US SEC Sets October 26 Deadline for Reviewing Nine Bitcoin ETF Applications

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outlined a time frame for reviewing proposed rule changes related to a series of applications to list and trade various Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The review period affects nine separate ETFs that have been proposed by three different applicants, according to documents filed by the SEC yesterday, Oct. 4. The new amendments affect a pair of BTC ETFs that had been submitted by ProShares in conjunction with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) ETF exchange NYSE Arca. The other affected applications…

New Crop of ‘Regulated’ Stablecoins are Trading at a Premium to Tether

The next wave of USD-backed stablecoins have begun to make their way onto high-volume cryptocurrency exchanges, and early indications suggest that traders may trust them more than tether (USDT). New USD-Backed Cryptocurrencies Vie for Tether’s Crown As CCN reported, cryptocurrency firms Gemini, Paxos, and Circle have all in recent weeks launched asset-backed “stablecoins,” cryptocurrency tokens whose values are pegged to the U.S. dollar with physical assets stored in company-controlled bank accounts. All of these firms have received regulatory authorization to operate in New York, whose Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)…

Chilean MPs Present Blockchain Adoption Resolution to Parliament

Two Chilean deputies have presented a resolution on blockchain adoption to the lower house of the country’s parliament (Camara de Diputados) on Thursday, October 4, local news website Fortin Mapocho reported. The proposed blockchain resolution project was first registered in late August. In the project proposal, the two presenting members of parliament (MPs) Miguel Angel Calisto and Giorgio Jackson, along with eight other MPs, appeal to the Chilean president Sebastian Pinera, urging him to implement blockchain in all public areas of the country. The document also offers to carry out…

Bitcoin News Summary – October 1, 2018

Here’s what happened this week in Bitcoin in 99 seconds.    Google is ending its ban on crypto-related adverts across the US and Japan. The ban was put in place this June. It’s expected this will boost adoption by exposing more people to crypto. Bitmain published its IPO prospectus, making public its recent financial statements. Analysis shows a net loss of nearly $400 million in the second quarter of 2018, but also a $442 million investor bailout in August. The company also claims almost 75% of the ASIC miner…

In Search of Stability: An Overview of the Budding Stablecoin Ecosystem

Stability. The word seems to be at complete odds with the current nature of the crypto market. With its flagship coin having “died” on hundreds of occasions, volatility and meteoric price swings have come to define cryptocurrencies, as price stability, ever-elusive, is in short supply. Bitcoin’s frenetic value has given critics plenty of fodder to argue that its underlying use case, a digital currency for a digital age, is kaput. The same argument has led proponents to rebrand bitcoin as a store of value, a kind of digital gold, instead…

How Invictus Capital Is Reshaping the Landscape of Cryptocurrency Investing

One of the impacts of the rapid, global advancement of digital asset markets has been seasons of volatility and turbulence. This creates a challenging environment for even the most astute investors in terms of managing cryptocurrency portfolios and investment strategies.  Lacking the expertise and knowledge to effectively navigate these headwinds, investors often find themselves mired in uncertainty. It is here where blockchain technology and the distributed tracking of crypto assets are receiving a wealth of attention. Use cases are emerging in this space, reshaping the landscape for how investors interact…

Lyn Ulbricht Speaks Out on the Anniversary of Her Son’s Incarceration

On the most recent episode of The Tatiana Show, host Tatiana Moroz opened with an interview with Lyn Ulbricht, leader of the Free Ross campaign, to deliver some recent updates with the struggle to petition the carceral state for his clemency. Ross Ulbricht just completed his NTH year of a double life sentence, plus 40 years, as a first-time, nonviolent offender. On the anniversary of his incarceration, his mother described some of the contentious events that helped to put him in jail, the conditions he is living under now and…

New Study Reveals an Increase in Venture Capital Investment in …

Traditional venture capitalist (VC) investments are leveraging the decline in initial coin offerings (ICO) as the cryptocurrency industry tries to find bearing amid regulatory shifts and losses across the crypto markets. The negative toll on ICOs has seen them drop overall to 70 percent less than their initial values, according to a new report. Rise of VC Investment A report released by blockchain research group Diar shows that almost $3.9 billion in investments was raised in the first three quarters of 2018 by blockchain and cryptocurrency-focused startups. This, according to…

Brave CEO Pens Letter to Senate Committee Asking for GDPR-Like Privacy …

Brendan Eich, the CEO of Brave, has written a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation urging them to implement GDPR-like legislation in the United States. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and works to secure the data and privacy of all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). In addition, it addresses the exporting of personal data outside these two organizations. GDPR seeks to give individuals control over their personal information and simplify the regulatory atmosphere for international business…

Bitcoin Foundation Challenges “French BitLicense” Proposed in PACTE Bill

On September 23, 2018, the Bitcoin Foundation sent a letter to the French Parliament asking that they reject a new crypto asset amendment being proposed in the PACTE Bill, which deals with the growth and transformation of France’s businesses and the country’s employee savings. The amendment was suggested by members of France’s new social liberal party La Republique En Marche (LREM) on September 21, 2018. Should the amendment pass, it would allow the French government to adopt the recommendations of what’s known as the Landau report, a proponent of New…