Blockchain & Digital Currency

Heritage: Congress Must Remove Anti-Competitive Barriers to Cryptocurrency

Here is an interesting write up that should make cryptocurrency advocates happy. The Heritage Foundation, a leading policy think tank in Washington, DC, published a report at the end last year telling Congress and other public authorities they need to back off of Bitcoin and… Read More

Fit Pay Now Taking Pre-Orders For Contactless Payment Device for Cryptocurrencies “Flip”

Fit Pay, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ), announced on Thursday it is now accepting pre-orders for Flip, a new contactless payment device that will enable cryptocurrency holders to use the value of their currency to make purchases at millions of retail locations…. Read More

Understanding the CFTC’s Proposed Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Cryptocurrency Retail Commodity Transactions

The recent and rapid proliferation of cryptocurrency transactions involving retail or “Main Street” customers has left some — including many cryptocurrency platforms serving retail customers — grappling conceptually with the answer to a fundamental question: what constitutes “actual delivery” of cryptocurrency in the eyes of… Read More

Parent Company of the Toronto Stock Exchange, TMX Posts Series of Webinars on Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Initial Coin Offerings

TMX Group, the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Ventures and several other entities, has posted a series of webinars in response to the growing interest in digital currencies, initial coin offerings and Blockchain in general. TMX states: “While the sector appears to… Read More

December Minutes of Financial Stability Oversight Council Includes Discussion on Bitcoin by CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) includes every top financial regulator in the US government representing various agencies and a handful of state regulators. Chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, FSOC has statutory mandate that creates for identifying risks and responding to… Read More

Autorité Des Marchés Financiers in France Receives 82 Responses on Initial Coin Offering Consultation

The Autorité Des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in France has just published the results of a consultation regarding initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to the AMF, a large majority of respondents expressed support for the establishment of an appropriate legal framework for this new type of fundraising. The… Read More

Arrêter! French Autorité Des Marchés Financiers Says No Advertising for Cryptocurrency Offers, Requires Authorization

The Autorité Des Marchés Financiers in France has concluded that platforms which offer these products must abide by the authorisation and business conduct rules, and that these products must not be advertised via electronic means which pretty much shuts down any and all promotion in France…. Read More

Cyber-Defense Software Multiven Offers MultiCoins during Chaineum ICO

Multiven, a provider of independent and politically-neutral software integrity maintenance and cyber-defense services, opened its ICO on Chaineum.  The ICO aims at distributing Multiven Coin tokens (MultiCoins) which will serve as the medium of exchange for the soon-to-be-launched Multiven Open Marketplace (MOM) – a blockchain-based marketplace that aims… Read More

CoinDesk Revs Up for Blockchain Week New York City

CoinDesk, Inc, a digital media, events and information services company for the crypto and blockchain community, will partner with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to sponsor “Blockchain Week New York City”, an event which will run from 11- 17 May, showcasing the big… Read More

Belgian Financial Services Markets Authority Warns of Fraud in Cryptocurrency Trading Platforms, Publishes List of Alleged Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The Financial Services Markets Authority (FSMA) in Belgium has added its voice to the growing list of financial regulators warning consumers about fraud in the cryptocurrency realm. The FSMA says that recently a large number of new platforms offering the chance to invest in cryptocurrencies have… Read More

In Advance of Initial Coin Offering, LATTICE80 Adds Former South Korea Senator as Advisor

Singapore based Fintech Hub LATTICE80 has enlisted Sang Min Kim to the company’s Board of Advisors. Kim was previously a Senator in South Korea and interestingly a committee member of the National Policy Committee overseeing regulatory bodies. Kim was the youngest senator in the ruling party,… Read More

UK Parliament Treasury Committee Commences Inquiry into Digital Currencies & Blockchain

The Treasury Committee of the UK House of Parliament  has launched an inquiry into digital currencies and distributed ledger technology – also commonly referenced as Blockchain. According to a memo published by the Committee, the inquiry will cover the role of digital currencies in the… Read More

SEC Charges Former Crypto Exchange BitFunder and Founder Jonn Montroll with Fraud

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) swooped in and filed fraud charges against a former Bitcoin-denominated platform and its founder Jon E. Montroll with operating an unregistered securities exchange and defrauding users of that exchange. The SEC added that the operator also made false and… Read More

Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange Zaif Has a Glitch; Causes Price of Coins to be Sold at $0

On Tuesday, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif announced it experienced a glitch last Friday that caused the exchange to price coins at $0, meaning users were able to buy digital currencies for free. The platform, which is powered Tech Bureau Corp, and registered by the Japanese government,… Read More

CoinLion Announces Digital Asset Management Platform Development & Cryptocurrency Exchange Is Underway After Completing ICO Round

CoinLion (Token Name/Symbol: LION) announced on Wednesday its initial coin offering (ICO) round has closed and development of its digital asset management platform and cryptocurrency exchange is currently underway. While sharing details about the platform’s development, Joshua DeWitt, CEO of Co-Founder at CoinLion, stated: “We… Read More

Cryptocurrencies are Here to Stay: Dubai Has Spoken

“Is the future of cryptocurrencies gold or dust?” That million-BTC question was debated at one of the sessions of the recent World Government Summit – a “Davos forum” based in Dubai which is often called the City of the Future. More than 4,000 participants from… Read More

Australia’s RMIT University to Now Offer Eight-Week Course on Blockchain Strategy

On Tuesday, Australia’s RMIT University announced it is set to offer an 8-week course on blockchain strategy, which the university states is expected to be of particular interest to business leaders and the next generation of entrepreneurs. It also includes opportunities to develop strong networks… Read More

Farmer Wants to Tokenize His Time. Expects to Use Waves Platform to Create 12 Million Tokens

This is a first. According to a note we received from team Waves, Boris Akimov, a farmer and the founder of organic food startup LavkaLavka and BioCoin, will use the Waves platform to tokenize his skills ad time. Yep. A new spin on farming supported by… Read More

Stox Nears Public Launch as Beta Version Released of Blockchain Based Prediction Engine

Stox, a Blockchain based prediction network, has launched a “risk free beta” version of its site it has labeled “Sun Tzu” in honor of the Chinese New Year. Stox is desiged to be an open source Ethereum based prediction market where users can make their… Read More

Overstock Owned Bitt.com to Provide Payment Services in the Caribbean

Overstock.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:OSTK) has announced that one of its portfolio companies, Bitt.com, will be providing digital payment services in the Caribbean Island of Montserrat. Bitt.com is based in the Barbados. Montserrat is quite a tiny country with a population of just 4900 people. More people than… Read More