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After SEC settlements, 3 firms have missed deadlines to repay investors or register tokens as securities (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 1:44pm
After reaching settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), two Initial Coin Offering (ICO) projects have failed to meet the initial deadline to repay investors, while a third delayed registering its tokens as securities, per a Wall Street Journal report . Blockchain projects Airfox and Paragon, which were sued by the SEC over...
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Report: China’s central bank orders probe of cryptocurrency activities in Shanghai (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 12:08pm
The Shanghai government is now inspecting some cryptocurrency-related activities, including trading and token sales, according to an official announcement verified by Chinese financial news site Caixin. The announcement, dated Nov. 14, was issued by the Shanghai headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC) and the Shanghai Municipal Financial...
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Binance adds support for Turkish lira for direct crypto purchases (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 8:55am
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has added support for Turkish lira (TRY) for its direct fiat-to-crypto buying facility. This will allow Binance users to buy bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH) and XRP directly with lira. The sell option is currently not enabled. The lira support is being offered via Turkey-based electronic payments firm Papara. The firm...
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Genesis Research Report | October 2019 | Unlocked By Lukka (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 8:18am
The Block’s monthly Genesis Research Report, a compilation of the prior month's most relevant research and analysis accompanied by new insights from the research team, has been unlocked by Lukka . Genesis members enjoy daily research content as well as a private Slack group with our research team and access to exclusive events such as the upcoming...
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Crypto litigation and wall-throwing (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 7:59am
Quick Take Needlessly complicated crypto litigation slows down case resolution and creates expense that doesn’t do anyone much good. There’s little about bitcoin or other cryptocurrency that necessitates sloppy claim selection and inartful lawsuit drafting A recent lawsuit involving a dispute over a bitcoin mining business demonstrates the peril...
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US Homeland Security awards $200K to blockchain startup for developing credential management solution (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 5:45am
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded nearly $200,000 to blockchain startup Digital Bazaar for building a credential management solution. Announcing the news on Thursday, DHS said the current processes of issuing, validating and verifying a number of licenses and certifications are often paper-based, do not facilitate data...
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Binance’s Weibo account has been blocked due to ‘violations of laws’ (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 4:15am
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s official Weibo account (a Chinese microblogging website similar to Twitter) has been blocked. The exchange’s Weibo page now reads: “The account has been blocked due to violations of laws and regulations and the relevant provisions of the Weibo Community Convention.” All content, including the number of followers,...
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Walmart builds blockchain solution to automate payments of its carriers in Canada (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 3:30am
Retail giant Walmart’s Canada unit has developed a blockchain solution to track deliveries, verify transactions and automate payments of its carriers, which deliver inventory to its over 400 retail stores across Canada annually. The solution, dubbed blockchain-based freight and payment network, has been built in an association with blockchain...
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BRICS member nations propose creating a cryptocurrency for payment settlements (theblockcrypto.com) 11/15/2019 - 1:36am
BRICS, a group of five major emerging nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has proposed creating a cryptocurrency for settling payment transactions between the countries. Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund by the Russian government, informed about the plan at...
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Bitfinex to make foray into prediction markets (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 6:27pm
Bitfinex is looking to turn to prediction markets, according to Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex and Tether. On this week's episode of The Scoop, Ardoino said the company is currently narrowing the scope of the project to fast track it. Listen now on Spotify , Google , Apple or Stitcher . Prediction markets allow users to bet on the outcome of...
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A shift in US tax policy could open up Proof of Stake possibilities, University of Virginia law professor says (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 6:23pm
Quick Take A recent argument by a law professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) is advocating for the IRS to reconsider how it views blockchain rewards As of now, the IRS taxes these reward tokens as income A shift towards taxing these rewards as created property would allow proof of stake (PoS) networks to grow in the U.S. This feature story...
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PayPal stops processing Pornhub payments for models (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 5:46pm
Payments processing giant PayPal has cut off services for adult entertainment site, Pornhub. In a Wednesday night blog post , Pornhub said it is "devastated by PayPal's decision to stop payouts" adding that "over a hundred thousand performers" on the website rely on these payments for their "livelihoods." A PayPal spokesperson told VICE's...
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Japanese finance giant takes million-dollar stake in digital security trading platform (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 5:41pm
Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, a Japanese financial services provider, has taken a 4.8% stake in ICHX Tech, the company that will operate the digital security trading platform, iSTOX market. The Tokyo firm will invest approximately $4.58 million for its minority stake, according to a Nikkei report . iSTOX is a regulated platform offering the...
