Philippines Central Bank Governor Confirms Interest in Launching A Digital Currency

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The central bank of the Philippines, otherwise known as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), expresses its interest in launching its own central bank digital currency (CBDC). In a story first covered on Bloomberg, the governor of BSP, Benjamin Diokno, stated the country had formed a research committee on the possible launch of digital currency. The article further states that the research team is set to release its findings in the coming month. The committee, which was formed earlier this year, started its research on the policy implications and potential feasibility…

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Crypto Wallet Maker Ledger Loses 1M Email Addresses in Data Theft

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Ledger said customer details have been stolen in a data breach that may well have been exploited for over two months. In a note to clients Wednesday, CEO Pascal Gauthier said the French hardware wallet provider fell victim to a large-scale data breach from an unauthorized third party. The hacker, whose identity remains unknown, gained access to Ledger’s e-commerce and marketing database. Customers affected include those who signed up for Ledger’s newsletter or to receive promotional material. Information stolen included email addresses, with a smaller “subset” of 9,500 customers also…

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Twitter hacked in Bitcoin scam

Twitter Bitcoin scam

Twitter was hacked yesterday when Bitcoin scammers sent a series of tweets from the official accounts of Apple, Uber, Joe Biden, Elon Musk and hundreds of others, reaping more than $100,000 (£79,500, €87,750). The platform said that some of its employees had been targeted by a social engineering campaign, allowing hackers to gain access to its internal systems. The severity of the incident is still being investigated. Appearing across multiple high-profile accounts in a matter of minutes, various tweets promised users that the account holders would double donations from anyone…

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Alibaba leads blockchain patent race

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Data shows that China’s e-commerce giant leads the way in awarded blockchain patents, with Chinese and US firms aggressively filing to stake out protection for their IP. A new report from the China Patent Protection Association shows that Chinese multinational Alibaba leads the world in patents awarded for blockchain-related technology. According to the 2020 Blockchain Global Patent Au­tho­ri­sa­tion Re­port, there are 3924 awarded patents for blockchain tech to date. US firms account for the lion’s share of awarded patents, at 39%, Korea has 21%, while China comes in at 19%. Alibaba leads…

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FC Barcelona’s BAR Token Price Jumps Over 150% on First Trading Day

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Premier soccer club FC Barcelona has launched a token earlier this week in a token sale that ended in the space of two hours. In it, 600,000 tokens were sold at €2 ($2.25) each, and these tokens are now already trading above €5.6 (around $6.35). The tokens, known as Barça Fan Tokens, were bought by the club’s supporters either through the club’s own “Socios” voting platform or through Chillz, a sports-specific token platform and exchange. The team is, in part, managed by its socios. Total trading volumes for Barcelona’s BAR…

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Chinese Mining Company Ebang to Reportedly List on Nasdaq This Week

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Chinese Bitcoin (BTC) miner manufacturer Ebang will reportedly be listed on Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker EBON later this week, becoming the second crypto mining company to go public in the United States. According to a report from Chinese crypto news outlet Blockbeats, Ebang will be officially listed on Friday, June 26. Additionally, Blockstream chief strategy officer Samson Mow tweeted a screenshot of an invitation to a Ebang event held at a hotel in Hangzhou, where the company is headquartered, which also starts on Friday. Ebang aims to raise…

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John McAfee’s Ghost Distributed Exchange Now Live

Ghost Distributed Exchange

John McAfee’s controversial Ghost distributed exchange is now live, the cryptocurrency advocate announced on Twitter over the weekend. The Ghost distributed exchange is related to McAfee’s privacy project Ghost, a Proof of Stake privacy coin intended for more anonymous transactions. McAfee clarified on social media that Ghost will replace the McAfeeDEX distributed exchange. The Ghost main net itself is expected to go live on June 22. Ghost has been the subject of contention for months especially after McAfee himself admitted Ghost “copy-pasted” parts of its white paper from PIVX. Even…

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User Pays a Second $2.6 Million Fee in Ether Transaction

