Google Tries Hiring Vitalik Buterin for a Secret Crypto Project

In a recent tweet, Vitalik Buterin posted a screenshot of a mail from Google with a job offer for him. He posted the mail, along with a follow-up tweet which had a poll asking his followers if he should take up Google’s offer. In his original tweet, Vitalik failed to hide the recruiter’s name, email … Continued

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Ethereum [ETH]: Vitalik Buterin Scouted by Google

Ethereum [ETH]

Ethereum [ETH] – Ethereum’s [ETH] co-founder, Vitalik Buterin, seems to be a hot commodity in the tech space, as he tweeted two days ago that Google was actively trying to recruit him for a job. Buterin asked his followers if he should ‘drop’ Ethereum and work for Google and then tweeted a poll following the question.

Source: Twitter

Surprisingly, there was a high volume of people that felt it was a good move for the founder to go to the tech giant. Buterin has since deleted the tweet and poll.

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Is Liquidity Network the Golden Key for Ethereum [ETH]? Off-Chain Micro Transactions in Seconds

Liquidity Network Ethereum [ETH]

Liquidity Network and Ethereum [ETH] – Scalability has been a prolonged issue surrounding Ethereum [ETH] for almost a year. Back in November at the Devcon3 conference in Cancun, it was the primary topic of discussion, but the weekend ended with no clear solution. There have been various projects to emerge that have the potential to solve the issue, but none have succeeded – yet.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s co-founder has some serious clout when it comes to the blockchain space and just recently, he endorsed a new project that offers instant off-chain microtransactions.

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Ethereum [ETH] Ranked World’s Top Blockchain Network by Chinese Govt, Bitcoin [BTC] Ranked 13

Ethereum [ETH]

Ethereum [ETH] – Just this morning, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released blockchain ratings. These ratings were based on three criteria technology, innovation, and application.

1/ Public blockchain ratings by China’s ministry is out: #Ethereum ranks top of the 28 cryptos evaluated
Source (in Chinese): https://t.co/9jStIiFKcc

— cnLedger (@cnLedger) May 17, 2018

As shown by the chart below, 28 different cryptocurrencies were included in the crypto rankings.

4/ Detailed scores of the first crypto ratings by CCID Research, China’s Ministry of Industry & Information Technology pic.twitter.com/7LiJIWokge

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Ethereum Founder Responds to Charges of “Insane”, “Plutocratic” Governance

Ethereum Founder Responds to Charges of "Insane," "Plutocratic" Governance

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s cofounder, is increasingly finding himself target of very public rumors about his role in the project’s supposed love of secrecy. Charges of lacking transparency are equivalent to mortal sins in the cryptocurrency space. Ethereum too is particularly sensitive about accusations along these lines, especially in the ongoing light of a possible US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) crackdown. Mr. Buterin and his supporters are fighting back.

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Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Responds to Critics

And there it was, as Mr. Buterin, skeletal boy genius behind Ethereum, took to Twitter: “[…] it was organized without my permission or even involvement [….]” The turn of phrase, without my permission, might well haunt him in the days and months to come. It presupposes his benevolence, of course. What was it organized sans Mr. Buterin’s blessing or presense?

The “it” was a recent meeting in Toronto, Canada of Ethereum players, promptly blasted by Catallaxy co-founder and Satoshi Portal CEO (Bylls) Francis Pouliot. He described the event as a “Secret meeting of Ethereum management committee,” in a Tweetstorm for the ages, continuing about how “blockchain governance rules were decided by the stakeholders.”

Ethereum Founder Responds to Charges of "Insane," "Plutocratic" Governance

The entire Ethereum project of late has come under ecosystem scrutiny due to SEC regulators in the United States set to determine its legal fate. Judged a security, and therefore subject to regulatory jurisdiction as a public company, could conceivably rock much of the crypto world. A healthy majority of initial coin offerings (ICOs) and smart contract platforms are dependent upon ERC20 tokenization.

The not even three-year-old tech is many a developer’s choice, allowing for ease of integration and largely trusted. It is unclear, as of this writing, exactly what implications are carried with an unfavorable SEC determination, but most analysts believe it to be negative at least in the short run. Indeed, most ICOs openly forbid US citizens’ participation in anticipation of odious regulations and subpoenas.

