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Wifi Sharing Platform Wicrypt Gets Government Grant in Nigeria

A crypto startup providing wifi hotspot sharing services in Nigeria has won funding from the country’s telecom regulator. Wicrypt placed second among 25 tech companies participating in an innovation competition organized by the Nigeria Communication Commission and it’s going to receive a grant worth 2 million naira to finance its project. Also read: Skrill Now...
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China Takes Another Step Away From USD Hegemony

The China Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) announced that effective January 1, 2020, the system “will adjust weights for CFETS RMB Index,” decreasing the weighting of the USD for the second time in the currency basket’s history from 22.40% to 21.59%, and increasing the Euro from 16.34% to 17.40%. The change could signal further disassociation...
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Indian Government’s Institute Offers Blockchain Training in Multiple Cities

The National Power Training Institute, under India’s Ministry of Power, is offering blockchain training in multiple cities throughout the country. Participants will learn about blockchain technology, its use cases, smart contracts, Ethereum, cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and even mining. Also read: Regulatory Roundup – New US Crypto Bill, France’s 1st Approved ICO, Muslim Crypto National Training Institute’s...
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France’s Social Media Stalking Points to the Violence of Fiat, Consent of Crypto

France will soon be monitoring social media accounts to catch suspected tax evaders. The endeavor could label anyone as suspicious who so much as posts a “taxation is theft” meme or a poses with a nice car. The country’s budget minister, Gérald Darmanin, called the court-approved experiment ‘one more tool to fight fraud.’ Exemplified by...
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Crypto’s Counterpunch to U.S. Hegemony and Empire

“The Muslim world should be designing measures to save themselves from the domination of the United States dollar and the American financial regime.” —Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran Also Read: Crypto Confronts Social Justice Warriors Hegemony and Muslim Resistance Hegemony refers to the leadership or dominance of one country or group over others. A nation...
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Germans Rush to Buy Gold as Draft Bill Threatens to Restrict Purchases

Reports have emerged depicting long lines in front of a physical gold sales location in Germany, in view of pending legislation which would once again lower the anonymous purchase limit, this time from €10,000 to €2,000. The last drop happened in 2017 when the limit was set at €15,000. A draft bill from the German...
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Shenzhen Stock Exchange Launches Index of Top 50 Blockchain Public Companies

The Shenzhen Stock Exchange has launched a blockchain index comprising 50 of the largest publicly listed companies with blockchain ventures by market capitalization. Blockchain-related stocks in China have been gaining value since President Xi Jinping openly advocated for the technology. Also read: Regulatory Roundup – New US Crypto Bill, France’s 1st Approved ICO, Muslim Crypto...
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Uzbekistan Government Decides To Ban All Crypto Purchases

According to recent reports, the Uzbekistan government has decided to forbid crypto purchases, even in the case of licensed crypto exchanges. Let’s find out more about this case in the following altcoin news. Some weeks ago, the National Agency for Project Management as a part of the Uzbekistan government introduced some new regulations. The new...
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Mnuchin Affirms $1.5 Trillion Unaccounted For, Still Demands Strict Bitcoin Regulation

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin remarked last week that a reported $1.5 trillion in missing cash — mostly one hundred dollar bills — was “sitting in bank vaults all over the world.” The famously anti-bitcoin U.S. official noted that “there’s a lot of ‘Benjamins’ all over the world” and emphasized the strength of the currency...
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The Many Facts Pointing to Ian Grigg Being Satoshi

Financial cryptographer. Cypherpunk. Inventor of Ricardian contracts and early utilizer of triple-entry accounting systems, which would later be exemplified in Bitcoin. Ian Grigg may have claimed that Satoshi was a team effort and is now dead, only living on in bitcoiners everywhere, but some seem to think it’s him. In this installment of “the many...
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Indian Crypto Community Gathers to Dispel Confusion About Regulation

As the Indian government deliberates on the country’s crypto policy, there has been some confusion in media reports regarding crypto regulation in India. A group of local crypto enthusiasts and community members have gathered in an effort to ensure that the crypto situation in India is accurately portrayed. Also read: Indian Lawmaker Says ‘Cryptocurrency Is...
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Mining Pool Simplecoin and Interactive Faucet Chopcoin Shut Down Due to EU Regulations

Like crypto payments provider Bottle Pay, mining pool Simplecoin and interactive bitcoin faucet Chopcoin are shutting down in light of restrictions imposed by EU anti-money laundering legislation, AMLD5. Simplecoin co-founder Marvin Janssen addressed Telegram users last month saying “We believe in the power of cryptocurrency and its potential. Mining should to be available to anyone...
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Maduro Plans to Airdrop Petro to Municipal Leaders and Eligible Citizens

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro wants the nation state-issued cryptocurrency, petro (PTR) to have the same usability properties as a physical currency. On December 13, Maduro explained on national television that the Superintendence of Crypto-Assets and Related Activities (Sunacrip) will be airdropping 0.5 PTR ($30) next week to eligible citizens who register with the...
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Iran, Hong Kong, India: Failed Protests Point to Need for Crypto-Anarchy ‘Second Realms’

What is the second realm? It’s both an abstract and concrete “place” parallel to here, where temporary autonomous zones (TAZ) provide a chance to escape the burning surveillance spotlight of the state and brutal law enforcement culture, and allow for at least temporary exercises of human rights and freedom. A TAZ may allow for free...
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China Releases Year-End Crypto Rankings

