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Deutsche Bank Is Bringing Bitcoin-Inspired Blockchain Technology to Germany

In a recently translated piece by the Deutsche bank, originally written by Thomas F. Dapp and Alexander Karollus, the German bank discussed how banks in general might be able to benefit from p2p networks like Bitcoin. The authors specifically mention a hypothetical future scenario where banks might assume new tasks that still play on banks’ perceived trustworthiness – “e.g. as custodians of cryptographic keys.” Other existing centralized services might have to adapt to serve other roles in the coming decentralized world. Don’t be surprised if someday soon Bloomberg to self-proclaim themselves as an oracle? They went on to note that the politics of Bitcoin would eventually lead to a head with regulators, law enforcement, etc. However, in the face of this new technology and potential regulatory backlash, Deutsche bank still wants to push forward… Because the concept of a blockchain really is that compelling, and the banks are finally starting to get it. Dapp and Karollus wrote:“Traditional banks should not rely on the regulator now, though, but instead actively experiment with the new technologies in their labs and collaborate without prejudice in order to create their own digital ecosystem in the medium run.”

This piece was originally published by Deutsche bank in late July. Since then, the German bank has delved head first into the investigation of blockchain use. Deutsche Bank is joining Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, HSBC, and Citi among other banks in a distributed ledger initiative lead by R3. Other banks include BNY Mellon, Commerzbank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Royal Bank of Canada, SEB, National Australian Bank, and the Societe Generale and Toronto-Dominion Bank. The international representation in the project’s participants is not to be ignored. Many of these banks have also hosted big name Bitcoin companies, at least for a few weeks. For some banks, this move is clearly away from Bitcoin and to the blockchain – whatever that means. R3 CEO David Rutter commented:
 
“The addition of this new group of banks demonstrates widespread support for innovative distributed ledger solutions across the global financial services community, and we’re delighted to have them on board.”
Why are the banks rushing toward Bitcoin now? Why are they pushing the use of the words “distributed ledger” and “permissioned database” over “blockchain?” Why didn’t that sentence contain the word “Bitcoin?” All the banks delving into this new distributed technology know that they believe in blockchains more than bitcoins. After all, bitcoins have already suffered the taint of money laundering in the pen of the mainstream media and the eyes of the undiscerning reader, of which there are way too many. HolyTransaction believes in many blockchains, as evidenced by our support of other altcoins including our most recent addition – Gridcoin.
The community still isn’t quite sure what R3 is going to be doing with all of these banks and how involved Bitcoin will be. The emphasis that released products would be open source but might move away from proof of work, which some consider environmentally unviable. R3 is leading the world’s banks to the blockchain light. Better late than never!

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Infographic: What is the Block Size debate, and will it lead to a hard fork?

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Infographic: 5 reasons you should be bullish on Bitcoin!

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HolyTransaction Telegram Bot for Crypto Conversion

We are excited to announce several new developments that have recently launched at HolyTransaction, in our continued effort to make digital currency easy and accessible for all.
Firstly, full conversion between Tether and our other supported cryptocurrencies is now available.
Tether is blockchain-based smart property built on top of Omni Layer that is backed backed 1-to-1, by traditional currency held in Tether reserves. One TetherUST, for instance, equals one dollar. The value of each Tether never changes, meaning that there is no fear of volatility. Tethers can also be withdrawn and held in any Bitcoin wallet where you control the private key.
Secondly, we are pleased to introduce our new HolyTransaction Telegram Bot, available to users on both the Telegram and GetGems messaging platforms. The HolyTransaction Bot allows users to view up-to-date exchange rates, and get the most recent cryptocurrency news, without ever leaving their chat client. In many countries, a strong and reliable internet connection is not always available.
Our bot will allow users to conduct transactions and inquire about their favorite currencies quickly and without difficulty, all from a single chat. The HolyTransaction bot is available to users on both desktop and mobile platforms. Simply send a message to @HolyTransactionBot via either Telegram or GetGems to begin.
Bot Commands:
/exchange

  • ●  Conduct a trade between any of our supported currencies on the HolyTransaction
    platform.
    /getnews
  • ●  View the most recent cryptocurrency news.
    /rate
  • ●  Receive details on the current price of any of our supported currencies.
    /currencies
  • ●  List currencies available on the platform.
    /help

