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Indonesian Workers Using Bitcoin for Liquid Wage Transfers - CoinTelegraph


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Indonesian Workers Using Bitcoin for Liquid Wage Transfers
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Stability is generally an asset principle (like gold for example) but limits liquidity. Bitcoin unites these two principles into a single asset/currency that is both stable and liquid. As Bitcoin use cases proliferate, and liquidity increases, the safe ...

Posted on 19 August 2017 | 10:22 pm

Bitcoin Cash Price Nears $1,000 as Breakout Continues

The value of an alternative version of the bitcoin blockchain is soaring at press time, setting a new all-time high near $1,000.

Posted on 19 August 2017 | 8:40 am

Bitcoin Prices Retreat Toward $4,100 While Bitcoin Cash Soars

Following a week of thrilling price gains, bitcoin prices have now dropped back towards $4,100. The new bitcoin cash, however, is at a record high.

Posted on 19 August 2017 | 3:21 am

Making Sense of Cryptoeconomics

Josh Stark argues that "cryptoeconomics" is widely misunderstood, despite being a concept crucial to understanding the blockchain industry.

Posted on 19 August 2017 | 2:40 am

The High-Tech Flesh Palace Where Strippers Dance for Bitcoins - Daily Beast


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The High-Tech Flesh Palace Where Strippers Dance for Bitcoins
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Welcome to the exciting new world of Bitcoin. Untraceable and irreversible, this cryptocurrency offers consumers a hassle-free way to make purchases sans digital footprint. Take away the cash and the high-interest credit cards et voila, spending turns ...

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 11:30 pm

Bitcoin is more valuable than gold — but nowhere near as stable - Business Insider


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Bitcoin is more valuable than gold — but nowhere near as stable
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Some investors consider bitcoin a safe haven that's comparable to gold. Like gold, the digital currency isn't tied to one country or central bank. When a particular country experiences a political or economic crisis, its national currency can often ...

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Posted on 18 August 2017 | 4:35 pm

$700 and Rising: What's Driving the Price of Bitcoin Cash?

The price of bitcoin cash surged past $700 today. What's driving these leaps in the young cryptocurrency's appeal?

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 4:03 pm

'Bitcoin cash' surges 40% in single day as investors bet on its faster processing speeds - CNBC


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'Bitcoin cash' surges 40% in single day as investors bet on its faster processing speeds
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Bitcoin cash climbed Friday to its highest since the day after bitcoin split into bitcoin and bitcoin cash. Digital currency "miners" this week mined an eight megabyte block, which allows for greater transaction speeds and "has proven that bitcoin cash ...

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Posted on 18 August 2017 | 1:25 pm

Teenage bitcoin millionaire is back with a better Botangle ... - TechCrunch


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Teenage bitcoin millionaire is back with a better Botangle ...
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Erik Finman gained notoriety and a certain fame as a 14-year-old entrepreneur and bitcoin investor who'd managed to turn a $1000 investment in the..
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Posted on 18 August 2017 | 1:13 pm

SEC Statements Spur ShapeShift to Review Cryptocurrency Listings

Cryptocurrency exchange service is reviewing its listings in light of recent statements on initial coin offerings (ICOs) from the SEC.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 12:45 pm

HiddenWallet and Samourai Wallet Join Forces to Make Bitcoin Private With ZeroLink

HiddenWallet and Samourai Wallet Join Forces to Make Bitcoin Private With ZeroLink

Ádám “nopara73” Ficsór, HiddenWallet developer and TumbleBit contributor, and “TDevD,” the pseudonymous Samourai wallet developer, are joining forces on a new privacy project: ZeroLink. ZeroLink is set to realize a trustless mixing scheme first proposed by Bitcoin Core contributor Gregory Maxwell years ago — but one that hasn’t been realized thus far.

According Ficsór, the ZeroLink framework, which utilizes a scheme known as “Chaumian CoinJoin,” is actually more straightforward than many of the alternatives that have been proposed.

