Event Highlights: Blockbuster Ethereum Meetup with Keynote Speaker Vitalik Buterin on the 16th of August 2017 at SGInnovate
The Blockbuster Etheruem Meetup with Keynote Speaker Vitalik Buterin on the 16th of August 2017 had the largest turnout to date with an approximately 250 attendees packing the first and second level of SGInnovate, a co-working space and venue partner of the event organized by Ethereum Foundation, Singapore, and DigixGlobal. The number of interested participants however were more than the venue could accommodate. There were another 350 names on the waitlist and more than 10,000 views on the YouTube Live Stream channel.
Buterin walked in around 6.40pm wearing a Hard Fork Cafe T-Shirt and in dark blue bermuda, totally going against the decorum that older, traditional folks would come to expect of keynote speakers. But this is the Founder of Ethereum and in the sphere of cryptocurrency, this eccentric genius is revered to divine levels by some, and by the way his fans rushed up on stage for a photo opportunity, you would be forgiven for thinking that this was a Kpop concert.
The topics covered for this event were on the upcoming slated release of Metropolis, and the update on where Ethereum was headed with Proof of Stake.
Buterin opened the session giving newbies a detailed overview about cryptocurrency, blockchain, and smart contracts, before diving into the technicalities of sharding and the impact it has on security. Midway through the speech, someone hung a makeshift banner at the back of the room with the handwritten text 'Buy $NEO', which in turn prompted Buterin to respond with: 'Don't buy NEO, sell your NEO'.
Scalability has been one of the hottest issue this year and Bitcoin recently took centerstage with its forking drama in July this year. Bitcoin can handle three transactions per second; Ethereum at five. This is in stark contrast with PayPal and Visa capability in handling 190 and 1,600 transaction per second respectively. The current figures cannot hold if the volume of crypto users increase to reach mainstream adoption. The technical challenge would be to improve scalability without compromising security while still maintaining the integrity of a decentralised network.
The proposed solution is 'Sharding'.
Sharding splits the space of each contract into smaller subspace - 'shards' - based on the first digit of their addresses.
The workload of validation is divided to handle batches of allocated shards, and since each node on the network does not have to validate all transactions, the network can effectively handle more volume without impacting transaction time. Details of Sharding can be found in this link.
You can see the video recording of the event in this video link.
Notable members of the crypto universe spotted at the event were Dr. Julian Hosp and Toby Hoenisch from TenX, Yusho from Coinhako, and Valentin Preobrazhenaky from LAToken.
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If you have been looking at the values of cryptocurrencies, you might have encountered one strange currency which always stays at $1 USD – Tether. Well, this article explains why
Tether is a cryptocurrency which is 100% backed by fiat currencies and currently supports US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), and soon Japanese Yen (JPY). They are represented as different currencies with a ₮ behind the names - USD₮, EUR₮, and JPY₮.
The value of 1 USD₮ is always equal to the price of 1 USD and the value of 1 EUR₮ is always equal to the price of 1 EUR. This is because the currency is 100% backed by the fiat currency assets the company holds. Similar to how banks used to hold gold in their vaults that money is pegged to in the pre-70s era.
Purchasing Tether based currencies can be done through the Tether exchange platform and it is through this platform that Tether based currencies can be cashed-out into fiat currencies.
Tether enables businesses including exchange, wallets, and payment processors, to easily integrate fiat currencies on blockchains. Some of the largest business in the digital currency world such as ShapeShift, Poloniex, and Bitfinex, have all integrated Tether.
The total supply of Tether is unlimited as it is always backed 100% by the amount of fiat currency the platform holds. For instance, if the platform holds 1 million USD, there will be a total supply of 1 million USD₮. Tether is built on top of the revolutionary and cryptographically secure open blockchain technology and adheres to strict security and global government laws and regulations.
Tether is a fully transparent company which publishes a timely record of all value held (fiat currencies) and transferred in and out of their reserve account. Tether currencies can be securely stored, sent, and received across the blockchain and are exchangeable for cash. Once someone exchanges Tether currencies into fiat currencies, the Tether currency will be destroyed to ensure that the total supply of Tether currencies match the total stored amount of fiat currencies.
