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2018 Emmy Awards Behind the Scenes Was All Hugs, Kisses and Proposals

September 18, 2018 |

The 2018 Emmys have come and gone, but they didn’t leave without some great shots of celebs backstage embracing each other in what turned into a big lovefest. Some of the stars who were extra affectionate Monday night … Jessica Biel and Justin…

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Kanye West Creative Directs Pornhub Awards and Releases New Song with Lil Pump

September 7, 2018 |

Kanye West has taken his talents to the XXX screen — he’s the creative director for the Pornhub Awards — and he’s got his hand in just about every aspect of the show.  Thursday night’s inaugural show will be presented in VR live from The…

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California jury awards $289 million to man who claimed Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide gave him cancer

August 11, 2018 |

A San Francisco jury on Friday found Monsanto liable for a school groundskeeper’s lymphoma that he said developed after years of applying the company’s trademarked Roundup weed killer.

The $ 289-million verdict in San Francisco County Superior Court is certain to add momentum to a multi-front battle…


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Lil Wayne Gets American Music Awards for Country Hits, Sorry Little Big Town

August 2, 2018 |

Lil Wayne done gone country as a member of Little Big Town, at least that’s what the good people at the American Music Awards think … TMZ has learned. Clearly, somebody done screwed up and sources familiar with the blunder tell us Weezy just…

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The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with Tokens

July 20, 2018 |

The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with Tokens

In today’s Bitcoin in Brief, Belarus, which legalized crypto activities this spring, is now turning its attention to adopting standards for companies operating crypto exchanges and issuing tokens. We’ve covered the decision of the Russian payment provider Qiwi to motivate its employees with tokens. The Daily also features crypto news from China and Canada.

Also read: Anti-Crypto Politician Backed by Payments Firm, Grayscale Raised $ 250m in H1

Belarus Working on Standards for Crypto Exchanges

The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with Tokens
Belarus Hi-Tech Park

Having legalized crypto-related activities earlier this year, Belarus is now fine-tuning and expanding the regulatory framework. The Hi-Tech Park in Minsk (HTP) is currently developing standards for companies operating crypto exchanges and providers of services related to issuing and placement of tokens. According to media reports, state bodies and representatives of the legal and tech communities in the country are involved in the process.

The new set of rules and regulations is intended to supplement the basic framework outlined in the presidential decree “On the development of the digital economy”, which entered into force on March 28, Denis Aleinikov, senior partner at a Belarussian law firm, told Forklog. He shared details on the progress so far: “We’ve established that a token is not a security […]. Any organization is allowed to issue and sell tokens through residents of the High-Tech Park.”

The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with Tokens

The legal expert added that entities in the field will be obliged to prove charter capital of at least $ 500,000. The standards will also regulate the activities of HTP residents and detail the requirements for those that want to issue and trade digital tokens. The Hi-Tech Park is actively participating in the process after it was granted right of legislative initiative with another presidential decree in June.

Payment Provider Qiwi to Award Employees with Tokens

The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with TokensThe blockchain subsidiary of the Russian payment provider Qiwi plans to supplement the salaries of its employees with awards paid in tokens. The motivational program will be launched by Qiwi Blockchain Technologies in the second half of 2018 and will be based on the Russian Masterchain platform. Several dozens of employees will receive their awards in QBT tokens by the end of the year. The subsidiary plans to allocate up to 50 percent of its profit to the program.

The tokens will be divided into two categories. Part of them will come with voting rights, allowing their holders to participate in different company decisions. Employees won’t be able to exchange the tokens for fiat money but will have the opportunity to convert them to corporate bonuses. According to Konstantin Koltsov, Director for Corporate Affairs, the system will allow employees to be directly involved in the company’s development. Qiwi also plans to create a blockchain-based HR platform.

Companies with ‘Blockchain’ in The Name Surge in China

The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with TokensIt’s no secret that adding “crypto” or “blockchain” to the name of a company comes with some image benefits. Since cryptocurrencies are not favored by authorities in Beijing, Chinese companies from the crypto sector have been left with only one choice. As a result, China has seen a sixfold increase in the number of new firms registered with “blockchain” in their names, The South China Morning Post reported.

According to an estimate based on government data gathered by Qixin.com, there are now more than 4,000 Chinese companies that identify with blockchain. Over 3,000 firms registered since January use the Chinese translation of the term describing the distributed ledger technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin – “qukualian”. In comparison, their number for the whole 2017 was only 555.

The analysis of the official data has produced another interesting finding – 16,600 companies that were established within the past 12 months had “blockchain” listed as part of their lines of business. SCMP comments that despite the reservations of the Beijing government on crypto exchanges, coin offerings and mining, the interest towards the technology in China remains strong.

Bitcoin Ownership and Awareness Increase in Canada

The Daily: Minsk Mulls Rules for Crypto Exchanges, Qiwi Awards Employees with TokensA survey conducted by the Bank of Canada has detected a twofold increase in the number of people owning bitcoin (BTC) over 12 months. About half of crypto owners said they regularly use bitcoin to buy goods and services or transfer money. The Bitcoin Omnibus Survey was carried out in December, when the prices of cryptocurrencies reached all-time highs, but the results were published recently.

According to another study, “Bitcoin Awareness and Usage in Canada: An Update”, the awareness of Canadians about bitcoin increased from 64 to 85 percent during the same period. The authors also found that the residents of the predominantly francophone province of Quebec were the most Bitcoin-aware citizens.

Meanwhile, the province’s state-owned power company Hydro-Québec has been allowed to charge crypto miners and blockchain promoters increased rates until regulations for the industry are introduced. Régie de l’énergie du Québec, the local energy sector regulator, has recently accepted most of the new Hydro-Québec’s demands. A rate of 15 cents (CAD) per kWh, double the tariff for residential clients, will be applied.

What are your thoughts on today’s news tidbits? Tell us in the comments section below.


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2018 ESPY Awards Behind the Scenes with Danica Patrick and Show’s Big Winners

July 19, 2018 |

The 26th annual ESPYs brought the feels early with an intense recap of the year’s most exciting and touching sports moments … then Danica Patrick lightened the mood. Danica — the show’s first ever female host — came out hard with jokes…

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Jury awards $4.7 billion in lawsuit linking Johnson & Johnson baby powder to cancer

July 16, 2018 |

A St. Louis jury on Thursday awarded nearly $ 4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they alleged asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. It was the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder.

The jury…


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BET Awards 2018: Jamie Foxx Hosts, Meek Mill Performs, Touching Tributes and More

June 25, 2018 |

The 18th BET Awards got off to a winning start Sunday night with host Jamie Foxx hyped up on “Black Panther” pride … and the high energy keeps flowing as the show goes on. DJ Khaled was the night’s first winner for his “Wild Thoughts” collab with…

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Michael B. Jordan Burns Roseanne at MTV Awards

June 19, 2018 |

Michael B. Jordan picked up the Best Villain prize at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, but he joked that it could have gone to someone more villainous than Black Panther bad guy Erik Killmonger: Roseanne Barr. “I’m shocked that I won this award for best villain,” Jordan quipped, per…
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Robert De Niro Gets Bleeped Saying ‘F*** Trump’ at 2018 Tony Awards

June 11, 2018 |

Robert De Niro’s over coming up with clever ways to insult President Trump — he’s now sticking with “F*** Trump,” which he just blurted out at the Tony Awards … twice. Bob was introducing Bruce Springsteen ahead of his Tony performance Sunday…

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