Bitcoin Miners in China’s Remote Regions are Undeterred By Restrictions

Though Chinese authorities have previously taken various measures aimed at curtailing the trading of cryptocurrencies, the mining of Bitcoin has continued unabated in some of China’s remote parts according to a Nikkei Asian Review report. These regions enjoy excess electricity supply capacity and are considered poor relative to the economic powerhouses of Beijing and Shanghai. … Continued

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UK Financial Game Show Uses Comedy & Bitcoin to Entertain, Inform

UK Financial Game Show Uses Comedy & Bitcoin to Entertain, Inform

Who is the richest person in the world? Who said, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap?” Where do they drink the most alcohol per capita? Ireland, Scotland, Russia or France? Readers who immediately answered just might be perfect guests on Dominic Frisby’s Financial Game Show, launching in the United Kingdom. Prizes include standard fiat payouts, but the show is also offering prizes in bitcoin cash (BCH) and even silver bullion.

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Game Show Offers Prize Money in Bitcoin Cash

A recent announcement blogged by famed UK financial guru, Dominic Frisby, explained he “is host and quizmaster in [a] classic gameshow full of fascinating financial facts. Contestants from the audience (willing volunteers only) can win big prizes including £500 in cash – there is £500 to be won every show – solid silver and bitcoin cash. Games range from higher-lower for house prices to to high-pressure quiz questions with the £500 jackpot at stake. Exciting, informative, amusing.”

Dominic Frisby is a well known author on things financial, including Bitcoin: the Future of Money? (praised by no less than Sir Richard Branson). He’s also something of a television star, hosting very popular shows on financial literacy such as Let’s Talk About Tax, blending both finance and humor. Indeed, he bills himself as “the world’s only financial expert and comedian.”

UK Financial Game Show Uses Comedy & Bitcoin to Entertain, Inform

“I am very excited to be going to the Edinburgh Festival this August,” he posted. “My show is called Dominic Frisby’s Financial Gameshow. It’s at 5pm at the Gilded Balloon.” It’s a triumphant return of sorts, and mostly because it follows his “widely-acclaimed show, Let’s Talk About Tax.” As “the world’s only financial expert and comedian, Dominic Frisby has devised a new game show that mixes The Price Is Right with Mastermind. It’s all about money, finance, economics – you know, boffin stuff but made exciting,” Broadway World Scotland detailed.

Reviews have been positive. The Times described the new show as, “Very witty… entertaining and educational… impressive,” while The Spectator mused it was “Funny, absorbing… full of historical insights.” Mr. Frisby notes the show has “some great prizes for the winners: silver bullion kindly donated by Ross Norman at Sharps Pixley; Moneyweek subscriptions (thank you Merryn); bitcoin cash; and a £500 jackpot each show, donated by a mystery sponsor whose name is yet to be announced.”

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Korean Authorities Admit to Postponing Cryptocurrency Regulation Because it Legitimizes Market

Authorities have admitted that the South Korean government had postponed the regulation of the cryptocurrency sector because it feared consumers will acknowledge it as the government legitimizing the cryptocurrency market. Government is Aware Regulation Will Legitimize Market Last week, CCN reported that the government of South Korea and its financial agencies including the Korea Financial … Continued

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Cryptocurrency Market Declines $5 Billion, Bitcoin Price Fairly Stable at $6,450

The cryptocurrency market has dropped by $5 billion over the past 24 hours, from $282 billion to $277 billion. Most major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin have declined by 1 to 2 percent but did not demonstrate any major movement on both the upside and downside. Bitcoin and Ethereum outperformed the top 10 cryptocurrencies with a slight

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Bitcoin in Brief Monday: From New York to Historic Istanbul Market

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: From New York to Historic Istanbul Market

The stories covered in today’s edition of Bitcoin in Brief hail from all across the globe. In New York a major cold storage company has received a Bitlicense, in China there are new signs of crypto mania, and in Turkey bitcoin has made an appearance at a historic Istanbul market.