This is the main reason why Tether is always valued at $1 USD. The currency is currently ranked at #21 in terms of its total market cap rank. For more information, visit the official website of Tether on: https://tether.to/
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Filecoin has attracted many attention even before their ICO as with their innovative promises to provide users with a comprehensive Blockchain-based data storage network.
Today, the platform accumulated over $200 million USD within 60 minutes of its initial coin offering (ICO) phase. This includes the $52 million USD raised during its pre-sale – the sale of coins before ICO to highly speculative investors. The ICO is co-managed by CoinList, a joint project between start-up investment platform AngelList and Protocol Labs, the developer of Filecoin.
However, just an hour after the ICO commenced at 1p.m. PT, the sale was put on halt as with enormous traffic flocking into the website – many faced problems accessing the site. The unbearable amount of web-traffic can be much blamed at the sales model of Filecoin’s ICO in which the price of coins increases as with the increased number of investors. Many flocked into the website in a bid to purchase the coins before the price went up.
Putting all the problems aside, Filecoin has set a new high record in the world of cryptocurrency. Just over 30 minutes into the ICO, the Filecoin team announced that they have accumulated a total of $252 million USD in investments. This amount of investment is the largest to date in the world of cryptocurrency ICOs – overtaking the $232 million record hit by Tezos project in mid-July.
It is believed that until now, over $1.7 billion USD have been invested into all cryptocurrency ICOs. Filecoin has just pushed the total figure into the $2 billion USD mark with its record-high ICO!
It just go to show that investors are highly bullish about cryptocurrencies as with their promising ideas, solutions, and technologies. It is exciting to witness new history being made in the cryptocurrency world. Many analysts say that this is still pretty much the beginning phases of cryptocurrency. Just imagine how much more investments and innovations will be coming out of the cryptocurrency industry! This is definitely something to look out for!
The market has been performing exceeding well this past couple of weeks and if you've always been on the sidelines wondering how to get in on the action but don't know where to start, just drop me a message. You don't have to be a trader to make money. There are other ways to earn a little coin here and there, which over time, can accumulate to quite a tidy sum if you start now.
An interview with Kristaps Vaivods and Maris Ziedonis from Hash Rush.
Hash Rush. It's a real time strategy game that's earns you money through in-game mining. For the causal gamers who don't care about cryptocurrency, all you need to know is that the lead developer behind Hash Rash is the guy who brought you the award winning The Witcher series.
For crypto enthusiasts, you would be interested to know that the mining that you do in game are actually a gamified environment of an actual crypto mining process in the background.
Hash Dash is the first of its kind and if this model proves to be successful we will see future games adopting this concept. But remember, you heard about it here first on CryptoCentral with me Eugene Tay.
I caught up with Kristaps and Maris, the brains behind Hash Rush over Skype and asked them the questions that you wanted to know.
Watch the video for the highlights from the interview.
Pre-ICO starts from 6th of August 2017 to 1st September 2017. The main Token Launch will take place from 13 September to 13 October 2017 unless a cap of 64,050,000 RC tokens sold is reached earlier.
Who would be interested in Hash Rush? If you are a gamer, this is revolutionary and its gonna be fun. Fans of Witcher would know that the the developers focus heavily on game play experience and storyline is extremely crucial. For miners, now instead of putting your money in Cloud Mining Services and watch grass grow, you can actually spend your time immersed in a rich storytelling environment and interact with other players.
I rate this Hash Rush 4.5 Alpha Points out of 5 for its solid team lineup, unique concept, and accessibility to non-crypto community.
01:13 - 03:12 Introduction to Hash Rush Game and Team
03:12 - 03:45 Acquiring collectable cards and selling in-game items
04:35 - 04:50 Building the community to bring in more players
04:59 - 05:44 Limited Edition cards only for Pre-ICO players
06:08 - 07:15 Future of gaming and earning money from it
08:00 - 11:17 Doing away with Downloadable Content (DLC) and making games free
11:28 - 12:15 You don't need to know about cryptocurrency to play the game
13:20 - 14:20 Kristaps and Maris share their favourite factions
14:36 - 15:48 A Hash Rush edition for mobile gaming sometime in the future
15:52 - 16:37 How to get in on the pre-ICO and ICO action
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Ethereum (ETH) has reached its 30-day high on National Day (9 Aug 2017), passing the $300 USD mark. But is NOW really the time to invest in Ether?
