Bitcoin News Monday, April 2 Global trade war, President donald trump, Single currency & more…

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    • Stocks fell on Monday, the first trading day of the month, as concerns of a trade war brewing between the U.S. and China persisted.
    • global trade war, President Donald Trump, percent, Jones industrial average, broader tech sector
  • Jack Dorsey expects bitcoin to become the world’s ‘single currency’ in about 10 years
    • Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey predicts bitcoin will be the single currency of the internet in the near future, according to The Times of London.
    • single currency, CEO Jack Dorsey, globally traded asset, payment processing companies, bitcoin
    • UnitedHealth Group and Humana are launching a pilot program to study whether blockchain technology can help track provider information.
    • Medicare rival Humana, UnitedHealth Group, big difference, administrative costs, Medicare Advantage plans

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  • Stocks fell on the first trading day of the month and the quarter as a decline in Amazon shares put pressure on the broader tech sector on Monday.
  • The e-commerce giant’s stock fell after President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that Amazon was scamming the U.S. Postal Service, adding the service loses billions of dollars delivering packages for the e-commerce giant.
  • Amazon has been one of the best-performing stocks over the past year, rising nearly 64 percent in that time period.
  • Trade worries also remained after Trump linked his proposal to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico to ongoing NAFTA negotiations between the two countries.
  • The new bearish narrative is that tariffs implemented by the Trump administration will spur a global trade war that would spiral the world into a recession, said Nick Raich, CEO of The Earnings Scout.

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Jack Dorsey expects bitcoin to become the world’s ‘single currency’ in about 10 years

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  • Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey predicts bitcoin will be the single currency of the internet in the near future, according to The Times of London.
  • I personally believe that it will be bitcoin, Dorsey said in a report published Wednesday.
  • Bitcoin over the last 12 months – – Dorsey has become increasingly involved in cryptocurrencies.
  • Dorsey was also part of a $2.5 million seed financing round announced last week in Lightning Labs, a start-up trying to make bitcoin transactions more efficient.
  • The Twitter co-founder and CEO told The Times that payment processing companies such as Square need to help make sure bitcoin becomes more widely accepted.

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  • As a patient, finding a doctor in-network on your health plan can make a big difference when it comes to out of pocket costs.
  • For insurers and the doctors they contract with, finding a better way to keep provider lists up to date, could make a big difference when it comes to administrative costs.
  • From the perspective of the provider organizations … (they) can work with up to dozens of insurance plans, and each of the plans are individually requesting or verifying the provider information, said Mike Jacobs, senior distinguished engineer with UnitedHealth Group’s Optum division.
  • The insurers will launch the new program this summer, along with Quest Diagnostics and health insurance consultants at Multiplan, to see whether they can cut costs by sharing data and reduce the administrative burden of keeping lists accurate.
  • Regulators at CMS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, may start fining Medicare insurers up to $25,000 a day for inaccurate provider lists, so it’s a problem the industry is anxious to resolve for their doctors, their patients and their bottom lines.

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Bitcoin News Sunday, April 1 Parents house, Mining rigs, Blockchain & more…

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College student cryptominers are finding it harder to turn a profit as costs rise, bitcoin falls

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  • In exchange for lending their computing power, miners get digital coins.
  • The price of graphics cards from companies like AMD and Nvidia has skyrocketed alongside bitcoin’s rise to the mainstream.
  • The graphics cards have been traditionally marketed toward online gamers, but cryptominers need the hardware to build their mining rigs too.
  • In total, Gilarde said he spent around $4,000 to $5,000 on hardware to build his mining rigs.
  • Gilarde said he takes out anywhere from a couple hundred to a thousand dollars from his digital wallet every couple of months.

