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- The podcast edit of the Intelligence Squared event from earlier this month is finally up! It’s a nice listen.
- The SEC rejects the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF, again (PDF). They consider the market is too easy to manipulate — and pages 24 and 25 talk specifically about the manipulation of Tether, with close reference to the University of Texas paper by Griffin and Shams.
- You should definitely read the submissions to the SEC, by the way — the plaintive pleas of Matt Gustafson (“I have lost over 70% of my liquidity over the time I keep putting money into crypto because it makes sense”), or the twisty maze of footnotes from Ken Kauffleman.
- Jake Chervinsky explains why the SEC will probably reject the VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF as well — but not until February 2019.
- Tether now appears to be issuing Tether rubles.
- eMusic, the web-based record shop that are doing an ICO, are out of money and can’t pay their bills — in news that surprises nobody, swathes of songs keep disappearing from their shop because they keep not paying the labels they’re distributing. The next question is whether they can keep the lights on until their ICO token sale, which is scheduled for Q4 2019.
- I mentioned the new popularity of “airplane game” Ethereum ponzis. They’re just as bad as they were back when Ethereum started — FOMO3D has a bug (or a “bug”) and is being drained.
- Cryptocurrency TRON — previously most famous for plagiarising their white paper and code from Ethereum — finalise their acquisition of BitTorrent, Inc. This doesn’t affect the protocol or casual users. “Aside from a few confused uTorrent users, who feared that their clients would turn into cryptocurrency miners, the issue has not been widely discussed.”
- Crypto scams are now the second most common scam in Australia!
- ABC TV in Australia did an episode of Foreign Correspondent on Puerto Rico and Brock Pierce — watch Pierce get yelled at for his crypto-colonialism.
- A Microsoft/Queen Mary University post on how to do GDPR on a blockchain — though all their solutions are hypothetical. I get quoted, though.
- What happened to the cryptocurrencies that celebrities vouched for? Pretty much what you’d have thought.
- Andreas Brekken’s Lightning Network test — parts two, three and four. “I look forward to trying it again once the technology matures.”
The only real stories are when people write about making money with Bitcoin. Losing money stories? Always fake.
— Buttcoin (@ButtCoin) July 25, 2018
During a demo a vendor called Apriori, Apricot over and over again then referred to their "nueral net" hidden layer as the secret sauce… pic.twitter.com/5cDk96Is0W
— Casey Brooks (@DrunkBinary) July 26, 2018
— Casey Brooks (@DrunkBinary) July 25, 2018
I'm still waiting for a colloidal silver–blockchain crossover tbh
— Rohan Pearce (@rohan_p) July 25, 2018
HOW @AugurProject WORKS:
1) Bet on a mass shooting happening
2) Acquire a gun
4) sorry, i meant i'd pay the winner's coins into the specific address i gave as an example, not *your* address
— Buttcoin (@ButtCoin) July 24, 2018
banking on becoming one of those crypto coins that consistently sucks so much ass tthat people arent allowed to own me anymore because its boring #IOTAstrong
— wintness indistinguishability (@drilscretelog) July 26, 2018
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