Enabling or Crippling? The Risks of State-by-State Blockchain Laws

Andrea Tinianow is the director of Global Delaware. Joshua Ashley Klayman chairs the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group.  In this opinion piece, Tianiow and Klayman consider whether so-called...
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BitLicense Architect Ben Lawsky Joins Ripple Board

Ben Lawsky, the former New York Superintendent of Financial Services who spearheaded the BitLicense regulatory framework while in office, has joined startup Ripple's board of directors. According to a press...
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New Code Released for Vlad Zamfir's Ethereum 'Casper' Upgrade

The initial version of the Casper proof-of-stake protocol upgrade from Ethereum developer Vlad Zamfir has been released. Published on Tuesday , the code – following its presentation at the Devcon3 event...
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Blockchain Data Links Tether 'Attack' to 2015 Exchange Hack

Those behind the alleged theft of $31 million worth of Tether's US dollar-backed tokens were also involved in a high-profile hack two years ago, a cybersleuth has concluded from available...
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Report Warns SAFT May Increase Legal Risk of Token Sales

Far from insulating token issuers against regulatory actions, the proposed SAFT framework may actually increase the risk certain sales run afoul of securities laws, according to a new report out...
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ECB President Draghi: Cryptocurrency Impact Still 'Limited'

The head of Europe's central bank thinks cryptocurrencies are too low-impact to regulate. Speaking to the European Parliament on Monday, Mario Draghi said digital currencies are not a threat to...
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Morocco Regulators Warn of Penalties for Cryptocurrency Use

Morocco's foreign exchange authority has stated that the use of cryptocurrencies within the country can lead to penalties under existing rules. The Office des Changes says that transactions made using...
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Russia Will 'Never' Consider Bitcoin Legalization, Says Minister

The Russian minister of communications and mass media said yesterday that the country will not consider the legalization of digital currencies like bitcoin. According to state-owned news service TASS , Nikolai...
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Blockstream, Digital Garage Team Up to Foster Blockchain in Japan

Bitcoin infrastructure company Blockstream has expanded its strategic partnership with Japanese IT firm Digital Garage. Aimed to foster blockchain development in Japan, the multi-year technology partnership comes following the pick-up in...
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Untethered? Bitcoin Shrugs Hack to Push Above $8,000



Bitcoin is bouncing back from losses arising from the hack of an alternative cryptocurrency. As per CoinMarketCap , the bitcoin-U.S. dollar (BTC/USD) exchange rate slumped to a low of $7,762...
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R3, Microsoft Expand Partnership to Boost Corda DLT Adoption

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) firm R3 is moving to more deeply integrate its Corda platform with Microsoft's Azure cloud service. With the expanded partnership, announced yesterday, the two companies plan...
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Blockchain Has Potential in Curbing Odometer Fraud: EU Report

The European Parliament has released a research paper that explores blockchain, among other technologies, in the prevention of odometer tampering. The report , issued by the Directorate General for Internal...
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Lightning Can Scale Bitcoin, But Are Costs a Barrier?

It's possible bitcoin's Lightning Network will fall short of its lofty ambition – at least, that's what a group of researchers are arguing. Often trumpeted as the future of bitcoin,...
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Ethereum Startup ConsenSys Opens New London Office

Ethereum development startup ConsenSys is expanding to London. The firm's new "European Hub" will be based in the U.K. capital, the startup announced earlier this week. It's the latest office...
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Tether Claims $30 Million in US Dollar Token Stolen

Tether, the company behind a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency widely used in the market's exchange trade, is claiming that its systems have been hacked and that $30 million worth of its tokens...
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Bitcoin ATM Installations Draw Warning from Russian Prosecutors

Prosecutors in the Russian state of Tatarstan have issued a warning to a local businessman about two bitcoin ATMs. In a statement from Nov. 16, the Prosecutor's Office of the...
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CBOE Releases New Details on Bitcoin Futures Contracts

Options exchange CBOE has released early specifications for its planned bitcoin futures product. In a blog post from Friday, the company published some of the technical details for its futures...
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State Bank of India to Beta Test Blockchain Smart Contracts Next Month

The State Bank of India (SBI) is planning a beta launch of smart contracts by next month, with blockchain-based know-your-customer (KYC) processes soon after. According to Sudin Baraokar, head of innovation...
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$10 Million: Ethereum.com Domain Name Up for Sale

Fancy owning the domain name Ethereum.com? Better start counting the pennies. According to Bloomberg , the high-value domain has now been listed for sale on the Uniregistry marketplace for "around...
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CME's Bitcoin Futures Likely to Start Trading December 11

UPDATE (20th November 9:57 EST): In a statement to Reuters , a representative for CME Group said that the Dec. 11 launch date posted online "was due to an error"...
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