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Spanish Renewable Energy Operator to Trace Electricity Generation With Blockchain

Spanish renewable energy company ACCIONA Energía is going to deploy blockchain to trace electricity generation, according to an announcement published Dec. 17. ACCIONA Energía is an international global renewable energy operator, that reportedly produces emission-free energy for over 6 million homes. The company is recognized as one of the largest renewable energy developers, with more than 9,000 MW owned and ...

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Bitcoin Payment Processor Closes Seed Investment Round Backed by Tim Draper

Bitcoin (BTC) payment processor OpenNode has completed a seed investment round with investment from American venture capitalist Tim Draper, according to an announcement on Dec. 18. Founded in April 2018, OpenNode is a multi-layered Bitcoin payment processor for merchants developed by a group of Lightning Network designers and Bitcoin developers, that aims to improve and simplify the use of Bitcoin. ...

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Bitcoin Payment Processor Closes Seed Investment Round Backed by Tim Draper

Bitcoin (BTC) payment processor OpenNode has completed a seed investment round with investment from American venture capitalist Tim Draper, according to an announcement on Dec. 18. Founded in April 2018, OpenNode is a multi-layered Bitcoin payment processor for merchants developed by a group of Lightning Network designers and Bitcoin developers, that aims to improve and simplify the use of Bitcoin. ...

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What We Know About Trump’s New Chief Of Staff

United States President Donald Trump has appointed vocal Bitcoin supporter Mick Mulvaney as the new White House chief of staff. The 51-year-old politician, who is currently serving Trump’s administration as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will become the acting chief of staff closer to the end of the year. The length of his tenure remains ...

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Korean Gov’t Pilots Blockchain for Logistics Innovation in Country’s Largest Port

Two South Korean government ministries have launched a blockchain pilot for port logistics innovation, according to a press release from the country’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIT), published Dec. 18. MSIT, together with the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, are reportedly testing whether the technology can make Korea’s container shipping industry more efficient. As the press release ...

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Israel: Financial Services Firm GMT Joins RippleNet

Israel-based financial services firm GMT has joined Ripple’s bank and payment provider network, the company confirmed in a recent press release. The result of a “long and precise process,” the move reportedly will help the company remain “at the forefront” of the local finance industry. Ripple, which operates blockchain-based financial products using its XRP token, has partnered with multiple financial ...

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Belgium’s Financial Watchdog Updates Crypto Scam Blacklist to Total 113 Sites

Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has updated its crypto-related fraud blacklist to include a new total of 113 sites, in a fresh alert posted Dec. 18. The authority states that “despite” its prior warnings, it continues to receive complaints from defrauded investors. The newly added platforms are all allegedly run by “fraudsters […] who are using cryptocurrencies to ...

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A Year After $20K, Blockchain Capital Exec Says Investors Will Regret Not Buying in Now

One year after Bitcoin (BTC) broke crypto industry records to hit $20,000, a partner at venture capital firm Blockchain Capital says that today’s bearish market represents “a fantastic buying opportunity.” Spencer Bogart made his remarks during an interview on CNBC’s Fast Money show Dec. 17. Bitcoin is now trading around $3,550, up 2 percent and capping gains of around $260 ...

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Crypto Classified as ‘Crypto-Assets’ to Prevent Confusion With Legal Tender

The Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA) has placed cryptocurrencies into a new legal category called “crypto-assets,” English-language local media The Japan News reports Dec. 15. By classifying cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) this way, the government reportedly “hopes that traders will no longer purchase them believing that they are legal tender recognized by the government.” On Friday, an FSA advisory panel ...

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