News of the week

11 Universities Joins Ripple in Research Initiative

Ripple is currently helping lead development for blockchain-focused academia and research. Ripple has added 11 new universities to the UBRI program. The company is now supporting a total of 29 partners to accelerate academic research. These programs, driven by the university partners, are poised to prepare the next generation of engineers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and other professionals to apply these technologies in practice.

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Hamas Fundraising Reportedly Linked to Coinbase Bitcoin Account

The Palestinian military-political group Hamas, which is a terrorist organization in the U.S., may use the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange for fundraising. The Israeli blockchain analytics firm Whitestream identified several bitcoin wallet addresses referred to on official Hamas digital media channels in public requests for donations.

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‘Excellent Progress’ Made in $16.1 Million Cryptopia Hack Investigation

Police in New Zealand are working with international law enforcement to track down hackers who reportedly stole over $16.1 million from local exchange Cryptopia. Cryptopia, which suffered an attack beginning Jan. 15 and lasting around two weeks, has lost funds from tens of thousands of Ethereum wallets.

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BitTorrent Partners with CoinPayments for Launch of BTT Token

BitTorrent has announced that its native token, based on the Tron protocol, is now supported by CoinPayments’ crypto payments gateway. With the addition of BTT support, users can now reportedly use the token to pay for BitTorrent and µTorrent Pro subscriptions, which offer file conversion, HD quality streaming and malware protection.

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Argentinian Public Transportation Can Now Be Paid With BTC

The national contactless smart card Sube (Sistema Único de Boleto Electrónico) that is used to pay for public transportation throughout Argentina can now be loaded with BTC. These cards are valid for rides on buses, trains, subways, and motorboats in 37 cities, including the capital city of Buenos Aires.

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Crypto Customers Lost $142m after a Founder Died

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX hit the headlines after its founder died, leaving customer cash trapped in the company. Gerald Cotten, QuadrigaCX’s 30-year old co-founder, was apparently the only person with the password to the exchange’s digital safe. As a result, the roughly C$190m ($142m) of customer money is now likely lost forever. Industry experts agree that the way QuadrigaCX security was particularly bad and not reflective of the wider industry.

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