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IBM Blockchain Pulse Envisions A Clearer, Decentralized Sky with Blockchain for Safer Airspace

For millions of travellers across the world, ensuring that there is an underlying level of safety in the aviation industry is paramount. It’s more times than not that we hear of the bad news and disasters as they related to aviation incidents. But we are currently living through advent of innovation for the world of aviation, especially with the growing relevance of blockchain technology as a means of drastically improving safety, efficiency and transparancy within this industry. Unlike blockchain and cryptocurrencies, the world of aviation is under the close observation of national and international directives and a wide array of regulations, many of which revolve around the end to end safety and security of passengers and parties involved in the daily activities of this industry. While this has allowed for a great many safeguards to be put into place, this abundance of red tape has resulted in an ever increasingly complex system, one which struggles to meet the current line of

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Prediction Markets Platform Guesser Receives $1.1 Million In Funding to Compete with Veil and Flux

The prediction markets platform Guesser announced that it has received $1.1 million in seed round funding. The firm is a close competitor to Veil and Flux. The information was released by the company during a conversation with The Block. Guesser Raises $1.1 Million Guesser is a prediction markets platform that aims at making prediction markets globally relevant. In order to do so, they will not have any fees, which would allow them to increase and boost volumes. According to the CEO of the platform, Jose Garay, they see between hundreds of dollars and tens of thousands of dollars wagered on its Bet of the Week. Users are able to predict and guess what would happen with different things, including public events. At the moment, Guesser is working in order to offer four weekly bets related to different categories, including virtual currencies, finance, politics and also general news. Garay explained that they want to keep the number of markets very small rather than listing hundreds of

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BTC
Over 2,000 US Grocery Stores, Including Albertsons and Safeway, Open Bitcoin-Buying Service via Coinstar Machines

The kiosk chain Coinstar is expanding its services for interested users in 19 states in the US. This time, the company decided to provide Bitcoin-buying services in over 2,000 locations around the United States. This is expected to increase the number of investors in the market and help interested users to purchase the most popular digital asset. Coinstar Expands To Over 2,000 Stores In order to start offering these services, Coinstar partnered with the blockchain firm Coinme which allows individuals to convert cash into Bitcoin (BTC). The information about this expansion in the US market was released by Coinme a few hours ago. The firm was able to expand its offering from 70 machines to over 2,000 all over the country. As per the press release, users will now have access to purchasing Bitcoin through kiosks located in Albertsons and Safeway stores. Moreover, Jewel, Shaw’s and Save Mart locations will also include Coinstar machines for users to purchase the digital asset. After the

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Amidst Crypto Market’s Constant Flux, Demand for Crypto-Related Payment System Increases

In a recent post shared by PR Newswire, the claims made by news outlet, Finance Magnates, were further analyzed. For the most part, the latter argued that despite the current stance of the cryptocurrency market, there appears to be demand for crypto-backed PoS (Point of Sale) systems. Interestingly, it was also noted that, “The cryptocurrency market is much less volatile than it was 12 months ago,” adding, “That makes payments more viable option for both payment service providers (PSPs) and merchants.” They’ve concluded that in order for a currency to succeed, it should carry some, “practical use,” further stressing, “PoS systems are a step in that direction.” The reasons being, first, it allows traders to actually spend their holdings, and second, the market will be more accepted and considered a norm – leading to newcomers making an entrance. All this being said, PR Newswire took a closer look by analyzing firms that specialize within the PoS-related services, which include NetCents

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Want Free BAT Tokens? Brave Browser Offers Crypto Incentive to Watch Video Advertisements

There are plenty of websites online that offer consumers the opportunity for free money with little participation. Often, these websites are rich with surveys, but there are also opportunities to earn points and money by watching advertisements online. It looks like the Brave browser wants to cash in on this opportunity for crypto clients as well, offering an opportunity for clients to earn free Basic Attention Tokens (BATs) by watching videos on their browser as well. Brave, the decentralized browser, just announced the new option on their official website today, saying that up to 70% of the ad revenue will be shared via BATs. The Brave Ads will be connecting videos regarding advertisings, lowering costs, and risk management with the people who want to watch them. Furthermore, the company explained that they are working with The Giving Block, a charity-based startup for blockchain consulting, which will help them create ad inventory while testing use cases. They have also gotten The

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SBI Group Puts $15 Million USD Into Tangem, the “Smart Card” Wallet Manufacturer

