New Zealand Tax Agency Asks Crypto Firms to Hand Over Clients’ Personal Data

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of New Zealand has requested that crypto companies in the country hand over their customers’ personal details, cryptocurrency asset values as well as the type of asset held. According to a September 28 report by Radio New Zealand, the tax agency says it wants to improve its understanding of the digital asset industry “so we can work out how best to help taxpayers meet their income tax obligations.” New Zealand firms might not have legal grounds to refuse the request, says the report. In the…

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Mark Cuban Wants an Expiration Date on Stimulus Checks: Critics Say Proposal Is Right out of a Banana Republic Playbook

U.S. billionaire Mark Cuban wants the next stimulus check to come with an expiration date in order to force Americans to spend the funds. The businessman believes this “use it or lose it” approach would benefit the U.S. economy as it promotes spending instead of saving. Cuban argues that when consumers are forced to spend, it helps businesses to stay open and help the economy to recover from the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Explaining details of his proposal, Cuban says that “all American households, no matter their income…

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New DeFi Project NEW KANGEN (NEWG) Presale Will Start on 2nd October 2020

As the cryptocurrency world is experiencing rapid growth, decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms are also rising. In early 2019, there were only $275M of crypto collateral in the DeFi economy than the current $5 Billion+; this represents the massive adoption of this platform. New Kangen New kangen announced earlier that they would cooperate with LID Protocol to launch the NEWG presale. The presale will start on October 2, 2020. Liquidity Dividends Protocol (LID) advances the development of divided bearing Proof of Locked Liquidity tokens. It hence can solve the issue of…

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Messari Says Initial Dex Offerings Are ICO 2.0, Urges Investors to Resist Initial Hype

Crypto research firm, Messari says new Defi token offerings or initial dex offerings (IDO) are a reincarnation of initial coin offerings (ICO) and warns average investors to steer clear these. The firm notes that several early participants of IDOs are the ones that typically make off with outsized returns, while others are left deeply in the red. For the rest of the participants, Messari suggests it is better to wait for the market to settle on a price before buying. In a Twitter thread on September 28, the research firm…

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Bitcoin Miner Maker Ebang Narrows First Half Loss To $7 Million, as Covid-19 Hit Demand

Ebang International Holdings Inc., the Chinese maker of bitcoin mining hardware, reported a net loss of $6.96 million during the first six months of this year, down from $19.07 million a year ago, as demand fell due to the coronavirus pandemic. Revenue plunged 51% to $11.04 million from $22.35 million previously, said the company in an earnings release shared with news.Bitcoin.com. For the half-year, the Nasdaq-listed Ebang sold a total 0.25 million terahash per second (TH/s) of Bitcoin hashpower. The figure represents a year-over-year decline of 86% from 1.82 million…

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Bitcoin’s Big Believers: 6-Digits ‘Inevitable,’ BTC Has a Better Chance of Going to $100K Than Zero

For a number of years now bitcoiners have predicted that the price of bitcoin will surpass its all-time high from 2017 and many believe it will rise to the $100k or six-digit price range. This week bitcoin enthusiasts discussed the possibility of the crypto asset reaching $100k at great length. In mid-December 2017, the price of bitcoin (BTC) touched an all-time high (ATH) of $19,600 per coin. Today, BTC is 45.81% lower than the 2017 ATH but a number of bitcoiners believe that the crypto asset will surpass that price…

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Token Projects to Recover $130M from the Kucoin Hack, Devs Condemned for Centralization

The cryptocurrency community has been discussing the Kucoin hack as a great number of ERC20 projects have frozen, paused, or reversed their smart contracts after the hack. Estimates say that at least $129 million ERC20 tokens affected are considered “safe” from the hacker’s clutches. Additionally, evaluations show the breach may be much larger than originally estimated, as one report says the compromise saw $280 million stolen. The Kucoin hack has been the talk of the town in crypto land these days, as the exchange was hacked on September 25, 2020.…

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Mark Cuban Wants an Expiration Date on Stimulus Checks: Critics Says Proposal Is Right out of a Banana Republic Playbook

U.S. billionaire Mark Cuban wants the next stimulus check to come with an expiration date in order to force Americans to spend the funds. The businessman believes this “use it or lose it” approach would benefit the U.S. economy as it promotes spending instead of saving. Cuban argues that when consumers are forced to spend, it helps businesses to stay open and help the economy to recover from the knock-on effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Explaining details of his proposal, Cuban says that “all American households, no matter their income…

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Defi Token Exposed as Pump and Dump Scam in Leaked Telegram Chat 

A leaked Telegram discussion by 50 so-called crypto influencers has exposed the extraordinary steps they take in order to profit on the back off unsuspecting defi investors. According to a leaked screenshot of the chat, an elaborate plan to defraud defi investors using the worthless “$Few” tokens had been hatched. $Few tokens would be airdropped to some of the influencers who in turn promoted these to unsuspecting followers on Twitter. Once the “new flash mob project” gained traction, members of this conspiracy planned to sell the “airdropped” tokens to defi…

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Grayscale Investments Scooped Up Over 17,000 BTC in the Last Seven Days

During the last seven days, Grayscale Investments purchased 17,100 BTC or $182 million worth of bitcoin using today’s exchange rates. The company’s bitcoin position is now close to 450,000 BTC worth roughly $4.7 billion. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) is a very popular investment vehicle and in 2020 the trust has obtained a massive amount of BTC. Today, GBTC has $4.7 billion assets under management (AUM), according to data provided by bybt.com. Grayscale’s bitcoin position is also displayed on the company website as well for transparency purposes. Since the Grayscale…

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