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A new law in Missoula County could help write the future of cryptocurrency regulation in the U.S. In February, county officials adopted what they believe to be the first permanent zoning policy for cryptocurrency mining operations, which requires them to generate renewable energy and stay clear of residential areas. 

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A U.S. judge has appointed a receiver to oversee a Bitcoin plant in Montana after the majority owner was indicted on federal charges alleging he was running a Ponzi scheme involving cryptocurrency investments.

Can Do: Demystifying Cryptocurrency

Oct 4, 2019
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What do tokens, smart contracts, mining, time stamping and blockchain technology all have in common? They are all essential parts of the complicated cryptocurrency industry, a new enterprise that is rapidly transforming global financial markets and the transaction landscape.

Cryptocurrency is a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange. It uses encrypted data to secure financial transactions, make them transparent to users, and verify the transfer of assets.

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Police in multiple Montana cities including Missoula and Havre received reports of bomb threats Thursday morning in what appears to be a nationwide scare.

The threats were delivered by email to numerous locations and demanded Bitcoin payments or else bombs would detonate in those locations.

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Dr. Vadim Levitin describes himself as a, “technology geek and business leader.” Levitin co-founded the E-Commerce Institute, and for nearly two decades worked around the world helping countries and companies improve their technology, education and business infrastructures He’s done the same with the United Nations as a Chief Technical Advisor.

Dr. Levitin joins us for this episode of “Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Entrepreneurs,” to wade into the mysterious waters of cyber currency and blockchain technology with host Arnie Sherman.

Butte, Montana, winter 2017.
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Montana is world famous for its pristine natural environment, but it’s also home to America’s largest Superfund site (in Butte) and numerous other wastelands of its industrial past. Over the years, various well-intentioned economic revivalists and snake oil salesmen have proposed solutions to alchemize mine waste into gold - first with the environmental restoration industry, now with bitcoin miners putting out shingles in historic hard rock mining towns. This series of stories will explore the Treasure State’s collapsed pride, and efforts to process its toxic shame and legacy into a new identity and economy.