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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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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

Bitcoin [BTC] proponent Adam Draper talks about Coinbase investment and its impacts on the cryptocurrency market

The proponents of the cryptocurrency market have been in the news multiple times to assure users that digital assets will be integrated into the workings of daily life as well as explain the origins of what is considered as a foundation in the cryptocurrency space right now. This was the point in focus during the discussion between Anthony Pompliano, the Founder of the Morgan Creek Digital Capital and Adam Draper, the Managing Director of BoostVC and one of the first investors in Coinbase. Adam Draper was of the opinion that most cryptocurrency start-ups have no idea who the end customer is and that affects the scale at which companies can grow. He further added that the breakdown in details can show companies how far they have come and then stake the claim for mass adoption. He added: “When I first started investing and building companies, I realized that the Securities and Exchange Commission only care about regulations if we make money off a service. That is why I made a platform that would match Venture Capitalists with entrepreneurs.“ Pomp also questioned Draper on his experience in the world of cryptocurrencies before his investment in Coinbase and after his venture into the Brian Armstrong led company. Draper stated: “ I will be very honest with you, before Coinbase happened I had no experience in crypto at all. What happened was I got sent a list of companies for investments and out of that one said ‘marketplace of digital currencies’ and I had no idea what that was. After this I wrote a mail to Brian sounding better than I was.” During the discussion, Draper talked about the reason why he invested in Coinbase, which is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of users. The BoostVC founder stated that Brian Armstrong’s comment that “at some point, the entire world is going to run on a single infrastructure” was mind-boggling and intriguing. He further stated: “Brian told me Coinbase would be to crypto what Netscape was to the internet. After my discussions with him, I talked to many other people in the crypto space which included Bill Barhydt who later went on to become the founder of Abra.” The post Bitcoin [BTC] proponent Adam Draper talks about Coinbase investment and its impacts on the cryptocurrency market appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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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

How Indian Crypto Enthusiasts Can Help Influence Regulation and Lift the RBI Ban

The Indian crypto community is ramping up its efforts to bring about positive crypto regulation and an end to the banking ban imposed by the country’s central bank. There are several ways Indian crypto enthusiasts can join in on the efforts, the CEO of a local crypto exchange, who has been running a popular social media campaign for the two causes, has shared with news.Bitcoin.com. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Set to Hear Crypto Case on March 29 File Right to Information (RTI) Requests As the Supreme Court of India prepares to hear about the country’s crypto regulation from the government, the Indian crypto community is accelerating its efforts to positively influence crypto regulation and lift the banking ban imposed by the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Nischal Shetty, CEO of local exchange Wazirx, who started the “India Wants Crypto” social media campaign, shared with news.Bitcoin.com Sunday several ways Indian crypto enthusiasts can join in on the efforts. One is to “Ask the right questions to RBI (through RTI),” he began. Tweeting to his 56.3K followers last week, Shetty urged them to file RTI requests asking the central bank two questions. They are: “Did you have any solid data that led to implementing banking ban on crypto transactions?” and “Do you have any data to prove banking ban on crypto transactions has led to reduction in money laundering?” “[I] want it to be a group effort,” he continued, adding that together is better than alone. At the time of this writing, several people have agreed to file an RTI; one person already has. The central bank revealed in response to an RTI filed in July last year that “it conducted no research or consultation before the implementation of restriction in April. The RBI also responded that no committee was ever formed for analysing the concept of blockchain before the decision,” the Economic Times reported. In August, there were reports that the RBI had created a dedicated unit for crypto, blockchain and AI, which it subsequently denied. Engage in Social Media Campaigns Another way anyone can help is by participating in one or more social media pushes such as Shetty’s India Wants Crypto campaign. Since Oct. 31 last year, he has been tweeting to ministers daily, calling for positive regulation and explaining to them how crypto can benefit India. One of his tweets reads: Positive crypto regulations in India will help create wealth and jobs for millions of Indians. Millions of youth in India want to see positive crypto moves by the government. Shetty detailed, “Let’s get the attention of our finance minister whom we’ve voted to power so that he can help us. We need to present to him hard facts about crypto so that he can understand why millions of Indian youth are opting for crypto.” He emphasized, “This is a movement that can never be accomplished without everyone.” Last month, he shared his campaign’s stats and revealed that “Every day there are 100s of retweets and likes and thousands of views.” Over a period of 99 days, his campaign generated 1.48 million impressions, resulting in 57,374 user interactions such as retweets, replies, and likes. Participate in Meetups The third way to help effect change is to “Participate in meetups to spread awareness of [the] banking ban and how it’s not justified as [the] ban was done arbitrarily, without any data to back it up,” Shetty conveyed. Crypto awareness organization Blockchained India, for example, holds monthly meetups in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai. In addition, the group has held open town hall meetings in Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. The next meeting will be in Bengaluru on March 30. Urging the community to join in on the roadshow and voice their opinions regarding crypto regulation, Blockchained India cofounder Akshay Aggarwal affirmed: The intentions with this roadshow are pure. We want to help the good folks hustling day and night from the crypto space. Industry participants and crypto enthusiasts who attended the group’s past roadshow meetings shared their thoughts and ideas on crypto regulation for India. According to the group, the best ones will be submitted to the government. Educate and Spread Knowledge Two other ways that could help involve educating people and spreading the cause. Shetty recommends for anyone with friends in the media to educate them about crypto because “their viewpoints reach the government faster,” he believes. Furthermore, he suggested that anyone can “Blog about why the banking ban in India is shortsighted and hurting innovation in the Indian crypto ecosystem,” concluding: All in all, the more Indians and Indian media cover the fact that banking ban by RBI was done without any data, the better our chances of reviving crypto in India. What do you think is the most effective way to help influence crypto regulation and lift the banking ban? Let us know in the comments section below. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Need to calculate your bitcoin holdings? Check our tools section. The post How Indian Crypto Enthusiasts Can Help Influence Regulation and Lift the RBI Ban appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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Financial Action Task Force Calls For Stricter Regulation of Virtual Asset Service Providers

