New Galaxy Holding Bitcoin Funds to Target Older Accredited Investors
Nov19

New Galaxy Holding Bitcoin Funds to Target Older Accredited Investors

Galaxy Digital Holding Ltd reportedly plans to launch two new Bitcoin funds that will target older investors, Bloomberg reports. In a phone interview, the cryptocurrency firm’s CEO, Michael Novogratz, told Bloomberg that the plan is to attract accredited and institutional investors aged 50 to 80 to cryptocurrency investing.

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LocalBitcoins Registered as Virtual Currency Provider by Finnish FSA
Nov18

LocalBitcoins Registered as Virtual Currency Provider by Finnish FSA

LocalBitcoins has announced that it has been registered as an approved virtual currency provider by Finland’s Financial Services Authority (FIN-FSA). That registration is now required for all digital currency providers if they intend to provide services in Finland.

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IRS Official Says Agency is Concerned about Tax Issues Related to Crypto ATMS, Kiosks
Nov17

IRS Official Says Agency is Concerned about Tax Issues Related to Crypto ATMS, Kiosks

IRS Criminal Investigation Chief John Fort confirmed this week that his agency is now focused on investigating possible tax issues involving Bitcoin ATMs and cryptocurrency kiosks, Bloomberg Law reports. Fort revealed the agency’s interest in the machines during a recent blockchain conference in New York:

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Worldline Partners with Bitcoin Suisse to Provide Merchant Cryptocurrency Payments Services in Switzerland
Nov15

Worldline Partners with Bitcoin Suisse to Provide Merchant Cryptocurrency Payments Services in Switzerland

European payments service firm Worldline is partnering with Swiss cryptocurrency company Bitcoin Suisse to provide digital currency payment services to consumers and merchants in Switzerland. Bitcoin Suisse recently announced that the two companies have signed a letter of intent, which is designed to increase acceptance and adoption of digital currency across the country.

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Former ECB President Says He’s ‘Strongly Against Bitcoin’
Nov11

Former ECB President Says He’s ‘Strongly Against Bitcoin’

Former European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet had some harsh words for cryptocurrency over the weekend, the South China Morning Post reports. Trichet noted that he’s opposed to Bitcoin and suggested that cryptocurrency should not represent the future of money.

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Andreessen Horowitz Launching Blockchain Startup Course
Nov10

Andreessen Horowitz Launching Blockchain Startup Course

Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz will be launching a new course for entrepreneurs who want to create cryptocurrency and blockchain startups, CNBC reports. The firm announced the news on Friday. The fund’s co-head, Chris Dixon, told CNBC that the project will offer entrepreneurs a “new way” to build their startups”

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Forensic Study Claims Bitcoin’s 2017 Rise was Manipulated by a Single Large Player
Nov04

Forensic Study Claims Bitcoin’s 2017 Rise was Manipulated by a Single Large Player

In June 2018, researchers John Griffin and Amin Shams published a paper arguing that trading patterns on the blockchain suggested that the Tether stablecoin had been utilized to manipulate the price of Bitcoin during 2017’s historic cryptocurrency bull run. A new forensic study from the duo has reportedly found that the manipulation was caused by “one large player.”

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UNICEF Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Donations
Oct09

UNICEF Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Donations

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has formally launched a fund to enable donors to make donations using the bitcoin and ether digital currencies, CNBC reports. The UNICEF cryptocurrency fund will be used for donation storage and distribution of those donations.

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Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Bitfinex and Tether of Manipulating Cryptocurrency Markets
Oct08

Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Bitfinex and Tether of Manipulating Cryptocurrency Markets

A class-action lawsuit filed on Sunday accuses Bitfinex and Tether of manipulating the price of Bitcoin, and “propping and popping the largest bubble in history,” Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants’ actions have likely caused damages of more than $1.4 trillion.

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Tim Cook Says Apple Won’t Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency
Oct04

Tim Cook Says Apple Won’t Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

When asked this week whether his company would be launching its own cryptocurrency to compete with Facebook’s proposed Libra digital currency payment system, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the newspaper Les Echos that there are no plans for an Apple digital currency, CNBC reports.

