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Rising Democratic Star Bans All Media From 2 Events

August 18, 2018 |

Seems President Trump isn’t the only one with media issues . Now rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has entirely banned reporters from two town-hall-style events, CNN reports. The congressional candidate hosted the “listening tour” community meetings last week—one in the Bronx on Wednesday and one in Queens on Sunday—where…
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If Ocasio-Cortez is going to run from debate, then she isn’t really running

August 18, 2018 |

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist congressional candidate from New York City, missed an opportunity when she recently refused conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro’s invitation to debate.
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Angela From The Office Has a Plea for Her Nephew

August 17, 2018 |

Angela Kinsey, the actress best known as Angela Martin from The Office , has been trending on social media Friday thanks to an inadvertent boost from a nephew. As People explains, Kinsey became aware that one of her nephews was boasting of his famous relative on his Tinder profile. “You can…
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Opinion: Watch out Trump, China is taking Africa from under your nose

August 17, 2018 |

Look out Donald Trump, while you’re not watching, China is quietly stealing a continent from you. And India may not be far behind.
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Shipwreck From Only WWII Battle in US Found

August 17, 2018 |

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a US Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also…
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Bitcoin Stickers Attract Unwanted Attention from Authorities

August 17, 2018 |

Bitcoin Stickers Attract Unwanted Attention from Authorities

Bitcoin, while becoming more widely known and a little better understood among the general public, is still considered suspicious among rank and file security folk such as customs and airport agents. Security expert Matt Mitchell warns enthusiasts might want to cover up when it comes to stickers and other social advertisements announcing their crypto love.

Also read: Report: 15,000 Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots

Bitcoin Stickers Might Get You Heat

“Conferences, border crossing, airports, public places,” Tactical Tech’s director of digital safety, Matt Mitchell explained to Motherboard, “stickers will/can get you targeted for opposition research, industrial espionage, legal or investigative scrutiny.”

Enthusiastic Bitcoiners who travel know this all too well, and it has been going on for years in various forms. Indeed, back in 2014, well known ecosystem personality Davi Barker of Bitcoin Not Bombs, had a bizarre encounter with TSA agents in the United States. As luck would have it, he was wearing a Bitcoin Not Bombs hoodie, and also had merchandise related to crypto and various libertarian causes (he was on his way to a conference as an exhibitor).

Bitcoin Stickers Attract Unwanted Attention from Authorities

After a very thorough pat down inspection and all his belongings rifled through, he was approached again but this time away from the TSA proper, and just before boarding his flight. Official looking people cornered him, and someone in an orange shirt began asking where he was headed and why. After giving these airport people vague answers, one of them suddenly asks, “‘What about Bitcoin?’ I was flabbergasted. This was above and beyond any scrutiny I had ever received from the TSA, and a little frightening that they were looking for Bitcoin. I said I didn’t understand the question. He continued, ‘We saw Bitcoin in your bag and need to check.’ I was incredulous, and asked, ‘Do you have a superior officer because I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.’ The blue shirt replied by repeating that they were ‘managers,’ but if I didn’t answer his questions he could call law enforcement and have me taken into custody. I asked, ‘Aren’t you law enforcement?’ and he replied, ‘No we’re with the TSA.’” Mr. Barker then asked, “‘What did the Bitcoin look like?’”

A traveling companion then explained to the agent bitcoin is not a physical thing. The agent wasn’t buying it for whatever reason, and the line of questioning went into whether Mr. Barker had more than $ 10,000 in bitcoin on him. Mr. Barker tried to explain that that is not how this works, and after a while the agents seemed to give up. Mr. Barker believes because he was not flying internationally is what ultimately saved him from even more scrutiny. However, he did contend, “If I wasn’t wearing the hoodie it probably wouldn’t have happened. “

Keep a Low Profile

Ask anyone in the space, and they’ll recall instances where they’ve been pulled aside, stared at, and not always in a bad way. Wearing cool shirts, having stickers on your stuff, is a great way to evangelize. People want to know about cryptocurrency, and so these little advertisements become conversation starters.

When travelling, however, “a laptop lid full of stickers also arguably provides something of a red flag to authorities or hackers who may want to access sensitive information stored on that computer, or otherwise cause the owner hassle,” Motherboard cautions. Veterans carefully pack away their affiliations in such instances or at the very most take ‘burner’ phones and cheaper devices with less information on them. This way, if for some reason they are confiscated, copied, compromised, the loss isn’t significant.

Bitcoin Stickers Attract Unwanted Attention from AuthoritiesOn a flight headed for a DEF CON, Mr. Mitchell noticed a media organization sticker, “This person had a Chromebook, I guess as a travel laptop. But it had a media sticker on it.” Even that, he seemed to imply was too much information, and could be an enticing target for someone looking to make trouble. “Buy an outer case and sticker that shit up. Keep it at home when you travel or swap with a clean outer case. It’s ok to be yourself and have fun,” Mr. Mitchell reminded Motherboard. “Support your favorite nonprofits, open source projects, and surveillance circumvention tech. But nothing comes at no cost or risk.”

