Coinspeaker Diffusion 201915 of the world’s most promising tokenised protocols come together for a combined dev con, “Diffusion” in Berlin Fall ‘19, to build an alternative web.350 developers will apply to test their skills to hack using 25m+ lines of open source code over a 2 day period for thousands in prizesHack teams will be drawn from some of the worlds largest corporations, technical universities, leading dev shops and the crypto scenes best indie github contributorsThe first protocols to be publicly announced include: Fetch.AI, Cosmos, IOTA, Chainlink, Enigma, Sovrin, Evernym, Haja Networks, Agoric Systems, Ocean Protocol, FOAM, Alkemi, RightMesh and SEED with more over the coming monthsWinners will present to leading investors including event hosts and ‘Europas: blockchain hottest investor 2019’, Outlier Ventures and enterprise partnersThe event will take place at The Factory, Berlin over two days on 19-20th October 2019The crypto scene is often seen as a mass of competing and adversarial tribes. However 15 protocols have joined forces to collaborate and pool developer communities to build a literal stack of technologies that collectively enable a ‘new data economy’, centered around privacy, the decentralisation of insecure cloud architecture and the deconstruction of platform monopolies, called ‘The Convergence Stack’.The Convergence Stack spans IoT hardware through internet networking, storage, routing, databases, middleware and machine learning leveraging innovations in distributed ledger technology and crypto assets to coordinate decentralised networks of stakeholders to enable a more peer to peer and open web.The two day event will take place in Berlin on the weekend of the 19-20 October 2019 and will be focused on the practical application of distributed ledger technology, smart contracts and programmable tokens, to create a new data layer, and enable other deep technologies like AI and IoT to combine and converge in order to define the next major web cycle.Leading decentralised projects from across the crypto scene will formally be present including: IOTA, Cosmos, Chainlink, Fetch.AI, Enigma, Sovrin, Evernym, Haja Networks, Agoric Systems, Ocean Protocol, FOAM, Alkemi, RightMesh and SEED to celebrate the technical progress and talent across their communities.It will be a hackathon-style event with teams of developers competing in challenges including dapps, network improvements, stack integrations, tooling and documentation to accelerate adoption and network growth. The event will also feature a series of exclusive product launches, live demos, enterprise partnership announcements and Q&As from founders and core dev teams from across The Stack as well as presentations from leading developers, economists and system engineers.Jamie Burke, Founder of Outlier Ventures and pioneer of The Convergence Stack comments:“This represents a big step for the industry. For the first time we are bringing people to work together to take on the current Web paradigm which works for no one other than Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google.”“We need a wide range of skills from a cross cryptography, machine learning, smart contract dev, IoT, and crypto economics to make Web 3 a reality. We believe this is the first step in a truly collaborative effort reminiscent of the early Internet to make p2p mainstream.”Further information about Diffusion 2019 is available at https://diffusion.events/. Apply now for one of 350 exclusive free places.About Outlier VenturesOutlier Ventures is a venture platform that supports the development and growth of new technologies. To do this we advise and invest in talented teams, and support businesses which create value for an open data economy. Established in 2013, Outlier were Europe’s first venture firm dedicated to blockchain technology. As early investors in the space, we foresaw the coming together of key technologies like AI and IoT with blockchains – which we termed ‘Convergence’ in 2016.Outlier Ventures have developed an industry-leading investment thesis, based on the convergence of decentralised technologies with other advancing technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics, and the Internet of Things. The convergence of these technologies will support a new open and decentralised data infrastructure. This creates next generation data technology which will drive the evolution of the next internet paradigm “Web 3.0”.Outlier work with seed and growth stage startups as well as larger businesses who are committed to the vision of an open and decentralised data infrastructure. The team is 30 people strong, with a global presence including London, Toronto, Chicago and Amsterdam. With specialists in token economics, research, legal, marketing, and technology, we bring a powerhouse of support to founders and partners.Outlier Ventures have invested and partnered with some of the most impressive projects in the decentralised space including, IOTA, Ocean Protocol, Fetch.AI, SEED, Sovrin, Haja Networks and most recently Agoric, as well as a number of further planned ambitious investments. The firm also maintains strategic partnerships with its corporate and academic network.Diffusion 2019
Something strange is going down in Russia regarding bitcoin mining machines.
