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Video Of The Week In Two Parts

This past week Laura Shin did an interview with Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the Ethereum project. I am going to run a video of that conversation next week. Laura started her interview with Vitalik by playing for him and everyone else in the room a bit of this conversation Tushar Jain and I had last fall. So I am reblogging this conversation so it is fresh in everyone’s minds when I run Laura’s Vitalik interview next week.
Tags: Blockchain, Crypto


PSA: MetaMask reveals your Ethereum address to sites you visit, here’s how to hide it

There’s a setting that popular Ethereum service MetaMask doesn’t enable by default, and its putting users‘ privacy at risk. MetaMask works as a gateway to decentralized apps (dapps) running on Ethereum’s blockchain. It’s a browser extension that seeks to simplify the use of cryptocurrency, which tends to intimidate unfamiliar users. It’s one of the most popular apps of its kind, boasting over a million installs on Chrome. The company built a new “privacy mode” last year, designed to keep users f...
Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork


You can now play scratchcards with Bitcoin, thanks to the Lightning Network

The Lightning Network is where all the weird and wonderful use cases of cryptocurrency micro-payments come to life. You can order a Coke, feed chickens, dispense candy, and even play roulette or Pokémon, all courtesy of the Bitcoin sidechain. But thanks to one enterprising dev, the Lightning Network now has scratchcards. This one has 1,000,000 Satoshis (0.01 BTC) hidden in it. That’s about $40 at the time of writing, not too bad for a scratchcard that might only cost you a few cents worth of Bit...
Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork


4,000 art auction houses are putting their sales records on the blockchain

A recent merger between a blockchain-based art registry and an international auction house sales database will see sales records from over 4,000 auction houses put on the blockchain. The art registry, Artory, has purchased Auction Club, a currently privatized database that contains information from over 4,000 international auction house sales, the Art Newspaper reports. The acquisition will merge the two companies immediately and will make Auction Club’s sales records from over 250 businesses in...
Tags: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Hard Fork


Here’s how much ‘Bitcoin Twitter’ loves presidential candidate Andrew Yang

The hype surrounding the US presidential election in 2020 is growing palpable, and one candidate, Andrew Yang, is getting significant attention from the cryptocurrency community. Yang, a Democratic Party candidate, is absolutely the favorite of internet memelords, but he isn’t the only one appealing to the blockchain crowd. Hard Fork investigated the Twitter feeds of every confirmed presidential candidate (as well as a few rumored ones) to figure out  who the cryptocurrency community prefers mos...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, US, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Trump, Democratic Party, Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Hard Fork


Here’s the difference between ICOs and IEOs

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. People have been hailing security token offerings (STO) as the next initial coin offering (ICO), but there is momentum growing for a new type of blockchain-based fundraising. Say hello to the initial exchange offering (IEO). In this Hard Fork Basics article we’ll take a look at what an IEO is, and how it is both similar and different to an ICO. Let’s ge...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, STO, Hard Fork


Cryptocurrency scammer pleads guilty in $4M fraud case

AriseBank CEO Jared Rice, who faced 120 years in prison for defrauding investors of $4 million in a cryptocurrency scam, has pleaded guilty. The cryptopreneur plead guilty yesterday morning after standing in front of judges in Texas, local outlet Dallas News reports. Rice conned investors by guaranteeing “no-risk returns” of between 10 and 20 percent on investments made into his startup. He admitted to one count of securities fraud, saying that he did indeed lie to investors. He also promised Vi...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Rice, Dallas News, Jared Rice, Hard Fork, AriseBank


PSA: Don’t use this fake Wasabi wallet to ‘store’ your Bitcoin

Watch out! Wasabi, the popular anonymizing Bitcoin wallet, has been been duped in an apparent bid to steal your Bitcoin — and the ruse comes complete with an entirely phony website. Wasabi’s co-founder, nopara73, shared the discovery this morning: “The first malware that pretends to be Wasabi […]. Notice only the Windows download link points to their own website, the rest is to our GitHub?” he tweeted. Indeed, the fraudulent site (wasabibitcoinwallet [dot] org) features a download page that link...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork


