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One of the most obvious use cases for blockchain technology comes in the form of deploying smart contracts. Unlike its traditional contracts counterparts, a smart contract operates completely autonomously without relying on any human oversight. It goes without saying this technology holds a lot of promise, both in and outside of the financial world. Also […]

The post The Future Role Of Smart Contracts In Finance And Business appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 22, 2016, 4:00 pm
DigitalMoneyTimes_Bitcoin

Creating a Bitcoin wallet as a physical medium sounded like a strange idea a few years ago, but companies like Ledger have shown this might be the thing digital currency needs to reach a larger mainstream audience. Even though Bitcoin does not exist in a physical form, they can be stored on a tangible medium. […]

The post Ledger Wallet Makes Bitcoin Easier To Understand And Store appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 22, 2016, 1:00 pm
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Silicon Valley remains an illustrious name in the world of technology and innovation. This small area in the United States is the one place where nearly all major technological breakthroughs come from. It goes without saying that various countries around the world would love nothing more than reach the same level as Silicon Valley, although […]

The post Is The European Silicon Valley A Utopian Dream? appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 22, 2016, 10:35 am
DigitalMoneyTimes_Healthcare Marketing

. Also read: Word of Mouth Marketing Is A Powerful Tool For Bitcoin Companies Healthcare Marketing – Seeing Is Believing? A little-known fact is the potential Youtube offers to the healthcare industry regarding marketing future advancements. Whenever a new medical innovation is announced, the last place people would look for it is on Youtube. However, […]

The post Wielding The Power of Youtube in Healthcare Marketing appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 20, 2016, 4:30 pm
DigitalMoneyTimes_Trends 2016

Even though not everyone is a fan of some of the current tech trends, that doesn’t mean they won’t become more viable in the not-so-distant future. Regardless of how people feel about certain technological marvels, they will play an important role throughout 2016 and the years to follow. Analytics, 3D printing, cloud computing, and artificial […]

The post What You Should Pay Attention To in The 2016 Tech Industry appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 20, 2016, 2:55 pm
DigitalMoneyTines_Blockchain Matters

Despite its success throughout the years, there are a lot of people who still think the blockchain hype will go bust in the next few years. While there are several thousands of use cases for this technological marvel, very few of those concepts have come to fruition. The year 2016 will be an interesting one […]

The post Why The Blockchain is Not A Flash in The Pan appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 19, 2016, 6:34 pm

Bitcoin is getting a lot of mainstream attention all over the world, as more and more people start to see the value in digital currencies. Shares of the Bitcoin Group will be sold publicly on the Australian securities exchange as of February 9th, which can be seen as another validation of Bitcoin’s legitimate status. Whether […]

The post Bitcoin Group IPO on ASX Brings More Legitimacy To Digital Currency appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 19, 2016, 4:34 pm

There is a certain correlation between the world of digital currency and traditional finance, even though very few people will acknowledge this to be true. PayPal, while a direct competitor of Bitcoin, has also embraced the digital currency in the past through its BrainTree subsidiary. To make matters even more interesting, one of the most […]

The post Bitcoin And PayPal Meet When Wences Casares Is Involved appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 19, 2016, 2:32 pm

Spreading the word about a new business or project can be quite difficult in the world of FinTech and Bitcoin. Traditional marketing, such as spreading the news on social media and getting articles published by media outlets will only do so much. The best way to let the world know about a new venture is […]

The post Word of Mouth Marketing Is A Powerful Tool For Bitcoin Companies appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 14, 2016, 11:30 am

There is a huge open market for developers and companies looking to explore big data, as well as consumer-driven data. As more and more consumers become aware of what and how they consume food and beverages, the intake of certain elements has become increasingly important to them. Storing all of that data in an online […]

The post The Blockchain Will Keep Healthy Lifestyle Data Safe And Secure appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 13, 2016, 5:00 pm

Running a successful sector in any business can be quite a daunting task these days, due to there being such a lot of competition in every segment. This is particularly true for startups in the FinTech and Bitcoin industries, where so much attention and money is in circulation that it becomes hard to keep track of […]

The post Tips For A Successful Conversation in FinTech and Bitcoin appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 13, 2016, 2:00 pm

The future of Bitcoin and FinTech businesses will hinge on how they learn to interpret big data. Business intelligence will come to rely on big data more and more in the coming years, and finding ways to interpret that information will provide companies with valuable insights. However, the process of turning raw data into something […]

