Blockchain App Used to Track COVID-19 Cases in Latin America

The app Civitas by startup Emerge is part of the company’s efforts to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Central America. A Canada-based company is turning to blockchain technology in their efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic in Latin America. Emerge, a blockchain startup based in Toronto, is launching a public safety system app called Civitas to assist local authorities in many nations. According to a company blog post, the app was designed “to improve safety and cut store wait times by reducing gatherings in tight spaces, reducing…

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Waves Lets Users Bet on Spread of COVID-19 For Charity

Waves Exchange hosts a tokenized parimutuel betting pool allowing users to speculate on the weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Waves has launched a macabre campaign to purportedly raise money for COVID-19 relief. The platform has created a tokenized parimutuel betting pool where users can speculate on whether the global number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen or fallen within a given week. On April 3, Waves announced the ‘charity campaign,’ ostensibly in support of “organizations and funds in need of financial aid in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic.” Waves…

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Stellar to Match XLM Donations to Six Non-Profits During April

The Stellar Development Foundation will match public donations up to a maximum of 1.9 million XLM. The Stellar Development Foundation is matching donations in Lumens (XLM) made to six non-profits during April, including the Tor Project — the team behind ‘The Onion Router’ anonymizing browser. Donations will be matched up to a total of 1.9 million XLM (roughly $79,300), with the foundation launching the initiative by donating 100,000 XLM ($4,200) to each of the charities  Stellar to match donations to Tor Project On April 4, the Tor Project announced that the…

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Adult Entertainment Supported by Crypto Shoppers During Quarantine

While crypto spending has fallen in some areas, Coingate reported an increase in the number of adult entertainment transactions. While many crypto holders around the world are practicing self-quarantine and other measures to limit social contact, some are turning to the adult industry for comfort.  Speaking to Cointelegraph, cryptocurrency payment processor CoinGate reported an increase in purchases from adult stores in March over activity in February. Sites like ManyVids and LiveJasmin had 17% and 8% increases in cart sizes, respectively. Other adult stores reported a 36% increase in turnover.  Most…

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Darknet Market to Permanently Ban Vendors Preying on COVID-19 Fears

Monopoly Market has announced it will ban vendors who use the COVID-19 pandemic as a marketing tool. Dark web marketplace, Monopoly Market, has taken a stand against scammers claiming to sell cures and treatments for COVID-19 on its platform. On other darknet platforms, listings are rife with coronavirus keywords — with vendors selling everything from narcotic cocktails marketed as ‘coronavirus vaccines,’ to coronavirus-infected blood and saliva. Monopoly Market to ban vendors using coronavirus as ‘marketing tool’ On April 2, dark web journalist, Eileen Ormsby, tweeted a screenshot posted by Monopoly…

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In Legal Battle With US SEC, Telegram Sees New Support From Trade Association

A major trade association for the blockchain industry writes to U.S. court to defend Telegram in legal battle with the SEC. The Blockchain Association, a major United States-based trade association in the crypto sphere, has filed a new brief in support of Telegram amid the firm’s continuing legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC). The amicus brief and the SEC’s lack of clarity The April 3 brief takes the SEC to task for backtracking on its own guidance for legally distributing digital assets.  Referring to the inconsistency that…

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Bitcoin Threat, CoinMarketCap Bought, Trump Hint, Apple Rumor: Hodler’s Digest, March 30–April 5

Bitcoin flips bullish, but more trouble may be in store, Binance acquires CoinMarketCap in a rumored $400-million deal, and Trump hints at $9 oil. Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Bitcoin flips bullish — but here’s why BTC price may still hit $3,900 BTC has gained more than 10% in the…

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Tapping Into Tokenization for Fresh Ideas: Changing Finance, Gaming and More

Tokenization is a prevalent topic in the crypto industry, but where does it currently stand, and what are the tech and regulatory issues it faces? With ongoing talks of Central Bank Digital Currencies and now even a possible digital dollar, tokenization continues to be a hot topic both in the crypto world and in traditional finance. It’s been a buzzword in the financial industry for a while now, and the concept is being explored by startups, established institutions and governments alike, through centralized and decentralized blockchain technology. As the world…

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People’s Bank of China Continues CBDC Development Talks

PBoC held a teleconference in Beijing which further emphasized that CBDC development is one of its top priorities for 2020. The People’s Bank of China held a teleconference on April 3 in Beijing, China. One of the main points confirmed during the call involved the institution’s continued research and development of a central bank digital currency, or CBDC. CBDC development is one of the bank’s top priorities  The meeting summarized the central bank’s achievements with fiat currency, gold, silver, and securities since the end of 2019. Executives analyzed the bank’s…

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Bitcoin.com’s Cashfusion Fund Exceeds Goal: $100K Raised for Bitcoin Cash Privacy

Bitcoin.com’s Cashfusion Fund officially surpassed the fundraiser goal by 103.3% or $51K worth of bitcoin cash spread out between 623 donations. The funds will go toward Cashfusion developer expenses and a security audit from Kudelski Security. Bitcoin.com also matched the funds donated so Cashfusion can provide bitcoin cash users with the best privacy methods available today. Also read: Freebitco.in Gaming Site Launches Covid-19 Relief Fund – Donating 20% House Edge to Healthcare Efforts Cashfusion Provides Greater Privacy Than Traditional Coinjoin Protocols Cashfusion has been considered a powerful tool when it…

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