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The North American Bitcoin Conference Will Feature Industry and Thought Leaders in the Space
Welcome To Miami! The North American Bitcoin Conference is back in sunny South Florida. From January 16 to 18,, cryptocurrency enthusiasts from all over the world will gather to hear keynote speeches from some of the top thought leaders in the space. A few of the names on the agenda this year are Brock Pierce (EOS, Blockchain Pioneer), Craig Sellars (Tether), Patrick Byrne (Overstock), Chris Housser (Polymath), and Phillip Pieper (Swarm). The event will take place in the James L Knight Center, which is right in the heart of Downtown Miami and minutes away from the beach. There are a number of after parties and networking events scheduled throughout the city including The Miami Monster Digital Securities Event at the Epic Hotel and a kick-off party at the swanky Clevelander Hotel on South Beach.

Look Out Bakkt And BitMEX, CoinFLEX To Offer Physically Settled Crypto Futures With 20x Leverage
As reported by Bloomberg, an up-and-coming crypto startup named CoinFLEX are taking on the crypto exchange behemoths of Bakkt and BitMEX, with the offering of physically settled crypto futures contracts with 20x leverage. Headquartered in Hong Kong, this newfound contender was formerly a unit of the UK Bitcoin exchange Coinfloor, but is now branching out as its own crypto exchange. CoinFLEX is said to be a promising startup, and should not to be overlooked, as it's backed by Bitcoin Cash leader Roger Ver, as well as Trading Technologies International, a prominent trading software company. Also, the exchange's chief executive is Mark Lamb, the co-founder of Coinfloor and crypto veteran of 6 years.

Ethereum Classic 51% Attack Fuels Ripple PoW Debate
On January 5, 2019, Ethereum Classic (ETC) fell victim to a 51% attack. At first, the attack went unnoticed for over 24 hours until Coinbases engineers noticed that 88,500 ETC (roughly $450,000) were falsely deposited on the OkEX crypto exchange. On 1/5/2019, Coinbase detected a deep chain reorganization of the Ethereum Classic blockchain that included a double spend. In order to protect customer funds, we immediately paused movements of these funds on the ETC blockchain. Read more here: https://t.co/vCx89dz44m Coinbase (@coinbase) January 7, 2019 As this news finally came to light, crypto enthusiasts everywhere took to Twitter and shared their opinions.

Japan's Financial Watchdog Just Might Approve a Bitcoin ETF
On January 7, an anonymous source told Bloomberg that Japan's financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), is considering approving a Bitcoin ETF (exchange-traded fund). According to the prominent news publication, a person familiar with Japan's financial watchdog and their stance on cryptocurrencies says that the FSA is ascertaining if there is interest in a Bitcoin ETF trading in the country's domestic markets. This comes just less than a month after the financial watchdog shut down plans for cryptocurrency futures due to abandoned efforts to revise Japan's securities law. As Bloomberg reports, the FSA feels that cryptocurrency options and futures would only fuel speculation.

How to Buy Ripple (XRP)
If you're reading this article, you've likely done your research and made the decision to get your hands on some of the Ripple native token, XRP. If that is indeed the case, we'll show you where to find it, how to buy it, and briefly cover what to do with it once it's yours. Buying XRP is just like buying any other cryptocurrency on the market today. There are a few routes you can take, but the process can always be broken down into 2 familiar steps: buy crypto, secure crypto. This guide will focus on the different gateways currently available to investors. That being said, we'll start by directing you to our Cryptocurrency Wallet Guide. It's not tailored to XRP, but it will get you familiar with the safest crypto storage methods, if you're not already.

6 Reasons to Invest in EOS (Opinion)
It's been easy to remain optimistic about EOS thus far in 2018. There's a perfect storm brewing: Scalability concerns with Ethereum and others have driven investors to seek projects that promise increased performance. This leads to many scalability projects becoming overvalued relative to their fundamentals which makes it difficult to discern where to invest. EOS, which have not launched their mainnet, is already worth over $10 billion in market cap. It's easy to assume EOS is overvalued at this level, but there are also many signs pointing towards it deserving every cent of that market cap. EOS is a general purpose smart contract blockchain created by Dan Larimer and the Block.one team. EOS has chosen to focus on speed, scalability, and an advanced user experience (no transaction fees, account recovery, etc.).

