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August 23, 2019

Bedford estate agents warned about data after £80,000 ICO fine – Bedford Independent

July was a busy month for the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO), with ‘intention to fine’ notices being issued to British Airways and Marriott Hotel Group for a combined £282m – the first under the GDPR.

Data privacy professionals have welcomed the publicity around this action but do warn that it doesn’t mean fines issued under the 1998 Data Protection Act are any less important and can be ignored.

“The fines off the back of investigations from pre-GDPR breaches should be viewed as a louder warning shot to smaller, more localised businesses,” says Andy Chesterman at Bedford-based GDPR consultancy, Privacy Helper by DAMM Solutions.

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August 23, 2019

The Dallas Mavericks Are Now Accepting Bitcoin

The Dallas Mavericks now accept Bitcoin as a method of payment for both game tickets and merchandise. BitPay will process all Bitcoin payments through the team’s website. Dallas is just the second NBA team to accept Bitcoin. The Sacramento Kings became the first team to accept Bitcoin in 2014. They also use BitPay’s gateway.

“The Dallas Mavericks have been an outspoken advocate for Bitcoin, opening up opportunities for the team as it starts to accept Bitcoin for ticket sales and merchandise,” BitPay CEO Stephen Pair said in a statement.

Founded in 2011, BitPay is the largest blockchain payment processor of the cryptocurrency in the world. Although not publicly [...]

 
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August 22, 2019

A Ripple investor sells all his crypto holdings as he quits on XRP

It’s been a tough ride for Ripple’s XRP and its holders lately. As the rest of the market was able to make some soaring gains, XRP was not able to stand a chance as it remained the least performing altcoin among the top cryptos.

Yesterday, an XRP holder on Twitter said that he has sold all his personal XRP coins, and is ‘getting out of this hole’ for now. In place of holding XRP, he mentioned that he would invest in ONE and LINK unless he would come back to Ripple’s XRP later when the market gets better.

Though XRP hasn’t been able to show any strong signals in the market and it may drop further, but Ripple holders have a firm believe in their [...]

 
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August 22, 2019

Ethereum Poised to Be First Public Blockchain in Hyperledger Consortium – CoinDesk

Ethereum could become the first public blockchain on Hyperledger – if the open-source consortium’s technical steering committee approves a proposal to adopt the ConsenSys-backed Pantheon project.

Pantheon is a suite of ethereum-based services built by PegaSys, a 50-strong engineering team at ConsenSys. The Pantheon ethereum client, built on Java, is used to develop enterprise applications with features like privacy and permissioning.

The proposal was sent out in a Hyperledger mailing list email on Aug. 8, and if it is accepted, Pantheon will be renamed Hyperledger Besu (a Japanese term for base or foundation).

The approval would bring Pantheon’s [...]

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