Welcome to The Current Forkast, a podcast series hosted by Forkast.News Editor-in-Chief Angie Lau on all things blockchain. In today’s episode, she talks with Brian Lio, CEO of blockchain research group Smith + Crown. Here are some highlights:

Lightning Labs raises $10 million in Series A funding and launches Lightning Loop beta

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  • How is Lightning Loop like “Visa for Bitcoin”?
  • Is bitcoin still considered “digital gold”? If so, why would merchants want to use bitcoin-based transactions and not other cryptocurrencies?

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce proposes token sale safe harbor.

  • How does this influence cryptocurrency-based startups in the U.S.?
  • What is the state of cryptocurrency regulation, and how is it changing?

Zcash votes to allocate 20% of mining rewards to development funds

  • What is Zcash, and how is it used in private transactions?
  • How was this vote carried out, and how does it reflect on decentralization?

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