Gemini Chose to Wade Regulation In New York, Weighs in on Conditional BitLicense

Gemini looks at regulation as a good thing, with the recently suggested conditional BitLicense as a move in the right direction. Last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services, or NYDFS, proposed changes around its state-wide BitLicense legal guidelines. Gemini, a crypto exchange calling New York home, sees the NYDFS’ move as a positive. Gemini’s chief compliance officer, Noah Perlman, told Cointelegraph: “The proposed conditional licensing framework is another step the DFS is taking to help ensure this industry continues to grow and innovate — so that it…

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The IRS Investigation Division Is Requesting Information About Privacy-Centric Cryptocurrencies

The United States tax agency has published a request for information pertaining to privacy-centric cryptocurrencies and technologies that obfuscate crypto transactions. The IRS-CI Cyber Crimes Unit request is also asking for information in relation to “layer two offchain protocol networks, sidechains, and the Schnorr Signature algorithm. A recently published IRS-CI Cyber Crimes Unit request that’s available for public viewing is requesting information from “industry partners” in regards to crypto assets that leverage privacy techniques and other types of protocols that hide transaction data. The Request for Information (RFI) was published…

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Vitalik Buterin Uses Questionable Historical Comparison to Explain Crypto Tribalism

The Ethereum co-founder cites an unlikely source to explain blockchain in-fighting. Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin tweeted that TRON (TRX) sympathizers within the Bitcoin (BTC) community are a “perfect example” of German Nazis aligning with Japan during the Second World War.  Vitalik drew the questionable comparison in a reply to Bitcoin activist and independent developer Udi Wertheimer, who tweeted: “#Tron > #Ethereum”.  The Ethereum co-founder wrote:  “I feel like this weird half-joking tron stanning in the BTC community might be a perfect example of this from @slatestarcodex” He also attached…

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Ransomware Targets Outdated Microsoft Excel Macros to Deploy Attacks

Avaddon ransomware is exploiting Excel 4.0 macros to deploy an attack against users. Microsoft Security Intelligence alerted users to a type of ransomware, called Avaddon, that uses Excel 4.0 macros to distribute malicious emails. These emails contain attachments which deploy an attack when opened in any version of Excel. Avaddon ransomware emerged in early June through a massive spam campaign that randomly targeted its victims. Some patterns seem to indicate that the ransomware mostly targets Italian users. Impersonating Italian officials As BleepingComputer reports, the attackers behind the ransomware are recruiting “affiliates”…

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Law Decoded: Independence Day Sees Challenges to Privacy, Property and Security, June 26–July 3

Bitcoin isn’t property under new Russian ruling while authorities in the U.S. and the EU challenge encrypted networks in this week’s Law Decoded. Every Friday, Law Decoded delivers analysis on the week’s critical stories in the realms of policy, regulation and law. Editor’s note The U.S. is preparing for its Independence Day tomorrow. New spikes in positive COVID-19 tests will put a damper on some but not all of the traditional fireworks, cookouts and Martina McBride. On the same day, new changes to the Russian Constitution, including those that may…

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Price Analysis 7/3: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BSV, LTC, ADA, BNB, EOS. CRO

Bitcoin and many altcoins are struggling to rise above the 20-day EMA, suggesting bears have the advantage in the short-term. Tesla’s market capitalization has surged from about $76 billion at the start of 2020 to $224.18 billion at market close on July 2. This unending rally has also made it the largest car company in terms of market capitalization, even though it produces only a fraction of cars compared to the second-ranked Toyota motors. One of the reasons for the sharp rise in Tesla’s stock is investors’ expectation that the…

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Kraken’s Head of Business: ‘Bitcoin Could Go to $1,000,000‘

Kraken Head of Business Dan Held explains why he believes Bitcoin could reach $1,000,000. Kraken’s head of business, Dan Held, has been involved in crypto since 2013. In his latest interview with Cointelegraph, he dives into the early crypto meetups in San Francisco’s Mission District and explains how the price of one Bitcoin (BTC) could eventually reach a million dollars. Watch the full interview for a trip down memory lane and a roadmap of Bitcoin’s future. Held also explains why Bitcoin could become a “very boring” asset and why he believes…

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Despite Covid-19 Negativity, Crypto Prediction Markets Say Trump Wins the 2020 Election

According to a number of crypto prediction markets and futures, Trump will still win the election in 123 days, but his chances have lessened a great deal. No matter who wins, however, the large sums of money flowing into these wager platforms indicate that people love to bet on election outcomes. It’s been roughly four months since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and it has shaken the country to its core. How the government dealt with the Covid-19 situation is an extremely controversial subject and…

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Vitalik: We Underestimated How Long Proof-of-Stake and Sharding Would Take to Complete

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin mentioned looking back at Ethereum’s development. The Hashing It Out podcast recently hosted Ethereum co-founder, Vitalik Buterin. During the show, he explained how he would handle Ethereum’s creation differently if he were building it now.  Buterin acknowledged the presence of a number of changes, both large and small, such as putting more thought into gas costs for example. “We didn’t really do a good job of setting those at the beginning,” Buterin said on the July 2 podcast interview.   Buterin’s larger changes involve sharding and Proof-of-Stake…

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Telecom Giant Thinks Blockchain Can Make Phone Insurance More Convenient

This South Korean company joined forces with Samsung to forward requests to insurance companies using Blockchain technology. South Korean telecommunications firm, SK Telecom, announced a blockchain-based document submission process for mobile phone insurance. This new protocol will do away with the company’s current antiquated paper processing methods. Before now, users had to visit a technical repair office to receive insurance benefits for damaged phones, according to Itbiznews. Successful visits would conclude with a claim receipt, which they then had to forward via email or fax to the insurance company. Cooperation…

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