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  2. By CCN: Hillary Clinton slammed President Donald Trump and his “cronies” over the infamous drunk Nancy Pelosi video, calling it “sexist trash.” Clinton even suggested the incumbent president’s decision to tweet the Pelosi video is evidence that he is “running scared.” Let’s not mince words: She lied. The Bizarre Logic Behind Hillary Clinton’s ‘Drunk Pelosi’ Attack Clinton tweeted a section of her speech from a Harris County Democratic rally on Saturday. In the clip, Hillary said the Pelosi video was a product of sexism. She said: “Just look at what’s happened in the last twenty-four hours. The President and his The post Hillary Clinton Lied When She Called Drunk Pelosi ‘Sexist Trash’ appeared first on CCN View the full article
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  4. According to new research from Bitwise, the public (and SEC) perceptions are wrong, and the real Bitcoin market is a poster-boy of order and efficiency. Bitwise Asset Management certainly doesn’t sit around feeling sorry for itself when the SEC delays ruling on its Bitcoin-ETF… again. Just a week after the latest postponement, Bitwise submitted a 104-page white-paper on the true state of the market. Fortunately, Bitcoinist read the whole thing and picked out the important bits so you don’t have to. Market Obscured By Foggy Miasma Of Bad Data The current data reported on trading volumes by market aggregators is surprising… because it is wrong. But it isn’t Bitcoin’s fault. CoinMarketCap (and many of the pillars of the crypto-community) evolved from tools for early enthusiasts, and are not indicative of the state of the Bitcoin market today. So when we hear that BTC trades twice the daily volume of Apple, despite having roughly 10% of the market cap. Or nearly a third of gold’s daily volume, but less than 1.5% of its market cap. Then that data is surprising, but the fact that it is incorrect should not be. Similarly, the fact that CMC reported a spread across exchanges (at a single point in time) from $5170 to $5873, would be shocking. But it isn’t a true representation. Do The ‘Fake-Volume’ Exchanges Have Any Real Volume? This was one question posed by the SEC after Bitwise submitted their previous research (upon which this expands) in March. Bitwise collected custom-data on 83 exchanges, by utilizing screen-scraping and other techniques. Other than the ten ‘true-volume’ exchanges, only three exchanges seemed to have significant volume and a real-world footprint. These were HitBTC, Huobi, and OKex. From the comparisons to genuine exchanges across trade size, volume spike, and spread, only Huobi seemed to have any correlation. But the Huobi data had changed markedly since before the March report surfaced, suggesting the exchange has changed its methods to look ‘more real’. Analyses by third parties included the Blockchain Transparency Institute estimate that 93% of OKex volume is fake, along with around 80% of volume at both Huobi and HitBTC. This would mean around $67 million of traded daily volume is real across these three exchanges. While not negligible, this does not greatly affect the true-market of over $550 million daily. So What Does The True Bitcoin Market Look Like According to Bitwise, very healthy. It says that: after you remove the fake volume and fake data from the equation, you are left with an extremely efficient and orderly market, and one that is backstopped by a regulated derivatives market of significant size. Additionally, it is substantially more U.S. focussed than reported figures suggest. Over 30% of genuine volume comes through exchanges based in the United States. Nine of the ten ‘real-volume’ exchanges are regulated by FinCEN under Money Services Business regulation. Six of them also hold New York’s notoriously difficult to attain BitLicense. So much for the ‘lawless morass of anything-goes capitalism dominated by shadowy, fly-by-night operations’ that the public envisions. The report also found that spreads on spot prices across the ten exchanges with real-volume had a median of just $1.31 in April. And the futures market has a lot larger proportion of the market than previously thought, comprising around 50% of the value of the spot market. The SEC Should Get Their ‘Approve’ Stamp Out So it would appear that the Bitcoin market is actually in rude health… once you discount all of the dodgy exchanges. At least, that’s the conclusion of the SEC-approval-seeking Bitwise. For reference, we have included a list of exchanges which passed the Bitwise ‘real-volume’ tests below. Binance, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bitstamp, Coinbase Pro, BitFlyer, Gemini, itBit, Bittrex, and Poloniex. Will Bitwise’s research get the SEC to approve a Bitcoin ETF? Share your thoughts below! Images via Shutterstock The post Bitcoin An ‘Extremely Orderly Market’ – Bitwise Urges SEC to Approve ETF appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. View the full article
