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G20 to Discuss Cryptocurrencies Next Week

The Group of Twenty (G20) countries will hold their thirteenth meeting next week, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will be the first summit held in Argentina, and cryptocurrencies will be among the topics up for discussion. The discussants will include the finance ministers and central bank governors of the G20 nations. Background materials regarding the […]

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Google Will Ban ICO and Crypto Ads

In an update to its ad policy that will frustrate cryptocurrency businesses, Google has decided to ban ad content from cryptocurrency firms. That ban will extend to firms offering ICOs, cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, and cryptocurrency trading sites, as well as others. That move could harm numerous companies that rely on Google’s ad services to […]

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CFTC Commissioner Urges Cryptocurrency Self-Regulation

Speaking at the DC Blockchain Summit last week, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Brian Quintenz urged the cryptocurrency community to self-regulate. That’s an encouraging sign coming from a federal regulator, and an indication that US regulators aren’t about to crack down on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies anytime soon. Self-regulation is a well-established concept in […]


SEC Statement on Exchanges Worries Bitcoin World

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week issued another public statement that roiled the cryptocurrency community. The statement, entitled “Statement on Potentially Unlawful Online Platforms for Trading Digital Assets,” started off by mentioning initial coin offerings (ICOs), which the Commission has already determined in most cases fit the definition of securities. But it also […]


PayPal Looking Into Faster Cryptocurrency Payments

One of the less-publicized aspects of the cryptocurrency and blockchain world is the number of companies who are rushing to patent various business applications of blockchain. While Bank of America holds the most blockchain patents, it isn’t the only financial services company patenting new cryptocurrency technologies. Online payment service PayPal is moving to patent its […]

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German Government to Treat Bitcoin Like Legal Tender

In an encouraging sign for the use of cryptocurrency as money, the German government has declared that it will not tax cryptocurrency transactions in which the cryptocurrencies are used as money. This is especially exciting for Bitcoin, which was initially developed to act as a form of digital cash. One of the major barriers to […]

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Chinese Cryptocurrency Firms Continue to Thrive

In a testament to the ability of cryptocurrency companies to withstand government attempts to shut them down, Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges are not just surviving – they are thriving. Late last year the Chinese government ordered all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country to shut down, in addition to a ban on initial coin offerings. The government […]

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Steve Wozniak Falls Victim to Cryptocurrency Fraud

It isn’t just technological neophytes who can fall victim to cryptocurrency fraudsters. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak found himself the victim of fraud too, losing seven bitcoins to a scammer. Wozniak’s case highlights the importance of taking the right steps to protect yourself from dishonest actors. Wozniak fell victim to a scheme known as chargeback fraud. […]

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The IRS Is Coming for Cryptocurrency Traders

If you’re a heavy Bitcoin trader on Coinbase, you’d better hope that you’ve paid your taxes. In a victory for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and a partial victory for Coinbase, the cryptocurrency exchange will be turning over to the IRS information on 13,000 of its most active traders. The information handover resolves a long-running […]

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Cryptocurrency Regulation Continues to Take Shape

With regulators around the globe continuing to look into cryptocurrencies, the regulatory regime affecting cryptocurrencies is beginning to take shape, although it’s still far from uniform. US States Move Forward on Cryptocurrency Regulation The Wyoming House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would exempt some ICO tokens from securities regulation. It’s unclear, however, whether […]