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09 Jun

Facebook Announces Development of Centralized Cryptocurrency

By Daniel Zo Facebook, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

During the last couple of years, the cryptocurrency market has grown exponentially. Yet, this increase in popularity brought along several new fintech trends, including the emergence of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), tokens, and now, social media cryptocurrencies.

Recent reports indicate that Facebook has been actively working on its cryptocurrency ambitions for a while. Rumours discussing an internal crypto-related project have first appeared last year, when it was revealed that Facebook was seeking a $1 billion funding for Project Libra, the social network’s digital currency.


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04 May

Ethereum’s Proof-of-Stake Code to be Finalized in June

By Daniel Zo Ethereum, PoS, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

Since its inception, the Ethereum blockchain has been backed by the Proof-of-Work algorithm, similarly to Bitcoin. Yet, Ethereum’s founder, Vitalik Buterin, has often talked about his plans of ditching PoW, in favour of Proof-of-Stake (PoS), which he believes to be better suited for Ethereum’s purposes.

Now, recent reports indicate that the PoS blockchain code will be finalized sometime in June. The news comes from Justin Drake, a researcher for the Ethereum Foundation, who stated: “I’ve been continuing to fine comb Phase Zero in preparation for the spec freeze which we’re targeting for the 30th of June (…) we’re still very much on track. Still, code simplifications are coming through which is great and the process of fine combing is also for finding final bugs.”


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06 Apr

Bitcoin Breaks Price Resistance and Moves to $5,200

By Daniel Zo Bitcoin, Price, Cryptocurrency, Whales Read Comments

So far, 2019 hasn’t brought along much price volatility on the cryptocurrency market, but the trend is quickly changing. With this in mind, the bitcoin price recently went through a 19% increase, thus breaking the $4,200 technical barrier. This quickly led to a price growth that managed to hit $5,000 in only a few hours. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $5,245.

As it often happens, following the price swing, numerous other important cryptocurrencies went through the same change. As such, the XRP, Litecoin and EOS all increased in value. The ether price grew from $137, and is currently trading at approximately $155.

Any price swing of this magnitude begs a simple, yet highly-relevant question – why? So far, several price analysts have shared their opinion on the matter. Before we dwell into the reasoning behind the uptrend, it is important to mention that this is pure speculation, granted bitcoin’s complex marketplace.


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14 Mar

Ukraine‘s Central Bank Hosts Pilot Program for National Cryptocurrency

By Marcus Cryptocurrency, Ukraine Read Comments

The increasing popularity of the digital currency market has encouraged central banks throughout the world to consider developing their own centralized digital currencies. This trend is understandable, granted that governments and traditional financial institutions are interested in keeping their control over the financial system.

Recent reports indicate that Ukraine has ramped up development of its central bank-based digital currency (CBDC). In fact, the country’s central bank has already finalized a pilot scheme for the national cryptocurrency, referred to as the e-hryvnia.


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21 Dec

The United Kingdom Published The Taxation Framework for Cryptocurrency Users

By Daniel Zo Cryptocurrency, UK, Tax Read Comments

Throughout 2018, most cryptocurrencies were affected by strong volatility, thus leading to reduced investor interest and lower prices. However, the crypto sector is far from being dead, and governments are well-aware of this aspect.

With this in mind, numerous countries have stepped up their regulatory and taxation frameworks for the digital currency market. Recent reports indicate that following public consultation, the U.K Tax Collection Service published their crypto taxation legislation, applicable to private digital asset holders.


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20 Sep

Ukrainian Parliament Bill to Introduce Crypto Profit Taxing

By Daniel Zo Ukraine, Cryptocurrency, Tax Read Comments

Despite the fluctuating crypto price drops present during the last few months, governments are still interested in regulating and profiting off the digital currency revolution.

With this in mind, recent reports indicate that the Ukrainian Parliament is interested in imposing a tax on digital currency-related profits of its citizens. To put things better into perspective, the country’s legislative body has proposed a bill that would impose a 5% tax on all crypto profits attained by both commercial entities and individuals.


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07 Sep

AT&T Being Sued for $224 Million After Attackers Steal Crypto from Investor’s Phone

By Daniel Zo AT&T, Scam, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

According to recent reports, AT&T might be responsible for the loss of $24 million in cryptocurrency, after the cell phone of a digital currency investor was hacked. With this in mind, Michael Turpin is suing the telecom firm for $224 million, after the company reportedly failed to protect his smartphone data.

As part of his lawsuit, the investor claims that AT&T employees are complicit in a SIM swap scam, where hackers attempt to gain access to phone data via social engineering. In other words, for this scam to work, criminals are known to pose as the owner of a victims’ phone number, hence convincing the customer support teams of telecom providers to grant access to the phone in question. By doing this, attackers get access to a variety of accounts, including digital currency wallets.


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17 Jun

State of New York Proposes Launch of Digital Currency Task Force

By Daniel Zo NY, New York, USA, Task Force, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

The State of New York has actively pursued cryptocurrency regulation, especially since exchanges operating in the region need to register and be licensed by the city’s financial regulator. Despite this aspect, the New York State Assembly has recently proposed the idea of creating a digital currency task force, meant to examine the crypto and blockchain markets operating locally.

According to a summary of the meeting, if approval is received, the task force will consist of 9 persons, who will write out a report of their findings by December 2019.


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02 May

European Parliament Votes for Stricter Regulation for Cryptocurrency Market

By Daniel Zo EU, EP, Cryptocurrency, Regulation Read Comments

During the last couple of months, the European Parliament (EP) and Commission (EC) have been actively involved in discussion of appropriate regulation for the digital currency market. Now, recent reports indicate that the EP has voted for a stricter array of regulations for the crypto market.

With this in mind, once the legislation is applied at the European Union level, crypto exchanges alongside wallet providers will be required to introduce specific due diligence procedures for their customers. In other words, wallets and exchanges may soon have to begin verifying user identity. Additionally, the measures also point out that crypto wallets and exchanges will need to register before being allowed to offer their service.


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17 Apr

Less than 100 People Reported Crypto Income to IRS, Warning Issued

By Daniel Zo USA, IRS, Digital currencies, Trading, Cryptocurrency Read Comments

During the last couple of years, all around the world, there have been numerous discussions on what the proper taxation mechanism for digital currencies is. The lack of a united approach towards this issue has led to countries implementing vastly different taxation policies.

The issue goes deeper, as in the United States, citizens aren’t yet sure what approach they should consider when doing their taxes. While the IRS has provided guidance on bitcoin transactions for a couple of years, bitcoin is considered as property. This means that the purchase, trade, sale and mining of crypto can be regarded to as taxable actions.


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