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Op Ed: European Blockchain Business is Booming, Even Among Regulatory Concerns

As cryptocurrencies become increasingly mainstream, governments worldwide are exploring methods for regulating blockchain projects and their methods of funding. While China and South Korea have recently cracked down on ICOs and cryptocurrency exchanges, some nations in the European Economic Area (EEA) have become among the world’s most progressive in embracing this nascent technology.

ECB Considers “Legal Restraints” Against Bitcoin Says Council Member

Regulation This week the European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member, Ewald Nowotny, stated in an interview that the ECB is discussing “legal restraints” for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.Also read: Switzerland’s FINMA Eyes Crypto ValleyECB Council Member Says Bitcoin Lacks SupervisionThe ECB has said a lot of things about bi

Bitcoin Software Wars: Segwit2x Node Masking and Opt-in Replay Protection Merged

Technology This week, the Segwit2x development team merged a controversial implementation into the project’s Github repository that masks BTC1 nodes from 0.15 version Core nodes. Additionally, the project added opt-in replay protection for Segwit2x transactions.Also read: Switzerland’s FINMA Eyes Crypto ValleyCore Supporters Are Upset About

Coinbase Under Investigation for Ethereum ‘Flash Crash’

Featured The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is investigating Coinbase for an Ethereum “flash crash” that occurred in June. During the crash, the ETH exchange rate plummeted down in an instant, but quickly regained its price. According to Bloomberg, Ethereum dropped from trading at $317.81, down to 10 cents in a split second.


Swiss Regulators, FINMA, Turn Their Attention Towards ICOs

In the wake of last month’s crackdown on the fraudulent “almost-cryptocurrency” offered by the QUID PRO QUO Association, Swiss financial watchdog, FINMA, announced that they’d begun investigating a number of additional ICOs (initial coin offerings). The news signals the beginning of regulatory oversight in what’s known as “Crypto Valley” in Switzerland. The area plays host to many st

Switzerland’s FINMA Eyes Crypto Valley

Foto: © Philipp Zinniker Regulation Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, FINMA, is invited by the Crypto Valley Association to regulate the country’s booming cryptocurrency industry.Zug, SwitzerlandCrypto ValleyOf twenty-six Swiss cantons, or member states making up Switzerland’s confederation, Zug earned worldwide notoriety for its embr


ICOs are Here to Stay, Say Valiant Participants in Swiss ICO Summit

Smart Valor have just recently concluded a successful ICO summit in Zurich, organized on Sep. 15, 2017. Switzerland has of late emerged as an incubator for crypto projects, with big names like Ethereum having been developed in the Zug Valley.Switzerland and Europe as a whole is now emerging as a center of start-up action and Smart Valor are keen to leverage the possibilities that are emerging as a


Op Ed: Four Challenges to Consider When Launching Your Fund Raise on the Blockchain

ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) or token sales have seen a dramatic increase over the past year as a method for raising capital. According to CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin market capitalization sits at around $70 billion at the time of writing (even after the China ICO market correction), up from $11 billion in June 2016. Overall, the cryptocurrency market cap is now over $150 billion, roughly the size of

Regulation Round-Up: Blockchain Tech Lauded in China, ICOs Shunned in the UK, Bitcoin Revered in Finland

Regulation Financial regulators have made official statements regarding a number of issues pertinent to cryptocurrency regulations in recent days. A representative of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has encouraged blockchain innovation despite the recent initial coin offering (ICO) crackdown, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Aut

Blockchain Embassy Opens for Business in Panama City

Blockchain A new location for bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, activists, iconoclasts, connoisseurs, and the general public has opened in Panama. It is called the Blockchain Embassy. It is located in the Balboa Boutiques Strip Mall of Balboa Avenue in Panama City. Also read: ICO Regulatory Round-Up: UK, Malaysia, and