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Trustnodes is widely recognized for its high quality reporting on digital finance, trusted to provide accurate, impartial, independent and fair coverage of developments in a fast moving and highly innovative…

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Trustnodes is widely recognized for its high quality reporting on digital finance, trusted to provide accurate, impartial, independent and fair coverage of developments in a fast moving and highly innovative space.

We are committed to achieving the highest standards of accuracy and impartiality and strive to avoid knowingly or materially misleading our audience.

This underpins our reputation as provider of news that you can trust with the highest journalistic standards applied in our reporting.

Mission Statement: The mission of Trustnodes is to bring you tomorrow today. That means focusing on innovative developments in code based finance and more widely with the aim of inspiring and informing the public through high-quality distinctive journalism.

Ownership Structure, Funding and Grants: Trustnodes has not received any Venture Capital (VC) investment as of January 2021, nor any outside grant nor funding.

We have no conflict of interest with any company or entity in this space or any other space, with Trustnodes being journalist owned and self funded.

To avoid any undue influence, our automated ad management is outsourced to specialists with our priority focusing on providing impartial and independent unbiased news to our subscribers and the wider public.

We are independent of outside interests and arrangements that could undermine our editorial integrity.

Founding Date: Trustnodes was founded on the 14th of March 2017.

Ethics Policy: The trust our readers have in our impartial reporting underpins everything we do.

Trustnodes therefore aims to not only exercise full integrity in our reporting, but also to be perceived to do so.

In particular we aim to avoid any conflict of interest or any position that might color our reportage.

We clearly separate our news content from our editorial content, and we separate both from our press releases section.

We strive in all ways to avoid any undue influence on what news we report or on what opinion we express on our editorial section, and aim to be as objective as possible in presenting the facts to inform our readers as best as we can.

That can sometime involve undercover reporting and/or unannounced fact gathering sessions with the aim of gaining a more natural picture of developments or projects.

At all times we seek to give a fair hearing and generally announce our position as a reporter after the facts are gathered or when suitable.

Our editorial stance is to refrain from undue speculation or reporting on rumors without attributing sources unless the rumor itself is newsworthy, in which case it is identified as such.

We give less weight to anonymous sources and aim to corroborate a story, with our editorial stance favoring not reporting on a development unless we can be reasonably sure of the accuracy of a statement or event.

Our editorial stance is political neutrality unless it directly affects our space. That includes geopolitical neutrality, with Trustnodes aiming to favor neither the left nor the right, neither the north nor the south, neither the east nor the west, again unless it directly affects our space.

Fundamentally we aim to report without fear nor favor, and strive to do so with the fullest of integrity.

Corrections: Trustnodes is committed to full accuracy. Our reporting must be evidence based, well sourced and presented in a clear, precise language.

Where there’s a mistake, we will correct it and add a note at the end of the article clarifying the amendment or correction.

If there is a small error in a story that does not alter its editorial meaning (eg name misspelling), the correction will be made without an additional note.

Unless content is specifically made available only for a limited time period, there is a presumption the material published will become part of a permanently accessible archive and will not normally be removed or edited except as stated above. Exceptional circumstances may include legal reasons, personal safety risks, or a serious breach of editorial standards that cannot be rectified except by removal of the material.

Verification/Fact-checking Standards: Accuracy is not simply a matter of getting facts right. Relevant opinions as well as facts may need to be considered. The trustworthiness of tools or stats too. When necessary, all the relevant facts and information should be weighed to get at the truth.

Where appropriate, we should check facts and statistics, identifying important limitations and interpretations.

In addition we need to ensure of the authenticity of a document or its author especially if it’s in a digital form.

We aim to corroborate claims and allegations while weighing and contextualizing any claims, including statistical claims.

We should verify first-hand facts and events whenever possible and where practicable corroborate the evidence of first hand sources.

We should be reluctant to rely on anonymous sources. If we do rely on a single source, it should be credible, and a named, on-the-record source is always preferable.

