South Australian Government to Use Blockchain for Official Election
Feb22

South Australian Government to Use Blockchain for Official Election

The South Australian Government will conduct the country’s first official election using a blockchain voting system, according to a report by Micky News.

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Korea Exchange Reportedly Watching for U.S. Response to Bitcoin ETF Proposals
Feb22

Korea Exchange Reportedly Watching for U.S. Response to Bitcoin ETF Proposals

According to a report in Korea Herald, South Korean trading institutions have been in somewhat of a holding pattern when it comes to innovative cryptocurrency trading options like exchange-traded funds, preferring instead to wait and see how the United States deals with the issue.

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OH County Auditors’ Association Working Group to Study Blockchain Use for Property Deed Transfers
Feb21

OH County Auditors’ Association Working Group to Study Blockchain Use for Property Deed Transfers

The County Auditors’ Association of Ohio (CAAO) has announced the creation of a working group to explore blockchain technology’s usefulness for property deed transfers. In the February 21 press release that announced the news, CAAO President and Stark County Auditor Alan Harold said:

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New Survey Finds “Generational Shift in Trust” from Stocks to Crypto
Feb19

New Survey Finds “Generational Shift in Trust” from Stocks to Crypto

A new survey from eToro suggests that younger online traders’ trust in cryptocurrency exchanges is growing, as many have lost faith in more traditional stock exchanges. In a press release highlighting the survey results, eToro noted that, among Millennial traders, 43 percent place more trust in the new digital currency exchanges than in America’s stock exchanges.

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Indonesia Announces New Crypto Regulatory Framework
Feb18

Indonesia Announces New Crypto Regulatory Framework

The Indonesian Bappebti, the country’s Commodity Futures Trading Regulatory Agency, has announced the establishment of a new regulatory framework to govern digital assets futures markets, according to Finance Magnates. The framework will require cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the country to register and obtain approval first.

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Liechtenstein Postal Service Now Offers Customers On-Site Crypto Exchange Services
Feb17

Liechtenstein Postal Service Now Offers Customers On-Site Crypto Exchange Services

Liechtenstein’s postal service this week announced that it will now provide its customers with cryptocurrency exchange services at its post office locations. During the first phase of the effort, these services will be available at the Liechtensteinische Post AG’s office in the capital of Vaduz, with plans to extend the service to other post office locations.

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Private City in Norway Adopts City Coin Crypto as Its Official Currency
Feb16

Private City in Norway Adopts City Coin Crypto as Its Official Currency

The private city of Liberstad in Norway has adopted the City Coin cryptocurrency as its official currency, according to a press release issued this week. The blockchain-based coin will reportedly be the only accepted medium of exchange in the city, and can be used for all payments, pages, and commercial transactions.

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Japanese Association Asks FSA to Lower Crypto Tax Rate
Feb15

Japanese Association Asks FSA to Lower Crypto Tax Rate

A leading Japanese business association has asked the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) to lower the rate at which taxes are assessed for cryptocurrency trading. The request from the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) asked the regulator to use progressive rather than general taxation, according to a February 14 report from Cointelegraph Japan.

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JPMorgan to Launch JPM Coin
Feb14

JPMorgan to Launch JPM Coin

JPMorgan Chase has announced that it will be launching its own digital currency, the JPM Coin. The bank said that the coin will initially be available only to its large institutional clients, with tentative plans to make it available to a wider array of customers later in 2019. However, the current plans do not involve making the coin available to individuals.

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Kapersky Lab: 13% of People Have Used Crypto for Purchases
Feb13

Kapersky Lab: 13% of People Have Used Crypto for Purchases

A recent press statement from Kapersky Lab highlighted the results of the company’s Global IT security Risks Survey 2018, which found that 13% of surveyed respondents said that they have used cryptocurrency to make a purchase. The company also noted a rise in sophisticated actors targeting consumers’ cryptocurrency assets for theft.

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Report: U.S. Firm Attracts First Pension Fund Investment in Crypto
Feb12

Report: U.S. Firm Attracts First Pension Fund Investment in Crypto

U.S. firm Morgan Creek Digital’s new $40 million investment fund has attracted investment from two Fairfax County, Virginia pension plans, according to a February 12 report from Bloomberg. In a statement, the company noted that the fund’s investors also include “an insurance company, a university endowment, and a private foundation.”

