German Gov’t Speaks Against Approval of Facebook’s Libra in Europe

The government of Germany has spoken against the authorization of the development of Facebook’s forthcoming Libra stablecoin in the European Union. As German weekly news magazine Spiegel reported on Sept. 13, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentarian Thomas Heilmann — who is responsible for the blockchain policy of the CDU and Christian Social Union in…

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‘We’re Going to Find You’ – How Undercover Agents Trade Prison Time for Bitcoins

An Australian national living in Boulder, Colorado was slammed with a one year and a day prison sentence last month for trading bitcoins. An August 23 statement from the Colorado U.S. District Attorney’s Office states that Emilio Testa, 32, was charged with money laundering, and claims Testa knew the funds he was acquiring had been…

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Swiss Crypto Banks Receive Licenses From Financial Regulator

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has reportedly granted two banking and securities dealer licences to crypto-focused banks. Two Swiss crypto-specializing firms, Seba Crypto AG and Sygnum have received banking and securities dealer licenses, the banks said in separate statements on Aug. 26. With the new license, Seba expects to officially launch its new…

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India Facing ‘Unprecedented’ Economic Slowdown, Extraordinary Steps Urged

Many signs indicate that the Indian economy is under grave stress, affecting nearly all sectors. “India’s economy is in a deep mess,” due to initiatives such as demonetization and GST, some lawmakers say, as they urge the government to handle the situation “which is intensifying on a daily basis.” Also read: Indian Supreme Court Orders…

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Thai SEC Warns Public About New Crypto Scam Operating Overseas

Thailand’s securities regulator has warned the public about scam entities posing as legal digital currency trading firms operating overseas. Investor losses are not known The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has discovered a new crypto scam where investors are lured into operating with companies outside the country, local English-language news outlet Bangkok Post reports…

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The Push to Kill Cash – Australia’s Proposed Ban Shows It’s Not Conspiracy Theory

The supposed coordination of governments and tech companies to create a one-world, cashless society is often viewed as little more than fodder for silly Youtube conspiracy videos. After all, cash is still king in daily life, even in extremely high-tech, innovative societies like Japan. Upon closer examination, though, current realities like Australia’s proposed cash transaction…

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Second-Largest Indian State to Use Blockchain in Various Spheres

The government of the Indian state of Maharashtra is preparing a regulatory sandbox for testing blockchain solutions across various applications.  According to a report by Indian English-language news daily DNA India on Aug. 19, the government aims to apply blockchain technology in supply chains, agricultural marketing, vehicle registration and document management.  The Maharashtra Information Technology…

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