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IBM launches a cheaper platform for start-ups to build blockchain projects

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  • IBM has unveiled a new blockchain product that lets start-ups and developers build their own distributed ledger projects.
  • Different to the public blockchain network that underpins bitcoin, IBM’s technology only allows a certain number of trusted parties to access it.
  • IBM’s blockchain starter plan is currently in beta testing mode, and is free for developers to use until commercial release.
  • The new plan is perfect for pilot projects and early stage development work for those who want to build solutions on the IBM blockchain platform which currently has over 250 active blockchain networks, Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM Blockchain, told CNBC in an email on Wednesday.
  • Some big businesses are more at ease with the idea of permissioned blockchains like IBM’s as they are designed to be tamper proof and keep transaction data private.

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The Highs and Lows of Testosterone

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  • About 5 percent of men between the ages of 50 and 59 have low levels of testosterone along with symptoms like loss of libido and sluggishness, according to a few small studies.
  • The Food and Drug Administration approves testosterone gels and shots only for men with levels under 300, including those who have diseases that cause hormone levels to plummet, such as a pituitary tumor or injury to the testicles.
  • The group stated that testosterone therapy should only be given for men who have proven low levels of testosterone and avoided in men who have had a stroke or heart attack within the last six months or who are at high risk for prostate cancer.
  • And just as there are things men can do to boost levels, there are activities that lower testosterone scores.
  • Dr. Bhasin said that the kind of training endured by special armed forces tough exercise, lack of sleep and food can cause testosterone to drop to the levels of men who have been castrated lower than 50.

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Bitcoin News Saturday, March 31 Bitcoin futures, Cboe, Manafort & more…

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Cboe encourages SEC to allow bitcoin ETFs

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  • Cboe Global Markets, the first to launch bitcoin futures, would like the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds.
  • Cboe encourages the Commission to approach Cryptocurrency ETPs [exchange-traded products] holistically and from the same perspective that it has historically approached commodity-related ETPs, the derivatives exchange said Friday in a letter to the SEC, published online Monday.
  • The Commission should not stand in the way of such ETPs coming to market given Cboe’s arguments for addressing the SEC’s concerns, the letter said.
  • He said Cboe expects trading volumes in bitcoin futures markets to soon reach levels comparable to those of other commodity futures products at the time that they were included in ETPs.
  • Cboe became the first major exchange to launch bitcoin futures on Dec. 10 and applied later that month with the SEC to list six bitcoin-related exchange-traded funds.

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Paul Manafort, a mysterious Russian jet, and a secret meeting

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  • In August 2016, a private jet linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska traveled from Moscow to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.
  • The jet arrived within hours of a meeting in nearby Manhattan between Paul Manafort, then chairman of Donald Trumps presidential campaign, and Konstantin Kilimnik.
  • Weeks earlier, Manafort had emailed his old associate and told him to extend an offer of private briefings to Deripaska, according to The Washington Post.
  • Congressional investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election are now probing the relationship between Manafort, Kilimnik, and Deripaska, according to two people familiar with the matter.
  • Kilimnik has been widely reported to be the unnamed person identified in court filings by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office this week as having ties to Russian intelligence a relationship Kilimnik has long denied.

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Women in Cryptocurrencies Push Back Against ‘Blockchain Bros’

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  • Some crypto leaders are now organizing events, clubs and conferences to attract women to the industry.
  • Arianna Simpson, an early cryptocurrency investor, said the surge of interest in virtual currencies from male novices should remind women that it did not take expertise or a Ph.D. to thrive in the ecosystem.
  • Mr. Levin originally slated 86 men and one woman as speakers.
  • It just coincidentally happened that there were more men than women speakers, Mr. Levin said.
  • When others in the cryptocurrency industry realized the conferences after-party would be held at a strip club, they encouraged Mr. Levin to change locations.

