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This Is How Politicians Should Regulate the Blockchain

Blockchain is touted as the solution for everything from managing electrical grids to forming a new religion, and like any innovation, it’s caught the attention of regulators. That shouldn’t panic startups planning to disrupt any particular industry – instead, anyone using the distributed ledger would be wise to call their local regulator first.

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The Blockchain: Boon for Bankers—or Tool for Tyrants?

Despite all the grifting, thieving, speculation, and wild price swings youve heard about, bitcoin and other decentralized digital currencies are clearly here to stay. Boosters think cryptocurrencies and the distributed ledgers called blockchains they depend on will reinvent the financial system.

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Inside the Bluster and Lies of Petro, Venezuela’s Cryptocurrency Scam

For Jorge Farias, boss of Venezuelan startup Cryptobuyer, the Petro is personal. Anything in the crypto world is. But it’s a special case with the Petro, the new cryptocurrency sanctioned by Venezuela’s government and designed to boost the bolivar, the country’s inflation-plagued national currency.

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Bugs in Mobile Credit Card Readers Could Expose Buyers

The tiny, portable credit card readers you use to pay at farmer’s markets, bake sales, and smoothie shops are convenient for consumers and merchants alike.

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An Encryption Upgrade Could Upend Online Payments

At the end of June, digital credit card transactions are getting a mandatory encryption upgrade. It’s good news, but not if you have an old device, or depend on a retailer that hasn’t completed the transition.When data moves from one device to another, it needs to protection so it isn’t intercepted and manipulated along the […]

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187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix

When businesses latch onto a buzzword, it quickly becomes the solution to everything. Not long ago, in the era of “big data,” companies scrambled to add chief data scientists to their ranks. Before that, vendors of all manner touted their innovative social, local, mobile solutions (or SoLoMo, in industry parlance).

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What’s the Deal With Facebook and the Blockchain?

David Marcus, formerly head of Facebook’s Messenger app, will now lead a team of fewer than a dozen people dedicated to blockchain technology, according to Recode. He’ll be joined by notable executives including Kevin Weil, former VP of product at Instagram, and James Everingham, VP of engineering at Instagram.

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The Fix for E. Coli Outbreaks Could Be…the Blockchain

The earliest signs of the nation’s E. coli outbreak surfaced two weeks ago, when the health department in New Jersey discovered a cluster of sick people carrying a single strain of that bug. This wasn’t just any E. coli; it was O157:H7, a dangerous strain that produces toxins that destroy the lining of blood vessels.

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World’s Biggest Porn Site Now Accepts Cryptocurrency

The adult website Pornhub has of late taken pride in being something of a pioneer. A year ago, it implemented HTTPS encryption, making it safer for users to click without being snooped on. Last fall, it introduced a suite of accessibility features for its blind and visually impaired users.

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