Lithuania Central Bank’s Policy Update Opens the Door for Crypto Payments

Financial Companies in Lithuania to Accept Cryptocurrencies Through Third PartiesThe central bank of Lithuania has updated its position on cryptocurrencies and tokens issued through initial coin offerings. The regulator has revised the definition of these assets specifying the conditions under which financial institutions can operate with digital money and accept crypto payments. Also read: Court Rules Brazil’s Bitcoin Max Exchange Can Keep Bank Account […]

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In the Daily: Liberstad Coin, Mining Contracts, Luxembourg Law

In the Daily: Liberstad Coin, Mining Contracts, Luxembourg LawIn this edition of The Daily, we look at Liberstad’s progress toward building a libertarian community in Norway. The city has just issued its own digital coin. Also, crypto mining contracts have been classified as securities in the Canadian province of Quebec. And in Europe, Luxembourg has adopted a law that protects crypto traders and […]

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Indonesia’s Futures Regulator Issues New Rules for Crypto Assets

Indonesia's Futures Regulator Issues New Rules for Crypto AssetsIndonesia’s Futures Exchange Supervisory Board (Bappebti) has announced new regulations on the implementation of physical markets for crypto assets in futures trading. The rules focus on good governance for cryptocurrency tradèrs, legal certainty and consumer protection. They will also require the regulator to establish a physical market for futures trading in virtual currencies. Also read: Crypto […]

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US Lawyers: Crypto Regulations Are ‘Tough Waters to Navigate’

"Patchwork" of US Cryptocurrency Regulations are "Tough Waters to Navigate"In a recent interview, Matt Kohen and Justin Wales, two senior counsels working for Carlton Fields’ virtual currency and distributed ledger technology group, highlighted the challenges that legal practitioners and regulators face in interpreting United States regulations pertaining to cryptocurrency. Also Read: Quadrigacx Saga: Founder’s Widow Owns $5.6m Properties, Hospital Confirms Cotten’s Death Cryptocurrency Lawyers Emphasize […]

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Over 50 Bitcoin ATMs Operate Legally in Russia, Study Finds

Over 50 Bitcoin ATMs Operate Legally in Russia, Study FindsAt least 51 cryptocurrency ATMs operate in compliance with the current regulations in Russia, estimates a new report. According to the study produced by the country’s crypto industry association, the average monthly turnover of each of these teller machines is around $27,000. Also read: Crypto Startups Push Swiss VC Investments to a Record $1.25B Most […]

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Florida Appeals Court Defines Bitcoin as Money as Espinoza Ruling Reversed

Espinoza Ruling Reversed, Florida Appeals Court Defines Bitcoin as MoneyIn 2016, Judge Teresa Mary Pooler of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida made headlines for a ruling she made during the Michell Espinoza trial. Judge Pooler ruled Espinoza could not be charged with illegal money transmission offenses because bitcoin was not considered legal tender. However, a motion filed with the Florida appeals court has […]

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The Wrapped Bitcoin Project Has Officially Launched on Ethereum

The Wrapped Bitcoin Project Has Officially Launched on EthereumOn Jan. 30, a group of cryptocurrency developers and organizations officially launched a project called Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) on the Ethereum network. The ERC20 token is a coin backed by bitcoin core (BTC) reserves and has started trading on several exchange platforms. Also read: A Look at Openbazaar’s Multi-Currency Wallet and Vendor Listings The Introduction of […]

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The Daily: Iran Said to Announce Crypto-Rial This Week, Italy Closer to Crypto Regulation

The Daily: Iran Said to Announce Crypto-Rial This Week, Italy Closer to Crypto RegulationIn this edition of The Daily, Iran is reportedly preparing to announce its national cryptocurrency during a conference starting on Jan. 29. Also, a draft decree introducing legal definitions for terms related to cryptocurrencies has been introduced in the Italian Senate and the IMF has voiced concerns over Malta’s blockchain industry while recognizing the positive […]

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Xapo Transfers Key Operations to Switzerland

Xapo Transfers Key Operations to SwitzerlandGlobal crypto services provider Xapo is moving major operations from its base in Hong Kong to its office in Switzerland. The company is incorporated in the Asian financial hub but that may also change soon due to the friendlier business environment in the Alpine nation. Also read: Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use […]

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Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use Cryptocurrency

Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use CryptocurrenciesAn idea to allow companies from certain sectors and in some regions to use cryptocurrencies is gaining traction in Russia. The proposal has been included in a draft law prepared by the Economy Ministry, a high-ranking parliamentarian has voiced his support, and big business is discussing its implementation. Also read: No Reason to ‘Bury’ Cryptocurrencies, […]

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