“Back in 2013, there was this sort of obsession with decentralization. ‘Everything that can be decentralized will be decentralized’ was the slogan,” the developer recalls. “By now we realize that decentralization is actually not always that useful. As long as a mixer cannot steal funds or link transactions, that’s enough.”

CoinJoin

Each Bitcoin transaction essentially sends bitcoins from one or several Bitcoin addresses (really: “inputs”) to one or several Bitcoin addresses (really: “outputs”). That’s how bitcoins “move” over the blockchain.

The problem, from a privacy perspective, is that the blockchain is completely public, which means that anyone can see which addresses are paying which addresses. If these addresses can be linked to real-world identities, it can reveal a lot about who transacted with whom, and perhaps for what.

CoinJoin, the well-known coin-mixing scheme first proposed by Maxwell in 2013, is a potential solution to this problem. A CoinJoin transaction is basically a combination of several transactions merged into one big transaction. In other words, it includes inputs from several different users, and the bitcoins move to outputs controlled by several different users. As such, it’s not clear which bitcoins moved where. All users effectively paid all users.

While that’s great, the next problem is that whomever or whatever combines the different transactions into one CoinJoin transaction can be a central point of failure from a privacy perspective. That person (or that server, or whatever it is) still knows which bitcoins moved where. So if that individual is either corrupt or corruptible, the problem isn’t really solved.

“For CoinJoin to live up to its promise, even the entity that creates the transaction must not learn which addresses are paying which addresses,” Ficsór noted.

ZeroLink

ZeroLink provides a privacy framework for wallets that can be used for different mixing schemes. And it defines its own mixing technique as well: an implementation of CoinJoin referred to as “Chaumian CoinJoin.”

With Chaumian CoinJoin, users both send and receive equal amounts of bitcoin from a CoinJoin transaction, so everyone receives each other's coins. This obfuscates the trails for all of these coins.

In practice, ZeroLink users will require two types of wallets: a pre-mix wallet and a post-mix wallet. As the names suggest, the first type holds coins that are to be mixed, while the latter is where the mixed coins end up.

Users then connect their pre-mix wallets to the ZeroLink tumbler and provide an input (“from” address) and an output (“to” address), which they both control. But importantly, the outputs are disguised (“blinded”) using a mathematical trick. So while the tumbler knows where all bitcoins are sent from, it does not yet know where bitcoins are sent to.

At the heart of the trick, the tumbler then cryptographically signs all blinded outputs, using a type of cryptographic signature introduced by David Chaum: a “blind signature.” This allows data to be cryptographically signed even if it is disguised. And importantly, these signatures can be checked against the original, unblinded data as well to see if the blinded data and the unblinded data match.

Next, all users connect to the tumbler again, but this time through some type of anonymity network, like Tor. They will then provide the tumbler with the unblinded versions of the outputs. Using the cryptographic signatures it just created, the tumbler can check that all revealed outputs match all blinded outputs. If they do match, the tumbler knows that all the outputs it received are legitimate, and thus were provided by the same users that also provided the inputs to send funds.

The tumbler then adds the revealed outputs to the CoinJoin transaction. And it sends this transaction back to all users, for these users to sign with their Bitcoin private keys. Doing so validates the transaction. (The users should of course double check that the amounts and their outputs check out, to be sure they receive as much as they send.)

Finally, the tumbler broadcasts the CoinJoin transaction to be included in a Bitcoin block. As a result, all users end up with different bitcoins than they started with: all bitcoins were mixed, and the blockchain trails broken.

While all this is actually relatively straightforward compared to some alternative schemes, and to a large extent already suggested by Maxwell back in 2013, the process has never been realized. This is probably because it was long thought to be too vulnerable to attacks, Ficsór thinks.

“When Maxwell first published the proposal, Bitcoin transaction fees were practically non-existent. Because of this, it would be relatively easy and cheap to launch denial of service attacks against a CoinJoin mixing system. An attacker can just keep providing valid inputs, but refuse to sign when he should. That invalidates the whole transaction, and wastes everyone’s time.”

