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Olga Kharif
For Olga Kharif's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Hackers linked to North Korea, among the most sophisticated in the business, are showing no signs of letting up in targeting the cryptosphere.
BUSINESS / Tech
Mar 23, 2024
North Korean hackers stalk crypto startups scrimping on security
Startups strapped for cash after a prolonged funding drought have cut security spending even as soaring digital-asset prices tempt hackers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 15, 2022
Ethereum completes long-awaited energy-saving ‘Merge’ upgrade
The blockchain network's energy consumption will decline by an estimated 99%.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 27, 2022
A $2 trillion free fall rattles crypto to the core
What started in crypto markets as a 'risk-off” bout of selling has exposed interconnectedness that resembles the tangle of derivatives that hit the global financial system in 2008.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 30, 2021
Developers are making games for a Nintendo 4K console that doesn’t exist
The lack of a console with 4K technology risks alienating developers who have spent months tailoring their games to take advantage of upgraded hardware capabilities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 16, 2021
Netflix’s plan to jump into video games puzzles Wall Street
Analysts say the company doesn't have the infrastructure or the expertise to create or support top-tier games, and that such capability won't be easy to build.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 4, 2020
Facebook weighs Libra revamp to win over reluctant regulators
Facebook Inc. and its partners are considering re-designing the Libra cryptocurrency project so that the network accepts multiple coins, including those issued by central banks, in an effort to woo reluctant global regulators and rebuild momentum for the plan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 28, 2019
Cryptocurrency exchanges across China halt services amid crackdown
China's latest crypto-crackdown is already claiming its first casualties.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jun 19, 2019
Facebook wants its cryptocurrency to one day rival the greenback
Facebook Inc. unveiled plans for a new cryptocurrency Tuesday that the social media giant hopes will one day trade on a global scale much like the U.S. dollar.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 15, 2019
Tripling in value of Binance Coin, the cryptocurrency of the hour, echoes bitcoin's glory days
The cryptocurrency boom appears to be alive and well for Binance, the world's largest digital-asset exchange by trading volume.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 27, 2018
IBM ties up with Asahi Refining and others on blockchain tech to track jewels from mine to store
IBM Corp., a group of four gold and diamond industry companies, and an independent laboratory are developing a blockchain network for tracing the provenance of finished pieces of jewelry from mine to store.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 21, 2017
Sending money overseas to get faster once banks pick winner among tech firms
In the quest for a faster and more traceable way to transfer money internationally, banks were gravitating a few years ago to Ripple, a platform backed by Silicon Valley luminaries and global financial institutions.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Apr 22, 2016
Prince's desire for control of own music set example for today's musicians
Music legend Prince left as big a mark behind the recording industry scenes as he did on his millions of fans.
BUSINESS
Sep 6, 2014
Apple aims to change the game with mobile-payments debut
Apple Inc. is jumping into the mobile-payments market just as retailers upgrade their cash registers to be more secure and ready to receive wireless transactions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 3, 2013
Apple, Samsung looking to produce smart watches as Sony's time passes
With growth slowing in the $358 billion handset market, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are developing digital watches that allow people to make calls, check map coordinates or monitor their physical activity.

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