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Xapo Receives Bitlicense

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: From New York to Historic Istanbul MarketThe New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has announced it granted a virtual currency license to Xapo, the company providing wallet, cold storage, and bitcoin-based debit card services estimated to hold around $10 billion worth of BTC. With the Xapo approval, DFS has in total approved eight firms for virtual currency charters or licenses.

The regulator says it has conducted a comprehensive review of Xapo’s application, including the company’s anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, capitalization, consumer protection, and cybersecurity policies. According to the license, Xapo will be authorized to offer a digital wallet and a vault service, and be subject to ongoing supervision by DFS. Xapo President Ted Rogers said: “We are very pleased with the approval of Xapo’s BitLicense application. It is the end result of much hard work, not just by Xapo personnel but by the DFS and its staff.”

2000 New Chinese Crypto Foundations?

If anyone really expected that the Chinese government could keep its hordes of cryptomaniac citizens out of the market, they’re due for a rude awakening. According to reports from the giant Asian economy, at least 2,000 new crypto foundations have been set up by Chinese people in offshore jurisdictions, most of these to facilitate the trade of new ICO tokens. The main hubs for this activity are said to be in places offering quick and easy registrations such as Singapore, the Cayman Islands, and Malta. The size of each such foundation is estimated to range from tens of millions to tens of billions of Chinese yuan.

Would-Be Bitcoin Robbers Indicted

According to media reports from the state of Georgia, a group of would-be bitcoin thieves we previously reported on has been indicted by the Superior Court of Forsyth County on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery. The five young men, Justin Ellison, Trivette Adams, Matthew Schwartz, Jacob South, and Michael McDermont, conspired to break into a local home and steal nearly $1 million in bitcoin. They were formally charged last Monday, June 11, with counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery by force.

Bitcoin Grand Bazaar

An image posted to Reddit a few days ago shows that bitcoin is now available in one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. A retail currency exchange shop has placed a bitcoin sign to attract the many shoppers and tourists that visit the Grand Bazaar every day. Turkey could be an ideal location for bitcoin adoption as the local fiat, the Turkish lira, has been on a downward spiral for a while now and the country is an international nexus for trade.

Bitcoin accepted in 550 year old Istanbul market! from r/Bitcoin

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Ripple Donates $2 Million to Texas University’s Blockchain Initiative

One of 17 institutions chosen for Ripple’s $50 million academic pledge, the University of Texas at Austin will receive $2 million from San Francisco-based industry giant Ripple. The McCombs School of Business at UT will receive $2 million from Ripple over the next five years to fund research at the institution’s Blockchain Initiative program, a

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​PR: Musicians Have Always Been Ripped off – Qravity Wants to Fix It

Musicians Have Always Been Ripped off - Qravity Wants to Fix It

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The music industry’s business model has always been broken. For over 100 years artists have been paid a fraction of the earnings their music makes. Take Enrico Caruso, an Italian opera singer from the early 1900’s, credited with being one of the very first recorded artists. Over his lifetime he made over 488 recordings, almost exclusively for Victor, a record label now known as RCA and owned by Sony Music. While it is said that this made Caruso extremely rich, netting him nearly $2 million, his label scooped nearly twice that and is still making money from his recordings today.

Many think the golden age of vinyl and CD’s was a time when artists were fairly compensated, but even then musicians weren’t exactly raking it in. A report suggests that, when records were still popular, of every $1,000 of albums sold, 18% went to the musicians, 63% to the record label, and 24% to distributors. Meaning each artist got a grand total of $23.40.

Then along came the Internet.

Times They Are A-Changin’

According to The Economist, back in 1997 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was looking for online retail opportunities. He considered selling music, but quickly realised there were only a few major music labels, and they would have the power to stifle any online venture that presented serious competition.

The first online music sharing service, Napster, bypassed the record labels altogether and facilitated free peer-to-peer sharing of compressed music files. Obviously that didn’t work out for them, and it wasn’t long before Napster found itself facing litigation from all angles. The company was closed by court order in 2001, after less than three years of operation. The Napster brand only survived because the company’s assets were liquidated and purchased by other companies through bankruptcy proceedings.

