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Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in Iran

Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in IranTraders from Iran have been banned from using the peer-to-peer trading platform Localbitcoins.com within the country. The Iranian section of the website displays a short message that states that the exchange is “currently not available.” The news follows significant Iranian rial trade volume on the Localbitcoins platform, which has been climbing steadily over the last […]

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Wikileaks Bitcoin Donations Soar Following Assange Arrest

Wikileaks' Bitcoin Donations Soar After Arrest of AssangeWikileaks’ bitcoin address has received a deluge of support following founding editor Julian Assange’s arrest. Donations have reached nearly $32,000 on Friday, 60% more than was raised the day before, when Assange was taken into custody. Also read: How Traditional Stock Markets Can Help Mainstream Cryptocurrency BTC Donations Reach $32,000 More than 6.3 BTC worth […]

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Bitcoin-Friendly US Bank Silvergate Now Serves Over 500 Crypto Companies

Bitcoin Friendly US Bank Silvergate Now Serves Over 500 Crypto CompaniesSilvergate Bank, headquartered in San Diego as a California state-chartered bank, started its cryptocurrency-related business in 2013. Now over 500 companies from the digital assets industry are using its services as one of the very few “bitcoin-friendly” banks based in the U.S. Also Read: American Electronics Giant Avnet Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Payments Silvergate Files […]

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Quadrigacx Co-Founder Michael Patryn Is Actually Convicted Fraudster Omar Dhanani

Quadrigacx Co-Founder Michael Patryn Is Actually Convicted Fraudster Named Omar DhananiQuadrigacx co-founder Michael Patryn is actually a convicted criminal who went by the name Omar Dhanani, a Bloomberg report alleges. Dhanani has been previously convicted of identity theft linked to bank and credit card fraud and sentenced to 18 months in a U.S. federal prison. He was later deported to Canada. Also read: Spain’s 2gether […]

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P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces Venezuela

P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces VenezuelaDuring the week of March 2, roughly 14,365 BTC changed hands via peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange Localbitcoins, equating to approximately $51.51 million worth of trade. Of that, 3,593 was BTC traded via the Russian markets, 83 percent more volume than was produced by Localbitcoins’ second-largest market, Venezuela. Also Read: Turkish Real Estate Agency Sells 9 Houses […]

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Social Investment Platform Etoro Launches in 30 US States

Social Investment Platform Etoro Launches in 30 US StatesSocial investment and trading platform Etoro has announced the launch of its platform and cryptocurrency wallet in 30 U.S. states and two territories. In America, users will have access to invest in BTC and 12 other cryptocurrencies at launch, with more to be added throughout the year. The Etoro wallet will initially support bitcoin core, […]

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US ETF Ruling to Inform South Korean Cryptocurrency Market

Local media has reported that a South Korean exchange is waiting for regulators in the United States to make a ruling regarding the highly anticipated Vaneck cryptocurrency exchange-traded fund (ETF) before determining its stance pertaining to virtual currency ETFs. Also Read: Markets Update: Altcoins Gain on BTC Exchange Awaits US Ruling to Develop ETF Policy […]

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State Treasurer: Ohio Companies Now Paying Tax in BTC

Ohio Companies Now Paying Tax in BTC, Says State TreasurerTreasurer in the U.S. state of Ohio Robert Sprague has revealed that at least two companies have paid their taxes using bitcoin since the state launched its cryptocurrency payment platform in December. Sprague did not disclose details pertaining to the amount or companies involved, citing confidentiality. Also read: Liechtenstein Bank Creates Cryptocurrency Trading Platform for […]

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US Lawyers: Crypto Regulations Are ‘Tough Waters to Navigate’

"Patchwork" of US Cryptocurrency Regulations are "Tough Waters to Navigate"In a recent interview, Matt Kohen and Justin Wales, two senior counsels working for Carlton Fields’ virtual currency and distributed ledger technology group, highlighted the challenges that legal practitioners and regulators face in interpreting United States regulations pertaining to cryptocurrency. Also Read: Quadrigacx Saga: Founder’s Widow Owns $5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten’s Death Cryptocurrency Lawyers Emphasize […]

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PR: Coinseed Announces Its SEC Filed Crowdfunding Campaign

Coinseed Announces Its SEC Filed Crowdfunding CampaignCoinseed is a platform for spare-change investment and cash back rewards in crypto. Since they launched in Dec 2017, they have acquired nearly 20k users through organic growth and built several new features. As they are now preparing to scale up the business, Coinseed launched its SEC filed crowdfunding campaign and you can join here.

