SEC Final Decision on VanEck Bitcoin ETF Now Set For February

Expectedly, the US Securities and Exchange Commission has once again delayed its decision on the commodity-backed VanEck/SolidX bitcoin ETF proposal. The Commission is left with no room for further delays and the absolute final decision will come on February 27, 2019.  Bitcoin ETF: The Last Delay In July Bitcoinist reported that the SEC’s decision on the commodity-backed […]

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Deutsche Bank Gets Raided After Calling Bitcoin a Risk for Criminal Activity

Deutsche Bank headquarters got raided this week as another bank that regularly criticizes Bitcoin is again suspected of money laundering. Deutsche Bank Haunted by Panama Papers As Bloomberg reported November 29, an investigation into two employees at the lender has even resulted in its Frankfurt headquarters being searched, with shares falling almost 5 percent. Deutsche […]

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EtherDelta SEC Action Could Impact Entire Industry, Experts Warn

Legal figures engaging with cryptocurrency are warning over continued regulatory uncertainty impacting businesses after US regulators fined EtherDelta almost $400,000 November 8. EtherDelta Could Set Precedent EtherDelta, which operated since 2016 as a smart contract on Ethereum, fell victim to securities obligations under the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leaving owner Zachary Coburn liable […]

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Germany Gets First Bitcoin ATM In Years (But How Long Will it Stay?)

Germany has received its first ever legally-sanctioned Bitcoin ATM (BTM) following a landmark legal ruling — but its longevity is already in doubt. Munich Machine Hangs On Court Ruling As t3n.de first reported October 30, the owner of a casino in Munich opted to import a BTM from Austria after a German court ruled cryptocurrency […]

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Japan’s Financial Regulator Says Stablecoins Are Not Cryptocurrencies

The lack of uniformity in stablecoins has led Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) to conclude that stablecoins are not cryptocurrency. Not All Digital Assets Are Created Equal Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) recently announced that it does not believe stablecoins should be classified in the same category as cryptocurrencies. According to Japan’s Payment Services Act […]

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The SEC Wants to Engage the Crypto Community through FinHub

The launch of FinHub shows that the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) is increasingly focusing on 4th Industrial Revolution technologies. Among these technologies, Bitcoin and artificial intelligence (AI) continues to enjoy prominence. Crypto Enthusiasts Can Engage the SEC through FinHub On October 18, 2018, the SEC launched the Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub) to […]

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UnoCoin Founder Arrested For Operating India’s First Bitcoin ATM

Police in Bengaluru, India recently arrested UnoCoin cofounder Harish BV for “illegally” operating a Bitcoin ATM in the city barely a week after it was installed.  ‘Not Taken Any Permission from the State Gov’t’ According to The News Minutes, Bengaluru’s Cyber Crime Police unit brought forward a case against Unocoin for illegally installing a BTC ATM […]

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Russia Central Bank Head: Cryptocurrency Craze Is ‘Fortunately Fading Away’

The head of Russia’s central bank has announced the “cryptocurrency craze” is “starting to fade away” – and that this is a “fortunate” event. Nabiullina: Businesses Taking ‘Sober Approach’ To Blockchain Speaking during the country’s fourth FINOPOLIS innovative financial technology forum in Sochi October 17, Bank of Russia’s Elvira Nabiullina signaled a change in the […]

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Pantera Capital CEO: A Bitcoin ETF is ‘Years Away’

Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead believes a Bitcoin-ETF approval is insignificant in comparison to Bakkt and Fidelity launching cryptocurrency trading platforms for institutional investors. Too Early for a Bitcoin ETF, Says Pantera Capital CEO Yesterday, Pantera Capital founder and CEO, Dan Morehead spoke with Messari director of business development and panel moderator Katherine Wu at […]

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‘Nurture Productive Aspects Of Cryptocurrency,’ US Presidential Hopeful Tells Senate

The US senator and potential presidential contender who suggested cryptocurrency “hurt” American families repeated concerns about the industry on October 11, saying it was “easy to steal.” Warren Argues For Consumer Protection ‘Balance’ In a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Elizabeth Warren voiced fresh worry over the current regulatory climate in Washington, implying balanced rules should […]

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