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Monica Quaintance from Kadena.io

It's time for another Crypto Convo episode - and today we're going to be having a chat with Monica Quaintance from the Kadena Project. It's an open ended conversation Where we discuss anything and everything blockchain and beyond. Learn about how Kadena developed a language that you can read, even if you can't code.

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Kadena Website - https://kadena.io/

Kadena Twitter - https://twitter.com/kadena_io

Monica's Twitter - https://twitter.com/quaintm

Monica's Linked in - https://www.linkedin.com/in/monica-quaintance/

Monica's Medium - https://medium.com/kadena-io

Check out Pact Language - https://pactlang.org/

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Episode 182 - So many scams, only one Flagship

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Scams. So many of these projects are turning out to be scams, and we knew it was coming. This space is perfect for scammers, and perfect for seizing control from the bankers. HitBTC, Cobinhood, Cryptopia, yo never know which exchange is next. Find out what we’ve seen, as well as some other news from across the land.

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Episode 182 Flagship 73

New Section - THAT'S A SCAM

  • Bitconnectttt Is Coming Back (Hey hey heyyyyyy)

    • https://beincrypto.com/bitconnect-2-july-1-joke/
    • Now now, we all love a good Bitconnect joke believe you me but this is not a joke. They are planning on relaunching July 1st. the V2.0 website is up and everything with a countdown.
    • They are trying to capture the portion of the world that isn't on social media and doesn't know about BCC and their previous fraud. Honestly, this coin is a large part of the reason why CBP was started. To educate the murky and complicated waters that is the crypto landscape. It's tough especially when it feels imaginary. There is no physicality to the coins. And to all you Basic Bitches, please please please let any of your friends and family who have questions about the space to let them know about stuff like this. No one should ever have to lose their life savings on a scam.
  • HitBTC Insolvent? (Brent)

    • Cryptointelligence has reported that Coinfirm, a firm they're partnered with, has done an analysis on HitBTC's wallets and found they likely only have $3M worth of coins stored there. Take the story with a slight grain of salt, as a research firm they want to make sure people use them, but the information appears to be factual.
    • They talk about red flags, which are the most important in the space.
      1. Proof of Reserves for HitBTC
        1. Big thing here - Per ETH they have in their storage they have $31.5k worth of volume. This is compared to Kraken's $5, Bitrex's $6, and Kraken's $20. In BTC this is even higher - $2.2M - this is compared to Kraken's $1k, Bitrex's $630 and Poloniex's $2900
      2. Withdrawal issues following the new KYC/AML policy introduced by HitBTC
        1. Big thing here - They tend to selectively enforce their AML / KYC laws and cause withdrawal delays. This is anecdotal.
      3. High withdrawal fees (over 10X the benchmark)
        1. Their fees can be as high as 40x.
      4. Anonymous team
        1. This worked out well with Bruno blocks right?
        2. Literally no one on their team is known.
  • Tether Has Admitted that it keeps some reserves in Bitcoin (Brent)
    • This is ridiculous. Their lawyer David Miller admitted that they invested in Bitcoin with their reserves. Quote - “Prior to the April 24th order … Tether actually did invest in instruments beyond cash and cash equivalents, including bitcoin, they bought bitcoin.”
    • They he goes on to act like the courts are being ridiculous and overstepping their boundaries.
    • Miller argued that the Attorney General’s Office wants to have restricted language that limits Tether’s investments to cash or cash equivalents because “they don’t like some of [Tether’s] investments.” Miller claims the Attorney General’s Office is acting beyond its jurisdiction in trying to exert regulatory authority.
    • He said it was a small amount
    • Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex, said in a tweet that on May 16, 2019, Tether owned 0.076 BTC. It’s still unclear how much bitcoin the firm has owned historically and in how many addresses. Stuart Hoegner, General Counsel for both Bitfinex and Tether, in a tweet referred to this report as “neither breaking (as advertised) nor news.”
  • Cobinhoob Exit Scams after raising $3M
    • They already had an ICO in 2017 and raised $13, but decided to do another one called DEXON. I imagine it was some kinda DEX in theory,.
    • THey raised $3M
    • Sent out tokens, and then started dumping the tokens they had left.
    • Almost immediately filed for bankruptcy and to be liquidated.
    • ALl of this happened before the ICO funds were even unlocked to the public sale.
    • Ran buy a guy named "Popo" for a nickname and called Cobinhood.
  • Mailbag

    I read an article at the Bitcoinist about JP Morgan telling people that "the US-China trade war could boost safe haven currencies.". Do you think it's likely that the weakening yuan will push the Chinese to use crypto as "the" safe haven asset, now that Russia has already bought the gold? - Mili (Discord)

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Episode 181 - Flagship Friday - Starbucks, Cryptopia, and the Adam Levy Effect.

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Yeah right you thought we were going to talk about price on a CryptoBasic episode? We talk about all the goings on of the week. From Cryptopia closing and bring liquidated to Bakkt getting clearer with their direction we cover it all this week. Are Whole Foods and Starbucks really taking CryptoCurrency?

What is the Adam Levy Effect? Is it real? Brent roasts a portfolio, and more.

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  • Rapid Fire
  • Cryptopia Getting Liquidated - Brent
    • Apparently we missed this - but Cryptopia reopened deposits and withdrawals at some point.
    • And they got shut down and are being liquidated.
    • Super scummy that they were accepting deposits
    • They also went into maintenance with a graphic that apparently said "dont panic"
  • BULLISH OR BULLSHIT - Starbucks and Whole Foods accept Crypto - Brent
    • Bullshit....but it's not that bad.
    • They're not really accepting it - but they're using an app called Flexa
    • Flexa works at 15 retailers and is partnered with Gemini. They use a wallet called SPEDN, which is ultra annoying.
    • Only Consensus attendees can use it so far.
    • And it's only on Apple.
  • 60 Minutes Airing A Piece on Crypto. - Adam
    • Laszlo Hanyecz used btc to pay for crypto on May 22nd 2010, 10k btc and now that would be worth 800million
      • spent 100k btc used back then
      • the piece interviews fed reserve governor, mit media lab's digital currency initiative, charlie shrem, and genesis mining ceo
  • Bakkt Released Updated roadmap for launch - they are aiming for July - Brent
    • They're gonna have a daily and monthly settlement contract now. (before it was just daily I believe)
    • The prices will be using tools that will filter out wash trading detected - but not specific on those tools yet.
    • They're putting in $35 Million dollars to the clearing house risk waterfall.
    • They have a custodian in house, but that needs to be approved. They'll be insured, hire cybersecurity firms (hopefully not Gulianais') and compliance firms that specialize in AML and Blockchain analytics.

