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The ‘crypto’ industry is having a hard time fitting everything that’s happening inside that one monolithic term. On this episode, @nlw looks at current news stories from across at least 5 different categories - DeFi, enterprise blockchain, central bank digital currencies, digital collectibles and bitcoin - to ask whether they really all belong lumped in in the same category. The episode also looks at:Four reasons these increasingly different categories remain bunched together Why turning other parts of the industry into an enemy is rewarded in the public sphereWhy letting individual parts of the industry evolve individually is likely to bring more, not fewer resources into the space. 
The DeFi world continues to dissect the recent attacks on bZx. To most, the amount lost in the attacks is far less relevant than what the attacks suggest about how DeFi applications need to be designed. Within that, one key topic of conversation is the role of price oracles - the systems by which DeFi applications check the prices of assets that dictate what happens in a given smart contract. Since asset price manipulation was at the core of the recent attacks, this is a particularly pertinent area of inquiry. Yesterday, Chainlink announced that it would be helping bZx upgrade their systems taking advantage of Chainlink’s recently-launched “meta oracle.” On this episode of The Breakdown, Chainlink founder Sergey Nazarov discusses:The role of price oracles in DeFiHow price oracles were targeted in the recent attacksWhat the DeFi industry can learn from early crypto exchange hacks
Part of what makes DeFi interesting to people is how it takes advantage of open source protocols to enable types of transactions never before available. The problem, however, is that financial structures mean new financial vulnerabilities.In the last few days, two attacks on bZx have used a similar strategy of manipulating the price of synthetic assets in the context of a new instrument called 'flashloans'. On this episode of @nlw breaks down exactly How the attacks were carried out How the community is responding What the larger ramifications for DeFi might be
CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by the Human Rights Foundation’s Alex Gladstein and Syrian entrepreneur Moe Ghashim to discuss how cultural context shapes the way people view bitcoin, including stories from the Middle East.Many bitcoiners see cryptocurrency as a cypherpunk tool that enhances personal freedoms, with cypherpunk meaning “using privacy tech to promote social change.” There are diverse users around the world gaining this type of value from bitcoin, but they rarely give interviews or are seen on stage at conferences. Later we’ll explore the risks of governments impacting the bitcoin ecosystem, through regulatory enforcement, censorship and market manipulation. Then we’ll dive into what everyone can do to enhance bitcoin’s usability through education.Want more? Leigh has several articles exploring such use cases, everything from why protesters in Lebanon are turning to bitcoin to the possibility that dictators may also participate in the crypto ecosystem
The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. With the price of bitcoin headed up again, the idea of blockchains and digital currencies has never been more palatable to the mainstream. We've seen this cycle before, but could this time be different? This episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by and Today's discussion features Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. LevineEditing by Jonas, featuring music by Jared Rubens and Gurty BeatsToday's episode features audio clips from CNBC, C-SPAN and
CoinDesk's Head of Research Noelle Acheson joins Ophelia (Amun's co-founder and president) and Lanre (Amun's researcher) to discuss the advantages, disadvantages and eccentricities of crypto markets, exchanges, settlement and more.The group discusses the differences in the market microstructure between the crypto asset industry and traditional capital markets. The guests drew from their experience within capital markets understand the intricacies of the crypto market.AlbumPhoto by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
There’s no denying that 2020 is off to a roaring start. From prices to volume to social media, sentiment is up up up. But what’s driving it? On this special Valentine’s Day episode, @nlw reacts to listeners votes about which narratives are most driving the shift in energy, discussing: The BTC halvingCoronavirus and volatilityFed actionCentral bank digital currency intrigueEthereum and DeFiPrice reflexivity and Lindy effects The episode finishes up with some hot takes on what is driving the markets and what we should be most concerned about and most excited for with Ikigai Asset Management’s Travis Kling.
We're joined by CoinDesk senior reporter Leigh Cuen to discuss developments and implications in the case alleged against Larry Dean Harmon.
