Tether Freezes Millions of Dollars USDT in 40 Addresses Amid Regulatory Pressure

Stablecoin issuer Tether has blacklisted 40 Ethereum addresses holding millions of dollars of the tether cryptocurrency, 24 of which were banned this year. This finding follows the Centre Consortium taking a similar action due to a request by law enforcement. Tether Frozen in 40 Addresses Tether has banned 40 Ethereum addresses holding millions of dollars of the stablecoin USDT, according to an analysis by Ethereum researcher Philippe Castonguay who shared his findings on Dune Analytics. Banned addresses cannot receive or send the cryptocurrency. The 40 addresses “have been banned from…

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US Dept of Homeland Security Buys Analytics Software From Coinbase

Coinbase is selling its blockchain analytics software to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service. Following criticisms from the crypto community, CEO Brian Armstrong defended Coinbase’s position. Coinbase Selling Analytics Software to US Government Public records on the U.S. government’s websites reveal that the San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase has signed a contract with the U.S. government for its blockchain analytics software. The records were first spotted by The Block. The contract, awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was signed on May 9.…

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$424 Million and Numismatic Value: There’s Only 20,000 Casascius Physical Bitcoins Left Unspent

For many years now physical bitcoins have been a very popular trend, but one specific type called the Casascius physical bitcoin collection has intrigued people for years. Last December, someone redeemed a 100 BTC Casascius bar and since then 560 Casascius coins worth $5.1 million have been redeemed. As of today, there are only 20,901 Casascius coins or bars left in the world, with roughly $424 million worth of bitcoins loaded on them. Bitcoin’s believe it or not can have nostalgic value, especially when they are tethered to a physical…

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20,000 Helbizcoin Investors Accuse Company of Trying to Destroy Evidence, Seek Court Injunction

A group representing about 20,000 investors in Helbiz Inc has filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the company. Investors want a motion granted to stop the company from destroying smart contracts that supports Helbiz Inc.’s ERC20, a token also known as Helbizcoin (HBZ). The application was filed on 6 July 2020. According to a motion filed at United States District Court Southern District of New York, the plaintiff, Ryan Barron, and other investors accuse the defendant, Salvatore Palella of fraud. Palella is the “main…

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Zimbabwe’s Battle To Control Currency Inadvertently Boosts Bitcoin Profile

Zimbabwe’s deteriorating economic situation is forcing authorities to sign off on some desperate and controversial decisions. Some of such decisions include the abrupt suspension mobile money as well as the recent designation of Zimswitch as a national payment switch. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Suspends Mobile Money Service Owned by banks, Zimswitch is the current payments switch to the same financial institutions. This designation has been made to, ostensibly, enable interoperability between financial services providers. In a notice to the public Thursday, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says all financial…

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Christophe Cieters: Monopoly Money

As money developed and people opted to place it in secured storage, banks started issuing banknotes which represented a client’s deposit at the bank and the promise to redeem each note for the amount of gold it represented at a 100% reserve rate. **The following essay was written by Christophe Cieters and published on March 3, 2016. “Monopoly Money” was originally published on the website notbeinggoverned.com, and is reprinted here on Bitcoin.com for historical preservation. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. Bitcoin.com is not responsible for…

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Chinese Authorities Confiscate $15 Million in Cryptocurrencies, Arrest 10 Scammers

Chinese authorities have seized cryptocurrencies worth about $15 million while bringing down a scam involving fake Huobi tokens. In addition, ten people were arrested while luxury cars and real estate were confiscated. The police in the Chinese city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, have cracked a criminal case and seized millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies, local media reported Thursday, calling the case the country’s “first criminal case involving smart contracts.” The authorities began investigating the case after receiving a complaint in April from Li, a Chinese citizen who joined a…

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‘Fiat and Money Printing’ Street Mural Earns $500 in Bitcoin Donations in Five Days

A Parisian street artist is receiving hundreds of dollars every day in bitcoin donations from his painting that speaks about “fiat and money printing.” Pascal Boyart’s latest mural, “Confessions of a Red Jester”, is a modern interpretation of the 1862 painting “Stańczyk” by Polish romanticist painter Jan Matejko. The original depicts a lonely jester against a lively ball in the background. Boyart said he has earned about 0.0514 bitcoin (BTC) or around $500 in the five days to July 10. Since 2017, the artist, famed for his practical graffiti frescoes,…

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Bitcoin Script and Onchain Contracts: Two High-Level Programming Languages for Bitcoin Cash

Last May, the software developer and creator of revoke.cash, Rosco Kalis, released Cashscript version 0.4 that included a number of optimizations. Cashscript’s new website highlights the high-level language that “offers a strong abstraction layer over Bitcoin Cash’ native virtual machine, Bitcoin Script.” Additionally, the developer Tendo Pein recently announced the “high-level smart contracts programming language for Bitcoin Cash” called Spedn now has a new website. Cashscript Version 0.4.3 and Cashscript.org Rosco Kalis is a software developer who is involved with a number of different cryptocurrency projects. For instance, Kalis created…

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Japanese Broker Launches Crypto-Based CFDs With 2x Leverage

The Japanese online securities company Monex has revealed the launch of cryptocurrency-based contract-for-difference (CFD) services that went live on Wednesday. The new derivatives products offered by Monex will include bitcoin, XRP, ether, and bitcoin cash pairs with 2x leverage. Japanese digital currency exchanges are getting into leverage products as the firm Monex has revealed a derivatives product otherwise known as a contract-for-difference (CFD) service. Basically a CFD acts as the net difference depiction of either losses or gains that stem from the trading of specific assets. CFDs are popular investment…

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