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  8. Secure seed storage is essential for any cryptocurrency investor to understand. Losing the keys to a wallet, exchange, or account can be frustrating – and possibly expensive. Steemit, for example, recently got some users steamed (myself included) when it split its wallet from the Steemit application. This made logging in on both Brave and Chrome tricky, even with LastPass enabled. I did eventually get everything straightened out, but since I’m also using services like DTube that feed into Steemit, it was a bit of a fiasco. Forgetting passwords is frustrating, and it’s even worse when the only way to recover it is in your hands. I don’t trust paper wallets personally (although I do still have a few), so I pulled in a few metal seed backups to figure out how easy they really are to use… and whether they are actually more useful than just carving seeds into my own furniture. Man of Steel There are a ton of metal wallets on the market, and I got three of them sent to me earlier this year to play around with and understand. Although I got each product free to review from the manufacturer, there are no affiliate links in this article. Each seed storage has a few minor differences, but each performs the same basic function of protecting your seeds for much longer than a piece of paper ever could. ColdTi – ColdTI is a $20 set of two titanium plates that support stamping of BIP39 wordlist/numbers. The full word/number can be input, but that’ll depend on your handwriting or whether you’re willing to invest in metal stamps. Titanium has a high melting point (over 3000F/1600C) and has a gorgeous rainbow color when anodized. Since house fires are estimated to burn at 1000F/538C, it’ll easily outlast anything life (or even gods themselves) throws at you. It’s the smallest of the three products, and it comes with two stickers so you’ll notice if your seed has been tampered with (you only get one shot, so seal at your own risk!). Blockplate – Blockplate is a $62 metal seed storage solution made of 304 stainless steel, which melts at a respectable 2500F/1370C. It’s a tablet that you use a metal punch to mark the appropriate grid boxes for each corresponding number/letter. Unlike ColdTi and Billfodl, Blockplate leaves the seed ultimately exposed. It would take a lot for someone to decipher without you noticing though, and it’s still a safe solution to store these keys for long-term usage. If you think you’re likely to lose the seeds, storing them on a Blockplate could be a great way to keep them easily accessible and in plain sight without being so obvious. Billfodl – Billfodl is somewhat similar to ColdTi, but it costs $80 and can be a bit messy for what’s ultimately a bunch of spare parts. Instead of engraving or stamping, you get a box of pre-stamped letters to spell out the first four letters of each BIP39 seed. The extra weight of these keys alone explains the high price tag, although it also uses 316 stainless steel, which resists salt and water corrosion better than 304. The functionality and form factor are otherwise the same (i.e. two connected plates that swivel and stickers to seal). It’s safer than paper documents stored in a safe, but the price is hard to justify unless you really want all those spare tiny letters (although the spare stickers are nice). Brass Tacks Overall, there are options for anyone looking to store the crypto seeds needed to generate their keys and passwords. They’re portable, somewhat easy to set up, and so much safer than storing anywhere digitally or writing on a piece of paper. If you do write your seeds down, It’s probably a good idea to laminate the paper and keep an eye on it over the years to ensure it’s still readable. Your crypto seeds will outlast any password you’re currently using, so its storage should too. The post Checking Out Metal Seed Storage Solutions appeared first on Crypto Briefing. View the full article
  9. Bitcoin falls under the $8K mark again as most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies report moderate losses on the day View the full article
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  11. By CCN: Donald Trump has again lived up to his maverick reputation. Despite worrying about hammering out a trade deal with Japan and staving off a recession that could imperil his 2020 election campaign, Trump found time to hit the golf course with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was part of a three-pronged effort by the Japanese to get on Trump’s good side by appealing to the three things he seemingly loves the most: golf, wrestling, and cheeseburgers. After the golf game, Trump then attended a prestigious sumo wrestling tournament alongside more than 11,000 fans at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan The post Trump Sees ‘Incredible’ Sumo Wrestling Before Tokyo Trade Talk Fireworks appeared first on CCN View the full article
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  18. By CCN: Following the conclusion of India’s parliamentary elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured a clear victory that many analysts have seen as a ringing endorsement of Modi’s policy direction over the past few years. What passes many Western commentators by, however, is that the result of the world’s largest ever democratic exercise has significant implications outside of India, with Pakistan, China, and the U.S. likely to be impacted by Modi’s intensified policy stance. The most immediate consequence, of course, is that Pakistan needs to watch its back more closely. Both countries The post How Modi’s Win Raises the Stakes for US-India Relations in Light of China appeared first on CCN View the full article
