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How About Walmart Chocolate Bitcoins? 6 for a Dollar
Supermarket chain Walmart is selling candy bitcoins, at least according to a photo posted in crypto forums. A dollar will get you half a dozen in a bag under the “Everyday Low Price” banner. “The modern currency in chocolate!” hits store shelves in the U.S. while the retail giant files another blockchain-related patent, this time for a delivery system with drones and robots programmed to use distributed ledger technology. Read More…

Russians Design а ‘Beautiful’ Mining Rig
A Russian design studio has developed a “beautiful” cryptocurrency mining rig. The fashionable “Freer” is a modular, customizable home mining device. It comes in different colors, displays and sets of ports, depending on the requirements of the client. Meanwhile, members of the Russian crypto community have urged the government to classify individual miners as self-employed which could lower their taxes from 13% to 3%. Read More…

Mainstream Media Narrative Sensationalizes Chinese Crypto Crackdown
An American academic has written an article criticizing dominant media narratives surrounding China’s regulatory actions pertaining to cryptocurrencies. The article’s author, Nicholas Krapels, asserts that “most casual observers of Chinese politics do not understand” that “by design, Chinese law maintains a grey area” and get caught up in the “clickbait-oriented sensationalist echo chamber” of contemporary digital media.” Read More…

British Artist Sells Entire Collection for Crypto via Wechat
The London and Los Angeles-based artist once dubbed “the next Andy Warhol” by actor Michael Caine, Lincoln Townley, has sold an entire collection of works in exchange for cryptocurrency via popular social media platform Wechat. Read More…

EXCLUSIVE: 3D Gun Proponent Cody Wilson Defiant, Offers Firearm Blueprints for Sale
In an exclusive interview with Matt Aaron of the Bitcoin.com Podcast Network, Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed explains how he planned all along to defy US lawmakers. The same US District judge who last month prevented Mr. Wilson and his company from publishing 3D firearm blueprints online for free download has issued a more permanent ruling today, extending that initial ban indefinitely. Today’s decision was fully expected by Mr. Wilson, and he revealed to the Humans of Bitcoin podcast his immediate plans to exploit a little-known loophole. Read More…

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