Over the past few weeks, many people have noticed that bitcoin core network fees and transactions times have been a lot better than two months ago when fees reached highs of 1,000 satoshis per byte or $30-40 per transaction. Many people are wondering why these issues have subsided, and some people believe it is due to a practice called ‘transaction batching.’ For about two weeks or so bitcoin core fees have dropped significantly after reaching all-time highs a few weeks prior. Multiple theories are being discussed across the web on why the fees and transaction confirmation times have decreased. Some individuals believe the drop is due to the number of daily transactions, as BTC now appears to be used less. Currently, the amount of transactions per day is over 154,000, but during the last quarter of 2017 daily transactions were between 250,000 to 450,000. Another theory is the adoption of Segregated Witness (Segwit) may have helped, but Segwit use still only represents 15 percent of all BTC transactions. Lastly, another opinion of why BTC is operating smoother is because of a process called ‘transaction batching.’ The subject of transaction batching is a hot topic that is being discussed throughout social media and forums right now.
Despite recent claims that bitcoin is becoming less popular for illicit dealings on the dark web, investigations show that it is still the payment method of choice for many. The most recent example comes from the US Navy, where a few entrepreneurial cadets reportedly used bitcoin to buy drugs which they distributed to their classmates for profit. US Navy investigators have uncovered an alleged drug ring at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, involving between ten to two-dozen suspects. Three cadets are accused of buying cocaine, ketamine and LSD on the dark web using bitcoin and selling the drugs to their classmates. The investigation reportedly began nearly three months ago after one midshipman informed the authorities about the drug trade on the base. The top brass ordered a surprise drug test for all 4,500 cadets before dawn on Wednesday morning and DEA drug-sniffing dogs discovered cocaine in the room of one of the suspected users. The cadet suspected of owning the cocaine was at athletic practice at the time and she reportedly made a run for it but was caught and taken in for questioning.
The Bitcoin dress is the brainchild of designer Holly Renee, who began her overall fashion project in 2012 as an Etsy page, though she’d been designing since she was a teen. In terms of the Genesis Block dress in particular, the “inspiration behind the dress was wanting to solidify this moment in history,”. The San Francisco based company digitally prints on the fabric, and each dress is made by hand through “sewing artisans.” The process “provides a zero-waste print-to order technology. The textile file that is created is printed onto transfer paper, then transferred to the fabric with heat rollers which permanently seals the inks into the fibers. The fabric is then individually cut to size, tagged, sewn and shipped,” according to the company’s site. It’s fitting a crypto dress would be printed digitally, and Shenova describes the process as exciting “because it allows whimsical flexibility, and endless creativity. If you can see it, you can print it (then wear it!) The concept is so great because you can literally take something right off the computer screen and onto your body.”
The meteoric rise of Bitcoin’s value in 2017 was enough to bring it into mainstream consciousness – but people are clamoring to get on the Blockchain and cryptocurrency train. That has culminated in a number of weird and wonderful advertising campaigns, featuring some interesting celebrities and big businesses, all vying to promote and capitalize on the crypto craze that is sweeping the world. Early adopters of Bitcoin have become prominent figures in the industry, but actors, musicians and scamsters have all played their part in a fascinating few years of marketing and advertising drives in the space.
For decades, actors and musicians have been used to promote a number of goods and services. The tobacco industry is famous for this- using movie stars to promote smoking in popular movies for decades. It’s safe to say we’ve seen it all. Celebrities from all walks of life have been linked with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies for years. Matrix star Keanu Reeves narrated ‘Deep Web,’ a documentary exploring the murky world of the dark web.
Patrick Byrne, the CEO of Overstock, which was the first major retailer to accept Bitcoin (BTC) back in 2014, has said that he is “not really interested in cryptocurrencies per se,” but revealed a little-known Blockchain project his company has invested “millions of dollars” into in an interview with Business Insider Friday, Feb. 23. When asked if he’s interested in “everything cryptocurrency” or “really interested in the Blockchain [sic]”, Byrne prefaced his answer by saying he is “really letting something big out of the bag”, going on to reveal both Overstock’s and his personal interest in a virtually unknown Blockchain project called Ravencoin, which launched very quietly on Jan. 3, 2018. The Ravencoin project’s single blog post, published Nov. 1, 2017, opens with a sentence designed to pique the interest of a Game of Thrones-loving crypto investor.