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ING: 32% of Europeans Believe Crypto Is the Future of E-Payments

News Most Europeans believe cryptocurrencies can be spent in most stores, according to the results of a survey conducted by ING Bank and published on Sept. 18. Crypto can be spent in most stores?The survey, which has seen 15,000 Europeans from 15 different countries answer questions about crypto, ..

German Gov’t Approves New Plan to Block Private ‘Parallel Currencies’

News Germany’s government has approved a blockchain strategy that aims to prevent stablecoins from becoming alternative currencies and threatening state sovereignty. Reuters reported on Sept. 18 that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet passed the strategy earlier today, in an apparent bid to mitiga..

European Space Agency Awards €60K for Blockchain Satellite Wallet

News The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a 60,000 euro ($66,400) grant for blockchain startup SpaceChain to commercially develop its satellite-powered, multi-sig wallet. According to an announcement published on Sept. 18, the new grant comes via ESA’s “kick-start activities” fund. SpaceCha..

ECB Official: Stablecoins Pose Risks to Public Policy Priorities

News A board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) has argued that stablecoins like Facebook’s long-awaited Libra coin pose risks to public policy priorities. ECB board member Benoit Coeure delivered his comments on stablecoins’ regulatory issues at a meeting at the Bank of International Settl..

CME’s BTC Index Provider CF Benchmarks Wins EU License

News CF Benchmarks, CME Group’s Bitcoin (BTC) index provider, received a benchmark license under the European Benchmarks Regulation (EU BMR). On Sept. 13, CF Benchmarks’ official Twitter account announced that the firm received its license from the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA..

German Gov’t Speaks Against Approval of Facebook’s Libra in Europe

News The government of Germany has spoken against the authorization of the development of Facebook’s forthcoming Libra stablecoin in the European Union. As German weekly news magazine Spiegel reported on Sept. 13, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) parliamentarian Thomas Heilmann — who is respon..

UK Police Arrest Teen for Hacking Unreleased Music to Sell for Crypto

News City of London Police have arrested a 19-year-old citizen suspected of hacking major music acts in a bid to steal unreleased songs and sell them for digital currency, Canadian daily newspaper The Vancouver Sun reported on Sept. 13. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office initiated an investi..

EU Needs Own Digital ‘EuroCoin’ to Compete With Libra, Says France

News French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said that Europe should consider its own “public digital currency” that could challenge Facebook’s Libra. The Minister’s remarks — the latest in a series of vocal misgivings about the social media giant’s cryptocurrency plans — were reported by Reute..

New Study Reveals Countries With Most Registered Crypto Exchanges

News The United Kingdom, the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore have the largest number of registered digital currency exchanges, according to data from Bitfury’s blockchain analytics platform Crystal. Crystal published its “Report on International Bitcoin Flows 2013–2019” on Sept. 9, in which..

Europol Shuts Down Counterfeiting Ring Which Sold $1.44M for Bitcoin

News Portuguese police and Europol have seized funds worth €70,000 ($77,200) in what they describe as one of the most advanced counterfeiting operations ever seen. €1.3M fake notes sold since 2017As Brazilian daily news outlet Sputnik and others reported on Sept. 10, law enforcement succeeded in ..

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