A Bitcoin Mining Scam – in Russia?
The Federal Customs Service is investigating a potential scam involving bitcoin miners. The agency alleges that approximately 6,000 mining machines have been shipped to Russia, and that customs fees were not paid on any of the units.
The culprit at large is reportedly the Far-East Trading and Industrial Company, also known as DTPK. According to authorities, the enterprise may owe as much as $1.2 million USD in fees to the customs association. The miners allegedly shipped to the company include Bitmain ASIC minders such as the Ant Miner S9-13.5, the L3+ and the D3.
DTPK is also being accused of creating fake documents that include altered or fixed prices for the mining machines. In addition, it is stated in an official report that DTPK may have lied about which company supplied the miners. DTPK is saying the machines were garnered from MSR, a mining business stationed in Korea, though the company did not have a contract with DTPK.
Authorities believe DTPK may have obtained the mining machines between the dates of August 2017 and February 2018. Thus, these miners were being shipped to the enterprise for roughly six months.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining have become something of a conundrum in most countries. In Venezuela, for example, bitcoin mining isn’t necessarily illegal, but it does come with some very heavy restrictions, and with President Maduro pushing for Petro use every chance he gets, many miners report series of harassments or intimidation to potentially rid them of their businesses and mining goals.
China is also examining the prospects of ridding the country of all future mining enterprises given that it potentially does harm to the atmosphere. To be fair, however, this is something China has been looking at for quite some time, but it’s never made a move.
Iran, on the other hand, has recently declared bitcoin mining fully legal within the country, though this may be because legislators are looking for ways to possibly bypass current U.S.-based sanctions. Thus, cryptocurrency use is looking quite intriguing as of late.
Is Mining Good or Bad? Make Up Your Mind!
Police authorities in Russia also took a swipe at a company called Intelion Mining, confiscating approximately 2,500 units of mining equipment given that they were potentially “grey” imports. This means that the units were shipped illegally and did not garner customs payments. Intelion Mining says it has never engaged in the process of crypto mining before.
Russia has had a relatively mixed relationship with cryptocurrencies, going back and forth when it comes to instilling a full ban on crypto use. However, the country has hinted that it’s looking to introduce a digital ruble – the nation’s official cryptocurrency – sometime in the future, suggesting that a ban on bitcoin could be an attempt to stifle competition.
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Coinspeaker Are You an Accidental Bitcoin Tax Avoider?Photo: eToroIf your answer is yes to the last question, you need to take a deep breath and read on.Cryptocurrency is still in its infancy as far as regulators are concerned, with few rules around what you can do with bitcoin and its peers and what can be done to you with it.While it’s not the Wild West, you’re advised to use registered and regulated platforms, such as eToro, to trade and invest to ensure the best protection from scams.But if those who make the legal application around burgeoning financial trends are a bit behind the curve, those seeking to tax it are not.You might not be aware, but if the size of your pot of bitcoin – or other crypto – has risen considerably since you bought it, you need to be thinking about your potential liabilities to HMRC.In December, HMRC published a list of ways your bitcoin can make you liable for a range of taxes. The main one for those who bought the rising bitcoin in 2017 and promptly forgot about it is the potential for Capital Gains Tax to be paid when you do get around to selling it (or already have).CGT is a levy on the things you make a profit from for doing very little. For example: you buy a house, live in it for 20 years and sell it on for double what you paid. Unless you knocked the place down and rebuilt it (at considerable expense), HMRC would likely demand you paid it some CGT.A painting you bought at a car boot sale for £1 turns out to be a Rembrandt? The couple of million you make from selling it at auction is liable for CGT.It’s the same with cryptos. Just because you got in at the right time, doesn’t mean the taxman lets you off. Like with other investments, cryptocurrencies held specifically to make money are classed by HMRC as “chargeable assets” and incur appropriate taxes.It is also up to you, the investor, to inform HMRC that you have made the gains and offer up the cash. If you don’t there will be some tough questions to answer (and potentially fines to pay).Two important points: CGT is only applicable when you *sell* the asset, not when you just keep holding on and you also get an allowance of £12,000 a year that is CGT-free, but this has to be shared with any other type of asset you sell or dispose of.But if you got in very early and intend to make a tidy profit from your crypto-savviness, take a look in your digital wallet and have a think about how much you could end up owing.Check out eToro’s crypto tax calculator to see if you owe tax on crypto.Are You an Accidental Bitcoin Tax Avoider?
