Gamble With Crypto at Bestecasinobonussen.nl

Gamble With Crypto at Bestecasinobonussen.nl

Bestcasinbonussen.nl is up to date with the Bitcoin casino industry, delivering news about Bitcoin casinos available in the Netherlands and guiding readers through the skills of gambling with Bitcoins online. 8th of January 2020 – The advancements in the IT industry allowed for banking methods like Bitcoin to thrive in the online casino market, offering online casino goers the possibility to make their deposits in the most convenient way without the risk of exposing any of their financial information to unwanted third parties. Having reinvented the way we look at money transactions on the web, cryptocurrency has left the realm of “taboo” and became a trend. There are many upsides to Bitcoin gambling. For one, players can gamble without being required to pay additional fees. Furthermore, they will rarely, if ever, face payment delays and the level of privacy is as high as it gets in a web-powered environment. Perhaps the biggest motive for online casino users to switch to cryptocurrency payments is anonymity. Whether a player chooses and exclusive BTC casino or a hybrid one, not the slightest details of his/her identity and transaction will ever be made known. At Bestecasinobonussen.nl, casino enthusiasts are able to find useful and interesting info on online casino, sports betting sites, online poker rooms, casino games and also read current news and articles from the world of online gambling. Bestecasinobonussen.nl dedicates a special section to Bitcoin casinos, covering all the important questions a beginner Bitcoin gambler may have – how to gamble at a Bitcoin casino, why gamble using digital currency, the differences between Bitcoin casino operators, depositing and withdrawing with BTC, as well as what is Bitcoin – for those who are absolute novices and need a comprehensive introduction. Bitcoin casinos are those that let players use a type of electronic cash known as a cryptocurrency to fund their gambling accounts. This means of payment is not administrated by any bank. Instead, it is sent from peer to peer and created through a process called “mining”. Bitcoin was invented in 2009 by a mysterious individual or group called Satoshi Nakamoto. Controversial at first, Bitcoin slowly found its proper use, making it easier for people to buy products and services online. Bestecasinobonussen.nl keeps up with the rising emergence…

CoinDesk at WEF 2020: Crypto Themes to Watch as Davos Gets Underway

CoinDesk at WEF 2020: Crypto Themes to Watch as Davos Gets Underway

CoinDesk will be on the ground in Davos from Jan. 20–24 chronicling all things crypto at the annual gathering of the world’s economic and political elite. Below is the first edition of our pop-up newsletter, CoinDesk Confidential: Davos. Subscribe below. Get your Fourth Industrial Revolution hardhats on – it’s time to ponder the slew of problems ailing today’s global economy! Hello, it’s Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, the preamble to the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum begins today. I’m Zack Seward, managing editor of CoinDesk, and I’ll be your guide to all things blockchain and crypto at this yearly confab of global leaders and their many hangers-on. Weather Forecast: Fresh snowfall on Saturday and Sunday has the skiers happy. ⛷ For Monday, a high of 25°F (-3°C), low of 13°F (-10°C). Chance of precipitation: 10 percent. Setting the Stage Blockchain is more prominent on the WEF agenda than in years past but that’s not to say the technology will have a starring role in the Congress Centre itself. The thing to remember about Davos is that there’s the WEF’s main stage (there are 53 heads of state this year, according to the WEF) and dozens of side events. Sustainability is a major theme of this year’s event, with climate change activist Greta Thunberg arguably being the top speaker (U.S. President Donald Trump is also speaking). And while the WEF programming on Monday is only opening ceremonies, other events will already be in full swing. Don’t Miss… The Global Blockchain Business Council is a partner of CoinDesk Confidential: Davos. Visit us at the GBBC Lounge at Hotel Europe on the Promenade. Here are the three crypto-related events on Monday worth knowing about: 1️⃣ Cryptocurrency exchange LATOKEN is hosting the Blockchain Economic Forum at Guggerbach Hall. It kicks off at 15:30 CET with a keynote from Chris Giancarlo, the former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Hot on the heels of his newly organized efforts to push for a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC), this session will be one to watch. 2️⃣ Ethereum co-founder and ConsenSys chief Joe Lubin is headlining CryptoMountain Rocks at Hotel Morosani Schweizerhof. Kicking off at 14:00 CET, this event promises ample discussion of decentralized finance (DeFi), stablecoins and what to expect in 2020. It’s going to be deeper in the weeds…

