19. The prequel to the greatest (bitcoin) story ever told
Simon and Colin bring you another packed show covering the week's topsy turvy news, including SegWit2x, more on Bitcoin prices, Colin's long thing and some fantastic guests talking e-sports.
First up this week - and what a week - we can confirm that SegWit2x is not going ahead! For more on this story, tune in to next week's episode. In this episode, we focus on the run up to what was nearly the biggest fork of the year.
We return to the continuing astronomical rise in bitcoin - up as high as $7,600? So is it a bubble, and does the market need more infrastructure to entice large institutions? In related news, CME Group - the world's largest exchange - have announced that they're going to introduce bitcoin futures.
The guys also discuss what SegWit2x will mean (or would have meant?) for the future of bitcoin. And will Bitcoin miners really consume as much electricity as the annual consumption of Nigeria? Is bitcoin really that power consuming or is it actually changing how we consume power?
Also on this week's show: why Celebrity ICOs might become illegal; Colin wrote a long thing (derivatives clearing on distributed ledgers); the latest of Alex Tapscott and the NextBlock fund; Colin uses the words "willy-nilly" in a sentence; and much, much more.
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Special Guests: Alexander Kokhanovskyy and Volodymyr Panchenko.
- Bitcoin Hits $7,000 as Wall Street Interest Gets Real - WSJ
- CME Group Announces Launch of Bitcoin Futures
- Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein: I'm Open to Bitcoin - CoinDesk
- Understanding Segwit2x: Why Bitcoin's Next Fork Might Not Mean Free Money - CoinDesk
- One Bitcoin Transaction Now Uses as Much Energy as Your House in a Week - Motherboard
- Shell, BP Among Energy Giants to Back Blockchain Trading Platform - CoinDesk
- SEC: Celebrity ICO Endorsements Could Be Illegal - CoinDesk
- Alex Tapscott's Crypto VC Firm Going Public With $100M CAD Falsely Touted 4 Blockchain Stars As Advisors
- CIBC Walks From Tapscott's NextBlock Global After Falsehoods Revealed; More Misrepresentations Found
- Alex Tapscott's Crypto VC Firm Aborts Public Listing, Will Return Money After Falsehoods Revealed
- Tezos Faces Class-Action Suit Alleging Unregistered Sale of Securities, False Representations - ETHNews.com
- Implementing derivatives clearing on distributed ledger technology platforms » Banking Technology
- World Food Programme's ethereum-based blockchain for Syrian refugees in Jordan — Quartz
- India’s Largest Bank Goes Big on Blockchain
- Russia is going all in on bitcoin — and everyone’s got a theory – VICE News
- DEUTSCHE BANK: End of fiat money - Business Insider
- ‘If you follow us you will make money’: how bitcoin is marketed to the masses