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CryptoCurrencyWire is a regular guest on the Wild West Crypto Show and other shows to share press releases of interest within the blockchain space.

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CryptoCurrencyWire is a regular guest on the Wild West Crypto Show and other shows to share press releases of interest within the blockchain space.

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    The Wild West Crypto Show Shines Spotlight on “Bitcoinizing” in Venezuela | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 117

    The Wild West Crypto Show Shines Spotlight on “Bitcoinizing” in Venezuela | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 117

    Jonathan Keim, communications director of CryptoCurrencyWire, appeared to give his usual weekly news update. He got the ball rolling with a headline that should put developers in good spirits: “Algorand Provides Native Support of the Pocket Network’s Next-Generation Decentralized Infrastructure” (http://ccw.fm/uukO0). Pocket Network is a decentralized infrastructure platform for the development of peer-to-peer applications. Algorand’s involvement means that developers will have easier access to the platform, which, by virtue of being decentralized, should reduce costs, improve scalability and security, and provide a wider range of blockchain development tools. Algorand is the world’s first open-source, permissionless, pure, proof-of-stake blockchain protocol. Next Keim reported on developments in the crypto-mining space: “HIVE Blockchain Continues Increasing Bitcoin Mining Power Through Additional Purchase of Next-Generation Miners for Green Energy-Powered Quebec Facility” (http://ccw.fm/oXeVl). HIVE Blockchain Technologies plans to add 200 Bitmain Antminer S17e 60 Terahash per second (TH/s) SHA 256 mining machines to its Quebec operations, adding to the 750 Bitmain S17+ Antminer machines previously acquired. HIVE also owns digital-currency mining facilities in Sweden and Iceland. The company focuses primarily on the production of Bitcoin and Ethereum. Finally, security software superstar John McAfee is back in the news, after launching the world’s first private cell phone data service (http://ccw.fm/yB18m). McAfee claims his Ghost Cell Phone Data Service will be the first 4G data service to make connections to the network untraceable. The phone will employ a software SIM instead of a physical one. A special network will deploy a range of cryptographic techniques to ensure that connections can’t be tracked. The system will support VOIP and other IP-based communication platforms. McAfee is inviting members of the media to beta test the service, which he plans to launch globally in September. McAfee is something of a curiosity in Silicon Valley, at least partially because he has orchestrated two unsuccessful presidential campaigns. For the latest episode of the Wild West Crypto Show, which includes CryptoCurrencyWire’s ongoing segment featuring the most recent news from around the world, visit http://ccw.fm/NN96V.

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    The Wild West Crypto Show Exposes Fake Gold Scam | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 116

    The Wild West Crypto Show Exposes Fake Gold Scam | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 116

