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Is Bitcoin’s Increasing Anonymity a Threat to Privacy Coins?

It’s no secret that Bitcoin isn’t actually anonymous, despite what various outside observers of crypto might claim. It is, in fact, pseudonymous, as its transactions are vulnerable to being traced to specific individuals by governments and intelligence agencies with enough determination and knowhow. However, in recent months, the privacy it offers users has been steadily …

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Canadian University Offers Graduate Training in Blockchain Tech

Canadian-based University of British Columbia (UBC) has announced a blockchain and distributed ledger technology training program for master’s and PhD students. UBC announced the development in a press release on June 11. The training path is reportedly designed to build competency around blockchain tech, and is focused on its application in four public benefit areas: …

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New Report Reviews Blockchain Applications by US Federal Government

The research organization Data Foundation and IT firm Booz Allen Hamilton have published a report with five proposed questions to guide the United States federal government on where and how to implement blockchain initiatives. Their research was published in the report “Bringing Blockchain Into Government: A Path Forward for Creating Effective Federal Blockchain Initiatives” on …

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100 Bitcoin Users Perform What Might Be Largest ‘CoinJoin’ Transaction Ever

The community behind the privacy-centric bitcoin app Wasabi Wallet recently brought together 100 people to collectively execute a “CoinJoin” transaction on bitcoin in what might be the biggest event of its kind. Some context: bitcoin itself is far from private, as users can, via the blockchain, see where coins are being transferred to and from. …

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iOS 13 will show locations where apps have tracked you

Sponsored Links Apple Apple will be big on privacy in iOS 13, and that includes the data collected after you’ve granted permission. Beta testers at 9to5Mac and elsewhere have discovered the upcoming release (and iPadOS) will occasionally pop up detailed panels asking if you want to retain the level of location sharing you have for …

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What to Expect at G-20: Money Laundering and Crypto Discussion

One of the main themes to be discussed at the G-20 Financial Ministers and Central Governors Meeting this weekend has to do with money laundering and cryptocurrency. What kind of agreement would be a surprise? Even for the purpose of introducing Anti-Money Laundering (AML), should we allow our financial privacy to be compromised? Alexander Zaidelson, …

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Mixing Service Bitcoin Blender Quits After Bestmixer Takedown

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>On May 27, cryptocurrency supporters learned that the anonymous <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BTC” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BTC</a> mixer Bitcoin Blender would be shutting down. The news follows the recent closure of Bestmixer.io after it was seized by global law enforcement.</strong> Also read: Plea Bargain Means Silk Road 2 Admin Will Likely See No Prison …

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Plea Bargain Means Silk Road 2 Admin Will Likely See No Prison Time

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>Following the sentencing of Thomas White, the founder of the Silk Road 2 (SR2) marketplace during the first week of April, another SR2 administrator may evade prosecution. According to reports, SR2 admin Blake Benthall cooperated with global law enforcement and may only face fines for avoiding taxes. The news of the two …

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Big Four Auditing Firm EY Open Sources its Ethereum Private Transaction Solution

Big four auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY) open sourced the code of its Nightfall Ethereum (ETH) private transactions solution and released it on GitHub on May 31. The readme information file featured on the GitHub repository explains the function of the software in question: “Nightfall integrates a set of smart contracts and microservices, and …

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