IMF Advises Against Crypto as Legal Tender in Marshall Islands Report

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised against the Republic of the Marshall Islands' plan to introduce a digital currency as a second legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar. The...
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Ethereum's ASIC Rebellion Heats Up With New Effort to Brick Big Miners

"When mining ether won't pay for power anymore, what will you do?" The question – posed on an ethereum forum  Thursday  – is emblematic of a growing anxiety among the...
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Chinese Ministry Eyes Blockchain to Boost Trust In Charities

A Chinese government agency in charge of social services is planning to adopt blockchain technology for an upgrade of its current charity tracking system – a move aimed to bring...
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Nasdaq Said to Be Building Tool to Predict Crypto Price Movements

Nasdaq might be on the cusp of giving institutional investors an analytical edge on trading hundreds of crypto assets. According to a person familiar with the company's plans, the U.S....
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Crypto Use A 'Fringe Activity' Among Terrorists, Says Think Tank

A new report from a Washington, D.C. think tank presented last week argued that cryptocurrencies aren't well-suited for terrorist financing – while also highlighting the limited success terrorist groups have...
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Report: Nearly Half of ICOs Failed to Raise Funds Since Start of 2017

Nearly half of all initial coin offerings (ICOs) in 2017 and 2018 failed to raise any funds, while another 40 percent raised more than $1 million each, a new research...
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Ripple's Former Legal Chief Joins Crypto Payments Startup

Former Ripple general counsel Brynly Llyr is taking on the same role for crypto payments startup Celo. Llyr, who left Ripple last Friday , will take charge of "all aspects...
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Crypto Research Firm Adds Nobel Prize Winners as Advisors

Blockchain research firm and accelerator Cryptic Labs has just taken on two Nobel-winning economists as advisors. Announced in a press release Monday, joining the firm's economics advisory board are Dr. Eric...
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Back Below $200 Billion: Crypto Market Cap Sinks to 10-Month Low


The total market capitalization for all cryptocurrencies fell to its lowest point in over 10 months on Saturday. The development followed a particularly bearish week for the broader cryptocurrency market....
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Gemini Launches NYDFS-Regulated Crypto Pegged to the Dollar

Crypto exchange Gemini announced Monday that it is launching a dollar-backed stablecoin built on ethereum. The Gemini dollar is designed to provide liquidity for users hoping to send or receive U.S....
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Australian State to Pilot Blockchain in Digital Driver License Scheme

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) government is turning to blockchain for a state-wide test of its driver license digitization program scheduled for November. In an announcement on Aug. 20, the NSW...
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BitTorrent Courted EOS, Filecoin Crypto Creators Prior to Tron Sale

A number of well-known crypto startups had their eyes on BitTorrent prior to its acquisition by Tron's Justin Sun. CoinDesk has learned that in addition to  Tron and Neo ,...
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SEC Suspends Exchange-Traded Bitcoin and Ether Investment Vehicles

A highly touted investment instrument that sought to appeal to U.S. public markets investors looking for cryptocurrency exposure has just seen a setback. Announced on Sunday , the U.S. Securities...
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Crypto Trading 101: The Moving Average Crossover


New to crypto trading? Read CoinDesk's full set of guides . If simple moving averages are your game as a crypto-trader, it's time to take it to the next level...
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EU Lawmaker Wants Standard Regulations to Allow 'Passport' for ICOs

A European lawmaker believes that new regulations for initial coin offerings (ICOs) are the key to making them more "accessible" within the European Union. Ashley Fox, a Member of the...
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The Big Legal Issue Blockchain Developers Rarely Discuss

Mark Radcliffe and Victoria Lee are partners at the law firm of DLA Piper.  Software licensed under open source licenses (OSS) is fundamental to the success of blockchain projects. Such...
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This Tech Lets You Send Any Cryptocurrency to the Lightning Network

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Did you know? Lightning addresses and bitcoin addresses are not compatible. What that means is that a user can't send money from their lightning address directly to a recipient bitcoin...
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Energy Giant Engie, Maltem Back New 'Blockchain Studio' With $2.3M

French energy company Engie and business consulting group Maltem are launching a new blockchain development spinoff for commercial clients, the companies announced Friday. Dubbed Blockchain Studio, the new venture will...
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Bets Against Ether's Price Hit All-Time High


The number of short orders placed on ether (ETH) reached a new all-time high during Friday's trading session, according to data from the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. At approximately 10:00 UTC...
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Ripple's General Counsel Exits Startup, Spokesperson Says

Ripple general counsel Brynly Llyr has exited the blockchain payments startup, a spokesperson told CoinDesk on Friday. Llyr joined the company in 2016 as its top legal officer, remaining a...
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