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Snip platform looks to rewrite how the public receives their news

· September 5, 2017 · 12:19 pm

A solution to many of the worldwide concerns about the media comes to market in Snip, a decentralized news feed platform that is completely censorship resist and permissionless.


Problems with current media outlets

For decades, you could probably count on one hand the number of media sources where you get your news from. The biggest corporations in the space had complete control of the content that is in newspapers, TV, radio. But with the rise of the internet, this strangle hold has been loosened. The media is still very controlled and centralized, cracks are beginning to show in the system. For the first time, we are seeing how the media is influencing their content to be aligned with their own agenda. Accusations of fake news are flying around like bullets, with everything from most major sources need to be taken with a level of skepticism.

The team behind Snip are looking to offer the world a better alternative. Snip offers a decentralized new network that can solve many of the current systems problems. The concept behind the platform is that users will be generating short news submissions, or snips, that can be read by anyone else on the platform. Snips can be in a host of forms, such as audio or video clips or even traditional text based posts. This makes the idea incredible censorship resistant, an important talking point in today’s media.

How the platform works

Many applications are hitting the market today that can scan most news outlets for relevant articles. Users can input their interests to receive more personally tailored content. The platform has own custom build algorithm that can filter content to each user’s interests except now the sources it can pull from are endless as anyone can submit their work.

Snip has already partnered with advertisement network AdEx to provided relevant and effective advertising for snips. It gives a fantastic source of revenue for content creators that currently struggle with monetizing their work. In a world of plagiarism that can be done with a simply copy and paste, getting paid for their original work incentivizes writers to want to work on the platform. The whole system works with its own native cryptocurrency known as SnipCoins. They are used to transact value throughout the platform from users, creators, and advertisers.

A total of three billion SnipCoins will be released through its upcoming ICO, the planned start date being towards the end of September. The ICO is valued at $8 million. Post ICO plans for the project is to release a closed, invite only alpha to let people test out critical features such as commenting, voting, custom news feed capabilities, and protections against spam.

Are you using to use this platform upon release? How do you think it will challenge traditional news sources? Let us know in the comments 


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REVAIN and Internet of things: how soon?

· September 2, 2017 · 5:00 am

According to Cisco, about 50 billion devices are due to come online by 2020. With the Internet of Things getting closer the world will never be the same again. The underlying concept for IoT is basically connecting any device to the Internet and/or to each other — everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices to almost anything you can think of.

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And it’s been going on for quite a while already with companies like Google producing all sorts of smart household devices and smart self-driven cars. Many of the larger corporations have also expressed strong interest in Internet of Things technology. For example, Bosch’s most recent annual report set out a vision to be “one of the world’s leading IoT companies” by focusing on sensor technology, software and services, while Cisco, known for making networking equipment, has a clear interest in being at the forefront of machine-to-machine interactions.

The potential value of IoT cannot be overestimated. What if your office equipment knew when it was running low on supplies and automatically re-ordered more? What if your car knew where the nearest car shop was and drove itself there to get fixed? What if your fridge knew when it was running out of food and automatically purchased food at the closest grocery store? Or imagine a vending machine that can not only monitor and report its own stock, but can also arrange for the delivery of new items automatically based on the purchase history of its customers or their online reviews.

But the Internet of Things would never be even real if not powered by the latest blockchain developments — it is blockchain that enables smart contracts providing for M2M interactions. IBM IoT latest blockchain development enables devices to participate in transactions to communicate to blockchain-based ledgers. For instance, as an IoT-connected package moves along multiple distribution points, the package location and temperature information could be updated on a blockchain.

But as IoT opens the door to huge opportunities, it does also to many challenges — security being the biggest. With billions of devices connected together how can we be sure that their information stays secure? Blockchain technology has the potential to solve this in the same way it works for cryptocurrency: making sure that data is legitimate and the data processing is well-defined. Therefore, blockchain technology is the missing link to maintain privacy and address reliability concerns of the Internet-of-Things.

Remember the example of a vending machine and a fridge? Machines might be smart, but for now they still need some human help when making a purchasing decision. Where would you turn to if you’re having difficulties when making a choice?