    Episode 116 of the Wild West Crypto Show, titled “Cryptos Looking Strong,” was chock-full of good stuff. The show, hosted as usual by Drew Taylor and Brent Bates, featured three pioneering crypto pros: Jon Allen of the Unitize Conference, Josh Tate from ForumPay, and a special segment featuring Bo “Knows” Polny, who declaimed on face masks, the Fourth of July holiday, and gold and silver, which he says are “God’s money.” Jonathan Keim, communications director of CryptoCurrencyWire, also appeared with his usual trio of newsbreaks, one of which recounted a fake gold scam in China. In addition, listeners enjoyed commentary on cryptocurrencies and the big board indices, all of which are looking strong. Bitcoin, for instance, maintains its position above $9,000, while stocks continue to rise from their low point in mid-March. Allen talked at length about his project, a collaboration of Cointelegraph’s BlockShow and the popular San Francisco Blockchain Week. Scheduled for July 6–10, the Unitize Decentralized Digital Conference delivered content continuously to audiences on a near-daily basis (http://ccw.fm/CSdeP). The event offered participants a chance to hear expert speakers on crypto and blockchain, as well as visit virtual exhibitions, interactive lounges and chat rooms. Networking was never so easy. An audio stream was available, so those who couldn’t take part fully still had a way to participate. Speakers included the Hon. Hester Peirce, SEC commissioner; Vitalik Buterin, creator of Ethereum; Silvio Micali, Turing-Award cryptographer and founder of Algorand; Tim Draper, founder of DFJ VC; California Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg; and Alessandro Chiesa, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley and co-founder of Zcash & StarkWare. During his segment on the show, Tate explained how his crypto payments platform is helping small businesses expand the range of payment options they offer their customers (http://ccw.fm/j5Ebd). ForumPay can be integrated into an online merchant’s standard payment solution in only a few easy steps. The platform is a good way for online retailers to increase their customer base, as more and more people are paying for goods and services with cryptocurrencies. Keim launched his triplet of updates with the headline “Curv Raises $23M Series a Round; Launches tX to Accelerate Institutional Adoption of Digital Assets” (http://ccw.fm/iea7p). Curv, a start-up that provides crypto custody services to institutions, has developed a platform to manage digital assets. The company’s security technology allows cryptofinance products to be safely stored and transferred on a blockchain. News of the funding was accompanied by announcement of the launch of a community of cryptographers and engineers — tX — who use Curv’s keyless technology. In other news, Keevo announced a strategic partnership with Iron Mountain to protect crypto currency users and their heirs (http://ccw.fm/5uCsi). Keevo, which has developed a crypto hardware wallet, has formed an alliance with Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) to provide storage and information-management services to users of its wallet. Securing cryptocurrencies and other crypto assets has become increasingly challenging as their adoption has grown. For instance, in just the first half of 2019, more than $4 billion worth of cryptocurrencies disappeared, victim to the machinations of hackers. Finally, Keim reported on a $2.8 billion fake-gold bullion scam (http://ccw.fm/yMjVO). Kingold Jewelry (NASDAQ: KGJI), a Chinese manufacturer of jewelry based in Wuhan, has been accused of putting up fake gold as collateral for $2.8 billion in loans the company received over the past five years. It seems the old saw — all that glitters is not gold — has been proven right once again. For the most recent episode of the Wild West Crypto Show, which incl

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    The Wild West Crypto Show Features Paul Harvey Segment for Independence Day | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 115

    The Wild West Crypto Show Features Paul Harvey Segment for Independence Day | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 115

    In addition to the look back at the Harvey piece, the show included an appearance by Jonathan Keim, communications director of CryptoCurrencyWire, who tuned in with his usual trio of developing stories. First was the headline: KuCoin P2P Fiat Market Supports Buying Crypto with USD Via PayPal (http://ccw.fm/xlKX0). Starting in June, KuCoin will allow its customers to buy cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether and Tether, using U.S. dollars from their PayPal accounts. This development adds another fiat currency that KuCoin will accept as payment for transactions on its platform. The KuCoin P2P Fiat Market already supports payments made in the Canadian dollar (“CAD”), Chinese yuan (“CNY”), Indonesian rupiah (“IDR”) and Vietnamese dong (“VND”). Founded in 2017, KuCoin is a crypto exchange with one out of four crypto holders worldwide and an estimated 5 million users across 207 countries. Next on Keim’s list was the LATOKEN VCTV Weekly Announcement (June 8–12) (http://ccw.fm/B9cN0). LATOKEN VCTV is a broadcast platform focused on the venture capital (“VC”) industry. The broadcast regularly features discussion panels, road shows, pitch competitions, keynote addresses and a variety of other VC-related content, and is widely watched by the VC community. LATOKEN VCTV’s Weekly Announcement gives a heads-up on the agenda for the forthcoming week. The week June 8–12 began with an address by Giampaolo Parigi, chairman of a single family office discussing how to raise capital in the new normal. Other segments included a talk on how to get tech-style growth from old-economy businesses by Callum Laing, founder and CEO of MBH Corporation, and an online road show with the theme: Investments and Pivots during Pandemic: AI, Machine Learning  and Data. Keim’s final report was the news that BitPay has been selected as Frost & Sullivan’s Company of the Year in the Alternative Payments space (http://ccw.fm/Z8yV5). BitPay is the world’s largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment services. The company was founded in 2011 and is notable for a number of achievements. In 2016, it launched the BitPay Visa Prepaid Debit Card, the first prepaid Visa debit card for Bitcoin. And in 2018, it received a virtual currency license from the New York Department of Financial Services. For the most recent episode of the Wild West Crypto Show, which includes CryptoCurrencyWire’s ongoing segment featuring the latest news from around the world, visit http://ccw.fm/EO3bO.

