Marshall Islands Updates 2019 Roadmap for Sovereign Cryptocurrency

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The Marshall Islands’ plan to issue a sovereign cryptocurrency, dubbed ‘the Sovereign’ (SOV), appears to be progressing, with the Oceanic nation announcing that it will work alongside Steve Tendon, a former adviser to the Maltese Office of the Prime Minister regarding blockchain policy, in developing the virtual currency. Also Read: Latin American P2P Bitcoin Markets Defy…

Bitcoin Goes on Sale in 24 French Tobacco Stores

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At least 24 tobacco shops have started selling bitcoin coupons in the French capital of Paris. Widely known as “tabacs”, the stores received regulatory approval for the cryptocurrency sales late last year. More than 6,500 tabacs – representing about a quarter of the registered tobacco stores in France – are expected to start offering BTC…

Venezuela Wants to Use Petro to Finance Large Housing Program

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Completing a project to build 3 million homes for its suffering population is the next big initiative Venezuela wants to finance with its digital currency, the petro. The socialist government in Caracas says there is enough money and materials to fulfill the main objective of the “Great Housing Mission.” Also read: Crypto-Friendly Statesman Takes Over Swiss…

Number of Chinese Crypto Lawsuits Doubles in 2018

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According to China Judgements Online, a database of Chinese court documents, half of all lawsuits pertaining to cryptocurrencies were filed last year, highlighting an increase in fraudulent activity despite China’s regulatory crackdown. The database indicates that at least 202 cryptocurrency scams were promoted via more than 3,000 different platforms. Also Read: Indian Central Bank’s Report Shows…

Indian Exchanges End Year With Improved Services, Optimism About Regulation

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As the Indian government deliberates over cryptocurrency regulation, positive sentiment grows among local crypto exchanges regarding their government’s eventual decision. A number of them have also added new features and improved services such as offering interest on crypto deposits, increased liquidity, and better security. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive…

Wine Retailer to Buy Majority Stake in Japanese Bitcoin Exchange for $30M

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Madison Holdings Group Ltd. has agreed to buy 67.2 percent of Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitocean for 1.68 billion yen ($15.12 million). Inclusive of fees, the wines and alcoholic beverages company will pay a total $30.12 million. According to local media reports, the deal is to be completed through a subsidiary, Madison Labs. Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchanges…

Indian Crypto Exchange Sees Record Trading Volumes Amid Regulatory Uncertainty

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Despite regulatory uncertainty and banking restriction imposed by the country’s central bank, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange is seeing record trading volumes every month. The CEO of Wazirx told news.Bitcoin.com that the recent uptick in crypto prices has prompted a lot of Indians to start trading again. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive…

Following the Crypto-Anarchist Dream: 3 Reasons to Reject KYC and AML

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Last year, crypto KYC and AML requirements came bursting onto the scene with thunderous applause and approbation. Many traders felt like the ICO sector was rife with scammers and con artists. In this sense, they believed there would be redemption through government. The scammers and hucksters would go to prison for defrauding investors and all…

Pan-African Bitcoin Exchange Kubitx Goes Live, Launches OTC Wallet

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Kubitx, a pan-African digital asset exchange, went live on Dec. 20 after completing its beta test. The Malta-registered trading platform has also released what it calls a “hybrid over-the-counter (OTC) wallet” allowing users to buy and sell cryptocurrencies including BTC and BCH as well as to pay bills. Also read: U.K. Investors to Pay Capital Gains…

Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare Now in 25 European Countries

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One of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Coinsquare, has officially launched in 25 European countries. A Coinsquare spokesperson has shared some details with news.Bitcoin.com. Users in Europe now have access to all major services the exchange offers, including all supported cryptocurrencies. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Coinsquare in 25…