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Malta Releases Fresh Consultation Paper for Security Token Offerings

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) released a new consultation paper published July 19, 2019. first of many crucial steps to adjust the capital market according to their Vision 2021. Why now? The timing of this new consulting paper couldn’t have come at a better time with the recent announcement of EFFORCE, a new blockchainRead MoreRead More. The post by Nigel Dollentas appeared first on BTCManager, Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News\
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Apple’s Steve Wozniak Launches Blockchain Firm in Malta

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple has launched EFFORCE, a Malta-based startup that’s looking to use distributed ledger technology (DLT) to improve energy use and lower consumption, reports Independent on July 18, 2019.  “Woz” Launches EFFORCE in Malta Per sources close to the matter, Steve “Woz” Wozniak, the renowned American electrical engineer and computer programmerRead MoreRead More. The post by Ogwu Osaemezu Emmanuel appeared first on BTCManager, Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News\
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Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Efforce to Enhance Energy Efficiency through Blockchain in Malta

Coinspeaker Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Efforce to Enhance Energy Efficiency through Blockchain in MaltaOne of Apple’s co-founders, Steve Wozniak, has co-founded a new blockchain-based company called Efforce. The new firm primarily focuses on energy efficiency and it will start its operations in Malta. Wozniak is investing in a project that is close to his heart as described by The Malta Independent in a Maltese news report.Speaking at the pre-launch of the Delta Summit, Wozniak explained that efficiency has always been quite important to him. He believes that saving money on energy is doubly advantageous since it is beneficial to the environment too. The Efforce energy-efficient company sees Wozniak and Jacopo Visetti teaming up in a Maltese crypto hub.Visetti co-founded Efforce in January 2018 and based on his career profile, he has spent some time working in the environment and renewable energy sector. He has gathered experience in these fields for the past 9 years. According to Efforce’s description of the company:“It is the first platform that allows contributors to profit from the energy savings generated by energy efficiency projects worldwide”Their goal is to be recognized as the first and main platform in the world for tokenized energy savings.Wozniak thinks that blockchain can enhance energy consumption while simultaneously improving its efficiency without changing any habits. He also thinks that Efforce is the key company in this area and so far it has succeeded exponentially. The tech figurehead also acknowledges that blockchain technology is more secure than the normal servers. Malta is his perfect place to invest in the technology. He added:“EFFORCE is a unique business model and we can have a great impact on the entrepreneurship.”The Maltese GovernmentWozniak confirmed that the company chose Malta since the government there is open-minded and willing to invest in blockchain. He remarked that for long he had seen Malta on the maps and had a desire to live there someday. Parts of the government are quite favorable in moving forward in the modern world.Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri was present at this event. Silvio explained that the government looked at various areas in which they can diversify the economy. “We wanted to disrupt the way we do things, and embrace technology”, added he.The government started with blockchain in 2018 after going through the unchartered terrain of cryptos amidst widespread bans outside of Europe. The secretary said that the government has not stopped with blockchain but wants to delve into other things. He noted:“We want to provide a better life for our citizens.”The government has started a review exercise at the University of Malta to feature investment technologies modules in various courses. It targets to churn out people who know how to think and majorly disrupt the status quo.The government now uses blockchain in its daily functions and the Secretary referred to various instances that successfully implement blockchain. As CoinSpeaker has reported earlier, the government has been supportive of the new technology with the Maltese parliament passing cryptocurrency-friendly bills.Jacobo Visetti’s TakeOn the other hand, Jacobo Visetti said he began exploring the area some years ago. He also decided to apply energy efficiency projects to the blockchain. Jacobo said that the investment is good for business and the environment. According to him, Malta was the most open-minded country they could find in the world in terms of new technology.The CEO of the Delta Summit Abdalla Kablan said that October’s event will be “the crown jewel of tech events globally.” It will expand from blockchain to include E-sports, game development, and Internet of Things supported by the regulatory structure recently introduced on the subject.Steve Wozniak Co-Founds Efforce to Enhance Energy Efficiency through Blockchain in Malta
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Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit looks to shape the future

