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Fork Wars: SWAT Team Targets BitGo’s Lopp in Suspected Bitcoin Troll

BitGo engineer Jameson Lopp reportedly received a visit from a police SWAT team, after the Bitcoin capacity debate turned personal.In statements on Twitter, Lopp, who is well-known for his critical stance on Bitcoin forks, said a “fake hostage situation” led “dozens of cops with rifles” to his home Monday.While it is unknown what specifically sparked the escalation, Lopp immediately receiv

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China Could Make Bitcoin Buzz Again as National Congress Looms

Having felt China’s influence before, this week it is important to keep an eye on the communist state as they gear up for their 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).This form of elections essentially for the totalitarian party will see some reshuffling and power plays between top officials who either fall on the conservative side, or the progressive. In the middle is Bitc

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Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex Gives US Customers the Boot Blaming Regulations

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has confirmed it will block all US customers from November 9 as regulatory uncertainty bites.In its latest blog post Monday, Bitfinex, which already prohibits US users from becoming verified on its platform, said they should now remove all hosted tokens.“U.S. customers are already barred from receiving financing from other users on Bitfinex’s peer-to-peer finan

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Blockchain May Play Crucial Role in Artificial Intelligence Development, Regulation

The biggest threat for our future, according to Elon Musk, is the development of artificial intelligence (AI).  As Musk recently pointed out:“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful. I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regu

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Bitcoin ETF Could Actually Be on Horizon Says Prominent Investing Firm

Bitcoin users had lost hope of having an Bitcoin ETF when the Winklevoss twins' application was rejected. However, the CEO of ARK Investment Management feels that a Bitcoin ETF may only be a year or two away.ETFs matterSome may debate the utility of having a Bitcoin ETF when it would be more profitable to hold Bitcoins instead. By holding Bitcoins directly, you get the benefit of price appreciatio

Bitcoin, Altcoin Exchange Bittrex Eyed With Suspicion Due to Thousands of Mysterious Account Closings

Cointelegraph recently began receiving complaints about the Bittrex exchange disabling users’ accounts for no apparent reason. One consistent theme in every complaint we’ve received is that users have attempted to open tickets and have even sought help on the exchange’s Slack, only to be ignored and banned, respectively.One user complained that he has six Bitcoin in his Bittrex account--over

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Blockchain and Smart Cities: On the Way to the Second Capital of China

On Oct. 14, Peng Yijie, a powerful Chinese businessman, visited Chen Gang, the Communist Party Secretary of Xiong'an New Area and Vice Governor of Hebei Province.Peng reported the potential of Blockchain technology to Secretary Chen, trying to persuade him to cooperate on promoting Blockchain innovation in Xiong’an New Area.Smart cityDuring the meeting, Peng said that Xiong’an New Area is the

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Estonia – Just One of Global Cryptography ‘Factorization’ Victims

A cryptography security flaw, present in 750,000 Estonian e-Residency cards and elsewhere, has a five-year history, researchers say.Since news broke earlier this year that the code library by Infineon, the company responsible for dishing out multiple countries’ ID schemes, was vulnerable to hacking, attempts have been underway to assess the scale of the problem.Now, experts have realized the wea

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ICO Goes Extra Mile to Protect Contributors

Ask anyone in the crypto-sphere, and they’ll tell you the hot topic these days is regulation. After a couple of years of ‘wild west’ ICO and cryptocurrency explosion, governments have begun to crack down.Yet, some companies are taking the necessary steps to comply with the SEC regulations, thereby assuring their investors that they are a safe company to support. While this requires more time

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At Government-Backed Chinese Conference, Bitcoin is Called “Disaster”

On October 12, in Beijing, the First Workshop on Standards for Digital Fiat Currency (DFC) for Universal Finance Access was held by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Also involved were the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the Institute of Digital Money, the Chinese Academy of Information a

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