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    Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures

    Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures

    The South Korean government has announced the outcome of its inspection of 21 cryptocurrency exchanges. While a number of exchanges have completed implementing both short-term and wallet management measures, many security vulnerabilities remain at most exchanges.

    Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

    21 Exchanges Inspected

    Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security MeasuresSouth Korea’s government has announced the result of its mid-term review of 21 cryptocurrency exchanges. The inspection was conducted in June and July by the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.

    KISA security experts visited each exchange to check on the 85 items identified during its previous crypto exchange inspection, conducted between January and March. They focused on 17 items which needed immediate implementation; six were short-term measures and 11 concerned crypto wallet management.

    Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures“Intermediate checks were carried out in such a way as to confirm whether improvements had been made, focusing on the 17 security items recommended for quick action,” the government explained. These items include dedicated security and management staff, a password management system, crypto deposit and withdrawal controls, and a system to monitor wallets for abnormalities.

    The agencies revealed that 11 out of 21 exchanges have completed the short-term measures. In addition, eight of them have also improved their wallet management systems. The eight are Upbit, Bithumb, Korbit, Coinnest, Coinlink, Coinone, Coinplug, and Huobi Korea, local media detailed. The government reiterated:

    In the management of virtual currency wallets, most of the vulnerabilities in the business have not yet been improved.

    Furthermore, twelve companies have been found to have insufficient security procedures to prevent data leakage and loss of funds from their cold wallets. Ten companies have inadequate systems to monitor hot wallets for suspicious activities. In addition, at least ten businesses lack wallet backup and recovery measures.

    Further Inspections Planned

    The final check on the implementation of recommended measures will be carried out next month, the agencies noted, adding that any new crypto exchanges will also be inspected.

    Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures“Because of the weak security of virtual currency exchanges, we should be careful in investing,” Kim Jong-sam, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Information and Communication, commented. “We will continue to check virtual currency exchanges to improve security.”

    Referencing the hack of Coinrail and Bithumb in June, KISA described that “the leakage of virtual currency due to the hacking of recent dealers has directly led to the damage of users,” adding that after checking 85 security items, “there are many dealers with low security.”

    Emphasizing that they have been asking crypto exchanges to “improve security levels by completing the recommendations for improvement,” the agencies revealed:

    We plan to support the improvement of the security level of the dealers through continuous inspection of the dealers.

    What do you think of the Korean government’s review? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career

    She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career

    She(256) is a clever name for a novel scheme. The female-focused mentorship program is designed to support women entering the cryptocurrency space. In doing so, the program will enable students to benefit from the guidance of a crypto OG – a seasoned professional whose business and technical experience should prove invaluable. The She(256) initiative has been broadly welcomed in most quarters of the cryptoconomy.

    Also read: Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

    Mo’ Mentors, Mo’ Women

    She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career“Dear men of crypto, I would love to see many of you sign up to be She(256) mentors,” tweeted Jill Carlson. The cryptocurrency all-rounder is a recognisable and respected figure in an industry that is still overwhelmingly male-dominated. “Many of you have been the most important mentors and influences in my career,” she continued. “It matters more than you know when you support your female colleagues.”

    The program she was referring to, She(256), is a University of California, Berkeley-led initiative that “presents the opportunity for a professional and young student or early-career young adult to learn from each other serving as guides and allies”. Few would argue with the basic rationale behind its ethos. Anyone who can recall their first foray into crypto, and the fledgling mistakes they made, personally and professionally, can surely appreciate the value in such an initiative.

    Cryptocurrency, and the insular and often esoteric world it’s spawned, makes perfect sense once you’re battle-hardened and embroiled in it. For newcomers, however, the industry – which is notoriously unforgiving of incompetence and ‘newb mistakes’ – can seem daunting. This is true of all entrants to the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, regardless of gender, skill set, or experience accrued in other sectors.

    Breaking Barriers, Nurturing Talent

    She(256) Mentorship Program Aims to Help More Women Gain a Cryptocurrency Career“In defining the blockchain paradigm..it is critical that those building up these far-reaching systems represent the diversity of our global population, explains She(256). “We wanted She(256) to be a movement that would have long-term impact on this burgeoning industry, by allowing more women to feel welcome in this space and by highlighting the work of women who are already making an impact in this field.”

    There is nothing like this particular time, place, or industry that has ever existed in the past, which gives us the unique position to set a precedent. Blockchain is disruptive technology. So let’s disrupt the industry with more diversity.

    How it Works

    In practice, the (She)256 mentorship program will see mentors contacting their allotted student by phone or in person 1-3 times a month, augmented by emails and other communications. Participants are matched to their mentor or mentee for a period of one year initially, with the option to maintain contact thereafter. “For mentees, utilize your mentors and their industry expertise to ask questions, bounce off ideas, and seek direction. For mentors, provide guidance, learn from fresh perspectives, and serve as an anchor,” explains the website.

    A number of well-known figures within the cryptocurrency space have thrown their weight behind (She)256, both in terms of promoting it and in volunteering to participate in it. There have been some dissenting voices, whose opposition seems to revolve around the belief that cryptocurrency doesn’t need diversity quotas; decentralized systems, by their nature, do not care for gender, identity, or any other characteristic that exerts sway in other spheres – they care only for the veracity delivered by cryptographic protocols, and the competency of the engineers who developed them.

    Even without focusing on its appeal to “young female-identifying individuals” however, She(256)’s mentorship program is sure to help emerging talents find their feet and add value to the burgeoning cryptoconomy. And that can only be a good thing.