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US authorities arrest 2 in alleged SIM swap cryptocurrency theft scheme (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 5:32pm
Two men have been arrested and charged in U.S. District Court in Boston for their role in a nationwide SIM swap scheme in which the pair allegedly hijacked victims' phones and social media accounts to steal cryptocurrency, representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), FBI and IRS announced Thursday. According to the DOJ, Eric Meiggs and...
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a16z, Paradigm back Compound’s $25M Series A to integrate with crypto exchanges and brokers (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 12:13pm
Compound, the decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol, just raised a staggering $25 million Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Bain Capital Ventures, Polychain Capital, Paradigm, and others. The San Francisco-based company was able to convince these top-tier investors that the future of DeFi may rely on integrating...
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Transaction fees are less than 3% of the total revenue in the bitcoin mining industry (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 10:58am
Quick Take In 2019, miners have so far generated $4.30 billion — $4.15 billion from subsidy and $146 million from fees Gold production appears to be at least a 30 times larger than the Bitcoin mining industry Despite reaching more than 25% in December 2017, the transaction fees were, on average, only about 2.9% of the total revenue in the last 12...
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Anonymous fund plans to invest and donate $75M in bitcoin to startups working on enhancing privacy (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 9:06am
The Unknown Fund, organized by a group of anonymous people, plans to invest and donate $75 million in bitcoin (BTC) to those startups working directly or indirectly on enhancing privacy. Announcing the news on Wednesday, the Unknown Fund said it would prefer startups working on four niches - personal data protection, tools for online anonymity,...
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Coinbase’s crypto Visa debit card adds support for XRP and 4 more coins (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 7:12am
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase’s Visa debit card has today added support for XRP and four more coins. The four coins are Brave browser’s basic attention token (BAT), Augur (REP), Stellar (XLM) and 0x (ZRX), Mashable reported Thursday, citing a statement from Coinbase. Coinbase Card, which allows customers in the U.K. and EU to spend their...
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Samsung unit adds privacy tech to its enterprise blockchain solution Nexledger (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 6:20am
Samsung SDS, an IT subsidiary of the South Korean conglomerate, has added privacy-enhancing technology to its enterprise blockchain solution Nexledger. The firm has partnered with Israeli tech startup QEDIT for the effort, according to a press release shared with The Block on Thursday. QEDIT leverages zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) cryptography to...
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Iran announces power tariffs for crypto miners; offers bounty for exposing illegal operations (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 5:45am
The Iranian government has reportedly finalized power tariffs for cryptocurrency miners and is offering a bounty for exposing illegal mining operations in the country. Anyone who will expose cryptocurrency miners using subsidized electricity will be rewarded with up to 20% of the recovery of the damage caused to the national power grid, Mostafa...
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Swiss stock exchange SIX lists first income-generating crypto product, tied to tezos token (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 1:51am
Switzerland’s primary stock exchange SIX has listed an income-generating exchange-traded product (ETP) based on tezos (XTZ) token. The ETP, with the ticker symbol AXTZ, is being issued by fintech firm Amun AG in partnership with the Tezos Foundation, according to an announcement Thursday. It will allow investors to earn a passive income via...
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Analysis of volume per website visit indicates that larger traders are re-entering the game (theblockcrypto.com) 11/14/2019 - 1:22am
Quick Take Out of 100+ exchanges that were evaluated, only 11 exchanges outside of Bitwise 10 appear to have traffic that roughly corresponds to the trading volume Bitfinex and Bitstamp have the largest traders while Poloniex, Bittrex, and Coinbase have mostly retail clients Volume per visit increased significantly from September to October, which...
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Canaan prices IPO shares between $9 and $11 to raise $100M (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 6:19pm
Bitcoin miner manufacturer Canaan Creative on Wednesday released more details about its impending initial public offering (IPO), per a Renaissance Capital blog post . According to the article, Canaan plans to offer 10 million equity shares at a price range of $9 to $11. With these terms, the firm is looking to raise $100 million from this IPO,...
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The fintech and blockchain arm of one of China’s largest insurance companies has filed for US IPO (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 5:58pm
OneConnect Financial Technology, the blockchain and fintech unit of China's insurance giant Ping An, has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S. The Shenzhen-based company has been developing AI, big data, and blockchain technologies as part of the insurance giant's fintech strategy. OneConnect operates a proprietary blockchain,...
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Bakkt’s custody ambitions could trigger market consolidation (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 5:37pm
Quick Take Bakkt launched its institutional custody business on Monday This may pose an existential threat to other crypto custodians As custody fees compress, companies are forced to provide some value-adds such as altcoin custody, staking and lending to retain customers Or they can be acquired by Bakkt and other brand names with big budgets and...