Ethereum as an Insane, Plutocratic Government

“This is insane,” Mr. Pouliot insisted. “They are establishing a plutocratic government. This has provably failed with Bitcoin (UASF/NO2X). Does anybody even care?” The evidence marshalled for the slam came from a lone news source, which described the event in worrying terms, according to Mr. Pouliot’s reading.

And it does appear discussions about decentralization, mining, scarcity, and the infamous cases of frozen funds were had in Toronto. However, the cryptosphere seemed unconvinced about a cabal, and took Mr. Pouliot to task. Principal Lane Rettig argued “The event was not secret, in fact we livestreamed a lot of it. We also did a public AMA. There is no ‘Ethereum management committee’ and no rules were made. Please get your facts right. Your message is intellectually dishonest.” Mr. Pouliot shot back paraphrasing attributed to Mr. Rettig, and the thread continued along those lines.

Ethereum Founder Responds to Charges of "Insane," "Plutocratic" Governance

Vitalik Buterin was eventually compelled to address the issue as it gained traction among the other rumors and news surrounding Ethereum. “I was not at this meeting,” Mr. Buterin tweeted in response, “it was organized without my permission or even involvement, and I honestly don’t really know much about what happened there.”

In what might be considered a classic Twitter tangent, Mr. Buterin was sucked, then again, into another side argument about privacy coins and the phenomenon of maximalism. Asked his opinion of Monero, he insisted, “If I was doing anything seriously privacy-demanding I’d probably go for Zcash first.” This brought further rebuke from privacy coin guru Rhett Creighton, himself the subject of much derision lately, who snarkily wrote in response, “Says the paid Zcash advisor,” landing him in a strange bedfellows situation with polemicist Whale Panda. News of potential regulation and very public Twitter flames might have also contributed to an immediate dip of roughly a 5% price dip for ether, but it seems to have recovered at time of publication.

Is this much ado about nothing, or is Ethereum in real trouble? Let us know in the comments section below.


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IOTA, Ethereum (ETH), & Bytecoin (BCN) Lead the Crypto Market

IOTA

IOTA, Ethereum (ETH), & Bytecoin (BCN) – The cryptocurrency market is riding the line today, as most coins are just barely in the red. The total market cap is currently hovering slightly over $430 billion. Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading just over $9,000 and is holding around 36% of the market dominance.

Let’s take a closer look at the coins that are leading the top 20 today.

IOTA (MIOTA)

Source: CoinMarketCap

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Catch Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao at TechCrunch’s blockchain event on July 6

Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance — the world’s largest crypto exchange — is the newest addition who will join us for TC Sessions: Blockchain, TechCrunch’s first event dedicated to blockchain technology, which takes place July 6 in Zug, Switzerland.

The event will bring together the startup/business world and blockchain community to explore the potential of the blockchain, where it is now, and much more. The location is Zug — the Swiss city know as “Crypto Valley” for its plethora of startups and forward-thinking governance — and our speak list already includes standout names such as Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan, and Hyperledger’s Brian Behlendorf.

Tickets are available now priced at 495 Swiss Francs, or around $500 — just head here. Don’t miss it!

Zhao, known as CZ, started Binance in July 2017 and it has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The exchange processes over $3 billion in crypto trades per day, which makes it the world’s largest by some margin, according to CoinMarketCap.com. Binance’s own token (BNB) is currently trading at over $14 — that’s up from an initial ICO price of around $0.10 and it gives it a total market cap of $1.6 billion.

Even in real-world financial times, Binance is huge. The company recorded a profit of around $150 million during its most recent quarter of business despite being less than a year ago.

Zhao himself started out in the world of financial trading, creating a company called Fusion Systems which enabled high-frequency trades for brokers. He got into crypto when he joined wallet app Blockchain.info, before moving on to Chinese exchange OkCoin for a stint as CTO. Spotting an opportunity for a new exchange, he exited to start Binance last year, raising $15 million in July to kick the project off.

There’s been controversy — including rumors of high listing fees and a legal spat with VC firm Sequoia — but Binance is the top dog and it remains the exchange that every crypto firm aspires to list on.

