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The Crypto Donations Continue! Vitalik Buterin Donates $300K

Crypto donations are not new. They weren’t in 2017, the year of the crypto boom, nor are they in 2018. But each time they happen, whether it’s donations in cryptocurrencies or fiat currencies, it’s proof that not everyone in the crypto…
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Qtum Awards $400K Grant to Columbia University Research Team for Smart Contracts R&D

Open source blockchain project Qtum has awarded a $400,000 grant to academics at Columbia University to fund the development of a new programming language for Ethereum (ETH)-style smart contracts. The news was announced in an email shared with…
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Japan’s FSA Approves License for Hacked Crypto Exchange Coincheck, Nikkei Reports

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has purportedly approved a cryptocurrency exchange operating license for hacked crypto exchange Coincheck. English-language Asia-focused news publication Nikkei Asian Review reported the news Dec. 19. According…
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Blythe Masters Steps Down as CEO of Digital Asset

Blythe Masters, the CEO of Digital Asset, a tech company that builds products on distributed ledger technology (DLT), has stepped down, according to an announcement published Dec. 18. Per the announcement, Masters has requested to leave for…
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A Year After $20K All-Time Highs, Bitcoin Price Sees a Small Rally Above $3.5K

Bitcoin (BTC) saw a sudden surge Dec. 18 to regain support at $3,500, sparking a fresh round of gains across major cryptocurrencies. Market visualization from Coin360 Data from Cointelegraph’s price tracker and Coin360 confirmed the unexpected…
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Hong Kong Stock Exchange Calls Alleged Bitmain IPO Hesitation ‘Rumors’

A Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) spokesperson has called Bitmain’s alleged hesitation around a purported initial public offering (IPO) “rumors,” in an email to Cointelegraph Dec. 17. When asked for verification and details on the crypto…
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Overstock Subsidiary tZERO to Develop Smart Contract Token for Rare Metals Sale

Private equity firm GSR Capital has contracted Overstock.com Inc.’s subsidiary tZERO Group Inc. to develop a smart contract token for a sale of cobalt, according to a press release published Dec. 17. tZERO and Hong Kong-based GRS Capital’s…
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Bitcoin News Summary – December 17, 2018

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds. [embedded content] A major shakeup occurred in the crypto market cap rankings this week, with Bitcoin Cash ABC falling to 7th position and Bitcoin Cash SV falling to 9th. The top 6…
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Crypto Anarchist Manifesto Author Tim May Dies of Natural Causes, Report

Cypherpunks co-founder Timothy C. May has reportedly died of natural causes, a Facebook eulogy posted by cypherpunk Lucky Green stated Dec. 15. In his social media post, Green informed: “Word has reached me that my dear friend, co-conspirator…
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All Top Cryptos See Gains, Bitcoin Nears $3,300

Sunday, Dec. 16: the top 20 cryptocurrencies are all in the green, seeing a mix of slight to solid gains, with Bitcoin (BTC) hovering over $3,200. Market visualization from Coin360 At press time, Bitcoin is up a little less than two percent…