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    BTC Media Acquires The LTB Network, Plans Relaunch

    March 24th, 2017 by Adam B. Levine

    BTC Media, a leading information provider in the distributed ledger space, announced today that it has acquired The LTB Network.

    The move adds the company to BTC Media’s other publication holdings, including Distributed, Bitcoin Magazine, yBitcoin and Gongshitan, among others. As part of the acquisition, The LTB Network will undergo a relaunch in the second half of 2017 which will include an extensive rebranding.

    “We are thrilled to add The LTB Network to our list of industry-leading information services,” said BTC Media CEO David Bailey. “This strengthens our ability to help audiences stay ahead of trends in the digital currency space and implement best practices for their assets.”

    The LTB Network’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief Adam B. Levine will remain host of the flagship “Let’s Talk Bitcoin!” show and serve on the network’s editorial board.

    “Our goal has always been to showcase the disruptive ideas, people and projects that are leading innovation in digital currency,” Levine said. “This is a new opportunity to grow our audience and better serve our podcasters and writers by focusing more of our time on creating better content, not selling ads.”

    Founded in 2011, BTC Media is the world’s largest provider of multimedia, educational, conferences and other high-value informational resources focused on the digital currency and blockchain industries.

    Founded in 2014, The LTB Network has for years been the home to a distributed group of independent broadcasters and journalists working toward better understanding, exploring and explaining the phenomenon of digital currency.

    “This change marks a vitally important mechanism for BTC media to engage audiences worldwide,” Bailey said. “We are excited to expand the number of podcasts and place new focus on production value. We look forward to building on the foundation that Adam has established and taking it to the next level.”

    The LTB Network has been a testbed of innovation with a proprietary content management system, token controlled-access forums and more. It was the first to launch a rewards program using a digital currency, LTBCoin, which was awarded to content creators and audience members according to their “Proof of Participation” score.

    Following the acquisition, LTBCoin holders will be given the chance to participate in a new, “Proof of Existence 2.0” project, with details to be released later this year. It shares The LTB Network’s spirit of exploration into disruptive technology. Details and updates can be found at

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    175 - Miguel Vias: XRP's Future for Cross-Border Payments

    March 21st, 2017 by Epicenter

    For a long time the native asset of the Ripple network XRP was the cryptocurrency with the second biggest market cap. But with much of the supply controlled by Ripple, it remained surrounded by controversy. Still, XRP remains an interesting asset to enable cross-border payments in the future. Miguel Vias recently joined Ripple after a long career on Wall Street to develop XRP as a liquid and widely accepted asset.

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    174 - Carsten Stöcker: How Blockchains Will Power the Energy Grids of Tomorrow

    March 14th, 2017 by Epicenter

    Carsten Stöcker, Senior Manager Machine Economy & Blockchain at Innogy, shares his vision for how blockchains will serve as the transactional fabric for tomorrow's smart grids. In this new paradigm, energy is locally produced and blockchains provide the rails on which radically different local energy markets can be built. The German utility has been conducting blockchain experiments for several years and is soon releasing the Mobility Transaction Platform moveX. The Ethereum-powered platform will serve an ecosystem of electric vehicles with transaction layer needed for charging, car sharing and mobility as a service.

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    Ten Ways Governments Threaten Bitcoin

    March 13th, 2017 by John Light
    Governments are strange beasts. Not quite market, not quite commons, governments occupy a unique space in the economy where societies permit (or tacitly tolerate) territorially-bound corporations that have fiat monopolies on important social functions and institutions. Governments use these exceptional permissions to create and enforce laws and regulations that inhibit the free flow of goods, services, and ideas within their jurisdictions, simultaneously creating and limiting opportunities for e... Read More

    173 - Olaf Carlson-Wee: Polychain Capital and the Rise of Protocol Tokens

    March 7th, 2017 by Epicenter

    Polychain Founder and CEO Olaf Carlson-Wee joined us to talk about Polychain Capital, a new hedge fund focused solely on investing in cryptocurrencies and protocol tokens.

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    How to Decentralize Uber

    March 6th, 2017 by John Light
    It has been an oft-cited example that Ethereum can be used to create a “decentralized Uber,” and there have been several (as-yet unsuccessful) attempts to do just that. But what does creating a decentralized Uber actually entail? In this post, I propose that a) Ethereum is overkill for the task at hand, and b) decentralized Uber is not as sexy as it sounds, and may or may not actually make sense in the real world. What Uber Is Today Uber ... Read More

    172 - Peter Rizun: A Bitcoin Fee Market Without A Blocksize Limit

    February 28th, 2017 by Epicenter

    Dr. Peter Rizun joined us to discuss why a fee market in Bitcoin would exist even without a blocksize limit and his argument for Bitcoin Unlimited.

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    The Key Decision-Makers in Bitcoin

    February 27th, 2017 by John Light
    Over the past year, there have been intense debates about the future of the Bitcoin network. These discussions have mostly revolved around the topic of scaling Bitcoin, and several proposals have been put forward to address the question of how the Bitcoin network will scale to be used by the billions of people and machines we have on this planet. These scaling proposals are not all mutually exclusive, but nearly all of them involve a fundamental change to the Bitcoin protocol that would require ... Read More

    171 - Vitalik Buterin: DAO Lessons, Casper and Blockchain Interoperability

    February 21st, 2017 by Epicenter

    Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin joined us once again to discuss the state of Ethereum and the efforts to innovate the protocol. We covered the takeaways from the DAO fork, switching to the proof-of-stake system Casper and how to think about blockchain interoperability.

