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Putin Issues Cryptocurrency Regulation Adoption Mandate
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Putin Issues Cryptocurrency Regulation Adoption Mandate

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, ordered the government to ratify and enforce federal laws pertaining to cryptocurrency with 1 July 2019 as the deadline; introduced amendments to AML laws
Crypto Exchanges Update: OKEx Amplifies Leverage and Binance 'DEX' Reduces ‘Issue’ and ‘List’ Fees
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Crypto Exchanges Update: OKEx Amplifies Leverage and Binance 'DEX' Reduces ‘Issue’ and ‘List’ Fees

OKEx implemented adjustments to increase leverage on margin trading to 5x on leading trading pairs in its platform. Binance decreased token fees on its decentralized exchange testnet
Electroneum Introduces a Smartphone that Rewards Users with ETN
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Electroneum Introduces a Smartphone that Rewards Users with ETN

The newly launched M1 is Electroneum’s Android-based smartphone that incentivizes users with Electroneum tokens (ETN). ETN can be used to purchase airtime and data, and also for shopping. An M1 costs $80 and is said to be initially available only in South Africa
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Scam Alert: Bitconnect ‘2.0’ Claims Binance Listing for July Launch

The return of notorious cryptocurrency ponzi scheme Bitconnect is closer than ever, its mysterious organizers claim after revealing a July launch date. Bitconnect: Unapologetically Fraudulent A fresh tweet from the Twitter account of the so-called ‘Bitconnect 2.0’ May 18 confirms the scheme is set to debut – again – on July 1. Not only that, but true to the style of deception for which the original Bitconnect became known, a fake exchange partnership has already surfaced. The owner of the Twitter account added prospective investors can purchase tokens on major cryptocurrency exchange Binance – when in fact this is simply a lie. “Welcome everyone back to Bitconnect 2.0[.] We will launch Bitconnect2.0 on July 1st,” the post reads. Welcome everyone back to Bitconnect 2.0We will launch Bitconnect2.0 on July 1stvisit our website for more Infoshttps://t.co/xKJ10yeYoP — Bitconnect2.0 (@Bitconnect2_0) May 18, 2019 Despite claiming further information is available on its ‘official’ website, the social media activity remains the only hint of the impending plans. The site consists only of a sign-up form for updates, a countdown timer and a duplicate of the Twitter feed. Beyond the assumed launch date, however, the operations of the latest incarnation of Bitconnect remain a mystery. As Bitcoinist reported, the original Bitconnect – ostensibly an exchange and lending platform – crashed in January 2018 after it became sufficiently known the company was fraudulent. Formerly something of celebrity meme in the crypto space, thanks mostly to events speaker Carlos Matos, the mood turned sour as Bitcoin came off its all-time highs of $20,000. Investors saw the value of their Bitconnect tokens drop to virtually nothing in minutes, with cryptocurrency industry figures lamenting that those without experience were still easy targets for scammers. Criminal proceedings followed, yet it remains unclear whether Bitconnect 2.0 has any relation to its predecessor beyond sharing a name. A Scam To Rival OneCoin On social media, reactions overwhelmingly focused on issuing warnings not to interact with the scheme, even if it should succeed in offering new tokens. Others noted the Bitconnect.io domain name will expire before the alleged launch date. Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao (known as CZ) have yet to comment on the Twitter account’s claims of a partnership. Another entity meanwhile is attempting to gather members for a Bitconnect community on messaging platform Discord, participants already numbering close to 500. Bitconnect’s resurgence comes in line with the renaissance seen throughout Bitcoin and altcoin markets. Equally poetic is the timing following on from the ‘death’ of fellow ponzi scheme OneCoin, the founders of which spent years accruing around $4 billion. Now subject to legal action, OneCoin nevertheless succeeded in fooling the public to hand over huge amounts of money, despite warnings from various governments and associated watchdogs. What do you think about Bitconnect 2.0? Let us know in the comments below! Images via Shutterstock The post Scam Alert: Bitconnect ‘2.0’ Claims Binance Listing for July Launch appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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Virginia, USA-Based Pension Funds Invest in Crypto
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Virginia, USA-Based Pension Funds Invest in Crypto

Morgan Creek Digital, a subsidiary of hedge fund Morgan Creek, racks up $40 mln new venture capital funding anchored by two public pension plans and a university endowment fund, a hospital system, a private foundation, and an insurance company, according to one of the firm’s founders Anthony Pompliano
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The Perfect Time to 'Be Greedy' and Invest (Investment and Partnership Digest, Dec 20 — 26)

Traditional Investors shift to OTC Bitcoin markets, Pantera Capital raises $115M, Peter Thiel backs a $2.1M seed round for Layer1, Medici Ventures acquires shares of Chainstone Labs, Vostok Project secures $120M, Ubique Networks partners with SLT, INCX launches in partnership with Bittrex, Issuance partners with Prime Trust, Coinbase and TokenSoft partner up, TRON Arcade to work with Gumi Cryptos
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What Is the 'Least Speculative Investment' & Who Will Create Standards for the Crypto Industry (Investment and Partnership Digest, Dec 13 — 19)

