With Bitcoin recently hitting its 10-year anniversary (October 31st), the past week was full of analysis, opinions and more on how far we (and this space) has come. Here's a curated list of must reads if you want to get a macro perspective, otherwise, jump on ahead to read on the last week's picks.

1️⃣ Bitcoin: A peer-to-peer electronic cash system

Of course, what better way to start this by reading Bitcoin's white paper. This one is an annotated version, giving you more insights / explanation (if you want to, that is).

πŸ‘‰ A brief history of Bitcoin: 10 years of highs and lows

πŸ‘‰ Bitcoin white paper – 10 years since Satoshi’s vision was brought to life

πŸ‘‰ How Bitcoin & Satoshi Nakamoto changed the world

πŸ‘‰ After 10 years, Bitcoin has changed everythingβ€”and nothing

πŸ‘‰ The nine (million) lives of Bitcoin

πŸ‘‰ What is it like to be a Bitcoin?

πŸ‘‰10 Years of the blockchain: what is Bitcoin, really?

πŸ‘‰ Bitcoin at 10

πŸ‘‰ Happy birthday, Bitcoin! A letter from Ross Ulbricht

πŸ‘‰ Bitcoin turns 10: still not all grown up

πŸ‘‰ Remembering the Bitcoin white paper - series

Phew, that was a lot. Now if you feel that you're already well acquainted with Bitcoin's history, then take this simple quiz and share your results with us. ;)

Now on to what you should know about the last seven days in the cryptocurrency landscape.


2️⃣ Basic Attention Token (BAT) is launching on Coinbase Pro

Staying true to its promise, Coinbase has added support for Basic Attention Token (BAT) on its Pro platform. However, it is yet to add the digital currency on Coinbase's website or apps.

3️⃣ Parity to help Zcash (the currency) gain independence from Zcash (the startup)

Parity, makers behind the wallet for Ethereum, is now going beyond the second-largest cryptocurrency. Now, it's partnering with Zcash Foundation to launch a node software which isn't build by Zcash (the startup). The aim of the partnership is to ensure that Zcash gets decentralised and isn't being managed by a single entity.


πŸ’₯ What's the buzz! #1

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4️⃣ The godfather of Ethereum ICOs wants to let investors take their money back

Fabian Vogelsteller, the person behind setting the ERC-20 standard, is now proposing a new way to raise funds. Dubbed RICO, or reversible ICO, the idea is that investors can take their funds back during any stage of the project. He suggests that this can weed out scams, since developers will need to fulfil their promises to ensure investors don't take the money back.

5️⃣ Big four auditor EY launches Zero-Knowledge system for private transactions on Ethereum

One of the big four auditing firms, Ernst and Young have introduced a prototype system to enable secure and private transactions on Ethereum blockchain.


6️⃣ Exploring crypto just got easier

One of the most popular Bitcoin block explorers, Blockchain, is now venturing outside of the dominant cryptocurrency as it has added support for Ethereum.

7️⃣ Bitcoin’s β€˜first felon’ faces more legal trouble

Charlie Shrem was arrested in 2014 on grounds that he's knowingly helping people to buy drugs on Silk Road by selling them BTC via his company, Bitinstant. Soon after getting out in 2016, he has acquired a number of properties, along with two Maseratis and two motorboats among other things. His previous partners - Winklevii siblings - suspect that these purchases came from 5,000 BTC Shrem hasn't given to them back in 2012.


πŸ’₯ What's the buzz! #2

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πŸ’° Money matters: fund raise and acquisitions

πŸ‘‰ Coinbase raises Series E round of financing to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies

Related read: Coinbase's Emilie Choi: $300 million raise was 'for a rainy day'

πŸ‘‰ Ethereum studio ConsenSys just bought an Asteroid mining company

πŸ‘‰Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp confirms sale to gaming group NXC

πŸ‘‰ CryptoKitties maker doubles valuation in Venrock-led fundraising

πŸ‘‰ Crypto investment firm Grayscale rakes in $330 million this year despite Bitcoin bear market


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πŸ‘‰ Mapping out Bitcoin’s supply chain


πŸ‘“ More awesome stuff to read

πŸ‘‰ Why blockchains struggle to gain traction in enterprises

πŸ‘‰ Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin says his creation can’t succeed unless he takes a step back

πŸ‘‰ Skirting the Great Wall: the chequered saga of crypto in China, 2018

πŸ‘‰ Tezos’s timid trailblazer

πŸ‘‰Blockchain is manipulated, and here’s how

πŸ‘‰Fiatcoins want to be aggregators, aggregators centralize power

πŸ‘‰ A cryptocurrency millionaire wants to build a Utopia in Nevada


πŸ’₯ What's the buzz! #3

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πŸŽ₯ Watchlist

πŸ‘‰ Devcon4 streams

πŸ‘‰ Cryptos are an 'intellectual experiment' Xapo CEO Casares says

πŸ‘‰ Balancing the Ledger: Compound CEO Robert Leshner

πŸ‘‰ Katie Haun vs Paul Krugman


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πŸ‘‰ Murad Mahmudov: the ultimate Bitcoin argument

πŸ‘‰Dan Held on Bitcoin's immaculate conception

πŸ‘‰ Charlie Lee, aka Satoshi Lite, on the 10-year anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper

πŸ‘‰ Rigel (CoinsureNZ), relaying Bitcoin transactions with TxTenna for censorship resistance


πŸ’₯ What's the buzz! #4

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