adam silver houston rockets james harden nba Sports 

The NBA Made the Best of a No-Win Situation by Denying the Rockets’ Protest

The league denied the Rockets’ protest of a loss to the Spurs last week. Houston’s motion took issue with referees’ mishandling of an uncounted dunk by James Harden. While the Rockets have a right to be furious, the league issued the only decision that makes sense. The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs won’t be going back in time after all. The NBA on Monday issued its ruling on the Rockets’ protest of their double-overtime loss to the Spurs last week, in which a dunk by James Harden wasn’t counted…

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Bitcoin Addresses With Any Balance Hit All-Time High

According to data compiled by Coin Metrics, a crypto asset market analysis firm, the number of Bitcoin addresses that hold any amount of satoshis reached a new all-time high between October and November 2019. According to the data, more than 28,393,045 addresses held some balance of bitcoin in that period, eclipsing a previously achieved all-time high of 28,384,557 accounts in January 2018. Shared on Twitter by Avon Ventures investor Alex Thorn, this graph hints at a rise in Bitcoin popularity in terms of actual use. Shared on Twitter by Avon…

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Dow Jones Kevin O'Leary Market News 

3 Reasons Why the Dow’s Bull Run Won’t Cool Despite Dec. 15 Tariff Threat

The Dow Jones is on a strong bull run and Dennis O’Leary says markets aren’t likely to react as badly to new tariffs. Tariffs should be considered a value-added tax (VAT) since the U.S. is the only country in the G7 that doesn’t utilize it. No Fed rate cut in December is now a variable, but it has already been priced in. Even if the U.S. government impose additional tariffs on Dec. 15, Kevin O’Leary says markets won’t react as badly as anticipated. Such resilience would further boost sentiment around…

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Echo Launches Bitcoin Sidechain, a Weighted Approach to More Functionality

In late November 2019, the Bitcoin-based DApp network Echo announced the launch of a Bitcoin sidechain on its blockchain testnet. It framed the release as a critical step in its mission to establish decentralized financial applications that leverage BTC as a native asset for lending, trading and more.  “The launch of the Bitcoin sidechain on Echo testnet is the first step towards building the most trust-minimized sidechain for Bitcoin in existence,” Alexei Dulub, founder and CEO of PixelPlex, the blockchain development firm behind Echo, told Bitcoin Magazine. “Getting BTC into…

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Cryptocurrency Exchange OKEx to Launch Options Trading This Month

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced that it will launch crypto options trading on Dec. 27. In a press release on Dec. 9, the exchange said that the addition of options makes OKEx the “first crypto exchange to offer C2C, spot, futures, perpetual swap, and options trading under the same roof.”  The options will allow the platform’s users to buy or sell an underlying asset after paying a premium. While real options trading will begin on Dec. 27, simulated trading is scheduled to start in just three days, on Dec. 12….

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china Market News microsoft 

China’s Massive Microsoft Gut-Punch Won’t Hurt MSFT Bull Run

Public offices in China can no longer use Microsoft and other foreign software by 2022. China banned Windows 8 in 2014 due to security concerns, it’s not something new. Microsoft’s China business relies on helping Chinese businesses move overseas, won’t affect the U.S. giant all too much. Over the next three years, offices of public institutions and government agencies in China have to replace foreign software and equipment. That means, no more Microsoft for public offices by 2022. China Orders Public Offices to Remove US Software The abrupt decision of…

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