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    Asia & Australia,  Europe,  Regulation

    As the US dithers on regulating cryptocurrencies, other regions move forward

    Support for blockchain technology is stronger both in the US and abroad

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts were excited about the ​announcement​ this week that President Donald Trump plans to name Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a longtime supporter of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, as his interim White House chief of staff before the end of the year. As a congressman, Mulvaney was a co-founder of the ​Congressional Blockchain Caucus​. When it comes to actually embracing cryptocurrencies, the U.S. has been generally skeptical. As a recent opinion piece in the ​Harvard Business Review​ by law firm Jones Day blockchain initiative leaders Stephen J. Obie and Mark W. Rasmussen noted: ​“Without clear regulations, cryptocurrency innovation in the United States is being stifled.…

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    Cryptocurrencies,  Europe

    Southern Europe stakes a claim to blockchain leadership

    Seven EU members including France, Spain, and Italy commit to advancing blockchain law and technology

    Seven European Union member states including France, Spain, and Italy have signed a joint declaration committing them to promoting the use of blockchain technology in providing government services. Led by Malta, which has been positioning itself as the EU’s “Blockchain Island,” the seven Mediterranean nations on Dec. 4 announced their “forward-looking vision to make Southern Europe a leader on emerging technologies, such as Distributed Ledger Technologies,” another name for the blockchain technology underlying cryptocurrencies. “We believe that Distributed Ledger Technologies could be one of the instruments that can help our countries transform their economies and society into truly digital ones and become a leading region in this sector,” the declaration…

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    Alt coins,  Asia & Australia,  Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Media

    Must-reads for September 28, 2018: Walmart forces blockchain on farms, big Indian exchange shuts down, and crypto stuff to do in Scotland

    Here are the crypto stories you should be watching today

    Walmart, Sam’s Club tell suppliers to get on blockchain network (Computerworld) Walmart has told suppliers of leafy green vegetables that they better tracking their produce on the blockchain in the next 12 months or else. The goal is to enhance food safety and find the sources of E coli when they happen. It would also mean that Walmart would be able to isolate problems and not have deal with the expenses of mass recalls. Besides, Walmart loves it when suppliers outsource thing to China.   Major Indian Bitcoin Exchange Zebpay Shuts Down Due to Banking Freeze (CCN) Zebpay, one of India’s biggest crypto exchanges, is calling it quits. That means…

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    Bitcoin,  Litecoin,  Media

    Must-reads for August 29, 2018: Surveys, stolen hotel data, faked trades, and more

    Here are the crypto stories you should be watching today

    The rise of crypto in higher education (Coinbase) It’s a slow news week for the crypto space so this survey is getting a lot of press. Here’s the stat they keep talking about: “42 percent of the world’s top 50 universities now offer at least one course on crypto or blockchain.” That means 21 schools have at least one single class teaching a 9 year-old technology. Of 675 students surveyed, 9 percent said they’ve taken a cryptocurrency course, 18 percent said they’ve owned crypto at some point, and 26 percent said they want to take a crypto course. Did we mention this is a slow news week?   Data of…