Venezuela Says Pre-Sale of Oil-Backed Petro Cryptocurrency Has Raised $735 Million

Venezuela Says Pre-Sale of Oil-Backed Petro Cryptocurrency Has Raised $735 Million

Venezuela has announced that the pre-sale of its oil-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, has attracted $735 million on the first day. The government has also published a buyer’s manual and confirmed that buyers can use “hard currencies and cryptocurrencies, but not bolivars.”...
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US Lawmakers Eye National Crypto Regulation

US Lawmakers Eye National Crypto Regulation

Gun control? Russia? Health care? Members of the US House of Representatives and Senate in both parties tend to differ, and often vehemently. Similar to issues of national security and war, however, it appears cryptocurrency regulation is decidedly less divisi...
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Japanese Crypto Exchanges Tap Star Power for Marketing Arms Race

Japanese Crypto Exchanges Tap Star Power for Marketing Arms Race

Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges have been very active in advertising their services. Several exchanges including Bitflyer, DMM Bitcoin, Tech Bureau’s Zaif and the hacked exchange Coincheck have been tapping into star power and launching TV commercials...
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Israel Tax Authority: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency

Israel Tax Authority: Bitcoin is Property, Not Currency

Israel Tax Authority issued a professional circular on February 19 (4 Adar 5768), clarifying the country’s tax policy on cryptocurrencies in general and bitcoin in particular. “Bitcoin and its like” are discussed in what’s referred to as a “final cir...
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CFTC Offers $100,000 Bounty to Crypto Pump-and-Dump Whistleblowers

CFTC Offers $100,000 Bounty to Crypto Pump-and-Dump Whistleblowers

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has created a bounty to encourage whistleblowers coming forward in exposing “pump-and-dump” schemes. “Customers should not purchase virtual currencies, digital coins,” the CFTC warned, “or tokens bas...
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Switzerland Enacts ICO Guidelines

Switzerland Enacts ICO Guidelines

Just days before the tiny nation of Gibraltar was said to draft their first initial coin offering (ICO) regulations, Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) of Switzerland appears to have stolen its thunder in an eleven page document published today. It...
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Steps towards Self-Regulation in Croatia and Slovenia

Steps towards Self-Regulation in Croatia and Slovenia

Communities in two countries, which share a border, history and perspectives, have expressed similar views about the future of the cryptocurrency sector. A new association in Croatia hopes to lay the foundations of self-regulation in the industry. In neighbori...
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Wendy McElroy: Privacy Prevents Violence and Crime

Wendy McElroy: Privacy Prevents Violence and Crime

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations. Section 2 : The Moral Imperative of Privacy Chapter 6: Privacy is a Prerequisite of Human Rights by Wendy McElroy (Crypto) Privacy Prevents Violence and Crime (Chapter 6, Segment 1) Unlike the...
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Ellen DeGeneres Is Down with Bitcoin

Ellen DeGeneres Is Down with Bitcoin

US daytime television chat show queen, Ellen DeGeneres, featured bitcoin in a recent segment, wondering aloud about its fundamental mysteries with her enthused audience. And while it was a funny look at the cryptocurrency, she managed to expose an often...
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Trader at Chicago Firm Stole Millions in BTC – Faces 20 Year Sentence

Trader at Chicago Firm Stole Millions in BTC – Faces 20 Year Sentence

Late 2017 will long be remembered as the time when bitcoin went mainstream. Prices were mooning, and the general atmosphere was one of fear of missing out. That sentiment was especially true in trading circles, and more traditional outlets were...
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