Tag: Blockchain

New EU regulations put an end to buying Bitcoin anonymously

One of the last places you could buy Bitcoin BTC (somewhat) anonymously online has implemented new compliance regulations that make it impossible for users to obscure their identity. LocalBitcoins.com announced yesterday that it implemented new measures to satisfy the European Union’s (EU) 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD). The changes came into force on March 18, […]

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Microsoft’s Bing blocked 5,000,000 cryptocurrency ads in 2018

Microsoft’s Bing has boasted it successfully blocked more than 5 million cryptocurrency-related ads, after it imposed a strict marketing ban last year. In a blog, Bing detailed its problem with spam from sketchy advertisers. It described how they inundate the service with “harmful and misleading ads, persuasive content, and innocent looking URLs that lead to […]

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Facebook is hiring 22 people for its secretive blockchain division

The fact that Facebook is working on its own cryptocurrency and blockchain applications is no longer a secret – so it’s not surprising the company is looking to grow its distributed ledger division. The social media giant already has a 50-strong team squirreled away in a secretive corner of its Menlo Park head offices. Yet, going […]

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Master blockchain and set up your own network with this $29 training

If you’ve been wondering for ages how the heck Bitcoin works, now is your chance. This Blockchain Certification Advanced Training Bundle teaches you the ins and outs of the blockchain, the technology that fuels cryptocurrency. This two-course bundle starts with the basics, like what exactly blockchain is and its origins, objectives, and challenges. Then you’ll […]

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There’s now a black market for Ethereum-based visas to North Korea

It appears North Korean revolutionaries Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) are indeed selling their “post-liberation blockchain visas.” More than 60 have been distributed so far – and now, there’s even a black market for the Ethereum-based visas. The CCD (also known as “Free Joseon”) is a crew of dissidents intent on overthrowing their dictator, Kim Jong-un. […]

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You can now play scratchcards with Bitcoin, thanks to the Lightning Network

The Lightning Network is where all the weird and wonderful use cases of cryptocurrency micro-payments come to life. You can order a Coke, feed chickens, dispense candy, and even play roulette or Pokémon, all courtesy of the Bitcoin BTC sidechain. But thanks to one enterprising dev, the Lightning Network now has scratchcards. This one has […]

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4,000 art auction houses are putting their sales records on the blockchain

A recent merger between a blockchain-based art registry and an international auction house sales database will see sales records from over 4,000 auction houses put on the blockchain. The art registry, Artory, has purchased Auction Club, a currently privatized database that contains information from over 4,000 international auction house sales, the Art Newspaper reports. The […]

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Here’s how much ‘Bitcoin Twitter’ loves presidential candidate Andrew Yang

The hype surrounding the US presidential election in 2020 is growing palpable, and one candidate, Andrew Yang, is getting significant attention from the cryptocurrency community. Yang, a Democratic Party candidate, is absolutely the favorite of internet memelords, but he isn’t the only one appealing to the blockchain crowd. Hard Fork investigated the Twitter feeds of every confirmed presidential candidate […]

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Cryptocurrency scammer pleads guilty in $4M fraud case

AriseBank CEO Jared Rice, who faced 120 years in prison for defrauding investors of $4 million in a cryptocurrency scam, has pleaded guilty. The cryptopreneur plead guilty yesterday morning after standing in front of judges in Texas, local outlet Dallas News reports. Rice conned investors by guaranteeing “no-risk returns” of between 10 and 20 percent […]

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Facebook is hiring a lead for its blockchain counsel

It seems Facebook isn’t content with its 50-strong team dedicated to building its proprietary cryptocurrency, as it’s now looking to hire someone for its blockchain counsel. The social media giant is looking for a “lead commercial counsel, Blockchain” based at their Menlo Park, California headquarters. The job posting is not dated and it’s still unclear […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will pay you to work on Bitcoin full-time

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made an offering to the cryptocurrency community: he will pay developers to work full-time on Bitcoin BTC Core and other “cryptocurrency ecosystem” projects. Are you currently contributing to bitcoin-core or other crypto ecosystem projects for free in your off-time? We’d like to pay you to do it full-time. If interested, […]

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Cryptocurrency platform Augur can’t fix ‘invalid market’ scam without huge update

Decentralized betting protocol Augur is dealing with a situation: fraudsters can illegitimately profit by gaming the system, and there’s not much its devs can do about it (for now). Augur co-founder Joey Krug recently addressed community concerns about scammers taking over the platform. They’re alleged to be intentionally creating invalid markets en masse, which fool the […]

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Huawei is putting blockchain into the stratosphere

At its 2019 “Cloud Summit” industry conference in Hong Kong, Huawei unveiled a new blockchain-based cloud service. Huawei Cloud now offers blockchain oriented services designed to help Hong Kong-based businesses make use of the decentralized platform’s typical characteristics. These being, decentralization, immutability, and traceability (transparency). Huawei hopes this will aid the Chinese province’s mission to […]

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North Korean dissidents are using Ethereum to overthrow Kim Jong-un

Political dissidents known as the Cheollima Civil Defense (CCD) are selling special “post-liberation blockchain visas” for Ethereum, ETH in a bid to raise funds for overthrowing Kim Jong-un — and they’ve already collected over $57,000 in Bitcoin. Much like internationally recognized visas, CCD says it will allow anyone who purchases a Free Joseon Genesis Visa (G-VISA) to visit […]

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Nobody wants a Bitcoin ETF because cryptocurrency ‘has no intrinsic value’

We’re going to have to take a step back and rethink the whole “Bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETFs) are coming” trope. In February earlier this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) put out a solicitation request opening the floor for the public to comment and provide their thoughts on the possibility of allowing a […]

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‘Drug-dealing’ football coach sues Bitcoin fund manager over $14M loss

In Australia, a suite of high-profile cryptocurrency investors (including accused drug trafficker and former football coach Mark “Bomber” Thompson) are preparing to take their Bitcoin BTC fund manager to court over $14.2 million (AU$20 million) in losses. Stefanos Papanastasiou (39), founder of what claims to be Australia‘s first online bed retailer, is under fire by […]

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Visa is looking for someone to spearhead permissionless blockchain

Global payment services provider and Fortune 500 company, Visa, is showing signs that cryptocurrency and blockchain will be part of the company‘s future. According to a job posting on recruitment platform SmartRecruiters, Visa is looking for an individual passionate about payments and cryptocurrency, and is already well-connected in the cryptocurrency and fintech industry. “Are you […]

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Citibank ditches plans for its own cryptocurrency, bets on SWIFT instead

One of the world’s top 20 banks by asset value, is ditching plans to create its own digital asset – and abandoning all of its cryptocurrency experiments. Instead, it’s betting on a SWIFT. Citibank is not following in the footsteps of JP Morgan with the creation of its own cryptocurrency, believing there are better ways […]

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Australia’s new blockchain strategy is $71K and a non-existent roadmap

The Australian government says its budding blockchain industry needs to be a “world leader,” so it’s promised to write a roadmap and donate AU$100,000 ($71K) towards advancing its usage within the public sector. In a press release, Karen Andrews, Australia‘s minister for trade, tourism, and investment, laid out plans to position the nation at the forefront […]

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Moonday Morning: Bitcoin dev ordered to prove Craig Wright isn’t Satoshi

It’s Monday which means it’s Moonday Morning and time to catch up with the top news from over the weekend. Let’s get to it. 1. Canadian financial regulators are learning from the QuadrigaCX debacle and are taking action to begin regulating cryptocurrency exchanges to mitigate the risks associated with virtual currency exchanges. In a joint […]

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