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  • Bitcoin: More Than an Inflation Hedge

    In May, billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp. announced in a letter to investors that his fund is buying bitcoin futures as a hedge against “The Great Monetary Inflation.” In his letter, he argued that the $3.9 trillion (6.6 percent of global GDP) printed by central banks since February has the potential to trigger widespread inflation, once the global economy rebounds from the shocks caused by COVID-19. Bitcoin’s capped supply is one of its most well...

  • Video: How To Install MyNode on Your Old Casa Node

    Bitcoiners attempting to do their part to secure the network, and run their own full nodes that fully validate transactions and blocks, often turn to hardware and software solutions provided by a range of groups. But those who were leveraging node hardware provided by Casa are now in search of a new solution. Casa no longer supports its node hardware with ongoing updates, leaving plenty of Bitcoiners wondering how they can keep an updated full Bitcoin node running on their old Casa Node...

  • Zap’s Strike Moves to Public Beta

    Today, Zap, the Lightning wallet lead by developer Jack Mallers, has announced that their Strike product is now in public beta.   Previously, Strike had only been available through a closed, private beta program. In the private beta, Mallers claims that they have “already seen $100,000 in payments”. Strike is an application that allows you to transact with Lightning payments with just a debit card or bank account. But, here’s the secret sauce:  instead of hav...

  • Bitcoin 2020 Is Moving to 2021 in Los Angeles!

    The Bitcoin 2020 conference is officially moving to April 30–May 1 in sunny Los Angeles, California, with Nick Szabo and Tony Hawk headlining! Bitcoin 2020 ticket holders are eligible to either transfer their tickets directly to 2021 or request a full refund. More details are available at the bottom of this article. Our Bitcoin 2020 event scheduled for March was on track to be the largest Bitcoin conference in history. By mid-February, over 2,000 people had registered and we were on pace to...

  • Reddit Roundup – June 2020

    Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the first ever edition of Reddit Roundup by Nik and Flip of Bitcoin Magazine! This contains 50 links to most of the best quality content that was uploaded to Reddit for this month. Most links come from the popular r/bitcoin, but we also retrieved posts from other one as well such as r/BitcoinMining. In this roundup there are 10 different categories each link falls under, and the categories are: Privacy, Adoption, Development, Security, Mining, Business,...

  • Lastbit’s Wallet Hopes to Make Spending Bitcoin Simple One Day

    Lastbit, a Berkeley-based startup, has announced the beta launch of their Bitcoin and Lightning-enabled wallet. The company claims that their new solution is meant to address three critical problems preventing Bitcoin’s mass adoption:  price volatility, slow transactions, and technical complexities. Their solution for all of those problems seems simple:  allow the merchants to be paid in fiat when you want to spend with your bitcoin by just using a debit or credit card. The backbon...

  • Kraken Announces Largest-Ever Grant to BTCPay Server

    The Summer of 2020 will forever go down as the “Summer of Giving” within the Bitcoin community as yet another significant grant is being given to support open-source development. Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has announced it has sent $150,000 worth of bitcoin to help support the further development of open-source bitcoin payment processor BTCPay Server. This gesture from Kraken marks the largest-ever donation to BTCPay and coincides with their recognition of Micro-, Small and Me...

  • Julian Assange’s U.S. Extradition and Bitcoin’s Battle for Freedom of the Internet

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently being held on remand in a London maximum-security prison, solely on the basis of a U.S. extradition request. Assange has been charged with 17 counts of espionage related to WikiLeaks’ 2010 to 2011 publications concerning the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, embarrassing U.S. diplomatic communications and evidence of torture in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Assange’s U.S. extradition case is recognized by free speech groups as the most i...

  • OKCoin, BitMEX Operator Grant $150,000 to Core Developer Amiti Uttarwar

    As the saying goes: when it rains, it pours. And lately, the Bitcoin Core development community appears to be experiencing a welcomed shower. Today, cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin and HDR Global Trading Limited, which operates the cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX, announced a $150,000 grant for Core developer Amiti Uttarwar. The donation follows similar gifts from both donors, as well as others, that have been announced in recent weeks. Uttarwar focuses on Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer layer, not...

