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Circle “Retires” Crypto Payments App to Focus on Stable Coin Venture

Starting in July, Boston-based multi-platform cryptocurrency services and investment firm Circle will begin retiring its payment app, Circle Pay, in order to focus on developing its cryptocurrency stable coin project USD Coin (USDC), the company has announced. USD Coin was jointly launched last October by Circle… Read More

Binance Blocks US Customers, Opens Dedicated US Trading Platform

One day after announcing the creation of a dedicated cryptocurrency trading platform for US customers, Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, has modified its terms of service to exclude “any U.S. person.” The change comes under the subheading “Prohibition of Use” in the… Read More

Tron Crypto Platform Founder: Convincing Warren Buffet to Embrace Crypto “Might Be Unrealistic”

The “cryptosphere” has been aflutter over news that Tron cryptocurrency network co-founder Justin Sun successfully bid $4.56 million USD in a charity auction to have lunch with Warren Buffet. Buffet, 88, billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is vociferous crypto-detractor who has often taken to the… Read More

Coinbits: Teenaged Bitcoin Millionaire Who Declared Bitcoin “Dead” Building Platform to Make Crypto Trading “Tangible and Tactile”

Legendary Bitcoin boy millionaire Erik Finman is building a cryptocurrency investment platform he hopes will make cryptocurrency trading “more tangible and tactile” for the average person. “A huge factor preventing bitcoin from going into a bull run is its difficulty to buy. It’s not uncommon… Read More

Coinbase Visa Card Launching in 6 More European Countries

US based cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase has announced that it’s Coinbase (Visa) Card will become available in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands this week following a successful launch of the card in the UK in April. According to CNBC, the card will… Read More

Report: Incoming FATF Rules for Crypto Will Be Costly and Better For the Sector’s Long Term Prospects

Last weekend in Japan, G20 Finance Ministers “…reaffirm(ed)” their support of incoming “amended” FATF Standards requiring strict KYC/AML compliance in the cryptocurrency sector. The rules are expected to impact cryptocurrency exchanges, crypto wallet providers, custodians, hedge funds and brokers. G20 ministers also stated that they… Read More

Former Employee Sues ZCash for Alleged Failure to Grant Promised Stock Options

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A former Senior Software Engineer at Zerocoin Electric Coin Company, the company behind “privacy coin” cryptocurrency ZCash, is suing his former employer for $2 million USD plus costs. Plaintiff Simon Liu alleges in court documents that Zerocoin failed to ever turn over 15 000 Zerocoin… Read More

Money Shoots Out of Bitcoin ATM Near London Bond Street Tube Station

A user of the Reddit forum r/Bitcoin posted a video last week showing British pounds shooting out of a Bitcoin ATM located near London’s Bond Street train station. The video shows a security guard trying to keep nervous spectators away from a cash-filled duffle placed… Read More

Former Senator Rick Santorum Backing “Cathio” Cryptocurrency and Payments Venture

The boutique in the church basement and the collection basket will soon get their own private crypto network to compete for the hearts and minds of faithful millennial where apps like Venmo have failed them. Rick Santorum, two-time Republican presidential candidate, “Grateful husband, blessed dad… Read More

Philippine Central Bankers Cautious Regarding Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Philippine Central Bank (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP) personnel urged caution regarding the use of cryptocurrencies this week and promised to continue to address the risks posed by them, The Philippine Star reports. Governor Benjamin Diokno said he is wary of cryptocurrencies given that they… Read More

Bitcoins Stolen from Bitfinex and Dormant Since 2016 Start to Move

160 Bitcoins stolen in a massive hack on the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange in 2016 started moving across the blockchain late last week after being dormant for more than 2 years, Hard Fork reports. The cryptocurrency is part of a stash of 744 408 Bitcoins taken… Read More

Report: Iran’s Deputy Energy Minister Says Country Should End Energy Subsidies to Crypto Miners

Iran Deputy Energy Minister Homayoun Haeri told an audience in Tehran over the weekend that cryptocurrency miners in his country should have to pay the same rates for power as firms purchasing electricity exports, Iranian news site Financial Tribune reports. So far, Iran has had a… Read More

G20 Finance Ministers Affirm Amended FATF Guidelines for “Crypto Assets” in Fukuoka, Say They’ll Be Adopted in Osaka

Finance Ministers from the world’s 20 most powerful economies have “…reaffirm(ed) (their) commitment to applying the recently amended FATF Standards to virtual assets and related providers for AML (anti-money laundering) and CFT (anti-terrorist finance),” in a communique issued from a meeting they held this weekend… Read More

Proposed Law in India to Impose 10-Year Sentences for the Use, Trading or Production of Cryptocurrencies while Proposing Digital Rupee

Details emerging about a proposed bill to ban cryptocurrencies indicate that things have gone from bad to worse for the cryptocurrency sector in India. According to Bloomberg Quint, if passed, new proposed legislation to cover the crypto sector will impose 10-year sentences on individuals possessing,… Read More

Russian State Oil Company Head and Putin Second Warns Colleagues That Facebook Cryptocurrency Could Be Used to Denominate Petrol

Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company and reported second-in-command to Russian President Vladimir Putin, told colleagues in St Petersburg this week that the creation of a “Facebook  Global Coin” cryptocurrency could signal American tech companies’ ominous intention to start moving into oil… Read More

Dutch Billionaire Suing Facebook for Hosting False Cryptocurrency Ads Featuring His Image

Lawyers for Dutch billionaire and media tycoon John De Mol filed a lawsuit against Facebook this week claiming the platform allowed his image to be used without permission to promote cryptocurrencies, Reuters reports. De Mol’s lawyers also claimed that, even after Facebook was informed of the… Read More

Vancouver, Birthplace of the Cryptocurrency ATM, Considering Ban

Police in Vancouver have reportedly called Bitcoin ATMs “an ideal money-laundering vehicle” and have asked for federal legislation, and the mayor of Vancouver, the first city in the world to host a Bitcoin ATM, has now floated the idea of a ban, The Star reports…. Read More

“Virtual Asset” Industry Reps Holding “V20” Summit to Coincide with G20 Osaka Meeting

Leaders from the 20 most powerful economies in the world may discuss creating a global regulatory framework for “crypto assets” at their forthcoming meeting in Osaka in June (G20 2019 Japan), and “Virtual Asset Service Providers” (VASPSs) are holding their own concurrent meeting (V20), “…to deliver… Read More

“J5” Joint Tax Authority Group Collaborating to Identify Cryptocurrency Tax Evaders

Tax officials from Australia, the US, Britain, the Netherlands, and Canada have formed a “J5” collaborative group now investigating 60 “lines of inquiry” regarding international tax evasion using cryptocurrencies, The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reports. “The J5 was formed a year ago because of growing concern… Read More

Anonymizing Service Bitcoin Blender Voluntarily Shuts Down

Following the forced closure last week of Bestmixer.io, another cryptocurrency mixing service, Bitcoin Blender, has voluntarily left the fray, Bleeping Computer reports. The service reportedly shut down quickly this week after posting a short announcement on its Tor-hosted website ordering customers to withdraw their funds…. Read More

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