Category: Digital Assets

German Fintechs Rush to Offer Crypto Custody Services Under New Law

German Fintechs Rush to Offer Crypto Custody Services Under New LawFintech companies in the Federal Republic are quickly moving to develop and offer custodial solutions for digital assets under the new German legislation that will allow banks to store, transfer and trade cryptocurrencies next year. Berlin-based Solarisbank has established a subsidiary that will focus exclusively on the niche. The new entity and another German startup, […]

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IDEG Reports Launch of New Bitcoin Trusts in Asia With Coinbase as Custodian

IDEG Reports Launch of New Bitcoin Trusts in Asia With Coinbase as CustodianAccording to a recent press release from IDEG Investment Limited, “Asia’s First Bitcoin Trusts” have been launched “as a traditional and comfortable way for ‘old money’ to invest in digital assets.” The two trusts, Asia Bitcoin Trust I and Atlas Mining Trust I, reportedly allow for investors to gain wrapped exposure to bitcoin and to […]

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CBD Coffee Company Leverages Censorship-Resistant Nature of Crypto

CBD Coffee Company Leverages Censorship-Resistant Nature of CryptoOn December 8, the U.S.-based coffee firm that uses cannabidiol (CBD) in its product, Crazy Calm, launched a promotion that aims to send $5 per order to the charity EatBCH. The founder of Crazy Calm, Matt Aaron, also detailed that the startup wanted to leverage the payment processor Shopify but the company closed their account […]

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New Ukrainian Law Says ‘Virtual Assets’ Can Be Used for Payments

New Ukrainian Law Says ‘Virtual Assets’ Can Be Used for PaymentsThe Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, has approved amendments that introduce legal terms and definitions pertaining to the crypto space. The new legislation, which aims to transpose the FATF standards into national law, also identifies who is to take responsibility for the oversight of cryptocurrencies in the country. Also read: Crypto Startups to Get up to […]

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EU Finance Ministers Place Defacto Ban on Libra

EU Finance Ministers Place Defacto Ban on LibraLibra’s ongoing organizational snags and run-ins with regulators continue into December, as EU finance ministers agreed Thursday that Libra cannot be launched in the EU until concerns are adequately addressed. The finance ministers issued a joint statement citing regulatory “challenges and risks.” Also Read: Libra Testnet Fails to Impress as New Legislation Looms Lawmakers Still […]

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Maker’s Stability Fee Drops to 5.5% After Multi-Collateral Dai Announcement

Maker's Stability Fee Drops to 5.5% After Multi-Collateral Dai AnnouncementAccording to the CEO of the Maker Foundation, Rune Christensen, Multi-Collateral Dai (MCD) will launch on November 18. On October 28, Maker’s stability fee was reduced by a ‘whale’ with roughly 94% of the voting power. Also Read: French Ministry of Education Publishes Bitcoin Resource Guide for Educators Maker’s Multi-Collateral Dai Will Launch November 18 […]

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Trusted Friends Can Become Crypto Custodians With the Vault12 Platform

Trusted Friends Can Become Crypto Custodians With the Vault12 PlatformA firm called Vault12 launched its new passkey security solution for cryptocurrency assets. Vault12 is an application that allows people to enlist their trusted friends and family members to help safeguard their assets. According to the project’s creators, the new application leverages the cryptographic algorithm Shamir’s Secret Sharing which allows keys to be split in […]

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Mining Giant Bitmain Confidentially Files for U.S.-Based IPO

Mining Giant Bitmain Confidentially Files for U.S.-Based IPOAccording to reports, bitcoin mining manufacturer Bitmain Technologies confidentially filed for a U.S.-based initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The news follows the alleged removal of cofounder and executive director Micree Zhan and the recent announcement of a facility in Texas with the capacity to house 300MW of hashpower. Also read: […]

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After Breaking New Records Bakkt Announces Crypto Consumer App

After Breaking New Records Bakkt Announces Crypto Consumer AppFollowing the all-time record of 1,179 contracts on October 25, Mike Blandina, Bakkt’s chief product officer, revealed the firm is launching another strategy after announcing its December options launch. Bakkt is releasing a consumer application so retail investors can “unlock the value of digital assets” via consumer payments. Also read: Cred to Demo Global Merchant […]

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Bakkt Announces Bitcoin Options After Record-Breaking Futures Volumes

Bakkt Announces Bitcoin Options After Record-Breaking Futures VolumesOn October 23, Bakkt’s physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts touched an all-time high with 640 BTC ($4.8 million) swapped on the exchange. Coincidentally, the futures action started after BTC prices plummeted to $7,365 across global exchanges. After the record-setting day, Bakkt CEO Kelly Loeffler revealed the trading platform will offer options on bitcoin futures this December. […]

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Germany’s Financial Crisis Invokes 5-Year Rent Freeze

Germany's Financial Crisis Invokes 5-Year Rent FreezeAll eyes are on the German economy which was once perceived as stable and strong. However, the financial state of affairs has been tumultuous and Berlin’s state cabinet recently agreed to a five-year rent freeze to help curb the rising housing costs in the country. Moreover, Bundesbank just published a monthly report that explains how […]

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Circle Drops Poloniex Leaving US Crypto Traders High and Dry