    Do you think She(256) will help more women gain cryptocurrency careers? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Wendy McElroy: The Jiu-Jitsu of Crypto – Personal Freedom vs Social Change

    The Jiu-Jitsu of Crypto - Personal Freedom vs Social Change

    The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations
    Section 4: State Versus Society
    Chapter 9, Part 7
    The Jiu-Jitsu of Crypto: Personal Freedom vs Social Change.

    It is often assumed that power derives from violence and can be controlled only by greater violence. Actually, power derives from sources in the society which may be restricted or severed by withdrawal of cooperation by the populace. The political power of governments may in fact be very fragile. Even the power of dictators may be destroyed by withdrawal of the human assistance which made the regime possible.

    –Gene Sharp, The Politics of Nonviolent Action

    Cryptocurrencies withdraw assistance from the state’s engine of power: the financial system. But they do more. They create a parallel payment and monetary system that draws upon the state’s own energy to defeat it.

    The Japanese martial art of jiu-jitsu is a method of defeating an armed opponent in close combat, even though the defender is unarmed. The attacker’s force and power are used against him. The defender never directly confronts the attacker with opposing force. Jiu-jitsu is an art of self-defense in which the attacker is not the opponent; his movements are.

    Bitcoin defeats the central banking system even though crypto has no force of law or standing military with which to directly confront the attacking banks. Instead, crypto feeds off the backlash of discontent created within society by the corruption of the financial system. Crypto’s strength as a freedom tool lies in its role as a parallel system, which revolutionizes payment and monetary systems to eliminate the state and banks as trusted third parties. It recognizes these parties as armed opponents in close combat. In short, crypto uses the arrogance of the central banking system to good advantage by attracting the rebellious and disillusioned within society to engage in financial self-defense.

    This current strategy of jiu-jitsu confronts two obstacles, however.

    One is the state. Or, rather, it is users and institutions who view crypto as a type of new fiat, not as a vehicle for freedom. They view exchanges as a new type of traditional bank that is geared to handle an innovative specie, in much the same manner as credit card companies handle a different type of transaction. These users want state involvement because it brings “respectability” and the safety they believe a trusted third party can provide. To them, those who prattle on about freedom are irritants or troublemakers who hinder the true future of crypto.

    The second obstacle to a jiu-jitsu strategy is an alternate manner of addressing the state: confrontation. This strategy has its time and place-generally as a last option-but it is in conflict with the self-defense tactic of waiting for an opponent’s movement and drawing upon it for strength. Direct confrontation relinquishes the jiu-jitsu advantage. Julian Assange and Satoshi Nakamoto clashed about their attitudes toward bitcoin when Assange flaunted the crypto as a donation method to the otherwise financially embargoed Wikileaks. Theirs was a clash of strategies for freedom: confrontation versus low-profile growth. Assange crowed, “Bring it on!” to government officials; Satoshi recoiled because the prominent bravado endangered the quiet paradigm that was replacing the dominant one by exploiting the latter’s weaknesses.

    A fist of defiance thrust into the air is emotionally satisfying, to be sure, and it may be appropriate in some circumstances. But those who want crypto to become a part of daily life should ask: is the goal to be free, or is it to vent? Is it to construct a different society, or is it to rail against the current one? There can be real tension between these goals. Crypto is not big enough or powerful enough to win in a face-to-face conflict with the state, especially if the battleground and weapons are of the state’s choosing. The state excels at brute confrontation. Crypto’s advantages differ: it is fast on its feet; it is incredibly inventive; and, it draws on the state’s weaknesses as well as on its power.  By commandeering the animosity and corruptions that banking creates, a David and Goliath scenario plays out in which a diminutive but nimble challenger defeats a lumbering giant.

    What Strategy is Optimal? Personal Freedom vs Social Change

    The “best” strategy-if only one exists-depends on the goal being pursued.

    Those who view crypto as an investment or as a paternal twin of fiat will embrace the state. Those who view crypto as a path to personal freedom will avoid the state whenever possible. The situation becomes more complex if the goal of social change is added to the mix. Although personal freedom and social change are intimately-related concepts, they are also separable. Those who seek social change may well engage in the high-profile rebellion that can be anathema to personal freedom.

    Personal Freedom. Bitcoin was designed to free individuals. Its emphasis on privacy and pseudonymity allows people to navigate the financial world with unprecedented autonomy. Governments may loudly announce that they can crack transactions wide open, but they are scrambling, with no clear idea of how to handle mixers, tumblers and the other privacy innovations. Crypto advances more quickly than repression can, and governments—like bullies—are often loudest when they are impotent. If governments could kill the independence of crypto, they would have done so already. As it is, they fall back upon a standard method of enforcement: intimidation. The next step is open violence, the last resort of the state, which prefers to operate as though consent were present. Open violence means social control has failed, and no other alternative is available.

    Social Change. Traditionally, social change involves an entirely different dynamic than personal freedom. The reform-minded individual does not seek privacy or avoid the state because the established strategies of social reform require visibility and confrontation. Public speeches, protest marches, petitions, guerrilla theater, editorials, sit-ins, boycotts, buycotts, pamphlets and books, civil disobedience…these strategies aim at raising a social issue to such prominence that it can’t be ignored but must be addressed.

    Catching the state’s attention is dangerous. Its first reaction to an effective challenge is usually repression. That’s why those who engage in nonviolent action often go through training on how not to react to a backlash-how not to react to police attacks, for example. Social reform can be a dangerous business.

    Cryptocurrencies have a valuable edge over traditional social-change approaches.  Instead of being convinced to confront and resist the state by raised their political awareness, people use crypto out of rational self-interest; they avoid the state for the same reason. Traditionally, social reform seeks to change the hearts and minds of people, one by one, until there are enough people to create a tipping point at which society itself is altered. Crypto seeks to change people’s perceived self-interest, one by one; self-interest is a far more prevalent and accessible motivation than social consciousness. (The preceding statement is cynical only to those who hold a negative view of self-interest.) When a sufficient number of people prefer crypto over banks, and crypto over fiat, then society will have changed…without violence, without martyrdom, and without courting danger.