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101 Series Decred - Featuring Richard Red

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Decred means Decentralized Credits, and this was a tough nut to crack. The team decided to bring in the big guns and have Richard Red on the show - he's a part of the Decred Team, in so far as he has Decred's DAO pay him for many many things. 

He has answers to all of Brent's questions as Brent takes him through the 101 series - Decred, and finds a new coin that he likes a lot. 

Links - 

Richard's Medium - https://medium.com/@richardred

Richard's Github - https://github.com/RichardRed0x

Richard's Twittter - https://twitter.com/RichardRed0x

Whitepaper - https://docs.decred.org/

Politeia - https://proposals.decred.org/

Website - https://www.decred.org

Subreddit - https://www.reddit.com/r/decred/

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Episode 179 - Flagship Time!

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Binance was hacked, and we have some follow up information for what went down. The team also talk about crypto's future by analyzing poll results. Ethereum releases a test net. The usual Craig Wright BS, and of course we can't go an episode without talking about Justin Sun from Tron. Finally Brent goes on an Epic rant about the scammer Annie Duke.

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Episode 179 - Flagship

  • Rapid Fire

  • Executives polled on Crypto (K)

    • Poll by Deloitte conducted of 1,386 Senior Executives (500m+US, 100m World)Feb-March, dozen countries (Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States)
      • 53% Say blockchain is top five strategic priorities (up from 43% in 2018)
      • Financial sector is leader in adoption right now, but we do see technology, media, and healthcare diversifying blockchain projects
      • 27% said important but not top priority, 14% some relevance but not strategic initiative
      • Only 3% said it would not be relevant, down from 4% last year
      • 86% Broadly scalable and will eventually achieve mainstream adoption, 83% said their executive teams see compelling case for blockchain
      • 81% plan on replacing systems of record, 77% think the lose competitive advantage if they dont adopt.
      • Over-hyped? 43% said yes
    • BRENT RANT
  • TRON suffered from a critical bug that could have brought their entire blockchain to a screeching halt (ADAM)

    TRON suffered from a critical bug that could've crashed its entire blockchain

    • This took place in January, and the bounty was paid in Feb., but was just disclosed May 2.
    • Using a single machine, an attacker could send a DDoS attack to all or 51 percent of the [Super Representative] nodes and render TRON network unusable, or make it unavailable
    • This flaw in TRON‘s wallet allowed all of the network‘s available memory to be taken up by a single party with just one computer, which would have effectively broken the blockchain during that time
    • This was discovered by a company / person called HackerOne, and disclosure was just released. They were also paid for one other bug where they were paid double the bounty that they haven't disclosed the nature of.
  • BINANCE HACK (Brent)

    • Just want to do a quick follow up about the thought of a re-org
    • CZ Basically said something stupid on his live stream
    • He took it back within the hour.
    • You do need to reset your 2FA keys
    • Also disable any API keys you have, and maybe re-enable if you trust them?
    • https://twitter.com/IOHK_Charles/status/1126109361154215936
  • Block-chain Researchers weigh in on Wright Lawsuit (K)

    • Let's Catchup
      • Self proclaimed Satoshi, aka Faketoshi Craig Wright sued by (David) Kleiman family
      • Accused of stealing $11b worth of bitcoin, intellectual property
      • Last week the court ordered Wright to disclose bitcoin addresses that belonged to him before 2013....which remember he claimed to have mind the first 70 blocks
    • So.....

      • He turns in a list of the 70 addresses, it was redacted & unsealed
      • This is what his lawyer writes regarding the addresses...

        Dr. Wright knows that he mined the first 70 blocks on the blockchain. Because the public addresses associated with blocks are publicly available, Dr. Wright is able to identify the public addresses associated with the first 70 blocks on the blockchain and provides those public addresses below.

    • WizSec (Bitcoin Security Specialists) Write a report

      • First they point out we have no reason to believe these bitcoins even exists
      • Basically Wrights claim is he didnt remember the addresses...but he can share them since they are one the blockchain and he mines bitcoin
      • We know because even though list is redacted the addresses match up perfectly

      • "It beggars belief, for the self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin to act so ignorant about the fundamentals of his invention. Perhaps Wright thinks that being a bitcoin miner means pointing at bitcoins and yelling "Mine!"?

  • More Bitfinex Shit (B)
    • Reggie Fowler is somehow connected to this. He used to play football years ago and was an owner of the Vikings.
    • The accusation is that Fowler opened a bunch of bank accounts to make it easier for Bitfinex to move money around. The connection was made because modernconsensus.com noticed the bank account was one of Fowler's in the actual indictment.
    • There was another warrant issues for a Israeli citizen named Ravid Yosef. Shes also a dating coach.
    • Fowler has had a few other scandals (He's been sued 36 times) and accusations, but this one in particular is saying that he worked with Yosef to run a "shadow bank" to process US based payments. Their charges are conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
    • There's even chats out there where the owner of Bitfinex is asking the company CryptoCapital for millions of dollars - even yelling at them for not sending any money this month. CryptoCapital is the company that these bank accounts from the Football player and Dating coach are linked to.
    • When Fowler was arrested he had $14,000 worth of fake $100 bills at his office.
    • There's also possible ties to both Colombian Cartels and Quadriga which we won't get into, but the links are in the shownotes if you want to learn more - this all centers around CryptoCapital
  • Ethereum PoS Testnet is Live (A)
    • Ethereum 2.0 is an upcoming new Eth chain with improvements in security, scalability, and decentralization.
    • Shards are a core concept behind Eth 2.0. Sharding refers to splitting the entire Ethereum network into multiple portions called shards. Each shard would contain its own independent state, aka a unique set of account balances and smart contracts. It will help scale
    • Testnet is publicly accessible with links to start staking. It's bare bones.
  • Crypto Around the World (K)
    • Facebook’s Secret Cryptocurrency Just ‘Months Away’ from India Launch (K)
      • Project Libra may be launching in a few months
        • stable-coin type coin, probably for buying stuff on FB or sending $ thru Whatsapp
      • One main reason to launch in India, facilitate remittance payments for its WhatsApp users lol (200m)
      • Then they cite a crypto guy with a crypto fund saying this will be good for crypto
      • Trajectory? Led by former PayPal president David Marcus, 1/5th of blockchain team are PayPal alumni
    • Facebook Ads
      • Facebook reverses ban on crypto ads —-Although cryptocurrency ads are once again permitted on Facebook, advertisements for initial coin offerings (ICOs) will still be rejected.
      • That doesn't mean its easy, everything still needs review.
      • Also a good chance there's a snafu when some scam exchanges start promoting.
      • Basically they're going to default to yes vs default to no.
  • Rants

    Fucking Annie Duke

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Episode 178 - Basic Blitz

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Binance was hacked, this is not a drill. Guess what? Everything is fine. Adam and Brent decide to talk abou this for a quick episode of the podcast, and of course, there's some Jutin Sun bullshit thrown in on the top of it all.

