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AlfaToken ICO to Make Smart Contracts Accessible Even for Those with Zero Coding Skills

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AlfaToken ICO to Make Smart Contracts Accessible Even for Those with Zero Coding Skills

AlfaToken, a service enabling startups and innovative entrepreneurs to create their own ICO tokens and smart contracts without coding skills, is gearing about to conduct its Initial Token Offering with the help of ICOBox, the world’s leading provider of ICO solutions. AlfaToken plans to offer services in 14 smart contract areas, from initial coin offerings and real estate rentals, lending…

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Alibaba Refutes Speculation of Cryptocurrency Mining through its Cloud Platform

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Alibaba Refutes Speculation of Cryptocurrency Mining through its Cloud Platform

Alibaba, the largest e-commerce merchant in the world, was speculated to have taken its first step toward embracing digital currencies by introducing a cryptocurrency mining platform, which was swiftly refuted by the company. A tweet by cnLedger, a Chinese crypto news account, reveals Alibaba’s potential plans to support P2P nodes in the near future. If one were to go by…

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Malaysian Auto Manufacturer Suspends Dealership Over Bitcoin Promotion

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

Malaysian Auto Manufacturer Suspends Dealership Over Bitcoin Promotion

The Malaysian based auto manufacturer Proton Holdings, ousted the dealership branch in Seri Kembangan, a town in Selangor district, for accepting cryptocurrencies as payment. The Selangor-based dealer took its own decision to receive payments in bitcoin which was not consented by the auto manufacturer. Bitcoin Not Accepted Here The issue is Proton Holdings never authorized or gave freedom to dealers…

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Top Banks Suspend Accounts of Major Bitcoin Exchanges in India

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Top Banks Suspend Accounts of Major Bitcoin Exchanges in India

Large players in the banking sector have suspended a few accounts of the major bitcoin exchanges in India on an intuition of doubtful transactions. ET noted the banks including the top lenders like State Bank of India, ICICI, Axis bank, HDFC bank and Yes bank. They have suspended few bank accounts of leading Indian cryptocurrency exchanges like Zebpay, CoinSecure, Unocoin…

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Russian Couple Robbed of $100,000 Worth of Bitcoin in Thailand

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Russian Couple Robbed of $100,000 Worth of Bitcoin in Thailand

A young Russian couple on holiday was robbed of approximately $100,000 worth of bitcoin in their condo unit at The Lago Naiharn Beach in Phuket, Thailand on the night of January 15, 2018. The robbery was reported on January 17, 2018, to Lt. Chanat Hongsuttichaikun of the Chalong Police. A Phuket Tourist Police volunteer who is a Russian national, Igor…

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Visa CEO rejects notion of Bitcoin as Currency and Payment Mechanism

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Commentary, News

Visa CEO rejects notion of Bitcoin as Currency and Payment Mechanism

In an interview recorded at the National Retail Federation conference on January 16, 2018, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Visa, Alfred Kelly, publicly confirmed that the company had been actively distancing itself from supporting cryptocurrencies. Speaking in New York City, Kelly said that “I don’t view it as payment system player.” His words make it quite apparent that Visa…

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OKCoin Eyes South Korea For Growth

Category: Commentary, News, Regulation

OKCoin Eyes South Korea For Growth

OKCoin, once China’s principal digital currency exchange, is broadening its horizons with a strategic decision to expand its territory to South Korea. The move closely shadows that of its largest competitor, Huobi, who announced a similar migration in December 2017 following China’s comprehensive cryptocurrency ban three months prior. Entertainment Partnership Strengthens Move According to local media reports on January 19,…

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Colorado Looks to Adopt Blockchain Technology to Improve Data Security

Category: Blockchain, Commentary, News, Regulation, Tech

Colorado Looks to Adopt Blockchain Technology to Improve Data Security

A new bill in the state of Colorado is being introduced to the local Senate that proposes utilizing blockchain technology to help keep private data secure from the likes of cyber-attacks. Analog to Blockchain Legislators initially introduced the bill on January 16, 2018, and it suggests that if they implemented the use of a distributed ledger, there would be no…

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Telegram Launches the Biggest ICO Ever 

Category: Commentary, ICO News, News, Regulation

Telegram Launches the Biggest ICO Ever 

Telegram, an encrypted messaging app is launching an ICO that is expected to be one of the biggest ever. The company’s founder Pavel Durov wants to develop a payment platform using a multi-blockchain architecture that aims to compete with Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. Features, Proposals, and a Massive ICO With this, Telegram expects to bring digital assets to the…

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Less Than One Percent of Bitcoin Transactions Used for Illicit Activities Says New Study

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Less Than One Percent of Bitcoin Transactions Used for Illicit Activities Says New Study

UK-based blockchain intelligence firm Elliptic partnered with a program within the Foundation for Defense of Democracies known as the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) to study data on the Bitcoin blockchain in an effort to determine the quantity of illicit funds that make their way into the bitcoin ecosystem. The report also looked into how these “dirty bitcoins”…

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