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Exclusive Interview: Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Talks Blockchain, Reveals Upcoming Involvement with Crypto Startup

themerkle | 08-19-2018

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, is a computer engineer and inventor responsible for the creation of the Apple I computer as well as a primary contributor to the Apple II. He played arguably the biggest role in the personal computer revolution, and is a forefather of the third technological revolution, which ushered in the era […]

Categories: Blockchain|BTC|ETH
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9 Major Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Get You in the Game

themerkle | 08-19-2018

With over 1,800 cryptocurrencies and a ton of exchanges, it can be hard to know which one to use, as exchanges vary in how their customers can trade. Some, like Coinbase and Gemini, allow you to get your feet wet in the industry and start out with fiat currencies. Other exchanges only trade crypto-to-crypto. This […]

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Bitcoin Price Watch: Some Strange Coincidences Between the Currency and Overstock

themerkle | 08-18-2018

At press time, bitcoin has fallen back a bit and is now trading for just over $6,300. This is about $200 less than where it stood yesterday. Some strange occurrences are happening in the bitcoin space. For example, one source notices that there’s a strong correlation between bitcoin and Overstock. Rather, Overstock’s stock (mini tongue […]

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XINFINITY- A One-Stop Digital Transaction Wallet

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Owing to the remarkable features such as convenience, easy tracking of spending, lower risks, etc., people have been increasingly adopting the concept of digital trading.  To tap into this growing trend, XINFINITY has introduced its digital wallet that will revolutionized digital currency transactions for the better. Cryptocurrency wallets store public as well as private keys […]

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According to BIG, White-Collar Crime Could Double by 2028

themerkle | 08-18-2018

When the banks failed in 2008, our financial systems shifted. A decade on, one of our most nagging financial predicaments centers on virtual currencies and their (lack of) regulation. 2018 is showing promising steps forward in lawmaking for countries like Switzerland, Germany, Malta, and even the US. So, why does Vancouver-based intelligence firm BIG believe that […]

Categories: Regulation
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Why Is the Ethereum Price Tanking? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Crypto markets are down across the board, and that’s nothing new. But what’s behind Ethereum losing 44 percent of its value in just two weeks? From August 1 to August 14, crypto’s number two went from $470 to $260. That’s its lowest level since November 2017. It was trading at around $285 at the time […]

Categories: ETH|Trading|Market|Sponsored
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Ripple Is Targeting the Chinese Market: Top Executive

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Ripple is targeting the Chinese market with its blockchain products, a top executive has revealed. The company has been partnering with many banks and payment processors around the world, but surprisingly, it has only partnered with one Chinese payment processor. The Chinese market is dominated by Alibaba and Tencent, with the two giants accounting for […]

Categories: XRP|Market|Asia|Blockchain
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Coinbase Acquires Distributed Systems, Pledges to Explore Decentralized Identity Systems

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Coinbase has announced the acquisition of Distributed Systems, a decentralized identity solutions provider. In a blog post announcing the acquisition, the San Francisco-based crypto exchange described it as strategic in Coinbase’s bid to bring cryptos into the mainstream. The five engineers working at Distributed Systems will join the Coinbase team and will work to integrate […]

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Pantera Capital Raises $71M for Its Crypto Fund, Targeting $175M

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Pantera Capital has raised $71.4 million for its third crypto venture fund, a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed. The filing, which was submitted on August 15, indicated that Pantera received money from 90 investors for the new fund. This is its third crypto-focused fund and by far its biggest, with […]

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Bitcoin’s Volatility Renders it Useless as a Payment Method, Says Former PayPal CEO

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Bill Harris has made clear his view on cryptos several times. The former PayPal CEO has in the past described Bitcoin as the ‘greatest scam in history’ and a massive ‘pump and dump scheme.’ Harris recently reiterated his stand, further claiming that all the praise that Bitcoin has been receiving as an efficient payment method […]

