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Blockchain Association Supports Telegram in Legal Battle With SEC
The Blockchain Association has filed an amicus curiae brief in response to litigation against Telegram initiated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The Blockchain Association, a collective of advocates involved with the blockchain industry, filed an amicus… Read full article
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Hong Kong and Thailand Pilot DLT-Based Project for Cross-Border Payments
Hong Kong and Thailand’s central banks have stepped closer to implementing a joint central bank digital currency (CBDC) for cross-border payments.

On Jan. 22, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Bank of Thailand (BOT) officially announced the outcomes… Read full article
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Ray Dalio Calls for Investment Diversification, But Not in Bitcoin
Ray Dalio, multi-billionaire and founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, said investors should not miss out on traditional markets, CNBC reported on Jan. 21.

Dalio warned from holding Bitcoin, saying that it’s neither a medium of exchange nor a store… Read full article
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Hyperledger Fabric Sees More Dev Activity Than Corda in Q3 2019: Report
In the last quarter of 2019, Hyperledger’s Fabric open source blockchain software saw more developer activity than R3’s Corda platform.

Blockchain service firm Chainstack recently published a report about developer activity on six major enterprise blockchains, showing that Fabric has… Read full article
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Blockchain-Based Shopify Plugin Ensures Consumers Receive Authentic Products
A San Francisco-based startup called “Real Items Foundation” is beta testing a Shopify plugin to ensure that authentic items are being sold to online shoppers.

The plugin –- powered by a combination of blockchain technology and a cloud-based application called… Read full article
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How Can Blockchain Improve Data Storage?
Cloud servers are able to keep a full record of our lives, storing literally everything from personal photos and videos from our smartphones to work documents. At first glance, this solution makes our lives easier, but some unexpected threats can… Read full article
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SEC Charges $600,000 ICO Project Opporty for Fraudulent Security Offering
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Sergii Grybniak, the founder of the initial coin offering (ICO) project Opporty, according to a Jan. 21 press release. Despite raising approximately $600,000, the commission targeted Grybniak for falsely declaring the project… Read full article
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OKEx at Davos: Blockchain Best Placed to Meet the Needs of the Unbanked
Major cryptocurrency exchange OKEx is at the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week, promoting blockchain technology as a new motor for the global financial system.

Two presentations — delivered by the OKEx Financial Markets Director Lennix… Read full article
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Chinese Experts Suggest Using Blockchain Tech in ‘Social Credit’ System
Chinese technology experts held a seminar titled "Blockchain technology helps China\'s new social credit system" on Jan. 14. English-language news outlet China.org.cn reported on Jan. 22 that over 20 experts from universities, research institutes and businesses attended the event.

China’s… Read full article
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Bitcoin Risk-Adjusted Returns Beat Gold, Stocks After Each Halving
Bitcoin (BTC) outperforms major assets such as gold, real estate and stocks if an investor holds it for just four years, popular data confirms.

Highlighting the success of Bitcoin as an investment tool on Jan. 22, veteran cryptographer Nick Szabo… Read full article
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Singapore Gov’t, Mastercard and Mitsubishi Form Alliance to Digitize Trade
The Singapore government, along with an array of the world’s major financial and manufacturing companies, has formed an alliance to promote the adoption of digital technologies in trade and commerce.

According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan.… Read full article
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Japanese Ex-Central Banker: Libra Spurred Us to Take CBDCs Seriously
The former head of payments and settlements at the Bank of Japan (BOJ) says Facebook’s Libra galvanized central banks globally to look seriously into digital currency issuance.

A Jan. 22 Reuters report cited remarks by Hiromi Yamaoka, who reportedly oversaw… Read full article
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Bitcoin Price Tightens as Traders Prepare for a Second Shot at $9.2K
After a strong two week performance that saw Bitcoin (BTC) price rise from $7,700 to $9,200, the top crypto asset appears to be consolidating before making another attempt at $9,200. As this process takes place and Bitcoin’s dominance rate dropped… Read full article
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Is Bitcoin a Safe Haven for Your Money?
In the summer of 2019, the 10-year minus 3-month yield curve inverted for the first time in 13 years. During the time of the inversion, Bitcoin’s price hit all-time highs for the year. The previous inversion in 2006 was followed… Read full article
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Craig Wright Court Saga Nears Judgment Day With More Questions Than Answers
It has been over a year since Australian computer scientist Craig Wright proclaimed himself as the inventor of Bitcoin (BTC), and the estate of his late business partner, Dave Kleiman, became clinched in litigation over the fruits of the duo’s… Read full article
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Now Reporting to the SEC, Grayscale Bitcoin Trust One Step Closer to Public Trading
Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust now reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), putting it one step closer to public trading.

