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1  Bitcoin / Press / 2018-04-25 - Investor Is Predicting Bitcoin Could Hit $700,000 on: April 25, 2018, 05:00:46 PM
"Why an Investor Is Predicting Bitcoin Could Hit $700,000"
The annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York is usually a place where Wall Street’s best hedge fund managers and investors present their top stock picks—from Amazon to Valeant Pharmaceuticals. And for the first time in the event’s 23-year history, one of those investors used the Sohn conference stage Monday to recommend a certain digital investment: Bitcoin.

John Pfeffer, a partner at his London-based family office Pfeffer Capital, is not only betting on Bitcoin, but giving it a bold price target of $700,000—about 75 times the current Bitcoin price of nearly $9,500.

2  Bitcoin / Press / 2018-04-23 - Early investor in Tesla, Skype and Hotmail says bitcoin wi on: April 23, 2018, 05:16:41 PM
Not only does venture capitalist Tim Draper think bitcoin is here to stay, he says it could be bigger than the internet.

When asked during a debate how the digital currency compared to his early investments in Tesla, Hotmail and Skype, Draper said bitcoin will be "bigger than all of those combined."
3  Bitcoin / Press / 2018-03-03 - Sheila Bair Sees the Seeds of Another Financial Crisis on: March 03, 2018, 02:44:40 PM
Sheila Bair, former FDIC chief...the last question:

Q: We also didn’t have bitcoin 20 years ago. Some central bankers are concerned about the mania around cryptocurrencies. What is your view?

A: Don’t put any money into bitcoin that you can’t afford to lose. But I don’t think we should ban itthe green bills in your pocket don’t have an intrinsic value, either. The value is based on what others think is its value. That’s true of any currency. Regulation should be focused on good disclosure, education, warding off fraud, and making sure it is not used for illicit activities. Let the market figure out what it’s worth. That is what it is doing now.

4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Segwit locked in on: August 08, 2017, 06:58:24 PM
The news is that Segwit hit the 95% lock in just now.  Now just waiting until active. (5% more here plus 2016 blocks) [edit for clarity]
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Looks like coinbase will be supporting the Bitcoin Cash hard fork/alt on: August 04, 2017, 12:45:29 AM
Looks like will be supporting Bitcoin Cash...just (probably) not very soon...per their email:

Over the last several days, we’ve examined all of the relevant issues and have decided to work on adding support for bitcoin cash for Coinbase customers. We made this decision based on factors such as the security of the network, customer demand, trading volumes, and regulatory considerations.

We are planning to have support for bitcoin cash by January 1, 2018, assuming no additional risks emerge during that time.
6  Bitcoin / Press / 2017-07-01 Barron' - Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Will Change Banking on: July 01, 2017, 10:27:58 AM
The hottest in­vest­ment of the first half of the year wasn’t Ama­zon.­com, Net­flix, or even Tesla. In fact, your broker prob­a­bly isn’t pitch­ing it, and it is barely even rec­og­nized by the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion. Yet cryp­tocur­ren­cies—the most fa­mous of which is Bit­coin—are shoot­ing out the lights.
It’s easy to dis­miss the digi­tal cur­rency as an out­landish, even dan­ger­ous, fad. Don’t.


(Barron's is published by Dow Jones who publishes the WSJ)
7  Bitcoin / Press / 2016-11-29 - The Secret, Dangerous World of Venezuelan Bitcoin Mining on: November 30, 2016, 02:01:20 AM
Four years ago, Alberto's career prospects were bleak. The 23-year-old Venezuelan had just graduated from college with a degree in computer science, but his nation's economy was already shredded by 13 years of socialism.
Alberto, meanwhile, based on his own account, is earning more than $1,200 a day mining bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.

He's part of Venezuela's rapidly growing digital currency mining community. Faced with growing threats of violent crime and government extortion, its members interface through secret online groups and take extreme precautions to hide their activities.

One of the key points in the article was that the authoritarian socialists keep electricity virtually free, so mining is only a matter of getting the miners and turning them on.

Now if I still knew people in Venezuela, that would be a good arbitrage.  Send them miners and split the proceeds.
8  Bitcoin / Press / 2016-05-27 - The Man Who Wrote the Book on Bitcoin Calls ‘Know Your on: May 27, 2016, 02:38:33 PM
The USA PATRIOT Act required that all banks in the United States verify the identities of their depositors, in order to undermine the ability of terrorists to use our financial system. So it’s ironic that Andreas Antonopoulos called the practice “dangerous” in a YouTube post that went up recently. The concept has come to be known as “know your customer,” or “KYC.” It’s bandied about a lot at fintech and bitcoin gatherings.

9  Bitcoin / Press / 2016-05-27 - Bitcoin Is Just The Beginning on: May 27, 2016, 02:37:34 PM
One of the great mysteries of modern life is the time it still takes for a check to clear. Every other financial transaction is being reduced to the tap of a phone or the press of a key. But checks take days to rumble their way from payee to the originating bank, days of lost interest and presumably fees for the intermediaries passing them around behind the scenes. Transactions and data management are supposed to be slicker these days, and yet time and again all of us run into situations where it’s as though technology never happened, or stopped around 1993.