CZ Twitter Live - https://twitter.com/binance/status/1125959459782553600?s=20

Binance Blog Post - https://binance.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360028031711

Binance SAFU Funds - https://www.binance.vision/glossary/secure-asset-fund-for-users

Reddit Thread - https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/bly0dd/funds_are_safe_but_still_binance_hacked/

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Episode 177 - Tether and other Crypto News

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DescThis week's top story - Tether is in trouble again. Is this a tale of sound and fury signifying nothing like the Bitcoin Maximalists such as Adam Back would like you to believe? Or is there something more going on here? Before we get to that story we talk about Vitalik, Elon, some scams and more.ription

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Episode 177 - Flagship 70

This week's top story - Tether is in trouble again. Is this a tale of sound and fury signifying nothing like the Bitcoin Maximalists such as Adam Back would like you to believe? Or is there something more going on here? Before we get to that story we talk about Vitalik, Elon, some scams and more.

  • Rapid Fire

  • Vitalik and Elon chat on Twitter (Story 1)

    Elon Musk on Twitter

    • Elon Musk on Monday sent out a one word tweet, Ethereum. Then apparently said jk. Then Vitalik got involved and said to come to Devcon in Denver. THe internet erupted. How absurd is it that someone can just say one word on the internet and have the internet in an uproar.
    • Then Elon asked what should be developed on Ethereum and Vitalik replied with a mini tweet storm on projects with different use cases he likes on the Ethereum platform
    • MolochDAO, Ethereum Name Service, Ethresear.ch, Hurricaneguard.io were all named.
    • then a bunch of trolls on twitter said dumb things about tesla and crypto. Justin Sun got in there to mention Tron, all the regulars (Pomp, Ari David Paul, Neeraj)
    • hope something comes of it at some point
  • Crypto_Brahma Scam - Brent
    • I don't know anything about who this was before - but I looked into it a little bit because of this letter I came across on Twitter to his "group" .
    • He ran a paid Discord group where you could join and get some trading advice and get gems from him. ONLY 35 MONTHLY MEMBERS....but he was actually running two of these exclusive groups simultaneously.
    • It was called the fucking Moon Club
    • Apparently at some point he decided to do a fund.
    • ANNNNNNNND It's gone.
    • https://twitter.com/The_CryptoArnie/status/1123215814998540289/photo/1
    • Literally he took everyone's money, gambled it via a bad call on Margin trading, and then sent a letter saying that he'd totally get everyone their money back. He just needed to clear his head so that he could trade in a stress free environment. Timeline - 5 Months. LOLOL
  • Millions in Crypto Stolen first quarter 2019.... and its gonna need laundering (Karim)

    • Article based on a report by company called CipherTrace, 'Q1 2019 Cryptocurrency AML Report'
    • Estimates $356 million stolen, and payments from US based exchanges to offshore crypto wallets up 46%
      • $16m from Cryptopia in January
      • CoinBene and DragonEx (Singapore) combined $46m in March (ETH backed)
      • Bithumb in S Korea $13m in EOS stolen and (allegedly) another $6m in Ripple
        • Company described it as an "accident involving insiders" lol
      • Coinbin also S Korea forced into bankrupcy after loosing $26m, blamed an insider
      • And then there's QuadrigaCX...
        • The report 'tentatively' categorized the $190m as theft as opposed to hack or exit scam
    • Bottom line this money has to be cashed out in innovative ways to turn it into cash, and a lot of ways to exit US and European jurisdictions.
    • Article concludes with a warning that "A tsunami of tough, global antimoney laundering and counter-terror financing regulations will “roll over” the cryptocurrency ecosystem throughout the coming year",
    • Even links to an article showing Finland just recently adopted AML regulation for crypto
    • But one thing to keep in mind......

  • Austin Transportation Partners With Iota Foundation to Develop Interoperability Ecosystem ADAM

    • visions of a system in which every transit system can interact with the same payment app and a single digital identity
    • this is the second partnership this week. the other is United Kingdom car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover will use Iota’s distributed ledger to reward drivers with cryptocurrency for data reporting
    • Iota and internet of things (IoT) firm Evrythng announced a partnership to combine and apply their distributed ledger and IoT technologies to provide greater transparency for consumer goods supply chains
  • Bank of America secures patent for risk assessment of cryptocurrency transactions; (Karim)

    • BOA secured a patent on April 30 for a cryptocurrency risk detection system.
    • On the basis of the system, a risk score will be levied on cryptocurrency transactions between a customer and a third party.
    • 'Processor' would receive request for transaction with third party, then it can "perform a slew of functions, retrieve blockchain information, determine the value of crypto in the transaction or calculate the “risk score” of the transaction based on the preceding factors."
    • BOA also filed for a patent for crypto storage system for business transactions (Aug 2018)
  • CoinMarketCap turned 6 yesterday - Adam

    Happy 6th Birthday! DATA Alliance, Block Explorers and more - CoinMarketCap

    • transparency alliance for cryptos and exchange. Basically KYC
    • list of 17 things for crypto and 24 for exchanges
    • starts in june 14th
    • CMC blocks explorers much like etherscan which will help users have more visibility into the blockchain
    • merch shop
    • finally have an Android app
    • ios updated version (so the search function ACTUALLY works)
  • Main Story - Tether situation - Brent

    • The NY Attorney General released a statement saying that, among other things, Bitfinex used Tether to mask a missing $850 Million of their assets.
    • The response to the NYAG releasing this from Tether? Decidedly hand wavey - First it was from Bitfinex not Tether, but they're the same. They basically say that the money was "seized" and not hidden. They're setting up for the ol' "if they hadn't said anything it all would have been fine" defense.
    • Lets do a recap of the Tether red flags, YES red flags.
    • The original white paper is unequivocal in the backing of Tether - it will be backed on a 1:1 basis
    • The Paradise Papers leak showed that Phil Potter and Giancarlo Devasini are both a part of There and Bitfinex.
    • $30 Million dollars was "Stolen" but don't worry Tether won't be redeeming those Tethers so it's all fine.
    • They hired and fired an auditor named Friedman LLP.
    • They took any promise of getting audited out of their FAQ.
    • A few months ago we reported this but it bears mentioning again - Tether took down it's 100% backed statement and replaced it with a new one. "Every tether is always 100% backed by our reserves, which include traditional currency and cash equivalents and, from time to time, may include other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties, which may include affiliated entities (collectively, “reserves”). Every tether is also 1-to-1 pegged to the dollar, so 1 USDâ‚® is always valued by Tether at 1 USD."
    • Now it gets even worse.
    • The Lawyer for Tether has admitted to the court in plain english that as of April 30, Tether is only about 74% backed by fiat equivalents, which is cash and short term securities.
    • It looks like this "seized" amount is a line of credit from Tether to Bitfinex, which is most likely going to function as one of those cash equivalents.
    • Tether did say that the terms of this credit line were negotiated "on an arms length basis on commercially reasonable terms"
    • Both agreements were singed by the same guy - Giancarlo Devasini.
    • Attorneys are arguing that Tether doesn't have to be 100% backed, it totally says so on the website.
    • If BSV got delisted because CSW is an asshole, I'm really hoping the community would put pressure on the exchanges to delist Tether.
    • They aren't.
    • Bitcoin maximalists like Adam Back seem to be aligned with Tether her, even comparing it to fractional reserve banking saying that it's way better than them. Sometimes the Bitcoin community makes it really hard to like them.
    • Finally - the ETH wallet on Bitfinex has been drained of 800k ETH in the last week, and they only have 1.1M ETH left. Good luck to all that have funds on there :(
    • LINKS

