Why Playmate Jessica Vaugn Is Coming To Bitcoin 2021

Playmate Jessica Vaugn discussed her interest in Bitcoin and the upcoming Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami on June 4 and 5.

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Freelance model, makeup artist and photographer Jessica Vaugn, best known for her work with Playboy, started tumbling down the Bitcoin rabbit hole in 2020. She said it completely changed her life and the way she views the world. As a freelancer, she’s always been keen on making independent choices. But it wasn’t until the pandemic lockdowns, she said, that she realized government-run economic systems limit her personal freedoms.

Now, thanks to a penchant for books like “The Bitcoin Standard” and networking with bitcoiners on Twitter, Vaugn says she’s using bitcoin to hedge against the risks of government overreach and inflation. She’s not worried about price volatility, since she’s not hoping to get rich quickly by trading cryptocurrencies. She’s only interested in bitcoin, not anything else in the sea of digital assets, because that’s what she feels is most aligned with her ideological perspective. She said that the Bitcoin ethos is all about freedom, privacy and security. And considering the strict pandemic protocols forced on the residents of Los Angeles over the past year, those values have become more important to her now than ever before.

Playmate Jessica Vaugn discussed her interest in Bitcoin and the upcoming Bitcoin 2021 event in Miami on June 4 and 5.

For Vaugn, 2021 is a year of investing in herself by growing her newfound Bitcoin knowledge to reshape her career. As Hollywood unions tighten their grip on work opportunities in Los Angeles, Vaugn is flying to Miami to meet experts from the Bitcoin community. She’s not sure what the future holds, but she does know having custody of her own bitcoin can offer peace of mind in uncertain times. If you can’t join the conference in Miami, tune in via YouTube, then follow #Bitcoin2021 on Twitter and Instagram. Plus, you can join our conversation on Telegram and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with all the happenings at Bitcoin 2021.

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Asian VC Firm Launches $30 Million Polkadot, Kusama Fund

Master Ventures, an Asian private-venture capital firm has unveiled a $30 million fund geared toward crypto projects eyeing for a parachain slot on Polkadot and Kusama.

Bullish on Parachain Projects

According to a press release issued today, $1 billion-valued blockchain incubator & private venture capital company Master Ventures has launched a $30 million venture capital fund dubbed the Master Ventures Polkadot VC Fund.

The first of its kind fund aims to support and finance the Parachain bids of tier-1 blockchain and cryptocurrency projects aiming to secure a slot on the Polkadot Relay Chain. In addition, the fund will also bootstrap early-stage investments in projects in the budding Polkadot and Kusama ecosystems.

For the uninitiated, both Polkadot and Kusama are poised to launch more than 50 parachains over the next 18 months. These Parachain slots, as such, will be auctioned to the highest-bidding projects who must also make the required payments for their respective bids in DOT or KSM, the native tokens of Polkadot and Kusama networks, respectively.

In a bid to incentivize community support towards a particular Parachain bid, projects will issue their native tokens in exchange for a DOT crowdloan. Notably, this process is an alternative conceptualized by Polkadot to an ICO/IDO with the native tokens being airdropped to the lenders.

Commenting on the development, Kyle Chasse, Founder and CEO, Master Ventures, noted:

“As a supporter of Blockchain & Cryptocurrency since 2012, we’ve evaluated over 1000 projects and invested in nearly 100 of these, many of which have committed to develop on Polkadot.  In our current portfolio of incubated projects led by the PAID Network, we’ve also committed significant research & development resources to build on Polkadot.”


“As such, we’ve gained amazing proprietary knowledge and insight into the current progress and future evolution of both projects and we believe Polkadot will be one of the clear long-term winning blockchains and ecosystems due to its cross-chain functionality, ease of development & deployment as well as the strength of its development community.”

Anticipation Builds for Parachain Auctions

Both Polkadot and Kusama are slated to conduct Parachain auctions which will witness numerous tier-1 projects battle each other to secure a Parachain for a certain period of time.

As BTCMananger reported on May 25, Polkadot is assessing multi-chain tech challenges after launching Parachain auctions.

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Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Crypto Tracking to Fight Ransomware

In brief

  • Known ransomware payments exceeded $400 million last year.
  • Most payments occur in Bitcoin.

Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters yesterday in a press briefing aboard Air Force One that “combating ransomware is a priority for the administration.” Moreover, one of the ways it plans on addressing it is through more cryptocurrency tracking as the overwhelming majority of ransomware attackers demand Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency as payment.

