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Thai Crypto Regulation Makes Progress as 4 Crypto Businesses Get Licenses

Thai Crypto Regulation Makes Progress as 4 Crypto Businesses Get Licenses

The SEC in Thailand announced that the Ministry of Finance has granted licenses to four crypto businesses out of seven applications under review to operate in the country under the Emergency Degree on Digital Asset Businesses B.E. 2561 (2018). Prior to this development, the seven crypto-related businesses were granted provisional rights to operate under the Emergency Decree on Digital Asset Businesses B.E. …


Ethereum Foundation Awards $5 Million Grant to Parity Technologies for Ethereum 2.0

Ethereum Foundation Awards $5 Million Grant to Parity Technologies for Ethereum 2.0

In a blog post by the Ethereum Foundation yesterday, the non-profit arm of the Ethereum development network announced a grant of USD 5 million awarded to UK-based Parity Technologies. It would seem the grant was given to Parity Technologies to fund developments of Ethereum 2.0 in the areas of scalability, usability, and security. Specific areas of interest highlighted included Parity’s …


UNICEF Continues Crypto Advocacy, Now Accepts DAI

UNICEF Continues Crypto Advocacy, Now Accepts DAI

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) France has announced that it is now accepting donations in the DAI cryptocurrency. This makes it the 10th cryptocurrency it now accepts for charitable donations. The organization seems to think that “open source explorations of blockchain” can be funded using the DAI. The latest cryptocurrency is MakerDAO’s stablecoin pegged to the USD. The …


Etisalat Contracts Tech Firms to Develop Blockchain, AI Solutions

Etisalat Contracts Tech Firms to Develop Blockchain and AI Solutions

In a press release yesterday, Middle East telecom carrier giant Etisalat, through its innovation program Future Now, has signed agreements with four tech companies to develop solutions using blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. The signing of the contract happened after the success of Dubai’s Future Accelerator’s Program, which led to the launch of the Future Now project. The four …


Winklevoss Twins Reaffirm Commitment to Bitcoin ETF

Winklevoss Twins Reaffirm Commitment to Bitcoin ETF

The Winklevoss twins have renewed their commitment to bring about the first Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the US. This happened during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Reddit yesterday, the first organized by them since 2015 – around the same time their Gemini crypto trading platform was launched. In the past year, many investors were overwhelmed by the downtrend in …


Overstock’s tZERO Wins Patent for Crypto Integration Platform

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Overstock’s security token trading subsidiary tZERO has won the patent for a “crypto integration platform” designed to integrate the cryptocurrency market with legacy trading systems. The design draws a premise from the fact that “recent increasing adoption of cryptocurrencies (e.g., Bitcoin) worldwide creates challenges for existing trading systems”. The integration involves a complex but precise process of communication between blockchain …


Coinfloor to Launch Derivative Crypto Futures Amid Tough Market

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Top UK cryptocurrency exchange Coinfloor has told Bloomberg, that it is venturing into the derivatives market despite the seemingly poor market outlook and fierce competition in the futures market, with physically-delivered Bitcoin futures the new emerging derivatives for the asset class. The CoinfloorEX spinoff of the Coinfloor cryptocurrency exchange will be offering the new physical Bitcoin futures services to sophisticated Asian …


Japan Talks Bitcoin ETF, Ignores Futures Package

Japan Talks Bitcoin ETF, Ignores Futures Package

As reported by the news outlet Bloomberg today, the financial regulator in Japan has abandoned its plans to allow Bitcoin futures but will consider the possibility of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based off the new asset class. The source cited someone who was familiar with the development as saying that the Financial Service Agency (FSA) was “gauging industry interest in …


Coinbase Suspends Ethereum Classic After Account Compromise

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced that it has decided to stop facilitating Ethereum Classic trading for now due to an account being compromised over the weekend. On 1/5/2019, Coinbase detected a deep chain reorganization of the Ethereum Classic blockchain that included a double spend. In order to protect customer funds, we immediately paused movements of these funds on the ETC …


Texas Department of Banking Considers the Possibility of Stablecoin Licensing

Texas Department of Banking Considers the Possibility of Stablecoin Licensing

A supervisory memorandum shared on 2 January by the Texas Department of Banking directed towards all cryptocurrency related businesses, addressed the subject of regulatory concerns for cryptocurrencies, and stablecoin licensing under the Texas Money Services. The Banking Commissioner Charles G. Cooper made his case towards the existence of cryptocurrencies and identified them as an “electronic medium of exchange,” however, lacking …


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