The announcement

Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust manages investment in Bitcoin on behalf of investors, exposing them to the coin’s… Read full article
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Binance’s Peer-to-Peer Merchant Program Goes Live
Earlier today, Binance announced the launch of its Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Merchant Program, a user-oriented fiat currency trading platform.

How the program works

In the Jan. 21 press release, the crypto exchange cites increasing demand of global users and a need… Read full article
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British Telecoms Giant Latest Member to Bail on Libra Association
Adding to a lengthy list of departures last fall, telecom giant Vodafone has departed the Libra association, a spokesperson from Vodafone confirmed to Cointelegraph in an email on Jan. 21, 2020.

The representative said:

“Vodafone Group has decided to withdraw… Read full article
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Circle’s Jeremy Allaire: Asset Tokenization Will Go Mainstream in Two Years
Jeremy Allaire, CEO of crypto payments firm Circle, projected that in the next two or three years the securitization of assets through tokenization will become much more realistic.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Jan. 21, Allaire… Read full article
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Ether, XRP, and DASH Push Higher as the Altcoin Market Gains Momentum
Altcoins have been stealing the show recently, as some large caps have seen tremendous surges along the field. Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH), Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV), Dash (DASH), and Ethereum Classic (ETC) have all shown increases of more than a… Read full article
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How Not to Lose Your Coins in 2020: Alternative Recovery Methods
When Peter Schiff claimed that his wallet lost his Bitcoin (BTC), many in the crypto community were skeptical. While some believe that Schiff simply lost his password, others, like Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, highlighted that losing private keys remains an… Read full article
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Deribit Releases Specifics of New KYC Policy Following Move to Panama
Deribit, a crypto futures and options exchange that is moving from the Netherlands to Panama to avoid Europe’s new Anti-Money Laundering law has released its newly updated Know Your Customer (KYC) policy.

In a Jan. 17 blog post, Deribit clearly… Read full article
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Finance Will Fall Behind Without Innovation, Experts at Davos WEF Say
If mainstream finance does not adopt new technologies, such as those seen in blockchain and crypto, they will fall behind, according to a few experts’ comments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos Switzerland.

Answering a question on comparing… Read full article
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Huobi Debuts Crypto Brokerage as Its Institutional Arm Grows 400% Since Q3 2019
Major cryptocurrency exchange Huobi is launching its first licensed digital asset brokerage, Huobi Brokerage.

Huobi, the fifth-largest crypto exchange by daily trading volume as of press time, will now provide brokerage service to its institutional clients, the firm said in… Read full article
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EGifter First BitPay Merchant To Accept XRP Cryptocurrency
BitPay, a leading provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services, announced on Jan. 21 the launch of XRP payments and cross-border transfers. BitPay has also added support for XRP — the cryptocurrency used by Ripple’s payment network — to the… Read full article
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Wildcards Purports to Save Endangered Species With Technical First For Ethereum
It’s the first successful live deployment on the Ethereum mainnet of something called a “scalable Harberger tax contract,” and it might just help save at-risk animals.

Cointelegraph attended the CV Labs pitch session in Davos, Switzerland today, an event running… Read full article
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Venezuelan Team Working on Bitcoin Mesh Network Based on Offline Radios
A Venezuelan team is developing Locha, a decentralized mesh network that doesn’t rely on the internet to transact with Bitcoin (BTC). The system, based on radio waves, was born in response to frequent electricity and internet outages in Venezuela.

Locha… Read full article
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Six Major Central Banks to Collaborate on Digital Currency Research
The central banks of Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, European Union, Sweden and Switzerland created a group with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) to jointly research central bank digital currencies (CBDC).

According to a press release published by the… Read full article
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FCA’s New AML Regime – UK’s Crypto Market Will Have to Adapt in 2020
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is now the United Kingdom\'s sole Anti-Money Laundering (AML) authority for the crypto business. After a decade of compliance under a laissez-faire approach to AML legislation, U.K.-based crypto firms now face a significantly more stringent… Read full article
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Digital Chamber of Commerce Weighs In on Telegram Legal Battle With SEC
The Chamber of Digital Commerce has filed an amicus brief in the ongoing court case between encrypted messenger service Telegram and the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Filed on Jan. 21, the document was authored by Lilya Tessler, a… Read full article
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Blockchain Used by Budweiser Owner InBev to Help African Farmers
AB InBev, the company behind the Budweiser brand, is helping local African farmers to prove their income using blockchain, Yahoo Finance reports on Jan. 21. A blockchain-based system developed in partnership with BanQu tracks all the local suppliers of AB… Read full article
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Australian Financial Regulator Could Oversee Facebook’s Calibra Wallet
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is seeking to oversee stablecoin projects like Facebook\'s controversial stablecoin Libra.

