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Understanding Exchange Traded Funds and Why Bitcoin ETFs would be big

By | 2018-08-04T22:10:04+00:00 August 4th, 2018|Categories: blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchanges, world|Tags: , , , , |

There is $5 trillion in Exchange traded funds. About 75% is in actively managed funds but passive index funds are growing and will be about one-third of the ETF market around 2021. ETFs are sometimes used as substitute for futures and investors can use passive ETFs to implement active strategies. Exchange traded funds are marketable securities [...]

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Fake Cryptocurrency company Ripple Future conned 1800 in India

By | 2018-08-02T15:13:45+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Categories: cryptocurrency, fintech, world|Tags: , , |

Two men were arrested today for conning up to 1,800 people in Ghaziabad, India with a fake cryptocurrency company. The con involved 30 core (300 million Indian Rupees which is US$4.4 million). The fake company Ripple Future promised depositors to triple their deposits in 250 days. Two men were arrested today for allegedly duping as many [...]

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Reviewing tweets and predictions from Bulls for Bitcoin

By | 2018-08-02T01:21:18+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Categories: blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchanges, fintech, world|Tags: , , , |

The Bulls for Bitcoin like Tim Draper and John McAfee are still predicting Bitcoin to reach $25,000 in 2018 and $250,000 in 2022. There is also the prediction that cryptocurrencies will become a $20 trillion market by 2021. This is based on institutional projects and institutional investors putting money into the cryptomarkets in a big way. [...]

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Atomic Swaptions: Cryptocurrency Derivatives

By | 2018-07-28T09:47:18+00:00 July 28th, 2018|Categories: altcoins, blockchain, cryptocurrency, fintech, world|Tags: , , , |

The atomic swap protocol allows for the exchange of cryptocurrencies on different blockchains without the need to trust a third-party. However, market participants who desire to hold derivative assets such as options or futures would also benefit from trustless exchange. They propose the atomic swaption, which extends the atomic swap to allow for such exchanges. Crucially, [...]

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Russian gold ship cryptocurrency, stock scams and stolen wreck location

By | 2018-07-24T14:45:42+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Categories: blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchanges, world|Tags: , |

The South Korean government is warning that the claimed discovery of a Russian shipwreck that could have $130 billion in gold might be cryptocurrency and stock market scam. Shinil Group claimed they discovered the wreck of Russian warship Dimitry Donskoi on Sunday and touted rumors that there could be 200 tons of gold coins and 3200 [...]

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Smart Contracts with Automatic Abstraction Tuning

By | 2018-07-23T15:59:00+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Categories: blockchain, Design, fintech, smart contracts|

Arxiv - Specification Mining for Smart Contracts with Automatic Abstraction Tuning Smart contracts are programs that manage digital assets according to a certain protocol, expressing for instance the rules of an auction. Understanding the possible behaviors of a smart contract is difficult, which complicates development, auditing, and the post-mortem analysis of attacks. A new paper presents [...]

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Dogecoin up 20% as it starts trading on Robinhood

By | 2018-07-17T17:26:52+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: altcoins, blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchanges|Tags: , |

Dogecoin can now be bought commission-free on Robinhood Crypto. Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash were added to Robinhood last week. There are now five different cryptocurrencies on Robinhood. Robinhood Crypto is currently available in 17 states: AZ, CA, CO, FL, IN, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NJ, NM, PA, TX, UT, VA, and WI.

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Oasis labs Privacy first blockchain with hundreds of times better performance and lower cost

By | 2018-07-17T00:44:04+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency|Tags: , , , |

Oasis Labs is building a privacy-first, high-performance cloud computing platform on blockchain. Oasis Technology has the following capabilities: * Privacy-preserving smart contracts: programmed and self-enforceable privacy protection without relying on any central party. Privacy is built into each layer from the application down to hardware. * High-performance for real-world complex applications. Oasis believes scalability is more [...]

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SpeedyChain – Blockchain for smart cities

By | 2018-07-14T17:58:01+00:00 July 14th, 2018|Categories: blockchain, fintech, world|

A smart city will use millions to billions of teraBytes of data. There will be information and communication technology to enhance the quality of life of its citizens and improve the efficiency of urban services such as utilities, energy, and transportation. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are an integral part of smart cities. ITS use sensing, communication, [...]

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Russian Hacking indictments charge cyberhacking with malware and payments with bitcoin

By | 2018-07-13T16:57:56+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Categories: cryptocurrency, world|Tags: , , , |

Twelve Russian nationals have been indicted for committing federal crimes that were intended to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. All twelve defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military. These GRU officers tried to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic [...]

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China shutdown cryptotrading but investors still access trading

By | 2018-07-11T06:37:33+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Categories: altcoins, blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchanges, fintech, world|Tags: , |

China’s central bank says the buying and selling of bitcoin in RMB has fallen from a peak of 90% of the world’s total to less than 1% since September 2017. In February 2018, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) issued a statement that it would block access to all domestic and foreign cryptocurrency exchanges and ICO [...]

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How Cryptocurrencies can become the future of Money

By | 2018-07-10T06:27:59+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Categories: altcoins, blockchain, cryptocurrency, exchanges|Tags: , , , |

eToro and the Imperial College of London have a 25 page paper that describes how cryptocurrencies can become mainstream. * Cryptocurrencies can become units of account only if there is a friendly and conducive regulatory environment. * This could then allow businesses to accept cryptocurrencies as payment systems in a broader context. * The wider use [...]

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