US Federal Reserve Reveals Building a Digital Dollar Codebase With MIT

The U.S. central bank has been working on creating a digital dollar, according to a recently published transcript from Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard. On Thursday, she told participants attending “San Francisco’s Innovation Office Hours” webcast, that the Fed has been “collaborating with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)” toward building a CBDC codebase. The central bank cold wars have begun, as the United States clearly wants to compete with China’s upcoming central bank digital currency (CBDC). Not too long ago, the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell…

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Nasdaq-Listed Firm Marathon Buys 10,500 Next-Gen Bitcoin Miners for $23M

One of the earliest Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency mining companies, Marathon Patent Group, announced a new agreement contract with the ASIC mining manufacturer Bitmain. According to the public company, Marathon has agreed to purchase 10,500 next-generation Antminer S-19 Pro models for $23 million. Marathon Patent Group wants to be the largest bitcoin mine in the United States and its recent acquisition of thousands of next-generation mining rigs may help fortify that goal. On Friday, Marathon announced a long term agreement with Bitmain Technologies as it has agreed to purchase 10,500 new S-19…

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Buffett Buys Gold Not Stocks!

REUTERS FRI AUG 14, 2020 / 4:35 PM EDT Berkshire reduces Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Goldman stakes; adds Barrick Gold   (Reuters) – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Friday it has reduced its investments in some of the largest U.S. banks, lowering its stakes in Wells Fargo & Co and JPMorgan Chase & Co and eliminating a stake in Goldman Sachs Group Inc In a regulatory filing detailing its U.S.-listed investments as of March 31, Berkshire also disclosed a new 20.9 million share investment in Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp,…

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Market Update: BTC Inches Toward $12K, ETH Jumps 12%, Report Says LINK May See ‘Rough Waters’

Digital currency markets have increased significantly in value during the last 24 hours as the market capitalization of all 5,700+ coins is up over 2.4% on Friday. Bitcoin has been inching toward the $12k region again and ethereum touched a high over $442 a coin during the afternoon trading sessions. Crypto Market Cap Crosses $365 Billion The market valuation of all the crypto assets in existence is around $365 billion on Friday afternoon as a number of coins have seen decent percentage gains. Bitcoin (BTC) is trading just above the…

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Chinese Bitcoin Miners Develop Strong Relationships and Crypto Mining Facilities in Iran

During the last few months, crypto proponents have focused their attention on Iran. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani initiated a new mining strategy last May, and the government-licensed 14 bitcoin mining farms in July. According to the Chinese mining operation Lubian, it claims to operate one of these regulated bitcoin mining farms in the oil-rich nation. The Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index or “Bitcoin Mining Map” attempts to visualize the geographic distribution of global Bitcoin hashrate. Iran is the sixth most powerful country in terms of global hashrate. Of course,…

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Market Report: Merculet Token Price Doubles in 7 Hours, Algo up More Than 500% Since March

The merculet token gained 160% from $0.00068 to $0.0011 in just 7 hours of trading on August 14. The price jump makes the token biggest gainer in 24 hours according to markets.Bitcoin.com. Despite the price surge, merculet had trading volumes of just $112,000. At the time of writing, merculet’s market capitalization was $4.5 million. This ranks the token at number 297. According to information on its website, the Merculet project says “it helps internet enterprises to achieve growth by applying readily accessible social-based operations and holistic blockchain solutions.” However, it…

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Defi Implosion: YAM Token Market Cap Plummets to Near Zero as Founder Claims He ‘Failed’

Yield farmers excited about the recent decentralized finance (defi) project, Yam Finance, got a rude awakening after the token’s value plummeted in value to near zero. Yam Finance developers discovered a major flaw in the rebasing contract and at 4 a.m. ET, cofounder Brock Elmore tweeted that he was sorry he “failed.” On Wednesday, well over $500 million funneled into the defi project Yam Finance. More than $120 million kept funneling in after the developers found a bug in the smart contract. After the bug announcement, the YAM token’s value…

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Coinbase to Offer Bitcoin-Based Cash Loans of up to $20,000 Across 17 US States

U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase will start offering bitcoin-backed cash loans to select customers as early as next month. Investors can borrow up to 30% of the bitcoin they hold on the exchange, or a maximum $20,000, it said. In a blog post on August 13, Coinbase unveiled its new crypto lending business, which places it into competition with the likes of Nexo and Blockfi. The service charges an annualized interest rate of 8% for borrows that are one year or less. Coinbase said interested customers can get cash in their…

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