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Venezuelan President Raises Petro’s Value Again in Bid to Create ‘New System’

Venezuela President Raises Petro's Value Again in Move to Create 'New System'For the second time in a little over a month, Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro has hiked up the value of the national cryptocurrency, the petro, this time to 36,000 sovereign bolivars. The move has again been met with criticism.  Also read: Russia Not Ready for the Petro, Proposes Plan to Aid Venezuela Without It ‘A New Monetary System’ […]

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Cashshuffle Developer Says Privacy Project Nears Completion

Cashshuffle Developer Says Privacy Project Nears CompletionOne of the Cashshuffle development team contributors, Josh Ellithorpe, revealed on Jan. 14 that the BCH-focused privacy shuffling protocol is near completion. The developers are planning to run a security audit on the code and have launched a fundraiser on the Bitbacker.io platform to help secure funding for the audit. Also read: Crypto Luminary Impersonation Scammers […]

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French ATM Glitches and Bank Closures Reported After Scheduled Bank Run

The grassroots yellow vest movement in France has been participating in protests for weeks on end. Just recently, high profile yellow vest members have been promoting a “bank run” on financial institutions and automated teller machines in Paris. According to reports, the scheduled bank run began in phases, the first of which started on Jan. […]

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Venezuela Files Complaint With WTO Regarding US Sanctions Targeting Petro

On Jan. 8, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published a dispute settlement request that was filed by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with regards to executive orders and sanctions maintained by the United States that target Venezuela and the nation’s cryptocurrency, the petro. The document was filed with the WTO on Dec. 28. Also Read: Malaysia […]

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Crypto Impersonation Scammers on Social Media Raked in Millions in 2018

Crypto Luminary Impersonation Scammers on Social Media Raked in Millions in 2018Over the last two years, as cryptocurrencies gained mainstream attention, scammers have become far more prevalent. One particular social media scam that can be found on prominent websites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram is the impersonation of well-known crypto industry executives and blockchain luminaries. Unfortunately even a verified account means nothing these days and these […]

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St. Louis Federal Reserve Predicts ‘Flood’ of Altcoins Will Drive Down BTC Prices

The St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve bank has published a report seeking to examine the long-term prospects of BTC as an investment. The paper is highly critical of bullish outlooks for bitcoin, asserting that a “flood” of altcoins will deflate the price of all cryptocurrencies relative to fiat currencies over time. Also Read: Marshall […]

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Analysis: Using Technical Indicators to Trade Crypto in 2019

Technical analysis (TA) has been used to trade crypto since its inception. Traders claim that through careful analysis of historical data and focus on price, volume, and related indicators it is possible to identify patterns and predict outcomes. Here are a number of key indicators and mechanics commonly used for trading crypto.  Also read: Everything You Need […]

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Chatter Report: Antonopoulos on Rolling Checkpoints, Vays Defends Song’s Stance on Credit Cards

Antonopoulos on Rolling Checkpoints, Vays Defends Song’s Stance on Credit CardsIn today’s roundup of crypto chatter, Andreas Antonopoulos explains rolling checkpoints and how consensus is achieved between miners, developers, exchanges, merchants, and wallets. Chris DeRose believes new Bitcoin pundits are toxic compared to the old ones. Also, Tone Vays defends Jimmy Song’s position on using credit cards over bitcoin.   Also read: Hash Wars: A Successful BCH […]

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The Daily: Bittrex Opens OTC Desk, Bakkt Acquires Futures Team

The Daily: Bittrex Opens OTC Desk, Bakkt Acquires Futures FirmIn today’s edition of The Daily, we cover a number of stories that show how the cryptocurrency ecosystem is evolving to become more inviting to institutional investors. Bittrex exchange opens an OTC trading desk, Bakkt “acquihires” a futures compliance team, and Swiss investment bank Vontobel launches a custody solution. Also Read: Bitwise Asset Management Files […]

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Bulgarian Tax Authority to Inspect Crypto Exchanges and Traders

Bulgarian Tax Authority to Check Crypto Exchanges and TradersThe National Revenue Agency of Bulgaria is preparing to conduct inspections on cryptocurrency trading platforms and their customers. The authority wants to make sure that both are fulfilling their obligations under the country’s tax and social security laws. Also read: Denmark’s Tax Agency to Collect Information About Bitcoin Traders Nine Crypto Companies Subjected to ‘Control […]

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Malaysia Starts Regulating Cryptocurrencies Today

Malaysia Starts Regulating Cryptocurrencies TodayMalaysia’s finance minister has announced that the order to regulate cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings as securities has come into force. Crypto service providers and exchanges are required to obtain authorization from the country’s Securities Commission, which will work with the central bank to ensure compliance. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls […]

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Dropgangs and Dead Drops: Report Highlights Evolving Darknet Market Opsec

Dropgangs and Dead Drops: Report Highlights Evolving Darknet Market OpsecSince the creation and subsequent takedown of the darknet marketplace the Silk Road, the hidden market ecosystem has exploded with inventive solutions that promote private voluntary exchanges. According to recently published darknet market (DNM) research, the cat and mouse game continues with vendors inventing new ways to bolster online black market activities. In the last […]

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Denmark’s Tax Agency to Collect Information About Bitcoin Traders