Coinspeaker Making the Most of Your Bitcoin (By Maxing Your Tax)But there are ways of reducing the tax you have to pay, and they are all entirely legal.The main tax a holder of Bitcoin is most likely to pay is on any gains made when selling the asset. This is called Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Like any investment, if you don’t do anything to make the value increase, it’s seen as something of a windfall – and the government wants a share of the action.You are liable for tax on the gains you make selling cryptoassets for cold hard cash, exchanging cryptoassets for a different type (i.e. bitcoin for ripple), using cryptoassets to pay for goods or services or giving them away to someone else.Importantly, you can give the cryptos to a spouse or civil partner and not be liable for gains… but you are just handing over the liability to them to sort out.Also, don’t think you can just offload them onto a charity, as HMRC can take a view that you are doing it just to get out of paying what you owe.However, CGT only kicks in after you’ve made £12,000 in one tax year across all the assets you have sold or disposed of – this includes houses, fine wines, expensive watches etc. This is the allowance you are given annually by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.There are ways you can offset the tax, too.Firstly, you can knock off the amount in pound sterling that you originally paid for the asset – in this case, crypto. So, if you paid £100 for a wallet now worth £1,000, you are only liable for £900. You can offset transaction fees paid before the transaction is added to a blockchain and the cost of any advertising you did to find the cryptos initially or when you decided to sell.Any professional costs you incurred drawing up a contract for when you bought (or even took ownership for free) and disposal of the cryptoassets can also be set against gains.And happily, the cost of working out how much you can offset against gains is also something that can be counted as one of these allowances.It is up to you as the owner and seller of the assets to make HMRC aware of your activity, just as it is with any other kind of tax. Make sure you are up to speed with your allowances – and make the most of them.Check out eToro’s crypto tax calculator to see if you owe tax on crypto.Applicable to UK taxpayers only.Making the Most of Your Bitcoin (By Maxing Your Tax)
Coinspeaker When Buying Bitcoin Turns You Into a TraderOr, they could be pacing up and down your high street bellowing “Buy! Buy!” or “Sell! Sell!”into a mobile phone, making sure everyone hears them.But have you considered that you could also be a trader? If you have been buying Bitcoin, Litecoin or any of the others with the specific intent of selling when it rises, only to buy it again when it falls, in the eyes of some fairly important people, you might be classed as a trader.These fairly important people are Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and if they suspect you are trading cryptoassets, there might be taxes to pay.Unlike long-term investments, which the government actually likes as it ties in capital into supporting companies, currencies and other projects it doesn’t want to spend the money to do, trading is treated differently.Trading attracts Income Tax, which is additional to what you pay on your regular earnings. HMRC doesn’t like people earning extra cash – digital, traditional or otherwise – and not telling it, so it could be worth checking up before you file your tax return. Just like your regular income tax though, you are able to offset it against some losses.The good news is that HMRC has set the bar quite high. You would have to make lots of trades every day for the authorities to think you’re setting up shop as the next Barclays or Goldman Sachs.However, if HMRC deems you to not be a trader, you don’t get off the hook for your dues. Applicable to UK taxpayers, Capital Gains Tax is due on all profit made from investments and assets that grow in value, is still due to be paid… and no, the Exchequer does not accept Bitcoin.As cryptos are fairly new – to the powers that be, at least – there are few rules and regulations so far set in place. But it is important to note that these will be tightened up over the coming years and months as they become more mainstream, so keep an eye out for updates.Check out eToro’s crypto tax calculator to see if you owe tax on crypto.When Buying Bitcoin Turns You Into a Trader
