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Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

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An Interview With the Anonymous Developer of HKmap.live

This episode features an email interview with Kuma, the pseudonymous administrator of HKmap.live, a site showing a real-time crowd-sourced map of protests in Hong Kong, which Kuma believes is the first Hong Kong protest organization to accept cryptocurrency. Although I read his answers, Kuma talks about the controversy around the rejection of the app from the Apple App Store, why HKmap.live started accepting cryptocurrencies, why they chose those particular cryptocurrencies, and what the site does with the funds. We also discuss decentralization and how the Hong Kong protesters use this as a guiding philosophy, what practices he follows in terms of communication and finances to be able to keep protesting, and what improvements he thinks crypto businesses and entrepreneurs need to make. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ eToro: http://etoro.com/ Episode links: HKmap.live: https://hkmap.live/ HKmap.live on Twitte...

31 MIN2 h ago
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An Interview With the Anonymous Developer of HKmap.live

Why Employees Cheered After Jihan Wu's Coup at Bitmain

Wolfie Zhao, Asia editor at CoinDesk, details how Jihan Wu ousted his cofounder Micree Zhan at the Bitcoin mining giant Bitmain last week, how he justified the coup at a staff meeting the next day, and how these tensions have actually been brewing for quite a while. He also discusses how Wu was able to remove Zhan despite the fact that Zhan was a larger shareholder, whether or not the other shareholders were aware of Wu's plans, and how Zhan plans to take some unspecified legal actions next. We also cover the general company reaction to the coup, how some compared it to Steve Jobs returning to Apple, and the competitive pressures Bitmain faces as it and a competitor attempt to IPO in the U.S. Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ eToro: https://www.etoro.com CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: Jihan ousts Micree: https://www.coindesk.com/bitmain-turmoil-co-founder-and-director-micree-zhan-ousted-from-management Transcript of Bitmain meeting after Micree’s ouster: https://www.coindesk.com/leaked-transcript-details-power-struggle-inside-bitcoin-mining-giant-bitmain Micree’s plans to use legal means to get back into the company: https://twitter.com/Excellion/status/1192261566437023744?s=20 FT articles: https://www.ft.com/content/35c34156-0150-11ea-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47 https://www.ft.com/content/906c9322-fa44-11e9-a354-36acbbb0d9b6 Canaan’s filing for $400 million IPO in the US: https://www.coindesk.com/avalon-bitcoin-miner-maker-canaan-officially-files-for-400-million-us-ipo Theory that the IPO brought tensions to a head: https://twitter.com/btcking555/status/1189522260702441472?s=20 News recap: https://unchainedpodcast.com/dont-miss-this-long-awaited-interview/

33 MIN1 w ago
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Why Employees Cheered After Jihan Wu's Coup at Bitmain

Why the Digital Yuan Could One Day Be Seen as a Blunder

Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer of the Human Rights Foundation, explains why he believes China's new pro-blockchain stance could turn out to be a blunder for the country and why this could lead to a red pill/blue pill moment that gets Chinese citizens interested in Bitcoin. He also talks about how the country could use a digital yuan as financial leverage in other countries, and why he's skeptical of the Chinese government's claims that anonymous transactions will be possible in the currency, called DCEP. We also talk about how wary citizens around the world should be as more societies go cashless, how corporations are starting to self-censor due to China's financial leverage and what the connection is between financial freedom and free speech. Thank you to our sponsors! eToro: https://www.etoro.com Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: Alex Gladstein: https://twitter.com/gladstein Human Rights Foundation: https://twitter.com/HRF China’s enterprise blockchain projects: https://www.coindesk.com/from-banking-giants-to-tech-darlings-china-reveals-over-500-enterprise-blockchain-projects China’s push to support cryptography: https://www.coindesk.com/chinas-congress-passes-cryptography-law-effective-jan-1-2020 Articles saying DCEP can be used like cash, does not require bank account: https://www.coindesk.com/new-head-of-chinas-digital-currency-says-it-beats-facebook-libra-on-tech-features http://news.cnstock.com/news,yw-201909-4427378.htm A Chinese dissident's view on the country's blockchain push https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-dissident-sees-dark-warnings-in-chinas-blockchain-push News recap To see the links in this week's news recap, go to https://unchainedpodcast.com/only-we-chinese-pump-with-real-money/

33 MIN2 w ago
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Why the Digital Yuan Could One Day Be Seen as a Blunder

