Half-Life’s G-Man Resurfaces to Wish You a Creepy New Year

Voice actor Mike Shapiro unveiled a Half-Life G-Man video wishing fans a creepy New Year. G-Man has not made an appearance in over 12 years thanks to the delay between Half-Life sequels. It’s unlikely that his identity will be revealed in Half-Life: Alyx, but the prospect is intriguing. It’s been more than 12 years since […]

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Turkish Bank’s Blockchain Platform for Digital Gold Transfers Goes Live

Turkey’s Istanbul Clearing, Settlement and Custody Bank (Takasbank) announced that its blockchain-based, physical gold-backed transfer system is now live. Turkish Takasbank launched BiGA Digital Gold to provide banks with a blockchain-based system for the issuance, repayment and transfer of digitized gold, according to an announcement on Dec. 30.  The BiGA system — first announced in […]

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Katherine Wu on DeFi and the Inevitability of the Digital Yuan

Katherine Wu was a founding team member at Messari before moving into a VC role at Notation Capital, but is perhaps best known in crypto for her epic annotations of key regulatory enforcement actions. In this end-of-year interview with The Breakdown, Katherine argues that decentralized finance is the narrative of 2019, but also that when […]

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Chinese Bitcoin Miners Pressured to Scale Down Due to Electricity Shortages

Bitcoin (BTC) miners in the Chinese province of Sichuan are reportedly under pressurelocal authorities to scale down their operations due to electricity shortages. On Dec. 29, the Asia Times reported that during the dry season, which extends from October through April, the electricity supply drops drastically in Southwest China, which is why local authorities are […]

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