    How many individuals must be “converted” before a society is reformed? No one knows. But the success of freedom or of repression does not seem to require large numbers. The Christian anarchist Leo Tolstoy observed,

    “A commercial company enslaved a nation comprising two hundred millions. Tell this to a man free from superstition and he will fail to grasp what these words mean. What does it mean that thirty thousand men…have subdued two million…? Do not the figures make it clear that it is not the English who have enslaved the Indians, but the Indians who have enslaved themselves?”

    Equally, many revolutions have been led by a handful of believers who tapped into strong emotional currents of the people, such as the hatred of corruption and a desire for a better life.

    A tipping point is not a measurable dynamic. This may be especially true of crypto because so much of the activity and so many of the people are low profile.  Typically, activists look over their shoulders and notice that a significant change has occurred. Then they say to themselves, “That was it—three months ago.” Radicals have debated what the “tipping-point” is for centuries. Ninetenth-century individualist anarchists in America believed that laws became unenforceable if ten percent of the people refused to obey them; that is, the laws became “dead letter,” which is just as effective as repealing them. An entire system can also become unenforceable.

    At that point, of course, the topic is no longer social change. The topic is revolution.

    [To be continued next week.]

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    Wendy McElroy has agreed to ”live-publish” her new book The Satoshi Revolution exclusively with Bitcoin.com. Every Saturday you’ll find another installment in a series of posts planned to conclude after about 18 months. Altogether they’ll make up her new book ”The Satoshi Revolution”. Read it here first.

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    The Daily: Husbands Blackmailed for Bitcoin, Blockchain This and That

    The Daily: Husbands Blackmailed for Bitcoin, Blockchain This and That

    Scammers are threatening to reveal cheating husbands to their wives and asking for bitcoin ransom – check the details in this edition of The Daily. A porn streaming website now rewards its users with tokens, and hair sprays are sold for BTC and BCH. Also, find out what Brits think about blockchain and learn about the latest incarnations of the technology.

    Also read: Binance Launches in Liechtenstein, ZB.com Opens Office in Malta

    Scammers Threaten Cheating Husbands, Ask for Bitcoin

    The Daily: Husbands Blackmailed for Bitcoin, Blockchain This and ThatThe U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently issued a warning about new scams involving cryptocurrency: fraudsters have been sending letters threatening to reveal cheating husbands to their wives and relatives unless they are paid thousands of dollars in bitcoin (BTC). The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says there’s been a significant increase in the number of extortion attempts of this kind.

    A variety of scenarios have been reported but the scammers usually accuse people of cheating and visiting porn sites, and claim to possess other compromising information as well. Threats like “I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife” and “I installed malware on the adult video site” are often part of the correspondence.

    People’s personal data like names, usernames, or passwords is included to intimidate the targeted individuals. In most cases, the recipient is instructed to pay a ransom in bitcoin. The Bureau asks victims to reach out to the local FBI office and file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov, providing any relevant information including the extortion email and the BTC address.

    Porn Site Rewards Viewers with Tokens

    Speaking about earthly temptations, a leading adult website now wants to reward its users with cryptocurrency. Tube8, a subsidiary of Pornhub, one of the largest platforms in the genre which boasts over 150 million page visits a month, is now moving onto the blockchain. The porn streaming service told Hard Fork it is tokenizing itself through a partnership with Vice Industry Token (VIT). According to the report, the deal will allow users to earn VIT tokens while enjoying the Tube8 videos.

    The Daily: Husbands Blackmailed for Bitcoin, Blockchain This and That

    The transformation is scheduled to take place by the end of the year, promising to turn Tube8 into the very first major adult platform to pay its users for their activity in cryptos. By doing so, Pornhub, which is already accepting payments in verge, tron and zencash, is truly spearheading crypto adoption and blockchain implementation in the adult industry, taking advantage of the anonymity provided by cryptocurrencies, which is important for its customers.

    Something for the Ladies: Buy Hairspray with Bitcoin

    The Daily: Husbands Blackmailed for Bitcoin, Blockchain This and ThatThinking about finding new intersections between beauty and technology, beyond formula or packaging, R+Co, the beauty collective founded by stylists Howard McLaren, Thom Priano, and Garren, is now incorporating bitcoin core (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) payments into its business, The Cut reports. The team thinks it’s a logical next step.

    Once you decide to pay for your hairspray with any of these leading cryptocurrencies, “The Culture of Hairdressing” promises a simple online checkout experience. After providing billing and shipping information, ladies will be prompted to choose a payment method and they can opt to spend cryptocurrency instead of reaching for the credit card. Selecting the bitcoin option will transfer them to Bitpay where they need to complete the purchase within 15 minutes. Excited about the new service, R+Co’s president Dan Langer said:

    Blockchain technology is going to be one of the future disruptors in the beauty industry. It will allow consumers the ability to leverage their data and purchase behavior in all kinds of new shopping ways… from reviews to rewards to product benefits. In order to stay at the forefront of this emerging thinking we wanted to integrate components of it while still in its early stages – like paying with Bitcoin – and learn with it as it evolves.

    Blockchain This, Blockchain That

    Bitcoin payments – that’s fine, but “blockchain” is not something everyone accepts without prejudice. Almost half of Brits, for example, wouldn’t trust an organization using it, new research from IP EXPO Europe has discovered. The authors have found that over a third of British people (35%) would not trust a company employing the technology to keep their information secure. The main reason for their mistrust is not knowing what blockchain really is.