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — an intergovernmental organization founded to develop policies against money laundering and terrorism financing — is even more squarely setting its sights on regulating, supervising, and monitoring providers of services for digital assets.  Specifically, FATF has admittedly been working on an Interpretive Note to Recommendation 15, which defines how the FATF standards apply to activities or operations involving virtual assets. As has been the case for quite some time, the discussion is firmly centered on the idea that cryptocurrencies are used for money laundering and terrorist financing — despite the fact that many, like Bitcoin (BTC), feature a distributed public ledger that allows skilled investigators to trace immutable transactions that cannot be changed, altered, or deleted. The Interpretive Note states that countries should define virtual assets as “property,” “proceeds,” “funds”, “funds or other assets,” or other “corresponding value.” As such,  “countries should identify, assess, and understand the money laundering and terrorist financing risks emerging from virtual asset activities.” Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs), according to FATF, should be appropriately regulated and monitored. (Or, in another word, controlled.) “Countries should ensure that beneficiary VASPs obtain and hold required originator information and required and accurate beneficiary information on virtual asset transfers, and make it available on request to appropriate authorities,” states the Interpretive Note, while also stating that, “Countries should ensure that there is a range of effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions, whether criminal, civil or administrative, available to deal with VASPs that fail to comply with AML/CFT requirements.” In short, a prominent financial regulator unsurprisingly wants cryptocurrencies — which pose a significant threat to legacy financial institutions, central banks, the status quo, and those who aren’t particularly fond of individual financial freedom — to be strictly regulated and monitored. Who would have thought? What do you think about The Financial Action Task Force’s directions regarding virtual assets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!  Images courtesy of Shutterstock. The post Financial Action Task Force Calls For Stricter Regulation of Virtual Asset Service Providers appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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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)

Binance Launchpad token launch format unfair, alleges user; CZ reckons to find ‘middle ground’

A Steemit beta user, cool4y, claimed that Binance accumulated a lot of funds from the token sales on the Launchpad, enabling only the founder’s close friends and other BNB whales to buy a majority of the tokens and then sell them at huge profits. In the social news community Steemit beta, the user, referring to the latest Binance Launchpad token launch, criticized the new lottery format of being “utterly unfair”. The user alleged that a BNB token holder who held at least 100 BNB for 20 days had a lesser chance of winning than a whale holding 10 different accounts and, hence, had access to 25 tickets. According to the user, the odds are more favorable for the latter and added that the resultant pump of over 15% massively profited “CZ and his friends”. A similar sentiment was echoing in the crypto community following the announcement of the new format as opposed to the previous ‘first-come-first-served’ system. The community called out CZ for allegedly favoring the rich by discriminating against smaller investors and pandering the whales who have a much bigger pool of tokens. A Twitter user, Niels, posted, “So we have to hold a minimum of 100bnb to get just one ticket?! The lottery idea is great, although, this isn’t fair @cz_binance.” The Founder and CEO of Binance, Justin Sun, in a bid to address the criticism he attracted on the social media following the announcement, stated, “Feedback 1, whale issue, can’t afford to hold 100 BNB. Reducing it is possible, but would mean lower % chance of winning, and more dissatisfaction after the sale. You should only participate in LaunchPad sales with spare funds, and should have an adequate level at that.” He also addressed concerns over whales creating multiple accounts and stated that it would be adequately checked by the strong KYC and anti-fake KYC measures implemented by the trading platform. During the Twitter interaction, CZ said that the Binance team would consider lowering the limit and added that while it’s impossible to please everyone, they would work on finding a middle ground. The post Binance Launchpad token launch format unfair, alleges user; CZ reckons to find ‘middle ground’ 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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