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Going back to the early days of Bitcoin, we look at the contributions of Nick Szabo to smart contracts and Bit Gold. Decentralizing gets another boost by Augur in the predictions marketplace with the launch of their platform. Then we see a very real world example of cryptocurrency solving a real need in Venezuela to …

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Coinbase continues to grow with their new high-end investment product Coinbase Custody, while Binance had to run a system update following some issues with its Syscoin wallet API. On the topic of regulation, the EU has put out another report on virtual currencies warning officials not to ignore them but treat them like any other …

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This week, the U.S. Department of Justice and other law enforcement agencies banded together to bring down some bad actors on the dark web. EOS is undergoing some growing pains with the launch of its network, exposing the trials and tribulations of an all-too-centralized governance model. It wasn’t all unsavory news, though. A new $300 …

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This week, leading South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb experienced a major hack, while Mt Gox, the most notorious exchange to be hacked in bitcoin history, is also back in the news. In Switzerland, the Bank of International Settlements is spreading some misinformation about digital currencies and blockchains; meanwhile, attorney Pamela Morgan is in the U.S. …

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Earlier this week, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland issued a new document as part of its annual economic report that warns citizens of the dangers of digital currencies. Since the report’s publication, many leaders in the crypto community have argued that the BIS is incorrect in much of what it seems to …

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“When Blockchain Revolution came out, bitcoin was worth around $7 billion. Today, it’s more than twenty-two times that. Bitcoin is the workhorse of the cryptocurrency world and the cryptocurrency that launched a thousand ships.” So reads part of the preface in the newly-released second edition of Blockchain Revolution by the father-and-son team of Don Tapscott, …

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South Korea just ruled that bitcoin is a legally recognizable asset, which is good news for investors, but not such good news for convicted criminals that had managed to hold onto their cryptocurrency in the past. While 5,300 miles away in Slovenia, we see BTC City adopting full cryptocurrency support via blockchain by all vendors …

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Who knew that the Czech Republic was so big on crypto? The country now has 46 bitcoin ATMs with 10 just being deployed in the Prague subway system. It’s probably good news then that the price of bitcoin has seemed to find a relatively stable triangle on its price volatility to encourage more real world …

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Cryptocurrencies and exchanges were the focus this week. Coinbase is getting into the decentralized exchange business with its acquisition of Paradex, potentially opening up thousands of ERC-20 tokens to traders, depending on what the SEC ends up doing with regulations. The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange, continues work to implement …

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The Lightning Network continues to make news and Bitcoin Magazine’s latest cover story looks at what the future might hold for the innovative technology. Also new this week, BTC Media’s highly anticipated 2018 “Map of the Blockchain/Crypto Ecosystem” was also unveiled. It’s full of creative visual treats highlighting the state of the sector and it’s …

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The financial sector is seeing growing interest in cryptocurrency that has resulted in more and faster adoption according to the latest survey by Thomas Reuters. That news will certainly bolster the objectives in the Middle East where Dubai aims to be the first blockchain powered city. It is also reflective of the hype surrounding EOS …

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Coinbase continues to grow with its acquisition of Earn.com this week, getting both a CTO and a company out of the deal. In the meantime, the New York Attorney General is working to bring greater transparency into how cryptocurrency exchanges operate with a letter and a three-page questionnaire going out to 13 exchanges, one of …

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Golem has lumbered in from the wilderness now with its first beta release, the Brass Golem, bringing the notion of Airbnb for computers to life on Ethereum. Also in Ethereum news, Ether Capital seeks to be a steadying and calming force in the Ethereum technology and ICO space. Samsung has now confirmed that it is …

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Lightning continues to strike as more and more companies announce that they are including in their products the new Lightning Network protocol that recently entered beta. Sparks also flared up at the Deconomy conference in South Korea when Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Poon challenged Craig S. Wright’s legitimacy. And, while India joins a growing list …

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The week began with news that Twitter’s ban on cryptocurrency ads was taking effect immediately, affecting an industry already taking a hit in interest worldwide. Studies are showing that internet searches are on the decline. But things are looking a little more optimistic in areas like South Korea, which seems poised for growth. Indeed, it …

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Following last weeks news from Lightning Labs about the first beta release of the “Lightning” protocol for Bitcoin, Stellar announced that they will be integrating Lightning. In other announcements, the rise of decentralized exchanges continues with news from Kyber and Binance launching their decentralized exchanges. Google and Twitter appear to be following Facebook’s lead in …

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Bitcoin development took a major step forward this week when Lightning Labs announced the first beta release of the much anticipated “Lightning” protocol for Bitcoin, while also raising $2.5 million to fund continued development. Meanwhile, cryptocurrency and ICO regulation stories have continued to dominate the headlines, as the U.S. Federal Government held hearings and the …

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The new TREZOR model T, a hardware cryptocurrency wallet developed by SatoshiLabs, is the second generation of SatoshiLabs’ popular TREZOR hardware wallet family. The Model T was announced in November 2017, on the ninth anniversary of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper and made available for pre-order. All pre-order devices were sold out, and regular sales …

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While Japan has been cracking down more on cryptocurrency exchanges recently, we see the state of Wyoming opening things up to make the state more attractive to the technology. At the same time, the SEC defined ICOs as money transmitters and crypto exchanges as money exchange businesses. It is rapidly becoming easier to run afoul …

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This is the first in a series of weekly news highlights about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in Russia. Last week’s headlines included an endorsement of blockchain technology from President Putin, tax exemptions for cryptocurrencies and a legal decision that prevented the seizure of cryptocurrency assets in a bankruptcy case. Putin Endorses Technological Development in Russia …

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