We must check and verify information, facts and documents, where required to achieve due accuracy. If we have been unable to verify material we should usually say so and attribute the information.

Unnamed Sources: Trustnodes takes due care when citing unnamed sources and aims to describe their position.

Generally there must be a good reason for a source to not be named, but we try to be accommodative whenever possible where circumstances require.

Actionable Feedback: Trustnodes welcomes any feedback which can be emailed to

Leadership: Trustnodes is journalist owned with our editorial position being the avoidance of bylines as they can potentially interfere with the impersonal nature of news.

We strive to report the facts without fear or favor, as long as it is well sourced, evidence based, and as long as we are open and honest about what we don’t know.

Our overall guiding principle is to inform by objectively presenting events with a focus on bringing you tomorrow today.


MicroStrategy Completes Another $1 Billion Bitcoin Buy

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MicroStrategy, the company, spearheaded by one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents, MicroStrategy, has just confirmed the purchase of another 19,452 BTC.

  • In an announcement published today, February 24th, MicroStrategy, the largest independent publicly-traded business intelligence company, has revealed the purchase of 19,452 bitcoins.
  • The company paid approximately $1,026 billion in cash for the BTC.
  • The average price at which MicroStrategy executed the trades is approximately $52,765 per coin, which includes the expenses and fees.
  • With this, the company now sits on approximately 90,531 bitcoins, currently worth just shy of $4.6 billion.
  • This equates to 0.43% of the total supply of Bitcoin that will ever be in circulation.

Speaking on the matter, Saylor said:

The Company remains focused on our two corporate strategies of growing our enterprise analytics software business and acquiring and holding bitcoin. […] The company now holds over 90,000 bitcoins, reaffirming our belief that bitcoin, as the world’s most widely-adopted cryptocurrency, can serve as a dependable store of value. We will continue to pursue our strategy of acquiring bitcoin with excess cash and we may from time to time, subject to market conditions, issue debt or equity securities in capital raising transactions with the objective of using the proceeds to purchase additional bitcoin.

  • The move was somewhat expected. As CryptoPotato reported earlier in February, the company revealed its price to offer convertible senior notes to raise money and buy Bitcoin.
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Simplex Partners With Opera to Bring In-Browser Crypto Purchases

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Users of the popular browser Opera will have the option to purchase cryptocurrencies directly from it following a partnership with the crypto-fiat processor Simplex. The integration will also enable users to set up personal cryptocurrency wallets to store the newly-purchased digital assets.

Opera Users To Buy Crypto From The Browser

Founded in 2014, Simplex describes itself as a company that has “been changing the status quo of crypto on/off ramps.” In a press release shared with CryptoPotato, the Israel-based firm announced its latest endeavor to bring cryptocurrencies to the masses.

Simplex has partnered with the multi-platform web browser Opera. As a result, Opera users will “be able to buy and sell cryptocurrency instantly within the privacy-centric browser.”

The statement reads that this strategic partnership comes amid times when the retail investors are looking for an easy way to enter the cryptocurrency space as the bull run has garnered their attention once more.

As such, being able to create their own digital asset wallets without having to leave the browser that enables them to buy, sell, or simply HODL their coins would enhance mass adoption, the firm said.

“Now Opera users can access Simplex’s extensive range of supported cryptocurrencies from within the browser wallet itself, and move between fiat and cryptocurrency with ease, enjoying competitive rates.” – reads the announcement.

Back in late 2018, Opera became the first web3 and blockchain-ready browser upon launching web3 support, dApp explorer, and its native crypto wallet for Android. Shortly after, Opera made the same upgrades for its desktop and iOS versions. The cryptocurrency wallet currently supports Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Tron (TRX).

A Member of the Visa Network

As recently reported, Simplex reached another milestone as it became a principal member of Visa in Europe. Consequently, the EU-licensed financial institution can now offer fiat to crypto solutions to users wishing to utilize digital assets for regular payments.

Following the partnership with Opera, the firm touched upon its relationship with Visa as both collaborations could help with its core mission to “democratize cryptocurrencies and pioneer new and innovative capabilities for the entire fiat to the crypto ecosystem.”