            ●  List of BOT commands
Lastly, as part of the technology behind the HolyTransaction Telegram Bot, we have released a custom HolyTransaction API. Developers around the world are invited to use this new API to integrate the functionality of the HolyTransaction platform into their own projects. You will find more info to start developing.
HolyTransaction is a multi cryptocurrency wallet that allows you to use Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Blackcoin, Tether, Omni Layer and RibbitRewards. We are committed to our users both near and far. Cryptocurrency is international, and so are we. Stay tuned for more news from HolyTransaction!

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Goodbye For Now, NYC

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After carefully considering the recent introduction of the BitLicense, HolyTransaction has decided to suspend its business within the state of New York, until such time that more reasonable regulations are put into law. It is unfortunate that the politics in New York have led to this stifling of innovation. Our community is still new, still growing. To limit the possibilities of this technology now would be akin to cutting a flower before it has bloomed.
For those who do not know, BitLicense is over regulating in a number of unfortunate ways. First, and most often cited, is the cost for a business to obtain the license itself. BitStamp has estimated that they have paid nearly $100,000 to apply, between legal fee’s, time allocation, and maintaining compliance.
What happens when every state in the U.S., or every country in the world, crafts their own BitLicense? Businesses will be expected to pay for separate licenses in every area in which they operate; potentially a multi-million dollar requirement that could shut the lights off at many of crypto companies, leaving standing only those who have chosen to comply with rules set out by the very institutions that Bitcoin has rallied against. Abandoning business in states who insist upon excessive profiteering from unnecessary regulation is our best option for the moment.
Our most significant qualms with the BitLicense are directly related to the implications for our customers and their privacy. Some countries have taken a divisive stance on compliance that has led to outrage and feelings of betrayal amongst many of Bitcoins core users. KYC and AML laws have been forced upon every company in the U.S., for instance, that directly hold or handle their customers money. You may have noticed that wallets, or those who once allowed you to trade cash for coins, have suddenly become very interested in your private information. While it has led many to revile these companies to whom they were once loyal, the truth is that these businesses have no choice.
BitLicense makes its greatest error though in its premature attempt to define what Bitcoin is. The blockchain is such a new frontier for technology that confining the tools built on top of its framework to the parameters of “money” or “property” would be limiting. The only technology with which Bitcoin compares is the Internet, which was once considered to serve the near-exclusive function of sending super fast, super cheap messages in the form of e-mail. Consider what the Internet would be today if it had not been allowed to grow in its earliest years; if it had instead been listed as a postal technology, and had then been regulated as such. This would have limited its development and, ultimately, it would have never become the open forum of information and discourse that our modern world is reliant upon. You cannot know what a technology will become tomorrow if you insist on defining it today.
The circumstances surrounding our and many other company’s exit from New York are unfortunate, but we are holding out hope that future rulings from other jurisdictions will be more reasonable. To our customers, our friends, and our supporters who are affected by this change, we sincerely hope that you will continue to work alongside us to keep the Blockchain open and free, and that we at HolyTransaction will be able to be of service to you again very soon.

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HolyTransaction partners with RibbitRewards to further Blockchain-based rewards programs


HolyTransaction is thrilled to announce its integration with the Blockchain-based coalition rewards platform, RibbitRewards. This partnership represents a year of interaction between our two companies, beginning in 2014, and underscores our desire to continue working together for many years to come.
RibbitRewards is the first coalition rewards program built using Blockchain technology. Their platform allow companies to recognize the loyalty of their customers by awarding points that can be spent, saved, or shared with others. Additionally, RibbitRewards stands prominently out from the crowd as a result of their dedication to philanthropy; a percentage of all RibbitRewards created are donated to charity.
Ribbit.me uses extensive HolyTransaction API to make invoicing and payment processing. It will make life much easier for users with HolyTransaction account and will give ability to get new HolyTransaction account instantly for those who do not have it yet. All of this gives the users seamless experience on both platforms.
HolyTransaction multi-currency wallet users have access to storage for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Blackcoin, and Mastercoin. Today, we add RibbitRewards to this list.
Users will be able to receive, store, and spend their rewards via their HolyTransaction wallet, as well as exchange them instantly with one of our accepted digital currencies, as listed above. Our integration improves the experience of all users across both platforms, and we are dedicated to providing new and exciting experiences for our community and to continuing the proliferation of Blockchain technology.

