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Why the EU is Investing $540,000 in Blockchain Development and Pilot Test

Category: Blockchain, News, Regulation

Why the EU is Investing $540,000 in Blockchain Development and Pilot Test

The European Union (EU) has decided to invest $540,000 in the formation of the EU Blockchain Observatory to formulate efficient regulations and policies for companies and startups leading blockchain development. In an official statement released on April 18, the EU stated that the budget would be used to fund the EU Blockchain Observatory for two years. During that period, EU…

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Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

The United Kingdom has relied on its financial services industry to drive economic growth for decades. However, in light of the British population’s vote to leave the European Union and, thereby, potentially lose the access to the European Single Market, the UK’s status as Europe’s leading financial hub may wane. Is this for better or for worse regarding the crypto…

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Dash Sprints To New Heights of Global Reach

Category: Altcoins, Business, Finance, News

Dash Sprints To New Heights of Global Reach

The cryptocurrency Dash is an open-source project that is rapidly gaining worldwide attention for delivering safe, decentralized financial solutions. Similar to digital cash, it can be spent easily and instantly online and at merchants and service providers worldwide. Now in a move signaling its growing global presence, Dash recently announced a couple of key partnerships in Europe and Russia. BitPanda,…

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Switzerland Enters a New Era of Banking With Xapo Approval

Category: Bitcoin, Business, Finance, News

Switzerland Enters a New Era of Banking With Xapo Approval

After almost two years of negotiations and product restructuring, Xapo, “the Fort Knox of bitcoin” has achieved conditional approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) to operate in Switzerland. Although subject to conditions, the approval marks the beginning of a new era of banking in Switzerland, offering a new type of digital financial intermediary to serve people, to…

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Hackers Extort Clients of Bank in Liechtenstein, Demand 10 percent of Balances

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News

Hackers Extort Clients of Bank in Liechtenstein, Demand 10 percent of Balances

Liechtenstein is known as a tax haven. Hackers claim to possess the bank account data of the clients of the country’s bank Valartis. To not report tax crimes they demand that the customers pay a ransom of 10 percent of their balance, in bitcoin. The principality of Liechtenstein is one of the tiniest nation states of the world. It is…

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Sweden’s Central Bank is Thinking About Using the Blockchain to Issue Digital Money

Category: News, Regulation, Tech

Sweden’s Central Bank is Thinking About Using the Blockchain to Issue Digital Money

Sure, it is no news that money has long become digital. The plans to issue an “eKrona”, as the deputy governor of the Riksbank disclosed this week, however, are still exciting. Cecilia Skingsley, deputy governor of the Swedish Riksbank, recently gave an interview to the Financial Times (FT). Since the interview is behind a paywall that demands a lot of…

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One in Five Users May Abandon Bitcoin Because of Privacy Concerns

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

One in Five Users May Abandon Bitcoin Because of Privacy Concerns

Three German scientists are researching the perspectives of Bitcoin users on privacy, where their preliminary results confirm that Bitcoin users are highly aware of privacy but lack knowledge about specific techniques to de-anonymize transactions. Privacy is a hot topic in the realm of Bitcoin. Scientists study how to anonymize and de-anonymize Bitcoin transactions, while companies already link addresses to identities…

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Cryptocurrency and Digital Asset Exchange Lykke Raise $1 Million at ICO

Category: Altcoins, Business, News, Tech

Cryptocurrency and Digital Asset Exchange Lykke Raise $1 Million at ICO

The Zurich-based Fintech startup Lykke announced that it has raised $1 million during its initial coin offering (ICO), which closed on October 11. During the one month long ICO, more than 23 million Lykke coin were sold, raising CHF 1,161,338, which amounts to around $1 million. During the ICO, Lykke’s mobile wallet was downloaded by over 1,200 new users and…

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ECB To Toughen Stance on Virtual Currencies

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

ECB To Toughen Stance on Virtual Currencies

The European Central Bank (ECB) is not a big fan of virtual money. That is quite an understatement, as the financial institution urges EU regulators to “curb the growth” of virtual money solutions. While there is no indication these pleas will lead to additional regulation in the European Union, it is another example of how the ECB is afraid of…

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BitcoinETI Becomes Europe’s First Regulated Bitcoin Product, Lists on GSX

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

BitcoinETI Becomes Europe’s First Regulated Bitcoin Product, Lists on GSX

The BitcoinETI, an asset-backed, exchange-traded instrument (ETI), invested exclusively in Bitcoin will be Europe’s first regulated Bitcoin product. Listing on the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX) this week, the ETI will also be co-listed on Germany’s Deutsche Börse. BitcoinETI will trade under the ticker BTCETI and will provide access to investing in Bitcoin for a wider range of investors. The minimum…

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