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Using Bitcoin for Illicit Purposes Is Harder Than Using U.S. Dollar

"The numbers speak for themselves."

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Bitcoiners Need to Protect Themselves

"A SIM swap is a low-cost, nontechnical way for attackers to gain control of a victim’s wireless phone account. To pull off an attack, a hacker needs to know how mobile wireless carriers authenticate identity and some portion of information about their victim. Often, this only requires a victim’s phone number."

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Robert Shiller on Bitcoin and Bimetallism

Shiller observes (p. 161) that “the enthusiasm for bimetallism in the nineteenth century seems similar to the excitement for Bitcoin we have seen in recent years.” Later he goes a bit further to propose that “narratives about gold and money have a peculiar emotional tone, analogous to the emotions we see in cryptocurrency narratives today.”

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The Many Angles of Bitcoin Adoption

"The acceptance and value of Bitcoin is largely based on imitation which can be explored through Rene Girard’s mimetic theory. We usually explain why we want something because it fits our unique preferences, or we highlight the objective good qualities something has. But in reality, we are frequently imitating others. We pattern our choices based on another’s example. This is also the nature of the monetization process."

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Urbit for Normies

"Urbit is a challenging project to fully describe because, rather than a single product, it’s an entire system. Often when I talk about one of the individual elements of the system, someone will tell me that another company is already building that — and they’re usually right. What sets Urbit apart is that we’re building all these elements at once to work together seamlessly."

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Tokens, Gaming, and Forking Gardens

"How prediction market tools like conditional tokens can change gaming"

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Are DeFi Tokens Worth Buying?

"Synthetix, Maker, Kyber, 0x, Nexus...are any of these worth it?"

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Rise of the Cryptodollar

"How stablecoin interest rates will rise and fall in the DeFi economy and why it matters"

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WTF Is A Derivation Path?

"How does one address turn into UNLIMITED addresses?"

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Infinite Scale

"Today, the scale of the POW mining industry—which includes several multi billion dollar companies—is testament to the success and scale of this new model for coordinating economic activity. There is no reason to believe that we’re close to the limits of this model either. In fact, as I’ll argue throughout this essay, we’re on the cusp of applying this model to hundreds of new markets."

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Which Days of the Week Are Popular ERC20 Tokens Most Active?

"When to buy and when to sell — these are the core questions with which every investor grapples. There are no hard-and-fast rules you can follow, but there are patterns to keep an eye out for. This is particularly true in crypto, where a variety of token metrics are available for correlation analysis with price."

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Blog About Reading List

"Financial Technology (“Fintech”) startups are companies targeting all of the core financial applications including Banking ($7T), Wealth Management ($75T), Capital Markets ($74T), Lending ($8T), Real Estate ($8T), Insurance ($5T), Payments ($2T), and Remittances ($800B)."

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Merkle trees: a visual introduction

"In this visual essay, we try our best to explain Merkle trees from first principles. The only assumption we make is that you have a basic understanding of what blockchains are, and that you’re familiar with the concept of a binary tree."

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“Ethereum isn’t Decentralized”…And Other Myths

"Do the space cat’s claims have merit? Let’s take a closer look, starting with the big one."

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Are Stablecoins Parasites? (Market Monday - Lite)

"Messari made an interesting observation last week. The amount of value moved with these stablecoins now exceeds the amount of value moved using ETH on Ethereum."

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The ICO and IEO Are Dead. What’s Next for Crypto Fundraising?

"A trickle of initial exchange offerings will continue into this year, but the golden age of token sales is fading into the rearview mirror."

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How Many Entities Hold Bitcoin?

"Introducing a New Generation of Entity–based On–chain Metrics Using Clustering and Advanced Data Science"

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5 Reasons Why You Should Use a Passphrase (And 3 Reasons Why You Maybe Shouldn’t)

"We don’t talk enough about the passphrase feature, to be honest. It’s one of those things that some people are either always using or never using."

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