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The Sacramento Kings will auction off starting guard Buddy Hield’s game jersey from Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks using a blockchain-powered marketplace. Alongside ethereum project incubator ConsenSys, the Kings announced today that it would be auctioning off team memorabilia live using an ethereum-based platform operated by Treum, a supply-chain product. The platform will be
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Craig Wright, bitcoin’s self-declared creator, says the much anticipated “bonded courier” has arrived.  According to a court filing to the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida dated Jan. 14, a third party has “provided the necessary information and key slice to unlock the encrypted file,” seemingly referencing the “mysterious,” unnamed intermediary with the private keys
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Digital signature platform Off-Blocks is bringing its government-tested document verification tools to the public. The company launched its digital identity mobile app beta Monday, according to CEO Colin Campbell, offering to the public some of the Factom blockchain-powered anti-forgery mechanisms the companies have been building for the U.S.’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since November. The
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WisdomTree, an asset manager specializing in exchange-traded funds, is vying to become one of the first established U.S. financial firms to offer clients digital assets, including a so-called stablecoin whose value is closely linked to the U.S. dollar.  New York-based WisdomTree, which oversees about $63 billion, views cryptocurrencies and digital assets as a natural extension
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The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! show enlisted CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen and early cypherpunk Zooko Wilcox for a conversation on the history, challenges and long term development path of early, formative technologies. which we often hear modern blockchain movements compared against.  From the
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LedgerX announced Friday that co-founder and former chief technology officer Zach Dexter has been named the new CEO of the bitcoin derivatives company. The company suspended CEO Paul Chou and COO/CRO Juthica Chou last month, with no explanation. The two were also co-founders of the company. Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation vice chairman Larry Thompson
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It smelled fishy from the start. On Wednesday, MY Sardines, a Luxembourg-based company, announced its intention to launch a cryptocurrency backed by –  are you sitting? – vintage sardines.  Between the novel collateral, a white paper thin on details (who is the unnamed external auditor for the stock of sardines?) and an April 1 (April
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed suit against Donald G. Blakstad for scamming investors partly through an allegedly fraudulent crypto mining operation. In a filing Jan 8, the SEC alleged that Blackstad, 60, bilked over $3.5 million from investors of three separate firms: an oil and gas company; a vehicle parts holding company;
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International crime fighting agency Interpol has taken action to stem a plague of cryptocurrency mining malware afflicting computer routers across Asia. According to a Wednesday blog post from TrendMicro, which assisted the operation, Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore led a five month effort to tackle the epidemic of the Coinhive cryptojacker which
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Stronger privacy is coming to the largest stablecoin, tether, with a recent blockchain-to-blockchain swap of $15 million worth of tokens. At 11:27 UTC on Jan. 7, stablecoin issuer Tether conducted a cross-chain swap of some 15 million USDT reserves from ethereum to Blockstream’s Liquid, a federated sidechain running parallel to the bitcoin blockchain. The technical
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The former chief executive of bitcoin derivatives exchanges Bakkt is to join the committee that oversees the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), raising concerns over a possible conflict of interest. The newly appointed senator, Kelly Loeffler (R., Ga.), will serve on the Senate Agricultural Committee, which is responsible for defining the CFTC’s remit and approving
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