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Blockchain Daily News

by Florin Oprea

Edition 63, 02.10.2017

Fans’ Section

Tony Robbins Says Investing In Bitcoin Is ‘Like Going To Vegas’

Ali Montag – CNBC

Watching the price of digital currency bitcoin is a roller coaster ride: It has surged more than five times in price this year to a record just above $5,000 in early September, but in two weeks crashed by $2,000.

Bitcoin ‘More Than Just A Fad,’ Morgan Stanley CEO Says

Hugh Son – Bloomberg

Not every Wall Street bank chief is bearish on bitcoin.

James Gorman:The concept of anonymous currency is a very interesting concept — interesting for the privacy protections it gives people, interesting because what it says to the central banking system about controlling that.”

DNT: Now, that’s indeed an interesting point of view. Keep it up, Mr. Gorman!

RBC’s CEO Pushes Back On Suggestion Bitcoin Is AS Fraud

Matt Scuffham – Reuters

Dave McKay, RBC’s CEO, Canada’s biggest lender, pushed back on a suggestion by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon that bitcoin is a fraud, though he said the cryptocurrency needs monitoring.

FAO: We have created this new section and called it simply “Fans’ Section”. It’s dedicated to all “cryptoverse” fans and also enemies (let’s call them “undercover fans” – just like Mr. Jamie)…I think this is more appropriate than having a “Mr. Jamie’s Section”. We should at least thank him, as he triggered this debate. We are definitely waiting for new statements.

Deals, Investments & M&As

South Korea Bans All New Cryptocurrency Sales


Bitcoin’s Lot: Win Some, Lose Some

Paul Vigna, Gregor Stuart Hunter – The Wall Street Journal (subscription)

ICO Ban: Switzerland And South Korea Crack Down On Cryptocurrency Sales

Leigh Cuen – International Business Times

South Korea just became the latest country to ban initial coin offerings, aka tech projects crowdfunding with cryptocurrency.

DNT: Surprisingly (or not?) ‘cause South Korea is a mainstream land for crypto’s. It looks like that worldwide regulators from Asia to USA and Europe are quite busy these days…

FAO: Should we expect more from South Korea? Will it follow China’s steps (I hope no? Meanwhile, Japan is embracing the “cryptoverse” with its latest actions and consolidating its leading position, following its neighbours’ crackdown on cryptos. Check out the next two sections!

Hong Kong Fast Developing As A Cryptocurrency Centre

Alun John – SCMP

Initial coin offerings are the most talked about, if not the most popular, form of fundraising for cryptocurrency projects around the world – and Hong Kong is starting to get in on the action. In fact, evangelists for cryptocurrencies see ICOs as a way for Hong Kong to regain its place at the forefront of the Asian, and even the global, financial services industry.


Japanese Banks Are Thinking Of Making Their Own Cryptocurrency Called The J-Coin

Arjun Kharpal  –

SBI’s Virtual ‘Coin’ To Slash Payment Costs

Nikkei Asian Review

SBI Holdings plans to issue its own virtual “coins” that can be used by consumers to make payments at stores. Unlike digital money that assumes the value of an existing currency, the financial services group’s coins will be virtual currency and be tradeable on the market.

FAO: I think we will soon be able to see “who’s who” in the “crytpoverse”…let’s split the “players” in three teams: Team “Pro”, Team “Against”, and Team “Neutral”… can you think of some better names? You can send your suggestions here.

Dubai Will Issue First Ever State Cryptocurrency

Jon Buck – The Cointelegraph

The local government in Dubai has officially launched its own cryptocurrency called emCash, according to announcements by local news media outlets. The cryptocurrency would be used for payment of governmental and nongovernmental services.

FAO: A Team “Pro” young middleweight fighter, Dubai is on constant “workout” with support delivered by professional trainers.

Bahrain’s Government Is Keen On Adopting Bitcoin, Reveals Official
Samburaj Das – Cryptocoins News

Bahrain is interested in adopting digital currencies like bitcoin amid a wider impetus toward a ‘country level’ adoption of blockchain technologies.The Kingdom of Bahrain, a constitutional monarchy of over 30 islands in the Persian Gulf, is taking a bitcoin-friendly approach in its advent to become a FinTech hub in the region.

FAO: Little league…good potential tough.

