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A survey published Feb. 15 by the German Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom), found that just over two thirds of Germans are aware of Bitcoin (BTC). Awareness of the most popular cryptocurrency has doubled since 2016, when 36 percent of German citizens were familiar with Bitcoin, and quadrupled since 2013, …

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The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) published a set of guidelines yesterday, Feb. 16, for applying existing financial market legislation to the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). FINMA CEO Mark Branson sees these guidelines as a way of helping Blockchain technology successfully enter Swiss markets, noting that Blockchain companies “cannot simply circumvent the …

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After a relatively low start to the month in the crypto market, the total market cap of all cryptocurrencies has again broken $500 bln today, Feb. 17, according to CoinMarketCap. The total market cap is currently around $502 bln at press time. Bitcoin (BTC) has stayed well above the $10,000 mark, currently trading at about …

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Visa and payment processing company Worldpay issued a joint statement on the Coinbase blog today, Feb. 17, taking responsibility for charging Coinbase customers multiple times for the same transaction. Before admitting fault in the statement published by Coinbase today, Visa had at first shifted the blame back to Coinbase, telling the Financial Times on Feb. …

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In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry express their views, share their experience and give professional advice. Expert Takes cover everything from Blockchain technology and ICO funding to taxation, regulation, and cryptocurrency adoption by different sectors of the economy. If you would like to contribute an Expert Take, please …

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The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.com. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. The market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. After a massive sell-off earlier this year, the …

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This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision. One of the most popular memes on the cryptocurrency subreddit r/bitcoin, arguably the largest concentration of Bitcoin enthusiasts on the internet, depicts a cartoon coin riding a roller coaster …

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A major US government security figure recently stated that regulation of cryptocurrencies by Washington is not “close,” CNBC reports Feb. 16. In comments which echo those from various US regulatory circles this year, special assistant to the president and White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce told the Munich Security Conference Friday that plans were still …

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American television host Ellen Degeneres took a jab explaining what Bitcoin (BTC) was to her live audience yesterday, Feb. 15, by comparing the digital currency to a goat that “doesn’t exist except for on that Internet.” If you want to know what bitcoin is, I learned about it. A bit. pic.twitter.com/txICiTXYgi — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) …

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A new game offering 1 bitcoin – worth $9860 at press time – to the first player to solve its 24 puzzles will launch Feb. 20 amid rumors developers are linked to Bitcoin wallet recovery tool btcrecover. Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma will feature an in-game world players navigate in the first person, solving 24 ‘enigmas’ …

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Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) will conduct on-site inspections of 15 cryptocurrency exchanges that are currently awaiting registration in the aftermath of the Coincheck hack, the local news outlet The Japan Times wrote today, Feb. 16. Japan-based crypto exchange Coincheck was hacked on Jan. 26 and around $530 mln in altcoin NEM was stolen. As …

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Japan’s two cryptocurrency industry groups will reportedly merge to form a legally-sanctioned self-regulatory body following talks held Thursday, Feb. 15. The Japan Blockchain Association (JBA) and Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association (JCBA) should become a singular entity from April 1, mainstream media suggest. The move follows demands from regulators that only one body make legal decisions, …

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The executive director of the Bitcoin Foundation Llew Claasen predicted that the price of Bitcoin will hit $40,000 by the end of 2018, while 90% of all other cryptocurrency projects will fail, Business Insider reported Feb. 15. As Claasen stated at the Startup Grind conference which took place Feb. 12-14, this failure will be caused …

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With Blockchain came Bitcoin, which spawned Ethereum, this led to a few other major coins either forking off or being born a new in the crypto space. As this ecosystem has grown, however, there has been a boom in more cryptocurrencies being created; the ICO boom. As more and more companies participate in ICO’s as …

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Technology services company Citrix has commissioned a One Poll study that shows that 50 percent of British business are stockpiling cryptocurrencies, but only 7 percent invest in Bitcoin (BTC) exclusively, according to Citrix’s official blog. Who was surveyed? The study surveyed 750 “IT decision makers” in British business that had 250 or more people on …

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Crypto wallet and exchange Coinbase has admitted that some customers were erroneously overcharged for credit and debit purchases of crypto, and promises to reimburse all affected customers in full, the Coinbase blog reports Thursday, Feb. 15. According to Coinbase, the problem was initiated when banks and card issuers changed the merchant category code (MCC) for …

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Since the inception of Bitcoin less than 10 years ago, there has undoubtedly not been a busier year than 2017, the Year of the Rooster, for the whole cryptocurrency market. Now, as Chinese New Year dawns, the Year of the Dog, it is worth looking back at all that happened. It all began relatively inconspicuously …

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The crypto markets continue to experience a mood of slight growth this week, with Bitcoin (BTC)’s price today climbing above the $10,000 mark and the top ten altcoins on CoinMarketCap following by being uniformly in the green. Since the market dip in late January and another dip in early February, the overall crypto market cap …

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All eyes are on Litecoin amid a surge in price rivaling the recent rebound of Bitcoin. Charlie Lee’s cryptocurrency, created in 2011, was surging up to 30 percent over the last 24 hours, for a number of reasons. According to CNBC, Litepay CEO Kenneth Asare announced that over 41 countries, including the likes of the …

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