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Bitcoin News Friday, March 30 Previous biggest decline, Quarter, Ceo jensen huang & more…

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Bitcoin is on track for its worst first quarter ever with over $114 billion wiped off its value

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  • The price decline this quarter is the biggest first quarter decline in bitcoin’s history.
  • The previous biggest decline was a near 38 percent fall in the price in the first quarter of 2014, according to data from CoinDesk.
  • CNBC looked at bitcoin’s price performance in the first quarters of each year beginning in 2011.
  • The biggest price rise was a 599 percent surge in the price of bitcoin in the first quarter of 2013.
  • Italy’s central bank leader told reporters after the meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that cryptocurrencies pose risks but should not be banned, according to Reuters.

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Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang: Cryptocurrency is here to stay, will be an ‘important driver’ for business

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  • Even though Nvidia’s stock has fallen under pressure for the chipmaker’s ties to cryptocurrency mining, Nvidia founder, President and CEO Jensen Huang doesn’t expect the crypto craze to die down anytime soon.
  • Huang admitted that Nvidia’s processors were the perfect vessels for employing the capabilities needed to mine cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
  • The reason why cryptocurrency became such a popular thing on top of our GPUs is our GPUs is the world’s largest installed base of distributed supercomputing, Huang explained.
  • However, even with the crypto craze fueling GPU demand, Huang emphasized that it’s far from being a growth driver for Nvidia.
  • Gaming is a much bigger business, data center is a much bigger business, our professional graphics is a much bigger business and, of course, in the future, everything that moves will be autonomous and we’ll have autonomous capabilities and that’s going to be a much bigger market, Huang said.

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Colleges are now offering courses in cryptocurrencies and blockchain

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  • Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, MIT and Stanford are just a few of the elite universities offering courses in cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the technology underlying them.
  • Blockchains have created a sea change in the relationship between academia and industry, said Ari Juels, a Cornell Tech professor and co-director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts.
  • At U.C. Berkeley, Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business, and Law, is the first course cross-listed in three departments: engineering, law and business.
  • Besides offering the graduate-level course, the university also boasts a robust student group, Blockchain at Berkeley.
  • Still, most students say they’re not driven by the financial prospects of blockchain.

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Bitcoin News Thursday, March 29 Percent, Bitcoin price index, Dylan curran & more…

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    • Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, fell to its lowest since Nov. 30, according to CoinMarketCap.
    • percent, bitcoin price index, largest digital currency, Bitcoin three-month performance, capital gains tax
  • Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran
    • The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look
    • Dylan Curran, data Facebook, , ,
  • Does blockchain offer hype or hope?
    • For many tech insiders, the most exciting thing about bitcoin is the thing that allows it to function: blockchain. What is it and what other uses might it have?
    • offer hype, Guardian, Technology,

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  • Bitcoin dropped Thursday, bringing losses for the week so far to about 17 percent.
  • The largest digital currency by market capitalization fell 7.6 percent to a low of $7,331.52 before recovering to near $7,400, according to CoinDesk’s bitcoin price index.
  • Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, declined 9.8 percent to near $402, its lowest since Nov. 30, according to CoinMarketCap.
  • Some analysts have expected selling in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to pick up towards the mid-April deadline to file U.S. taxes as first-time investors realized they needed cash to pay capital gains tax.
  • The latest decline in bitcoin also came as U.S. stocks tried to recoup some of the month’s losses.

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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

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  • Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone.
  • Click on this link to see your own data: creates an advertisement profile based on your information, including your location, gender, age, hobbies, career, interests, relationship status, possible weight (need to lose 10lb in one day?)
  • Click on this link to see your own data: stores all of your YouTube history, so they probably know whether youre going to be a parent soon, if youre a conservative, if youre a progressive, if youre Jewish, Christian, or Muslim, if youre feeling depressed or suicidal, if youre anorexic…
  • This link includes your bookmarks, emails, contacts, your Google Drive files, all of the above information, your YouTube videos, the photos youve taken on your phone, the businesses youve bought from, the products youve bought through Google … – – They also have data from your calendar, your Google hangout…
  • The data they collect includes tracking where you are, what applications you have installed, when you use them, what you use them for, access to your webcam and microphone at any time, your contacts, your emails, your calendar, your call history, the messages you send and receive, the files you…

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Does blockchain offer hype or hope?

