Bitcoin’s Network Just Experienced Its Second Largest Downward Adjustment

As the market continues to tumble (and mining profits have dwindled), Bitcoin’s mining difficulty dropped by its largest percentile in seven years — the second largest downward correction in the cryptocurrency’s lifetime. The last time bitcoin experienced an adjustment on par with this recent one was on October 16, 2011, when it dropped 13.1 percent. Just over two weeks later, the network would experience its most significant difficulty decrease, falling by 18 percent on November 1, 2011. Now, on December 3, 2018, the network’s mining difficulty has fallen by 15.1…

This Year’s G20 Put an Emphasis on Cryptocurrency Regulation

Global leaders walked away from the latest G20 Summit with a rough game plan for crypto regulation. This year’s G20 Summit took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from November 30 to December 1. International government officials, as well as some of the world’s largest corporations including Bank of America, Inter-American Development Bank, the World Trade Organization and the World Health Organization, gathered to discuss topics ranging from infrastructural development to sustainable food sourcing. Among the topics examined at the summit included the creation of an open and resilient financial system…

Seven Funds Plan $300 Million Investment for Blockchain Startups Through 2021

Ohio funds will pour over $300 million into blockchain startups through 2021, Northeast Ohio daily news outlet Cleveland.com reported Dec. 3, quoting executives. Speaking at the ongoing Blockland Solutions conference, nonprofit JumpStart CEO Ray Leach announced that a total of seven funds were primed to invest $100 million in “early-stage startups that focus on using blockchain technology for business or government.” Another $200 million was being considered by “additional investment teams” for blockchain outfits working within Ohio’s social welfare projects, dubbed “Opportunity Zones.” The moves come as the U.S.’s Buckeye…

Crypto Assets See Losses Across the Board as BTC Falls Below $4,000

Monday, Dec. 3 — Crypto markets have today again taken a major downturn, with all of the major coins by market cap seeing significant losses of within a 4 and 10 percent range, as data from Coin360 shows. Market visualization by Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped below the $4,000 price point, down about 7 percent on the day to trade at $3,868 at press time. Despite rebounding to as high as $4,400 Nov. 29, the top coin has today seen a drop from a 24-hour high of around $4,135 to…

Life’s Hard for Crypto Users Who Don’t Speak English, But It Might Be About to Get Easier

The crypto markets have been something of a rollercoaster ride recently, with the price of Bitcoin recently tumbling to its lowest level since October 2018. But despite the doom and gloom, enthusiasm and optimism about cryptocurrencies’ potential remain – so much so that one expert predicts Bitcoin will rally back to $15,000 by the end of the year. One thing that has stood in the way of crypto’s growth as a dominant worldwide force is how it has struggled to transcend cultural and linguistic barriers in certain countries. According to Biztranex, a…

Maduro Raises Petro’s Value by 150 Percent Amid Ongoing Inflation

Venezuela’s рresident, Nicolas Maduro, has raised the reference value of the national cryptocurrency, Petro, against the background of the country’s ongoing hyperinflation, the president’s official Twitter tweeted Nov. 30. According to major Latin American television channel TeleSur, Maduro first announced the new Petro rate on Thursday. Nov. 29. The value of the Petro is now set at 9,000 sovereign bolivars, instead of the previous 3,600 bolivars. Speaking in Caracas that day, Maduro also ordered an increase in the monthly minimum wage by 150 percent, which is the sixth increase in…

Swiss Fintech License Allows Blockchain, Crypto Firms to Accept $100 Mln in Public Funds

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has released guidelines for their new “FinTech” license, according to a FINMA official press release released Dec. 3 The Swiss financial regulator revealed that license pursuants, which can be blockchain-related and crypto-related firms, will be able to apply for the fintech license with the state authority starting from 2019. The license, which FINMA notes has “relaxed requirements” under the country’s banking ordinance, allows fintech companies to accept public deposits of up to 100 million Swiss francs (CHF), or around $100 million. Within the…

South Korea’s Finance Ministry Considers Taxing Crypto and ICOs, New Minister Reveals

South Korea‘s Finance Ministry is considering taxation on cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), daily English-language newspaper The Korea Times reports Monday, Dec. 3. Hong Nam-ki, South Korea’s new Minister of Economy and Finance as well as new Deputy Prime Minister, revealed that а crypto taxation plan will be finalized according to global taxation trends in the industry. Pointing to the current ICO ban in South Korea, the deputy prime minister stated that the authorities will also form a new stance to the crypto industry, based on careful consideration of…

Thailand’s Revenue Department Tests Blockchain for Tracking Value-Added Tax Payments

Thailand’s Revenue Department is testing blockchain to track value-added tax (VAT) payments, English-language media outlet Bangkok Post (BP) reports Dec. 3. Ekniti Nitithanprapas, director general of the Thai Revenue Department, said that the department “wants to use blockchain technology to prevent VAT refund fraud.” According to the BP, the nation is “on the path to becoming the first country to use the distributed ledger for tax probes if the technology is adopted.” The article cited Nitithanprapas explaining that “blockchain is expected to help verify VAT invoices” and “root out fake…

Japanese Exchange GMO Coin Set to Resume Bitcoin Cash Trading on ABC’s Chain

GMO Coin, a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, has resumed Bitcoin Cash (BCH) trading with the BCHABC blockchain, Finance Magnates (FM) reports Dec. 3. The exchange has reportedly “announced that it will be resuming BCH/JPY trading” tomorrow, Dec. 4. The trading had been “temporarily suspended” in an attempt “to avoid the disruption caused” by the recent Nov. 15 hard fork. Finance Magnates writes that they “reached out to the company to enquire which of the two versions of Bitcoin Cash” the exchange will be listing. The spokesperson is quoted as answering “in…