Blockchain

PayPal Sues Consumer Protection Agency for ‘Confusing’ Digital Wallet Rules

PayPal is suing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for requiring the firm to make “misleading and confusing” disclosures about its fees. The digital payments giant filed a lawsuit against the CFPB on Dec. 11, arguing that the agency has ignored critical differences between digital wallets and prepaid products like prepaid debit cards (GPR). CFPB …

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TikTok Owner Reportedly Working With Chinese State Media on Blockchain

Owner of major social media app TikTok, ByteDance, has launched a joint venture with state-owned Chinese media group and ThePaper.cn operator Shanghai Dongfang Newspaper to develop business models that include blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI), Bloomberg reported on Dec. 14.  TikTok may use blockchain and AI to fight Deepfakes The joint venture was launched in …

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Blockchain Pilot Makes Waves in Russia’s Energy Sector

Earlier this week, Russian tech startup Waves announced it has been testing a blockchain solution for payments in the retail electricity sector. The pilot program was initiated by Rosseti, Russia’s national energy grid operator, which is looking to automate and make transactions between energy producers, suppliers and consumers more transparent. Now that the first stage …

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New York AG Finds It ‘Perverse’ for Bitfinex and Tether to Criticize Investigation

In a filing with the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, New York Attorney General Letitia James roundly criticized the efforts of Bitfinex and Tether to halt her office’s investigation into the companies. Bitfinex and Tether are under investigation for an accounting coverup in which Bitfinex is alleged to have improperly transferred $625 million …

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Ripple-Based Remittance Firm SendFriend Claims to Save Up to 80% in Fees

Blockchain-based money transfer startup SendFriend utilizes Ripple’s technology to save up to 80% in remittance fees, according to a blog post published on Dec. 12. SendFriend uses Ripple’s xRapid product for cross-border payments, converting between the United States dollar, XRP and Philippine pesos and circumventing the longer process of traditional banking systems. Philippines-focused remittance platform …

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Accenture Picked to Build Sweden’s E-Krona Digital Currency Pilot

Notably, those reports revealed Riksbank’s reticence to base any such digital currency on a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT), which Riksbank labeled an “inefficient technology.” But its 2018 report nonetheless stated that “an e-krona should be able to interact with DLT solutions.”

Bitcoin Miner Canaan’s Shares Plunge 40% Since IPO in November

Chinese Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Canaan Creative’s depositary shares have seen a 40 percent drop in value since November initial public offering (IPO). Canaan was the first Bitcoin mining giant to go public on a major United States stock exchange, and successfully navigate an IPO. However, the mining giant’s stock has taken a severe beating …

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Bitcoin Miner Riot Blockchain Announces Additional 1,000-Rig Purchase

Cryptocurrency mining firm Riot Blockchain announced the purchase of an additional 1,000 next-generation Bitmain S17-Pro Antminers on  Dec.12. This completes the upgrade of its Oklahoma City mining facility, following an initial purchase of 3,000 units announced on Dec. 4. The latest generation of Application-Specific Integrated Circuit miners from mining hardware giant Bitmain represents an approximate …

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Hybrid AI Firm Cindicator Launches Crypto Fund Based on Hybrid Intelligence

Hybrid intelligence firm Cindicator is launching Cindicator Capital, a crypto hedge fund based on hybrid intelligence and quantitative research. In a press release on Dec. 11, the company said that this new crypto fund provides access to investment strategies based on hybrid intelligence data as well as quantitative research, which includes data from forecasts and …

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From Health Care to Mining, Central Asia Stays on the Blockchain Beat

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology continues to be a global phenomenon, with adoption and utilization cases emerging in almost every corner of the globe. Digital technology has become so popular that it is now a major talking point not only in the financial sector but also in politics and governance. The seven “-stan” countries of Central …

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