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Thai Bitcoin Scandal Implicates Stock Exchange and Staff at 3 Banks

themerkle | 08-18-2018

Staff at three Thai banks and an investor in the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) are among the people implicated in a mega bitcoin scandal, local media reported on August 16. According to the Thai police, several bank employees failed to report huge transfers to the country’s Anti-Money Laundering Office, a violation of the country’s […]

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3 Reasons Why Investors Should Keep An Eye on Aenco, A Financial Solutions Ecosystem for HealthTech

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Investors have to keep their head on a swivel all the time nowadays. Innovative and disruptive technologiesare finding their way into a variety of new industries and nobody wants to miss the next Facebook, AirBnB, or Google to invest in. Disclaimer: This is a Sponsored Article Because of that, investors need to keep a careful […]

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Existing Online Payment With Over 2 Million USD Worth of Transactions Turns To Blockchain To Ensure Financial Inclusion In Emerging Markets

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Mazzuma, the third highest ranked mobile money payments system based on transaction volume in Ghana seeks to utilize blockchain technology through the creation of the MAZ cryptocurrency to enable instant seamless payments globally. Mazzuma, the flagship product of CYST, has been a force to reckon with in the online payments ecosystem in Ghana since its […]

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Crypto Price Review: Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple Are Bullish; Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Struggle

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Bitcoin (BTC) Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has shot up to $6,500. This past week has been an up-and-down journey for the cryptocurrency, with price swings from $6,400 all the way down to $6,090, but for the time being, bitcoin appears to be exhibiting bullish activity and expanding its horizons. Some of bitcoin’s […]

Categories: BTC|Trading|ETH|LTC|XRP
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Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Spikes to $6,500 – Many Still Believe in the Currency’s Power

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Bitcoin has got everyone going back and forth. At press time, the largest cryptocurrency in the world is again trading for $6,500. The past few days have been an up-and-down journey for the asset, with prices swinging from $6,400, to $6,300, and then falling back down to $6,200 later in the week. The currency has […]

Categories: BTC|Trading|Market
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Marketing Firm Bitcoin PR Buzz Now Provides Free Consultation For Blockchain Companies

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Belize Based PR Agency Bitcoin PR Buzz has announced that interested blockchain companies are able to receive one complimentary hour of PR and marketing consultation. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article Consultation Details This is entirely free, with no hidden fees or strings attached. Consultation is done with an expert account manager over Skype, with […]

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Japanese Messaging Giant LINE Announces Addition of TRX to BITBOX

themerkle | 08-17-2018

LINE Corporation has announced the addition of Tron’s TRX to its BITBOX cryptocurrency exchange. BITBOX was announced by the company in June and opened its doors in July to global clientele, with the exception of those in the US and Japan. TRX becomes the first crypto to be approved for listing by the BITBOX open-listing […]

Categories: TRX|Asia|Exchange
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Privacy-Focused Deviant Coin Announces Whitepaper, Cryptocurrency Exchange and Hardware Wallet Releases

themerkle | 08-17-2018

With the blockchain world being the target of a number of recent, well-publicised hacks, and online privacy a regular news item, it should come as no surprise that emerging cryptocurrency companies are desperate to prove their data security credentials.  Therefore, many are bolstering their defences with the aim of providing the most secure systems possible, […]

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Cryptos Have Had Six Big Bubbles, With Each Creating More Value: Ethereum Co-Founder

themerkle | 08-17-2018

The crypto industry has experienced six big bubbles to date, with each being ‘more epic’ than the previous one. Each of these bubbles has brought more interest from developers and investors. This is according to Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, who is also the founder of ConsenSys. In a recent interview, Lubin expressed optimism that the […]

Categories: ETH|Business
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Papusha Rocket Technology Announces ICO for Cleaning Up the Environment

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Solving real world problems has always been the driver behind the ongoing blockchain revolution. But for one man, this technology became the enabler of a lifelong ambition to create what was previously thought unimaginable: a rocket and space technology that produces fuel with leftover oil residue from refineries. For anyone else, this dream would have […]