One of the largest Japanese financial companies, the SBI Group, has decided to invest $15 Million USD in Tangem, a “smart card” cryptocurrency wallet manufacturer. With this new investment, Tangem will relocate its business to another country. Now the company will move to Zug, Switzerland, home of the so-called Crypto Valley, the largest crypto hub in the country. The goal os Tangem is to create new use cases for physical smart cards, the main product of the company. According to the press release, each of these smart cards will have some crypto in it. They will be able to be acquired by people that are not interested in holding cryptos for too long and just want to make quick payments with them. In this regard, the service will be very similar to the hardware wallet version of banknotes. With them, people will have easy ways to make quick crypto payments even outside of the internet. The CEO of Tangem, Andrey Kurennykh, has affirmed that the main mission of the company is to make the

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Crescent Cash BCH Mobile Wallet for Smartphones Has Simple Ledge Protocol Support

Have you ever heard of Crescent Cash? This is a new Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallet that uses the Cash Accounts protocol. This non-custodial wallet is now the first mobile wallet that will fully support the Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP). The newest version was launched yesterday, April 23. This version was the first one to integrate the SLP tech. The app was created by Pokkst, an anonymous dev that released this product and BCHgalley on Google Play. With the SLP technology, users can send and receive SLP tokens on their phones in a non-custodial way using the Bitcoin Cash network. While SLP tokens were already implemented in similar services such as Badger and Electron Cash, Crescent Cash is the first one to do it with a mobile wallet, as the other services are based on desktop platforms. Pokkst affirmed that he only recently released the 1.3.0 version of the app and that people will be able to use SLP tokens as soon as they update their programs to the current version. If you are still not

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New Bitcoin Variance Swap Product Launches by GSR as a Volatility Hedging Service for Traders

The GSR has announced that they have launched a new product, the Bitcoin Variance Swap, one that has been designed to allow hedging against the Bitcoin volatility. The GSR has been established as an algorithmic digital asset trading together with a market-making firm. The crypto market The market has been known by many to be very volatile; it is actually being considered to be among the key characteristics that are within the environment. As we have seen the volatility in the market is able to lead to more significant highs, a good time for the investors, but it could also lead to huge losses within the market. As a result, it is the main reasons as to why the individual and professional investors within the crypto space are a little wary of entering into it a little deeper. At the moment, we have already witnessed the Bitcoin entering into a 200% increase in its volatility. Thus, this is where the company was able to think outside the box and create a solution for the investors within

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Bitcoin’s Value in USD Drops abit as $30 Million USDT Printed, Massive $28 Million BTC Transfer Details

$30 Million in freshly minted Tether (USDT) Stablecoins emerge ⚡️ Nearly $28 Million USD worth of Bitcoin (BTC) Transfers Wallets Where to start at first with a quick rundown of two emerging stories regarding Bitcoin (of course) and it’s distant cousin Tether. As the crypto community usually does, being quick to alert its global audience that 300,000,000 USDT tokens were minted at Tether Treasury Tx. Here is the transaction on the Omni blockchain explorer. Of course the faithful crypto community had their reactions, like ‘i am closing all shorts’, don’t be scared and possible $6,000 USD exchange rate on its way? As one insightful commentor added that the amount of $30,000,000 Million Tether being granted is in the past these were 100 and 250 million USDT at a time. This also appears to be the first time Tether has issued new token creation since June 2018. Bitcoin’s Value Drops, Along with Many Altcoins, Based on Massive $28 Million BTC Transfer Between Wallets Bitcoin just saw a

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First Token Merger Launches by ARAX and COSS, Aims to Start a Utility Token for Multiple Platforms

The cryptocurrency industry has been in a constant state of evolution since the first day that whitepaper on Bitcoin came out. The whole point of crypto at all is to erase the needs for a central authority, but one of the problems that the market faces is the individuality of all of these platforms. However, COSS recently published a newsletter that explained a merger that they have established between themselves and ARAX, resulting in a “massive utility token.” The two entities have chosen to merge “all their existing tokens & its various use cases,” which they believe will be followed by their supportive community. The project has been in the works for over a year, and the press release said that the opportunity for mass adoption is getting bigger with blockchain’s mainstream use cases. The press release adds that, between the utility tokens and the merger between companies, COSS expects that they’ll be “up together with the blockchain corporates of the world. ARAX is a multi