The post Why Big Data Matters To Bitcoin And FinTech Companies appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 13, 2016, 11:20 am

Crowdfunding is an intriguing concept, allowing any individual or business in the world to raise funding for their project, without having to rely on a select group of financial players.  Every individual can become an investor in a company through crowdfunding platforms, which creates an interesting spin on the traditional business model.  At the same time, […]

The post How Bitcoin Can Revamp The Crowdfunding Industry appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 12, 2016, 5:30 pm

To many people around the world, Bitcoin and blockchain technology still make very little, if any sense at all.  That may seem only natural, however,  even these people will have to admit the concept is not just another hype, as initially thought. There are a handful of reasons why Bitcoin matters to the world, and over time, to […]

The post Why Bitcoin and The Blockchain Are Valuable To Our Society appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 12, 2016, 3:46 pm

Reddit remains a mystery to most marketers out there, even though it is not at all difficult to get proper attention for your business or product.  Several people have tried different methods to captivate the Reddit audience and some of those turned out to be incredibly successful. A lot of marketing can be achieved through […]

The post Overnight Success From Reddit Marketing Is Possible appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 12, 2016, 2:26 pm

Being an entrepreneur is a great feeling, getting to run your own business and forge a path for yourself. But at the same time, being an entrepreneur brings forth a lot of responsibility and many other things to be taken into account. Luckily for all aspiring entrepreneurs, there are a few basic tips that will go […]

The post Tips To Make It As A FinTech Entrepreneur appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 11, 2016, 5:00 pm

Now that the year 2015 is in the books, Bitcoin enthusiasts and investors are looking ahead to what 2016 will bring for the digital currency. The past twelve months saw a record amount of VC funding flowing to various Bitcoin companies and startups, despite the not always positive news about Bitcoin. Will 2016 be the […]

The post 2016 Will Be The Year of Bitcoin Bulls appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 11, 2016, 2:00 pm

The future of financial services and products is directly linked to the advancements made in the field of technology. This is why sectors such as FinTech and Bitcoin are thriving right now, as they combine powerful technology with payment options to bring financial services to people all over the world. But what will be the […]

The post Bitcoin And FinTech Technology Trends For 2016 appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 11, 2016, 11:29 am

One of the topics being kicked around quite often is why there are so few women involved in the technology industry.  To put that into perspective, this discussion goes further than just talking about management positions, even though that is a pressing issue as well.  But at the same time, there are very few females […]

The post Computer Programming Levels Technology Playing Field For Women appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 8, 2016, 6:00 pm

Disruption is taking place on multiple levels, as companies and startups try to come up with creative ways to cut out the middleman.  In some areas, this approach is working quite well, whereas industries such as finance are far more difficult to disrupt.  But the middlemen won’t go down that easily and they are starting […]

The post Middlemen Make A Return In The Form of A Personal Concierge appeared first on Digital Money Times.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: January 8, 2016, 3:00 pm

Bitcoinist

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Pirrit Adware

Malware is being distributed in a wide variety of ways these days. Security researchers have managed to track down the distribution of Pirrit aware to an online marketing company based in Israel. As it turns out, a new version of the adware is in circulation right now. Albeit this adware is targeting Mac OS X users specifically, it is still a significant threat. Also read: The Halving Month Is Here; What Will Happen to the

The post Israeli Advertising Firm TargetingEdge Spreads Pirrit Adware appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 7, 2016, 9:34 am
Bitcoinist_New Economy Movement XEM

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif continues to make media headlines in quick succession as of late. The company announced on July 3rd how they had added the XEM cryptocurrency to their trading platform. Keeping in mind how XEM has seen a spectacular value increase over the past few months, this is not entirely surprising. Also read: Litecoin Is Back: New Roadmap Signals the Start of a Renaissance It is not uncommon for cryptocurrency exchanges to add

The post Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange Zaif Adds XEM Trading Market appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 4, 2016, 9:02 am
Zepto Ransomware

There is a now form of Bitcoin ransomware on the block, going by the name of Zepto. At its core, this is a different variant of the Locky malware, which has been making the rounds for quite some time now. Security researchers detected a spike in the distribution of this new ransomware. As one would expect, Internet criminals are using spam emails to distribute this payload. Also read: Are the Winklevoss Twins Bringing the Bitcoin

