Crypto’s Gender Divide Surfaces: Only 5% of Coders Are Women

By CCN Markets: Less than 5% of crypto developers are women, according to an analysis of the 100 most popular blockchain projects submitted to GitHub, Microsoft‘s code-sharing site. The results are not scientific because they assumed a coder’s gender based solely on their user name. Moreover, there was no verification of whether the user was actually male or female. However, the results are not surprising considering the tech industry has historically been male-dominated. Analyst: 95% of Crypto Developers Are Men Journalist Corin Faife posted his analysis on Medium. Faife found that only 4.6% of “female” names were used for the

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Warren Buffett Watch: Tron CEO’s $4.6M Lunch Is in July in San Francisco

By CCN Markets: Tron CEO Justin Sun has set July 25 as the date for his $4.6 million lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett. And it’s going to take place in Silicon Valley instead of Manhattan, as originally scheduled. Justin Sun’s Bid Was Record-Setting Sun made the announcement on Twitter, where he revealed that he chose San Francisco to shine a spotlight on the city’s homelessness crisis. The $4.6 million that Sun shelled out was the highest ever paid for the annual charity lunch. “The 20th annual eBay Power Of One Lunch with Warren Buffett will take place July 25

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Crypto Spring Has Arrived & Institutional Money Will Move In: Barry Silbert

By CCN Markets: Bitcoin, the asset written off by many prominent economists after an enormous fall last year, has surged by more than 115% in the first half of 2019. The world’s largest cryptocurrency in May established a year-to-date high of $9,090 on Coinbase exchange. The price corrected downwards by more than $1,000 afterward. However, the drop did not shake bitcoin’s long-term bullish bias, at least according to Barry Silbert, the founder, and CEO of Digital Currency Group. Silbert told Bloomberg that crypto spring has arrived. He’s been in the crypto market since 2011 and is used to the volatility. “

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Bitcoin Wunderkind Erik Finman Launches Coinbase Rival

By CCN Markets: Bitcoin entrepreneur Erik Finman, who became a millionaire by age 18, wants to bring crypto to the masses through a new investing platform called CoinBits. In fact, Finman is so confident in his concept that he projects he’ll be able to onboard one million customers within the next 12 months. Finman: CoinBits Is Better Than Coinbase The 20-year-old high school dropout told MarketWatch that his platform is superior to rivals like Coinbase and Robinhood because it’s much more user-friendly. “The goal of the application is to make cryptocurrency not just more accessible, but to make cryptos and

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XRP Price Could Soar More than 60% Based on Technical Signals: Analyst

By CCN Markets: On June 6, author and chartist Peter Brandt (@PeterLBrandt) took to Twitter to share his bullish view on Ripple’s price action. In his tweet, he mentioned two cryptocurrencies flashing bullish signals against Tether US (USDT): Litecoin and Ripple. While he did not specify the targets for Litecoin, he emphasized two target prices for Ripple, which are 0.5688 and 0.6260. Peter Brandt is one of the most respected figures in the crypto community on Twitter. While he runs a paid group on his website, he shares some of his insights with his followers. His account has been active

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‘Most Ambitious’ Blockchain Startup Since Ethereum Raises $15 Million

By CCN Markets: A blockchain project called Helium has raised $15 million in a round led by enthusiastic technology investors like Multicoin Capital and Google (via venture fund GV). Multicoin wrote a passionate blog post, praising the project as one of the most ambitious crypto ventures since Ethereum itself. Helium reportedly will bring reduced costs to deploying wireless networks, as Multicoin partner Tushar Jain explains:  “The Helium vision is the most ambitious we have seen in the blockchain space since the advent of smart contracts on Ethereum: Helium represents a fundamentally new approach—one with a radically reduced cost structure—to deploying

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Zcoin Cryptocurrency Pumps 85% in 48 Hours Because Privacy Matters

By CCN Markets: Zcoin (XZC) gained 85% over the past 48 hours as cryptocurrency traders speculated on the build-up to the launch of Sigma – a technical upgrade on the Zerocoin privacy protocol. Created in 2013 by a Johns Hopkins University professor, the Zerocoin protocol influenced an entire generation of privacy coins. Those include well-known cryptocurrencies like Zcash (ZEC), PivX (PIVX), and up until now, Zcoin. Zcoin Takes Moonshot on Sigma Launch From Monday’s low of $7.67, the value of XZC soared to $14.19 by Wednesday afternoon, marking 85% gains over 48 hours. The majority of that growth came in

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Ripple Opens Shop in South America with Brazil’s $2 Billion Remittance Market

By CCN Markets: Ripple has announced the launch of operations in Brazil as it prepares to capture a slice of the country’s lucrative remittances market and the South American region as a whole. The enterprise blockchain solutions firm indicated that it made the decision in ‘response to high customer demand in South America’. Ripple’s South American operations will be led by Luiz Antonio Sacco, a veteran in the financial technology space. We are growing rapidly and excited to help customers address the challenges of cross-border payments in Brazil and across South America. https://t.co/RAbi791snr pic.twitter.com/eAruvHa4Li — Ripple (@Ripple) June 11, 2019

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Bitcoin Agitator John McAfee Runs Afoul of Bahamas Anti-Corruption Czar

By CCN Markets: After vowing to “f**king bury” the U.S. government over the weekend, Bitcoin firebrand John McAfee has now ruffled the feathers of the Bahamas’ anti-corruption czar, according to Tribune 242. Bahamian Anti-Corruption Chief Doesn’t Appreciate Being Accused of Corruption Earlier this week, McAfee leveled corruption allegations against the acting deputy commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Paul Rolle. Now Rolle – head of the department’s anti-corruption unit – has threatened to slap McAfee with a defamation lawsuit. In a tweet, John McAfee alleged that Rolle had received tens of thousands of dollars in suspicious payments. Prior to

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Hackers Circle Crypto Giant BitMEX as Unauthorized Login Attempts Spike

By CCN Markets: Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX has just issued a security advisory telling its customers that it is witnessing an increase in unwarranted attempts to access customer accounts. BitMEX has warned customers to shore up their account security through strong passwords and two-factor authentication. Security has always been the number one priority at BitMEX. We would like to remind all users to please protect your BitMEX and personal accounts by using strong and unique passwords, enabling 2FA, and using a password manager. For more detail: https://t.co/8yKMreamNp — BitMEX (@BitMEXdotcom) June 11, 2019 According to a BitMEX blog apprising

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