Interestingly, this attack vector is now to some extent resolved simply because it would be too expensive to keep it going. In order to maintain the attack in a way that it’s not easily countered, an attacker must provide new inputs for each round, meaning he must be able to keep moving bitcoins to new addresses to do so. “Assuming $1 transaction fees, that could cost up to $1,000 a day,” Ficsór pointed out. “In this particular context, high fees are a blessing in disguise.”

Development

Ficsór is currently about to help wrap up the development of another highly anticipated privacy tool, TumbleBit, for Stratis’s Breeze Wallet. This is expected to take another three months.

After that, he plans to focus on realizing ZeroLink, while TDevD may even start working on the framework sooner. Concretely, three new codebases need to be developed: the pre-mix wallet, the tumbler and the post-mix wallet.

“The tumbler needs to be developed from scratch. But it should be relatively easy to add the pre-mix wallets to any existing open source wallet. The same is true for the post-mix wallet implementations, though for privacy reasons not all wallets are a good fit,” Ficsór said.

His own HiddenWallet as well as Samourai Wallet are “fully committed” to implementing and deploying ZeroLink into production, Ficsór said, while Breeze Wallet may be interested as well.

Optimistically, an initial implementation of ZeroLink could be live before the end of this year.

For more information on ZeroLink, see Ficsór's blog post on the project (which also includes a donation address) or ZeroLink’s specification.

The post HiddenWallet and Samourai Wallet Join Forces to Make Bitcoin Private With ZeroLink appeared first on Bitcoin Magazine.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 11:23 am

Each Bitcoin Could Be Worth $619047 In 10 Years - Forbes


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Each Bitcoin Could Be Worth $619047 In 10 Years
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Consumers are shopping more on the internet and Bitcoin is competing with other currencies in this space. Given its massive popularity and availability across all continents, internet entrepreneurs are launching more products focused specifically on ...
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Posted on 18 August 2017 | 9:26 am

Tom Lee sees bitcoin jumping to $6,000 next year - CNBC.com - CNBC


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Tom Lee sees bitcoin jumping to $6,000 next year - CNBC.com
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Bitcoin has had a stellar year and one of Wall Street's top strategists thinks it can rise 40 percent more by next year.
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Posted on 18 August 2017 | 9:11 am

Overseas Expansion: Japan's BitFlyer to Sell Bitcoin in US Market

Japanese bitcoin exchange bitFlyer is heading to the U.S., and already has approval to operate in 34 countries.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 8:03 am

Bitcoin Cash Is Now More Profitable to Mine Than Bitcoin

A sudden increase in the price of bitcoin cash is changing the economic dynamic between it and the original bitcoin.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 8:01 am

$26 Million: Blockchain VR Project Decentraland Raises New Funding in ICO

A virtual reality project built using blockchain technology has raised $26 million in ether via an initial coin offering.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 7:00 am

D+H Files for Multiple Patents on Private Blockchain Tech

Canada-based fintech vendor D+H Corporation has filed several patent applications relating to the creation and use of private distributed ledgers.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 5:15 am

Database Giant Oracle Wants Better Governance for Blockchains

Multinational software provider Oracle is working on a way to bring "fair" governance to permissioned blockchains, according to a patent application.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 3:00 am

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What's Next for Bitcoin Cash? Making Profitless Mining Profitable

Miners are currently mining bitcoin cash at a loss. CoinDesk looks at the reasons why, and what might happen if the tables turn.

Posted on 18 August 2017 | 2:00 am

Bitcoin Cash Breaks Price Doldrums to Push Past $400

Bitcoin Cash's price rose above the $400 mark today, breaking the rangebound market trend of the past several days.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 2:25 pm

Bitcoin Bear Peter Schiff Doubles Down: Even at $4,000 It's Still a 'Bubble'

One of bitcoin's most notorious bears still isn't convinced bitcoin will work – even despite its record price run.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 1:00 pm

Decentralized Exchange Protocol 0x Raises $24 Million in ICO

The team behind the decentralized exchange protocol 0x has raised $24 million in an initial coin offering (ICO).

