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China’s Internet Censor to Start Regulating Blockchain Firms Next Month – CoinDesk

China’s internet censorship agency has approved a set of regulations for blockchain service providers in the country that will take effect in mid-February.

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Thai Government Agency Develops Blockchain Tech for Elections Voting

A Thailand government agency has developed a blockchain-based solution that’s set to digitalize elections voting in the country.

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7 Legal Questions That Will Define Blockchain in 2019 – CoinDesk

Jenny Leung is an Australian attorney (New York Bar admission pending) who will be starting as a blockchain attorney at Blakemore Fallon in 2019. Formerly, she was an attorney at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and a privacy consultant at PwC. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.

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It’s Time for Local Governments to Break Blockchain’s Regulatory Gridlock – CoinDesk

The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. It has been translated to English from Korean. Although there are issues with blockchain that need to be solved, there is a growing consensus about the technology’s great potential.

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Amazon Plays Its Own Game With Enterprise Blockchain – CoinDesk

Amazon Web Services, the e-commerce giant’s cloud computing arm, is having its proverbial blockchain cake and eating it, too. In late November, AWS unveiled a new service during its re:Invest event that lets clients build their own cloud-based blockchains, using Hyperledger Fabric or ethereum as templates for such projects.

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US Government Is Interested in Tracking Privacy Coins

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to know if tracking transactions conducted using privacy coins is feasible. A new pre-solicitation document published by the DHS Small Business Innovation Research Program discusses the use of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin for transactions.

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Major Banks Sign Up for New EU Commission Blockchain App Association

The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, is launching a new blockchain association next year and major banks are already on board.

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Venezuela to Present Petro at OPEC as the ‘Digital Currency for Oil’

Venezuela is hoping the world’s oil markets will start using its controversial national cryptocurrency, the petro.

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SEC Official Says ‘Plain English’ Guidance on ICOs Is Coming

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to clarify when and how cryptocurrencies may be classified as securities, its director of Corporation Finance said Monday. Speaking at the D.C.

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Fidelity Launching Crypto Trading Platform

Financial services provider Fidelity Investments is launching a cryptocurrency trading and storage platform. Fidelity Digital Asset Services, LLC will provide cryptocurrency custody and trading services for enterprise clients, the company announced Monday.

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Bill Clinton: Over-Regulation Could Kill Blockchain’s ‘Golden Goose’

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton highlighted the need to avoid too much regulation of new technologies like blockchain as he took the stage at Ripple’s Swell conference in San Francisco. Clinton was joined on-stage by Gene Sperling, one of Clinton’s advisors in the White House who also sits on Ripple’s board of directors.Clinton who served […]

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SBI Ripple Asia Wins Payments License for Blockchain Money App

A joint venture between SBI Holdings and Ripple has moved a step closer to launching its blockchain-based payments app for consumers. SBI Ripple AsiaannouncedWednesday it has completed registration with the Kantou bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Finance as a licensed agent for handling electronic payments.

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