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Crypto Winter to Spring: Key Factors That Brought Bitcoin Back to Life

Analysis During the first couple of months of 2019, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) stayed put under the $4,000 mark, thereby solidifying fears that the market was indeed in the midst of a long crypto winter. Not only that, but all through 2018, this space witnessed the simultaneous collapse of around ..

Crypto News From Japan: Jan. 13-17 in Review

Local News This week’s news from Japan included additional comments against crypto trading from China, Binance’s potential involvement in Japan, positivity from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), more crypto exits from European Union (EU) regions, and stablecoin positivity from France. Check o..

Is Central Asia the New Safe Haven for Crypto Mining Amid Iran-US Crisis?

Analysis Recently, the cryptocurrency mining community has been shaken with rumors of Chinese miners leaving Iran — where crypto mining is authorized as an industrial activity — for Central Asia. The move has ostensibly been taken in an attempt to find a new safe haven amid the tensions between th..

Ex-CFTC Chairman to Promote Blockchain-Based USD in New Think Tank

News J. Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), plans to promote the blockchain-based United States dollar with a new think tank. Giancarlo, who earned the “Crypto Dad” moniker for advocating a “do no harm” approach to blockchain regulation, is no..

Crypto Community Eyes US–Iran Crisis As Tensions Flare

Analysis For one week, the Iran–United States military crisis gripped the crypto community. It began on Jan. 3 with a U.S. drone strike on a convoy traveling near Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The price of Bit..

Digital Currency Manual for Chinese Officials in High Demand, Enters Second Printing

News A 200-page manual titled “Digital Currency: A Reader for Cadres” entered its second printing in January. The high demand signals interest from China’s government amid confusing regulations on cryptocurrencies. The handbook was first released in November, and includes a comprehensive set of 23..

China’s Central Bank Completes Top-Later Design and Joint Tests of Planned CBDC

News The central bank of China has completed the top-layer design and joint testing of its soon-to-be-released central bank digital currency (CBDC). As domestic news outlet Sina reported on Jan. 10, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) accomplished the top-layer design of the planned digital yuan, develo..

Blockchain Developer Ant Financial Ranks Fifth Largest Private Firm in China

News Fintech and blockchain developer Ant Financial, an affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has been ranked the fifth most valuable private firm in China. In an inaugural rankings report by Hurun, which is best known for compiling a rich list for China, Ant Financial is the top firm in its fiel..

China Prepares for CBDC With Cryptography Law on Encryption Standards

Analysis On Jan. 1, China’s law governing cryptographic password management came into power. Essentially, the act aims to set standards for the application of cryptography and the management of passwords, and, therefore, ultimately reduces China’s cyber vulnerabilities on a nationwide scale. Some..

China’s Nationwide Blockchain Network BSN Will Launch in April 2020

News China’s nationwide blockchain network, the Blockchain-based Ser­vice Net­work (BSN), will launch in April 2020, six months after it was rolled out for testing. Backed by Chinese government policy think tank the State In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter (SIC), the ambitious project aims to provide a truste..

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