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 12:05 pm

Xerox Patent Applications Reveal Plan for Blockchain Records System

Technology giant Xerox wants to patent a way to securely revise electronic documents that uses blockchain, public records show.

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 11:00 am

Bank of Canada Report: Imagining a “Bitcoin Standard” Financial System

Bank of Canada Bitcoin Standard

In a 37-page long research paper, Warren E. Weber, research consultant at Bank of Canada who is also a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, speculated about a financial system where bitcoin would be the standard currency (referred as the “Bitcoin standard”) instead of fiat currencies.

In the study, Weber explored the similarity between the Bitcoin standard and the gold standard. The research consultant chose to compare bitcoin to gold since the two have many similarities. The two most prominent resemblances include the lack of control of central banks or monetary authorities and the limit in the supply: Bitcoin’s algorithm only allows the circulation of 21 million BTC while gold can be found in finite quantities on the planet. If the Bitcoin standard becomes real, there will be three distinct media of exchanges, just as there was under the gold standard. Bitcoin will serve as the main currency while there will be fiduciary currencies issued by countries’ central banks, and fiduciary currencies (banknotes or deposits) issued by commercial banks.

Issuing fiduciary currencies will be one of the very few abilities central banks can do as part of a monetary policy where banks will act as lenders of last resort. Bitcoin’s “virtually costless arbitrage” on an international scope will deprive the central banks of their ability to impose interest rate policies to affect their domestic economies, Weber detailed.

Should Bitcoin serve as the standard medium of exchange, there would be a moderate increase in deflation; however, according to Weber, once a certain level is reached, the rate of deflation will be minimal. Price levels will become highly or perfectly correlated under Bitcoin’s dominance in various countries, just as they did for those countries that adopted the gold standard. Despite the fact that the cryptocurrency would become the standard, Weber believes that economic crises could still happen since “they can occur under any fractional reserve financial system.”

According to Weber, the Bitcoin standard will benefit the economy in two ways. Due to the “known, deterministic rate” at which new BTC is created, people would be able to predict the price level of the cryptocurrency more easily. The second benefit would be that investment resources which are currently devoted to hedging against fluctuations in the currency exchange rates would free up and could be used in “more productive ways.”

On the other hand, Weber thinks that the Bitcoin standard will never come into existence since there will be heavy opposition by central banks and governments. If the Bitcoin standard becomes real, neither the governments nor the central banks will be able to implement interest rates to affect their economies, neither could they generate seigniorage revenues obtained from their ability to “almost costlessly create money,” the Bank of Canada research consultant explained. Since the governments don’t want to lose these powers, they will do anything to prevent Bitcoin from becoming the standard medium of exchange.

Weber is also skeptical about the longevity of the Bitcoin standard. According to him, the financial system is advancing so rapidly that there would likely be another (crypto)currency that can provide the same or greater benefits as Bitcoin, possibly at lower costs. Furthermore, if a financial crisis occurs, an opposition is likely to emerge that would seek to replace the “old” financial system, rather like the way that Bitcoin is challenging today’s status quo.

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Posted on 16 August 2017 | 8:51 am

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Blockstack Partners with VCs to Launch $25 Million Blockstack Signature Fund

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New York-based decentralized internet and developer platform Blockstack has partnered with a number of venture capital groups to launch the $25 million Blockstack Signature fund.

The Blockstack Signature fund is backed by Lux, OpenOcean, VersionOne, RisingTide, and Compound, and funding will go toward apps being built in the Blockstack ecosystem.

Patrick Stanley, growth partner at Blockstack, explained to Bitcoin Magazine that “Blockstack is not launching the VC fund but facilitating.” That is, the company’s role in the fund has been to gather the venture capital groups, attract the developers and facilitate the partnerships that will result in quality app development on the Blockstack platform.

According to Blockstack, the VC fund will dedicated to “rapidly accelerating startups building decentralized applications on the platform, and tools for developers to bootstrap their apps, with tokens on the Blockstack network — just like you see with Ethereum.”

