Adblock to Use Blockchain to Fight Fake News

The expansion called Trusted News, evaluates the integrity and reliability of online news sources and marks the content
14 June 2018   590

Eyeo, the developer of Adblock Plus, a popular adware blocker, launched a blockchain product that helps identify online resources with fake news, TechCrunch reports.

The expansion called Trusted News, evaluates the integrity and reliability of online news sources and marks the content. After adding to the browser, the extension marks reliable sources with a green tick.

According to the developer, Trusted News classifies the sites, relying on four third-party sources - PolitiFact, Snopes, Wikipedia and Zimdars' List. However, it is not clear how many sites the system has classified at this stage.

The extension is currently available only for the Chrome browser, and analyzes only English-language content. It uses the MetaCert protocol, which supports a registry of trusted URLs. This data will be moved to the Ethereum blockchin, and the MetaCert tokens will be used as a protection against manipulation and a system of user rewards.

According to the director Eyeo Ben Williams, the application is designed to encourage users to evaluate sources of information, leaving feedback and comments for which compensation will be awarded.

Now Eyeo is testing the extension to determine its usefulness for users. At the same time, the company refrains from creating a "white list", sites from which will not be evaluated by users.

Coinbase to Expand Services for Asia

Among the services available now there are Coinbase Prime, Pro and Custody
22 January 2019   119

Coinbase, the leading US cryptocurrency company reported that from now on its professional trading and custodial platforms are available to institutional clients and investors with large volumes from the Asian region.

In particular, according to the Coinbase blog, users of Asia will have access to the option of depositing accounts and withdrawing funds using SWIFT transfers through non-US bank accounts.

In the past 12 months, hundreds of crypto-first hedge funds have launched around the world, and many hundreds more traditional institutions such as proprietary trading firms, family offices and endowments have begun actively trading digital assets. Coinbase’s suite of professional products — Coinbase Prime and Pro, Coinbase Custody — serves these customers, along with other participants in the market, like asset issuers, crypto exchanges, and miners.

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Among the services available there are Coinbase Prime, Coinbase Pro and Coinbase Custody, which also supports the steamer USDC.

In December 2018, Coinbase began to provide services to residents of the islands of Guernsey and Maine, as well as Lithuania, Iceland, Andorra and Gibraltar.