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A new era opens in Cuba as Raul Castro prepares for a successor

April 18, 2018 |

For the first time in the lives of most Cubans, a man not named Castro is set to take over the leadership of the Communist-run island nation.
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German Court Opens Path for Extradition of Catalan Separatist Leader

April 8, 2018 |

A German court on Thursday ruled to allow Catalonian separatist leader Carles Puigdemont free on bail, paving the way for his extradition to Spain to stand trial for his role in last autumn’s independence drive.
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Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Depression

April 3, 2018 |

In February, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed on Instagram that when he was 15, he saved his mother from a suicide attempt. In a new interview with the Express , he opens up about that—and his own struggle with depression. “She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville…
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PR: Bitcoin Miner Distributor BlokForge Opens US Retail Location

March 23, 2018 |

Bitcoin Miner Distributor BlokForge Opens US Retail Location

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BlokForge, one the nation’s largest suppliers of cryptocurrency mining hardware, is announcing the grand opening of its 2,000 sq. ft. retail location in Mesa, Arizona. The new store will carry over 20 product SKU’s from the largest brands in the world such as Canaan Creative.

The U.S.-based retail location represents a physical presence and is the first to do so stateside. BlokForge will be offering sales, repair, and consulting, along with classes by the end of the year.

Despite being a relatively new entrant to the mining supply space, BlokForge is unique in that it originated as an import-export company with over 20 years of experience sourcing hardware from overseas manufacturers before segueing into cryptocurrency mining hardware. The U.S. based company has grown quickly, expanding to its current 100,000 sq ft. warehouse. Formerly the site of Sunkist Citrus Growers, it was acquired by BlokForge’s parent company in February of 2015 and redesigned by Arizona architect Debartolo Architects in an effort to preserve the historical significance of the building, while making it fully functional for the growing needs of the supplier.

Founder, Nick J. added, “We chose this building in particular due to Mesa, Arizona’s commitment to bring innovation and startups to their downtown area. Repurposing a building that served this community for nearly 100 years just made sense.”

The company’s rapid pace of growth is a testament to its long-standing experience in sourcing, fulfillment and distribution.

“We have a really strong team with a ton of experience in supply chain logistics. A lot of our competitors sell on online but do not have a physical retail space to call home. Our operation is specialized to support the growing needs of hobbyist and home miners, while robust enough to supply large scale mining operations with large orders. Our strong partnership with our suppliers ensure we have the fastest delivery times out of the U.S.” says Nick. He further added “Our company feels bitcoin and blockchain technology are the future and we are excited to be an integral part in the growth of it.”

The company offers to its thousands of customers, the peace-of-mind of a direct U.S. presence, foregoing the need to deal with a foreign intermediary, and the customs paperwork that often comes with it. It also boasts a fully stocked warehouse for fast order fulfillment, and can fulfill orders as small as one machine, or 10,000. The company employs a locally-based, dedicated customer service team with chat and phone support.

The company’s location is no accident. The Arizona Senate passed a bill recently that would allow residents to pay their taxes using Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Representative Jeff Weninger who has sponsored similar bills in the past is “sending a signal to everyone in the United States and possibly throughout the world that Arizona is going to be the place to be for blockchain and digital currency technology in the future.”

BlokForge is currently the largest authorized distribution hub for Canaan Avalon miners in the U.S. The company plans to launch a second retail location soon. For more information on the company or to purchase products online, please visit www.blokforge.com or call 1-888-55-CRYPTO.

For Press and Media Inquiries contact:

Corey Hosford
corey@blokforge.com

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PR: XDCE Token Goes Live on Exchanges like Bancor, KoinOk, Alphaex, Forkdelta & Etherflyer Opens 20% Above the Token Contribution Price

March 22, 2018 |

XDCE Token Goes Live on Exchanges

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Singapore – Singapore based Blockchain Technology Company, XinFin that focuses on blockchain protocol development to power larger enterprises to create real world use cases by tokenizing various physical assets and powering a global peer-to-peer trade and finance platform called tradefinex.org has successfully conducted its initial coin offering (ICO) recently. The company raised $ 15 million USD equivalent digital assets, which is a sign of great confidence from global user base towards the fastest growing blockchain based ecosystem.

