Month: February 2020

Sharia Compliance in Bitcoin – What It’s All About, and Why Exchanges Like Beldex Seek Muslim Traders

Money is a critical part of everyone’s life, and for the religious it is even viewed as a matter of eternal consequence. While those on the outside may be unaware of the importance finance takes on in circles of faith, these beliefs nonetheless affect and impact the businesses and economies of market actors everywhere, regardless …

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From Single Key to Sophisticated Computation: The Evolution of Crypto Exchange Custody

When the first cryptocurrency exchanges sprung up in late 2010, multisig wallets had yet to be invented. As a result, a single private key was commonly used to control all customer funds. Today, multisig has been complemented by sophisticated solutions such as Unbound Tech’s CASP, which uses secure multi-party computation. Despite these innovations, many exchanges …

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Lebanon Fights for Separation of Money and State as Residents Use Bitcoin to Evade Capital Controls

Mass unrest in Lebanon due to allegations of political corruption and heavy handed capital controls has carried over into the new year, with reports pointing to a notable uptick in bitcoin trading from the embattled nation. As residents seek to preserve as much value as they can while government falters, some traders are calling for …

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Next Step Mobile Surveillance: How You Walk, Your Heartbeat – Why Bitcoin Matters to Combat Government Privacy Invasion

It may sound like something from a dystopian cyberpunk movie, but payment providers could soon be validating transactions by the way users walk, their heartbeat, veins, and more. Mastercard has recently revealed they “have been testing heartbeat, vein technology, and the way people walk to authenticate people.” The high tech proposal, designed to fight hackers …

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Cryptocurrency Regulation in the Caribbean: Is It the Perfect Sandbox?

How many Caribbean countries do you know off the top of your head? Out of almost 700 Caribbean islands only about 30 are inhabited, each with their own stance on cryptocurrency. The Caribbean Islands are first and foremost known as tourist destinations, but they have also, over time, picked up a reputation as shady offshore …

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China Adopts Security Standards for Blockchain Applications in the Financial Sector

Keeping the focus on blockchain development, banking authorities in China have issued a set of rules pertaining to the secure application of crypto-related technologies in the financial sphere. The new standards, the first of this kind, are to guide the work of developers and service providers operating in the industry. Also read: China Issues Digital …

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G20 Kicks Off 2020 Discussion on Cryptocurrencies — Urges Countries to Apply FATF Standards

The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors had their first 2020 meeting this weekend in Saudi Arabia. They discussed cryptocurrencies and stablecoins, and issued a statement urging countries to implement the cryptocurrency standards set by the Financial Action Task Force. They were also informed that the Financial Stability Board will soon issue its crypto …

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How the IRS Audits Cryptocurrency Tax Returns – Filing Expert Shares Example, Insights on AML Focus

Tax season is one of the most dreaded times of the year for many, and when the added confusion of filing crypto returns is thrown into to the mix, things can get even stickier. News.Bitcoin.com recently talked with Clinton Donnelly of Donnelly Tax Law, a service that specializes in crypto returns. The U.S. Treasury-licensed Enrolled …

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Major HSBC Layoffs: 35,000 Job Cuts and Massive Restructuring Announced

Banking giant HSBC has unveiled a major restructuring plan that includes 35,000 job cuts. The move came as the bank’s net profit plunged 53% last year. HSBC is also slashing $100 billion in assets and closing many branches. “This represents one of the deepest restructuring and simplification programs in the bank’s history,” explained interim CEO …

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Bitcoin Cash House Ghana Finds Liquidity Provider, Seeks to Partner With Mobile Money Services

Bitcoin Cash House Ghana has announced they’ve found a liquidity provider for converting between BCH and Ghanaian cedi, and are now preparing to furnish their building and move in, preparing for official launch on March 1. A new read.cash post from organizer Kousha detailed the status of the project and also initiated a small fundraiser …

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