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Altcoins

Links to the best articles, videos and podcasts about Altcoins.

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The Battle for Blockchain Privacy: Monero

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Cryptoasset Research: Monero (XMR)

"The origins of Monero date back to the CryptoNote white paper that was published in 2012 by a pseudonymous author by the name of Nicolas van Saberhagen. The first implementation of the protocol was Bytecoin, but after the controversy surrounding the timeline of launch as well as a pre-mine it was forked to Bitmonero, which shortly after was forked again into Monero."

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A Beginners Guide: Cryptocurrency

"So, you’ve decided to learn about cryptocurrency. Well done! Prepare to journey down the rabbit hole and discover the potential of this truly amazing technology. With time you will begin to understand the intricacies of consensus mechanisms, blockchain types, side chains, plasma chains, valuation methods and more. However, for today, lets just focus on understanding the difference between a coin and a token and analyse the different types of available tokens in the market."

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What happens to your cryptocurrency after you die?

"No one knows how long cryptocurrencies will last, but it’s a decent bet they might outlast you. Passing your digital holdings on to loved ones after your death isn’t as simple as bequeathing cash or other property, though, particularly since wills aren’t designed for confidential information."

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Fiatcoins want to be aggregators, aggregators centralize power

"Fiatcoins (regulated stablecoins) have dominated conversations these last few weeks with Gemini, Paxos, Coinbase and Circle releasing USD-backed stablecoins. As I’ve written previously, while fiatcoins offer substantial benefits over fiat (e.g. programmability, transferability), they come with the steep cost of potential censorship. But censorship isn’t a business model in and of itself, what is the incentive for businesses to launch fiatcoins?"

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Engaging In Cryptonetworks

"Ever since the first cryptonetwork, Bitcoin, was created, investors have had the opportunity to earn returns by engaging in the network. In Bitcoin’s case, that was done by mining the network, effectively powering it."

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Tether Report: Most Comprehensive Real Story

"Tether is a stablecoin that was created to be stable enough in its purchasing power or is at most slightly inflationary, to incentivize owners to spend rather than hold the tokens. In its simplest of forms, Tether, is a cryptocurrency with a fixed price measured by a fiat currency, in this case, the U.S. Dollars."

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Why I am so disillusioned with Crypto: Arguing for a Change in Mindset

"Today, I want to write up a few thoughts on what bothers me in crypto at the moment and why the siren songs that are painting regulation in a negative light are wrong — you are hurting yourself as a small investor by listening to them."

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The Best Privacy Coins for Anonymous Payments

"In this article, we'll walk you through our recommendations for the best privacy coins and how to use them securely to help you separate the wheat from the chaff."

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An Unstoppable Predictions Marketplace — Introducing Erasure

"The Numeraire token is about to become the cryptocurrency of the entire hedge fund industry. Today, Numerai is announcing a new unstoppable data marketplace called Erasure."

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Battle of the Privacycoins: Zcash Is Groundbreaking (If You Trust It)

"The origins of Zcash (ZEC) can be traced back to Zerocoin, which was first proposed in 2013 by Johns Hopkins University professor Matthew D. Green and his graduate students Ian Miers and Christina Garman. Zerocoin was designed as a privacy-enhancing protocol extension for Bitcoin to let users “burn” coins and bring an equal amount back into circulation later. Although transaction amounts could be a giveaway, there’d be no way to link the “new” coins to the burned coins otherwise."

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DEBUNKING MARKET NARRATIVES: LITECOIN ($LTC) EDITION

"Narratives are an immensely powerful tool, so much so, that experts generally attribute civilization’s rapid development to humans’ ability to efficiently tell stories. Due to their impact on human behavior, narratives can significantly affect our perception of value. In the current crypto market climate, reality is often overlooked in favor of narrative propagation. As such, it is important to evaluate the accuracy of popular beliefs, and separate the signal from the noise. Let us delve deeper through an analysis of Litecoin."

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An Empirical Analysis of Anonymity in Zcash

"In this paper, we examine the extent to which anonymity is achieved in the deployed version of Zcash."

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The Cryptocurrency Spectrum

"Classifying cryptocurrencies has proven to be difficult. Here is a proposed dimension that cryptocurrencies live on."

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Bitcoin as a Privacycoin: This Tech is Making Bitcoin More Private

"spying on Bitcoin users is becoming increasingly difficult. Recent months in particular saw the introduction of a number of promising, privacy-enhancing technologies, and several more solutions should be released throughout the rest of the year or the next."

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5 things Paul Krugman gets wrong about crypto

1. Bitcoin and crypto are two different things; 2. Fiat doesn’t work as well as Krugman thinks; 3. Not all cryptocurrency protocols are as inefficient as Bitcoin’s; 4. Crypto assets don’t need to be backed by governments to be reliable; 5. Crypto is driven by some of the smartest, most forward-thinking people in the world.

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How to (Not) be a Shitcoin: What I've Learned About Markets, Psychology, and Value Creation

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Is the Price of Bitcoin Based on Anything at All?

The analysis of Tether.

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