Experts at MIT Bitcoin Expo 2020: Blockchain Not Yet ‘Clear Choice’ for CBDCs
Mar08

Experts at MIT Bitcoin Expo 2020: Blockchain Not Yet ‘Clear Choice’ for CBDCs

While arguing that central bank digital currencies can improve the global financial system, three experts at Saturday’s MIT Bitcoin Expo 2020 suggested that it’s not yet clear that blockchain technology is the best option for digitizing central bank-issued currency, The Block reports. According to those experts, cryptocurrencies have certain drawbacks that would need to overcome to make them the clear choice.

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RBI to Seek Repeal of High Court Reversal of Cryptocurrency Ban
Mar07

RBI to Seek Repeal of High Court Reversal of Cryptocurrency Ban

Earlier this week, India’s Supreme Court struck down the central bank’s ban preventing banks from doing business with cryptocurrency exchanges, businesses, and users. The Reserve Bank of India has reportedly confirmed that it will seek a review of that high court decision, in an attempt to appeal the ruling.

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Report Finds Only 1% of Digital Asset Transactions are for Criminal Purposes
Mar06

Report Finds Only 1% of Digital Asset Transactions are for Criminal Purposes

Consumers around the world conducted more than one trillion dollars in cryptocurrency transactions last year, according to new research from Chainanalysis. As FxStreet reports, however, only one percent of those transactions involved illegal activities.

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India’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading
Mar05

India’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading

The Supreme Court of India overturned a central bank ban on digital currency trading on Wednesday in a decision that struck down RBI’s 2018 decision barring the country’s banks from doing business with cryptocurrency exchanges. As CNN reports, the ruling is a victory for the digital currency exchanges that had challenged the central bank’s action, many of whom celebrated the high court’s decision.

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U.S. Treasury Conducts Working Meeting with Crypto Industry Leaders
Mar03

U.S. Treasury Conducts Working Meeting with Crypto Industry Leaders

On Monday, the United States Treasury Department held a digital currency working session with compliance experts and industry leaders. In a brief press release, Treasury noted that the goal of the meeting was to engage in a discussion about the oversight and regulatory challenges associated with cryptocurrency and other digital assets.

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U.S. Charges Two Chinese Nationals with Laundering Money from North Korean Crypto Hack
Mar02

U.S. Charges Two Chinese Nationals with Laundering Money from North Korean Crypto Hack

U.S. prosecutors charged two Chinese nationals with aiding a North Korean hacking scheme by laundering more than $100 million of cryptocurrency, according to an AP report in the Star Advertiser. In an indictment unsealed today in Washington, D.C., Li Jiadong and Tian Yinyin were accused of a conspiracy to launder money and operating a money transmission business without a license.

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New CoronaCoin Ties Supply of Currency to Coronavirus Infections
Mar01

New CoronaCoin Ties Supply of Currency to Coronavirus Infections

A new cryptocurrency project relies on a novel – and some might say ghoulish – gimmick. The token, called CoronaCoin is designed to ensure that the number of coins in existence decreases as the number of Coronavirus cases around the world rises.

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Cryptography Expert Says Blockchain ‘Not Good for Voting’
Feb29

Cryptography Expert Says Blockchain ‘Not Good for Voting’

In recent years, there has been growing interest in blockchain technology’s potential for improving voting systems. However, cryptography expert and MIT professor Ronald Rivet suggested this week that the technology is not likely to be of real value for voting, Australian technology news outlet iTWire reports.

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Australian Judge Allows Cryptocurrency Use as Collateral for Legal Costs
Feb28

Australian Judge Allows Cryptocurrency Use as Collateral for Legal Costs

New South Wales district judge Judith Gibson has allowed the plaintiff in an Australian defamation case to use a cryptocurrency account as security to cover potential legal costs. According to an Australian Associated Press report published by the Wauchope Gazette, the judge described digital currency as a recognized investment vehicle.

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SEC Settles ICO Promotion Charges Against Actor Steven Seagal
Feb27

SEC Settles ICO Promotion Charges Against Actor Steven Seagal

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it reached a settlement with long-time action movie star Steven Seagal in charges related to his promotion of the Bitcoin2Gen (B2G) initial coin offering.

