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Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day! With a 2018 Twist

The world’s hippest bitcoin community (Tokyo) kicked off 2018’s Bitcoin Pizza Day tonight in the usual style: lots and lots of pizza. But in a twist that reflects the changing mood in this part of the world, most chose to pay for their pies with bitcoin cash (BCH). Also see: Amazon’s Existence Proves Folly of …

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North American Regulators Crack Down on ICOs in ‘Operation Cryptosweep’

Securities regulators in Canada and the United States revealed that nearly seventy coordinated investigations into fraudulent cryptocurrency investment schemes, focusing on ICOs, have been opened in the past month. Authorities from more than forty jurisdictions in North America were involved in what was dubbed “Operation Cryptosweep.” Also see: Old Mining Tech May Destroy ASIC Resistance in …

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TradingView Secures $37 Million in Funding

TradingView.com – a web service providing data analysis tools and social networking capabilities for traders – has raised nearly $40 million USD in new venture funding thanks to last year’s cryptocurrency boom. The platform provides charts and graphs that offer insights into the ups-and-downs of cryptocurrencies and stocks. Also read: Bitcoin Points Beyond Capitalism and Communism, …

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Mobile Game ‘The Simpsons: Tapped Out’ Adds Crypto Questline

The world’s first cryptocurrency bitcoin was once given the cold shoulder but is now basking in increasing mainstream fame. Climbing the ladder of popularity, the crypto is currently featured in the free city-building game The  Simpsons: Tapped Out based on the hilariously irreverent animated sitcom. Also see: Using Blockchain to Manage a Mobility Ecosystem: Kay Woo of …

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Norway Considering Central Bank-issued Digital Currency

The central bank of Norway, Norges bank, is looking to possibly develop its own cryptocurrency as a way of enhancing its monetary infrastructure. The institution released a working paper on May 18th that sheds light on the details, and investigates the properties of digital currency technology. Also see: In Wake of Fakes Like ‘Gosling ICO,’ Indorse …

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Miners Consider Using Bitcoin Cash Block Reward to Fund Development

A group of miners, mining pools and other community influencers met today in Hong Kong to discuss plans to fund Bitcoin Cash infrastructure development. Those plans could see a portion of the BCH block reward supporting the careers of professional developers, a model that has worked well for other cryptocurrencies such as DASH. Also see: Beware …

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Almost One in Five ICOs Are Fraudulent, Says New Wall Street Journal Study

The Wall Street Journal analyzed 1,450 Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and found that nearly 19 percent of them had fraudulent elements. Non-existent team members, plagiarized white papers, and promises of guaranteed returns were repeatedly discovered among crypto-funded projects, giving credence to the many warnings about investing in what has been a mostly unregulated space. Also …

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Blockchain to Deliver Welfare Payments in Australia

The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), has disclosed plans to explore blockchain tech use cases with the intention to digitally transform the delivery system of Centrelink welfare payments. DTA will also research how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can deliver a range of government services in a more efficient way. Also see: For America, No …

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Jaxx to Release ‘Jaxx Liberty’ Gamified Wallet With Crypto Rewards

The company behind the popular multi-asset wallet app Jaxx has just announced that they will be releasing a new product called Jaxx Liberty. The app will, according to a recent press release, offer a gamified method of interacting with blockchain assets and that will reward users for interacting with the platform through its own cryptocurrency …

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Fluidity Summit Debate Afterthoughts: Debunking Nouriel Roubini

During a spirited debate with ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin at the Fluidity Summit in New York this week, prominent NYU economist Nouriel Roubini raised some valid and thought-provoking criticisms of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. But being an establishment figure, this is hardly surprising. Do his arguments actually hold any water? Also see: Why Do Small Businesses Accept …

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