Blockchain 

Crypto Adoption has Yet to Hit the Masses

The cryptocurrency industry may be popular, but that doesn’t mean it has seen mass adoption. Even Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, agrees. Speaking to The Toronto Star recently, the 25-year old multimillionaire provided reasons why he thinks crypto adoption has yet to catch on. Crypto Adoption: Why Hasn’t It Happened Yet? Yesterday, The Star posted an article focusing on Buterin’s thoughts on why crypto adoption has yet to happen and what the industry can do to boost the adoption of virtual currencies. One of the main issues Buterin discussed…

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Japan’s Rakuten Introduces New Crypto Exchange

The cryptocurrency industry has grown at a breakneck pace over the past two years or so, largely due to the growth of Bitcoin and other tokens. Due to such growth, many companies have been established that provide highly specialized services related to crypto wallets as well as exchanges. Wallets help people to store their crypto safely, while exchanges are the marketplaces where anyone can buy a cryptocurrency. Japanese retail behemoth Rakuten saw the opportunity early on and has already established the Rakuten Wallet as one of its subsidiaries. Rakuten Wallet…

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Blockchain 

The IRS has Words for Crypto Investors… Again: Tax Warnings

The cryptocurrency industry may still be going strong, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had its share of problems. Nor does it mean everyone is a fan of virtual currencies. The IRS certainly isn’t, and crypto investors have learned that the hard way the past two months. Here’s what we know. IRS has Words for Crypto Investors At the start of last month, the IRS began mailing more than 10,000 crypto investors informing (well, it was more of a warning) that they may owe taxes on various cryptocurrency transactions. This…

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Coinbase Strengthens Crypto Custodian Empire with XapoBusiness Acquisition

Coinbase has risen to become the largest cryptocurrency custodian, with the acquisition of Xapo’s institutional business. Immediate reports indicate that the US crypto exchange paid $55 million for the assets in question. The exchange also reportedly beat investment giant Fidelity that was also in the running for the Xapo business. The acquisition comes at a time when Coinbase’s custodian business has grown to over $7 billion in assets under custody. Coinbase currently services over 120 clients distributed in over 14 countries. Following the acquisition, a number of Xapo’s clients have already…

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Blockchain 

8 Signs That Show That a Crypto Platform is Safe to Trade On

Considering the recent rise in the price value of cryptocurrency, it’s no surprise that the rate of crypto-maniacs yearning to cut their own piece of cake via trading has also increased. While this idea of ‘crypto trading’ looks lucrative and profitable, keep in mind that there are dozens of scammers masquerading their identity as “trusted crypto trading platforms.” The “real” question is this: can you confidently identify the right trading platform to invest in? If you’re not completely certain, don’t panic. Here are 8 signs that show that a crypto…

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Crypto Mining Group BitFury to Investigate Data Analysis with AI

The cryptocurrency mining and chip development firm BitFury has announced plans to set up a new department that will investigate the benefits of ‘big data’ analysis using artificial intelligence (AI). Speaking to newswire Reuters this past Tuesday, BitFury CEO Valery Vavilov referred to big data as ‘the next oil’, highlighting the need for a much greater focus on constructive analysis. According to Vavilov, the information available in 98 percent of big data is not being properly utilized, something his company hopes to simplify through AI-powered analysis. “..artificial intelligence will bring…

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Cryptocurrency 

New Zealand Tax Authorities Give the Go Ahead for Crypto Payroll

The crypto train has not yet stopped chugging along. More and more companies and countries are looking to get involved in the crypto sector, despite the hardships it has faced the past year. New Zealand just so happens to be the latest country, with reports coming out on Tuesday that said the sovereign island country will allow employers to pay their workers in cryptocurrency. Here’s everything we know. New Zealand Allows Employers to Pay Staff in Cryptocurrency This month, New Zealand tax authorities published a ruling that featured a section…

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Crypto Criminals Take in $4.3 Billion in 2019, CipherTrace Reports

Cryptocurrency criminals have taken in an estimated $4.3 billion USD in 2019, according to CipherTrace. CipherTrace, a cryptosecurity company based in Silicon Valley, has released its Q2 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Report, which is a detailed overview of major cryptocurrency thefts, scams, and fraud around the world. The firm’s Q1 report estimated that cybercriminals illicitly obtained more than $1.2 billion USD in cryptocurrency during the first three months of the year alone. To put the severity of these figure in context, last year’s total figure for crypto theft was…

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Congressman Ted Budd Brings Back the Crypto Tax Bill

North Carolina Congressman Ted Budd has introduced a tax bill in the United States House of Representatives seeking to refine cryptocurrencies’ treatment by the Internal Revenue Services. The bill will amend the Code allowing the exclusion of losses or gains on similar crypto transactions. Reviewing the Internal Revenue Code The bill has been called the Virtual Value Tax Fix Act of 2019 and is being reintroduced by Congressman Ted Budd, having been first introduced in the previous Congressional session. The bill is being put before the House Committee on Ways…

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Is Ethereum (ETH) No Longer a Crypto Trader Favorite?

The cryptocurrency market has been in existence for long enough to now result in the reversal of a status quos that has been in place for years and something of that nature is now happening with Ethereum (ETH). Back in 2017, when the entire crypto market was making enormous gains, and Bitcoin was reaching new highs every day, Ethereum quickly emerged as the second-biggest cryptocurrency in the market. Etheruem vs. Bitcoin As a matter of fact, plenty of crypto experts had gone on to say that ETH could eventually upstage…

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