In an official proposal to the Senate published on Jan. 20, APRA submitted a possible regulatory framework dedicated to fintech and regulatory technology… Read full article
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Monerium to Issue E-Money on the Algorand Blockchain In New Partnership
Licensed e-money issuer Monerium will support the blockchain protocol Algorand in 2020. News of the two firms’ non-exclusive partnership was announced in a press release on Jan. 21.

The cooperation will see Monerium issuing its programmable e-money on the proof-of-stake… Read full article
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CME Bitcoin Options Volume Doubles One Week After Launch, Hits $5.3M
Bitcoin (BTC) options from CME Group more than doubled their traded volume in the first week after going live, data shows.

According to figures supplied by the company, Bitcoin options volumes skyrocketed in the seven days since they went live… Read full article
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Turkish City Developing Crypto and Blockchain Solutions for Public Services
Konya, the city of the world-famous poet Rumi, might not come to mind when talking about technology, especially blockchain and cryptocurrencies. As one of the major cultural centers of Turkey, Konya is known for its rich history, gorgeous mosques, and… Read full article
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CME's Futures Options Sprinted Out of the Gate but a Marathon Lies Ahead
In the two years since it launched cash-settled Bitcoin futures, CME has firmly established itself as a leader in the regulated crypto derivatives space despite not always being the first to market. In December 2017, it launched regulated Bitcoin futures… Read full article
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Britain’s Tax Agency Offering Contract for Tech to Combat Crypto Tax Evasion
Britain’s tax agency is inviting contractors to provide a tech tool to help Britain’s tax agency combat crypto cybercriminals.

What the agency wants

The technology, which Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) posted on Jan. 17 in an open contract… Read full article
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Maduro Announces Crypto Casino in Support of Petro and Public
Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, announced on Friday the opening of a new crypto-run casino in a battered country where betting halls have all but gone extinct.

A casino for relief

Maduro said Ávila National Park’s Hotel Humboldt will soon… Read full article
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Price Analysis Jan 20: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BSV, LTC, EOS, BNB, XLM, ADA
The total market capitalization of the crypto space rallied from about $184 billion on Jan. 3 to a high of $250 billion on Jan. 19. That is a 35% gain within a short span of time. Usually, fast-paced rallies do… Read full article
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China’s Total Blockchain Investments Dropped 40% in 2019 Compared to 2018
Chinese blockchain spending in areas of investment and financing deals has dropped over 40% in 2019, according to a new study by state-run sources.

Over the course of 2019, China totally had 245 investment and financing deals, which is nearly… Read full article
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Interview: Craig Wright Still ‘99.9999%’ Sure That He’ll Get BTC Fortune
Speaking with Cointelegraph’s video team on Jan. 20, Satoshi-claimant Craig Wright remained confident that he will get access to the Bitcoin fortune he famously claims to be locked up in the Tulip Trust.

Access to the Tulip Trust

Regarding the… Read full article
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Bitcoin Price Tightens as Traders Eye the CME Gap and $8.2K Support
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) tumbled down from $9,200 to $8,450 yesterday. However, bulls are defending the $8,600 level with strength. The market needs to find a support area before the continuation of the bullish momentum is likely. Did the… Read full article
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EIDOS Transaction Volumes Skew 2019 DApp Market Report
The transaction volume going through the EIDOS decentralized application (dApp) has massively skewed the results of the 2019 dApp Market Report, published Jan. 20. The token airdrop dApp on the EOS blockchain, saw almost three times as many transactions in… Read full article
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Adam Back on Satoshi Emails, Privacy Concerns and Bitcoin's Early Days
Eleven years after Bitcoin\'s release, Cointelegraph caught up with Adam Back to discuss the early years of Bitcoin, his emails with Satoshi Nakamoto, privacy and much more.

The Blockstream CEO, who spoke to Cointelegraph at the Latin American crypto event… Read full article
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Cardano Co-Founder and CEO: We Anticipate a Hard Fork in Mid-February
Charles Hoskinson, co-founder and CEO of IOHK, the blockchain firm behind Cardano (ADA), said that he expects the coin to see a hard fork in mid-February.

During a livestream on Jan. 17, Hoskinson noted that he expects Cardano’s consensus algorithm… Read full article
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Vinnik’s Children File a Complaint About Rights Violation to Greek Court
The lawyers for Alexander Vinnik, the alleged operator of defunct crypto exchange BTC-e, have filed a complaint alleging violation of Vinnik’s rights.

Written on behalf of Vinnik’s young children, the complaint has been filed with a Greek court to prevent… Read full article
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How the Crypto World Is Preparing for Quantum Computing, Explained
Blockchain is regarded as the most secure technology, but can it face the quantum computing threat? Learn how the crypto world is preparing for the quantum leap #Sponsored Read full article
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Cardano’s Commercial Arm to Help Uzbekistan Form Blockchain Task Force
The Cardano blockchain’s commercial arm, Emurgo, has partnered with the government of Uzbekistan to form a blockchain task force to develop regulations for security token offerings (STOs) and exchanges (STXs).

