French Court Clerks to Use IBM Blockchain Platform for Corporate Registry

French commercial court clerks will use a blockchain-based platform to record changes in companies’ legal status within the country. The development was revealed in an official announcement on March 14. The blockchain network was jointly developed by IBM and the National Council of Clerks (NCC) and will reportedly be deployed starting in 2019 by the…

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Big Banks Money Laundering: UBS Fined $4.2 Billion, Danske Shuts Down in 4 Countries

Money laundering scandals involving some of the world’s largest banks have grown this week. Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, has been fined 3.7 billion euros (~$4.2 billion) for money laundering. Amid a $226 billion scandal, Estonian authorities have ordered Denmark’s largest bank to terminate its operations in the country. Danske Bank is also shutting down in…

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Judge Orders Trading Firm, CEO to Pay $2.5 Million in Bitcoin Ponzi Case

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has won a legal battle against a New York resident and his company for running a Ponzi scheme centered around bitcoin. Between 2014 and early 2016, Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI) and its CEO Nicholas Gelfman ran a scheme wherein they successfully solicited $600,000 from 80 customers, claiming that customers would earn…

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Blockchain Browser Brave Files Adtech Complaints Against Google for User Data Practices

Brave browser, developed by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, has filed privacy complaints in Ireland and Britain against Google, Reuters reported September 13. Brave is an open-source blockchain-powered browser, which blocks ads and website trackers. The browser is designed to improve online privacy by sharing less personal data with advertising customers, yet targeting web ads by…

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New York District Judge Rules That CFTC Can Permanently Ban Crypto Firm

The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has won a court order to permanently bar the operator of the New York-based firm CabbageTech Corp. for cryptocurrency-related “bold and vicious fraud,” Bloomberg reported August 24. Earlier this year, Patrick McDonnell, cryptocurrency promoter and operator of CabbageTech Corp., was charged with “fraud and misappropriation in connection with…

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Former Beverage Company Long Blockchain Corp. Receives Subpoena From SEC

Former drinks manufacturer-turned-blockchain development company Long Blockchain Corp. has been issued a subpoena by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bloomberg reported August 1. During a filing today, the company reportedly said that the subpoena, originally dated July 10, requested certain documents from Long Blockchain Corp. The firm declined to provide further details, saying:…

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