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When Money Becomes Programmable – Part 1

Michael Casey is chief content officer at CoinDesk. The following is part of “The Token Economy,” an essay in Alex Tapscott’s new book “The Financial Services Revolution.” Blockchain technology, and the cryptocurrencies, tokens and other digital assets it has engendered, may be moving us toward a model of programmable money that incorporates an automated internal…

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Here’s Why Interest Rates on Cryptocurrencies Could Be a Game-Changer

Lending and borrowing cryptocurrencies is becoming an increasingly important sub-sector of crypto finance, one that may end up shaping how the underlying assets themselves are valued and priced in the markets.  While still in its infancy, the growth of crypto lending platforms has given birth to a new type of measuring metric: interest rates, which…

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Isaiah Jackson on Bitcoin’s Impact

CoinDesk reporter Leigh Cuen is joined by Isaiah Jackson, author of “Bitcoin and Black America” and co-founder of KRBE Digital Assets Group, to talk about financial discrimination in the United States and the unique value bitcoin can offer minority communities. According to a survey of 5,126 Americans conducted by Coinbase and Qriously, “Twice as many…

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The Internet Is a Right, Not a Luxury: 30% of Americans Still Don’t Have It

Gigi Sohn has spent the last 30 years as a public interest advocate. Her main focus, nowadays? Getting telecommunications giants to take on fiduciary duty. Now that the internet has become “the essential communications tool of the 21st century,” Sohn thinks broadband connection is a right, not a privilege. This doesn’t mean that she’s on…

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Says Crypto Integration Would Be ‘Completely Insane’

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said Friday he has not seen a single practical use-case to convince him to integrate cryptocurrencies or blockchain into the platform. Speaking at the CoinGeek Conference in London, Jimmy Wales said cryptocurrencies would not add anything useful to Wikipedia. In fact, he believed it would prove detrimental to its vision and…

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Why Today’s Crypto Exchange Leaders Are Powerful, but Not Inevitable

As crypto traders ask why bitcoin prices shot downward, the power and influence of exchanges are at the center of the conversation. After settling in at the $10,000 price level, bitcoin (BTC) suddenly and rapidly fell more than 5 percent in an hour on Wednesday. As the market discusses possible explanations, some floated the unexpected…

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Alleged Crypto Capital Operator Faces New Wire Fraud Charge

Reginald Fowler, an alleged operator behind payment processor Crypto Capital, was charged with wire fraud Friday, on top of existing charges of bank fraud, operation of an unlicensed money transmission business and conspiracy. According to an indictment filed Friday, Fowler allegedly created a scheme to obtain money “by means of false and fraudulent pretenses” and…

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Sweden’s Central Bank Finally Embraces DLT, but Only in Simulation Mode

Sweden’s central bank will soon trial a blockchain-based digital currency – but it’s still in its very early stages, at best. Announced Thursday, Sveriges Riksbank’s e-krona pilot is the latest attempt at a central bank digital currency (CBDC) from an institution that for years fretted over basing any such project on distributed ledger technology (DLT).…

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