Facebook is hiring a lead for its blockchain counsel

It seems Facebook isn’t content with its 50-strong team dedicated to building its proprietary cryptocurrency, as it’s now looking to hire someone for its blockchain counsel. The social media giant is looking for a “lead commercial counsel, Blockchain” based at their Menlo Park, California headquarters. The job posting is not dated and it’s still unclear when Facebook first started looking. The firm wants a “proactive team player” that will support the company‘s new initiative into the developmen...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Menlo Park California, FarmVille, Hard Fork


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will pay you to work on Bitcoin full-time

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made an offering to the cryptocurrency community: he will pay developers to work full-time on Bitcoin Core and other “cryptocurrency ecosystem” projects. Are you currently contributing to bitcoin-core or other crypto ecosystem projects for free in your off-time? We’d like to pay you to do it full-time. If interested, DM @SqCrypto, and follow for updates on our progress. Thank you! — jack (@jack) March 20, 2019 Bitcoin Core is an open-source protocol. There is no one c...
Tags: Startups, Jack Dorsey, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Bitcoin Core, Hard Fork


Top Patent, Trademark, and IP Stories from Last Week (3/11-3/17/19)

Every week, we will be highlighting the top patent, copyright, trademark, intellectual property, etc. stories of the previous week in our “In Case You Missed It” segment. The list itself is in no particular order and includes a wide range of stories from the patent world that are informative, noteworthy, or just plain bizarre. The […] The post Top Patent, Trademark, and IP Stories from Last Week (3/11-3/17/19) appeared first on Vincent LoTempio | Registered Patent Attorney, Trademark, and Copyri...
Tags: China, Blog, Innovation, ICYMI, Blockchain, Interesting Stuff, Vincent LoTempio


Huawei is putting blockchain into the stratosphere

At its 2019 “Cloud Summit” industry conference in Hong Kong, Huawei unveiled a new blockchain-based cloud service. Huawei Cloud now offers blockchain oriented services designed to help Hong Kong-based businesses make use of the decentralized platform’s typical characteristics. These being, decentralization, immutability, and traceability (transparency). Huawei hopes this will aid the Chinese province’s mission to become an international financial and logistics hub. Specific details of the blockc...
Tags: Startups, Hong Kong, Huawei, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Huawei Cloud


Cryptocurrency platform Augur can’t fix ‘invalid market’ scam without huge update

Decentralized betting protocol Augur is dealing with a situation: fraudsters can illegitimately profit by gaming the system, and there’s not much its devs can do about it (for now). Augur co-founder Joey Krug recently addressed community concerns about scammers taking over the platform. They’re alleged to be intentionally creating invalid markets en masse, which fool the system into mistakenly distributing profit to the attackers. For context, Augur is a blockchain-based marketplace for predicti...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Joey Krug


North Korean dissidents are using Ethereum to overthrow Kim Jong-un

Political dissidents known as the Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) are selling special “post-liberation blockchain visas” for cryptocurrency in a bid to raise funds for overthrowing Kim Jong-un — and they’ve already collected over $57,000 in Bitcoin. Much like internationally recognized visas, CCD says it will allow anyone who purchases a Free Joseon Genesis Visa (G-VISA) to visit North Korea once it has been “liberated,” reports South China Morning Post. The group insists it will create 200,000 no...
Tags: Startups, North Korea, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Kim Jong, South China Morning Post, Hard Fork, Cheollima Civil Defense CCD


Malware rises from the dead to take vengeance on cryptocurrency trading firms

A Trojan-style malware that did the rounds a couple of years ago has risen from the ashes, and is reportedly going after Israeli fintech and cryptocurrency trading software companies. The Cardinal RAT malware was first spotted back in 2017 and went largely undetected for two years. It used a novel technique to infect computers, using a downloader called Carp and malicious macros in Microsoft Excel documents to compile the source code into an executable which then deploys the malware. However, th...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Carp, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork


Binance will let you buy Bitcoin with cash from 1,300 stores in Australia

Binance says cryptocurrency fans in Australia will soon be able to purchase Bitcoin from over 1,300 supported Newsagents across the country. The new service, “Binance Lite,” marks the first time the Malta-based exchange has managed to open a fiat gateway in Australia. While it will only support buying Bitcoin at launch, press materials say more digital currency and fiat options will be added in the future. “Binance Lite Australia further expands digital currency adoption by providing easier ways...
Tags: Startups, Australia, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Malta, Hard Fork, Binance, Wei Zhou Binance


Nobody wants a Bitcoin ETF because cryptocurrency ‘has no intrinsic value’

We’re going to have to take a step back and rethink the whole “Bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs) are coming” trope. In February earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) put out a solicitation request opening the floor for the public to comment and provide their thoughts on the possibility of allowing a regulated and recognized Bitcoin ETF. Since then, seven letters of comment have been made publicly available. Most people that actually responded to the Securities and Ex...
Tags: Startups, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Securities And Exchange Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Hard Fork


Blackmailers are posing as CIA agents to steal your Bitcoin

A cryptocurrency fan has issued a warning: scammers are posing as the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to fool you into giving up $10,000 worth of Bitcoin, so take notice. A Reddit post titled “CIA got me fam” displayed proof of a new bogus email campaign designed to trick potential victims into thinking they are subject of an international criminal investigation. The ruse is their details have been flagged in a database related to a police operation set to arrest more than 2,000 individuals...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Reddit, Cia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, US Central Intelligence Agency CIA, Hard Fork


‘Drug-dealing’ football coach set to join suit against Bitcoin trader over $14M loss

In Australia, a suite of high-profile cryptocurrency investors (which could include accused drug trafficker and former football coach Mark “Bomber” Thompson) are preparing to take their Bitcoin fund manager to court over $14.2 million (AU$20 million) in losses. Stefanos Papanastasiou (39), founder of what claims to be Australia‘s first online bed retailer, is under fire by a number of disgruntled investors who had been convinced of his power to reduce volatility in the cryptocurrency markets, re...
Tags: Startups, Australia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Thompson, Mark, Hard Fork, Stefanos Papanastasiou, Stefan Papas


‘Drug-dealing’ football coach sues Bitcoin fund manager over $14M loss

In Australia, a suite of high-profile cryptocurrency investors (including accused drug trafficker and former football coach Mark “Bomber” Thompson) are preparing to take their Bitcoin fund manager to court over $14.2 million (AU$20 million) in losses. Stefanos Papanastasiou (39), founder of what claims to be Australia‘s first online bed retailer, is under fire by a number of disgruntled investors who had been convinced of his power to reduce volatility in the cryptocurrency markets, reports The ...
Tags: Startups, Australia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Thompson, Mark, Hard Fork, Stefanos Papanastasiou, Stefan Papas


Visa is looking for someone to spearhead permissionless blockchain

Global payment services provider and Fortune 500 company, Visa, is showing signs that cryptocurrency and blockchain will be part of the company‘s future. According to a job posting on recruitment platform SmartRecruiters, Visa is looking for an individual passionate about payments and cryptocurrency, and is already well-connected in the cryptocurrency and fintech industry. “Are you passionate about the intersection of payments and cryptocurrency? Are you deeply familiar with permissionless block...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork


[Infographic] Reinventing The Internet With Blockchain

The real mission of the blockchain revolution, for many experts, is to re-decentralize the internet. Believe it or not, the internet was decentralized at one time. To launch a website then, you had to buy a server and host your website on your own. This means that for each website, there may have been a separate server. Fast forward to current day, we now use centralized hosting services to host our websites, and other services from large corporations such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and othe...
Tags: Startups, Internet, Infographic, Blockchain, Facebook Google Twitter, Thinking Aloud, Blockchain Technology


Citibank ditches plans for its own cryptocurrency, bets on SWIFT instead

One of the world’s top 20 banks by asset value, is ditching plans to create its own digital asset – and abandoning all of its cryptocurrency experiments. Instead, it’s betting on a SWIFT. Citibank is not following in the footsteps of JP Morgan with the creation of its own cryptocurrency, believing there are better ways of making improvements to existing financial transaction systems, CoinDesk reports. “Based on our learnings from that experiment we actually decided to make meaningful improvement...
Tags: Startups, Citibank, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Coindesk, Hard Fork, Gulru Atak


