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CFTC Chief: US Should Tread Lightly on Crypto Exchanges

The head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said during a Senate hearing on Thursday that any federal-level approach to cryptocurrency regulation should be “carefully tailored” to the risks involved. The comments by CFTC chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, issued before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, came days after …

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Game Maker Atari Is Planning to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

The company behind iconic video games such as Pac-Man and Pong is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency, dubbed “Atari Token,” according to an announcement last week. As part of the effort, Atari acquired a 15% stake in a Gibraltar-based company, Infinity Networks, Ltd and has licensed its brand to …

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Magic Solution? ‘Fellowship’ of Coders Embark on Ethereum Quest

Ethereum’s world computer is in need of a magic touch. As developers continue to clash over yet another controversial software update, some of ethereum’s top minds are working together to conjure up a solution for what has been a troubling absence of late — community consensus. Recent discussions concerning the …

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Bitcoin Isn’t the Only Crypto Adding Lightning Tech Now

Lightning is spreading across the cryptocurrency landscape. Originally designed for use on bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market size was also the first to implement the concept, touted as a way to make transactions faster and cheaper by moving them to a layer above the blockchain. But with scalability …

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IBM Wants You to Know Blockchain Can Go Wrong

As enterprise blockchains inch closer to live launches, a group of cybersecurity experts within IBM is out to make sure clients take every step to keep their new investments secure. Adewale Omoniyi, a senior managing consultant in the biometrics and cybersecurity for IBM Global Business Services, is one such professional, …

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Korean Government Remains Firm on Crypto KYC Mandate

South Korea has doubled down on its commitment to eliminate the use of cryptocurrency in illicit financial activities, while expressing a will to foster the country’s blockchain development. In a video published Wednesday, Hong Nam-ki, head of the office for policy coordination, said the government is taking a strong stance …

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Japanese Watchdog Warns Crypto Firm Over Unlicensed Operation

Japan’s financial watchdog has stepped up its efforts to scrutinize foreign cryptocurrency services that target domestic investors without a license. According to an official warning published by the Japan’s Finance Service Agency (FSA) on Feb. 13, the regulator said a Macau-based cryptocurrency service firm named Blockchain Laboratory, headed by Jay …

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Coincheck Exchange Sees $373 Million Withdrawn in One Day

Japan’s Coincheck exchange reinstated Japanese yen withdrawals yesterday and investors are already flocking to take out their funds following the firm’s recent hack. According to a company announcement on Feb. 13, soon after Coincheck partially resumed operations on Tuesday, it had already processed 40.1 billion yen (or $373 million) in …

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Bitcoin Sees Bull Reversal Ahead of Chinese New Year

Bitcoin looks set to test the $10,000 mark soon, as per technical analysis, although some investors fear the Lunar New Year may play spoilsport. Ahead of New Year holidays (starting Feb. 15), Chinese and South Koreans often exchange bitcoin for fiat currencies (to fund increased spending), and bitcoin (BTC) tends …

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South Africa’s Central Bank Eyes JPMorgan Blockchain Tech

South Africa’s central bank has launched a program that will trial JPMorgan’s Quorum blockchain potential in interbank clearing and settlement. According to an official statement dated Feb. 13, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) revealed it has established a fintech program that will prioritize, among other things, a project dubbed …

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Fork Confusion Propels Litecoin to 1-Month High Above $200

Litecoin (LTC) is putting on a show today amid news a group of developers may seek to fork its blockchain, the fifth-largest by total value. The cryptocurrency was last seen changing hands at $216, a one-month high, according to data service CoinMarketCap. Overall, LTC has appreciated by 33 percent in …

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US Treasury Official Calls for Global Crypto Regulation

The undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence called on the international community for stronger cryptocurrency regulations to help protect the financial system and national security in a speech yesterday. Citing Venezuela’s recent introduction of the “petro” cryptocurrency as an example, Sigal Mandelker told the Securities …

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Saudi Central Bank to Test Ripple Payments Tech

Distributed ledger startup Ripple has struck a deal with Saudi Arabia’s central bank on a pilot program that will see banks in the country trial the company’s tech. Announced today, the pilot with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority marks the second central bank to work with the startup, coming after …

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Comcast VC Arm Embarks on ‘Aggressive’ Blockchain Investing Plan

Comcast Ventures isn’t just investing in blockchain startups – it’s investing in blockchain startups that invest in blockchain startups, with some very specific goals in mind. The firm last month joined IBM and Boldstart Ventures in backing accelerator mState, which invests in startups building enterprise blockchain solutions. Further, Comcast Ventures …

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Sending Bitcoin on Lightning (The Early, Risky Way)

It’s like the early days of bitcoin all over again. Comprised of invite-only chat channels, alien terminology and warning signs at every turn, the nascent ecosystem springing up around Lightning Network, the scaling technology that could end up having the greatest impact yet on bitcoin’s capacity, is to date, hopelessly …

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‘Weary Giants of Flesh and Steel,’ Meet Bitcoin

Marc Hochstein is the managing editor of CoinDesk. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. “You have no sovereignty where we gather. We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one…” The “we” John Perry Barlow …

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