A court of justice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has ruled in favor of a local cryptocurrency exchange Mercado Bitcoin in a legal case over the termination of one of its bank accounts - by Banco Santander - due to “incompatible activities with the policy,” and even went ahead to freeze its funds. The judicial position muffled an appeal that was officially filed by Banco Sicoob against a particular decision made by the Barra da Tijuca district court that gave the crypto exchange the right to keep its account operational, CriptomoedasFacil reports.
Blockchain has caught a great piece of attention of social media and, thus, the governmental institutions. The task force, aimed at development of the national blockchain strategy, was created in Italy. The group of experts has already held a number of fruitful meetings.
Innovative startups are growing in number – there are now more than 10,000, and they employ over 54,000 people. Minister Luigi Di Maio is optimistic that in 2019 more momentum will be added in startup venture capital markets in order to compete successfully with other main competitors in Europe, as StartupItalia reports.
The risks associated with digital currencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) are very clear. The dark side of the cryptocurrency revolution includes terrorism financing, money laundering, drug dealing, sex, violence, gambling and more. But a prominent panel tasked with drafting rules for the crypto industry in India is now haunted by its impact on a less-tapped field.
Two Congress members of the U.S. House of Representatives are now looking for ways of exempting cryptos and other digital assets from the federal standard securities laws. A bill was tabled before Congress on December 20, 2018.
Fluctuations in the cryptocurrency market continue to happen. Bitcoin’s price, as well as other cryptocurrency prices, have recently increased. The move is seen as a result of IMF boss Christine Lagarde’s new perspective on the blockchain technology behind digital currencies.
Filipino senator Leila de Lima wants to impose stiffer fines on the criminals who conduct a scam or other illegal activity using cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin. She has presented a draft bill aimed at releasing an update of the country’s penal code.
The Head of the Chechen Republic and a former member of the Chechen independence movement, Ramzan Kadyrov, has announced on Twitter his intention to buy a share of Bitcoin. He has not mentioned the amount of investment but he did admit that the money could be lost.
January 16, 2018, most of the cryptocurrencies faced massive falls due to negative news from Asia. Following South Korea’s decision to ban cryptocurrency trading, China's central bank expressed its plans to block all local and offshore, individuals and businesses that provide centralized cryptocurrency exchange-like services.