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Bitski raises $1.8M seed round to develop crypto wallet infrastructure (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 3:22pm
Bitski , a developer-focused blockchain wallet infrastructure provider, has raised a $1.8M seed round from investors including Galaxy Digital, Winklevoss Capital, and Coinbase. The startup is building developer tools for blockchain-focused developers. The firm's flagship product is an easy-to-integrate cryptocurrency wallet for the Ethereum...
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Examining the value settled on Bitcoin (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 1:29pm
Quick Take Over the past four quarters, the Bitcoin network has settled over $634 billion, a little more than $1.7 billion per day on average Bitcoin has experienced two consecutive quarters of increases in value sent over it Bitcoin is the leader in value being sent over its network, averaging a 70% market share out of the top-five...
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Bitstamp expands into Asia with new hire (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 10:43am
Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp has announced its expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. To drive its expansion efforts, Bitstamp has hired Andrew Leelarthaepin, who has held roles at JPMorgan Cash and Saxo Bank. “We already have an excellent reputation and market position in the West but have so far lacked the local presence that would...
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Crypto research firm Messari raises $4M backed by Coinbase Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Uncork Capital, and others (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 9:51am
Cryptocurrency research startup Messari announced today it has closed a $4 million funding round, led by Uncork Capital with participation from Blockchain Capital, CoinFund, Danhua Capital, Fenbushi Capital, Coinbase Ventures, and former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan. The firm, founded a year ago, raised a $1 million seed round in May 2018 from...
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Google plans to offer checking accounts in partnership with Citi bank (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 8:20am
Search giant Google is planning to offer checking accounts via a partnership with banking giant Citigroup and lender Stanford Federal Credit Union. The Wall Street Journal reported the news Wednesday, saying that the three firms are working on a project called Cache, which is expected to launch next year. Caesar Sengupta, general manager and VP of...
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eToro’s crypto exchange adds 5 more native stablecoins, including South African rand (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 7:00am
eToroX, the cryptocurrency exchange of social investing platform eToro, has launched five more native stablecoins. These are - eToroX Turkish lira (TRYX), Polish zloty (PLNX), South African rand (ZARX), Hong Kong dollar (HKDX), and Singapore dollar (SGDX), according to an announcement Tuesday. With these additions, eToroX now offers a total of 17...
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Bakkt now plans to offer cash-settled bitcoin futures; looking to beat rival CME Group (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 5:46am
Bakkt, a provider of physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts, is now planning to offer a cash-settled version of the product due to customer demand. “We have the intention of offering a cash-settled contract as well,” Bakkt chief operating officer Adam White told at the Invest: NYC conference on Tuesday. Bakkt, a subsidiary of...
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China’s central bank says it is still researching and testing digital currency; launch reports are ‘fraudulent’ (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 4:35am
The People's Bank of China (PBoC), the country’s central bank, has officially said that it is “still in the process of research and testing” its digital yuan. Announcing the news on Wednesday, the PBoC said that news reports stating that the central bank has issued its digital currency are “fraudulent.” “The People's Bank of China has not issued...
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Crypto-friendly investing app Revolut in talks to raise $500M for global expansion (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 3:55am
Crypto-friendly investing app provider Revolut is in discussion with investors to raise $500 million in new funding for global expansion, including the U.S. and Japan. “We want to raise at least $500 million in direct equity and potentially, maybe at a later stage, up to $1 billion in convertible (debt),” Revolut co-founder and CEO Nikolay...
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Binance plans to support all 180 currencies for its direct fiat-to-crypto trading facility (theblockcrypto.com) 11/13/2019 - 1:35am
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has plans to support all 180 fiat currencies of the world for its direct fiat-to-crypto trading facility. Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao announced the news at the exchange’s “super meetup” event in Singapore on Tuesday, saying: “One of the key things I want to do for the next few months – six to nine months or so...
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Overstock 3Q19 Review: Weak earnings and SEC subpoena sends shares tumbling 17% (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 6:52pm
Quick Take Despite lowering guidance in September, Overstock’s 3Q19 results came in less than expected as sales fell 21% year-over-year tZERO continues to disappoint as trade volumes remain low and milestones get dragged out Quarterly filings reveal that the company received a subpoena from the SEC in regards to the company’s digital divdend The...
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Bitfinex to launch options and gold-backed stablecoin (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 5:24pm
Bitfinex has plans to offer options as soon as Q1 2020, according to Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex and Tether. Ardoino told The Scoop that compliant perpetual swaps and basket futures are on the way. Ardoino revealed this slew of new products in a recent episode of The Scoop podcast. He also said that the company is looking to launch a gold-...
