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China’s Great Firewall has blocked access to Ethereum block explorer

China's Great Firewall, used by the government to regulate access to foreign internet sites, has blocked one of the most popular sources of Ethereum blockchain data.

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Bakkt announces launch of Bitcoin options contract in December

A day after Bakkt recorded its highest Bitcoin monthly futures trading, the platform announced that it would be taking another step ahead by launching Bitcoin options contract, which will be based on its Bitcoin monthly futures contract.

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CFTC chair says ETH is a commodity and anticipates ETH derivatives to trade in the US soon

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair believes that Ethereum is a commodity, according to Yahoo Finance.

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'Closer than ever' to Bitcoin ETF, says Bitwise ahead of SEC deadline

Executives at Bitwise Asset Management are highly optimistic as the deadline for the SEC decision on their proposed BTC ETF looms on the horizon.

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VanEck, SolidX pull the plug on Bitcoin ETF proposal

The VanEck, SolidX super team has withdrawn its proposal for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund, according to an SEC filing issued earlier today.

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France will not tax crypto-to-crypto trades

French economy minister Bruno Le Maire has stated that crypto-to-crypto trades will be tax-exempt, according to a report by Bloomberg.

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Ripple appoints Washington lawyer to manage government relations

Ripple, the technology and blockchain engineering group behind the XRP cryptocurrency, has hired a former political advisor to improve its lobbying efforts in Washington DC.

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PwC Luxembourg announces plans to accept Bitcoin payments from clients

PwC Luxembourg is stepping further into blockchain and crypto-assets by accepting Bitcoin payments from its clients as from 1 October 2019.

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HSBC targets China trade with Yuan-denominated blockchain letter of credit

HSBC has carried out the first blockchain-based letter of credit transaction denominated in Chinese yuan.

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Bitcoin bank accounts launch in 31 European countries

Residents of Europe can now use their smartphones to open a German bank account with an integrated Bitcoin wallet, thanks to a new app from the German blockchain company Bitwala.

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Switzerland’s first crypto banks receive licences

The Swiss financial regulator has awarded banking and securities dealer licences to two new “crypto banks”. SEBA and Sygnum have been cleared to operate in the new world of tokenised digital securities, a major milestone for the fledging industry.

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Gemini heads down under with crypto exchange launch in Australia

Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini announced Wednesday that it is officially opening its doors to customers in Australia

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Ukrainian power plant officials accused of unauthorised cryptocurrency mining

SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) detectives have discovered a cryptocurrency mining operation at one of the nation’s nuclear power plants. The agency has reason to believe that it was officials at the facility that had installed the unauthorised hardware.

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Bakkt reveals imminent Bitcoin futures launch date after receiving regulatory approval

The long-awaited and highly anticipated Bitcoin futures platform Bakkt says it has received regulatory approval and is ready for launch.

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China is prepared to launch its sovereign crypto asset

At a China Finance 40 Group meeting, an important official of the PBoC claimed that China is prepared to launch its sovereign crypto asset. This surprise announcement comes, of course, amid a currency war and raging trade spat between the U.S.

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New Zealand gives green light for cryptocurrency income and salary payments

New Zealand has published a ruling by its tax authorities that allows paying workers’ salaries with cryptocurrency. The publication also includes specific requirements regarding this issue.

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The SEC set to begin running Bitcoin and Ethereum nodes

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is looking for quotes from contractors who will run the Ethereum and Bitcoin nodes for them. This move is in addition to numerous other blockchains such as Zcash, NEO, EOS, Bitcoin Cash, XRP ledger and Stellar.

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German regulators approve $280 million Ethereum token sale

Fundament, a blockchain startup coming out of stealth mode, has received the green light to issue the first tokenized real-estate backed bond that can be widely offered to individual investors.

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Senate hostile towards Libra, Facebook suggests regulators must act or risk losing US dollar dominance to Bitcoin

The focus of the hearing between Facebook’s David Marcus and the Senate on the Libra cryptocurrency was trust—or the lack thereof.

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Chinese court upholds legality of Bitcoin ownership, BTC protected by China’s property laws

A court in Hangzhou, China, upheld Bitcoin’s status as “virtual property.” The ruling reaffirms that Bitcoin is legal to own in China and indicates to holders that they will be protected by the country’s legal system in disputes.

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Donald Trump: 'Bitcoin not money, value based on thin air, facilitates unlawful behavior'

U.S. president Donald Trump finally expressed his views on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, and the POTUS is not a fan.

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Maduro orders Venezuela’s biggest bank to accept crypto Petro nationwide

Nicolas Maduro has started an aggressive plan to promote his controversial crypto petro in the country's largest bank.

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Cryptocurrency regulations on the agenda for world finance leaders at G20 summit

In their final statement, G20 finance ministers and central bank heads paid special attention to cryptocurrency and digital asset regulations, along with pressing topics like global economies and trade wars.

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Bitwise Bitcoin ETF Verdict Delayed By The SEC… Again

According to a breaking report from CoinDesk, the verdict on the Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) application from California-based crypto upstart Bitwise Asset Management has been delayed once again.

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The SEC Just Released Its Long-Awaited Crypto Token Guidance

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published fresh regulatory guidance for token issuers, nearly half a year in the making.

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Two new cryptocurrency bills from US Congress aim to create competitive regulation and prevent market manipulation

Two pro-cryptocurrency bills were introduced to the US House requesting the CFTC, in consultation with the SEC, produce reports to inform lawmakers about crypto.

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XRapid Appears On World Bank Official Website: “Pilot Saved 40%-70% In Foreign Exchange Costs” – A Step Closer To Mass Adoption?

It’s no news at this point that Ripple (XRP) is making headway with financial institutions around the world, as they take to its cross-border payments solutions for faster and cheaper transactions.

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Ripple Just Signed A Deal With Leading Indian Bank “Federal Bank” To Speed Up International Remittances

Federal Bank, a leading private sector bank in India, has announced that it has partnered with Ripple with the intention of implementing the latter’s technology to improve its cross-border payment services.

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CBOE Will Not List Bitcoin Futures in March, Cites Need to Assess Crypto Derivatives

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) will not add a new Bitcoin (BTC) futures market in March, the firm said in a statement on March 14.

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SEC Chairman Clarifies Securities Treatment Around Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cryptocurrency Broadly

The SEC chairman Jay Clayton provided additional clarity on the securities treatments for cryptocurrency—more specifically by addressing his stance towards William Hinman’s statements about Bitcoin and Ethereum potentially being non-securities.

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Crypto Regulation Passed: Colorado Exempts Cryptocurrencies From Securities Laws

Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis has signed a new law that exempts cryptocurrencies from securities laws. The bill was first introduced in January, described as providing “limited exemptions from the securities registration and securities broker-dealer and salesperson licensing re

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City of Denver to Pilot Blockchain Voting App in Coming Elections

A U.S. city plans to utilize a blockchain system to store and track votes in its upcoming municipal elections in May.

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Chinese Crypto Exchanges Seek Backdoor Listings in Hong Kong

As the bear market continues with no signs of a change in trend crypto exchanges and mining giants in China seek ways to stay afloat. One method which has been increasing is a reverse merger in Hong Kong as IPO hopes fade.

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New Hampshire Bill Aims to Legalize Bitcoin for State Payments in 2020

Lawmakers in the U.S. state of New Hampshire are currently considering a bill to legalize payment of fees and taxes in Bitcoin (BTC), documents originally published on Jan. 3 reveal.

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