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Crypto Stories: Vitalik Buterin talks creating Ethereum in previously unreleased 2014 interview

The latest episode of Cointelegraph’s Crypto Stories featured never-before-heard audio from an exclusive interview with Vitalik Buterin, recorded at a conference in Hong Kong in 2014. In this animated short, viewers can learn about the origin story of Ethereum (ETH), the world’d second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, straight from the founder himself.[embedded content]Back in 2011, while Buterin was a student at the University of Waterloo, he first heard about Bitcoin from his tech entrepreneur father. However, he didn’t take the decentralized currency seriously until began participating in Bitcoin forums created by Satoshi Nakamoto. In Buterin’s own search to learn about Bitcoin, he became a writer for the now defunct Bitcoin Weekly website where he got paid 5 BTC per article, or $4 at the time, said Buterin.Related: Finance Redefined: Vitalik bearish on cross-chain, dYdX decentralizing, Jan. 7–14Next he took his newfound journalism skills to join Mihai Alisie in co-founding Bitcoin Magazine. Their first issue was published in May 2012, according to the publication’s website, and the magazine is now owned by BTC Media. Buterin decided to withdraw from his university studies in 2013 at 19 years old to pursue working on blockchain-related projects full-time while traveling around the world. Throughout this time, he realized that cryptocurrency could be used for “more than just money” and should allow for more “freedom.” Buterin’s dream was to develop a blockchain with a built-in programming language and thus Ethereum was born, with the help of Mihai Alisie and others. The project was officially announced in January 2014.Related: How a young rebel started Thailand’s leading crypto exchange | Crypto Stories Ep. 1To read more about Ethereum, check out Cointelegraph’s Ethereum 101 guides and an in-depth profile on Buterin. 

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Don’t mention ‘K’ country: Bitcoin Magazine's YouTube restored after ban

Bitcoin Magazine’s YouTube channel was restored around three hours after being shut down, with the publication attributing the short ban to the YouTube algorithm flagging the word “Kazakhstan.”In a Jan. 12 Twitter post, Bitcoin Magazine noted that its YouTube account with 56,600 followers was banned in the middle of a livestream with no prior warning from the platform. “Our @YouTube with 60,000 followers just got BANNED mid-livestream with no warning. DELETED. When will the aggression against #Bitcoin content end?”The livestream was focused on topics relating to Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Bitcoin (BTC) mining and the recent internet blackout in Kazakhstan that was reportedly initiated by the government in response to mass protests over surging fuel prices in the nation. Bitcoin Magazine stated it wasn’t entirely sure what grounds YouTube had used to ban its channel, but did confirm that its account had been restored an hour after it had submitted an appeal, suggesting that Youtube had realized its error. In a live broadcast after the reinstatement, host Alex Mcshane noted that the panel was discussing the internet blackout’s effect on the BTC mining hash rate without saying anything controversial, but was using a set of “algorithmically and politically charged words” which may have triggered the automated shutdown: “I wanna talk about what happened, without triggering it again […], we were talking about a certain politically charged country that starts with a ‘K’.”Bitcoin Magazine also shared a post earlier today noting the initial response from YouTube regarding the ban, with the Google-owned platform stating that “content that encourages illegal activities or incites users to violate YouTube’s guidelines is not allowed.”“We may allow depictions of such activities if they are educational or documentary in nature and don’t help others imitate them,” the response added.Despite its content policy, current searches on YouTube still yield results showing multiple live streams using the identity and video content of popular figures such as MicroStrategy’s Michael Saylor to promote dodgy websites and supposed “crypto giveaway” scams. Either Michael Saylor does a lot of live streams or some vids are dodgy: YouTubeRelated: Key on-chain metric shows Bitcoin miners in ‘massive’ BTC accumulation modeCommenting on the ban in the r/CryptoCurrency subreddit, user u/Setl1less highlighted the hypocrisy, arguing that “Youtube has made it a habit of taking down prominent informative accounts” while allowing scams to operate freely.