The post Worrisome Locky Ransomware Variant Zepto is Making The Rounds appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 2, 2016, 9:58 am
Bitcoinist_Medical IoT Devices

Hospital IT security is not up to par, as a recent reported indicated. It looks like the threat is far more real than anticipated, as a new wave of IoT device attacks is taking place as we speak. Medical services, ranging from CT scanners to dialysis pumps, are targeted by hackers. Albeit these assailants will not shut down the machines, they are trying to retrieve confidential patient information. Also read: FBI Overstepped Boundaries Again in

The post Hackers Target Medical IoT Devices To Obtain Prescription Drugs appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: July 1, 2016, 7:54 am
Bitcoinist_FBI Jurisdiction

The story of Silk Road is far from finished by the look of things. Gary Davis, also known as Libertas on the deep web marketplace, is fighting his extradition to the US. If he is successful in doing so, he will not be charged for his alleged involvement in Silk Road. The FBI strongly feels they have evidence linking his real identity to that of the Libertas administrator position on the platform. Also read: Running

The post FBI Overstepped Boundaries Again in Silk Road Investigation appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 30, 2016, 8:08 am
CCTV Botnet

In this day of mass surveillance and privacy awareness, CCTV cameras are often forgotten about. But as it turns out, these monitoring devices can serve an even nefarious purpose, albeit unwillingly. Security researchers uncovered a botnet operating on 25,000 CCTV cameras. This attack targeted a small jewelry store website, which was unavailable for several days. Also read: A Politician from Paris Wants to Ban Bitcoin Although most people are well aware of how CCTV cameras

The post Global CCTV Botnet Successfully Executed DDoS Attack appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:42 am
Bitcoinist_Office 365

Sometimes it feels like the only way Bitcoin makes headlines is either through a price change or ransomware. Cerber, one of the most dangerous types of Bitcoin ransomware alive today, has been cloned into a new variant. As a result, this undisclosed type of malware can target Office 365 users through a zero-day attack. It is very well possible millions of business users have been affected already. Also read: Russian Policymakers Set To Deal Another

The post Office 365 Zero-day Leads To Ransomware Phishing Attacks appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:22 am
Bitcoinist_Encryption

It if were up to Russian policymakers, Internet controls will become even more strict in the country moving forward. Labeled as an anti-terrorism campaign, there are plans to increase online surveillance measures. If this were to happen, ISPs would need to log metadata about customers for at last three years. Should this proposal pass, encryption will not safeguard user privacy anymore in the country. Also read: Bitcoin and Brexit: Did the Great UK Debate Move

The post Russian Policymakers Set To Deal Another Blow To Encryption appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 27, 2016, 8:41 am
Healthcare Security

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will recall the story of several hospitals being infected with Bitcoin ransomware earlier this year. A new study on how hospitals treat patient privacy and confidentiality shows how malware attacks are not the biggest concern. Poor security practices can be found everywhere, putting patient information at risk unnecessarily. Also read: Necurs Botnet Resurfaces With Updated Locky and Dridex Versions The report, titled Workarounds to Computer Access in Healthcare Organizations, paints a very worrisome

The post New Report Shows Healthcare IT Security is On Wobbly Legs appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

Author: Jp Buntinx
Posted: June 25, 2016, 9:00 am

Bitcoin.com

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Jean-Pierre Buntinx – Bitcoin News

Daily Bitcoin News

investmentThe world of blockchain technology has seen its fair share of investments throughout the years. Just last year, in 2015, a new record for VC funding was noted. But the recent charts by WeUseCoins seems to indicate the blockchain investment bubble is about to burst. Also read: South Africa Bank: Blockchain Could Snatch 40% of […]

The post Blockchain Investment Off To A Slow Start In 2016 appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 8, 2016, 7:00 pm

Bitcoin.com_Rural PhilippinesReaching consumers in regions where Internet access is limited to non-existent is very difficult. One startup in the Philippines is changing that, by offering free WiFi access to its customers buying shampoo. Also read: Is DAO Technology Viable For Funding eSports Teams? Keeping in mind how roughly four billion people in the world have no […]

The post Bitcoin Making Inroads into Rural Philippines with WiFi Hotspots appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 4, 2016, 1:00 pm

Bitcoin.com eSportsThere is an apparent correlation between gaming and cryptocurrency, although this direction is not explored all that often. ESports are becoming a global trend, with tournaments and sponsors providing competitive gamers with a lot of money. But what if we were to use the concept of a DAO to run various eSports teams? Also read: Why Serious Investors Need […]