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So what changed to make online streaming services a viable business model for companies like Spotify and Apple Music?

The answer is…. nothing.

Musicians are not earning more now, despite having a new revenue channel. Spotify admits the average per-stream payout to rights holders lands somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084. As this model shows, an artist would need to get 200k plays per month on Apple Music and 230K plays to earn the US minimum wage.

Investors aren’t getting rich either. Despite a revenue growth rate of 40% a year and having 140 million monthly active users, Spotify reported a quarterly operating loss of €41 million (around $47,814,000) in May 2018. Jimmy Lovine, whose fledgling Beats Music service was acquired by Apple Music, warned last year that music streaming is not a great business and that there is no profit margin.

Despite losses, executive teams still brought home the bacon. Last year Spotify’s executives earned, on average, $1.34 million each, with the top five taking home over $26 million between them.

But by far the biggest winners are, unsurprisingly, the record labels. Last year the ‘big three’ made a record-breaking $14.2 million a day from streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. The Universal Music Group alone made $4.5 million every 24 hours.

So what can be done to fix this broken business model and ensure that artists receive fair compensation? Austrian producer and composer David Brandstaetter, believes he has the answer.

“Streaming services pay artists pennies, partly because so much is swallowed up by the record labels. Spotify isn’t profitable, but the public won’t support a price raise,” says David, “The only way for artists and collaborators to receive fair payment for their efforts is by decentralizing the industry and taking the power out of the hands of the record labels and streaming services. Blockchain technology is the perfect enabler for this.”

For the last two years, David and his business partner Dr. Sascha Dennstedt have been developing a platform called Qravity, which allows creatives to connect with each other and collectively develop and monetize original digital content. The platform uses virtual tokens on the Ethereum blockchain to track digital media creation and distribute project stakes among creative team members

David continues, “Using Qravity, musicians can collaborate and work in exchange for stakes in the project. The content will go direct to market, so if a songwriter has, for example, a 30% stake in the project, he receives 30% of the revenue every time his songs are streamed or downloaded.”

The platform contains a comprehensive suite of project management and communication tools to help creatives collaborate remotely; it also rewards them with a greater stake in projects as they complete each milestone.

“We want to completely overhaul the entire industry,” says David, “With Qravity, we’re transferring the power and profits from the executives to the talent, transparently and equitably.”

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Indian State Kerala to Put Milk and Fish Supply Chains on a Blockchain

The government of Kerala, a state in South India, is turning to blockchain tech to organize the supply chain process of everyday groceries. The new project will specifically look to streamline the supply chain networks – including distribution – of milk, vegetables, and fish in the state using blockchain technology, the Press Trust of India … Continued

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Regulation Round-Up: Shapeshift COO Says U.S. Regulations Worsen, Germany to Protect Financial Stability not Individual Investors

Regulation Round-Up: Shapeshift COO Says U.S. Regulations Worsen, Germany to Protect Financial Stability not Individual Investors

In recent regulatory news, the Shapeshift co-founder and chief operating officer, has given a damning appraisal of the current regulatory climate surrounding cryptocurrencies in the United States. The president of Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Felix Hufeld, has indicated that the principal concern of German regulators regarding cryptocurrency will be seeking to ensure financial stability, rather than concerns pertaining to individual investors. The U.K’s Financial Conduct Authority has published an open letter to the CEO’s of businesses offering “services related to cryptoassets” regarding financial crime risks associated with virtual currencies.

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Shapeshift Co-Founder Says U.S. Cryptocurrency Regulations are Worsening

Regulation Round-Up: Shapeshift COO Says U.S. Regulations Worsen, Germany to Protect Financial Stability not Individual InvestorsFollowing the passing of Bill 5031 in Washington and New York, which demands that cryptocurrency exchanges provide regulators with customer information and trading data, Shapeshift has emerged as one of the most vocal critics of the new, and the current direction in which U.S. cryptocurrency regulations are heading.

