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Turkish Real Estate Firm Antalya Homes Now Supports Bitcoin Payments

Turkish real estate firm Antalya Homes announced that its customers can now pay for properties listed on its platform with Bitcoin (BTC).According to a June 15 announcement, Antalya Homes claims to have recorded the highest-valued real estate sale ever made while using Bitcoin as a payment in Turkey.Per the company, the coronavirus pandemic forced the real estate industry to innovate. More precisely, Antalya Homes reacted by offering virtual home tours and adding support...

Libra Exec Hirings Suggest Commitment to Anti-Crypto Regulations

Following a big-time update to its white paper in mid-April, the Libra Association has over the past couple of weeks made a string of striking new additions to its core governance team, including appointing Robert Werner as its general counsel and Stuart Levey as its CEO. Before joining the Libra Association, Werner served as the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, as well as holding a number of top...

Stablecoin Race to Begin When Wall St Embraces DeFi

Investor, early crypto adopter, and CEO of Gemini exchange, Tyler Winklevoss, predicted that competition between stablecoins will really begin once Wall Street moves into decentralized finance, or DeFi, during a recent interview with The Defiant’s Camila Russo.However, despite his optimistic outlook for DeFi, the Gemini co-founder asserted that the crypto industry currently does not offer a killer app that is driving adoption from outside of the virtual currency community.Inter-stablecoin competition hasn’t even beganIn...

200% OmiseGo Pump and Dump Raises Eyebrows

Controversy has returned to cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase after an altcoin it listed surged 200% in 15 minutes — only to crash immediately afterward.Currently a topic of interest on social media, Coinbase’s listing of OmiseGo (OMG), the 34th ranked cryptocurrency by market capitalization, also sparked familiar accusations of insider trading.Coinbase ‘premium’ reaches 80%“OmiseGO (OMG) is launching at http://Coinbase.com and in the iOS and Android apps within the next 15 minutes,” the company tweeted on...

Someone Was Propping Up the Bitcoin Cash Hashrate at a Loss in April

Since it was first launched back in August 2017, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) has failed to make an impact in terms of metrics like price and trading volume. Having said that, the altcoin, whose roots can be found in the epic Bitcoin (BTC) scaling debate of the mid-2010’s, still has its hardcore supporters. And new research shows these supporters are willing to mine BCH even when it would be more profitable to mine on...

Latin American Markets Post Record P2P Volume in April

Amid declining global volume, Localbitcoins.com continues to comprise a hub for Latin American peer-to-peer (P2P) trade — with Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela posting record volume over recent weeks according to Coin.dance.This past week saw Localbitcoins trade between Bitcoin (BTC) and the Mexican peso spike by 71%. As such, the week of April 25 saw roughly $430,000 worth of BTC change hands in Mexico — comprising the fourth-strongest weekly trade activity on record.Latin markets...

Facebook’s Calibra Team Outlines New Byzantine Fault Tolerance Testing Methods

Facebook’s Calibra team have published a research paper outlining a new method for Byzantine fault tolerance, or BFT, testing.Dubbed “Twins”, Claibra’s innovation comprises a lightweight method for testing a network’s BFT implementation.Calibra pioneers BFT testing strategyThe paper asserts that while BFT systems “have seen extensive study for more than two decades,” the field “lack a principled strategy for testing BFT implementations.”The testing method runs two instances of a node with the same identity...

Steem Soft Forks to Freeze 17.6M Tokens Held by Former Witnesses

Tensions between Steem (STEEM) and the Hive (HIVE) community continue to escalate, with Steem executing a soft fork to freeze up to 20 accounts owned by the network’s former witnesses.The frozen accounts hold 17.6 million STEEM, worth approximately $3.2 million and equating to nearly 5% of Steem’s total supply.On April 4, the soft fork was proposed in a Steemit post authored by the new account "softfork2288."In response to the purported “uncertain threat...

Amid Widespread Privacy Coin Delistings, Bitstamp Considers Zcash Support

Bitstamp, one of the longest-running active cryptocurrency exchanges, is considering launching a batch of new crypto asset listings.Curiously, Bitstamp is contemplating support for Zcash (ZEC), despite an increasing number of exchanges seeking to distance themselves from privacy coins due to associated regulatory risks.Bitfinex considers first new listings in 3 yearsOn March 31, Bitstamp announced it is “actively exploring” support for seven crypto assets, including two stablecoins and one privacy coin.The prospective listings...

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Spends Seventh Birthday in a Row in Jail

Ross Ulbricht turns 36 years old today. This will be his seventh birthday in incarceration.Ulbricht is the convicted felon serving two life sentences plus 40 years for his role in creating the Silk Road, the online contraband market notorious for its associations with cryptocurrency. Ulbricht says Silk Road was initially envisioned as a libertarian paradise, but it eventually went sideways:“Silk Road was supposed to be about giving people the freedom to make their...
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