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2020 has been a tough and challenging year that we’ll long remember. Besides the pandemic, a series of major events shook the global economy. A lot happened in the healthcare, finance, banking industries and the crypto and blockchain spheres were no exception. However, anyone who has at least a little understanding of these industries will agree that the market is hotter now than ever before. And if you’ve missed the latest news, don’t worry. We are here with the main crypto highlights of 2020, for you to be ready to catch the wave in 2021.

1. Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

As we all know, DeFi, short for decentralized finance, is the ecosystem of blockchain-based, peer-to-peer networks enabling financial services without centralized middlemen, banks for instance. This new system is a result of the advancement and change in customers’ needs. People want faster and more convenient ways of controlling their finances. You don’t like queuing in a bank or wasting hours on a single deal, right? The DeFi is here to help you out. It enables crypto owners to use traditional services such as borrowing, lending, trading, getting insurance, or investing in a more transparent, rapid and comfortable way. What you need is only an internet connection and a crypto wallet. …


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Originally published at https://nooor.io on December 22, 2020.

I bet you’ve been thinking of bitcoin recently. You may have even considered buying or selling some, if not already. Probably, you also know that the most popular go-to place to trade crypto is an exchange. But you can get burned if you don’t know what you’re doing. There’s a risk of theft, scam, or excessive fees. There are more than 30,000 crypto exchanges out there. How to know which one is the best?

Where to Buy Bitcoin?

First, there are several types of exchanges-centralized, decentralized, and peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplaces.

A centralized exchange acts as a middleman between buyers and sellers. First, it takes the money both from the sellers and the buyers. Then it matches their requests to buy and to sell and charges fees on both of them. The buyer and the seller never meet on the platform. The result is fast trading but at the cost of high fees and a serious security threat. …


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We know you’ve missed our Nooor talks! So here we are with another interview with one of the most remarkable members of the blockchain industry — Jim Ballingal. Jim is a good friend of Nooor and was one of our speakers during ChainPoint 19. No more details here; continue reading to know who Jim is, what his background is, about his projects, and more!

1. Tell our community about yourself, your professional experience, and how you have entered the blockchain space?

I am the Executive Director for The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). IC3 is by far the world’s leading academic initiative devoted to blockchain research — with seventeen faculty spanning nine campuses at top universities in four countries (UC Berkeley, CMU, Cornell, Cornell Tech, EPFL, ETH-Zurich, the Technion, University College London, and Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). …


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The world develops at a very fast pace. Technology does too. We are sure you’ve heard a lot about blockchain recently. But what is all that buzz about? Does blockchain really have any good to do to the world? Or is it just a hype that will pass some time later? Should you start investigating that field or not?

The short answer will be: no, blockchain is not just hype and is totally worth learning. …


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A number of new opportunities are arising for software developers as the blockchain technology and its numerous applications are getting more and more popular. One of the leading job positions in the industry is the blockchain developer. Yet due to being such a unique profession, the position is not as defined as other tech positions that have been in the market for many years. That is because any software engineer that is capable of working with blockchain technologies can be considered as a blockchain developer.

In recent years, blockchain has become a very desirable skill. Moreover, it is the most in-demand hard skill in 2020 according to LinkedIn. This is owing to its main features: transparency, decentralization, and immutability. Blockchain has developed a lot since the Bitcoin boom, and currently, cryptocurrency is one of its least significant uses. …


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The number of cryptocurrency users is growing as fast as greased lightning, and celebrities occupy a prominent place among them. More and more stars are shifting to the decentralized world which surely deserves praise. Today we have prepared this blog post for you about 5 celebrities you won’t believe are into crypto. So let’s not wait any more, and jump into the most interesting part!

1. Mel B

Do you know who is one of the first artists to accept Bitcoin as payment for their songs and performances? …


“ Progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.”

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We continue the series of our special Nooor talks with the most outstanding players in the industry. Today our guest is David Stancel, who is the co-founder of Blockchain Slovakia — an NGO focused on education, research, and policy advocacy in the area of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. David also lectures courses on cryptocurrencies at the Slovak University of Technology and the University of Economics in Bratislava. More about himself, his very promising initiatives in crypto and blockchain can be found in our interview.

1. Tell us about David Stancel before crypto. What was the trigger to enter the blockchain space?


“ credibility is the most exciting thing about the technology.”

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As we continue our Nooor Talks series, we are excited to talk to Artur Kuczmowski, the Senior Partner at Thompson&Stein, regarding how Poland is getting over the issues resulting from the pandemic, his thoughts on stablecoins, and the biggest challenge of blockchain technology.

Nooor Talks, Artur Kuczmowski, five questions, five answers. Here we go!

1. We are all facing the challenges that the pandemic has exposed. How is the economy of Poland tackling the situation, what actions can be helpful to keep the economy on track?

Well… Polish government has allocated 1.5 billion zlotys to help entrepreneurs during the current economic slowdown. That’s a great assistance to entrepreneurs. The government focused primarily on protecting job and maintaining liquidity. Entrepreneurs have been exempted from social security tax and can receive a subsidy (of 5 thousand zloty), fully redeemable. What’s more, Polish Development Fund in cooperation with banks created a revolutionary program. Its aim is to help companies maintain liquidity during the coronavirus pandemic. By using data from tax authorities, all data processing has been automated and the application process takes only 48 hours. …


“ Be a voice, not an echo”

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Today our guest is a blockchain marketer, a startup mentor and a bestselling fiction author — Ani Alexander. Consulting a number of projects, she is currently the head of marketing at Amazix, a full-service consultancy for blockchain businesses.

We sat down with Ani to learn about her inspiring journey in the field and her views on the current trends.

— Ani, please tell us about your journey into the blockchain industry.

I got into the industry by accident. My friend, who was a fiction author, introduced me to Steemit. I interviewed someone from the team for my podcast and later started writing there and earning crypto for that. That made me fall down the rabbit hole and learn about crypto and blockchain. Shortly after that, I landed my first job in the space. …


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Today is the 10th anniversary of Bitcoin Pizza Day celebrated by the entire crypto world. Exactly ten years ago today, Laszlo Hanyecz, a Florida programmer who had also contributed to the source code of Bitcoin in the past, made the first known purchase of physical goods with bitcoin.

In 2010 bitcoin was already on the market for around a year but not a single good was yet paid for with bitcoins, until Laszlo decided to push it with some of his coins. He posted on the forum that he will pay 10,000 BTC to anybody who will get 2 pizzas to his house. …

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