Muneeb Ali, co-founder at Blockstack, told Bitcoin Magazine: “We are at a stage where some of the developers are incredibly excited about building apps and usually get in touch with us. If developers get in touch with us with an app that they are excited about, this is one funding channel we can point them to.”

Ali added: “The VCs involved in the fund will take a look at that application and make a independent decision to fund that company or now. Our intention here is to bring together sophisticated investors, people who have been thinking a lot about decentralization and can do their due diligence.”

VC investing is a type of private equity, a form of financing that is provided by firms or funds to small, early-stage, emerging firms that are deemed to have high-growth potential, or which have demonstrated high growth in terms of number of employees, annual revenue or both.

Ali explains: “If you look at this space in general we feel that there are a lot of low quality apps which are raising an insane amount of capital from token sales, for example. We want to bring some quality and sanity to the picture. We feel that VCs can still have a seat at the table … we want to open up that channel as well.”

Blockstack was formerly known as Onename and passed through its young company status in the summer of 2014 as a startup looking to streamline bitcoin transactions.

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Posted on 16 August 2017 | 6:23 am

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Expands Legal Industry Working Group

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance Expands Legal Industry Working Group

On August 14, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance announced the addition of more than a dozen organizations to its blockchain collaboration under the umbrella of its Legal Industry Working Group, responsible for creating enterprise-grade applications on the Ethereum blockchain. The new members include law schools, legal departments of universities, academic institutions and leading global law firms.

According to the EEA, the swift expansion of the Legal Industry Working Group is due to the fact that an increased number of legal professionals are showing interest in blockchain technology. The Ethereum blockchain consortium believes this working group will serve as a base for the success of “various efforts taking place within the organization.”

“We are thrilled to see robust interest in blockchain technology by forward-looking law firms and institutions. Lawyers are poised to serve as the catalysts for blockchain technology, and the Legal Working Group will serve as a neutral space to explore blockchain-based legal technology, develop standards for “smart” legal agreements, support emerging enterprise use cases and tackle important policy issues raised by this new impactful technology,” Aaron Wright, Chair of the EEA Legal Industry Working Group, Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the Cardozo Law School’s Blockchain Project, and co-founder of the smart contract project OpenLaw, said in a statement.

The Legal Industry Working Group isn’t the only part of the blockchain collaboration to be experiencing a rapid growth in new members. On July 18, 2017, the EEA announced that the alliance had onboarded 34 new organizations, bringing the number of the participants to more than 150 members. The newly joined participants included Mastercard, Cisco, the Government of Andhra Pradesh (one of the 29 states of India), Scotiabank and many others.

Formed in late February 2017 by founding members such as Intel and J.P. Morgan, the EEA strives to create, promote and support open standards, best practices and open source reference architectures on the Ethereum blockchain. The consortium serves as the major research and development body of the Ethereum blockchain, helping Ethereum to evolve into an enterprise-grade technology. In terms of development and research, the EEA focuses on multiple areas, including privacy, confidentiality, scalability and security, as well as investigating hybrid architectures and industry-specific, application-layer working groups.

The 14 new members of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance include:

Cooley, Debevoise & Plimpton, Goodwin, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Morrison & Foerster, Perkins Coie, Shearman & Sterling, Cardozo Law School, Duke Center on Law & Technology, and the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

In addition, existing members of the consortium will be joining the EEA Legal Industry Working Group, including BNY Mellon, ConsenSys, ING and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Posted on 15 August 2017 | 12:45 pm

Bitcoin price climbs over $4,000

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CRYENGINE now accepts Bitcoin

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Consulting firm EY Switzerland accepts Bitcoin

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There have been a wide variety of situations in which algorithmic trading programs have proven to be beneficial for investors. However, investors who only trade a cryptocurrency can also take advantage of bitcoin trading bots. Through bitcoin bot trading, traders can become more flexible and prompt, minimize errors and process information more rapidly. At this… Read More »

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Steam accepts Bitcoin

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Major Magazine Publisher to Accept Bitcoin Payments

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Microsoft accepts Bitcoin

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Mozilla accepting Bitcoin

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airBaltic - World’s First Airline To Accept Bitcoin

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