Exchanges & Trading Venues

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Get Nod To Operate In First for Japan

Gareth Allan, Yuki Hagiwara – Bloomberg

As China Cracks Down, Japan Is Fast Becoming The Powerhouse Of The Bitcoin Market

Luke Graham – CNBC

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) officially recognized 11 companies as registered cryptocurrency exchange operators.

DNT: Very smart move. This will boost Japan as a force for bitcoin as the traders are moving from China. Go Japan!

FAO: The undisputed champ, “cryptoverse’s” “Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr.”. I think this is pretty clear. Right?

This 31-Year-Old Is Trying To Revolutionize Cryptocurrency Trading

Matthew Leising – Bloomberg

A Start-Up Is Raising Funds For A Cryptocurrency Exchange — By Selling A Cryptocurrency

Roy Choudhury- CNBC

A U.S.-based start-up, AirSwap, is trying to create a decentralized exchange where users can do peer-to-peer trading of virtual tokens. It plans to use smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain to pair up buyers and sellers automatically, eliminating the need for a central authority to match trades.

Regulated ICOs Arrive: Overstock To Open Exchange For Legal Token Trading

Ash Bennington – CoinDesk

Wall Street Starts Trading Tokens With Overstock’s New ICO Exchange

Jeff John Roberts – Fortune

When the Securities and Exchange Commission cracked down on so-called in ICOs in July, some feared it would be the end of a novel way for companies to raise money by selling digital tokens. As it turns out, the SEC ruling may mark the true beginning of the ICO era.

FAO: Two interesting projects emerged last week. U.S. is joining the Team “Pro”, clearly. Good stuff!


Fidelity CEO Abigaile Johnson Says The Company Is Mining Cryptocurrencies

Jonathan Shieber – TechCrunch

Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest investment firms with $2.3 trillion in managed assets, is taking a long look at cryptocurrencies.

FAO: A lot of action from Fidelity in this area lately (check previous crypto-related announcements from Fidelity here and here). We had one day off, and seems like everything happened that day… I am so scared to take a whole week…

Transnistria Dreams Of Bitcoin Mining, Its Govt Wants To Build Farm

William Suberg – The Cointelegraph

The tiny unrecognized republic of Transnistria is the latest jurisdiction to announce it wants to join the Bitcoin mining race.The breakaway segment of Moldova, which unofficially declared independence in the 1990s and has received support from Russia since, is looking to capitalize on cheap electricity costs.


Via Finextra – Former Chief Development And Chief Data Officer Of TradingScreen, joined AlphaPoint as Executive Vice President of Development.

Chinese Investors Fume Over Beijing’s Bitcoin Crackdown


Cryptocurrency’s backers take a battering as central government orders stop on trading platforms.

FAO: Yeah, I bet they are. Next stop HK, Japan, USA, Europe, Middle East…

Latest Developments & Agreements

Royal Bank Of Canada Using blockchain For U.S./Canada Payments – Executive

Matt Scuffham – Reuters

Royal Bank of Canada is experimenting with blockchain to help move payments between its U.S. and Canadian banks.

FAO: Check today’s first section too…


Chilean Regulator SBIF Joins R3 Distributed Ledger Technology Consortium

Ian Allison – Internațional Business Times

The Superintendency of Banks and Financial Institutions of Chile (SBIF) has joined the global network of members of the enterprise software company R3 as a regulatory member.

The SBIF, the Chilean banking regulator, is the latest Latin American member to join R3’s growing community.

Other news

North Korean Hackers’ Attempts To Steal Bitcoin Are A Huge Wake-Up Call

Jake Novak- CNBC

North Korean hackers are increasing their attempts to steal bitcoin from South Korea may be the final straw that leads regulators to rein in bitcoin.

FAO: Read that headline again…oh we are living some interesting times…


Edward Snowden: Zcash Is ‘Most Interesting Bitcoin Alternative’

Rachel Rose O’Leary – CoinDesk

Edward Snowden has come out in support of the privacy-oriented cryptocurrency zcash, calling it the “most interesting alternative” to bitcoin.

FAO: Zcash has experienced some roller coaster price action last week…

The SEC Comes Down On 2 Cryptocurrency-Based Fundraising Schemes

Frank Chaparro – Business Insider

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a man and two companies for operating fraudulent initial coin offerings.


FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News

DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor Blockchain Daily News