How the Hong Kong Protests Gave a Boost to Gods Unchained

James Ferguson, CEO of Immutable, the creators of Gods Unchained, talks about how the video game recently doubled its number of users. In early October, after a winner of a Hearthstone tournament said, "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" in an interview, had his winnings revoked and was banned from the game for a year, Gods Unchained offered to pay the player, Blitzchung, the amount of his winnings, plus invited him to play in its first tournament next year. Ferguson describes what happened next, ranging from a DDOS attack on Immutable's servers to some American University students making a similar pro-Hong Kong message, getting banned by Blizzard and switching to Gods Unchained. He talks about the benefits of decentralization and how the incident has gotten more true gamers (not crypto enthusiasts) interested in Gods Unchained. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/ eToro: https://www.etoro.com Episode links: Immutable: https://immutable.com James Ferguson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesanthonyferguson/ Gods Unchained: https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained Blitzchung: https://twitter.com/blitzchungHS Quote from interview: https://twitter.com/Slasher/status/1181065339230130181?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1181442535962632193&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fnews%2Fblizzard-pulls-blitzchung-from-hearthstone-esports-tournament-over-support-for-hong-kong-protests%2F Article summarizing what happened with Blizzard, Blitzchung and Gods Unchained: https://www.cnet.com/news/blizzard-pulls-blitzchung-from-hearthstone-esports-tournament-over-support-for-hong-kong-protests/ More on the ensuing controversy: https://esportsobserver.com/blizzard-criticism-hong-kong/ Gods Unchained tweet offering Blitzchung payment for his lost winnings and a ticket to its $500k tournament: https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained/status/1181487505180258304?s=20 Blizzard subreddit set to private after Blitzchung was banned and stripped of his winnings: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-08-blizzard-punishes-hearthstone-pro-for-voicing-hong-kong-support Now open Blizzard subreddit still awash in pro-Hong Kong memes: https://www.reddit.com/r/Blizzard/ DDOS attack on Gods Unchained: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-10-09-blizzard-backlash-escalates-following-hong-kong-supporter-ban https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/sydney-startup-under-fire-online-for-supporting-pro-hong-kong-protest-gamer-20191009-p52z2g.html https://decrypt.co/10154/coinbase-backed-gods-unchained-cyberattacks-chinese-censorship American University students who protested Blizzard also banned, now playing Gods Unchained: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3akzz/three-college-hearthstone-protesters-banned-for-six-months Gods Unchained also offered donations to Electronic Frontier Foundation per viewer watching Gods Unchained on Twitch: https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained/status/1182589990850584576 Blizzard allegedly preventing people from deleting their accounts by deactivating four methods of authentication: https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2019/10/gods-unchained-hit-with-cyber-attacks-while-mei-becomes-mascot-of-free-hong-kong-movement/94841/ Why Ethereum: https://hackernoon.com/the-blockchain-gaming-revolution-why-ethereum-will-revolutionise-a-100-billion-dollar-market-148badaecb2a Chris Clay, previously of Magic the Gathering, joins Gods Unchained: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenorsini/2019/08/08/magic-the-gathering-executive-leaves-for-blockchain-based-gods-unchained/#7557a9b8419f Weekly News Recap: To see the links in this week's news recap, go to https://unchainedpodcast.com/congress-in-the-news-and-on-the-pod/

32 MIN3 w ago
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How the Hong Kong Protests Gave a Boost to Gods Unchained

How Bitcoin Led to the Demise of the Largest Child Porn Site

Jonathan Levin, the cofounder and chief strategy officer of Chainalysis, describes how the blockchain analytics firm helped the IRS identify the administrator of the largest child porn website in the world, which ultimately led to the arrest of the administrator, Jong Woo Son, and 337 site users across 38 countries. The work also led to the rescue of 23 minors from their abusers. He describes how the site used Bitcoin, how they used Bitcoin transactions to identify the users of the site, and how law enforcement worked with exchanges. We also discuss what impact privacy technologies could have on similar investigations going forward, as well as Levin's perspective on the overall utility of Bitcoin despite it being used for illicit activity. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unchained Crypto.com: http://crypto.com eToro: http://etoro.com Newsletter: Get Laura’s newsletter on the top crypto stories of the week’s plus a preview of exclusive podcast content! Signup Here:http://eepurl.com/ga8ub5 Episode links: Chainalysis: https://www.chainalysis.com/ Jonathan Levin: https://twitter.com/jony_levin DOJ press release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet-child Chainalysis blog post: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/chainalysis-doj-welcome-to-video-shutdown Indictment against Jong Woo Son, the administrator of Welcome to Video: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210441/download Bitcoin laundering: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210461/download Bitcoin exchanges Welcome to Video recommended + screenshots: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210451/download Screenshot of the site seized: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210446/download Joe Weisenthal’s column about how Bitcoin ETFs would make it easier for people to make illicit Bitcoin transactions: https://twitter.com/TheStalwart/status/1184786875262885890 Weekly news recap links: Bloomberg article summarizing overall race to create a global coin: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-16/fed-drags-feet-as-digital-money-revolution-tests-central-banks FT on why Libra members dropped out: https://www.ft.com/content/6e29a1f0-ef1e-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195 Libra Association signs charter: https://libra.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Libra-Association-Charter-Press-Release-.pdf CNBC article on China’s race to release digital currency: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/15/china-races-to-launch-a-cryptocurrency-that-could-rival-facebooks.html?__source=sharebar%7Ctwitter&par=sharebar Fortune article further describing race between Chinese digital currency and alternatives: https://fortune.com/2019/10/16/if-libra-fails-china-wins-the-ledger/ Fed official saying US actively debating digital dollar: https://www.coindesk.com/top-fed-official-says-us-central-bank-actively-debating-digital-dollar Christopher Giancarlo’s op-ed in WSJ: https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-sent-a-man-to-the-moon-we-can-send-the-dollar-to-cyberspace-11571179923 IRS tax form: https://www.coindesk.com/the-irs-will-now-ask-if-you-own-crypto-in-the-1040-tax-form