      https://www.coindesk.com/tether-lawyer-confirms-stablecoin-74-percent-backed-by-cash-and-equivalentshttps://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/b0wmuo/tether_once_again_pulls_a_sneaky_update/

      coindesk.com/tether-claims-30-million-stable-token-stolen-attacker

      https://news.bitcoin.com/paradise-papers-reveal-bitfinexs-devasini-and-potter-established-tether-already-back-in-2014/

      https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=vIexA1b0spKOnK_PLUS_ZUGTJ3A==&system=prod

      https://www.tetherreport.com/

      https://www.allcryptowhitepapers.com/tether-whitepaper/

  • Shots Fired!

    • Reddit User M0ountainDew - Dear Justin sun this is not a "comprehensive developer guide" this is just a list of where to buy Tron.

      It's literally a list (barely any of them linked) in alphabetical order - but Binance is at the top over aBCC Exchange.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoCurrency/comments/bjl2b9/dear_justin_sun_this_is_not_a_comprehensive/

      https://archive.is/50Uxm

    • You know we like to keep you up to date on Substratum bullshit

      Brian and William were posting again this week.

      Substratum Deleted the Team Members page of their website.

      Originally it could still be accessed directly just not clicked on from the main site.

      Now it's gone completely

      They also took down their whitepaper. Only "technical paper" is left.

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Binance Coin - and othe rnews

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On Flagship Friday this week we mostly talk about Binance. It’s almost a full 101 on the topic, but we also go over all kinds of other cubes, including what happens when Karim doesn’t show up for Flagship 69. Check out Brent and Adam only on this Flagship Friday.

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Flagship Friday 176

  • Rapid Fire

  • Bandit makes off with Million of ETH by brute force - BRENT

    • Has gotten away with nearly 45,000 ETH
    • There was a firm that was trying to find a way to guess wallets
    • They started with wallets that began with the number 1.
    • They then tried to narrow down the wallets with 2, 3, 4, and so on
    • When they actually managed to guess some, they were a little shocked to realize that the wallets had already been emptied.
    • They found 732 wallet keys with this method
    • They were all emptied by the same attacker
    • Their conclusion is that some ETH private keys can be guessed by using cloud computing tech - and this was likely from a wallet provider taking shortcuts in the code and cutting off a lot of the complex parts.
    • Or that the wallet's code was malicious to begin with.
    • They were also able to replicate the experiment on Bitcoin, but without finding as many private keys.
    • They still found 100 - and every wallet was also already emptied.
  • BMW announces VerifyCar powered by VeChain (Story 1) -

    BMW using blockchain at VeChain Summit 2019

    • "We built a digital ledger using the VeChainThor blockchain, and every interaction of the car will have a stored hash key on the blockchain." - Cihan Albay, Lead of IT Tech Office Singapore BMW Group
    • This was announced at VeChain's first summit April 18th in San Francisco.
    • 3 blockchain use cases for why BMW - mobility services such as DriveNow & ParkNow to allow users to share cars like what Airbnb has done for the housing market. Supply chain and blockchain can help organize everything. Customers - help with loyalty programs and other financial services
    • VeChain has successfully gone thru the StartUp Garage, BMW's four month incubator and are working together moving forward
    • VerifyCar is a vehicle digital passport. Apparently odometer fraud is a big problem in the automotive industry. 1/3rd of all vehicles sold have manipulated odometers in Germany ($3400 fraud per car). This will allow verification of odometer and the maintenance history to be on the blockchain.
  • Samsung has been doing some blockchain signaling. (BRENT)

    Samsung Developing Ethereum-Based Blockchain, May Issue Own Token - CoinDesk

  • Binance DEX (BRENT)

    • Let's talk a little about the Binance "Decentralized Exchange"
    • Firstly this all comes with a migration to the Binance main-net
    • CZ has been very clear ETH is superior to their coin.
    • Binance coin has been one of the better investments of the year, we agree with a lot of what CZ does, and Binance is in my opinion a trusted exchange.
    • Here's the thing about the Binance "DEX" It's not really a DEX at all. They are not holding your crypto, but they also do have full control of the trading systems.
    • In the terms and services it does appear that they can freeze your assets. They might not be able to move them because they don't have custody, but they can stop you from doing so.
    • It's centralized because it's on a Delegated POS system, and it appears Binance has all the nodes.
    • Even though it's non-custodial, they DO actually default act as custody of anything that isn't native to the BNB chain.
    • They do have some interesting governance behind the fees. The community votes on the listing of a coin that has applied to list. The Validators in theory vote like the community has asked. They have 4 vote options, yes, no, no veto, and abstain. If majority is yes it gets listed. Majority is no then it doesn't. If one third of votes are veto, it gets killed.
    • They have to deposit 1000BNB which they get back if they get a yes vote.
    • They have to pay 2000BNB to become listed, unclear but I think it goes to the network.
    • They do intend to implement atomic swaps on the main-net, but they also will be giving their version of BTC tether.
    • Terms screenshot
    • Getting your coins listed
  • Shots Fired!

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Episode 175 - Anthony Lusardi on Blockchain Attacks

Anthony Lusardi is back on the show and he's here to explain all the different ways that we can attack a blockchain. They're not perfect yet, and there's a lot of work to be done. We're so glad he's back on the show to really drive home some of these points.

Crappy Photography

Anthony’s Twitter

Medium Articles

Anthony on Vlad’s show (from the Bitcoin Takeover)

Anthony on CryptoDaily

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Episode 174 - Craigh Wright is a turd, Exchanges Delist BSV, and Satoshi's Treasure

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You’ve seen the drama. We’re a little late to the party but we weight in on the ridiculous Craight Wright and Calvin Ayre antics. We stand with Hodlnaut, we stand with Peter McCormack, and we can’t wait to see this court battle for the ages. We also talk about the Satoshi Treasure prize that’s out there, the US states rulings with regards to crypto laws, and talk about Forbes articles because we can.