  • With Rising Interest in Plan B Services, River Financial Raises $5.7 Million

    River Financial, a Bitcoin-based financial institution, has reported average monthly volume increases of 80 percent, a doubling of clients each month since January 2020 and has recently closed a $5.7 million seed round to continue development of its suite of bitcoin financial services. It partly attributes this growth to the unbridled economic stimulation efforts undertaken by central banks this year. “The surging activity we’ve seen since the beginning of 2020 has been in part inspired b...

  • Emphasizing User Friendliness With Sovereignty, Casa Launches Free Wallet

    Today, Bitcoin custody solution provider Casa has launched a free wallet service aimed at new users. This app provides a retooled version of the basic wallet it offers its members, designed to be simple to use but without all of the premium services included in Casa’s more advanced products. “We’re excited about launching a free and simple bitcoin wallet that anyone can use,” said Nick Neuman, Casa’s CEO, in a statement shared with Bitcoin Magazine. “More people are turning to Bit...

  • ION, Microsoft’s Decentralized Identity System, Launches Beta On Bitcoin Mainnet

    ION, a Microsoft-led decentralized identity system built on top of Bitcoin, has officially been moved to beta on Bitcoin’s mainnet today. The news was shared in a release by Casa, a Bitcoin self-custody provider and project collaborator. First announced in May 2019, the Layer 2 network features its own node structure and is being built as an open-source project. As described to Bitcoin Magazine then, the overarching vision for ION is to furnish users with a decentralized identifier (DID) th...

  • The Human Rights Foundation Is Now Funding Bitcoin Privacy Development, Starting With CoinSwap

    The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) was already promoting Bitcoin’s privacy features. Now, it will also fund the development of them. HRF, the New York-based nonprofit that promotes and protects human rights globally, has launched a fund to support Bitcoin developers who make the Bitcoin network more private, decentralized and resilient. The first grant, worth close to $50,000, has been gifted to London-based Bitcoin developer Chris Belcher to realize an implementation of his CoinSwap protoco...

  • Yes, You Can Use An IRA For Bitcoin Investing

    This is a promoted article. For many, the value proposition of Bitcoin is easy to understand, especially in relation to more traditional investments. Bitcoin has a programmatically fixed supply, it exists outside of any central entity’s control and can be considered truly borderless.  But the “how” of bitcoin investment can be a little more daunting. How to take part in the bitcoin ecosystem, how to best invest your dollars into BTC, how to construct this investment so that it i...

  • Bitcoin Core 0.20.0 Released: What’s New

    Today marks the official release of Bitcoin Core 0.20.0, the 20th major release of Bitcoin’s original software client launched by Satoshi Nakamoto over 11 years ago.  Overseen by Bitcoin Core lead maintainer Wladimir van der Laan, this latest major release was developed by over 100 contributors in a span of about six months. The result of more than 500 merged pull requests, Bitcoin Core 0.20.0 mostly cleans up and hardens the Bitcoin Core codebase, advances hardware wallet integration,...

  • Hyperbitcoinization Comes into Focus During the Bitcoin Halving

    Though the applications and adoption rate have a long way to go if Bitcoin is going to achieve its maximum potential, the third-ever subsidy Halving was an opportunity for Bitcoiners to celebrate its more than 11 years of life. In addition to hosting technical demonstrations, discussions with leaders of Bitcoin’s premier Layer 2 protocol and high-level presentations, Bitcoin Magazine’s BitcoinHalving.com live stream was a chance to focus on one of the community’s favorite topics: hyperbitc...

  • OKCoin Grants $100,000 to BTCPay Server Toward Its Open-Source Development

    Today, San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin announced a $100,000 donation to open-source bitcoin payment processor project BTCPay Server. The funding comes as part of the OKCoin Independent Developer Grant, which was launched last year. BTCPay Server’s product is free to use and its dependent on such contributions to continue operations. “Supporting infrastructure projects is key to our mission at OKCoin [and] we believe that the most impactful way to do this is by backin...

