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IRS just published tax guidance on Cryptocurrency forks

IRS just published tax guidance on Cryptocurrency forks

In May of this year, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig made a comment about releasing future guidance on the taxation of cryptocurrency in the USA. Today that guidance was revealed. This is the first guidance released by the IRS on this subject since their relatively thin set of comments on the matter all the way back in the year 2014. A lot has changed in cryptocurrency since the year 2014, including the two most major rises and falls of Bitcoin since the dawn of the blockchain.

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Proposed vaping legislation will limit liquid nicotine concentration

Proposed vaping legislation will limit liquid nicotine concentration

US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has announced new legislation that aims to cap the amount of nicotine that can be used in vaping liquids. Assuming the legislation passes, the FDA will retain the right to lower the maximum nicotine concentration in these liquids in the future if necessary. The move is intended to reduce the addiction potential of nicotine-based vaping liquids, some of which contain very high concentrations.

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Lung injury cases climb to 1,080 as CDC warns public to stop vaping

Lung injury cases climb to 1,080 as CDC warns public to stop vaping

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published its latest update on the vaping lung injury cases, revealing that nearly 300 new cases were reported over the last week. As of October 3, the number of probable and confirmed cases across the United States have climbed to 1,080, underscoring a startling increase in a condition that some researchers speculate may be caused by toxic fumes.

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Vaping deaths reported in Nebraska and New Jersey as cases grow

Vaping deaths reported in Nebraska and New Jersey as cases grow

Nebraska and New Jersey are the latest states to report deaths caused by a severe lung condition linked to the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices. Officials in Nebraska disclosed the death on September 30 followed by a similar disclosure from the New Jersey Department of Public Health earlier today. Both deaths involved adults, one of whom was over the age of 65.

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Two states report vaping deaths, cases climb to 530 across US

Two states report vaping deaths, cases climb to 530 across US

Public health officials in Georgia and Florida reported two vaping deaths this week, bringing the nationwide total to 11. Both cases involved individuals suffering from the severe lung condition that has appeared in hundreds of people who reported recent use of electronic cigarettes or other vaping products. In at least one of these newly disclosed fatal cases, the victim is said to have used nicotine products.

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Snapchat’s Facebook no-no file called Project Voldemort

Snapchat’s Facebook no-no file called Project Voldemort

Facebook's history of attempts to acquire and/or overcome Snapchat have reportedly appeared in a file created by Snap called "Project Voldemort." Neither of the companies have made this document official, and all sources have remained anonymous in their efforts to make this document known. The files paint Facebook as the enemy of the modern world courtesy of a character from J.K. Rowling's global blockbuster book series: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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New Mac Pro to be Texas-made after Apple escapes Trump tariffs

New Mac Pro to be Texas-made after Apple escapes Trump tariffs

Apple announced today that it will be manufacturing its new Mac Pros at a production facility in Austin, Texas. This is the same Flex facility that has been making Mac Pros since 2013, making the computer something of a rarity among Apple's product lineup, as most of its other devices are made in China. Production is set to kick off soon, and it'll use components made by "more than a dozen American companies."

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FDA proposed rule shows it’s serious about banning e-cigarettes

FDA proposed rule shows it’s serious about banning e-cigarettes

As anticipated, the FDA has proposed a new rule detailing the steps tobacco companies will be required to take in order to sell electronic cigarettes and similar vaping products. The FDA will evaluate applications for marketing approval across a variety of categories, including the product's potential impact on public health. The agency aims to 'clear the market' of all unauthorized flavored electronic cigarettes.

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India is one of the first countries to ban all electronic cigarettes

India is one of the first countries to ban all electronic cigarettes

India has revealed intentions to ban all electronic cigarettes in the nation, a move said to be made out of concern over public health. Approval of the ban was given by the country's Union Cabinet, according to India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The decision follows confirmation of nearly 400 cases of a severe lung condition impacting people with a history of vaping.

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California public health officials report seventh vaping-related death

California public health officials report seventh vaping-related death

Public health officials with the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency in California have reported the seventh death linked to the unnamed lung condition impacting hundreds of people who had a history of recent vape use. The death impacted an adult over the age of 40, according to an announcement from the county, which says this was related to electronic cigarette use.

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FDA moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Here’s what we know

FDA moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Here’s what we know

The FDA is taking steps to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes amid ongoing reports of a serious lung condition that has caused at least six deaths and more than 450 cases, including hospitalizations. The announcement was made today by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who said in a statement that these devices are paving the way for a new generation of nicotine addicts.

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CDC’s vaping update arrives amid third death, more than 450 cases

CDC’s vaping update arrives amid third death, more than 450 cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest update on the investigation into a serious lung condition linked to the use of nicotine and THC vapes. The agency addressed reports from yesterday claiming that an oil called vitamin E acetate had been found in a number of cases, pointing out that it isn't a common link between all of the reported illnesses. The update joins reports of a third death and more than 450 cases.

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