30 MINOCT 18
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How Bitcoin Led to the Demise of the Largest Child Porn Site

Althea Network: How Ethereum Is Used in the Real World

From DevCon 5 in Osaka, Japan, Deborah Simpier, COO and cofounder of Althea Network, describes how this decentralized internet service provider works, what problem it's trying to solve, and how it uses Ethereum. She describes how neighbors provide each other with internet access, and how they pay each other automatically on pay-as-you-go plans using a stablecoin. She also covers how she came to found Althea, what challenges she faced in explaining how it worked to her non-crypto neighbors, and Althea's plans to expand to other areas, including urban areas and Nigeria. Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ eToro: https://crypto.com/en/index.html CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: Althea Network: https://althea.net/ Deborah Simpier: https://twitter.com/DeborahSimpier Case study on Clatskanie: https://althea.net/clatskanie-case-study Deborah’s talk at ETH Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD1tB0UFx78 https://breakermag.com/how-mesh-networks-and-crypto-can-fill-the-rural-broadband-gap/ Weekly news recap links: IRS Guidance IRS press release: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/virtual-currency-irs-issues-additional-guidance-on-tax-treatment-and-reminds-taxpayers-of-reporting-obligations Guidance on hard forks and airdrops: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-19-24.pdf Coin Center response: https://coincenter.org/entry/irs-cryptocurrency-guidance-answers-some-questions-while-raising-messy-new-ones IRS scenario that never happened: https://twitter.com/valkenburgh/status/1182022188343418880?s=20 Marco Santori take: https://twitter.com/msantoriESQ/status/1181975909567475713?s=20 Patrick Murck take: https://twitter.com/virtuallylaw/status/1181997761811628038?s=20 Ethereum 2.0 The transition from Ethereum 1.0 to 2.0: https://ethresear.ch/t/the-eth1-eth2-transition/6265 Ethereum 2.0 cross-sharding composability: https://ethresear.ch/t/cross-shard-defi-composability/6268 Wired article on Facebook/Libra connections: https://www.wired.com/story/ties-bind-facebooks-libra/ Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Rejection: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/42711/bitwises-bitcoin-etf-the-last-hope-has-been-denied https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/nysearca/2019/34-87267.pdf https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bitwise-comments-on-the-secs-order-regarding-the-bitwise-bitcoin-etf-trust-300935107.html https://twitter.com/BitwiseInvest/status/1182115344510402560?s=20 https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1182149164177608704?s=20 MakerDAO: https://blog.makerdao.com/breaking-launch-date-of-multi-collateral-dai-announced-at-devcon-5/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-10-05/crypto-rebels-trip-over-each-other-en-route-to-financial-utopia https://unchainedpodcast.com/rune-christensen-of-makerdao-part-1-how-to-keep-a-crypto-collateralized-stablecoin-afloat/ https://unchainedpodcast.com/rune-christensen-of-makerdao-part-2-how-dai-stayed-at-1-while-eth-crashed-from-1400-to-85/ Placeholder on protocols: https://www.placeholder.vc/blog/2019/10/6/protocols-as-minimally-extractive-coordinators Ali Yahya on why there will be multiple dominant blockchains: https://twitter.com/ali01/status/1181161407406071808?s=20 QuadrigaCX widow to pay $9 million to affected users: https://www.coindesk.com/quadrigacx-founders-widow-will-cough-up-9-million-to-repay-users