XinFin’s Co-Founder, Peter Yeo said, “We are really excited to announce that within a week of initial offering our Utility token XDCE is now available for trading on various public exchanges like Bancor.network, Koinok.com, Alphaex.net (https://alphaex.net/), Forkdelta https://forkdelta.github.io/ and Etherflyer.com https://www.etherflyer.com/ . This will make it effortless for our users to convert their utility tokens, providing them with continuous liquidity not even against Bitcoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum but also against local fiat currency. We will keep adding more exchanges to get more flexibility and demonstrate real world use cases with various government and Institutions using XDC utility token”

XinFin’s protocol XDC01 powers Tradefinex.org platform which caters to small farmers, individuals or small businesses world-wide that remain unbanked due to lack of financial setup and remote locations. These deserving population are either denied loans by traditional banks or have to undergo expensive ‘centralized’ banking procedures. XinFin’s financial mechanism called TradeFinex enables buyers secure capital at globally competitive rates, gives suppliers visibility on global tenders & customer base and provides financiers real time visibility on their investments. Cross-border trade finance is of the prominent use-cases of XDC catering to $ 27 Trillion of global market. XinFin is currently working on several industrial projects in Banking, Solar, Tourism, Aviation, Supply Chain Logistics etc. and deploying customized solutions across business process re-engineering, supply chain, financing, procurement, reconciliation, settlement and more.

The XinFin ecosystem will support price stability of FIAT currencies, upcoming national crypto currencies and existing cryptocurrencies through monitoring activities like KYC, AML on TradeFinex platform. XinFin will seek necessary KYC, AML information from the entities that use the XDC platform and will collaborate with them to re-engineer their compliance process using blockchain technology to drive further efficiencies.

“Unlike Bitcoin and Ethereum, XinFin comes with a Hedge Pool functionality which will protect its participants from fluctuations in the XDC token price at the time of procurement and settlement. Participants get payment as per the agreed FIAT currency value irrespective of volatility. Secure and auditable smart contracting standardizes fiduciary use cases by re-engineering and automating traditional lending and trade finance. Underlying digital tokens can be liquidated against FIAT currencies or other cryptocurrencies.” added Peter Yeo

XinFin hybrid network runs on a delegated proof of stake consensus between trusted master nodes and is powered by its next generation digital token called XDC which also acts as the underlying fuel without using high energy and hash power making XDC as Green utility Coin. IoT atop XDC protocol allows real time data to be uploaded on blockchain. XDC01 protocol is a regulatory compliance which makes XinFin utility tokens very appropriate for trade and finance. It works as a messaging and confirmation layer for domestic and cross-border approved payment. Approved financial institutions can use XDC token as a payment and settlement layer which makes it sector agnostic.

About XinFin
XinFin (http://www.xinfin.io) is a Blockchain technology company that has built enterprise friendly Hybrid Blockchain and platform for international trade and finance. XinFin launched TradeFinex at Assocham (http://www.assocham.org) in Asia and extended the platform to over 450,000 participating enterprise members. Ramco systems (http://www.ramco.com), part of global $ 1 Billion conglomerates has chosen XinFin to deploy blockchain solutions for 500+ of its clients in Aviation, Supply Chain and HR.

Follow XinFin on Twitter (@XinFinF), on Telegram(https://t.me/xinfintalk) and on Slack (https://xinfin-public.slack.com/). Check out their latest video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-tHZkV6zAs) and About Xinfin (http://www.xinfin.io/) here.

Visit exchanges here:
Bancor: https://www.bancor.network/

Alphaex: https://alphaex.net/

KoinOK: https://www.koinok.com/

ForkDelta: https://forkdelta.github.io/

EtherFlyer: https://www.etherflyer.com/

Contact Email Address
info@xinfin.org
Supporting Link
xinfin.io

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PR: ZeroEdge.Bet Casino Opens New Office in London

March 19, 2018 |

ZeroEdge.Bet Casino Opens New Office in London

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ZeroEdge.Bet, a start-up that is building a blockchain based online casino network, is expanding its reach and will be opening brand new offices in London. The move was prompted by unprecedented growth of business, ahead of the proposed ICO dates later this year.

The ZeroEdge team are extremely excited to meet fans and followers of the Zero Edge online casino network when their new offices open within the next few weeks. The team, comprising of a range of experts in their respective fields including online gaming, crypto currencies, marketing, support, and much more, have put out the welcome mat for gamblers in the United Kingdom.

