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This post was originally published here The former head of institutional products at major U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase Adam White will be joining Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) forthcoming platform Bakkt. According to a Medium post published today, October 15, White will be joining as chief operating officer (COO) this November. The news confirms unofficial reports that …

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This post was originally published here North Dakota Securities Commissioner Karen Tyler has issued cease and desist orders against three firms for allegedly offering unregistered and fraudulent securities in the form of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), according to an announcement published Oct. 11. The companies at the center of the orders are Crystal Token, Advertiza …

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This post was originally published here Leading U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has started listing 0x (ZRX) token, according to an announcement published Oct. 11. The move marks the first time Coinbase has added support for an ERC-20 token. ERC-20 tokens are tokens developed and used solely on the Ethereum (ETH) platform, where ERC stands for …

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This post was originally published here Much noise has been made about the untraceable qualities of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin “can be used to buy merchandise anonymously” said early primers on crypto, it offers users the kind of financial privacy that was previously available only from a “Swiss bank account,” say more recent commentators. …

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This post was originally published here Leading U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase has announced that veteran employee Adam White, head of its institutional platform group, is leaving the firm, Bloomberg reported October 4. Adam White was reportedly Coinbase’s fifth-ever employee, joining “in 2013 when the founders were still working out of a one-bedroom apartment and Bitcoin was trading around $200,” as …

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This post was originally published here Ivy League U.S. university Yale is said to be one of the investors that helped to raise $400 million for a major new cryptocurrency-focused fund, Bloomberg reports October 5. The fund, dubbed ‘Paradigm,’ was reportedly created by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam, former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang, and Charles …

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This post was originally published here Retail brokerage firm TD Ameritrade has announced that is backing new crypto exchange ErisX, according to a press release published on the company’s website Wednesday, October 3. TD Ameritrade, which currently provides investment services to up to 11 million clients, did not reveal the details of the deal. However, …

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) had filed a patent last September for a system with public and private keys and a “block chain [sic] component” for authenticating user information, according to a patent filing released yesterday, March 22, by the the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent, titled “Methods and Systems for a …

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The US Department of the Treasury may begin adding digital currency addresses to its sanctions list if they can tie them to a sanctioned individual, according to a document issued March 19. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) may add digital currencies addresses and wallets to the Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List …

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American multinational tech company IBM has announced the launch of their new IBM Blockchain Starter Plan (in Beta) as a way facilitate more Blockchain use in businesses of any scale, according to an IBM blog post from March 16 and the 72 hour live stream from conference Think 2018 today, March 21. The IBM Blockchain …

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The US National Security Agency (NSA) is reportedly able to locate senders and receivers of Bitcoin around the world, as classified documents provided by Edward Snowden reveal, The Intercept reports March 20. The sources used for this article were disclosed to The Intercept, a publication dedicated to ‘adversarial journalism’ founded by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, …

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A group of Russian deputies headed by Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Financial Markets, submitted a draft of federal law on cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) regulations to the State Duma, as reported in an official press release March 20. According to the press release, the documents “On Digital Financial …

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While China has spent the past year implementing a series of prohibiting regulations that have made it almost impossible for the cryptocurrency industry to thrive within the country, Chinese crypto enthusiasts have not let government regulation prevent them from moving forward with crypto and Blockchain innovation. Operating in China within the limits of the many …

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A recent study on Americans and cryptocurrencies, commissioned by Finder.com in February, shows that 8 percent, or around 26 mln, of Americans have purchased cryptocurrency. Finder’s survey was answered by 2,001 Americans adults using Pureprofile, a site that gives cash rewards to users that participate in its surveys. The survey found that out of the …

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has created a Blockchain Working Group to identify and target fraudulent schemes which affect the FTC’s consumer protection and competition missions, according to a blog post published on the agency’s website March 16. According to FTC Acting Chief Technologist Neil Chilson, the internal Blockchain Working Group intends to combine …

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President Donald Trump of the US has banned the Venezuelan government-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, by executive order March 19, Bloomberg reports. The ban reportedly comes as part of a campaign to put pressure on the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro. By the order, US citizens are banned from engaging in transactions using the oil-indexed …

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The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has stopped Black Cell Technology’s Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on the grounds that the offering constituted an unregistered Collective Investment Scheme (CIS), according to a SFC website bulletin posted today, March 19. Black Cell must now refund Hong Kong investors of their investments in the token, which …

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For the first time the US Congress has dedicated an entire section to cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology in its annual Joint Economic Report, published March 13. The 2018 Joint Economic Report contains analysis and recommendations for the coming year and dedicates an entire chapter to providing insight into the impact of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain on …

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The US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division Co-Director Stephanie Avakian confirmed that the agency is conducting “dozens” of investigations in the cryptocurrency space, Bloomberg BNA reports March 15. Avakain’s comments follow press reports in late February that the SEC has sent subpoenas to  companies suspected of running afoul of securities laws via their …

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The beverage giant Coca-Cola is teaming up with the US State Department and three other companies to launch a project that uses Blockchain technology to create a secure registry of workers worldwide, Reuters reports March 16. According to the International Labor Organization, nearly 25 mln people work under forced labor conditions globally, 47 percent of …

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