Australia’s new blockchain strategy is $71K and a non-existent roadmap

The Australian government says its budding blockchain industry needs to be a “world leader,” so it’s promised to write a roadmap and donate AU$100,000 ($71K) towards advancing its usage within the public sector. In a press release, Karen Andrews, Australia‘s minister for trade, tourism, and investment, laid out plans to position the nation at the forefront of decentralized tech. “The national strategy puts us on the front foot in exploring how government and industry can enhance the long-term de...
Tags: Startups, Australia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Andrews, Hard Fork, Karen Andrews Australia


Moonday Morning: Bitcoin dev ordered to prove Craig Wright isn’t Satoshi

It’s Monday which means it’s Moonday Morning and time to catch up with the top news from over the weekend. Let’s get to it. 1. Canadian financial regulators are learning from the QuadrigaCX debacle and are taking action to begin regulating cryptocurrency exchanges to mitigate the risks associated with virtual currency exchanges. In a joint paper, published last week, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) explores how re...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Craig Wright, Satoshi, Securities Administrators CSA, Hard Fork


Tokyo crypto-cops nab their first cryptocurrency hacker: the $134K Monacoin thief

In Japan, an 18-year-old was charged with stealing $134,000 (¥15 million) worth of cryptocurrency, marking the first time local authorities have succeeded in nabbing a hacker for pilfering digital assets. The Tokyo police department’s cybercrime division identified its suspect for illegally withdrawing virtual currency from Monappy, a cryptocurrency-infused social media platform, reports JapanTimes. The man later admitted to repeatedly hacking the Monappy service between August and September las...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Tokyo, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Monappy


Mt. Gox’s Mark Karpelès could avoid prison, despite faking financial records

Mark Karpelès, the head of defunct cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox, has been found guilty of tampering with financial records, but thanks to a suspended sentence will probably avoid prison. Today, some five years after being ransacked by hackers, a Japanese court found Karpelès combined his personal finances with user funds kept on Mt. Gox in a bid to obfuscate the losses. He was handed a 33-month suspended sentence, Bloomberg reports. The Tokyo District Court also found the Frenchman ‘not-guilt...
Tags: Startups, Bloomberg, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Tokyo District Court, Mark Karpeles, Karpeles, Mt Gox, Hard Fork


Google distributed malicious Chrome app designed to steal your cryptocurrency

Be wary if you come across ads that promote an airdrop, distributing tokens for popular cryptocurrency exchange desk Huobi: the offer might be fake, and you might be getting swooped into an elaborate ploy designed to steal your coins. Security researcher Harry Denley, who maintains popular anti-phishing database EtherscamDB, has unearthed a phishing campaign that tricks victims into downloading a malicious Chrome extension, programmed to get a hold of your wallet‘s private keys. What makes the a...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Harry Denley


Security researchers found over 40 bugs in blockchain platforms in 30 days

White hat hackers have found more than 40 bugs in blockchain and cryptocurrency platforms in the past 30 days, according to an investigation by Hard Fork. There is a silver lining though: none of the vulnerabilities appear to be particularly serious at first glance. Thirteen companies dealing with cryptocurrency and blockchain tech received a total of 43 vulnerability reports in the period between February 13 and March 13, as per bug reports submitted to vulnerability disclosure platform Hacker ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork


A brief history of Mt. Gox, the $3B Bitcoin tragedy that just won’t end

Mt. Gox’s ex-owner Mark Karpelès is due to face court in Japan this Friday, which means the long-running case of its “missing” Bitcoin is reaching a crescendo. It’s been over five years since Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy, and it’s a pretty messed up story. Climbing Mt. Gox Mt. Gox was one of the first Bitcoin exchanges on the web, but it wasn’t always related to cryptocurrency. Back in 2007, programmer Jed McCaleb purchased the mtgox.com domain for an online trading platform for virtual cards us...
Tags: Startups, Japan, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Mark Karpeles, Mt Gox, Jed McCaleb, Gox, Hard Fork