Corrupt CBI Officer Booked for Extorting Vigilante Bitcoiner

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reportedly booked its own officer in an extortion case involving bitcoin. The target was a man who previously fell victim to the Bitconnect scam and allegedly resorted to extreme measures to recoup his money. Also read: China Now Censors Anti-Blockchain Sentiment, Educates Public on Bitcoin Extorted by CBI Officer The CBI has reportedly booked its own officer, inspector Sunil Nair, for allegedly extorting Rs 5 crore (~$700,506) from Shailesh Bhatt, an Indian businessman from Gujarat, local media reported on Friday. According to the…

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What to Expect From the Next Bitcoin Cash Protocol Upgrade

On November 15, shortly after 12 p.m., Bitcoin Cash (BCH) will execute an upgrade of the network’s consensus rules. After the upgrade is locked in, the next block will enforce minimal pushdata in script and the opcodes OP_Checkmultisig and OP_Checkmultisigverify will be upgraded to accept Schnorr signatures. Also Read: QE Infinity: 37 Central Banks Participate in Stimulus and Easing Practices Delivered Code Next Friday, Bitcoin Cash proponents will be watching the BCH chain upgrade the current consensus ruleset in order to add two new features. Developers have been discussing the…

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For Initial Exchange Offerings, Liquidity is King

There are many benchmarks for measuring IEO success. Token price, community size, code shipped, and milestones met are all yardsticks for gauging the progress of a tokenized project. For projects seeking to create the biggest possible splash, however, liquidity is the crucial factor. The more exchanges an IEO reaches, the greater its prospects of survival. Also read: How Crypto Winters of Bitcoin’s Past Compare to Today Multiple Exchanges Multiply Projects’ Prospects Initial exchange offerings are big business: according to Inwara, IEO projects raised a cool $1.625 billion in the first…

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QE Infinity: 37 Central Banks Participate in Stimulus and Easing Practices

Since the last week of October, a great number of central banks have been slashing interest rates, joining the massive synchronization of monetary easing worldwide. This year more than two dozen banks have used easing tactics and in the last two weeks alone central banks from Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Brazil, Indonesia, and Georgia have joined the rate slashing party. Also Read: Money and Democracy: Why You Never Get to Vote on the Most Important Part of Society The World’s Central Banks Join…

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Crypto-Based Commerce Spikes 65% in 7 Months

Commerce fueled by cryptocurrencies has once again started to grow. Data collected by blockchain forensics company Chainalysis shows a significant increase of volume in the first half of the year. The positive change coincided with the remarkable market recovery that followed last year’s prolonged crypto winter. Also read: Turkey Becomes the Latest Nation to Work on Digital Fiat $5.5 Million of Crypto Used in Commerce Daily After a string of depressing months in 2018, cryptocurrency-based commerce began to rise again in 2019, the study quoted by Bloomberg indicates. According to…

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How Crypto Winters of Bitcoin’s Past Compare to Today

Cryptocurrency and bitcoin proponents have been patiently waiting to see if crypto winter is returning as the recent price decline has shaken investors. Digital assets have been meandering aimlessly over the last week and in order to gain some perspective, it’s always good to study the last decade of previous bear market trends. Also read: China Removes Bitcoin Mining From Unwanted Industries List Crypto Prices Slide Again, Making Traders Question Whether Crypto Winter Is Really Over After BTC and other digital currencies touched all-time highs in 2017, the following months…

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Holders of the Digital Yuan Will Not Be Paid Interest

China has been sending mixed signals about its preparedness to issue a national crypto. Despite the new blockchain push, there is still no timeframe for the anticipated launch of the digital yuan and few details have been revealed so far. However, a senior official from China’s central bank pulled the curtain back slightly this week. Also read: Turkey Becomes the Latest Nation to Work on Digital Fiat China’s Semi-Blockchain Based Currency to Start a ‘Horse Race’ Beijing’s Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) project, which will be similar to Facebook’s Libra…

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Crypto Tax Guidelines Leave More Questions Than Answers

Cryptocurrency holders have long wrestled with their tax obligations. These fiduciary duties have been complicated by tax agencies, which are several steps behind technology and now playing crypto catch-up. Updated guidelines from the U.S. and U.K.’s tax agencies were finally released this year, but the initial relief felt by conscientious bitcoiners was to prove short-lived, for on closer examination, the documentation has left many crypto questions unanswered. Also read: Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank IPO Debuts on NYSE It’s 2019 and Tax Is Still Taxing The lack of uniformity regarding tax on…

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Activist Larken Rose Weighs In on Bitcoin, Anarchy, and the Importance of Permissionless Cash

Though his latest project with partner and fellow activist Amanda Rose, Candles in the Dark, is a program helping people escape authoritarian programming through non-confrontational dialogue, there’s nothing meek and mild about Larken Rose’s stance when it comes to government. News.Bitcoin.com recently connected with the outspoken anarchist via Skype to talk about Bitcoin, the IRS, and the importance of permissionless money. Also Read: Bitcoin and Voluntaryism – Where Libertarian Philosophy Meets Crypto Bumping Into Crypto News.Bitcoin.com (BC): How did you get into the crypto space? Larken Rose (LR): I only…

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Crypto-Friendly Silvergate Bank IPO Debuts on NYSE

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared the IPO of pro-crypto Silvergate Bank effective. Its shares started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The crypto-friendly bank works with 756 customers in the crypto space, including Coinbase, Gemini, Circle, Bitstamp, Kraken, and Bittrex. The bank has attributed significant growth to its crypto business. Also read: 23 Central Banks Divulge Their Digital Currency Requirements Silvergate Bank’s IPO The U.S. SEC declared the initial public offering (IPO) of crypto-friendly Silvergate Bank effective on Wednesday. Its common stock subsequently…

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