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Media’s Role in Blockchain and Crypto, Interview With TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher

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“When you have taxi drivers talking to you about Bitcoin – that’s when you know it’s pretty mainstream.” Mike Butcher, editor-at-large of TechCrunch talks about Blockchain at the World Economic Forum, media’s role in the digital economy, and modern reporter’s responsibility to the market and their readers. #INTERVIEW

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Bungling Bitcoin Thieves Foiled by Quick-Witted Trader

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South Korea Ends Anonymous Cryptocurrency Trading, Exchanges to Finally Add New Users

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South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges will finally begin adding new users after disabling anonymous trading. #ANALYSIS

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Blockchain Startup to Bring a Casino Platform You Don’t Need to Trust

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Casinos might never have a good reputation, let them be in Las Vegas or the digital world, but SP8DE might make the game a bit fairer using the Blockchain technology. #SPONSORED

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South Korea Finance Minister Confirms ‘No Ban’ On Cryptocurrency

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Crypto markets will not face a crackdown or ban, the South Korean Finance Minister has said. #NEWS

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Number of People Looking for Crypto-Careers Increased 10-Fold in 2017

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Venezuela Says Crypto Mining Now ‘Perfectly Legal,’ Announces Petro Presale

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Venezuela: cryptocurrency mining is now legal and national coin Petro will have a presale next month. #NEWS

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Over 1 Mln People Sign Up For Early Access To Robinhood’s Zero-Fees Trading Service

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Robinhood decision to introduce zero-fee trading could change the face of crypto trading, and open the doors to those who feared the fees - but they are going down a very centralized rabbit hole. #ANALYSIS

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Bitfury Launches New Software To Fight Bitcoin Crime

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Bitfury group enters the fight against Bitcoin criminals by launching new software to track coins #NEWS

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Blockchain Platform to Offer Effective Identity Management and Enhance KYC Procedures

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Blockchain technology could enable the possibility of data control and proper identity management by their real owners. #SPONSORED

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South Korea Finds Nearly $600 Million in Crypto Crime

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Turkey: Football Chairman ‘Proud’ To Hire Player For Bitcoin In New First

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Turkey follows Denmark’s lead in using Bitcoin to pay high-profile sports players, despite government warnings against crypto. #NEWS

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Major Japanese Chat App LINE To Open Crypto Exchange For Its 200 Mln Monthly Users

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LINE is looking to launch a cryptocurrency exchange and trading functionality in its chat app, used by 200 million people monthly #NEWS

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Multiple ‘Charlie Lee’ Imposter Twitter Accounts Promise Fake LTC Giveaway

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Charlie Lee imposters on Twitter are posting about a fake Litecoin giveaway, no takers so far. #NEWS

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PR: All Crypto – Friendly Venues Are Finally Listed in One App – CryptoFind

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Venezuela Announces Whitepaper and Pre-Sale of Its Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Petro

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Chinese Investors Continue to Obtain Bitcoin Using Thriving OTC Platforms

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Following Massive Cryptocurrency Hack, Coincheck Pledges to Improve Operations, Refund Losses

Following one of the largest hacks in the history of cryptocurrency, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has announced that it will comply with an order from Japans Financial Services Agency to improve its business operations.On Friday, January 26, 2018, Coincheck was hacked, resulting in the loss over over $530 million USD worth of NEM XEM tokens. A full transcript of the announcement from Coincheck executives can be found here. The core of the problem was that Coincheck was keeping t

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Hong KongBased Investment Firm Acquires Pioneering Bitcoin Exchange BTCC

BTCC is exiting the Chinese market to focus on making digital currencies accessible to everyone globally. This acquisition by a Hong Kongbased blockchain investment fund is a milestone for BTCC and will allow BTCC to focus on global digital currency adoption.BTCC, located in China and founded in 2011, was the worlds oldest bitcoin exchange until it closed in September 2017 under pressure from the Chinese government. It changed business focus to its international pool, wallet and exchange mark

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World Economic Forum Bitcoin Discussions Validate the Movement

The World Economic Forum WEF has long been a lightning rod of global discussion on economic, social and political trends. This years gathering in Davos, Switzerland, was no exception.Blockchain technology emerged center stage last week as a key discussion theme, receiving praise from attendees for its cutting-edge potential. Bitcoin and the future of cryptocurrencies, too, were highly discussed topics at the forum, not just casually but also in an official session and a few panel discussions.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis Possible Bear Pennant Suggests End to Market Consolidation