27 MINOCT 11
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Althea Network: How Ethereum Is Used in the Real World

How Block.One Got Away With a Just $24 Million Penalty

Heads up, everybody! We are launching a weekly news recap, so stay tuned after the interview to find out about the top stories in crypto this week! (Links below.) Zachary Fallon, principal at Blakemore Fallon and former SEC staffer, explains why the SEC penalty against Block.One, which raised $4 billion in a yearlong ICO, got a penalty of just $24 million and didn't have to register EOS tokens as securities. He also discusses how this differs from the Kik case, what we can learn from another SEC order this week against Nebulous and what other gray areas remain for potential token issuers who may want to sell to U.S. citizens. We also go over the Crypto Rating Council, and what significance those ratings could have on the way they are regulated, if any. Thank you to our sponsors! eToro: https://www.etoro.com Crypto.com: https://crypto.com CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: SEC press release about the Block.One settlement: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2019-202 SEC Order re. Block.One: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2019/33-10714.pdf Cooley letter on Block.one: https://www.sec.gov/divisions/corpfin/cf-noaction/2019/block.one-093019-506.pdf Katherine Wu’s annotated settlement: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac136ed12b13f7c187bdf21/t/5d92c33d937a3466c0c723a9/1569899329538/33-10714.pdf SEC action on Nebulous: https://www.sec.gov/enforce/33-10715-s Jake Chervinsky tweet storm on the settlement: https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1179162527541993472?s=20 Marco Santori tweet storm on the settlement: https://twitter.com/msantoriESQ/status/1178811671621591040?s=20 Crypto Rating Council: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cryptocurrency-exchanges-including-coinbase-to-rate-digital-assets-11569835801 CRC ratings thus far: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1178627290676301824?s=20 Articles from this week’s news recap: Paypal to Back Out of Libra Association: https://www.ft.com/content/6af11092-e5fd-11e9-9743-db5a370481bc Visa, Mastercard, Other Libra Association Members Jittery: https://www.wsj.com/articles/visa-mastercard-others-reconsider-involvement-in-facebook-s-libra-network-11569967023 Federal Advisory Doesn’t Like Libra: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-30/bankers-advising-fed-board-describe-libra-as-a-monetary-threat SEC press release about the order: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2019-202 The order itself: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2019/33-10714.pdf Larry Cermak of The Block on the order: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/41612/dont-ask-for-permission-hire-good-lawyers-and-then-ask-for-forgiveness Letter from House Reps re digital dollar: https://static.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Foster-Hill-US-Crypto.pdf Crypto Rating Council: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cryptocurrency-exchanges-including-coinbase-to-rate-digital-assets-11569835801 Cermak tweet storm: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1178622451451867136?s=20 Blockchain executive departures: http://thein.fo/9a4fd2f9cab44d7d LedgerX-CFTC dispute: https://www.coindesk.com/ledgerx-claims-personal-animus-drove-ex-cftc-chair-to-stall-approvals Tweets by Paul Chou directed at the CFTC: https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177689857763807235?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177690348883197953?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177693761050157058?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177694467043680256?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177711475760218113?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177715093251018752?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177722516497928192?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177724302927581185?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177724477439971328?s=20 Paul Chou’s tweet storm: https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1178328955859951617?s=20 Explanation of the Fairwin Ponzi: https://medium.com/@PhABC/the-collapse-of-fairwins-125m-ponzi-scheme-61a66b273420 Martin Koeppelman g

29 MINOCT 4
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How Block.One Got Away With a Just $24 Million Penalty

Nick Tomaino on Why He Is Skeptical Libra Will Be Significant

Nick Tomaino, general partner of 1confirmation, discusses his firm's second fund of $45 million, announced this week, how prospective LPs have changed from 2017 to 2019, and what types of projects 1confirmation is interested in. He also reveals why he doesn't believe Libra will be meaningful in the long-term, what he thinks the top DeFi trends are, what impact Ethereum's scaling issues could have, and what other protocols the fund has invested in. Plus, he explains how the firm decides whether to invest in companies or tokens when there is a choice. Thank you to our sponsors! eToro: https://www.etoro.com CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: 1confirmation: https://www.1confirmation.com Nick Tomaino: https://twitter.com/NTmoney https://thecontrol.co/1confirmation-fund-ii-f42192a9646b https://fortune.com/2019/09/25/1confirmation-crypto-investing/ https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-venture-firm-1confirmation-announces-new-45-million-fund https://thecontrol.co/thou...

23 MINSEP 27
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Nick Tomaino on Why He Is Skeptical Libra Will Be Significant

How Tether's Surge on Ethereum Is Affecting Bitcoin

Jacob Franek, cofounder and COO of Coin Metrics, discusses why daily transaction fees on Ethereum have surpassed those on Bitcoin, what daily transaction fees reflect generally about a blockchain, why this change appears to be driven by demand for Tether on Ethereum, and what types of transactions people are using Tether for on Ethereum. We also cover Bitcoin vs. its forks — Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Satoshi's Vision — and whether or not the latter two are becoming medium-of-exchange coins as they hoped to be, why they're being used more for data storage and what kind of data is being stored there. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode notes: Coin Metrics: https://coinmetrics.io Jacob Franek: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-franek-b9865039/ ETH daily transaction fees surpassed those of Bitcoin: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F92cbb3e2-4e28-4cd7-8557-db7eea1656c5_1200x742.png For a few months in 2018, ETH daily transaction fees were higher than BTC's: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2Fd2e5e596-39da-4c3a-a6ec-6c4277e1d210_1420x878.png Demand for Tether on Ethereum skyrocketing: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F632ba7b5-de3e-4a9d-b34c-d30a32486070_1200x742.png Ethereum processes more than 2x transactions per day than Bitcoin: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QD82uclQKUQXp1WT12LMuqTVobkvNKEq/view ETH locked in DeFi rising: https://twitter.com/spencernoon/status/1174048582204309505 Gas per transactions rising on Ethereum, indicating transactions are becoming more complex: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q53YFSgwSgtvvd346ARdbFV2ejwX8ZLX/view Non-ETH/ERC-20/ERC-721/Tether transactions are also growing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q4lFfW002Q_L9geNall8E5JSznnzVHZd/view Ethereum miners have been voting up the gas limit: https://www.etherchain.org/tools/gasLimitVoting Increasing the gas limit effectively increases the block size: https://etherscan.io/chart/gaslimit Coin Metrics' comparison of Bitcoin forks: https://coinmetrics.io/a-comparative-analysis-of-bitcoin-forks/#more-1865 Comparison of medium of exchange metrics for BTC, BCH and BSV: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F7af691e0-7ee9-4dab-aad3-9e0a8a651542_1048x876.png BSV being used for data storage: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/w_1100,c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2Ff9d22b7a-c133-4086-a553-f7fbecb02227_1200x742.png Almost all BSV transactions come from weathersv app: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/w_1100,c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F85817c8b-69a2-42ff-9174-ab4bb81c29e6_1200x742.png Comparison of hash rate on BTC, BCH and BSV: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/w_1100,c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F4e16275d-80aa-48ca-bb84-0ddf7929be49_1387x833.png

