A database containing more than 770M stolen email addresses appears online, reports Have I Been Pwned founder Troy Hunt; known as Collection #1 the batch also includes over 21M passwords, some hashed; the data purportedly comes from multiple sources - Link
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Samsung has invested $2.9M into Ledger, according to a Ledger spokesperson; although no further details were disclosed on the funds, the investment comes within 24 hours of news leaking Samsung's purported development of an Ethereum based cryptocurrency Link


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Wirex is issuing 26 new stablecoins backed by the U.S.D., euro, British pound, Hong Kong dollar, and Singapore dollar; the stablecoins will function on Wirex's multi-currency Visa that seamlessly integrates alternative currencies wherever Visa is accepted; the Stellar blockchain was chosen for its security, scalability, and low cost for transactions. Wirex is also adding XLM to its platform Link


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📚    Since the collapse of crypto exchange Quadriga, co-founders Gerald Cotten and Michael Patryn have come under severe scrutiny. Reddit users dug through the pairs internet history in what Amy Castor believes is another compelling case that Quadriga was more Ponzi scheme than crypto exchange. The advent of digital currencies brought on a wave of high yield investment programs (HIYPs) which often could be found on sites like TalkGold and MoneyMakerGroup. Cotten and Patryn were active members on TalkGold since 2003 and worked with each other on projects like Cotten's MidasGold, S&S Investments, and Lucky Invest. The latter two were HIYPs with huge reach in underground investments circles, but both collapsed with empty promises of "refunds." After MidasGold was shut down by Federal investigation in 2013 Cotten, allegedly operating under the pseudonym Murdoch1337, posted a job ad for constructing of a Bitstamp-esque crypto exchange on nefarious business site BlackHatWorld. While it's unknown if Cotten ultimately hired from BlackHatWorld, the exchange was up within three months after the posting. A history of shady business dealings, to Castor, harldy puts the Quadriga co-founders in good light  Link


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Coinstar has added another 2,000 crypto-ready kisoks to the initial 70 it placed at Safeways and Albertsons across the U.S. Stores Jewel, Shaw's, and Save Mart also have had crypto Coinstar's placed in them; since the first announcement in January, crypto kisoks have enjoyed 15% growth in user acquistion week-over-week; Coinme, the partnering crypto company with Coinstar, has seen 92% growth in transaction volume and 109% growth in transaction processed from Q1 2018 to Q1 2018 Link


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Ledger has tapped current president Pascal Gauthier as the new CEO, replacing Eric Larchevêque who will transition to head of the Executive Chairman of the Board; the switch was made in light of recent efforts to bring in institutional money, particularly with the recent Legder Vault announcement; Larchevêque will focus on regulation and government interaction for Ledger in his new position Link


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