And maybe it’s not always a bad thing to broadcast your geek. Tor’s Moritz Bartl recalled how everything in his vehicle was stolen, raided. The only thing remaining when all was said and done was his very stickered laptop. “Police assumed it was [left behind] because it is hard to resell,” Mr. Bartl tweeted.

Do you broadcast your enthusiasm for crypto? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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The Daily: Stoners Drop Crypto From IPO, Binance Launches Academy

August 15, 2018 |

The Daily: Stoners Drop Crypto From IPO, Binance Launches Academy

In today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief we cover stories about the stoners’ magazine High Times which dropped cryptocurrencies from its IPO, Binance launching its own academy, an institutional investors program by Kucoin and the Cash App expanding its crypto buying service across America.

Also Read: An ICO Venture Is Trying to Take Over a Tokyo Stock Exchange Listed Company

Stoners Drop Crypto From IPO

The popular cannabis culture publication High Times recently announced that it is holding an initial public offering (IPO) and that it will be the first regulated A+ stock willing to accept cryptocurrencies such as BTC and ETH. However, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that was just an honest mistake. The announcement was “distributed in error as the Company will not be accepting bitcoin as payment for shares. As provided in the Company’s subscription agreement related to the offering, the Company will only be accepting check, credit card, ACH or wire transfer as payment for subscription to shares,” High Times now claims. While it would have been fair to assume another company might have gotten cold feet due to the current bear market, or that it was somehow intimidated by the regulators behind the scenes, in this case it is indeed possible that whoever wrote that original announcement was just stoned out of their mind at the time.

Binance Launches Academy

The Daily: Stoners Drop Crypto From IPO, Binance Launches AcademyPopular cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced it is launching a brand new educational resource portal in an open beta. Binance Academy is defined as an open access learning hub supported by the venue’s team. “Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop for blockchain and crypto learning resources, open to anyone and for the benefit of all,” they explain. Current topics include Blockchain, Coins & Tokens, Binance, Security, and Trading, and many more are said to be in the pipeline. Binance says it will be adding more and more learning resources to the Academy week after week, the plans for this are said to be ready but they also look to adapt based on community feedback and submissions.

Kucoin Institutional Investor Program

Kucoin, the Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange, has recently announced a new program meant to encourage institutional investors to participate more actively in trading activities. The Institutional Investor Program is designed for those that participate in quantitative trading, high-frequency trading, etc. All institutions that successfully qualify for the program will receive significant trading fee discounts of 20% to 80%.

The exchange also recently responded to media reports that its central office in Hong Kong is empty. The team explained that: “In fact, KuCoin’s public address in Hong Kong is merely a mailing address of one of KuCoin’s many subsidiary companies. KuCoin Headquarters is in Singapore. KuCoin has always been a global firm, with over 300 employees and four major offices in China, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.”

Cash App Expands Crypto Service Across America

The Daily: Stoners Drop Crypto From IPO, Binance Launches AcademyCash App, the BTC buying and selling service by the payment processing firm Square, has announced on social media that the feature is now available for American users in all fifty states. Back in November, 2017 this functionality was only available to select individuals for experimentation. But by February there were only four states left where residents were not able to access the crypto service on Square’s Cash App due to harsher cryptocurrency regulations, which included Hawaii, New York, Wyoming, and Georgia.

Square Inc (NYSE:SQ), has recently reported its Q2 2018 financial results, revealing that $ 37 million of crypto sales revenue helped the company accelerate its growth during the period.

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


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Survivors Pulled From Cars as Bridge Collapse Toll Hits 35

August 15, 2018 |

Rescuers say the scene—and the task before them—is similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, but the cause of the disaster in Genoa was very different. The confirmed death toll from Tuesday’s bridge collapse now stands at 35, including at least three children, and rescuers worked long into…
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NJ Bride Rescued From Flooded Car

August 14, 2018 |

A bride facing an enormous amount of rain on her wedding day was rescued from a flooded car in New Jersey on Saturday. Police in Bogota say they rescued the just-married bride and groom after their vehicle became trapped by floodwaters at an intersection at around 6pm, Time reports. The…
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Terrell Owens Catches Crazy 60-Yard Hail Mary from Ex-NFL Star

August 13, 2018 |

Terrell Owens made one helluva catch at Matt Barnes’ charity football game on Sunday — catching a 60-YARD HAIL MARY from another ex-NFL star … with no time on the clock!!! The QB was Kerry Rhodes (a safety in the NFL) who dropped back and slung…

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