by Florin Oprea
Frank Chaparro – Business Insider
Samson Mow, the CSO of Blockstream: “Governments may dislike crypto, but the degree to which they can impact the digital currency is limited” (FAO: Did you hear that, Jamie? Take notes…please)
DNT: …and there are many more interesting opinions. Worth every minute of reading.
FAO: I know what Jamie would have to say about these remarks: “YAPYAP, Blockchain Good, Bitcoin Bad”.
Ari Levy – CNBC
Blockchain Capital is setting out to raise $150 million in two funds, with plans to invest in companies and emerging cryptocurrencies.
FAO: “emerging cryptocurrencies” – just like Bitcoin once was…Did you hear that, Jamie?
Jeff John Roberts – Fortune
Vitalik Buterin isn’t worried about coming competition from the central banks of the world.
Buterin downplayed the possibility of countries creating digital versions of their currencies that could rival or displace Bitcoin or Ethereum.
FAO: I share his thoughts. Take Russia’s recent announcement as an example: there is no sign the “CryptoRuble” will be tied to the Ruble. So then what will be the purpose of this cryptocoin, besides that of becoming a source of revenue for the state thanks to a 13% tax applied on exchanges of undocumented coins? Now let’s wait for more details from them and let’s also watch China’s steps after their Communist Party Congress which started today…
DNT: Mr. Vladimir Putin hit the dislike button on this one. Chinese officials too…
Stan Higgins – CoinDesk
Forty-eight companies have joined the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, including Hewlett-Packard spin-off HP Enterprise.The list of new members is varied, drawn from the blockchain startup ecosystem as well as the IT, finance and academic worlds.
Rachel Rose O’Leary – CoinDesk
Ethereum’s fork may have executed earlier this week, but that doesn’t mean developers are ready to call the software transition complete.
Stan Higgins – CoinDesk
Coinbase’s GDAX announced that algorithmic trading platform QuantConnect has integrated with the cryptocurrency exchange. The addition of GDAX will see the open-source trading platform extend its existing services to include cryptocurrencies though the exchange’s API.
FAO: GDAX offers trading of BTC, ETH and LTC on its platform.
Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada and TMX Group announced a new collaboration to experiment with an integrated securities and payment settlement platform based on distributed ledger technology as part of the third phase of the Project Jasper research initiative.
AlphaPoint announced the AlphaPoint Asset Digitization solution making illiquid assets liquid by facilitating the digitization of assets and launching new markets.
Via TechFinancials – Ex-StrateCSD CEO, Monica Singer, Joins New York-based Ethereum Startup as “Blockchain Ambassador.
Scott Rosenberg – Wired
Evan Prodromou is minting the hours of his life into a cryptocurrency called Evancoin.
FAO: Got a side note from my editor, Decebal, saying: ”This is a really cool story!” How do you find it?
Stan Higgins – CoinDesk
CFTC has revealed it may consider tokens issued through ICOs as commodities.
Aziz Abdel-Qader Finance Magnates
LabCFTC published some guidelines on cryptocurrency, particularly those related to the agency’s engagement and exposure over the asset class.
CFTC’s jurisdiction is implicated when a virtual currency is used in a derivatives contract, or if “there is fraud or manipulation involving a virtual currency traded in interstate commerce.”
Beyond these instances, the CFTC does not oversee spot or cash transactions involving virtual currencies that do not utilize margin or leverage.
DNT: “Are the Stances Of The CFTC And SEC Regarding Cryptocurrency Inconsistent?” – absolutely rhetorical question.
FAO: Told you (at least here) they were “cooking” something in their “labs”. Meanwhile in Japan, the leader of the free blockchain world…
Emiko Terazono – Financial Times (subscription)
Entrepreneurs do not often welcome regulation. For Japanese cryptocurrency start-ups, however, a framework put in place by the country’s financial authorities has been a boon.
Evelyn Cheng – CNBC
Bitcoin fell Wednesday after indications of greater scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
FAO: Yeah, but now it’s back in its track.
Nick Bilton – Vanity Fair
Cryptocurrencies are on a historic tear right now. And Silicon Valley’s infatuation with the industry explains a lot about itself.
FAO: Today’s must-read!
The Japan News
Police arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly swindling money he collected from a customer while operating an exchange handling virtual currency Ripple. The suspect is Yuki Takenaka, head of Ripple Trade Japan. Takenaka has largely admitted the charge, according to investigative sources.
Charles Bovaird – Forbes
According to several analysts, the answer to this question is yes. However, not everyone agrees, and for some, the situation is a bit more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no” reply.
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News
DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor Blockchain Daily News