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Baltic Honeybadger 2017 • November 25-26, 2017

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Purism’s Librem 5 will come with Mobile Payments Powered by Monero

Category: Altcoins, News, Tech

Purism’s Librem 5 will come with Mobile Payments Powered by Monero

Purism, a manufacturer of privacy-focused hardware and software, have furthered their relationship with Monero with an announcement made October 13. After the company began accepting the anonymous cryptocurrency, Purism now plans to incorporate Monero into their Librem 5 phones, which will become available in January 2019. A cash-like, digital platforms for smartphones uses will be based on Monero (XMR), as…

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Metropolis: Byzantine, the First Part of Ethereum’s Planned Hard Fork, Activates October 17

Category: Blockchain, Ethereum, News

Metropolis: Byzantine, the First Part of Ethereum’s Planned Hard Fork, Activates October 17

Recently the first part of the Metropolis hard fork launched on Ethereum’s Ropsten testnet. On October 17, the hard fork is scheduled to go live on main net. To stay part of the network, every user has to update their client. But what does Metropolis actually change? Is the hard fork a big hit – or does it disappoint against…

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Moving Under the Radar: AEON Approaches All-time Highs

Category: Altcoins, News, Price Analysis

Moving Under the Radar: AEON Approaches All-time Highs

Cryptocurrency markets made a comeback on September 27 and demonstrated strong gains across the board. One of the strongest performers was AEON, which is based on the CryptoNote protocol. AEON is sometimes referred to as ‘Monero’s Litecoin.’ This is in reference to its use as a testbed for ideas and upgrades that could be used for Monero (and vice versa)….

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Mysterium is Decentralizing VPN Services to Promote Privacy and Open Access

Category: Ethereum, News, Tech

Mysterium is Decentralizing VPN Services to Promote Privacy and Open Access

After raising more than $14 million in an ICO during May 2017, Mysterium will build a fully decentralized, peer-to-peer-based and serverless Virtual Private Network (VPN). By providing users with greater privacy and financial incentives to operate nodes, Mysterium will lift restrictions on the usage of the internet as stated by their mission: “Our mission is to create a distributed, trustless,…

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How A Marketplace for Data Can Help Solve The World’s Privacy Problems

Category: ICO News

How A Marketplace for Data Can Help Solve The World’s Privacy Problems

Data drives business today, and both users and customers are at a disadvantage. The data you are providing for free is actually worth a good deal over the long-term. These days, Congress and the administration are both looking into data privacy with an eye towards reinforcing it. Google generates tremendous profits from searches. If you are looking for certain popular…

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Zcash is Blazing a Trail to the Future of Cryptography

Category: Altcoins, News

Zcash is Blazing a Trail to the Future of Cryptography

Zcash developers have made a significant breakthrough in the mathematical development of the proving systems for the shielded addresses that fuel Zcash by introducing a new variation of elliptic curve cryptography which is more efficient and speeds up the hashing process tremendously. This new development will be included with other substantial improvements to Zcash in the Sapling upgrade, and if…

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Mixing It Up: Feature Interview With Pawel Kuskowski Co Founder of Coinfirm

Category: Interviews, News

Mixing It Up: Feature Interview With Pawel Kuskowski Co Founder of Coinfirm

As previously reported by BTCManager, BitMixer, the most popular bitcoin mixing service announced their shutdown on July 21. Mixing is an anonymous tool for hiding the trail of cryptocurrency transactions by pooling them with multiple users. This practice is seen as controversial in some circles as it has been recognized by Europol and Interpol as an illegal tool which could…

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What is Kovri and Why is it Important for Monero?

Category: Altcoins, News, Tech

What is Kovri and Why is it Important for Monero?

In a recent OpenHours episode released August 17, several Monero contributors joined the show to talk about the Kovri project. The project aims to further improve the privacy of the Monero network by making it virtually impossible to deduct any information about transactions. Also, Kovri may potentially become the go-to method to hide IP addresses. Kovri’s Resonance with Monero Kovri…

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Bitcoin-Accepting Merchants’ Cookies Threaten User Anonymity

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

Bitcoin-Accepting Merchants’ Cookies Threaten User Anonymity

Researchers at Princeton University have published a paper that highlights the privacy issues of making cryptocurrency payments at online merchants that use browser cookies to collect user data. The paper’s findings suggest that bitcoin users lose much of the digital currency’s anonymity when shopping online. Transactions can be linked to user identities through the very commonplace use of third-party trackers….

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The IRS Hopes to Combat Bitcoin Tax Evasion with Tracking Software

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

The IRS Hopes to Combat Bitcoin Tax Evasion with Tracking Software

Bitcoin’s anonymity or rather, the lack thereof, has become a major talking point in the Bitcoin community and a focus of investigation for law enforcement agencies as well as, as it turns out, the taxman. According to a report by The Daily Beast, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has contracted the blockchain start-up Chainalysis Inc. to use their bitcoin…

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