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Dogecoin (DOGE) Releases An Alpha 3 Update On its Source Code Targeting Service Providers

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Dogecoin (DOGE), also known as a parody coin, has recently released an alpha upgrade to its source code that will allow merchants and exchanges implement tests for the testnet environment as a way of performing small live money tests on the Dogecoin network. This development is set to prepare exchanges for an improved integration of Dogecoin into their protocols when the beta version comes out.

The announcement came about this week on Dogecoin’s tweeter account and will set a new path for doge coin’s Blockchain development especially given that the coin has been staying dormant for years since its creation.

Why Dogecoin has been under the radar of crypto enthusiasts

Frankly, Dogecoin was never intended to be like any of the other cryptocurrencies. Created by a programmer from Portland in a weekend Dogecoin was meant to be a silly cryptocurrency that resembled the ultimate coin for the cryptocurrency hobbyist.

The initial stages of the coin involved back and forth transactions on Reddit as the community that discovered the cryptocurrency enjoyed the fun of simply sending and receiving cryptocurrency. At the time the coin was nearly worthless even though the community grew unexpectedly over the years.

When Dogecoin finally hit a market capitalization of about $2 billion, it attracted millions of eyeballs such that the early team of developers decided to embark on the project. According to CoinMarketCap, Dogecoin is currently ranked among the top 50 cryptocurrencies and has a market capitalization of over half a billion. Just recently, word around the cryptocurrency and Blockchain space indicated that the core developers of the project had planned to fork Ethereum’s Blockchain. Although the rumors were dismissed by the Dogecoin team, plans were however unveiled to develop a Dogecoin Ethereum Bridge.

What the Dogecoin Ethereum Bridge is all About

Essentially, the Doge Ethereum Bridge is not to be confused with a fork on Ethereum’s Blockchain. The doge Ethereum Bridge is simply an update that establishes a back and forth link between Dogecoin and an eDoge ERC20 token developed on Ethereum’s Blockchain. This upgrade is set to allow Dogecoin to take advantages of Ethereum’s smart contracts. With this update, Dogecoin will have better security, efficient mine ability and immutability that combines the best of a blocked cryptocurrency and an Ethereum token.

In addition to the Dogecoin Ethereum Bridge, the Dogecoin core development team has been at work on a whitepaper and remains to be one of the most active teams of developers backed by a community of over 150,000 members if the Reddit community is anything to go by.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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