On July 14, 2020, join Binance as we kick off our third anniversary with one of the biggest blockchain events of the year. Get the latest news and updates on all things blockchain and crypto, and take an exclusive look at what’s coming next at our “Off the Charts!” Virtual Conference, a blockbuster 10-hour live event with multi-regional programming that brings together 80+ influential speakers, including leading blockchain and crypto innovators, business and technology leaders, influential academics, and key policymakers. Expect to hear the latest insights on the blockchain ecosystem from some of the industry’s most prominent leaders and visionaries. Join our can’t-miss event with powerful talks, breakthrough panels, opportunities to win prizes, and much more. The “Off the Charts!” Virtual Conference will feature five segments with spotlights on regions making a significant impact in the space: Europe & the UK, Asia-Pacific, Russia & CIS, Africa & Middle East, and North America & LATAM. Discover an array of keynotes, panels, and fireside chats, on these following themes and more:
Powering Crypto Growth: Local blockchain trends and evolving technologies that are transforming crypto awareness and adoption.
Crypto Meets Traditional Finance: Exploring opportunities for integrated and parallel development.
Blockchain and Global Health: Crypto’s appeal in today’s volatile environment.
Policy and Regulation: Spearheading community initiatives through cooperation and investment.
Trading Strategies and Technical Analysis: Training and insights to improve your trading.
Hear from these speakers and more:
Akon - Chairman & Co-Founder, Akoin
Cliff Liang - Director of Solutions Architecture, Amazon
David Ferrer Canosa - Secretary for Digital Policies, Government of Catalonia
Don Tapscott - Executive Chairman, The Blockchain Research Institute
Oleksandr Bornyakov - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine
Perianne Boring - Founder and President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Changpeng Zhao (CZ) - Founder & CEO, Binance
He Yi - Co-Founder & CMO, Binance
Aarón Olmos - Economist, Olmos Group Venezuela
Alex Saunders - CEO & Founder, Nugget's News
Anna Baydakova - Reporter, CoinDesk
Anton Mozgovoy - Head of Product, Jthereum
Apolline Blandin - Research Lead, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance
Beniamin Mincu - CEO, Elrond
Bobby Ong - Co-founder, CoinGecko
Brendan Eich - CEO & Co-founder, Brave Software
Bruno Diniz - Managing Partner, Spiralem Innovation Consulting
Calvin Liu - Strategy Lead, Compound Labs
Camila Russo - Founder, The Defiant
Carlos Rischioto - Client Technical Leader & Blockchain SME, IBM
Carylyne Chan - Interim CEO, CoinMarketCap
Catherine Coley - CEO, Binance.US
Charles Hayter - CEO, CryptoCompare
Charles Hoskinson - Founder, Cardano
Charlie Shrem - Host, UntoldStories.Com
Chimezie Chuta - Founder, Blockchain Nigeria User Group
Darius Sit - Partner, QCP Capital
David Ferrer Canosa - Secretary for Digital Policies, Government of Catalonia
Denis Efremov - Investment Director, Da Vinci Capital
Don Tapscott - Executive Chairman, The Blockchain Research Institute
Eric Turner - VP, Market Intelligence, Messari
Erick Pinos - Americas Ecosystem Lead, Ontology
Ernesto Contreras Escalona - Head of Business Development, Dash Core Group
Eugene Mutai - CTO, Raise
Genping Liu - Partner, Vertex Ventures
Hany Rashwan - CEO, 21Shares AG
Harry Halpin - CEO, Nym Technologies
Hongfei Da - Founder, Neo
Igor Runets - CEO, BitRiver
İsmail Hakkı Polat - Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Lecturer, Istanbul Kadir Has University
Jamie Burke - CEO, Outlier Ventures
Jiho Kang - CEO, Binance.KR
John Izaguirre - Europe Ecosystem Lead, Ontology
John Khenneth Parungao - COO, SwipeWallet, Inc.
Jon Karas - President & Co-Founder, Akoin
Jorge Farias - CEO, Cryptobuyer
Joseph Hung - Director of Market Strategy, Klaytn
Joseph Lubin - CEO, ConsenSys
Juan Otero - CEO, Travala.com
Justin Sun - Founder, TRON & CEO, BitTorrent
Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr - Managing Editor & Head of Features, Cointelegraph
Ken Nakamura - CEO, GMO-Z.com Trust Company
Konstantin Goldstein - Principal Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Kyle Samani - Managing Director, Multicoin Capital
Thamim Ahmed - Researcher, University College London
Tom Lee - Head of Research, Fundstrat Global Advisors
Tyler Spalding - CEO, Flexa
Veronica Wong - CEO, SafePal
Viktor Radchenko - Founder, Trust Wallet
Winpro Yan - Chief Editor, Mars Finance
Yele Bademosi - CEO, Bundle Africa
Zhuling Chen - COO, Aelf Blockchain
Stay tuned as speakers and more themes are announced in the coming weeks! For more details, read our blog posthereand visit our event websitehere. During the livestream, we will be holding special #BinanceTurns3activities for viewers and giving away limited-edition prizes, swag, and collectible NFTs at various points throughout the livestream. Availability is limited! Register today! Binance Awards 2020 Join Binance as we celebrate the standout innovators and businesses that have made sizable contributions, both to our community and to our blockchain ecosystem. Winners will be announced during our live event, and results will be published on our blog afterwards. Register on Eventbrite today and tune in to the “Off the Charts” Virtual Conference on July 14, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (UTC). -------- Thank you to our partners for helping make this event possible!
Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20191025(Market index 24 — Extreme Fear state)
https://preview.redd.it/yinduzdexnu31.png?width=565&format=png&auto=webp&s=989c8ae3b2018b6ca2e95124149a0402b46cfd56 Major Korean Banks Back Bitcoin Startup Coinplug’s $6.4 Million Round Coinplug, one of the earliest Bitcoin exchange, wallet and payment startups in South Korea, has raised 7.5 billion won, or $6.4 million, from venture arms of major local financial institutions. The funding came from KB Investment, a VC unit of the KB Financial Group, one of the largest banking institutions in Korea; Mirae Asset Venture Investment, a listed subsidiary of investment bank and securities broker Mirae Asset Daewoo; as well as private equity and VC firm Smilegate Investment. With the new equity financing, Coinplug said it would be focusing on decentralized identification technologies, an area that has drawn significant interest from the Korean government and major banks in the country. Johannesburg’s Government Website Got Attacked By Hackers Who Ransomed Bitcoins The City of Joburg on October 24 announced a breach of its network and shut down its website and all e-services as a precautionary measure. The City said it had detected a network breach “which resulted in an unauthorized access to our information systems.” Business Day reported that the attack came hours after the City received a Bitcoin ransom note from a group called the Shadow Kill Hackers. Charlie Lee: Litecoin’s Fate Is Not Dependent On The Fate Of Litecoin Foundation The Litecoin Foundation now has at most two years of runway left and its co-founders are scraping together a business model to generate more revenue. Charlie Lee, Litecoin founder, said Litecoin’s fate is not dependent on the fate of the Litecoin Foundation. The foundation right now only has one full time, paid employee; everyone else works as a volunteer. NYDFS Requested That Bittrex Postpone The New York Account Closure Deadline Until Further Notice The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has requested that Bittrex postpone the New York account closure deadline until further notice. New York residents will be able to continue to withdraw funds, but may not deposit or trade.
Encrypted project calendar（October 25, 2019）
ADA/Cardano:Cardano (ADA) The Ada community will host a community gathering in the Dominican Republic for the first time on October 25.Crypto.com Coin (CRO):25 October 2019 Live AMA with CEO “Live AMA with our CEO@Kris_HKon@cryptocom’s Twitter next Friday, 25 October, 11AM HKT.”GST/GSTCOIN:GSTCOIN(GST)LBank will be online GST on October 25, 2019 at 16:00 (UTC+8), open trading pair: GST/USDT, GST/ETH.Vexanium (VEX)：25 October 2019 BP Showcase On Friday, 25 October 2019, Vexanium will blast a BP showcase to all of Vexanium channel and social media.3DCoin (3DC)：25 October 2019 3DCoin Weekly AMA 3DCoin / ProjectDistricts AMA on Telegram from 9 PM — 11 PM (UTC +4).Zilliqa (ZIL)：25 October 2019 Dev Call “The Moonlet Wallet team will be joining our 5th Dev Call this Friday at 11am EST on Discord. We’ll discuss their vision of becomingOntology (ONT):25 October 2019 Twitter AMA “On 25 October, our Senior Architecture Experts will be live on Twitter for the first time to answer all your questions.”FunFair (FUN):25 October 2019 Bounties Paid “… Your bounty will be paid out in full, straight to your wallet on Friday, 25th October.”Waltonchain (WTC):25 October 2019 Server Maintenance “#KIRINMINER Mall… server will be down for maintenance from Oct. 25 till estimated Oct. 28 or earlier…”Matrix AI Network (MAN):25 October 2019 Update “The new update will happen at block 1,420,800, which is estimated to be 4PM on October 25th (GMT+8).”
Encrypted project calendar（October 26, 2019）
KAT/Kambria:Kambria (KAT) Kambria will host the 2019 Southern California Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Conference in Los Angeles on October 26th with IDEAS.BTC/Bitcoin:CoinAgenda Global Summit will be held in Las Vegas from October 26th to 28thHorizen (ZEN):26 October 2019 (or earlier) ZEN 2.0.19 Upgrade Zen 2.0.19 upgrade at block #610000, which is expected around October 26.IOTA (MIOTA):26 October 2019 Taipei Workshop “Sam Chen, our Software Engineer, will explain how to use IOTA C Client library & will demonstrate 3 IoT projects running on ESP32 at…”Streamr DATAcoin (DATA):26 October 2019 Data Union Demonstration “This Saturday, Streamr will hold the first demonstration of data unions, with a community built plugin for users to crowdsell…”
Encrypted project calendar（October 27, 2019）
ICON (ICX):27 October 2019 Money 20/20 USA Event Money 20/20 USA in Las Vegas from October 27–30.Aeternity (AE):and 5 others 27 October 2019 CoinAgenda ConferenceCoinAgenda conference in Las Vegas from October 26–28.
Encrypted project calendar（October 28, 2019）
LTC/Litecoin:Litecoin (LTC) 2019 Litecoin Summit will be held from October 28th to October 29th in Las Vegas, USABTC/Bitcoin:Mt.Gox changes the debt compensation plan submission deadline to October 28ZEC/Zcash:Zcash (ZEC) will activate the Blossom Agreement on October 28thStellar (XLM):28 October 2019 Protocol 12 Upgrade Vote Horizon v0.22.0 has been released, which supports Protocol 12. This gives everyone ample time to prepare for the Protocol 12 upgrade voteCelsius (CEL)and 3 others: 28 October 2019 Litecoin Summit “…The Litecoin Summit offers two fun, jam-packed days with something for everyone.”XFOC (XFOC):The IDAX platform will be online XFOC and will open the XFOC/USDT trading pair at 13:00 on October 28.MEDIUM (MDM):The IDAX platform lists MDM and will open MDM/BTC trading pairs on October 28th at 15:00.ZB/ ZB Blockchain:The “2019 Hamburg Intercontinental Dialogue Conference” hosted by ZB.com will be held from October 28th to November 9th at the Four Seasons Hotel Hamburg, Germany.BQT (BQTX)：28 October 2019 Down for Maintenance BQTX.com will be down for maintenance on the 28th of October from 7 to 12am UTC.
