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China Considers Ban on Cryptocurrency Mining Because It’s a Stupid Waste of Energy

Regulators in China are considering a ban on cryptocurrency mining as an “undesirable” economic activity, according to a government document released Monday. Read More >>

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Bitcoin Surges 15 Per Cent Overnight Because Nobody Learned Their Lesson After the Last Crash

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, jumped to a four-month high overnight, briefly breaching $5,000 on the Bitstamp exchange. Bitcoin is up roughly 15 per cent on the day and traders are excited because it really seems like nobody learned their lesson during the last cryptocurrency bubble. Read More >>

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Ring of Thieves Swipes £111,000 From Buggy Bitcoin ATMs, and Police Can’t Figure Out Who They Are

A group of bitcoin bandits hit paydirt by taking advantage of buggy cryptocurrency ATMs in seven Canadian cities, according to police, netting a $195,000 CAN score—about £111,000. And Toronto police are asking for help identifying the suspects. Read More >>

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Crypto Exchange Coinbase Says It Made a Mistake Buying Italian Firm Linked to Notorious Hacking Team

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has acknowledged it made a major mistake when it bought Italian blockchain analytics firm Neutrino, whose senior management staff included several members of infamous Italian firm Hacking Team—which has reportedly sold powerful hacking and surveillance tools to oppressive governments. Read More >>

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Crypto Exchange Says Its Founder Died With Clients’ £137 Million—But the Money Is Missing

Last month, Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX found itself in an unusual situation, even by the standards of this lawless, scam-happy industry: The only person with the passwords to the exchange’s trove of cold storage funds allegedly died, taking access to customers’ money to the grave with him. Now it seems many of the digital wallets identified as potentially containing those funds are entirely empty. Read More >>

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You Don’t Have to Buy HTC’s Blockchain Phone with Cryptocurrency

If you missed it (and plenty of people did, because they've smartly set all emails labelled "blockchain" to forward directly to /dev/null), HTC has made a blockchain-based phone called Exodus 1. Read More >>

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Someone Uploaded Child Pornography to a Blockchain Ledger, and It’s Almost Impossible to Delete

Someone added images of child sexual abuse to an immutable blockchain ledger, the BBC reported. The images were added to the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) core ledger through the payment processing app Money Button. Read More >>

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Crypto Exchange Says It Can’t Repay £145 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million (£145m) in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday. Read More >>

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Report: Just Two Groups May Be Behind $1 Billion in Cryptocurrency Hacks

Just two groups of “highly sophisticated cyber criminals” may be behind an estimated $1 billion (£760 million) in cryptocurrency thefts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Read More >>

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Report: Wall Street Is Getting Cold Feet on Bitcoin as Crash Continues

The crypto crash has continued, with about $700 billion (£552 billion) wiped off the market since its peak at around $800 billion (£631 billion) at the start of the year, and leaving a trail of destroyed startups behind it. Bitcoin at one point closed in on the $3,000 (£2,367) price mark, well below both its peak of nearly $20,000 (£15,779) in 2017 and a so-called “floor” of $6,000 (£4,734). And now major Wall Street firms once rumoured to be preparing entries to the cryptocurrency market—particularly bitcoin futures—appear to have gotten cold feet after a brutal beatdown in crypto prices this year, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Facebook Is Reportedly Pursuing a Cryptocurrency for WhatsApp

Thanks to Facebook’s incessant flood of wrongdoing making headlines nearly daily, any of us would be forgiven for forgetting about its rumoured pivot to the blockchain. But the social media giant’s cryptocurrency is reportedly still on, even as it becomes increasingly clear that nothing is sacred online and the internet was maybe a mistake. Read More >>

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The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018

The tech world told a lot of lies in 2018, and it was caught in those lies at what feels like an unprecedented rate. Some Silicon Valley players even began to wake up to the lies they told themselves over the years. With such a flurry of falsehoods, it’s worth taking a look back to see who went big in the year that public trust in tech really started to tank. Read More >>

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Razer Wants You to Mine Cryptocurrency For Them

Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer has launched a cryptocurrency mining program named Razer SoftMiner to put spare graphics card capacity to work – for them, not for you. Read More >>

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Bitcoin, and Cryptocurrency in General, Had a Terrible November

Bitcoin, as well as smaller cryptocurrencies like XRP and ether, had a terrible November that saw $70 billion in value wiped off the market, CNBC reported on Friday. Read More >>

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High School Principal in China Fired for Running Secret Cryptocurrency Mining Operation

Eight cryptocurrency machines reportedly drained electricity from a Chinese high school for nearly a year before the principal was busted, and later fired, for running an Ethereum-mining operation. Read More >>