“This is a great news for us and our community. We are delighted to have our new office in London. One of the reasons for opening an office in London, was the access to the skilled job market. Blockchain experts, gambling industry executives, marketing gurus are all there. Therefore, will be looking to grow our team to help us with our development on every aspect of the business.” – said Adrian Casey ZeroEdge.Bet CEO

UK gambling market is one of the largest in the world.
United Kingdom gambling market size exceeds £14 Billion Pounds each year. Zero Edge will launch first blockchain based gambling sites in UK market just after ICO finishes and all Zerocoins are distributed publicly.

It is not by coincidence that Zero Edge have chosen London as one of their main centres of operation. Aside from the fact that London is one of the most popular cities in the world, with a vibrant melting pot of global cultures, it also happens to represent one of the largest online gambling markets in the world.

Residents of the UK love to gamble online and do so around the clock at various top online casinos aimed at the UK market. However, up until fairly recently, UK gamblers have been facing the very same problem as gamblers in other parts of the world – playing at online casinos where, quite frankly, the house edge is out of control!

This is another reason why Zero Edge have chosen London to open their cutting edge new offices, to begin to roll out their plan to absolutely upset the entire online gambling industry with their unique 0% house edge concept, a first in online casino gambling (and gambling in general).

What is Zero Edge and How Does It Work?
Zero Edge online casino network is a brand new, revolutionary way of presenting online casino games to gamblers all over the world. While the traditional online casino focuses on making millions and millions of pounds off of your losses, Zero Edge is doing something entirely new. By offering 0% edge games demand is created for Zerocoin, which rises its value. Profits are made not from players loses, but from increased Zerocoin value. This model will disrupt the online gambling industry. Zero Edge casino are able to offer a true, guaranteed 0% house edge, making online casino games truly fair for the first time ever!

Additionally, ZeroEdge will also provide with an opportunity for entities to build and operate their own games on the ZeroEdge platform. This will allow anyone with minimal technical knowledge to run their own games and earn from the increased value of the ZeroEdge token. The game developers will be rewarded in ZeroEdge tokens for their contribution to the network depending on various factors, e.g. the popularity of game, UI/UX levels, etc. This feature will create a highly competitive environment and will ensure a wide variety of available games on the platform

https://tokensale.zeroedge.bet

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Bitmain Opens Repair Center in Russia

March 11, 2018 |

Bitmain Opens Repair Center in Russia

Leading manufacturer of crypto mining equipment Bitmain has opened a service center in Russia. Miners in the country will be able to repair their ASIC rigs locally, saving both time and money. Previously, they had to send faulty equipment back to China, dealing with customs formalities and paying costly shipping.  

Also read: Ant Creek: Is Bitmain Quietly Developing a Mining Facility in the US?

Bitmain to Repair ASICs in Irkutsk

Bitmain, one of the largest cryptocurrency miners and a leading manufacturer of equipment for bitcoin mining, has decided to cater the needs of the growing Russian market locally. The Chinese company has recently opened a tech support center in the city of Irkutsk, one of the largest in Siberia. The new facility will repair Bitmain’s ASIC-rigs and even replace faulty equipment.

Bitmain Opens Repair Center in RussiaRussian mining companies will surely welcome the announcement, as up until now they were forced to send defective ASICs back to China. That involved going through some nerve-wracking customs formalities and paying for expensive shipping to Asia.

In the absence of a licensed repair shop, many Russian miners had to either fix the rigs themselves or rely on local “handicraftsmen”. Sending the precious “iron” to China was both expensive and risky, as the hardware could be damaged in shipping. Going back and forth through Russian and Chinese customs further complicated the servicing of mining devices by their manufacturer.

From now on, qualified repairs will be performed in the new Bitmain service center in Irkutsk. Unrepairable devices will be replaced with new ones, provided they are covered by warranty, as Hi-news.ru reports. The postal address of the facility is: Index 664043, City of Irkutsk, 12 Rakitnaya Street, office 103.

Before sending the hardware, though, Russian miners have to contact tech support and fill out a form available on the website of the manufacturer. Devices can be shipped after Bitmain’s agents clarify all details, answer any outstanding questions, and approve the claim.

Customers should not forget to create a repair ticket. To do that, they need to set up an account, log in, and then go to Support – Create Repair Ticket. Bitmain recommends sending S9, T9, T9+ and R4 models fully assembled, if they are manufactured after October 2016. The company operates two other repair centers – in Hong Kong, for clients from all over the world, and in California, for US customers.

Mining Business Going Global

Bitmain is one of the most successful producers of mining equipment, largely thanks to its ASIC products, designed to provide the immense computing power needed to mine bitcoin. The Chinese company also controls some of the biggest mining facilities in the world. Recently published data suggests it has made between $ 3 and $ 4 billion last year from mining cryptocurrency and selling equipment to other miners, as news.Bitcoin.com reported.

