Nasdaq Set to Debut Bitcoin and Ethereum Indices for Real-time Spot Price Discovery

(February 17th, 2019) - On February 11, 2019, Nasdaq, in partnership with New Zealand-based blockchain startup Brave New Coin (BNC), announced the introduction Bitcoin and Ethereum indices as part of its global index service (GIDS). This move indicates yet another example of the company’s continually increasing presence in the emerging cryptocurrency narrative.

Source: BTCManager

Argentina Settles Export Deal With Paraguay Using Bitcoin

(February 15th, 2019) - Argentina has settled an export deal with Paraguay in Bitcoin (BTC), Cointelegraph en Español reported on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Source: CoinTelegraph

Apple Hints at Behind-the-Scenes Blockchain Work in New SEC Filing

(February 15th, 2019) - Apple has submitted what might seem like an arcane filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – but the document contains tantalizing details about the computing giant’s interest in blockchain tech.

Source: Coindesk

Bug finder cashes in $30,000 for discovering a major vulnerability in Coinbase’s systems

(February 15th, 2019) - Coinbase had to pay out a $30,000 bounty for a bug report entailing a high-profile flaw in their systems, The Next Web writes. The bug finder has submitted their discovery to the cryptocurrency exchange’s vulnerability disclosure program.

Source: TheBlockCrypto

SEC Commissioner Peirce Confirms Guidance on Crypto Tokens Is Coming

(February 11th, 2019) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to clarify when securities laws might apply to crypto token sales, an official said Friday.

Source: Coindesk

Doubts about the Long-Term Viability of Utility Cryptoassets

(April 2nd, 2018) - I’m increasingly sceptical about the long-term value of utility tokens. When I wrote An (Institutional) Investor’s Take on Cryptoassets last year, I thought utility cryptoassets might end up being collectively worth hundreds of billions of USD, which is a lot of money but not enough potential return over current valuations to compensate for the risk. Now, I’m increasingly thinking that few or no utility cryptoassets will be long-term viable at all.

Source: John Pfeffer - Medium

Wyoming Becomes First State to Give Bitcoin Owners Full Property Rights

(February 15th, 2019) - Cryptocurrency advocates are celebrating Friday after the US state of Wyoming passed a bill giving direct property rights to cryptocurrency holders.

Source: Bitcoinist

Grayscale Q4 2018 Report: Institutional Investors Provide 66% of Capital Inflow

(February 15th, 2019) - Digital asset management fund Grayscale Investments latest crypto investment report released on Feb. 14 reveals that capital inflow from institutional investors is on the rise.

Source: CoinTelegraph

CFTC Official Argues Against SEC’s Grounds for Disapproving Bitcoin ETFs

(February 14th, 2019) - Brian Quintenz, a Commissioner at the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has argued against the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) grounds for not approving a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF). Quintenz made his remarks during a panel at the BiPartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12.  

Source: CoinTelegraph

JPMorgan Chase Launches Its Own Cryptocurrency: 'JPM Coin'

(February 14th, 2019) - JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank (and the world's sixth largest), has created its own cryptocurrency, a stablecoin called "JPM Coin."

Source: CryptoGlobe

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