Coinbase's newest team members helped authoritarian regimes worldwide to monitor journalists and dissidents Coinbase's newest team members helped authoritarian regimes worldwide to monitor journalists and dissidents
Last week Coinbase, America's biggest cryptocurrency exchange, proudly announced that it was acquiring Neutrino, a startup focused on blockchain analysis'using public blockchain data to trace cryptocurrency transactions. In its announcement, Coinbase wrote that Neutrino's technology will help make cryptocurrency safer and more accessible for people all over the world by helping track thieves and terrorists. In turn, robust blockchain analytics will help crypto exchanges maintain stable fiat banking relationships and, generally, integrate with mainstream finance. No wonder, then, that Coinbase says it is excited to welcome [Neutrino] to the Coinbase family! But observers on Twitter, including analyst Arjun Balaji, quickly noticed a major problem with Coinbase's new family members: many of them are former leaders of Hacking Team, an Italian spyware vendor. Though ostensibly a creator of tools to monitor and fight crime and terrorism, Hacking Team also sold those tools to repressive regimes, possibly in violation of international controls on such tools. Those regimes, in turn, used the tools to monitor and endanger journalists, activists, and political dissidents. This information was first seen by us on 2019-02-27 07:22:28. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets may include ALIS, MBRS, DENT. See breakermag.com to find more similar content. Reply to Topic

At XBIZ, SpankChain CEO Says Porn Industry Will Drive Crypto Use At XBIZ, SpankChain CEO Says Porn Industry Will Drive Crypto Use
The cryptocurrency panel at this year's XBIZ event (the adult-industry Golden Globes to AVN's Oscars) in West Hollywood is smaller than past years crypto panels. Blame the bear market, blame the fact that concurrent panels feature name performers, or blame the fact that one of the panelists failed to show up. Either way, that doesn't stop the 20 or so attendees from laughing at SpankChain CEO Ameen Soleimani's booty puns and porn jokes. The great thing about adult is they'll try anything, he says about blockchain adoption in the adult industry, to the audience's amusement. It's a play on the perception that adult performers are willing to experiment on camera, but it also acknowledges the industry's readiness to test out new technologies, often before more mainstream industries catch up. This publication was found by us on 2019-01-16 21:25:08. Share this content on social media: These assets may interest you SPANK. Check out breakermag.com for complete listings from this source. Reply to Topic

Vitalik Buterin Says Ethereum's 1000x Capacity Upgrade Is Coming Soon Vitalik Buterin Says Ethereum's 1000x Capacity Upgrade Is Coming Soon
Ethereum 2.0 is coming soon, and it could increase by a thousandfold the Ethereum network's capacity to process transactions. That was the message Vitalik Buterin, the cofounder of Ethereum who more than anyone else represents in the mind of the public the world's second-largest blockchain, shared with an audience in Prague this week. Now called Serenity, the upgrade formerly known as Ethereum 2.0 promises to make the network faster, more secure, less energy-intensive, and capable of handling thousands of transactions per second. Serenity, said Buterin, is the world computer as it's really meant to be, and not a smartphone from 1999 that can process only 20 transactions a second. This data was first seen by us on 2019-01-16 14:00:11. Share this content on social media: Mentioned assets ETH, ZRX. You may want to visit breakermag.com for additional posts. Reply to Topic

Forbes Middle East finally pulls profile of fake Monero founder Forbes Middle East finally pulls profile of fake Monero founder
Forbes Middle East has retracted'or, more precisely, deleted'a lengthy cover profile of Ezekiel Osborne, a.k.a. Zeke de Jong, a.k.a. Zeke Echelon. The profile had credulously repeated Osborne's claims to be a cofounder of Monero, the privacy-focused cryptocurrency. Many of those claims appear to have been entirely invented by Osborne, as we reported in late October after the Forbes ME article's initial publication. That's right'October. A Forbes ME representative claims that our writershad no intention for . . . our platform to be a part of any unclear profile or a platform that would support scammers. Yet the publication took nearly three months to investigate and correct a mistake that could likely have been prevented entirely by a five minute phone call with almost any warm body other than Osborne himself. Our own initial investigation, though admittedly partial, took only two days from start to finish. This post was first found by us on 2019-01-15 12:40:57. Share this content on social media: Related assets may include XMR. Browse breakermag.com for more similar content. Reply to Topic

Former BitTorrent Exec Says There s  No Way  Its Token Can Run on Tron Former BitTorrent Exec Says There s No Way Its Token Can Run on Tron
Last week, the blockchain platform Tron announced it would launchBitTorrent Token,a cryptocurrency that would link to the BitTorrent file-sharing client and, in the words of the BitTorrent Token white paper, create a token-based economyaround the usage of networking, bandwidth and storage on the roughly 100 million computers that currently run BitTorrent. Tron supporters and investors have been exuberant since the announcement. Tron CEO Justin Sun has described BTT as the token that will enable #blockchain mass adoption. Sun has continued his longstanding habit of commenting frequently onthe price of Tron[TRX] tokens, which were up as much as 50 percent in the week after BTT's unveiling. Tron holders will receive a share of BTT through an airdrop, so the TRX price rally implies that the market believes in Sun's plans for BTT. This data was found by us on 2019-01-11 20:59:56. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets may include TRX. Check out breakermag.com for more similar content. Reply to Topic