Coinspeaker Mining Crypto – a Free Lunch?Mining is a way of earning cryptocurrencies in your sleep. Or more accurately, a way your computer can earn them while you sleep.Using your computer’s internal systems to process the complex calculations to load transactions on to the ledger or block earns you coins. The more you calculate, the more coins you earn. This explains why there are huge “farms” in China and plenty of other places running 24/7 to process these transactions.It can be lucrative, and it is a lot more certain than trying to second guess how a currency will move.However, just as there is no such thing as a free lunch in real life, the same is true in the digital world. The taxman is very interested in your mining activities. Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have set out guidance as to how it classes these activities and, yes, you’ve guessed it, there might be tax to pay.Just like regular mining – for coal, tin, diamonds – at the end of the process, you end up with something of value. This means you earned it (even if it was just pushing a button on a keyboard) and all earnings can be considered taxable. Income Tax, which you pay on your regular wage, might be liable on your mining activities.HMRC says it is willing to offset “any appropriate expenses” against this Income Tax, but so far it is not clear what “appropriate” means. Consider that mining does not just require a relatively high-powered computer, but a decent chunk of your power supply, too – this might be taken into account, or it might not.The “miner” is also likely to be liable to pay Capital Gains Tax, should they dispose of the cryptos for a higher value (vs sterling) than they earned them. Double whammy.But there is a potential get-out clause. HMRC has not publicly announced how much mining makes you an actual miner. It said in December that it would depend on a range of factors, including the degree of activity, organisation, risk and commerciality.This might mean it is only looking at the massive farms, rather than the smaller setups – but for the moment, we don’t really know.So, keep an eye on the regulations and announcements from HMRC. No one wants to dig themselves into a hole with the taxman.Check out eToro’s crypto tax calculator to see if you owe tax on crypto.Mining Crypto – a Free Lunch?
Coinspeaker LedgerX Beating Bakkt in Launching ‘Physical’ Bitcoin Futures in the U.S.From now on, every U.S. resident with a government-issued I.D. can trade futures contracts for real Bitcoin. According to the recently revealed information, LedgerX has officially launched the first physically-settled Bitcoin futures contracts in the U.S., right before the Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and TD Ameritrade-backed ErisX did the same.However, it’s not just that. According to CoinDesk, LedgerX is offering the new product to both institutional and retail investors that permits anyone who can go by know-your-customer (KYC) procedures to trade these contracts. By now traders could be only institutional clients that had their assets worth millions of dollars.LedgerX CEO Paul Chou said that retail customers can trade the product using the company’s new Omni platform. the platform itself recently went live, and now, institutional clients can trade futures the same as with any of LedgerX’s other products.Even though LedgerX is not the first Bitcoin futures provider in the U.S., it is the first that provides physical futures. That means that customers receive the actual Bitcoin they bet on when the contracts expire, and not fiat money.Chou confirmed that the contracts can be bought both in U.S. dollars and in Bitcoin.He said:“Not only are they delivered physically in the sense that our customers can get bitcoin after the futures expires, but also they can deposit bitcoin to trade in the first place. Cash-settled is cash-in and cash-out, we’re Bitcoin-in and Bitcoin-out.”This may be the first time that a government’s supervised firm can actually allow customers to deposit Bitcoin as collateral for a contract without waiting for bank transfers.Chou added that as a digital commodity, Bitcoin trades 24 hours a day, 365 days in a year, and their customers expect that kind of service from them, in order not to wait for a working day for banks to open.From the company, they revealed that they wanted to offer Bitcoin futures already in April, because they have filed with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for the required licenses in November 2018.The CFTC granted LedgerX a designated contract markets (DCM) license last month. Chou said that they have been involved in this business for the last six years and that they’ve spent a lot of time educating regulators on reasons for its importance.He added:“Cryptocurrencies are for everybody and we never started this looking to offer just to hedge funds or institutional clients.”Director of research at TradeBlock, John Todaro, said this kind of physically-settled contracts allow traders to protect their bets more properly, which may be valuable for non-risky institutions.“Additionally, cash-settled futures contracts could potentially be more susceptible to manipulation depending on the formula, and underlying spot exchanges or indices used for settlement at expiry.”Bakkt was established by the New York Stock Exchange’s parent company last year and TD ErisX is backed up by Ameritrade. Both of them announced their intention to enter the market.However, Bakkt is trying to get a license to operate as a trust, and LedgerX, on the other hand, wants to act according to a designated contract markets licenses, which some experts called totally collateralized. That should mean that traders can’t legally trade them on margin.LedgerX Beating Bakkt in Launching ‘Physical’ Bitcoin Futures in the U.S.
