Russia to regulate digital assets as currency, McDonald’s eyes the metaverse, YouTube to adopt NFTs and XRP pumps 30%: Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 6-12

[ad_1] Coming every Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Russian government and central bank agree to treat Bitcoin as currency The Russian government and central bank made an agreement to regulate crypto as an “analogue of currencies” instead of “digital financial assets.”  The updated regulation is part of a draft law that is…

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Litecoin is finally launching its major Mimblewimble upgrade

[ad_1] After two years of development, Litecoin (LTC) has finally launched its highly anticipated Mimblewimble upgrade, opening the door to more privacy-oriented transactions on the network.  Mimblewimble’s integration into Litecoin came by way of the Mimblewimble Extension Block, also known as MWEB, which allows the network’s users to opt-in to confidential transactions. MWEB lead developer David Burkett, who has been sponsored by the Litecoin Foundation, said the upgrade improves Litecoin’s viability as a fungible currency that can be used for everyday transactions, pay employee salaries and even purchase real estate.…

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Here’s how to keep your crypto safe – Cointelegraph Magazine

[ad_1] “When the mafia kidnapped me, I had the choice to pay the ransom in either fiat money or Bitcoin. I did not hesitate before choosing the latter. Had I picked the first option, the criminals would have held me in a dark, damp cell for days in the Pacific Islands until the funds went through KYC, identity check, or, God forbid, the bank placed a hold on the funds. But after I paid, I was let go instantly. Who knew the network’s 10-minute transaction time and cross-border anonymity could…

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Boston nurse fired for nudes on OnlyFans launches crypto porn app – Cointelegraph Magazine

[ad_1] Former Boston ICU nurse Allie Rae made international news in August last year after she was fired for running an extremely naughty OnlyFans account on the side. The story appeared everywhere from the NY Post to CNN and The Daily Beast — and she even made an appearance on Dr. Phil. The resulting publicity saw fans subscribing in droves, and the 37-year-old mother of three now makes more than $200,000 a month. But the same sort of moralizing and censorship that ended her nursing career also threatens her newfound…

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Maren Altman is a star – Cointelegraph Magazine

[ad_1] Are future prices written in the stars? Meet Maren Altman, presciently named for cryptocurrency, who combines astrology and day trading crypto into a winning blend. In 1973, Princeton University professor Burton Malkiel published his book A Random Walk Down Wall Street, in which he famously states that a “blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper’s financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts.” Fast forward to 2013, and Rob Arnott, CEO of Research Affiliates, conducted research mimicking monkeys using…

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Transformation driven by blockchain, AI and the IoT – Cointelegraph Magazine

[ad_1] I first used a computer in 1970 — just over 50 years ago. For my undergraduate thesis in psychology, I had asked 300 students to complete a long questionnaire and when it came time to analyze the data, I realized it would take me many months using a calculator. A professor suggested I use a computer and that he was prepared to give me a couple of lessons in a programming language called Basic. A couple of weeks later, I inserted a big stack of punch cards into a…

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Bitcoin stays in tight range as analyst eyes potential ‘interesting week’ in BTC

[ad_1] Bitcoin (BTC) hovered near $43,000 on Jan. 17 as its “boring” price action combined with signs that the market could be stabilizing. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Leverage comes off all-time highs Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD staying firmly within its established trading range between $40,000 and $45,000. With few surprises expected thanks to the Wall Street holiday, traders took the opportunity to call for a level-headed approach on focus on altcoins. Bitcoin is down a few hundred dollars! Quick, someone come up with…

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Can blockchain solve its oracle problem? – Cointelegraph Magazine

[ad_1] A paradox lies at the heart of smart contract-enabled blockchain networks.  They are democratic (distributed), tamper-free (immutable) and transparent, but in order to realize anything close to their real potential, they must connect to the physical world. This imperative makes them subject to some of the vulnerabilities that blockchain technology was designed to surmount — including centralization and opacity. Blockchain oracles are the means by which real-life data — like football scores, rainfall measurements or election results — are transmitted to a blockchain. Imagine that Alice and Bob wish…

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New Year’s wishes for the young, ambitious blockchain community – Cointelegraph Magazine

[ad_1] New Year’s Eve is a time not only to reflect on the previous year but also to celebrate the arrival of a new one, full of hopes, promises, goals and challenges. What makes the blockchain community so bright, diligent, insightful and creative? The people who are behind all of the innovations that aim to make our world a better place. We’ve already witnessed the rise of the adoption of decentralized finance, the skyrocketing of nonfungible tokens, the emergence of the creator economy, the first — but rapid — steps…

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Crypto City: Guide to Dubai

[ad_1] This “Crypto City” guide looks at Dubai’s crypto culture, its most notable projects and people, its financial infrastructure, which retailers accept crypto, and where you can find blockchain education courses.   Fast facts City: DubaiCountry: United Arab EmiratesPopulation: 4 millionEstablished: 1833Languages: Arabic (official), English (most common), Hindi is also widespread   Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, is the eponymous capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates (monarchies) that make up the UAE. Rising from the Arabian Desert and bordered by the…

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