Can Bitcoin Really be Censored, Controlled, and Mass Surveilled?

A recent debate in the Cryptoverse has brought forward yet again a number of vital questions concerning the very basis of Bitcoin (BTC) - and crypto in general: how safe is BTC from censorship, control, and surveillance? The participant in this debate are Kevin Sekniqi, Co-founder and Chief Protocol Architect at blockchain startup AVA Labs, former software engineer at Microsoft on the one side, and on the other, Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Vice Presid...
Can Bitcoin Really be Censored, Controlled, and Mass Surveilled?

Here’s What Crypto-Related Lawsuits Can Teach Us

There’s a number of different ways one can get in trouble offering, selling or promoting unregistered and non-exempt tokens or coins, says Barrington Dyer, tech attorney and shareholder at Polsinelly law firm. But the past litigations can teach us a lesson on the blockchain law in the U.S. When it comes to the most active areas for blockchain litigation, securities fraud still dominates the space, but other areas are more active, such as: intellectual property, unfair competition, contracts, cla...
Here’s What Crypto-Related Lawsuits Can Teach Us

Venezuela to Launch a ‘Crypto Casino’ in Caracas + More News

Crypto Briefs is your daily, bite-sized digest of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news – investigating the stories flying under the radar of today’s crypto news. Adoption news The Venezuelan government will create a “crypto casino” in the Hotel Humbolt de Caracas in the country’s capital. Media outlet Criptonoticias reports that the only cryptocurrency likely to be accepted in the casino is the state-issued, oil-backed petro token – although gamblers will be able to buy petro using other c...
Venezuela to Launch a ‘Crypto Casino’ in Caracas + More News

This is How "Bitcoin Only" Narrative Might Help Altcoins in 2020

A "healthier distribution" of the market is upon us, as a result of an eventual decline in Bitcoin (BTC) dominance and an altcoin bull run, estimated token data and rating agency TokenInsight. The agency published their 2019 cryptocurrency annual report, writing that the 2020 crypto market as a whole will see a stronger move, and this will be combined with a number of halvings events, “solidifying the market foundation for a bull market.” Specifically, Bitcoin’s upcoming mining reward halving in...
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Shopify Joins Facebook's Libra Project + More News

Crypto Briefs is your daily, bite-sized digest of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news – investigating the stories flying under the radar of today’s crypto news. Libra news Canada-headquartered e-commerce giant Shopify said it has become a member of the Libra Association. "As a member of the Libra Association, we will work collectively to build a payment network that makes money easier to access and supports merchants and consumers everywhere," the company said. Exchanges news Malta Financ...
Shopify Joins Facebook's Libra Project + More News

50m-User Chat App Kakao Delays Its Crypto Wallet + More News

Crypto Briefs is your daily, bite-sized digest of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news – investigating the stories flying under the radar of today’s crypto news. Adoption news The Kakao Group’s KakaoTalk chat app-linked crypto wallet Klip will debut this summer, or later than expected. As reported by Cryptonews.com, in November 2019, the company planned to roll out its crypto wallet in the first quarter of 2020. Per Fn News, the CEO of Ground X, Kakao’s blockchain arm, claimed that the wal...
50m-User Chat App Kakao Delays Its Crypto Wallet + More News

Proof of Trust, BTCX Consider IPOs, KyberSwap Leaves Malta + More News

Crypto Briefs is your daily, bite-sized digest of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news – investigating the stories flying under the radar of today’s crypto news. IPO news Proof of Trust Ltd said Friday it is planning to float its shares on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in an unspecified future, reported Alliance News. The firm uses smart contracts to manage arbitration or dispute resolution that may arise from any transactions using blockchain. The Swedish crypto exchange BT...
Proof of Trust, BTCX Consider IPOs, KyberSwap Leaves Malta + More News

Surprising Bitcoin Crash Left the Market Bewildered

Following a sharp drop in the bitcoin (BTC) price on Wednesday that brought the price of the asset down by almost USD 1,000 in less than an hour, the market still has no clear answer what caused the drop. As noticed by cryptoasset analyst at ARK Invest Yassine Elmandjra, yesterday’s drop marks the fifth largest hourly U.S. dollar price drop in bitcoin’s history: “the only other time we've seen a greater dollar price drop is at the Dec. 2017 peak.” Looking at it in percentage terms, however, ...
Surprising Bitcoin Crash Left the Market Bewildered

USD Coin Issuer Circle Sells Another Business + More News

Crypto Briefs is your daily, bite-sized digest of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related news – investigating the stories flying under the radar of today’s crypto news. M&A news Voyager Digital Canada, the operator of U.S. digital asset broker Voyager and the Ethos Universal Wallet, said it has agreed to acquire Circle Invest, the retail digital asset business, from Circle, a company behind the popular USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin. This transaction adds more than 40,000 retail accounts to Voyager&...
USD Coin Issuer Circle Sells Another Business + More News

G20: Think Tank, Ministers, Central Bankers to Talk Crypto, CBDC Policy

The G20 will once again tackle the issue of cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), with an influential think tank, ministers and central bank chiefs set to embark on discussions in the weeks and months ahead. The T20, a research and policy advice network that reports to the G20’s presidency (currently Saudi Arabia) on summit agenda items, has revealed that one of its task forces will be looking into cryptocurrency regulation. The T20’s TF8 team, per its website, will be ta...
G20: Think Tank, Ministers, Central Bankers to Talk Crypto, CBDC Policy
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