Blockchain 

The Company Behind Zcash Announces Proposed Solution to Trusted Setup

Electric Coin Company (ECC), which launched and supports the development of privacy-coin Zcash recently published a paper called: Halo: Recursive Proof Composition without a Trusted Setup. On Sept. 10, ECC announced in a blog post that engineer and cryptographer Sean Bowe had discovered a way of “creating practical, scalable and trustless cryptographic proving” techniques, which claims to end a 10-year-long pursuit by the cryptography communities. He called the solution Halo. Halo takes away the need for a ‘trusted setup’ The strategy of Halo reportedly holds the potential of compressing limitless…

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Bitcoin 

BNY Mellon to Act as Transfer Agent for Bitwise’s Proposed Bitcoin ETF

Bank of New York Mellon has been appointed to serve as transfer agent and administrator of  Bitwise Asset Management’s proposed Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).  Bitwise amended the S-1 form that it submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Sept. 11. The amendment also lists major accounting firm Cohen & Company as auditor, while Boston-based legal firm Foreside Fund Services is listed as the Bitcoin ETF’s marketing agent.  Whether any of the aforementioned firms will act in their appointed regard depends on an eventual decision to…

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Blockchain 

Major Indian Trade Organization Speaks Out Against Proposed Crypto Ban

Nasscom, a major Indain trade organization, has said that it is against a blanket ban on cryptocurrencies, which was recently proposed by a governmental panel in the country According to a report by local financial periodical The Economic Times on July 30, Nasscom commented: “Nasscom believes that the recent proposal of the inter-ministerial committee of the government to ban all cryptocurrencies barring those that are backed by the government, is not the most constructive measure. […] Instead, the government should work towards developing a risk-based framework to regulate and monitor…

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Blockchain 

Proposed Crypto Tax Cut in Singapore to Help Crypto Business: PwC Expert

Singapore’s plans to exempt certain digital currencies from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would benefit cryptocurrency-related businesses, according to a partner in PwC Hong Kong’s corporate tax practice. As reported by Hong Kong’s English language newspaper South China Morning Post on July 29, Gwenda Ho argued that the Singapore government’s proposal to drop the seven per cent GST for cryptocurrencies when using them to pay for goods and services would have a positive impact on crypto exchanges, asset managers and blockchain entrepreneurs. Per Ho, the adoption of the proposed…

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Ethereum 

‘Pathetic and Corrupt’ — Tim Draper Slams Proposed Bitcoin Ban in India

Bitcoin (BTC) proponent and Tezos investor Tim Draper hit out at the Indian government on Twitter July 16 after alleged evidence appeared it was preparing to ban cryptocurrency.  Draper Appears To Mistake Draft Law For Genuine Ban In a strongly-worded message, Draper, who recently took Bitcoin advocacy to Argentina’s government, called Delhi “pathetic and corrupt.” “People behaving badly! India’s government banned Bitcoin, a currency providing great hope for prosperity in a country that desperately needs it. Shame on India leadership,” he wrote.  The comments attracted immediate pushback from Twitter users,…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Advocacy Center Says Proposed UK AML Regulations Violate Privacy Rights

Coin Center — a nonprofit research and advocacy center focused on crypto-related public policy issues — has urged Her Majesty’s Treasury not to over-broaden the scope of the United Kingdom’s anti-money laundering/counter terrorism financing (AML/CFT) regulations. The development was revealed in an official Coin Center news release published on June 10. Coin Center’s central concern regards HM Treasury’s plans to ostensibly “impose data collection and reporting requirements on not only cryptocurrency developers, but all open-source software developers and others who facilitate the peer-to-peer exchange of cryptoassets,” as the news release…

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Bitcoin 

NYSE Arca Files Proposed Rule Change with SEC for Bitcoin-, T-Bills-Backed Investment Trust

NYSE Arca has filed a proposed rule change with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an application to list shares in a bitcoin (BTC) investment trust that would be backed by the cryptocurrency and T-bills. The development was revealed in an SEC filing published on May 20. The Chicago-headquartered exchange — a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange Group — outlined that the proposed trust would invest solely in bitcoin and short-term U.S. Treasury securities with a maturity of less than one year, also known as…

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Bitcoin 

Proposed Securities Framework Wrong for Regulating Crypto Exchanges, Argues Kraken

Canadian exchange Kraken has published a paper arguing against proposed regulation of crypto assets by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). The exchange shared its comments in an official twitter post on May 16. Kraken says that the proposed framework considers the contractual arrangement between an exchange and an exchange user as a security. Kraken denies that these contracts constitute securities: “…most reputable exchanges operate as custodians or bailees. As such, the assets are legally owned by the customer and not the…

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Bitcoin 

Proposed Bill Requires Identification of Buyers Paying in Digital Currencies

A bill requiring users to identify themselves while using digital currencies has been filed on March 8, according to the official Texas legislature portal. The bill’s text contains the definitions of digital currencies, digital wallets, distributed ledgers and verified identity digital currencies (VIDC). The latter is defined as “a digital currency that allows the true identities of the sender and the receiver to be known before a person has access to another person’s digital wallet.” Per the proposed bill, before accepting a payment in digital currency, a person must verify…

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Bitcoin 

New Proposed ETF Would Encompass Bitcoin Futures Alongside Sovereign Debt Instruments

Reality Shares ETF Trust — a unit of crypto-focused fintech firm Blockforce Capital — has filed a proposal for an exchange-traded-fund (ETF) that would invest in a portfolio which includes both sovereign debt instruments and Bitcoin (BTC) futures.The ETF filing was submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Feb 11. ETFs are securities that track a basket of assets proportionately represented in the fund’s shares. They are seen by some as a potential ‘holy grail’ that would herald the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies as a regulated and…

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