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Bitcoin, Blockchain Summit to Bring Major Announcements

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Florida Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit

Gabe Higgins, co-founder of Blockspaces, at last year's summit. Photos by Mark Parker.

For the second straight year, organizers are bringing industry stakeholders and business and political leaders together in Tampa for the Florida Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit.

Billed as the state’s “first blockchain and fintech in Florida focused event,” the summit takes place Friday, Nov. 4, at the Holiday Inn Westshore. Like last year’s event, held at Amalie Arena, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor will kick off a full day of programming with a welcoming address.

The Mayor – and the summit – made national headlines last year when Castor announced she would receive a portion of her salary in bitcoin, the apex cryptocurrency. The recent industrywide downturn, explained Chris Krimitsos, founder of Florida Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit (FBBS), helped eliminate the preponderance of speculators and “bandwagoners” who clouded the space. Read More


Sept. 19: The game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Photo: Tyler Schank/Tampa Bay Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays organization has taken an equity position in Cityverse, a startup civic platform that will connect the community through information, ideas and experiences.

Team leadership sees Cityverse as a channel to build meaningful new ways for fans to engage with the team, and with each other. Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld, who joins the Cityverse Board of Advisors, said “We recognize and appreciate that our fans cheer on our team in a variety of ways – in-person at Tropicana Field, watching TV at home or at their favorite restaurant, and more and more on their laptops and smart phones. We are excited for this partnership with Cityverse, which will allow us to build stronger connections with our fans through content creation, community building and gamifying the fan experience.”

The two organizations will work to develop new initiatives through the Cityverse platform for the Rays and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Both teams will promote Cityverse at games. The Cityverse brand debuted during the Rays’ Monday, Sept. 19 game with the logo on the pitcher’s mound and behind home plate. Read More

Decentralized Finance

Disagreement around how to handle sanctions on Ethereum may soon force the chain to split into two: one chain censored, one not.

Ethereum may soon split into two, according to some developers. As the second-largest blockchain network vies for mainstream acceptance, it has increasingly fallen under the microscope of governments and regulators eager to tame the platform.

The U.S. government’s vision for Ethereum – which involves regulating certain kinds of blockchain apps out of existence – is at odds with some of the core principles on which the platform was founded. Read More

Crypto's $2 Trillion Wipeout Is Coming for the C-Suite

More than two dozen high-ranking executives have stepped aside from key posts in the past two months alone. Clockwise from top left: Alex Mashinsky, Sam Trabucco, Michael Moro, Michael Saylor, Jesse Powell and Aya Kantorovich.Photo Illustration: 731; Getty (7)

After a period of tumult that is still shaking crypto companies to the core, a wave of management turnover is now sweeping across the industry.

The convulsions that set the cryptocurrency market tumbling earlier this year and delivered shock waves through the industry have subsided. Now comes the shakeup in the C-suite.

More than two dozen high-ranking executives — from Alex Mashinsky, the charismatic and controversial co-founder of now-bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network to Brett Harrison of digital-asset exchange FTX US and Jesse Powell, the outspoken head of FTX’s rival Kraken — have vacated their posts in the past two months alone. Read More

Analytical Data

Bitcoin: Hashrate (EMA 30)


💰 Bitcoin's Hashrate continues to break historical records

"Therefore being more difficult to perform a 51% attack within the Bitcoin network, as the most important part of a blockchain is its security."

Bitcoin reached $1 trillion faster than any asset in history

#Bitcoin reached $1 trillion faster than any asset in history

BTC Perpetual Futures Contract

💰 BTC volatility at new low since Oct 2020

At this point, crypto volatility is even lower than stock market

Florida Politics

Ron DeSantis & Charlie Crist

Early voting kicks off Monday for the 2022 Midterms in over half of Florida’s 67 counties.

- Which counties open polls Monday? Alachua, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, DeSoto, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie and Taylor counties. All counties are required to offer early voting by Oct. 29.

- DeSantis and Crist debate. Incumbent DeSantis and Democratic challenger Crist will hold their only debate before the General Election at 7 p.m. on Monday. It will be hosted by WPEC and will be broadcast throughout the state.


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