In a Jan. 20 press release, Emurgo revealed its new… Read full article
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Canadian Teen Charged for $50 Million Cryptocurrency Theft
An eighteen-year-old from Montreal is facing four criminal charges connected to a $50 million SIM-swapping scam targeting cryptocurrency holders, Infosecurity Magazine reported on Jan. 17.

The hacker, Samy Bensaci, is accused by Canadian authorities of being part of a ring… Read full article
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Indian IT Minister Requests Blockchain Solutions to Improve Government Schools
The Indian Telecoms and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has tasked the National Informatics Centre (NIC) with developing a blockchain-based solution for improving the quality of government schools.

According to a Jan. 20 report by the Press Trust of India,… Read full article
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Guide to WEF Davos 2020: Sustainability, Stablecoins and CBDCs
The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is about to start. As usual, the forum will gather the world’s political and business elite, and will last from Jan. 21 to 24. Here’s everything there is to know ahead of… Read full article
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Raiz to Offer Bitcoin Fund to Australian Retail Investors in 2020
Australian micro-investment startup Raiz is set to bring Bitcoin (BTC) fund options to its users, Australian Financial Review (AFR) reports on Jan. 20. The firm cleared the last legal hurdle with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), the country’s… Read full article
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Binance P2P Crypto Trading Platform Supports Vietnam’s Fiat Currency
Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched peer-to-peer (P2P) trading for the Vietnamese dong (VND).

Vietnam-based Binance users can now directly purchase and sell major cryptocurrencies using VND through the latest versions of the Binance P2P mobile app on iOS and… Read full article
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Binance CEO Suggests Crypto Exchanges Are Safer Than Keeping One’s Keys
Changpeng Zhao, the co-founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, suggested that for most, keeping crypto assets on an exchange is safer than keeping the keys themselves.

Zhao gave his comments in a tweet on Jan. 19 after famous crypto… Read full article
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Bitcoin Price Matches Stock-to-Flow Forecast as $100K Halving Nears
Bitcoin (BTC) now almost perfectly aligns with the historically accurate price chart, which has charted its growth from pennies to digital gold.

According to data from Digitalik, a resource that monitors Bitcoin\'s position relative to the Stock-to-Flow model, as of… Read full article
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Argo Blockchain Sees Mining Revenue Rise Tenfold in 2019
Publicly-listed mining company Argo Blockchain had a tenfold increase in revenue for 2019 over the previous year, ProactiveInvestors reports on Jan. 20. Its shares bounced as the company plans further expansion in the upcoming year.

Argo Blockchain PLC is a… Read full article
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Thai SEC Grants License to Asia-Pacific Crypto Exchange
Thailand’s securities regulator has granted a coveted digital assets exchange license to Asia-Pacific crypto-fiat trading platform Zipmex.

According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 20, Thailand’s Ministry of Finance and the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)… Read full article
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Chinese Blockchain-Based Mobile Payment Revolution: How Is the Biggest CO2 Polluter Becoming Leading World Solar Panels Producer
Society is now witnessing the implementation of digital currencies, AI and blockchain technology worldwide. These new digital technologies require a high consumption of electric energy, which is currently produced with coal and fossil fuels that adversely impact the environment. A… Read full article
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Report: Hamas, Iran-Tied Militants Intensify Bitcoin Fundraising Action
A militant group with ties to the Iranian regime and Hamas — the de facto ruling authority of the Gaza Strip in Palestine — is allegedly upping its Bitcoin (BTC) fundraising activities.

The spur for the increase is reportedly a… Read full article
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South Korea Considers Imposing a 20% Income Tax on Cryptocurrencies
South Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance is considering imposing a 20% tax on income from cryptocurrency transactions.

According to a report published by local English-language news outlet The Korea Times on Jan. 20, the ministry had reportedly ordered its… Read full article
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Crypto Winter to Spring: Key Factors That Brought Bitcoin Back to Life
During the first couple of months of 2019, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) stayed put under the $4,000 mark, thereby solidifying fears that the market was indeed in the midst of a long crypto winter. Not only that, but all… Read full article
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BTC Could Hit $10K, ‘Stay Away from North Korea,’ Akon City: Hodler’s Digest, Jan. 13–19
Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one… Read full article
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Why Centralized Exchanges Are Decentralizing
In an industry built on an ethos of decentralization and the empowerment of individuals, where the key idea is that each and every person should have control of their own wealth and begin acting as their own bank, we’ve seen… Read full article
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