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    170 - Jae Kwon: Cosmos - The Internet of Blockchains

    February 14th, 2017 by Epicenter

    We're joined by Jae Kwon, CEO and Founder of Tendermint, the team which will soon launch the Cosmos Network. Cosmos aims to build the internet of blockchains: A global network of blockchains, connected through hubs that allow trustless token transfer. Jae joined us to discuss the Cosmos vision, the underlying Tendermint consensus algorithm and upcoming fundraiser.

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    169 - Prof. Silvio Micali: A New Scalable and Secure Approach to Byzantine Fault Tolerant Consensus

    February 7th, 2017 by Epicenter

    We're pleased to be joined by Professor Silvio Micali, a computer scientist at MIT, who is known for his work in many of the technologies blockchains rely on today. Prof. Micali describes the concept of Algorand, an alternative approach to proof of work which offers high security guarantees while allowing the network to scale with demand. Relying only on a trivial amount of computation to validate transactions, Algorand also reduces the probability of network forks to near-zero. It uses novel mechanisms to select validators for blocks and enabling them to come to consensus on them.

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    168 - Rick Dudley: The Future of Ethreum as a Strongly Typed Proof-of-Stake Blockchain Network

    January 31st, 2017 by Epicenter

    We're joined by Rick Dudley, an opinionated and passionate blockchain developer who is actively involved in multiple projects. He works as a DevOps at Monax, works closely with Vlad Zamfir on implementing Casper in Ethereum, is a leading member of the Coala organization and is Founder and CEO of the startup Vulcanize. Rick gives us insider insights on Ethereum and on how the project may evolve, in particular, once Casper is implemented and when more robust, strongly typed language VMs are made available to the protocol.

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    167 - Peter Harris: Democratizing the Music Industry with the Streaming Music Cooperative Resonate

    January 24th, 2017 by Epicenter

    After the successful Ethereum crowdfunding campaign, musician and web developer Peter Harris saw a path to creating a fair, decentralized music streaming platform. Out of that Resonate was born. Peter joined us to discuss why the dysfunctional structure of the music industry results in a bad deal for musicians and why a decentralized platform supported by blockchain technology and run as a cooperative represents a better way forward.

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    166 - G. Andrew Stone & Andrew Clifford: Bitcoin Unlimited

    January 16th, 2017 by Epicenter

    Years into the controversy around how to scale Bitcoin, there have been many challengers to Bitcoin core's dominance. After XT, Classic and others have faded, Bitcoin Unlimited has been gaining traction and emerged as plausible new way forward.

    Bitcoin Unlimited wants to make the block size a parameter that is set by miners and nodes, but not fixed at a network level. They argue a natural fee market would emerge, allowing Bitcoin to rapidly scale and realizing its promise of electronic cash as well as store of value. The project is also member-driven, with democratic decisions driving its development decisions. Core developer G. Andrew Stone and Bitcoin Unlimited President Andrew Clifford joined us for the episode.

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    165 - Brian, Meher & Sebastien: Wrapping Up The Year and Looking Ahead at What's to Come

    January 9th, 2017 by Epicenter

    It's been an eventful year in the blockchain space, for the Epicenter podcast, and its hosts. Brian, Meher and Sebastien look back on 2016 and provide a few personal updates, give their thoughts and insights on how the space evolved, and make predictions on where they feel the industry will go in the next year.

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    164 - Ari Juels: Using Hardware Enclaves to Provide Trusted Data to Smart Contracts

    January 2nd, 2017 by Epicenter

    Ari Juels, a Professor at Cornell Tech and former Chief Scientist of RSA, joins us to discuss his work on Authenticated Data Feeds for Smart Contracts. These 'Town Crier' feeds would act as bridges between smart contracts and websites, srapping data over TLS and feeding to to a smart contract. Relying on sophisticated hardware enclave technology, one who uses a Town Crier feed would not need to trust its operator as code execution would be guaranteed signed by the hardware.

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    163 - Roger Ver: Bitcoin, Liberty and the Scalability Roadblock

    December 27th, 2016 by Epicenter

    Roger Ver is one of the earliest Bitcoin investors and evangelist. We discusses his impassioned vision for how Bitcoin can help liberty and the current issues on the best way of scaling Bitcoin.

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    Epicenter - Message for LTB Feed Listeners

    December 26th, 2016 by Epicenter

    Epicenter listeners who subscribe to the show on the LTB Feed probably noticed that they were unable to download the show for the last few weeks. There was an issue with the links we were posting to the LTB website. Well, we're happy to report that the issue has been fixed and that you can now go back an listen to episodes 159, 160, 161 and 162.

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    162 - Ned Scott: Steem - The Blockchain-Based Social Media Platform

    December 20th, 2016 by Epicenter

    Few crypto projects have gotten as much attention and caused as much controversy as Steem. The blockchain-based social media platform launched early this year and managed to gain real user traction building up a vibrant community of contributors. The Steem token quickly entered bubble territory reaching a market cap of almost $400m and losing 90% of its value since.

    Steem Co-Founder and CEO Ned Scott joined us to discuss the ambition of the project and its short tumultous history. We also discussed some of the accusations against Steem and its unorthodox launch.

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    161 - Marley Gray: Project Bletchley - Microsoft's Blockchain 3.0 Architecture

    December 13th, 2016 by Epicenter

    Marley Gray, Principal Program Manager Blockchain at Microsoft, joins us to talk about Microsoft's approach to blockchain architecture. With enterprise in mind, Bletchley introduces the concept of "Cryptlets", the core building blocks for introducing a secure middleware tier into blockchain application infrastructure. These computational units, running off-chain on secure trusted container enclave hardware, could provide trusted data to on-chain smart contract logic.

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