More than half of all consumers in the US belong to some sort of loyalty programme, which businesses have used for years as a way to strengthen their relationships with customers and provide incentives to keep them coming back for more.
Depending on which cryptocurrencies you invest in, you might have heard about a past event or two – or maybe a coming event – called a “hard fork”. So what, exactly, is a hard fork, and what does that mean for the currency in question?
Bitcoin was launched with the express goal of eliminating the need for third-party financial institutions in electronic payments. And crypto-loving banking critics tend to reserve special disdain for central banks, which they believe have too much power to meddle in valuations of fiat money.
The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies & Contracts (IC3) has a mission to move blockchain-based applications “from today’s white boards and proof-of-concepts to tomorrow’s fast and reliable financial systems of execution and record”.