Encrypted project calendar（October 29, 2019）
BTC/Bitcoin:The 2nd World Encryption Conference (WCC) will be held in Las Vegas from October 29th to 31st.ICON (ICX):29 October 2019 Decentralization “As a result, the decentralization schedule of the ICON Network has been changed from September 24, 2019 to October 29, 2019.”Ark (ARK):and 10 others 29 October 2019 WCC 2019 Second annual Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Technology event, World Crypto Conference (WCC), October 29th — October 31, 2019.Insifa (ISF):29 October 2019 Prototype Alpha “We from Insifa have decided to be more open. Our Prototype will be developed in scrum. This means new releases every two weeks.”Enjin Coin (ENJ):29 October 2019 EnjinCraft Stress Test “Join us Oct. 29 at 7:00pm GMT for a stress test. Let’s try to break #EnjinCraft!”IOTA (MIOTA):29 October 2019 IOTSWC Barcelona IOT Solutions World Congress Digitalizing Industries conference in Barcelona from October 29–31.
Encrypted project calendar（October 30, 2019）
MIOTA/IOTA:IOTA (MIOTA) IOTA will host a community event on October 30th at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on the topic “How to store data on IOTA Tangle.”TRON (TRX):30 October 2019 SFBW19 Afterparty “TRON Official SFBW19 Afterparty from 7–10:30 PM in San Francisco.”Horizen (ZEN):30 October 2019 Horizen Quarterly Update Join our first Quarterly Update on October the 30th at 5 PM UTC/ 1 PM EST. Deeper look into Engineering, BD, Marketing, and more.Aeternity (AE):30 October 2019 Hardfork “The third hardfork of the æternity Mainnet is scheduled for October 30, 2019.”Valor Token (VALOR):30 October 2019 Transaction Fees Resume “It’s September and the SMART VALOR Platform is still waiving transaction fees for all members, until October 30th!”Aragon (ANT):30 October 2019 Singapore Meetup “Aragon on DAOs and DeFi” from 6:30–8:30 PM.Kambria (KAT):30 October 2019 Outliers Hashed Awards Outliers Hashed awards from October 30–31.Ethereum Classic (ETC):30 October 2019 Cohort Demo Day “ETC Labs hosts it’s 2nd Cohort Demo Day. Learn about the companies and project being accelerated through the Ethereum Classic ecosystem.”
Encrypted project calendar（October 31, 2019）
Spendcoin (SPND):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Cross Ledger Mainnet “Cross Ledger Mainnet Release and SPND Token Swap,” during October 2019.Spendcoin (SPND):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Blkchn University Beta “Blockchain University Beta goes live,” during October 2019.Stellar (XLM):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Minor Release “We will have 6 Minor Releases in 2019; one each in February, March, May, June, August, and October.”Bitcoin SV (BSV):31 October 2019 (or earlier) BSV Conference Seoul No additional information.Seele (SEELE):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Public Network Mainne launch has been moved to Oct 31 .Howdoo (UDOO):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Howdoo Live on Huawei Howdoo begins its exciting partnership with Huawei with listing as a featured app starting in October.Chiliz (CHZ):31 October 2019 (or earlier) App Soft Launch Soft launch of Socios App by end of October.Dent (DENT):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Loyalty Program “Afterburner loyalty program launch for all 21,6 Million mobile #DENT users will be in October!”IceChain (ICHX):31 October 2019 (or earlier) Wallet Release IceChain releases wallet during October.Chiliz (CHZ):31 October 2019 (or earlier) New Partnerships New sports and new teams joining Socios (+more updates and events) will be announced in the upcoming weeks.Horizen (ZEN):31 October 2019 Weekly Insider Team updates at 3:30 PM UTC/ 11:30 AM EDT: Engineering, Node network, Product/UX, Helpdesk, Legal, BD, Marketing, CEO Closing thoughts, AMA.PCHAIN (PI):31 October 2019 (or earlier) New Website No additional information.IOST (IOST):31 October 2019 (or earlier) New Game on IOST “Eternal Fafnir, a new role-playing game developed by INFUN is coming to you in Oct.”Achain (ACT)：31 October 2019 Mainnet 2.0 Launch “… The main network is officially scheduled to launch on October 31.”Mithril (MITH)：31 October 2019 Burn “MITH burn will take place on 2019/10/31 2pm UTC+8. “Aergo (AERGO)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Aergo Lite V1.0 Release AergoLite, which brings blockchain compatibility to billions of devices using SQLite, released during October 2019.TE-FOOD (TFD)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Complementary Product “Development of a new, complementary product with a new partner, which we hope to be launched in September-October.”Edge (DADI)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Full Open Source Code base for the network fully open-sourced in September or October.BlockStamp (BST)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) ASIC Miner Prototype In orderr to ensure BlockStamps continued decentralization, we will release a BST ASIC miner for testing.Perlin (PERL)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) SSA Partnership “Perlin has partnered with the Singapore Shipping Association to create the International E-Registry of Ships (IERS)”Skrumble Network (SKM)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Exchange Release “3rd dApp: Exchange Release,” during October 2019.EDC Blockchain (EDC)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Blockchain Marketplace “As you already know, our ECRO blockchain marketplace is ready for release, and will open to the global community in October!”BlockStamp (BST)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) ASIC Miner Prototype In orderr to ensure BlockStamps continued decentralization, we will release a BST ASIC miner for testing.XinFin Network (XDCE)：31 October 2019 Homebloc Webinar “XinFin — Homebloc Webinar 2019” from 9–10 PM.Akropolis (AKRO)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Alpha Release “Delivers the initial mainnet implementation of protocol. All building blocks will be united to one product.”Hyperion (HYN)：31 October 2019 (or earlier) Economic Model The final version of the HYN Economic Model launches in October.
