TL;DR: Welcome to In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), a daily crypto news update. Central bankers to study the case for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). Forbes debuts cryptocurrency payments for memberships. Bitcoin Cash now available for withdrawal from 13,000 ATMs in South Korea. YouTube keeps banning crypto- related content. Holochain denies ICO funds were spent building bondage studio, and BNC launches new Twitter sentiment data tool.
Central Bankers to Study CBDC
Central banks from all over the world will share and discuss information about their research on the viability of using CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currencies) and the possible uses these might have, according to a joint statement. The group will be integrated by the most important world banks, such as the Bank of England, Bank of Canada, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements. The Bank of England stated this group “will assess CBDC use cases; economic, functional and technical design choices, including cross-border interoperability.”
Forbes Now Includes Crypto Payment for Memberships
👋 Alex! These prompts to pay with crypto are indeed built by @UnlockProtocol .
They are on every crypto/blockchain article but, if you unlock it, you get no ad on *every* article for 1 week or 1 month. Happy to answer more question and help make it better of course!
— Jᵾlien Genestoux (@julien51) January 20, 2020
Forbes, the online business and finance magazine, quietly introduced cryptocurrency payments for memberships, offered through popups shown to visitors reading crypto-related articles according to Julien Genestoux, the CEO of Unlock Protocol, a blockchain-based protocol for issuing memberships responsible for this service. Payments are prompted to be made in ether using a dApp browser like Metamask, but they stated other cryptocurrency options are being studied.
Bitcoin Cash Now Available for Withdrawals at 13,000 ATMs in South Korea
Bitcoin Cash users in South Korea will have the option to withdraw their cryptocurrency in the country’s fiat currency from more than 13,000 ATM across the whole country, thanks to a partnership made by Bitcoin.com and Mecon Cash, the company behind the popular M.Pay payments network. “Through our partnership with Bitcoin.com, we will grow the presence of Bitcoin Cash throughout the Korean market starting with the ATM withdrawal services,” explained the Chairman of Mecon Cash, Jo Jae Do.
YouTube Keeps Banning Crypto Based Videos
YouTube banned again several cryptocurrency-based videos from its platform, according to reports of different crypto-related content creators. At least two crypto YouTubers complained via social media about their videos being removed and their channels being banned recently. YouTube began a so-called “cryptocurrency purge” last December, hitting the most important crypto channels with video removals and bans, but apologized swiftly claiming the whole issue was caused by an algorithmic error and restored these accounts; despite this, it seems to be happening again, albeit at a smaller scale.
Holochain Denies Spending ICO Funds on Bondage Studio
Holochain, a post blockchain decentralized system, denied any of its funds were used to sponsor the construction of a bondage studio. The announcement was made in response to a series of allegations pointing to their Executive Director, Mary Camacho, owning Studio Friction, “Denver’s home for rope and aerial art.” The bondage studio issue and its relationship with Camacho was raised by several users in the notorious 4chan community, who criticized the latest round of team reductions at the project along with the campaign Camacho headed to raise funds for her bondage-related project.
Brave New Coin Launches Bitcoin “Twitter Sentiment” Data Tool
Brave New Coin (BNC), a blockchain based data research and analysis company, launched its new Bitcoin “Twitter Sentiment” Data tool. It claims to study a vast number of tweets to provide a snapshot of the Bitcoin narrative in the Twittersphere every week. BCN explained the tool is a result of more than 18 months of research to integrate language detection AI to aggregate these tweets into several categories: Opinion, Technical, Onchain, Ad, Bots, Macro, and Hack events. BNC reported other similar tools will be released for major cryptocurrencies during Q1 2020.
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