SiGMA Group has announced that the winter edition of Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit will take place 7th to 8th November 2019, at the InterContinental Arena Conference Centre, St Julian’s,  Malta, marking the second event in 2019 for the successful expo. Following the sold-out AIBC show at the Malta Hilton in May this year, the November edition of the Malta A.I. and Blockchain Summit expects more than 10,000 attendees, 400 sponsors and exhibitors, 1500 investors and 200 top quality speakers, coming from more than 80 countries worldwide. Once again, the most subscribed activities for delegates is expected to be the conference room, with speakers set to revisit following a rapturous reception at both the 2018 and the May 2019 editions.  The VIP speakers wowing the crowds with debates and panel discussions at the May show included Ben Goertzel, Brock Pierce, Tone Vays, Roger Ver, Noel Sharkey, and many more. The organizers are also working with the Maltese government to highlight the opportunities on Blockchain Island for businesses in the crypto, blockchain, A.I., and emerging tech sectors.  As with previous AIBC Summits, it’s expected that the event will serve as a platform for the government to renew its commitment to the future of these sectors in Malta, with the announcement of further legislation and regulation for the A.I. sector a distinct possibility. With networking high on the agenda for all who attend, the benefits are numerous for attendees and exhibitors alike, with connections and deals being made every second of the two-day event. Workshops will add to the insights to be gleaned by attendees and, in addition to the new business opportunities, the A.I. Startup Village will provide bright new companies a chance to win support and secure investment as they present the future ideas for the industry.  The A.I. Startup pitch battle will return to give another selection of trailblazers the opportunity to win a life-changing cash prize.    Plus, there’s the prestigious Awards ceremony at the start of the event, and the renowned closing party for everyone to let their hair down once all business has been concluded. Now firmly established as a staple in the blockchain calendar, the Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit is the unmissable event for this forward-looking emerging tech sector.  For further information, please contact: pr@sigma.com.mt About AIBC: Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit is a bi-annual expo covering topics relating to the global sectors for blockchain, A.I., Big Data, IoT, and Quantum technologies.  The event includes conferences hosted by globally renowned speakers, workshops for industry learning and discussion, an exhibit space accommodating more than 400 brands and much more. The first Malta Blockchain Summit took place on November 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in St Julians, Malta, attracting 8,500 attendees from over 80 countries worldwide, with 300 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 speakers, and 1 A.I. VIP (Sophia the world’s first robot citizen). With strong support from the Maltese government, the event has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading destinations for the growing sectors of A.I., Blockchain and DLT, IoT, and other vertical industries. At the 2018 event, the Maltese government introduced 3 new bills to support the growth of the sector and promoting Malta as the “Blockchain Island”. The post Malta A.I. & Blockchain Summit looks to shape the future appeared first on ZyCrypto.
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Apple’s Steve Wozniak invests in blockchain company in crypto hub Malta

Steve Wozniak, one of the co-founders of Apple, has co-founded Efforce, a new blockchain-based company focused on energy efficiency. According to a report by Maltese news The Malta Independent, Wozniak is investing in a project which is close to his heart, as efficiency has always been important to him. He is hoping that saving money on energy is doubly advantageous as it is good for the environment too. The energy-efficient company is based in cryptocurrency hub Malta, and sees Wozniak and Jacopo Visetti teaming up. Visetti co-founded Efforce in January 2018 and, according to his career profile, has spent time working in the renewable energy and environment sector for the past nine years. According to Efforce, the company “is the first platform that allows contributors to profit from the energy savings generated by energy efficiency projects worldwide.” The goal of the organisation is to “to be recognized as the first and main platform in the world for tokenized energy savings.” As the report states, Wozniak said at the pre-launch of the Delta Summit that he thinks that blockchain has the capability of improving the way we use energy and can stand as a way to lower the energy we use without us changing any habits. Wozniak also believes that Efforce is a key company in this area and has been extremely successful so far. The tech figurehead stated that blockchain technology is more secure than standard servers and that Malta is an ideal place to invest in the technology. He said: “EFFORCE is a unique business model and we can have a great impact on the entrepreneurship.”  The post Apple’s Steve Wozniak invests in blockchain company in crypto hub Malta appeared first on Coin Insider.
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Fan tokens draw new users to crypto with the latest club addition, AS Roma

Blockchain is stepping further into the sports arena, as cryptocurrency company Socios partners with soccer team AS Roma to offer a fan token, according to a statement from the club.  The token will find its way to fans through the Socios app. There, it'll be tradeable against the Socios native token, $CHZ, currently listed on BitMax and KuCoin, as well as Binance DEX - Binance's decentralized exchange. The tokens are accessed on Socios.com, but housed on a separate permissioned side chain, where each club becomes a Node with Proof Of Authority (POA) from $CHZ. In order to access the club token through a Fan Token Offering, fans must first hold $CHZ. The move could open crypto to a wider user base, since the tokens allow fans to have a voice in their club. The tokens five supporters the right to vote on certain club decisions. They'll be set at a price of two euros, but fans can also earn them by interacting with AS Roma on the Socios app. Fans can also "hunt" tokens for free through the app's augmented-reality geo-location feature Token Hunt. However, AS Roma isn't the only club interacting with fans through crypto. Indeed, clubs from different leagues including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and West Ham United have all created fan tokens for supporters. Alexandre Dreyfus, chief executive & founder of Socios.com, said AS Roma's fan base along with other participating clubs draw hundreds of millions of users.
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What does it take to be part of the next wave of Bitcoin Billionaires? Tim Draper answers