There has been a lot of worry in the United States as of late that the government is looking into a ban of bitcoin and/ or cryptocurrencies.
Could a Ban of Bitcoin in the U.S. Really Happen?
The concern began a few weeks ago when President Donald Trump tweeted his dislike for cryptocurrencies, saying that they “weren’t real money” and that their values were “based on thin air.” In addition, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed that heavy regulation was coming in the U.S. for digital assets, and Libra has been getting the evil eye from Congress since Facebook first submitted its plans for the currency.
With all this in mind, it’s hard to assume that the U.S. is friendly or trusting of crypto, but many analysts say enthusiasts in the U.S. don’t have much to worry about, as it would be very difficult for American regulators to initiate a ban of cryptocurrencies anytime soon.
Interestingly, this isn’t just the sentiment of cryptocurrency traders and experts, but of the lawmakers themselves. The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs recently held a hearing on blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation. It was here where Chairman Mike Crapo – a republican representative from Idaho – stated that the U.S. would not be successful if it were to try and instill a cryptocurrency ban.
If the United States were to decide – and I’m not saying that it should – if the United States were to decide we don’t want cryptocurrency to happen and tried to ban it, I’m pretty confident we couldn’t succeed in doing that because this is a global innovation.
The idea is that blockchain and cryptocurrencies are being developed and utilized all over the world. Thus, the United States would never be able to oppress all future innovation in this department and granted enthusiasts within the U.S. really wanted to get their hands on these assets, they ultimately could with little or no supervision through other regions.
A Lot of People Feel This Way
CEO of Circle Jeremy Allaire shares this sentiment. He says that bitcoin and its crypto cousins have given birth to an entirely new reality that’s designed to shift focus and power from government bodies and back into the hands of private equity traders, and that it cannot be controlled the way traditional fiat can. He says:
I think the challenge that we all face with this is some of these cryptocurrencies – they’re literally just a piece of open-source software. There’s nothing else. It exists on the internet, it’s open-source software. Anyone can implement it, it runs wherever the internet runs, and these have a monetary policy where these assets are algorithmically generated… That is a challenge that every government in the world now faces. That money, digital money, will move everywhere in the world at the speed of the internet.
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At press time, the granddaddy of all cryptocurrency, bitcoin, is once again trading for over $10,000.
Bitcoin Is Surging Back to the Top
This is excellent news considering yesterday the coin was trading in the $9,600 range. Granted it was high in that range, anytime bitcoin sinks below $10,000 isn’t likely to go over well with enthusiasts. Bitcoin has had it hard over the past few weeks with the likes of President Donald Trump’s tweets regarding how it’s allegedly “not real money” and the congressional hearing of Libra, the cryptocurrency being developed by Facebook.
But now it looks like the currency is beginning to retrace its steps. Bitcoin has shown us time and time again that it’s quite resilient. It may stay down for some time, but it will never stay down forever. The currency always manages to pull itself out of the gutter and hoist itself beyond a certain position on the financial ladder, and it appears to be doing so again.