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  • During that period, technologists and corporate evangelists had stopped touting the qualities of bitcoin, turning instead to a technology that underpinned the cryptocurrency without being tainted by dodgy connections: blockchain.
  • Cryptocurrency units could be inscribed with additional information and transformed into tokens representing anything from diamonds to title deeds; in this way blockchains could be repurposed as devices to verify property rights, or track products as they changed hands throughout the supply chain.
  • A blockchain called Ethereum came to dominate the open-source landscape: launched in 2015 by Russian-Canadian programmer Vitalik Buterin, it allowed developers to code and run decentralised autonomous organisations applications selling their services in exchange for cryptocurrency, and self-managing themselves according tosets of automatically enforced rules dubbedsmart contracts.
  • More recently, during a talk in Barcelona, bitcoin developer and anarchist firebrand Amir Taaki proposed using blockchain technology for rerunning the Catalanindependence referendum online, a method which, he argued, would neutralise the repression of Spains central government.
  • Its blockchain, though, is to be very different from bitcoins or Ethereums public ledger: it will be a private, invitation-only network, run by the exchange in compliance with law and regulation.

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Bitcoin News Wednesday, March 28 Bitcoin futures, Cboe, Exchange operator cboe & more…

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  • Cboe encourages SEC to allow bitcoin ETFs
    • Cboe Global Markets, the first to launch bitcoin futures, would like the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds.
    • bitcoin futures, Cboe, Cboe Global Markets, tracking bitcoin futures,
  • Cboe Urges U.S. Regulators to Move Forward With Bitcoin ETFs
    • U.S. securities regulators should not stand in the way of exchange-traded funds that hold cryptocurrencies like bitcoin from coming to the market as they are essentially the same as other ETFs that hold commodities, said exchange operator Cboe Global Markets.
    • exchange operator Cboe, Cboe President Chris, spot market, ,
  • The rise and fall of bitcoin
    • THE great Sir Isaac Newton may have revolutionised our knowledge of the world but he still had his blind spots. He was sucked into the great mania of his day, the South Sea Bubble (pictured) and lost a lot of money. “I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but…
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Cboe encourages SEC to allow bitcoin ETFs

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  • Cboe Global Markets, the first to launch bitcoin futures, would like the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds.
  • Cboe encourages the Commission to approach Cryptocurrency ETPs [exchange-traded products] holistically and from the same perspective that it has historically approached commodity-related ETPs, the derivatives exchange said Friday in a letter to the SEC, published online Monday.
  • The Commission should not stand in the way of such ETPs coming to market given Cboe’s arguments for addressing the SEC’s concerns, the letter said.
  • He said Cboe expects trading volumes in bitcoin futures markets to soon reach levels comparable to those of other commodity futures products at the time that they were included in ETPs.
  • Cboe became the first major exchange to launch bitcoin futures on Dec. 10 and applied later that month with the SEC to list six bitcoin-related exchange-traded funds.

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Cboe Urges U.S. Regulators to Move Forward With Bitcoin ETFs

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  • NEW YORK U.S. securities regulators should not stand in the way of exchange-traded funds that hold cryptocurrencies like bitcoin from coming to the market as they are essentially the same as other ETFs that hold commodities, said exchange operator Cboe Global Markets.
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in January that significant investor protection issues needed to be examined before bitcoin-based ETFs could be offered and it also had concerns around how the products would be priced, stored and safeguarded.
  • Cboe’s letter said the exchange believes that the vast majority of these concerns can be addressed within the existing framework for commodity-related funds related to valuation, liquidity, custody, arbitrage, and manipulation.
  • The March 23 letter was signed by Cboe President Chris Concannon.
  • Cboe believes ETFs would give investors a more transparent and accessible way to get exposure to cryptocurrencies than the spot market.