Mikerah Quintyne-Collins, who was given 1000 ETH by Vitalik this week, has officially dropped out of college Mikerah Quintyne-Collins, who was given 1000 ETH by Vitalik this week, has officially dropped out of college
Few people will ever have the kind of Twitter interaction developer Mikera Quintyne-Collins had this week. A conversation was taking place among Ethereum developers about the transition to Ethereum 2.0, a significant upgrade to the Ethereum network that will provide scaling solutions and a transition to a proof-of-stake mining system. SpankChain CEO Ameen Soleimani asked what the bottlenecks to development were. Working other full-time jobs, replied Prysmatic Labs Preston Van Loon. In swept Vitalik Buterin, a tousle-haired deus ex machina, with a tweet out of the blue: Just sent 1000 eth. yolo. This piece was obtained by us on 2018-12-22 21:02:12. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets may include ERA. Browse breakermag.com to find more similar content. Reply to Topic

Bram Cohen gives update on Chia math problems mostly solved, code base still to build out in 2019. Bram Cohen gives update on Chia math problems mostly solved, code base still to build out in 2019.
Bram Cohen has already made an enormous contribution to the decentralized web. As the creator of the BitTorrent protocol, he brought about the golden era of peer-to-peer file-sharing in the early 2000s. Within a year of starting the project in 2003, files shared on BitTorrent made up more than a third of all traffic on the internet. When a figure of this pedigree announces a move into cryptocurrency, people take notice. Driven by his love for solving hard problems, and affronted by bitcoins enormous energy usage, Cohen decided to work on designing a cryptocurrency that would maintain the decentralized properties of bitcoin without requiring the power input of a small nation. This publication was first found by us on 2018-12-21 16:33:22. Share this content on social media: Mentioned cryptocurrencies include OST. Visit breakermag.com for more similar content. Reply to Topic

'The Bitcoiners Who Want to Defeat Death' - a look at the overlap between the bitcoin and cryonic preservation communities 'The Bitcoiners Who Want to Defeat Death' - a look at the overlap between the bitcoin and cryonic preservation communities
The SENS Research Foundation is located in Suite J of an unremarkable office park, in an unremarkable part of Mountain View, next to the unremarkable facade of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness. I know this because, one day in October, I drive right past the office park without realizing, then wander around the building on foot, looking for its equally unremarkable entrance. It's worth it though, because behind a plain glass door is a man who wants to defeat death. Aubrey de Grey, chief science officer of SENS (short for the very catchy Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence), is waiting for me when I arrive, in jeans and a navy sweater, with a thicket of a beard so long it would make Gandalf jealous. His desk is piled high with papers and books, leaving the room's two bookcases partially empty. A bike leans against one wall. There are no foosball tables, no nap pods, no open-office concept'no indication that we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just a short drive from the offices of Google and Mozilla. This entry was first found by us on 2018-12-20 18:07:46. Share this content on social media: Mentioned assets BTC, TCN. Browse breakermag.com for more from this source. Reply to Topic

Square's Bitcoin-Friendly Cash App Hits #1 in the Play Store - Breaker magazine Square's Bitcoin-Friendly Cash App Hits #1 in the Play Store - Breaker magazine
In a landmark moment, the Cash app from Square has now passed PayPal to become the #1 free app in the finance category in the Google Play store based on downloads. Cash in many ways resembles competitors PayPal and Venmo (currently ranked #3) in that it facilitates simple money transfers between individuals or to product vendors. One crucial difference, though, is that since August, Cash'a general-purpose payment app that mostly targets dollar transactions'has integrated bitcoin, too,making it easy to buy. Once Cash users have linked the app to a debit account, they can buy and sell bitcoin from their U.S. dollar balance with just a few swipes and clicks. There are no fixed fees, but Cash'ssupport page for bitcoin notes: This share was first found by us on 2018-12-12 22:36:24. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets may include BTC, TCN. Check out breakermag.com to find more similar content. Reply to Topic

A 51% Attack Exposes Vertcoin's Greatest Strength as a Fatal Flaw | BREAKER Magazine A 51% Attack Exposes Vertcoin's Greatest Strength as a Fatal Flaw | BREAKER Magazine
Vertcoin is a project with a laudable mission. It's described as a decentralized peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, which you might think already exists in the form of bitcoin and, well, just about every other cryptocurrency out there. But while bitcoin is peer-to-peer, and supports decentralization in principle, in practice the vast majority of the mining power that maintains the network is concentrated among a small group of giant mining pools. To maximize returns, these pools invest their profits into custom-built hardware'application-specific integrated circuits, or ASICs'which are optimized to do nothing other than mine bitcoin. This posting was discovered by us on 2018-12-05 22:53:00. Share this content on social media: Mentioned cryptocurrencies include TCN, VTC. Visit breakermag.com for additional posts. Reply to Topic

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