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Maxwell Eyes Bitcoin Smart Contracts After Blockstream

One of bitcoin’s most respected developers, Gregory Maxwell, is returning to his cypherpunk roots with a series of new projects. After nearly four years as CTO of high-profile bitcoin technology startup Blockstream, he’s departed that position to focus exclusively on code. Mainly because, as Maxwell explained in his departure letter, …

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Why Crypto Needs to Start Taking SpankChain Seriously

On New Year’s Day, Giselle Palmer, scantily clad, turned on her webcam, and started her sexy show. Offhandedly she told her hundreds of viewers that she had studied computer science and math in college, and from that moment on the chat room was filled with questions about non-sexy topics from …

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DJ Gareth Emery Wants to Be Crypto Rich (For a Cause)

Strobes pulsed through fog as a tightly packed audience sought to get a shot of the DJ. Revered for his contributions to electronic dance music, Gareth Emery was in the box at London’s Ministry of Sound last weekend, there to show off the synths that have helped him win the …

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7 Trends Shaping the Evolving ICO Economy

Sure, there were white papers, prototypes and theories, but in the land of ICOs, 2017 was largely about one thing – money – and lots of it. Entering 2018, those closest to the sector, the area of the industry that’s actively applying learnings from cryptocurrencies to startup models, see a …

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Coincheck Exchange Confirms Yen Withdrawals to Start Next Week

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has announced that it plans to allow users to start withdrawing local currency from their accounts next Tuesday. In a notice posted today, the company – which suffered a notable hack in late January – said (via unofficial translation): “Currently, assets of customers’ Japanese yen are …

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Korean Exchange Bithumb Is Accepting New Users Again

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is now accepting new investor registrations following integration of new regulator-mandated “know-your-customer” (KYC) procedures. In an announcement on its homepage, Bithumb said that, starting from Feb.9, investors on the platform will be able to confirm their real identity through accounts at Nonghyup Bank. The firm …

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India’s Tax Department Is Sending Notices to Crypto Investors

An Indian tax official has said that gains from cryptocurrency investment are subject to tax liability and that it will seek those trying to avoid paying up. During an event on Tuesday this week, Sushil Chandra, chairman of India’s Central Board of Direct Tax (CBDT) confirmed that around 100,000 notices …

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Lesser-Known LSK Was Crypto’s Big Weekly Winner

The cryptocurrency markets are at last witnessing solid two-way business after a rough week across the markets. The market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies fell 40 percent to $276 billion on Feb. 6 – the lowest since Nov. 26. However, the value has recovered over the last seven days of trading …

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French, German Finance Ministers Call for G20 Crypto Discussion

Senior officials from France and Germany are calling for the G20 group of nations to discuss cooperative action on cryptocurrencies ahead of a summit next month. In a letter addressed to the Argentinian government – which currently holds the presidency of the G20 – French finance minister Bruno Le Maire, …

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Arizona Moves One Step Closer to Accepting Bitcoin for Taxes

The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that aims to allow residents in the state to pay their taxes with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. As previously reported by CoinDesk, last month a group of lawmakers submitted a bill that, if passed, would enable taxpayers to use bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies …

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New Jersey Issues Cease-and-Desist to Crypto Investment Firm

New Jersey regulators have sent a cease-and-desist letter to an online cryptocurrency investment site, alleging that the company is fraudulently offering securities in the state. The state’s Bureau of Securities, along with the New Jersey Attorney General, said Friday morning that it was moving to prevent Bitstrade from making further …

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Ethereum Devs Call for Public Debate on Fund Recovery

Ethereum’s more senior developers are calling for a public debate over what steps, if any, should be taken at the software level to return funds lost in high-profile hacks and incidents. In a bi-weekly meeting Friday, the developers took sides over a controversial ethereum improvement proposal, EIP 867, which advocates …

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Russian Scientists Arrested for Crypto Mining at Nuclear Lab

Reports suggested that several scientists working at a Russian nuclear weapons research facility have been arrested for mining cryptocurrencies at the site. Reports from Interfax and the BBC indicate that the unnamed scientists have been handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB) following the discovery. “There has been an …

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Nvidia CEO Says Cryptocurrency Is ‘Not Going to Go Away’

“Crypto is a real thing — it’s not going to go away.” So says Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive of graphics card maker Nvidia, which yesterday posted its fourth-quarter results for 2017. The company said on an earnings call Thursday that demand from cryptocurrency miners for its product beat expectations but …

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Where’s Greg? Maxwell Is Coding Better Bitcoin Tech

One of bitcoin’s most respected developers, Gregory Maxwell, is returning to his cypherpunk roots with a series of new projects. After nearly four years as CTO of high-profile bitcoin technology startup Blockstream, he’s departed that position to focus exclusively on code. Mainly because, as Maxwell explained in his departure letter, …

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Why Crypto Needs to Start Talking Seriously About SpankChain

On New Year’s Day, Giselle Palmer, scantily clad, turned on her webcam, and started her sexy show. Offhandedly she told her hundreds of viewers that she had studied computer science and math in college, and from that moment on the chat room was filled with questions about non-sexy topics from …

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Cryptocurrency Tops EU Watchdog’s 2018 Agenda

The European Union’s top securities watchdog has indicated that cryptocurrencies will be one of its top priorities in 2018. In its latest supervisory work agenda released on Feb. 7, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) outlined the five primary areas that the agency will focus on in the coming …

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Bitcoin Cash Outpaces Crypto Consolidation with 20% Spike

The top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization look to be consolidating today, generally trading flat to positive below yesterday’s highs. Currently, the total market capitalization of all currencies is $380 billion – down just 5 percent from a high of $401.87 billion seen yesterday. The total value is also up …

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