Coinbase CEO: "Bitcoin is My First Love"
January 3, 2019 marks Bitcoins 10th Birthday as Bitcoin's first genesis block was mined 10 years ago. Crypto enthusiasts everywhere celebrated the day, and took time to reflect on this nascent asset class and share words of praise. The CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, was among these individuals celebrating as he took to Twitter to proclaim his love for Bitcoin in a tweetstorm consisting of 14 tweets. Armstrong kicked off his celebration with this tweet: 1/ Today is a big day for Bitcoin, as it marks 10 years since the Genesis Block. Some people think I don't like to talk about Bitcoin (), but today I have a few words to say

Bitcoin Bull Mike Novogratz Increases Stake to Own 80% of Galaxy Digital
Ex-Goldman Sachs partner, crypto bull and founder of Galaxy Digital, Mike Novogratz steps up his crypto game by buying up 80% of shares from his crypto firm, Galaxy Digital. Upon leaving the Wall Street giant, Fortress Investments in 2015, Novogratz found Bitcoin (BTC) and has been heavily supporting the nascent asset class ever since. The experienced investor became head over heels for Bitcoin and crypto, which led to the launch of his own crypto-centric company, Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. Galaxy Digital is a multi-service merchant bank dedicated to the digital assets and blockchain technology industry. Its services include asset management, principal investments, trading, and advisory services for digital assets and blockchain technology.

Ethereum Close to Reclaiming the Number 2 Ranking With Constantinople Looming on the Horizon
It is a fresh new year for Ethereum. 2018 was a rough year for the majority of the cryptocurrency industry and Ethereum was no exception as the market hit a low of $84 in December 2018. However, the outlook is looking positive for the Ethereum network as the development team gears up for their long-awaited Constantinople hard fork. The Constantinople upgrade will be one of the main driving components to help ease the transition from a PoW algorithm to a much more eco-friendly PoS algorithm. The hard fork is set for block #7080000, slated for around January 16, 2018. To find out more about the Ethereum Improvement Protocols (EIPs) involved in the Constantinople, upgrade we recommend taking a look at this article.

2018: Cryptocurrency Year in Review
2018 was once the anticipated new year everyone looked forward to, as the crypto world was filled with positive predictions and expectations for the year. Now the year is fully spent, and its events are history. It is important to take a retrospective look at the year to see how far the industry really developed. Here's a look back at the key events and happenings that rocked the crypto world in 2018. Most cryptocurrencies had their all-time highs in January 2018, but since then the markets have been increasingly bearish. There were several price support levels on the way down, and each caved in with time.

Blockchain Dapp Platforms: Who?s Winning the Race for Adoption?
The advent of blockchain technology through Bitcoin brought about a different structure for the financial world. It made reliance on third parties and middlemen optional. Other platforms launched with different use cases for blockchain technology, resulting in what is known as decentralized applications, or dapps. A dapp is an application run by various users (in contrast to just one user), designed to avoid any single point of failure. This means the network on which the applications are run is decentralized so that failure with one source or user will not result in failure of the entire system.

Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings Shares 2019 Forecasts: Bitcoin, Ripple, EOS, Cardano, & More
Looking back on the last couple of years, it was a wild rollercoaster ride for crypto. 2017 saw a hyperbolic rise in price, only for 2018 to strip the majority of the crypto markets newfound value away. It was detrimental to some and many people got shaken out. However, for the people still involved, if Bitcoins and crypto's history has taught us anything, it's that market cycles happen; when prices boom, they soon bust and then it's rinse and repeat. Now that 2019 is upon us, everyone is speculating and predicting what the year ahead will hold for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. One of the more notable opinions on the matter comes from an article published by Weiss Cryptocurrency Ratings, the famous risk-evaluation firm that's delved into the world of crypto.

World's Largest File Sharing Protocol, BitTorrent is Launching its Own Cryptocurrency on the Tron Network
BitTorrent, the world's largest peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol used to distribute data and electronic files over the internet is launching its very own cryptocurrency. The Singapore-based BitTorrent Foundation is issuing the new cryptocurrency called BitTorrent Token (BTT), which will run on the Tron network. Tron, a blockchain protocol and cryptocurrency project, acquired BitTorrent in June 2018. This acquisition made the founder of Tron, Justin Sun, the CEO of BitTorrent, which has over 100 million users. Per the press release, Sun had this to say: In one giant leap, we can introduce blockchain to hundreds of millions of users around the world and empower a new generation of content creators with the tools to distribute their content directly to others on the web.