Probably Yelp or Google reviews, but unfortunately these platforms are not able to deal with robotic requests. Moreover, it’s a proven fact that 60% of all the reviews are fake either ordered or generated by millions of bots. The Internet of Things threw down a new challenge and REVAIN accepted it bringing in a new generation review platform. Reviews on REVAIN are based on human opinions and available for robot requests, which means that the machine sends the question and gets the answer as if it was a human request. So a vending machine will be able to go online, scroll down the reviews on chocolate bars and choose the one with the highest review rating. Plus REVAIN reviews can’t be faked or altered. This is truly revolutionary for the future machine communications and as we see technology is booming so the application of these developments is universal. REVAIN crowdsale started 3 days ago and already accumulated 1020BTC proving that the platform with this kind of functional features has been awaited and receiving huge support from the community. The sale will last till September 6. If you wish to support the development of the platform, feel free to join here: https://crowdsale.revain.org/

Well, it looks like the future is now. We might not be able to evaluate the whole impact the blockchain is going to make on human — to — machine and machine — to — machine interactions now, but the amplitude is super intriguing.

REVAIN crowdsale is scheduled to last till September 6, 2017.

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This Major Gold Investor is Entering the Bitcoin Market

· August 28, 2017 · 1:00 pm

One of the biggest asset managers in the United States and major investor in the gold market, VanEck, is now entering the Bitcoin.


From Gold To Bitcoin

VanEck is one of the biggest investment and asset management firms in the United States. The investment giant is currently managing an estimated amount of $38 billion in assets. The firm which was founded in 1955, has offices in the United States, Germany, and Australia, which in recent years has focused on precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum.

The company is currently offering more than 50 different exchange-traded funds(ETF) for pension funds, banks, and endowments. Currently, VanEck’s main investment tool is gold but now it appears that it’s going to “dive” into the Bitcoin market.

The market capitalization of Gold is about $7 Trillion, compared to the market cap of Bitcoin which is a little over $71 billion, Bitcoin appears relatively small. But VanEck believes that there still a lot of potential in the Bitcoin market.

In a recent article,  Morgan Stanley believes that Bitcoin might still be too immature to serve as an inflation hedge and that gold is a better investment. In the article Morgan Stanley analyst, Tom Price, stated following about bitcoin:

Some claim that the protocol limiting bitcoin’s supply growth rate, underpins its value,

he also added:

But if Bitcoin is successful long term, we should continue to see competitor cryptocurrencies and market strategies emerge to exploit the new economic rent — a Bearish risk for Bitcoin’s price.

The VanEck Bitcoin ETF

According to reports on August 11, the famous investment firm filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) for an official VanEck Vectors Bitcoin Strategy ETF. The idea behind this special fund would be that it would invest into Bitcoin futures contracts and be available for trading on Nasdaq.

This is a huge deal since this would allow stock traders to invest into the success of bitcoin without actually buying any bitcoins. VanEck’s decision to create a bitcoin ETF might not come as surprising as most people might think. Bitcoin greatly outperformed gold, since January Bitcoin has risen 310% and gold has only grown 11% in the same timeframe.

The History and Future Of Bitcoin ETFs

Bitcoin ETFs aren’t a new invention. Back in May, the famous Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF was officially rejected by the SEC because of regulatory issues. A very recent analysis by Bloomberg has concluded that Bitcoin ETFs may soon become a reality.

What are your thoughts on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF? Do you think that it will make Bitcoin mainstream for stock traders? Let us know in the comments below!


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Úno 26

Bitcoin Demand Rises as U.S. Corporations are Stocking Up

· February 26, 2017 · 9:00 am

Bitcoin has attracted a great deal of interest over the last couple of years, and mainstream investing has skyrocketed with the ever-growing Bitcoin price. Now, a new market sector is starting to emerge as American corporations are stocking up on digital currency to combat cybercrime.


Corporations Fuel Bitcoin Demand as Ransomware Spreads

Hackers with an eye towards gaining valuable Bitcoins are hitting corporations more and more with dreaded ransomware, and this problem seems to be getting worse and worse. How to handle this growing epidemic is also a matter of some controversy. It seems to put companies in a no win situation.

“The official FBI policy is that you shouldn’t pay the ransom,” said Leo Taddeo, chief security officer for Crypt-zone to Newsfactor. Taddeo ran the cyber division of the FBI’s New York City office.

It’s an option to pay the ransom to get back up and running. Sometimes it’s the only option. But it has downsides. Paying ransom just invites the next attack.

