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Avicii’s Friends Worried Drinking Problem Would Kill Him

April 23, 2018 |

Avicii’s friends and family members feared the superstar’s drinking problem would catch up to him in the months leading up to his death. Sources close to the DJ tell TMZ his alcoholism he battled for so many years had recently gotten out of control…

TMZ.com

Southern California home prices jump to a new record high

April 23, 2018 |

Southern California’s median home price jumped 8.4% in March from a year earlier, setting a new all-time high, as hopeful buyers engaged in bidding wars over a limited supply of homes on the market.

The six-county region’s median price for new and resale houses and condos hit $ 519,000 last month,…


L.A. Times – Business

South Korea Switches Off Propaganda Broadcasts Into the North

April 23, 2018 |

South Korea’s Defense Ministry halted propaganda broadcasts across its heavily guarded border with North Korea, a move it said was a show of good faith ahead of a major summit later this week.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Sears Might Sell Off an Iconic Brand

April 23, 2018 |

Sears’ biggest shareholder appears to be pushing for a breakup of the 125-year-old company that has survived two world wars and the Great Depression. Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert—whose hedge fund has forwarded millions in funding to keep the ailing chain afloat—has asked the struggling retailer to sell…
Newser

They’re Polar Opposites, but Macron Is ‘Trump Whisperer’

April 23, 2018 |

President Trump has a busy week on the diplomacy front, starting with a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron and ending with another by Germany’s Angela Merkel. Macron will be at the White House Monday and Tuesday in the first state visit by a foreign leader hosted by Trump, and…
Newser

PR: aXpire Introduces MatchBX to the Blockchain Community

April 23, 2018 |

aXpire Introduces MatchBX to the Blockchain Community

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. Bitcoin.com does not endorse nor support this product/service. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

aXpire is excited to introduce its MatchBX product to the blockchain community.

Coming in late Q2, MatchBX will allow blockchain-empowered freelance work, with individuals able to engage with each other or businesses to earn cryptocurrency (AXP) as a full time job. There has never been a better time to learn about cryptocurrency and look to engage in the aXpire community full time. MatchBX also offers a “preferred partnership” group of companies that have been hand picked and verified to serve as the best providers of a particular online service. For example, our latest addition, Kotoba, provides high quality website and white paper translation services, and users will be able to access this group at a special rate through MatchBX.

In the background of this product we will run a different kind of spend analysis, demand prediction, which will drive additional preferred partners to our site. Think of it like surge demand on Uber, except without the associated price increases – we simply point partners towards early indicators of demand and the need for supply to fill any gaps.

Not only with there not be traditional fees on the MatchBX platform, but also the minimal 1% fee charged per transaction will take the form of burned AXP, incentivizing early adoption.

MatchBX is the latest addition to aXpire’s product suite, which includes Resolvr, a spend management tool. Both products are powered by aXpire’s native token, AXP.

Advisors on the project include Roger Ver of Bitcoin.com, Shingo Lavine of Ethos and Gina Papush of QBE.

To earn free AXP for signing up to the waiting list, go to www.matchbx.io.

To find out more about aXpire, visit www.axpire.io

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Shipwreck Found in Lake Erie Might Be Oldest Ever Found There

April 23, 2018 |

Shipwreck hunters are planning to excavate around a Lake Erie wreck this summer that they think could be the remains of a schooner that went down nearly two centuries ago. Its size, design, and location point toward it being a sailing ship called the Lake Serpent, which sunk in 1829,…
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Michael Cohen raid rattles Trump allies: Did feds seize president’s communications?

April 23, 2018 |

While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told President Trump he is not the target of the investigation into Michael Cohen, the stunning FBI raid on Trump’s personal attorney has spurred mounting speculation about what presidential communications, if any, the feds might have picked up.
FOX News

Artificial Sweeteners May Not Be Sugar-Free Bliss We Hoped For

April 23, 2018 |

Guzzling diet soft drinks may seem like an easy workaround if you can’t kick soda but want to fend off health problems spurred by sugar. A new study presented at the Experimental Biology conference over the weekend suggests otherwise—specifically when it comes to diseases like Type 2 diabetes. Gizmodo…
Newser

Central Bank of Iran Bans Banks from Crypto

April 23, 2018 |

Central Bank of Iran Bans Banks from Crypto

Iran’s central bank has issued a statement banning the country’s banks and financial institutions from dealing with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, citing money laundering and terrorism financing risks. However, the local crypto community in Iran believes that the ban will not affect them and some exchanges continue to operate normally.

Also read: Russian Regulators Draft Law to Restrict Crypto Mining, Payments, and Token Sales

Banned by Central Bank

Central Bank of Iran Bans Banks from CryptoThe Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has issued a statement on Monday banning the use of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin by banks and financial institutions. This announcement came “amid ongoing debate over how best to regulate the technology,” the AFP elaborated.

According to the CBI, “the government’s money laundering committee had taken the decision in late December and it was now being put into effect,” the news outlet conveyed and quoted the central bank explaining:

All cryptocurrencies have the capacity to be turned into a means for money laundering and financing terrorism and in general can be turned into a means for transferring criminals’ money.

The central bank noted that banks and financial institutions in Iran were informed a few days ago, Mehr News reported.

The ban comes at a tenuous time for the Iranian economy. Between now and May 12, both the EU and the US are expected to decide on a new round of economic sanctions targeting Tehran. This could restore the harsh international controls on Iran that were lifted in the 2015 nuclear treaty between Iran and six major powers, including the US.

Effects of Crypto Community in Iran

Monday’s announcement follows another prohibition recently announced by the central bank, banning foreign fiat currency exchanges.

Central Bank of Iran Bans Banks from Crypto
Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi.

The Iranian government has mixed views on cryptocurrency, however. In February, the country’s telecom minister, Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, tweeted the news that his ministry and the CBI are investigating the prospect of running their own initial coin offering (ICO) together. The resulting cryptocurrency would serve as “an experimental model for the country’s banking system,” he believes.

While many people in Iran see cryptocurrencies as a way to overcome problems with international sanctions and the country’s banking system, there are also those who fear “the technology could undermine the country’s already weak banking system and exacerbate capital flight,” the AFP explained.

Central Bank of Iran Bans Banks from Crypto“Iranians working in the fledgling private cryptocurrency market said the ban was unlikely to affect their operations,” the publication further described. A local crypto exchange Coinex has, however, halted activity on its platform in response to the central bank’s action, citing “we always want to make sure we comply with the law,” Hadi Nemati, who works for the exchange, told the news outlet. “But I have seen other crypto exchanges were still working normally,” he clarified, adding:

This ruling referred directly to banks, financial institutions and currency exchangers that work with the central bank…In my opinion, it doesn’t include the general public — it’s not a total ban on cryptocurrencies.

What do you think of the Iranian central bank’s action? Let us know in the comments section below.


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