Ripple CTO David Schwartz Mocks Joe Rogan Exclusive Spotify Deal

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Fri, 05/22/2020 - 11:04
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Vladislav Sopov
Famous podcast host Joe Rogan's decision to move his show from YouTube to Spotify has caught the attention of the crypto community familiar with Google's content policy
Ripple CTO David Schwartz Mocks Joe Rogan Exclusive Spotify Deal
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Two days ago, top podcast host and standup comic Joe Rogan announced that he will be moving his famous Joe Rogan Experience podcast to the Spotify platform by the end of this year. The media has characterized it as a 'massive, multi-year, unprecedented deal'.

New gatekeepers?

David Schwartz, a Software engineer and Chief Technical Officer at Ripple, Inc., commented on a piece from ex-Google developer and entrepreneur Vijay Boyapati.

Mr. Boyapati highlighted that the exclusiveness of the Joe Rogan Experience on Spotify undermines the freedom of information flow. It's definitely not the process the Internet was created for, he concludes:

Old gate keepers of the "official truth" would be disintermediated and we could all find the truth for ourselves. The reality is that the old gate keepers have just been replaced by new ones.

David Schwartz seconded his colleague's notion regarding information flow vulnerabilities.

According to him, the Internet democratized the dissemination of information but it was only temporary relief.

Bye, YouTube

The Joe Rogan Experience podcast gained huge popularity on YouTube video hosting due to interesting discussions with Mr. Rogan's guests. E.g., in one recent episode, he invited Tesla's Elon Musk to smoke a joint in his podcast studio.

Some episodes have covered the cryptocurrency realm. Speaking with Mike Baker, former CIA officer and commercial security specialist, Mr. Rogan admitted that the most popular Bitcoin (BTC) advocate, Andreas Antonopoulos, failed to convince him on crypto.

That said, Mr. Rogan unveiled that he considers Gold (XAU) to be the safest investment instrument.

The Joe Rogan Experience will also be removed from Apple Podcasts and other popular platforms. The Spotify episodes will be free of charge, he has ensured.

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2,500,000 Ethers Locked in Ethereum 2.0 Deposit Contract as ETH Rejected From $1,250

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Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:02
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Ethereum 2.0 enthusiasts deposited whopping sum in its contract launched six weeks ago
2,500,000 Ethers Locked in Ethereum 2.0 Deposit Contract as ETH Rejected From $1,250
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While crypto markets are trying to get out of the most painful correction in this bullish cycle, the Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract accomplishes another crucial milestone.

ETH2 deposit contract surpasses $3,000,000,000 level

According to leading Ethereum network observer Etherscan, the Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract (0x00000000219ab540356cBB839Cbe05303d7705Fa) allocated more than 2.5 million Ethers. New 32-ETH stakes are transferred to it every minute.

ETH2 deposit contract breaks above $3B
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As the correction of the Ethereum (ETH) price ended, ETH is changing hands at $1,225: the $1,250 level was too difficult for bulls to conquer. Meanwhile, even at press time, it is worth almost $40,000 to join the club of Ethereum 2.0 stakers.

Therefore, the USD-denominated value of assets locked in the contract surpassed $3 billion for the first time ever and keeps surging.

It should be noted that Ethereum 2.0’s deposit contract went live on Dec. 1, 2020, heralding the start of ETH2 Pase Zero or Beacon Chain, the inaugural stage of Ethereum 2.0.

Ethereum 2.0 “entry tickets” become really expensive

At press time, more than 52,267 addresses transferred money to the deposit contract.

Ironically, Black Thursday in Crypto (March 13, 2020) was the most convenient time to join Ethereum 2.0 staking with Ether at $95. Today, Ethereum (ETH) enthusiasts should pay 13 times more to have a minimum amount of Ethers required for staking.

Ethereum 2.0 is a proof of stake (PoS) iteration of the Ethereum (ETH) protocol. It replaces mining by staking and splits the whole Ethereum (ETH) network into several interconnected sub-chains (shards).

According to Staking Rewards analytical dashboard, annualized rewards for ETH staking are estimated between 10.4 and 10.6 percent.

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Worked in independent analysis (Crypto Briefing) as well as in start-ups (Swap.online, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)