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Hong Kong to Tighten Crypto Laws After Years of Leniency

Hong Kong to Tighten Crypto Laws After Years of Leniency

The Hong Kong Securities and Exchanges Commission (SFC), known for being for the most lenient jurisdiction in the region for cryptocurrency regulation, is to impose tighter laws. This is a process finding favor around the world currently as financial regulators adjust to cryptocurrency’s now permanent status in the global financial arena. To begin with, the SFC is suggesting a “temporary …


Swiss Report Recommends Flexible Revisions to Blockchain Regulations

Swiss Report Recommends Flexible Revisions to Blockchain Regulations

A new Swiss report on blockchain technology by a federal blockchain/ICO working group has recommended flexible changes to existing regulations that oversee the space in that country. Regarding cryptocurrency, the report is specifically calling for more clarity for exchanges while safeguarding the current Anti Money Laundering (AML) Act to safeguard the rights of investors. Heinz Tännler, President of the Swiss …


Survey: Crypto Space Still Driven by Individuals, Needs Institutional Investment

A new survey has revealed that despite Bitcoin losing over 80 percent of its value over the course of a year, tech start-ups are still putting their money in cryptocurrency. A study of 500 startup executives shows that 40 percent of them have invested their own money into digital assets this year, although currently, only 13 percent see the emergence …


SEC Hints at Flexibility for Crypto Startups Through “No Action” Letter

SEC Hints at Flexibility for Crypto Startups Through "No Action" Letter

SEC Senior Adviser for Digital Assets and Innovation Valerie A Szczepanik has indicated that in certain circumstances, ICOs may be able to avoid registration requirements. Speaking in New York at a gathering hosted by the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, the SEC official has suggested that in certain cases an application doesn’t fit SEC law or regulation “but that it perfectly …


Cambridge: Crypto Users Double in 2018 Despite Price Plunge

Cambridge: Crypto Users Double in 2018 Despite Price Plunge

The latest 2nd Global Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study conducted by Cambridge University’s Centre for Alternative Finance has revealed that 2018 saw the number of cryptocurrency users nearly double in number. The Cryptoasset Benchmarking Study is an in-depth study carried out by the Judge Business School, a subsidiary of Cambridge University in the UK. The report revealed that the numbers of verified …


UNICEF Blockchain Roll Call Funds 6 New Companies, 20 Tech Startups

UNICEF Blockchain Roll Call Funds 6 New Companies, 20 Tech Startups

United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) is to go ahead with a program which will see the organization invest USD 100,000 into six blockchain companies. In its continued efforts to leverage blockchain tech into its programmes, UNICEF will also include 20 other tech startups as part of the same project. The six companies named are Atix Labs, Onesmart, Prescrypto, …


Australian Regulator Gives Thumbs Up for CoinZoom’s Market Leap

Australian Regulator Gives Thumbs Up for CoinZoom's Market Leap

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) has issued its latest cryptocurrency license, this time to US-based cryptocurrency exchange, CoinZoom. Serving both Australian and international customers, Coinzoom can now operate within Australia and as a cryptocurrency exchange, accepting and exchanging fiat, digital assets, and any other cryptocurrency.  The platform will now over a “one-stop user experience to link their …


Crypto Reading Catch Up? Now Could Be the Perfect Time

Crypto Reading Catch Up? Now Could Be the Perfect Time

With cryptocurrencies currently languishing ahead of their next step major step forward as international interest continues to grow, now might be the time to grab something to read, do some research, fill a few educational gaps, and prepare for the future as the industry gathers new momentum. Whether it be a fiction or a non-fiction read, there is plenty out …


Blockchain VC Investment Hits All-Time High

Q3 Blockchain Report: VC Investment Hits All time High

Outlier Ventures has released research showing that venture capital (VC) investment in the decentralized blockchain technology is at its highest level yet. Its State of Blockchains for Q3 2018 report suggests that the rise in investment can be attributed to both the growing maturity of the industry and as an acting replacement of the dwindling initial coin offering (ICO) model which has …


“Bitcoin Babe’s” Journey out of the Dark into Light

"Bitcoin Babe's" Journey out of the Dark into Light

Life for 24-year-old Australian crypto enthusiast Michaela Juric has turned itself around after escaping the darknet to become Australasia’s number one Bitcoin trader on Localbitcoins. Six years ago, Juric, who now trades under the handle Bitcoin Babe, was struggling with depression and contemplating suicide. The darknet became a place where she spent her Bitcoin on illegal substances. Today, she runs …


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