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VCs don't understand that Cardano has a community: Charles Hoskinson

In a recent YouTube video, Charles Hoskinson highlighted the rapid growth of the Cardano (ADA) ecosystem while clarifying the concerns raised by other members of the crypto community over the past year.“We live in a world where arbitrary groups of people get to be fact-checkers and decide what’s legitimate,” said Hoskinson while speaking about the government’s perception of cryptocurrencies. He pointed out that a vast majority of financial crimes are done with the U.S. dollar or other fiat currencies. According to Hoskinson, the growth of the crypto ecosystem this year might be slower than 2022:“It’s hard to argue with the $2.5 trillion industry and imagine where that’s going to go. I think we’re just going to digest as an industry the consequences for better or worse of becoming so big so quickly.”He also highlighted the need to change Silicon Valley’s “bizarre mantra of move fast and break things” in crypto, which caused losses of $10.5 billion in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space in 2021. Stressing on Cardano’s slow and methodical approach, Hoskinson said:“That’s why VCs don’t even actually understand that Cardano has a community. They think it’s just me behind a microphone.”[embedded content]Hoskinson also said that Cardano will gradually transition into a permanent open source project and compared it to Linux operating system. He hopes to move away from a hierarchical structure to open-source DApps developed by the members of the Cardano community:“They [the developers] should also commit to putting at least one of their developers to contributing to the Cardano protocol.”In the long-term, Hoskinson envisions faster completion of the Cardano roadmap through this “small resource commitment”. He called out YouTubers, podcasters and VCs that have questioned Cardano’s growth by saying “we’re number one for GitHub commits”:“If you’re such an expert that you’re going to opine on the quality of our comments then tell us which ones are wrong, which ones don’t mean anything and what parts of the roadmap we’re failing at dramatically.”Related: ‘The only thing holding us back is us,’ says Charles Hoskinson on DeFi’s futureIn a similar live YouTube session, Hoskinson spoke about DeFi’s potential as well as Cardano’s small role within the industry. According to him, developers and creators need to foster a more long-term vision:“It’s very hard to do this kind of engineering and to do it right, with an eye and foresight for the future. Unfortunately, many of the projects in this space will not stand the test of time. It’s just a fact that we will see a great extinction occur in the next five to 10 years.”

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‘The only thing holding us back is us,’ says Charles Hoskinson on DeFi's future

The total value locked, or TVL, in decentralized finance (DeFi) has soared to over $250 billion as 2021 closes out, with most activity on Ethereum, according to DeFi Llama. The budding DeFi industry only became mainstream during summer 2021.While TVL valuations underscore the rapid growth of the industry, Cardano (ADA) founder Charles Hoskinson has warned about the challenges facing DeFi. In a YouTube video entitled, “DApps and Cardano DeFi Alliance,” Hoskinson talked about DeFi’s potential as well as Cardano’s small role within the industry. [embedded content]According to Hoskinson, who has been on a decade-long quest to transform traditional finance, there needs to be more long-term vision among developers and creators:“It’s very hard to do this kind of engineering and to do it right, with an eye and foresight for the future. Unfortunately, many of the projects in this space will not stand the test of time. It’s just a fact that we will see a great extinction occur in the next five to 10 years.”Related: DeFi can be 100 times larger than today in 5 yearsAlthough he believes that 2022 will be “a big year” for both the industry and Cardano, there is “still so much to do,” particularly when it comes to certification standards, the production quality of DApps and security. He noted that almost $10.5 billion have been lost to hacks, scams and theft in the sector in 2021 alone.Despite considering the crypto community to be “the weavers of the genetics of finance and of the destiny of humanity’s financial operating system for the 21st century,” Hoskinson claims that the “only thing that holds us back is us. If we fight each other, demean and attack each other, all we are doing is hurting our ability to be able to steer the dialogue towards productive ends.”Related: Cardano’s ADA price eyes 30% rally with a potential ‘triple bottom’ setupDuring the session, Hoskinson talked about Cardano’s current plans, mentioning its 127 projects in development and how the first half of 2022 will be “an essential window for commercialization and utility of Cardano projects.” He expects the user count to grow tenfold from the current 2 million users due to the nonfungible token revolution. Hoskinson also introduced the Cardano DeFi Alliance, or CDA, to drive collaboration among developers. He hopes to take Cardano from being a custodial entity to a fully formed open-source platform with the ability to include hundreds more projects across the entire industry. Cardano’s ADA was one of the top-performing cryptocurrencies through the first half of 2021. Despite being backed by a strong community, Cardano has been criticized for its slow progress and lengthy development timelines. The network achieved a major milestone in September with the Alonzo hard fork, though concerns remained that real utility for the platform was still on the distant horizon. 

