<h1>EU Blockchain Observatory: Digital Identity Is ‘Fundamental Building Block’ For Blockchain’s Potential</h1>

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A recent study from the European Union blockchain initiative investigates the importance of digital identity and provides recommendations for Europe.

<h1>Despite Downsizing, Status Maintains Commitment To Building Core Ethereum Infrastructure</h1>

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Status recently laid off 25 percent of its staff and reduced wages for other employees. It says it’s committed to delivering on its white paper, improving the app, and building core infrastructure.

<h1>European Parliament Looks To Blockchain Adoption In Trade Policies</h1>

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The European Commission is asked to further its analysis of blockchain technology and how it can help European importers and exporters take advantage of preferential trading agreements.

<h1>0x Announces Token Grant Program Within The Snowstorm Of Crypto Winter</h1>

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0x believes it can warm up development with its grant program.

<h1>Global Email Bomb Threats Demand Bitcoin Ransom</h1>

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The recent rash of bitcoin bomb threats is a new way of scaring people into coughing up their money. Thus far, it seems to have been unsuccessful.

<h1>Daily Byte: Friday, December 14, 2018</h1>

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A stablecoin shuts down, crypto scammers resort to bomb threats, crypto users are horrible with passwords, and “blockchain developer” is top-growing job. Plus, there are more ID-verified crypto users this year.

<h1>Börse Stuttgart And solarisBank Team Up To Bring Crypto Services To Germany In 2019</h1>

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It’s been a busy year for Germany’s crypto and blockchain industry.

<h1>Could New Zealand’s Blockchain Opportunity Lie In Digital Identities?</h1>

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A new report commissioned by New Zealand’s innovation agency suggests the country is fertile ground for blockchain tech.

<h1>Razer Wants Gamers To Mine Crypto For Them</h1>

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Good for them, (probably) bad for you.

<h1>French MPs Want To Invest Over $500 Million In Blockchain</h1>

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A French member of parliament (MP) says 2019 must be the year of blockchain in France, recommending that the equivalent of around $568 million USD in government funding be diverted to the new technology.