The post Is DAO Technology Viable For Funding eSports Teams? appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 4, 2016, 12:00 am

Bitcoin.com_Bitcoin ValuesBitcoin has been gaining a lot of positive media attention over the past few weeks. Investors are looking at cryptocurrency as a valuable portfolio diversification method. In fact, bitcoin should be in everybody’s portfolio, according to some experts. Also read: Blockchain Technology: Making Smart Guns Smarter Bitcoin offers some exciting traits that other investments do […]

The post Why Serious Investors Need Bitcoin in Their Portfolios appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 2, 2016, 1:00 pm

ATM Bitcoin NatwestBanks are struggling to provide around the clock customer support and services right now. NatWest wants to change that by opening a new branch with 24-7 automated banking facilities. However, Bitcoin has been offering its services around the clock for seven years now. Also read: OTC Trading For Regular People: Search For the ‘Uber of […]

The post NatWest Fails to Imitate Bitcoin with Limited 24-7 Accessibility appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: July 2, 2016, 10:00 am

Educating the world on Bitcoin and blockchain technology is a top priority to grow the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Princeton University has revealed a new book on these topics, called “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction.” Also read: Deloitte & ConsenSys Book Ticket on Blockchain Bandwagon Educational Books on Bitcoin & Its Technology Throughout the years, many […]

The post Princeton University Unveils New Bitcoin Textbook appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 29, 2016, 4:00 pm

Deloitte and ConsenSys Enterprise are partnering up to enhance their enterprise blockchain solutions amid growing pressure to deliver a robust product for the financial industry. Also read: China’s Proposed New Law Recognizes Bitcoin as ‘People’s Rights’ ConsenSys & Deloitte Partner Up Cryptocurrency enthusiasts have noted how there is a lot of hype surrounding blockchain technology. Financial […]

The post Deloitte & ConsenSys Book Ticket on Blockchain Bandwagon appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 28, 2016, 7:00 pm

Bitcoin.com_BitcoinThere has been a lot of talk about investors looking to Bitcoin as a safe haven for their investment portfolio. Safe haven markets are very small and hard to get into. Bitcoin may not fit that bill as perfectly as some people think it does. Also read: Tor Project Enlists Security Researchers to Counter FBI […]

The post Bitcoin is Not A Safe Haven and That’s OK appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 27, 2016, 6:00 pm

Bitcoin.com BrexitThe Brexit is a doom scenario for traditional finance all over the world. As stock markets continue to lose ground, and the Pound Sterling devalues, there is an increased interest in gold and silver. Bitcoin, that other scarce store of value, is doing quite well too. Also read: India’s Reserve Bank Talks Up Blockchain Amidst […]

The post Gold Surges, Bitcoin Holds Strong in Brexit Aftermath appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 25, 2016, 5:25 pm

UKWhile traditional markets are reeling from Brexit, how much of an impact will it have on the Bitcoin industry, such as UK Bitcoin exchanges, who may face new regulatory guidelines when dealing with EU customers? Moreover, how will this historic vote affect taxation of virtual currency? Also read: Blockchain Book “Chasing Casascius” is the most advanced book launch in history, and is […]

The post Brexit Effect on UK Bitcoin Taxation & Exchanges appeared first on Bitcoin News.

Author: Jean-Pierre Buntinx
Posted: June 24, 2016, 10:00 am

The Merkle

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JP Buntinx – The Merkle Hash

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A lot of cryptocurrency and blockchain projects try to remain relevant. EOS has been an interesting case in this regard. It receives a lot of flack for allegedly being too decentralized. Recent statistics show there are plenty of block producers to go around. The following entities have all produced the most blocks on this network to date.  EOSCannonCHN It is evident that EOS’ block validation and production is very different from how Bitcoin and Ethereum operate. EOS Cannon positions itself as a leading global EOS community focused on ecological and cultural development. It is the #6 block producer for EOS,

The post Top 6 EOS Block Producers in 2019 appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 25, 2019, 8:00 pm

TheMerkle_Customs Darknet DrugsCriminals often express their favoritism toward cryptocurrencies. The perceived privacy and anonymity associated with this payment method makes for an excellent tool. In the US, the Treasury is now targeting Chinese drug kingpins. More specifically, they are monitoring Bitcoin revenue streams. That form of payment has become all the more prominent as time went by. China, Drugs, and Bitcoin The vast majority of drugs and other narcotics consumed in the United States is not home-grown. It is often imported from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, and in a fair few cases, even China. Particularly where opioids are concerned, Chinese drug

