by Florin Oprea
Ryan Browne – CNBC
Digital currencies issued by central banks will make transactions more efficient while cryptocurrencies serve as a vehicle for illicit activity, economist Barry Eichengreen told CNBC.
FAO: This sounds pretty “binary”…are things really that simple? I thought high profile economists usually go a bit deeper into analysis…
DNT: It becomes clearer, that’s the real stake: digital currencies issued by banks vs. cryptos (free world). But digital currencies will need blockchain, don’t they?
Stan Higgins – CoinDesk
A sheriff’s office based in the US state of Arkansas is taking a novel approach to its investigations into online crime: mining bitcoin. Investigators at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office have started generating their own cryptocurrency to be used when trying to track the movements of criminals online.
FAO: This could easily generate a strong debate, but, contrary to (at least) economist Barry Eichengreen’s beliefs, cryptocurrencies can serve for a better world too…
JD Alois – Crowdfund Insider
Following the blowout ICO by Filecoin that raised an incredible $205 million, CoinList has partnered with Blockstack for its forthcoming token sale.
FAO: Blockstack is a new network for decentralized applications. More details here.
Bhushan Akolkar – Coinspeaker
Bitcoin prices surge to a new all-time high above $6250 amid speculations of China lifting ban on local exchanges and resuming trading operations.
William Suberg – The Cointelegraph
China’s Bitcoin traders could return to their favorite exchanges if rumors regarding OKEx and Huobi-Pro come true. According to local news feed cnLedger, the two umbrella exchanges are “soon to launch” p2p Bitcoin trading with support for fiat currencies including the yuan.
FAO: My yesterday’s question stays: Is China going to let go?
Joseph Young – Cryptocoins News
Coinone has integrated Litecoin. Within 24 hours since its integration of Litecoin, Coinone has processed $3.2 million worth of Litecoin-to-Korean won trades, becoming the eleventh largest Litecoin exchange in the market.
Doug Alexander – Bloomberg (subscription)
Canadian online lender Mogo Finance Technology rose the most in eight months after moving a step closer to giving customers the ability to hold bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in digital wallets.
FAO: You need to adapt in order to survive…
Michael del Castillo – CoinDesk
A group of international depositories and stock exchanges called the Liquidity Alliance united this year to launch LA Ledger, a blockchain solution designed to do to collateral what bitcoin did for value transfer. Now, having completed the proof-of-concept, the group is ready to launch a commercial product with only one thing left in its way: regulatory approval.
FAO: Maybe the most difficult step in their initiative…
Annie Lin – CNBC
Bitcoin-related jobs are the fastest growing category of role on international employment marketplace Freelancer, the company said. With 82% growth in Q3, work related to cryptocurrency is skyrocketing.
FAO: The “cryptoverse” is expanding, exhibit no. N.
Bhushan Akolkar – Coinspeaker
The Central Bank of Vietnam issues a complete ban on using Bitcoin as a payment method in the country. Adapters of Bitcoin will have to face criminal prosecution with a penalty as high as 200 million dongs (nearly $9,000).
FAO: Harsh times in Vietnam. Ok, new update on our list:
Crypto-Teams BDN Global Outlook
Team “Pro”: Japan, Hong Kong + Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Catalonia (latest entry)
Team “Against”: China, India, Russia, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia, Lebanon, Taiwan (new entry – switching sides, from Team “Pro”)
Team “Neutral”: EU, USA, Canada
Alyssa Hertig – CoinDesk
Ethereum is out to prove itself at its annual developer event.
David Boyle – Voa News
In a region where the most important records — identity and ownership for instance — are often subjected to little or no external oversight, blockchain offers enormous potential benefits.
Andrew Hill – Financial Times (subscription)
As the blockchain expands beyond its original use as a platform for digital currencies such as bitcoin, techno-evangelists are also bigging up its potential to do more than point to the provenance of a pork chop.
Kyle Torpey – Forbes
Chain CEO Adam Ludwin, shared his perspective on the entire blockchain ecosystem.
FAO: Florin Adrian Oprea, Editor-in-chief Blockchain Daily News
DNT: Decebal Nicolaie Todarita, Editor Blockchain Daily News