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Bitcoin in Brief Tuesday: Crypto Bets, Viruses, Messages, All Because of Football

Bitcoin in Brief Tuesday: Crypto Bets, Viruses, Messages, All Because of FootballThe world loves football (or soccer) and crypto companies won’t let the craze expire without tapping into it. Fans can now make predictions and place bets on a blockchain-based platform with a prize fund in cryptocurrency. Unfortunately, not only legitimate businesses, but also scammers have been trying to take advantage of the emotions surrounding the […]

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The Daily: Swiss Vote on “Sovereign Money”, Russian Banker Against Crypto Ban

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Switzerland Votes on “Sovereign Money” Referendum, Russian Banker Warns Against Crypto BanSwiss voters will decide this Sunday whether to turn back on fractional-reserve banking and support a “sovereign money” concept for the nation’s finances. Proponents of the initiative prescribe deeper centralization to remedy the shortcomings of the traditional financial system – a vision quite different from the decentralization that came with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, following the […]

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Putin: Cryptocurrency Has Its Place, No State Can Have Own Crypto

Putin: Cryptocurrency Has Its Place, No State Can Have Own CryptoCryptocurrency has its place in the world and Russia should carefully consider when and how to take part in the process of its development, Vladimir Putin said in his annual Q&A session with Russian citizens. The president noted that “by definition” neither Russia, nor any other country could have a national cryptocurrency. Putin also mentioned the […]

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Apple Sides with Russian Govt, Restricts Telegram, Claims Pavel Durov

Apple Sides with Russian Govt, Restricts Telegram, Claims Pavel DurovIf there’s a sacred line the crypto community insists shouldn’t be crossed, it’s Thou Shalt Never Cooperate with Government Prohibitions. Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable company, appears to have ventured into such territory, according to Telegram’s founder Pavel Durov. He claims the maker of iPhone, iPad, and other iconic hardware, is purposefully restricting Telegram’s […]

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Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: Coinbase Goes After Big Money as Nomura Creates Komainu

Bitcoin in Brief Wednesday: Coinbase Goes After Big Money as Nomura Creates KomainuThe rush of big money into the cryptocurrency market is continuing at full pace and reshaping the global investment landscape. Two recent examples are Coinbase’s new institutional focus and Nomura’s new venture. These stories, and much more, are in today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief. Also Read: NY Regulator Approves Bitcoin Cash, Zcash and Litecoin […]

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Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: “Social” Coins, Crypto Vending, Blockchain Mileage

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: “Social” Coins, Crypto Vending, Blockchain MileageReports suggest that Facebook may develop its own crypto. The plan is worth a mention, especially on the backdrop of the crypto ban imposed by the social media network. In Saturday’s Bitcoin in Brief, we also cover Telegram’s advance towards implementing its payment system using the Gram token. Some blockchain stories with beers and beamers […]

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Telegram Reportedly Testing Service to Store Data for Identity Verification

Telegram Reportedly Testing Service to Store Data for Identity VerificationTelegram has been testing a new service that will store users’ information and documents for verification purposes, according to Russian media reports. Telegram Passport will be used to keep personal details and copies of IDs, banking statements, and utility bills to identify users on Telegram’s blockchain platform TON.  Also read: After Telegram, Viber May Be […]

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Israel Tax Authority Hunts for Bitcoin Traders on Social Media

Israel Tax Authority Hunts for Bitcoin Traders on Social MediaVarious local branches of the Israel Tax Authority have sent out letters to those they suspect are trading bitcoin without reporting it. The tax agency demands in those letters that the recipients will divulge all of their involvement in the cryptocurrency market including all past transaction history and current holdings. People are being asked to […]

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After Telegram, Viber May Be Blocked, Russian Minister Says

After Telegram, Viber May Be Blocked, Russian Ministers SaysViber may be treated like Telegram if security services are not able to obtain its encryption keys, Russia’s telecom minister said. The app offers end-to-end encryption, and is the most popular messenger in several Eastern European countries. Recently, its CEO, Michael Shmilov, said the company would not be able to hand over the keys. Also […]

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Telegram Rakes in Over $1.5 Billion, Ditches ICO for an Open Network & Token

Telegram Rakes in Over $1.5 Billion, Ditches ICO for an Open Network & TokenThe Wall Street Journal reported Telegram has raised $1.7 billion in anticipation of an initial coin offering (ICO). However, the company has instead decided to scrap its much publicized ICO in favor of beefing up its popular messaging service and expanding into tokenization. Also read: Microsociety Fort Galt in Chile Uses Bitcoin to Build Anew […]

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