  19. Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem says that comparing Bitcoin to other altcoins and ‘faux cryptos’ in terms of speed is a ‘red herring’ argument. Instead, Bitcoin’s main selling points are decentralization and censorship resistance. Only Bitcoin is a ‘Censorship-Resistant Value Network’ Bitcoin pioneer, Charlie Shrem, says that comparing transaction speed between Bitcoin and other ‘faux’ cryptocurrencies is a non-starter. “Transaction speeds” when debating bitcoin vs other faux-crypto’s is red herring argument,” said Shrem. Why? Because the speed of payments was never a problem. Quick, online, digital payment services such as PayPal already existed when Bitcoin was created in late 2008. “That’s not why we’re here,” says Shrem. “We’re building a censorship-resistant value network that can never be controlled by a single party.” “Transaction speeds” when debating #bitcoin vs other faux-crypto’s is red herring argument. There were plenty of fast ways to move money before bitcoin. That’s not why we’re here. We’re building a censorship resistant value network that can-never be controlled by a single party. — Charlie Shrem (@CharlieShrem) May 25, 2019 Indeed, most Bitcoin critics tend to focus on the relatively ‘high’ fees compared to other cryptocurrencies. But despite other cryptocurrencies appearing faster on paper, users overwhelmingly prefer to use the Bitcoin network when transferring value. What’s more, centralized legacy banking transfers like with Bank of America sometimes levy higher fees than Bitcoin simply because they can. But with Bitcoin, the transactions are trustless. It is the most secure, decentralized, value transfer network in the world. More importantly, anyone can use it as it’s the world first neutral form of digital money. This is why users trust the Bitcoin network and no one else, transferring over 3.2 trillion dollars in 2018. ‘No One Goes There, It’s Too Crowded’ Altcoins such as Litecoin or Bitcoin Cash tend to latch on to the ‘cheaper and faster because of potentially greater on-chain capacity’ narrative, nevertheless. But cheaper isn’t always better. The argument that ‘no one goes to that restaurant, it’s too crowded’ comes to mind. Transaction fees are only ‘cheap’ as the number of actual transactions is minuscule. At the same time, these alternative networks are plagued by centralization. This means that they do not provide the same kind of censorship-resistance and decentralization as Bitcoin. For example, Bitcoin Cash just experienced a successful 51 percent attack by miners where nearly $1.4 million dollars worth of BCH was double-spent after a centrally-planned hard-fork ‘upgrade’ was implemented. “Based on our calculations, around 3,392 BCH may have been successfully double spent in an orchestrated transaction reversal,” notes BitMex Research. “However, the only victim with respect to these double spent coins could have been the original “thief”.” The Bitcoin Cash Hardfork – Three Interrelated Incidents Analysis of the incidents surrounding the 15 May 2019 Bitcoin Cash hardfork: * Empty block bug * Consensus chainsplit * Coordinated & deliberate 2 block re-org, reversing 3,392 BCH of spendhttps://t.co/FD2NeOedvr pic.twitter.com/VdB0isQyTN — BitMEX Research (@BitMEXResearch) May 25, 2019 “Bitcoin Cash’s May 2019 hard fork upgrade was plagued by three significant issues, two of which may have been indirectly caused by a bug which resulted in empty blocks,” adds BitMex Research. In any case, this makes these alts unreliable for everyday transactions. So whether it’s for settling millions of dollars or buying coffee, users will still prefer to pay a higher fee in order to ensure that their money gets from point A to point B without trusting a third party. Tone Vays Successfully Sends $10K for 1 Cent In fact, the inability to alter the Bitcoin protocol is what gives it its biggest strength. Only the users are in control where the node operators watch each other to make sure nobody cheats, miners included. This Byzantine fault-tolerant setup keeps the network trustless. Bitcoin continues to mine blocks roughly every 10 minutes as miners confirm transactions, highest fees first. Today at #AIBCsummit @rogerkver claimed average #Bitcoin transaction fee was $3. I called bullshit & he offered to pay $10,000 if my $5 $BTC transaction would clear in 24 hour at 1 #satoshi/byte = 1 Penny! Transaction cleared after 10hrs. Debate at 6:35:00 https://t.co/QAhqmrjhvN pic.twitter.com/VYHiBibh3u — Tone Vays [#UnderstandBit] (@ToneVays) May 25, 2019 The ‘unreliable’ and ‘slow’ narrative was proven false by Tone Vays demonstrated at the Malta Blockchain Summit. Even a low-cost transaction cleared within a reasonable time despite high network activity. Vays successfully sent $10,000 with a fee of 1 satoshi per byte or a fraction of a penny. BCH proponent Roger Ver lost $10,000 betting that it wouldn’t. Do you agree with Charlie Shrem’s comments? Share your thoughts below! Images via Bitinfocharts.com, Shutterstock The post Bitcoin Speed Vs. Altcoins a ‘Red Herring,’ Says Charlie Shrem appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. View the full article
