Going Beyond the Cryptocurrency Hype with Blockchain

Cryptocurrency Hype

Bitcoin has been on a roller coaster ride in its price, its value reached as high as $20,000 in late 2017 to as low as $6,000 within a time frame of just six months. The highly volatile nature of Bitcoin is certainly a blotch on its reputation and certainly this could be why Goldman Sachs’ head of Global Investment Research, Steve Strongin holds the view that most cryptocurrencies ultimately will not survive in the long run and compares it to the dotcom bubble where only a few companies around that time survived. While Bitcoin’s volatile nature is a ...

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Cryptocurrency—The World of Virtual Coins

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Cryptocurrency has become worldwide famous among the people. Many believe that investing in cryptocurrency will generate more revenue this year.

Many people have internet access today, which is one of the reasons why investing in cryptocurrency is increasing day by day.

Virtual Coins

Virtual coins are known as a dispersing electronic form of currency that does not have any presence in physical form. Virtual coins are a specific form of digital currency/money that uses an encryption method to make the transaction secure and control forming new units.

Cryptocurrency such as digitals coins ...

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Crime and Crypto: Can We Stop It?

Crime and Crypto

On one side of the argument, cryptocurrency stands for a completely independent network that provides peer-to-peer transactions, while allowing for total transparency and permanency across a distributed ledger. In other words, every transaction made on a blockchain is evident in a universal ledger for everyone to see. It includes an identifiable account number, time of the transaction, and the conversion rate.

For the critics, it serves as the proprietary vehicle for money laundering and will never reach the status of becoming a legitimate, international currency. The allegations for using Tether for Bitcoin pricing manipulation also serves ...

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Crypto Twitter Accounts Are Being Exposed by ShillExed

Crypto Twitter Accounts

On Sunday, July 15th, 2018 a new account emerged on Crypto Twitter under the handle @Shillexed and the “ShillExed” name. Within 48 hours that account had gained over 5,000 followers. This account claims to be “dedicated to exposing those who do not disclose their paid shills” which is another way to say, they will attempt to find and report on anyone on Crypto Twitter who promotes a blockchain project in exchange for payment. The ShillExed operator is actively soliciting other Twitter users to report these account. The ShillExed account has already reported on a couple of people and ...

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Understanding the Psychology of Bitcoin Price

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The cryptocurrency market trades globally 24 hours a day. Anyone who has been watching the price of Bitcoin understands the price moves very fast. Realize that people are always driving the price changes, and people are not always rational, not always emotional, but are rarely random. Since people are driving the price, the price patterns are not random and as with all markets, the psychology of the Bitcoin market matters.

Does the Brain Influence Bitcoin Price?

People prefer round numbers. Although Bitcoin can be traded in fractions, many new people buying cryptocurrency for the first time ...

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Determining the Tradable Value Of an ICO Token

Tradable Value Of an ICO Token

To seamlessly determine the tradable value of any ICO token is no doubt a big part of what makes you a smart crypto investor. In the last little while, it’s no longer news that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) have made some impressive progress on crowdfunding, and have been used to successfully raise over a billion dollars for early-stage startups.

ICOs are an astounding innovation that has positively affected established businesses, startups, and investors as well. In fact, most startups use ICOs to bypass the regulated capital-raising process required by venture capitalists.

Although most of ...

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The Watchlist: Three Potential Cryptocurrency Hubs Around The World

Potential Cryptocurrency Hubs

Within the last year, we’ve seen the coveted wealth that cryptocurrency has brought to many. Unlike brokerages, central banks, and other mainstream financial products, cryptocurrency and blockchain technology propel the world towards anonymity and security. Because of this, many crypto advocates wonder where the next hub will be. Will it be somewhere cold with low electricity costs for currency mining, or tropical with a Wall Street, ritzy feel? This answer is all the above.

Countries around the globe are racing to build an ecosystem around digital assets and blockchain technology. Here are three standouts.

The ...

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Mannabase Where Crypto and Universal Basic Income Meet

Mannabase

Cryptocurrency’s disruptive effect on both personal and global finance cannot be understated. Up until recently, most crypto enthusiasts have been more interested in their own personal wealth than increasing the wealth of others; however, all of that has changed with Mannabase, a new player in the crypto markets that espouses the merits of universal basic income (UBI) through digital currency.