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Bank of Canada Preparing for Future Where CBDC Might Be Necessary
Feb25

Bank of Canada Preparing for Future Where CBDC Might Be Necessary

In remarks at the CFA Montreal FinTech RDV 2020, Bank of Canada deputy governor Timothy Lane confirmed that the central bank is preparing for a possible future in which it might have to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC). While he claimed that there is no current need to issue a CBDC, he acknowledged that it was important to be prepared in case evolving circumstances make it necessary to do so in the future.

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Billionaire Buffett Vows He Will Never Own Cryptocurrency
Feb24

Billionaire Buffett Vows He Will Never Own Cryptocurrency

Warren Buffett, the billionaire CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, vowed today that he will never own any cryptocurrency. He made that promise during a CNBC Squawk Box interview in which he reaffirmed his longtime disdain for digital currency.

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Simpsons Episode to Feature Cryptocurrency
Feb23

Simpsons Episode to Feature Cryptocurrency

The Simpsons animated television program has been a staple of popular culture for three decades now. Since its initial launch, the show has consistently had its finger on the pulse of American culture and modern trends. Now, it’s apparently taking on cryptocurrency in its latest episode, airing tonight.

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Shopify to Join Libra Association
Feb22

Shopify to Join Libra Association

Shopify announced yesterday that it will be joining the Libra Association. The e-commerce giant’s decision to become a member of the embattled cryptocurrency group comes after the association has suffered several high-profile defections in recent months, including founding payment service firms like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.

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Irish Drug Dealer Loses Access to Bitcoin Fortune of 53.6 Million Euros
Feb21

Irish Drug Dealer Loses Access to Bitcoin Fortune of 53.6 Million Euros

It has long been said that crime never pays, and that was certainly true in the case of one Irish drug dealer whose stint in jail resulted in him losing account access information for cryptocurrency wallets containing some 53.6 million euros worth of btcoin. According to the Irish Times, the once-wealthy criminal had hidden the codes inside a fishing rod case that later disappeared when he was jailed in 2017.

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Riksbank to Conduct One-Year E-Krona Pilot Project
Feb20

Riksbank to Conduct One-Year E-Krona Pilot Project

Sweden’s Riksbank announced today that it will be conducting a one-year pilot project designed to create a technical solution for a central bank digital currency, the e-krona. In a press release, the bank said that the pilot project’s goal is to enhance Riksbank’s knowledge and work in an isolated test environment to create a simple, easy-to-use digital version of the krona.

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Report: IRS Wants to Meet with Cryptocurrency Groups at March Summit
Feb19

Report: IRS Wants to Meet with Cryptocurrency Groups at March Summit

The Internal Revenue Service has apparently invited a number of cryptocurrency groups to participate in a summit on March 3, Bloomberg Tax reports. The agency summit is designed to foster a dialogue with industry leaders, companies, and other advocates to help the agency better understand how it can create a balance between regulatory enforcement and effective taxpayer service.

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Candidate Bloomberg Proposes Cryptocurrency Policy in New Financial Reform Plan
Feb18

Candidate Bloomberg Proposes Cryptocurrency Policy in New Financial Reform Plan

Billionaire Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a proposal that calls for more clarification of cryptocurrency rules. The proposal is tucked within a broader financial reform plan that his campaign has published on his official campaign website.

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Binance Cloud Service to Simplify Digital Asset Exchange Launches
Feb17

Binance Cloud Service to Simplify Digital Asset Exchange Launches

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance today unveiled Binance Cloud. In a blog post announcement, the company described the new service as “an infrastructure solution for customers and partners to launch digital asset exchanges launching Binance’s industry-leading technology, security, and liquidity.

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Indian Election Officials Look to Blockchain To Improve Ballot Access
Feb16

Indian Election Officials Look to Blockchain To Improve Ballot Access

India’s Election Commission has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology to create a blockchain system that would enable migrant voters to exercise their voting franchise even when they cannot reach their local polling stations.

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