Monthly Archives: January 2019

Chainalysis: Darknet Market Activity Nearly Doubled Throughout 2018

Darknet markets are going as strong as ever, if Chainalysis data is to be believed. In its latest Crypto Crime Report, published earlier this week, blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis reports that darknet market activity has nearly doubled throughout 2018. After a slump in late 2017 and early 2018 due to the closure of two major online marketplaces for illicit activity — AlphaBay and Hansa — volume has since almost completely recovered to early-2017’s all-time high levels, surpassing $600 million worth of bitcoin for the year. “Law enforcement […]

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Zebpay Continues European Expansion, Launches EU-Wide Trading Tournament

Cryptocurrency exchange Zebpay is opening new offices in five European countries, increasing its presence on the continent to 26 countries. Launched in 2011 in India, Zebpay grew into one of the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges before shuttering its operation in September 2018, due to the crypto ban in the country. Now, the exchange operates out of Singapore, and today’s expansion will make it available for users in Spain, Romania, Slovakia, Liechtenstein and Lithuania. The exchange is also running a European trading competition which will debut today, February […]

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SBI Reports Financial Results, Recognizes Ripple for Cross Border Payments

SBI Holdings has published its nine-month financial report, recognizing Ripple’s potential in cross-border payments. Japanese finance giant SBI Holdings has released its nine-month financial report today, Jan. 31. In the report for the period ending on Dec. 31, 2018, SBI notes Ripple’s potential for cross-border payments. SBI outlines the implementation of technologies by Ripple (XRP) and blockchain consortium R3 as a major part of its strategy to enable a global standard for financial operations such as international payments and trade finance. In the section titled “Business Area […]

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Panda Exchange Deploys Hybrid Point of Sale and Crypto ATM in Bogota

The Colombian-based Panda Group has announced the launch of a cryptocurrency point of sale (PoS) terminal called Xeler that also acts as a portable digital currency automated teller machine (ATM). The hybrid solution installed in Bogotá, at the La Tortata sweet shop, allows customers to not only buy baked goods with cryptocurrencies but can also dispense BCH, BTC, and DAI in exchange for Colombian pesos. Also read: Florida Appeals Court Defines Bitcoin as Money as Espinoza Ruling Reversed Panda Group Deploys Crypto Payment Terminal That Also Acts as […]

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CEO of Telecoms Giant Swisscom’s Blockchain Unit Steps Down

Daniel Haudenschild, CEO of the blockchain advisory unit at Swiss state-owned telecoms company Swisscom, has left the firm. The CEO of the blockchain advisory unit of Swiss state-owned telecommunications company Swisscom has unexpectedly left the firm, according to a press release on Swisscom’s website, Jan. 30. As major local news outlet Swissinfo reported the same day, news of Daniel Haudenschild’s reportedly sudden departure from Swisscom Blockchain came just a day before the executive accepted the position of president of the Crypto Valley Association. Speaking in comments to […]

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CBOE Re-Applies With US SEC to List Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund

CBOE has re-submitted an application with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a rule change to list a Bitcoin ETF. The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE), along with investment firm VanEck and financial services company SolidX, has re-applied with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a rule change to list a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF). VanEck digital asset strategy director Gabor Gurbacs announced the public filing on Jan. 31. CBOE had initially withdrawn its request for a rule change to list […]

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6 Philanthropic Projects That Accept Cryptocurrency

Much of the growing interest in bitcoin and other digital currencies has been focused on individual financial gain and buying lambos. For those who would rather utilize their digital assets to effect positive change in the world, however, there is also the ability to donate to charity using crypto. The following philanthropic projects all accept cryptocurrency donations.  Also Read: Bitcoin Cash Association to Fund Eatbch Charity Non-Profit Crypto Donations Given the enormous wealth creation from cryptocurrencies, it only seems right that some of those who got involved early, and were […]

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New York Financial Regulators Grant BitLicense to Bitcoin ATM Operator

The New York State Department of Financial Services has granted a BitLicense to a Bitcoin ATM operator, Cottonwood Vending LLC. The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has granted a virtual currency license, or BitLicense, to Cottonwood Vending LLC, according to an official tweet on Jan. 31. Cottonwood Vending is a Bitcoin (BTC) ATM operator with terminals in New York City and the surrounding area. According to the tweet, the granting of such licenses “continues to advance responsible innovation in New York’s fintech industry.” Bitcoin […]

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Seoul City Gov’t Launches ‘Blockchain Governance Team’ for State Services

The government of Seoul, South Korea has launched its own blockchain governance team to explore use of the tech in administrative services. The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the Seoul Blockchain Governance Team to explore the benefits of blockchain in administrative services, Yonhap News reports Jan. 31. According to the report, the members of the team are researching the potential of blockchain applications in various government services, including online voting system. Specifically, the working group intends to address systems of integrated management, digital document verification and automatic […]

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Florida Appeals Court Reinstates Felony Charges for Unregistered Bitcoin Sale

An appellate court in the U.S. state of Florida has reinstated charges against a man who allegedly sold Bitcoin to an undercover police officer. A United States appellate court in the state of Florida has reinstated charges against a man who sold Bitcoin (BTC) to an undercover police officer, local media Miami Herald reports on Jan. 30. According to the report, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge who dismissed charges against the defendant, Michell Espinoza, was wrong. Espinoza is a website designer who […]

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