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What Is the Howey Test and its Impact on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, Crime, Cryptocyclopedia, Finance, Regulation

What Is the Howey Test and its Impact on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

The year 2017 was a seminal year for the cryptocurrency industry, where markets were bullish pushing the cryptocurrency prices to all-time highs. Many emerging altcoin projects were launched, and the industry saw real growth and development. Tucked in between the Cambrian Explosion of the space, observers also witnessed the many iterations of raising capital via Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). While…

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Stablecoin Startup Basis Shuts Down Eight Months after Raising $133 Million

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, Finance, News, Platform, Regulation, Tech

Stablecoin Startup Basis Shuts Down Eight Months after Raising $133 Million

According to an article published by Bloomberg, on December 13, 2018, Basis, a stablecoin startup funded by the likes of Bain Capital Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz has decided to call it a day due to the persistent ambiguity regarding classification of digital currencies as securities. Crypto Industry in Dire Straits Since November 2018, the cryptocurrency industry has been on a…

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Plunging Bitcoin Prices Create New Woes for Tainted Crypto Exchange Coincheck

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Exchange, Finance, News, Regulation

Plunging Bitcoin Prices Create New Woes for Tainted Crypto Exchange Coincheck

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck is facing hurdles as it looks to recover from the colossal $550 million cryptocurrency theft in January 2018. This time, the culprit is the lack of liquidity and positive sentiment in the digital asset market, reported Nikkei Asia Review on December 12, 2018. Businesses Take a Hit with Falling Prices Bitcoin prices continue to fall since…

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University of Oxford Suggests Legal Recourse Could Change Outcome of Crypto Transactions

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Ethereum, Exchange, News, Regulation

University of Oxford Suggests Legal Recourse Could Change Outcome of Crypto Transactions

A blog post published by the University of Oxford Faculty of Law has suggested that victims of a cryptocurrency theft and fraud could potentially recover their funds through legal proceedings in the future. The report cited a Canadian judge’s ruling from September 2018, in which a Singapore-based company Copytrack was authorized to recover 530 ETH mistakenly sent to an investor….

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IBM Developing Blockchain-Based Solutions to Transform India’s Telecoms Sector

Category: Adoption, Blockchain, Business, Development, News, Regulation

IBM Developing Blockchain-Based Solutions to Transform India’s Telecoms Sector

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) heavyweights IBM is reportedly working with Indian telecommunications firms to help them create blockchain solutions aimed at enhancing “mobile number portability” and “Do Not Call” registries, according to an Economic Times report on December 12, 2018. IBM Creating DLT Solution for India’s Telecoms Per sources close to the matter, IBM is collaborating with Indian telecommunications companies…

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Ethereum-Based Opera Browser Hopes to On-Board Web 3.0 Users

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Business, Ethereum, News, Platform, Regulation, Tech

Ethereum-Based Opera Browser Hopes to On-Board Web 3.0 Users

On December 13, 2018, Opera finally announced the launch of their blockchain-based web browser at Hard Fork Decentralized in London. At the conference, the team described the technical features included in the release as well as how it fits in with a broader vision for a Web 3.0. Built-In Wallet and Ethereum In August 2018, BTCManager reported on the firm’s…

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Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) Secure Insurance Coverage for its Cryptoassets

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, Exchange, News, Regulation

Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) Secure Insurance Coverage for its Cryptoassets

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX), a regulated cryptocurrency exchange from the stables of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX), has secured insurance coverage with Callaghan Insurance for all blockchain-based virtual currencies listed on its platform, according to a press release by the GBX on December 10, 2018. GBX Guards itself against Unforeseen Circumstances In a bid to protect itself against hacks,…

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Dutch Central Bank Keen to Regulate Crypto Companies to Deter Money Laundering

Category: Bitcoin, Crime, Finance, News, Regulation

Dutch Central Bank Keen to Regulate Crypto Companies to Deter Money Laundering

De Nederlandsche, the Dutch central bank, is keen to regulate cryptocurrency companies to deter money laundering and terrorist financing. According to December 11, 2018, reports from Dutch Daily newspaper, De Telegraaf, cryptocurrency companies may require a license to continue operating in the near future. Cryptocurrency Industry Prone to Money Laundering The Dutch banking authority noted that having a license can…

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Japan: Prosecutors Demand Ten-Year Jail for Former Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpelès

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Crime, Exchange, Finance, News, Regulation

Japan: Prosecutors Demand Ten-Year Jail for Former Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpelès

Japanese law authorities have proposed a ten-year prison sentence for the ousted founder of the now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox, reported local publication Mainichi on December 12, 2018. Mt.Gox in Shambles Once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt.Gox quickly fell from its glory days after a series of hacks and failed banking partnerships meant customers were left stranded from their digital…

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U.S. CFTC Seeks Public Feedback to Gain Better Understanding of the Ethereum Network

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Ethereum, News, Regulation

U.S. CFTC Seeks Public Feedback to Gain Better Understanding of the Ethereum Network

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is looking to the public for further feedback and understanding concerning the cryptocurrency industry, especially regarding ether and its uses on the Ethereum network. According to the press release published on December 11, 2018, the CFTC is confident that the comments and information provided by the public will significantly benefit LabCFTC, the CFTC’s…

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