Looking back at bitcoins parabolic curve, we can see notable lines of support and resistance throughout its market cycle. Two highly reliable sources of support and resistance are the set of 50/200 EMAs and the Fibonacci Retracement set from the beginning of the bull market to the top of our current all-time highFigure 1 BTC-USD, 1-Day Candles, Macro TrendOver the last couple days, bitcoin has attempted to break the overhead resistance surrounding the 38 retracement values and the 50 EMA on t

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Cryptocurrency-Friendly Regulations in Belarus Could Attract Foreign Capital and ICOs

At the end of 2017, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed aDigital Economy Development Ordinance, aimed at developing the countrys IT sector and attracting blockchain technology companies, capital and talent from all over the world.Belarus becomes the first state in the world which opens up broad opportunities for the use of the blockchain technology, said Lukashenko. We have all opportunities to become a regional center of competence in this field.According to the Belarus News Agency

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Hyperledger Releases Sawtooth 1.0

Hyperledger is a collaborative cross-industry effort to advance blockchain technology that is hosted by The Linux Foundation. Today, January 30, 2018, sees the release of Sawtooth 1.0, the second active Hyperledger project to reach 1.0, following Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 in July 2017.Sawtooth is a modular platform for building, deploying and running distributed ledgers using a new consensus algorithm, Proof of Elapsed Time PoET, which targets large distributed validator populations with minimal

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Bitcoin Fork Wants to Help you Earn Interest After Your Digital Cash

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Just because this idea comes from traditional banking, it doesn’t mean we cannot take it to boost the crypto-economy. A familiar financial product just got a decentralized upgrade. #SPONSORED

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Is Bitcoin’s Reign as King of Cryptocurrency in Danger?

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Bitcoin has come a long way, but the original cryptocurrency might be in danger of stagnating if there are no changes in its path going forward. #ANALYSIS

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Facebook Bans Cryptocurrency Ads

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Deep Web Roundup: Dream Adds Monero and Bitcoin Tumbler “Chip Mixer” Launches

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Facebook Bans Cryptocurrency, ICO Ads Because Of ‘Deceptive Promotional Practices’

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Facebook bans cryptocurrency and ICO ads, as they are “frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices”. #NEWS

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U.S. Regulators Send Tether and Bitfinex Subpoenas

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Bitfinex, Tether Get Subpoenas From US Regulators

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Bitcoin investors are feeling the pinch again this week after regulatory suspicion in the US sends prices tumbling 11%. #NEWS

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb vs David Birch on The Bitcoin Standard

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PR: ETicket4 Launch Its Pre ICO and Offers Qualitatively New Dimensions in the Ticket Industry

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Startup Aims to Change the Way Freelance Market Works

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Ethearnal, a new startup, is developing a peer-to-peer freelance platform to connect employers and freelancers. Disputes will be settled through voting in the decentralized arbitrage system by a pool of independent moderators #SPONSORED

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Samsung Enters Crypto Mining Market, “Mass Producing” ASIC Chips For China

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Samsung begins mass production of ASIC chips with a Taiwanese foundry that supplies Bitmain #NEWS

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Coincheck to Repay Hack Victims’ XEM Balances at 81 U.S. Cents Each

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Art and Blockchain: Revolution in Art Collecting

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A close look at Blockchain and Bitcoin reception in the art business. Street artists, digital artists, galleries, private collectors and traditional institutions are into crypto. #ANALYSIS

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Tezos Trials: Foundation President Posts Update About Future, Deletes It Next Day

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Tezos continues to struggle with legitimacy of its public face as fresh news for its future is abruptly deleted by Foundation president Johann Gevers. #NEWS

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Unknown Heroes: Little Coins That Generate Big Profit

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Emerging crypto assets that are not yet listed on major exchanges could generate big profit #INFOGRAPHICS

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Big Differences Between Gold and Bitcoin, According to World Gold Counci

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The World Gold Council has addressed what it believes to be contrasting characteristics between gold and the ‘digital gold’ that is Bitcoin #ANALYSIS

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Bears Getting Their Jabs in During Bitcoin Downtime

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With so much negative press around, it is easy to be right and spread FUD in the Bitcoin market as the bears emerge from their hibernation #OPINION

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Samsung Enters the Bitcoin Mining ASIC Manufacturing Business

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UK: Cryptocurrency Trader Robbed ‘At Gunpoint’, Amount Stolen Unknown

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Armed robbers have entered a Bitcoin trader’s home and forced him to transfer all of his crypto to them in UK, Sunday. #NEWS

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Europol and Interpol to Increase Measures Against BTC

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Fork Fail: US Government Claims Bitcoin Cash Is ‘Original’ Bitcoin

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Strange results are coming from a new US government document which states Bitcoin is a fork of Bitcoin Cash #NEWS

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US Financial Regulator Requests Crypto Trading Data From South Korea

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Over 1 Million People in Line for Robinhood’s Bitcoin Trading App

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Oldest Chinese Bitcoin Exchange BTCC Acquired By Hong Kong Investment Fund

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BTCC, formerly BTC China, the oldest Bitcoin exchange in the country, has been acquired by a Hong Kong-based investment fund for terms which remain undisclosed to date. #NEWS

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South Korea Ends Anonymous Cryptocurrency Trading Today

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PR: Viola.Ai Token Pre-Sale Sells out More Than 5 Days Ahead

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Neo ICOs Make a Shaky Start

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New Website Ranks 600 Cryptocurrencies by Github Activity

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Has the Blockchain Revolution Failed to Take Off 10 Years On?

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Blockchain technology was heralded as the revolution for everything, the next wave in technology, yet, 10 years on and there is still little real use for it. #OP-ED

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“We Need Microsurgery on This New Economy”, Don Tapscott

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“We need microsurgery on this new economy. We don’t need a chainsaw.” Don Tapscott at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Blockchain, regulations, and what John Lennon, Donald Trump and ponies have to do with the digital economy. #INTERVIEW

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Hong Kong Fund Acquires Chinese Mining Powerhouse BTCC

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Stellar, Litecoin, NEM, Cardano: Price Analysis, Jan. 29

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Off to a better February for crypto? #PRICE_ANALYSIS

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The 2018 Satoshi’s Vision Conference Heads to Japan

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AIER Researchers: Bitcoin’s Price Moves with News

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Matrix Reveals a Brand New PoW/PoS Consensus Algorithm

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A Hong Kong-based Matrix AI Network is developing a prototype of a new hybrid PoS/PoW consensus algorithm #BLOCKSHOW

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PR: Propy Launches the First Pilot in the US for Blockchain Land Registry

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Us Government Scientists: “Technically, Bitcoin Is a Fork and Bitcoin Cash Is the Original Blockchain”

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World’s Largest Investment Company: ‘Interesting’ Bitcoin Is Under ‘Close Review’

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The investment opportunities in cryptocurrency are not what BlackRock seeks at present, but that could change, a senior strategist has said. #NEWS

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Deutsche Bank: ‘Required Governance’ For Crypto ‘Could’ Arrive By 2023

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Deutsche Bank has tweaked its bearish stance on cryptocurrency, a senior executive suggesting legitimizing regulation could appear within 5 years. #NEWS

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ICOs - Big Target For Hackers, E&Y Report

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ICOs have been a soft target for hackers - with over $400 mln lost or stolen from projects over the past two years. #HACK

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Texas Orders Suspected ‘Cryptocurrency Bank’ Scam To Leave State

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Scam rumors involving AriseBank followed by the state of Texas demanding it stop serving the state’s residents. #NEWS

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Platform Starts Trading Service For Self Mining Smart Contract

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On the way to a billion dollar market: a platform introduces trading service for a self mining smart contract. #SPONSORED

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Crypto Death Threat Scams More Frequent, FBI Warns Cases Are ‘Heavily Underreported’

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Fake email death threats are used with increasing frequency in California as a method of cryptocurrency extortion, says FBI. #NEWS

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Can Bitcoin Claw its Way Back to Being a Payment System?

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The way in which the community of the democratized and decentralized digital currency that is Bitcoin has shaped it to be a valuable store of value, but an almost useless replacement for fiat currency. But there are plans underfoot to change this. #ANALYSIS

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PR: LiveTree Adept and the 21 Million Project Partner on First-Ever Blockchain TV Drama

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Japanese Crypto Exchanges Strengthen Self-Regulation Following Coincheck Hack

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Russia Developing System to Identify Crypto Miners but Considers Giving Them Tax Break

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Amidst Chaos, ‘First US-China’ Blockchain Conference Connects 1500 Eager Attendees

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Blockchain Connect, a US-China focused, San Francisco-based conference, came through on uniting Blockchain enthusiasts despite logistical setbacks. #NEWS

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Singapore Mall Sells Cryptocurrency Mining Hardware

