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Bitcoin News Summary – Apr 23, 2018

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Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds. announced its acquisition by Coinbase. began under the name Their original business plan involved Bitcoin hardware projects and raised over $110 million, although their efforts did not gain traction. then rebranded as and pivoted to paid email services. It remains to be seen whether Coinbase can make a go of this troubled company.

On Wednesday, Pavel Durov, founder of the popular instant messaging app, Telegram, revealed that he’s using Bitcoin payments to circumvent a Russian ban of his service. Durov, who also founded VKontakte, the so-called “Russian Facebook,” is paying Bitcoin rewards to network admins who provide Russian users with continued access to Telegram. Russia banned Telegram on Monday, for refusal to share its keys for message decryption with the government.

The cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced that it will be ending trading services for the Japanese market. Kraken’s decision results from greatly tightened regulation of all Japanese crypto exchanges, following the half-billion Dollar hack of Japanese exchange Coincheck in February.

On Friday, Polish Bitcoiners organized a protest against the draconian Bitcoin tax laws recently passed by Poland’s tax ministry. The protestors met in front of the tax ministry to oppose the tax of 1% levied on all Bitcoin trades. The way these taxes are structured, those who make many small transactions would be taxed excessively, to the point of debt.

That’s what happened this week in Bitcoin. See you next week.

Having delved into futures trading in the past, my intrigue in financial, economic, and political affairs eventually led me to a striking realization: the current debt-based fiat system is fundamentally flawed. This revelation prompted me to explore alternative avenues, including investments in gold and, since early 2013, Bitcoin. While not extensively tech-savvy, I've immersed myself in Bitcoin through dedicated study, persistent questioning, hands-on experience with ecommerce and marketing ventures, and my stint as a journalist. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and presently, I'm focused on crafting informative guides to shed light on the myriad advantages of Bitcoin, aiming to empower others to navigate the dynamic realm of digital currencies.

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