Chinese Investors Continue to Obtain Bitcoin Using Thriving OTC Platforms

A year ago today China’s central banks temporarily scared the cryptocurrency community when they stopped bitcoin exchanges from operating. Since then the top mainland-based digital asset exchanges moved abroad to more friendlier regions, but Chinese citizens are still acquiring bitcoin whether the People’s Bank of China likes it or not. …

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State of Texas Orders ‘Decentralized Bank’ ICO Project to Cease Operations

This week the Texas Department of Banking Commissioner, Charles G. Cooper, issued a cease and desist order to an alleged ‘decentralized cryptocurrency-bank’ called Arise Bank. The commissioner explains the startup unlawfully claims to be a banking institution and its operations must stop engaging with residents from the state of Texas. …

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Sberbank to Bypass Russian Regulations and Trade Cryptocurrencies Overseas

The largest bank in Russia, the state-owned Sberbank, has reportedly announced its plans to bypass the Russian cryptocurrency regulations and offer crypto trading to customers overseas. The bank is looking at trading pairs of the most liquid and well-known cryptocurrencies. Bypassing Russian Regulations At a news briefing on Tuesday, Sberbank’s Head …

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Venezuela Announces Whitepaper and Pre-Sale of Its Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Petro

Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro has announced the pre-sale of his country’s national oil-backed cryptocurrency, the petro. In addition, he has presented and signed the official petro’s whitepaper and unveiled the Petro Container for mining the new currency. Pre-Sale of Petro During the meeting of the council of ministers on Tuesday, …

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South Korea Finds Nearly $600 Million in Crypto Crime

Reports from the 대한민국 Republic of South Korea (ROK) indicate its Customs Service announced on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, it has discovered “cryptocurrency crimes” which amount to nearly 600 million USD. South Korea Customs Service Finds Almost $600 Million in Cryptocurrency Crime ROK Customs Service released a statement claiming to …

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Ukraine jumps on board the state-run crypto, and regulation, train

Cryptocurrencies gained more and more momentum in 2017, a fact that governments hadn’t failed to notice. Regulations became the name of the game, with many countries hoping to somehow control the decentralized digital countries and the impact they pose on their economic sectors. In August last year, the National Bank of Ukraine mentioned …

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Mainstream integration on the cards for Ethereum

Even though Bitcoin was grabbing most of the crypto headlines last year, the whole virtual currency industry grew in leaps and bounds in 2017. Ethereum started out the year trading at about $10 and now, one year later, is sitting at just under $1,300 according to CoinMarketCap. It is currently back in second place, behind Bitcoin …

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