Cyprus Securities Regulator Calls for Adoption of EU Anti-Money Laundering Framework

Cyprus’ securities regulator is calling for the transposition of an extended version of the European Union’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive into national law. The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) is calling for the transposition of the European Union (EU)’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive (AMLD5) into national law — bringing local regulation of cryptocurrencies […]

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Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Analytics Startup Neutrino

Coinbase has acquired a London-based blockchain intelligence startup to prevent theft of funds and investigate attacks. United States cryptocurrency exchange and wallet Coinbase has acquired blockchain intelligence startup Neutrino, according to a post published in the company’s blog on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Coinbase reveals that the company will continue to operate as a standalone business […]

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Hodler’s Digest, February 11–17: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Fundstrat Global Advisors thinks that crypto prices can see higher price points, and JPMorgan plans to launch its own coin. Top Stories This Week Fundstrat Global Advisors Expects 2019 to Bring More Institutional Investors to Crypto According to a report on the 2019 crypto outlook released by New York-based research company Fundstrat Global Advisors, incremental […]

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Payment Processor Netpay to Integrate Blockchain-Based Tool: Report

Payment gateway service Netpay International partnered with Israeli firm BNC LedgerTech to integrate blockchain, according to Finance Magnates. Major global online payments firm Netpay International has partnered with Israeli firm BNC LedgerTech to integrate blockchain into its services, Finance Magnates reported on Feb. 12. Netpay International will reportedly become the fourth fintech firm to use […]

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Bank of Spain Warns Citizens Against Crypto Given Lack of Local Regulations

Spain’s central bank has issued a reminder to citizens warning of the risks involved in transacting unregulated cryptocurrencies. Spain’s central bank has issued a reminder to citizens warning of the risks involved in transacting unregulated cryptocurrencies. The Bank of Spain’s notice, issued Feb. 10, followed an official blog post published two days earlier, which had […]

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Smart Contracts Are No Problem for the World’s Legal Systems, so Long as They Behave Like Legal Contracts

Smart contracts are no problem for international law, but only when they behave like legal contracts. Cryptocurrencies have been a headache (if not a nightmare) for the law. Ever since Ross Ulbricht launched the Silk Road online marketplace in February 2011, Bitcoin and its ilk have been disrupting the ability of authorities to police the […]

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Blockchain-Based Digital ID Systems Are Increasingly Finding Real-World Use

Blockchains and digital IDs are moving beyond hype, and bringing real benefits to individuals and organizations. According to the latest estimates, we generate around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. That’s 2.5 followed by 17 zeros — or rather 2.5 trillion million — a number that’s impossible to visualize intuitively, but nonetheless has massive implications […]

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