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The rise and fall of bitcoin

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  • Perhaps the best way of understanding bitcoin is through a model of how bubbles operate.
  • The classic model, developed by Hyman Minsky and elaborated by Charles Kindleberger, a historian who studied bubbles, has five stages: displacement, boom, euphoria, financial distress and revulsion.
  • A boom then occurs and drags in more and more investors; at some stage, we reach euphoria, where the boom is widely known to the public and there is talk about those who made millions from the trade.
  • In the euphoria stage, people buy because others are buying and because they anticipate being able to sell quickly at a higher price.
  • Investors may well reflect that bitcoin had not become a means of exchange for day-to-day transactions, has not proved to be a reliable store of value and thanks to the proliferation of cryptocurrencies, does not really benefit from a limited supply.

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Bitcoin News Tuesday, March 27 Responsibly sourced gold, Gold supply chain, Bitcoin futures & more…

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  • Gold’s supply chain is coming to the blockchain
    • Physical gold is coming to the digital gold rush known as blockchain technology — and one company is working to ensure that it’s responsibly sourced.
    • responsibly sourced gold, gold supply chain, Emergent Technology Holdings, digital gold rush, U.S.-based financial technology
  • Cboe encourages SEC to allow bitcoin ETFs
    • Cboe Global Markets, the first to launch bitcoin futures, would like the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds.
    • bitcoin futures, Cboe, Cboe Global Markets, tracking bitcoin futures,
  • Bitcoin falls 7 percent to below $8,000 after Twitter’s ban on cryptocurrency ads
    • Bitcoin fell 7 percent Monday to below $8,000 after Twitter announced it would ban advertising for cryptocurrencies.
    • initial coin offerings, percent, Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO Jack, crypto-market intelligence platform

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Gold’s supply chain is coming to the blockchain

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  • Physical gold is coming to the digital gold rush known as blockchain technology and one company is working to ensure that it’s responsibly sourced.
  • That’s according to a U.S.-based financial technology company, Emergent Technology Holdings, that is hoping to digitally encode the gold supply chain using blockchain tech in the first half of this year.
  • The company is creating a digital token that it says will be backed fully by gold in the hopes of offering a way to trade the metal with greater liquidity, says Emergent’s chief commercial officer, Mitchell Davis.
  • By digitally recording each stage of the gold supply chain, the company is able to guarantee the provenance of each piece of the metal, certify that it’s responsibly sourced and check that it’s 99.99 percent pure.
  • This isn’t the only attempt at tracking gold on a blockchain, but the company said its approach is fundamentally different from what others have adopted so far in part because of its focus on responsibly sourced gold.

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Cboe encourages SEC to allow bitcoin ETFs

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  • Cboe Global Markets, the first to launch bitcoin futures, would like the Securities and Exchange Commission to allow cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds.
  • Cboe encourages the Commission to approach Cryptocurrency ETPs [exchange-traded products] holistically and from the same perspective that it has historically approached commodity-related ETPs, the derivatives exchange said Friday in a letter to the SEC, published online Monday.
  • The Commission should not stand in the way of such ETPs coming to market given Cboe’s arguments for addressing the SEC’s concerns, the letter said.
  • He said Cboe expects trading volumes in bitcoin futures markets to soon reach levels comparable to those of other commodity futures products at the time that they were included in ETPs.
  • Cboe became the first major exchange to launch bitcoin futures on Dec. 10 and applied later that month with the SEC to list six bitcoin-related exchange-traded funds.

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Bitcoin falls 7 percent to below $8,000 after Twitter’s ban on cryptocurrency ads

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  • Bitcoin fell roughly 7 percent Monday to below $8,000 following weeks of regulatory uncertainty and advertising crackdowns by tech companies.
  • It’s down more than 42 percent year to date after starting this year above $13,000.
  • Twitter announced Monday it would ban advertising for cryptocurrencies, following similar bans by Google and Facebook to crack down on fraud in initial coin offerings.
  • Bitcoin prices fell earlier this year after news of similar announcements.
  • The digital currency dropped 12 percent in late January after Facebook, the world’s second-largest online ad provider, said it would ban all ads that promote cryptocurrencies to prevent the spread of what it called financial products and services frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices.

