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Hosts Off Air After Calling Sikh Attorney General ‘Turban Man’

July 27, 2018 |

The hosts of a popular New Jersey radio show were off the air Thursday after calling the nation’s first Sikh attorney general “turban man”—the latest slur against a career prosecutor who says he faces countless “small indignities and humiliations” no matter how far he rises or how important his…
Newser

Attorney General Sessions: President Trump knows religious freedom is a right, not a policy preference

June 19, 2018 |

Religious groups should not have to go to the courts to protect their rights.
FOX News

Former Trump attorney: DOJ report not nearly tough enough given Comey’s ‘appalling behavior’

June 16, 2018 |

President Trump’s former attorney John M. Dowd told Fox News that the Justice Department watchdog’s report on the FBI’s actions in the Clinton email investigation wasn’t nearly tough enough on fired FBI Director James Comey.
FOX News

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Bitcoin Supporter Might Be Next NY Attorney General

May 10, 2018 |

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Bitcoin Supporter Might Be Next NY Attorney General

Good news for American bitcoin companies, someone who wants much lighter Bitlicense regulations is in the running to be the next New York attorney general. And in China, a bitcoin mining hardware producer is planning a $ 1 billion IPO. These stories and much more in today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief.

Also Read: Stripper Explains Bitcoin to Adult Industry, Facebook Explores Blockchain

Bitcoin Supporter for NY AG

A bitcoin supporter wants to replace New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who recently resigned after four women complained about non-consensual physical violence by him. Manny Alicandro has announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket. He is a stock market lawyer, former stand-up comedian, and a bitcoin enthusiast as the Wall Street Journal reports.

Alicandro expects his campaign to highlight the current harsh regulation of bitcoin. He said he’d like to see lighter rules for cryptocurrency businesses, arguing that the Bitlicense is hurting jobs and stifling innovation. He serves as an adviser to several blockchain startups and is a small investor in bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies himself. The report adds that the AG candidate is currently checking if it is permissible for his campaign to accept donations in bitcoin.

Canaan Seeks $ 1 Billion IPO in Hong Kong

Canaan Creative Co. Ltd, the Chinese company behind the Avalon lineup of hardware equipment which produces ASIC mining chips and rigs, is now reportedly planning to launch an IPO in Kong Kong and raise up to a billion USD. As we previously reported, the company was also eyeing the US for a possible IPO market but has now ditched that option according to people familiar with the matter cited by the South China Morning Post.

Warren Buffett Produces Bitcoin Mining Hardware?

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Bitcoin Supporter Might Be Next NY Attorney GeneralWarren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has recently attacked bitcoin by saying among other things that the cryptocurrency is “probably rat poison squared.” Therefore he would probably be very surprised to find out that he is involved with it in some way. According to reports from Canada, Climate Solutions TMI, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has begun producing “portable cryptocurrency mines” for Montreal-headquartered data-centers firm Kelvin Emtech.

These “portable mines” are containers with specialized ventilation systems needed to keep 1,200 rigs cool inside a metal box. They are said to be deployable anywhere in the world in two days, each consumes 2 MW of electricity, and can generate around $ 1 million in cryptocurrency revenue each month. “We wanted it to be easily transported by truck, boat or train. The goal is not to move them all the time, but rather to eliminate the problem of access to electricity. We want to bring these cryptocurrency mines as close as possible to the hydroelectric plants and the remote areas where Hydro-Québec has excess electricity to sell,” explained Fooad Nejad of Kelvin Emtech. “We get to recover between 80 and 97% of the heat produced. Containers could be placed near marijuana greenhouses or community centers, for example, and provided free of charge to partners. It’s like saying, ‘I’m scratching your back, you’re scratching my back’,” he added. The company also believes that this order will create about 200 jobs in the area.

Amana Capital Adds Cryptocurrency CFDs

Amana Capital, a Middle Eastern financial services group, is the latest online trading brokerage to add cryptocurrency-based contracts for difference (CFDs). The company explains it took the move due to “the increased demand for cryptocurrencies.” As a first phase, Amana will offer its clients the option to trade BTC, ETH, LTC, and XRP on its MetaTrader 5 platform, with additional cryptocurrencies promised to be added in the future.

Ahmad Khatib, CEO of Amana Capital, said: “Making cryptocurrencies available for CFDs traders across the world, falls in line with our strategic mission to further diversify our financial offerings and services, according to the latest financial innovations. Hence, we believe that entering the cryptocurrency market is a strategic move that propels our efforts on that end.”

Blox Releases “Quickbooks for Crypto”

Blox.io, a Tel Aviv-based startup formerly known as Coindash, has announced it launched Blox Business – an enterprise solution for managing, tracking and reporting crypto assets. The new platform is already being used by several ventures such as eToro, Wings, CIVIC, Coinsilium, Aeternity, Chainlinker capital, Startup Token and others. It features integrations with multiple exchanges and wallet accounts so that companies will be able to have a single dashboard with all their cryptocurrency holdings in one place. This solution is meant to help executives manage their books and finances by keeping an eye on stuff like cash flows, payments and salaries.