Encrypted project calendar（November 1, 2019）
INS/Insolar:The Insolar (INS) Insolar wallet and the redesigned Insolar Block Explorer will be operational on November 1, 2019.VeChain (VET)：”01 November 2019 BUIDLer Reunion Party BUIDLer Reunion Party in San Francisco from 8–11 PM.uPlexa (UPX)：01 November 2019 Steadfast Storm — PoS/PoW split (Utility nodes ie. master nodes) — Upcoming Anonymity Network much like TOR — Privacy-based DApps — Reduced network fees.Enjin Coin (ENJ)：01 November 2019 MFT Binding “ICYMI: On Enjin Coin’s 2nd anniversary (November 1), Enjin MFTs will be bound to hodlers’ blockchain addresses…”Auxilium (AUX)：01 November 2019 AUX Interest Distribution Monthly interest distribution by Auxilium Interest Distribution Platform for coinholders. Also supports charity.Havy (HAVY)：01 November 2019 Token Buyback “Havy tokens buyback, Only in 1 exchange between Idex, Mercatox & Hotbit. The exchange depends on the most lower sell wall.”Egretia (EGT):01 November 2019 Global DApp Contest SF 2019 Egretia Global DApp Contest in San Francisco.
Encrypted project calendar（November 2, 2019）
Kambria (KAT)：02 November 2019 VietAI Summit 2019 Kambria joins forces with VietAI for the annual VietAI Summit, with top experts from Google Brain, NVIDIA, Kambria, VietAI, and more!
Encrypted project calendar（November 4, 2019）
Stellar (XLM)：04 November 2019 Stellar Meridian Conf. Stellar Meridian conference from Nov 4–5 in Mexico City.Cappasity (CAPP)：04 November 2019 Lisbon Web Summit Lisbon Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal from November 4–7.
Encrypted project calendar（November 5, 2019）
Nexus (NXS)：05 November 2019 Tritium Official Release “Remember, Remember the 5th of November, the day Tritium changed Distributed Ledger. Yes, this is an official release date.”NEM (XEM)：05 November 2019 Innovation Forum — Kyiv NEM Foundation Council Member Anton Bosenko will be speaking in the upcoming International Innovation Forum in Kyiv on November 5, 2019.TomoChain (TOMO):05 November 2019 TomoX Testnet “Mark your calendar as TomoX testnet will be live on Tuesday, Nov 5th!”aelf (ELF):05 November 2019 Bug Bounty Program Ends On Oct 24th, 2019 aelf’s biggest bug bounty will launch with a large reward pool. The event will run for almost 2 weeks.
Encrypted project calendar（November 6, 2019）
STEEM/Steem:The Steem (STEEM) SteemFest 4 conference will be held in Bangkok from November 6th to 10th.KIM/Kimcoin:Kimcoin (KIM) Bitfinex will be online at KIM on November 6, 2019 at 12:00 (UTC).
Encrypted project calendar（November 7, 2019）
XRP (XRP)： 07 November 2019 Swell 2019 Ripple hosts Swell from November 7th — 8th in Singapore.BTC/Bitcoin:Malta The A.I. and Blockchain summit will be held in Malta from November 7th to 8th.
Encrypted project calendar（November 8, 2019）
BTC/Bitcoin:The 2nd Global Digital Mining Summit will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from October 8th to 10th.IOTX/IoTeX:IoTex (IOTX) will participate in the CES Expo on November 08
Encrypted project calendar（November 9, 2019）
CENNZ/Centrality:Centrality (CENNZ) will meet in InsurTechNZ Connect — Insurance and Blockchain on October 9th in Auckland.HTMLCOIN (HTML):09 November 2019 (or earlier) Mandatory Wallet Update Mandatory Wallet Update: there will be a soft fork on our blockchain. This update adds header signature verification on block 997,655.
Encrypted project calendar（November 11, 2019）
PAX/Paxos Standard:Paxos Standard (PAX) 2019 Singapore Financial Technology Festival will be held from November 11th to 15th, and Paxos Standard will attend the conference.Crypto.com Coin (CRO):and 3 others 11 November 2019 Capital Warm-up Party Capital Warm-up Party in Singapore.GoldCoin (GLC):11 November 2019 Reverse Bitcoin Hardfork The GoldCoin (GLC) Team will be “Reverse Hard Forking” the Bitcoin (BTC) Blockchain…”
Encrypted project calendar（November 12, 2019）
BTC/Bitcoin:The CoinMarketCap Global Conference will be held at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore from November 12th to 13thBinance Coin (BNB)and 7 others: 12 November 2019 CMC Global Conference “The first-ever CoinMarketCap large-scale event: A one-of-a-kind blockchain / crypto experience like you’ve never experienced before.”
Encrypted project calendar（November 13, 2019）
Fetch.ai (FET):13 November 2019 Cambridge Meetup “Join us for a@Fetch_ai#Cambridge #meetup on 13 November@pantonarms1.”Binance Coin (BNB)and 5 others: 13 November 2019 Blockchain Expo N.A. “It will bring together key industries from across the globe for two days of top-level content and discussion across 5 co-located events…”OKB (OKB):13 November 2019 Dnipro, Ukraine- Talks Join us in Dnipro as we journey through Ukraine for our OKEx Cryptour on 11 Nov.Centrality (CENNZ):13 November 2019 AMA Meetup “Ask our CEO@aaronmcdnzanything in person! Join the AMA meetup on 13 November in Singapore.”OKB (OKB):13 November 2019 OKEx Cryptotour Dnipro “OKEx Cryptour Ukraine 2019 — Dnipro” in Dnipro from 6–9 PM (EET).