Many investors worry that this might just be another Ether bubble forming in a bubble that has yet to pop since early 2017. It has grown +3100% since January 2017 from $10 USD per 1 ETH to around $300 USD per 1 ETH (as of early August, 2017).
This significant growth is related to recent success stories of Ethereum-based (ERC20) tokens including EOS, Golem Network Token, and Bancor. The token crowd-funding frenzy since January 2017 has in total accumulated more than $300 million USD – hence, the sudden growth in demands for ETH.
Many are worrying that this sudden growth might simply collapse when these crowd-funded token projects/platforms decide to cash-out their accumulated Ether. Imagine over $300 million USD worth of ETH suddenly being traded back into fiat currencies. That would be the worst bear-whale nightmare in the history of all cryptocurrencies combined.
However, it is highly unlikely that all these projects/platforms would cash-out their accumulated Ether all at once. Perhaps the demand for ETH will only grow as with the increased popularity of Ethereum as a token-creation platform.
The developers of Ethereum are saying that the journey is only 20% complete and these token crowd-funds are merely 1% of what is to come in the next 10 years. Remember, if you had 100 USD worth of bitcoins back in 2010, you would be a millionaire today. So is NOW really the good time to invest in Ether? The answer is YES – if you are long-term investor and NO – if you are a daily trader. There has been a sharp increase in Ether’s value since January 2017. When there’s a sharp increase, there will be a sharp decrease to balance and we are not sure when that would happen.
One thing is for sure though. Ethereum definitely has the potential to grow even more as a Blockchain technology platform. In fact, it is one of the only few cryptocurrency projects that is not completely based on ‘speculations’ and ‘promises’. Development is still on-going and the platform is actively being utilized by users. That’s one thing to look at!
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Every day there are more than 200,000+ Bitcoin transactions recorded on the Blockchain. Until now, over 240,000,000 Bitcoin transactions have been recorded on the Blockchain. Amongst these transactions, there are numerous interesting and unusual transactions which have amazed the users of Bitcoin. Let’s take a look!
Mysterious Single Transaction of $149 Million Dollars Worth of Bitcoin
Apparently, there was a single transaction which contained 194,993 bitcoins in the fall of 2013. This amount was valued at over $149 million USD at the time of the transaction. Until today, this transaction is considered as the largest Bitcoin transaction ever conducted in the history of the currency. The transaction amazed many Bitcoin users and speculations around the transaction began to grow. Some say that it is Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, transferring his funds whilst others say that it is more likely to be a mining company or business. No additional news or information has ever been obtained and the transaction still remains a big mystery…
2 Boxes of Pizzas for worth $25 Million Dollars Today
May 22nd is known as the ‘Bitcoin Pizza Day’ between the users of Bitcoin. This date can be traced back to the year 2010, as a user on the BitcoinTalk forum named ‘Laszlo’ created a thread requesting people to order two pizzas for him. In exchange, he offered 10,000 bitcoins. The task was simple. Order the pizzas as specified, pay in advance for him, and have them delivered to his address. Within a few minutes, one user volunteered to give him the benefit of the doubt and ordered the pizzas as requested. He received 10,000 bitcoins (worth $25 USD at the time of transaction) and ever since, this incident has been celebrated by the users of Bitcoin. Today, 10,000 bitcoins are well worth over $25 million USD!
Bitcoin To The Moon!
One of the most renowned Bitcoin cloud mining company – Genesis Mining – successfully sent bitcoins to space. This was done by sending a 3D model of Bitcoin with a paper wallet attached on its back to the space through a weather balloon. It has set two world records of sending bitcoins to a bitcoin address which was flying at an altitude of 20km and 34km.
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Bitcoin’s hard fork has been completed successfully. Say hello to your new cryptocurrency which is very similar yet different to Bitcoin, the Bitcoin Cash. Everybody who is supporting the alternative had trouble breathing as they long waited for the currency’s first block to be mined. Six hours to be exact.
They were finally able to breathe as the first block of Bitcoin Cash was mined at roughly around 2:14 p.m. (ET) today. This made it official that some miners have moved on from Bitcoin to further accomplish their mining journeys with Bitcoin Cash which has a different technical roadmap, development team, users, and community. The first block was mined by a mining company called ViaBTC and this was an event which occurred approximately six hours after Bitcoin’s block number 478,558 – the block whereby miners pushed their attempts to separate (fork).