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Episode 173 - Casting Couch with Adam "Roothlus" Levy

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Adam "Roothlus" Levy. He's famous in the poker world and he's about to be famous in the Crypto World. Why do you ask? Because he's joining the ranks of the CryptoBasic Podcast. And it's time to talk with him and see what he's like, who he is, and what stories he has to bring to the table in this edition of the cryptobasic podcast.

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Episode 172 - Flagship time

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Coinbase is adding a debit card - is crypto being adopted sooner than we think? Who knows?! We also go over the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being expelled from his embassy even though we don't know anything about it - and we reiterate that Craig Wright isnt' Satoshi.

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  • Rapid Fire

    The LA Times and Washington Post opt into their BAT contributions

    Harvard invested something around 5-10M into Blockstack token sale.

  • Coinbase Releases a Debit Card with VISA partnership. - Brent

    • YAYYYYY A REAL CRYTPO DEBIT CARD FINALLY
    • Not in US.
    • UK only, and they have plans to expand to the rest of Europe. No plans to expand outside yet.
    • Card uses assets directly from your exchange.
    • It sounds like those cool bank accounts, and it's functioning off of something originally built by a company called Shift Payments, that worked with coinbase funds as a third party. A company called Play Safe is issuing the actual cards.
    • Fees - again these cards are expensive af to use.
      • ATM - 200 pounds free, then 1% after that domestic. 2% Foreign.
      • Domestic Purchase - None
      • International 3%
      • Card initiation fee and replacement fee - 4.95 Pounds
      • Overdraft fee is 20 pounds
      • Oh also there's 2.49% transaction fee on the crypto liquidation
  • The first picture of a black hole opens a new era of astrophysics. The supermassive beast lies in a galaxy called M87 more than 50 million light-years away - Karim

    • Few props to Event Horizon Telescope

      • In theory imaging a black hole @ this wave length would require a telescope as big as earth, EHT simulates it
      • Global network of dishes collects & records radio waves, combine data to create new images, has to be perfectly synced
      • Atomic clocks used to ensure stability (1sec per hundred million years),
      • amount of data so large it could never be transferred over the internet. Stored on hard disks and shipped to central super computer to put data together
      • Super computer also staggers data based on when light waves hit
      • More dishes more resolution
      • EHT Network

        Lessons

      • Really black hole, General relativity FURTHER confirmed

      • Gravitational Dynamics of starts better measures of black hole masses than observations of gas
      • This is a rotating black hole, accretion disks made of matter definitely there
      • Proper resolution requires resolving power to be better than the size of the object you are looking at (resolution)
        • Only 3 known black holes in the Universe have a large enough diameter for the current EHT - Sagittarius A, center of M87, and the center of a radio-quiet galaxy called NGC 1277
        • But we could increase the power beyond size of the Earth by launching telescopes into orbit!
      • we absolutely could not have done this without a global, international network of scientists and equipment working together
  • NY Department of Financial Services - Bit License - Brent
    • Basically Bittrex has been operating in NY if I understand it correctly.
    • This will only affect customers in NYC - but it's honestly concerning.
    • We've linked to the actual letter from the Bit License division of the NYDFS
    • They had transactions with Sanctioned countries
    • They randomly exclude people from their cash monitoring
    • The board of directors minutes never included any AML/BSA/OFAC issues.
    • The compliance officer is called out as inadequate.
    • They say there's a lack of trainig. I've been through AML training, it's a fuckin joke. If Bittrex wasn't even doing that I dunno what to tell them.
    • They had an audit and presented that report, but refused to explain the process behind the conclusions or the engagement letter between the audit firm and Bittrex. (which is basically a less legalese contract)
    • Here's the best one. They didn't do customer due dilligence. They had names on accounts such as "Elvis Presley" (ok we can forgive that) "abc-abc" (clearly Roger Ver) "Donald Duck" and plenty of obscene terms.
    • They were unclear and wishy washy on how to handle corporate customers who may own some percentage of a project or business.
    • They had a process for listing tokens, but NYDFS pulled 15 random tokens and foudn that some of the founders refused to finish the paperwork, and some of them had no application at all.
    • THEY HAVE NOT AGREED TO HAVE THEIR CAPITAL EXAMINED.

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Episode 171 - SEC Decision, Trons Lambos, and tons more news.

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  • Rapid Fire

    https://imgur.com/1tZ5FU3

    Twitch has removed crypto as a subscription payment method. (Honestly forgot they took it)

    Nanex Exchange is shutting down get your nano off.

    DASH is now default instant send - meaning private (And likely higherish fees). Might mean it's time to take another look.

  • SEC Statement On Crypto - Adam, Karim, Brent

    • Not experts
    • Looked over it, and it all seems very "plausible deniability"
    • They list out a bunch of factors that would make it OK to not be a security....then they say "Although no one of the following characteristics of use or consumption is necessarily determinative, the stronger their presence, the less likely the Howey test is me"
    • To me that literally means nothing...mostly.

      • The network is fully armed and operational
      • Holders can use it on the network right away.
      • The asset is designed to meet the needs of its users, not to feed speculation.
      • The value should remain stable or depreciate over time (dafuq?) specifically saying don't hodl.
      • If it's a currency it needs to be used to make payments - like really needs to be used for goods and services without converting it first. That or it's a store of value.
      • If it represents another good or service it can be redeemed and is pegged to that value.
      • Economic benefit is incidental.
      • Marketed in a manner that emphasizes the functionality and not increase in value- and if you'd like to advertise with us please reach out.
      • Restrictions for transfers are not for speculation but are a part of the use case.
      • Again "Digital assets with these types of use or consumption characteristics are less likely to be investment contracts."
      • And "The discussion above identifies some of the factors market participants should consider in assessing whether a digital asset is offered or sold as an investment contract and, therefore, is a security."

