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The Latest: Iran supreme leader critical of FM in nuke deal

May 23, 2019 |

The Latest: Iran supreme leader critical of FM in nuke dealTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):



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Engineer falsified reports on critical SpaceX parts, prosecutors say

May 23, 2019 |

A New York employee of a now-defunct aerospace-machining supplier has been charged with falsifying at least three dozen quality-assurance reports for parts that went into SpaceX rockets, prosecutors said Wednesday.

James Smalley, 41, of Penn Yan, N.Y., forged signatures on source-inspection reports…


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2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa

May 20, 2019 |

2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical IowaJoe Biden may be leading national polls among Democratic voters, but a new poll shows his dominance doesn’t necessarily extend to Iowa.Mr Biden is matched by Bernie Sanders in the state, a sharp drop from his 11 point lead in a separate poll last month. Both candidates can claim 24 per cent support in the state, which will vote first in the nominating process next year.Mr Biden and Mr Sanders are followed in the new poll by several candidates with significant showings, including Pete Buttigieg (14 per cent), Elizabeth Warren (12 per cent), and Kamala Harris (10 per cent).Reading into the polls just a bit more, Mr Biden has more to worry about than just Mr Sanders, too.Ms Warren stands out as the most liked candidate in the race, with a favourability rating at 78 per cent — the top in the race. She is followed by Mr Sanders, who is the next closest with 71 per cent.“Good news for Elizabeth Warren: her favourability exceeds that of any other candidate in the race and her name recognition is near universal,” said principal pollster Jane Loria in a news release.She continued: “In some states, we see a large spread between the front-runners and the so-called second-tier in the excitement barometer, but in Iowa the candidates are all pretty tightly clustered. When we ask respondents to identify the five candidates they’re most excited about, 54% say Warren, followed by Biden (53%), then Harris (53%), Sanders (49%), and Buttigieg (46%)The terrain looks much better for Mr Biden when looking at the other states that follow close after Iowa, however. In New Hampshire, Mr Biden beats Mr Sanders 36 per cent to 18 per cent. In South Carolina, meanwhile, Mr Biden recently got 46 per cent support compared to Mr Sanders’ 15 per cent.But, any fragility in Iowa could have real consequences for Mr Biden’s third presidential race. The state has an outsized influence on the presidential nominating process, and a loss there would show potentially significant vulnerabilities for the former vice president.The Iowa Starting Line/Change Research Poll was released on Monday, and the Iowa caucuses will be held in January.



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7 in Critical Condition, Dozens Hospitalized After Chemical Spill

April 25, 2019 |

A tractor was towing a pair of 2-ton tanks of anhydrous ammonia in Beach Park, Ill., around 4:30am Thursday, and somehow the chemical spilled—creating a toxic plume over the area and sending 37 people to the hospital. At least seven of those people are in critical condition with…
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Niall Ferguson Retracts Critical Appraisal of Crypto and DLT

March 11, 2019 |

Prominent British historian and author of ‘The Ascent of Money,’ Niall Ferguson, has retracted the pessimistic assertions that he had previously made with regards to the prospective utilities for Bitcoin and distributed ledger technology. The comments come one month after Ferguson was announced as an advisor to the stablecoin Ampleforth.

Also Read: How to Use Bitcoin When the Apocalypse Hits

Niall Ferguson Retracts Previous Criticisms of Cryptocurrencies

While delivering the keynote speech during the first day of the Australian Financial Review Business Summit last week, Ferguson stated that he “was very wrong” in doubting the potential applications for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

Referring to previous statements in which he predicted that virtual currencies would “turn out to be a complete delusion,” Ferguson stated that he was “wrong to think there was no…use for a form of currency based on blockchain technology.”

Niall Ferguson Retracts Critical Appraisal of Crypto and DLT

On the topic of price action, Ferguson noted that despite last year’s bear trend, the price of BTC “remains a long way from zero.”

Ferguson’s comments appear to follow remarks made during a Bank of England seminar in which he predicted that cryptocurrencies will comprise “the financial system of the future.”

Ferguson Critical of Fiat-Pegged Cryptocurrencies Despite Stablecoin Affiliation

Ferguson also expressed skepticism regarding fiat-collateralized cryptocurrencies such as tether, despite having joined stablecoin Ampleforth as an advisor last month.

At the time, Ferguson stated: “I’m attracted by Ampleforth’s mission to reinvent money in a way that protects individual freedom and to create a payments system that treats everyone equally.” According to Ampleforth’s website, the project seeks to “produce a money that is both sound, like gold; and stable, like fiat.”

Niall Ferguson Retracts Critical Appraisal of Crypto and DLT

In an interview with Breaker last month, Ferguson described the existing payments system as “a relic of the 1970s,” however, noted that “the experiment launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 is not yet finished,” adding: “To own a bitcoin today is to have an option on Satoshi’s experiment succeeding.”

