Industry Watch 21 March, 2018 – 11:03

Nami | Daily Crypto News 21.03.2018

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CNBC News: Former England soccer star Michael Owen is invested in celebrity cryptocurrencies

Michael Owen is moving into the world of cryptocurrency. Celebrities will be able to launch their own tokens via a firm called GCOX and sell merchandise and services which will be paid for in tokens. “The career of a sportsman is quite short” and there remains a life to live after retirement, Owen said.

Reuters: Cryptocurrencies need monitoring, not banning – Italy’s Visco

Financial policy makers gathering in Buenos Aires on Tuesday agreed cryptocurrencies posed some risks but should not be banned altogether, the head of Italy’s central bank said on Tuesday after the meeting.

Financial Times: Russia moves to block messaging app Telegram

Russia’s communications regulator said on Tuesday it would move to block popular messaging app Telegram next month if it did not hand over its encryption keys to security services.

Bloomberg: Visa Is Very Excited About Blockchain Technology, CFO Says

Vasant Prabhu, Visa Inc. chief financial officer, discusses the company’s growth opportunities and challenges, competing with Amazon and his views on cryptocurrencies. He speaks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg Technology.”

SCMP: An American biotech start-up is trying to end poaching by flooding the market with fake rhino horns

Pembient is 3D printing rhino horns to flood the market and undercut black-market business. The horns are genetically identical to real ones on the “macroscopic, microscopic, and molecular” level, Matthew Markus, Pembient’s CEO and co-founder, told Business Insider. In August 2017, the company introduced a cryptocurrency via an initial coin offering, called Pembicoin.For every coin purchased now earns the buyer one gramme of bio-fabricated rhino horn once they become available in 2022.

Coin Desk: Korea Telecom Announces Blockchain For Network Security

South Korea’s leading mobile carrier, Korea Telecom (KT), said Tuesday that it plans to use new telecommunications system powered by blockchain security solutions.

Time: Exclusive: Russia Secretly Helped Venezuela Launch a Cryptocurrency to Evade U.S. Sanctions

President Donald Trump may not have realized on Monday that his executive order would step on Russia’s toes. Its official target was Venezuela, specifically the country’s plan to create the world’s first state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, which went on sale Tuesday.

Coin Telegraph: US National Security Agency Develops System To Identify Bitcoin Users, Say Leaked Docs

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is reportedly able to locate senders and receivers of Bitcoin around the world, as classified documents provided by Edward Snowden reveal, The Intercept reports March 20.


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