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AltcoinWeekly Newsletter #53 (29 November - 5 December 2014)

Newsletter #53

29 November - 5 December 2014 

Hi folks, this week I ran a giveaway on /r/dogecoin to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of AltcoinWeekly and received quite some new subshibers to this newsletter. I want to drop a big warm welcome to all you awesome shibes! I hope you enjoy this newsletter that I have curated specially for you :)
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Latest News

US Marshals: Bidder Turnout in Second Bitcoin Auction Declines Sharply

US Marshals: Bidder Turnout in Second Bitcoin Auction Declines Sharply

The US Marshals Service, the federal agency tasked with managing the sale of the 50,000 BTC confiscated from Ross Ulbricht made an announcement that this bid attracted 11 registered bidders who placed 27 bids. This is in contrast to the June auction which attracted 45 registered bidders who placed 63 bids.

Coinbase Enables Instant Bitcoin Trades with New USD Wallets

Coinbase Enables Instant Bitcoin Trades with New USD Wallets

Coinbase announced today it has enabled USD wallets for its customers in 16 US jurisdictions, allowing those users to store dollar balances and make instant bitcoin purchases without waiting for bank transfers.

Counterparty Implements Multisignature Addresses and Free Numeric Tokens

Counterparty Implements Multisignature Addresses and Free Numeric Tokens

Counterparty announced that its developers have successfully implemented Bitcoin multisignature address handling and users of Counterwallet are now able to register numeric assets without paying the standard 0.5 XCP free.

Market

Citi: Bitcoins in Second US Marshals Auction Likely to Sell at Discount

Citi: Bitcoins in Second US Marshals Auction Likely to Sell at Discount

Citi's global head of FX strategy Steven Englander argues that bitcoin's recent decline in value against the dollar will cause participants to "lowball their bids relative to the current market price".

Nxttycoin Price Plummets As Encrypted Messaging App Fails to Catch On

Nxttycoin Price Plummets As Encrypted Messaging App Fails to Catch On

Josiah Wilmoth explains how Nxttycoin, the ownership mechanism for the Nxtty encrypted messaging Android app has shown a price drop of almost 50% because the app has failed to catch on in the Google Play store.

Experience of Bitcoin Disproves Keynesian Deflation Theory

Experience of Bitcoin Disproves Keynesian Deflation Theory

An essay on Bitcoin that tries to disprove the Keynesian deflationary theory.

Ecosystem

Blockstrap API Plans to Revolutionize Blockchain Development

Blockstrap API Plans to Revolutionize Blockchain Development

Neuroware, a 500 Startups backed company recently announced the launch of Blockstrap, a HTML5 framework with an integrated API that supports Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin and their corresponding testnets. By releasing the Blockstrap framework and API, Neuroware aims to lower the technical barrier and empower the next generation of cryptocurrency developers and startups to get creative on the blockchain.

Gems Crowdsale Raises Over $111k for Crypto Social Messaging Service

Gems Crowdsale Raises Over $111k for Crypto Social Messaging Service

Gems, the recently announced bitcoin-powered, decentralized social network, ended the invite-only portion of its public crowdsale today, raising roughly $111,000 over the two-week period. In total, roughly 5 million Gems tokens (XGEM) were sold during the invite-only period at a rate of 17,250 XGEM per 1 BTC

Digibyte Raises $250k to Develop Altcoin for Retail Payments

Digibyte Raises $250k to Develop Altcoin for Retail Payments

The development team behind the Digibyte cryptocurrency project has received $250,000 in private investment and inked a new strategic partnership with Hong Kong-based web developer Tofugear. The funds will be used to upgrade the core functionality of the project's code and develop new services on top of its infrastructure.

Legal

Aussie Bitcoin firm Coinjar flees GST to set up in UK

Aussie Bitcoin firm Coinjar flees GST to set up in UK

Australia’s biggest cryptocurrency platform, Coinjar, has relocated its headquarters to the United Kingdom in a bid to avoid the recently introduced GST charge on bitcoin transactions.

Bitcoin Industry Responds to UK Treasury's Call for Information

Bitcoin Industry Responds to UK Treasury's Call for Information

The United Kingdom Treasury's public call for information on digital currencies closed yesterday, after a 31-day consultation period. The UK Digital Currency Association's 46-page response underlines the fact that digital currencies should be treated as a 'financial measure' and thus regulated like foreign exchange and gold. It called for a light touch from regulators, arguing that over-regulation would stifle innovation.

Learn

What’s the deal with off-chain transactions?

What’s the deal with off-chain transactions?

Tim Swanson looks into the effect of a growing off-chain transaction volume with miners' fee and long-term network security.

 

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