A Crash Course on UBI

Unfamiliar with the idea of universal basic income? You wouldn’t be the first. An anti-poverty initiative, UBI as a core philosophy involves providing a base amount of income to individuals in ...

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Gold-Based Cryptocurrency: What is it?

Gold-Based Cryptocurrency

The rise of cryptocurrency was so sudden and widespread that before the world could realize what was happening, it was knee-deep in it.

Cryptocurrency gained extreme popularity due to its new-found status as an investment option, away from exchange-rate risks which come with all the other investment options. With such risks involved in cryptocurrency, the upcoming gold-backed cryptocurrencies are attempting to stabilize it to some extent and provide some security to cryptocurrency owners.

How does Cryptocurrency Work?

Cryptocurrency is not present in a tangible form since it is a product of blockchain technology. This ...

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Crypto Price Manipulation: Are Bitcoin and Ethereum Playing You Dirty?

Crypto price manipulation

There has been a criminal probe into the possibility of crypto price manipulation by the traders of Bitcoin and Ethereum opened up by the United States. It has been reported that the Department of Justice is looking into activity surrounding these two cryptocurrencies. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other federal prosecutors will look into the evidence to see if any traders in these two markets have manipulated prices through spoofing or wash trading.

Crypto Price Manipulation?

As with anything that can be traded, cryptocurrency prices depend on many factors. One of these is the positive or ...

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Why Does the Crypto Sphere Hate Roger Ver?

Why does the Crypto Sphere Hate Roger Ver

Who is Roger Ver?

Born in California, Roger Ver was an early adopter of Bitcoin (BTC). In fact, his website was one of the first sites to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment. At the time, Ver was so supportive of Bitcoin that he was named “Bitcoin Jesus.” Over the years his loyalty to the coin shifted somewhat. He began to believe and state that the true Bitcoin was actually the forked coin; BCH. This coin adheres to the traditional whitepaper of Bitcoin more than the actual Bitcoin does. Of course, this is his opinion. This belief ...

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To HODL or not to HODL? That is the Question.

HODL

HODL (Hold on for Dear Life) is the mantra of the crypto community because the prices of cryptocurrency fluctuate so wildly that a bad day can quickly turn into a good day. And a good month in Bitcoin can turn negative just as fast. The idea of HODL is to wait out the storm because the crypto markets have been trending upward for years and history teaches that all Bitcoin storms end up leaving bag holders with beachfront property. More specifically, HODL teaches that time is on your side if you are able to wait. But is this ...

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Ripple Vs XRP – What is the Difference?

Ripple Vs XRP

Contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between Ripple and XRP. To quote Michael Caine, “not a lot of people know that.” Even if people are aware, however, they still struggle to fully grasp the concept. This has caused many in the community to feel a certain sense of frustration, as Ripple, the company, has said time and time again that they are not the same, but have only now started to clarify the difference between the two.

Before, many would argue that it was just assumed that the public should know the difference. However, ...

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3 Ways to Avoid Fraudulent ICOs

Avoid Fraudulent ICOs

The advent of blockchain technology has brought with it some novel advancements, with one of them being the emergence of initial coin offerings (ICOs). This innovative mechanism for capital-financing has powerful consequences, for one, ICOs are challenging the commonly held view that investing in promising early stage start-ups is a right reserved exclusively for VC funds or high-net-worth individuals. Despite the immense promise that this novel fundraising tool possesses, its immaturity has resulted in fraudulent acts that are a stain on the overarching goals of the cryptocurrency community. Thus, avoiding such deceitful activity is a must.

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3 Crypto-Friendly Countries in Europe – From the Alps to the Vltava River

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Crypto-Friendly Countries in Europe: In recent months the crypto sector has seen numerous countries implement regulations and ban virtual currencies and ICOs. Despite this, the sector continues to grow and gain support. So, if the world is going to divide when it comes to cryptocurrency, which is what appears to be happening, it’s important that crypto-enthusiasts know which countries welcome crypto with open arms or which don’t. 

In this article, we’re going to be looking at a few countries that are known for being crypto-friendly. But, there’s a twist. The countries mentioned will all be in ...

