Philippines Increasingly Crypto Friendly – A Look at Driving Forces

There are many reasons why the Philippines is becoming increasingly crypto-friendly. Not only has its central bank registered more crypto exchanges recently, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has also been actively finalizing crypto guidelines. The country has an active crypto community, and one of its largest banks has engaged in multiple crypto projects. Also read: Central Banks Worldwide Testing Their Own Digital Currencies Rising Number of Crypto Exchanges The number of approved crypto exchanges has been increasing in the Philippines. The country’s central bank, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas…

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Japan to Solarize Its Burgeoning Digital Economy, Expert Take

A look at green policy and crypto energy consumption in Japan. Society is now witnessing the implementation of digital currencies, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology worldwide. These new digital technologies necessitate very high consumption of electric energy, which is currently produced with coal and fossil fuels that have adverse environmental effects. A global shift toward green energy will require the removal of the technological/infrastructural, financial and regulatory/tax-policy barriers. In this series, we evaluate the tax, digital technology and solar policies (including a space solar power satellite) of the top…

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NEO Is in Talks to Integrate Celer Network to Improve Scalability

Blockchain project NEO is considering integrating Celer Networks layer-two scaling protocol to improve scalability. Blockchain project NEO is considering integrating Celer Network’s (CELR) layer-two scaling protocol to improve scalability. Faster transactions, more possibilities As industry-focused news outlet Crypto Briefing reported on Aug. 17, John Wang, NEO’s director of Eco Growth, said that integration with Celer is under discussion. Celer’s platform is a solution that enables faster off-chain transactions both for payments and generalized off-chain smart contracts.  To transfer value across the network, Celer uses its native CELR tokes. According to…

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IRS Revoking Passports Shows How Government Erodes Everything We Hold Dear

If you have outstanding tax debt, the IRS may now want to take your passport. For U.S. crypto holders still waiting on promised IRS guidelines for filing — especially those overseas who may have missed these warning memos — the over 400,000 agency notifications issued since February last year are troubling. This kind of behavior from government is nothing new, however, but an oft-repeating pattern of parasitism which sucks value from producers of goods, services and surplus, and punishes progress. Also Read: Elon Musk Supports Yang – But Does Andrew…

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New Zealand Rules for Crypto Salary — Have Hopes Been Answered?

New Zealand has published a new ruling on salary and bonuses paid in crypto being subject to a pay-as-you-earn tax. But what does that actually mean? The national tax authority of New Zealand, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), has recently published binding rulings and guidance for salaries and bonuses paid in crypto, made under s 91D of the country’s Tax Administration Act of 1994. This ruling applies only to salary and wage earners and not to self-employed individuals, and only for services performed by an employee for a fixed amount…

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Hubii’s Nahmii Announces IEO and First Member of Governing Board

Nahmii, Hubii’s blockchain scaling platform, reports a major week, announcing an IEO and the first member of its governing association two years after Hubii’s troubled ICO. Ethereum-based layer-two blockchain scaling platform nahmii has onboarded the Norwegian Block Exchange (NBX) as the first member of its governing association, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Aug. 16. Created by Hubii, nahmii is designed to solve the transaction speed issue on the Ethereum network, which can reportedly manage only 15 transactions per second. This, the release notes, makes Ethereum unsuitable…

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Crypto Markets Descending, With Bitcoin Price Sinking Below $10,200

Most major cryptocurrency markets have seen a slight drop today, with Bitcoin price falling below the $10,200 point. Saturday, Aug. 17 —  Most major cryptocurrency markets have seen a slight drop today, with Bitcoin (BTC) falling below the $10,200 price point, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 BTC is trading at around $10,197 at press time, down roughly 3% on the 24-hour period to press time. Today, BTC saw a drop to as low as $9,765 before trading sideways around its current level. Bitcoin is now down…

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Bitcoiners Brace for More Performance Art and Another ‘Satoshi Reveal’

On Friday, a variety of paid press releases were published stemming from a company called Satoshi Nakamoto Renaissance Holdings, a firm that claims a big “reveal” is coming on Sunday, August 18. According to the announcement, Satoshi Nakamoto will divulge his “real-life identity” alongside his “country of origin, education, professional background, and why he has yet to move any of his 980,000 bitcoins.” Many cryptocurrency supporters believe the press release is nothing more than a market ploy similar to the Gotsatoshi.com ruse ‘unveiled’ last May. Also read: Another Self-Proclaimed Satoshi…

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Reconciling Blockchain Technology With California Consumer Privacy Act

The upcoming implementation of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 has grave implications for businesses utilizing blockchain technology… The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, has signaled a new push in the United States to strengthen and broaden privacy regulations, similar to the trends seen in the European Union through the passage and implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The CCPA affords covered consumers new privacy rights not otherwise enjoyed here in the U.S. Under the CCPA, an…

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Bakkt Sets September Launch Date for Bitcoin Futures

Bakkt has announced that it will be launching its bitcoin futures trading platform in September 2019.  In a blog post published on August 16, 2019, the cryptocurrency trading company announced that its long-anticipated futures product will be going live on September 23, 2019, following approval to create a qualified custodian trust company from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) The anticipation for Bakkt’s physically delivered futures has been high for quite some time. The company initially announced that it would launch the platform in August 2018, but…

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