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Research Suggests STOs Are Better at Financing Startups than ICOs

Thomas Lambert, Daniel Liebau, and Peter Roosenboom from the Rotterdam School of Management suggest that Security Token Offerings are better at financing start-ups than Initial Coin Offerings. Their research was published on July 14 via the University of Oxford Business Law blog.  The research paper pointed out that although ICOs and STOs are both issued …

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Texas Man Allegedly Used $1.1M in COVID-19 Relief Funds to Buy Crypto

A Texas resident was charged by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas on July 14. Allegations suggest that he fraudulently filed loan applications for $1.1 million through the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. He claimed he was seeking COVID-19 relief, but allegedly actually used the funds to purchase cryptocurrency. According to the …

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Iran Licenses 14 Bitcoin Mining Farms, Cuts Electricity Tariff up to 47% for Miners

700,000 Expedia Hotels Can Now Be Paid With Cryptocurrencies via Travala More than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and accommodations are now available via crypto-friendly travel booking platform Travala. Bookings can be paid with more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Despite covid-19, Travala saw a 170% increase in booking revenue from its … read more. The …

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Abra Crypto App Charged by SEC for Transactions Affecting Thousands of US Stock and ETF Purchases

700,000 Expedia Hotels Can Now Be Paid With Cryptocurrencies via Travala More than 700,000 Expedia Group hotels and accommodations are now available via crypto-friendly travel booking platform Travala. Bookings can be paid with more than 30 cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Despite covid-19, Travala saw a 170% increase in booking revenue from its … read more. The …

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SEC, CFTC Hit Crypto App Abra With $300K in Penalties Over Illegal Swaps

Crypto financial app Abra has settled charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) relating to its offering of swaps deemed unlawful by the regulators. Disclosure The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set …

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Coinbase CEO Defends Licensing of Analytics Platform to Gov’t Agencies

Coinbase defended the licensing of its analytics software saying if people really wanted privacy, privacy coins were around. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong took to Twitter to talk about Coinbase Analytics and the company’s practice of licensing out the platform, explaining why crypto exchanges must have some sort of analytics software to comply with banking regulations. …

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The Encrypted Messaging Dilemma: Balancing Censorship and Freedom

Encrypted messaging services have always presented a tough challenge for government agencies all over the world. On one hand, they allow for freedom of speech, but on the other, they enable miscreants and bad actors to facilitate nefarious deeds. In this regard, on July 2, European law enforcement authorities arrested over 800 individuals that were …

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Bitfinex Must Face New York’s Accusations Over the Loss of $850M in Co-Mingled Funds

Gifts and Remittances: Bitcoin.com’s New Tools Allow People to Send BCH via Email This month Bitcoin.com launched two services that help facilitate bitcoin cash adoption and crypto remittance via email. In a recent video on June 5, Bitcoin.com’s Roger Ver showcased gifts.bitcoin.com, a new feature that allows individuals to send BCH gift cards … read …

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Shariah Council Permits Cryptocurrency Investing and Trading

Gifts and Remittances: Bitcoin.com’s New Tools Allow People to Send BCH via Email This month Bitcoin.com launched two services that help facilitate bitcoin cash adoption and crypto remittance via email. In a recent video on June 5, Bitcoin.com’s Roger Ver showcased gifts.bitcoin.com, a new feature that allows individuals to send BCH gift cards … read …

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Former Swiss President Sees the Country Leading in DLT and Technology of the Future

Johann Schneider-Ammann, who served as the President of Switzerland in 2016, recently joined the board of Crypto Valley Venture Capital, or CV VC. CV VC is a startup that invests in crypto firms near Zug, Switzerland, the “crypto valley” of the namesake firm. Corresponding with Cointelegraph, Schneider-Ammann credited CV VC with creating “its own ecosystem,” …

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