China Roundup: Xis power on bitcoin, the rise of Alibabas new rival

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Welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of the latest events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. Alibaba’s nemesis Alibaba’s new rival is shaking up China’s … Continued

Catalan separatists have tooled up with a decentralized app for civil disobedience

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Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition … Continued

Elliptic banks $23M to shrink crypto risk, eyeing growth in Asia

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Crypto means risk. To UK company Elliptic it also means business. The startup has just closed a $23M Series B to step up growth for a crypto risk-management play that involves selling tech and services to help others navigate the … Continued

Everyone Wants Facebook’s Libra to Be Regulated. But How?

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Everyone from President Trump to Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) says Libra, Facebook's planned cryptocurrency, should be heavily regulated. But nobody seems to know how—including Facebook. That much was clear in the often muddled questions of legislators who hauled in Facebook … Continued

Angry Nerd: Come On! We Can’t ‘Decentralize’ Everything!

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Help, I’ve been atomized! Obliterated! Shattered and scattered in the cyber-ether! My corporate overlords have heard the call: “Decentralized” is the new “disrupted.” It’s not just about putting stuff “on the blockchain” anymore—it’s fuzzier than that, hipper, more notional. Whatever … Continued