ETF Tied to Bitcoin Futures Withdrawn After SEC Staff Request

(February 13th, 2019) - Reality Shares ETF Trusts, a division of Blockforce Capital, is withdrawing an exchange-traded fund proposal that, if approved, would have included exposure to bitcoin futures.

Source: Coindesk

Backup your encrypted private keys on Google Drive and iCloud with Coinbase Wallet

(February 12th, 2019) - Starting today, you can now backup an encrypted version of your Coinbase Wallet’s private keys to your personal cloud storage accounts, using either Google Drive or iCloud.

Source: Coinbase

First U.S. Pension Funds Take the Plunge on Crypto Investing

(February 12th, 2019) - Morgan Creek Digital has scored what it says is probably the first investment in the crypto asset universe from a U.S. pension fund.

Source: Bloomberg

Disgraced Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Accidentally Sent Nearly $400,000 to Dead CEO’s Bitcoin Wallet

(February 12th, 2019) - On February 12, Ernst and Young (EY), the monitor of the QuadrigaCX case, released its first report with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. In it, EY stated that the exchange “inadvertently” moved $370,800 in Bitcoin to a cold wallet controlled by CEO Gerald Cotten, who passed away.

Source: CCN

Cryptos Could Challenge ‘Any Financial Framework’: New FSB Chair

(February 12th, 2019) - The new chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) believes the emergence of crypto-assets could be a major hurdle for the agency as it plans to review its current frameworks for assessing global financial vulnerability.

Source: CoinDesk

Bitcoin ATMs Have Doubled Almost Every Year Since 2016

(February 12th, 2019) - While the market as a whole has been in decline since the cryptocurrency boom of late 2017, the number of cryptocurrency ATMs around the globe has continued to increase.

Source: LongHash

Indians Lost $2.3 Billion in Remittance Payments in 2018; Can Bitcoin Help with Near-Zero Fees?

(February 12th, 2019) - According to The Times of India, money transfers cost citizens and non-residents over $2.3 billion in fees last year for clearing payments into India, the world’s biggest market for inward remittance.

Source: CCN

Reading the fine print: Basis pre-sale burns non-USD investors

(February 11th, 2019) - As originally reported by The Block in mid-December, Basis, the highly anticipated algorithmic stable coin project, decided to shut down and return nearly all capital raised back to its investors.

Source: TheBlockCrypto

Cryptocurrency Fraudster Sentenced Virtual Currency Scam Defrauded Investors of Millions

(February 11th, 2019) - Even in the world of virtual currency, where value and possession exist largely in the digital realm, laws still apply and the repercussion of breaking them are very real.


I Cut the 'Big Five' Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell

(February 8th, 2019) - A couple of months ago, I set out to answer the question of whether it’s possible to avoid the tech giants. Over the course of five weeks, I blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple one at a time, to find out how to live in the modern age without each one. 

To end my experiment, I’m going to see if I can survive blocking all five at once.

Source: Gizmodo

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