EVENT: Join @BlLife_Forum for #BlockchainLife 2018 International Forum November 7-8

The biggest international forum on blockchain, cryptocurrency, and mining in Russia and Eastern Europe.

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| 5000+ attendees
| 80 speakers
| 70 countries
| 120 booths

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The two-day forum/conference at the Europe’s leading venue Expoforum gathers more than 5,000 participants from more than 70 countries. Сrypto traders, the owners of ICO projects, leading private investors and crypto funds, entrepreneurs and blockchain experts, developers on the blockchain, the owners and representatives of global exchanges, and miners, – the event brings together industry professionals and those who are just starting their way in the crypto industry.

Attending blockchain community members and experts are attending across all industry segments.

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California Finalizes Blockchain Legislature Working Group

California may soon be forming a working group to examine the potential benefits of blockchain to the state – and how best to update laws to make use of the technology.

California bill 2658, first introduced in February 2018, originally recognized "a record that is secured through blockchain technology is an electronic record," as previously reported. However, the final version as of Monday now directs the Secretary of the Government Operations Agency to create a blockchain working group to study the technology instead.

It also adds that "for the purpose of this chapter, 'blockchain' means a mathematically secured, chronological, and decentralized ledger or database," though this definition is temporary and will expire by January 2022.

The working group, whose chairperson will be designated no later than July 1, 2019, will include members from within the technology industry, as well as representatives from related fields. Stakeholders will be able to provide input to the group, which will...


EVENT: Join @Blockchain_Conf for Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Stockholm #BBConfSTO

Blockchain & Bitcoin Crypto Conference September 11, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden

Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Stockholm is a part of the series of Blockchain World Events held in 25 countries. The organizer is Smile-Expo International Company.

Working hours of the Conference: 9:00-10:00 – Registration. 10:00-18:00 – Conference.

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The annual blockchain conference in Stockholm, which brings together the world’s leading crypto experts.
We focus on Sweden and foreign projects implementing Blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Experts share their experience of implementing Blockchain in governmental institutions (Govtech), the banking system, trading, media, healthcare and other spheres. We discuss all the aspects of creating innovative IT products – from the emergence of an idea to entering the market.

Event goals: bringing together the international business community in order to share their experience of integrating blockchain and cryptocurrencies; discussing blockchain industry issues and finding ways to solve them; encouraging a balanced growth of the cryptocurrency market.

Conference topics: 

• blockchain in various sectors: energy industry, real property, newsmaking etc.;

• legal regulation of the blockchain sector;

• token models and their application;

• ICO regulation.

For whom: investors, businesspeople, lawyers, startup founders, and those aiming to launch a token sale.

Why: to receive full information with case studies about the blockchain application, to discover how to comply with the legal norms in the blockchain industry, to find business partners, and to enhance your brand awareness.

Speakers: world-renowned blockchain experts, including government officials, foreign investors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and developers.

Key speakers:

  • Mathias Sundin, Member of Parliament in the Tax Committee and the Finance Committee
  • Tanja BivicPlankar, President of Blockchain Alliance Europe
  • Dr Guenther Dobrauz, Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland
  • Merete Salmeling, Head of Digital and Innovation at Landshypotek Bank
  • DR. Shahid Raza, Director of Security Lab at RISE SICS
  •  Christian Lunden, Director of Future Business at Nordic Choice Hotels
  •  Walid Al-Saqaf, Senior Lecturer at Södertörn University in media technology, journalism, Internet & blockchain research


TokenMarket 2018 Summit Update: Introducing TokenMarket Cap

TokenMarket Summit Director of Marketing Tom Leadbetter announced updates to the main tokenmarket.net website and introduced TokemMarket Cap.

TokenMarket Summit

Leading with the goal of the original TokenMarket site, “to help users better unearth information about crypto & blockchain project, allowing them to make decisions on where they invest their time and resource”, Tom went on to explain that while the site has provided this information to all users, the market has moved on.

He went on to describe the disconnect between what they had identified in the market between current ICO and Token/coin listing sites, “If you follow the current iterations of these portals, each site assumes that these business operates in siloed manner. Where in...


Winklevoss Loss at the SEC

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued its disapproval of  proposed rule changes that would have allowed the listing and trading of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust on the Bats BZX Exchange. The “Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust,” as its name might suggest, is the creation of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, notorious figures in the prehistory of Facebook, and ubiquitous figures in the world of Bitcoin.   

Technically the SEC decision on Thursday reaffirmed an earlier Disapproval Order, in March of this year. Bats BZX had petitioned for review of that disapproval order, and the SEC gave it a full-dress second look, a de novo review, giving “careful consideration to the entire record, including … all comments and statements submitted by BZX and other parties,” only to decide that the agency had gotten things right the first time.