25 MINSEP 20
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How Tether's Surge on Ethereum Is Affecting Bitcoin

How Cryptocurrencies Could Threaten the State

Nic Carter, partner at Castle Island Ventures, discusses the ways in which cryptocurrencies could weaken the state, how they're already providing an alternative to central bank currencies for people in economies undergoing hyper-inflation. He describes why Bitcoin is inherently political, which other coins he views as legitimate and whether coins should always aim to be money or other types can exist. Plus, he explains why he isn't optimistic about Libra and why Facebook should have pegged the value of it to the USD. Thank you to our sponsor! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: Nic Carter's recent Medium post on Bitcoin as a revolutionary currency: https://medium.com/@nic__carter/a-most-peaceful-revolution-8b63b64c203e Nic Carter: https://twitter.com/nic__carter LocalBitcoins interview on Unconfirmed: https://unchainedpodcast.com/localbitcoins-on-how-bitcoin-trading-compares-across-the-world/ Unconfirmed interview with Dante Disparte of the Libra Association: https://unchainedpodcast.com/libras-dante-disparte-on-why-we-should-trust-a-financial-system-designed-by-facebook/ Michael Casey on why it would be good if Libra rivaled the USD: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-it-would-be-good-if-libra-rivaled-the-us-dollar/ Coin Center's Peter Van Valkenburgh on why the Congressional hearings on Facebook's Libra were good for Bitcoin: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-congressional-hearings-on-facebooks-libra-were-good-for-bitcoin/ Unchained interview with the IMF on how to design central bank digital currencies: https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-imf-on-how-to-design-central-bank-digital-currencies/

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An Interview With the Anonymous Developer of HKmap.live

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Why Employees Cheered After Jihan Wu's Coup at Bitmain

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Why the Digital Yuan Could One Day Be Seen as a Blunder

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How the Hong Kong Protests Gave a Boost to Gods Unchained

James Ferguson, CEO of Immutable, the creators of Gods Unchained, talks about how the video game recently doubled its number of users. In early October, after a winner of a Hearthstone tournament said, "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" in an interview, had his winnings revoked and was banned from the game for a year, Gods Unchained offered to pay the player, Blitzchung, the amount of his winnings, plus invited him to play in its first tournament next year. Ferguson describes what happened next, ranging from a DDOS attack on Immutable's servers to some American University students making a similar pro-Hong Kong message, getting banned by Blizzard and switching to Gods Unchained. He talks about the benefits of decentralization and how the incident has gotten more true gamers (not crypto enthusiasts) interested in Gods Unchained. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/ eToro: https://www.etoro.com Episode links: Immutable: https://immutable.com James Ferguson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesanthonyferguson/ Gods Unchained: https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained Blitzchung: https://twitter.com/blitzchungHS Quote from interview: https://twitter.com/Slasher/status/1181065339230130181?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1181442535962632193&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fnews%2Fblizzard-pulls-blitzchung-from-hearthstone-esports-tournament-over-support-for-hong-kong-protests%2F Article summarizing what happened with Blizzard, Blitzchung and Gods Unchained: https://www.cnet.com/news/blizzard-pulls-blitzchung-from-hearthstone-esports-tournament-over-support-for-hong-kong-protests/ More on the ensuing controversy: https://esportsobserver.com/blizzard-criticism-hong-kong/ Gods Unchained tweet offering Blitzchung payment for his lost winnings and a ticket to its $500k tournament: https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained/status/1181487505180258304?s=20 Blizzard subreddit set to private after Blitzchung was banned and stripped of his winnings: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-08-blizzard-punishes-hearthstone-pro-for-voicing-hong-kong-support Now open Blizzard subreddit still awash in pro-Hong Kong memes: https://www.reddit.com/r/Blizzard/ DDOS attack on Gods Unchained: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-10-09-blizzard-backlash-escalates-following-hong-kong-supporter-ban https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/sydney-startup-under-fire-online-for-supporting-pro-hong-kong-protest-gamer-20191009-p52z2g.html https://decrypt.co/10154/coinbase-backed-gods-unchained-cyberattacks-chinese-censorship American University students who protested Blizzard also banned, now playing Gods Unchained: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3akzz/three-college-hearthstone-protesters-banned-for-six-months Gods Unchained also offered donations to Electronic Frontier Foundation per viewer watching Gods Unchained on Twitch: https://twitter.com/GodsUnchained/status/1182589990850584576 Blizzard allegedly preventing people from deleting their accounts by deactivating four methods of authentication: https://www.oneangrygamer.net/2019/10/gods-unchained-hit-with-cyber-attacks-while-mei-becomes-mascot-of-free-hong-kong-movement/94841/ Why Ethereum: https://hackernoon.com/the-blockchain-gaming-revolution-why-ethereum-will-revolutionise-a-100-billion-dollar-market-148badaecb2a Chris Clay, previously of Magic the Gathering, joins Gods Unchained: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenorsini/2019/08/08/magic-the-gathering-executive-leaves-for-blockchain-based-gods-unchained/#7557a9b8419f Weekly News Recap: To see the links in this week's news recap, go to https://unchainedpodcast.com/congress-in-the-news-and-on-the-pod/