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Bitcoin News Monday, March 26 Single global currency, Sunday times newspaper, Blockchain technology & more…

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says bitcoin will eventually be the single global currency

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  • Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square, expects bitcoin to become the single global currency within the next decade, he told the Sunday Times newspaper.
  • Dorsey, a personal investor in bitcoin, expects the cryptocurrency to be used for simple things like coffee and said its ascendance to world’s currency will occur over 10 years, but it could go faster, the U.K.-based paper reported.
  • Square said in November that it would start enabling the buying and selling of bitcoin on its Cash app.
  • Dorsey is also an investor in a star-up called Lightning Labs, which is developing technology to make bitcoin faster and easier to use.
  • Dorsey told the Times that bitcoin is slow and it’s costly, but as more and more people have it, those things go away.

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Google is ‘actively looking’ at how it can use blockchain technology, its head of advertising says

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  • Google is looking at whether it can incorporate blockchain technology, its most senior advertising executive said Wednesday.
  • Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s senior vice president of ads and commerce, said the company was researching the technology, but had no official product announcements to make.
  • The core blockchain technology is not something that is super-scalable in terms of the sheer number of transactions it can run, he told an audience at the Advertising Week Europe conference in London, as part of a question-and-answer session on Wednesday.
  • Ramaswamy added that the frictionless nature of the technology has applications in money transfer.
  • The promise of blockchain of course is twofold: one is friction-free value transfer, you can think of it as money transfer working at scale with no friction and that can have an amazing effect on society, because it’s hard to move money.

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A primer on blockchain-based versions of central-bank money

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  • Existing central-bank money comes in two flavours: notes and coins available to anyone; and reserve and settlement accounts open only to commercial banks, already in electronic form (though not based on blockchain) and used for interbank payments.
  • A CBDC open to all would in effect allow anyone to have an account at the central bank.
  • Should they bear interest, that would affect demand not only for CBDCs but also for cash, bank deposits and government bonds.
  • Banks may have little choice but to pass changes in the CBDC rate on to depositors.
  • In times of stress, depositors flee wobbly banks for safer homesand a CBDC would allow digital runs to the central bank.

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Bitcoin News Sunday, March 25 Financial services subcommittee, Rep. brad sherman, Incapsula incident id & more…

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  • Congressional hearing on cryptocurrencies devolves into bitcoin bash fest
    • A House Financial Services subcommittee shined a light on some Congress members’ deep skepticism around digital currency.
    • Financial Services subcommittee, Rep. Brad Sherman, ICO market, Commission Chairman Jay, Rep. Tom Emmer
  • The rise and fall of bitcoin
    • THE great Sir Isaac Newton may have revolutionised our knowledge of the world but he still had his blind spots. He was sucked into the great mania of his day, the South Sea Bubble (pictured) and lost a lot of money. “I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies but…
    • Incapsula incident ID, ,
  • Investors in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face hefty tax bills
    • According to the Internal Revenue Service, anything purchased using a digital currency is liable to be taxed as a capital gain
    • hefty tax bills, , , ,

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Congressional hearing on cryptocurrencies devolves into bitcoin bash fest

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  • Cryptocurrencies are a crock, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)
  • Sherman had a litany of concerns.
  • The committee was called to discuss initial coin offerings, or ICOs, which are used by companies to raise capital for businesses and products.
  • Sherman accused the cryptocurrency community of using the term ICO to lie to the public and convey the image that is like an IPO.
  • They stole the intellectual property and trademark of legitimate investing and applied it to a fixed, fraudulent gambling scheme of no social benefit, Sherman said.

