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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…

  • Desico
    Alt coins,  Europe

    Desico brings a Kickstarter mentality to launching tokenized securities

    And it happens in regulated, legally compliant environment—in Lithuania

    A blockchain platform called Desico claims it’s the world’s first way to issue and trade security tokens in full compliance with the law. Taking its name as an acronym of “decentralized ecosystem for security ICOs,” the company was founded in the first quarter of 2018 by the three-person team of Laimonas Noreika, Ethan Pierse, and Audrius Griskevicius. The entrepreneurial trio has an established track record in financial technology. In 2015, they started FinBee, a peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding platform that has already funded more than $15 million euro in loans for businesses and individuals. Now they turn their attention to the world of crypto and blockchain. One can think of…

  • Skeleton Bitcoin
    Bitcoin,  Europe,  Innovators,  Media,  Ripple

    Must-reads for October 29, 2018: Bitcoin might be a threat to democracy but may be replaced and no one cares anyway

    These are the crypto stories you should be following today

    Is Bitcoin Secretly Messing with the Midterms? (Politico) According to Betteridge’s Law, “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” This is no exception.   Bitcoin seems indestructible but is another cryptocurrency about to take its place? (The Independent) According to Betteridge’s Law, “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” This is no exception.   Bitcoin Can Boast Incredible Stability, But Interest Also Hits a Low (Today) Bitcoin’s low volatility is coinciding with a drop in Google searches for the term “Bitcoin” (it’s at its lowest since May 2017). Does that explain everything? Probably not,…