Op Ed: From Gray To Black and White: Traditional Regulations Come to Crypto

For nearly a decade, participants in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space have operated in a regulatory compliance gray zone. Recent developments — at both the federal and international levels — signal that the time for plausible deniability or unregulated freedom is coming to an end and more traditional regulations are moving to the forefront. Currently, ...

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Week 2: How the Bitcoin Cash “Hash War” Came and Went and Not Much Happened

In what may well have been the most watched cryptocurrency event of 2018, Bitcoin Cash two weeks ago “hard forked” (split) into two different coins. The “big block” project that itself forked away from the Bitcoin blockchain in August 2017 fragmented into “Bitcoin Cash ABC” (BCHABC) and “Bitcoin Cash SV” (BCHSV). In this third and final overview: the main takeaways ...

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VanEck, Cboe and SolidX Meet With SEC to Discuss a Bitcoin ETF

Having met the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2018, officials of VanEck, SolidX and Cboe BZX Exchange have met with the Commission again, in the latest attempt to convince the regulator to approve the nation’s first bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to an official presentation submitted to the SEC. The firms gave the pitch to the SEC’s ...

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“Guidance by Enforcement”: How the SEC Is Slowly Shaping ICO Regulation

On November 27, 2018, a California judge turned back the SEC’s request for an injunction against token company BlockVest, a company the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is pursuing for allegedly conducting an unregistered securities offering. The judge, however, ruled that BlockVest’s token distribution, which was conducted via airdrop, was given freely and received without expectation for returns, so ...

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“Enforcement by Guidance”: How the SEC Is Slowly Shaping ICO Regulation

On November 27, 2018, a California judge turned back the SEC’s request for an injunction against token company BlockVest, a company the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is pursuing for allegedly conducting an unregistered securities offering. The judge, however, ruled that BlockVest’s token distribution, which was conducted via airdrop, was given freely and received without expectation for returns, so ...

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What Is Cryptocurrency? “Jeopardy!” Features Entire Category on Crypto

Is cryptocurrency becoming more mainstream? It could be if one of America’s most prominent game shows features an entire category devoted to it. The November 29, 2018, episode of “Jeopardy!” — which has been on the air since 1964 — offered five unique questions centered around cryptocurrencies and their technology to test out its contestants’ knowledge on the subject: The ...

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EU Workers Now Have the Option to Take Their Pay in a Euro Stablecoin

Blockchain Payroll Platform WorkChain.io has partnered with tokenization platform STASIS to enable euro-backed crypto paychecks for its European Union (EU) users with the EURS stablecoin.  EURS becomes the second stablecoin selected for use on the WorkChain.io platform but the first one collateralized in euros. The platform also supports TrustToken’s TrueUSD stablecoin, which is a fiat-collateralized stablecoin pegged to the U.S. ...

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Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Receives Honorary Doctorate

Vitalik Buterin left academia four years ago to pursue a career in crypto. Now, the Ethereum founder’s contributions to the industry (and the computer science field at large) have earned him an honorary Ph.D. — in the same year he might have eventually completed his undergrad degree. In 2014, disenchanted with academics, Buterin accepted a Thiel Fellowship for his preliminary ...

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Coinbase Launches Zcash Trading Services on Coinbase Pro

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is launching Zcash (ZEC) trading on its professional trading platform Coinbase Pro. The announcement made via Coinbase’s blog page states that inbound transfers of the currency will begin at 10 p.m. PST on Thursday, November 29, 2018, though early deposits have already begun. The blog reads, “Once sufficient liquidity is established, trading on the ZEC/USDC order ...

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: Wait and See Where Recent Signs of Strength Lead

This week realized a big gain as bitcoin enjoyed a 25% rally from its local bottom before topping out around $4,400. Support currently appears to be established in the mid-$3,000s as the market remains indecisive over its next move: Figure 1: BTC-USD, Daily Candles, Current Support Level Figure 1 shows the relevance of the current support level as it represents ...

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