It is also pushing out overseas beyond Hong Kong. Binance has explored the global potential of crypto by moving its exchange to Malta, a country keen to woo blockchain giants, and inking deals to hire large numbers of staff in Uganda, Togo and Bermuda. It looks like that is just scratching the service for what Binance has planned.

“I could retire now and I’d be ok for a few lifetimes, but we are doing something I think is very meaningful,” Zhao, who ranks third on Forbes’ crypto rich list with an estimated worth of $1.1-$2 billion, told TechCrunch in an interview earlier this year.

Blockchain is the most disruptive new development in the technology space today, and we’re excited to host our first show that is solely dedicated to the blockchain. The event takes place in the Swiss city of Zug — widely known as “Crypto Valley” due to its sizable number of crypto companies and a progressive approach to regulation — and it will bring together top figures from the blockchain space, developer community and business and startup worlds.

Prominent speakers confirmed for the July 6 event include:

  • Vitalik Buterin, creator of Ethereum
  • Balaji Srinivasan, Coinbase CTO
  • Roham Gharegozlou, the founder of smash-hit blockchain game CryptoKitties
  • Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger Project
  • Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of Everledger
  • Jun Hasegawa, CEO and founder of Omise and OmiseGo
  • Mona El Isa, CEO and co-founder of Melonport
  • Colin Hanna, associate at Balderton Capital
  • Galia Benartzi, co-founder and head of Business Development at Bancor
  • Gert Sylvest, co-founder of Tradeshift and GM of Tradeshift Frontiers

You can get your hands on tickets now — they’re priced at 495 Swiss Francs, or around $500 — from the event website here.


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The Most Controversial Bitcoin Forks Yet Are Coming

The Most Controversial Bitcoin Forks Yet Are Coming

Bitcoin forks are invariably contentious, but the latest batch could be the most controversial yet. Bitcoin Prime and Anonymous Bitcoin have been labeled as shameless cash grabs that are little more than pump and dumps orchestrated by opportunistic developers. The projects’ architects of these schemes, naturally, have hit back.

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New Forks Fuel a Furore

The Most Controversial Bitcoin Forks Yet Are ComingRhett Creighton has always been a polarizing figure, but his latest stunt has united a swathe of the cryptocurrency community in condemnation. EOS’ Dan Larimer is synonymous with jumping from project to project, but his flitting looks like a lifetime of faithful service compared to Rhett’s itchy feet. Having announced a dual fork of bitcoin and zclassic last December, which inflated the price of ZCL and enriched Rhett and his cronies no end, he’s now following suit with bitcoin and primecoin to create Bitcoin Prime.

The Most Controversial Bitcoin Forks Yet Are ComingMeanwhile, a separate project is doing another fork of zclassic and bitcoin to create Anonymous Bitcoin which aims to “become the new standard for truly private banking”. This means that zlassic will now have forked twice with bitcoin to create a pair of zk-SNARK-based privacy coins – three times if you include zencash, which was also born from a ZCL fork. Zen, to its credit, has since gone on to forge its own community and to differentiate itself from its parent coin. Bitcoin Private, on the other hand, has done little more than infuriate ZCL bagholders, many of whom lost money on the deal. ZCL has now died and been reborn more times than anyone can count, and is currently up 242% in a month.

A Prime Way to Pump a Dead Coin

Primecoin was trading at 80 cents until Rhett Creighton bought a bunch, announced his plan to fork it, abandoned the Bitcoin Private project, and pressed ahead with his latest money-maker. Many of Rhett’s claims have stuck in the craw of the cryptocurrency community, who recognize a snake oil salesman when they see one. Some figures, including bitcoin developer Jimmy Song, believe that BTC forks are little more than altcoins or airdrops and don’t deserve to be categorized under the bitcoin banner.

