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U.S. Falls to Eighth in World’s Best Places to Do Business

November 14, 2018 |

The U.S. fell two spots, dropping to eighth place, in the World Bank’s annual rankings of the world’s economies for their ease of doing business, as the American business environment was eclipsed by Norway and the Caucasus nation of Georgia.
WSJ.com: US Business

Pabst accuses MillerCoors of trying to drive it out of business

November 13, 2018 |

Pabst Brewing Co. and MillerCoors are going to trial, with hipster favorite Pabst contending that MillerCoors wants to put it out of business by ending a longstanding partnership through which it brews Pabst’s beers.

The case has high stakes for Los Angeles-based Pabst. Pabst’s lawyers argue that…


L.A. Times – Business

Gunman on the loose after shooting 3 people at Albuquerque business: cops

November 13, 2018 |

A gunman opened fire Monday night inside a business in southwest Albuquerque, injuring three before prompting a major police response, authorities said. 
FOX News

Anaheim’s ‘living wage’ initiative is expected to pass. A business advocate calls it a ‘tragic outcome’

November 13, 2018 |

Anaheim voters appear to have approved a ballot initiative that requires some hospitality businesses to pay workers at least $ 15 an hour, with 51.5% of ballots counted as of Monday cast in favor of the measure.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters warned, however, that more than 302,000 ballots…


L.A. Times – Business

Lawsuits targeting business websites over ADA violations are on the rise

November 11, 2018 |

The boutique Avanti Hotel is known for its poolside, dog-friendly rooms. Yet its website uses the valuable opening page not to highlight the Palm Springs inn’s amenities, but to explain, in stark black letters on a plain white background, that the Avanti violated the Americans with Disabilities…


L.A. Times – Business

Comey Discussed Sensitive FBI Business by Gmail

November 10, 2018 |

Was it hypocrisy? While probing Hillary Clinton’s emails, former FBI chief James Comey conducted business on his private Gmail account—including seven messages the Justice Dept. deemed too sensitive for public release, the New York Post reports. A Freedom of Information request obtained 156 of his emails, but 363 were…
Newser

U.S. to Restrict Chinese Chip Maker From Doing Business With American Firms

October 30, 2018 |

The U.S. has raised the stakes in a battle with Beijing over intellectual property by restricting American firms from doing business with state-owned Chinese chip maker Fujian Jinhua that Micron Technology Inc. has accused of stealing its secrets.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

U.S. to Restrict Chinese Chip Maker From Doing Business With American Firms

October 30, 2018 |

The U.S. has raised the stakes in a battle with Beijing over intellectual property by restricting American firms from doing business with state-owned Chinese chip maker Fujian Jinhua that Micron Technology Inc. has accused of stealing its secrets.
WSJ.com: US Business

Snap CEO hired chief business officer, then changed his mind two days later

October 29, 2018 |

On a recent Friday, Kristen O’Hara got a major promotion: to become Snap Inc.’s chief business officer. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel made it official by alerting her direct reports, according to people familiar with the matter.

Two days later, he changed his mind, rescinded the offer and hired…


L.A. Times – Business

French Business School Accepts Fees in Bitcoin for Blockchain Technology Courses

October 29, 2018 |

French University Accepts Fees in Bitcoin, Steps up Crypto-Based Adminstrative Innovations

France’s Financia Business School, which offers post-graduate courses in financial and blockchain technology, now allows students to pay their fees in cryptocurrency. Since the institution introduced the measure, about half a dozen students have paid in BTC for the 2018 academic year.

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Cryptocurrency to Cut Transfer Costs for Foreign Students

A quarter of the Financia Business School’s enrolment is foreign, with many students having to shoulder complex and punitive money transfer costs. The acceptance of cryptocurrency for fees makes it easier for foreign students to cut these costs and transact with ease, said the Paris-based college.

French Business School Accepts Fees in Bitcoin for Blockchain Technology Courses

Students wishing to transact in BTC do so through Coin Capital, a startup specializing in digital assets and blockchain techology, which has entered into partnership with Financia Business School for support with fee payment processes.

Adam Hasib, a foreign student at the school, is an early adopter of cryptocurrency tuition payments. He acquired his first BTC last year, and relishes being able to register with the school while getting added value on his digital currency investment.

“I became interested in this technology early on and quickly became a staunch supporter of blockchain’s decentralized model,” Hasib told Studyrama, an online French education platform. “By June 2017, I had acquired my first bitcoins, which allowed me to pay the registration deposit at school … I just had to contact the administration to get the wallet address before [making] my deposit.”

Financia to Deepen Blockchain Offerings as the Technology Gains Global Traction

Financia Business School said it was committed to embracing emerging technologies within the financial sector, hence its early development of a blockchain curriculum. It is set to complement the cryptocurrency fee facility with a raft of blockchain-inspired administrative innovations.

These will include the creation of a token for the payment of services within the school and partner institutions; the launch of proof of concept around blockchain projects by and for students; and the reinforcement of courses on blockchain, initial coin offerings and other related issues.

Financia’s adoption of virtual currency fees could be the first of a wave as legacy institutions of higher learning continue to show interest in blockchain technology. In Britain, the London School of Economics recently launched a course titled “Cryptocurrency Investment and Disruption,” while research in the U.S. last month revealed that 9 percent of U.S. undergraduates across the world have taken a blockchain-related class and 26 percent intend to.

French Business School Accepts Fees in Bitcoin for Blockchain Technology Courses

An August 2018 study established that among the world’s most prestigious higher learning institutions, Stanford University offers the most cryptocurrency and blockchain courses. The study also established that 42 percent of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one blockchain or crypto-related class.

This academic interest corresponds with a rapidly increasing industrial demand for blockchain and cryptocurrency talent. Research shows blockchain-related jobs in the U.S. rose 300 percent and 50 percent in Asia in the past year.

Would you pay your fees in cryptocurrency? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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