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History repeated itself on Thursday, after the Ethereum blockchain processed another transfer with fees of $2.6 million – the second such unusual, record-fee transaction in 24 hours. A user sent 350 ether (ETH), worth about $86,400 and paid 10,668 ETH, or $2.6 million, in transaction fees. The latest transaction was mined on block 10241999 by the Ethermine pool, a unit of Bitfly. Notably, this is a transaction that originates from the same address, of the same customer who paid the same amount of fees yesterday to send just $134 worth…

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Brave under fire for affiliate link autofill

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Brave appears to have removed a controversial feature that was auto-filling the company’s affiliate link when a user attempted to access Binance. Crypto-powered privacy-focused web browser Brave has come under fire for automatically filling an affiliate link into its address bar when a user attempts to access the website for leading crypto exchange Binance and its United States-based subsidiary Binance.US. Brave’s co-founder and chief executive, Brendan Eich, has acknowledged the “mistake,” pledging that the error will soon be corrected to remove the automatic completion of its affiliate link after the…

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Revolut: New super app and 12m customers

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Digital banking service Revolut has today unveiled its new ‘financial super app’ that promises to “reimagine and redefine” its offering to customers. The redesign will enable users to manage their finances all in one place, with two main sections labelled Home and Wealth. From the Home tab, Revolut’s users will be able to access their open banking-linked accounts as well as other budgeting and analytics tools. Through the Wealth tab, users will be able to trade stocks, cryptocurrencies and commodities. Cryptocurrency trading has been particularly popular for Revolut’s customers, the…

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Atari token finds a home on new blockchain gaming network

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Partnership between Atari and Arkane Network will allow developers to integrate the new token for buying, selling, and trading assets. Atari helped kick off the gaming revolution, and now the brand—which has changed hands many times since the 1970s—aims to help lead the crypto revolution in gaming with its recently-revealed Atari Token and online casino plans. Today, the company revealed the next step in its plan to entrench the Atari Token within the gaming ecosystem, announcing a partnership with Arkane Network to implement the token within its blockchain app development…

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Bitcoin Transaction Fees Increased 1250% from April 11th to May 14th

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March, April, and May were big months for Bitcoin–after a cliff-dive in the price of Bitcoin on March 12th, Bitcoin has slowly and steadily recovered to nearly $10,000, where it was before the coronavirus pandemic slammed into the global economy. Much of the price rally is attributed to the halving that occurred last week. However, there’s another big change that has taken place on the Bitcoin network over the past month: CoinTelegraph reported that from April 11th to May 14th, the average cost of Bitcoin network transaction fees increased by…

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IBM Blockchain to Offer Decentralized Smart Contract Option

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IBM is upgrading its enterprise blockchain solution to provide clients with a new decentralized governance option that will allow transaction parties to propose and amend smart contract parameters. The blue-chip IT firm said last week the IBM Blockchain Platform would carry over the changes in Hyperledger Fabric 2.0 – its base layer – claiming it “vastly improves” overall security and usability. As well as improving performance and data privacy, IBM said in a blog post that the upgrade would completely change the platform’s smart contract governance. “IBM Blockchain Platform will…

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Binance Invests Undisclosed Sum in Indonesian Crypto Exchange

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Binance has invested an undisclosed amount in Tokocrypto, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange in Indonesia. Announced on Tuesday, the proceeds will be utilized in accelerating the growth of the local crypto exchange’s business by extending its products and services. It is also planning for technological expansion and nationwide expansion. “This investment in Tokocrypto serves to validate Indonesia’s promising blockchain ecosystem, showcasing the confidence from a leading global player. The investment from Binance will help establish Tokocrypto’s leading services in the Indonesian market and accelerate our vision in bringing an open financial…

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Halving Fails To Influence Bitcoin’s Price

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Bitcoin halving, the largest event in the cryptocurrency calendar, failed to trigger any significant impact on its price. Bitcoin halving takes place every four years, which reduces the rate at which new coins are created, to control inflation. According to Bitcoin’s code, written by its pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, rewards to miners will continue to halve every 210,000 blocks on the BTC chain. Beating predictions, Bitcoin’s price volatility declined since Monday. There were mixed predictions regarding bitcoin halving’s impact on its price. While a section of experts said that the…

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