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The rise and fall of bitcoin

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  • Perhaps the best way of understanding bitcoin is through a model of how bubbles operate.
  • The classic model, developed by Hyman Minsky and elaborated by Charles Kindleberger, a historian who studied bubbles, has five stages: displacement, boom, euphoria, financial distress and revulsion.
  • A boom then occurs and drags in more and more investors; at some stage, we reach euphoria, where the boom is widely known to the public and there is talk about those who made millions from the trade.
  • In the euphoria stage, people buy because others are buying and because they anticipate being able to sell quickly at a higher price.
  • Investors may well reflect that bitcoin had not become a means of exchange for day-to-day transactions, has not proved to be a reliable store of value and thanks to the proliferation of cryptocurrencies, does not really benefit from a limited supply.

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Investors in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face hefty tax bills

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  • Wild fluctuations in the value of digital currencies bitcoin surged from less than one dollar in 2010 to $997 at the start of the 2017 to nearly $20,000 before settling back to around $8,500 on Friday have exposed investors to tax bills the value of their coins may no longer…
  • One complication for crypto investors is that digital currencies that were, in part, devised to operate outside of government and banking industry oversight, are still of interest to the US tax authorities, who look at cryptocurrency as property and not currency.
  • Another source of confusion is that crypto-brokers are not required to issue 1099 disclosure forms the forms used by the IRS to report income other than wages, bonuses and tips on digital currencies, but individuals are still responsible for reporting gains.
  • IRS wanted information so they could enforce tax law on individuals.
  • So on one side, yeah, its been easy to avoid tax, but on the other its part of the crypto ethos of personal responsibility to own up to it, Perez says.

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Bitcoin News Saturday, March 24 Musk, Elon musk, Cornell tech professor & more…

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Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX

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  • It all went down in a snarky Twitter exchange that kicked off Friday morning when Musk responded to a widely shared tweet that called on people to delete their Facebook pages.
  • Another user chimed in asking him to take SpaceX off the platform, and Musk replied that he didn’t realize it had a Facebook page.
  • I don’t use [Facebook] & never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow, Musk later wrote on Twitter.
  • Related: New Tesla pay package could make Elon Musk the richest man alive – – There were also calls for Musk to ditch Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
  • A Twitter user pointed out the photo sharing app’s relationship with Facebook in a tweet, and Musk replied that Facebook’s influence is slowly creeping in.

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Colleges are now offering courses in cryptocurrencies and blockchain

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  • Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, MIT and Stanford are just a few of the elite universities offering courses in cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the technology underlying them.
  • Blockchains have created a sea change in the relationship between academia and industry, said Ari Juels, a Cornell Tech professor and co-director of the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts.
  • At U.C. Berkeley, Blockchain, Cryptoeconomics, and the Future of Technology, Business, and Law, is the first course cross-listed in three departments: engineering, law and business.
  • Besides offering the graduate-level course, the university also boasts a robust student group, Blockchain at Berkeley.
  • Still, most students say they’re not driven by the financial prospects of blockchain.

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College students are investing in bitcoin with financial aid money

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  • More than 20 percent of college students use their financial aid money to invest in cryptocurrencies, according to new findings by The Student Loan Report, a website for student loan information.
  • The site polled 1,000 current college students with loan debt this month.
  • I was definitely surprised, said Drew Cloud, The Student Loan Report’s founder.
  • Undergraduate students received on average around $4,600 in federal loans in the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the College Board.
  • A student who spends their student loans on cryptocurrencies is violating their agreement with the government, said Elyssa Kirkham, of Student Loan Hero, a website for managing student loans.