Blockstream Co-Founder Joins Bitcoin-Only Startup River Financial

Blockstream Co-Founder Joins Bitcoin-Only Startup River Financial

Industry veteran Jonathan Wilkins, a co-founder of bitcoin tech startup Blockstream, is joining up-and-coming bitcoin brokerage River Financial as Chief Security Officer (CSO). River is a bitcoin-only financial institution for buying and selling the digital currency (emphatically not an exchange; it says it’s “for the long-term investor”). Currently available only to testers who have received invites, the San Francisco-based outfit is working on an interface it hopes will be as slick as Jack Dorsey’s Square Cash, equipped with automatic recurring buys. Wilkins brings c-level gravitas and cypherpunk bona fides to River. He was the CSO at Blockstream, an outfit dedicated to improving bitcoin technology with projects such as Liquid, for faster payments between exchanges, and a system of satellites used to broadcast bitcoin block data from space.  Early in his career, he worked at Zero Knowledge Systems, which built a forerunner to the anonymizing Tor network. (His title there was “adversary,” according to his LinkedIn profile.) Later he was a security architect at Microsoft, Zynga and Yelp. Compared to other Blockstream co-founders who are outspoken on Twitter or often appear in the media, Wilkins has laid low. He’s joined River to shepherd the company’s security model, a particularly important part of the business, since it is custodial, taking care of users’ private keys. “By focusing on simplicity and what is best for users in the long term (dollar-cost averaging and holding) instead of pushing altcoins and encouraging more active trading in order to increase fees, River is closer to the historical ideal of a bank,” said Wilkins. “I wanted to be part of a company concerned with helping its community grow its wealth and providing an alternative to today’s more predatory financial institutions” River Financial has built its infrastructure from “the ground up,” founder and CEO Alexander Leishman said. “We’re in this in the long term,” Leishman said, adding that River has already made a couple of big decisions based on Wilkins’ “guidance,” such as not relying on third-party cloud computing services. “It’s a lot of work to not do that but we can build a system that we fully control,” Leishman said. Laser-like focus River Financial differs from many services used to buy and sell cryptocurrency in that it’s focused solely on bitcoin. “We…

Palestinian Militant Group Has Received 3,370 Bitcoins in Donations Since 2015: Report

Palestinian Militant Group Has Received 3,370 Bitcoins in Donations Since 2015: Report

A Palestinian militant group took millions of dollars-worth of bitcoin donations to finance its operations, according to a new report. Obtained by the Jerusalem Post and reported Sunday, the report from the Israeli International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) found the al-Nasser Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), used bitcoin sent from overseas as a means to fund operations both in and out of the Gaza Strip. ICT researchers linked the group to the bitcoin wallet address, “1LaNXgq2ctDEa4fTha6PTo8sucqzieQctq,” which showed “an irregular increase in the scope of activity,” with more than 4,500 transactions over the past four years. The report claims the group – which the Jerusalem Post says has links to Hamas – used bitcoin to avoid sanctions, offer a degree of anonymity to donors from overseas and enable cross-border money transfers. The wallet, which had received a total of nearly 3,370 BTC (almost $29 million at current prices) between October 2015 and July 2019, was also linked to financial website “cash4ps.” Digging a little deeper, researchers found cash4ps had a bank account with the Islamic National Bank, designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization in 2010 for its connection to Hamas. The Bitcoin Abuse Database linked the wallet to Hamas in February 2019, saying it had been used for “collecting donations to a terrorist organization.” The PRC is a coalition of various armed groups, affiliated with Hamas, that has fought for the total reclamation of a state of Palestine from Israel since 2000. Through the al-Nasser Brigades, it is generally considered to be one of the strongest factions in Gaza, with close links to Hamas and Hezbollah. It has been designated as a terrorist organisation by both Israel and the U.S. The al-Nasser Brigades has been active in numerous conflicts with Israel. It was part of a broader group, including Hamas, responsible for the 2006 kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit was only released in 2011 following a prisoner exchange deal. Funding cut This isn’t the first time that Palestinian militant groups have been found to be using cryptocurrencies. One Israeli blockchain analytics firm reported in February 2019 that Hamas may be using a Coinbase wallet address to help with fundraising. The New York Times has previously said…

