Dutch Speed Trading Firm Enters Crypto Market Despite Regulator’s Warnings

Amsterdam-based speed trader Flow Traders NV has entered the cryptocurrency market despite the warnings of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) not to buy and sell digital currencies, Bloomberg reported July 5. Europe’s largest trader of exchange-traded funds Flow Traders NV is reportedly the first firm to buy and sell exchange-traded notes based on Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). According to Bloomberg, such publicly traded notes could broaden the appeal of crypto by making it easier and cheaper to invest. Co-Chief Executive Officer of Flow Traders NV Dennis…

Romania Releases Draft Bill Regulating the Issuance of Digital Currency

The Ministry of Finance of Romania has released a draft Emergency Ordinance, which regulates the issuance of electronic money (e-money), Business Review reported July 5. The draft reportedly describes electronic money as “monetary value stored electronically, including magnetic, representing a claim on the issuer issued on receipt of funds for the purpose of performing payment transactions and which is accepted by a person other than the issuer of electronic money.” According to the document, any legal entity looking to issue e-money must have a share capital of no less than…

Venezuela to Fund Housing for Homeless With National Cryptocurrency Petro

The Venezuelan Minister of Habitat and Housing Ildemaro Villarroel has announced that the country’s government is planning to fund the construction of houses for the homeless with the national cryptocurrency Petro, Criptotendencia reports Thursday, June 5. The government will fund a project called the “Great Mission for Venezuela Housing (GMVV),” which aims to make quality housing more accessible to the homeless. According to the GMVV website, the government has finished more than 2 million houses to date. Villaroel said that 33 companies so far have started technical, financial, and logistics…

IBM Wins AUD $1 Billion Govt. Contract to Develop Blockchain, Tech Initiatives

Computing giant IBM has been awarded a landmark contract to develop blockchain and other digital technology initiatives for the government of Australia. Announced on Thursday, the five-year, AUD $1 billion (~USD $740 million) contract is Australia’s latest attempt to make good on its goal to become one of the world’s “top-three digital governments” by 2025 by investing in research into blockchain technology, as well quantum computing and artificial intelligence. “This agreement is a testament to our forty-year partnership with the Australian Government. It shows trust and belief in our ability…

EOS, Litecoin, Stellar Lumens, Tron, IOTA Technical Analysis

Altcoins though swinging-are on a recovery path and none stands out like IOTA. Gains have been consistent and they continue to partner with strategic industries. As that is happening Tron SRs election is on-going and so far there haven’t been market moving news events injecting demand. Let’s have a look at these charts: EOS Technical Analysis EOS Daily Chart by Trading View In an effect versus cause, effort versus result comparison, we can clearly see that sellers are in charge. That’s if we consider the six-month time frame since the…

Senior Opposition Member Demands Probe Into ‘Mega Bitcoin Scam’

An official from Indian opposition party the Indian National Congress (INC) has demanded a probe into a “mega Bitcoin scam,” The Hindu reports July 5. The scam supposedly involves leaders of the majority Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Senior INC member Shaktisinh Gohil alleged that BJP officials were complicit in a “multi-layered” scam to launder money, which he claims the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Gujarat have estimated at Rs 5,000 crore, or about $723 million. The Hindu reports that the INC has demanded that the Supreme Court monitor an official…

$1.2 Billion in Cryptocurrency Laundered Through Bitcoin Tumblers, Privacy Coins

California-based blockchain and cryptocurrency security firm CipherTrace released its Q2 2018 report in July 2018 and noted the rise of cryptocurrency crime, money laundering, and other illicit activities. One particular item of note was that $1.2 billion has been laundered through cryptocurrency tools such as bitcoin tumblers and privacy-centric altcoins like zcash and monero. Criminals Increasingly Adopting Cryptocurrency On the back of increased awareness after 2017’s famous bull run, the report stated that nearly three times as much cryptocurrency was stolen in the first half of 2018 than all of…

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to Study Blockchain Implementation

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has initiated studies of blockchain technology with a view to subsequently embrace the technology and integrate it into the bank’s business processes, local news outlet NewsDay reported July 5. Speaking at the Alpha Media Holdings’ Banks and Banking breakfast meeting in Harare yesterday, RBZ governor John Mangudya reportedly said that the bank is looking to embrace the technology. He stated that central banks in a number of countries, including China, the U.S., U.K., and South Africa have been considering blockchain deployment for their own…

The Infamous ICO Trying to Rebound Amidst Lawsuits and Disputes

On June 30, almost a year after the widely successful ICO — a project that raised $232 million worth of BTC and ETH back in July 2017, setting a record at the time  — which was followed by an internal dispute and several class-action lawsuits, the Tezos Foundation has finally launched its beta network. Here’s how the project started, what caused the infamous delay and why the anticipated launch comes with reservations. ‘The last cryptocurrency’: What is Tezos? Tezos was developed by Arthur Breitman, who studied applied mathematics, computer science…

Deadline for Implementing Indian Central Bank’s Ban on Crypto Dealings Ends

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) deadline to implement ban to stop dealing with all crypto-related accounts expires Thursday, July 5, local news outlet The Times of India reports. The Supreme Court had also ruled earlier this week not to grant interim relief to those affected by the upcoming ban. Panjak Jain, who works in Indian blockchain and crypto communities as an investor and an advisor, tweeted on July 3 that “it’s unfortunate, but India’s Supreme court refused to stay the @RBI’s limitation on regulated entities from working w/ #crypto…