Month: December 2018

Congress in 2019: The need for bipartisan action on voting rights and election integrity

By Nicol Turner-Lee Russian meddling has been at the forefront of most political conversations in 2018 and this will definitely be the case in the New Year. While the 116th Congress will most likely address the Mueller investigation report and its fallout, including a possible Trump impeachment, other areas that deserve bipartisan attention are voting…
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Vitalik Buterin Counters ‘Elephant in the Room’ on Ethereum After Bitcoin and Crypto Investor Challenges the Tech

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin is responding to criticism from the founder of Bitcoin fund Adamant Capital, Tuur Demeester, who recently called Ethereum “not money, not safe, and not scalable.” “To me the first red flag came up when in our weekly hangout we asked the ETH founders about to how they were going to scale…
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The Brewing Crypto Battle Over Ripple, XRP, Ripple (XRP), XRP (XRP), Ripple and XRP, and Ripple/XRP

In a tweet that set off an epic Twitter thread, crypto exchange Kraken spells out why it thinks a name change is in order to straighten out the longstanding debate over “Ripple” the company versus “XRP” the asset. Dear XRP Army, Ripple is (and was first) a payment protocol whose native currency is XRP. You…
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Tone Vays Says Bitcoin Bull Run Will Leave Crypto Rivals in the Dust, Plus Ripple and XRP, Ethereum, Tron, EOS, Bitcoin SV: Crypto News Alert

From a bold Bitcoin prediction to a rebuttal from Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, to a new way to trade XRP and Bitcoin Cash, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto. Bitcoin Tone Vays, a former Wall Street trader and vice president at JP Morgan Chase, says he expects…
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BTC Lightning Network Company Rejects $1.25 Million from Roger Ver to Build on Bitcoin Cash

Roger Ver offered $1.25 million to OpenNode, a lightning network software company, to build on top of Bitcoin Cash. OpenNode declined, stating “our vision of a better, more open financial system is only possible with Bitcoin.” In a video lambasting the scaling limitations of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network, Roger Ver pointed out that off-chain…
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U.S. Federal Reserve Doesn’t Like the Idea of a Government Cryptocurrency

The Federal Reserve Board governor is still not fond of the idea of central bank digital currencies, despite the fact that the reserve is equipped to issue one. The Fed Says No to CBDCs It’s been a year since bitcoin’s price exploded and launched cryptocurrencies into the mainstream, which pushed many to believe that the…
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Kraken Battles with the XRP Army Over Ripple Semantics

Kraken has come under flak from the ‘XRP Army’ after disputing the vernacular around Ripple and XRP. Is Kraken’s persona fueled by Jesse Powell’s former bad blood with Ripple? Kraken is one of the largest US-based cryptocurrency exchanges, having facilitated $3.7 billion over the last 30-days. The company has come under flak after provoking the…
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How to save time explaining your friends what cryptocurrency is

You know how difficult it is to explain to new people in cryptocurrency about all of the aspects regarding cryptocurrencies and how they work? Especially really new people, that don’t really know if they want to know the nitty-gritty technological details and permutations. Just in case, YouTube channel “3Blue1Brown” has already done the difficult part…
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Congress in 2019: Democrat-led House oversight is likely in store for DeVos

By Elizabeth Mann In the past two years, with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ leadership, the department has taken a number of steps to roll back federal regulations, in lockstep with the Trump administration’s broader playbook. As a result, during the midterm elections, Ms. DeVos was an easy and often-invoked target for Democrats. Although Democrats…
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Ripple Says XRP-Based xRapid Expanding As Company Aims to Take Charge of Global Payments

In a new interview, Ripple’s global head of strategic accounts expands on the growth of the company’s payment solutions xCurrent and xRapid. Marcus Treacher told The Asian Banker both products are growing at a fast clip, with a burst of adoption in a number of regions. “There is a lot of activity in the Middle…
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