• Coming to a blockchain near you? Red Velvet at Korea Popular Music Awards red carpet on December 20, 2018 (via Wiki commons).
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    From K-pop to boxing, stars are launching personal cryptocurrencies

    Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled got burned by supporting ICOs, but now celebrities are creating utility tokens letting fans interact with them

    K-pop has grown into a $5 billion business with an international fanbase over the past five years. Now a major Korean music label said it wants to use blockchain technology to help its stable of K-pop superstars get closer to their fans.

  • Mike Tyson at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas (Photo by Eduardo Merille, via Wiki Commons).
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    Mike Tyson’s wife/manager blasts fake crypto story posted by VentureBeat, Cointelegraph, Decrypt

    Blockchain start-up Fight to Fame’s claim that the boxing champ is part of the company is false, she tells Modern Consensus

    Mike Tyson’s wife—who is also his manager—told Modern Consensus that the former champion has never been involved with Fight to Fame. The company claims to be building a cross-media entertainment platform that would combine blockchain technology with live fights, movies, TV, and social media to give fighters more money and control of their careers.

  • Iron Mike Tyson (© Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com).
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    Crypto media fooled by fake Mike Tyson cryptocurrency

    A story in VentureBeat and Cointelegraph about an Iron Mike-backed blockchain startup for fighters is on the ropes

    Say this in Mike Tyson’s lisping, high-pitched voice: “As a seasoned fighter, I want to mentor future generations, especially future action stars and make sure there’s a path to career success and fair compensation. Building this global platform for them is a passion of mine.”

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    Extremist site 8chan turns to blockchain tech

    The ‘anything goes’ message board, a rallying place for white supremacists, is now hosted by a company that uses Bitcoin cryptography

    If it’s racist, misogynistic, extremist, or glorifies violence, you’ll find it on 8chan. In the wake of the El Paso Walmart shooting that killed 20, the hate-filled message board has moved to privacy-first hosting provider ZeroNet, which uses Bitcoin cryptography, after being kicked off its previous host, Tucows. 8chan was also dropped by Cloudflare, the Internet security and infrastructure company that protected it against DDoS attacks, according to Forbes. Both Tucows and Cloudflare acted after the El Paso mass-shooter posted a hate-filled screed to the anything-goes site popular with white supremacists. “8chan is almost like a bulletin board where the worst offenders go to share their terrible ideas,” Jonathan Greenblatt,…