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Real-World Adoption of Cryptos Is Steadily Rising Despite Volatility: Coinbase CEO

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Real-world adoption of cryptos is steadily rising, but they are still a long way from becoming a mainstream payment method. Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, believes that cryptos and blockchain technology are at the same stage that the internet was at in the early 2000s and that despite the steady growth, people’s expectations are […]

Categories: Regulation|Blockchain|Technology
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Gath3r Offers Online Publishers Ad-Free Way to Monetize

themerkle | 08-17-2018

With the issue of data privacy rarely far from news headlines – regardless of the industry in question – and online advertising proving to be a bugbear for the average Internet user – it comes as no surprise that a number of companies are devising solutions to capitalize on this situation.  Web publishers and app […]

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With Bitcoin’s Dominance at Its Highest Since December, Is It Time to Dump the Altcoins?

themerkle | 08-17-2018

The crypto market has experienced a bloodbath for the past two weeks, with Bitcoin losing over 70 percent of its value since it peaked at over $19,900 in December. The king of cryptos was trading at just above $6,500 at press time, having gained over $500 in the previous 24 hours. While the market has […]

Categories: BTC|Market|Altcoin|ETH|LTC
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Scalability is an issue of the past thanks to Fractonet

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Blockchain technology has carved a niche for itself in the world. In 2017, it was the most talked about tech topic. The attention that Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have garnered is because of their inherent utility. However, like with every other nascent technology, cryptocurrencies and Blockchain both have challenges to surpass. We are living in an […]

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4 Reasons Why Investors Avoid Decentralized Exchanges

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Blockchain and cryptocurrency were originally envisioned as decentralized, community-oriented initiatives. Participants were intended to hold power over centralized (read: government) authority. As blockchain and cryptocurrency evolved and captured millions of investors along the way, trading gravitated toward centralized platforms. Centralized institutions like Coinbase or Binance are great because of their user-friendly interface and high liquidity. […]

Categories: Blockchain|Business|Exchange|Trading
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ExCraft Launches First DAO, User-Governed Cryptocurrency Exchange

themerkle | 08-17-2018

Hong Kong, 17 August 2018 — ExCraft (www.excraft.com), a cloud-native cryptocurrency exchange based in Hong Kong that implements a DAO governance ran by the users and pools, was launched today. ExCraft stands out by being a community and pool focused exchange, rewarding traders through a combination of “Proof of Existence” (PoE) and “Proof of Stake” (PoS) mechanisms, […]

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Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Slinks Back a Bit Following Coinbase CEO Warning

themerkle | 08-16-2018

Bitcoin – the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market cap – is now trading for just shy of $6,400 at press time. This is a little over $100 less than where it stood 24 hours ago. Bitcoin is likely scaling back a bit following some harsh comments from Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. As the head of […]

Categories: BTC|Trading|Market|Blockchain
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The Significance of Discourse in the Crypto World

themerkle | 08-16-2018

Like with all jobs and hobbies, the desire for focused communication is always present. No matter what people are interested in, they are often inclined to join together in groups to share ideas and tips. This is why sites like Reddit and Twitter thrive. The need for healthy discussion is prevalent in the cryptocurrency industry […]

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Weekly Blockchain Industry Report-17th Issue: Bitcoin ETF

themerkle | 08-16-2018

(August 4th –August 10th, 2018) This week, the crypto market continued the bear trend. Major cryptocurrencies suffered price delince more than 10%. Among which, XRP got hammered and experienced greates loss of 26.2%. Apart from emotional factors, the major reason for this hit is the news that SEC rejected the application of Bitcoin ETF. We’ll […]

Categories: BTC|Trading|XRP|Market|Regulation
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Paul Krugman: Bitcoin Has More Utility Than Gold

themerkle | 08-16-2018

Recently at the ChainXchange blockchain conference, Paul Krugman took center stage at a panel of Bitcoin skeptics and supporters including Ripple Chief Market Strategist Cory Johnson and market research guru Thomas Lee. Prior to the discussion, Krugman delivered a presentation that focused primarily on the history and development of money, and ultimately how they relate to […]