The post Bitcoin Transactions Lead to International Drug Trafficking Ring’s Arrests appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 24, 2019, 8:00 pm

TheMerkle_Snapchat StoriesSocial media networks are both useful and dangerous tools. Particularly when it comes to SnapChat, the service has received a fair bit of criticism over the years. That will not change in the near future either. Now that arms dealers are selling guns illegally through this platform, a very troublesome era has been ushered in.  The SnapChat Arms Dealers A particularly worrisome report was shared by The Guardian earlier this week. It documents how several Americans are using SnapChat to sell guns illegally. They do so by obtaining the guns legally in one state and offload them in another state.

The post Arms Dealers Turn to SnapChat in Search of Out-of-state Clients appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 23, 2019, 11:51 am

Japan is a prominent country for blockchain and cryptocurrency activity. So much even that government officials are building a new type of infrastructure. It is labeled as the “SWIFT of cryptocurrency”, although living up to those expectations won’t be easy. This new network will be used on an international scale and aims to thwart money laundering. Japan Doubles Down Over the past few years, Japan has become a key region for cryptocurrencies. It is one of the few countries to openly embrace this form of money and legitimize it. Several of the country’s biggest stores accept Bitcoin payments directly as

The post Japan Wants to Rival SWIFT With a Cryptocurrency Network appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:03 pm

TheMerkle Token Sales 2018Security token offerings are still a very niche market. While there is merit to this model compared to ICOs,  investors have cooled off on blindly investing in tokens and assets. In Europe, things are not looking all that bad, despite some initial growing pains along the way. A healthy increase in successful tokenized projects shows this market may undergo some prominent changes over the coming years.  26% of STO do not Succeed Reports like these will always make people what the negative statistics are. According to Fintelum, 26% of security token offerings in Europe have failed or were canceled so

The post 26% Of STOs in Europe Failed or Were Canceled appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 21, 2019, 2:00 pm

TheMerkle Twitter Crypto InfluencersThe cryptocurrency industry needs a weekly dose of drama. When there are no scams or dubious investments to discuss, the conversation usually turns to social media. Some very interesting things are going on regarding the @Bitcoin account on Twitter. It has seemingly dropped all support for Bitcoin Cash. This is widely considered to be a victory for Bitcoin maximalists.  The @Bitcoin Drama Unfolds When people search online for “Bitcoin” the top results will be rather confusing. The official Bitcoin.org website and Satoshi Nakamoto‘s whitepaper will show up within the first five results. However, there is also the @Bitcoin Twitter account,

The post Twitter Account @Bitcoin Removes all References to Bitcoin Cash appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 20, 2019, 11:56 am

TheMerkle Telegram RussiaCrypto-related services tend to become popular during the first few months. Sustaining such a trend is often very difficult Convenience plays a crucial role for users across the globe. ParJar might be checking a lot of the right boxes in this regard. The Telegram-based service allows for conveniently exchanging dozens of cryptocurrencies. The ParJar Service Explained Up until now, nothing has been convenient or straightforward about exchanging cryptocurrencies. Obtaining them is the smallest hurdle to overcome. Trading those assets intermittently is a lot more complex than novice users envision. Finding a more suitable and fun experience is a challenge. The

The post What is ParJar? appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 19, 2019, 10:30 pm

TheMerkle_Blockchain Auto InsuranceThere are always questions as to how popular cryptocurrency really is. Finding an answer to that question is not straightforward. A new study conducted by Nobl Insurance seemingly offers some interesting indicators. The company claims cryptocurrency is gaining a lot more popular in the United States. So much even the industry could see a major boom in the months ahead.  An Interesting Study Every time a study on this level is conducted, it has to be put in its proper perspective, The sample pool of respondents is very limited and hardly ever represents the sentiment of an entire nation. Even

The post Asset Protection Won’t Take Cryptocurrency Mainstream Despite Report Claiming Otherwise appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 19, 2019, 12:00 am

