Crypto-Loving US Senate Candidate Forced to Return $130,000 Bitcoin Donation

US Senate candidate Austin Petersen received a $130,000 bitcoin donation but was forced to return it due to federal regulations governing campaign contributions. Petersen, a Republican who is hoping to unseat incumbent Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill during the mid-term election in November, said that an enthusiastic supporter attempted to donate $130,276 worth of bitcoins (~20 … Continued

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Bitcoin.org Redesign Goes Live, Removes References to Pro-SegWit2x Companies

Bitcoin.org launched a new website design on and has removed references and links to certain partners, including BitPay, Coinbase, and Blockchain.   The removal of the companies occurred most on the resources pages, namely the exchanges page. The argument for removing these large players, who have helped with increasing adoption for new users, is that … Continued

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ICO Promoter John McAfee Says He’s Running for President [Again]

John McAfee, the cybersecurity pioneer and ICO promoter, has announced on Twitter he has decided to run for president of the United States in 2020, past refusals notwithstanding. In spite of past refusals, I have decided to again run for POTUS in 2020. If asked again by the Libertarian party, I will run with them.

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After Last Year’s Mempool Drama, Batched Bitcoin Transactions Finally on the Rise

When bitcoin transaction fees hit record costs in mid-to late-2017, a race for solutions was in force. The most workable one came in the form of batching bitcoin transactions, and batching’s popularity has increased in the background of a general bear market that started in early 2018. Technical Underpinnings of Batching At the time, it … Continued

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Fmr. Obama Aide Attacked for Taking Bitcoin Contributions for Political Campaign

Two California Democrats running for Congress are at odds over one’s decision to accept bitcoin contributions. In his campaign ad, ex-SEC attorney Dave Min slammed former Barack Obama aide Brian Forde for accepting BTC political donations. “Brian Forde’s big donors? Bitcoin speculators who oppose cracking down on drug deals and human trafficking,” Min’s ad trumpeted. … Continued

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Bitcoin Traders Join Supreme Court Challenge to India’s Banking Blockade

More bitcoin traders are challenging India’s directive for banks to stop financial services to cryptocurrency exchanges in the populous Asian country, with a court hearing of the challenge set for Thursday this week amid complaints that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is curtailing “essential” trade services. On Monday, the Economic Times in India reported … Continued

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Wisconsin Mulls Allowing Bitcoin Donations for Political Campaigns

Ethics officials in the U.S. state of Wisconsin are divided on whether to allow political campaigns to accept campaign donations in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If Wisconsin approves the move, it will join Montana, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. federal government in allowing cryptocurrency campaign contributions. At a hearing on April 24, the Wisconsin Ethics … Continued

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Kazakhstan May Ban Cryptocurrencies Citing Money-Laundering Concerns

Kazakhstan’s National Bank is considering banning cryptocurrency use, exchanges, and mining, saying virtual currencies are an ideal vehicle for fraud, money-laundering, and tax evasion. “In Kazakhstan, the National Bank is taking a very conservative approach toward the matter, and it welcomes nothing but extremely tough restrictions,” Daniyar Akishev, the chairman of Kazakhstan’s National Bank, told Sputnik News.

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Global Cryptocurrency Groups Plan to Sue Google, Facebook Over Advertising Ban

The Russian Association of Crypto-Currency and Block-Finish (RACIB) and industry associations in Korea and China are planning to sue Google, Twitter, Facebook and Yandex for refusing to place cryptocurrency advertising, RACIB head Yuri Pripachkin told the Blockchain RF-2018 congress. The parties intend to file suit in May, Russian publishing giant TASS reports. Pripachkin said a one-time … Continued

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Trump’s New Economic Adviser Hints at Friendly Tax Policy for Crypto Investors

President Donald Trump’s new economic adviser has his sights set on lowering the capital gains tax rate, a move that would prove to be a huge boon to cryptocurrency investors. Earlier this week, Trump announced that he had tapped Larry Kudlow to become the new White House economic adviser, filling a post left vacant by … Continued

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Quebec Premier Disses Bitcoin Miners Seeking Cheap Power Rates in Canada

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Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has given the cold shoulder to bitcoin miners seeking to take advantage of Quebec’s cheap energy costs. Hydro-Quebec, the Montreal, Canada-based utility, warned last week that cheap power would not be available to every company expanding to the province, hinting the company could set a higher tariff on cryptocurrency miners. Couillard … Continued

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Members of Congress Should Disclose Cryptocurrency Holdings: Blockchain Caucus Founder

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The founder of the US Congressional Blockchain Caucus wants his fellow members of Congress to be required to disclose their cryptocurrency holdings. Colorado House Representative Jared Polis (D), who has long been one of Bitcoin’s most vocal advocates on Capitol Hill, sent a petition to the House Ethics Committee earlier this week arguing that cryptocurrency … Continued

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