The first block of Bitcoin Cash contained over 6,900 transactions, doubled number of transactions as compared to Bitcoin’s original chain. The currency is currently ranked as the third most traded cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap with its market cap exceeding $7 billion USD. Its price initially dropped to around $210 USD but quickly recovered and is currently being traded at around $900 USD as we speak. The currency is currently available for trade on these exchanges: Bittrex, Kraken, ViaBTC, BTER, HitBTC, YoBit, Cryptopia, Novaexchange, The Rock Trading, Stocks.Exchange, CoinExchange
At this point of time, it is rather meaningless to fight over which currency is better than the other. Many who thought Bitcoin Cash would crash were disappointed to see the opposite happening, though it's also important to note that the bloat in pricing could be due to more people buying into Bitcoin Cash out of fear of losing out and not enough people being able to sell their Bitcoin Cash as only selected exchanges are ready for trade. Many believe that Bitcoin Crash will see a steep decline if more exchanges allow BCC/BCH trade. However, many were also wrong about a lot of things about the fork.
One simply cannot underestimate the power of greed. It doesn't matter that Bitcoin Cash was a duplication from the original blockchain stack, and that money was made out of thin air so to speak. It doesn't matter that the integrity of Bitcoin and digital currency has been, in my opinion, sullied. It doesn't matter that this whole fork smells like a not-so-elaborate ploy by miners to maintain the worth of their equipment and for some key players to profit from this. None of these matter because the prospect of getting Bitcoin Cash from merely holding Bitcoin prompted many people to buy into Bitcoin in the days leading up the 1st of August causing prices to bloat like crazy.
It seems that the crowd has spoken. It's still too early for a celebration and like I always say, the cryptocurrency world is a crazy crazy place. You either love it or you hate it. As I mentioned in the previous update, I think the charts might flip over his head before the week is up.
(Author's Note: The picture below is taken from a creative writing class I was teaching today. The kids wanted to write about space travel and I couldn't resist drawing the bitcoin logo on the rocket. I'm such a crypto geek, it's a wonder how my wife can stand me. It's about all I ever talk about these days.)
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CryptoCentral News - 2nd August 2017
It’s 2nd of August and instead of a doomsday event like what uninformed naysayers have predicted, the market is even more bullish today with Bitcoin Cash priced at 500 USD.
Bitcoin dipped a little from it’s near 3,000 dollars mark to about 2,700 dollars, but if you had held on to BTC correctly before the fork, the total amount you have from BTC and BCC would equate to a profit overall. BCC can’t be sold yet at this point but overall we might see a slight drop when it does. However, if the lesson on Ethereum and Ethereum Classic taught us anything, we probably see both coins trading on as usual as if nothing ever happened.
There’s a debate that Bitcoin Cash is not free money and that Bitcoin prices will be divided, however to the average Joe who had Bitcoin yesterday and Bitcoin Cash today, it does feel like free money to them.
Politics and technical data aside, what does this mean for the average investor? What are the likely scenarios ahead of us PBF, Post Bitcoin Fork?
Bitcoin now holds 50 billion in market cap putting it waaaay ahead of any competition. Ethereum, comes close second but like I said before, Ethereum have their own agenda and is not in direct competition with Bitcoin. Litecoin as a currency equivalent comes close second at only just 2 billion in market cap.
The total sum is a drop in the ocean if you look at the world as a whole and how many players are not in the cryptocurrency market yet. So far I have not heard anyone quitting cryptocurrency and saying that they would never buy a single coin ever again. On the flip side, I hear many new people coming into the market with fresh injection of cash. Young people, working class Millennials who understands that their paltry pay cheque is never going to afford them a comfortable living lifestyle today is betting their “retirement funds” in cryptocurrency.
Even if you think that there’s a hole in the crypto pail, there is more water being poured in then it is flowing out. And while cryptocurrency cannot be compared directly to gold or silver because there’s nothing tangible about it, it belongs in the same league of free market as gold and silver. When the current financial market topples – and it’s predicted to within this decade – people will rely on gold, silver and cryptocurrency as a means to trade.
