Weekly, May 7-11 ’18

Casper code release, EOS launches Space Invaders, Bill Gates against BTC, Palihapitiya defends BTC, McAfee's prediction, Fundstrat's prediction, Novogratz partners with Bloomberg, Kohn's opinion, ETH image, Vitalik Buterin about privacy, SEC about understanding crypto, NYSE launches BTC trading desk, Telegram Passport test, Nvidia's revenue, blockchain development in China

  • Casper code v0.1 for Ethereum mainnet is released and will become a hybrid between PoS and PoW systems. This long awaited update for Ethereum mainnet will become a hybrid between Proof-of-Stake and Proof-of-Work systems. Casper solution is designed to help Ethereum solve its problems with scalability, because PoS block generation is much faster.
  • EOS launches a Space Invaders game on its testnet. Anyone can play it. The game generates new private keys for user, thus no worries about the need to expose your own private keys.
  • Bill Gates doesn't like Bitcoin, says he would short it if he could. The only thing that stops him from doing it is that there's no easy way to do it. Tyler Winklevoss respond to Gates, explaining an easy way to short Bitcoin by buying futures contracts on CBOE.
  • Former Facebook executive and venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya defends Bitcoin against Buffet's criticism. He says that Bitcoin is like a non-correlated badge to the stock market.
  • John McAfee in a recent interview assures again that Bitcoin will go to $1 million by 2020. He explains that its users base expands quickly and there's a limited number of Bitcoins, thus someday everybody will need a small piece of Bitcoin, boosting the price.
  • Fundstrat, a global research company, has published its prediction saying that the price of Bitcoin could be $64,000 by 2019. The firm's calculations were based on growing hashpower.
  • Mike Novogratz, ex-hedge fund manager of the Fortress Investment Group, launched a new cryptocurrency index, in partnership with Bloomberg LLP. It tracks the performance of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Ethereum Classic, and Zcash.
  • Gary Kohn, who was the chief economic advisor to President Trump in 2017 and 2018, doesn't think that Bitcoin is something big,but he believes that someday the global cryptocurrency will eventually emerge. But he believes that someday the global cryptocurrency will eventually emerge.
  • Bitcoin is still more popular than Elon Musk or lambos in search engines, Ethereum is more popular than Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.
  • Vitalik Buterin claims that privacy could be more important than decentralization in case of private coins. Being an advisor for Zcash, he is sure that decentralization is a luxury, and it’s important only for coin’s long-term survival, but not for its privacy features.
  • Hester Peirce, the US’s SEC Commissioner talked about the importance of understanding crypto before putting forward any regulations. During a speech at the Medici Conference she expresses an idea that innovations must be treated kindly instead of banning them straight away.
  • New York Stock Exchange is going to launch a new trading desk for Bitcoin trade allowing large investors to buy and hold Bitcoin. It would allow large investors to buy and hold Bitcoin, that was impossible for them to do until now.
  • Telegram is testing a new service called Telegram Passport which will be used to keep personal details, copies of IDs, banking statements and other documents to identify users on Telegram Open Network. It will be used to keep personal details, copies of IDs, banking statements and other documents to identify users on Telegram Open Network.
  • Nvidia reveals its $289 million revenue from crypto miners in the first quarter of 2018. The demand was higher than expected and brought in $289 million in revenue.
  • China wants to release blockchain standard by the end of 2019. China officials claim that the development of blockchain technologies may become an important step for China in global technological competition.


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Shocker: In 2009, Hal Finney Estimated Bitcoin To One Day Reach $10 Million

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United States Intensifies Bitcoin Address Analysis in Opioid Fight

The U.S. Treasury Department is stepping up its focus on illegal cryptocurrency-related activities. Recently, Treasury announced that its financial intelligence and enforcement agencies are collecting and analyzing Bitcoin addresses. These addresses are associated with several “Chinese kingpins” allegedly involved in “fueling America’s deadly opioid crisis.” OFAC Adds BTC Addresses to the Specially Designated Nationals list On August 21, 2019, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced their coordinated actions to step up “financial pressure upon those who manufacture, sell, or distribute synthetic opioids or their precursor chemicals.” Treasury targets Chinese drug kingpins fueling America’s deadly opioid crisis https://t.co/lJRdfr7hF4 — Treasury Department (@USTreasury) August 21, 2019 These actions are components of investigations being carried out “to confront the deadly synthetic opioid crisis plaguing America.” According to OFAC, under these investigations are the following “Chinese drug kingpins,” – Fujing Zheng (Zheng) and the Zheng Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO). – Guanghua Zheng – Qinsheng Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. – Xiaobing Yan (Yan) In this connection, on August 21, 2019, OFAC announced it had added 11 Bitcoin addresses and one Litecoin address to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) list. Therefore, no U.S. individual can execute any transaction involving these addresses. The SDNs list includes targeted individuals and companies. Their assets are blocked. And it is illegal for U.S. persons to deal with them. FinCEN: Chinese Kingpins Use Bitcoin To Bypass Currency Controls At the announcement, Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, stated, “The Chinese kingpins that OFAC designated today run an international drug trafficking operation that manufactures and sells lethal narcotics, directly contributing to the crisis of opioid addiction, overdoses, and death in the United States.” According to U.S. officials, the Zheng DTO used Bitcoin to launder part of its drug proceeds and to bypass currency controls and reporting requirements. Moreover, authorities pointed out that both Zheng and Yan are Bitcoin users. Therefore, “OFAC is also identifying Bitcoin addresses associated with these two drug traffickers to maximize disruption of their financial dealings.” FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco indicated that, through the Bank Secrecy Act, FinCEN is collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data, which provides insight into the financial networks used by individuals “fueling America’s deadly opioid crisis.” And he pointed out, “We are making the financial sector aware of tactics and typologies behind illicit schemes to launder the proceeds of these fatal drug sales, including transactions using digital currency and foreign bank accounts.” How effective do you think the U.S. Treasury Department’s investigations will be? Let us know in the comments below! Images via Shutterstock, Twitter: @USTreasury The post United States Intensifies Bitcoin Address Analysis in Opioid Fight appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.

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