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AltcoinWeekly - Issue #51
AltcoinWeekly Newsletter #51 (15 - 21 November 2014)

Newsletter #51

15 - 21 November 2014 

Hi guys, this week, I'm trying out a new format for AltcoinWeekly. I'll be writing a summary for each article that I feature. Can you kindly hit the Reply button and tell me if you like this new format? Also do let me know if you think I am featuring too many, too few or just the right number of articles for each issue. Thank you very much! :)
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Latest News

Feds to auction 50,000 bitcoins from Dread Pirate Roberts

Feds to auction 50,000 bitcoins from Dread Pirate Roberts

The U.S. Marshal's Service announced a second series of auctions to sell off thousands of bitcoins related to the seizure of the online criminal bazaar known as the Silk Road. The first auction sold off bitcoins belonging to Silk Road, while the new auction will sell those belonging to Dread Pirate Roberts.

Ransomware Nets $500 Bitcoin Payout From US Sheriff's Office

Ransomware Nets $500 Bitcoin Payout From US Sheriff's Office

A sheriff's office in Tennessee paid a $500 bitcoin ransom this week to secure thousands of sensitive files.

Market

On Bitcoin Maximalism, and Currency and Platform Network Effects

On Bitcoin Maximalism, and Currency and Platform Network Effects

Vitalk Buterin discusses the various network effect of Bitcoin and the three approaches in creating a new crypto protocol (build on Bitcoin the blockchain: Counterparty, build on Bitcoin the currency: sidechains, create a completely standalone platform).

Highlights from Counterparty's Reddit AMA

Highlights from Counterparty's Reddit AMA

The Counterparty Team held a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session recently and this article highlighted some of the most interesting Q&A asked by participants.

"I Love the Blockchain, Just Not Bitcoin"

"I Love the Blockchain, Just Not Bitcoin"

Jonathan Levin, the ex-CEO of Coinometrics examines the importance of native tokens (bitcoin) with respect to the corresponding blockchain technology (Bitcoin protocol).

Bitcoin - It’s not all about the money

Bitcoin - It’s not all about the money

Bitcoin’s blockchain ledger may turn out to be more important than the currency Bitcoin’s rise to prominence over the last five years.

Ecosystem

Gems Token Sale Details & Update

Gems Token Sale Details & Update

GEMS token ("XGEM") will be open for purchase on Koinify platform on Monday, December 1st at 9:00AM PST. Extra bonus of 2,250 XGEM per BTC, totalling 17,250 XGEMS available for the first 48 hours during the public sale period.

Counterparty steals Ethereum and I like it

Counterparty steals Ethereum and I like it

Aron van Ammers explains his opinions on why Counterparty forking Ethereum's code is great because it makes Ethereum contracts more useful.

BitX: Introduction to the basic concepts of FALCON

BitX: Introduction to the basic concepts of FALCON

The basic principle behind FALCON is that banks need not trust each other for settlement and as such do not need correspondent bank accounts.

Bitrefill Brings Mobile Credit Buying with Bitcoin to 113 Countries

Bitrefill Brings Mobile Credit Buying with Bitcoin to 113 Countries

A Swedish startup called Bitrefill offers a service that lets users buy mobile phone credit in 113 countries with bitcoin.

Legal

Why Cryptoequity May Not Be Securities

Why Cryptoequity May Not Be Securities

Houman Shadab, a professor at New York Law School explores the various intricacies of cryptoequity where it may not be classified as securities.

Learn

Price Fluctuations and the Use of Bitcoin: An Empirical Inquiry

Price Fluctuations and the Use of Bitcoin: An Empirical Inquiry

This paper empirically examines that Bitcoin returns are driven primarily by its popularity and the transactional needs of its users. The authors also conducted a survey of merchants who have adopted this technology and model the share of sales paid for with this alternative currency.

 
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