    Another 11% of the respondents in the poll conducted by One Pulse, who believe they know what blockchain is, would also not trust an organization that’s using it. Both figures represent almost half of UK citizens. Add to that the 28% who say they wouldn’t trust a firm using any technology they don’t understand and you’ll realize how important it is for businesses to ensure they don’t confuse their customers while trying to improve their technical capabilities or simply riding the wave of the crypto craze.

    The Daily: Husbands Blackmailed for Bitcoin, Blockchain This and That

    Nevertheless, the blockchain mania goes on and this week produced a number of examples. We learned that Italian insurance companies are testing a blockchain-based solution to resolve disputes involving car-liability claims, Wyoming farmers want to use the distributed ledger technology to track what their cattle eats and then brand their beef as superior, blockchain-proof probably, and the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation has developed a blockchain platform to improve electronic invoicing… What? Oh, and “China’s first blockchain social network is the brainchild of a 24-year-old female poker player,” mainstream media informed us.

    Realizing the importance of blockchain education, Hong Kong authorities have granted $20 million USD to several local universities that are expected to use the funds to finance the research and development of blockchain-based payments systems. And in the Philippines, one of the oldest universities, Ateneo de Manila, is partnering with a healthcare service provider to set up a research laboratory powered by blockchain. All this is happening after Turkey’s Bahçeşehir University inaugurated the country’s first blockchain innovation center. Yes, a lot of education is needed when it comes to blockchain.

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    Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

    Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

    Announcing this week he intended to “burst” the ecosystem’s “bubble” because of “Lambos” and “to the moon, and all that,” one of the most respected thought leaders in cryptocurrency, Andreas M. Antonopoulos revealed he believes bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs) are “a terrible idea.” The author of The Internet of Money and the seminal Mastering Bitcoin does think bitcoin ETFs are coming, but he also suggests bitcoin ETFs mean a kind of financialization that runs directly counter to the entire point of Bitcoin specifically and cryptocurrency generally.

    Also read: Bitcoin Stickers Attract Unwanted Attention from Authorities

    Andreas Antonopoulos Believes Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea

    “I am actually against ETFs,” Andreas Antonopoulos remarked during his brief video, Bitcoin Q&A: Why I’m against ETFs. For mainstreaming enthusiasts, those who hope to get more bitcoin core (BTC) adoption, the exchange traded fund holds almost mystical appeal. The ETF is also thought to be key in the next immediate price runup. 

    For retail investors of the traditional variety, ETFs present a nice way to hedge against risk without the bother of housing the commodity. ETFs are, then, custodial arrangements, repackaged. A fund is created and shares of the fund are sold. It has been a clever way to invest for many retail users.

    Proposals for a bitcoin variation would essentially involve something similar: it will have a manager who will offer a fund of bitcoin, which will be sold like shares, stocks; essentially a reserve, shares will be sold as they might traditionally through a standard brokerage account. It’s a custodial reserve system, where investors do not actually hold bitcoin.

    Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

    Excitement over ETFs in the Bitcoin community stems from the impact they had on gold prices a few years ago. Essentially the price of gold languished for well over a decade. Once introduced as an ETF, the price took off. This prospect for Bitcoiners has only become more enticing as the crypto bear market deepens. 

    Mr. Antonopoulos’ first concern is over the nature of price manipulation and the ETF itself. Whatever commodity trading within the ETF scheme is subject to worldwide price swings by larger market makers. He believes should bitcoin become part of that genre, the same, maybe worse, will follow for its price.

    Bubble Burst

    He realizes he is going to “burst” a lot of “bubbles” by saying so, but Mr. Antonopoulos believes bitcoin ETFs are “a terrible idea.” A top reason why, he explains, is the arrangement. A bitcoin ETF is going to be a very large custodial holder of bitcoin. Though shareholders will own slices of a bitcoin ETF, they’re not in ownership of bitcoin proper, he explains. In order for that to be the case, a person is said to be an owner of bitcoin if they have the private keys. Essentially, he who holds the keys holds the bitcoin, owns the bitcoin.

    Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

    Holding bitcoin proper allows all sorts of flexibility in practical terms. If a holder wishes to exchange bitcoin on a formal exchange, he/she can. If he/she further wishes to pick up forked coins, they can. And so on. Mr. Antonopoulos believes an ETF would change a fundamental dynamic of bitcoin, the ability to “vote” as an owner by making the above decisions. Instead, and though the ETF would have many customers, it is solely the bitcoin ETF that will make the decision about forked coins, and so forth. A vital feedback mechanism might be lost.

    He references the August 1st fork of last year, the one from which Bitcoin Cash (BCH) extends. During that time, the ecosystem had to wait to hear from exchanges, on their terms, how or even if they would accept the fork. Those with bitcoin parked on an exchange had no say. They were at the whim of exchanges. This phenomenon would be exacerbated with ETFs in the space. A future fork would have the same problems.

    Second Tiered Bitcoiners

    Another problem is centralization. The fund manager now becomes the gatekeeper, a centralized office through which governance can be impacted disproportionately. Assuring this won’t be “the end of bitcoin,” Mr. Antonopoulos does warn it will cause price manipulation and manipulation of debates regarding how bitcoin functions in the future.

    He believes also that with the inevitability of another fork, bitcoin ETF related companies could very well break off themselves, and form what he calls a “corpocoin,” a corporate version of bitcoin.

    Bitcoin ETFs are a Terrible Idea: Andreas Antonopoulos

    Beyond that, stifling the majority of Bitcoiners’ will, their voice, is something he is particularly concerned about. He gives the example of beefing up security and privacy on the Bitcoin blockchain. If developers, for example, have found a way to upgrade the system to make it more privacy oriented, perhaps the heavy financial backers of that ETF fund would work to make sure it never came about so as to not rile their friends in government.

