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Sep 25, 2020

How China Is Closing In on Its Own Digital Currency

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While there’s no launch date yet, the People’s Bank of China is likely to be the first major central bank to issue a digital version of its currency, the yuan, seeking to keep up with — and control of — a rapidly digitizing economy. Trials have been held this year in a handful of cities and tests have started with some e-wallets and online apps, with the Covid-19 pandemic and need for social distancing providing a new sense of urgency. Unlike cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, dealing in the digital yuan won’t have any presumption of anonymity, and its value will be as stable as the physical yuan, which will be sticking around too. Behind China’s rush is a desire to manage technological change on its own terms. As one PBOC official put it, currency isn’t only an economic issue, it’s also about sovereignty.

Not all the details are out, but according to new patents registered by the PBOC and official speeches, it could work something like this: Consumers and businesses would download a digital wallet onto their mobile phone and fill it with money from their account at a commercial bank — similar to going to an ATM. They then use that money — dubbed Digital Currency Electronic Payment, or DCEP — like cash to make and receive payments directly with anyone else who also has a digital wallet. Some questions remain, including the impact on Big Tech companies such as Ant Group Co. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. that already offer payment services.

Sep 16, 2020

Akon Unveils Major Details of $6 Billion Cryptocurrency City: Real-Life Wakanda

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, education, health

Akon has released detailed plans of Akon City, his $6 billion futuristic cryptocurrency city, which he calls a “real-life Wakanda,” referring to the hit movie Black Panther. There will be seven major districts, and the city will be run on the akoin cryptocurrency.

Senegalese-American star and philanthropist Akon, whose full name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, unveiled Monday some major details of his planned Akon City. The $6 billion futuristic city in Senegal, Africa, will be run on the akoin cryptocurrency.

The city will be divided into seven major districts: the African culture village district, the offices and residential district, the entertainment district, the health and safety district, the education district, the technology district, and the Senewood district.

Sep 11, 2020

The IRS offers a $625,000 bounty to anyone who can break Monero and Lightning

Posted by in category: cryptocurrencies

The United States Internal Revenue Service has announced a bounty of up to $625,000 to anyone who can crack Monero’s privacy.

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Aug 18, 2020

Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans For Digital Dollar

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, finance, policy

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard provided a broad description of the Fed’s ongoing research and plans in the potential development of a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC), also described in the U.S. as a Digital Dollar. Brainard, who has for years led the discussion at the Fed on distributed ledger technology and digital currencies, noted the Fed is active in conducting research and experimentation in these areas.

In her speech to during Federal Reserve ‘Innovation Office Hours’ at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco today, Brainard noted, “Given the dollar’s important role, it is essential that the Federal Reserve remain on the frontier of research and policy development regarding CBDCs. As part of this research, central banks are exploring the potential of innovative technologies to offer a digital equivalent of cash…We are continuing to assess the opportunities and challenges of, as well as the use cases for, a CBDC, as a complement to cash and other payments options.”

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Aug 14, 2020

YouTube is under attack

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Elon Musk, space travel

First Twitter and now YouTube is under attack by hackers promoting Bitcoin scams through live broadcasts using old Elon Musk speeches and a fake broadcast of the launch that SpaceX and NASA made last week. The hackers appear to have compromised several high-profile YouTube channels and today the account of youtuber Jon Prosser was the object of this attack, his channel is broadcasting with 40 thousand viewers and the attackers have already received around 4 thousand dollars in Bitcoins.

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Last week there were several reports that people who wanted to see the launch of the SpaceX clicked on videos that looked official and that they were posted by seemingly legitimate YouTube channels with hundreds of thousands of subscribers and were found with messages from “Bitcoin giveaway” urging them to send Bitcoin for double cash back, a common scam tactic. Today Jon Prosser reports that something similar is happening on his channel.

Aug 5, 2020

Twitter hackers who targeted Elon Musk and others received $121,000 in bitcoin, analysis shows

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, geopolitics

Victims included Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Accounts for those people, and others, posted tweets asking followers to send bitcoin to a specific anonymous address.

For their efforts, the scammers received over 400 payments in bitcoin, with a total value of $121,000 at Thursday’s exchange rate, according to an analysis of the Bitcoin blockchain performed by Elliptic, a cryptocurrency compliance firm.

Elliptic co-founder Tom Robinson said it’s a low sum for what appears to be a historic hack that Twitter said involved an insider.

Jul 19, 2020

Bank of Canada exploring digital currency that would replace cash, track how people spend money

Posted by in categories: cryptocurrencies, economics

The Bank of Canada is considering launching a digital currency that would help it combat the “direct threat” of cryptocurrencies and collect more information on how people spend their money, The Logic has learned.

An internal Bank of Canada presentation, prepared for Governor Stephen Poloz and the bank’s board of directors, offers the most detailed public insight yet into the bank’s thinking on a proprietary digital coin. According to the presentation, the currency would be widely available. It would initially coexist with coins and paper money, eventually replacing them completely.

Jul 15, 2020

Chainalysis Says Bitcoin Scammed From Twitter Users Is ‘On the Move’

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, cybercrime/malcode

Scammers are everywhere now.


The defrauded bitcoin amassed during Wednesday’s monumental Twitter hack is already “on the move,” according to cryptocurrency tracing firm Chainalysis.

Jun 11, 2020

13 Evolving And Emerging Uses For Blockchain Technology

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, cryptocurrencies, security

Many consumers may have heard of blockchain technology, especially in relation to cryptocurrency. However, they may not be aware of its full potential and impact across industries. Blockchain has the potential to simplify and add greater security to data management, and since its inception, this technology has quietly been changing business processes.

To get further insights, we asked the members of Forbes Technology Council to share some ways blockchain has changed (or will soon change) business. Their best answers are below.


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Jun 3, 2020

China’s Digital Currency Could Challenge Bitcoin and Even the Dollar

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

Authorities are testing a new kind of money in four cities.

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