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Federal Judge Rules Cryptocurrency MBC Is a Commodity

In a landmark case for the cryptocurrency industry, a federal judge has ruled that a cryptocurrency caught in the midst of a lawsuit is a commodity, court documents reveal. U.S. District Judge for Massachusetts Rya Zobel has decided that the suit’s prosecuting party — the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) — can proceed with its case against My Big Coin ...

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Former UBS Bankers Are Building a Crypto Bank in Switzerland

Seba Crypto AG (SEBA) has raised 100 million Swiss francs ($103 million) for the creation of a regulated bank that lets customers trade fiat for digital currency. The Zug-based startup is headed by former UBS managers Guido Buehler, who serves as CEO, and Andreas Amschwand, who serves as chairman. SEBA will manage cryptocurrency trading and investments for banks and investors. ...

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Coinbase Rolls Out Crypto “Bundles” and New Educational Resources

Coinbase is unveiling a suite of new initiatives designed to expand its market. In a blog released today entitled “Helping People Understand, Explore and Buy Cryptocurrency,” Coinbase is reaching out to potential newcomers to the crypto space — people who may want to join the crypto world but are unsure about how to proceed. The company’s offerings include some educational ...

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Coinbase Announced New Asset Listing Program

In a move to expand its asset offerings, Coinbase has created a new process by which anyone with a token can apply to have it listed on the platform. This news comes weeks after Coinbase said it was exploring the addition of several new assets including Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) and Cardano (ADA). At present, Coinbase carries only a ...

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Kraken: An Overview of One of Europe’s Top Bitcoin Exchanges

In this overview, we explore Kraken and its journey from a Mt. Gox alternative to soften the blow of bitcoin’s dependence on just one exchange to becoming one of the most respected cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. We’ll also look at the various features of its platform, chiefly trading and acquiring cryptocurrency. Snapshot Operating since: May 2013 (beta) / September ...

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IBM/MIT Connection Science Issue Report on the Role of Blockchain in …

On September 24, 2018, MIT Connection Science and IBM issued a 41-page joint report on the results of three roundtable discussions on the role of Blockchain in government. Authored by MIT’s technical director at the MIT Internet Trust Consortium, which is part of MIT Connection Science, Thomas Hardjono, the findings illuminated discussions held by private and public sector leaders on ...

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Overstock.com CEO Acquires Stake in Blockchain Land Registry Startup

Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne has acquired a stake in blockchain startup, Medici Land Governance (MLG). Byrne purchased a 43 percent stake in the blockchain land registry in a private transaction. Blockchain land registries have been getting a lot of traction around the world, as they promise a viable solution to the problem of fragmented paper records and unverifiable claims. Medici ...

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Circle’s USDC Stablecoin Begins Trading

Boston-based cryptocurrency finance firm Circle has just joined the multitudes of other crypto exchange platforms now issuing and trading their own stablecoins. As of September 26, 2018, dollar-pegged USDC is now trading on Poloniex, the crypto-to-crypto exchange Circle acquired in February 2018, and on Circle Trade, the company’s over-the-counter (OTC) platform. Circle co-founders Sean Neville and Jeremy Allaire spelled out ...

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Op Ed: The Adoption Fallacy of Decentralized Applications

It’s no secret that DApps have struggled to achieve adoption; in fact, according to stateofthedapps.com, the most popular DApp currently has just 1,811 daily active users (DAUs). In our opinion, the poor adoption rates of DApps can be attributed to the high adoption costs of using DApps, such as the time required to sign up, monetary cost or the fear ...

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