Ransomware is malicious software that locks users out of a computer or a network. To regain access, they can pay the hackers, typically through cryptocurrency, which can be sent outside of traditional financial channels. Though ransomware has been a growing problem for years, with at least $400 million paid to hackers in 2020, it’s taken on increased urgency in recent months. 

In May, hacker group DarkSide collected $90 million in BTC after shutting down the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies gas to the Eastern seaboard. Several states experienced gas shortages as a result.

Over the weekend, the world’s biggest meatpacker, JBS, suffered a ransomware attack that threatened to shut down its plants, leading to meat shortages and higher prices as the northern hemisphere heads into summer.

According to Jean-Pierre, the administration is in communication with JBS as well as the government of Russia, where the attack is believed to have originated. 

Believing the risk to be ongoing rather than isolated, the administration is conducting a “rapid strategic review to address the increased threat of ransomware.” 

Jean-Pierre noted that the review has four emphases: “One, distribution of ransomware infrastructure and actors working closely with the private sector; two, building an international coalition to hold countries who harbor ransom actors accountable; expanding cryptocurrency analysis to find and pursue criminal transaction; and reviewing the USG’s ransomware policies.”

Though Jean-Pierre did not provide specifics, federal agencies already work with blockchain-tracing firms to combat money laundering, terrorism financing, and other illicit activity. Blockchain-tracking firm Chainalysis earns most of its revenue from government contracts. Competitor CipherTrace last year received a US Department of Homeland Security contract to develop methods to trace Monero, a so-called privacy coin popular for those looking to send or receive illicit payments.


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Coinbase Bump Alert – Top Crypto Exchange Gearing Up To List Dogecoin

Coinbase is revealing plans to add support for meme crypto asset Dogecoin (DOGE) on the exchange’s professional-level trading platform Coinbase Pro.

In a new blog post, the US-based crypto exchange tells its users that they can now deposit DOGE into their Coinbase Pro accounts.



Support for the sixth-largest cryptocurrency will be available in all of the crypto exchange’s supported jurisdictions. Trading will begin on June 3rd, on or after 9 AM Pacific time once liquidity conditions are met.

Coinbase adds that users can trade DOGE against Bitcoin and Tether and three fiat currencies – the US dollar, the euro and the sterling pound (GBP).

“Once sufficient supply of DOGE is established on the platform, trading on our DOGE-USD, DOGE-BTC, DOGE-EUR, DOGE-GBP, and DOGE-USDT order books will launch in three phases, post-only, limit-only and full trading.”

Dogecoin has been one of the most controversial crypto assets amid its meteoric ascent into the top ten. The altcoin, which started as a joke in 2013, has received support from Tesla CEO Elon Musk who unveiled a mission to the moon that will be paid for using DOGE. Billionaire and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban is also supporting DOGE by accepting the meme crypto asset as a payment option for Dallas Mavericks game tickets and merchandise.

The Dogecoin listing comes weeks after Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong announced the crypto exchange’s plans to accelerate the process of adding support of new coins in the company’s first quarter earnings call.

At time of writing, DOGE is trading at $0.36, up nearly 10% in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.

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Investors cautiously re-enter crypto funds while ETH vehicles show strength

A new report from analytics firm Coinshares shows that while the market dip may not have ended, prices are now at levels where stock market investors are once again showing signs of interest in digital asset funds. 

A report published yesterday from Coinshares shows that multiple funds have begun seeing net inflows after weeks of record outflows in the wake of a crippling, market-wide crypto dip. In totally, legacy markets poured in $74 million into crypto investment vehicles, though not all products showed signs of strength.

While some analysts are calling for Bitcoin as low as $16,000 per BTC, Bitcoin products were among the weakest performers, with $4 million in net outflows. The report notes that altcoins — particularly more environmentally friendly proof-of-stake altcoins — were strong performers, with Cardano, Ripple, and Polkadot funds each seeing above $3 million in inflows. 

The true star of the report is Ethereum, however. ETH vehicles saw a total of $47 million in inflows, making up the majority of net digital asset fund investments and bringing ETH vehicle market dominance up to 27%.

The bullish outlook from investors on the asset comes after a string of bullish reports from academic and institutional finance research desks. Last week both the University of Pennsylvania and Goldman Sachs wrote research arguing for Ethereum as a store of value, in part due to its importance to the DeFi ecosystem.

The world’s largest layer one smart contract platform also has a number of technical advancements and headwinds on the horizon. Layer two scaling solution Arbitrum recently went live with a guarded launch, and the long-awaited gas fee overhaul of EIP-1559 is set for later this year, as well as a likewise much-anticipated transition to a proof-of-stake consensus model.