    Mr. Antonopoulos ended on what he worries will be a reality of bitcoin ETF enthusiasts: second tiered voices. Because they do not hold their keys, any whim of the backers versus that of the consuming public, will always side with institutional investors in most cases, locking out that segment of Bitcoiners.

    Do you think bitcoin ETFs would be a good thing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    PR: Contentos Launches Public Content Chain

    Contentos Launches Public Content Chain

    This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

    Contentos (COS) hosted its ‘Mastering your creativity with COS’ event at Andaz Hotel in Tokyo as part of a global tour. The event attracted major industry executives, including LiveMe CEO Yuki, Ontology founder Li Jun, Danhua Capital partner Selina, COS cofounder Mick, Blockshine CEO Daniel Zhang, Coinbase chief investment officer Ling, DAD Japan head Leslie Wu, PhotoGrid head of products Angela, and Cheez head of operations Wang Xinyuang. The conference also attracted dozens of blockchain enthusiasts from all across Japan, including local university students, blockchain developers, and blockchain entrepreneurs, to learn and better understand how COS is designing its future ecology.

    COS cofounder Mick kicked off the event with a keynote speech on the landing and ecological construction of COS applications. Mick stated that COS is committed to building the world’s most extensive public chain for digital content with the goal of unifying the value of global content and returning creative ownership and value to creators and their communities. COS will effectively solve the biggest pain points that have been plaguing the content industry. Independent content creators are unable to leverage their work while content platforms and imitators receive most of the benefits, putting the content industry in a vicious circle of copyright infringement and demonetization. COS will use blockchain technology to solve this industry problem.

    Mick also stated that content creators, platforms and users have not yet achieved the ideal balance as it relates to the distribution of benefits and profits, a reality that has contributed to the industry’s turmoil. It is common for agency and network executives to reap more benefits from creative content than the actual creators. Even high-quality content can be difficult to monetize in a fair manner for independent creators. Due to many content platforms’ opacity and information asymmetry, it has been difficult to guarantee creators with their own interests.

    Additionally, rising competition in the content industry is forcing platforms to pay premiums for intellectual property and exclusive content, leaving less value to be passed on to the average creator. The top percentile of popular creators continue to reap most of the benefits while independent creators struggle, a vicious cycle that has yet to be broken. The saying that “Content is King” has echoed across the industry for a long time but quality content cannot be created without bringing the value back to creators. Because of asymmetric information, content creators can only voice their doubts but it can be difficult to verify any claims. While blockchain is a value and trust network, its distributed ledger ensures that the distribution and ownership of content can not be tampered, which can guarantee the interests of the creators to the greatest extent.

    In this troubled landscape, COS will bring a new wave of revolution to the entire digital content industry but COS isn’t just for creators. For platforms and advertisers, participation, collaboration and innovation can also become more fair and transparent in the COS ecosystem. “We need to serve the entire digital content industry, whether it’s creators, platforms or advertisers, to maximize the benefits,” said Mick on the future.

    Taking into account the massive global consumption of digital content, COS proposed the iBFT consensus algorithm, which enables each node to automatically switch between consensus methods based on the network’s transaction volume and resource utilization.

    This allows the transaction validation speed to be reduced to less than 3 seconds, and TPS increased to more than 2,000 when more throughput is needed.

    Following Mick’s keynote, Angela, the product manager of COS partner PhotoGrid, introduced how PhotoGrid will redefine the value of content by integrating with the COS public chain. PhotoGrid is one of the world’s leading photo editing apps with 40 million monthly active users and more than 360 million app downloads. The introduction of the COS pass system boosted user enthusiasm in the PhotoGrid community, with many users motivated to produce and share high-quality original content, which also greatly improved user retention. Through the integration with PhotoGrid, COS can circulate in the PhotoGrid ecosystem and truly implement blockchain technology to better serve the content industry.

    Short video partner Cheez was also joined the event in Tokyo. Wang Xinyuan, head of operations of Cheez, introduced the app which is commonly referred to as the “American version of Shakedown” and has tens of millions of monthly active users globally. Its content advantages include collaborations with several top influencers and takes the lead in the short video space. By integration with the COS ecosystem, users can earn COS by watching, sharing, and posting short videos, among many other incentivized actions.

    “Using COS to motivate users on the platform is both fresh and fun,” says Wang Xinyuan. The introduction of COS to build a new content incentive system has generated interest among content creators and users. Top performing content creators get more COS rewards and users get COS rewards for sharing the content, a strategy that is increasing user stickiness. In the first month alone, Cheez doubled its number of downloads and monthly active users.

    COS has partnered and integrated with three global content platforms, which shows that COS is a content public chain with real commercial value. Content platforms such as LiveMe (live streaming), Cheez (short video), and PhotoGrid (photo sharing) are reshaping the value of content through COS. The partnership with several high-quality content platforms will prove to the world that the COS public chain technology has been recognized by leading content platforms, the global market is optimistic about the value of COS, and more and more high-quality content platforms are collaborating with COS.

    The event also hosted media attendees from the blockchain industry and traditional venture capital circles. Blockchain media including Cointelegraph, 36 Krypton, Geek Park, White Whale Going Out Sea, Golden Finance, Sanyan Finance, COINVOICE, and Woman’s Block Chain also participated in the event and shared their expert opinions. At the end of the meeting, the globally-renowned blockchain publication Cointelegraph conducted an on-site interview with COS co-founder Mick as part of a series of reports featuring COS as a promising global blockchain project.

