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Kevin Hart Jokingly Calls Crypto “Voodoo Money” While Kanye West Takes Bitcoin Seriously on Joe Rogan’s Podcast




Comedian and actor Kevin Hart recently commented on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during a livestream event for MDA USA. MDA is an organization based in the United States to support those who are affected by muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases. - 2020-10-26T140358.823.jpg

A crypto-based non-profit organization, The Giving Block, first noted that Kevin Hart had a brief mention of Bitcoin during the MDA Kids Telethon. While asked by one of his friends, Jay Ellis, whether the MDA accepts cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and Ethereum, Hart made a joke.

Hart said in confusion that cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum, were “voodoo money.” In a joking manner, Hart responded:

“We don’t take the voodoo. So if you’re out here trying to give us the voodoo money, we don’t, what? We do take the voodoo. Oh wait, hold up — I’ve been told that we do take cryptocurrency. I’m being told that it’s a legit investment worth almost $250 billion. Okay yeah, we do take it. Ok, so we do take it.”

Shortly before Kevin Hart mentioned cryptocurrencies during the MDA Livestream, Kanye West also discussed Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies with Joe Rogan on his world-famous podcast. West is no stranger to Bitcoin, as he has previously been very vocal about his support for BTC and the crypto industry.

Kanye West discusses Bitcoin and crypto with Joe Rogan

West told TMZ that he would like to see the blockchain industry evolve, and even went to tweet “decentralize” on Twitter, advocating for Bitcoin adoption and expressing his desire to see BTC replace traditional American dollar bills. 

During Joe Rogan’s podcast, West said that he has been recently discussing Bitcoin and crypto with his friends, in preparation for the interview with Rogan. Joe Rogan has also been supporting cryptocurrencies, having hosted Bitcoin advocate Andreas Antonopoulos, and even Elon Musk on his podcasts.

West found that the “Bitcoin guys,” those who are involved in crypto, have a perspective of what the “true liberation of America and humanity will be.” He added:

“A lot of the tech guys were able to use the new highways, new information highways, and create the next frontier of our humanity.”

Although West did not end up running for president in 2020, West talked more about his desire to be the ‘leader of the free world.” Perhaps in this free world, it would be decentralized. 

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Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption With Jeremy Allaire and Meltem Demirors




This episode is a discussion from Stellar’s Meridian conference, in which I moderated the panel, Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption, featuring Jeremy Allaire, cofounder, chairman and CEO of Circle, and Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at CoinShares. In this discussion, we cover:

  • what adoption means and looks like 
  • why cryptocurrency is at a particularly interesting inflection point
  • how central bank digital currencies could affect that
  • how blockchains will recede into the background
  • how existing fintech payment apps will use blockchains and/or crypto
  • where on the road to adoption the industry currently is 
  • the significance of Crypto Twitter as a marketing tool
  • what the crypto industry needs to do in the next year to grow the industry
  • why it would have been easier to start a bank than a crypto business
  • why the separation of money and state is one of the most interesting experiments in history 
  • how we’ll see new corporate-like organizations without any connections to any existing legal or financial systems driven by tokens
  • what their favorite crypto adoption success story is

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3 Reasons Behind Bitcoin and the Crypto Market’s Sudden Crash




Bitcoin whales have been shorting the market.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies crashing

On Nov 21, crypto analyst Willy Woo indicated that “old hands have been selling into this rally since the start of November.” Old hands selling is a bad sign that may mean that a price drop may be coming soon.

Bitcoin whales stir movement on the market

On Nov 22, Crypto Quant CEO Ki Young Ju indicated that “When whales are active (over 90%) on Coinbase, the $BTC price will likely be going sideways or bearish.” Typically, whales can acquire Bitcoin at a much lower price. They simply cash out to guarantee enough profit when the market becomes overheated.

The 2017 Bitcoin surge followed by its crash may be related to Bitcoin whale manipulations.  According to University of Texas professor John Griffin and Ohio State University’s Amin Shams, the Bitcoin bull run in 2017 may be driven by Bitfinex. They said through an academic paper:

“This one large player or entity either exhibited clairvoyant market timing or exerted an extremely large price impact on Bitcoin that is not observed in aggregate flows from other smaller traders.”

Although there are more and more investors interested in Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptos, the current price action of BTC seems to be primarily driven by institutional and big players. This year, Grayscale and its Bitcoin trust have been really eye-catching, as it has secured the largest Bitcoin amount seen by any institutional investor up to now. MicroStrategy and Square’s big Bitcoin buy-ins are also influential pulses that have driven Bitcoin’s price up as well.

Bitcoin economy fits billionaire investor George Soros’ quote perfectly. The philanthropist stated:

“Economic history is a never-ending series of episodes based on falsehoods and lies, not truths. It represents the path to big money. The object is to recognize the trend whose premise is false, ride that trend, and step off before it is discredited.”

