Recent findings from analytics company Digital Assets Data show miners hanging on to their Bitcoin (BTC). “Rolling MRI (Miner’s Rolling Inventory) has declined significantly since the halving, meaning that miners are holding onto more BTC than they are mining, despite the (presumed) increased costs of the added hash power to the network,” Digital Assets Data CEO and co-founder Mike Alfred told on June 18. Image courtesy of Digital Assets Data Bitcoin difficulty pushing network highs The network mining difficulty of crypto’s largest asset recently surged to unusual heights. This essentially means Bitcoin miners are spending an increasing amount of time and effort
The litigating parties in the Kleiman v. Wright case have presented a joint witness list, which includes Andreas Antonopoulos, Gavin Andresen, Wright’s ex-wife, and a confidential witness. The parties have requested 36 witnesses in total. The high profile crypto case that has enchanted the crypto community for years is scheduled to go to trial in late August. The witnesses are split into fact and expert witnesses. Notable witnesses Some of the notable fact witnesses include: Gavin Andresen, former chief scientist of Bitcoin (BTC) foundation, Kimon Andreou, who co-authored a book with late Dave Kleiman, Ira Kleiman, Dave Kleinman’s brother and plaintiff in the case, Jimmy Nguyen, former
The Bitcoin name and logo has been trademarked in Spain with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office. This process was completed by Ignacio Rubio Menéndez, a compliance expert and lawyer specializing in business law. This person explained: “I now have the logo and the word ‘bitcoin’ registered at the national level in the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office. Anyone can access the records, as they are published daily and for all audiences.” When asked why he took the initiative to protect this intellectual property for himself, he replied: “I am a bitcoin salesman, I have a buying and selling office, and the idea
Nassim Taleb, author of “Skin in the Game,” got into a small Twitter feud in which he explained that most investors can’t understand the nuances of a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. According to a tweet posted by Nassim Taleb on June 21, Bitcoin (BTC) is a good idea but “almost all bitcoiners are total idiots.” Taleb was exchanging posts with self-described “Bitcoin maximalist” Giacomo Zucco. He challenged Taleb’s views on imposing central planning by bureaucrats and politicians with “no skin in the game” as the best risk management strategy. Nassim Nicholas Taleb ✔@nntaleb 1) I explain in #SkinintheGame scale transformations: Bitcoin is a
According to Chainalysis, the vast majority of Bitcoin (BTC) is held as long term investment, with 60% held by licensed custodians. Breakdown of Bitcoin supply. Source: Chainalysis. Digital gold The company concluded that the breakdown of Bitcoin’s supply makes it similar to gold, supporting the asset’s status as digital gold. They clarify, however, that it is the 3.5 million BTC that is actively traded which supports the price: “But this digital gold is supported by an active trading market for those who prefer to buy and sell frequently. The 3.5 million Bitcoin used for trading supplies the market, and, in interaction with the
Crozer-Keystone Health System recently suffered a ransomware attack by the NetWalker ransomware gang. The gang is now auctioning the system’s stolen data through its darknet website. If it is not purchased at auction within six days, the gang has vowed to leak the data. There appeared to be dozens of folders with an undisclosed amount of data, mostly concerning finances, but nothing related to medical records of patients. The gang claims that Crozer-Keystone Health System failed to pay for the ransom they demanded in Bitcoin (BTC). Crozer-Keystone is a health system made up of four hospitals. It is based in
Australia is experiencing a decentralized finance (DeFi) boom, playing host to some of the most talked-about projects in the space. They include longtime DeFi leader Synthetix (SNX), the up-and-coming Thorchain (RUNE) along with the just-launched Ren (REN) and mSTABLE (META). RUNE has increased 167% in the past 30 days, REN is up 36% (mostly in the past week), and SNX is up 35% — and 2,600% since its lows prior to launching last year. “I think the fact that Australia is punching way above its weight in DeFi is probably not well appreciated,” said Henrik Andersson, the Chief Investment Officer from Apollo Capital.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognized six blockchain firms on its list of 100 ‘early to growth-stage’ companies as Technology Pioneers for 2020. According to the WEF’s website, the blockchain and crypto startups recognized for pioneering new technologies and innovations in 2020 are Lightning Labs, Chainlink, MakerDAO, Bitcoin analytics firms Elliptic, Latin America-based cryptocurrency startup Ripio, and Veridium Labs. They’re among 100 companies from around the world chosen for their contributions to bleeding edge technology, from “artificial intelligence to diagnose cancers and quantum computing systems, to carbon capture and removing technologies, cell-grown meat production and use of microbiome to track goods”.
A new theory regarding the true identity of anonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has emerged from an extremely unlikely source. Enter the Escobar family and their story about Yasutaka Nakamoto. The story goes like this: Yasutaka Nakamoto was a high-ranking engineer for Pacific West Airlines who worked for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, smuggling drugs into the US from South America. Yasutaka disappeared completely from public view in 1992 after surviving an assassination attempt by his former employer. He then resurfaced years later to create and launch Bitcoin. He is also supposedly the brother of Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. At least
The latest report from Bloomberg reveals that the company expects Bitcoin (BTC) to retest the record highs from 2017, and may even go as high as $28,000. COVID-19 and institutions helping Bitcoin The report suggests that COVID-19 has accelerated Bitcoin’s maturation as an asset, showing its strength amid declining equities. In addition, it points to the ever-increasing appetite from institutional investors, and Grayscale, or GBTC, in particular, which has been consuming about 25% of the the new supply: “So far this year, its increasing AUM has consumed about 25% of new Bitcoin-mined coins vs. less than 10% in 2019. Our graphic depicts the rapidly rising 30-day