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  1. Blockchain-Based Cryptocurrency Travacoin Used as Compensation for Flight Delays The International Air Transport Association (IATA) plans to test a new Blockchain-based cryptocurrency to pay compensation for flight delays. A new cryptocurrency, Travacoin, was represented at the SITA IT Summit in Brussels this week. This coin was developed by the Travacoin startup specially for airline companies and tourist agencies as a payment system of compensation for denied boarding, long delays and cancellations. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  2. Toyota To Explore Blockchain Technology For Its Self-driving Cars The Toyota Research Institute has announced it has partnered with MIT Media lab to explore Blockchain technology and the possibilities of using its advantages for self-driving cars. According to a report, the wholly owned unit of Toyota Motors North America has also teamed up with Bigchain DB company, which is building the database, Oaken Innovations, the company developing an application for car-sharing and payments, and the Commuterz startup, that is creating car-pooling, on a new Blockchain project for driverless cars. You can read the full article here:
  3. WannaCry Disclosure: It Was Developed to Promote Bitcoin The WannaCry malware, that attacked 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries, exploiting a vulnerability of the Windows operating system, was developed to promote Bitcoin. This malware demanded owners pay a ransom in Bitcoin to free their devices from the virus. As strange as it may seem, I, George Gor, think the malware was developed to promote Bitcoin to a wider number of users and to raise its price on the market. Who might have ordered such a virus? We can only guess. However, the idea is making some sense as WannaCry engages some mechanisms of PR which indeed might cause the growth of Bitcoin popularity. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  4. The First Japanese Airline Company To Accept Bitcoin Japanese airline company Peach Aviation has announced it plans to accept Bitcoin as payment for airline tickets by the end of 2017. This decision aims to attract more customers, especially tourists from other parts of Asia. According to a report, Peach Aviation Ltd. will accept bitcoin as payment for airline tickets at a discount. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  5. Hong-Kong to Accept Bitcoin or Issue Its Own Digital Currency RMB The Hong-Kong government might accept Bitcoin as official digital currency and issue their own digital RMB. What are the chances of that?The Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) wants Hong Kong to get ready for digital currencies, naming China specifically and citing "the likely issuance of digital RMB". It was mentioned in a paper called “Hong Kong – Building Trust Using Distributed Ledger Technology”.You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  6. Palestine To Launch Its Own Digital Currency To safeguard itself against Israel interference, Palestine Monetary Authority consider creation of local digital currency within 5 years. According to the report, due to the lack of the national official currency, citizens have to use Israeli shekel, Euro, US dollar, Jordanian dinar. The head of the Palestine Monetary Authority, Azzam Shawwa, told in the interview during the meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Cyprus, that local government consider creation of digital currency, similar to Bitcoin, to solve this problem. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  7. Walt Disney Refuses to Pay Ransom in Bitcoin for Stolen Upcoming Movie Walt Disney studio seems to be being blackmailed by hackers, who are claiming to have access to Disney movies. According to Bob Iger, CEO of Walt Disney, hackers demanded the studio pay a ransom in Bitcoins, otherwise they will release an upcoming movie before the date of the official release. Attackers threatened they would first release five minutes video of the film, then they claim they will be revealing 20-minute chunks until their financial demands are met. However, Iger said Disney is refusing to pay any ransom. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  8. Cryptocurrency Market Players Looking Forward to Macron’s New Policy French market players react to news that newly-elected President, Emmanuel Macron, might promote wider adoption of Bitcoin among the people French cryptocurrency market players are looking forward to Macron’s possible policy regarding Bitcoin adoption. While he himself hasn’t stated his position clearly, many experts know him as a very pro-tech president, and believe he will support new-startups of the cryptocurrency industry. Coinidol conducted a survey of cryptocurrency experts in France to find out what kind of changes they expect from their new President and his policy. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  9. After the 1st of July 2017, Australian blockchain and Bitcoin-related businesses that have relocated abroad can return. contacted experts from Australia and asked them about the problems that the government should solve for the cryptocurrency and blockchain markets during the next year. Australia takes an important step toward Bitcoin and cryptocurrency acceptance with the government’s decision to drop the double goods and services tax (GST) starting July 2017. You can read the opinions of Australian Bitcoin and blockchain experts here:
  10. Zug, Switzerland, 10th May. Mysterium have released their white paper showcasing a new model for a blockchain-based virtual private network (VPN). Mysterium is developing the first fully decentralised and distributed VPN in an effort to safeguard online privacy. The whitepaper, released for comment today, outlines their vision for a global peer to peer network that combats the risk of cybercrime. You can read the full artilcle and take part in the discussion here:
  11. Japan to offer interest-paying accounts in Bitcoin. Are they pioneers or are there any other projects of the kind? Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck is to offer the first interest-paying deposit accounts for Bitcoin. The project might have great influence on Bitcoin adoption, both in Japan and worldwide. As Bitcoin is getting increasing popular, such projects might greatly contribute to its adoption by common users. You can read the full article here:
  12. The Australian government has finally decided to drop the goods and services tax (GST) on digital currency purchases, including Bitcoin. According to our recent report, the Australian government expressed its concerns about the double taxation of Bitcoin and responded that it’s going to solve the problem. The national budget for 2017-18 says that starting from July 1, 2017, purchases of digital currency will no longer be subject to the GST. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  13. Global blockchain startup Patientory will launch its crowdsale on the 31st of May to raise funds for development of a pioneering new platform for managing patient care. The Patientory platform will offer a blockchain-based solution to healthcare organisations who need to securely and privately store patient data. Since its launch in 2015 the award-winning startup has attracted high profile partners such as Kaiser Permanente and Startup+Health. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  14. The Bitcoin price has already surpassed its historical maximum and confidently goes higher. The year 2017 began with a sharp rise of the Bitcoin price to $1,000. Experts expected the price to go further, while experienced users who had already faced losses because of the Mt.Gox collapse and Bitfinex security breach were unwilling to express that confidence. However, Bitcoin moves further. You can read the full article and take part in the discussion here:
  15. The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of Russia expects that Blockchain technology and distributed ledger technologies will be legalized and regulatory accepted in 2019. According to a report by TASS, the Ministry of Communications has issued a draft of the program called "Digital Economy of the Russian Federation", where it stated: "The adoption of regulations supporting the usage of technologies for decentralized registration of registries and ownership certification ("BlockChain", etc.) in 2019". You can read the full article here: