This is big: Peter Thiel's been hoarding BTC. 📲

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the crazier, the better.

 

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Let me upgrade, you. It looks like 2018 has already brought some impressive tech advances in crypto, and they seem to be promising.

Ah, finally. Some business plans. It looks like Ethereum's been taking some of the hardcore scaling feedback to heart, and has launched two subsidy programs focused on increasing the number of transactions per block. Now that Ethereum is reaching around 1 million transactions per day, two solid options have been proposed to solve Ethereum's slow network problem. The first is sharding, a way to scale a database by offloading certain transactions to smaller databases (“shards”) which individually process data. The second is a layer-two protocol where transactions can move on and off the blockchain to speed along transactions. We saw some serious scalability problems late in 2017, with one example being the CryptoKitties debacle; the feline project that became so popular it clogged Ethereum's blockchain and forced other ICOs to pause their fundraising. Yikes. Ethereum's founder, Vitalik Buterin, said that scalability is "the single most important key technical challenge." Right now, he may be right.Remember when Bitcoin Cash (BCH) created a ton of confusion after their airdrop over the summer and resulted in a lot of people sending BTC to BCH addresses and vice-versa (and losing their coins forever)? Well, apparently this problem is still prevalent, and someone's proposing a serious solution. The software platform, Bitcoin ABC (which, fun fact, helps a little over 80% of nodes run on the BCH network), is coming out with an update that includes CashAddr.  The program will change the format of BCH addresses, allowing senders to be able to differentiate a Bitcoin address from a Bitcoin Cash address visually. Meanwhile, Genesis Mining, a cloud-based mining company, has made BCH available for trading. BCH's addition to the trading options list means that as soon as someone mines a cryptocurrency that Genesis provides hashing power for, such as Monero, Litecoin, and ZCash, they can trade it automatically for Bitcoin Cash. Solid win, BCH.

It was reported that Founders Fund and PayPal co-founder has been hodling Bitcoin since the summer, probably boosting the price yesterday. Nice.

Get ready for one of the most controversial Bitcoin moons in a while: early Facebook investor, co-founder of PayPal and co-founder of Founders Fund Peter Thiel, has apparently "amassed hundreds of millions of dollars" of Bitcoin since mid-2017. According to the Wall Street Journal, who initially broke the story, "this bitcoin bet is quickly showing promise," because of Thiel's well-known foresight in gambling big on longer-term investments (such as tech startups). To which we say...if you needed Thiel's approval, you're going to have a hard time biting the bullet buying crypto, in general. In October, Thiel said that he thinks crypto critics were seriously underestimating Bitcoin, comparing it to digital gold (AKA, it provides more longer-term value than every day transactional use). BTW, don't believe everything every investor says: Ronald Reagan's Former Director of the Office of Management, David Stockman, told CNBC that investors in cryptocurrency are "stupid" and will experience a "spectacular crash." Thanks for the thoughts, Stockman. Bye, now!

So, there's been some strange happenings in Russia this week. An economic advisor to President Putin said that the proposed CryptoRuble (Russia's take on a centralized cryptocurrency that's tied to the ruble) could help them escape Western sanctions. Classic Russia. This move was apparently controversial both in and out of the Asian giant, with other members of Russia's government being vocal about their opposition to this proposal – mostly because it's not really a necessary economic step. Some news outlets have warned readers to not take either Russia or Venezuela's step into crypto as a legitimate deliberation, as the projects have come off as too similar to scams, the outlines for the proposals are unclear, and the governments have had a sketchy history with finances. We're going to have to sweat this one out, everyone.

Now you know...Louisiana is the cheapest state in the US to mine Bitcoin. Uh, Okay.

The latest public company to have their shares get a boost from Bitcoin is...Hooters? Looks like there's more to their wings than we thought.

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Stellar (XLM) is having a, well, stellar week. The project is really interesting, so if you haven't checked it out yet, you should.

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space travel? For the fiat equivalent of $250,000, you can experience zero gravity with Virgin Galactic's space flight. Out of this world (expensive).

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I think this looks like, a blockchain?