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Voyager Onboards 40,000 Circle Invest Customers

Crypto trade service firm, Voyager Digital Canada, has completed its acquisition of Circle’s retail-facing investment app. On April 3, Voyager announced it had onboarded Circle Invest’s more than 40,000 accounts onto its platform — excluding residents of New York, North Carolina, and Alaska. Voyager now reports a user base of more than 200,000 in total. Circle Invest was sold in exchange for a 4% stake in Voyager in February. Voyager onboards Circle Invest clients Voyager offers commission-free trading on 34 crypto assets and USD. The firm will continue to offer…

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Blockchain Provides Trusted Data to Counter Spread of Coronavirus

With each passing day, new data regarding the coronavirus pandemic is being brought to the public’s attention. From the number of cases in various regions to ever-changing safety procedures like wearing masks in public, COVID-19 data is clearly present, yet remains inconsistent. While a lack of accurate information may be frustrating on a personal level, ever-changing data is taking a toll on the health officials and researchers working effortlessly to help subdue the coronavirus crisis. To combat the issue, a San Francisco-based blockchain security company Hacera launched a data analytics…

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Crypto Custody Firm Lists XRP for Institutional Clients

Qualified digital asset custodian, Anchorage Trust Company, has added XRP to the list of assets supported by its institutional custody solution. The company announced support for the third largest cryptocurrency by market cap in a blog post on April 2. Anchorage claims that its custodial solution is safer than cold storage, while allowing the benefits of asset usability, offering features such as staking, airdrops, and even trading from custody. Xpring resources provide reliable solution According to Diogo Mónica, Anchorage co-founder and President, XRP support relies on resources including those developed…

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General Motors Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Navigation Map

Major car manufacturer, General Motors, or GM, has filed a patent application for a continuously updating navigation map system. The system would use blockchain to integrate data from vehicle sensors and build a reliable map for autonomous vehicles. According to the filing, which was submitted on Oct. 1, 2018 and published on April 2, 2020, existing maps are “difficult to keep dynamic without incurring large costs.”One potential reason for this is that most maps are maintained through specialized vehicles, whose reach will necessarily be limited to just a few specific…

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Binance Shelters Against Job Losses During Global Pandemic

While global unemployment continues hitting new highs amid the coronavirus pandemic, the cryptocurrency industry is stepping in to shelter job losses, with some of the biggest companies in the space announcing their intention to hire new employees. Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has just announced that it is seeking to hire more than 100 new employees, despite the ongoing economic downturn. In an April 3 tweet, Binance invited people around the world to build a career in the Blockchain space, offering a crucial opportunity to “work from home” as…

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John McAfee Offers $500 in ETH-based DAI for Corona Apocalypse Pics

Famed altcoin advocate, John McAfee, has put up a $500 reward in the Ethereum based stablecoin, DAI, for the best original photo taken in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown. The sea-bound computer programmer asked for pictures of vacant highways and cities from people who are still able to leave their homes for essential supplies and activities. McAfee tweeted: “Those able to leave your homes during quarantine … (to buy food or get medical care, etc.) … Take photos of interesting aspects of your vacant cities, highways, etc. $500 in…

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Coronavirus Pandemic Reminds Us That Security Is Important During the Zoom Boom

Even with all the looming uncertainty surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, system security needs to remain at the forefront of companies’ planning.  Businesses around the world are shutting down under local, state or national decrees as COVID-19 fears bring caution regarding public gatherings. Unsurprisingly, hackers have used the unprecedented opportunity of chaos and panic to probe weaknesses in information technology systems. One of those systems happened to be the United States Department of Health and Human Services, making the act even more egregious, considering the circumstances. But the problem extends…

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Chinese Regulator Accuses Crypto Exchanges of Fraudulent Volumes

The National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA) warned investors that cryptocurrency exchanges located outside of the country are engaged in manipulative practices on April 2. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC)-affiliated regulator cautioned investors that many off-shore exchanges wash trade to fake trade volume and engage in underhanded tactics to liquidate leverage traders. NIFA cites an internal analysis of cryptocurrency markets that found more than 40 crypto assets produced trade volumes exceeding 100% of their total market capitalization, while a further 70 cryptocurrencies saw daily trade activity equal to…

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As Hospital’s Crumble, Venezuela’s President Airdrops Petros to Doctors

Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver and Venezuela’s sitting president, has announced a campaign to support his country’s medical staff amid the coronavirus pandemic by airdropping one Petro to each doctor. The ‘Doctors of the Homeland’ initiative will see each Venezuelan doctor air-dropped one of the administration’s oil-backed Petro cryptocurrency tokens, as per an April 2 tweet published by a government official.  Venezuela to issue Petro bonus to doctors The tokens will be distributed using Venezuela’s ‘Patria System’ — a platform launched by the government to bypass the nation’s failing…

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Bison Trails Provides Support for NuCypher Protocol

Blockchain infrastructure-as-a-service company, Bison Trails, announced support for the NuCypher network, as well as its permissionless token distribution system, WorkLock, on April 2. According to the announcement, the Libra Association member assured users that anyone would be able to run nodes and participate in the NuCypher network on the Bison Trails platform. NuCypher’s use cases The network is based on three use cases: secret management, dynamic access control, and secure computation. The company highlights that NuCypher’s cryptographic infrastructure allows this alliance to be carried out, which consists of privacy-preserving applications that…

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