CONSOB suspends two projects, Kakao invests in Orbs, TokenSoft invests in a SEC-compliant broker-dealer, Weiss Ratings recommends to buy BTC, France wants to invest $569M in blockchain, crypto-focused VCs invest $30M in Good Money, Tim Draper invests $1.25M in OpenNode, Waves partners with TSA, ICON partners with LayerX, BitDeer teams up with BTC.com and AntPool
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Completed, Ranked, Ordered (Weekly Digest, Feb 25 — Mar 01)

Ethereum Constantinople: completed, Tesla or BTC, China and Coinbase Pro praising Tron, Russia to finally decide on crypto, successful investment rounds despite the crypto winter, Japanese major securities brokerage to pass a review, Swiss bank to provide crypto-related services, Coinomi's pledges of security
MEW Integrates with Bity for Crypto-to-Fiat without KYC
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MEW Integrates with Bity for Crypto-to-Fiat without KYC

Users of newly redesigned MEW V5 can now swap bitcoin or ethereum to Swiss francs or euro, direct from the wallet, through crypto finance platform Bity. The maximum amount for crypto-to-fiat exchange is 5,000 Swiss francs (CHF), approximately $5,000. Know-your-customer verification is not required
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Under Control (Regulatory Digest, Feb 14—20)

Updates on Shift Card, Bank of Lithuania and ETF rules in Indonesia, police to tackle some crimes in Canada India and Turkey, IIT Bombay to join Ripple's UBRI, UAE waste permit portal on blockchain, Germany's interest and Spain's skepticism, Oracle for Czech SDK.finance

German Politicians Are Considering a Ban on Bitcoin and Other Digital Coins

Some politicians in Germany are publicly discussing the idea of banning crypto assets. Some public representatives of the left-wing parties want Bitcoin and other crypto coins to be outlawed in Europe. Political support for crypto ban growing Around the world, several politicians are considering a total and complete ban on cryptocurrency assets. Recently, US Congressman Brad Sherman and economist Joseph Stiglitz called for a ban on digital currencies. Crypto enthusiasts are asking if the limited technological proficiency of these politicians and economists is blurring their view of digital assets. According to local media outlet Grunderszene, a left-wing political party called Die Linke recently released its election campaign manifesto for European Parliamentary. The party is moving towards the May 26 elections will the aim of creating policies against an “EU of millionaires.” However, their main argument against digital currencies is based on environmental protection. Bitcoin is a mineable digital currency, i.e., a blockchain network with block producers or “miners” who solve complex mathematical puzzles to create a new block. This process is very power intensive and German leftists are not impressed with such huge electricity consumption of the crypto. Is Die Linke against Bitcoin only? It is unclear whether Die Linke is only against cryptocurrencies following energy intensive proof-of-work (PoW) model purely on the basis of strain on power resources or it includes proof-of-stake (PoS) based cryptos in the ban as well. Note, that PoS-based digital coins consume much less power and are considered faster as well. Like many others who intend to ban digital currencies, the party has not suggested how exactly it aims to execute such a plan. It is important to note that Bitcoin is a decentralized network, and no central authority controls it. Even if Europe bans digital currencies, they will continue to survive elsewhere. The ban may also make them difficult to monitor. Some proponents of the ban, like Sherman himself, said that Bitcoin would not die because the authorities have outlawed it. He even went on to indicate that Bitcoin could challenge the US hegemony in the world. It is in stark contrast with the nation’s global privileges because of the dominance of the US Dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Countries that want to reduce their dependence on the US Dollar and the traditional global banking system may use Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies to create alternative systems. North Korea, Russia, and Iran could be few of these nations looking to break or circumvent the USD-dependent banking and payments system. Therefore, Sherman wants to “nip [Bitcoin] in the bud.” The post German Politicians Are Considering a Ban on Bitcoin and Other Digital Coins appeared first on FXTimes.com - Daily Cryptocurrency and FX News.
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A Comprehensive List of Dapps Catalogs
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A Comprehensive List of Dapps Catalogs

Probably, this is the most extensive compilation of all dapps aggregators and targeted lists so far
Typical ICO in Q3: a Lone Closed-source dApp Idea With Unknown Founders
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Typical ICO in Q3: a Lone Closed-source dApp Idea With Unknown Founders

On November, 16, ICORating has released its Quarterly Report ICO Market Research Q3. Total sum raised by 597 ICOs is $1,819,585,090 in Q3 (in Q2, 827 projects collected $8,359,976,282). Some more prominent facts:
Why Do We Need to Wrap Bitcoin?
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Why Do We Need to Wrap Bitcoin?