Australian Regulator Gives Green Light to App-Based Retail Bitcoin Fund

Australian Regulator Gives Green Light to App-Based Retail Bitcoin Fund

Australia’s finance watchdog has given the go-ahead to a bitcoin fund aimed at retail investors. The first such fund in the country, the bitcoin offering is being launched by micro-investment app provider Raiz Invest Australia, reports The Australian Financial Review. The Raiz app allows users to invest the small change left over from everyday purchases in exchange traded funds quoted on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Once live (expected sometime in H1 2020), the bitcoin option will still see the bulk of user funds go to ETFs, but 5 percent will be allocated to the cryptocurrency, according to the report. Raiz was granted relief to operate the fund from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, which also has oversight over the crypto industry in the country. The Raiz app is said to have had over 600,000 users and revenue of over A$3 million (US$2.06 million) in 2019, according to Wikipedia. ASX-listed DigitalX also offers a bitcoin fund in Australia, however, that’s aimed at professional investors. The firm seeded the fund with half its bitcoin holdings, DigitalX announced at the launch in November 2019. Disclosure Read More The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

Cypherpunk Bitstream Hosts Share Importance of Payments, Dropgangs, and ‘Meatspace’ Allies

Cypherpunk Bitstream Hosts Share Importance of Payments, Dropgangs, and ‘Meatspace’ Allies

The Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast is a relatively new program that’s just released its fourth episode. The hosts, known as Frank Braun and The Real Smuggler, are so-called ‘privacy extremists’ and dyed-in-the-wool crypto-anarchists concerned with exposing cypherpunk ethos to a wider audience. Braun and Smuggler took time out recently to discuss their journeys to crypto-anarchy, the benefits of dropgangs for delivery of goods, and what crypto needs to succeed in bringing more economic freedom to more people. Also read: Iran, Hong Kong, India: Failed Protests Point to Need for Crypto-Anarchy ‘Second Realms’ Journey to Crypto-Anarchy While it may seem strange for a pair of privacy-extremist cypherpunks to record a podcast that will be shared with the internet at large, Braun and Smuggler have their reasons. After all, nobody pops out of the womb as a cypherpunk, per se, and without meaningful connections and material available to learn, the path to such knowledge would be much more darkly lit. Frank Braun and The Real Smuggler explained recently to news.Bitcoin.com their reasons for starting the Cypherpunk Bitstream podcast, as well as their individual journeys to becoming cypherpunks. News.Bitcoin.com (BC): What did the philosophical journey to cypherpunk/crypto-anarchist look like for you guys? Frank Braun (FB): My formal background is in computer science and in university I got interested in Libertarianism and Austrian economics. From there I went to Anarcho-capitalism and wondered how we could get to more freedom in our lifetimes, but I didn’t really connect it with computers at all. At the time I was interested in Seasteading, but didn’t really think I could contribute something meaningful there. Then I moved to Berlin and met Smuggler by accident, who introduced me to the concept of Cryptoanarchy, which totally clicked for me. The rest is history… Smuggler (SM): It’s been a long journey. Half of it less conscious than one would like to present it in hindsight. It all started with the fascination with computers and communication tech, throw in some inspiring sci-fi, and then of course reading all the techno-libertarian, anarcho-capitalist and crypto-anarchist texts I could get my hands on. Then add thousands of hours of conversation over mailing lists, invisible IRC, and in person to end up where I am now. Makes me wonder where that all…

