Canadian Electoral Agency Clarifies Cryptocurrency Donations for Political Use

Canada Elections Agency Clarifies Cryptocurrency Donations for Political UseCanada’s electoral body has started consultations on how political parties should handle cryptocurrency donations ahead of general elections slated for October. Political parties have requested guidance from Elections Canada (EC) on accepting contributions and conducting other transactions in bitcoin. EC has now released a draft note that broadly takes the position that cryptocurrency donations are […]

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Thai Startup Atomicpay Launches Non-Custodial Crypto Payment Platform

Thai Startup Atomicpay Launches Non-Custodial Crypto Payment PlatformAtomicpay, a Thai-registered payments startup, has officially launched its non-custodial cryptocurrency payment terminal for merchants throughout the world. Founder and developer Benz Rif said the platform, which supports BTC, BCH, LTC and other cryptos, eliminates the involvement of a third-party processor, allowing merchants to accept payments directly from their customers. Also read: Mongolia’s Cheap Electricity Draws […]

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Mongolia’s Cheap Electricity Draws Japanese Bitcoin Miners Seeking Profit

Mongolia’s Cheap Electricity Draws Japanese Bitcoin Miners Seeking ProfitA combination of cheap electricity and cold weather has started to draw a growing number of Japanese bitcoin miners to Mongolia, a country sandwiched between China to the south and Russia to the north. Amid falling mining revenues in other regions of the world due to the current crypto bear market, companies that have set […]

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China Announces New Regulations for Blockchain Companies to ‘Promote Healthy Development’

China Announces New Regulations for Blockchain Companies 'to Promote Healthy Development'China is coming down hard on blockchain companies, even though the government appears to favor blockchain over cryptocurrency. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced new regulations on Jan. 10 that will compel blockchain platforms to eliminate “undesirable” content while giving authorities access to private stored data and to check the identity of users. Also […]

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Bitcoin Goes on Sale in 24 French Tobacco Stores

At least 24 tobacco shops have started selling bitcoin coupons in the French capital of Paris. Widely known as “tabacs”, the stores received regulatory approval for the cryptocurrency sales late last year. More than 6,500 tabacs – representing about a quarter of the registered tobacco stores in France – are expected to start offering BTC […]

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Report Claims Central Banks Are Cautious About Issuing Their Own Digital Currencies

Report: World Central Banks Proceed Cautiously on Issuing Own Digital CurrenciesThe Bank of International Settlements (BIS) has published a survey showing that most central central banks are “proceeding cautiously” on issuing their own digital currencies. Only a handful are planning to do so in the near future, it said. Also read: Coinflex Exchange to Offer Leveraged BCH and BTC Futures 70 Percent of Central Banks Working […]

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Sompo Holdings Acquires 10% Stake in Kenyan Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitpesa

Sompo Holdings Acquires 10 Percent Stake in Kenyan Cryptocurrency Exchange BitpesaJapanese insurance group Sompo Holdings has acquired a 10 percent stake in Bitpesa, a Kenyan digital currency exchange and payments company, for 570 million yen ($5.02 million). The deal is expected to further digitize the insurer’s international remittance service. Also Read: Namibian Bitcoin Trading Platform BTN Persevered Despite Crypto Ban Crypto-Backed Remittances Sompo Holdings said in […]

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Namibian Bitcoin Trading Platform BTN Perseveres Despite Partial Crypto Ban

Namibian Bitcoin Trading Platform BTN Trudges on Despite Partial Crypto BanBitcoin Trade Namibia (BTN), an emerging bitcoin marketplace, is trying to make things work for Namibians keen on investing in digital assets, even though it could take up to three days before buy orders are settled. However, in an industry where government forces crave control, the delay looks like it should be worth the wait. […]

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Iran Completes Development of Rial-Supported National Cryptocurrency

Iran Completes Development of Rial-Supported National CryptocurrencyIran has finalized the development of its national cryptocurrency, which is backed by the local fiat unit, the rial. Once the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) approves its use, the yet-to-be-named digital currency will then be issued to banking institutions for testing in payments, internal and interbank settlements according to local media reports. Also Read: Bahamas […]

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Bahamas Releases Discussion Paper on Crypto-Asset Regulation

Bahamas Releases Discussion Paper on Cryptoassets RegulationThe Central Bank of The Bahamas (CBOB) has released a discussion paper proposing how it intends to regulate digital assets. This includes initial coin offerings as part of efforts to eliminate the alleged threat of tax evasion, fraud and money laundering. However, when regulation eventually comes, it is likely that only a state-issued cryptocurrency will […]

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