    The global tour also received international media coverage from Reuters, NASDAQ, Yahoo Finance, and other authoritative mainstream media in a special report about digital content public chain COS

    Reuters, NASDAQ and other media reported on COS
    The event was full of big names, including experts from the blockchain and content industries. Li jun, founder of ontology; Selina, partner of Danhua capital; Daniel Zhang, chief operating officer of Blockshine; Ella Zhang, chief executive officer of Binance Labs; and other guests also took the stage to share their project experiences and prospects for the future of the blockchain industry. The guests showed great interest in the content ecology of digital content public chain.

    The global blockchain market is driven by capital, which is largely because the industry lacks sound development mechanisms. On the one hand, the blockchain industry’s current situation cannot meet the increasing demands for everyday production and consumption across all industries. On the other hand, the information architecture of the content industry is improving day by day, while the efficiency of traditional infrastructures lag behind. The entire industry presents an abnormal development state of superficial growth, which will require everyone to move forward with clearly defined goals.

    COS will continue to pursue continuous growth and strive to return the blockchain industry to its essence and rationality. And shortly after, the COS will continue to rebuild content value coordinates and launch multi-city speaking panels. In the booming blockchain market, COS is leading the industry to make positive changes.

    “We stand now and look to the future, and the future is now.”

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    Over 60% of Top 100 Cryptocurrencies Have No Working Product, Study Claims

    Over 60% of Top 100 Cryptocurrencies Have No Working Product, Study Claims

    Of the top 100 cryptocurrencies listed by market capitalization, only 36 are actually what the authors term “working products” in a study recently published online. Newer ecosystem website, Invest in Blockchain, commissioned the study. It’s sure to be debated, and hotly, as to which coins made the cut to 36, but the authors attempt to assure readers certain standards were applied across the board in order to make their determination much of the cryptosphere is a giant dumpster fire.

    Also read: Bitcoin Stickers Attract Unwanted Attention from Authorities

    A Cold 36% Out of 100 Top Cryptocurrencies Have Working Products

    In fact a cold 36% of the top 100 cryptos have what the writers define as “working products.” They agree that “it’s important to define what exactly constitutes a working product in the first place.” Simply taking into account a project being “open-source, building a basic blockchain and launching it isn’t a very high bar to set. We wanted to be a bit more rigorous with our criteria.”

    “If you haven’t run into at least a handful of people who are cynical about the state of the blockchain industry and think it’s mostly scams and vaporware, well… you probably haven’t been into crypto for very long,” John Bardinelli and Daniel Frumkin wrote in the study, Cryptocurrencies In The Top 100 With Working Products That Are In-Use. “And the truth is, those cynics have a good point.”

    Over 60% of Top 100 Cryptocurrencies Have No Working Product, Study Claims


    The study was put out by the site, Invest in Blockchain, founded in 2017. They claim to have “researched the top 100 cryptocurrencies (by market cap) in an effort to learn how many of them actually had working products that are providing real value. The same research done in 2017 may have yielded some truly discouraging results but, even now, the results aren’t exactly stellar.”

    For the authors of the study, a “working product” is 1. “active and available to the public,” 2. “Its mainnet has likely been released for some time, bumping the version numbers well above 1.0,” and 3. “Businesses and individuals use it on a daily basis for dapps, smart contracts, or digital currency transactions.”

    Dash Doesn’t Make the List

    As they researched, the authors were sure to match project promises made to what has actually been delivered, the present state of the company, its roadmap, and release history. Still, there “are many projects in the top 100 that have launched their mainnet, and can claim to have a ‘working product’ by a loose definition,” the authors note.

    “However, we have chosen not to include projects which aren’t actually being used by any significant measure, which means that most of the recently launched mainnets will not yet meet our criteria.” For example, “a dapp platform that has a mainnet but that doesn’t have any noteworthy dapps on top of it isn’t considered ‘working’ by this criteria,” they conclude.

    Over 60% of Top 100 Cryptocurrencies Have No Working Product, Study Claims

    Projects that made the cut are: “0x Protocol, Ardor, Augur, Bancor, Bat, Bibox Token, Binance Coin, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Bitshares, Bytecoin, Decred, Ethereum, Golem, Huobi Token, Komodo, Kucoin Shares, Kyber network, Litecoin, Loom Network, Monero, Nano, Neo, Pivx, Polymath, Pundi X, Qtum, Ripple, Siacoin, Steem, Stellar, Tether, Wanchain, Waves, Zcash, and Zencash.”

    As noted, there is bound to be controversy with lists such as these. Commenter PertReader1 notes, “LOL you include Pivx a fork of Dash, but ignore Dash? You mention that Pivx ‘launched’ in 2016, yeah as a fork of Dash. How can you practice such yellow journalism?” One of the authors, John Bardinelli responded, “We left Dash out of the picture because of Dash Evolution. DE redefines the project’s focus.” To which yet another commenter, kanuuker1, fumed, “That’s a total load of crap. Evolution is only the next major update. Our goals haven’t changed in years. Dash has a fully working project and is much further along in its development than every other project.”

    Do you think there are too many coins out there? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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    US Judge Orders Alleged Hacker to Pay Bail in Cryptocurrency

    US Judge Orders Alleged Hacker to Pay Bail in Cryptocurrency

    A US federal judge has ordered an alleged hacker to pay the equivalent of $750,000 in cryptocurrency for bail. The man was charged with hacking video game company Electronic Arts (EA), obtaining in-game currency used to buy and sell in-game items, and selling access to online games though black-market websites.

    Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

    Judge Orders Bail Payment in Crypto

    US Judge Orders Alleged Hacker to Pay Bail in CryptocurrencyFederal Judge Jacqueline Corley has ordered a “hacker charged with illegally accessing computer network of [a] Bay Area company” to pay bail in cryptocurrency, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week.