Argo Blockchain Sees Mining Revenue Rise Tenfold in 2019

Argo Blockchain Sees Mining Revenue Rise Tenfold in 2019

Publicly-listed mining company Argo Blockchain had a tenfold increase in revenue for 2019 over the previous year, ProactiveInvestors reports on Jan. 20. Its shares bounced as the company plans further expansion in the upcoming year. Argo Blockchain PLC is a company operating mining rigs for profit, as well as providing Mining-as-a-Service (MaaS) to institutional investors who are “looking to hold specific coins but do not want to procure via exchanges.” Based in London and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), its mining capacity is reportedly based in Quebec, leveraging the region’s cheap hydroelectric power. In a trading update, the firm reports that it expects revenues for 2019 to be £8.5 million ($11 million), a more than tenfold increase from 2018’s £760,000 ($987,000) figure, despite a significant slowdown in the last quarter of the year as markets cooled off. The company produced 432 Bitcoin (BTC) during its operation, compared to 426 in Q3 2019. Nevertheless, its revenue fell from £3.63 million ($4.7 million) in Q3 to £2.66 million ($3.45 million) in Q4, citing a decline in cryptocurrency prices, “increased mining difficulty,” and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. Mining margins, or the value of the currencies compared to the production cost, remained healthy at 52 percent in Q4 2019, despite a fall from 73 percent in Q3. The firm is making a commitment to significantly expand its operation, having almost doubled its mining rigs since the start of 2020. Its goal is to reach 17,000 mining rigs by the end of Q1 2020. Pressure from Bitcoin halving Most of Argo Blockchain’s mining power is reported to be in Bitcoin mining rigs. As the Bitcoin halving is set to occur around May, the mining industry is feeling the pressure from a 50 percent drop in supply expansion rates. Bitmain, one of the leading producers of mining rigs, laid off 50 percent of its staff in anticipation of the event. Though Argo claims to have “one of the highest efficiency rates in the market,” the halving is likely to be a period of great uncertainty.  The revenue shock might be compensated by an appropriate increase in Bitcoin price, as several experts claim the halving is not priced in by the market. However, others argue that it will not lead…

After Sudden 8% Drop, Bitcoin Bulls Must Defend Price Support at $8,460

After Sudden 8% Drop, Bitcoin Bulls Must Defend Price Support at $8,460

View Bitcoin’s dramatic overnight fall from $9,200 is telling a tale of buyer exhaustion. A break below Sunday’s low of $8,461 would invalidate the recent bullish trend and could yield a drop to $8,200-$8,000. Dips could be short-lived as the longer duration charts are still reporting bullish conditions. Bitcoin may make another attempt to pass the 200-day average at $9,027 if support at $8,461 continues to holds ground. Bitcoin’s price rally is looking tired following Sunday’s sudden drop from above $9,000. Even so, the bias remains bullish with support near $8,460 still intact.  The top cryptocurrency by market value ran past the 200-day average at $9,040 during Sunday’s Asian trading hours, raising prospects of a rise to the next major resistance at $9,400.  The ascent, however, was cut short near $9,200 and prices fell sharply by 8 percent to $8,461, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index.  The majority of the drop occurred around 23:00 UTC. Since then, the cryptocurrency has been largely confined to a trading range of $8,460 to $8,750.  With the sharp pullback from near $9,200, bitcoin engulfed the price action seen in the previous four trading days. This type of market action after a notable rally or at multi-month highs is indicative of temporary bullish exhaustion.  What matters now is the survival of $8,461 – the level at which the pullback looks to have halted in the last 20 hours. The same level saw bitcoin turn lower on Jan. 8.  Acceptance under that key support would confirm bullish exhaustion and terminate the short-term uptrend.  At press time, bitcoin is trading near $8,640, representing a 4 percent slide on a 24-hour basis.  Daily chart Bitcoin charted a big bearish outside day candle on Sunday. These occur when the day begins with optimism but ends on a negative note, engulfing preceding day’s price action.  While the pattern is considered a bearish signal, traders usually wait for confirmation in the form of follow-through, preferably a move below the low of the candle.  Should Sunday’s low of $8,461 be breached, chart-driven selling could gather pace, yielding a deeper drop to last Tuesday’s low of $8,104.  However, if the support holds ground, the bulls will likely have scope to inch back toward the 200-day average, currently at…