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New Ohio Treasurer Suspends Crypto Tax Payment Site
Oct03

New Ohio Treasurer Suspends Crypto Tax Payment Site

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced yesterday that his office is immediately suspending the OhioCrypto.com site, which was launched last November by former Treasurer Josh Mandel to provide the state’s businesses with an option to pay their taxes using bitcoin.

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YouGov Survey: 81% of Americans Have Heard of at Least One Digital Currency
Sep27

YouGov Survey: 81% of Americans Have Heard of at Least One Digital Currency

A new survey from YouGov reveals that the vast majority of Americans have at least some passing familiarity with cryptocurrency. In fact, the researchers discovered that 81 percent of those surveyed reported that they had heard of at least one digital currency.

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Bakkt Launches Bitcoin Futures Trading
Sep23

Bakkt Launches Bitcoin Futures Trading

The Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt bitcoin futures trading officially launched on Sunday, with the first physically-deliverable bitcoin futures trade executed at a price of $10,115, according to a tweet from Bakkt. According to reports, trading was relatively slow, with only five contracts traded in the first hour and a little more than two-dozen completed within the next ten hours.

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SEC Chair: Bitcoin Needs Regulation Before It Can Trade on Major Exchanges
Sep19

SEC Chair: Bitcoin Needs Regulation Before It Can Trade on Major Exchanges

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said Thursday that bitcoin will need to be more regulated before it can be traded on any major exchange, CNBC reports. Clayton made the remarks at the Delivering Alpha conference, where he was the featured opening speaker.

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Big Tech, Big Finance, and the Cryptocurrency Question
Sep18

Big Tech, Big Finance, and the Cryptocurrency Question

Traditionally, governments have held a monopoly over the economic systems and financial barter used in their nation. Today, however, with all the possibilities inherent in robust cryptocurrencies, large multinationals like Facebook, Twitter, and Google/YouTube see new opportunities to embed financial operations in their core business model.

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LINE Launches Its Bitmax Cryptocurrency Exchange
Sep18

LINE Launches Its Bitmax Cryptocurrency Exchange

Japanese messaging app giant LINE announced Tuesday that its new cryptocurrency exchange Bitmax is now open for live trading. In a company statement announcing the news, LINE confirmed that the service will initially be available on Android mobile devices and available to all Japanese residents with LINE accounts.

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Dorsey Still Betting on Bitcoin; No Plans for Twitter Coin
Sep07

Dorsey Still Betting on Bitcoin; No Plans for Twitter Coin

Twitter founder and longtime Bitcoin backer Jack Dorsey recently confirmed that he is still a Bitcoin believer, while noting that his company has no plans to create its own cryptocurrency. That’s according to comments he made to the Sydney Morning Herald during a recent Square promotion trip to Australia.

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Report: Burundi Bans Cryptocurrency Trading
Sep06

Report: Burundi Bans Cryptocurrency Trading

The Bank of the Republic of Burundi has banned cryptocurrency trading in the country, according to a recent Bloomberg report. The central bank’s decision was in response to public requests to intervene from citizens who suffered losses from digital currency trading.

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Dutch Central Bank to Begin Crypto Regulation on January 10
Sep03

Dutch Central Bank to Begin Crypto Regulation on January 10

The Netherlands central bank, De Nederlandsche Bank, announced Tuesday that it will start regulating cryptocurrency services on January 10, 2020, Reuters reports. According to the central bank’s statement announcing the news, digital asset companies in the Netherlands will need to register to do business in the country:

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Portugal Tax Agency Confirms Crypto Trades and Pmts Not Subject to VAT
Aug29

Portugal Tax Agency Confirms Crypto Trades and Pmts Not Subject to VAT

The Portuguese Tax and Customs Authority has confirmed that cryptocurrency users are not subject to the Value Added Tax (VAT) when trading digital assets or using them for payments, according to a report from Jornal de Negócios. In addition, the agency indicated that cryptocurrency use is also free from income tax obligations.

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