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Crypto Investor Show | London 2018

UK’s Biggest Crypto and Blockchain Event for Investors

The Crypto Investor Show is launching a crypto and blockchain investor event in the UK. The goal is to put on a well rounded and innovative event that reflects the buzz and excitement created in 2017, while giving investors the chance to fully understand the key elements driving blockchain technology forward, how and why the industry has got to where it is now, and what could be in store for 2018 and beyond.

The event will bring the best cryptocurrency and investment speakers from around the globe, featuring Stephan Tual, Prof. William Knottenbelt, Galia Benartzi and much more.

The Crypto Investor Show will cover many aspects of the current state and future of cryptocurrencies, with invited and contributed presentations on:

  • What is blockchain and why is it disrupting the world as we know it?
  • How to mine, buy and trade digital currencies?
  • How to store cryptocurrencies safely?
  • The latest blockchain innovations?
  • How to navigate the ICO market?
  • The role and views of regulators, auditors and legal experts?
  • Can the value of altcoins continue to rise in 2018?
  • How to invest safely and avoid potential pitfalls?

The event will take place on the 10th of March 2018 between 9.00am and 6.00pm, at the QEII Centre. It is in the heart of Westminster, very easily accessible and it is served by outstanding transport links. The show will start   the 10th of March 2018 between 9.00am and 6.00pm.

The CryptoCompare team will be attending the event and we are thrilled to invite you to join us on the show!

To buy a ticket to the Crypto Investors Show click here and to learn more about the show click here

Coinbase Compelled by IRS to Provide Customers’ Information

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has been forced by court order to hand over thousands of its customers’ names and assorted personal information to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the agency’s effort to collect taxes. The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange announced on its website:

“On February 23rd, 2018, Coinbase notified a group of approximately 13,000 customers concerning a summons from the IRS regarding their Coinbase accounts. The court ordered Coinbase to provide taxpayer ID, name, birth date, address, and historical transaction records for certain higher-transacting customers during the 2013-2015 period.”

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Stock Trading App Robinhood Launches Zero-Fee Cryptocurrency Trading In 5 U.S. States

Popular mobile stock trading app Robinhood has formally launched its new Robinhood Crypto service, that allows customers in five U.S. states to buy Bitcoin and Ethereum without having to pay any fees.

According to an announcement, residents of California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri and Montana can now trade the top two cryptocurrencies using the app. Those who aren’t yet able to trade will be able to track those and 14 other cryptocurrencies, including Ripple, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic, Monero, NEO, and Dogecoin.The announcement reads:

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm towards Robinhood Crypto and are excited to contribute to the cryptocurrency community in a meaningful way. (…) With the release of Robinhood Crypto, we’re continuing our mission of making the financial system work for everyone, not just the wealthy.”

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Happy birthday Bitcoin

Bitcoin celebrated it’s ninth birthday on Jan. 4 – marking another milestone since the original genesis block was mined in 2009.

Bitcoin’s birth is credited to its creator Satoshi Nakamoto, but the development of Bitcoin goes back as far as the 1970s. The cypherpunk movement deserves as much credit as Satoshi for laying down the foundational development of cryptography.

Speaking on RT’s Keiser Report, show host Max Keiser says people would be wise to research the history of cypherpunks before they invest in Bitcoin:

“The Satoshi whitepaper describes Bitcoin as system for the transmission of digital cash, which sets most enquiries into this to a skewed path because they’re looking at it in one use case – the payments-use case.”

“This leads us to ignore the entire history of the entire movement and ignore everything else Bitcoin can possibly do, including obvious references to gold as mentioned in the whitepaper. Store of value has always been key to this thing.”

Privacy birthed Bitcoin

Cryptography was originally developed by governmental agencies and the military in the late 70s before data-encryption technology was released to the public. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that the cypherpunk movement was officially founded by Eric Hughes, Tim May and John Gilmore.

As Keiser points out, the publication of previously classified knowledge and developments in encryption technology had a big impact on the ability of cypherpunks to improve the technology:

“Getting into how we got to the genesis block. The idea of having private messages sent electronically required advances in technology and at some point, the government’s work in creating encryption released, set out into the wild.”

The term cypherpunk would only be immortalized in the Oxford Dictionary in 2006, but the movement was founded on the notion that cryptography and privacy technology would bring about societal change.

Without those original developers, the encryption technology and protocols would not have been set in place.

Satoshi even credited the work of Dr. Adam Back, creator of anti-spam technology HashCash, as well as b-money creator Wei Dai in the original Bitcoin whitepaper. Keiser said Bitcoin would not exist in its current form without all of this work:

“Bitcoin was not born in a vacuum, it has 40 years of history to it. It’s evolved through all these different technologies, it’s a unique protocol and like gold, it’s attracting a huge amount of capital.”

“Genesis is about privacy and the ability to protect that electronically, ending up where we are today. The cypherpunk movement is the genesis movement. No one should buy Bitcoin without studying the cypherpunks.”