    Martin Marsich, a 25-year-old Serbian and Italian national whose last known residence was in Udine, Italy, was arrested at the San Francisco International Airport on August 8 while boarding a flight to Serbia. At the federal court in San Francisco where he made his first appearance the next day, the DOJ described:

    Magistrate Judge Corley ordered Marsich released to a half-way house on the condition that he post the equivalent of $750,000 in cryptocurrency for bail.

    Judge Corley was frequently in the news last November for ruling in favor of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Coinbase. She ordered the crypto exchange to turn over information about U.S. taxpayers who conducted crypto transactions during the years 2013 to 2015.

    The Case and FBI Complaint

    A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent filed an affidavit in connection with the criminal complaint against Marsich on March 25. It states that “a video-game company headquartered in the Bay Area discovered that an individual had illegally accessed its internal computer network and granted access to parts of the company’s systems,” the Justice Department conveyed. “The intruder, later identified as Marsich, gained access to 25,000 accounts that allow customers to purchase items for use in video games.”

    US Judge Orders Alleged Hacker to Pay Bail in CryptocurrencyFurthermore, the FBI complaint outlines that “Marsich allegedly used some of the information he obtained from the computer system to obtain in-game currency, used to buy and sell in-game items.” He was also accused of selling “access to the on-line game on black-market websites.”

    According to the Daily Post, the Bay Area company is Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), a well-known American video game company headquartered in Redwood City, California. “After making the discovery of the intrusion, the company allegedly closed the stolen accounts and suffered a loss of approximately $324,000,” the DOJ further revealed, adding:

    The complaint charges Marsich with intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization to obtain information for the purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain…and accessing a protected computer to defraud and obtain anything of value.

    While clarifying that “a complaint merely alleges that crimes have been committed,” the agency noted that “If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution if appropriate for each violation.”

    Why Did the Judge Order Payment in Crypto?

    US Judge Orders Alleged Hacker to Pay Bail in CryptocurrencySan Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe was quoted by the Daily Post saying that he “had never heard of anyone bailing out of jail with cryptocurrency in any courtroom.” While acknowledging that cryptocurrency is now acceptable in a federal court, he believes that “a cryptocurrency bail would fly in San Mateo County Superior Court.”

    Although the DOJ’s announcement does not specify the reason for bail payment in crypto, U.S. Assistant District Attorney Abraham Simmons explained that “judges can order many kinds of bail, including real estate owned by another person,” the publication conveyed and quoted him describing:

    The judge could order just about anything…It really is quite broad…What the objective is is to get the defendant to comply with an order to appear later.

    Simmons also said he was “certain” that if the value of the cryptocurrency were to fluctuate dramatically, either party could file a motion to change the bail amount. “I would imagine that either side would alert the court of an extreme change in the value of the asset, but it doesn’t mean that the court would care one way or the other.”

    What do you think of Judge Corley ordering bail payment in cryptocurrency? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    November BCH Upgrade Discussion Heats Up After Bitcoin SV Full Node Announcement

    November BCH Upgrade Discussion Heats Up After Bitcoin SV Announcement

    Blockchain development firm Nchain has announced the company’s plans to launch a new Bitcoin Cash full node client called ‘Bitcoin SV.’ Lead developer Daniel Connolly has published the specifications for re-enabling old opcodes for the November 2018 BCH upgrade. So far the unpublished codebase has seen vocal support from the mining pool Coingeek, but right now some members of the BCH community are concerned that if no other miners switch to Bitcoin SV, the proposed upgrade could cause incompatibilities.

    Also read: Fivebucks.com: Meet the Freelancer’s Marketplace Powered by Bitcoin Cash

    Will Bitcoin SV’s Proposal be Compatible With Bitcoin ABC?

    November BCH Upgrade Discussion Heats Up After Bitcoin SV AnnouncementOn Thursday, August 16 the firm Nchain revealed they are releasing a new BCH full node client that’s claimed to be based on Bitcoin ABC v0.17.2, but with a few different upgrade changes added. Bitcoin SV will include restoring more Satoshi opcodes, removing the opcode per script limit, and raising the block size to 128MB. Further, the leading BCH mining pool Coingeek have stated they will be backing the new client. However, since this announcement, some BCH supporters are concerned about the upgrade coming this November. Issues could occur if groups of miners choose Bitcoin SV’s finalized consensus change proposals, which could be entirely different than the finalized Bitcoin ABC 0.18.0 version. Moreover, depending on the upgrade releases stemming from Bitcoin Unlimited, and other implementations, the Bitcoin SV client could be incompatible with any one of them.

    November BCH Upgrade Discussion Heats Up After Bitcoin SV AnnouncementSo far the Bitcoin ABC team hasn’t responded to the latest Nchain announcement, and the ABC client release for testing hasn’t arrived. According to the ABC roadmap, after they announced the client’s upgrade changes the codebase was supposed to be delivered by August 15. Instead, the team published an article on the benefits of canonical transaction ordering with help from articles written by the Bitcoin Cash miner Jonathan Toomim, and Joannes Vermorel’s study on the process. So at the time of writing the latest 0.18.0 Bitcoin ABC version is two days late. Furthermore, if v0.18.0 contains canonical transaction ordering, the enforcement of minimum transaction size, and the activation of OP_CHECKDATASIG and OP_CHECKDATASIGVERIFY, it will not be compatible with SV’s framework for November.

    Bitcoin SV’s Lead Developer Publishes Re-Enabling Old Opcode Specs

    The Bitcoin SV client’s lead developer, Daniel Connolly, has published a document of specifications concerning the SV clients’ re-enabling old opcodes. The Bitcoin SV version 1.0 document details that in May of 2018 a few disabled opcodes were re-added to the Bitcoin Cash scripting engine, and this November SV will introduce four more opcodes.       

