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Here’s What the New Week has Brought in the World of Cryptocurrencies

Opera Brings Built-In Cryptocurrency Mining Protection To Its Browsers (HotHardware.com)
Makers of the Opera browser are fighting back against the recent trend of hijacking people’s browsers with cryptocurrency mining scripts. The Scandinavian browser maker became the first to implement built-in protections against such scripts in the desktop version of Opera, and now the company has turned its attention to its mobile browsers, with built-in protections for Opera Mini and Opera for Android. Cryptocurrency mining is obviously very big right now, and somewhat recently, mining scripts that hijack web browsers have started to appear. Known as cryptojacking, it’s estimated that more 3 billion websites are running these scripts, affecting more than 1 billion people around the globe.

Pixabay/Public Domain

Pixabay/Public Domain

Shop with Cryptocurrency: Where can you pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple? (Websites that accept Bitcoins 2018) (Smartereum.com)
4 different ways to spend Bitcoins in 2018: The last 12 months have made Bitcoin mainstream. It is not only popular among the mainstream investors but also in mainstream economy as well. There are plenty of websites as well as vendors which are currently accepting Bitcoins. In 2018, if you’re rolling Bitcoins, you would have no problem at all and spending them. We would today share with you some of the ways in which you can spend Bitcoins in 2018.

Korean Crypto Exchange Korbit Halting Deposits from Non-Citizens (CoinDesk)
South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Korbit has barred non-citizens from depositing local currency – the Korean won – on its platform. Korbit stated in an announcement that its virtual account service will be terminated this month in order to introduce accounts attached to users’ identities, as recently ordered by local regulators in a move aimed to calm speculation in the crypto markets, as well as money laundering. As part of that shift, foreign nationals will no longer be able to deposit funds to their accounts.

India Wants to Collect Taxes from Its Cryptocurrency Investors (Engadget)
India’s income tax department has sent notices to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency, after learning that $3.5 billion worth of transactions have been conducted over a 17-month period. The move comes as India’s finance ministry grapples with regulations for virtual currencies, which are attracting around 200,000 users and raking in 20 billion Indian rupees ($315 million) worth of trade per month, reports Reuters.

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