In a recent interview, Jon, Shapeshift’s co-founder and COO, stated “I would say in the US it’s actually gotten worse […] especially in the last 6 months. I think the explosion of value in 2017 brought a lot of these regulators into the space and made them more concerned. Most of them don’t understand what the heck it (cryptocurrency) is, but they want to control it.” Jon also accused regulators of failing to “give clarity,” stating “all these companies and lawyers and lobbyists are left to read the regulatory tea-leaves […] Nobody knows what the rules are and everyone’s just left to figure it out, that’s a dangerous place to be.”

Jon described decentralized exchanges as comprising a form of resistance to the current regulatory climate on the part of the cryptocurrency community. Of decentralized exchanges, the Shapeshift COO stated, “I think it’s a lesson to the smart regulators in the space that if they don’t work with companies, they’ll push things that way, and it’ll become harder and harder for them to have an impact in the space. The more regulators push hard, the more things become unregulatable.”

Jon concluded by advocating a collective approach among companies in the cryptocurrency sector to push for a more amenable regulatory apparatus, stating that he hopes “more and more of the crypto companies do band together to help educate the regulators in the space and try to work together to do something productive.”

German Crypto Regulations Will Strive for Financial Stability, Not Protection of Individual Investors

Felix Hufeld, the President of Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory (BaFin), recently delivered a speech addressing cryptocurrencies, in which he emphasized the regulator’s primary intention as being preserving financial stability, rather than issues concerning individual investors.

According to a rough translation, Mr. Hufield stated “We will not be able to protect every single investor from his fate, and that can not be the task of state supervision. Once again, the maxim is that we must act on a prudent or regulatory basis if financial stability as a whole is threatened.”

Overall, Mr. Hufield spoke favorably of cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technology, stating that he “consider[s] the applications that start where there is a lack of effective control mechanisms or trustworthy institutions to be promising. Among other things in foreign trade or development aid, Blockchain’s promise of confidence and efficiency in cryptography and immutability may prove beneficial.”

U.K. FCA Publishes Open Letter to CEOs of Businesses Offering “Services Related to Cryptoassets

Regulation Round-Up: Shapeshift COO Says U.S. Regulations Worsen, Germany to Protect Financial Stability not Individual InvestorsThe United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority has published an open letter to the CEOs of businesses that offer services pertaining to virtual currencies seeking to warn of the financial crime risks associated with cryptocurrencies.

The letter asserts that whilst “There are many non-criminal motives for using cryptoassets [..] this class of product can also be abused because it offers potential anonymity and the ability to move money between countries,” advocating that businesses “take reasonable and proportionate measures to lessen the risk of [firms] facilitating financial crimes which are enabled by cryptoassets.” Said measures include “developing staff knowledge and expertise on cryptoassets,” and “ensuring that existing financial crime frameworks adequately reflect the crypto-related activities which the firm is involved in.”

Mohammed Adil Siddiqui, compliance professional & founder of The CFD Trading & Compliance Forum, commented on the letter, stating, “The FCA’s recent notice to banks and financial institutions servicing the cryptocurrency sector comes as no surprise, it’s typical of the regulator‘s approach when things are getting from bad-to-worse. Despite the global regulatory framework around virtual currencies gaining prominence, there are fundamental weaknesses that the watchdog finds uneasy, namely ‘source of funds’. With cryptos, the possibilities to circulate funds from lands few and far between is as easy buying milk, and banks, exchanges and the wider market must act swiftly. The CFD Trading & Compliance Forum welcomes the guidance note and expects regulators to take more stringent & drastic actions by way of legislation to ensure that preventative measures are applied pre-the-use of these innovative financial instruments. And banks, that have questionable or suspicious transactions should carry out the appropriate checks as earliest as possible to maintain confidence and reduce the possibility of financial crime and inefficient activities distorting the marketplace.”

Do you agree with Shapeshift’s appraisals of the current regulatory climate in United States? Join the discussion in the comments section below!


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