Monthly Archives: May 2019

German Watchdog Warns Public About Alleged Hiring by Crypto Exchange CoinBene

Financial regulator BaFin has warned that cryptocurrency exchange CoinBene is not properly registered or licensed in Germany. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), Germany’s financial regulator, has issued a public warning about cryptocurrency exchange CoinBene on May 28. The watchdog says that CoinBene has been recruiting freelance crypto traders who get paid on commission. BaFin states that since crypto assets are financial instruments, trading them requires authorization under Germany’s Banking Act, or Kreditwesengesetz (KWG). BaFin states that CoinBene is not listed in Germany’s commercial register and has […]

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This Gallery Is Selling Indigenous Australian Art for Bitcoin

Things you can buy with bitcoin: AT&T’s services, airfare, pretty much anything using gift cards through Bitrefill, pizza, drugs (duh) and now, Indigenous Australian art. Yes, you read that right. The Indigenous Fine Art Gallery (IFAG) in Australia now accepts bitcoin for its “museum-quality art from Australia’s most collectible Indigenous artists.” This puts the IFAG in the company of a growing list of art galleries that accept bitcoin for their wares, but it’s the first ever to accept the cryptocurrency for art created by Indigenous Australians. Sounds […]

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South Korea’s Bitcoin Trading Volumes on LocalBitcoins Reach New Record Levels

Following Coinnest’s closure, South Korea’s bitcoin trading volumes reached an all-time high on LocalBitcoins. Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes in South Korea have recently reached new levels on peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange LocalBitcoins, according to charts on BTC statistics service Coin Dance. According to the data, bitcoin weekly trading volumes have surged over the past two weeks, with the latest week recording a new high of around 219 million South-Korean won ($185,000). South Korea LocalBitcoins Weekly Trade Volumes in BTC. Source: Coin Dance Founded in Finland in 2012, LocalBitcoins […]

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Dithering U.S. Regulators Risk Causing a Brain Drain to Friendlier Crypto Climes

Cryptocurrency companies in the United States aren’t happy. Token issuers, exchanges, and VCs are up in arms about vague and contradictory guidance on crypto asset regulation. Should the U.S. fail to update its archaic securities laws, they warn, there is a risk of top talent making an exodus to friendlier crypto climes. Also read: Countries Suffering From Rapid Inflation Show Significant Demand for Cryptos The US Risks Being Left Behind America is known for its forward-thinking approach to tech. As a consequence, Silicon Valley startups have been […]

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Op Ed: How Fiat Could Fall and Bitcoin Could Soar

Argentina’s Failed Peg In the 1990s, the Argentine peso was pegged to the U.S. dollar. This meant that the Argentine government guaranteed that anyone could exchange one Argentine peso for one U.S. dollar. If you had 1,000 Argentine pesos in your bank account, you could walk into the bank and ask for US$1,000 and the teller would hand it over. By 2001, the peg had become unsustainable and the government of Argentina abandoned it. As a result, the exchange rate went into freefall. Imagine if you looked […]

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Five Keys to Inner Strength From Five Years in Prison

October 1, 2018, marked five years since I was imprisoned. My physical surroundings today are ironically similar to what they were after my arrest back in 2013. I’m in the SHU again (Special Housing Unit, aka “the hole”). It means permanent lockdown, separated from the general prison population, in a small cell. There is a slot in the heavy metal door for food trays, a small steel toilet, a concrete bunk with thick rings at four points (I guess that’s how I’ll get strapped down if I […]

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Cartoon: Driving Sheep

Industry regulators are finally catching up with blockchain companies that have dubiously defined their tokens as “utilities” (therefore avoiding the strict issuing and management requirements of “securities”). The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has publicly brought a number of enforcement actions against over 20 such companies and individuals, which is encouraging the rest of the blockchain industry to step back into line. This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine. Powered by WPeMatico

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Report: Circulation of Facebook’s Crypto Could Face Demographic Challenges

Facebook’s payment-focused cryptocurrency Globalcoin could face demographic challenges, according to recent research by crypto analysis firm Diar. Facebook’s payment-focused cryptocurrency Globalcoin will face demographic challenges, according to recent research by cryptocurrency analysis firm Diar published on May 28. Facebook’s native cryptocurrency — which will purportedly seek to disrupt or bypass banking networks in order to remove financial barriers and lessen consumer costs — will reportedly launch in 2020. In its recent report, Diar suggests that the coin will face demographic challenges as the social media giant’s user […]

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Russian State Tests Blockchain-Based Application for Public Administration

The Russian state of Nizhny Novgorod is testing a blockchain-based application for public administration. The Russian state of Nizhny Novgorod is testing the use of the blockchain-based application “City N” for public administration tasks, according to a report by ForkLog on May 28. State residents will reportedly be able to file their taxes on the blockchain-based Vostok platform using the City N application. Other services of the application include the ability to verify the identity of Nizhny Novgorod residents, as well as being able to track expenditures […]

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BitMEX Operator Firm Donates to MIT to Conduct Crypto, Bitcoin-Related Research

HDR Global Trading Limited has donated to the MIT Digital Currency Initiatives to conduct cryptocurrency-related research. The owner and operator of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX has donated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to conduct cryptocurrency-related research, according to an announcement published on May 28. HDR Global Trading Limited has made a donation to the MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), the objective of which is to conduct the research necessary to support the development of digital currency and blockchain technology. Specifically, the funds will be allocated to […]

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