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With Bitcoin time is not more money

(Sole24Ore) Money is a social convention with which communities facilitate economic exchanges, usually to the extent of the technology currently available. In this way, we have progressed from barters and swaps to currency with intrinsic value, be they anything from banknotes to wire transfers to gold coins.

We have experienced all of the positives and negatives of fiat money; we now have the freedom to decide together whether to accept the new technology or not.
The use of bitcoins makes the time a neutral factor: never in favor or against any party.
Time, related to fiat currencies as a result of inflation, is now an independent variable which reverses the most important financial concept that we have used for millennia.
If time is no longer the master, then the people are no longer directly subject to the phenomena caused by it, such as:

Currency also usually has the function of “store of value” which, by its inflationary nature, means that said currency keeps losing value over time. All this contributes incentives for spending and circulation. From the point of view of trade, this is a good thing. With an inflationary currency, holding the money is a sure loss.
With the traditional currencies, such as the euro or dollar, and because no one wants to lose value, you feel obliged to spend it or invest it, triggering the avalanche of compound interest and cross (not just monetary) between all actors involved.
It is the free decisions of economic agents to enter the time in the transactions to create artificial debts and credits to be paid by a certain date, but that is not inherently linked to the nature of Bitcoin. It remains a voluntary choice, not imposed by the monetary system’s infrastructure.
From a theoretical point of view, a peer can really be defined as a peer if there is no asymmetry of resources; i.e., if none of the parties is favored or disadvantaged by some factor, such as the time.
The Bitcoin system provides that the money supply is predetermined, not subject to discretionary decisions, therefore, betting on variable time does not make sense. (It’s not a deflationary currency, because the supply grows a lot at the beginning to power the system and then remains stable and predetermined for a long time).
For this reason even a millionth of a bitcoin has value, and above all it no longer has an expiration date as fiat currencies do. It’s important to note that bitcoin is not the only possible future; the open-source community continues to generate hundreds of other models with alternative incentive structures.
Are we going to lose the flexibility in regulating the money supply during a crisis with Bitcoin? Yes, and it will be a problem. Some might not view the issue of not being able to create speculative bubbles printing and pumping more money than necessary in the system as a problem, though. For the first time in centuries, the decision to print money has been released from the control of the Government.
It’s time to take a step forward and disengage from people who run central banks? If the number of people who benefit increase or have positive expectations about the future value of bitcoin, then adoption will increase, and show an appreciation of the currency against other currencies; otherwise, we will experience other things, as the ancient history of the world has shown.
It is the currency market, beautiful in its simplicity and unforgiving nature.
Making money timeless allows freedom from the top-down approach. All of this Bitcoin stuff excites the experimenters, confuses the public, and scares those who have interests to protect.
If we free ourselves from the authorities, particularly by people, organizations – and time – you can choose your favorite model for a new social convention.
Author: Massimo Chiriatti, technologist and member of Assob.it

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Economic problems Bitcoin solves and why it could change our lives

(Sole24Ore) What is going to happen in the future if the computer is always becoming smaller? Always less expensive, and always more mobile?
Soon, we’ll need to link these computers together in a way that is different from the past, with less centralization. Here, we explain the birth of distributed systems, that coexist alongside the traditional systems without replacing them.
The inherent problems in verifying access rights to information and their management has hindered the development of distributed networks until the publication of the famous Bitcoin whitepaper by Satoshi Nakamoto.
 
Nakamoto solved two economics problems:
 
  1. Make digital information (for example, a bitcoin) a “rival good;” and, preventing the owner to spend it a second time
 
  1. Achieving said result with a public register (the blockchain), where the access to information is “not-excludible”, because it is available without intermediaries – it is public and permanent.
 