  • Bitbuy, Knox Team to Offer Insured Custody for Bitcoin on Exchange

    Today, insured bitcoin custody provider Knox has announced its partnership with Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Bitbuy in a sign of growing interest for offline and insurable third-party storage solutions. “Bitbuy is partnering with Knox … allowing its clients to have their bitcoin stored in an offline vault with insurance up to the full value of holdings,” according to a press release shared with Bitcoin Magazine. “This is a significant development for the burgeoning cryptocurrency ...

  • Reflecting on Bitcoin at the Third Halving

    For only the third time in history, Bitcoin’s mining subsidy was cut in half this month. It was a moment that garnered attention from around the world, reminded us of the protocol’s programmable scarcity and inherent value proposition and gave some of the space’s technological and cultural principals reason to reflect on the past and future. Further Reading: What Is the Bitcoin Halving? Bitcoin Magazine’s BitcoinHalving.com live stream, held for 21 hours continuously around the thi...

  • Presenting Bitcoin’s Best During the Halving

    The Bitcoin mining subsidy halving is a once-every-210,000-blocks event during which attention from all over the world is pointed at the original cryptocurrency. Further Reading: What Is The Bitcoin Halving? During the third-ever Halving, Bitcoin Magazine presented the 21-hour BitcoinHalving.com live stream, featuring the space’s thought leaders and biggest personalities sharing their outlooks for this new era. This meant offering a stage where they could conduct high-level presentations...

  • How the Lightning Network Will Grow Following Bitcoin’s Third Halving

    The Lightning Network, Bitcoin’s second layer solution for faster and more efficient payments, was integral to the ecosystem’s third epoch — with a number of Lightning-focused projects iterating and expanding upon the technology to establish it as the most promising protocol built upon Bitcoin. Further Reading: What Is the Lightning Network?  It became clear during Bitcoin Magazine’s BitcoinHalving.com live stream that this development is only poised to ramp up following ...

  • FastBitcoins Launches Dollar-Cost Averaging Feature

    So far, Bitcoin adoption in 2020 has been defined by the phenomenon of “stacking sats.” The notion of quickly and seamlessly converting fiat into bitcoin in small, regular increments has lowered a perceived barrier that BTC investment requires large, single purchases and has encouraged Bitcoiners to build up their HODLings on a regular basis. Of the handful of services that allow users to stack sats, FastBitcoins may be filling a unique niche. It offers in-person bitcoin buying in physica...

  • Demo’ing the Best of Bitcoin During the Halving

    Bitcoin Magazine’s BitcoinHalving.com 21-hour live stream was a celebration of programmable scarcity during Bitcoin’s third-ever subsidy halving. It brought panel discussions, fireside chats, technical analysis, banter, memes, music and an unforgettable decentralized countdown to Bitcoin’s global community and beyond. Among the diverse pieces of content presented were firsthand demonstrations from some of Bitcoin’s most active builders, showcasing the products and services that will l...

  • Podcast: Fiat Money and Intergenerational Conflict

    At a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty, central banks around the world are reacting to the novel coronavirus by printing money, slashing interest rates and generally doubling down on the globe’s deflationary spiral. Amid all of this self-destructive behavior, Bitcoin Magazine’s “WTF Is Happening With the Fed?!” podcast series has been examining the Federal Reserve’s actions, the critical differences between manipulated markets and the Bitcoin ecosystem and all of the ...

  • Combining Convenience and Security, TenX Is Expanding Bitcoin Usability

    This is a sponsored article provided by TenX. Ever since it was introduced in Satoshi Nakamoto’s 2008 white paper, bitcoin has had yearning potential to be used regularly around the world for everyday purchases. It has built-in capability to make purchases faster, more secure and more convenient, but a lack of widespread infrastructure and adoption have stood in the way of this vision becoming a reality. Enter TenX, a Singapore-based blockchain company built to allow users to convert the...