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SEC Tweet Highlights Its ‘Guide’ to ICOs
Feb11

SEC Tweet Highlights Its ‘Guide’ to ICOs

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission highlighted its “guide to initial coin offerings” in a Twitter post Sunday. The post linked to a page on the SEC’s website that highlights digital assets’ “increased risk of fraud and manipulation” due to their lack of regulation. Many twitter users were quick to point out the one thing that the “guide” doesn’t do: namely, offer any real regulatory clarity for ICO issuers or others in the industry.

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SEC’s Peirce: Regulator Preferences Should Not Define Investors’ Investment Universe
Feb10

SEC’s Peirce: Regulator Preferences Should Not Define Investors’ Investment Universe

Securities and Exchange Commission member Hester Peirce recently said that regulators need to be careful about how they approach cryptocurrency regulation, noting that it’s not their job to determine the merit of any given investment opportunity. The commissioner’s remarks came during a wide-ranging speech on regulation at the University of Missouri School of Law on Friday, February 8.

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Ripple Donates $2 M to Univ. of Kansas for Crypto Research
Feb09

Ripple Donates $2 M to Univ. of Kansas for Crypto Research

The University of Kansas has announced it is receiving a $2 Million donation from Ripple to fund cryptocurrency and payment system research. The company committed to donating $400,000 per year over a five-year period, with funds earmarked for the university’s Kansas School of Engineering information and Telecommunication Technology Center.

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OSC Confirms It is “Looking Into” QuadrigaCX Matter
Feb08

OSC Confirms It is “Looking Into” QuadrigaCX Matter

The Ontario Securities Commission confirmed in a statement to Reuters on Friday that regulators are looking into the issues surrounding QuadrigaCX, the besieged Canadian cryptocurrency company whose founder passed away in December. The OSC cited concerns about potential harm for investors as a reason for its interest, though commission spokesperson Kristen Rose refused to confirm that there is an official investigation.

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JP Morgan Analyst: Crypto Price Stability Could Help Renew Institutional Investor Interest
Feb07

JP Morgan Analyst: Crypto Price Stability Could Help Renew Institutional Investor Interest

JP Morgan analyst Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou said this week that continuing price stability in the cryptocurrency markets could help contribute to renewed institutional investor interest. Appearing on Tuesday’s CNBC Futures Now, Panigirtzoglou predicted that the current lack of interest is probably temporary:

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EU and EFTA Coinbase Customers Can Now Withdraw Funds to PayPal
Feb07

EU and EFTA Coinbase Customers Can Now Withdraw Funds to PayPal

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced in a blog post Tuesday that its customers throughout the European Union and the European Free Trade Association nations can now withdraw funds to their PayPal accounts. The company had previously restored PayPal withdrawal support to U.S. customers in late 2018.

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QuadrigaCX Receives 30-Day Creditor Protection Stay Order
Feb05

QuadrigaCX Receives 30-Day Creditor Protection Stay Order

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court has granted Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX temporary creditor protection by issuing a 30-day to prevent any lawsuits against the company from moving forward. The order was granted to give QuadrigaCX time to search for a way to access $250 million CAD in customer funds that the company has been unable to recover since the December death of founder Gerald Cotton, CBC reports.

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Kraken Announces Acquisition of Crypto Facilities in Nine-Figure Deal
Feb04

Kraken Announces Acquisition of Crypto Facilities in Nine-Figure Deal

U.S.-based crypto exchange Kraken announced on Monday that it has acquired Crypto Facilities, a regulated cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform and index provider. In a press release announcing the acquisition, Kraken CEO Jesse Powell said:

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Estonia’s Crypto-Friendly Policy at Risk As e-Residency Program Faces Rising Criticism
Feb03

Estonia’s Crypto-Friendly Policy at Risk As e-Residency Program Faces Rising Criticism

Estonia’s policy of welcoming cryptocurrency and blockchain firms into its nascent digital society could be nearing an end, as regulators, lawmakers, and the Bank of Estonia have been increasingly critical of the country’s e-resident program. Many officials are now calling for increased scrutiny and rule-changes that could see many of those once-welcomed digital firms stripped of their e-resident status, Reuters reported on Friday.

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