Cryptocurrency

Cryptonite: rising interest rates are killing bitcoin and most experts predict a crypto winter until at least 2023

- July 15, 2022 4 MIN READ

Finder conducts a quarterly survey of 53 crypto experts  They predict bitcoin will end 2022 at US$25,473 10% say its time to sell out, 50% buy 70% think ‘winter’ will continue until at least 2023 Interest rates and the Terra collapse are to blame. Australian cryptocurrency experts have cut their predictions on the value of… Read more »

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The story behind the day bitcoin made pizza the most expensive meal in the world

- May 20, 2022 2 MIN READ

Well before bitcoin’s coronation as an alternative asset class or getting the attention of institutional and celebrity investors, it lived in swamps and deserts. It was only an experiment between cypherpunks & cryptographers without any market value or any real world applications. On May 18, 2010 – after 14 months from Bitcoin genesis block –… Read more »

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Bitcoin mining startup Arkon Energy raises $2.6 million in pre-seed capital

- February 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

Bitcoin mining venture Arkon Energy has raised $2.6 million in a pre-seed round. The round was led by blockchain investment firm Kestrel0x1, alongside strategic investors, such as trade services and renewable energy products provider, Linked Group Services, as well as other angel investors. The startup is using the funds to scale its bitcoin mining operations… Read more »

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The billionaire Australian computer scientist who claims he invented Bitcoin smacked with $100 million damages bill in US lawsuit

- December 7, 2021 2 MIN READ

Australian computer scientist and self-proclaimed inventor of bitcoin Craig Wright has survived a lawsuit that would have seen him hand over half of a 1.1 million Bitcoin fortune – today worth around $71 billion – to the family of former business partner David Kleiman. Wright was, however, ordered to pay US$100 million in damages to… Read more »

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CBA opens up the CommBank app to cryptocurrencies

- November 3, 2021 3 MIN READ

The Commonwealth Bank is embracing cryptocurrencies, and will allow CommBank app customers to buy, sell and hold crypto assets. In the a game-changing move for the sector by the country’s biggest bank will see it partnered with crypto exchange Gemini – founded by the Winklevoss twins of Facebook fame – and blockchain analysis firm, Chainalysis.… Read more »

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Bitcoin’s dirty secret: Elon Musk’s change of heart is a warning to cryptocurrencies to clean up their carbon footprint

- May 18, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the weekend, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk suggested his company could sell off its Bitcoin holdings, sending the cryptocurrency plummeting. It followed Musk’s announcement earlier this month that his company would no longer accept Bitcoin in payment for its electric cars, due to the fossil fuels needed to create the digital currency. Bitcoin is… Read more »

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Reinventure’s bet on Coinbase returns $546 million, boosting Westpac’s bottom line by $288m

- April 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

January 2015 was an interesting time for bitcoin and Westpac’s fintech venture capital fund, Reinventure. Simon Cant and Danny Gilligan, co-founded the VC with Westpac the year before. Bitcoin kicked off the year at around US$300, before crashing to $170 within a fortnight. The cryptocurrency would climb to $465 before the year was out and… Read more »

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A leading Australian investor says Bitcoin is just a collectible like gold, art or wine

- March 11, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Crypto currencies are finally being taken seriously by institutional investors, with the likes of BlackRock recently announcing that it had begun investing in Bitcoin. The original crypto might have crossed the US$55,000 level again this week, but Roger Montgomery, Chairman and CIO at Montgomery Investments says he still needs more convincing and is yet to hear a… Read more »

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Iran had a massive crackdown on Bitcoin mining, seizing 45,000 machines, after the country was hit by blackouts

- January 19, 2021 < 1 MIN READ

Iranian police confiscated more 45,000 bitcoin mining machines, chewing up around 95 megawatts per hour (MWh) of electricity, because the miners were using cheaper, subsidised power illegally, according to local media agency Tasnim News. To put that in perspective, that’s around half the capacity of South Australia’s Tesla “big battery” plant (aka Hornsdale). Iranian authorities… Read more »