TheMerkle Lit Lightning Network SoftwareMaking cryptocurrency and blockchain payments more viable remains an ongoing battle. Bitcoin’s Lightning Network offers some relief, yet opinions on this technology remain somewhat divided. StarkPay is a new solution which aims to provide scalable and non-custodial blockchain payments to everyone. The bigger question is if all of this is even viable when looking at the bigger picture. There are a lot of boxes which need to be checked correctly.  StarkWave’s StarkPay Goes Live Although most cryptocurrency users might not be aware of StarkWare, the company is exploring a crucial business model. Their vision is to introduce scalable, inexpensive, and

The post StarkPay Offers an Improved Lightning Network Solution on Ethereum appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 17, 2019, 8:00 pm

TheMerkle Bitcoin Taxes TipsThe IRS doesn’t take kindly to people purposefully evading taxes. This is especially true when those users are also cryptocurrency holders or traders. Despite sending out thousands of letters in recent weeks, the agency is already stepping up its game. A new version is making the rounds which is a lot more straightforward and firm. It also shows how the agency is looking at Bitcoin and altcoins in 2019.  Specific Owed Amounts Whereas the first batch of letters – which comes in two different versions – was more of a guidance tool than actual demand, the new letters are very different.

The post The IRS Perfectly Knows How Much Bitcoin Users owe in Taxes appeared first on The Merkle Hash.

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 16, 2019, 7:07 pm

99 Bitcoins

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JP Buntinx – 99 Bitcoins

A non technical blog about Bitcoin - Tutorial, Reviews and Guides

The post Bitcoin is a radical change in the history of money appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Most people underestimate how old the concept of money really is. While we currently know money in terms of paper bills and various types of coins, this is only the latest iteration of a monetary society. Back when the earliest writings known to man were discovered, they displayed a form of accounting, with balances and [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: October 1, 2015, 1:14 am

The post Bitcoin offers consumers a choice, and it scares them appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

The idea of creating a ‘sharing economy’ sounds great on paper, but it has proven to be quite a hassle when translating it to the real world. While many people are dissatisfied with the current financial infrastructure, hardly any of them feels like taking matters into their own hands. In fact, there are several protocols, platforms [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: September 20, 2015, 12:08 am

The post Bitcoin’s gimmicky apperance being exploited by all kinds of services appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

If you have ever tried to have a conversation about Bitcoin with a person who is not involved in the virtual currency, the conversation usually follows a certain pattern. First of all, there is the assumption that Bitcoin is not “real money”, as it is a payment method used on the Internet, not backed by [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: September 16, 2015, 4:00 am

The post Why Russia’s attempt to block Bitcoin sites is a much deeper issue appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Russia is not a country known for its hospitality and respecting freedom of speech on the Internet. Similar to The Great Firewall of China, Russia has created an organization to monitor all Internet activity and restrict access to certain platforms when necessary. While there is definitely a use case for such an Internet watchdog, things [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: September 7, 2015, 12:02 am

The post Bitcoin industry experts need to ramp up educational efforts now appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

There are plenty of people in this world who want and need to be properly educated on Bitcoin and the concept of virtual currency. Whenever someone tries to explain these things, technical terms are often used, but this is not the right approach to drawing people in. Drawing comparisons between Bitcoin and real-life situations, on the [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 25, 2015, 7:46 am

The post BitLicense is designed to kill Bitcoin innovation appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

One of the hottest topics in the Bitcoin world as of late is the BitLicense regulatory framework. Both Bitcoin companies and virtual currency enthusiasts are affected by these guidelines, especially when it comes to selling Bitcoin to a third party. In theory, everyone selling Bitcoin to other users, including sellers active on the LocalBitcoins platform, [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 17, 2015, 11:49 am

The post Investors move away from US stocks – Bitcoin VC money on the rise appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Bitcoin venture capitalist funds are on the rise year over year and 2015 has particularly been an interesting year so far. The total amount of VC investment between January 1st and the time of writing exceeded the total investment amount for all of 2014. These numbers are in stark contrast to the investments in US stocks, as those numbers are [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 13, 2015, 7:30 am

The post Time to wake up, Bitcoin is more than just the current price appeared first on 99 Bitcoins.

Every time Bitcoin or the underlying blockchain technology make headlines in mainstream media, it won’t take long until the journalist starts referring to the Bitcoin price. We all know that Bitcoin had an unnatural price spike in 2013, partially caused by the failing Mt. Gox exchange. Ever since that time, the Bitcoin price has stabilized [...]

Author: JP Buntinx
Posted: August 9, 2015, 12:07 pm

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