Possible crypto regulation time bomb

There may be a series of crypto regulations upcoming in the US. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has allegedly heard rumors that the Trump Administration may soon issue a huge and strict crypto wallet regulation on United States traders with privacy-invading data collection requirements.

On Oct 8, the U.S. Department of Justice published a “Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework” that put cryptocurrency under strict regulations, similar to policies revolving around fiat money.

Google Trends indicate Bitcoin is booming

On Nov 25, CNBC’s Brian Kelly warned of a Bitcoin short-term correction that could see its price plummet to $12,000.

An explanation may be that altcoins rose much more than Bitcoin in price, which could serve to attract more funds into altcoin speculations. Whenever Bitcoin crashes, altcoins get pulled down as well.

Another reason is that searches for “buy bitcoin” on Google Trends have exploded to new highs, which means rising demand from retail investors. But this may not be a good sign. As Kelly said:

“Whenever you get that big of an address growth implied, that is a caution sign.”

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IOTA Launches Austria State-Backed Christian Doppler Laboratory for Blockchain Research




The IOTA Foundation, a non-profit distributed ledger technology-focused foundation has announced that it is joining a new research project, which is expected to run for seven years. The IOTA Foundation is joining the new research laboratory for blockchain technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT) as an industrial partner. - 2020-11-26T172433.733.jpg

The research lab, the Christian Doppler Laboratory (CDL-BOT), will provide “cutting-edge research on DLT interoperability, the intersection of DLT with the Internet of Things and developer support offerings.” 

The Federal Minister for Digital Economic Affairs in Austria has officially opened the laboratory in a digital ceremony, joined by the co-founder and co-chair of the IOTA Board of Directors, Dominik Schiener. The IOTA Foundation continues to strive for developing open source technologies and infrastructure for trusted IoT.

For the IOTA Foundation, this project would allow more development and research on the IOTA Tangle as well as applications in the Internet of Things. The project would also look beyond the IOTA protocol to further develop the European DLT ecosystem. In an official press release shared with Blockchain.News, IOTA explained:

“This requires novel mechanisms to enable DLT interoperability ranging from cross-blockchain token transfers or atomic swaps to cross-blockchain smart contract invocation and interaction, as well as providing client-side blockchain interoperability through developer support.”

Pantos, a scientific research project aiming to solve the key technical barriers in the crypto and digital asset space, as well as Bitpanda, a leading European neobroker has also joined the research project. Prof. Stefan Schulte, the lead for the new lab said:

“With the rising number of potential application areas for DLT-based payments and data exchange in the Internet of Things, new DLTs have to be integrated, and interoperability between different DLTs becomes necessary. I am looking forward to doing joint research with the IOTA Foundation and Pantos in order to find novel solutions to this highly topical topic.”

The press release also mentioned that postdoctoral and doctoral students would also be employed for the research project, under the supervision of Prof.Stefan Schulte. 

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Greenheart PUNT approved for listing on leading global crypto exchange DigiFinex  

Greenheart PUNT, the new sustainable Defi token led by Greenheart, is delighted to announce that the PUNT token has been approved for listing on the leading Singapore digital exchange DigiFinex.

DigiFinex is a Top 12 global crypto exchange and regularly trades in excess of $2 Billion dollars per day in volume and liquidity. The exchange trades approximately 200 leading coins and has over 4 million customer accounts – of which 800,000 are active daily users.

The listing on DigiFinex is in addition to Greenheart PUNT’s initial (December 1st) listing on the LAToken exchange and is designed to maximize liquidity and trading volume for PUNT token holders and investors.

The Greenheart PUNT token is scheduled to begin trading on DigiFinex on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

Greenheart was founded two years ago in Ashbourne, County Meath, and was formed two years ago by childhood friends Mark Canavan and Paul Walsh. The company produces a full range of sustainable oils – and shortly – edibles and balms for the retail market. Although Greenheart only began selling its oils in January 2020, it already has over 1,500 customers, a customer return rate three times the industry average and over seventy trusted 5-star reviews on its website.

Before launching Greenheart, Paul and Mark spent years researching extraction methods to produce the most effective agricultural products, for the end consumer with full traceability from seed to shelf. The company is the first sustainable producer in its market to use the full scope of cutting edge technology in its cultivation and production. This includes Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and Blockchain technology at each stage of the planting, harvesting, production, and retailing process.

Greenheart Punt Token 

The Greenheart Punt token is being backed by a real commodity – 1,000 liters of Greenheart’s oil in year 1 (with a retail value of $4 million US dollars) – allowing token holders to redeem their tokens directly for Greenheart oil.

The company also plans to continue deploying pioneering sustainability technology and cold press extraction, while also launching an Innovation Centre to teach farmers and the wilder public about the benefits of growing hemp and sustainable crops in Ireland.



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