      Statement on "Framework for 'Investment Contract' Analysis of Digital Assets"

  • Don't Buy Bitcoin - Karim

    • From CNBC
    • Basically Crypto blew up, but before you go buy!
    • Peter mallouk "What we're going to see, most likely, is, we're going to see cryptocurrencies collapse."
    • There are so many types of virtual currencies — like litecoin, ethereum, ripple and, of course, bitcoin — that "there's no way that even a fraction of them can survive,"
    • "in the meantime," if you buy cryptocurrency, "you get no income. It's not a real investment. It's speculation."
    • Then compares it to the TV "tv worked out but everything that comes out of it we dont want to watch. Palm and Blackberry were fantastic, but Apple came in and took them out. Lycos and Excite were here before Google."
    • Then Kramer - Bitcoin Mafia, go to Vegas
    • JP Morgan quote Jamie Dimon "Bitcoin is a fraud"...but dont mention they developed a crypto

      Don't buy bitcoin, warns wealth manager: We're likely 'going to see cryptocurrencies collapse'

  • Bithumb Hacked for $13M - Brent

  • Bullish or Bullshit - Justin Sun Gives away a Tesla on Twitter

    • Our boy Justin Sun is at it again.
    • He announced a $20 Million Dollar Giveaway on Twitter
    • On March 27th they were gonna draw a winner of a Tesla.
    • So they had a video where they were picking the winner, and they uploaded it...and then deleted it saying there were compression problems.
    • This is the internet tho so here it is
    • @uzgaroth (XRP_uzgar) was the twitter user that was supposed to win. He was the 88th name drawn because I guess the first names didn't meet a criteria.
    • Justin tweets and says the team decided that only live streams are acceptable for drawings, oops.
    • In the original video there's a fucking frame where the winner actually appears before the drawing.
    • They go as far as congratulating him on Twitter.
    • Don't worry, it has a happy ending. XRP_uzgar gets a ticket to the Tron summit and all expenses paid to fly out and see it.
    • That was the resolution for a couple of days.
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  • Bull Signs

    Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again)

    • Andreesseen Horowitz filed to become a registered investment advisor (RIA) in part to gain flexibility in crypto investing, all 150 employees are registering as financial advisors. Less relevant is the firm is raising 2-2.5 bill growth fund expected to close in the next few weeks.

      Cryptocurrency trade volume hits new all-time high - Coin Rivet

    • $87 bill volume, eclipsing the previous record by 16 bill, set in Jan 4th 2018. Last week's average was $31 bill

    • BTC is now above the 1D cloud on massive volume and flipped bullish for the first time since early 2018. 🤑. For all you technicals out there it's called the Ichimoku cloud. First time in 15 months, 442 days to be exact that a positive candle was closed on a chart

  • Shots Fired!

    Waves takes a shot at our boy Justin

    Brent makes a post

    Elon Musk shits on Bitcoin

    Elon Musk shits on the SEC... not Bitcoin =)

    Did send Doge price up 27%

    But says "dogecoin value may vary."

  • Mailbag

    Jerry from Cedar Rapids, Iowa asks what is your absolute favorite coin out there?

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Episode 170 - Peter McCormack of The What Bitcoin Did podcast

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Peter McCormack is a podcaster with a particular love for Bitcoin in the space. He's flown around the globe to interview some of the most important people in cryptocurrency, and he's really done well along the way.

He's interviewed people that won't sit down with anyone else, and he's done so consistently for years. Peter decided he would come on the CryptoBasic Podcast and have a chat with Brent about podcasting, the pressures, the problems, and of course - how he wouldn't trade it for anything else.

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Flagship Friday 65 - Weiss Ratings, Fake Trading Volume, and more.

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Today we talk about everything from Formula One Racing to Metamask. Karim, Adam, and Brent are hardly able to even get through a rapid fire section without some commentary, and they go over the dumb and dumber that is the Weiss Ratings on this edition.

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Episode 169 - Flagship Friday

Today we talk about everything from Formula One Racing to Metamask. Karim, Adam, and Brent are hardly able to even get through a rapid fire section without some commentary, and they go over the dumb and dumber that is the Weiss Ratings on this edition.

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Crossover Podcast with the Bitcoin Takeover

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This episode Brent did a special crossover with Vlad from the Bitcoin Takeover podcast. Obviously based on the name we needed to keep it Bitcoin, and of course say good things about it. 

That didn't stop Brent he got some good information in there about altcoins, and even admits he was too harsh on Bitcoin itself. Find out how they feel about BTC across the pond, and maybe learn about some political views along the way. 

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Episode 167 - XLM and IBM, XRP, Tether, and more.

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Episode 167 - Flagship Friday

On Today's Episode the team talks about Tether, Binance in Austrailia, and the big news being IBM partnering with Stellar. Is this a real partnership? It probably is, but is it good for Crypto currency? What does it have to do with Ripple and XRP? What kinda cereal are the boys fans of? Find out now.

Co-Founder of Wikipedia says that you should use Brave.

Coinbase Pro ends 0% maker fees.

Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang was tweeting about bitcooin corrections in 2013!

  • Tether is not fully backed by fiat (Bullish or Bullshit?) - Brent
    • From Tether's New Terms - "Every Tether is always 100% backed by our reserves, which include traditional currency and cash equivalents and, from time to time, may include other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties, which may include affiliated entities (collectively, “reserves”). Every tether is also 1-to-1 pegged to the dollar, so 1 USDâ‚® is always valued by Tether at 1 USD."
    • They also made a proof of funds page, to make it seem like they're on par with other stable coins that show what they have in reserve...It's the same document from months ago that says they totally had the funds on a specific day.
  • Binance Lite Becomes the Firm’s First Fiat-to-Crypto On-Ramp in Australia - Adam
    • Over 1300 newsagents (whatever that is) will have access to bitcoin
    • In order to remain compliant with Australian regulations, users need to register with Binance Lite. There's already a map charting all the newsagents in Australia where you can utilize this.
    • Binance is making strides to make their presence known world-wide. Pretty insane for a company less than 3 years old.
    • They also have plans to do the same thing in Singapore.
  • IBM Partners With Stellar - Brent
    • 72 Countries, 47 currencies, 44 banks.
    • It's called the IMB Blockchain World Wire.
    • This is basically IBM entry and exit points as a trusted gateway on the Stellar Network.
    • I know they have their own internal Blockchain services.
    • Reddit hates IBM
    • It's already live.
    • Discuss - why didn't they choose XRP?
  • Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could kill 'fake news'? Or just make them money - Karim

    • As we've covered before FB has begun developing their own cryptocurrency (bloomberg and NYT)
    • FB has not confirmed reports, just admitted to exploring DLT, so the rest of the story is from unamed sources
    • First they claim the crypto would allow you to send money to your WhatsApp contacts, so taking on venmo & paypal -
    • NYT report claimed they already talked to crypto exchanges about it, others argue theyd use a stable coin
    • Barclay's internet analyst Ross Sandler said FB coin would make the company $19b by 2021

    • part of the idea here is higher customer conversion rates, you already have currency on the platform and FB keeps payments in their own network

    • FB could also use cryptography to authenticate users through hash keys, and making sure people posting new are people and not bots (dont think this really handles it)
    • Could also help with General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) since users could control data and delete it by for example deleting their hash, making info not accessible
    • n order to authenticate them; it means Facebook now becomes the repository for a lot of personally identifiable information....
  • Cisco Reports: By 2027 Blockchain Will Capture 10 Trillion of the Worlds Wealth](https://toshitimes.com/by-2027-blockchain-will-capture-10-trillion-of-the-worlds-wealth/) - Adam

