images…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

An Interview With ViaBTC, the New Bitcoin Mining Pool on the Blockchain

Roughly two weeks ago, ViaBTC, a relatively new bitcoin mining pool that launched earlier this summer, garnered some attention on social media due to the announcement that they’re currently testing Bitcoin Unlimited, which is a software client that allows users to signal support for hard fork induced changes to Bitcoin’s block size limit. Although the…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

European Banking Authority Proposes Virtual Currency-Specific Regulatory Body

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has advised the European Commission to establish a regulatory regime specific to virtual currencies such as bitcoin. Commenting on the commission’s proposal to amend the existing European anti-money laundering directive, the EBA expresses the opinion that, in the long term, oversight of digital currencies should not fall under regular anti-money laundering provisions,…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Bitcoin Hardware Wallet Review: Ledger May Have Caught Up to Trezor With Nano S

Since hardware wallet devices first came to pass in the Bitcoin ecosystem, the Trezor has been the one wallet to rule them all. Added security measures, such as the ability to visually confirm the correct receiving address on the device’s display, were always the key selling point of the Trezor, but Ledger may have now…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Bitcoin Traders Should Pray for a Federal Reserve Rate Hike

After the biggest money-printing episode in recorded human history, it appears that central bankers are realizing the limits of quantitative easing. The Federal Reserve (Fed) has indicated that they are planning to raise interest rates when it meets on September 20–21. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested that September and December rate hikes are on…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Coinpit Takes First Steps Toward Trustless Bitcoin Futures Exchange

Coinpit is taking significant and innovative steps to offer a safer alternative to Bitcoin’s custodial futures exchanges. Thanks to Bitcoin’s multi-signature technology, users that store bitcoins on Coinpit remain in complete control of their funds. Even if the exchange is hacked, goes bankrupt, or disappears completely, customers can in most cases still retrieve their money….

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Straits Financial Integrates Bitcoin Payments for Futures Trading

Straits Financial has become the first U.S.-based futures commission merchant to integrate BitPay as a payment option for their customers. In addition to BitPay, Straits is also working with digital bank WB21 to allow customer bitcoins to be converted into a variety of different fiat currencies. BitPay believes their service can significantly reduce the amount…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Sztorc: Digital Cash and Prediction Markets Share Similar Histories

Bloq Economist and Bitcoin Hivemind creator Paul Sztorc has been fascinated with prediction markets for many years, and he views these mechanisms for the creation of “event derivatives” as an essential public good. Although Sztorc had been a supporter of centralized prediction market InTrade in the past, he now sees the need for a blockchain-based…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Op-Ed: Imagine if Gold Exchanges Were Treated Like Bitcoin Exchanges

Traditionally, gold has been the most trusted form of currency, globally. Up until the 1970’s, most paper currencies were backed in some shape or form by the barbaric relic. Due to the monetary folly of negative interest rates, western global savers are rediscovering the similar properties shared by money and the shiny metal. In Germany,…

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January 1, 1970 by CoinGragate

Some Economists Really Hate Bitcoin

The vast majority of economists seem to have a serious distaste for Bitcoin. Whenever an economist who has received a Nobel Prize, teaches at an Ivy League school or works at a central bank comments on Bitcoin, they always seem to have something negative to say about the technology. Some of these individuals simply say…

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