Encrypted project calendar（November 14, 2019）
BTC/Bitcoin:The 2019 BlockShow Asia Summit will be held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from November 14th to 15th.
23rd July: Weekly Community Newsletter for Anonymous Bitcoin - Sixth Ed.
Anonymous Bitcoin Community Herald Edition 6
Editorial It has been a very busy week, and happily, Bitcoin is looking healthy. A few weeks ago, there was speculation of BTC falling to 2-3K USD. That looks pretty unlikely now, as the price has been fairly steady at 7.3-7.7K USD for most of the last week. A healthy BTC price gives the general cryptocurrency market confidence. ZCL has steadily sat at $8+US, with a big spike in volume occurring over the last few days. A special mention of an Anonymous Bitcoin admin is deserved: Brad Pat now has his German language website linked to the official ANON website. Clicking through 'Languages' and 'German' will take you to the site designed and created by Brad Pat himself: 'http://anonymousbitcoin.de/'. Congratulations Brad Pat! It looks great, is an inspiration, and it is a nice example of how an individual can uniquely support something they feel passionate about. A repeat from last week: Why not get into mastersternodes? Passive income from a masternode should be a part of every crypto-investors' strategy. Anonymous Bitcoin is making it accessible for everyone. WTF is masternodes ? (Check out some basics!). Additionally, have a look at @XeZZoR's medium article to clear up some misconceptions about masternodes. Thought for the week: Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own. – Bruce Lee The next edition of this newsletter will be available 30th July, covering the week of the 23rd July to 29th July, 2018. Important Announcements and Developments A few days ago, we had a new video release from ANON featuring Sam and the development team. This video was packed with information and insights into the project. If you have not watched it yet, take some time to appreciate the hard work going into this fork: Behind the code. Spoiler alert! Among the many gems in this video is the revelation that the developers have produced a stable alpha 'testnet'. The August 10th live testnest deadline looks like it will be yet another milestone achieved by the Anonymous Bitcoin team – on time. Also covered was the important subject of ASIC resistance, and we heard that ANON's equihash variant is in alpha and is continuing to be tested for functionality. Lastly I will reveal that in the video was the beta Java wallet, being worked on by Kevin. Something I will let you all discover for yourselves is what Sam thinks no other dev team has done (clue – its near the start of the video). A big thanks to the team for giving us this unique insight into the complicated process that is being executed so well. It certainly is very far from a mere 'cut-and-paste' exercise that some pundits ignorantly suppose. Jake the Crypto King has begun (and likely finished by now) the application process to have ANON listed on cryptocurrency exchanges. As we know from official statements, multiple top 10 exchanges are targeted. Of particular interest to most: the Binance application has been submitted. Even though this exchange is notoriously strict about what a coin may say about their application, it is acceptable to state that an application has in fact been submitted. Listing on this exchange is arguably the goal of all coins, as it is the most popular platform and has the largest volume. Equally important, too, are the other applications. They are cumulatively integral to the success of Anonymous Bitcoin, and we all await the results. Bounty Winners Last weeks merchandise winners were : Darthcrypto and @sov_an If you want to look as good as Darthcrypto, you can purchase your own Anonymous Bitcoin merch at teepublic – or get involved in the community and win it! Congratulations to our weekly BEST COMMENT winners (3 ZCL) Week ending JULY 15, 2018- Twitter: @hossamhafez Youtube: @ReneSchmidtBerlin Reddit: @Michal_Dubsky Remember, it is easy to be in the running for this. Simply register and write a comment on our socials. No fuss. Minor Updates and 'Links of the Week' After the success of the ANON campaign with PaidThru last week, this last weekend saw a new twitter campaign run and won. The simple aim was to have 111 re-tweets go out, and ZCL was awarded to random participants. Will this be a weekly occurence? Stay tuned to find out.... Now live are Arabic, Czech, Dutch, French, Russian, Mandarin, Korean and Turkish versions of the Anonymous Bitcoin website. Thanks to our community members for making the translations. As mentioned earlier, the German link goes direct to Brad Pat's ANON German website. More translations will be added in the not-too-distant future. On the 18th of July 2018, the Paris Blockchain and Bitcoin conference was held, and Jake was in attendance. Although Anonymous Bitcoin is completely self-funded, a donation address has been released. Go to twitter @ANON_BTC for the ZCL and BTC addresses if you would like to donate, or just check on the prescence of the funding specified in the whitepaper (11,000+ ZCL ). It is good practice to verify these addresses yourself from official sources. Importantly, the use of the funds in these wallets will be decided by the masternode-holder's votes (i.e. YOU!). A brief video (made by a community member) featuring the ANON team, Jake the Crypto King in networking mode, and also some of the bounty entries is available for viewing on reddit. If you want to quickly catch up on what has been happening, or review ANON's story so far, this is a good 2-3 minute way to do it. Any price discussion of Anonymous Bitcoin or ZCL is forbidden on the official channels. The community has, however, set up their own channel to explore their expectations. https://t.me/anonymousbitcoinPP The Week Ahead
The ZCL bounty giveaways continue unabated.
Sam has indicated that he is currently working through some numbers to release in relation to masternode operation. Note: It is unlikely that changes will be made, the release is for the purpose of setting at ease the minds of some members of the community that have expressed reservations about the masternode technicalities.
Possible new twitter campaign / ZCL giveaway next weekend.
16th July: Weekly Community Newsletter for Anonymous Bitcoin - Fifth Ed.
