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Africa and the Middle East: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup, 13th to 19th April 2018

Africa and the Middle East: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup, 13th to 19th April 2018

Africa and the Middle East Welcome to our weekly roundup of all important blockchain and cryptocurrency news from around the world. Follow the latest developments in the cryptocurrency space continent by continent, country by country.   South Africa Tax authority may be wrong about crypto: Tax Authority in South Africa, SARS, has announced that cryptocurrencies cannot be considered as currency for …


South America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup, 13th to 19th April 2018

South America: Crypto and Blockchain News Roundup, 13th to 19th April 2018

South America Welcome to our weekly roundup of all important blockchain and cryptocurrency news from around the world. Follow the latest developments in the cryptocurrency space continent by continent, country by country. Chile Crypto exchanges fight back on bank blockade: Chilean cryptocurrency exchanges have filed cases in Chilean appeal courts in an attempt to overturn the government’s forced shutdown of …


“Big Bitcoin Heist” Escapee on Icelandic PM’s Plane

"Big Bitcoin Heist" Escapes on Icelandic PM's Plane

Robbery suspect Sindri Thor Stefansson has escaped from custody and fled to Sweden on a plane which was reported to have been carrying Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir. Stefansson was being detained on suspicions of being the mastermind behind what has become known in Iceland as “the big Bitcoin heist”, the robbery of 600 computers used to mine Bitcoin. He escaped …


Nobel Laureate Shiller Concedes Bitcoin May Be with Us for a While

Nobel Laureate Shiller Concedes Bitcoin May Be with Us for a While

Robert Shiller, the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics, has recently softened his stance on Bitcoin. While still perceiving it as a bubble, he now believes it may ”be with us for a while”. Shiller previously spoke out on his view that Bitcoin was representative of the cryptocurrency market as a whole, in that they were an economic bubble. He appears now to …


Bitcoin Price Analysis, 18th April 2018: Volatile BTC/USD Markets Back Above $8,100

Bitcoin Price Analysis, 18th April 2018: Volatile BTC/USD Markets Back Above $8,100

Bitcoin markets are yet again going through a period of increased volatility. With a decent but not unheard of increase in trading volumes, a few bullish breakout patterns can now be observed. Notable events through the day’s trading session would be a couple of bearish breakouts and responding pullbacks, all contributing to the increase in volumes. The day’s signals Volatility …


Pantera CEO Dan Morehead Calls Rare Bitcoin Buy Signal

Pantera CEO Dan Morehead Calls Rare Bitcoin Buy Signal

Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead has stated that Bitcoin’ss sideways action at USD 8,000 is about to end, with the company today signalling a perfect time to get in for the long. Morehead’s company is well known for its exclusive focus on digital currencies and blockchain technology. Its rational analysis is based on Bitcoin’s 200-day moving average, believing that it …


Telegram CEO Will Use Bitcoin To Frustrate Moscow Ban

Russian CEO Uses Bitcoin To Frustrate Moscow Ban

Telegram founder Pavlov Durov has refused to comply with a Moscow court which has recently banned the popular cloud-based messaging service. The ban was passed by the Moscow court in an apparent effort to thwart terrorism, citing the app as playing a role in terrorist activities around the globe.  Security agencies had originally demanded Telegram allow them to access to user …


Coinshares Chairman Danny Masters Bullish on Bitcoin Revolution

Coinshares Chairman Bullish on Bitcoin

In a recent Bloomberg PNL podcast, Coinshares chairman Danny Masters took an in-depth look into the future of distributed ledger technology, security and regulation in the industry. https://assets.bwbx.io/av/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/vZAY7z4Y2fUg/v2.mp3 He said, “The distributed ledger technology that’s being pioneered by the development surrounding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are really the democratization of transactions as in the same way when the internet appeared we saw the news and …


Goldman Sachs Exec Joins Blockchain Crypto Wallet

Goldman Sachs Exec Joins Blockchain Crypto Wallet To Appeal To Institutional Clients

Cryptocurrency wallet service Blockchain announced on Tuesday that top Goldman Sachs executive Breanne Madigan would be joining the firm as head of institutional sales and strategy. Blockchain has positioned Madigan in this role in a bid to appeal to the growing number of institutional investors choosing to begin exchanging cryptocurrencies. The market for this type of client is seen as particularly …


IMF Chief Acknowledges Bitcoin Benefits, Discusses Potential of Crypto

IMF Chief Gives Bitcoin Nod of Approval

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), praised Bitcoin in an official blog post and suggested that cryptocurrencies like it could have real global benefits. Lagarde claims that not only could Bitcoin enable fast and inexpensive transactions, but the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies, blockchain, could make financial markets safer. She wrote, “Just as a few technologies that emerged …


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