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How Bitcoin Led to the Demise of the Largest Child Porn Site

Jonathan Levin, the cofounder and chief strategy officer of Chainalysis, describes how the blockchain analytics firm helped the IRS identify the administrator of the largest child porn website in the world, which ultimately led to the arrest of the administrator, Jong Woo Son, and 337 site users across 38 countries. The work also led to the rescue of 23 minors from their abusers. He describes how the site used Bitcoin, how they used Bitcoin transactions to identify the users of the site, and how law enforcement worked with exchanges. We also discuss what impact privacy technologies could have on similar investigations going forward, as well as Levin's perspective on the overall utility of Bitcoin despite it being used for illicit activity. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unchained Crypto.com: http://crypto.com eToro: http://etoro.com Newsletter: Get Laura’s newsletter on the top crypto stories of the week’s plus a preview of exclusive podcast content! Signup Here:http://eepurl.com/ga8ub5 Episode links: Chainalysis: https://www.chainalysis.com/ Jonathan Levin: https://twitter.com/jony_levin DOJ press release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet-child Chainalysis blog post: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/chainalysis-doj-welcome-to-video-shutdown Indictment against Jong Woo Son, the administrator of Welcome to Video: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210441/download Bitcoin laundering: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210461/download Bitcoin exchanges Welcome to Video recommended + screenshots: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210451/download Screenshot of the site seized: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1210446/download Joe Weisenthal’s column about how Bitcoin ETFs would make it easier for people to make illicit Bitcoin transactions: https://twitter.com/TheStalwart/status/1184786875262885890 Weekly news recap links: Bloomberg article summarizing overall race to create a global coin: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-16/fed-drags-feet-as-digital-money-revolution-tests-central-banks FT on why Libra members dropped out: https://www.ft.com/content/6e29a1f0-ef1e-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195 Libra Association signs charter: https://libra.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Libra-Association-Charter-Press-Release-.pdf CNBC article on China’s race to release digital currency: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/15/china-races-to-launch-a-cryptocurrency-that-could-rival-facebooks.html?__source=sharebar%7Ctwitter&par=sharebar Fortune article further describing race between Chinese digital currency and alternatives: https://fortune.com/2019/10/16/if-libra-fails-china-wins-the-ledger/ Fed official saying US actively debating digital dollar: https://www.coindesk.com/top-fed-official-says-us-central-bank-actively-debating-digital-dollar Christopher Giancarlo’s op-ed in WSJ: https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-sent-a-man-to-the-moon-we-can-send-the-dollar-to-cyberspace-11571179923 IRS tax form: https://www.coindesk.com/the-irs-will-now-ask-if-you-own-crypto-in-the-1040-tax-form

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Althea Network: How Ethereum Is Used in the Real World

From DevCon 5 in Osaka, Japan, Deborah Simpier, COO and cofounder of Althea Network, describes how this decentralized internet service provider works, what problem it's trying to solve, and how it uses Ethereum. She describes how neighbors provide each other with internet access, and how they pay each other automatically on pay-as-you-go plans using a stablecoin. She also covers how she came to found Althea, what challenges she faced in explaining how it worked to her non-crypto neighbors, and Althea's plans to expand to other areas, including urban areas and Nigeria. Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ eToro: https://crypto.com/en/index.html CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: Althea Network: https://althea.net/ Deborah Simpier: https://twitter.com/DeborahSimpier Case study on Clatskanie: https://althea.net/clatskanie-case-study Deborah’s talk at ETH Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD1tB0UFx78 https://breakermag.com/how-mesh-networks-and-crypto-can-fill-the-rural-broadband-gap/ Weekly news recap links: IRS Guidance IRS press release: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/virtual-currency-irs-issues-additional-guidance-on-tax-treatment-and-reminds-taxpayers-of-reporting-obligations Guidance on hard forks and airdrops: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rr-19-24.pdf Coin Center response: https://coincenter.org/entry/irs-cryptocurrency-guidance-answers-some-questions-while-raising-messy-new-ones IRS scenario that never happened: https://twitter.com/valkenburgh/status/1182022188343418880?s=20 Marco Santori take: https://twitter.com/msantoriESQ/status/1181975909567475713?s=20 Patrick Murck take: https://twitter.com/virtuallylaw/status/1181997761811628038?s=20 Ethereum 2.0 The transition from Ethereum 1.0 to 2.0: https://ethresear.ch/t/the-eth1-eth2-transition/6265 Ethereum 2.0 cross-sharding composability: https://ethresear.ch/t/cross-shard-defi-composability/6268 Wired article on Facebook/Libra connections: https://www.wired.com/story/ties-bind-facebooks-libra/ Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Rejection: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/42711/bitwises-bitcoin-etf-the-last-hope-has-been-denied https://www.sec.gov/rules/sro/nysearca/2019/34-87267.pdf https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bitwise-comments-on-the-secs-order-regarding-the-bitwise-bitcoin-etf-trust-300935107.html https://twitter.com/BitwiseInvest/status/1182115344510402560?s=20 https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1182149164177608704?s=20 MakerDAO: https://blog.makerdao.com/breaking-launch-date-of-multi-collateral-dai-announced-at-devcon-5/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-10-05/crypto-rebels-trip-over-each-other-en-route-to-financial-utopia https://unchainedpodcast.com/rune-christensen-of-makerdao-part-1-how-to-keep-a-crypto-collateralized-stablecoin-afloat/ https://unchainedpodcast.com/rune-christensen-of-makerdao-part-2-how-dai-stayed-at-1-while-eth-crashed-from-1400-to-85/ Placeholder on protocols: https://www.placeholder.vc/blog/2019/10/6/protocols-as-minimally-extractive-coordinators Ali Yahya on why there will be multiple dominant blockchains: https://twitter.com/ali01/status/1181161407406071808?s=20 QuadrigaCX widow to pay $9 million to affected users: https://www.coindesk.com/quadrigacx-founders-widow-will-cough-up-9-million-to-repay-users