To look at the US Government, it is the best of times and the worst of times for personal financial privacy. On the one hand, in comments before the Senate Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says that FINCEN is planning more strict regulations around anti-money laundering and crypto. At the same time, the CEO of DropBit was arrested on money laundering charges around a bitcoin mixing service he allegedly ran between 2014 and 2017. In this new enforcement regime, one of the government’s major partners is Chainalysis, who have seen more than $10m in Federal agency contracts since 2015. Yet privacy advocates are also surprisingly enthused by comments from Fed chair Jerome Powell, who suggested in testimony to Congress that any potential US digital dollar would need to be privacy preserving.
With blockchain puppets (we really mean it) on TV, CNBC pushing the bitcoin-as-gold narrative and The Guardian seeing connections between coronavirus and bitcoin's recent rally, we've got a lot to talk about on today's episode of The Breakdown.After Monday’s quick retrace, bitcoin and the rest of the market went green again. In this episode, @nlw breaks down the shifting sentiment, looking at:How a partnership between Hedara Hashgraph and Google Cloud pumped HBAR more than 50% - featuring commentary from Hedara CEO Mance Harmon Why Figure is launching a TV campaign to educate people about blockchainCNBC Fast Money actively (and convincingly) promoting the narrative of bitcoin as a safe haven asset.
Last week, Blockstack announced a new proposal through which node operators would be rewarded in bitcoin. The concept behind Proof of Transfer is that, for the cryptoasset ecosystem to run, electricity should only have to be converted into digital scarcity once. In this interview with @nlw, Blockstack CEO Muneeb Ali explains how, by tying the security of Blockstack’s Stacks blockchain to bitcoin, and allowing miners to be rewarded with BTC, Blockstack might be setting a new precedent for how the crypto ecosystem looks to bitcoin as a base layer. 
Last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce proposed Rule 195 to give token projects a 3 year safe harbor. This proposed period would allow them to distribute tokens without fear of violating securities law so long as they achieve certain standards of decentralization in that time.Coinlist is a platform for compliant token sales. On this episode of The Breakdown, Coinlist CEO Andy Bromberg and @nlw discuss:The cost of regulatory clarity in the US, including projects leaving US shoresHistoric approaches to “compliant” token sales and what problems they still leaveWhat Commissioner Hester Peirce’s proposed Rule 195 includes The potential implications for the US crypto markets The chances that Rule 195 comes to pass
The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss the US tax treatment of "Virtual Currencies" and how scams find a home wherever opportunity exists, at least for a while.Subscribe to the new CoinDesk Podcast Network for fresh, insightful episodes nearly every day of the weekThis episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by, and our first segment, we'll discuss:Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020: The proposed legislation would exempt capital gains taxes if any individual transaction results in a capital gain of $200 or less.  Previous versions of the bill proposed a $600 cap. If passed, it would take effect in the 2020 tax year. Link -  H.R. 5635The IRS has a question for you: Tax filers in the U.S. are being asked if At any time during 2019, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency? Link -IRS Form 1040Yang proposes "Digital Asset Regulation": U.S. Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang wants to Clarify the tax implications of owning, selling, and trading digital assets.    Yang says clear policy will allow businesses to invest and innovate in the area without fear of a regulatory shift. Link - Yang 2020Later on, we'll dig into the "why" of scams as we begin a longer conversation on the topic. Three main points on scams:Ponzi schemes thrive in disrupted spaces with uncertainty, poor credentialing, and poorly understood complexity The crypto currency space has these attributes The underlying appeal of ponzi scams (and bitcoin) comes from the mythology of redemption, getting something from nothing, the genie in the bottle, etcLinks:How MLMs Use the Psychology of InfluenceThe Cult Psychology Behind MLMsThis episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by, and by Fernando Venzano on UnsplashThis episode was produced by AP's Don and Ned. It featured discussion by Adam B. Levine, Stephanie Murphy, and Jonathan Mohan.Music for today's episode was provided by Jared Rubens, From Ether and Gurty Beats, with editing by Jonas. Would you like to Sponsor a future episode of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! show? Do you have any questions or comments? Email
Bitcoin is on a 7 week upward trend. Having already smashed through its $9,000 Vegeta memes, it is now inching closer towards $10k. On this episode, @nlw is joined by Kraken’s Dan Held to discuss how bitcoin has changed in a number of ways since the last time we were at the $10,000 price level last year. They look at:Narrative - Speculation around bitcoin as a safe haven and the role of the halvening continue to shape the conversationInfrastructure - The tools for how people can interact with bitcoin - from lending to derivatives - have never been broader Audience - Institutions are no longer just around the corner but actively participating in the market
