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Starbucks Customer Has His Laptop Hijacked for Cryptocurrency Mining

A Starbucks customer in Buenos Aires walked in for a coffee and wound up with more than he’d bargained. After connecting to the store’s free wifi, the man discovered that his laptop had been hijacked for cryptocurrency mining. Starbucks apologized for the failing, but not before malicious code had been installed on the customer’s computer.

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Here’s What You Should Know About Cboe’s Bitcoin Futures Launch

The largest U.S. options provider, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe), is set to launch its bitcoin-based futures products today at 6 pm EDT. Currently, investors and speculators are interested in what will happen when the derivatives products launch, because at the moment there are no open standards for this type of cryptocurrency-based investment vehicle.

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Despite What Politicians Say — Terrorists Don’t Use Bitcoin

Do you know who uses bitcoin? Terrorists, neo-Nazis, and pedophiles. Not to mention the bogeyman, cyber criminals, and that creepy old guy at the end of your street. All of them are using bitcoin right now to do god-knows-what, but whatever it is you can bet it’s naughty. How do we know this? Because our government says so, and governments would never lie, right?

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Cardless ATM transactions and the 'full monty' mobile wallet experience

 

For nearly three decades, I have invested in, operated and launched a number of innovative products and services in the technology industry. During that time, I've come to love every aspect of technology, particularly technology products and services that eliminate the friction for consumers such as mobile payment apps.

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For the small ATM operator, big opportunities

If you're a small ATM operator like me, you might have spent the last two years cursing the people who thought up EMV, the banks that continue to close accounts despite the end of Operation Chokepoint, and the states that now require registration of all nonbank ATMs.

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This Week’s All-Time High Brings Massive Bitcoin Exchange Outages

November 29 was an exciting day if you were watching bitcoin prices swing back and forth with quite a bit of turbulence. The price of bitcoin touched an all-time high of $11,395 across global exchanges. Then, about an hour or so later, the price went down hard to a low of $9250 on some trading platforms. Although some exchanges had significant operational issues according to upset customers, the Down Detector, and the trading platform’s own website status pages.

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New Virtual Reality Tool Lets You Explore the Bitcoin Blockchain in 3D

As an intangible asset, bitcoin can be hard to picture. Yes, you know what it is, you’re familiar with how the blockchain works, and you’ve probably tried (and failed) explaining it to an elderly relative. Every conceivable facet of bitcoin’s underlying technology can be monitored, analyzed, and charted – that’s the beauty of a public ledger. But graphs and charts can only tell you so much. If only there was a more evocative way of depicting bitcoin. Enter the Blockchain 3D Explorer.

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