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Brock Pierce Plugs “Puertopia” at Futurama Crypto Summit

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The 2018 Futura Blockchain Summit held last month in Dubai has been hailed by many guests as the best crypto convention ever, according to Bitcoinist. The summit brought together more than 300 leaders of the crypto world, including Bitcoin entrepreneur Brock Pierce.  Reportedly it was the largest convention of the cream of crypto society assembled together, including opinion leaders, famous …


Binance to Offer $1 Billion “Social Impact Fund” for Blockchain Startups

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Leading cryptocurrency exchange platform Binance has announced plans to launch a USD 1 billion “social impact fund” to aid blockchain and cryptocurrency startups. Positive action for the industry As reported by Coin Desk, Binance will contribute over USD 1 billion via 10 installments of USD 100 million each, creating both funds for further investment into blockchain related funds, and direct funding of …


Estonia’s $2.3M Platform Supports ‘Northern Crypto Paradise’ Tag

Estonia's $2.3M Platform Supports 'Northern Crypto Paradise' Tag

With the news that an Estonian invite-only entrepreneurs’ community has raised USD 2.3 million to develop a “founders to founders” skill-sharing platform, Estonia continues to make its mark on the crypto space in the region. Estonian World reported that the new platform, Lift99, aims to “build an online community of influencers and startup talents to lead this revolution. As the E-residency …


Russian Bear Poised to Pounce at Fintech Crossroads

Russian Bear Poised to Pounce at Fintech Crossroads

Recent statistics published by the Russian Association of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain (RACIB) shows that Russian investors appear to be at a crossroads in the fintech space. The future of Russian cryptocurrency adoption is very much dependent on what lies ahead, particularly with regard to the Kremlin’s past stance which has never been favorable towards allowing the public to become active participants, …


Lionel Messi Scores a Goal for Blockchain

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Superstar Barcelona FC football player Lionel Messi has become the official brand ambassador for Sirin Labs, the company marketing a new smartphone called ‘Finney’ that runs on blockchain technology. According to the BBC, the company is known for previously marketing an ultra-secure smartphone for a hefty price of $17,000, based on its ‘watertight security.’ The new device is reported to …


Physical Bitcoin Smart Banknotes Launched in Singapore

Singapore startup Tangem released its own version of a physical bitcoin banknote at a shopping centre in the city yesterday. The banknotes are available in denominations of 0.01 BTC ($98) and 0.05 BTC ($485) at launch. Each note is a Samsung Semiconductor S3D350A chip which reportedly cost the Tangen $2 to manufacture. according to Cision PR Newswire, the Tangem Note is the …


Nasdaq Crypto Exchange a Future Possibility Says CEO

Nasdaq, the second-largest stock exchange in the world, has suggested that it could foresee opening its own cryptocurrency exchange in the future. During an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Nasdaq President and CEO Adena T Friedman raised the idea that Nasdaq would consider it. She remarked: “Certainly Nasdaq would consider becoming a crypto exchange over time…I believe that digital currencies …


Former JPMorgan Banker Likens Crypto to Financial Revolution

Former JPMorgan Banker Likens Crypto to Financial Revolution

Daniel Masters, chairman of digital investment bank Coinshares, suggested that cryptocurrencies are bolstering a financial “revolution”. The ex-chief of JPMorgan’s global energy trading desk, speaking to Bloomberg recently, likened the current rise in distributed ledger technology and its democratization of peer-to-peer transactions to the internet’s “democratization” of the news. Masters was asked about “leakage” in the fractional reserve monetary system, …


Barclays UK New Ventures Unit to Explore “Disruptive” Themes

Barclays UK New Ventures Unit to Explore "Disruptive" Themes

British bank Barclays appears to be the latest to enter the blockchain arena, with Barclays UK announcing a new ventures unit to study “disruptive technology”. The announcement appeared to dance closely around the blockchain topic without directly pointing to cryptocurrency, explaining its mission to innovate in pursuit of “disruptive” themes within the newly created Barclays UK Ventures unit. According to the …


Shortage of Blockchain Developers Causes Industry Issues

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At the start of the year, Coincheck Inc suffered from a major hack, losing USD 550 million in tokens. The Tokyo-based exchange put one of the single biggest cryptocurrency thefts in history down to a lack of expertise among staff. With the industry revolving around currency and holding data, it has attracted the attention of hackers. And with exchanges frequently …


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