The Most Controversial Bitcoin Forks Yet Are Coming

Regardless of their status, the approach that developers such as Rhett Creighton have taken to merrily forking coins has come in for censure. He’s played heavily, for example, on the fact that Vitalik Buterin once considered building ethereum on top of primecoin, as if this somehow legitimizes the creation of Bitcoin Prime. With primecoin up 350% since the fork was announced, those who got in early – like Rhett Creighton – will profit handsomely whatever happens. At least Rhett is able to see the lighter side of the furore he’s caused, tweeting the following:

A Wild Bitcoin Fork Appears

Another bitcoin fork emerged this week, turning up in the unlikeliest of places – Bitfinex. Most major exchanges have given bitcoin forks short shrift ever since bitcoin gold and bitcoin diamond but for unknown reasons, Bitfinex has decided to support Bitcoin Interest (BCI). The coin forked from bitcoin back in January, and Bitfinex intends to issue BCI later this month before launching trading. The utility provided by BCI remains to be seen, whose defining feature is the provision of interest to holders who stake their tokens. Whatever its fate, Bitcoin Interest wasn’t born out of a shameless pump of an existing coin, and for that reason alone should prove less controversial than the likes of Bitcoin Prime.

The Most Controversial Bitcoin Forks Yet Are Coming

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Forget Emojis – Bitcoin Sentiment is Expressed Through Sticker Sets in Chats

Forget Emojis - Bitcoin Sentiment is Expressed Through Sticker Sets in Chats

Over the past few years, the cloud-based instant messaging service Telegram has become extremely popular as millions of users have patronized the platform. Among them there are lots of cryptocurrency enthusiasts in various channels talking about their favorite digital assets. One particular phenomenon that has swarmed the digital currency space on Telegram are cryptocurrency-themed sticker sets.

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Forget Emojis - Bitcoin Sentiment is Expressed Through Sticker Sets in Chats
Even though Pepe is the king of crypto sticker sets, there are more funky cryptocurrency themed stickers on Telegram.

If you are a passionate cryptocurrency enthusiast or trader then you probably use the Telegram app to follow certain groups discussing bitcoin and the myriad of cryptocurrencies in the space. Certainly, if a digital currency community exists then there is probably a Telegram group for that specific digital asset. Now crypto-proponents like their memes and GIFs and share them often on the platform when something crazy happens within the digital currency universe. Another great phenomenon shared widely on Telegram are customized sticker sets that reflect a person’s moods, much like an emoji.

One particular sticker set on Telegram making the rounds is the ‘BCH Gang’ series shared by bitcoin cash supporters. The set features the rap artist Lil’ Windex saying “I got that bitcoin cash,” “BCH Gang,” and more with silly green and red chart candles in the backdrop. Another set shared by BCH supporters is the ‘Bitcoin Warz’ series featuring Spongebob Squarepants saying “Store of Value” with some rainbows, and a Lightning Network supporter doing mental gymnastics yelling ‘Bcash.’

Cryptocurrency Sticker Sets: Expressing 'Rekt' Emotions in a Different Way

Then there is the infamous ‘Fit Vitalik’ sticker set displaying an extremely muscular Vitalik Buterin doing many things throughout the series. There’s commentary on the steroid-infused V sticker pack that has the Ethereum inventor saying things like “No Pain No Gainz,” and “Make Vitalik Big Again.” The ‘Fit Vitalik’ sticker series comes complete with a Christmas themed sticker for those feeling merry during the holiday season.

Cryptocurrency Sticker Sets: Expressing 'Rekt' Emotions in a Different Way

Another hilarious set is the ‘Ship’ sticker series which has a few funny crypto-infused catchphrases like “When Lambo?” “When Homeless?” “Hodl Hodl,” and more. The Ship set also has a few pictures of a Nissan Micra, Lamborghini, and some nerdy dude with a cute girl that says “When Golddigger?”

The Ship Sticker Set

Cryptocurrency Sticker Sets: Expressing 'Rekt' Emotions in a Different Way

The ‘Tether’ sticker set is another series that has quite a lot of humorous stickers to choose from tied to everyone’s favorite ‘stablecoin.’ The sticker set has pictures of a great Tether candle or a picture of the Tether logo sitting on a royal throne. There are other pictures that say “Bitfinexed,” and “Bitmexed,” and one of JP Morgan’s Boss Jamie Dimon calling BTC “Worse Than Tulip Bulbs.”

The Tether Sticker Set

Cryptocurrency Sticker Sets: Expressing 'Rekt' Emotions in a Different Way

The ‘Blockchain’ sticker set is another favorite that is always sure to please a crowd of cryptocurrency enthusiasts. The set is a large assortment of cut out images of cryptocurrency luminaries. The series has quite a lot of liked and disliked personalities, dignitaries, and pundits within the cryptocurrency industry. Hate them or love them the members of the cryptocurrency community in this sticker pack include Craig Wright, Adam Back, Blythe Masters, Charlie Lee, Matt Corallo, Ben Lawsky and more.

