Bitcoin 

New Zealand Radio Host Denies Shilling Bitcoin on Social Media

New Zealand radio personality Duncan Garner, who hosts The AM Show on MagicTalkRadio, has denied promoting Bitcoin (BTC) on Facebook. I don’t do any of that ‘coin’ Local news daily NewsHub provided a video of Garner denying his involvement in the Facebook promotions on Aug. 26. Following an interview about a recent privacy breach in the government of New Zealand, Garner said: “That is not me on Facebook pumping up Bitcoin […] I don’t do Bitcoin, I don’t do any of that ‘coin,’ I haven’t been on Facebook for a…

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Blockchain 

CNBC Host Goes Full Bitcoin Maximalist With $55K Forecast After Halving

Former Bitcoin (BTC) bear Joe Kernen has predicted that the coin could hit $55,000 by May 2020, the date of Bitcoin’s next halving. The Squawk Box co-host appears to have undergone a full conversion to Bitcoin maximalism, surprising his show guest — Fairlead Strategies managing partner Katie Stockton — on July 29 with his forecast that the coin could well see a 500%+ price surge by the time of its next halving. Bitcoin’s planned halving in May 2020 will mean that mining rewards will be reduced by half — from…

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Ethereum 

Seychelles to Host First Regulated Tokenized Security on a National Stock Market

Seychelles-based securities exchange MERJ will purportedly list the first regulated security token on a national stock market, according to a report by Bloomberg on June 25. As per the report, these security tokens are digital asset shares that will trade alongside stock for MERJ Exchange Ltd, the company behind the MERJ exchange. The report notes that no specific date has been given for a planned listing, but the MERJ website says that it will add markets for security tokens, digital assets, and hybrid options in H1 2019. According to its…

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Bitcoin 

CNBC Host Joe ‘Squawk’ Becomes an Unlikely Hero for Bitcoin

CNBC’s Joe Kernen claims he is being treated “like a god” on Twitter following a June 19 interview on Squawk Box where he questioned whether Facebook’s libra is a cryptocurrency. In the clip, posted by a bitcoin (BTC) advocate, Kernen said libra “doesn’t excite me at all” and argued that blockchain networks used by major coins add inherent value. Describing the libra, he added: “This is just based on the dollar. I don’t understand it — is it called a cryptocurrency? Well it’s not.” Crypto enthusiasts praised Kernen for his remarks — and said it marked…

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Blockchain 

United Arab Emirates to Host Blockchain Aviation Conference in Abu Dhabi

Increasing blockchain presence in aviation will form the focus of a dedicated conference in Abu Dhabi from April 2 to 4, official news portal Emirates News Agency confirmed in a press release on March 31. Promising attendance by 800 people from almost 100 countries, “Blockchain: Unlock the Potential” aims to bring the possibilities of the technology, as they extend to the aviation industry, to a global stage. The press release notes that the event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince…

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Blockchain 

United Arab Emirates’ Financial Authorities Host Crypto Asset and Fintech Forum

The United Arab Emirates Banks Federation (UBF) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) hosted a joint forum on crypto assets and fintech, the UAE’s official news outlet Emirates News Agency reported on March 17. Per the report, the event was held in ADGM in collaboration with the UBF Compliance Committee and aimed to bring together industry specialists to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing fintech and crypto assets. At the start of the meeting, ADGM also shared its regulatory objectives and the main features of its crypto asset policy…

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Bitcoin 

SEC’s Finhub to Host Public Forum on Blockchain, Digital Assets in May

United States regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it is hosting a public forum on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and digital assets this May. The news was revealed in an SEC press release today, March 15. The commission’s Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (Finhub) has organized the event — dubbed the Fintech Forum — which will take place on May 31, 2019. The press release reports that the forum will include industry experts as panelists and is “designed to foster greater communication and understanding…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Exchange Bittrex International to Host Its First Public ‘Initial Exchange Offering’

Crypto exchange Bittrex is hosting its first token sale — dubbed an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) — on Bittrex International, its Malta-based digital asset trading platform. The news was announced in an official press release published on March 11. Bittrex International, which operates within an EU and Maltese crypto regulatory framework, will officially start the IEO on Friday, March 15, the press release announces. Bittrex users will be able to use Bitcoin (BTC) to purchase “XRD” tokens, developed by international gaming data blockchain project Raid. According to the press release, Raid…

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Blockchain 

US Dept. of Defense Research Arm to Host Permissionless Blockchain Workshop

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a two-day blockchain workshop in February, according to an official request for information (RFI) posted Nov. 19. DARPA, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, is looking to to investigate technologies for distributed consensus during a workshop “tentatively scheduled for February 14 and 15, 2019, in Arlington, VA.” As stated in the five-page RFI released by the agency’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), “of particular interest to DARPA are so-called ‘permissionless’ distributed consensus protocols.” Permissionless systems are described in…

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