Read — 2018/01/31

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Fact check: Trump’s State of the Union address” (NPR).
  2. The mistakes you make in a meeting’s first milliseconds“, by Sue Shellenbarger (Wall Street Journal).

In crypto news:

  1. U.S. regulators subpoena crypto exchange Bitfinex, Tether“, by Matthew Leising (Bloomberg, 2018-01-30).
  2. The Lightning Network could make bitcoin faster — and cheaper“, by Sandra Upson (Wired, 2018-01-19). Exciting idea. In a nutshell, pay once to open a private channel on top of a crypto-asset network, and (!) be able to connect that private channel to other private channels.
  3. Hong Kong to educate public on crypto and ICOs“, by Wolfie Zhao (CoinDesk, 2018-01-30). In theory, an admirable if paternalistic use of public funds and public power. In practice, it sounds like the campaign is the government using people’s funds to remind them they must mind their taxes and regulations.
  4. German regulator orders crypto exchange to halt brokerage business“, by Sujha Sundararajan (CoinDesk, 2018-01-30).
  5. Cryptocurrency scams are just straight-up trolling at this point“, by Louise Matsakis (Wired, 2018-01-30). Disgusting greed.
  6. A debate about bitcoin that was a debate about nothing“, by Erin Griffith (Wired, 2018-01-29). Sad times.
  7. Inside the group chats where people pump and dump cryptocurrency“, by Paris Martineau (The Outline, 2018-01-23). Remember, in most regulated markets in most developed countries, market manipulation is illegal. And even if it weren’t, do you really want to get rich by screwing your neighbor?
  8. South Korea won’t ban crypto trading, says minister“, by Daniel Palmer (CoinDesk, 2018-01-31). South Korea’s Minister of Finance Kim Dong-yeon is quoted as saying “there is no intention to ban or suppress cryptocurrency”.