The decision was not a unanimous one. Commissioner Hester Peirce dissented. The significance of the defeat of this proposal in the bigger picture of cryptocurrency history may be the extent to which her dissent throws light upon her thinking on the broad subject: she is the newest Commissioner, having just been confirmed in December 2017.


Tezos Foundation Engages ‘Big Four’ Firm PwC for Independent Audit

Major auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland has agreed to conduct an independent audit of the Tezos Foundation’s finances and operations, the foundation announced on Monday.

PwC, considered one of the “Big Four” auditing firms, will review the finances of the Tezos Foundation, which is holding hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrencies and other assets raised from the project’s then-record initial coin offering (ICO) in summer 2017.

In a statement, the foundation — which underwent a major reshuffle earlier this year following months of infighting between Tezos creators Arthur and Kathleen Breitman and former foundation President Johann Gevers — stated that the audit is indicative of its commitment to operate with the “highest degree of integrity.”

“The Foundation is committed to operating with the highest degree of integrity in the service of our mission to support the Tezos protocol, ecosystem, and community. Engaging a top-tier independent external auditor ensures that the Tezos community and its observers can trust our operations...


Bitmain Becomes Biggest Blockchain Conglomerate Following Series B Funding

Bitmain's series B funding closes to create the largest global cryptocurrency conglomerate in China.

China’s dominant bitcoin mining manufacturer has become the largest crypto conglomerate in the world after securing a new round of Series B funding.

Bitmain Expands Influence

Caixin news agency reported last week that Bitmain has secured between $300 million and $400 million in new funding from Sequoia China, U.S. hedge fund Coatue and Singapore-based EDBI, effectively becoming the largest cryptocurrency company in the world. With the latest round, Bitmain’s total value has swelled to $12 billion.

Bitmain is making waves across the blockchain industry, having recently announced plans to purchase roughly 43% of Opera Ltd., a Norway-based internet browser that has filed for an initial public offering with Nasdaq.

Back in May, the company led a $110 million financing round for Circle, an influential cryptocurrency company with backing from Goldman Sachs and others. In an official announcement, Circle said Bitmain’s stake in the company will allow it to expand critical infrastructure needed to power the crypto economy:

“Bitmain Co-founder and CEO Jihan Wu is well known for espousing a vision similar to ours regarding the creation and adoption of a new global economy powered by cryptographic...


Ukraine Has No Plans to Regulate Crypto Mining

Ukranian miners can now be at ease, as officials have stated they have no intention of regulating the popular crypto mining.

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Up until now, cryptocurrency miners in Ukraine have been living in fear and uncertainty. Crypto mining companies worried they would be fined, eventually, or that somehow their equipment could be seized.

However, officials from the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine have clarified the department currently has no interest in issuing regulations for cryptocurrency mining. A representative from the Office of Effective Regulation, Igor Samohodsky, emphasized crypto miners have been operating in the shadows, fearful of the repercussions.

Ukrainian crypto miners are allegedly generating more than $100 million a year which would generally attract authorities, but not in Ukraine. The country has proven to be extremely crypto-friendly, going as far as erecting a statue in Satoshi Nakamoto’s honor. The plans were announced earlier this month, and the statue is expected to be where once Lenin’s stood.

There have been reports of a proposed stated-issued cryptocurrency, earlier this year. In a statement released by Ukraine’s security council, The National Bank...


United States Senators Discuss Cryptocurrency Threat to Elections

Based on the facebook investigations does the Senate even know enough about crypto to make an intelligent call?

Cryptocurrencies are "tailor-made" for foreign powers hoping to influence American elections, a security consultant told a group of U.S. senators on Tuesday.

Scott Dueweke, director of threat analysis company DarkTower, was one of several witnesses appearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism to discuss the potential use of cryptocurrencies by foreign agents in order to influence American elections. He argued that lawmakers must focus on identity solutions to prevent undue foreign influence on upcoming elections.

"There is a global shell game being played now," by people hoping to bypass financial disclosure rules, he said. As a result, they are purchasing political advertisements and donating to certain parties in efforts to influence elections.

Dueweke added:

"They exchange one form of money for another … fiat currency in and fiat currency out, but in between you're going to have these multiple layers of cryptocurrency that are going to be impossible to track."

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Florida Is Creating Its Own Crypto Czar

Florida's taking the crypto lead with a new State position.

Florida is set to have its own cryptocurrency czar.

The Sunshine State's chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis, said in a statement Tuesday that he has created a new position to supervise the state's cryptocurrency industry. He explained that the new overseer will be tasked with enforcing applicable regulations to protect investors from potentially malicious actors.

"Florida can no longer remain on the sidelines when it comes to cryptocurrency. I have directed my office to create a position that will oversee how current securities and insurance laws apply to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies as well as shape the future of these regulations in our state," Patronis remarked.

Similarly, Patronis said that...