• Skeleton Bitcoin
    Bitcoin,  Europe,  Innovators,  Media,  Ripple

    Must-reads for October 29, 2018: Bitcoin might be a threat to democracy but may be replaced and no one cares anyway

    Is Bitcoin Secretly Messing with the Midterms? (Politico) According to Betteridge’s Law, “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” This is no exception.   Bitcoin seems indestructible but is another cryptocurrency about to take its place? (The Independent) According to Betteridge’s Law, “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” This is no exception.   Bitcoin Can Boast Incredible Stability, But Interest Also Hits a Low (Today) Bitcoin’s low volatility is coinciding with a drop in Google searches for the term “Bitcoin” (it’s at its lowest since May 2017). Does that explain everything? Probably not,…

  • newspaper
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Europe,  Media

    Must-reads for September 17, 2018: Tracking people through crypto, gold bashing, Goldman Sachs, and bragging wrongs

    How bitcoin helped track down suspects in the Russia investigation (Vice) By now we know that with just a little bit of data, you can get a whole lot of info on someone through Bitcoin’s blockchain. This Vice video shows one of the ways Robert Mueller’s team did it.   Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and NYSE Owner Prepare to Back Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency (Daily HODL) Nothing profound here but just a quick roundup of what some of the larger institutions are doing Bitcoin-related on Wall Street.   Bitcoin in Switzerland (CoinTelegraph) A fun 10-minute video of how into bitcoin the Swiss are. Well, at least some of them. Anyway,…

  • Cocaine Iceland
    Bitcoin,  Europe

    EXCLUSIVE: Burglaries, cocaine, stun guns, and other charges added in ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’

    Prosecutors and private attorneys have filed charges against seven individuals in Iceland in the ongoing investigation of the “Big Bitcoin Heist.” Modern Consensus has exclusively obtained signed documentation from the courthouse and consulted with Icelandic legal experts. What we found is astonishing. First, a quick recap: Police in Iceland have been putting together clues to a string of burglaries in Iceland centering around cryptocurrency mining components during the December 2017 bitcoin peak. In Iceland, more electricity is used in bitcoin mining than in all Icelandic homes combined. Over $2 million in equipment was reported stolen. Later, in a move straight out of a Hollywood thriller, prime suspect Sindri Thor Steffanson…

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    Bitcoin,  Ethereum,  Europe,  Innovators,  Litecoin,  Media,  Ripple

    Must-reads for September 4, 2018: The Mueller Bitcoin connection, un-Lady-like behavior, wasted crypto energy, and more

    Bitcoin Suspect Could Shed Light on Russian Mueller Targets (Bloomberg) Remember the name Alexander Vinnik? He ran BTC-e, the cryptocurrency exchange that appeared all too willing to launder money for Bond villain-type characters. He was taken down by FinCEN, with the help of the IRS, and now sits in a Greek prison. Some of the bitcoins Vinnik allegedly helped launder belonged to a Russian hacking unit now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. See? It’s all connected.   The baroness, the ICO fiasco, and enter Steve Wozniak (Financial Times) Michelle Mone, aka Baroness Mone, of Mayfair in the City of Westminster, OBE, sits in the British House of Lords…