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Conducting Security Token Offerings (STOs) in China Is Illegal

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

Conducting Security Token Offerings (STOs) in China Is Illegal

At a time when Security Token Offerings (STOs) are gradually gaining grounds in the cryptospace, with some observers  predicting the new type of fundraiser will replace initial coin offerings (ICOs), deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has made it clear that STOs are illegal in China, reported the South China Morning Post on December 9, 2018. No…

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Despite Crypto Downfall, Southeast Asian Countries Fast Turning into a Blockchain Hub

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

Despite Crypto Downfall, Southeast Asian Countries Fast Turning into a Blockchain Hub

Southeast Asia is swiftly shaping into a blockchain hub, with most emerging and developed markets in the region firmly positioning themselves at the forefront by deploying blockchain-based products across a myriad of business verticals, reported The Asean Post on December 10, 2018. Beyond the Internet Boom While most uses of blockchain technology are relegated to cryptocurrencies or related businesses, governments and…

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Former Congressman Ron Paul Accuses U.S. Fed of Manipulation; Urges Cryptocurrency Detaxation

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Finance, News, Platform, Regulation

Former Congressman Ron Paul Accuses U.S. Fed of Manipulation; Urges Cryptocurrency Detaxation

Former presidential candidate Ron Paul published an article titled “Trump Is Right, the Fed Is Crazy” in November 2018, pointing out for the immediate detaxation of cryptocurrencies and precious metals in the United States. Abusing Power to Manipulate Finance According to Paul, the U.S. Federal Reserve is abusing its position to manipulate interest rates and the stability of the dollar….

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Congress Members Introduce Bills to Prevent Virtual Currency Price Manipulation

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

Congress Members Introduce Bills to Prevent Virtual Currency Price Manipulation

On December 6, 2018, Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL-09) and Ted Budd (R-NC-13), presented legislation fillings designed to avoid the price manipulation of virtual currency and to keep the U.S. leading the cryptocurrency industry.   Safeguarding Consumers and Stimulating Innovation The pair of Congressmen presented two new pieces of legislation which propose a set of measures to prevent the price of virtual currencies…

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SEC Slaps $50,000 Fine on Delaware-Based Crypto Investment Fund

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

SEC Slaps $50,000 Fine on Delaware-Based Crypto Investment Fund

On December 7, 2018, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a cease and desist order and a penalty of $50,000 against Delaware-based crypto assets fund firm CoinAlpha Advisors LLC. SEC Hits Crypto Fund for Violating Securities Law   According to the filing published on the commission’s website, the SEC charged CoinAlpha Advisors LLC for acting as an…

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Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare BuyCoin squares BlockEQ Wallet for $9 Million

Category: Blockchain, Finance, News, Platform, Regulation

Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare BuyCoin squares BlockEQ Wallet for $9 Million

Coinsquare, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges in Canada, has acquired BlockEQ, Stellar’s non-custodial crypto wallet, in a bid to expand its offerings beyond just digital asset trading, the company announced in a press release on December 6, 2018. “Coinbase of Canada” Acquires BlockEQ While many still speculate about how long the bearish market will last, some companies in the…

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What Bear Market? 29 Percent of Freelancers Would Like to be Paid in Crypto

Category: Adoption, Altcoins, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Finance, News, Platform, Regulation, wallet

What Bear Market? 29 Percent of Freelancers Would Like to be Paid in Crypto

According to a new study published by Humans.Net on December 7, 2018, almost one-third of freelancers would like to receive payments in cryptocurrency despite the current bear market, which has seen bitcoin drop to a new one-year low. Humans.Net Poll Online jobs platform Humans.Net has surveyed 1,110 of its users, most of which are freelancers based in the U.S. The…

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Bitcoin ETF: SEC Postpones the Decision Until February 27, 2019

Category: Bitcoin, Exchange, Finance, News, Regulation

Bitcoin ETF: SEC Postpones the Decision Until February 27, 2019

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released an official statement on December 6, 2018, postponing the decision on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF until February 27, 2019. The extension of review period by the financial watchdog didn’t bode too well for the already reeling crypto markets, as bitcoin’s value has since fallen by more than nine percent. Final Call to Be…

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Swiss Residents Can Now Buy Monero (XMR) at Bity-Operated Crypto ATMs

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Swiss Residents Can Now Buy Monero (XMR) at Bity-Operated Crypto ATMs

Blockchain startup Bity has announced that its cryptocurrency ATMs deployed across Switzerland will now support the purchase of Monero (XMR) tokens. The company has listed the addresses and operating hours of its machines in a post published December 4, 2018. The Gold Standard of Privacy Coins Denominations of the privacy coin can be purchased effective immediately in exchange for Swiss…

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Abu Dhabi Global Market Successfully Concludes First Phase of Blockchain-Based KYC Project

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Abu Dhabi Global Market Successfully Concludes First Phase of Blockchain-Based KYC Project

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) recently announced the successful completion of the first phase of a blockchain-based electronic-Know-Your-Customer (e-KYC) utility project. According to the press release published on December 4, 2018, the e-KYC had significantly simplified and improved the KYC process by providing an immutable audit trail. e-KYC Project Demonstrates Tangible Benefits The e-KYC project was a Financial Services Regulatory…

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