    “The scope of that change was limited in order to focus developer attention rather than attempting to reintroduce all of the disabled opcodes at once,” explains the Bitcoin SV spec sheet published on August 17.

    This specification expands upon that change by reintroducing additional opcodes — The specifications describe the opcodes that will be added in the November 2018 protocol upgrade.

    The re-enabled opcodes will include:

    • OP_MUL — Multiplies two numbers
    • OP_RSHIFT — Right shift b by n bits
    • OP_LSHIFT — Left shift b by n bits
    • OP_INVERT Bitwise NOT  

    The Ultimate Decision Will Be Made With Hashpower

    Essentially the ultimate decision making will be in the hands of the miners if they want to upgrade the block space to 128MB, or follow through with ABC’s plans. At the moment there are many different takes on this situation from a wide variety of BCH supporters. Some agree with Coingeek and Nchain and want to raise the space available in blocks, while others believe there isn’t a need for the increase, because current 32MB blocks are not yet being filled. Discussions concerning the matter have increased exponentially on BCH-centric Slack and Telegram channels, Twitter, and Reddit forums.

    A lot of BCH supporters believe that ultimately those who have hash power will have the final say in this debate and miners will choose which client they plan to use. Some BCH proponents are not too concerned with the possibility of incompatible clients just yet, because as far as ABC v0.18.0 and SV 1.0 are concerned, neither client has finalized plans for November’s upgrade. As mentioned above the ABC code is not ready yet and the SV 1.0 codebase plans to launch this September.

    November BCH Upgrade Discussion Heats Up After Bitcoin SV Announcement
    A lot of BCH supporters believe ultimately it will be the decision of the miners on whether or not they support changes like canonical transaction ordering and OP_CHECKDATASIGVERIFY, or re-enabled opcodes and a 128MB block size increase.

    News.Bitcoin.com briefly spoke with Bitcoin XT developer Tom Harding about the recent Nchain announcement and he explained the XT client will follow the majority hashrate.

    “XT hasn’t been a driving force behind any of the forking change proposals this time around —  We’ve been focusing on non-consensus 0-conf work,” Harding explains.

    Regarding consensus changes, our intention is to support what the majority of hashpower wants to do — We’re also thinking about how best to know what BCH miners actually want.

    What do you think about the Bitcoin SV client and the possibility of it being incompatible with Bitcoin ABC’s November upgrade? Which upgrade proposals would you like to see finalized? Let us know your opinion on this subject in the comment section below.  

    Images via Shutterstock, Coindance, the Nchain Bitcoin SV announcement, and Bitcoin ABC logo. 

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    Developing an ICO Project in Russia Can Cost as Little as $1,500

    Developing an ICO Project in Russia Can Cost as Little as $1,500

    The average cost to develop an ICO project in Russia is hovering around $18,000 USD but the price can go down to as little as $1,500, according to a study that explores the market for such services. The hourly rate for a blockchain developer is averaging a little over $44, the authors found after surveying 60 companies.  

    Also read: Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

    Elaborate Projects Can Reach $50,000 USD

    Developing an ICO Project in Russia Can Cost as Little as $1,500If you’ve ever wondered how much it would cost to create a project to raise funds through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), a Russian rating agency focused on the web development sector has prepared an estimate that you may find interesting. True, it’s based on what’s currently offered in Russia but in the global village, and especially in the crypto space, outsourcing shouldn’t be a problem.

    According to the study conducted by Ratingratingov.ru, the development of an ICO project in Russia costs between 100,000 rubles (~$1,500) and 3.3 million rubles (~$50,000 USD), Insider Pro reported. The agency has contacted 60 companies working in the field to collect and summarize pricing and other data and listed the top 15 firms offering this type of services in the local market.

    The researchers found that the average price tag for these orders, the blockchain and web development part, is 1.2 million rubles (almost $18,000), not counting marketing and legal expenses. At the same time, a blockchain programmer makes over 2,990 rubles (~$44 USD) an hour, a wage that far exceeds the remuneration of most Russian employees. The median monthly salary in the country is about 42,000 rubles, or $660 dollars.

    Developing an ICO Project in Russia Can Cost as Little as $1,500The companies in the survey have been ranked using a formula that assesses the size and quality of their portfolio and the experience of their teams. The number of successful projects, team members, and years of market presence are all taken into account.

    Size Matters When It Comes to ICO Development in Russia

    The compiled data shows that size does matter in this business in Russia. The first two firms in the chart, Smartym Pro and Ruformat, each have between 30 and 50 employees and are operating since 2008 and 2012 respectively. The next two, Zerion and Axioma Group, have hired between 10 and 30 professionals and are in the market since 2016 and 2009.

    Companies failing to meet a set of criteria, like those that do not specialize precisely in blockchain development and ICOs, don’t have a portfolio with linked projects published on their website, are not included in the shortlist prepared by the agency.

    Developing an ICO Project in Russia Can Cost as Little as $1,500

    Ratingratingov’s, well, rating has been published after in July the Russian Association of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain (RACIB) announced a whitelist of businesses offering crypto-related products and services. It is available on the association’s website.

    RACIB considers crowdfunding through coin offerings a promising industry that can potentially bring substantial foreign capital to Russia. It has been pushing for the adoption of favorable regulations along its efforts to cleanse the sector of fraudulent enterprises. The Russian State Duma is expected to review the revamped draft crypto legislation during its fall session.

    According to a recent study, the Russian Federation has hosted six of the top 100 ICO projects. Another report published earlier this year claims that startups with Russian participation have already raised $310 million USD.

    What’s your opinion about the costs of developing an ICO project in Russia? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.

    Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Ratingratingov.ru.

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