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Official: Russia to Introduce Cryptocurrency Regulation Bill Next Week

New cryptocurrency laws are expected to be introduced for official consideration to the Russia’s national legislature on Dec. 28, according to a senior government official. Russian media sources RIA and TASS cited comments from lawmaker Anatoly Aksakov, who chairs the State Duma’s financial markets committee, that the new rules – …

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Prosecutors File Charges in Alleged $250 Million Crypto Mining Fraud

Authorities in South Korea have reportedly filed suit against a U.S. cryptocurrency mining firm, alleging a multi-million dollar fraud. According to Korean news source Yonhap, prosecutors from the Incheon district of South Korea alleged in a press briefing that a company called Mining Max LLC solicited 270 billion Korean won …

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Wikileaks to Accept Additional Cryptocurrencies for Donations

Wikileaks is reportedly set to begin accepting additional cryptocurrencies as a way to serve users who want to contribute to its media and whistleblowing efforts. Announced by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a Tweet earlier this week, the comment follows news the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), an organization …

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Crypto Market Sheds Billions as Top 100 Assets Down

It’s a down day for the global cryptocurrency markets, with just three of the top 100 assets by market capitalization having posted 24-hour gains, data from Coinmarketcap reveals. At press time, the price of bitcoin, the market’s largest asset, was trading below $14,000 according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index …

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Futures Firm Cboe Filed for 6 Bitcoin ETFs This Week

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to list multiple bitcoin futures ETFs, public records show. According to Cboe’s website, the firm submitted proposed rule changes that would clear the way for listing the following ETFs: the First Trust Bitcoin Strategy …

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Sberbank Chairman: Blockchain Adoption Could Take 10 Years

The head of Sberbank believes that the wider-scale implementation of blockchain in Russia could take as long as a decade. As quoted by state-owned news service TASS, Herman Gref, Sberbank’s chairman of the board, indicated on Thursday that the institution could roll out products based on the tech as early …

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30% Decline: Charting the Ongoing Crypto Price Correction

In what is likely to be one of the biggest corrections ever seen in the burgeoning cryptocurrency market, the total value of the nascent asset class, created with the advent of bitcoin in 2009, shed billions on Friday. At press time, the total value of all cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin and …

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Stocks That Soared On Crypto News Are Sinking

Today’s cryptocurrency market plunge has ensnared the prices of several publicly-traded companies that in recent days have sought to tout their work with cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Firms like Long Island Iced Tea (which this week declared that it would rebrand as “Long Blockchain Corp”), Riot Blockchain and LongFin are down, …

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Some Crypto Assets Are Trending Up Amid Today’s Drop

The vast majority of cryptocurrencies may be down on the day’s trading, but new data suggests that some assets are trending up this afternoon. As reported earlier today by CoinDesk, both bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency market saw significant declines this morning, sending some assets as low as 30% or …

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2017: Saluting the Non-Stop Price Drama That Was

Arthur Hayes is a former derivatives trader for Deutsche Bank and Citigroup, and the current CEO of bitcoin derivatives exchange BitMEX. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review opinion series. Act I: Bye bye China 2017’s epic cryptocurrency rally may seem sudden. It’s not. To …

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Jamming on Crypto Economics: What Comes After the Summer of Love?

Ryan Zurrer is principal and venture partner at Polychain Capital, where he leads investments in decentralized blockchain protocols and distributed projects. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. If 2017 is to be remembered as a time when cryptographic tokens enabled novel distributed network concepts …

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SEC Munchee Order a Recipe for Securities Violations

Katherine Cooper is an attorney advising financial institutions on legal and regulatory matters. Before opening her practice, she worked in senior roles at NYSE Euronext, Barclays and Citigroup Global Markets, as well as at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Enforcement Division. This article is not meant to provide legal advice. …

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Buying Bitcoin? Hedge Funds Will Use Blockchain, Too

Mona El Isa is co-founder and member of the board at Melonport AG, a decentralized digital asset management platform, and a former VP of equities trading at Goldman Sachs. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. Imagine a future where humans play a minimal role …

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Cleaning Up the Crypto Markets: A Job for 2018

Scott Ryan is a credit analyst and avid follower of the cryptocurrency markets. The following article is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2017 in Review. First things first: I’m quite fond of the Wild West environment in which we currently operate – the excitement and uncertainty are unparalleled by a …

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Coinbase’s Bitcoin Cash Market Is Back Online

GDAX, the digital asset exchange run by Coinbase, has resumed trading of bitcoin cash hours after its initial – and tumultuous – effort to launch a market for the breakaway cryptocurrency. Trading was halted abruptly last night after bitcoin cash, which broke away from the main bitcoin blockchain last month, …

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GMO Internet’s Crypto Mining Facility Is Up and Running

GMO Internet, a publicly listed IT firm in Japan, has officially launched its cryptocurrency mining operation. The mining unit was previously unveiled in September, with a goal of going live with it in the first quarter of 2018. GMO has pursued a number of cryptocurrency-related business lines in the past …

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Blockchain Advocates in Japan and South Korea Are Joining Forces

Two blockchain advocacy groups from Japan and South Korea are combining their efforts in a bid to advocate for wider use of the technology. According to the translated announcement, the Korean Blockchain Open Forum (KBOF) and Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC) of Japan have been in collaborative talks since November. A …

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Bank of England Chief: Bitcoin Isn’t a Threat to Financial Stability

Bank of England (BoE) head Mark Carney said on Wednesday that bitcoin’s meteoric price gains do not pose a threat to global financial stability. Talking to British lawmakers in Parliament, Carney said that bitcoin’s recent price moves are “significant” and more like an “equity-type risk,” Reuters reports. He stated that: …

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