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Australian Government Considers Blockchain for Services, Welfare Payments

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked the country’s Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to research blockchain, and how it could be used to improve government services, including welfare payments. The Australian government has granted the agency a budget of AUD 700,000 (USD 530,000) in order to carry out an investigation into DLT, according to ITNews. […]

Bank in Argentina Launches BTC Settlement Services

A small bank from Argentina, Banco Masventas, announced this week that it’s allowing customers to make settlements using BTC as a payment rail. Argentina Banco Masventas says the firm partnered with the exchange Bitex, and believes the service will reduce costs associated with international transfers. Also Read: Tim Draper Advises Argentina’s President to Invest in Bitcoin […]

Binance Postpones Listing of ZenCash Following Pump and Dump

Binance, the world’s largest digital-asset exchange by traded value, has announced the listing of ZenCash (ZEN) today, only to see the currency’s network overload due to a price pump, which led the operator to postpone the listing until their blockchain is stable. ZEN is currently trading at the $40 area and Binance is about to list the… […]

Survey: Most Cryptocurrency Traders are Young with Little Experience

Social trading platform eToro has analyzed the profiles of its users who invested in cryptocurrencies between March 2017 and February 2018. The report reveals that Ripple (XRP) is the most traded digital currency on eToro’s marketplace. eToro Reveals Popularity of Crypto-Investment By Age, Gender, And Job Sector Global trading and investment platform eToro has reported… […]

Blockchain Gains US Momentum as Ohio Examines New Bill

The US state of Ohio is currently proposing a change to state law through a bill which will legally recognize smart contracts and storage of records on a blockchain, according to Coindesk. There are several states in the US that have adopted blockchain-associated laws. Vermont, Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Nevada, and Tennessee are among these states. […]

Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Receives Proposition from Google

According to a tweet from the Vitalik Buterin, founder of the world’s second largest cryptocurrency Ethereum, Google has approached him to see if he wants to help with a cryptocurrency/blockchain project. Buterin Considering Move to Google? In a now deleted tweet, Vitalik Buterin, the Russian-born programmer and a sort of cryptocurrency tastemaker, shared a screenshot… […]

Seoul Mayor Doubles down on Blockchain Pledges Ahead of Local Elections

Ahead of the Seoul mayoral elections in June, the present mayor of the South Korean capital Park Won-Soon has made manifesto pledges to increase blockchain developments, among other high-tech industries. A progressive power Park has been mayor since 2011 and is now aiming to secure a third term. In the past, he has put forth encouraging […]

Crypto CEOs Are Making Moscow Home

Moscow has the highest percentage of CEOs or founders of ICO-seeking projects working from the Russian capital, claims international technology investment company Atomico. In figures acquired in 2017, Atomico cited Russia at the top of a list of major crypto-active locations around the globe, followed by Silicon Valley, New York, and London. No Asian capitals […]

US Regulator Issues Guidance for Cryptocurrency Derivatives Contracts

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has published new guidance to exchanges and clearing houses for cryptocurrency derivatives listings. The move was long awaited by the trading industry amid concerns over the vetting process for new contracts. CFTC Publishes Rules for Cryptocurrency Derivatives Contracts The advisory from the CFTC, headed by Amir Zaidi, director of… […]

Japan’s Largest Bank Partners with US Tech Giant for Blockchain Payment Service

The biggest bank in Japan has partnered with a US tech company to design a blockchain capable of handling 1 million transactions per second, boosting speed and reducing transaction feeds through distributed ledger technology. MUFG and Akamai partnership The Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) partnered with US-based Akamai to deliver a new global payment network […]

Crypto Scams Comprise 0.6% of Fraud – Australian Consumer Watchdog

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a report on trends within the scam economy during 2017. The report identifies cryptocurrency related fraud to comprise less than 1% of the scam activity recorded in Australia last year. Also Read: Ross Ulbricht Continues to Fight for Freedom With Supreme Court Petition Cryptocurrency Scams Responsible for […]

Spain Opens Legal Doors for Funds Investing in Crypto

Spain’s Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) or National Securities Market Commission, recently stated that investment funds could interact with Bitcoin. The statement was within a Q&A document for fintech companies, with one of the questions asking if a fund registered by CNMV could directly invest in cryptocurrencies. The answer by the CNMV was: […]

Crypto Tax Lifted as Poland Heeds Public Demand

Poland has reviewed its position on cryptocurrencies in the country, as part of a thorough analysis of the crypto space, announcing that it is to temporarily suspend tax collection for digital currencies, according to Cointelegraph. In a similar move to the French government’s, who recently heavily reduced its taxation on sales of cryptocurrency, Poland’s ministry […]