As crypto ecosystem consistently redefines its new peak in terms of adoption, fiat investors and new players are seeking opportunities to be a part of the next wave of Bitcoin Billionaires. One of the early birds, Tim Draper leads this space in terms of making sizable investments and returns in Bitcoin. Having complete faith in Bitcoin’s […] The post What does it take to be part of the next wave of Bitcoin Billionaires? Tim Draper answers appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Bitcoin Law Review - Blockstack's Reg A+, CFTC vs Bitmex, Gov't vs Libra/Crypto

https://ToneVays.com by @ToneVays https://twitter.com/ToneVays Topic 1: Reg A+ & Blockstack https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1719379/000110465919020748/a18-15736_1ex1a15addexhbd6.htm https://www.theblockcrypto.com/2019/07/12/blockstack-garners-reg-a-approval-but-that-doesnt-mean-crypto-icos-will-boom/ Leads into Topic 1a on Broker-Dealers & Custody https://twitter.com/philipliu/status/1149907881061302272?s=12 https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/joint-staff-statement-broker-dealer-custody-digital-asset-securities https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/op-ed-latest-finra-sec-security-token-custody-rules Topic 2: Government vs Libra/Crypto https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1149472282584072192?s=09 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/first-on-cnbc-cnbc-transcript-treasury-secretary-steven-mnuchin-speaks-with-cnbcs-squawk-box-today.html https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/mnuchin-says-us-will-ensure-bitcoin-doesnt-become-like-anonymous.html https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/first-on-cnbc-cnbc-transcript-treasury-secretary-steven-mnuchin-speaks-with-cnbcs-squawk-box-today.html https://brianoflondon.me/2019/07/facebook-lied-about-the-cryptocurrency-industry-to-destroy-it/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-ZTkCNW0w8 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/16/i-like-bitcoin-says-house-gop-leader-mccarthy-hits-facebook-libra.html Topic 3: Crypto Exchanges https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-19/u-s-regulator-probing-crypto-exchange-bitmex-over-client-trades https://twitter.com/notsofast/status/1151864421414838274?s=21 https://www.coindesk.com/ex-ceo-of-crypto-exchange-wex-arrested-in-italy https://www.coindesk.com/mt-gox-founder-hit-with-lawsuit-over-alleged-fraudulent-misrepresentation https://www.scribd.com/document/414569311/Steinmetz-Jones-v-s-McCaleb#from_embed https://www.thedailybeast.com/behind-the-biggest-bitcoin-heist-in-history-inside-the-implosion-of-mt-gox?ref=scroll Topic 3a - Update on Bitfinex vs NYAG https://ambcrypto.com/new-york-ags-court-filings-written-in-bad-faith-and-riddled-with-false-assertions-says-bitfinexs-rebuttal/ https://www.coindesk.com/bitfinex-ny-prosecutors-tether-850-million-allege https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=vIexA1b0spKOnK_PLUS_ZUGTJ3A==&system=prod https://breakermag.com/crypto-capital-is-the-common-thread-between-bitfinex-quadrigacx-and-other-troubled-exchanges/ https://decrypt.co/6824/crypto-capital-follow-up-article Topic 4: Crypto & Taxes (Time Permitting) https://www.carltonfields.com/insights/publications/2019/how-state-remote-sales-and-use-tax-statutes-may-im https://twitter.com/cryptotaxgirl/status/1148370522775797760?s=21 Topic 5: Other - Time Permitting https://www.journalofaccountancy.com/news/2019/jun/virtual-currency-not-fbar-reportable-201921479.html https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/us-attorney-announces-arrest-and-money-laundering-charges-against-dark-web-narcotics https://cryptoslate.com/chinese-court-upholds-legal-bitcoin-ownership-btc-protected-china-property-law/ Closing Moment of Zen: https://twitter.com/Horsebox_1/status/1117955111219867648 Honorable Mention: https://www.sec.gov/corpfin/framework-investment-contract-analysis-digital-assets Please Support via Affiliate Codes: Unlimited Trading for $9 a Month at LVL: https://lvl.co/?r=kDpHhBmS Deribit to save 10% on Trading: https://www.deribit.com/reg-3221.4686 Buy/Sell Bitcoin at Paxful: https://paxful.com/?r=or4dNEDBBQX Trading View: http://tradingview.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=2&aff_id=4905&url_id=3 TorGuard VPN 50% off code & link = tone50: https://torguard.net/aff.php?aff=3782 Ugly's Lifetime Subscription: https://uglyoldgoat.com/?rid=4xyuzu Audio Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tone-vays-podcast/id1390209454?mt=2 See Regulation overview in each state here: https://www.carltonfields.com/state-regulations-on-virtual-currency-and-blockchain-technologies/ Tone Vays is available for Corporate Consulting at the rate of 0.3 btc per hour. Please email Tone@protonmail.ch for additional info.
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