As most of you surely know by now, I believe a positive future for humanity requires a total displacement of the current centralized, authoritarian, and hierarchal paradigm. I believe decentralized, peer-to-peer, trustless systems will play an instrumental role in bringing about a much more free, honest and transparent system that will lead to immense human progress.
If you have any interest in the above topics, I strongly suggest listening to the interview below.
If you’ve invested in the cryptocurrency, Ethereum, you may want to check that your funds are safe.
More than £200 million ($280 million) of the virtual currency, ether, has been lost after a developer accidentally deleted a vital part of the code while trying to fix a flaw to stop hackers.
Experts describe the error as a ‘suicide’, and predict that this loss is roughly 20 per cent of the entire Ethereum network.
According to online records, e-commerce giant Amazon, often seen as the “white whale of bitcoin payments, recently registered three cryptocurrency-related domain names: “amazoncryptocurrency.com,” “amazoncryptocurrencies.com,” and “amazonethereum.com.” The move was first reported by domain industry news website DomainNameWire.
Whois records link the domains to a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Amazon Technologies, which has in the past been linked to patent filings. At press time, all three domains are a dead end, but a domain the e-commerce giant registered in 2013 – amazonbitocoin.com – redirects to its main page, Amazon.com.
As technology stocks and securitized mortgages have demonstrated all too recently, just because a bubble pops doesn’t mean it’s the end of the market. Hell, it doesn’t even necessarily preclude that another bubble won’t emerge years later.
Wall Street analysts trying to figure out if JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio are right about bitcoin – i.e. that digital currencies are frauds doomed to fail – should consider this phenomenon as they try to game out different scenarios for the future of the digital-currency market, said Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin.
When asked by Quartz about his thoughts on whether digital currencies are in a bubble, Lubin responded with an unequivocal yes.
“Of course it’s a bubble. Hopefully it’s one in a series of increasingly larger bubbles,” Lubin said. “These bubbles bring attention, they bring value into the ecosystem. That value is recognized by software developers and business developers, and they create fundamental value and projects that grow the new architecture.”
At a time when the SEC is still debating whether to permit bitcoin-based ETFs in the US, Europe has been one step ahead thanks to the Swedish-based XBT Exchange Traded Notes (from provider CoinShares). And today, remaining one step ahead of the US, the same team behind the XBT ETN has launched the first ever ETN for Ether, the native token of the Ethereum platform, which will be listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm.
The two ETNs, COINETH:SS and COINETHE:SS are denominated in SEK and EUR respectively, and similar to the group’s bitcoin ETNs, the ether products are structured to track the price of ether, as determined by an index rate comprising the average of the 3 most liquid ether exchanges, daily. The factsheet for the ETN creator, CoinShares, can be found here.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Ethereum or Bitcoin?
Remember that ETHEREUM is sponsored by Global Corporations & Banks to challenge Bitcoin, so it makes sense yid owned CNBC comes out in favour.”
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