27 MINOCT 11
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Althea Network: How Ethereum Is Used in the Real World

How Block.One Got Away With a Just $24 Million Penalty

Heads up, everybody! We are launching a weekly news recap, so stay tuned after the interview to find out about the top stories in crypto this week! (Links below.) Zachary Fallon, principal at Blakemore Fallon and former SEC staffer, explains why the SEC penalty against Block.One, which raised $4 billion in a yearlong ICO, got a penalty of just $24 million and didn't have to register EOS tokens as securities. He also discusses how this differs from the Kik case, what we can learn from another SEC order this week against Nebulous and what other gray areas remain for potential token issuers who may want to sell to U.S. citizens. We also go over the Crypto Rating Council, and what significance those ratings could have on the way they are regulated, if any. Thank you to our sponsors! eToro: https://www.etoro.com Crypto.com: https://crypto.com CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: SEC press release about the Block.One settlement: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2019-202 SEC Order re. Block.One: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2019/33-10714.pdf Cooley letter on Block.one: https://www.sec.gov/divisions/corpfin/cf-noaction/2019/block.one-093019-506.pdf Katherine Wu’s annotated settlement: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5ac136ed12b13f7c187bdf21/t/5d92c33d937a3466c0c723a9/1569899329538/33-10714.pdf SEC action on Nebulous: https://www.sec.gov/enforce/33-10715-s Jake Chervinsky tweet storm on the settlement: https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1179162527541993472?s=20 Marco Santori tweet storm on the settlement: https://twitter.com/msantoriESQ/status/1178811671621591040?s=20 Crypto Rating Council: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cryptocurrency-exchanges-including-coinbase-to-rate-digital-assets-11569835801 CRC ratings thus far: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1178627290676301824?s=20 Articles from this week’s news recap: Paypal to Back Out of Libra Association: https://www.ft.com/content/6af11092-e5fd-11e9-9743-db5a370481bc Visa, Mastercard, Other Libra Association Members Jittery: https://www.wsj.com/articles/visa-mastercard-others-reconsider-involvement-in-facebook-s-libra-network-11569967023 Federal Advisory Doesn’t Like Libra: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-30/bankers-advising-fed-board-describe-libra-as-a-monetary-threat SEC press release about the order: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2019-202 The order itself: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/admin/2019/33-10714.pdf Larry Cermak of The Block on the order: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/41612/dont-ask-for-permission-hire-good-lawyers-and-then-ask-for-forgiveness Letter from House Reps re digital dollar: https://static.coindesk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Foster-Hill-US-Crypto.pdf Crypto Rating Council: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cryptocurrency-exchanges-including-coinbase-to-rate-digital-assets-11569835801 Cermak tweet storm: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1178622451451867136?s=20 Blockchain executive departures: http://thein.fo/9a4fd2f9cab44d7d LedgerX-CFTC dispute: https://www.coindesk.com/ledgerx-claims-personal-animus-drove-ex-cftc-chair-to-stall-approvals Tweets by Paul Chou directed at the CFTC: https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177689857763807235?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177690348883197953?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177693761050157058?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177694467043680256?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177711475760218113?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177715093251018752?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177722516497928192?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177724302927581185?s=20 https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1177724477439971328?s=20 Paul Chou’s tweet storm: https://twitter.com/paul_l_chou/status/1178328955859951617?s=20 Explanation of the Fairwin Ponzi: https://medium.com/@PhABC/the-collapse-of-fairwins-125m-ponzi-scheme-61a66b273420 Martin Koeppelman g

29 MINOCT 4
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Nick Tomaino on Why He Is Skeptical Libra Will Be Significant

Nick Tomaino, general partner of 1confirmation, discusses his firm's second fund of $45 million, announced this week, how prospective LPs have changed from 2017 to 2019, and what types of projects 1confirmation is interested in. He also reveals why he doesn't believe Libra will be meaningful in the long-term, what he thinks the top DeFi trends are, what impact Ethereum's scaling issues could have, and what other protocols the fund has invested in. Plus, he explains how the firm decides whether to invest in companies or tokens when there is a choice. Thank you to our sponsors! eToro: https://www.etoro.com CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: 1confirmation: https://www.1confirmation.com Nick Tomaino: https://twitter.com/NTmoney https://thecontrol.co/1confirmation-fund-ii-f42192a9646b https://fortune.com/2019/09/25/1confirmation-crypto-investing/ https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-venture-firm-1confirmation-announces-new-45-million-fund https://thecontrol.co/thou...