Cryptocurrency Sticker Sets: Expressing 'Rekt' Emotions in a Different Way

There are many more cryptocurrency sticker packs on Telegram and listing them would take all day. One particular king within the Telegram cryptocurrency sticker set collections is Pepe the Frog. Throughout the many Pepe sticker sets on the messaging app, the green frog can often be seen doing all kinds of digital currency themed activities like trading shitcoins. The cryptocurrency industry is alive and well this spring as their favorite assets start to recover from the ‘Crypto Winter’ of 2018 — Many enthusiasts shared the all-time high and low emotions through custom sticker sets found in the alleyways of digital currency Telegram channels.

What do you think about cryptocurrency infused sticker sets on Telegram? Is there a specific set on Telegram that you enjoy? Let us know about it in the comments below.


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Ethereum Creator Says Sharding is Coming, Significant Improvement in Scaling

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has announced that Sharding, a much awaited scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain protocol, is coming. What is Sharding? In essence, Sharding is a solution that optimizes the process of verifying transactions and smart contracts by splitting the blockchain network into partitions called shards. Instead of having every single node go … Continued

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Cardano (ADA) & Ethereum (ETH) Soar – Just the Beginning?

Cardano (ADA)

Cardano (ADA) & Ethereum (ETH) – The cryptocurrency market is continuing to climb today and is currently sitting just over $430 billion. Today, we’re taking a look at two cryptocurrencies that are soaring on the market today.

Source: CoinMarketCap

Despite a few regulations being implemented in Iran and the SEC planning further crypto crackdown; panic selling seems to have subsided – finally.

Cardano (ADA)

Source: CoinMarketCap

Cardano is making a major price run-up today, as most coins are surging on the market. It remains ...

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Join Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin at our blockchain event on July 6

We’re delighted to announce that Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum and a true blockchain visionary, is confirmed to speak at our upcoming TC Sessions: Blockchain event.

Blockchain is the most disruptive new technology in technology today, and we’re excited to bring one of its most influential voices to our first show dedicated entirely to the technology and its future. The event takes place in the Swiss city of Zug — which is widely known as “Crypto Valley” — on July 6 and it will bring together top figures from the blockchain space, developer community and business and startup worlds.

You can get your hands on tickets now — they’re priced at 495 Swiss Francs, or around $510 — from the event website here.

Vitalik Buterin needs little introduction.

The 24-year-old whizzkid created Ethereum, which has taken the tech world by storm to become the second most valuable cryptocurrency (behind Bitcoin). More than a maker of crypto wealth, Buterin envisaged his creation as a platform that developers and companies use to develop decentralized systems and applications that take us into a new era of the internet. Proposed benefits include resistance to censorship, new types of monetization/sustainability, more secure management of data and more.

Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last September, Buterin explained how he sees Ethereum’s future with a prediction that it could reach the kind of scale that Visa enjoys today in “a couple of years.”

Topics up for discussion with Buterin at TC Sessions: Blockchain include how he and others are working to scale Ethereum, the growth of the Ethereum community, its potential for the wider business world and much, much more.

Other prominent speakers already confirmed for the event include:

  • Roham Gharegozlou, the founder of smash-hit blockchain game CryptoKitties
  • Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger Project
  • Leanne Kemp, founder and CEO of Everledger
  • Jun Hasegawa, CEO and founder of Omise and OmiseGo
  • Mona El Isa, CEO and co-founder of Melonport
  • Colin Hanna, associate at Balderton Capital
  • Galia Benartzi, co-founder and head of Business Development at Bancor
  • Gert Sylvest, co-founder of Tradeshift and GM of Tradeshift Frontiers,

Why Zug?

The city is known as “Crypto Valley” because of the numerous blockchain companies that have moved there to capitalize on Zug’s openness to blockchain experiments and its forward-thinking approach to regulation. Put simply: There’s no better place to host TechCrunch’s first dedicated blockchain event.


We’ll be announcing even more speakers soon, so head over to the event website to get your hands on a ticket for TC Sessions: Blockchain.

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