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ChainXchange Day 3: Steve Wozniak, Molly Bloom Discuss the “Brave New World” of Blockchain

themerkle | 08-16-2018

Wednesday, August 15 marked the final day of the ChainXchange blockchain convention and conclusion of the main event of the first ever Las Vegas blockchain week. Fortunately, the convention did not end without a remarkable finale, as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the inspiration behind “Molly’s Game” Molly Bloom gave presentations before joining Tone Vays, […]

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GAEX STARTS SHINING IN BLOCKCHAIN GAME INDUSTRY

themerkle | 08-16-2018

The LoT, AI and Blockchain Expo that held in Amsterdam on the end of June has already dropped off its curtain for quite some time. Many visitors who attended the Expo in Amsterdam at that time have noticed a special name when strolling along the booths, and that name is GAEX. What is GAEX? You […]

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Simulate Crypto Trading with Coinseed’s Play Mode

themerkle | 08-16-2018

As the crypto industry is still in its infancy, a lot of people are still hesitant to join the crowd. One of the main reasons is that crypto space is very risky and another reason is that most people don’t even know how to get started yet. Solution! Simulate the real world crypto trading without […]

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Review.Network Secures $1.4M in Seed Funding to Revolutionize the Review Industry

themerkle | 08-15-2018

The “Yelp! Of Blockchain” has announced that its ICO date will be on Sept. 1st, 2018 BELGRADE, SERBIA (Aug. 15th, 2018) – Review.Network is a blockchain startup which aims to improve the way reviewing and market research is done. Today, the company made the announcement that it succeeded in receiving a consistent funding of $1.4 […]

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St. Petersburg is ready to host the second international forum – Blockchain Life 2018 -on November 7-8

themerkle | 08-15-2018

Following the event’s groundbreaking success in 2017, Blockchain Life 2018 is all set to make a comeback to Russian and Eastern Europe’s leading venue Expoforum in St. Petersburg. Scheduled to be held on November 7-8, this year’s forum is expected to bring together over 5000 participants from more than 70 countries across the globe. One […]

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Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Jumps by $500; Are the Bears Finally Scattering?

themerkle | 08-15-2018

At press time, the top cryptocurrency in the world has jumped up by $500 and is now trading for just shy of $6,600. This is a monster improvement over yesterday, and a serious spike over where bitcoin has been meandering all week. The past few days have been particularly difficult on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in […]

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Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners Lead $32 Million Series B in Axoni

themerkle | 08-15-2018

Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners are among the investors in enterprise blockchain technology startup Axoni. The startup raised $32 million in a Series B funding round, bringing the total funding raised to $55 million. Making the announcement via a press release, Axoni stated that it would use the funds raised to expand its suite of […]

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Jamaica Stock Exchange Partners With Blockstation to Offer Crypto Trading

themerkle | 08-15-2018

The Jamaica Stock Exchange has announced that it has partnered with Blockstation to enable the trading of crypto assets within “a recognized and secure regulatory framework.” The JSE revealed that it had completed a live workshop with an initial group of five members as well as a beta test with participating institutions. The new platform […]

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China and South Korea Pledge More Money to Blockchain Research

themerkle | 08-15-2018

South Korea will invest heavily in emerging technologies in 2019, one of which is blockchain technology. The move was announced by the country’s Finance Minister, Kim Dong-yeon, during a recent cabinet meeting. As part of its plan to spearhead innovative growth, the government will invest $4.4 billion in eight sectors which it views as critical […]

Categories: Asia|Blockchain|Technology
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McAfee’s ‘Unhackable’ Crypto Wallet Hacked

themerkle | 08-15-2018

When John McAfee described the Bitfi crypto wallet as unhackable, it quickly drew many people’s attention. For users in constant fear of having their crypto assets stolen by cybercriminals, it was reassurance. For computer experts, however, McAfee’s proclamation was taken as a challenge. Less than two months later, a number of people have emerged claiming […]