    • By 2027 blockchain will capture 10 trill of the world's wealth.
    • This is from Cisco, not just anyone talking about blockchain
    • Joe Lubin believes in twenty years half of the world's wealth will be on blockchain
    • True innovation is the ability to automate trust between two parties using it
    • Cisco report claims 83% of execs believe trust is the cornerstone of the digital economy
  • SHOTS FIRED! (There's one of these big enough for a story)
    • Craig Wright Leaves Twitter! (Bullish or Bullshit?) - Brent
      • He deleted 10,000 Tweets in about 24 hours.
      • He decided to say he'd sue anyone that copied his tweets or harassing him.
      • As you know the internet usually responds well to this.
      • Bots were popping up left and right with his name on them.
      • Even Jihan Wu from Bitmain was following the fake CSW account.
      • Some stupid Tweets by CSW.
        • He complained about not being in CoinDesk's most influential people in Crypto. Coindesk responded. "But...but...'Satoshi Nakamoto' IS on the list! ;p"
        • in 2017 he said 2018 was the year of BCH.
        • He said Bitcoin isn't Trustless earlier in 2018.
        • Told people who thought Bitcoin was permission-less to go work on EOS.
        • Said BTC would go down to 1000.
        • He answered the question "Will you attack your enemies or let them all on their own" with "Yes"
        • This is it. Screw you Toddler. I am going to undelete my writings. You want competition... screw you. I am going full billionaire mode. You want this. You get it. You asked for this. You will not like what is coming! You think I cannot choose what I prove, to whom.... watch - June 2018
        • He tweeted in August 2018 some code out as a response to someone saying he couldn't print hello world - it was copy pasted.
      • Remember that one of Craig's proof attempts that he's Satoshi are from a paper he wrote in "2001" that was very similar to the Bitcoin whitepaper...but it was similar to the 2nd draft that was released not the first lol.
      • And of course his "signature" was just public information as well.

Episode 166 - Adam Levy is Back, the Crypto Movie is coming, and was NEO down?

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  • Rapid Fire
  • This Stupid Ass Movie - Shoutout @anthony in the CB Discord.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYZut3DWvek

  • The NEO Blockchain was DOWN for over an hour. (BULLISH OR BULLSHIT) - Brent

    • This was because of ONE node.
    • Obviously the response was "centralized POS"
    • But, this is what we're supposed to get.
    • The way their consensus works is that if they do have a downed node, they keep trying until they get consensus. If they don't get it, they try 15 seconds later, then 30, then 60, then 120, then 240 etc.
    • They is actually based on probability - once a node goes down this starts firing and most of the time it happens on the first try, but it COULD go as high as 10 retrys in a very unlucky scenario which would be over 4 hours.
    • NEO is still centralized, and that's part of your tradeoff.
  • Binance adding Ripple to their Trust Wallet. Also, credit card support available. Brent
    • Their trust wallet is similar to other offerings by coinbase, ENJ, etc. It's in the app store.
    • They have plans for web, desktop, and hardware wallets.
    • There's a bunch of coins in this one - ETH, ETH Classic, Gochain, POA Network, Vechain, Tron, Wanchain, Callisto, ICON, Bitcoin, Litecoin, BitcoinCash, TomoChain, Dash, Zcash, Zcoin, XRP - Legit don't even know what half of those are.
    • The person that nails this first could be the paypal.
    • Metamask is continually improving their experience though.
    • Coinbase has something similar.
  • ETH Is not a security @Karim Baruque this looks like it's all you

    • Story starts with a comment back in June of 2018 from the SECs Director of Corporate Finance (William Hinman)
    • "Based on my understanding of the present state of Ether, the Ethereum network and its decentralized structure, current offers and sales of Ether are not securities transactions."
    • Remember the Howey test?

      • Citrus farmers in FL 1946, went to the supreme court after SEC sued
      • SC developed landmark test. :A transaction is an investment contract if...
        1. It is an investment of money
        1. There is an expectation of profits from investment
        1. the investment of money is in a common enterprise
        1. Any profit comes from the efforts of a promoter or 3rd party
    • "When the efforts of the third party are no longer a key factor for determining the enterprise’s success, material information asymmetries recede. ... the ability to identify an issuer or promoter to make the requisite disclosures becomes difficult, and less meaningful."

    • A group wrote a letter to the SEC Chairman to see if this was just an opinion or represents position of the SEC
    • "I agree with Director Hinman's explanation of how a digital asset transaction may no longer represent an investment contract if, for example, purchasers would no longer reasonably expect a person or group to carry out the essential managerial or entrepreneurial efforts. Under those circumstances, the digital asset may not represent an investment contract under the Howey framework."
  • Adoption Segment. @Adam Levy
    • Implementation of crypto in the real world.
    • $0.40 off per gallon if you use btc. What other use cases are there?
    • Austria has advertisements in subways for Bitcoin (bitpanda)
    • there is a website called shitexpress.com where you can buy a pile of dung and send it to someone you don't like using bit coin.
    • yoga studios, restaurants, coffee shops, escape rooms—basically savvy business owners are starting to pop up with more options of payment—some crypto over credit cards
    • first time seeing payment in an SF coffee shop in 2014
    • can any business use Cash app for bitcoin?
  • Cool chart of crypto ownership in America @Adam Levy
    • 8% of Americans own crypto—think it was closer to 1-2% in early 2017
    • too difficult to understand and too complicated to understand is a solid portion of . I can sympathize as it is not intuitve at all but once you learn it, it becomes second nature. Think going from windows to ios
    • most are just "not interested"
    • some say it's too high risk which, fair enough
    • During the 2017 boom, there were roughly 40k new CB users a week signing up. I'd say 8% seems about right.
  • https://cointelegraph.com/news/us-state-of-colorado-passes-crypto-exemptions-bill-into-law
    • Colorado Digital Token Act. Colorado is "trying to provide clarity for the sector. That doesn't mean charlatans can violate security laws"
    • "digital token" as “a digital unit with specified characteristics, secured through a decentralized ledger or database, exchangeable for goods or services, and capable of being traded or transferred between persons without an intermediary or custodian of value

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  • Mailbag

    From the zman in CB Discord:

    with all the hype surrounding game of thrones return in april, the BBs were wondering:

    1. which GOT character do you believe you are most like? and
    2. which GOT character reminds you the most of your co-host(s)?
  • Rants

    Brent hates Enjin (not quite)

    Samsung Blockchain Wallet Less Shitty

    • ETH, TUSD, BAT, REP, REVAIN, Chainlink, Aeternity, Paxos, Maker, USDC, PundiX, BNB, CosmoCoin, Bytom, OMG, Pupulous, Vechain, ZRX (NO TETHER)
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Episode 165 - Coinbase is Scum? QuadrigaCX definitely is, and a special guest.

