Vlad Costea

Vlad Costea

Romanian cryptocurrency enthusiast with a degree in political science and a strange habit of dodging 9 to 5. I was assigned a university presentation about Bitcoin when the price was $100, but was too much of a Wall Street Journal-reading fool to buy some. Now that I can't be a millionaire, I'll stick to writing.

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A Criticism of "Blockchain, Not Bitcoin"

While stating that Bitcoin is an obsolete and inefficient application of the blockchain has been a trend since 2014, there are still aspects that need to be addressed and clarified.

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Blockchains Are GDPR's Kryptonite

As the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation shakes the foundations of many internet businesses, truly decentralized blockchains remain immune to the provisions by allowing information to get stored in multiple sources without ever being removed.

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Buying Porn with Crypto Is Satoshi's Vision

The last couple of months have been quite eventful in terms of bridging cryptocurrencies with the adult industry, and this move has triggered harsh criticism. However, Satoshi did suggest this kind of adoption in a 2010 forum post.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Addresses the State of Bitcoin at Fifth Anniversary of "Let's Talk Bitcoin Podcast"

The famous Bitcoin advocate, educator and book author went to Chicago in order to hold a speech at the fifth anniversary of the Let's Talk Bitcoin Podcast. He addressed the state of the community in relation to the price and suggested that the speculators should learn a little more about using crypto.

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Satoshi's Place: Draw on a Digital Canvas, Pay with Bitcoin via Lightning

In today's crypto economy, one Satoshi doesn't really buy you much. However, a team of Bitcoin enthusiasts have enabled artists from the space to express themselves on an online collaborative artboard, powered by the Bitcoin Lightning Network.

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What Does Your Portfolio Say About You? Are You a Crypto Conservative?

As the cryptocurrency market matures, we can distinguish between two distinct approaches to investments: those who bet on the well-established and secure coins, and those who prefer the greater risks of high volatility. Which side are you on?

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Can Bitcoin End International Economic Sanctions and Create a Fairer World?

Bitcoin was created to generate more economic freedom for individuals. But what if nation states also use it to avoid international sactions? Can we enter a new world of peaceful negotiation thanks to Satoshi's invention?

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Unusual Verge Mining Data Suggests Third 51% Attack

Bitcointalk.org user ocminer claims that XVG suffered a third 51% attack on May 29th 2018, but the lead developer assures everybody that the mining is within normal parameters.

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What Is a Scam?

If you get involved in the crypto space for longer than 5 minutes, you inevitably hear the word "scam" in relation to a project or a coin. But what does the term really mean?

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Exclusive Interview with Alex Mashinsky, Celsius CEO and VoIP Innovator

Alex Mashinsky, best known as a VoIP innovator, plans to once again revolutionize the world with a cryptocurrency bank named Celsius. Here you will find an exclusive interview with the entrepreneur.

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Consensus 2018 in Review

If Consensus 2018 could be defined in one word, then it would be weltschmerz: physical reality just couldn't satisfy the expectations of the mind. However, it's the demands and expectations which require some adjustment. 

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The Hidden Messages in Gilfoyle's Bitcoin Presentation from Silicon Valley

During the seventh episode of Silicon Valley's season five, Gilfoyle makes a compelling case about cryptocurrencies by explaning why Bitcoin is so great and Pied Piper should raise funds via ICO.

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Offline Bitcoin Payments Are the Future of Decentralization

The requirement of an internet connection for every Bitcoin transaction is certainly a vulnerability and a practical breaking point in relation to oppressive governments. Thankfully, we're beginning to have alternatives.

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Magical Crypto Friends Episode 7 Coverage

Charlie Lee (Chikun), Samson Mow, Whale Panda, and Riccardo Spagni (Fluffy Pony) have filmed their latest edition of their all-star podcast in a special room at Consensus 2018. Though the audio quality was poor, we've made a summary of the main topics and discussions.

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Japanese Financial Group Nomura Partners with Ledger and Global Advisors to Ease Crypto Investments

A partnership between the Japanese multi-billion dollar financial holding company Nomura Holdings, the hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, and the CoinShares mother company General Advisors Holdings Limited had been signed on May 15th 2018, in order to facilitate institutional investments in digital assets.

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Roger Ver's Secret Tactics to Grow Bitcoin Cash

This article deconstructs three of Roger Ver's main tactics to bring BCH to the top and hinder BTC.

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Silicon Valley Season 5 Finale Gets 51% Attacks Wrong

HBO's "Silicon Valley" doesn't quite depict 51% attacks the right way, but is still entertaining and good for the crypto industry.

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Gemini Becomes the First Licensed Zcash Exchange in the World

There has been a lot of speculation regarding the third coin to get added on the Gemini exchange, and it was revealed today that the Winklevoss twins have obtained all licenses to provide Zcash.

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"Blockchain and Morty" Is The Spirit of CryptoTwitter Itself

Twitter user CryptoBrekkie is responsible for one of the most hilarious cartoon adaptations in the crypto space: he takes scenes from Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" and overdubs the dialogues to make them relevant to Bitcoin. CryptoBrekkie really brings out the worst of the community but encourages us to make fun of the situation. It's a humanizing experience that's meant to achieve that cathartic self-deprecation state we need in order to realize our own flaws and biases. 

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"Cryptocurrencies: Irrational Exuberance or Brave New World?" Milken Debate: Part Two

Between April 29th and May 2nd of 2018, the Milken Institute has held its annual edition of the Global Conference. During the last day of the event, a long-awaited cryptocurrency debate took place. Bill Harhydt (Abra CEO), Nouriel Roubini and Alex Mashinsky (Celsius Network CEO) were among the panelists.

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Can Cryptocurrency Bans Cause Migration and Brain Drain?

If the periodic threats from goverments materialize into strict prohibitive policies which turn cryptocurrency holders into criminals, can this phenomenon lead to an entire exile-seeking process?

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Lightning Labs Show How Simple Bitcoin Lightning Will Be

Lightning Labs has informed us that making Bitcoin payments via the Lightning Network is going to cost a cent and be as easy as installing a phone app and scanning a QR code.

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Silicon Valley's Pied Piper Does An ICO!

In the parallel universe of HBO's "Silicon Valley", the new decentralized internet is getting financed through an ICO!

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"Cryptocurrencies: Irrational Exuberance or Brave New World?" Milken Debate

Between April 29th and May 2nd of 2018, the Milken Institute has held its annual edition of the Global Conference. During the last day of the event, a long-awaited cryptocurrency debate took place.

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Reddit to Support Ethereum, Litecoin Payments and Reaccept Bitcoin

According to Christopher Stowe, CTO of Reddit, the news aggregation and discussion platform is looking into integrating Litecoin and Ethereum payments. It's also set to bring back Bitcoin as a payment option.

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