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Stop Calling Bitcoin a “Community”

Bitcoin is a revolutionary technology as the world's first completely decentralized peer-to-peer payment network. As millions of people around the world pour billions of dollars into Bitcoin, everyone from rural subsistence farmers to swamp-dwelling policymakers increasingly take note.

While Bitcoin matures, hordes of pundits, bloggers, and journalists perpetually reference a "Bitcoin community" responsible for the challenges, changes and successes of Bitcoin.

But there is no Bitcoin community.

One could be forgiven for not readily understanding …

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Insane Coin Offerings: To The Moon

Moon Coins

This article is the fourth in a series about the most absurd Initial Coin Offerings. Read the previous article here.

For millennia, the moon has appeared throughout the legends, traditions, religions, and art of humankind. From the Neolithic people of the British Isles to Leonardo da Vinci to Neil Armstrong, Earth's nightlight fascinates prehistoric, Renaissance, and modern humans alike. Now the moon dazzles an eclectic, nerdy bunch of twenty-first-century humans for an …

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Insane Coin Offerings: Everything is “Bitcoin”

Different Bitcoins

This article is the third in a series about the most absurd Initial Coin Offerings. Read the previous article here.

In chasing crypto-riches, many coin creators see a shortcut to widespread adoption (or at least possession) by hijacking the Bitcoin name via chain forks or branding.

Roger Ver, for example, is (in)famous for insisting that Bitcoin Cash is the "real" Bitcoin (an idea that Ethereum's founder, Vitalik Buterin, now supports).

1. I consider …

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