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A vicious cycle has begun. The more companies pay out in Bitcoin, the more attacks become likely. The more valuable Bitcoins become, the more attacks become likely. Those who do not pay the ransomware demands may lose the trust of their customers or their valuable business data altogether. From the criminal’s side of it, they can rationalize their dastardly deeds by blaming the victims for not expecting this outcome from now on.

“They’ll actually explore your system to see how much money they can squeeze from you,” said Andrei Barysevich, director of advanced collection at Recorded Future. “They actually think they are on the moral high ground. They think the companies should have paid more for security.”

Ransomware Attacks Hit $1 Billion

A corporate cyber-hitman can demand up to $75000 USD in Bitcoin, or about 65 BTC. Individuals can get hit as well, but they can only be taken for a few hundred dollars. Recorded Future, a Somerville, Mass., threat intelligence firm, says ransom payments skyrocketed 4,000 percent last year, reaching $1 billion. Another firm, Kaspersky Lab, estimates that a new business is attacked with ransomware every 40 seconds, becoming a true epidemic.

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Another problem is just because you have paid a cyber-criminal does not mean they will kindly do as they said and provide you decryption keys to restore your files. Criminals aren’t the most ethical people in the world, so you may have to pay a couple of times. Authorities say backing up all your computer files on a regular basis may be the best way to protect yourself.

This may save file information, but may not restore computer systems that are needed to continue running the business on a daily basis. It depends upon the attack if you will need to pay up or not. About 25% of companies never get restoration after an attack.

Have you been the victim of a ransomware attack? What’s the best way to prevent such an attack besides backing up your files? Share below!


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Úno 15

Make Ethereum Great Again: How ETH Could Go Mainstream in 2017

· February 15, 2017 · 9:00 am

In July of 2015, the world was introduced to Ethereum, and the altcoin market hasn’t been the same since. So what’s has the world’s second most popular cryptocurrency been up to lately? 


Ethereum’s Quick Rise to Fame

There was a time, let’s call that time, “2015,” when the Bitcoin ecosystem wondered aloud “When is there going to be an altcoin worth a damn?” Funny that we asked that because, in July of 2013, and officially launched in July of 2015, the world was introduced to Ethereum by wunderkind Vitalik Buterin, and the altcoin market has never been the same since. Time for an Ethereum progress report.

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In Ethereum’s brief history, ever since its initial, successful and innovative crowd-funding campaign, Ethereum has been a hotbed of activity, never short on drama. Its Ether (ETH) digital currency, partially thanks to the broader acceptance of Bitcoin’s digital currency, reached $1 USD in value far faster than Bitcoin ever did, reaching the milestone in about six months (Bitcoin took the better part of three years.)

DAO But Not Out

By the start of the summer, last year, Ethereum had easily passed $1 billion in market capitalization and its currency was valued at around $20 USD, at its peak. Last summer, things were going so well for young Ethereum, the brain trust launched their most ambitious project to date, the ill-fated DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization).

This venture brought in so many investors, but failed so miserably in its execution and security that the altcoin hard-forked, broke into two parts, seemingly permanently, and has gone through more forks to cope with the aftermath. The greater Bitcoin community had left young Ethereum for dead.

Ethereum Classic

So the second half of 2016 was a substantial slice of humble pie for young Ethereum, as its value dropped to a still impressive $7.99 by year’s end. Even after being literally broken into two (Ethereum Classic still exists, trading for about $1.25, according to Coinmarketcap,) that is over 700% in appreciation in its first full year, far exceeding the 126.2% return Bitcoin brought back during the same period.

The Next Big Move?

They also had one hold card that had yet to be played in Q1 2017. Microsoft had helped Ethereum get noticed by the mainstream, back in December of 2015, through the integration with their Azure platform for blockchain technology, which was based primarily on Ethereum’s version of blockchain technology.

Many see this as a keystone to Ethereum having such a meteoric rise in early 2016. It looks like Microsoft is ready to make deja vu all over again in the weeks to come.

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft and Ethereum have another agreement, and a major announcement of a new platform application that will again feature Ethereum’s version of blockchain technology is forthcoming. Microsoft, powerful tech companies, and major banking interests are forming what is being called the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and this could be a true moonshot for Ethereum’s mainstream adoption and market value.

