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The initial uncertainty about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is something real. How to start in Bitcoin and cryptos? Yes, but, is this “real” money? Why do I need it? Is it really a good investment? Maybe is too risky. Maybe it’s a scam. Perhaps isn’t legal, perhaps it’s useless. Or it’s definitely way too complicated for your average guy.

The doubts arise, but the news as well. Bitcoin is going to the moon and you don’t wanna be left out. Bitcoin is fast and cheap as an international payment method, and it’s probably the future’s currency. Then, why not?

Let’s make some steps to learn how to start in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies safely and with more chances of success. …


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XRP has been in the first ranks per market capitalization among cryptocurrencies for years. Currently, it occupies third place, very close to Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC). Despite this bright fact, the XRP price hasn’t been bullish for a long time.

However, the last seven days were a race-up for the currency. The price started at 0.29 USD, and now it’s elevating to over 0.69 USD, and still running. This represents a 137% increase only during the last week. Market capitalization has more than doubled along with it, going from $13.6B to $31.5B, …


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We should admit the DeFi little world is quite wild, and there are still some scams and hacks here and there. Now the bad turn is for Pickle Finance, an Ethereum-based platform for yield farming that just got hacked, with around 19.7M USD robbed the last November 21.

Pickle Finance was born last September, offering its Liquidity Providers (yield farmers) to stake some ETH and stablecoins to get its native token, the PICKLE, as a reward. The promised Annual Percentage Yield (APY) ascended to even 1,432%, but that would be difficult with its discovered flaws.

According to a blog post by the Pickle Finance team, the pDAI PickleJar was the affected contract, from where 19,759,355 DAI was drained. The attack was very sophisticated and leveraged on some design flaws and especially on a feature that enables direct swaps between Jars (vaults). …


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Money doesn’t grow on trees and you certainly can’t build legit bills from home. If you want it, you’ll have to work… but wait a sec, there’s actually a way to craft legit coins from your home, and that’s cryptocurrency mining. If you have some easy crypto miners around, the better.

In case you didn’t know, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining is the process by which new crypto-coins are minted for everyone to use and exchange. …


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Regulations for the use of cryptocurrencies are becoming stricter in the Netherlands. Recently, its Dutch Central Bank (DNB) delivered new legal obligations for the national cryptocurrency companies, which go beyond the common Know Your Customer (KYC) process.

Apparently, now it won’t be enough to provide documents for identification and/or own an old and verified account in some cryptocurrency exchange. The company involved in the transaction should check if “their clients and any ultimate beneficiary owners (UBOs) are on a Dutch or European sanctions list” and immediately report it to the central institution.

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For the users, this regulation implies additional checks like a declaration of the purpose for their transaction, kind of wallet, and screenshots or signing messages. In case the customer is on the sanctions list, the transaction and account should be frozen by the exchange. …


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In case you didn’t know, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was the result of a Bitcoin (BTC) network’s split in 2017. And Bitcoin SV (BSV) was the result of another network split in 2018, this time within Bitcoin Cash. Now, we have two brand new “BCHs”: Bitcoin Cash Node (BCHN) and Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH ABC).

This is the result of the last network split (hard-fork) underwent this November 15th, since two separate groups of developers failed to agree on an important new feature for such blockchain. Something that seems simple, but it may have great implications for decentralization and miners.

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The group of Bitcoin Cash developers led by Amaury Sechet (BCH main developer since the beginnings) and dubbed “BCH ABC” wanted to implement an update on the Bitcoin Cash code. This new “Coinbase Rule” would require the miners to give up 8% of their rewards to redistribute them to developers, in order to financially support the protocol development. …


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We can say Ethereum isn’t exactly your common blockchain with cryptocurrency for investment or payment method. It can be an investment and a payment method, of course, but its main purpose is working as a decentralized blockchain computer to create new tools and applications.

As they said on the official webpage:

“Ethereum is a technology that lets you send cryptocurrency to anyone for a small fee. It also powers applications that everyone can use and no one can take down (…) Ethereum is programmable, so you can also use it for lots of different digital assets — even Bitcoin! This also means Ethereum is for more than payments. …


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Psst. Wanna make some easy profits with little investment? Let’s do this: see us in this Telegram group, where we can coordinate a massive purchase for some unknown crypto-coins in that exchange. Then, we can spread the word in other groups and social media… we’ll invent something about the coin.

You know, something good. Like it has a new technical improvement, or it was listed by another exchange. It doesn’t matter if isn’t true, we just need one thing: that more people see the price rising and get in, buying more and increasing, even more, the price for our token.

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Then, at the best moment, ¡bam! We’ll coordinate again to sell together and take our profits. Maybe we can gain more than 50% this time!


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Technically, we already had Brexit last January. However, there’s currently (and till the end of December) an “adaptation period” for the citizens and companies, in which the government is working on their laws and relationship with the European Union for the future. And one of the things they’re preparing is new regulations for stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC).

According to a new announcement by Her Majesty’s Treasury (HM Treasury), the UK is planning to remain as “an open, attractive international financial centre”, and for that, they will deliver new measures regarding new financial technologies, such as stablecoins and CBDC.


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Against the myth, Bitcoin (BTC) isn’t really an anonymous currency. That’s why other assets have arisen among the crowd of the cryptocurrency market, offering different methods to ensure fully-anonymous transactions. Sadly, this isn’t for everyone’s liking.

Last month, Europol stated that privacy methods in cryptocurrency, like digital wallets, open markets, and decentralized assets focused on privacy features, can be threats of criminal activity. Now, this skepticism continues to grow, because more crypto-exchanges are joining the silent ban of privacy coins in several countries.

ShapeShift is the last addition to the list, since it has removed Monero (XMR) and Dash from its trading platform. Both of them offer privacy features to their users and are widely traded worldwide. Erik Voorhees, CEO of the exchange, assured he can’t provide any comment on why this decision for now, but the current regulatory landscape is a big bet. …

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