Anonymous Bitcoin Community Herald Edition 5
Editorial It's surely going to be quite hectic from here on in. 8 weeks until the fork. The testnet is almost upon us (4 weeks), and very soon after that we shall have the exchange announcements. August will also see the marketing campaign ramp up, more advisors (!) announced, the wallet release, EFT news, and more networking accomplished and conferences attended by Jake The Crypto King. Some advice: Stow your bags, and strap yourselves in. BTC has again lost some ground this week, back to around the US$6,200 mark. Is the bear market nearly over? The astute author of this article seems to think the bulls may be about to return: bitcoin-bear-trend-end-soon . The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has applied to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow Exchange Traded Funds (EFT's) to purchase bitcoin directly (An ETF is a type of fund that owns the underlying assets (shares of stock, bonds, oil futures, gold bars, foreign currency, etc. and divides ownership of those assets into shares). Mid-August is when we expect to hear news of this decision and potential 'bull-flag'. *Late update*.. there seems to be some nice green candles about! Let's hope we continue to see more. Masternode reminder!Are you still a novice when it comes to crytpo trading? – Why not get into mastersternodes? This is an easy method to be potentially up in BTC without having to watch the charts. Passive income from a masternode should be a part of every crypto-investors' strategy. Find out more regarding masternodes here: masternodes Thought for the week: A good system shortens the road to the goal - Orison Swett Marden The next edition of this newsletter will be available 23rd July, covering the week of the 16th July to 22nd July, 2018. Important announcements and developments Dominating the week's focus was the anticipation of the new advisor to ANON. We proudly welcome Dr. Jay (Jangwoo) Lee to the Anonymous Bitcoin project. With extensive marketing experience, and known as 'The Idea Doctor' (ideadoctor) Dr. Lee is a major South Korean Crypto figure. He was featured recently at the Korea Blockchain Summit 2018 as a main speaker. As expected from a Korean counterpart, he is widely followed on Instagram and Kakao (a huge and diverse South Korean company that is the 'go-to' for messaging, games, music, internet banking, and ride-sharing and taxi services in that part of the world). The importance of a Korean advisor cannot be overstated. South Korea are world-leaders in emerging technology trends, as evidenced in this article: why-south-korea-is-crypto-crazy-and-what-that-means-for-the-rest-of-the-world Minor Updates and 'Links of the Week' Last weeks merchandise winners were : @serhathasanoglu and SUPERMAN Bitcoin If you want to look as good as Superman Bitcoin, You can purchase your own Anonymous Bitcoin merch at teepublic.com – or get involved and win some :) The best comment winners (winning 3 ZCL each) were: Twitter: @Zcryptoadvocate Youtube: @Michal_Dubsky Reddit: @WSOCRYPTO Bonus: SUPERMAN Bitcoin (& Daughter!) Remember, it is easy to be in the running for this. Simply register and write a comment on our socials. Thats it! Did you see PaidThru's ZCL tweet? ANON implemented another strategy to reach crypto users - through a third party. See the tweet here: paidthruxchange . Seriously, if you haven't somehow won ZCL yet, you aren't paying enough attention! Ready? here you go.. yet another opportunity coming up: JBTheCryptoKing Jake also continued to build a strong relationship with the current volunteer ZCL developers by meeting with a representative from the ZCL 'Blue' team in Barcelona. The Week Ahead
The ZCL giveaways continue unabated.
The next dev update (Youtube) will have Anonymous Bitcoin's lead developers (Sam and Chris) walking us through through some of ANON's code.
Jake will be at the Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference Paris: July 18, 2018.
Will we see some of YOUR entries for the bounty program? Here's hoping – good luck!
Coinbase Must Give Info To IRS For Transactions Over $20K By Amy Lee Rosen Law360, Los Angeles (November 30, 2017, 4:57 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday handed the Internal Revenue Service a partial win in the agency’s bid to seek records from Coinbase Inc., saying the virtual currency exchange must hand over information on accounts with transactions of greater than $20,000. In an order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley said Coinbase must provide the taxpayer ID, name, date of birth and address for the accounts, but not copies of passports, driver’s licenses, wallet addresses and public keys for accounts because they were not relevant for investigating tax delinquency among account holders. “The summons as narrowed by the court serves the IRS’ legitimate purpose of investigating Coinbase account holders who may not have paid federal taxes on their virtual currency profits,” Judge Corley said. The opinion said the government met its minimal burden to show the narrowed summons serves a legitimate purpose to investigate “the reporting gap between the number of virtual currency users Coinbase claims to have had during the summons period” and “U.S. bitcoin users reporting gains or losses to the IRS during the summoned years.” But other requests were not relevant to achieve the government’s purpose, Judge Corley said. As such, the judge denied the petition to enforce documents seeking know-your-customer diligence; agreements or instructions granting a third-party access, control or transaction approval authority; and certain correspondence between Coinbase and the user or any third party with access to the account. The court originally granted the IRS summons request in November 2016, but Coinbase refused to comply, according to court documents. The IRS then submitted a narrowed summons request for accounts with transactions greater than $20,000. According to Coinbase, the narrowed summons requests information for 8.9 million transactions and 14,355 account holders. A representative of a Coinbase user said the narrowed summons covers only about 3 percent of Coinbase customers and the judgment will not permit the IRS to obtain information from a John Doe summons in the future. “While we remain concerned that the bar for the IRS to obtain taxpayer documents from third parties through a John Doe summons has been set too low, we are pleased that our efforts, and those of Coinbase, enabled Coinbase customers to achieve an important partial victory in this matter,” said Berns Weiss LLP partner Lee A. Weiss, who represents John Doe 4. “Instead, the court stated that if the IRS believes that it requires additional information concerning a particular Coinbase customer, it should issue a summons to Coinbase relating only to that customer and provide the required notice to the customer,” Weiss told Law360. “We are extremely proud of the result that we helped to achieve by standing up for the rights of Coinbase's customers.” Jim Harper, vice