What do you make of Niall Ferguson’s recent remarks regarding virtual currencies? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to Critical Packaging Error

March 6, 2019 |

There’s nothing wrong with the tablets themselves, but a nationwide recall of birth control pills has been announced by the Food and Drug Administration due to a packaging goof that could cause women to miss pills or take placebos, possibly leading to pregnancy, People reports. The FDA alert notes that…
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High school basketball team’s bus flips over, injuring at least 14; two ‘critical’: reports

February 3, 2019 |

At least two people were in critical condition and as many as 14 others suffered unspecified injuries Saturday night when a charter bus carrying a girls high school basketball team flipped over near a highway entrance ramp in Beckley, W.Va., according to reports.
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Intelligence Chief: N. Korea’s WMDs ‘Critical to Regime Survival’

January 29, 2019 |

In an assessment casting doubt on President Trump’s goal of a nuclear-disarmed North Korea, US intelligence agencies told Congress Tuesday the North is unlikely to entirely dismantle its nuclear arsenal. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, in testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, noted leader Kim Jong Un has expressed support…
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Military vehicles crash in New Mexico; at least 9 personnel wounded, 2 of them ‘critical’: reports

January 23, 2019 |

Nine military personnel were hospitalized Tuesday — at least two of them in critical condition — after two military vehicles crashed in New Mexico, authorities said.
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The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another Cryptocurrency

January 11, 2019 |

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in the Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another Cryptocurrency

In Friday’s edition of The Daily, we cover the news about a vulnerability found in the Beam Wallet days after the launch of the Mimblewimble-based coin. Also, crypto card provider Wirex has added waves to its list of supported cryptocurrencies, and digital asset exchange Exmo has registered an increase in the number of Belarusian users following Binance’s move to restrict their access to its platform.

Also read: Trust Wallet Adds BCH, 35,000 Merchants Get Access to Crypto Payments

Critical Vulnerability in the Beam Wallet

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another CryptocurrencyThe developers of Beam, a new privacy-centric coin based on the Mimblewimble protocol, have found a critical vulnerability in their Beam Wallet. The bug affects all previously released wallets in both the desktop and the CLI version, the company behind the project announced on Twitter. The problem has been fixed and Beam said in a post on Medium it’s currently working with providers to upgrade their systems.

In another tweet, the Beam dev team asked all users to stop currently running Beam Wallets immediately. However, according to the message, they should not delete the wallet’s database, as the bug does not affect wallet data, secret keys or passwords. Instead, they need to uninstall the wallet, download it again from the website beam.mw/downloads and install the new application.

Beam was launched on Jan. 3, becoming the first coin based on Mimblewimble, a protocol originally developed in 2016 to improve the scalability of the Bitcoin network and enhance the privacy of its users. The cryptocurrency is already available for trading on the decentralized platform Bisq which promised to also add Grin, another Mimblewimble coin expected to launch on mainnet by the end of this month.

 

Wirex Adds Support for Waves

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another CryptocurrencyThe popular online bank and crypto debit card issuer Wirex has added another coin to its list of supported cryptocurrencies. Users of the Wirex platform in the European Economic Area (EEA) can now buy, store, convert and spend waves with their Wirex Visa cards, the U.K.-based company announced in a blog post. The service also supports bitcoin core (BTC), litecoin (LTC), ripple (XRP) and ether (ETH).

“The introduction of the waves wallet to Wirex is an exciting development for both crypto-investors and our globetrotting Wirex Visa card users,” co-founder Pavel Matveev commented. “For travel, welcoming waves to your portfolio means that you can enjoy a wider choice of currencies to exchange from and store,” his partner Dmitry Lazarichev added.

Last month Wirex completed the introduction of Iban support for all EUR accounts. EEA users can now fund their account by bank transfer and receive euro payments. The fintech startup also raised the funding limits for account holders in the EEA to £15,000, €16,000 and $ 20,000. The company is now planning an expansion into North American markets.

Belarusian Traders Migrate From Binance to Exmo

The Daily: Critical Bug Found in Beam Wallet, Wirex Adds Another CryptocurrencyThe analytics department of Exmo, the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Eastern Europe, has detected a six-fold increase in the number of registered users from Belarus in December, crypto news outlet Let Know reports. Exmo’s team attributed the influx of new traders to Binance’s decision to restrict access to its platform for the residents of a number of countries under sanctions, including Belarus.

In late November, Binance, which is currently the largest digital asset exchange by daily trading volume, informed its Belarussian users that its services will no longer be available in their country. In correspondence to customers from Belarus, the exchange urged them to read the latest version of its Terms of Use. Under the new ToU agreement, traders acknowledge and declare they are not on any trade or economic sanctions lists, such as those prepared by the U.N. Security Council and the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC).

Since its launch five years ago, Exmo has registered 1.5 million users. According to the report, its daily trading volume reaches $ 40 million. The exchange, which supports trading pairs with fiat currencies such as the Russian ruble and the Ukrainian hryvnia, is currently 56th in Coinmarketcap’s volume rankings, with a daily volume touching $ 20 million.

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


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At Bitcoin.com there’s a bunch of free helpful services. For instance, have you seen our Tools page? You can even lookup the exchange rate for a transaction in the past. Or calculate the value of your current holdings. Or create a paper wallet. And much more.

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