Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments

The Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is now accepting bitcoin in various transactions. According to a recent news story from a Cleveland-based newspaper, the local Great Lakes Science Center has announced their adoption of bitcoin in a variety of transactions. Not only will bitcoin be accepted as a fully valid form of monetary exchange for the daily cost of admission to the museum, but there will also be a four-day sister event, titled the Blockland Solutions Conference, which will accept bitcoin as well. The Blockland Solutions Conference has the larger…

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Bitcoin News Summary – November 12, 2018

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.    A strong move in Bitcoin Cash price comes in the run-up to the Bitcoin Cash SV hard fork, scheduled this week. On this date, Bitcoin Cash will split into Bitcoin Cash ABC, backed by Jihan Wu, Amaury Sechet, and Roger Ver, and Bitcoin Cash SV, backed by Calvin Ayre and Craig Wright. If you hold BCH, ensure that you’re prepared. Pure Bit, a South Korean crypto exchange has completely shut down after raising $2.8 million in Ethereum from…

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Early Trading Shows Clear Preference In Divide Over Bitcoin Cash Fork

An experimental market on a major crypto exchange suggests that bitcoin cash users may favor the more established version of the software, Bitcoin ABC, ahead of an expected fork this month. Due to the technical design of the cryptocurrency, currently the fourth-largest by market capitalization, bitcoin cash users must “hard fork” the blockchain, or adopt a new software version with changes as decided by open-source developers, every six months. Things are different this time around, though, amid the emergence of a rival version of the software called Bitcoin SV. As…

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SEC Charges EtherDelta Founder Over ‘Unregistered Securities Exchange’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Zachary Coburn, the founder of crypto token trading platform EtherDelta, with operating an unregistered securities exchange. The regulator said Thursday that EtherDelta, which acts as a secondary market for trading ERC-20 tokens, had been providing a marketplace for buyers and sellers to trade ethereum tokens that the SEC deemed to be “digital asset securities.” It used an order book, an order display website and a smart contract built on ethereum, the agency said. “EtherDelta’s smart contract was coded to validate the…

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Korean Lawyers Urge Government to Draw Up Blockchain Rules

The body governing South Korean lawyers has called on the government to hasten the introduction of blockchain regulations. According to a report from Reuters on Thursday, the Korean Bar Association said the government should “quickly” develop blockchain laws in the country to help develop the tech industry and protect investors. Kim Hyun, president of the Korean Bar Association, was quoted as saying: “We urge the government to break away from negative perceptions and hesitation, and draw up bills to help develop the blockchain industry and prevent side effects involving cryptocurrencies.”…

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Canadian Bank Opens Deposit Box for Cryptocurrency Firms

A Canadian bank says its digital safety deposit box is ready for prime time. VersaBank announced Thursday that its new VersaVault project had successfully completed beta testing. The digital-only bank plans to offer the virtual lockbox to cryptocurrency exchanges and crypto investment funds to store digital assets. VersaBank Director of Investor Relations Wade MacBain told CoinDesk that the bank has already received over 200 inquiries about VersaVault. In a statement, VersaBank CEO David Taylor added: “While many are considering ideas and plans for a digital safety deposit box, we have designed…

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Judge Lifts Order to Freeze Charlie Shrem’s Assets in Winklevoss Case

Early bitcoin supporter and entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has won his first battle in an ongoing lawsuit filed against him by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and their firm, Winklevoss Capital Fund. According to a court document filed Thursday by federal Judge Jed Rakoff, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a $30 million attachment initially granted against Shrem was lifted after a hearing earlier in the day. The attachment order, which was granted on Oct. 2 but remained under seal until Oct. 26, allowed the U.S.…

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Venezuela to Present Petro at OPEC as the ‘Digital Currency for Oil’

Venezuela is hoping the world’s oil markets will start using its controversial national cryptocurrency, the petro. Manuel Quevedo, the country’s minister of petroleum and the president of state-owned oil company PDVSA, announced in a tweet on Wednesday, that Venezuela will take petro to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2019, as the “main digital currency backed by oil.” Another PDVSA tweet shows a news clip of Quevedo talking on the subject, captioned with the quote: “Petro will become the digital currency of oil transactions worldwide; we will present…

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Victims Sue AT&T, T-Mobile Over ‘SIM Swap’ Crypto Hacks

Silver Miller. a cryptocurrency-focused law firm based in the U.S., says it has filed arbitration claims against AT&T and T-Mobile on behalf of victims of “SIM swapping” cellphone hacks. Initiating the court actions on behalf of clients that have lost funds to criminals that used the increasingly common method of infiltrating mobile devices to access cryptocurrency wallets and two-factor authentication codes, the firm alleges: “By leaving holes in their security protocols and failing to properly train and monitor their employees, cellphone providers have assisted thieves in remotely taking over the SIM…

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Malaysian Government, Universities Team to Put Degrees on a Blockchain

Malaysia’s education ministry has formed a new consortium of universities to harness blockchain tech in tackling the massive industry in fake certificates. The Ministry of Education announced in a press release posted on Twitter Thursday, that alongside the new consortium of six universities, it has launched a blockchain-based system called e-Scroll for the issuance and verification of university degrees. The solution, it said, was prompted by a rise in cases of fraudulent degrees and the ease with which they can be obtained over the internet. Citing a BBC Radio report describing…

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