Chinese Blockchain-Based Mobile Payment Revolution: How Is the Biggest CO2 Polluter Becoming Leading World Solar Panels Producer

Chinese Blockchain-Based Mobile Payment Revolution: How Is the Biggest CO2 Polluter Becoming Leading World Solar Panels Producer

Society is now witnessing the implementation of digital currencies, AI and blockchain technology worldwide. These new digital technologies require a high consumption of electric energy, which is currently produced with coal and fossil fuels that adversely impact the environment. A global shift toward green energy will require the removal of the technological, infrastructural, regulatory and tax policy barriers. In a series, my articles evaluate the tax, digital technology and solar policies (including space power satellites) of the top-CO2-emitting countries. For the last three decades, China has been on an economic and technological growth path unequalled in size and duration in human history. Its government is playing an active role in shaping the global digital economy, serving as one of its biggest backers and building a world-class infrastructure to support digitization by acting as an investor, green-developer and consumer. China’s leadership role in the digital payment area comes as no surprise and includes establishing the world’s first blockchain-based central bank issued digital currency — a stablecoin and mobile payment system called DCEP. After all, China pioneered the issuance of paper money during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618–907), which finally caught on in Europe and the United States during the 17th century, and still remains at the foundation of the modern economy.   The world’s first central bank issued digital currency The chairman of the China International Economic Exchange Center, Huang Qifan, explained that the organization has been working on DCEP for five to six years now, and he is fully confident it can be introduced within the next few months by the People’s Bank of China to seven institutions:  The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China China Construction Bank The Bank of China The Agricultural Bank of China Alibaba Tencent  Union Pay DCEP will eventually be available to the general public in 2020.  The DCEP’s partial blockchain-based design will provide the PBoC with unprecedented oversight over money flows, giving them a degree of control over the Chinese economy that most central banks do not have. DCEP will be pegged 1:1 to the Chinese yuan, with the overall objective that it will eventually become a dominant global currency like the United States dollar.  It will not be possible to mine or stake on the DCEP network.  Stablecoins Despite…

Report: Hamas, Iran-Tied Militants Intensify Bitcoin Fundraising Action

Report: Hamas, Iran-Tied Militants Intensify Bitcoin Fundraising Action

A militant group with ties to the Iranian regime and Hamas — the de facto ruling authority of the Gaza Strip in Palestine — is allegedly upping its Bitcoin (BTC) fundraising activities. The spur for the increase is reportedly a slump in resources, compounded by Iran’s recent rejection of the group’s request for financial support.  An analysis of the group’s activities was detailed in a cyber desk report from the IDC’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), as reported by the Jerusalem Post on Jan. 19. “Irregular increase” in wallet activities The ICD-ICT cyber desk report claims there has been an “an irregular increase in the scope of activity” of a BTC wallet address (1LaNXgq2ctDEa4fTha6PTo8sucqzieQctq) it ties to the fundraising activities of the Hamas and Iran-affiliated “al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades,” the military wing of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).  The PRC is a coalition of armed local groups, formed in late 2000, in opposition to what they perceive to be the overly conciliatory line taken by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah towards the Israeli regime. The al-Nasser Brigades were active in both the 2008-9 and 2015 wars in Gaza and clashed with Israeli forces in Nov. 2018 in response to the killing of a PRC militant.  The Brigades were also responsible for the high-profile kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shilat in 2006, eventually freed as part of a prisoner exchange in 2011. Brigades raised almost $24 million in Bitcoin According to ICT’s findings, a thorough review of the transactions associated with the wallet revealed that it served a “a seemingly legitimate financial website by the name of cash4ps,” which ostensibly enables the Brigades to send and receive funds out of the Gaza strip whilst ensuring a degree of anonymity to donors and beneficiaries. The report, which mapped the Brigade’s network of media platforms and various online fundraising strategies, ties the wallet address to a company allegedly identified as operating an account registered at the Islamic National Bank (INB).  INB was blacklisted by the United States Treasury in 2010 due to its being controlled by Hamas, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization. It has also been declared illegal by the PA, the Palestinian Monetary Authority and the Palestinian Capital Market Authority. As of…