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    The Wild West Crypto Show Hosts Congressional Hopeful Darren Dione Aquino | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 114

    The Wild West Crypto Show Hosts Congressional Hopeful Darren Dione Aquino | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 114

    In his weekly news update, Jonathan Keim, communications director of CryptoCurrencyWire (“CCW”), furnished another trio of blockchain bulletins, starting with “CoinField Joins Open Payments Coalition to Launch PayID and Comply with FATF’s Travel Rule” (http://ccw.fm/Bk62r). CoinField, a regulated, European-based, fiat-to-crypto exchange supervised by the Financial Intelligence Unit (“FIU”), has joined the Open Payments Coalition, a multinational alliance of industry leaders that developed a universal payment identification system. Known as PayID, the protocol simplifies the process of sending and receiving money globally across any payment network and any currency. Second up was the news that “Binance Charity Pioneers COVID-19 Relief with First-Ever Fully Transparent Campaign” (http://ccw.fm/mZ64t). The Binance Charity Foundation, the philanthropic arm Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is providing a large quantity of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) to New York City. This initiative follows similar ones designed to support hospitals in a number of countries ravaged by COVID-19, including China, Italy and Spain. The relief effort in New York City was marked by the creation of a social impact cryptocurrency, christened the PPE Token, which means donors can track how their funds are put to use, something they would be hard-pressed to do with a regular charity. In its first deployment, the PPE Token is killing two birds with one stone. Not only has it verified the successful, tamper-proof delivery of 200,000 N95 masks to 11 benefiting hospitals in New York City and the surrounding region, but it has served as a form of compensation for the couriers involved. Last but certainly not least, the news that “Blockchain Heroes Collectible Digital Trading Card Set to Feature 50 Original Superheroes on WAX Blockchain” will give many adults the chance to act out some adolescent fantasies (http://ccw.fm/zLj9x). The new set of trading cards is based on the following question: What if there existed an alternate universe in which the inventors, investors, supporters and evangelists of blockchain were actually superheroes fighting for the virtues of decentralization, privacy, transparency and freedom? According to the release: “Blockchain Heroes, an exciting collectible digital trading card set on the WAX blockchain, will make this alternative universe a reality in August 2020. Fifty unique superheroes in a variety of card rarities will be revealed in purchasable card packs. Similar to physical collectible trading cards, each pack of digital collectibles will be randomized and provide unknown surprises. With 50 total heroes, each pack of cards will have the chance to reveal common, uncommon, rare, epic, legendary or mythic versions of any hero in increasing rarity, each with its own special design.” One wonders, could Satoshi Nakamoto be one of those superheroes? For the most recent episode of the Wild West Crypto Show, which includes CryptoCurrencyWire’s ongoing segment featuring the latest news from around the world, visit http://ccw.fm/2RZ5a

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    The Wild West Crypto Show Cheers as Fiat Money Gets Smart | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 113

    The Wild West Crypto Show Cheers as Fiat Money Gets Smart | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 113