Bitcoin in Brief Thursday: Bitcoin Supporter Might Be Next NY Attorney General

Dash CEO Hacked

Hackers continue to target victims in the cryptocurrency space, and the latest one revealed to be hit is CEO of Dash Core, Ryan Taylor. According to an announcement by the group, his Twitter account, LinkedIn account, and personal cell phone SIM card have all been compromised. After a few hours of it posting nonsense, Taylor has now regained control of his Twitter account. Last week we reported that hackers had taken over the official Vertcoin Twitter account.

Bitcoin on the Late Show

With the cryptocurrency now routinely featuring in hit shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley, its not that exciting to see bitcoin on TV but it’s still a good opportunity to reach a wider audience. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently hosted Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian who spoke about the promise of bitcoin for protecting wealth from government misuse. If you missed the segment, check it out bellow.

What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 


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NY Attorney General Resigns Over Bombshell Allegations

May 8, 2018 |

New York’s attorney general has announced his resignation after four women accused the Democrat of physically abusing them. Eric Schneiderman released a statement late Monday saying the allegations will “effectively prevent him from leading the office’s work” and therefore will resign on the close of business on Tuesday, per the…
Newser

Louisiana Attorney General Fires IT Staff for Allegedly Mining Bitcoin

March 1, 2018 |

Louisiana Attorney General Fires IT Staff for Allegedly Mining Bitcoin

It appears that the allure of free electricity and computer systems, courtesy of the tax payers, might be too hard for some government workers all over the world to resist. After it was recently revealed that Russian nuclear scientists were arrested for mining bitcoin on the job, now it is reported that American IT staff apparently lost their jobs for doing the same in Louisiana.

Also Read: British Man in Amsterdam Allegedly Laundered €11.5m in Bitcoin Drug Money

Mining Bitcoin in Louisiana

Louisiana Attorney General Fires IT Staff for Allegedly Bitcoin MiningLouisiana’s Attorney General is reportedly conducting a criminal investigation against his own office’s former IT personal, including an ousted director, over allegations they used state resources to mine bitcoin.

The AG office’s Louisiana Bureau of Investigation reportedly questioned the suspects after authorities discovered “hardware” that they believed could have been used for mining bitcoin. It has not been revealed yet to the public exactly what equipment was found, so it is not possible to determine whether it was really ASICs to mine actual bitcoin, some GPU rigs to mine altcoins, just CPU mining malware or something different altogether.

Two former Attorney General’s Office employees also told Baton Rouge based newspaper The Advocate that the term “logic bomb” appeared in an email exchange that was discovered by state investigators. But the former IT director told the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) he had no knowledge of any such thing being introduced.

Former IT Staff Claims All Allegations Are False

Louisiana Attorney General Fires IT Staff for Allegedly Bitcoin MiningThe fired employees included a systems administrator, a help desk manager, a litigation support coordinator and a human resources person affiliated with the IT division. Three of the former staffers denied the accusations in interviews with The Advocate, saying they were fired due to a misunderstanding by the AG Office.

According to the local news report the fired employees said that “they could not have used agency computers to mine for cryptocurrency even if they had wanted to because the machines lack the capability.” They further tried to explain that “such activity would have easily been detected due to the massive amount of electricity needed to power the computational processes.”

Would you take advantage of free electricity at the tax payers’ expanse to mine bitcoin if you could? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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Trump Attorney Adds One More Twist to Stormy Daniels Story

February 14, 2018 |

The Stormy Daniels-Donald Trump story just keeps taking new turns. The latest is that the president’s personal attorney now says he paid the adult-film star $ 130,000 out of his own pocket just before the 2016 election, reports the New York Times . Michael Cohen paid the sum as Daniels, real…
Newser

The Beverly Hills attorney set to lead the IRS likes magic tricks — he’ll need a few to run the agency

February 13, 2018 |

The Internal Revenue Service this year will have to write and interpret a bevvy of rules as the agency implements the most sweeping set of changes to the tax code in a generation.

And leading the agency through that process could be an IRS commissioner with a resume quite unlike those of his predecessors.


L.A. Times – Business

Deal Talks to Sell Weinstein Co. Collapse After New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit

February 12, 2018 |

The lawsuit, which accused the film company and its co-founders, Bob and Harvey Weinstein of longstanding sexual harassment and other civil-rights violations, introduced too much uncertainty for the deal to go ahead.
WSJ.com: US Business

TMZ

Harvey Weinstein & TWC Sued by N.Y. Attorney General for Civil Rights Violations

February 11, 2018 |

Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company are being sued by the New York attorney general for alleged civil rights violations in the workplace. New York’s AG, Eric Schneiderman, just filed suit against Harvey, his brother, Bob Weinstein, and the…

TMZ.com