  • Join Us at the BitcoinHalving.com 21-Hour Live Stream

    What: Bitcoin Magazine presents non-stop, 21-hour coverage of Bitcoin’s third Halving! This free virtual event will include insightful voices, leading companies, product giveaways, unique items for auction and a live countdown to this historic event.  When: We’ll be monitoring Bitcoin’s block height to determine the exact moment of the Halving, and therefore the official timing of our event; currently scheduled for around May 12, 2020. You can expect updates on the specific...

  • Bull Bitcoin Announces Canadian Dollar Payments on Liquid Through L-CAD

    Bull Bitcoin, a Canada-based Bitcoin exchange, has announced that it has developed Liquid CAD (L-CAD), a non-custodial, prepaid voucher denominated in Canadian dollars, issued on the Liquid network. In a post on Medium, CEO Francis Pouliot highlights that this product is meant to accelerate the adoption of bitcoin by Canadians. Each L-CAD is purchased with Canadian dollars that then enter a closed-loop system designed to eventually convert into Bitcoin. Bull Bitcoin is not providing a way to...

  • The Need For Trusted Crypto Accounting Solutions, A Goal To Be a Leader in Corporate Governance

    This is a sponsored article provided by Verady. Decentralized cloud storage platform Storj Labs is one of the most exciting projects in the blockchain-based technology space. Embodying many of the best qualities of decentralized and new cryptocurrency technologies — including peer-to-peer functionality, open-source development, encryption and blockchain-powered payments — it is designed to make a core function of our digital world faster, cheaper and more secure. But when any cutting-e...

  • What Is Happening to Money?

    Money — the magical power it has over people is almost universal. But whether we earn it, spend it or save it, we hardly ever think about the following questions: What is money? Why does it exist? What will money look like in the future? And why should we think too much about it? Our money works. Day in, day out, we use it without much effort. So what’s the problem? As August Friedrich von Hayek pointed out, we humans constantly use things we don’t know anything about. For example, ...

  • From SARS to COVID-19: Hong Kong’s Path to an Asia Free Health Zone

    Bats are a known harbor to a large variety of viruses. Humans rarely interact with bats directly (they are not a common delicacy or pet in China), but other wild animals, such as civets and pangolins, do. Seventeen years before the outbreak of COVID-19, a coronavirus already made the jump to humans, likely starting with a farmer in Guangdong province in Southern China. 2013: SARS In the case of SARS, it remained locally contained until a fishmonger from the Guangdong region was checked int...

  • With Traditional Markets in Turmoil, AlphaPoint Transforms Assets

    This is a sponsored article provided by AlphaPoint. In 2013, blockchain technology was in its earliest stages. The Bitcoin white paper, ushering in this underlying technology along with the world’s first cryptocurrency, had been published only five years before and was just beginning to gain traction in the wider world. At this dawning moment, AlphaPoint began its own journey to decentralize assets of all kinds and transform the traditional market into one that is more secure, transparent a...

  • 5 Tips For Minimizing Your Bitcoin and Crypto Taxes

    W2s and 1099s have been sent out and tax season is officially in full swing here in the United States. For those operating in the world of bitcoin or altcoin investing, this time of year can have added stress as reporting gains and losses for your crypto trades can be a cumbersome task. While the reporting can be difficult at times, there are many things you can do to help minimize your bitcoin and other cryptocurrency gains and, in turn, your tax liability. This article discusses a few of these...

  • Plugging into C-Lightning: The Future of Lightning Plugins Is Bright

    Trying to navigate the different Lightning implementations can be a challenge. Although there were initially three implementations: c-lightning, eclair and lnd, more continue to come out of the woodwork all the time with ptarmigan, rust-lightning and Electrum the most recent to enter the fray. Often, it seems developers and aspiring developers choose to use or contribute to a particular implementation based on the language it is written in. Familiar with Scala? Choose eclair. Excited by the p...