While it’s hard to say how long this behavior will last, bitcoin has indeed developed greater maturity over the last year and is proving that maturity to its fans. Now, many members of Wall Street are beginning to see the currency in a new light and are predicting massive boosts for its price within the coming years.
One source compiled the predictions of several Wall Street leaders, and many believe that bitcoin could reach a price of $100,000 per unit by the year 2021. Wouldn’t that be a sight for sore eyes? Less than a year-and-a-half to go before 2021 gets here, and many analysts already think bitcoin could hit the six-figure mark by that time. That’s true power for something like bitcoin.
Among those contributing to this prediction is Peter Brandt, a veteran commodities trader. At 72 years of age, Brandt has been involved in the world of investing for some time, and recently made the case for a serious bitcoin bull run in a series of tweets, in which he states:
Bitcoin takes aim at $100,000 target. $BTCUSD is experiencing its fourth parabolic phrase dating back to 2010. No other market in my 45 years of trading has gone parabolic on a log chart in this manner. Bitcoin is a market like no other.
What Some of the Biggest Traders Say
Paul Chou, the CEO of Ledger X, goes even further with his prediction, and thinks bitcoin could spike to $100,000 earlier than his counterparts, suggesting December 2020 for the time of bitcoin’s sudden ascension. This would occur right after the presidential election. He claims:
Dozens of these institutions go back to us saying we’d be interested in trading a contract like this. I understand $100,000 is a large number, but a lot of us who’ve been in this space remember bitcoin at $1. Then it hit $10 and $100 and $10,000. A $100,000 contract doesn’t even make us blink.
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A new feature has been made for people who place prioritize privacy and want to keep their communication and data secure and out of third-party hands or government hands.
The group of tech enthusiasts behind Utopia state they want to cure the world of total surveillance by delivering a platform designed with freedom, anonymity and no censorship in mind.
Utopia has been developed for a little over 6 years. The main goal is to develop an environment where “Big Brother” isn’t in complete control.
The group says its decentralized distributed system empowers its users to speak with whomever they need, at whatever point they need — all while being guaranteed true freedom of speech.
Each client’s location is kept hidden, and measures have been set up to guarantee correspondence and information can’t be tracked or intercepted by any third-party. The result is a huge amount of encrypted user data which is kept on the user’s own device.
After logging in, Utopia clients can send and receive messages and sound/voice recordings to their chosen contracts. Fast elliptic curve cryptography is utilized to verify the authenticity and secure these correspondences.
Utopia uses the most secure email service possible
The system additionally uses uMail, which designers depict as one of the most secure email services available.
By the way uMail is designed, users who have only used mainstream e-mail services until now, will experience no difficulties. All necessary functions like an inbox, trash folder and filters are available to users.
Likewise, any kind of document can be moved to contacts — independent of its size. Utopia says this implies interchanges with friends, family members and partners is not limited by anything.
From simple pictures to financial analysis and reports, the way for transferring and downloading files is intended to be as basic as possible. Even better, pictures can be accessed through a viewer built in the system itself.
Financial functionality has also been taken into account via uWallet, which is incorporated directly into the interface.
Payments via Crypton, the platform’s local coin, can be made effortlessly — and clients can do this without revealing their public keys.
Away from the Utopia system, merchants can likewise choose to integrate it into their sites to offer another payment option to their clients.
As indicated by the developers, cryptographic security has been the top priority— guaranteeing that the coin can’t be controlled by associations or governments.
This is accomplished without making a compromise on the freedom to complete transactions globally. Transaction fees have also been kept to the bare minimum.
Utopia’s developers say that the product is completely functional and in beta mode, which means interested clients can begin exploring different avenues regarding it right away. The beta phase is expected to keep going for a quarter of a year, making sure the project will be ready for full release by the end of 2019 — the date of Utopia’s official launch is the 3rd of October.
The developers state that the software and all of its features will be completely free of charge. They also state that the project offers countless ways for early adopters to contribute their own expertise, skills and energy – anything from locating bugs and promoting the platform for more people is welcomed with open arms.
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