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Cryptocurrency Independence Under Threat As Regulation Encroaches

Cryptocurrency Independence Under Threat As Regulation SpreadsFor governments, cryptocurrency is becoming too mainstream to ignore and too chaotic to neglect. Across the world, government agencies are targeting crypto investors not only with taxes but mandatory registration and full disclosure rules. This new wave of regulation poses a contradiction in that some of cryptocurrency’s strongest traits have always been privacy and autonomy. […]

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SEC Solicits Blockchain Analysis Tool to Identify Wallet Owners

While U.S. investors are waiting for a bitcoin ETF to be approved, American financial regulators are looking to make the market more transparent. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a service that will identify the owners of wallet addresses for multiple cryptocurrencies. Also Read: Chainalysis: Two Hacker Groups Stole $1 Billion in Crypto […]

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Wyoming Senate Passes Bill Recognizing Cryptocurrency as Money

Wyoming Senate Passes Bill Defining Cryptocurrency as PropertyThe Senate of the U.S. state of Wyoming has passed a bill which defines cryptocurrency as property and establishes rules including for allowing banks to provide crypto custodial services. For secured transactions, however, the bill recognizes cryptocurrency as money subject to some of the same rules as money in the state. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves […]

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Iran in Talks With 8 Countries for Use of Cryptocurrency in Financial Transactions

Iran is exploring various options, including holding negotiations with other countries to introduce cryptocurrency in global trade, as the Islamic state moves to sidestep U.S. economic sanctions. Mohammad-Reza Modoudi, the acting head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO), said the country was negotiating the use of cryptocurrency in its financial transactions with eight countries. Also […]

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Presidential Candidate John McAfee Flees U.S. for Alleged Tax Fraud

Presidential Candidate John McAfee Flees U.S. for Alleged Tax FraudU.S. presidential candidate John McAfee announced on Tuesday that he has fled the country. According to McAfee’s recent Twitter video he’s “living in exile” on a boat because he’s been charged with felonies handed down by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Also Read: Former Mt Gox CEO Reflects on Incarceration in Japan While Facing More Prison […]

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ICOs Produce Slow Start to 2019

During the first two weeks of 2019, initial coin offerings (ICOs) raised roughly $90 million, according to data published by Icobench. Of the total funds raised this year so far, $80.2 million can be attributed to the Chelle Coin ICO. Also Read: How US Government Shutdown Affects Bitcoin ETF Approval Slow Start to 2019 for Initial […]

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US Crypto Investors Incurred $5.7 Billion in Unrealized Losses Last Year

US Crypto Investors Incurred $5.7 Billion in Unrealized Losses Last YearThe results of a survey published by Credit Karma estimate that crypto investors in the U.S. realized losses of approximately $1.7 billion during the previous tax season. Additionally, the report finds that U.S. investors incurred a further $5.7 billion in unrealized losses. Also Read: Plaintiff in AT&T SIM-Swapping Case Sues ‘Bitcoin Bandit’ for $81M US Cryptocurrency […]

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American Companies Can Now Settle Payroll Taxes In Cryptocurrency via Bitwage

American Companies Can Now Pay Payroll Taxes In Cryptocurrency via BitwageInternational cryptocurrency payroll service provider Bitwage has announced that it has partnered with Texas-based Simply Efficient HR. The move will allow companies to pay W2 employee and payroll taxes in all 50 U.S. states, plus Puerto Rico, using BTC and ETH. Also Read: Bitpay Reports Processing Over $1 Billion Transactions in 2018 Bitwage and Simply […]

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Clickbait Media Uses Bitcoin and Russia to Pump Headlines Again

Clickbaiting Telegraph Uses Bitcoin and Russia to Pump Headlines AgainIn the past week or so, a number of publications, including cryptocurrency websites, but also “reputable” mainstream outlets, have given stage to a “Kremlin economist” with a bold prediction – Russia will invest billions in bitcoin to tackle U.S. sanctions, possibly triggering a new bull run as early as next month. The claim was quoted […]

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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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The Daily: NYC to Launch Blockchain Center, Wyoming Advances Industry-Friendly Bills

The Daily: NYC to Launch Blockchain Center, Wyoming Advances Industry-Friendly BillsIn today’s edition of The Daily, we feature a couple of stories that show how, despite the current downturn in the cryptocurrency markets, different locations in the U.S. are competing to attract the industry. We also cover a new bitcoin investment trust application with the SEC and a rebranding of a crypto exchange. Also Read: […]

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FBI and Homeland Security Agents Raid Tech Campus Over Unauthorized Crypto Trading

FBI and Homeland Security Agents Raid Tech Campus Over Unauthorized Crypto TradingU.S. federal law enforcement authorities are among the most active criminal agencies globally against cryptocurrency infractions. A new example of this is that FBI and Homeland Security agents have reportedly raided a technology campus over unauthorized cryptocurrency trading. Also Read: Epic Founder Addresses Fortnite Crypto Rumors, Robinhood Recruiting in London Unauthorized Crypto Trading According to […]

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The Daily: Kraken Swamped by US Subpoenas, AMD Partners Crypto Studio

The Daily: Kraken Swamped by US Subpoenas, AMD Partners Crypto StudioIn today’s edition of The Daily, we feature a couple of stories that show how the U.S. is potentially stifling the development of the local cryptocurrency industry by burdening companies with costly compliance. We also cover a partnership between a computer chip manufacturer and a crypto studio. Also Read: Banking Struggle Drives Bitcoin ATM Manufacturer […]

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Owner of Romanian Exchange Coinflux to Be Extradited to the US

Owner of Romanian Exchange Coinflux to Be Extradited to the USThe Romanian judiciary has decided to hand over to U.S. authorities the founder and CEO of Coinflux, one of the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges. Vlad Nistor has been accused of a number of crimes including the laundering of illicitly obtained funds through his digital asset trading platform. Also read: Russians See Growing Number of Options to […]

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