Linkedin Names ‘Blockchain Developer’ Top Emerging US Job of 2018

December 15, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Linkedin has published its 2018 “Emerging Jobs Report” for the United States, in which it names “Blockchain Developer” as the most rapidly emerging employment position of the past year. According to the report, the position saw growth of 33x on Linkedin’s platform during 2018. Also Read: Pantera Capital Braces for SEC Action Against 25 Percent of […]

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Pantera Capital Braces for SEC Action Against 25 Percent of ICO Investments

December 15, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Pantera Braces for SEC Action Against 25 Percent of ICO InvestmentsIncreasingly frequent action taken by the SEC against initial coin offerings is expected to lead to more cryptocurrency projects being forced to refund investors. Among those expected to be affected is the first U.S.-based cryptocurrency investment firm, Pantera Capital, with the company bracing to receive refunds on a quarter of its ICO investments. Also Read: BTI […]

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BTI Claims Only Two of Top 25 Crypto Exchanges Accurately Report Volume

December 15, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

The Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) has published its December 2018 “Exchange Volumes Report,” claiming that only two of the top 25 cryptocurrency exchanges by reported volume on Coinmarketcap pairings accurately report their trade volume. The report also asserts that wash-trading is estimated to comprise 99 percent of the purported volume for 12 of the top […]

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SEC Chair ‘Optimistic’ DLT and Crypto Will Drive Investment Opportunities

December 14, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Speaking as part of a testimony to the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Development, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Jay Clayton expressed optimism that the distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector will “facilitate capital formation.” Clayton also discussed the enforcement actions taken by the SEC in regulating initial […]

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P2P Markets Report: Latin American Markets Continue to Post Record Volume

December 13, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

This past week has seen Latin American peer-to-peer markets continue to set records for trade volume. For the week ending Dec. 8, Argentina and Venezuela posted a new record for Localbitcoins trade when measured in fiat, while Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela also posted records for trade measured in BTC. Also Read: Zebpay Exchange Now Live in […]

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PBOC Deputy Governor Calls STOs ‘Illegal Financial Activity’

December 11, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Local media has reported that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has banned security token offerings (STOs). Pan Gongsheng, a deputy governor of the PBOC, has mobilized the same rhetoric used with regard to initial coin offerings (ICOs) in describing STOs, accusing security token offerings of comprising “illegal financial activity.” Also Read: Federal Agents Told This […]

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Israel Tax Authority Launches Offensive on Undisclosed Crypto Earnings

December 10, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Israel Tax Authority Launches Offensive on Undisclosed Crypto EarningsLocal reports have asserted that the Israel Tax Authority has launched a renewed crackdown on unreported cryptocurrency earnings. The Israeli tax regulator has opened hundreds of tax accounts and sent letters of notice to Israeli citizens suspected of failing to disclose earnings derived from cryptocurrency-relate activities. Also Read: $1 Million BTC Options Position Set to Expire […]

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$1 Million BTC Options Position Set to Expire on Dec. 28

December 10, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

$1 Million BTC Options Position Set to Expire on Dec. 28thFormer portfolio manager at the University of Chicago endowment and current CIO of Blocktower Capital, Ari Paul, was reported to have made the largest-ever speculative play using BTC options during December of 2017. The contracts, which will expire on Dec. 28, 2018, are almost guaranteed to close as a total loss. Also Read: Report: Indian Government […]

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USDT Volume Up Despite Tether’s Stablecoin Dominance Dropping

December 7, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

USDT Trade Volume Up Despite Drop in Tether's Stablecoin DominanceThe ongoing drama surrounding the opaque operations of Tether throughout 2018 has driven the proliferation of similar pegged currencies, leading to USDT’s dominance over the stablecoin markets waning. Despite this shift, USDT trade volume has risen 100 percent since tether’s dramatic decoupling from its dollar peg in October. Also Read: Buffett Bet 2.0: Asset Manager Wagers […]

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International Cooperation ‘Critical’ to SEC Action Against ICOs

December 7, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

International Cooperation "Critical" to SEC Action Against ICOsSteven Peikin, co-director of the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recently described international cooperation as playing a critical role in facilitating investigations in the initial coin offering (ICO) sector. Also Read: Chinese Miners Short BTC Markets to Hedge Against Falling Prices  ‘Daunting Task’ of Identifying Misconduct Speaking at Harvard Law School, […]

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Nasdaq Confirms Plans to Launch Bitcoin Futures in First Half of 2019

December 6, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Nasdaq Confirms Plans to Launch Bitcoin Futures in First Half of 2019Joseph Christinat, the vice president of Nasdaq’s media team, has confirmed that the exchange will soon launch bitcoin futures. In a recent interview with a newspaper in the U.K., Christinat revealed that the platform plans to start offering bitcoin futures contracts within the first half of 2019. Also Read: Chilean Court Rules in Favor of Closing […]

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Singapore Financial Regulator Updates Guide to Digital Token Offerings

December 5, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Singapore Financial Regulator Updates Guide to Digital Token OfferingsThe Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published new guidelines pertaining to digital token offerings. The document provides additional clarity on the regulatory requirements for intermediaries that facilitate them, while highlighting the reporting obligations of entities offering capital markets products that are not classified as securities. Also Read: P2P Markets Report: Dumping Drives Record Volume Across Latin […]

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P2P Markets Report: Dumping Drives Record Volume Across Latin America and Asia

