A New Australian Dollar-Backed Stablecoin Slated to Launch on Stellar

Utility billing and payment services provider Novatti is launching a new Australian dollar (AUD)-backed stablecoin known as the Novatti AUD Utility Token on the Stellar Network.   As the platform’s tokens are tied to Australian dollars, all units in circulation will have an equal, matching reserve of AUD, allowing investors to use the currency freely without ...

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Blockchain Verification and Decentralized Subversion in Cambodia

Season 2 of Distributed Dialogues has begun, and a general theme will be the connection of major, real-world problems to possible solutions using blockchain technology. This is displayed in full on the first episode, which combines a historical context on Cambodian state repression with ways in which promising new technologies may bring new freedom of the press. Like many aspects ...

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David Chaum on Digital Privacy: “The Cat Is Out of the Bag”

David Chaum, the cryptographer credited with starting the cypherpunk movement in the 1980s and launching eCash, an early form of virtual money in the 1990s, thinks people are taking financial privacy a lot more seriously these days. “Consumers are starting to lose faith in online services and privacy protections they hoped were in place,” he told the audience at Money ...

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Regulators Approve Coinbase to Offer Custody Services in New York State

Coinbase has secured approval from New York state regulators to act “as a limited purpose trust company” in the state, a press release reveals. According to the release, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has officially signed off on an application for the Coinbase Custody Trust Company, a subsidiary of Coinbase Global, Inc. With the approval, Coinbase is ...

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Blockstack Looks to Boost Decentralized App Usage Through New App Mining Program

As a company looking to give users full control over their digital rights, Blockstack is piloting a new app mining program that encourages designers to create new applications directly on Blockstack’s platform and earn rewards in bitcoin. The goal is to expand the decentralized app ecosystem while financing developers who build the most popular applications. Patrick Stanley is the head ...

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A Year After Launch, BTCPay Has Grown Larger Than Its Creator Expected

First hinting at his project in a reply to a BitPay tweet on August 2017, Nicolas Dorier boldly claimed that BTCPay would make one of crypto’s most popular payment processors obsolete.   In an r/Bitcoin post two months later, he clarified that his brainchild isn’t meant to “take the place of BitPay.” Rather, BTCPay is poised as a new and improved ...

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Coinbase Just Added Its First Stablecoin

Coinbase is integrating its first stablecoin, joining other top exchanges in what has become a listing race to add Tether’s rising competitors. As detailed in an October 23, 2018, blog post, Coinbase has added support for Circle’s USD Coin (USDC). Starting today, U.S. Coinbase users — with the exception of those in N.Y. state — can buy and sell the ...

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Coinbase Just Added Its First Stablecoin

Coinbase is integrating its first stablecoin, joining other top exchanges in what has become a listing race to add Tether’s rising competitors. As detailed in an October 23, 2018, blog post, Coinbase has added support for Circle’s USD Coin (USDC). Starting today, U.S. Coinbase users — with the exception of those in N.Y. state — can buy and sell the ...

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Op Ed: In Defense of Bitcoin: A Response to Nouriel Roubini

Rhetorical style should never distract from the content of someone’s arguments. So when I heard that Nouriel Roubini testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem, I decided to peruse his testimony and reflect on it. His testimony makes an extensive number of critical points on the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency ...

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Fidelity's Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology SVP Joins BLOQ as COO

Blockchain startup Bloq has announced the appointment of former Fidelity Investments executive Hadley Stern as its first chief operating officer — the latest in a string of hires poached from a legacy financial firm by blockchain startups. Launched in 2016 by Bitcoin core developer and former software engineer at Red Hat Jeff Garzik and venture capitalist Matthew Roszak, Bloq helps ...

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