president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which supported Coinbase, said Judge Corley was kind to the IRS in finding the summons was not an abuse of process. Harper said Coinbase announced it will give affected individuals notice before their information is shared, which will give users the right to object. “One thing this case has revealed is that the ‘John Doe’ summons may have due process problems,” Harper said. “At the time it was written, notice to affected parties would have been very burdensome. But with the availability of email notice, using the John Doe summons without alerting the affected parties quite likely violates due process.” Coin Center, a nonprofit focused on the policy issues facing cryptocurrencies that had joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute in supporting Coinbase, said in a statement Thursday it was disappointed by the decision. Brian Klein, chair of the Digital Currency and Ledger Defense Coalition, said, "Although the DCLDC, which filed an amicus brief in support of Coinbase, takes some satisfaction in the fact that the court dramatically narrowed the scope of the IRS’ summons, the entire summons should have been quashed." The government declined to comment and generally does not opine on pending litigation. Representatives from Coinbase declined to comment. The government is represented by David A. Hubbert, Jeremy N. Hendon, Amy Matchison, Brian J. Stretch and Colin Sampson of the U.S. Department of Justice. Coinbase is represented by Steven A. Ellis, Grant P. Fondo and Shauna E. Woods of Goodwin Procter LLP and its own Michael T. Lempres and Juan A. Suarez. Competitive Enterprise Institute is represented by its own Theodore H. Frank, Jim Harper, Hans Bader and Sam Kazman. Coin Center is represented by Hartley M. K. West, Benjamin J. A. Sauter and Beau D. Barnes of Kobre & Kim LLP. John Doe 4 is represented by Jeffrey K. Berns, Albert G. Lum and Lee A. Weiss of Berns Weiss LLP. The case is United States v. Coinbase Inc. et al., case number 3:17-cv-01431 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Fraudsters and losers: Five greatest cryptocurrency flops in history
Bankruptcies, lawsuits, thefts and information leaks are inseparable companions of any big business, and cryptocurrencies are no exception. CoinFox recalls the most scandalous failures of the blockchain industry. Every child learning to walk and run will be falling, and sometimes quite painfully. The teething problems of the rapidly developing cryptocurrency industry – gullibility, fecklessness, incompetence, overestimation – resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. As we will see, even successful and reputable startups are not immune from this risk. Mt. Gox: A company that nearly buried bitcoin The Japan-registered exchange used to be the biggest online platform for BTC/USD operations, brought to the world in 2009 by Jeb McCaleb as an online marketplace for wizard-themed playing cards (its name stands for “Magic: the Gathering Online Exchange”). Just like an evil wizard, it made a vast sum of money disappear without a trace. Some of its clients lost a fortune. The trading platform, which in 2013 processed 70% of all bitcoin operations, collapsed due to a flaw in its code that allowed hackers to steal digital currency from customer accounts. Over 2011- 2014, the violators managed to drain 744,408 bitcoins, including 100,000 belonging to the company itself. At that moment, the loss was estimated at over $450 mln and amounted to 7% of all bitcoins in circulation. The company admitted the losses in February 2014. And it came as little surprise to people who had knowledge of the Tokyo-based company’s inner work. “Gox is the worst-run business in the history of the world,” said bitcoin advocate Roger Ver, who tried to help the company to sort out an earlier hack, which also resulted in a large bitcoin leakage. No wonder, the Wired magazine ruthlessly criticised Mt. Gox as a “messy combination of poor management, neglect, and raw inexperience.” So frustrating was the money loss and so vast was the scale of the scandal that many people believed it would undermine public trust forever and drive cryptocurrencies totally beyond the law. Up until the crisis, bitcoin had been gradually gaining world acceptance, and the damage to its reputation could have destroyed it for good. It is notable that on 20 March 2014, Mt. Gox declared it “found” 200,000 bitcoins worth around $116 million in an old digital wallet from 2011. In April, suffering from a lawsuit avalanche, the company that had nearly buried the world’s most popular cryptocurrency gave up its plans to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and asked the Tokyo court to allow its liquidation. KnCMiner: the short journey “to the skies” The Swedish company KnCMiner had an extraordinary start. In the beginning, it managed to raise $32 million of investments. Business Insider UK included the miner in the list of top-21 most influential bitcoin companies. In June 2015, KnCMiner implemented the new powerful Solar ASIC that was supposed to boost the efficiency of mining, but that turned out to be useless due to the anticipated bitcoin block reward halving. “We knew that there were risks related to doing this in Sweden. We aimed for the skies, not to build a mediocre medium sized business. We got big investors on board and took a chance. But it hasn’t paid off,” said CEO Sam Cole. Early in 2015, a scandal broke out around the quality of KnCMiner’s products and services. According to Swedish media, more than 100 clients accused the company of fraud and sent a collective complaint to Swedish authorities. As the dissatisfied clients claimed, the mining device called Titan did not work well and caused ignition, whereas the company refused to return the money for it. Besides, it was reported that the company refused to communicate with the lawyers that represented the interests of the clients. “All the while we were having huge problems with their machines (fires, burnt-out cores, random shutdowns, etc.). [At the same time], KnC was making press/Twitter, etc. releases about how happy their customers were with the junk they had sent them,” wrote one of the enraged clients. The Swedish court ruled in favour of KnCMiner, refusing to satisfy the claim of the applicants, but that did not help the company: due to the abovementioned reasons, the KnC was unable to cover its own expenses. Besides, the lawsuits brought in by its American clients are still being considered by courts in the USA. Cryptsy: how to lose $6 million The operation of the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptsy ended in January 2016, also in a flop. According to the company, that was caused by a hacker’s attack that resulted in Cryptsy losing 13,000 bitcoins and almost 300,000 Litecoins (which equalled more than $6 million in January). However, in reality, the theft had happened eighteen months before – on 29 July 2014. The management of the exchange decided not to report the large