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Whilst by no means an entirely undisputed theory, ancient historians generally believe that the emergence of civilised states such as Sumer was closely connected to the centralised role temples played in standardising, clearing and redistributing value in their societies. Temple authorities, the theory states, kept account of the assets and liabilities of each individual, meaning citizens could only claim as many goods from the temple storage ...
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Venezuela doesn't have enough "real money" to pay for the printing of its fake money.
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The attackers who stole $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank probably hacked into software from the SWIFT financial platform that is at the heart of the global financial system, said security researchers at British defense contractor BAE Systems.
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A bitcoin-based blockchain wallet application developed by LHV Bank has won the Estonian Banking Association’s 2016 Innovation Award.
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Congress should consider placing restrictions on the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network as the agency targets foreign banks it deems money laundering risks.
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Beijing-based mining giant Bitmain has invested $1.6m in bitcoin data and trading services provider BitKan.
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Why bitcoin and public blockchains trump trusting the banks, by First Global Credit CEO Gavin Smith.
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  • George Washington University
    B.A., Economics, 1985
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Computer Engineering
e-Money researcher, cryptoeconomist, and public speaker
Founding Board Director at Bitcoin Foundation.

Contributor at Forbes Magazine, American Banker, and CoinDesk. Board advisor to startups in bitcoin, gaming, mobile and prepaid. Previously CEO of Hushmail and Chief Forex Trader at VISA. Editor of The Monetary Future.


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