    Jonathan Keim, communications director of CryptoCurrencyWire, captured another trio of fascinating headlines that revealed how fast the crypto revolution is disrupting conventional ways of doing business on this latest episode of the Wild West Crypto Show. Legal agreements, for example, are as old as Methuselah but now, by incorporating blockchain technology, they are being reincarnated as “smart contracts” — self-executing, self-enforcing agreements that don’t require costly, arduous execution or resolution processes. Smart contracts are similar to regular contracts, except that the contract terms are coded in a programming language and that code is enclosed in a blockchain. Some well-known blockchain protocols, such as Bitcoin, support smart contracts. But the one mostly widely used is Ethereum, which has its own smart contract language called Solidity. Other languages used for smart contracts include C++, Java and JavaScript. But, says Blockstack founder Dr. Muneeb Ali, such languages are insecure because they are “undecidable.” So in collaboration with Dr. Silvio Micali, founder of Algorand, Ali has launched an independent, open-source project to support Clarity, the “first-of-its-kind smart contract language” (http://ccw.fm/J7tXt). Clarity is a “decidable” language, which means that “developers can know, with mathematical certainty, what a program will and will not do ahead of time.” Now that the value of smart contracts has crossed a billion dollars, it’s time for “smart contract languages that are more safe, secure, and predictable in order to mature the industry beyond its current state,” say Ali and Micali. In another news release — “Coca-Cola Amatil Vending Machines Accept Bitcoin via Centrapay” — one of the global beverage company’s largest bottlers is giving its customers the option to pay with cryptocurrency (http://ccw.fm/ZUk5s). Coca-Cola Amatil is partnering with digital asset integrator Centrapay to offer the service to its customers, who can use their Sylo Smart Wallet at any one of Coca-Cola’s 2,000-plus vending machines with a QR code payment sticker. Coca-Cola Amatil is the largest bottler and distributor in the Asia Pacific region, serving an estimated 270 million consumers and supporting some 140 brands. Finally, the news that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding KRNC Blockchain to upgrade the U.S. dollar indicates the Feds have joined the crypto bandwagon (http://ccw.fm/Pqps1). The NSF is a federal government agency and the protocol it is funding — KRNC — could eliminate the need for private cryptocurrencies. KRNC allows existing electronic dollars to be retrofitted with new cryptographic features, including digital scarcity and smart contracts. “KRNC takes the positives of Bitcoin and adds them to money the public already owns,” said Clint Ehrlich, the project’s chief scientist. “It’s the virtual equivalent of taping gold to everyone’s dollar bills.” For the latest episode of the Wild West Crypto Show, which includes CryptoCurrencyWire’s ongoing segment featuring the most recent news from around the world, visit http://ccw.fm/nMDe9

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    The Wild West Crypto Show Reviews an Extraordinary Week | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 112

    The Wild West Crypto Show Reviews an Extraordinary Week | CryptoCurrencyWire on The Wild West Crypto Show | Episode 112

    Jonathan Keim, communications director of CryptoCurrencyWire, appeared with his usual weekly news update on this episode of the Wild West Crypto Show. Keim started his trio of notable press reports with the news that Bitcoin IRA has released a new infographic to coincide with Bitcoin’s halving in May (http://ccw.fm/Vfm45). Founded in 2015, Bitcoin IRA acts as a custodian for Bitcoin held in self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA’s). Investor interest in adding Bitcoin (“BTC”) to IRA and 401(k) accounts has been on the increase, particularly in April and May as the cryptocurrency approached and underwent halving. The infographic published by Bitcoin IRA shows why. After previous halvings, BTC has appreciated markedly. After the first halving in 2012, BTC price rose by 8,189%; in 2016, following the second halving, the value rose by an another 2,237%. Despite the uncertainty of present economics, many investors expect that the value of BTC will once again increase after the latest halving. Next on Keim’s agenda was the headline that OKEx expects to double its employee count over the next two years (http://ccw.fm/Cy3lM). OKEx is said to be the largest and most diverse cryptocurrency marketplace in the world, offering facilities to trade spot in major cryptocurrencies, as well as in a range of crypto derivatives that include futures and options. The company is also launching a mentorship program in Europe. Christened the OKEx Beacon Program, the scheme will enlist six persons for a one-month exclusive mentorship with CEO Jay Hao and director of financial markets Lennix Lai. Finally, International Spirits & Wellness Holdings (OTC: ISWH), a global brand-management holdings company, has announced it’s getting into the cryptocurrency mining business (http://ccw.fm/51sIs). The company is joined forces with Bit5ive LLC, a global leader in cryptocurrency mining and innovative turnkey mining solutions. The two companies are eyeing the Bitcoin technology market, valued at $293.66 million in 2019 and expected to reach $477 million by 2025. For the latest episode of the Wild West Crypto Show, which includes CryptoCurrencyWire’s ongoing segment featuring the most recent news from around the world, visit http://ccw.fm/nMDe9. 

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