China’s Center for Information and Industry Development has published its year-end crypto project rankings. Thirty-five projects were evaluated and ranked overall as well as in three separate categories. Bitcoin has risen in ranking while EOS remains China’s favorite. Also read: China Ranks 35 Crypto Projects as President Xi Pushes Blockchain Year-End Crypto Rankings The Center...
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EU Finance Ministers Place Defacto Ban on Libra

Libra’s ongoing organizational snags and run-ins with regulators continue into December, as EU finance ministers agreed Thursday that Libra cannot be launched in the EU until concerns are adequately addressed. The finance ministers issued a joint statement citing regulatory “challenges and risks.” Also Read: Libra Testnet Fails to Impress as New Legislation Looms Lawmakers Still...
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Over 70 Government Organizations Dealt With Ransomware This Year

Ransomware has been a very big problem for many years now. Despite numerous incidents in 2019, it is unlikely that the threat will diminish in the years to come. Through 2019, the number of ransomware attacks has been rather impressive, for all the wrong reasons. Ransomware Problems Remain Ever-present One remarkable trend is how most...
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Crypto Startups to Get up to $75,000 From the Government of Ukraine

Ukrainian crypto companies can now receive up to $75,000 each in the form of government sponsored grants. A special fund set up by the authorities in Kiev is already accepting applications from startups in various high tech sectors including the blockchain industry. Over $1.5 million will be distributed by the end of the year. Also...
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A Bitcoiner in the Senate? Is Bakkt CEO in US Govt. Good or Bad for Crypto?

The CEO of the much-hyped Bitcoin futures platform Bakkt has been appointed to serve in the US Senate. Loeffler will replace Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, who is due to retire at the end of this month.At first glance, Kelly Loeffler’s appointment, like the launch of Bakkt itself, looks like an unmitigated success for the crypto...
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Zimbabwe Believes Bitcoin Is The Best Solution For Hyperinflation

Alternative Airlines is the name of the latest travel company which makes headlines in the cryptonews section. As the updates show, this UK travel company has partnered with the cryptocurrency service Utrust to facilitate payments with crypto.On November 13, the Switzerland-based firm and digital payments processor Utrust announced a new partnership with the first merchant...
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Crypto Secularizes Wealth by Returning Power to the People

Secularization is the process of converting something from a religious status to a nonreligious one. In its usage here, the word “religious” has no necessary connection to a deity. The word refers to the mystification of a thing in order to elevate it to the status of the divine where it becomes unquestionable. Also Read:...
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Andrew Yang’s ‘Freedom Dividend’ Is Not Only Unnecessary, It’s Unethical

Andrew Yang has taken to Twitter in dynamic fashion as of late, advertising his universal basic income (UBI) proposal known as the “Freedom Dividend.” While throwing money at people out of pocket always generates a buzz, there’s a mathematically and ethically broken side to the plan few are talking about. Also Read: Do You Know...
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Do You Know the Newspeak of the Looming ‘NIRP’ Economic Meltdown?

Negative and zero interest rate policy (NIRP and ZIRP) are becoming a new global norm. Endless printing of paper money is said to make economies stronger, while everyday individuals are seeing their savings worth less and less. These policies were traditionally viewed as last ditch, temporary measures to save economies, but are now increasingly being...
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Argentina’s Example Shows That You Don’t Own Your Money

Cash shortages, bank closures and ATMs running out of funds seems to be the new norm for many countries, and recently increased capital controls in Argentina are further testament to this unsettling trend. Sunday’s election of president Alberto Fernández has resulted in Argentine account holders being limited to USD purchases of $200 via bank account...
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Speculation Abounds Over the Cause of Bitcoin’s Recent Rally

Crypto’s most recent bull run began last Friday, October 25, after a significant plunge in prices just days earlier that had some prognosticators worried about a return to late 2018 and early 2019’s bleak crypto winter. Since the recent spike, prices have held relatively steady, suggesting this rally is not just a flash in the...
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China Ranks 35 Crypto Projects as President Xi Pushes Blockchain

China has been on a roll with a series of crypto-related announcements. President Xi Jinping’s speech to accelerate the development of blockchain technology in China was followed by the passing of a cryptography bill. Meanwhile, China’s Center for Information and Industry Development has continued to evaluate and rank crypto projects, and the central bank is...
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Why Central Banks Are Not Designed for Democracies

Through their policies, central banks exert tremendous influence over the socio-economic conditions in a country and its business environment. Their decisions are so powerful that it’s obvious they are part of the government. But most people would be surprised to find out that central banks are almost never part of the due democratic process. Also...
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The Chinese Government Will now ban Content Aimed at Discrediting Blockchain Technology

The blockchain climate in China has undergone plenty of changes in the past few weeks. Despite initial opposition to this technology, the current conversations are completely different. Any news source or blog discrediting blockchain technology will now be forced to remove those posts altogether. This further confirms China wants to embrace this technology to the...
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Indian Crypto Trading Volumes Accelerate on Positive Sentiments

Cryptocurrency trading volumes in India have accelerated despite regulatory uncertainty and banking restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Global trading platforms and service providers have also been expanding their operations to serve Indian users. Also read: Mistakes Crypto Owners and Traders Should Avoid Strong Trading Volume Growth Banking services may be restricted...
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Cash Runs Dry at ATMs as Protests Escalate in Chile

There’s a lot of unrest in Chile right now as the country has seen massive protests against government manipulation and an escalation of financial problems. Local reports detail a few banking establishments have been burned after customers started having issues withdrawing cash from ATMs. Issues with the bank machines that don’t work coupled with rising...
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