Year: 2020

Coinbase and Ripple Execs Unveil Master Plan to Drive US Crypto Adoption

Two executives at Coinbase and Ripple are leading a push for smart regulations and transparency in the crypto-sphere that would arguably drive adoption and take blockchain technology mainstream.  Market integrity must improve The Market Integrity Working Group’s co-chairs want regulators to grasp how they can advance the cryptocurrency industry. In an official company statement, Coinbase …

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Maryland bill would outlaw ransomware, keep researchers from reporting bugs

Enlarge / Sure, this will work. onathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images Remember last May, when Baltimore City was brought to a standstill by ransomware? Hot on the heels of that mess—in fact, the same day that the ransomware attack was reported—Maryland legislators started working on a bill to fight the threat …

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Sundance: Hypha VR Experience Had Me Spreading Fungal Spores To Save The Planet

The psychedelic mushroom simulator was one of the strangest experiences at Sundance 2020.  If you’ve paid attention to our coverage of Sundance this past weekend, you’re already well aware of the eclectic, insanely bizarre lineup of strange and imaginative immersive projects occupying this year’s New Frontier program. This includes Hypha, a surreal 17-minute journey that …

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Coronavirus cases approach 3,000, death toll jumps above 80: Everything we know – CNET

Robert Rodriguez/CNET A never-before-seen virus first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan has claimed 81 lives and infected nearly 3,000 Chinese citizens with a pneumonia-like illness, according to China’s National Health Commission. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31 and has been under investigation since. …

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Bank of England’s Stablecoin Ruling Targets Financial Stability, Exec Says

Financial stability was a key factor in the Bank of England’s decision to hold stablecoin payment systems to the same regulatory standards as existing payment chains. That’s because stablecoins may seek to operate outside of the existing financial infrastructure – the one that card payments, online banking services and others inhabit. Those activities are regulated …

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Governments and Enterprises Can’t Get Enough of Blockchain

</header> <strong>Governments have long been wary of Bitcoin, while expressing admiration for its innovative ledger system. This trend can be traced back till 2014, when the “blockchain not bitcoin” mantra was coined. Six years on and that sentiment is being backed by action as governments and businesses the world over commission blockchain initiatives. Are these …

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FCC gives Google and Sony permission to dole out 3.5GHz spectrum

Sponsored Links Mark Wilson via Getty Images The FCC just gave Google, Sony and two other companies the greenlight to open the 3.5GHz band to commercial use. Considered by many as a building block for 5G networks, the 3.5GHz band could speed up 4G communication and enhance 5G networks, helping the latest iPhone and Android …

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Community Download: Does The VR Market Need A New Samsung Odyssey?

Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today, we want to see what you think about the new Samsung Odyssey patent and whether there is a place for …

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Plague Inc. developer reminds players it is just a game amid coronavirus outbreak

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the creators of a wildly popular game about viral outbreaks issued a statement last week reminding people that, while realistic, their game is just a game. “Please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real …

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Blockchain, not Bitcoin: China’s BTC Volume on LocalBitcoins Hits 2-Year Low

China’s Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes have continued to drop, hitting a two-year low on peer-to-peer exchange LocalBitcoins. According to Bitcoin statistics website Coin Dance, China’s BTC trading volumes have been gradually dropping from late 2019 to the present, touching to their lowest weekly volume in more than two years. During the week ending on Jan. …

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