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ChainXchange Day 2: Thomas Lee, Paul Krugman Discuss Bitcoin Longevity

themerkle | 08-15-2018

The second day of Las Vegas Blockchain Week and the ChainXchange blockchain convention has concluded. Today’s activities included discussions and lectures carried out by prominent cryptocurrency supporters and skeptics, including representatives from Ripple and NEM, as  well as Nobel Prize winning economist and perpetual crypto bear Paul Krugman. In the afternoon, research analyst heavyweight Thomas […]

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What Is Mainframe Cryptocurrency?

themerkle | 08-14-2018

It is hard to ascertain whether the digital age was born out of the internet or vice versa. One thing that is for certain is that we now live in a new epoch. More than half the people on the planet have regular access to the internet, which presents an overwhelming opportunity for innovation, creativity […]

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Bitcoin Price Watch: Currency Briefly Falls Below the $6,000 Mark Before Recovering

themerkle | 08-14-2018

At press time, the father of cryptocurrency is trading for just over $6,000. This is about $200 less than where it stood during yesterday’s afternoon hours. The coin is continuing to fall deeper and deeper into red territory, though this price is an improvement over where it stood during the early morning, when it fell […]

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia Partners With World Bank to Issue First-Ever Blockchain Bond

themerkle | 08-14-2018

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has been mandated by the World Bank to issue the world’s first bond created, allocated and managed on the blockchain. Once issued, the bond will be managed by the World Bank in Washington and CBA in Sydney over a private Ethereum-based blockchain, with CBA stating that it remains open […]

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FinCEN Receives More Than 1,500 Crypto-Related Complaints Every Month

themerkle | 08-14-2018

The US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network receives over 1,500 suspicious activity reports (SARs) related to cryptocurrencies, the agency’s director has revealed. The majority of them come from money service businesses (MSBs), stakeholders in the digital currency industry and other financial institutions. The director also noted that the agency has been working with other government agencies […]

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The Allure of Blockchain Betting, and Why It’s Only Getting Bigger

themerkle | 08-14-2018

Betting has existed for centuries, with the allure of making money combined with the thrill of testing one’s ability to predict the outcome of an event being among the biggest attractions. Some of the earliest casinos appeared in Italy in the 17th century, and since then, betting has taken advantage of new technology to lure […]

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Turkey’s Currency Instability Pushing People to Bitcoin

themerkle | 08-14-2018

Remember when cryptos were deemed unusable because, unlike fiat, they were volatile? The tables are gradually turning and Turkey is the latest case. The country’s currency, the lira, has recently experienced a drastic drop in its value relative to the US dollar which has quickly drawn comparisons with Bitcoin. Faced with an economic crisis and […]

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Trading Bitcoin Declared Illegal in Saudi Arabia Despite the Great Strides Made

themerkle | 08-14-2018

Trading cryptocurrencies is illegal in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as they are high risk to traders and are out of the government’s supervision. This is according to a statement issued on August 12 by a standing committee comprised of regulators from various government institutions. The statement made it clear that no entities are licensed […]

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Meca Casino Wants to Reinvent Digital Casino Ownership and Provide a Unique Gaming Experience

themerkle | 08-14-2018

MECA Casino, a blockchain-based 3D social casino game project, aims to change the paradigm of online casino games by tackling three factors – trust, ownership, and entertainment. Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Article One of the pain points of online casino games is credibility. There is no easy way to assure players that online gaming […]

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Smart Investors Are Digging In

themerkle | 08-14-2018

Even though the Bitcoin ETF was shot down last week, we are still moving closer to getting a real ETF in the coming months. While we’re waiting for that to happen, many are now starting to feel like there is no recovery in sight for cryptocurrency markets. Which is also to say the technology behind […]

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