  • Japan’s Crypto Garage Is Raising the Bar for Bitcoin-Based Cryptofinance Products

    This is a sponsored article provided by Crypto Garage. At Tokyo-based Crypto Garage, innovators are working to create a wide array of specialized cryptofinance tools to help facilitate a transformation of our financial world into one based on the values of Bitcoin: transparency, security and decentralization. “We see a world where there is a platform for various types of assets that can be transacted without counterparty risk,” as Justin Dhingra, chief cryptofinance officer at Crypto G...

  • The King of Blockchains, Bitcoin Can Become the Foundation for Web 3.0

    Bitcoin remains the undisputed “king” of blockchains. Bitcoin’s dominance has increased significantly since the experimental times of 2017. Bitcoin has survived many attempted forks and “civil wars” and has established itself as the reserve cryptocurrency; people fall back to Bitcoin in bear markets. The production network has stood the test of time for over 10 years now.  However, the crypto industry has dismissed Bitcoin when it comes to smart contracts or Web 3.0. I believe ...

  • Zero Interest, Limitless Repo and QE4: The Federal Reserve’s Market Operations Explained

    “Gradually and then suddenly.”–Ernest Hemingway “Your ATMs are safe, your cash is safe. There’s enough cash in the financial system and there is an infinite amount of cash in the Federal Reserve.”–Neel Kashkari, President of the Central Bank of Minneapolis The Federal Reserve’s market activity is reaching a fever pitch. In response to a market bloodletting that seems to precipitate new record losses every day, the Federal Reserve has responded to a somewhat unprecedente...

  • Coronavirus, the Halving and a Price Drop: Bitcoin Mining Marches On

    CoinShares, a New York-based cryptocurrency service that provides advice and other services for investors, released a statement on the state of Bitcoin mining during the global uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, ahead of a planned, more thorough June 2020 mining report. In it, CoinShares’ research director Christopher Bendiksen wrote that the current talk of a possible mining “death spiral” due to coronavirus-based lockdowns makes for dramatic reading, but is not at all based in rea...

  • The Best Bitcoin Trading Strategies (That Still Work in 2020)

    This is a sponsored article provided by NordikCoin. Bitcoin trading has never been more popular than it is now, and the market doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. So, if you’ve considered getting in on the action, now is the time to strike. While there are numerous bitcoin trading tools available, you still need an understanding of the basic strategies to succeed. We’ve created this guide to introduce newcomers to some of the most common trading strategies. But seasoned trader...

  • A Treatise on Bitcoin and Privacy Part 2: Don’t Be Misled by Red Herrings

    In Part One of this treatise, we examined the fundamental relationship between Bitcoin and privacy by going back to the beginning with the whitepaper. In spite of some excellent privacy preserving options  that have been available to users since those early days, we seem to have taken a few wrong turns. But to fix it, in order to make Bitcoin’s privacy “great again,” we must be able to distinguish between real privacy and red herrings that can only lead us further off the path. Fia...

  • EARN IT: The US Anti-Encryption Bill That Threatens Private Speech Online

    There’s a new bill in the works to fight against child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and other risky services on the internet — but it could come at a cost to online privacy.  Eliminating Abusive or Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) was proposed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and sponsored by senators from both sides of the aisle such as Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). The bill is also supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploit...

  • A Treatise on Bitcoin and Privacy Part 1: A Match Made in the Whitepaper

    Introduction How one’s focus can shift in just two weeks! While today everybody in the Bitcoin space seems more concerned with price fluctuations in response to the global financial panic (understandably so), it’s important to remember perennial issues that never go away, like the importance of maintaining your privacy when you transact in bitcoin. Throughout this month especially, we’ve been hearing reports of KYC/AML-compliant exchanges freezing user accounts due to suspected use of C...

  • “Your Expectations of Privacy Are Too High” (But They Shouldn’t Be)

    Bitcoin mixing, the practice of scrambling one’s bitcoin with others in order to obscure the connection between an individual’s identity and coin address information, has seen a number of innovations over the last decade. Some of the early mixing efforts took the simple form of two coin holders privately agreeing to swap coins in like amounts and led to the formation of transaction aggregation services, crypto tumblers, Lightning, and the practice of moving coin balances through interim coin...

