The number of stores that accept cryptocurrencies is rising in Slovenia and Croatia. Starting with merchants in one of the largest shopping and entertainment complexes in Europe, Elipay has now integrated with 300 stores in Slovenia and begun expanding into Croatia following approval by the country’s central bank.
300 Locations in Slovenia Including Bitcoin City
Cryptocurrency adoption has been rapidly growing in Slovenia. Elipay by startup Eligma is a crypto payment mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Many stores at one of the largest shopping and entertainment complexes in Europe, BTC City, have integrated Elipay which currently supports BCH, BTC, ETH, and ELI token.
Ohio might have made history as the first state to accept cryptocurrency for corporate taxes, but one Canadian town is adding its name to the books by becoming the first in North America to permit its citizens to pay their personal taxes in bitcoin.
The tiny town of Innisfil (with a population of 36,500), situated about 45 minutes north of Toronto, just approved an initiative that will allow its residents to satisfy their municipal taxes (income taxes and property taxes) in bitcoin, beginning in April 2019.
When we think of Dubai, we think of Arab billionaire lifestyles, 6-star hotels, and awe-inspiring skyscrapers. But did you know that plans are in place to turn Dubai into the first blockchain-powered city by 2020? The Director-General of Smart Dubai, Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, believes that city is in prime position to establish
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The early Bitcoin community in San Francisco was originally comprised of revolutionaries: Individuals who believed in the freedom and opportunity that a permissionless distributed system would bring the world.
We were widely regarded as unsavory and unpopular. Most people associated bitcoin with drugs, money laundering, and the dark web. On dates, dinner parties at friends houses or holidays with families, we were ridiculed and belittled. To believe in Bitcoin at that time, you had to be a rebel, someone who thought critically about what could be. A true believer.
That all changed in early 2013.
South Korea’s blockchain association intends to lobby the authorities in the city of Gwangju to turn the urban area into a ‘specialized Crypto-Valley District.’ According to the Korea Blockchain Enterprise Promotion Association (KBEPA), turning South Korea’s sixth-largest city into a cryptocurrency hub will create numerous jobs. To achieve this the blockchain body, which was founded
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Calgary has become the first Canadian city to launch a digital version of its local currency. Known as the Calgary Digital Dollar, the digital currency will be used exclusively in the City of Calgary located in Alberta Province and will operate alongside the federal currency, the Canadian Dollar (or the loonie as it is popularly
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Ransomware attacks are still a pressing problem in 2018. Although such stories have seemingly become less apparent in the past few months, the city of West Haven in Connecticut was forced to make a crucial decision. City officials decided to pay $ 2,000 worth of Bitcoin to get rid of this malware, even though such demands should never be met in the first place.
Another Ransomware Payment Story
In the world of ransomware attacks, most victims will never pay the Bitcoin demand whatsoever. That is only normal, primarily because there is no guarantee the ransomware problem will be resolved after making the payment in question. There have been numerous types of malware which claim to be ransomware, yet turn out to be data wipers in the end.
Yorkshire-based championship football team Hull City may be about to change hands as international bidders make their interest known in what is being referred to as a takeover in the UK media. Last weekend Paul Duffen, former chairman of Hull City AFC, announced his intention to buy the club with the backing of Saudi Arabian
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The city of Valencia, Spain is planning a smart port based on blockchain technology according to an announcement made at the Dutch port of Rotterdam during them Smart Ports & Supply Chain Technologies conference on Wednesday 03 October. Jose Garcia de la Guía, head of new technologies at the port of Valencia, pointed out the
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Tsukuba is now the first Japanese city to test a voting system that incorporates blockchain technology.
According to the Japan Times, a new online voting system that incorporates blockchain has been introduced to let citizens vote for different social contribution project proposals.
Project proposals included the creation of new cancer diagnostic technology, the introduction of a “mystery solving game” for cheap entertainment, and the construction of a system to help manage outdoor sporting competitions.
