Rice-Based Stablecoin Is Being Launched in Indonesia

PRESS RELEASE. Penjaga Lilin Nusantara, an Indonesian Cooperative in Malang- East java is setting up Ricetron.com a Tron-based DeFi to tokenized rice-based stablecoin. The website aims to invite crypto enthusiasts to stake Tron and mint RET (Rice Economy Token), a governance token that will fund RIC (Rice Inventory Coin) stablecoin. RET token holders will benefit from 30% of all transaction fees and profit-sharing of RIC DeFi, where once the DeFi platform running will be distributed back as Protégé Dividend to RET token holder wallets. Total supply is 269,000 RET with…

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Mentions Bitcoin Alongside Gold as Alternative Reserve Currencies

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has mentioned bitcoin alongside gold as assets that can possibly act as alternative reserve currencies. However, the former premier still argues that despite the growing questions about the dollar’s reserve status, he does not see any real prospect of that changing anytime soon. Instead, he envisions these alternatives becoming part of a basket of reserves in which the dollar still dominates. Experiences From the 2008 Financial Crisis Speaking in an interview, the former premier uses Canada’s experiences in the aftermath of the 2008 financial…

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Economist Slams ECB Chief Lagarde’s Bitcoin Remarks as Dangerous for Cryptocurrency Regulation

Responding to European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde’s recent remarks about bitcoin, the chief economist at investment firm Tressis said what Lagarde implied was “outrageous” and “dangerous” for cryptocurrency regulation. Economist Says Governments Would Be Happy to Implement Strict Crypto Regulations Daniel Lacalle, fund manager and chief economist at Tressis Gestion, commented on Christine Lagarde’s recent remarks about bitcoin and crypto regulation in an interview with NTD Business on Sunday. Tressis Gestion provides investment management, financial planning, investment strategies, and advisory services to customers in Spain. “Obviously, Ms. Lagarde…

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Bitcoin Energy Consumption Is Far More Efficient and Greener Than Today’s Banking System

While bitcoin and a variety of digital currencies have swelled in value, a number of critics have spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) in regard to the energy consumption proof-of-work (PoW) cryptocurrencies leverage to produce new units of currency. Just recently the software engineer Stephen Diehl expressed his dissatisfaction over the environmental cost of bitcoin. However, cryptocurrency supporters believe Diehl failed to mention the amount of renewable energy used by a great number of mining facilities, alongside the insurmountable cost to operate today’s banking system. Bitcoin’s Waste of Energy Argument…

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xSigma Announces Its ETF-Like Decentralized Fund and Platform

PRESS RELEASE. ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ZKIN) (“ZKIN“, “ZK International” or the “Company”), a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products primarily used for water and gas supplies, is pleased to announce its ETF-like decentralized fund and platform, which is the second DeFi project in xSigma’s ecosystem. The project’s website: https://xsigma-etf.com. The announced ETF-like protocol will be a decentralized fund based on Ethereum blockchain, that will diversify between major crypto assets related to the DeFi space. In addition, it will…

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Australian Bitcoin Trader Sues Banks for Systematic Discrimination

An Australian bitcoin trader has filed a lawsuit against two of the country’s biggest commercial banks, accusing them of systematic discrimination when they closed his accounts on short notice. Allan Flynn is demanding compensation of AU$250,000 ($193,000) from ANZ and Westpac banks for closing his accounts immediately after they had been opened, the Australian Financial Review reported on Jan. 18. Flynn, who operates a registered bitcoin (BTC) exchange, has started proceedings against both banks at the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The trader alleges he is the victim of unlawful…

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Crypto Derivatives Surge, Bitcoin Options Open Interest Climbs to $9.6 Billion

Bitcoin options open interest has reached $9.6 billion according to derivatives market data as the metric is nearing the high captured on January 7, 2021. Moreover, the aggregate open interest in bitcoin futures is steadily nearing all-time highs. While cryptocurrency spot markets have consolidated, bitcoin-based derivatives markets have seen continuous action. At the time of publication, both bitcoin futures and options open interest has been rising significantly. For instance, researchers at skew.com recently tweeted that “bitcoin futures open interest [is] quickly bouncing back to a new all-time high.” Skew also…

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Russian Crypto Exchange Shuts Down Amid Accusations of Exit Scam

The Russian cryptocurrency exchange Livecoin has shut down amid accusations that it has pulled an exit scam. Customers are unable to withdraw their funds and have been asked to provide extensive identifying information which they fear would lead to identity theft. The exchange claims that it was hacked in December. Livecoin Crypto Exchange Closes Down The Russian cryptocurrency exchange Livecoin announced Saturday the decision to close down its platform. The exchange claimed in December that it was hacked. As news.Bitcoin.com reported, hackers supposedly manipulated the prices of several major cryptocurrencies,…

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The Foundation for Economic Education Announces Two Major Gifts From Bitcoin.com Founder Roger Ver

PRESS RELEASE. 19th January 2020, St Kitts & Nevis & Atlanta – The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org) announced today that Bitcoin.com founder and early cryptocurrency investor Roger Ver has made two gifts totaling $2,000,000 in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to support FEE’s work in advancing individual liberty and educating students around the world on the moral and economic foundations of a free society. The first $1 million gift supports FEE’s marquee events in 2021–FEE’s 75th anniversary year–as well as additional student programs, including online educational content and books. The second…

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European Parliament Petitioned to Create Crypto Crime Compensation Fund

A petition has been submitted to the European Parliament, asking to implement a scheme to compensate crypto-related victims. The crimes mentioned in the petition 0421/2020 include fraud, piracy, and extortion. Petition’s Author Represents Victims in the Bitsane Alleged Scam Case According to the author, lawyer Jonathan Levy, the petition asks the bloc to implement a series of regulatory schemes to “compensate victims” of crypto-related crime activities. He pointed out that, to date, “no crypto asset funding has been set aside to compensate the victims of directly related criminal activities” in…

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