McDonald’s Is Releasing MacCoin for the 50th Anniversary of Big Mac

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The representatives of McDonald’s decided to come up with something special for the “birthday” of the most famous burger in the world. The company is going to issue special tokens – MacCoins dedicated to this memorable date.

While MacCoins cannot be considered cryptocurrencies from the technical point of view, they do remind the tokens issued by blockchain-based platforms. Starting from the 2nd of August, McDonald’s customers will be able to obtain MacCoins after purchasing Big Macs. The coins can be exchanged for burgers in future or stored for collection purposes.

Since the infamous Big Mac went through 5 major stages of its development, the MacCoins will be also issued in 5 different kinds. The total emission is going to be 6.2 million pieces, and they will be liable until the end of 2018.

The president of the fast food giant is sure that:

 

The MacCoin transcends currencies to commemorate our global iconic burger while giving customers all over the world a chance to enjoy a Big Mac on us.

The full list of countries where you can get hold of MacCoins is placed here. It includes 58 states from all over the world. In the US only there will be about 14 thousand restaurants supporting MacCoins.

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Roubini vs. Buterin: Why Did Their Conflict Reach Live Debates and What Does McAfee Have To Do With It?

The conflict between two titans of the financial world – Nouriel Roubini and Vitalik Buterin is gaining momentum.

Forbes editor Laura Shin invited famous personalities to move from Twitter skirmishes to real live debates. Roubini and Buterin refused to cooperate with Shin, but they did not abandon the idea to talk live.

Where did it start?

As we reported earlier, an American economist Nouriel Roubini expressed a tough view of decentralization and the creator of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, on the Twitter account comparing him with a dictator and saying that “Decentralization in crypto is a myth. It is a system more centralized than North Korea ”.

After Buterin replied to Roubini that the above mentioned statement  is not “a fair characterization”, a long verbal skirmish began with personal attacks:

Conflict development

The more time passes, the more disagreements appear. Arthur Hayes, one of the founders of BitMEX crypto exchange, joined this “dialogue”, proposing to hold a discussion and pay all costs. Nouriel Roubini answered to this proposition no less harshly than Buterin, calling BitMEX “a criminal scam”.

Nevertheless, Roubini wrote on Twitter that he would be happy to discuss with Buterin in live mode. To which Vitalik replied: “Yeah sure why not.” For this purpose, they chose their own moderator, Kevin Pham, who is known not to support either of the sides. Laura Shin’s proposal to become a moderator was rejected because Roubini  have no interest to interact with @laurashin as he considers her biased.

What’s next?

Such a prominent event in the crypto world could not be ignored by the well known crypto personalities. John McAfee, who likes to be in the heart of events, has comically commented on this situation on his Twitter page. We think McAfee would be a good moderator, he would definitely give a sting to this debate.

Jokes aside, such “verbal duels” should end sooner or later, and we hope the live debates will help the opponents understand each other and find a common language.

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Sony Will Manage Its Work Using the Blockchain Technology

The Japanese electronics giant Sony announced the adaption of the blockchain technology in order to improve and upgrade its systems of work.

As stated in the official press release of the company:

This new system is based on Sony and Sony Global Education’s previously developed system for authenticating, sharing, and rights management of educational data, and additionally features functionality for processing rights-related information.

Different branches of Sony will utilize blockchain for similar purposes, but in different spheres, namely:

1. Sony Corporation, which is actually a producer of electronic devices, will create a special management structure on blockchain. It will help keep track of copyright of particular digital content and protect it from any type of violation.

2. Sony Music Entertainment will use the system while focusing mainly on music-related content. Given the amount of music stolen nowadays, Sony representatives believe that their innovation might help smaller artists keep ownership to their own music.

3. Sony Global Education aims at revolutionizing the sphere of education. Blockchain will be used to manage and distribute information and store educational content.

This is not the first time the company touched upon blockchain. In the past, it submitted around 20 different blockchain-related patents and made it into top-30 businesses that work with this technology.

Sony is not the only electronic device producer that took interest in blockchain. We remind you:

Samsung Created a Blockchain Platform for Banks

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OKEx Adds 4 Stablebcoins To Its Listing

A well-known cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced the support of four stablecoins on its official Twitter account, namely: TrueUSD, USD // Coin, Gemini Dollar and Paxos Standard Token.

Starting from October 15, the platform users will be able to make deposits with these assets. Bidding will start the next day. Tokens will be traded not only in pairs with BTC, but also with Tether.

We also remind, an Internet giant GMO Internet announced the release of its own stablecoin, which will be backed by yen:

Japanese Internet Giant Launches Its Own Yen-Pegged Stablecoin

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Bitcoin Is in Danger: Chinese Hegemony Over the Industry

In June, we mentioned that according to the Ripple’s CEO, China owned about 50% of Bitcoin as there were 4 major mining pools which produced them. As the time has passed, the figures have also raised quite impressively.

As the research of Princeton University and Florida International University shows, now China account for 75% of the whole mining activity of Bitcoin, i.g. #1 cryptocurrency now has large geographical centralization. The biggest threat is that the Chinese authorities may start controlling it or even influencing its stability and security.

The study reports, since 2015, more that a half of total hash power has been composing by the mining pools based in China. One of those is an infamous company – Bitmain. Moreover, the research tells about the ways China can harm Bitcoin.

China adopted a nasty attitude towards Bitcoin long ago, thus nothing can prevent it from attack Bitcoin, thought hegemony over the network still does not allow the Chinese government to destroy it. Bitcoin is a decentralized network, but Chinese authorities spare no effort to control it, as it does to the whole China.

The report has summed up that China brings danger to Bitcoin. We remind you

Founders of Alibaba, Bitmain, Binance, Huobi, OkCoin Got On the List of 2018 China’s Richest Businessmen

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Top Bitcoin Movies Worth Watching

We bet there is not a person in your circle who has never heard of Bitcoin.  Nowadays, cryptocurrency #1 has become a TV star. Horror films, travel films, and Hollywood thrillers about it are produced. However, few people are aware of the existence of documentaries that illustrate “digital gold” as it is and exhibit its positive and negative sides.

The Coin Shark has collected its own TOP real-life stories about creation of the characteristics of Bitcoin.

1. The Bitcoin Gospel (2015)

The film is dedicated to both technical side of the cryptocurrency and its value in society. It also covers payments with cryptocurrency issue. The film starts with a performance of a Bitcoin evangelist Roger Ver and is basically dedicated to his way in crypto industry. In this film, you will learn how cryptocurrency works, why it is being promoted so much and who else, besides Ver, firmly believes in digital future.

2. Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It (2014)

The documentary shows how much the new cryptocurrency has already influenced and is still influencing the traditional financial systems. Having watched it, you will understand how Bitcoin differs from other currencies and why so many people around the world want to own it.

3. The Rise And Rise Of Bitcoin (2014)

“The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” is a film-history of the world #1 cryptocurrency. It covers all the events that have ever hit the headlines. Those who are closely connected with BTC will tell why Bitcoin volatility is associated with a rollercoaster ride.

4. Magic Money (2017)

This film is created as an answer to the popular questions about Bitcoin. There you will learn about what cryptocurrency is. The idea that the authors convey- Bitcoin is not controlled by financial institutions, but only by the people who use it. The creators in details investigate the origin of BTC and try to predict its future.

5. The Bitcoin Story (2015)

The Bitcoin Story is a collection of myths and rumors about the creation of Bitcoin, the basics of technology, political influence and its impact on the financial system. Also, the authors have created a collection of opinions of venture capitalists on cryptocurrency.

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