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Nick Tomaino on Why He Is Skeptical Libra Will Be Significant

How Tether's Surge on Ethereum Is Affecting Bitcoin

Jacob Franek, cofounder and COO of Coin Metrics, discusses why daily transaction fees on Ethereum have surpassed those on Bitcoin, what daily transaction fees reflect generally about a blockchain, why this change appears to be driven by demand for Tether on Ethereum, and what types of transactions people are using Tether for on Ethereum. We also cover Bitcoin vs. its forks — Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Satoshi's Vision — and whether or not the latter two are becoming medium-of-exchange coins as they hoped to be, why they're being used more for data storage and what kind of data is being stored there. Thank you to our sponsors! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode notes: Coin Metrics: https://coinmetrics.io Jacob Franek: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacob-franek-b9865039/ ETH daily transaction fees surpassed those of Bitcoin: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F92cbb3e2-4e28-4cd7-8557-db7eea1656c5_1200x742.png For a few months in 2018, ETH daily transaction fees were higher than BTC's: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2Fd2e5e596-39da-4c3a-a6ec-6c4277e1d210_1420x878.png Demand for Tether on Ethereum skyrocketing: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F632ba7b5-de3e-4a9d-b34c-d30a32486070_1200x742.png Ethereum processes more than 2x transactions per day than Bitcoin: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QD82uclQKUQXp1WT12LMuqTVobkvNKEq/view ETH locked in DeFi rising: https://twitter.com/spencernoon/status/1174048582204309505 Gas per transactions rising on Ethereum, indicating transactions are becoming more complex: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q53YFSgwSgtvvd346ARdbFV2ejwX8ZLX/view Non-ETH/ERC-20/ERC-721/Tether transactions are also growing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Q4lFfW002Q_L9geNall8E5JSznnzVHZd/view Ethereum miners have been voting up the gas limit: https://www.etherchain.org/tools/gasLimitVoting Increasing the gas limit effectively increases the block size: https://etherscan.io/chart/gaslimit Coin Metrics' comparison of Bitcoin forks: https://coinmetrics.io/a-comparative-analysis-of-bitcoin-forks/#more-1865 Comparison of medium of exchange metrics for BTC, BCH and BSV: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F7af691e0-7ee9-4dab-aad3-9e0a8a651542_1048x876.png BSV being used for data storage: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/w_1100,c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2Ff9d22b7a-c133-4086-a553-f7fbecb02227_1200x742.png Almost all BSV transactions come from weathersv app: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/w_1100,c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F85817c8b-69a2-42ff-9174-ab4bb81c29e6_1200x742.png Comparison of hash rate on BTC, BCH and BSV: https://cdn.substack.com/image/fetch/w_1100,c_limit,f_auto,q_auto:good/https%3A%2F%2Fbucketeer-e05bbc84-baa3-437e-9518-adb32be77984.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F4e16275d-80aa-48ca-bb84-0ddf7929be49_1387x833.png

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How Cryptocurrencies Could Threaten the State

Nic Carter, partner at Castle Island Ventures, discusses the ways in which cryptocurrencies could weaken the state, how they're already providing an alternative to central bank currencies for people in economies undergoing hyper-inflation. He describes why Bitcoin is inherently political, which other coins he views as legitimate and whether coins should always aim to be money or other types can exist. Plus, he explains why he isn't optimistic about Libra and why Facebook should have pegged the value of it to the USD. Thank you to our sponsor! CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: Nic Carter's recent Medium post on Bitcoin as a revolutionary currency: https://medium.com/@nic__carter/a-most-peaceful-revolution-8b63b64c203e Nic Carter: https://twitter.com/nic__carter LocalBitcoins interview on Unconfirmed: https://unchainedpodcast.com/localbitcoins-on-how-bitcoin-trading-compares-across-the-world/ Unconfirmed interview with Dante Disparte of the Libra Association: https://unchainedpodcast.com/libras-dante-disparte-on-why-we-should-trust-a-financial-system-designed-by-facebook/ Michael Casey on why it would be good if Libra rivaled the USD: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-it-would-be-good-if-libra-rivaled-the-us-dollar/ Coin Center's Peter Van Valkenburgh on why the Congressional hearings on Facebook's Libra were good for Bitcoin: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-congressional-hearings-on-facebooks-libra-were-good-for-bitcoin/ Unchained interview with the IMF on how to design central bank digital currencies: https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-imf-on-how-to-design-central-bank-digital-currencies/

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