If you haven’t bought any Bitcoin yet, I don’t suggest you rush headlong into it today to purchase a few coins. The price is still relatively higher, but I’m hopeful that the price will see a dip this week to about the 2.5k mark or lower. But this is just my speculation and should not be taken as a stern advice. As you know by now, the crypto market has a way of acting out of wack at times.
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We all have been down that road. Some of us use the photocopy machine to print out gaming materials. Some of us steal paper. I know at least one lady who hasn't bought toilet paper in the last 5 years. Now, let's have a show of hands here: How many of you are using your office resource to mine coins?
It would be extremely convenient if you were working in a large office and have a habit of leaving your computer running overnight.
In the US at least, many US Government employees were caught mining bitcoins at work.
Vldimir Ilyayev, an employee of the Department of Education in New York had to forfeit four days of his paid annual leave – worth a total of $611 USD – because he was caught mining bitcoins for several weeks between the period of March and April, 2014. Apparently, he installed mining software which only ran at night and monitored the whole process back at his home. This case was not treated as seriously as it would have been now since Bitcoin was not banned in New York at that point of time. If he had kept those Bitcoins, the fine would have been negligible for the amount he would have made off corporate resource.
The funny thing is… this wasn’t the first time an employee at the Department of Education has mined bitcoins with work computers. In April 2015, a network engineer was caught trying to run a mining software on his work computer at the Department of Education. He was saved from getting fired as there was no clear evidence to prove that he has indeed successfully mined bitcoins with the department’s equipment. I really wouldn't be surprised to learn that it has become a norm for network engineers to be running a covert mining farm in their company's server room. Very rarely do anyone walk in to check on them unless it's to complain about a faulty mouse.
The most forehead-slapping ‘mine-bitcoins-at-work’ case has got to be the one involving the employee of the Federal Reserve Board of Directors. Apparently, he was caught mining bitcoins on a private server which was a property of the US central bank. The balls! He was placed on probation and was fined $5,000 in January, this year. A small price to pay for being worshipped as a hero by anti-establishment groups.
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With the hard-fork happening today (1st August 2017), Bitcoin investors and traders will soon be able to decide their preferred version of the Bitcoin blockchain – Bitcoin Cash (BCC) and Bitcoin (BTC).
Bitcoin Cash (BCC) will be a complete duplicate of Bitcoin’s blockchain including all of its transaction history. All Bitcoin users will be provided with the exact amount of BCC as they had in bitcoins at the time of the fork. This means if a user had 1 BTC available on his/her wallet during the time of the fork, they will be eligible to claim 1 BCC on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain.
This basically means ‘free money’ to those uninterested in the debate and will ultimately result in the ‘dumping’ of Bitcoin Cash (BCC). How about Bitcoin? Will its value ever be impacted by the existence of Bitcoin Cash and the dumping of the currency that is bound to occur?
Not too long ago, a similar event took place with Ethereum whereby some members of the community decided to stick with the old platform that was hacked (The DAO incident). Apparently, the decentralization and ultimately, the democracy of the currency is far more important than the vulnerability of the platform for members who support the old platform. This resulted in two very similar yet different cryptocurrencies – Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC).
Today, Ethereum Classic is traded at around $14 USD whilst Ethereum has thrived to reach a value of over $200 USD. Was Ethereum’s value ever affected by the existence of Ethereum Classic? Well, the answer is NO. These are treated as two separate cryptocurrencies/platforms with no correlation to one another except for the fact that they were once a single platform managed by the same development team.
Looking at the case of Ethereum, we can know one thing for sure. Bitcoin Cash will be dumped indefinitely by users who are merely there for the ‘free money’ - as we have seen through the ‘dump’ of Ethereum Classic as soon as the fork was completed. Another thing we know for sure is that there will be lots and I mean, LOTS of confusions between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, particularly between new Cryptocurrency users for the next couple of months and potentially years.
But will Bitcoin’s value ever be affected by Bitcoin Cash? Well, Ethereum’s case tells us that it won’t. If anything, Bitcoin’s value will be far more strengthened upon the successful completion of the fork. After all, it is an update!
The saddest part about this fork, for me at least, is that this is the end of the Bitcoin story. The Bitcoin fork which retains the BTC ticker does not follow the architecture that Satoshi Nakamoto had set, and while the Bitcoin Cash does follow its founder's vision, it has unfortunately been relegated to being an altcoin, shunned away by the crypto community. It's bloody heartbreaking.
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