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Fed on track to raise interest rates in June on belief economy remains in good shape

May 23, 2018 |

Federal Reserve officials believe the economic outlook warrants another interest rate hike “soon” but signaled they would allow inflation to go modestly above their 2% target — indicating they’re in no rush to raise rates more aggressively.

That was the takeaway from the minutes released Wednesday…


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Stars Hit the Track for 2018 Kentucky Derby Dressed in Finest Duds

May 5, 2018 |

The 144th Annual Kentucky Derby is upon us, which means once again … some of your favorite celebs are there trying to one-up each other in the style department. Johnny Knoxville, Von Miller, Tina Knowles, Anthony Anderson, Laila Ali, Joey Fatone,…

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Police Say District Superintendent Pooped on School Track ‘Daily’

May 4, 2018 |

Someone was leaving human feces on or near Holmdel High School’s football field and track each and every day. Police say that someone turned out to be none other than Kenilworth Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Tramaglini, the Asbury Park Press reports. School employees started monitoring the area after coaches and…
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This Week in Bitcoin: Amazon Wants to Track You and TD Ameritrade Plants a Flag

April 29, 2018 |

This Week in Bitcoin: Amazon Wants to Track You and TD Ameritrade Plants a Flag

Over the past few days we learned about how Amazon wants to track your bitcoin transactions, why TD Ameritrade planted its flag in the blockchain, and even how close to reality are flying cars. These stories and many more were covered in this week’s daily editions of Bitcoin in Brief.

Also Read: Cryptocurrency Mining Accounted for 10% of AMD’s Overall Revenue in Q1 2018

Snatching Blockchain, Tracking Bitcoin

On Monday we reported that online retail giant, Amazon, has obtained a bitcoin tracking patent. The company thinks that by collecting data from multiple sources and finding a correlation with transactions it can link a specific bitcoin address with a shipping address, an IP, an email, a bank account, or a social media profile. And the patent specifically notes that police forces may be interested in receiving such data.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s main brick-and-mortar competitor, Walmart, has gotten its own blockchain patents. The company plans a vendor payment sharing system that will automatically process payments for products and services, and encrypt the transactions on a blockchain.

Wary Giants, Eager Dwarfs

This Week in Bitcoin: Amazon Wants to Track You and TD Ameritrade Plants a FlagWhen highly centralized political entities try to limit the spread of a popular product or technology it is no surprise that nearby locations will try to capitalize on such an opportunity. On Tuesday we reported about how this is seen now with bitcoin, with places like Malta, Hong Kong, Singapore and even Crimea jumping in while China, Russia, and the European Union get left behind. The next day we reported that the tiny nation of San Marino also wants to take a part of the blockchain action.

Crypto Leakers, Hackers and Rappers

On Wednesday it was revealed that Wikileaks has switched its store to Canada’s Coinpayments and that its publishing arm has expanded its own bitcoin and privacy system. The organization also attacked its former service provider: “Coinbase has become an unreliable and even dangerous service, subject to arbitrary, non-transparent actions as it merged with the US banking sector and started to provide information on its customers to the US government. It has become everything that Bitcoin was designed to stop.” Additionally covered were Snoop Dogg to perform at an upcoming Ripple event, hackers blackmailing governments, a new crypto VC from by Andreessen Horowitz, and the vote against restoring Parity’s lost ethers.

Big Money Wears Big Horns

The main focus on Thursday was on comments by John Pfeffer, an hedge fund manager that predicts the price bitcoin could rise to no less than $ 90,000 in the next couple of years, and potentially as high as $ 700,000. “When I think about the displacement argument, I start with gold. It’s kind of silly – we are a space-faring, digital society and we’re still using a yellow metal as our non-sovereign store of value. At some point we’re going to come up with a better technology for that and bitcoin is the first candidate. We’ll see if it works,” Pfeffer said. We also reported that the Chicago Board Options Exchange wants to lower the minimum increment on its bitcoin futures contracts.

First Ad in the Blockchain

This Week in Bitcoin: Amazon Wants to Track You and TD Ameritrade Plants a FlagOn Friday we reported about an alleged pump and dump scheme by a group of crypto influencers. A whistleblower says he was invited to join the group’s Telegram channel where he saw their supposedly incriminating messages. According to the screenshots, members of the group discussed how much cryptocurrency would be needed to control 25% of the trading volume, how long it should be held, and when it should be dumped. Additionally covered is how TD Ameritrade claimed to have become the first company to embed an advertisement in the bitcoin blockchain. According to Denise Karkos, Chief Marketing Officer at TD Ameritrade, there is “no expectation beyond creating a little buzz for the brand” and enjoying the process.

Fork-o-Mania and Flying Cars

Finally, flying cars were featured on Saturday’s weekend edition of Bitcoin in Brief. The retro-futurist transports are promised to debut at an upcoming blockchain conference in Dubai. We also reported why Binance boss CZ has decided to take a stand against mainstream media journalists that write about bitcoin without ever owning a coin or completing a transaction.

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What other stories everyone in the bitcoin world must have read this week? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 


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Kanye West Releases New Track ‘Lift Yourself’

April 28, 2018 |

Kanye West’s new track is out, and the lyrics include lines like “poopity scoop,” “scoobity doop” and more “scoopity woops.” Kanye tweeted a link to his site Friday, which shows the song is labeled “Lift Yourself Master.” Like a lot of things the…

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‘Bachelor’ Arie Luyendyk Jr. Meets Channing Tatum at the Race Track

April 23, 2018 |

Channing Tatum is single again, so it’d only make sense that he chop it up with one of the most famous bachelors to play the field … one Arie Luyendyk Jr. Arie and Channing were hanging out Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama for the Honda…

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Deficit on Track to Hit $1T by Next Year: CBO

April 10, 2018 |

The combined effects of President Trump’s tax cuts and last month’s budget-busting spending bill is sending the government’s budget deficit toward the $ 1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report says that that the twin tax and spending bills will…
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Justin Bieber Celebrates Bday with Mom, Pastor at Go-Kart Racing Track

March 2, 2018 |

Justin Bieber’s hugging it out with his mom … who gave birth to him 24 years ago today. The Biebs just showed up at MB2 Raceway in the Valley with some of his church pals — including pastor Carl Lentz — and was welcomed by a warm hug from his…

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Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers

February 5, 2018 |

Apple Music is on the verge of overtaking Spotify in U.S. paid subscribers, a sign that the music-streaming world’s dominant force is facing growing competition ahead of its hotly anticipated public stock offering.
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