Peter Chawaga

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Nov 24 2020

HASHR8 Assesses The World Of Bitcoin Mining With Launch Of Index Reports

Bitcoin mining-focused media company HASHR8 has launched the first report in its “Bitcoin Mining Index,” a planned series on the world’s prominent mining regions that offers detail on how the practice is taking shape and where opportunity lies around the globe.“Bitcoin mining is truly a global game,” a representative of HASHR8 told Bitcoin Magazine. “Each country has its own unique pros...

Nov 18 2020

Bitcoin, Blockchain Entrepreneur Malcolm CasSelle Dies At 50

Nov 18 2020 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  malcolm casselle obituary people

Malcolm CaSelle, a pioneering blockchain technology and Bitcoin entrepreneur, has died at age 50, according to a social media post from friend and colleague E. David Ellington. “My younger brother, business partner, advisor and friend, Malcolm CasSelle, died in Mexico yesterday,” Ellington wrote on November 18, 2020. “Apparently, his friends said he had a stomach ache when he woke. He took some...

Nov 17 2020

Bitcoin’s Market Cap Hits All-Time High

Nov 17 2020 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  bitcoin price investing market cap

According to publicly-available market data, bitcoin’s market capitalization has hit a new all-time high, eclipsing its highest mark ever of $328.89879 billion, set on December 16, 2017, per Coin Metrics. Market capitalization is determined by an asset’s individual price, multiplied by its total supply. At the time of this writing,...

Nov 13 2020

Hodl Hodl Brings Non-Custodial, Bitcoin-Backed Lending Service To U.S.

Decentralized cryptocurrency exchange Hodl Hodl announced today that its lending service, Lend at Hodl Hodl, is now available to customers in the U.S. “Lend at Hodl Hodl is a global, P2P, non-custodial, bitcoin-backed lending platform where anyone can lend or borrow stablecoins anonymously on a P2P basis,” per an announcement shared with Bitcoin Magazine. The service allows users to create a...

Nov 12 2020

Nov 06 2020

Government Seizes 69,730 Bitcoin ($1 Billion) Tied To Silk Road

On November 5, 2020, federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint describing the seizure of 69,370 bitcoin (worth about $1.06 billion at the time of this writing) from an individual who was able to steal the funds from darknet marketplace Silk Road. According to the complaint, the funds were stolen from Silk Road across 54 previously undetected bitcoin transactions in 2012...

Nov 05 2020

Wasabi Wallet 2.0 Announced, Focusing On Privacy Ahead Of Mass Adoption

Wasabi Wallet, a privacy-focused Bitcoin wallet, today announced Wasabi Wallet 2.0. It expects the product to release sometime in the next three to 14 months. Wasabi Wallet is a free and open-source desktop wallet that leverages CoinJoin mixing to obscure transaction history by combining multiple bitcoin payments from multiple parties into single transactions,...

Nov 04 2020

Is Iran Becoming A Bitcoin Nation?

Late last month, Iran Daily, the official newspaper of the country’s government, reported that the administration had amended its cryptocurrency legislation to make digital assets “exclusively used for funding imports at a time of increased pressure on the country’s normal use of hard currencies.” In practice, this means that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that are mined officially under...

Nov 02 2020

Bitcoiners Weigh In On The U.S. Presidential Election

Bitcoin is inherently apolitical, in the sense that no third party or government can influence the critical aspects of how the network functions. But politicians can influence Bitcoin tangentially, by introducing regulations that make it harder to access, implementing economic policies that drive more people toward this alternative or through other actions within their power. And decisions by individuals to leverage BTC, to...

Lightning Labs Releases Channel Liquidity Marketplace

Today, Lightning Network development firm Lightning Labs has released a peer- to-peer, non-custodial marketplace called Lightning Pool, where Lightning node operators can buy and sell access to channel liquidity. The marketplace is a way for node operators in need of inbound liquidity to pay node operators with that liquidity to open channels in their direction. “Users can buy or sell Lightning channels, the equivalent...

Oct 28 2020

From Brazil To Turkey, Bitcoin Prices Hit All-Time Highs Around The World

This article also appeared in our Down The Rabbit Hole newsletter. If you want our news and analysis straight to your inbox, make sure you subscribe now! One bitcoin will always be worth 1 bitcoin, but its price relative to fiat currencies is an important indicator of how much people around the world value the opportunity to opt...

Oct 22 2020

As Corporations Build Bitcoin Treasuries, We All Win

The last three months in Bitcoin have been marked...

Franklin Templeton Join Series A For Institutional Bitcoin Custody Provider Curv

Oct 22 2020 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  curv fundraising investing

Curv, an institutional crypto asset custody provider, today announced that global investment firm Franklin Templeton and fintech-focused venture capital firm Illuminante Financial Management have joined its Series A funding round — which already included CommerzVentures, Coinbase, Digital Currency Group, Team8 and Digital Garage. “Curv is driving traditional institutional and crypto native demand for digital assets through multi-party computation (MPC)...

Oct 21 2020

Nigerian Protest Group Finds Sovereign Lifeline In Bitcoin

Oct 21 2020 Published at Bitcoin Magazine under tags  adoption nigeria politics protests

This article also appeared in our Down The Rabbit Hole newsletter. If you want our news and analysis straight to your inbox, make sure you subscribe now! Since mid-October, protestors across Nigeria have been demonstrating daily to bring attention to claims that a police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is...

PayPal Introduces Ability To Buy, Sell And Hold Bitcoin

Major online payments company PayPal today announced the launch of a service that will allow its customers to buy, sell and hold bitcoin, along with other select cryptocurrencies, directly from their PayPal accounts. This could create a brand new on-ramp to BTC for a huge new consumer base with interest in digital payments, as the service has some 300 million users. PayPal will...

Oct 15 2020

Taproot Merged Into Bitcoin Core

Taproot, the highly-anticipated protocol upgrade designed to add smart contract flexibility and more transactional privacy to Bitcoin, has officially merged into Bitcoin Core. The implementation now merged into Bitcoin’s code includes the Schnorr and Taproot consensus rules proposed in BIPs 340, 341 and...

Oct 14 2020

Despite Legal Turmoil, BitMEX Research Shows Us How Not To Use Brain Wallets

This article originally appeared in our Down The Rabbit Hole newsletter. If you want our news and analysis straight to your inbox, make sure you subscribe now! BitMEX has been dominating the cryptocurrency news cycle lately, for reasons that it would rather avoid. On October 1, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged the exchange with facilitating...

Oct 07 2020

Crypto For Congress Puts “American-Made” Bitcoin Into The Hands Of Policymakers

This week, the Chamber of Digital Commerce sent all 535 members of the United States Congress about 0.0047 BTC ($50 worth at the time), in an effort to educate the country’s legislators around cryptocurrency and blockchain technology that it calls Crypto For Congress. Leveraging Federal Election Commission rules that allow for cryptocurrency-based campaign contributions and its own Political Action Committee to...

Sep 30 2020

As A Privacy Pioneer, Edward Snowden Left A Trail For Bitcoin

This article originally appeared in our Down The Rabbit Hole newsletter. If you want our news and analysis straight to your inbox, make sure you subscribe now! “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson The key feature of Bitcoin is that it is free from control...

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