Bitmain Opens Repair Center in RussiaChina has been the home base for the largest mining companies for years. New regulatory risks, including restrictions on electricity consumption, have forced major players to look around for other, more friendly destinations to relocate at least part of their business.

It has been reported that Bitmain is setting up regional headquarters in Singapore. The company has also established a branch in Switzerland. According to some publications, the Beijing-based firm is building a new data facility in the State of Washington. BTC Top, the third-biggest mining pool, is said to open a mining farm in Canada, and the next company on the list, Viabtc, is already operating facilities elsewhere in North America and in Iceland.

Do you expect more manufacturers of mining equipment to expand their operations globally? Tell us in the comments section below.


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Starbucks opens new Reserve store, serves booze and pizza

March 1, 2018 |

Starbucks may soon be turning into a full-fledged restaurant.
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Venezuelan Government Opens School to Teach Citizens About Cryptocurrencies

February 25, 2018 |

Venezuelan Government Opens School to Teach Citizens About Cryptocurrencies

The Venezuelan government has opened a school in the capital city to teach its citizens how to buy, sell, and mine cryptocurrencies, including courses on the nation’s oil-backed currency, the petro. Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro has approved resources for universities across the country to establish mining farms.

Also read: Indians Look to Buy Bitcoin Overseas as Regulations Tighten

Crypto School in Caracas

Venezuelan Government Opens School to Teach Citizens About CryptocurrenciesThe Venezuelan government has opened “a training centre to teach its citizens about cryptocurrencies” in its capital city, Caracas, Telesur TV reported on Saturday.

This announcement came shortly after the government announced the launch of its oil-backed currency, the petro. “The cryptocurrency training school offers courses on the petro to Venezuelans for free,” the news outlet added, noting:

At the Granja Laboratorio Petro School in Caracas, Venezuelans can learn how to buy, sell and mine cryptocurrencies and how the cryptoeconomy works.

Carmen Salvador, a Venezuelan teacher of cryptocurrency trading, told Reuters in a video interview Friday that “what we hope to do with this, primarily, is to make knowledge accessible like any new methodology or technology.” The teacher explained that the government is guaranteeing free access for all to participate, noting that these courses often cost most than $ 500-800 internationally. “Many of our young people here find it impossible to have this amount of resources,” Salvador detailed, emphasizing that “we’ve designed this plan with a completely free training.”

Venezuelan Government Opens School to Teach Citizens About CryptocurrenciesThe Minister of Youth and Sports, Pedro Infante, said on the national radio and television network that the mining farm at the school is “made up of several areas such as the Mining Laboratory, where all the necessary equipment is found to mine any type of cryptocurrency on the planet.”

There is a room “created for the study of the trading of cryptocurrencies,” where students will learn about buying, selling, and trading them, as well as how to “diversify the investments that are generated,” he elaborated, emphasizing:

All our technological and computer youth can start a process of training in everything that has to do with the cryptoeconomy, specifically with the petro, the Venezuelan cryptocurrency.

Maduro claimed on Thursday that “his government has raised US$ 1 billion in the first two days of the petro sale, while its website received almost one million visitors over the same period,” according to Telesur TV. He has also announced the launch of another cryptocurrency backed by gold, called the petro gold. However, some people doubt that Venezuela has raised any money at all from the pre-sale of the petro.

Mining Farms in Universities

Prior to the announcement of the school, Maduro has repeatedly said that he wanted universities across Venezuela to set up mining farms.

The head of state has recently approved resources “for the installation of student mining farms in the country’s universities,” according to the Minister for University Education, Science and Technology, Hugbel Roa. He was quoted saying:

We call on all those technological entrepreneurs that, with the petro, we will finance all these operations in order to grab the necessary technologies and take them to each university and to each school to use mining as a source to break with this rentier model and strengthen the Venezuelan economy.

What do you think of the Venezuelan government opening a school to teach about cryptocurrencies? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Priebus Opens Up About White House Chaos

February 15, 2018 |

Prior to President Trump taking office, Reince Priebus sat down for lunch with nearly a dozen former presidential chiefs of staff. They didn’t think much of their successor’s chances. “He struck a lot of us as clueless,” recalls one. “He doesn’t have a prayer,” another remembers thinking. They weren’t necessarily…
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