Bitcoin Fork, Segwit, and Segwit 2x

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If you have been even passively following cryptocurrency headlines in recent months, you are likely at least a little bit aware of the civil war that has been brewing. The reason for this is due to the need for evolution Bitcoin is experiencing. With transaction times and fees at all-time highs, the need for change has been heeded and entertained, however few can agree on what the appropriate plan of action is. The Brewing Problem As you may or may not have known, Bitcoin has grown in popularity significantly since its inception. Though it may not quite yet be a true household name, it has reached hundreds of millions of people, and reaches new folks every day. This popularity, though great for the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency “brands,” has not been…
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CoinDash ICO Goes Up In Flames

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In the stock world, a company that is about to go public initiates what is known as an initial public offer, or IPO. In the constantly evolving cryptocurrency world, the same type of thing happens, only when new coins are introduced for the first time, it is referred to as an ICO, with the “C” meaning “coin.”  Earlier this week, CoinDash—which is known to only a small number of people—attempted an ICO that failed in astonishing fashion. Unfortunately, a short while into the ICO it was realized that the ethereum address to which prospective buyers were depositing ether was compromised. It would later be found out that a hacker deviously altered the ethereum address on CoinDash’s site such that any ether was sent to this new, illicit address, and not…
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Morgan Stanley Report Doubts Bitcoin’s Viability as a Currency

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Even before Bitcoin became a well-known entity, its creators and proponents alike have long dreamed of the day that it becomes accepted as a legitimate currency. In the short while that it has existed, Bitcoin has gone from a fad to something that is, in most corners of the world, a household name. At no point prior to now has it seemed that, finally, Bitcoin might actually be accepted just like the USD, Euro, or any other globally accepted currency.  Unfortunately, Bitcoin’s move into mainstream legitimacy might be a bit further off than some people might think. A report recently publicized by a group of Morgan Stanley analysts indicates that there are some serious problems with the cryptocurrency, and that it is nothing more than the “poster child for speculation.”…
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Mt Gox CEO to Face Trial

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At one point not too long ago, a site by the name of Mt. Gox was one of the leading Japanese Bitcoin exchanges. Responsible for millions and millions of dollars’ worth of BTC on a daily basis, Mt. Gox was one of the biggest names in the industry. Now, however, the company is nothing more than a memory, and the company’s founder is to be put on trial, facing embezzlement charges in Japan. Embezzlement Charges on the Table Mark Karpeles is the French-born founder of the failed Mt. Gox. According to the Japanese government, Karpeles is accused of hacking Mt. Gox’s main computing system and inflating his account to the tune of $1 million. It took authorities more than a year and a half in order to bring suit against…
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Coinbase IRS Probe

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The United States’ Internal Revenue Service, which is responsible for everything tax-related in the country, recently announced that it would be scaling back audits of Coinbase accounts. The IRS has reportedly been looking into over 1 million different accounts, but said it would scale back requests for passwords and security settings for the accounts in question. The IRS made this announcement last week, shortly after news broke that anonymous buyers were looking for representation and to intervene in the case. Being that Bitcoin is not recognized as legal tender, it may be a bit confusing as to how the IRS is able to come after Coinbase account holders. The reason for this is that that money transacted in Coinbase wallets most often involves USD, and if the USD is being…
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Colombian Government: Bitcoin Subject to Tax Despite Not Being Recognized as Legal Currency

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In a somewhat confusing turn of events, the Colombian government, specifically the Tax and Customs office, announced that Bitcoin is subject to taxes despite it still not being recognized as a legal currency. Back in late 2016, the Colombian government made an official announcement that Bitcoin was not legal tender, and that the only money recognized by the government of Colombia is the Colombian Peso. In addition to that, the announcement went on to warn against becoming involved in cryptocurrency dealings and even referred to them as “scams.” Not Legal Tender, But Subject to Taxes As you have probably become well aware of by now, the Bitcoin movement is reaching farther and wider than ever before. With so many additions to the market in the past few years, the Colombian…
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The Effect of Coinbase on the Bitcoin Gambling Industry

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Now that Bitcoin has entered the mainstream, so to speak, it has received a good bit more attention and use. In recent years, the gambling industry has evolved to make Bitcoin a centerpiece and a banking option at most sites, big or small. In order to utilize a Bitcoin gambling site, the user is required to utilize a Bitcoin wallet of some sort, and most people choose Coinbase as their preferred wallet. In terms of Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency world, Coinbase is to wallets as PayPal is to traditional e-wallets; it reigns supreme. Using Coinbase to facilitate withdrawals and deposits is easy and convenient, but most people would be surprised to know that it is in direct violation of Coinbase’s terms of service. What’s more, users who are caught may…
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Why Do Some Bitcoin Casinos Have Country Restrictions?

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The rapid growth of bitcoin and its mass adoption worldwide has brought about regulatory and licensing challenges in various jurisdictions. While it remains to be seen whether cryptocurrency casinos will surmount this obstacle, many of these casinos have opted to forego operations in countries with stringent laws regarding online gaming. This move, of course, has far reaching implications on the growth and development of the sport, owing to the fact that a significant proportion of potential subscribers are locked out. This article seeks to delve deeper into crypto-coin casino operations and why they have restrictions in some countries. Regulation This is perhaps the most glaring impediment to the growth of cryptocurrency gaming. Many countries either have unclear laws or have banned the sport completely. In this regard, the grey areas…
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What To Look For When Going Through Casino Reviews

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Casino reviews are a good source of information regarding casinos and the games offered. Through reading reviews, new subscribers know what to expect about a certain game, weaknesses and strategies required to beat the house. It is however important to note that some reviews are not always a true reflection of a game or the casino under study. In a bid to attract more gamers to their sites, some online casinos have embarked on creating reviews that do not critic their services but rather praise them. But even with such malpractices in the industry, what should gamers look out for when going through reviews? Criticism Every product, whether a service or good should have its merits and flaws. Casinos and the games that they offer are no different. Gamers will…
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How Do Online Casinos Help You Fight Your Gambling Addiction?

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Gambling addiction has become an incessant problem in today’s gaming scene. In recent days, findings from a scientific research suggested that gambling addiction, if not nipped in the bud at an early stage, may lead to a gambling disorder. This disorder commonly referred to as compulsive gambling, sets the gamer on a downward spiral in regards to his / her gaming tendencies. Usually, the gamer is unable to control the urge for play, making the brain completely obsessed with scoring wins. The downside to this disorder is the fact that it results in a shift of an individual’s priorities rendering one a slave to game outcomes. Gambling addiction has had grievous implications on individuals, including depression, marital problems, and even death. In view of these bleak developments, online casinos have…
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