Thinking of Buying a Home with Bitcoin? In Turkey You Now Can.
Despite the loss in the value of over 80% in the crypto markets in the past year, data from Statista indicates that the number of cryptocurrency wallet owners has increased 32% and reached 31 million by the end of 2018. Widely used in many industries including automotive, travel and informatics, cryptocurrency has also become widespread in the real estate sector.
US Defense Department Says Blockchain Can Help in Disaster Relief
The U.S. Department of Defense says blockchain technology has “enormous” potential in helping improve disaster relief efforts.
US SEC Fines Delaware-Based Digital Asset Fund and Issues Cease and Desist Order
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a cease and desist order against CoinAlpha Advisors LLC in addition to ordering a $50,000 penalty, according to a filing published Dec. 7.
Two US Bills Focus on Cryptocurrency Market Manipulation and Improving Regulations
Two new bills focusing on cryptocurrency market manipulation aim to “position the United States to be a leader in the cryptocurrency industry,” their sponsors claimed Dec. 6.
US Treasury Official Calls on Crypto Industry Players to Combat Illicit Use of Crypto
The U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker urged crypto industry players and regulators to prevent the illicit use of cryptocurrencies in a speech Dec. 3.
Air Force Grad School Launches Blockchain Demo Site
The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), a graduate school run by the U.S. Air Force, has launched an educational tool for blockchain.
Ohio Becomes First US State to Allow Taxes to Be Paid in Bitcoin
Ohio has become the first U.S. state to allow taxes to be paid in bitcoin.
The Daily: US Defense Department Probes Blockchain, Singapore Approves 1X
In today’s edition of The Daily, we cover cryptocurrency-related news from different parts of the world. Documents have revealed that an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) plans to investigate the technology behind Bitcoin, while a teenager in Israel has been convicted of making bomb threats in exchange for BTC. In India, a major accounting firm has announced plans to hire more digital talent, and a capital-raising platform that intends to support security tokens has obtained regulatory approval in Singapore.
Study Reveals Number of Blockchain Developers in India Second only to the USA
A market analysis revealing the number blockchain developers worldwide has placed India in second place to the United States, beating the UK, Canada, and France.
US Election Commission Says Crypto Mining For Political Campaigns Is ‘Permissible’
The U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) has released a new draft opinion that clears the way for people to mine cryptocurrencies as a way to support their preferred candidates.
US: Crypto Initiative Donates Monero to Bail Out Immigrants in ICE Detention
The Bail Bloc initiative has started using cryptocurrency raised through charity to help people get out of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pretrial incarceration, according to a tweet posted by a Bail Bloc co-founder Nov. 15.
SEC Settles Securities Registration Charges Against 2 ICO Startups
Two cryptocurrency startups have agreed to register their initial coin offering (ICO) tokens as securities after settling charges with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
US SEC Levies ‘First’ Civil Penalties Against Two ICOs for ‘Unregistered’ Securities
In a self-described “first,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has imposed civil penalties against two Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) solely over their failure to register their token sales, according to an official Nov. 16 press release.
US: Acting AG Backed Alleged ‘Invention-Promotion Scam’ Touting ‘Time Travel’ Crypto
Acting U.S. attorney general (AG) Matthew G. Whitaker has come under fire for his association with an allegedly fraudulent patent company that involved cryptocurrency, U.S. news journal MotherJones reported Nov. 14.
US Fast-Casual Salad Chain Sweetgreen to Use Blockchain in Food Supply Tracking
U.S. fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen has announced a second funding round to raise $200 million, mentioning blockchain among its key development areas, according to a press release published Tuesday, Nov. 13.
$20 Trillion US Debt Will Inevitably Lead to Big Crypto Boom: Prominent Investors
ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees has said that the growing debt of the US, which hovers at around $21.7 trillion as of November, will inevitably cause a big spike in crypto.
U.S. Law Firm Files Claims Against AT&T, T-Mobile Over SIM Swap-Enabled Crypto Thefts
U.S. crypto investor law firm Silver Miller has filed arbitration claims against telecoms giants AT&T and T-Mobile for “SIM-swap”-related thefts, according to a press release published Nov. 8
US Election Sees Crypto-Friendly Politicians Win Governor Races
The U.S. 2018 midterm elections saw crypto-friendly lawmakers securing governorships in three states, while maintaining two others.
US Senators Seek Stronger Sanctions on Venezuela's 'Petro' Cryptocurrency
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is pushing for tighter sanctions against Venezuela's state-backed cryptocurrency, known as the petro.
Another US Indictment Links Bitcoin to Covert Russian Intelligence Activity
A newly-published indictment by the U.S. Department of Justice charges seven alleged Russian intelligence agents with using cryptocurrencies as part of a broad "influence and disinformation" scheme.