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Bitcoin surges past $8,000. Is this 2017 all over again?

In the spring of 2017, after several months of sideways trading, the price of Bitcoin started rising — from about $1,000 in early April to $2,500 in mid-May. By August it was at $4,000. The trading was choppy and declines were sudden and severe, but the price always recovered, reaching new highs in a matter…


In the spring of 2017, after several months of sideways trading, the price of Bitcoin started rising — from about $1,000 in early April to $2,500 in mid-May. By August it was at $4,000. The trading was choppy and declines were sudden and severe, but the price always recovered, reaching new highs in a matter of weeks. In November alone, the price started at roughly $6,500 and ended at over $10,000 (all data courtesy of CoinMarketCap). 

Two years later (with a pretty terrible 2018 in between, price-wise), the price of Bitcoin is on a similar trajectory. Last week, it crossed the $6,000 mark for the first time this year. Just five days later, Bitcoin easily surged past $8,000, and it’s currently trading at $8,240 at Coinbase. The prices of other cryptocurrencies rose as well; Ethereum, which saw even bigger gains than Bitcoin in 2017, surpassed $200 for the first time this year.

The numbers have changed, and many millions were poured into blockchain-based businesses since, so the stakes are much higher this time around. 

But it’s hard not to notice the similarities. Just like in 2017, there’s fear of China banning this or that aspect of crypto. Just like back then, major cryptocurrency exchanges are being hacked, with hackers making away with millions. Famous investors like Warren Buffet are once again making fun of Bitcoin. There’s fear of stablecoin Tether collapsing — though, to be honest, this fear has been around for years and it never really went away. And again, there’s talk of institutional investors entering the space in a big way. 

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Samsung makes it easier to buy Bitcoin on its phones

Samsung is diving deeper into cryptocurrencies.  On Thursday, the smartphone company announced a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, making it easier for users in the U.S. and Canada to buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin on Samsung phones.  This is done through Samsung’s Blockchain Wallet, which now integrates with the Gemini mobile app, allowing users to…

Samsung is diving deeper into cryptocurrencies. 

On Thursday, the smartphone company announced a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, making it easier for users in the U.S. and Canada to buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin on Samsung phones. 

This is done through Samsung’s Blockchain Wallet, which now integrates with the Gemini mobile app, allowing users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies. Users will also be able to view their Gemini account balances in the Samsung Blockchain Wallet app, as well as transfer their crypto into col

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Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallets Can Get Hacked, Too

Whether you think cryptocurrency is a scam or a salvation, those digital coins can store real-world value. The safest place to keep them is in what’s known as a “hardware wallet,” a device like a USB drive that stores your currency and private keys locally, w…

Whether you think cryptocurrency is a scam or a salvation, those digital coins can store real-world value. The safest place to keep them is in what’s known as a “hardware wallet,” a device like a USB drive that stores your currency and private keys locally, w…
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J.K. Rowling is four cocktails in and talking trash about Bitcoin

J.K. Rowling has been drinking a lot and you’d better believe she has some thoughts on Bitcoin. Noted TERF and author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, Rowling decided Friday was the perfect time to learn about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. And so, like any celebrity who wants to start her day off with a ray of positivity,…

J.K. Rowling has been drinking a lot and you’d better believe she has some thoughts on Bitcoin.

Noted TERF and author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, Rowling decided Friday was the perfect time to learn about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. And so, like any celebrity who wants to start her day off with a ray of positivity, she hopped on Twitter to engage

“I don’t understand bitcoin,” Rowling tweeted to Coindesk’s Leigh Cuen. “Please explain it to me.”

Over the course of the next several hours, as legions of crypto try-hards leapt at the opportunity to explain consensus algorithms, Rowling’s nascent views on Bitcoin turned from mildly inquisitive to a friendly mocking.

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Perhaps it was the fourth Old Fashioned speaking?

“People are now explaining Bitcoin to me, and honestly, it’s blah blah blah collectibles (My Little Pony?) b

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Invested Your Stimulus Check in Bitcoin? Here’s Its Value Today

A stimulus check worth $1,200 invested in Bitcoin in mid-April is now worth $1,640.U.S. Senators are pushing for a second wave of stimulus checks worth $2,000.While the U.S. is preparing to reopen, economic consequences from the pand…

  • A stimulus check worth $1,200 invested in Bitcoin in mid-April is now worth $1,640.
  • U.S. Senators are pushing for a second wave of stimulus checks worth $2,000.
  • While the U.S. is preparing to reopen, economic consequences from the pand…
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