• Jay Clayton’s leaving the SEC
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation,  United States

    Jay Clayton’s leaving the SEC. Could this be crypto’s big break?

    There are hopes that his successor as SEC commissioner will increase the likelihood of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund finally being approved

    SEC chairman Jay Clayton has been nominated as high-powered position as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Now, nerves are growing as to who will be tapped to take on his regulatory role, where he has been a persistent thorn in the side of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency boosters.

  • Bitcoin is not a new type of money
    Cryptocurrencies,  United States

    NY Fed: Bitcoin is not a new type of money. Crypto: Get the tar and feathers!

    “Ignorance” and “incompetence” were two of the more polite replies after a blog post by the New York Federal Reserve Bank last week argued “Bitcoin is not a new type of money”

    When the Federal Reserve Bank of New York published a blog post with the headline “Bitcoin Is Not a New Type of Money,” the authors may have hoped their thought-provoking piece would inspire genteel, reasoned debate. But probably not.

  • Unstoppable decentralized blogs
    Politics,  Technology,  United States

    Will decentralized blogs make freedom of speech Unstoppable?

    As endless rows over censorship bubble up, Unstoppable Domains hopes decentralized blogs will be spared questionable moderation decisions

    Some are concerned at how big decisions about what’s acceptable speech are falling into the hands of tech giants. Blockchain-based domain name provider Unstoppable Domains is taking another approach: allowing the owners of .crypto sites to launch their very own decentralized blogs.

  • Finland hotspot illegal Bitcoin
    Bitcoin,  Europe,  United States

    CipherTrace: Finland a hotspot for illegal Bitcoin

    The tranquil Scandinavian nation is home to the Northern Lights, but down on the ground it’s also a haven for darknet scammers attempting to cash out; CipherTrace report finds $1.4 billion lost this year, criminals getting savvy to anti-money laundering

    CipherTrace says 12.1% of Bitcoin funds sent to Finnish exchanges come directly from criminal sources. As a percentage, that’s the highest worldwide, making Finland a hotspot for illegal Bitcoin. LocalBitcoins, a peer-to-peer crypto marketplace, is partly to blame. It is based in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and received 99% of these ill-gotten funds, according to a report.