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Floyd Mayweather Seemingly Backs Out of Japan Fight with Tenshin Nasukawa

November 7, 2018 |

Floyd Mayweather is implying his New Year’s Eve fight with Tenshin Nasukawa is off — and claims he was misled by fight promoters.  It’s strange considering the press conference Floyd participated in on Sunday night — but alas, here we…

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Felony Charges in Alleged Day Care Fight Club Incident

November 6, 2018 |

Two St. Louis day care workers are facing felony charges after preschool children in their care were encouraged to fight each other. St. Louis prosecutors charged 28-year-old Mickala Guliford and 22-year-old Tena Dailey with first-degree endangering a child. A summons was issued Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports charging documents…
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Alec Baldwin Denies Punching Man in Fight Over Parking Spot

November 3, 2018 |

7:11 PM PT – Alec has denied the allegations on Twitter, stating, “Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story. However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is…

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Fight Over Parking Space Ends With Alec Baldwin Arrest

November 3, 2018 |

Have you been pining for the good old days when Alec Baldwin was in the news for his off-screen antics? If so, your time has come. The Donald Trump impersonator was arrested Friday after he allegedly punched a man in the jaw over a parking space, TMZ reports, adding that…
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Trump and Xi Talk as U.S.-China Tech Fight Brews

November 2, 2018 |

President Trump said he had a “very good conversation” with President Xi Jinping of China that signaled progress in the nations’ trade dispute, hours before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against a Chinese technology firm for allegedly stealing trade secrets.
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Ocean Study Has Horrific Implications for Climate Change Fight

November 1, 2018 |

A recent United Nations report warned that the world had just a dozen years left to avoid some of the most catastrophic effects of climate change. A new study suggests that assessment was far too optimistic. Researchers using a new method to calculate the amount of heat absorbed by the…
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The Daily: Security Startup Raises $30M, Crypto Used to Fight Plastic Pollution

October 30, 2018 |

The Daily: Security Startup Raises $  30M, Crypto Used to Fight Plastic Pollution

In today’s edition of The Daily, we focus on an Israeli crypto security startup that has raised $ 30 million in funding from a number of notable companies. We also look at how tokens are being used to clean up the environment, as well as efforts by major auditing firms to service clients in the cryptocurrency field.

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Israel Grows as Crypto Development Hub

Starkware, an Israel-based startup developing zero-knowledge proof technology to improve the scalability and privacy of blockchains, has revealed that it recently closed a $ 30 million equity funding round. Paradigm led the round, which included new investments from Intel Capital, Sequoia, Atomico, DCVC, Wing, Consensys, Coinbase Ventures, Multicoin Capital, Collaborative Fund, Scalar Capital and Semantic Ventures. Previous investors in Starkware also participated in the funding round, including Pantera, Floodgate and Naval Ravikant.

The investment underscores the emergence of Israel as a crypto development hub. Earlier this month, the Israeli Blockchain Association released its third Startup Map, which covers more than 200 young companies operating in the larger crypto industry. In addition to Starkware — whose co-founders include Prof. Eli Ben-Sasson of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Alessandro Chiesa, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley — there are now 37 startups developing protocols or infrastructure in the country, with 23 operating in the security sector.

The Daily: Israeli Security Startup Raises $  30M, Crypto Used to Fight Plastic Pollution

Getting Paid to Recycle

The Daily: Israeli Security Startup Raises $  30M, Crypto Used to Fight Plastic Pollution

While the mainstream media continues to spread the misconception that cryptocurrencies are bad for the environment, in the real world creative visionaries are actually using them to help with conservation efforts. SC Johnson, the U.S. multinational behind household products such as Raid, Windex, Mr. Muscle and Toilet Duck, has unveiled a plan to fight pollution from plastic with cryptocurrency.

In collaboration with Plastic Bank, the Wisconsin-based company plans to open eight recycling centers in Indonesia, where people will be able to exchange plastic waste for digital tokens. The first facility officially opened in Bali on Oct. 28, with all of the centers to be operational by May 2019. Each of the eight recycling centers will be able to process a minimum of 100 metric tons of plastic per year.

“(This program) will help create more opportunities for people living in poverty and will offer waste collectors an important sense of pride,” said David Katz, founder and CEO of Plastic Bank. “(It will also) benefit a wide range of socio-economic demographics including local residents living below the poverty level.”

The Daily: Israeli Security Startup Raises $  30M, Crypto Used to Fight Plastic Pollution
Plastic Bank CEO David Katz and Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson, show off a mobile collection center.

“We want to help recover plastic equal to the amount we put into the world, through innovative recycling and recovery programs,” said Fisk Johnson, chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “In this way we can neutralize our environmental impact and, at the same time, do some good in communities that have excessive plastic pollution.”

Big Accounting Firms Start Crypto Hiring Spree

The Daily: Israeli Security Startup Raises $  30M, Crypto Used to Fight Plastic PollutionAccording to a report by the Financial Times, major auditing firms such as EY, PwC and KPMG have been hiring hundreds of crypto experts to help with accounting startups and investors in the cryptocurrency segment. The companies are also said to be creating in-house technologies tailored to specific processes that will be used to audit cryptocurrency ventures.

“We have no choice than to address this because some of our clients have invested in that space,” explained Jeanne Boillet, global assurance innovation leader at EY, which is said to have more than 150 clients with crypto assets around the world, including traders, exchanges and mining companies.

PwC claims it currently has about 400 “blockchain experts” on its payroll in multiple divisions around the world. “We are in the midst of a rather significant effort,” said Ralph Weinberger, leader of PwC’s global network assurance methodology group. “We are devoting significant resources to how we might provide audit services in not just cryptocurrency, but blockchain.”

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Tyson Fury Wants Donald Trump to Be His Personal Guest At Deontay Wilder Fight

October 26, 2018 |

Tyson Fury wants Donald Trump to be his guest of honor for his fight with Deontay Wilder in December … officially extending the invite to POTUS through TMZ Sports! “President Trump, I invite you to come down to see the biggest heavyweight fight…

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Roman Reigns gives up WWE title to fight leukemia

October 23, 2018 |

Professional wrestler Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, better known by his stage name Roman Reigns, has announced that he is stepping away from the ring due to an ongoing fight against leukemia.
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