Circle Drops Poloniex Leaving US Crypto Traders High and DryAccording to a blog post published by Circle, the cryptocurrency firm is releasing its subsidiary exchange Poloniex which is now owned by an “Asian investment group.” The trading platform will become an independent company called Polo Digital Assets, Ltd., and after November 1, 2019, U.S. residents will no longer be able to use the platform. […]

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80% of Crypto Trade Volume Tracked by Blockchain Surveillance

80% of Crypto Trade Volume Tracked by Blockchain SurveillanceEver since governments worldwide started showing adversity toward cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, a few startups have dedicated their business model to blockchain surveillance. Two weeks ago, Chainalysis revealed the company is monitoring 21 different tokens that stem from Ethereum. On Tuesday, the firm Ciphertrace announced that it’s now tracking 700 cryptocurrencies providing “visibility into 87% of […]

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IMF Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve When Fiat Fails – Its Own Coin SDR

IMF Has Another Trick Up Its Sleeve When Fiat Fails - Its Own Coin SDRVirtually everybody knows what a dollar is, but not as many know about the SDR. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Special Drawing Rights is an international, monetary reserve system created specifically to address limitations of gold and standard fiat currencies such as the USD. In short, should these fail, central banks and their governments retain […]

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Crypto Outpaces Political Donation Laws in Japan

Crypto Outpaces Political Donation Laws in JapanA major Japanese news publication has reported that crypto donations to individual politicians are legal and do not need to be reported publicly as donations. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications verified that even though it is illegal to donate cash or securities directly to a politician or political campaign, crypto donations still fly […]

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Crypto Investment Group Grayscale Releases Bitcoin Cash Primer

Crypto Investment Group Grayscale Releases Bitcoin Cash PrimerCrypto investment firm Grayscale has just released “An Introduction to Bitcoin Cash” highlighting the basics of BCH for those who may be yet unfamiliar, or just wish to brush up on the popular token forked from Bitcoin Core on August 1, 2017. With a significant reputation in the industry, Grayscale’s release of the document marks […]

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Global Law Enforcement Has Auctioned Massive Amounts of Bitcoin

Global Law Enforcement Has Auctioned Massive Amounts of BitcoinLast month, the U.K. police auctioned off roughly $300,000 worth of cryptocurrencies after they were confiscated by the country’s Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). Since 2014, law enforcement agencies worldwide have been auctioning large sums of bitcoin seized during investigations. For some reason, governments don’t want the digital assets used in crimes and entities […]

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Ohio Removes Option to Pay Taxes With Crypto While Local SLP Project Presses Forward

Ohio Removes Option to Pay Taxes With Crypto While Local SLP Project Presses ForwardThe state of Ohio has become an unexpected center of American fintech focus in recent years, thanks to remarkable developments at the intersection of crypto, blockchain and government. That said, the online crypto portal that has allowed Ohio businesses to pay their taxes with bitcoin since last year, ohiocrypto.com, has just been suspended due to […]

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Venezuela’s Central Bank Indicates Plans to Stockpile Bitcoin

Venezuela's Central Bank Indicates Plans to Stockpile BitcoinVarious reports reveal Venezuela’s central bank is allegedly contemplating hoarding a variety of cryptocurrencies like BTC within its internal reserves. The state-operated gas company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) has asked to send BTC and ETH payments to Banco Central de Venezuela’s (BCV) vaults to pay for oil and gas operations. Also read: Maduro’s Petro […]

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Without Disobedience, Bitcoin Is No Better Than Gold

Without Disobedience, Bitcoin Is No Better Than GoldWith the launch of Bakkt’s bitcoin futures market and Binance’s revamped U.S. exchange, there’s been a lot of talk in the space about institutionalization and traditional money flowing into crypto. It’s almost as if some believe that Bitcoin can’t scale as a purely peer-to-peer electronic cash system and that third parties and regulators must be […]

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Market Update: Low Volumes and Uncertainty Shake Crypto Traders

Market Update: Low Volumes and Uncertainty Shake Crypto TradersThe majority of digital currency markets have lost a few percentages over the last few days as cryptocurrency trade volume has been waning. Since our last market outlook, more than $20 billion in global trade volume disappeared and this Tuesday’s market data shows there’s only $60 billion in worldwide crypto trades in the last 24 […]

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Popular Smartphone Apps Are Adding Crypto Capabilities

Popular Smartphone Apps Are Adding Crypto CapabilitiesNews of Japan messaging giant Line’s September 17 launch of an app-connected crypto exchange is captivating lots of attention in the crypto and tech industries this week. Other initially non-crypto apps are also entering the market, adding native tokens, tipping functions and cryptocurrency wallets, illustrating a growing trend toward mainstream crypto acceptance and awareness. Also […]

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Taxation Isn’t Just Theft – It’s Bad for Crypto Adoption

Taxation Is Not Only Theft, It’s Also Bad for Crypto AdoptionCrypto awareness is reaching levels almost unimaginable just years ago, with telecommunications giants, big banks, mainstream media, and even professional sports teams now discussing and flouting digital assets. AT&T now allows customers to pay their phone bills in bitcoin, Japanese SMS giant Line is adding an FSA-approved crypto exchange to its hugely popular chat app, […]

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Snowden: US Seizing My Book Revenue is ‘Good for Bitcoin’

Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor Edward Snowden is being sued by the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his latest memoir. The agency won’t stop Metropolitan Books from publishing Snowden’s new book but the government will take the revenue he earns from the memoir instead. Following the book publishing fiasco, Snowden said that the […]

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