That’s the way Meltem Demirors described Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard’s remarks at Stanford yesterday. For the first time, the Fed has said that it is actively researching and experimenting around digital currencies and distributed ledger technologies. This is a change in tone from a Fed that, when asked previously, has more or less dismissed digital currencies. On this episode, @nlw looks at Brainard’s speech, along with: the latest from Japanese lawmakers proposing a digital currency to counteract the influence of a forthcoming Chinese digital yuan; a Bank for International Settlements digital currency working group with 6 major central banks; and the potential implications of CBDCs on bitcoin. 
If venture investments and acquisitions provide a window into the sentiment in markets, boy did we get a big dose of information today. Today we look at investments in the world’s best known developer of the Lightning Network; a new prominent corporate investor for a tokenized securities platform; and Square’s investment in a real-time payments company. We also look at a set of acquisitions, including a ConsenSys acquisition poised to get them in the $3.8T municipal bond space; a Bakkt acquisition poised to get them ready for a consumer app that includes more than just cryptocurrencies; and an attempt by Bakkt-parent ICE to buy eBay for north of $30b. 
As claims of election tampering, fraud, and other dubious activities fly around the botched Democratic Caucus in Iowa, trust in our public institutions continues to crater. The question of trust and censorship are at the heart of our episode today. Handshake is a new protocol for uncensorable web domains. The goal is to create a new blockchain-based Top Level Domain system that governments can’t censor or block. To explain why Handshake (HNS) matters, @nlw is joined by Tieshun Roquerre, the CEO of Namebase, a next-generation domain registrar for HNS. In this interview, they discuss: What Handshake is How a HNS domain is different from a standard web domain Why uncensorable web domains are the next great blockchain killer app How Roquerre became interested in the spaceHow Namebase works
Bitcoin and porn go hand-in-hand in this interview with Spankchain community manager Allie Eve Knox.
Much of the Crypto Twitter conversation this weekend was dominated by talk of Twitter’s suspension of ZeroHedge. @nlw explores why the specifics of the infraction or the quality of the publication aren’t the important part of the conversation, and why he thinks we’ll see arguments for social media platforms to be turned into public utilities in the years ahead. Also on this episode:Debates around Ethereum marketing. Does the community need to spend more resources telling the story and recruiting new users or should the tech speak for itself? What Brexit means for the crypto community - practically and metaphorically. The last section features comments from Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier. 
In “Libre Not Libra: Facebook’s Blockchain Project,” Andreas answers the burning question… Has he tried haggis? Just kidding… He shares his thoughts on the recently released Libra whitepaper, as part of a permissioned blockchain project spearheaded by Facebook.Subscribe to the new CoinDesk Podcast Network for fresh, insightful episodes nearly every day of the weekThis episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by and eToro.comYears of jokes about “FaceCoin” and “ZuckBucks” have finally come to life – sort of. In a previous episode, he talked about how some venture capitalists are monkeying around by downplaying the killer applications of open blockchains in favor of… bananas. Now he makes us wonder whether Libra will even survive to become a production network. Is Silicon Valley coming for banking? Will Libra’s challenges have any impact on open public blockchains?This talk took place on June 19th 2019 at the Scottish Blockchain Meetup in Edinburgh, Scotland.Follow Andreas on Twitter: @aantonopAndreas's website:'s live talks released in podcast formEpisode Credits:Today’s show featured Andreas M. Antonopoulos, with a little narration by Stephanie Murphy and Adam B. Levine, as well as the live crowd and that guy with the great laugh about three quarters through. Original Photo by Anna Tukhfatullina Food Photographer/Stylist on UnsplashThis episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin! is sponsored by and eToro.comThis episode featured music by Jared Rubens, Orfan and general fuzz. Production support was provided by Erica and Jessica, with sound editing by Dimitris of Sampi Media. Want to hear more of Andreas’s Live talks? Check out new episodes every week on Unscrypted, or just head over to . Have any questions or comments? Email me at Subscribe to the new CoinDesk Podcast Network for fresh, insightful episodes nearly every day of the week
Comments (6)

Maciej Czech

Too much all of sudden. 5-10 min if daily episodes

Jan 7th
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Dario Ramos

los tucanes de tiguana

Sep 17th

Anabel Patata


Sep 15th
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