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Matter App Provides a Long-Form Blogger Platform Powered by BCH

Matter App Provides a Long-Form Blogger Platform Powered by BCH

Just recently a new on-chain social media application has entered the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem called Matter — another decentralized blogging community that’s fueled by the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain. Matter is the third social media platform that follows behind Blockpress and Memo, allowing users to store arbitrary data on the BCH chain.

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Matter: Bitcoin Cash Powered Long Form Blog Posts

Another blogging site called Matter has been introduced to the BCH community, and the platform’s actions are all powered by the Bitcoin Cash network. Matter claims to have no access to the user’s key and explains keys are stored only in your browser. Now Matter does have its differences compared to the Blockpress application and Memo, as Matter users can publish arbitrarily long-form posts. Essentially due to the fact the miner’s fee using bitcoin cash is so minimal Matter users can store any document in the BCH chain in an immutable fashion.

Matter App Provides a Long-Form Blogger Platform Powered by BCH

Signing up for the website is fairly intuitive for anyone already familiar with cryptocurrency wallets and social media in general. When registering for Matter the app gives you a private key and a twelve-word mnemonic phrase which is needed to log into the platform. From here the application resembles the Blockpress app and you are able to add your name and add a profile picture. One thing worth noting is when performing such actions Matter asks you to confirm that you are aware that “all of the information will be permanently stored on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain.”

Matter App Provides a Long-Form Blogger Platform Powered by BCH

More Characters Per Satoshi

Now as we stated above the biggest difference between the other social media apps and Matter is the fact you can add long-form posts to the chain. With Blockpress you are only allowed 217 characters, and writing longer posts can get cumbersome much like Twitter’s character limit. On June 9, 2018, we were able to add Timothy May’s entire 1988 piece ‘The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto’ and all my actions were recorded on the BCH chain. Now May’s phenomenal writing isn’t too long but it is still 500 words and the entire entry cost less than ten cents. You can also title the post, add bold lettering and other format functionalities.

Matter App Provides a Long-Form Blogger Platform Powered by BCH

In essence, Matter allows a decentralized way to bypass centralized clouds and corporations who sell and censor data. The new app had caused a discussion about whether or not adding large amounts of arbitrary data into the blockchain was a good idea. A few bitcoin cash proponents didn’t like the idea of all this data being applied to the chain, however many other BCH fans have favored these new on-chain publishing concepts.

What do you think about the Matter application? What do you think about individuals storing much longer forms of data using the Bitcoin Cash protocol? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Memorial Day 2018: Check out the Vets Leading the Way in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Veterans and Cryptocurrency

Military Veterans have “served; the term “served” is not used to describe other noble professions like doctors or teachers, rather it is reserved for Veterans and for good reason. Veterans give back to those around them. Veterans tend to be mission focused and are motived by a higher purpose. Those traits are also common among many leaders in the Blockchain Community. This means that Veterans are well suited for leadership roles in blockchain companies. Here are few examples of some of the Veterans who are shaping the future of the blockchain.

 

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Malta and Cryptocurrency. Why are Crypto Companies Moving to the Island of Malta?

Malta and Cryptocurrency

Benefits for Blockchain and Technology Specialists when relocating to Malta

Malta is positioning itself as a Blockchain hub and is attracting Blockchain and Technology specialists. Binance (an international multi-language cryptocurrency exchange company) has announced its move to Malta permanently placing the country on the Blockchain map for already existing companies as well as newly emerging businesses seeking a crypto-friendly jurisdiction.

Malta has been deemed one of the best countries to open and relocate companies for cryptocurrencies  – as it has very good IT career opportunities, provides sufficient training, has a lovely environment, it is easy to ...

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The Pitfalls of Telegram Crypto Signals

Telegram Crypto Signals

I have always been fascinated by Bitcoin news. As I became more and more interested in the opportunities cryptocurrency had in store, a massive increase in Bitcoin’s rate occurred. By the end of summer 2017, Bitcoin had reached the $5,000 target and I decided to become a trader.

I needed to research the market extensively before I could invest in it. At the same time, I understood that even the most experienced old masters of the stock exchange had no experience in crypto trading whatsoever. This was a new market that made chances comparatively similar for ...

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