• Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the CFTC. (via Harvard)
    Ethereum,  Politics

    Opinion | Congress must act now on cryptocurrency regulation

    The election hype will soon doom any hope of a clear legal framework being in place by 2020.

    Members of Congress love to drag the CEOs of large companies into hearings to show off in front of their constituents. The best recent example is the grilling of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over the company's Libra cryptocurrency project. Now, this over-the-top political production is threatening to spoil a good opportunity to provide the regulatory clarity so desperately needed by the cryptocurrency industry...

  • You really don't want to tweet something like this (via Twitter).
    Ethereum,  Politics

    DoJ: Ethereum expert helped North Korean sanction busting

    The Department of Justice arrested the Ethereum Foundation’s Virgil Griffith for allegedly teaching North Korea to use cryptocurrency to avoid economic sanctions

    Here’s a clue: if you’re going to teach North Korea how to use cryptocurrency to evade sanctions, don’t post your visa on Twitter. Particularly if the U.S. State Department has warned you not to go.

  • Craig Wright: I'm just smarter than you, your honor.
    Bitcoin,  People,  Uncategorized

    EXCLUSIVE: Sneak peek at Craig Wright’s next court filing: Your honor, judges don’t understand bitcoin!

    The man who would be Satoshi Nakamoto claims he didn’t lie, people just can’t understand his extraordinary life

    Editor’s Note: With $3.6 billion in bitcoin on the line, nChain founder and self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto’s Craig Wright is about to argue that he shouldn’t be fined $650,000 for lying in court, because he didn’t. The court filing, which Modern Consensus has seen before it enters the public record, is part of Wright’s attempt to fend off a claim on half of a cache of 1,000,000 bitcoin mined in the early days of bitcoin by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright is being sued by the estate of his late partner, Dave Kleiman.  So far Wright has been hammered in court. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who oversaw a pre-trial stage of the…

  • Did an inaccurate story claiming Chinese police raided Binance's Shanghai offices really knock $1,000 off the price of bitcoin? (Mussi Katz, via Flickr)
    Media

    EXCLUSIVE: The Block and Binance were working on a deal. Then a fight broke out.

    A lucrative partnership was lost after a cryptocurrency billionaire called a reporting error malice and demanded that journalists act as cheerleaders

    The Block and Binance were working on a potentially lucrative strategic partnership for more than a month, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told Modern Consensus. Then, on Nov. 21, the crypto news and research site published a story claiming that a police raid forced Binance out of its Shanghai offices. Not only was that wrong—at least about the police raid part—it enraged  cryptocurrency exchange Binance’s billionaire CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao. He promptly jumped on Twitter, telling his 450,000 followers that The Block’s story was a lie. There was no raid, he said, and Binance hasn’t had a Shanghai office for two years. During the four-day Twitter fight that…