The government of the Japanese city of Tsukuba has introduced an online voting system, powered by blockchain, to enable residents to vote for social development programs. The first-of-its-kind digital vote in Japan, Tsukuba will use Japan’s “My Number” system – a 12-digit social security identifier afforded to all Japanese residents – to verify voters’ credentials
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Snapchat (SNAP) users discovered Thursday morning that New York City had been replaced with “Jewtropolis” on the Snap Map. Hey Dan! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism. We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately. — Snapchat […]
The Liverpool City Council is looking to become the world’s first climate positive city by the end of 2020 after agreeing to a partnership with an eco-digital company to integrate its blockchain-powered platform into daily operations.
The city of Liverpool has been working steadily to become more environmentally conscious. From 2012-2016, the city saw a 550 percent increase in renewable energy installations and produced 558,000 fewer tonnes of CO2. Additionally, Liverpool stated in February that it would be replacing more than 15,000 street lights with LED bulbs to save energy.
IOTA is apparently a project that’s designed to make a big impact on the smart city concept. Thanks to its focus on distributed ledgers and its unique Tangle technology, it seems IOTA has received the backing of the European Commission. Together with +Cityxchange, a new venture will be explored in the coming weeks and months.
Another Milestone for IOTA
Smart cities will help shape the future of society. Making cities smarter is not all that easy, especially because it requires a completely new type of infrastructure. Combined with the Internet of Things initiative taking place around the world, interesting things are bound to happen in the near future. That’s especially true now that the European Commission has greenlit one of the bigger projects in this industry.
The +CityxChange consortium, which includes the IOTA Foundation, has won a bid to lead a new smart city lighthouse project under an EU research and innovation program. A total of €30 million euros worth of backing has been committed, the majority from the EU, for seven EU cities to experiment with smart positive energy innovations.
A total of 25 enterprises and organizations, including distributed ledger technology innovator IOTA, form the +CityxChange consortium. The group, which will be led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in the project, competed against 11 other proposals to become the lighthouse project for developing energy independent cities.
One of the smallest countries in the EU may also have some of the biggest ambitions. Slovenia has announced that its largest shopping center — coincidentally known as BTC City — will transform into a complete bitcoin city, in which every store and venture will accept cryptocurrency and operate via blockchain technology.
The complex, located in the country’s capital of Ljubljana, stretches over 1,558,398 square feet and contains over 500 retail stores. Prime Minister Miro Cerar recently visited the shopping center, where he was treated to a cup of coffee (purchased with cryptocurrency by State Secretary Tadej Slapnik). Details regarding the center’s newfound approach to bitcoin are being headed by fintech startup Eligma.
One of the largest pieces of city land in Silicon Valley up for sale in BTC, ETH, XRP and USD
Palo Alto, California — The real estate marketplace with decentralized title registry, Propy, announced that one of the largest pieces of city land in Los Gatos, Silicon Valley is now available for sale in cryptocurrency.
The property covers over 27 acres, in Los Gatos, California and offers the opportunity to build up to 10 luxurious homes in one of the most preferred places to live in the country. Crypto-currency Investors looking to diversify their portfolio can purchase this prime land valued at $ 16,000,000 in BTC, ETH, XRP or USD.
Residents of Rostov, the Russian port city on the Don River, are enjoying a growing number of bitcoin-related services. Some crypto-savvy taxi drivers have started accepting Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and several BTC teller machines have been installed in supermarkets. All that happens while officials in Moscow are still mulling over the legislation needed to regulate cryptocurrencies.
Also read: Russians Owe 13% Tax on Their Crypto Incomes
Taxis Taking Bitcoin Cash
Taxi drivers in Rostov on Don are obviously among those Russians who don’t want to wait for a permission to take advantage of the opportunities offered by cryptocurrencies. A youngster recently shared on a local social media channel a picture proving that taxi rides in the Southern Russian city can now be paid with cryptocurrency.
The city government of Shenzhen, China, is backing an $ 80 million blockchain investment fund, soon after Hangzhou city supported a similar effort.