The consequences of the adoption of the blockchain is twofold: on one hand it will lower transaction costs; on the other hand,  it creates a trust network with a group of people who do not know each other. All ensured thanks to the certainty guaranteed by asymmetric encryption.
With the blockchain, we have found a means for automatically certifying our money transfers, in the case of mathematical coins.  In terms of property, with the smart contract first described by Nick Szabo, the blockchain can one day enable patent protection, trusted electronic voting remotely, and even more.
 
Decentralization has an important effect on transactions. Three areas that benefit are as follows:
  1. Anonymity – if no one knows the identity behind the lists of parties.
  2. Privacy – in the sense that no one knows what you purchased and at what price.
  3. Irreversible – which comes with a lack of monitoring and compensation body.
 
Now we are able to immortalize forever the information (amounts, documents, debts and credits, etc) and transfer them alone, without intermediaries such as notaries and lawyer. The work to certify these transactions are carried out by the “miners.” They are incentivized by receiving for a small fee (and with the prize of new bitcoins) to cover the fixed costs of specialized equipment and the variable costs of consumed energy.
However, not everything can be fully decentralized. The more mining power is distributed and fragmented, the less risk the network runs into. The power, thus decentralized, is inversely related to corruption.
On this issue, the known Bitcoin popularizer Andreas Antonopoulos, in an incredible article, describes the possible totalitarianism that could happen once someone has taken control of the valuable information that people exchange on the way they spend money.
“If there is control, there is power.”
 
What innovation can be achieved if you have to ask permission to exchange data?
It is decentralization that creates the conditions that can develop a competition in the offer of services conveyed by the network.
 
We probably can’t imagine what will happen after the mass adoption of this network for the exchange of information. Just like it was not imaginable what Google and Facebook would come to be before the advent of the Internet. Billions of interdependent people and machines give rise to new business; and when are grouped in federations, thanks to the standard, they create new and completely unexpected ecosystems.
 
The blockchain is, therefore, a public digital good.
 
In this field, there is new research in the universities; one of those carried out by an Italian scholar at Harvard known as Primavera De Filippi.
 
Now you can reverse incentives that led to the infamous “tragedy of the commons”. Because the use of policies based on a blockchain makes it possible to design new systems of incentives, which are certainly more transparent, you can therefore achieve a new form of consent for the self-government of public goods.
Power of intangibles: we now have a (info)structure that does not consume with its use and that we build together.

Author: Massimo Chiriatti, technologist and member of Assob.it

Source: The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin (http://ow.ly/PqmJF)

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HolyTransaction welcomes new users from Greece, Europe, and the World over

Everyone with a finger on the pulse of the world’s financial health has been keeping their eyes peeled for the latest on the potential “Grexit” (Greek Exit) from the European Union. With negotiations of a final deal once again bearing no fruit, the average citizen’s faith in the traditional financial system is eroding at an ever-increasing rate. A few years ago, it was Cyprus; now, it is Greece. Frankly, the rest of the fiat-using world is right to believe that they may be next. In times like these, interest in Bitcoin tends to spike. In just the last week, Greek Google searches for the keyword ‘Bitcoin’ have increased notably. Let’s not forget that historically we have always seen a trickling effect where new Bitcoin users find themselves researching altcoins in an attempt to get ahead of the next big thing. It is possible that the current economic turmoil in Greece is the next big thing that pushes interest in Bitcoin and other digital currencies.

We have seen fellow digital currency companies focus their attention and marketing on Greece and Europe, which is another indicator of the breadth of this event. The classical way to buy bitcoins is to use your bank. Unfortunately, with Greece’s banks closed for the next week and possibly more time after that, it is arguably too late for the Greek people to buy Bitcoin easily.

Since most Greeks have their money tied up in the banks that are currently shut down. The people on the ground can’t even buy Bitcoin through the banks. Bitcoin isn’t going to be accepted by Greece over night, but Bitcoin also isn’t going to be shut down by anyone over night. In the coming weeks, the contrast between digital currency and banks will sharpen for many onlookers. Observers the world over will be struck with a sort of enlightenment: their vision will clear. Bitcoin might not be able to help the Greeks buy a loaf of bread in their local economies tomorrow morning; however, Bitcoin and blockchain technology can and will be able to prevent similar economic disasters from happening ever again.

Author: Caleb Chen

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