Now come blockchains, and according to father and son authors Don and Alex Tapscott, we should all be cheering. Blockchains are basically a much better way of managing information.
10  Bitcoin / Press / 2015-08-01 - Executive arrested over disappearance of $390 million on: August 01, 2015, 01:38:50 PM
Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the collapsed MtGox Bitcoin exchange, over the disappearance of about $390 (£250 million) worth of the virtual currency, local media said.  ...

11  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-10-01 - Bitcoin and Cryonics, Merkle Roots on: July 15, 2015, 04:11:39 PM
It has an introduction to Cryonics, talks about Ralph Merkle (the "Merkle" in Merkle roots etc and also a board member of Alcor).  Plus why it might be useful for cryonic members.  Unfortunately I couldn't copy and paste any selections since they are using which pretty much sucks.

Anyway, this is an older article, but it is finally available online:
12  Bitcoin / Press / 2015-06-07 WSJ - Money Isn’t Free, but Moving It Is Now Cheaper on: June 08, 2015, 01:51:44 AM
One day last year, at the height of the Ukrainian revolution, Mark Howard spotted something interesting on television. In the background, a protester was holding up a poster with an instantly recognizable logo: A “B” with two vertical bars, the symbol for the digital currency bitcoin.

Mr. Howard is an American IT specialist and a self-described bitcoin enthusiast. He surmised that the poster’s QR code, which is a kind of square bar code, must contain the address of a bitcoin wallet belonging to the protesters. On a whim, he froze the frame, scanned the code with an app on his phone, and sent $10 worth of bitcoin to a country whose banks were paralyzed but whose protesters needed money to continue their fight.

It happened instantly, and the total cost of the transaction was $0.02.

If using unregulated cryptocurrency to crowd-fund foreign revolutions sounds...


But it is pay-walled. Search with "Money Isn’t Free, but Moving It Is Now Cheaper" in Google and follow that link.
13  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-12-18 - Hal Finney Becomes Alcor's 128 Patient on: December 18, 2014, 08:54:20 PM
A little bit more about Hal Finney and Alcor is here,

Hal Finney, Alcor member A-1436 who chose the whole-body option, was pronounced legally deceased on August 28, 2014 at 8:50 am at the age of 58, in Scottsdale, Arizona. That same day, Hal became Alcor’s 128th patient.

Hal, who has had cryopreservation arrangements with the Alcor Foundation for over 20 years, was Bitcoin’s earliest-ever adopter.
14  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-11-13 - Bitcoin Is a Payment System, Not an Investment: Woo on: November 13, 2014, 01:40:16 PM
David Woo, global rates head at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses the volatility of Bitcoin and why he views it as a payment system and not something to invest in. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

"Bitcoin can become a major means of payment and may emerge as a serious competitor to traditional money transfer providers.  As a medium of exchange, Bitcoin has clear potential for growth."

"Have to separate bitcoin as a payment system vs an investment."
"Think about the number of companies adopting bitcoin."
"...has become less volatile this year."

Also it has a few quotes from Ben Lawsky praising parts of bitcoin.
15  Other / Meta / And DannyHamilton? on: November 06, 2014, 12:51:09 AM
and Danny Hamilton hasn't been on since Oct 12.
16  Other / Meta / DeathAndTaxes? on: November 06, 2014, 12:49:36 AM
DeathAndTaxes vanished from here almost exactly a month ago (Oct 7).  Anyone know what is up?

Bitsimple is still around.  Just curious if he is okay.
17  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-10-30 - China has nipped Bitcoin in the bud on: October 30, 2014, 05:43:34 PM
In the year 2000, Bill Clinton famously quipped that trying to control the internet in China would be like "trying to nail Jello to a wall".

Fourteen years later and, for the most part at least , the Chinese government has managed to pull off what was then deemed impossible and make it stick.

The same phenomenon is repeating itself with the latest digital disruptor de jour, the crypto-currency bitcoin.

Many analysts believe bitcoin is at around the same level of development and recognition as the internet was when Clinton made those remarks.

Recognising the game-changing economic upside to the internet, the Chinese government accepted it, but on its own terms. Bitcoin has followed a similar logic.
... read more:
18  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-10-28 Straits Times - Blackmailers Threaten Czech Republic with Ebola on: October 28, 2014, 12:13:26 PM
2014-10-28 Straits Times - Blackmailers Threaten Czech Republic with Ebola Outbreak if not paid in bitcoin
19  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-10-28 CrowdFundInsider - Poland's InPay allows backers to buy with Bitcoin on: October 28, 2014, 11:31:44 AM
20  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-10-28 Washington City - Mr Yogato and Thomas Foolery Accept Bitcoin on: October 28, 2014, 11:28:54 AM
You can buy your yogurt and Smirnoff ice with Bitcoin:
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