December 5, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

P2P Markets Report: Dumping Drives Record Volume Across Latin America and AsiaThe heavy selling pressure that has dominated the cryptocurrency markets in recent weeks has coincided with a surge in peer-to-peer (P2P) trade volume across the Localbitcoins markets in Asia and South America. Globally, higher trade activity over the past two weeks has also driven the strongest volume since September 2017, with roughly 12,116 BTC changing […]

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November Volume Rankings: Bearish Momentum Drives Surge in Trade

December 4, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

The significant bearish momentum experienced across cryptocurrencies throughout November drove a significant increase in monthly trade volume among the leading markets. Also Read: Japan Unveils Plans to Regulate Initial Coin Offerings BTC Posts Strongest Volume Since May According to Coinmarketcap, BTC saw an increase in monthly trade activity of 43 percent in November. Nearly $156.5 billion […]

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Amid Crackdown, SEC Chairman Emphasizes Compliance Requirements

December 1, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Amid Crackdown, SEC Chairman Emphasizes Compliance Requirements for ICOsJay Clayton, the chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), recently discussed the current regulatory climate surrounding initial coin offerings (ICOs). Clayton emphasized that all ICOs must register with the SEC to ensure compliance with U.S. law. Also Read: Estonia to Tighten Rules for Licensed Crypto Companies Requirements for Regulatory Compliance The SEC chairman […]

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ICOs Use Sponsored Reviews to Attract Investors

December 1, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

ICOs Use Sponsored Reviews to Attract InvestorsAlthough the 2018 cryptocurrency bull trend has humbled many self-proclaimed crypto “experts,” the business of sponsored cryptocurrency reviews has continued to boom, influencing many market participants in the process. Also Read: Estonia to Tighten Rules for Licensed Crypto Companies  ICOs Sponsor Social Media Influencers Hacken, a Ukrainian startup, partnered with social media influencers to promote its […]

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Exchange News: Coincheck Resumes All Trading, Bitmex Insurance Fund Grows

November 27, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

In recent crypto exchange news, Coincheck has successfully reinstated deposits and trading services for all cryptocurrencies that were live on the exchange before it was hacked in January. Bhex, an exchange founded by Huobi’s former chief technology officer, has announced that it will start operations at the end of the month, while 1,452.6 BTC was […]

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Paraguay to Provide Land for ‘Golden Goose’ Mining Project

November 27, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Paraguay’s vice president has declared support for the “Golden Goose” project, which will see South Korea’s Blockchain Technology Foundation build five mining centers on state land. The foundation also plans to conduct what it describes as an “initial exchange offering” to facilitate investor participation in the project. Also Read: Sweden Expects to Attract Norwegian Bitcoin Miners […]

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Sweden Expects to Attract Norwegian Bitcoin Miners After Brutal Tax Hike

November 27, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Sweden Expects to Attract Hoards of Norwegian Bitcoin Miners After Brutal Tax HikeWith Norway set to revoke electricity subsidies for cryptocurrency miners from January 2019 onward, Swedish data centers are anticipating a wave of inquiries from mining companies seeking to domicile in Sweden. Also Read: Silk Road Fake Murder Mystery May Be Solved Data Centers See Demand from Miners Leaving Norway Local media outlets have reported that Sweden’s […]

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Novogratz: ‘It Sucks to Build a Business in a Bear Market’

November 26, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Mike Novogratz, the chief executive officer of Galaxy Investment Partners, recently discussed the challenges of building a cryptocurrency investment firm in the 2018 bear market. But the former Goldman Sachs partner predicts that institutional demand for cryptocurrencies will drive the start of a new bull trend in 2019. Also Read: Snowden: “Large Population” Believes in Bitcoin […]

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Snowden: “Large Population” Believes in Bitcoin as Means of Exchange

November 25, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Snowden: “Large Population” Believes in Bitcoin as Means of ExchangeIn a recent interview, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor turned whistleblower, Edward Snowden, argued that the price and value of bitcoin is an expression of the “large population” that believes in its “usefulness” as a means of exchange. Also Read: UK Regulators Plan “Comprehensive Response” to Illicit Crypto Use […]

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UK Regulators Plan “Comprehensive Response” to Illicit Crypto Use

November 25, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Christopher Woolard of the United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has indicated that UK regulators are planning a “comprehensive response” to the illicit adoption of crypto assets amid increased adoption among local businesses and consumers. Despite announcing increased regulatory action regarding illegal use of crypto, Woolard stated he does not view crypto assets as […]

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Overstock to Focus on DLT, Expects to Sell Retail Business by February

November 24, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Overstock to Focus on DLT, Expects to Sell Retail Business by FebMajor online retailer Overstock expects to finalize a deal to sell its retail operations by February. The Utah-based company is selling the business so it can solely focus on the cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology (DLT) sector. Also Read: Bitcoininfo.ru Wins Court Case Against Ban Overstock Expects to Soon Sell Retail Business According to The Wall […]

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Exchange News: Mt. Gox Trustee Extends Deadline, GBX Licensed in Gibraltar

November 24, 2018 Samuel Haig 0

Exchange News: Mt. Gox Trustee Extends Deadline, GBX Licensed in GibraltarIn recent exchange news, the Mt. Gox trustee will seek to extend the deadline for rehabilitation claims. In other news, Gibraltar Stock exchange has become the first national stock exchange to operate a regulated virtual currency exchange, and Okex has denied accusations of market manipulation relating to its recent short-notice settlement of BCH futures contracts. […]

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