News: Bitcoin’s power consumption, Bing bans crypto ads, HoweyCoins, HTC’s blockchain phone, Whalepool vs Bitfinex

  • New from the SEC — the HoweyCoin ICO! The page is designed with all the usual scammy ICO tropes, and if you hit “buy” you go to the explanation page. It even has a white paper. Ideal to send to that acquaintance annoying you about his token of the week.
  • HTC announces a new “blockchain-powered phone.” Remember when HTC weren’t on the skids? “We envision a phone where you hold your own keys, you own your own identity and data, and your phone is the hub.” Because you definitely want your life savings to disappear if you drop your phone in a puddle.


  • Lots of interesting information about who owns what in cryptocurrency happens to be in the Panama Papers — they’re how it was firmly established that Bitfinex and Tether are owned and run by the same people, for example. CasPiancey has a quick how-to on torrenting and using this amazing and revelatory dataset.
  • Bitfinex is now requiring some users to give them their tax information, as required by the famously harsh tax regime of (checks notes) the British Virgin Islands. Whalepool is deeply unhappy about this — they suggest members boycott Bitfinex. Bitfinex replies: “We have not sent this message to all users. We have deliberately targeted users that we believe have an obligation to self-disclose.” One Whalepool member is so upset at the idea of giving his tax number to Bitfinex that he describes on team chat his current and planned tax crimes, and here’s how he could do more in detail …











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