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Bitcoin News Friday, March 23 Bitcoin, Bitcoin exchange mt, Blockchain & more…

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Investors bullish on bitcoin now that the ‘Tokyo Whale’ has stopped selling

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  • News that an influential bitcoin holder is taking a break from selling has added to a bullish case for the digital currency.
  • A trustee of defunct Tokyo bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox sold more than 35,000 bitcoin, worth about $400 million at the time, to pay off creditors, according to details of the sale published by a company trustee last week.
  • The exchange closed in 2014 and filed for bankruptcy after the theft of 850,000 bitcoin.
  • In order to liquidate Mt. Gox’s remaining 166,000 bitcoin, worth about $1.6 billion at Monday’s prices, lawyer and trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi said he still needs regulatory approval.

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IBM launches a cheaper platform for start-ups to build blockchain projects

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  • IBM has unveiled a new blockchain product that lets start-ups and developers build their own distributed ledger projects.
  • Different to the public blockchain network that underpins bitcoin, IBM’s technology only allows a certain number of trusted parties to access it.
  • IBM’s blockchain starter plan is currently in beta testing mode, and is free for developers to use until commercial release.
  • The new plan is perfect for pilot projects and early stage development work for those who want to build solutions on the IBM blockchain platform which currently has over 250 active blockchain networks, Marie Wieck, general manager of IBM Blockchain, told CNBC in an email on Wednesday.
  • Some big businesses are more at ease with the idea of permissioned blockchains like IBM’s as they are designed to be tamper proof and keep transaction data private.

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US added 700,000 new millionaires in 2017

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  • The number of millionaire households in the U.S. jumped by more than 700,000 last year, thanks to surging stock prices and housing values, according to a new report.
  • The U.S. now has more than 11 million millionaire households, according to Spectrem Group, up more than 6 percent from 2016.
  • Spectrem defines millionaire households as those with at least $1 million in investible assets, not including primary residence.
  • Since the financial crisis, the number of millionaire households has nearly doubled.
  • Walper says that unless stock markets tumble this year, the growth in millionaire households is likely to continue.

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Bitcoin News Thursday, March 22 Single currency, Ceo jack dorsey, Blockchain technology & more…

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Jack Dorsey expects bitcoin to become the world’s ‘single currency’ in about 10 years

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  • Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey predicts bitcoin will be the single currency of the internet in the near future, according to The Times of London.
  • I personally believe that it will be bitcoin, Dorsey said in a report published Wednesday.
  • Bitcoin over the last 12 months – – Dorsey has become increasingly involved in cryptocurrencies.
  • Dorsey was also part of a $2.5 million seed financing round announced last week in Lightning Labs, a start-up trying to make bitcoin transactions more efficient.
  • The Twitter co-founder and CEO told The Times that payment processing companies such as Square need to help make sure bitcoin becomes more widely accepted.

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Google is ‘actively looking’ at how it can use blockchain technology, its head of advertising says

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  • Google is looking at whether it can incorporate blockchain technology, its most senior advertising executive said Wednesday.
  • Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s senior vice president of ads and commerce, said the company was researching the technology, but had no official product announcements to make.
  • The core blockchain technology is not something that is super-scalable in terms of the sheer number of transactions it can run, he told an audience at the Advertising Week Europe conference in London, as part of a question-and-answer session on Wednesday.
  • Ramaswamy added that the frictionless nature of the technology has applications in money transfer.
  • The promise of blockchain of course is twofold: one is friction-free value transfer, you can think of it as money transfer working at scale with no friction and that can have an amazing effect on society, because it’s hard to move money.

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An early bitcoin pioneer predicts how the blockchain will change banking

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  • A longtime developer in the cryptocurrency world predicts its technology will change global payments, fundraising and stock markets in the near future.
  • McCaleb is now chief technology officer at Stellar, which is focused on developing a cryptocurrency network for cross-border payments.
  • Second, McCaleb said the phenomenon of token sales known as initial coin offerings show entire markets not tapped right now by the financial system.
  • McCaleb went on to co-found Ripple, whose XRP coin is now the third largest by market capitalization.
  • Stellar’s XLM coins, known as lumens, soared into the 10 largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization around New Year’s.

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