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#Bitcoin and Brew Apology; November Article Not Published. #Cryptopia’s Behavior Increasingly Suspicious

#Bitcoin and Brew Apology; November Article Not Published. #Cryptopia’s Behavior Increasingly Suspicious

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Bitcoin and Brew would like to apologize to our readers.  The following story was written on 11/25, and was never published due to fear of unwanted social criticism.  We are monitoring the situation and are actively working to inform communities affected.     Cryptopia Exchange ( https://www.cryptopia.co.nz/) has grown increasingly suspicious in their behavior.  At the time of this article, there are approximately 100 coin wallets in maintenance mode.  This represents about 20% of all the wallets on Cryptopia.  Users are unable to withdraw, unable to create deposit address, and if coins are sent to prior used deposit address, they are not credited to the account. The markets for coins in maintenance remain mixed; some markets are still open for trading, while othe
New blockchain center opens in New York amid cryptocurrency market woes

New blockchain center opens in New York amid cryptocurrency market woes

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The city of New York has a new blockchain center. Opened by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) as part of a partnership with FuturePerfect Labs (an affiliate of FuturePerfect Ventures) and GBBC Labs (a subsidiary of the Global Blockchain Business Council), the new facility is expected to play a significant role in developing the city’s blockchain ecosystem. The center, located in the city’s Chelsea district, will seek to provide entrepreneurs and innovators with business support, space, and mentorship. It will also bring together industry, government, investors, innovators, and academia in a bid to advance the dialogue about how New York can establish a suitable regulatory environment which protects consumers without stifling innovation. James Patch
NASA Publishes Proposal for Air Traffic Management Blockchain Based on HyperLedger

NASA Publishes Proposal for Air Traffic Management Blockchain Based on HyperLedger

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The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has proposed an air traffic management blockchain, according to a paper published on the agency’s official website on Jan. 10. The proposed system would employ an open-source permissioned blockchain to enable secure, private and anonymous communication with air traffic services. The document notes: “This framework features certificate authority, smart contract support, and higher-bandwidth communication channels for private information that may be used for secure communication between any specific aircraft and any particular authorized member.” The engineering prototype of the system reportedly employed the Hyperledger Fabric and demonstrated that such infrastructure could be rapidly deployed and economically m
Pakistan Embraces Blockchain Technology; International Remittance Service Launched

Pakistan Embraces Blockchain Technology; International Remittance Service Launched

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According to a press release published on January 8, 2019, Pakistan’s telecommunications companyTelenor, in association withValyou, has successfully launched a blockchain-enabled cross-border remittance service. Notably, the service is powered by distributed ledger technology (DLT) developed byAlipay. Rapid and Secure International Remittance Service for Pakistanis in Malaysia On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Pakistan joined the ranks of select few nations with blockchain-enabled international remittance service. Pakistan’s Telenor Microfinance Bank joined forces with Valyou, a Malaysian fintech company to offer instant and secure international remittance service to Pakistanis living in Malaysia. The official announcement regarding the development was made at an event Islamabad. The
XRP Cryptocurrency will now be going to be used by 5 More Banks

XRP Cryptocurrency will now be going to be used by 5 More Banks

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One of the largest cryptocurrency, Ripple revealed today in a report that a total of 13 more financial institutions had joined RippleNet, putting the total at over 200. Out of all these, 5 of them will be going to use the Ripple(XRP) cryptocurrency for liquidity. Some of the establishments named just within the press release are: SendFriend, Transpaygo, Euro Exim, JNFX, and FTCS Financial Institution. Apart from that, they will be going to use the entire liquidity on demand, and the eight others would not. Kaushik Punjani, Director of Euro Exim Financial institution, said of the partnership:As a frontrunner in commerce finance options for international corporates and fitness, we’re uniquely positioned to supply new cost channels and methods to supply liquidity. Our clients—whether o
India May Legalize Bitcoin Under “Strong” Rules

India May Legalize Bitcoin Under “Strong” Rules

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India could be making a U-turn on its directives for cryptocurrencies. Per reports from the New India Express, a second interdisciplinary committee set up by the Indian government is considering making cryptocurrencies legal in the country again but with more stringent rules. This revelation comes just a few months after a government panel suggested the creation of a new regulatory framework within the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that bans digital assets and declares crypto transactions illegal in India. According to an unnamed senior official who spoke with the New India Express, the committee had met twice, but deliberations were still ongoing. “We have already had two meetings. There is a general consensus that cryptocurrency cannot be dismissed as completely illegal. It
Bittrex Adds USD Trading Pairs for Bitcoin SV and Basic Attention Token

Bittrex Adds USD Trading Pairs for Bitcoin SV and Basic Attention Token

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Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex launched new USD trading pairs on Thursday for Bitcoin SV (BSV), the newly forked version of Bitcoin Cash, and Basic Attention Token (BAT), the token associated with the privacy-focused  Brave browser. Launch Update: Basic Attention Token (BAT) and Bitcoin SV (BSV) have been added to the USD (Fiat) markets. Eligible Bittrex accounts are auto enabled for USD trading. Those wanting to deposit/withdraw US Dollars via wire should submit According to the announcement, the fiat trading pairs are immediately available for both coins, adding to the currently available Tether (USDT), BTC and ETH markets. With the launch of BSV and BAT, Bittrex now supports USD fiat trading pairs for multiple major altcoins, including 0x (Z
Japan’s Mizuho bank to issue digital currency

Japan’s Mizuho bank to issue digital currency

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Mizuho Financial Group Inc. will issue its own digital currency from March at the earliest, which will allow users to make cashless payments via smartphones and fee-free cash transfers among users, it has been learned. The currency will be the first to be issued by a megabank. The new project will involve about 60 regional banks, with Mizuho aiming to have more participating banks, according to sources. Under the J-Coin (tentative name) scheme, users can make payments with a QR code on a smartphone app at stores and can also transfer money from their bank accounts to the app in advance, and vise versa. Many companies have already entered into the cashless payment business in the form of QR codes on smartphone apps, among other technologies. However, shops cannot cope with al...
Customers Can Now Pay With Cryptocurrency At a Brazilian Supermarket Chain

Customers Can Now Pay With Cryptocurrency At a Brazilian Supermarket Chain

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A supermarket chain on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro, in the Rio das Ostras municipality, now gives customers the option to pay with cryptocurrency, according to local news outlet Portal do Bitcoin. Oasis Supermercados has two stores and a total of 90 employees. Those who patronize the supermarket can pay with bitcoin, litecoin, and bitcoin cash, according to administrator Douglas Andrade. Andrade said the inspiration to accept cryptocurrency first came from his brother, who called a brokerage firm after watching a video about how stores and shops could accept crypto. News Is Spreading Fast About The New Payment Since the supermarket chain just started accepting cryptocurrency on December 18th, Andrade said there have not been any payments made with crypto yet. He ind
Crypto Artist Sells This Art Piece At $0.000000037 Using Lightning Network

Crypto Artist Sells This Art Piece At $0.000000037 Using Lightning Network

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Is “pay for coffee” your standard for micro-transactions? You may want to think again… Cryptograffiti, an anonymous artist dedicated to working with topics related to crypto and blockchain technologies recently published in Reddit a post claiming to have conducted a “micro auction” to sell a small work of art made from a dollar bill. The piece, which barely measures 3.55cm X 4.44cm is called “Black Swan” and was auctioned on the cryptograffiti website. However, the auction had a very curious feature: The winner of the work would be whoever offered the least amount of money for it. With this initiative, Cryptograffiti wanted to create a piece of art that could be considered as the world’s least expensive artwork. Also, given the characteristics of the auction, it was evident th