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Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin endorsed blockchain technology during a meeting on Sunday with Herman Gref, the president of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank. ‘We Need Professionals in This Field’ Gref, who said his bank would implement blockchain into its business, suggested to Putin that the Russian government should include blockchain technology in education and professional training, according to a translation by YouTube channel Russia Insight. Blockchain technology is one of the key components of cryptocurrency networksRead MoreThe post Vladimir Putin Endorse ... read more

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Bitcoin continues to gain acceptance as a viable form of payment as Ireland’s largest homebuilder now accepts the dominant cryptocurrency for new properties. Luck O’ the Bitcoin According to Raidió Teilifís Éireann — a semi-state company and the national public service broadcaster of the Republic of Ireland — the country’s largest homebuilding company plans on accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment. Hagan Homes, based out of Ballyclare, will be the first home construction company inRead MoreThe post Largest Irish Residential Property Developer Building Homes for Bitcoin appe ... read more

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We love getting points. Especially through credit cards. It feels like we’re getting free stuff when we buy items with points. And credit card points are a part of a larger ecosystem called loyalty reward programs. These programs can be as simple as a punch card where your 11th burrito is free or as involved as airline miles and credit card points. Loyalty programs are advantageous for companies for two main reasons. The first isRead MoreThe post Why Blockchain Loyalty Programs Provide A Win for Companies and Consumers Alike appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. ... read more

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After fighting the IRS in court, popular digital currency marketplace Coinbase has been ordered by the Northern District of California to turn over more than 10,000 users’ personal information and trade history — but it could have been much worse. The Taxman The Beatles once sang: If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat, If youRead MoreThe post Coinbase Gives IRS More Than 10K Users’ Information appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. ... read more

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Georgia may be joining the few states that will allow for the use of cryptocurrency to make tax payments if Senate Bill 464 passes. A growing number of US states are opening up to accepting cryptocurrency. Doubtless they wish to reap some of the financial benefits that the crypto world has to offer. This is totally understandable as the market capitalization for virtual currency stands at almost $444 billion at the time of writing. AsRead MoreThe post Georgia Bill to Allow Tax Payments with Cryptocurrency appeared first on Bitcoinist.com. ... read more

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As many people know, the decentralized messenger e-Chat conducts ICO and enters the market. The system is fully operational, as the application is already launched and is used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including well-known bloggers and stars such as Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, singer Jasse Golden, traveler and blogger Jay Alvarrez and many others. How does e-Chat work? This is the world’s first decentralized messenger that provides maximum privacyRead MoreThe post Why e-Chat Messenger Attracts the Attention of Celebrities? appeared first on ... read more

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Cryptocurrency opponents have long argued that digital currencies are tools for money launderers. If the National Police Agency in Japan is to be believed, that may indeed be the case — though it’s not as prevalent as one might think. Minimal money laundering According to reports, the National Police Agency in Japan suspects 669 cases of cryptocurrency-utilized money laundering between the months of April and December. The reports come directly from the cryptocurrency exchange operatorsRead MoreThe post Cryptocurrency Makes Up Only 0.17% of All Money Laundering Cases in Japan appeared f ... read more

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Ukrainian company REMME has recently released the alpha build of its REMME Core 0.1.0 protocol, which hopes to eliminate human error in the cybersecurity domain by getting rid of passwords entirely. Password management is no joke. Despite the ever-expanding advances made in cryptography over the years, poor password discipline remains the greatest weakness to modern computer systems. Besides phishing attacks and easily guessable passwords, users have even been shown to give up their passwords forRead MoreThe post Get Rid of Your Passwords – REMME Announces Alpha Release of its Distribut ... read more