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Guidemaster: The most useful gadgets to have in your bag while traveling

Enlarge / Not all of us frequently travel with camping/hiking backpacks like these joyful stock photo travelers—luckily, we have some recommendations on tech tailored for on-the-go life. Hinterhaus Productions / Getty Images Traveling can be a fun, illuminating experience, but packing for your travels is often stressful. Everything you choose to bring with you on …

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How to Spot Bitcoin’s Golden or Death Cross Using Simple Moving Averages

Understanding short-term and long-term moving averages (MAs) is important for trading strategies, whether for cryptocurrency or traditional assets. Two rare but powerful signals that traders look for occur when the short-term and long-term MAs cross. On the upside, that’s the golden cross, and, on the downside, it’s called the death cross. Golden and death crosses have …

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What the CFTC Chairman Actually Said About Ether Futures and Ethereum 2.0

The Takeaway: CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert said last month that ether is a commodity, and he expects to see regulated ether futures in the U.S. in the next six months. The ethereum network is expected to transition from its current proof-of-work consensus mechanism to a proof-of-stake model over the next year, in an upgrade known …

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How Bitcoin’s Lightning Can Be Used for Private Messaging

Bitcoin’s lightning network might have a use case beyond faster and more scalable payments. Last week Lightning Labs developer Joost Jager revealed an experimental, new proof of concept: Whatsat, a version of lightning that can be used to send private messages. Like bitcoin, it’s censorship-resistant. But, unlike encrypted apps that morph messages into unreadable, garbled …

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93 Days Dark: 8chan Coder Explains How Blockchain Saved His Troll Forum

The Takeaway: Administrators at 8kun, the anarchic message board formerly known as 8chan, have been experimenting with blockchain and p2p technologies in an effort to build a website resistant to deplatforming and censorship. They found an ideologically aligned open-source blockchain to piggyback on, but the developers don’t seem keen on protecting 8kun from activist attacks. …

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Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Enlarge / Maybe this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages designer491 / Getty Images Once upon a time, there was a phone company—or rather, the phone company. AT&T Corp., the venerable “Ma Bell,” provided nearly all telephone service to nearly all Americans for decades… until it didn’t. The company infamously broke up on …

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After Painful 2018, Chinese Blockchain VCs Are Getting Back Into the Market

The Takeaways: After the 2018 crypto crash, up to 90 percent of blockchain-focused Chinese venture capital firms left the market. Now, as China’s central government pushes for greater blockchain adoption, some are returning and deal-flow is increasing.   Surviving funds are retooling and diversifying into fields such as secondary trading and bitcoin mining.  Chinese venture capital …

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