It’s also worth noting that Opera has now joined another browser in providing instant cryptocurrency purchases. Binance partnered with the Brave Browser last year, but it enabled only users of the popular exchange to interact with digital assets.

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Student Coin Tokensale Now Live Till April 30

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After 12 years of existence, it was about time for crypto to be recognized as it deserves. Step by step, blockchain technology made its way to public institutions after it conquered vendors and business enthusiasts.

With all the issues that came with bank services, no wonder people are so hyped over the idea of crypto payments – which provide users with data and financial security.

Tokenization got its spotlight due to all the solutions they offer in terms of fair payments, loans, and votes.

And to bring the crypto area one step forward, a dedicated team developed one of the most intriguing utility tokens that will forever change the way we see crypto – the STC token, available on its dedicated ICO since February 1st.

What is an STC token?

STC is the core utility token of the Student Coin blockchain project – that makes possible the creation of personalized tokens without strong technical knowledge.

Having an account on the platform allows you to create:

  • Personal tokens – unique assets tied to a single account;
  • Startup tokens – assets that help you take a step forward to your dreams;
  • Corporate tokens – unique assets dedicated to a single company;
  • DeFi tokens – assets that allow you to perform various bank activities without the intervention of third parties;
  • NFT Tokens – transferable tokens that make possible the switch between platforms.

All these tokens are valued based on the STC Token, and they can be used for exchanges, trades, even crowdfunds.

Why is the STC token special?

The thing that makes the STC token superior to other tokens is its focus on the most important people in the world’s economy – students.

They are the next generation of employees, which will mark the success of current and future companies. To give people the chance to better education, there’s a need to make university programs more accessible.

But it’s not that easy. Reducing tuition fees will lead to a lower budget to afford qualitative researchers, teachers, programs, international collaborations, and so on.

Until now, the solution was bank loans. However, with our unpredictable economy, people lost trust in bank services. And who can blame them?

Therefore, Student Coin’s team came with a solution that decentralizes student loans – crowdfunding with personal tokens.

How does it work?

The future student creates its personal token. This token is put on the Student Coin market. The STC holders purchase the tokens until the student receives the money needed for tuition. After the student graduates and finds a job, a part of his salary will be locked to pay the loan. The STC holders receive a cyclical profit payment for their involvement.

This project is sustained by over 500 top universities worldwide, including Harvard University, the University of Manchester, and the University of Copenhagen.

A simple way for students to get the funds they need to achieve their dreams. At least, that’s the main focus, but this process can also be done for visionary entrepreneurs.

And that’s not the only reason why Student Coin studs out. Holding STC tokens give users the chance to vote in the project’s development and even sign petitions if they’re needed. It’s an entire ecosystem created to give people what they need and raise the utility of cryptocurrencies.

How can you buy STC tokens?

To get your STC tokens as soon as possible, make sure you don’t miss the Student Coin Launchpad ICO, available until April 30th.

Although it started just 23 days ago, the team already raised $2 million worth of STC tokens and completed 35 phases.

Every phase finished till now had a hard cap of 100K USD, and the price increased by 0.0002 USD with every reloads.

Joining the ICO doesn’t just give you access to these tokens in advance, but it also gives you additional assets.

If you recommend the ICO to your friends and send them a unique referral link, you can earn 20% of ETH invested by every friend of yours, alongside 30% of their STC purchases.

Your friends also get an additional 5% of STC purchased.

Who is behind Student Coin?

Student coin is backed by a dedicated team of 44 people from 12 different countries, ready to expand crypto usability and create solutions for the world’s needs. Among them, you can find the former CTO of IBM for Europe, for example, or the president of the Harvard University Club of Poland.

By the end of 2021, the team plans to develop and implement STC Exchange, STC Terminal, and even an STC App, alongside listing the token on major crypto exchanges.

So, if their innovative ideas caught your attention, join the ICO and make sure to follow them on social media to be up to date with their features.








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