An Alpine Bitcoin Bunker Wants to Be Your Next Swiss Bank Account – Bloomberg

One of Switzerland’s best-known Bitcoin speculators is betting he can attract more traditional money to the secure Alpine bunker that houses his cryptocurrency stockpile.Niklas Nikolajsen and former UBS Group AG investment banker Philipp Vonmoos have set up a venture called Swiss Crypto Vault that aims to lure ultra-high net worth individuals and institutional investors with its “deep underground storage, state-of-the-art encryption, multi-signing authorization processes and many more security features.” The storage space is available for clients starting Wednesday can handle various cryptocurrencies including Ether and Litecoin, Bitcoin Suisse said in a statement.Bitcoin Suisse, the cryptocurrency broker Nikolajsen founded, moved its own hoard of electronic currency and client holdings to the bunker, the two entrepreneurs said in an interview in Zug, the canton near Zurich that’s home to hedge funds, crypto firms and commodity traders.“Many banks already have important clients where they simply cannot say no when they ask about crypto investments and crypto financial services — that’s when banks get in touch with us,” Nikolajsen said, adding that Bitcoin Suisse already has about 10 lenders as clients and more than 10,000 relationships overall.


John McAfee on Twitter: “A serious message.… “

Cyber security legend, John McAfee had been hospitalized for a couple days, from what he believes to be a poisoning/assassination attempt on him.
Now recovering at his home, McAfee posted a video tweet, rallying everyone to continue developing and supporting the blockchain/cryptocurrency space and all the accomplishments made to this date.
 



Circle: Client Base Grows As Bitcoin Collapses

Crypto finance startup Circle isn’t hurting after bitcoin’s recent plunge. In fact, the company has seen a surge in hedge funds and other major investors joining its platform.According to CNBC, the Goldman Sachs-backed company said that month over month it had a 30 percent boost in new clients and was doing 15 times more transaction volume each day than a year ago. This is despite the fact that bitcoin has plummeted more than 50 percent this year.To keep up with the volume, Circle just announced that it was making “Circle Trade” automated so investors can place orders without having to talk to a person.“In May, which was a challenging month, we saw a sharp increase of unique new counter-parties,” Circle founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire told CNBC in a phone interview. “A lot of folks on the institutional side are on-boarding, and getting their ducks in the row.”Until recently, Circle employees would have to manually quote a price over an instant messaging platform such as Skype, then authorize those trades. Now the platform, which facilitates around $2 billion in trades every month, will be able to handle orders and settlements through an automated process.


Inside the mysterious Bitcoin hash that shook up the cryptocurrency community

#00000000000000000021e800c1e8df51b22c1588e5a624bea17e9faa34b2dc4aYou know how geeky the cryptocurrency community is, when this is the trending hashtag on Twitter.This long sequence is a ‘block hash’ — a cryptographic number that is produced when new transactions are validated and written on the Bitcoin blockchain. This particular hash belongs to block number 528249 created on Tuesday.Usually, no one is excited about block hashes — but there was something very peculiar about the sequence that threw the whole community into a frenzy.This was the presence of “21e8” in the middle of the string after the zeros end.“E8 Theory” is a theory in physics that attempts to describe all fundamental interactions in the universe such as gravitational, nuclear and electromagnetic forces. The theory was proposed by Antony Garrett Lisi in his paper “An exceptionally simple theory of everything” in 2007.The theory is not yet proven — and for the most part was never taken seriously by ‘mainstream’ physicist. But some cryptocurrency enthusiasts are reading between the lines to pitch their own conspiracy theory.


Is QuarkChain the long awaited Ethereum Killer?

QuarkChain (QKC) is one among the latest players among blockchain which has the vision of creating a secure and immensely scalable blockchain, with the potential to manage 100,000 transactions per second, with the help of a dual layer blockchain system….


Blockchain is likely to advance the internet of things—and robot rights.

On March 6, 2016, a small drone belonging to the open-source software company Drone Employee lifted into the Russian sky, traveling across an open field of white snow. Drone flight is relatively unremarkable today, but this particular drone wasn’t controlled by anyone. Brought to life by a predetermined agreement, or “smart contract,” running on the Ethereum blockchain, the drone’s engines powered on and it lifted itself into the air, taking a flight path dictated—only and exclusively—by code. The smart contract controlled the drone’s trajectory, without the need for a middleman with a remote to manage the device. Once started, the code governing the drone could not be stopped. If the smart contract had directed the drone to fly into a building or to head straight for a person, there would be no way for anyone to change its direction or stop the flight without physically disabling the drone or modifying the blockchain.


Crypto responds to the Bank of International Settlement’s bitcoin report

To bitcoin adherents, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are still a work in progress. Yes, its energy usage is an issue but it’s one that developers are aware of any trying to solve.One blockchain professional I spoke to on Thursday compared the BIS report to saying the world would be in trouble if a baby was put in charge. Babies tend to grow up before they are given any responsibility and crypto developers are hard at work helping bitcoin and other digital currencies grow up.”I don’t think many people appreciate just how early stage this technology is,” Jamie Burke, the founder and CEO of specialist bitcoin and blockchain VC fund Outlier Ventures, told the Blockchain Alternative Investment Conference in London on Monday.Something like 98% of bitcoin’s original code base has been rewritten since it was first created in 2009 and developers around the world continue to work on new ideas, solutions, and technology.Allarie said: “I’m deep, deep in it and I’m a pretty technical person and I cannot keep up. There’s so much. I’m not even close. There’s just so much activity and so much innovation happening. I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s just happening at such a pace.”


How blockchain will transform the e-commerce industry over the next few years

Blockchain technology should be considered the most disruptive technology invention of the fourth industrial revolution. The world has never seen a technology as powerful as blockchain technology and it could potentially impact all sectors of the economy complete will transforming it through top notch efficiency.Recently, blockchain technology has been employed in different sectors of the industry ranging from the financial services sector, to the energy sector, from logistics to supply chain management, from the health sector to the gaming industry, and is even being used in online gambling.However, the sector it is aiming to transform, and hopes to have the highest impact on day to day consumer and seller activities, is the e-commerce industry. The e-commerce industry has arguably changed the way we shop and live, which to many people has basically become one in the same.The convenience, affordability, and vast array of products offered by e-commerce platforms shows some of the benefits of the e-commerce industry, but with the growth of the industry (a global online retail market that is expected to surpass $4.5 billion by 2020), large e-commerce companies like Amazon, Alibaba, EBay and a large group of other companies which account for over 50% of that market valuation, the problems associated with e-commerce are beginning to emerge.


Bitcoin Price Manipulation Fueled Top Cryptocurrency’s 2017 Rally: Report

Bitcoin’s meteoric price spikes in 2017 were fueled by market manipulation and not merely investor enthusiasm. That’s the conclusion of University of Texas finance professor John Griffin.In his 66-page research paper entitled Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?, Griffin said at least 50 percent of the increase in bitcoin prices in 2017 was manipulated using tether, another cryptocurrency pegged to the U.S. dollar.Professor Griffin, who specializes in spotting financial fraud, said circumstantial evidence suggests there was coordinated price manipulation designed to keep bitcoin prices artificially high.