BitGo, Kyber Network, MakerDAO, IDEX and many other crypto companies partnered to create a Bitcoin-backed Ethereum token, Wrapped Bitcoin. This token will represent BTC, 1 token equal to 1 BTC stored in the custody of BitGo. It could be used to trade BTC on DEXes, the whole administration will be via DAO, similar to Maker system
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Top ICOs Raising Funds, Week 51 ’18

Total raised funding amount on Week 51 comes to $61M, which is +64.7% in comparison with the previous Week 50 ($21.5M)
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Top Upcoming and Active ICO Projects, Week 52 ’18

In the below list you'll find some new ICO projects which have to be paid attention to: Arcana, Dataeum. We have also prepared the list of Top ICOs that are active: Eloncity, Javvy, Envoy
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Top ICOs Raising Funds, Week 50 ’18

Total raised funding amount on Week 50 comes to $21.5M, which is -62.2% in comparison with the previous Week 49 ($56.9M)

Bitfinex: Exchange on the verge on concluding LEO audits; movement on chain delayed till Wednesday

Bitfinex, the controversy-riddled cryptocurrency exchange is on the verge of beginning its historic IEO token sale. The LEO tokens are pegged to begin trading on May 20, however, the chain movement will only start on May 22. As confirmed by the exchange’s CTO Paolo Ardoino, Bitfinex is on the verge of finishing up its audit activities for the UNUS SED LEO smart contracts, in addition to other “related procedures. The CTO added that trading on Finex would commence as scheduled, but moving on chain “won’t likely” happen for two more days. His May 19 tweet read: “. @bitfinex is in the process of finalising the audit of Unus Sed $LEO smart contracts and related procedures on the different supported chains. Trading will be enabled tomorrow on Finex but moving on chain won’t likely happen until Wed ” Ardoino further confirmed that the token issuance would be on a Liquid Chain, and that one of the chains under consideration was Blockstream Liquid. He contended that this inclusion was “really exciting”. The CTO further added that one of the chains would be Ethereum. On May 17, the exchange stated via an official blog, that trading would commence on Monday, May 20th at 0800 UTC against Bitcoin [BTC], Ethereum [ETH], Tether [USDT] and EOS [EOS], in addition to the fiat pair of the US dollar [USD]. The confirmation of trading comes days after the exchange released their official whitepaper for the LEO issuance, which was pegged to raise $1 billion. Only days after the token sale began exclusively for private investors, for USD, Tether of USDT, worth of Bitcoin, Bitfinex confirmed their $1 billion mark had been reached, a feat which has been questioned on ethical terms due to its short-span of completion. LEO and the need to go down the path of an IEO came after Bitfinex was accused of fraudulent behavior by the New York Attorney General’s Office [NYAG]. The exchange allegedly covered up $850 million in undisclosed losses with their USDT reserves, and the ownership proximity between Bitfinex, its parent company iFinex which also operated Tether Limited, has also been called into question. Bitfinex responded, first by stating that they would go down the IEO path in order to retrieve the lost money and pay-back stakeholders, and then by responding to the NYAG, questioning the latter’s authority, jurisdiction, legal standards and ethics. Recently, it was revealed that the exchange’s top executives still might hold important positions with Canadian Banks. Peter Warrack, the Chief Compliance Officer at Bitfinex allegedly still holds a senior position with an opponent of the crypto-industry the Royal Bank of Canada [RBC]. Interestingly, the current Chief Compliance Officer at Tether Limited Leonardo Real was an AML Quality Control Manager at Bank of Montreal, another anti-crypto financial institution. The post Bitfinex: Exchange on the verge on concluding LEO audits; movement on chain delayed till Wednesday appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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An STO Lifecycle: The Complete List of Milestones

How to issue a digital security, what are the steps: a brief outline of the 12 stages that a company will take to launch an STO complying with all the legal issues
OTC & Media Activity
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OTC & Media Activity

Finrazor together with ICORating conducted researches and checked the correlation between OTC and mentions of certain words and the originality of the news
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Security Token Offerings Could Disrupt Venture-Backed Tech Startups Positively

A handful of methods exist for raising capital, from private offerings to semi-public to a full-blown IPO or ICO. Now STOs are on the rise which might just be what tech startups need to revitalize the market
Why Blockchain Technology Is Here To Stay
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Why Blockchain Technology Is Here To Stay

We keep up the tradition of giving the stage to crypto advocates to talk about the cryptoindustry. This time we will review the usefulness of blockchain technology and why it deserves a say in the modern world
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Security Token Offering 101

A Security Token Offering (STO) is a form of raising capital for a startup by distributing tokens to investors. While ICOs mainly deal in utility tokens that grant their holders access to services and products associated with respective blockchains and dapps, security tokens can be thought of as digital documents representing the investor’s rights to equity, a revenue share, debt, etc. STOs provide a better investor protection as they need to be compliant with appropriate regulations

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Is It Enough for Crypto?

Today’s hot threads: possibilities of changes in the value of a crypto due to changes in its ‘supply schedule’, concerns whether Coinbase could be working ‘in the shadow’ and some rumors from Ethereum-community
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