cryptocurrency leak from the users’ “hot wallets”, hoping to recompense the stolen money with their own reserves. But the exchange failed to make up for the loss. In October 2015, rumours began to spread regarding the hard financial situation of the platform: users started noticing problems when trying to remove their money from exchange wallets. But Cryptsy CEO Paul Vernon denied any financial difficulties faced by the company. The exchange blamed the hacking on one of the platform’s developers, Lucky7Coin. However, some of the clients have a different opinion: they suspect the owner Paul Vernon and his ex-wife Lori Ann Nettles of removing the funds and cashing them out. Now they are involved in court proceedings in Florida. The collective lawsuit to Vernon and his former spouse reads that the money removed from Cryptsy was cashed out and spent to buy a $1.5 mln villa on the Florida coast and an Infinity QX80. A temporary sale ban has been imposed on this property following the investors’ demand. Bitcoin Foundation: the weakest link Lost credibility – that is the situation the Bitcoin Foundation ended up in. Initially launched to spread the knowledge of cryptocurrencies and popularise bitcoin, the foundation was supposed to act as a link between the bitcoin community and the conventional industries and governmental bodies. But the practice has shown that companies can perfectly do it on their own without any help, while the fund’s monthly budget, as big as $150,000, would make for a modest crowdfunding campaign of an emerging cryptocurrency startup. The financial position of the Bitcoin Foundation has got worse during the last eighteen months. First of all, the foundation has lost part of its funds due to the high volatility of bitcoin. Secondly, the inflow of the donations to the not-for-profit organisation by bitcoin companies has considerably dwindled. That happened due to the fund being increasingly accused of inefficient spending of its money. For instance, the community was outraged to learn that Board Member Patrick Murck had spent $12,000 to visit a seminar in London. In October 2015, at a board meeting, it was announced that the organisation has funds only sufficient to operate until March 2016. The board members had to donate money from their own pocket: the head of the Foundation Bruce Fenton, as well as Board Members Bobby Lee and Brock Pierce, contributed $10,000 each. About $65,000 was also received from a miner who chose to remain unknown. Still, the foundation has failed to return the main investment – the trust of the industry. The letter Fenton wrote in May in which he tried to encourage Bitcoin Core developers to enhance cooperation with the fund was scorned by the community. The Core team was not convinced either: Peter Todd noted that Bitcoin Foundation is not the organisation that people want to be associated with. “I personally would like to distance myself from it,” he added. After Bruce Fenton quit his position of CEO, it was occupied by a South African venture investor Llew Claasen. He will have to make a difficult choice: whether to try and return the trust of the industry with more investments, or follow the advice of some bitcoin activists and shut down the organisation. The DAO: the tragedy of “not-so-smart” contracts For a long time, the community only preferred to talk about the advantages of decentralisation: resistance to fraudulent schemes, saving on intermediaries, a more transparent governance system where every participant has a voice that will never be ignored in the voting. True democracy. Now we know what the ticket costs that brings you to this democratic paradise: $60 million. This is the sum lost by The Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (The DAO), albeit not completely, due to a loophole in the platform’s code. Earlier this year The DAO triumphantly raised about $150 million attracting investors by its innovative design. The smart contract turned out to be not so smart: the fraudster managed to outsmart it and make use of a vulnerability in The DAO’s architecture. On 17 June, 3.6 million ethers were removed from the DAO’s main account, which at that moment equalled $60 million. Formally, though, the thief has done nothing illegal, it was not even a hack: he made use of a legitimate function provided by the smart contract itself. Now Ethereum developers are hastily proposing various decisions: from “doing nothing” to temporarily freezing all the funds in The DAO (including those rescued and removed to safe accounts) and even calling off transactions in the whole Ethereum network. Although the latter can certainly return the funds, it will give the industry an irreparable reputational blow. One of the advantages of the blockchain – irreversibility – will be discredited. And whenever you allow yourself to pull back and change the name of the game, there will be always room for fraudsters. by coinfox.info
I'm writing today to announce Bitcoin Finance 2014 - http://bitfin.com. This two day conference will be held in Dublin and already has some big names attending as speakers and guests such as Nicolas Cary (CEO of blockchain.info), Sam Cole (founder of KnCMiner), Jeremy Allaire (Circle), Karl Gray (Partner at Wellington Holdings & crypto investor), Bobby Lee (BTC China), Greg Brockman (CTO: Stripe), David Irvine (Maidsafe), Jean-Pierre Rupp (developer at Haskoin, discovered the Android RNG vulnerability) and many more.. BitFin will be centered around cryptocurrencies in the payments sector, regulation, investment opportunities, and the future of this technology. I won't go on about the schedule - that's already up here: http://www.bitfin.com/#day1 and http://www.bitfin.com/#day2 Bitcoin Finance is the first big bitcoin event to hit Ireland, but in spite of this Ireland is a well established base for tech expo's such as the Web Summit and plenty others. Financial services in Ireland have already had their introduction to Bitcoin - Payments Ireland was a recent convention about the digital payments industry, where companies like Bank of Ireland, Realex, Stripe have all seen what they're facing. There are already several Bitcoin companies operating in Ireland:
Haskoin - A BIP0032 wallet with a strong emphasis on P2SH support
Predictious - Flavien Charlon
CoinPrism - Colored Coins by Flavien once again
QuantaBytes - a blockchain analysis/forensics company
BitWasp - Open source marketplace using 2 of 3 multi-signature addresses (myself! I will also be speaking at the event about Bitwasp & P2SH)
Ireland is also seeing more and more representation of it's indigenous startups through Bitcoin Ireland, one of the partners of the Bitcoin Finance expo - This group works with developers for networking purposes and towards seeking advice & clarification from the Irish government about cryptocurrencies in general. If you know of anyone interested in this area, developing software or starting a business related to Bitcoin, please share this post with them and help spread the word!
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