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  • Blockchain Society: Trustless Blockchain does not scale; A technical summary.

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    In my previous article, Blockchain’s Broken Promises, I skipped the tech jargon and the details in order to be understood by a wider audience. But it is a long read. For people who understand tech, the article can be much shorter: A fully trust-less blockchain can not scale to replace e-banking There are no truly […]

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  • Beyond 2020: How blockchain is reshaping our economic, environmental and social orders Pt I

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    By Laura Desmond In this series we look past 2020 to what the future holds for cryptocurrency beyond speculation to the original ethos of crypto and the cypherpunk movement — to redesign our economic, social and political structures . We also explore how we could finally decouple the dual role of store of value from medium of exchange […]

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  • How U.S. retailers turn their bane into boon with ‘click and collect’

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    Yet last U.S. holiday shopping season showed stores may offer retailers a rare competitive advantage as they scramble to fend off the challenge from e-commerce giant Amazon.com and other online retailers. Enter “click and collect.” Sales where customers order goods online and pick them up at a nearby store soared 47 percent in November and […]

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  • Your Work Is the Only Thing That Matters

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    There is a story about an exchange between Jerry Seinfeld and a young comedian. The comedian approaches Seinfeld in a club one night and asks him for advice about marketing and getting exposure. Exposure? Marketing? Seinfeld asks. Just work on your act. Seinfeld, a pure stand-up, a comedian’s comedian, is appalled by the question. It’s […]

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  • Influencer marketing – it’s effective, but quality of influencers and measurement are key concerns

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    By Laura Desmond The majority (80%) of marketers consider influencer marketing effective and 89% even find ROI from influencer campaigns comparable or better than other channels, according to new research from MediaKix. The survey among 162 participants found that just 5% consider influencer marketing to be ineffective. Another 71% consider the quality of the customers […]

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  • The Sneaker Swindle: Inside the Crusade to Sniff Out Fakes

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    Standing behind the Legit Check counter at Sneaker Con, held recently at Houston’s NRG Center, is a guy with a clear tub of plastic tags and a head filled with an encyclopedic knowledge of sneakers. His name is Eric Perez. As each new pair is placed before him, he lifts the lid from the box, […]

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  • Indonesia’s Commodity Futures Regulator Releases Regulation for Crypto Futures Market

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    Indonesia’s commodity futures regulator has established a legal framework for operating cryptoand digital assets futures markets, according to an official press release published on Feb. 18. The Indonesian Commodity Futures Trading Supervisory Agency (Bappebti), which operates under Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade, has officially required multiple entities involved in crypto futures trading to seek regulatory approval […]

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  • German Government Consults Industry About Blockchain Technology

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    The German government is consulting companies and industry groups that could become stakeholders in the country’s blockchain development, Reuters reports on Feb. 18. The unnamed companies and groups have reportedly been invited to supply recommendations from this week onwards. Reuters also cites unspecified government sources saying that it is still unclear if those recommendations will […]

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  • Huawei risk can be managed, say UK cyber-security chiefs

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    Any risk posed by involving the Chinese technology giant Huawei in UK telecoms projects can be managed, cyber-security chiefs have determined. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre’s decision undermines US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the firm from 5G communications networks. The Chinese government is accused of using Huawei as a proxy so […]

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  • Trump lashes out at ‘treasonous’ officials after McCabe interview

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    US President Donald Trump has issued an angry response after a TV interview on Sunday alleged that officials had held discussions to have him removed. Mr Trump tweeted of “illegal and treasonous” behaviour and an “illegal coup attempt”. In the interview, ex-acting FBI chief Andrew McCabe said talks had been held in 2017 about invoking […]

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