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IMF’s Lagarde Touts Distributed Ledger as Defense Against Terror

Regulation • News • Legal • Business News The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued new comments on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger tech (DLT). In a speech today at a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary meeting, Christine Lagarde talked broadly about how her organization is …

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US Government Seeks Blockchain Solutions for Contract Bidding System

News • Technology News • Distributed Ledger Technology • US & Canada The US government’s main logistical agency is looking at blockchain as a way to re-envision its contract review process. According to a request for quotation published on 19th June, the General Services Administration is looking for a contractor …

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Coinbase Appeals Decision in Cryptsy Collapse Lawsuit

News • Legal • US & Canada Coinbase is appealing a court decision from earlier this month in a lawsuit filed on behalf of customers of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange Cryptsy. As CoinDesk previously reported, former customers of Cryptsy have alleged that the exchange and its CEO, Paul Vernon, used …

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Too Many Cryptocurrencies? Huobi Launches Quantitative Model for Investors

Markets • Exchanges • News Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has released a quantitative analysis model that evaluates different blockchain-based currencies using a range of variables. Named SMARTChain and designed with support from academics, the model intends to serve as a guide for global investors who have an interest in cryptocurrencies …

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The FBI Received Over 2,600 Ransomware Complaints in 2016

News The FBI received more than 2,600 complaints about ransomware last year, according to a new report. Published yesterday, the annual review of cybersecurity threats from the law enforcement agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) outlined a range of statistics, including the number of submissions it received regarding ransomware. Ransomware …

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OneCoin ‘License’ is a Fake, Says Vietnamese Government

News • Crime The government of Vietnam is speaking out after promoters of OneCoin – a digital currency investment scheme widely believed to be a fraud – claimed it had been granted a formal license in the country. Local media sources report that, during an event earlier this month, proponents …

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Cryptocurrency: How We Hook the Masses

Features • Use Cases & Verticals • Business News Rich Svinkin is the CEO of Jaywalk.me, a startup that motivates increased physical activity with brick-and-mortar retail rewards. In this opinion piece, Svinkin argues that using cryptocurrencies for rewards schemes can demonstrate the value of the technology and ultimately help bring …

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Comcast, Disney, NBC: Media Giants to Launch Blockchain Ad Platform

Use Cases & Verticals • News US telecom giant Comcast has announced a new blockchain platform focused on advertising. The conglomerate said today in a news release that its advertising arm is partnering with Disney, NBCUniversal, Cox Communications, Mediaset Italia, Channel 4 and TF1 group on the project. Dubbed the …

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Illinois Government Sponsors Month-Long Blockchain Hackathon

News • Technology News The state of Illinois is backing an upcoming blockchain hackathon. The IBI Hack, a month-long virtual hackathon set to begin on 1st July, is being organized by the Illinois Blockchain Initiative along with blockchain technology startup Fulcrum. The event is open to students and recent university …

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You Can Now Type the Bitcoin ‘B’ Symbol in Unicode Text

Bitcoin • News • Technology News A decades-old computer character standard has been updated with a symbol for bitcoin. The Unicode Consortium unveiled Unicode version 10.0 today, which includes the bitcoin “B” symbol. Overall, the update includes 8,518 characters, along with 56 new emojis. The move comes more than a …

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