Author: Kevin Helms

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Seven Japanese Bitcoin Exchanges Announce Bitcoin Gold Hard Fork Plans

Seven of Japan’s leading bitcoin exchanges have announced their policies regarding the planned Bitcoin Gold hard fork of the Bitcoin network. The country’s largest exchange, Bitflyer, plans to distribute and trade the new cryptocurrency. Some exchanges will only distribute the coins, while others are taking a wait-and-see approach. Also read: Two South Korean Bitcoin Exchanges Announce Hard […]

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October 22, 2017 0

Putin Orders the Issue of Russia’s National Cryptocurrency – the Cryptoruble

Putin Orders the Issue of Russia's National Cryptocurrency – the CryptorubleRussia’s president Vladimir Putin has reportedly ordered the issue of the national cryptocurrency, the “cryptoruble.” The Russian Minister of Communications and Mass Media has revealed some details of this new currency. Also read: Putin Confirms Russia Will Regulate Cryptocurrencies Putin’s Executive Order Russia’s Minister of Communications and Mass Media, Nikolay Nikiforov, said at a closed meeting […]

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October 16, 2017 0

Russian Regulators Think They Found a Way to Identify, Tax, and License Crypto Miners

Russia’s regulators have revealed how they plan to find and tax cryptocurrency miners as well as license them. This follows their meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. At the meeting, they agreed to regulate cryptocurrency mining, alongside cryptocurrencies themselves including bitcoin. Last week, the finance ministry proposed creating a registry of crypto miners. Also read: Research […]

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October 15, 2017 0

Research Shows Half a Billion People Are Mining Cryptocurrencies Without Knowing It

Research Shows Over Half a Billion People Are Mining Cryptocurrencies Without Knowing ItThe company behind the ad blocking program Adguard has analyzed the most popular 100,000 websites for cryptocurrency mining scripts. They found that over 500 million people have been mining cryptocurrencies and “they have no idea it is happening.” Each website running the script earns an estimated $43,000 within the three-week period studied. Also read: Putin Confirms […]

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October 14, 2017 0

Putin Tells Central Bank Not to Create Unnecessary Barriers to Cryptocurrencies

The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss cryptocurrencies. It was attended by top regulators including the central bank governor, her deputy, and the finance minister. While Putin acknowledged the risks associated with cryptocurrencies, he stressed the importance to not “build up unnecessary barriers” for new technologies. Also […]

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October 11, 2017 0

Porn Star Tempts Russian Prime Minister to Legalize Cryptocurrencies in a Video Message

Russian porn actress Ekaterina Makarova has recorded a video message to urge her country’s regulators, including the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, to legalize cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether. In return, she offered to make their fantasies come true. Also read: Japan’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Bitflyer Launches Bitcoin Visa Prepaid Card Makarova’s Proposal Russian porn star […]

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October 10, 2017 0

Japanese Renewable Energy Provider Offers Low Flat-Rate Electricity for Crypto Miners

Japanese renewable energy provider, Looop, has announced an electricity plan aimed at reducing costs for bitcoin and other cryptocurrency miners. The plan charges a flat monthly fee for electricity usage of up to a certain level in the Tokyo Electric Power Company service area. Also read: Japan’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Bitflyer Launches Bitcoin Visa Prepaid Card […]

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October 9, 2017 0

Bitcoin ATMs On the Rise in Russia

The number of bitcoin ATMs is on the rise in Russia. Ten of them were recently installed in five districts of Novosibirsk by a local startup. Last week, a different company announced their plans to install a hundred cryptocurrency ATMs in Moscow hotels and airport terminals starting this month. Meanwhile, the regulators have said that […]

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October 8, 2017 0

Japan’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange Bitflyer Launches Bitcoin Visa Prepaid Card

Japan’s largest bitcoin exchange by volume, Bitflyer, has launched its own reloadable Visa prepaid card. Customers can fund them using bitcoin through Bitflyer or other bitcoin wallets. The exchange is also giving away gifts to 1,000 customers during the launch period. Also read: Bitcoin Debit Cards Halt Service to Non-European Residents Due to Visa’s New […]

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October 7, 2017 0

Large Japanese Energy Supplier Adds Bitcoin Payments With a Discount

Remixpoint, a Japanese company engaged in a number of energy-related businesses, has recently launched a new electricity service with bitcoin payments integrated to serve customers all over Japan. The company is now offering customers who pay with bitcoin a discount on their electricity bills. Bitcoin payments are processed by the company’s cryptocurrency exchange subsidiary, Bitpoint. […]

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October 4, 2017 0