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University College London Fights CV Fraud via Bitcoin Verification

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Russia’s Longest-Serving Finance Minister Backs Crypto “Self-Regulation”

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Growing Number of South Korean Crypto Exchanges Participate in Self-Regulation

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Report Finds Correlation Between USDT Issuances and BTC Price Moves

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Equity Markets vs. Cryptocurrency Markets: Weekly Performance Review

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The highs and lows of the equity and cryptocurrency markets over the week. #ANALYSIS

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Markets Update: Cryptocurrencies Recover Gains After the Coincheck Hack

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Lightning and Mainnet: A Look at the Protocol’s Hype, Trials, and Error

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This Week in Bitcoin: Japan Gets Goxxed and Iota Gets Into a Tangle

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PR: DocCoin Announces Pre-ICO for Blockchain Protocol Telehealth Services

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Why Are Portuguese Increasingly Excited About Cryptocurrency Trading: Expert Blog

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Personal income tax does not apply to cryptocurrency gains in Portugal. Transactions on a foreign crypto exchange may be subject to cross-border taxes. #EXPERT_BLOG

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Bitcoin’s Early 2018 Woes Written in the Stars and Moon?

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With Bitcoin facing a fourth consecutive bad January some have started drawing some odd, but perhaps plausible, reasons for it. #ANALYSIS

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Bitcoin Futures Report Shows Bullish Sentiment Is In the Air

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Crypto-Mining Malware Epidemic: 55% of Businesses Affected Worldwide, Including YouTube

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Coinhive cryptocurrency mining malware has been detected in YouTube ads this week. Google claimed to have since resolved the problem. #NEWS

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Why Venezuela’s New National Cryptocurrency El Petro Will Fail

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New Project to Fight Deficit of Smart Contract Developers

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The modern problem in the Blockchain industry seems to be the shortage of specialists. Thus there is room for a new niche- this time it’s for smart contract generation platforms. #SPONSORED

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PR: Mycelium Wallet Partners with Changelly Exchange

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Japan’s Largest Consumer Electronics Chain Trials Bitcoin Payments

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Bitcoin Cash Supporters Prepare for the Network’s Next Six Months

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Something’s Fishy: Tether, Auditor “Dissolve Relationship” According to Rumors

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Reports surfaced late Saturday night that Tether and their auditor, Friedman LLP, had severed their relationship. No official statement was released and independent confirmation has not been forthcoming. #NEWS

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Lawyers Are Taking Payment in Bitcoin Despite Conflict of Interest Concerns

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$530 Million in XEM Stolen From Coincheck Can be Traced, NEM Team Confirms

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NEM Developers Create System to Trace $530 Million Stolen Funds From Coincheck #ANALYSIS

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Stellar, Litecoin, NEM, Cardano: Price Analysis, Jan. 27

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We tried Stellar this time. What do you say? #PRICE_ANALYSIS

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Indians Expect Clarity on Bitcoin Taxes within Days

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Coincheck To Refund All Customers Affected By Hack, Faced By Community Support

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Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has confirmed their intention to refund the stolen funds to the 260,000 affected users, totalling 523 mln NEM. #NEWS

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Thailand Taking Steps to Regulate ICOs

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U.S. Agency ICE Conducts Investigations That Exploit Blockchain Activity

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PR: Okoin VR Project Launches 2nd ICO Round

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Australian Gold Refinery Announces Plan to Develop Cryptocurrency

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Trading Tip `The Wall´ – Wall Street Price Manipulation? Go Long

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Role Playing Game Imperatum Adds Dynamic ‘Bitcoin Mode’ Difficulty

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The Satoshi Revolution – Chapter 4: Kiss a Computer Engineer Today (Part 4)

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Discover Card’s 44 Million Customers Denied Crypto

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Bill Submitted to Make Cryptoruble Legal Tender in Russia

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George Soros: Bitcoin is Propped Up by Dictators

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Cobinhood to Adopt Controversial Stablecoin Tether After Termination of Banking Services

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Vietnam Imported More Mining Rigs in 3 Weeks This Month Than All of Last Year

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PR: AidCoin Sells out Its ICO in Minutes and Gets Listed on Bitfinex

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How Chinese Bitcoin Buyers Are Getting Around Government Ban

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China’s would-be digital currency investors have found clever ways to circumvent China’s trading ban. #ANALYSIS

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Coinsquare to Launch IPO on TSX — Hopes to Compete With Coinbase