The kidnappers of a South African teenager who was picked up from a playground close to his home have demanded a ransom to be paid in cryptocurrency, as reported by The Guardian.

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13-year old Katlego Marite was said to have been abducted from a playground by kidnappers and dragged into a vehicle, leaving a note at the scene demanding a ransom payment in bitcoin.

In a local media report, Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said the case was being investigated.

He also confirmed the note which reportedly threatens to kill the boy if demands are not met, with the first deadline day passing two days ago.

The note left by the gang reads: “This is a kidnapping … We demand ransom of 15 bitcoins to be paid into the below bitcoin wallet address to secure your child’s safe release — non-negotiable.” …


Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Instructs Government Agency To Look Into Blockchain.

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NDTV

The PM has instructed the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to study the decentralized technology and its possible applications in government.

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has instructed the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) — the agency created to help other government institutions undergo digitization — to study the possible use cases of blockchain across government services and institutions.

In a report published in Australian ITNews, DTA chief digital officer Peter Alexander revealed at the Senate Estimates Committee meeting yesterday that the PM told them to study blockchain and its application after some agencies started showing interest in the technology.

“The Prime Minister, in fact, wrote to our minister [assistant minister for digital transformation Michael Keenan] and asked us to have a look at blockchain, which evolved into this particular piece of work.” …


After banning cryptocurrency ads, Google has made a move to poach one of the finest brains in blockchain.

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Google is pursuing Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin to join their team for a ‘mysterious’ blockchain project according to a tweet posted by Buterin May 20-which has since been deleted.

Buterin who is the genius behind Ethereum — the world’s second most valuable cryptocurrency network — posted a poll to his followers on Twitter where he asked:

“Should I drop ethereum and work for google?”

This poll was accompanied with a screenshot of a mail, allegedly from Google recruiter Elizabeth Garcia, asking if he would consider an offer from Google “now or in the near future.” …


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Image screenshot from Binance Exchange

If you’ve decided to enter into the marvelous world of cryptocurrency and you’ve bought your first Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) or Litecoin (LTC) on Coinbase (Many people will refer to these as the Big Three). You also have friends talking about XVG, NEO, OMG, WTC etc. Coins such as these are what we refer to as altcoins. Unlike the big three many of these coins cannot be purchased on Coinbase, hence, they need to be bought on different exchanges. My personal favorite exchange is Binance. …


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Source: How to adopt a great cat

Owning a cat is cool. They make great companions as well as doing the dirty job of keeping mice away from your home. But before you get one, there are a few things you should think about.

1. Cats are independent by nature, but they’re not quite able to take care of themselves.

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Source: The Independent

Hence, make sure that you can make time for a cat before you adopt one. Different kinds of cats require a different amount of care and your schedule, to a certain extent should dictate the kind of cat you should get. There’s no point getting one of these adorable creatures if you can’t take care of them.

2. What if your circumstances change after the adoption?

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Source: Stress in Cats: How to tell if your Cat is Lonely, Stressed, Bored or Unhappy

What are you going for while adopting a cat? Is it because you work long hours and still want a friendly face to greet you at the door at the end of the day? Would you always be able to care for it? These are questions you should answer before bringing a cat home. …


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Source: Hubspot.com

There are few things that affect how much revenue you will generate and how successful your startup will be more than price.

According to the Gartner Group, worldwide SaaS revenue is projected to reach $246.8 billion this year up from $246.8 billion in 2016, which represents 18 percent increase from last year.

It is no surprise why so many startups spend days and sometimes, months determining their pricing models.

However, figuring out the right balance between what you’re offering to your clients and the compensation you should get from them is critical to growth.

Here are the top SAAS pricing models to consider when you’re undecided on the pricing model to choose for your startups. …

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