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  21. The bitcoin price has slipped by almost 5.5 percent from its yearly high at $8,388 and could be in for a massive downside correction. But that has not deterred a prominent fund manager from projecting a bullish case for the world’s largest cryptocurrency. Brian Kelly, the founder of BKCM, LLC, a New York-based digital currency investment firm, said in an interview that bitcoin is ready for another breakout action owing to three three core fundamentals: institutional adoption, retail anticipation, and supply cut. He explained that people were bullish because big financial firms are entering the bitcoin market, retail-level trading applications are looking to be rolled out, and the Bitcoin protocol was about a year away from cutting bitcoin supply in half. After a more than 50% rally in the last month, Bitcoin is stuck at $8,000. Here's what @BKBrianKelly says could drive it higher. pic.twitter.com/Smxy7v2Pgw — CNBC's Fast Money (@CNBCFastMoney) May 21, 2019 Factor 1: Fidelity and Wall Street Bitcoin’s jump above the psychological level of $6,000 took place on May 9, almost over a week after Fidelity Investments announced that it would offer a bitcoin trading service to its institutional clients. The Boston-based asset management firm, which had $2.6 trillion worth of assets under management as of March 2018, expects to pump bitcoin’s demand among the so-called Wall Street investors. Incidentally, a similar anecdote helped bitcoin sustain its price above $6,000. Garry Tan, a prominent seed investor, said in October 2018 that big investors assumed $6,000-level as an opportunity to purchase bitcoin cheaper. He cited David Swensen and Yale’s Warren Buffet, who had invested an undisclosed sum into two crypto-funds. Galaxy Digital’s billionaire CEO, Mike Novogratz, called $6,000 the bitcoin-bottom in September 2018, again citing institutions’ interest in purchasing the cryptocurrency around the level. “I think institutions are moving towards investing. It’s shocking how much has happened,” said Mr. Novogratz. But bitcoin broke below $6,000 in November 2018 and stayed there until May 9. Mr. Kelly believed that the move above the level is prompting people to revisit the 2018’s institutions-pumping-bitcoin narratives. “You are starting to get that long-waited-for institutional adoption,” said Mr. Kelly. “Fidelity is rolling out institutional custody – they are getting customers from the mainstream and people are buying the institutional [narrative].” Factor 2: TD Ameritrade and Retail Investors TD Ameritrade, one of the significant US-based electronic trading platforms, invested an undisclosed sum in ErisX, an upcoming cryptocurrency spot and futures contracts exchange. The announcement followed a TD’s anticipation of launching a bitcoin trading service for retail-based investors, which, as Mr. Kelly noted, was also one of the significant factors behind the ongoing bitcoin price boom. He said: “We softened TD Ameritrade and they invested. They will now start offering Bitcoin trading to their retail customers over the coming months – perhaps, three to four months.” Factor 3: The Bitcoin Halving Event The supply rate of bitcoin will reduce by half in May 2020, according to the cryptocurrency’s underlying protocol that reduces the bitcoin mining reward by 50 percent in every four years. Historical evidence shows that the bitcoin price has always surged following a “halving event.” The first supply cut, which took place in November 2012, pushed the BTC/USD rate from $11 to above $1,000. The next halving in 2016 saw the price later establishing an all-time high towards $20,000. Bitcoin and Its History of Halving | Source: Reddit Mr. Kelly called the next halving a “big picture” for bitcoin bulls. The analyst expected that the price would rally before the next bitcoin supply cut, and would continue its uptrend even after it. “So you got this competition of a lot of demand coming in, and we’re heading into a period where the supply will cut,” he said. “That is generally very bullish.” The post Fund Manager Discusses Three Factors that Will Trigger Next Bitcoin Rally appeared first on NewsBTC. View the full article
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  25. By CCN: In what only be described as political correctness gone insane, the United Nations issued a ridiculous report that claims Siri and Alexa are victims of sexual harassment and should launch their own #MeToo crusade. Alexa #MeToo Report Is PC Culture Gone Mad The 145-page report, issued by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in part: “Siri’s ‘female’ obsequiousness – and the servility expressed by so many other digital assistants projected as young women – provides a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital The post Insane UN Study Claims Siri & Alexa Need a #MeToo Moment appeared first on CCN View the full article
  26. Regulation is needed to maintain neutrality among exchanges, but it might not be around the corner, argues Konstantinos Stylianou. View the full article
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