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How a counterfeiting campaign toppled the Continental Dollar (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 4:57pm
Quick Take The Continental Dollar was one the first of many attempts at money creation initiated by early Americans The currency was created to fund the American Revolution As part of its strategy to defeat the American colonies, the British Empire launched a counterfeiting campaign against the Continental Dollar This research piece is available...
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Crypto investment app Abra will soon allow users to trade over 200 cryptocurrencies (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 4:15pm
Investment app Abra announced on Tuesday that its global users will soon be able to trade over 200 new cryptocurrencies on its revamped platform over the next few weeks. The California-based company said it has also added support for over 60 cryptocurrencies for U.S. users. The app now also accepts deposits and withdrawals in stablecoins such as...
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Crypto trading alliance ADAM issues code of conduct; recruits 5 new members including BitGo (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 12:51pm
The Association for Digital Asset Markets (ADAM) has released a code of conduct, which all of its members, including Hudson River Trading, Galaxy Digital, and Genesis Global Trading, will sign in early 2020. Formed in November last year, the association aims to promote ethical practices and set standards for best market conduct in digital assets...
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Two rival trading firms have sprung out of Circle Trade, which faces an uncertain future (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 12:50pm
Quick Take Two new cryptocurrency trading firms have been launched by former employees of Circle Trade The firms’ public emergence come as Circle’s OTC unit faces an uncertain future This feature story is available to subscribers of The Block Daily . You can continue reading this Daily feature on The Block .
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Fidelity hires a product specialist to focus on the ‘big picture’ for its crypto operations (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 12:47pm
Quick Take Fidelity Investments has hired a new product specialist Michael Zinaman A source with knowledge of the matter told The Block that Zinaman will focus on the “big picture” for its crypto business A Fidelity spokesperson noted in an email to The Block that Zinaman recently joined another division of Fidelity, working on a range of products...
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2019 funding trends within blockchain and crypto sub-verticals (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 10:57am
Quick Take Refreshed 2019 funding trends via data from Pitchbook This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block .
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CME sets date for options product tied to its bitcoin futures (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 9:24am
Derivatives exchange giant CME Group has revealed the planned launch date of its options on bitcoin futures. Pending regulatory approval, CME Group plans to launch the product on January 13, 2020. Options on futures contracts give the purchaser the right to buy or sell a specific futures contract at a predetermined price at the option's expiration...
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Former Circle Trade head forms a new crypto proprietary trading firm (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 7:15am
Daniel Matuszewski, former head of Circle Trade, an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk of cryptocurrency firm Circle, has jointly set up a new proprietary trading firm called CMS Holdings. Matuszewski has partnered with Bobby Cho, former head of trading at brokerage firm DRW’s Cumberland crypto unit, and Julien Collard-Seguin, a former technology...
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China’s digital currency will provide required anonymity in transactions, says official (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 4:45am
China’s upcoming digital yuan will not fully control people’s information and will provide them with required anonymity in their transactions, according to an official. “We know the demand from the general public is to keep anonymity by using paper money and coins ... we will give those people who demand it anonymity in their transactions,” said...
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CoinMarketCap rolls out new metric ‘Liquidity’, aiming to fight fake trading volumes (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 3:01am
Cryptocurrency data provider CoinMarketCap has launched a new metric dubbed “Liquidity,” aiming to combat fake trading volumes. Announcing the news on Tuesday, CoinMarketCap said the new metric replaces "Volume" and serves as the default standard for ranking cryptocurrency pairs and exchanges on its website. The Liquidity metric looks at several...
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Canada’s biggest bank exploring to launch cryptocurrency trading platform (theblockcrypto.com) 11/12/2019 - 12:46am
The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the country’s largest bank with over $965 billion in total assets, could launch a cryptocurrency trading platform. The Logic reported the news on Monday, saying that the bank has applied for four patents in Canada and the U.S. that reveal how it might integrate cryptocurrencies into its operations. “To individual...
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Money 2.0 Stuff: Say no to Sudoku derivatives (theblockcrypto.com) 11/11/2019 - 6:58pm
Quick Take Hashrate derivatives are nice in theory. Oooof! This research piece is available to members of The Block Genesis . You can continue reading this Genesis research on The Block .
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Binance and HTC to launch crypto smartphones that support Binance Chain (theblockcrypto.com) 11/11/2019 - 6:52pm
Binance and Taiwanese electronics giant HTC announced on Tuesday a crypto smartphone that is "optimized for operating with Binance," according to HTC decentralized chief officer Phil Chen. The partnership between HTC and the cryptocurrency exchange signals Binance's entrance into the crypto smartphone race, as Binance sees them playing ”a key role...
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