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There's a special guest on the show - Adam "Roothlus" Levy. He's going to help us navigate these murky waters of scams, bullshit stories, and more. Why is Coinbase losing good will? Why is Kraken gaining it? Why wasn't Brent hired at Kraken? Also - Brent got hacked on this edition.

Episode 165 - Flagship Friday

QuadrigaCX Granted 45 More days to repay funds

Bitgrail CEO must repay 170mil

XRP and XLM were approved by Thailand SEC

IOTA Released a Testnet without the COO - AND they went fully discord transparent.

ENJ Released their SDK for Unity - They're not on Samsung though.

  • You know we gotta do our weekly QuadrigaCX Update.
    • First of all last week Kraken offered a $100k reward for any information regarding the QCX situation that leads to the discovery of funds.
    • They also put out two full podcast episodes about it. (Their 3rd and 4th episode). They're combined almost 3 hours worth of information. I didn't listen.
    • It fuckin worked somehow. They found over 600k in ETH the next day. Roughly 90-100M depending on the ETH price at the time.
    • Some of it was on Kraken lol. Most of it was on Bitfinex.
    • Even though some was found, this doesn't necessarily mean that it was QCX or that it can be recovered.
    • There's somehow more.
    • Their cold wallets were found empty.
    • Guess who was never audited before now?
    • Guess who else still hasn't been audited?
    • Guess where most of that found ETH was?
  • New Bitcoin Betting Game Adds Thousands of Waitlisted Users
    • You can bet on MOON (up) or REKT (down) with a new card where you can place bets starting every five minutes.
    • The company is called HXRO (Hero) and they plan on releasing new betting games down the road.
    • Beta started Jan 1st and over 115k people on the waiting list
    • Guess this is a simplified version of Augur?
    • Seems popular thus far.
  • COINBASE IS SCUM!!!
    • So Coinbase acquired a team called Neutrino.
      • They had a team that all worked on a project called Hacking Team, which was a startup that specifically aided some shady governments in some authoritarian practices.
      • They helped surveillance of citizens by selling its project to - Sudan, Bahrain, Venezuela, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan
      • The UN actually got involved and told them they were selling weapons to Sudan, and they were worried about them being used to target Darfur belligerents. Hacking Team said they never had dealings with Sudan.
      • After the UN Got involved the Italian government froze any exports that the team could make.
      • Someone hacked them and their Twitter and release a 400GB data dump, which Wikileaks even retweeted. Dealings with Sudan confirmed, and there was even an invoice to Lebanon. How did "Hacking Team" get hacked? Well their password was P4ssword, and they also used wolverine and universo.
      • Standard response - don't download that leak it has a virus and it's also all not true (paraphrasing Christian Pozzi, team member). His Twitter was immediately hacked.
      • As of 2016 they were still allowed to sell spyware...just not outside of the EU. They had 70 clients as of 2015.
      • They won an award in 2013 - One of 5 Corporate Enemies of the Internet!
      • Coinbase original statement -It was “aware that Neutrino’s co-founders previously worked at Hacking Team, which we reviewed as part of our security, technical and hiring diligence,” adding that “Coinbase does not condone nor will it defend the actions of Hacking Team,” but “it was important for Coinbase to bring this function in-house to fully control and protect our customers’ data and Neutrino’s technology was the best we encountered in the space to achieve this goal.”
      • But they got their act together and fired them all, except the board.
    • They were also aware that whoever Neutrino was supposed to replace was selling user data.
      • The quote was plain as day ""We are aware of the backgrounds of some of the folks that were involved in Neutrino and we are looking into that,” said Christine Sandler, Coinbase’s head of sales."
      • Coinbase clarified that she totally misspoke.
      • They say they're totally not sharing personally identifiable data with 3rd party vendors. I wonder if there's a thin legal definition for that?
  • Thread on Worst Investment You Made
  • Bullish or Bullshit?

    • Thailand's SEC Approves Bitcoin, Bans Bitcoin Cash

      First of all the link was literally to a BCH/USD Technical Analysis blog post

      One little bullet point that says 'News flow - Thailand SEC removed BCH, LTC, & ETC from ICO Fundraising....that's it lol

      Found the actual statement from Thai SEC here

      They just update the list regularly, last paragraph really hypes it down

      TLDR didnt affect anything and the rest are definitely not legal tender lol. BS

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  • Argentina Blockchain Adoption](https://www.binance.com/en/blog/309988869718880256/Binance-Labs-BUIDLing-Argentinas-Crypto-Future)
    • Argentina is committed to matching the investment up to $50k USD for every Argentine blockchain project that receives funding from Binance Labs.
    • Argentina already allows you to top up train cards with Bitcoin.
  • Leaked Transactions Link Major Banks to $8.8 Billion Money Laundering Scheme

    • The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) non-profit
    • published a set of reports this week detailing a complex money laundering scheme “to channel billions of dollars out of Russia”
    • over 1.3 million leaked transactions from 238,000 companies,
    • OCCRP Executive Director Paul Radu elaborated

      Among the counterparties on these transactions were major Western banks such as Citigroup Inc., Raiffeisen, and Deutsche Bank. The dozens of companies in the system also generated $8.8 billion of internal transactions to obscure the origin of the cash.

    • Citigroup did not respond to a request for comment, Raiffeisen declined to comment, and Deutsche Bank refused to comment for legal reasons, claiming to have limited access to information on the transactions in question.

    • Troika Laundromat. “The Laundromat wasn’t just a money laundering system. It was also a hidden investment vehicle, a slush fund, a tax evasion scheme, and much more
    • Goes deep son - Death in Vienna the story of Erich Rebasso
    • OCCRP gives out a Corrupt Actor of the Year award. Notable winners

      • 2013 - Entire Romanian Parliament
      • 2014 - Putin

        "Putin has been a finalist every year so you might consider this a lifetime achievement award"

      • 2016 - Nicolas Maduro

      • 2017 - Rodrigo Duterte
      • 2018 Danske bank
        • "In the past 20 years, they’ve globalized organized crime and autocracy and helped everyone from Mexican drug cartels to Russian President Vladimir Putin to terrorists, autocrats, and almost every global threat,"
        • Runnerups - Putin, Hungarian President viktor Orban, Mohammed bin salman, & Donald Trump
  • SHOTS FIRED!

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102 Series - XRP (Ripple)

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It's time for a revisit of a classic villian. Ripple, XRP, Banks, it's known by many names and it was just released on Coinbase. It's had a hell of a year, and honestly has performed less bad than a lot of these coins. Has Brent changed his tune? Will his hatred go down further? Is this a sympathetic villian? How much did Karim call Brent Fat the last time this coin was in the spotlight? Find out now.

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