  • Bitcoin Fungibility, Mixing and the Legal Limits on Maintaining Privacy

    On February 13, 2020, Larry Harmon, of Akron, Ohio, was charged with three counts: (1) conspiracy to commit money laundering, (2) operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and (3) conducting money transmission without a DC license.  According to the DOJ, Harmon operated “Helix,” which was also known as a “tumbler” or “mixer,” without registering as a money services business or money transmitter. These technologies allow a user to obfuscate the origin of their bitcoi...

  • The Bitcoin Mixing Case at the Center of the Fight for Transaction Privacy

    A court case is underway in the United States that could become a watermark decision for Bitcoin transaction privacy and compliance law.  Larry Harmon of Ohio — who, incidentally, owns the Coin Ninja media site — was recently charged and arrested for money laundering some 350,000 bitcoin (roughly $300 million at the time of the indictment) through his custodial mixing service, Helix. Harmon’s service catered to dark web market participants, particularly sellers, and he associated t...

  • India Lifts Crypto Ban, South Korea Imposes New Rules and the US Remains Stagnant

    The latest cryptocurrency regulations in Asia are wins for Bitcoin adoption but come at the cost of privacy. South Korea is tightening cryptocurrency regulations while India will likely lift its 2018 ban giving cryptocurrency companies bank accounts.  Meanwhile, an American lawmaker has proposed a new bill that follows suit but is not expected to pass. India — Central Bank Overruled India’s supreme court has overruled the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s 2018 ban that prevented ...

  • The History and Symbolism Behind Bitcoin’s Logo

    Most of you reading this have only ever known Bitcoin by its current logo: that white, double-striped “B” superimposed on an orange circle.  Orange coin has become an internationally-recognizable symbol, but Bitcoin didn’t come with this branding out of the box. As with almost every aspect of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto created a rudimentary logo in the protean days of the decentralized currency and the community iterated on it until this one stuck.  You truly old-school Bitc...

  • Screen Printing, Paralelní Polis and Cryptoanarchy With Martin Fischer

    On a cold February night in 2003, citizens of the Czech capital could see a big red question mark hovering above Prague Castle, office of the nation’s president. Not much later, a similar question mark replaced every single advertisement in the city’s metro system: Over 700 station platform posters had been covered up overnight. They turned out to be the first stunts of local art collective Ztohoven. The question mark symbolized its doubt in the Czech government and humanity’s direction as...

  • When It Comes to Bitcoin and Art, Let’s Create a Better NFT Experience

    A little over a year ago, after I finally finished doing my own research (just kidding, that process never really ends …), I reached the conclusion that if anything in the world of “crypto” / “blockchain” / “distributed ledger technology” was going to change the world and make it a better place … it was going to be Bitcoin. This was around the same time I decided to dive back into my passion for artwork, and I set out to become a “Bitcoin artist,” which, in my mind, meant cre...

  • How Propaganda Art Can Spread the Message of Bitcoin

    Lucho Poletti is brainwashing us all into buying bitcoin! Seriously, this visual artist and self-described “propagandist” considers it his job to create art that propagates the message of the orange coin.  Poletti twists the bright words and bold colors of mid-20th century brand adverts, American war posters and pop culture to address the control systems in our world and how we can break free from them through a decentralized, immutable currency system. TLDR; Poletti makes Bitcoin...

  • POSTPONED: Bitcoin 2020 Is Moving to Q3 2020

    Update: Bitcoin 2021 will be held in Los Angeles, CA, USA on April 30 – May 1. Please visit the Bitcoin 2021 website for up-to-date information and read our announcement. Following the rapid escalation of COVID-19 in California and worldwide, Bitcoin 2020 has been postponed from March 27 and 28, 2020, to Q3 of 2020. The Bitcoin 2020 team has been in close contact with health authorities, the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco and the State of California regarding this evolving sit...

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