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Ripple’s Q1 2019 Report Shows The Blockchain Company Sold $169.42 Million Of XRP

Ripple, one of the largest cryptocurrency companies in the market, has released its quarterly report. In a recent statement, Ripple informs that they have sold $169.42 million of XRP during the first quarter of 2019. Ripple Releases Quarterly Report According to the recently released statement, Ripple’s sales accounted for 0.32 percent of the global XRP volume. While three billion XRP was released from escrow, 2.3 returned to escrow. Moreover, the company informed that the digital asset is now listed on around 120 crypto exchanges around the world. This quarter saw an increase of over 15% in the number of new exchanges listing XRP. As Ripple shows, XRP sales increased compared to the previous quarter. In 2018, total sales were $129.03 million. This quarter, the sales increased by over 31 percent pushed by institutional direct sales that grew around 50 percent. The total sales as % of total volume grew 33% Q/Q. Ripple explains that the first quarter of 2019 saw significant developments

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New R/GA Blockchain Investment Studio to Open Office in Oregon for Local Companies

The investment arm of R/GA, R/GA Ventures, has decided to open up shop in Oregon. The company has started a partnership with local Oregon companies in order to open up a new office in the state. According to the official press release, the new studio will be called Oregon Enterprise Blockchain Venture Studio (OEBVS) and it will be a partnership between R/GA Ventures and several other companies such as ConsenSys, Moda, the Oregon Health and Science University, Business Oregon, Portland State University, Umpqua Bank and Smith + Crown. This new studio will have the goal of leveraging emerging startup products and tools in a way that they can be used to solve the problems of targeted businesses in the region using the blockchain technology. Basically, the company is focused on providing support for these companies to use the blockchain to make their products better. By participating in the project, the startups will get mentorship from executives which are known in the industry and get

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IMF Cautions Against Cash and Fiat Savings in Light of Negative Interest Rates Proposals

It seems that it is a good time to be a crypto enthusiast. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recently decided to “declare war” on cash after it has proposed negative interest rates. If you want to preserve your wealth, it seems like it is the time to invest in cryptos. According to Weiss Ratings, the IMF’s proposals of implementing negative interest rates are basically a war on fiat currency. If they succeed to do it, people’s fiat investments could see their interest rates going to zero. This is why the company advised people to own a percentage of their savings in crypto, something that could help them a lot in the future if using fiat remains no longer a safe option like it is in some countries like Venezuela right now. The main idea behind negative interest rates is to reduce interest rates that central banks determine, which could boost the economic development of some countries. This way, people would end up losing money due to inflation. Governments would print more

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Ledger Appoints President, Pascal Gauthier as CEO, Larchevêque to Serve a Chair of Board

Security-based hardware solutions provider, Ledger has recently announced its devices’ compatibility to the Binance DEX, as reported by Bitcoin Exchange Guide (BEG). Amidst this news comes a recent update regarding the firm’s leadership. As reported by Yahoo Finance, who seems to have referenced news outlet, The Block, Eric Larchevêque will no longer serve as the CEO, but instead as the Executive Chairman of the Board. The new appointed CEO is Ledger’s President, Pascal Gauthier. Gauthier seems to have shared that trust in Ledger has been on a continuous rise, mentioning that they’ve secured trust not only from crypto fanatics, but are also beginning to gain it from “institutional investors, family offices and exchanges.” Gauthier will supposedly focus on the “development strategy”, while Larchevêque will highlight the firm’s “vision” and will be working towards ensuring that the regulatory aspects are met and said individuals are satisfied. When it comes to the reason why such a

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Institutional Investors Continue Positioning Inside the Budding Crypto Industry Despite Legal + Trust Barriers

The cryptocurrency industry has been hoping for institutional investors to enter the space for a while, and this path is being paved quickly. Even though there are many cynics that make it look like these investors and companies are staying out, that is not exactly true. According to investment statistics cited on a NewsBTC article, there are many big names that are entering the space and making good progress. The crypto and blockchain space has been seeing a lot of money come from “major financial institutions,” venture capital groups, and tech brands, according to Business Insider. Over the last four months, these companies have brought along 13 major deals that collectively have accumulated $850 million towards the crypto industry. Liquid, a smaller crypto exchange, closed a Series C round that ultimately brought up the private value of the firm to over $1 billion, thanks to contributions from IDG Capital and Bitmain. Bakkt also saw a nice influx of funding worth $182.5 million,

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