The future of gambling? Hamster-powered marble races come to Ethereum

After just over two years of development, on Sunday a new form of gambling will be released to the Ethereum world on mainnet: hamster-powered marble races.  Powered by Mia, a female djungarian or “winter white dwarf” hamster and her trusty hamster wheel, the project, dubbed “Mia & the Marbles,” is an automated marble-racing and gambling platform from a group of independent developers.  While the concept behind the project may seem… whimsical, in an interview with Cointelegraph the development team for ‘M&M’ revealed how carefully the racing platform has been thought…

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Airbnb IPO Prospectus Says Future Success Means Adapting to Cryptocurrencies

The giant online rental marketplace based in San Francisco, Airbnb is considering supporting cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The news stems from the company’s initial public offering (IPO) prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Airbnb’s filing notes that future success will be dependent on adapting to new technologies such as tokenization and cryptocurrencies. The travel industry has been one of the hardest-hit sectors in the economy after the coronavirus outbreak shook the world. In a recent filing with the SEC, Airbnb has filed a prospectus on November 16…

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New Zealand’s Monetary Past, Pūtea and Future – Bitcoin Magazine

Currently, there is global attention focused around the evolution of money. The trend of exponentially evolving technology is disrupting finance and governance is impacting all corners of the world.  In my home country of Aotearoa, aka New Zealand, the movement toward future money is palpable, from statements by the central bank (RBNZ) about re-evaluating money itself, to a movement toward Māori (indigenous) economic self-governance (tino rangatiratanga). This article is about the future of money from a sovereign perspective. My aim is to show that New Zealand is not built on…

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Investors are back into Bitcoin but DEXs are still the future of crypto

Bitcoin’s long-waited bull run and the recent wave of corporate and institutional investors allocating significant portions of their reserves to Bitcoin (BTC) are all signs that the pace of crypto’s mainstreaming is rapidly accelerating: But has the path to mass adoption come at the cost of privacy and decentralization?  Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering laws have forced the majority of cryptocurrency exchanges to become more transparent about who their users are, and those who refused have had to limit the jurisdictions in which they can offer services. In order…

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Argentinian Central Bank to Lift Freeze on Bank Fee Increases: Sets the Ceiling for Future Hikes at 9%

The Central Bank of the Argentine Republic says starting in January 2021, financial institutions will be able to increase the fees or commission they levy for services rendered. In its November 5 update, which effectively ends the February 19 freeze on any fee hikes, the central bank says such increases should not exceed 9% each month. Furthermore, the country’s regulations require financial institutions to communicate any intention to increase such commissions 60 days in advance. In the update, the central bank provides a list of the types of financial services…

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Outlining The Future Of Low Bandwidth Bitcoin – Bitcoin Magazine

There is a need to strengthen the Bitcoin ecosystem for people whose only computing device is a smartphone and who live where mobile internet access is expensive, slow, unreliable or censored. Senegalese Bitcoin developer Fodé Diop has made the point that many parts of the world are “mobile only,” not just “mobile first.” Mobile wallet apps that allow users to retain control of their private keys for signing transactions, but do not act as full Bitcoin nodes, are usually referred to as “light” clients. Light clients make trade-offs to privacy…

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12 Defi Con Artists Exposed – Are Rug Pulling Incidents Threatening the Future of Defi ?  

The ongoing hype about the abnormally high returns from Defi tokens has naturally seen many more investors moving funds to decentralized protocols. As of October 10, total value locked in Defi protocols was nearly $11 billion. However, despite this apparent endorsement of Defi, rug pulling incidents and outright scams now seem to be blighting this space. News.bitcoin.com has been reporting on the growing popularity of Defi protocols as well as exposing the fact that some devs and founders wilfully engage in practices that harm interests of the burgeoning Defi community.…

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Crypto adoption has no future without regulation and law enforcement

The basis of any exchange of value is trust. The more two parties trust each other, the more they will feel confident engaging in transactions. Not just engaging in a high volume of transactions, but higher value transactions, too. Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies are certainly accomplishing a lot when it comes to creating a decentralized environment where the ability to trust another party is taken out of the equation by a blockchain. Hardcore enthusiasts who already understand this are the ones most willing to reach into their coffers and…

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ETC Labs believes regulation is the key to preventing future 51% attacks

Responding to numerous 51% attacks on the Ethereum Classic blockchain, ETC Labs said that it’s time to bring regulation to hashpower rental marketplaces, citing the fact that at least two of the attacks were perpetrated by renting hash power through NiceHash — a claim that has been confirmed by both NiceHash and ETC Labs.  ETC Labs CEO Terry Culver also shared with Cointelegraph that according to the information that was provided by CipherTrace, which was hired to investigate the attacks, the attackers used proceeds from the first attack to rent hashpower…

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Why Interoperability Is the Key to Future Innovation and Adoption

For years, tribalism has plagued the blockchain industry. Developers align to specific consensus protocols and defend technologies that use them, regardless of their limitations. These deeply rooted divisions are slowing the innovation needed to scale blockchain for future adoption.  The enterprise market is only beginning to understand the promise of blockchain, and that promise will be difficult to achieve until blockchains can communicate and cooperate with each other. To achieve this, developers, companies and hobbyists alike must be able to leverage every platform without being locked into one simply because…

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