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The details and sources are hush-hush, which indicates how big this could be, and is expected to be announced before the end of the month. It’s “smart contract” foundation in creating faster, more secure transactions than is currently used is seen as the main impetus for its ability to create a mainstream corporate alliance.

Apparently, some people know what’s about to happen, as Ethereum values have soared over 60% just since the first of the year, as ETH has gone from under $8 to approaching $13, as of this writing. Something tells me that’s just the beginning of an even greater winning streak for Ethereum.

I’m Not a Financial Advisor, But…..

I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night! Therefore, maybe throwing some BTC in on ETH in the short term should be looked into? Sometime around……hmmm…..I don’t know……right now?

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Kudos to all who developed Ethereum and stayed the course. In what is turning out to be an epic comeback story, those who kept the faith late last year in Ethereum seem poised to be handsomely rewarded with their ROI on shares of the world’s greatest altcoin, Etheruem. The altcoin ante has just been upped.

Gonna be difficult to beat a mainstream business and technological alliance with Microsoft as its bedrock, don’t you think?

Will Ethereum make a comeback this year? Share your predictions below! 


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A New Bitcoin Bull-Run is Here, Google Trends Show

· January 5, 2017 · 5:00 am

As Bitcoin nears parity with gold, Google trends indicators are showing that this may only be the start of another major run-up in value on the way to higher highs.


Bitcoin Uptick in Global Trends

Bitcoin performed amazingly well throughout 2016, increasing over 120% in value, reaching its all-time high market cap, breaking the $,1000 mark on the first day of 2017.

Although the $1000 surge was expected by many, the continuous rise of Bitcoin continues to amaze the public at large. Driven by political and economic factors throughout the world, global interest in Bitcoin is once again surging in Google search trends:

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China is a well-known driving force in the Bitcoin price, a super-power in both mining and trading of the cryptocurrency. Although interest in Bitcoin was high at the time of the first $1,000 surge in 2013, the Chinese population is becoming more interested in Bitcoin.

Bitcoin’s popularity in China is strongly connected to the devaluation of the Chinese Yuan and the tightening of capital flight restrictions. In fact, both the price of Bitcoin and the devaluation of the CNY seem to be correlated, as noted by J. Scigala of Vaultoro:

As a larger portion of China’s enormous population enters the cryptocurrency scene, Bitcoin may continue to increase in value exponentially.

Regional Interest

While the price phenomenon is largely driven by China, searches for “Bitcoin” are soaring particularly in countries where it is most needed.

It is also becoming increasingly popular especially in Africa. For example, Nigeria and Ghana topped the list of countries most interested in Bitcoin, according to Google Trends. In both countries, the national fiat currency suffers from high inflation rates.

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Elsewhere, inflation and demonetization continue to push citizens towards Bitcoin. This can be noted in both trading volumes and Google trends. In Venezuela, Bitcoin searches have also reached all-time figures, a country where inflation is unmatched and demonetization threatens to worsen the situation.

Searches for “Bitcoin” in the country have been ever-increasing as a result:

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But demonetization has perhaps affected India the worst, with the highest denomination notes being removed much quicker than anyone anticipated. Trading volumes reached all-time high figures in November when the demonetization took effect. Searches for “Bitcoin” have also reached an all-time high, as Indian citizens look for ways to escape the effects of the war on cash.

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Both trading volume and search trends also broke records in Pakistan following the announcement of similar demonetization policies.

As price continues to rise, on more sustainable terms than the first time, and the public begins to notice, these countries may become increasingly interested in Bitcoin. This could mean the start of a new era for Bitcoin, as a five figure Bitcoin becomes more and more realistic.

Mainstream Media Paying Attention

In an interview with CNBC, BTCC CEO Bobby Lee notes the political effects of global demonetization policies. He adds that Bitcoin could be setting up for higher highs saying,

In the past few years what we’ve seen is whenever we’ve hit it all-time high, Bitcoin will actually exceed its last all time high and go up by a factor of three to five x or even more. So if it cross the 1,300 dollar all-time high, it might even go up to several thousand dollars per bitcoin.

Indeed, as Bitcoin has just broken its all-time high and a new bull-run may be upon us with a good chance of higher highs in 2017.

You can check out the full interview below:

Is this only the beginning of a new bitcoin bull-run? Share your thoughts below!


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