Denmark’s Tax Agency to Collect Information About Bitcoin TradersDanish tax authorities will soon be going after cryptocurrency traders in the country and beyond. The plan is to collect data from local bitcoin exchanges in order to verify if citizens who have traded digital assets have paid the right taxes. Information about foreign citizens and entities will be shared with other countries.    Also […]

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Canadian Electoral Agency Clarifies Cryptocurrency Donations for Political Use

Canada Elections Agency Clarifies Cryptocurrency Donations for Political UseCanada’s electoral body has started consultations on how political parties should handle cryptocurrency donations ahead of general elections slated for October. Political parties have requested guidance from Elections Canada (EC) on accepting contributions and conducting other transactions in bitcoin. EC has now released a draft note that broadly takes the position that cryptocurrency donations are […]

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BCH Developer Unveils Xthinner Scaling Protocol – Claims to Compress Blocks by 99%

BCH Developer Unveils Xthinner Scaling Protocol - Claims to Compress Blocks by 99%On Sunday, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developer Jonathan Toomim unveiled a project he’s been working on called Xthinner, a new block propagation protocol that leverages the benefits of lexicographic transaction ordering (LTOR). According to Toomim’s data, Xthinner can compress blocks by 99.6 percent and performs roughly 4x to 6x more efficiently than block propagation concepts like […]

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Marshall Islands Updates 2019 Roadmap for Sovereign Cryptocurrency

Marshall Islands Updates 2019 Roadmap for Sovereign CryptocurrencyThe Marshall Islands’ plan to issue a sovereign cryptocurrency, dubbed ‘the Sovereign’ (SOV), appears to be progressing, with the Oceanic nation announcing that it will work alongside Steve Tendon, a former adviser to the Maltese Office of the Prime Minister regarding blockchain policy, in developing the virtual currency. Also Read: Latin American P2P Bitcoin Markets Defy […]

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Why Some Crypto Companies Consider KYC and AML Compliance Unnecessary

When it comes to cryptocurrency regulation, there is a lack of consensus on how to protect investors. Criminal activity such as fraud, hacks and theft is prevalent, not only in the crypto realm, but in the traditional financial world too.  Some exchanges have deemed know your customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) compliance as unnecessary, […]

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How to Generate a Bitcoin Address With Your Own Name

You don’t have to be vain to want a vanity address. A bitcoin vanity address is the crypto equivalent of a personalized license plate, with a portion of its 26-35 alphanumeric characters closely mirroring the name of the wallet’s owner. For fundraising, collecting tips or soliciting donations, having a bitcoin address that’s synonymous with its […]

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The Daily: Twitch Gamer Tipped $70K in Crypto, Hacker Returns $100K of ETC

The Daily: Twitch Gamer Tipped $70K in Crypto, Hacker Returns $100K of ETCIn this edition of The Daily, a video gamer streaming on Twitch has received crypto donations totaling over $70,000 and a hacker believed to be behind the 51 percent attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain has reportedly returned $100,000 in ETC coins. Also, Electrum developers have issued another series of warnings about phishing attempts using […]

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Venezuelan BCH Proponents Bolster Cryptocurrency Use Cases and Adoption

Venezuelan BCH Proponents Bolster Cryptocurrency Use Cases and AdoptionIn the midst of a severe economic depression and the devaluation of the Venezuelan bolívar, bitcoin cash (BCH) supporters have been teaching people about the benefits of using permissionless cryptocurrencies throughout the country. The BCH meetup in Venezuela has swelled to 349 registered participants and group coordinator Lizbeth Alviarez has recently detailed that dedicated members […]

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Bitmain Pauses Texas Mining Operations, County Officials Report

According to reports from media outlet Texas Public Radio, the Chinese mining giant Bitmain Technologies has reportedly suspended operations in the town of Rockdale. Bitmain started to build up its new facility at a former aluminum smelting factory last summer, but since the crypto economy downturn, the company’s operations at the Texas factory have allegedly paused. […]

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Cryptocurrency Conferences Continue to Thrive Despite Industry Downturn

Cryptocurrency Conferences Continue to Thrive Despite Industry DownturnOver the last year, cryptocurrency prices have dropped significantly and mainstream attention has been waning in recent months. However, according to recent data, the digital currency and blockchain conference circuit did not see a steady decline during the last six months of 2018. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations […]

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Latin American P2P Bitcoin Markets Defy Global Trend to Set New Records

Latin American P2P Markets Defy Global Trend to Smash Volume RecordsThe Latin American peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency markets have a seen a significant spike heading into 2019, with the Colombian, Peruvian, and Venezuelan Localbitcoins markets posting record volume when measuring in both fiat and BTC. The Argentinian, Dominican, and Mexican markets also posted record volume for P2P trade in recent weeks. Also Read: 9 Cryptocurrency Firms Sue Washington […]

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Russia Not Ready for the Petro, Proposes Plan to Aid Venezuela Without It

Acknowledging Venezuela’s efforts to deal with inflation and sanctions by creating a state-issued cryptocurrency, Russian officials have nevertheless declined a proposal to use the oil-backed coin in bilateral trade. According to Russian media, Moscow has recently offered Caracas a set of measures aimed at mending the country’s economy but the petro is not among the […]

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