Bitcoin Stands Out from the Rest in 2018
2018 took crypto traders and investors on a wild ride as we continually reached new yearly lows and experienced hopeful but short-lived bull runs. It really was an emotional rollercoaster as the 2017 crypto mania came to a screeching halt before falling off a cliff. A recent Medium post by Jimmy Song, a Bitcoin educator, developer, and entrepreneur, examined what happened this past year and how it has affected Bitcoin. The past year has been a turbulent one for Bitcoin, but then again, what year isn't Bitcoin is disruptive and real disruption means that there's bound to be significant volatility.

Will TRX Surpass XLM in 2019? Justin Sun Thinks So
Jed McCaleb, the co-founder, and CTO of Stellar (XLM), was recently interviewed by Yahoo Finance where he made degrading comments, referring to the TRON (TRX) project as garbage. He made these comments when asked about the crypto industry as a whole and what he would like to see changed. McCaleb criticized projects that raised massive amounts of capital during their ICO, saying that they had no technical merit to back up that funding and are not worthy. As stated in the Yahoo Finance interview, McCaleb said: Ninety percent of these projects are B.S. I'm looking forward to that changing. Things like Tron, it's just garbage. But people dump tons of money into it, these things that just do not technically work. In a lot of cases, it just needs to be some sort of digital payment and you might as well use Stellar or bitcoin. You don't need a separate type of payment

India's Central Bank Has No Plans to Launch Cryptocurrency, Authorities Hold Off On Regulation
The Indian government has officially shelved its plan to build its own cryptocurrency, after months of rumors. As first reported by the Quartz, the government will not hurry its decision to form a stance on crypto either. Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for finance, expressed the hesitancy in forming regulation for a fledgling asset class, saying, In absence of a globally acceptable solution and the need to devise technically feasible solution, the department is pursuing the matter with due caution. It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations. The country's authorities have largely been unsure as to how to approach regulation. For the most part, it has been critical of cryptocurrencies and against legalizing them.

Brace Yourselves, Crypto Winter Is Here
While the Northern hemisphere is feeling the cold of winter, the cryptocurrency industry has been freezing for close to a year now. Crypto winter has taken its toll financially as well as emotionally, bringing down numerous projects, businesses, and investors. This Great Filtration, as I like to refer to it, is separating the professionals from the amateurs, and though it hurts now I believe crypto winter will strengthen the industry as a whole in the long run. Badly managed projects without working products or even feasible use cases for blockchain technology as well as outright scams that the 2017 mania gave rise to are being culled from the industry, which will lead to a much healthier market once crypto gets back on its feet.

You Can Now Use Monero (XMR) to Buy Fortnite Merchandise Online
The merchandise store of the world's most popular game, Fortnite, will now accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment though only Monero (XMR). Fortnite, a battle-royale style shooting game made by Epic Games, and with a player base of approximately 200 million players, will let users purchase such items as shirts and other clothing in their online store. Officials of Fornite are yet to make the announcement themselves, but fans have posted the news on reddit, where it was very happily welcomed. Monero project lead Riccardo Spagni shared his joy on Twitter: Too cool: the Fortnite merch store (https://t.co/KNL4IFCFHk) lets you pay in Monero, so now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without your friends / family / coworkers judging you. https://t.co/XYs1NjGvGp

13 Ways to Earn Cryptocurrency in 2019
Everyday, thousands of people search how to make money online, and that number is growing with every year. As cryptocurrency continues on its path towards legitimacy, search results for those looking to make money online will start to overlap with the niche of individuals looking for ways to earn crypto online. In fact, the results are largely the same. If you want bigger bags of your favorite crypto, you're going to have to offer some value in exchange. Fortunately, for those researching the topic at the time of writing, there are blockchain-specific ways of earning cryptocurrency, and some require little work upfront.

Bitcoin Bullish Sentiment: Are We Nearing a BTC Bottom?
As 2019 kicks off, crypto traders and investors everywhere are looking for answers as to what's in store for Bitcoin and crypto as a whole this year. The industry saw substantial losses in value in 2018, and the overall cryptocurrency market cap is currently down 84% from its all-time high. With this figure in mind, how much lower could we possibly go An 84% pullback is already quite substantial, and it's hard to imagine prices dropping even further. This perspective is shared by many, including a number of notable members in the cryptocurrency space. Paul Veradittakit, a partner at the San Francisco-based Pantera Capital, prominent venture capitalist, and advisor to Blockfolio and Icon, was recently interviewed by CoinTelegraph, along with other notable experts in the crypto field.

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