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This January has finally seen mainnet launches of two implementations of the novel MimbleWimble privacy-focussed payment protocol come to fruition. MimbleWimble was first introduced to the crypto-community back in 2016, when the protocol was outlined in a pseudonymous paper shared on the bitcoin-wizards IRC channel. The paper was submitted...
In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech regarding the need to fight back against the “data industrial complex” and create new federal regulations in the United States for protecting consumers’ digital privacy. During this speech, Cook sounded like one of those paranoid bitcoin people. Apple’s push for enhanced...
Mastercard has filed a patent application for a method to keep blockchain-based transactions anonymous. The patent application, published on Thursday, details a system of conducting transactions over a blockchain which obscures the source and destination of funds to increase anonymity of entities associated with blockchain addresses. The patent application notes...
When people give reasons for various altcoins’ inability to overtake bitcoin as the dominant digital asset in the world, the conversation sometimes doesn’t move far past the network effects surrounding the world’s most dominant crypto asset. However, there are other reasons, sometimes related to bitcoin’s strong network effects, to...
Major tech companies have received increased scrutiny in 2018, especially when it comes to how they’re handling user data. Internet users are becoming turned off by how much Facebook and Google know about them, and Apple has taken the opportunity to remind everyone they’re more interested in selling hardware...

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