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Gamer-hate: Ubisoft's new NFT project vid gets 96% dislike ratio

French gaming giant Ubisoft Entertainment SA’s new nonfungbile token (NFT) project Quartz is facing strong pushback from the gaming community. Ubisoft unveiled the Beta launch of Quartz via a brief YouTube video on Dec. 8 that has 214,721 views at the time of writing. The project aims to combine NFTs and blockchain technology with existing Triple-A game titles, and announced Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint as its first game to officially integrate NFTs. The video introduces Quartz as a platform that enables gamers to “collect the first playable and energy-efficient Ubisoft NFTs” that are dubbed as “Digits.” YouTube recently changed its policy to hide the number of dislikes a video on the platform gets, however the number can still be accessed by Google Chrome extensions. Upon using an extension, the video currently shows 1,400 likes and 37,000 dislikes which equates to a dislike ratio of roughly 96%. One of the top comments on the video from user “OperatorDrewski” currently has 2,600 likes with zero dislikes, and blasts Ubisoft’s NFT project as a quick cash grab as opposed to improving the overall gaming experience: “To me, this is a blatant signal that you’re just milking the Ghost Recon franchise for literally every cent while putting in minimal effort into the actual game itself. Not playing a GR game in the future if there’s this level of degeneracy in the team.”“You took a solid franchise and absolutely made it a laughing stock,” they added.This opinion appears to be shared by a significant number of the community, with users on Twitter also lashing out at the firm in response to its latest announcement as they threatened to uninstall the firm’s games and boycott Ubisoft completely. Because of my personal view of NFTs and not because of the environmemt entirely, I will now proceed to uninstall anything related to you right now and cease further purchases of your games.That is all. For people that dislike Current Ubi’s marketing, just stop buying.— Skyeeeely – Lazy VStreamer Cat (@Sukaaaily) December 7, 2021A Dec. 8 post over on the r/gaming page on Reddit shows a concerted effort to boycott the new NFT project. The post titled “do not support “Quartz”, the new NFT Ubisoft marketplace” from “u/WolverineKuzuri93” currently has 2,500 comments and an upvote ratio of 93% at more than 13,400 upvotes. The Redditor highlights similar issues to the top commenter on YouTube, noting that:“We have to stand against this practice. […] This is just another way to nickel and dime players with cosmetics rather than focusing on making quality products with depth. We have to let companies know this is anti-consumer.”“I’m not entirely against the concept of using an NFT style system for digital games. For example, actually owning your digital copy rather than just a license so you can sell it to another user’s account. That’s actually the future of digital gaming. What I’m against is how Ubisoft are doing it with in-game items,” they added. Gamer backlash to NFTsThis is not the first time a major firm has been flamed for looking at, or launching into the world of NFTs. Cointelegraph reported last month that community messaging app Discord was forced to walk back its Ethereum-based NFT integration plans, after the gamer community bombarded CEO Jason Citron. Citron initially teased his firm’s plans via a screenshot of a beta feature showing Ethereum NFT wallet support, however he was promptly hounded with thousands of comments calling on him to abandon the plans along with users threatening to cancel their paid Nitro subscriptions.Reddit: OpenSea walks back on IPO plan following community backlashUnlike the case of Ubisoft, where the community appears to be peeved by what they assert is a cash grab, the crypto-skeptics on Discord believe NFTs are a Ponzi scheme and damage the environment due to the energy required to mine cryptocurrencies.Cointelegraph has reached out to Ubisoft representatives for comment, and will update the story if they respond.

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