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Norway To End Electricity Subsidies For BTC Mining Facilities

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Bitcoin mining is not a major topic in the crypto news anymore but today we can see that Norway is deciding to end all electricity subsidies for all Bitcoin mining farms and facilities according to a Norway’s newspaper report.

Mining farms up until today paid a pretty low rate of $0.05 per kilowatt. There is a huge possibility that this fee will be increased up to 16.58 Norwegian Krones per kilowatt starting from January 2019. A representative for the Socialist Left Party Lars Haltbrekken argued:

“Norway cannot continue to provide huge tax incentives for the dirtiest form of cryptocurrency output […] [Bitcoin] requires a lot of energy and generates large greenhouse gas emissions globally.”

With the current electricity subsidies, Norwegian miners can mine Bitcoin at $7,700 per coin according to a German company that mines cryptocurrencies in Norway. The domestic industry interest group ICT Norway has criticized this action of the government by saying:

 “This is shocking! [To change] framework conditions without discussion, consultation or dialogue with the industry. Norway scores high on rankings of political stability and predictable framework conditions, but now the government is playing a gambling role with its credibility.”

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who agree with this government policy. The CEO of Oslo-based blockchain advisory group Blockchangers believes that less mining will reduce the price for all companies that pay high electricity bills.

The more miners that are joined in the Bitcoin network won’t improve the speed of the network or the scalability. The only thing that the miners contribute is the securing of the network further.

According to a crypto report by Diar, only big companies in the industry are making huge profits of bitcoin mining. Other, small ones are paying huge electricity prices and end up having negative revenue.

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Telecom Giant AT&T Interested In A Blockchain-Based Social Media ‘Mapping’ System

The American telecom giant AT&T is in today's digital currency news - in fact the section related to blockchain - for its recent interest in a project that would build a social media history "map" based on blockchain. As the telecom giant announced in its published application by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the patent application is seeking a patent for a blockchain-based social media history "map" and a system that may include a transaction history controller to store subscribers' data which may be used for various purposes. In a way, this system could let users purportedly track "micro-culture transactions" such as trends at a particular time or place, or behaviour of their trends. As the patent document reads:
“The social media history map platforms described herein may take advantage of the immutable and permanent nature of blockchain records to store, and provide access to, data representing online transactions that occur on multiple social media applications.”
According to the filing, content creators would keep the ownership of their data on the "mapping" platform:
“However, instead of passing ownership of blocks or data between users, a social media account owner maintains primary ownership of his or her online transaction data. What passes from the social media account owner to other users of the social media history map service, such as followers of the social media account owner, is a notion of elevated visibility rights.”
This is just one more patent application in the series that were submitted by companies such as Xerox, American Express, IBM and others - and a new milestone for AT&T overlooking its expansion in the field of blockchain.
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Binance Labs Introduces Us To The ‘First Batch’ Of (Final) Blockchain Projects

The popular blockchain incubator Binance Labs, which is a venture wing of the largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has recently released its first "batch" of blockchain projects that were part of its Incubation Program, as a crypto press release submitted by its team noted. As an initiative that is in the focus of today's crypto news, Binance Labs is a project that seeks to help early-stage blockchain and digital assets projects as well as entrepreneurs through direct investments as well as technical assistance. The Binance Labs Incubation Program is an onsite program launched back in August 2018 with $1 billion in funding. After initiating a tour that had over 500 applicants, Binance Labs selected only eight projects, each of which received $500,000 in seed funding and an access to necessary resources and mentors. As the 10-week program finalized, seven projects were chosen and signed on users while three of them managed to get paying customers. The eight projects selected by Binance Labs include the hardware wallet SafePal, fictionless logins for decentralized apps (DApps) Torus, Internet security project Nym, and market prediction startup Deaux. As Ella Zhang who is the Head of Binance Labs explained in an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on Reddit in June, decentralization is “the core value of Bitcoin and blockchain,” adding that the incubator had launched a number of initiatives in this direction.  
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TRON’s DApp Usage Jumps 48% To +1 Million Transactions Last Week

The TRON Foundation recently launched the TRC20 exchange, which was in the crypto news recently, as a place for people to exchange tokens issued on the TRON platform. Located at TRX.market, this exchange is still on Tronscam which is the primary block explorer and information service for the TRON ecosystem that supports the altcoin. Both TRC20 and TRC10 tokens can be understood as Tron-native analogues to ERC-20 tokens. While the TRC10 token is a user-issued one that does not require the writing of a smart contract, TRC20 provides all the functionality and power of a smart contract-based token system. Currently, TRON has a number of decentralized applications running on it. Despite the overall market downturn, the usage was up and according to some metrics, rose by over 48% over the last week. The usage of these dApps also crossed the 1 million transaction threshold in a single 24-hour period. Tron published a blog on the subject in which the organization stated:
“This week, the 24-hour transaction number for Dapps reached 1.04M, a 48% increase compared with last week; the 24-hour trading volume hit 640M TRX, an 151% increase compared with last week. We have seen significant increases in both indexes […]”
One of the most interesting projects built on Tron is Seedit which is a decentralized platform that lets users contribute funds to the content creators that they most appreciate. Project Atlas is also a well-known project which incentivizes people to seed content on the BitTorrent protocol, which was acquired by Tron back in July this year.
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LinkedIn’s Largest Growing Job Sector Is Blockchain Development

The popular Microsoft-owned company LinkedIn, issued a report for the fastest emerging jobs in 2018 and what comes as a great information for today’s blockchain news is that blockchain developers are the ones that are among the 5 emerging careers. According to the LinkedIn’s report, there are plenty of jobs for engineers who can develop distributed ledgers using the P2P technology and the number for these jobs has increased up to 30 times this year only. On the second place comes the Machine Learning Engineer role which is a position that increased about 12 times this year. Other careers that are in the top five groups are Machine Learning Specialists, Professional Medical Representative, and Application Sales Executive. Some of the cities that have one of the highest demands for blockchain developers are New York City, Atlanta, and San Francisco. The skills that you need to have a job like this are Node.js knowledge, blockchain, solidity and Ethereum. The Chief Economist at LinkedIn explained why this is the case:
 “It’s no surprise that we’re seeing an explosion of machine learning roles and continuing growth of data science roles. In fact, we started to see glimmers of this in last year’s report; however, both fields are starting to see more specialized roles emerge. It also may not shock you that Blockchain Developer is topping the list following this year’s surge in interest around blockchain and cryptocurrency.”
The great news for all of the people interested in a career in this sector is that there are plenty of universities now that adopt blockchain-related courses which help to boost the blockchain expertise in the following years.
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