This Week in Bitcoin: Smooth Bitcoin Cash Upgrade, BCH and BTC Tax Payments in Florida

This Week in Bitcoin: Smooth Bitcoin Cash Upgrade, BCH and BTC Tax Payments in Florida

A notable week for Bitcoin Cash (BCH) – the network successfully upgraded the blockchain protocol by extending the block size to 32MB. The change will allow a greater number of transactions to be processed with inexpensive and consistent transaction fees. Also, Seminole County in Florida will accept tax payments in both Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) thanks to a partnership with Bitpay.

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Bitcoin Cash Upgrades Blockchain Protocol

The Bitcoin Cash network has smoothly and successfully upgraded the blockchain protocol this Tuesday by extending the block size from 8MB to 32MB. The implementation of the new consensus rules went into effect at block height 530356.

This Week in Bitcoin: Smooth Bitcoin Cash Upgrade, BCH and BTC Tax Payments in FloridaThe change represents one of the largest block size increases in blockchain history. The upgrade also includes an increased default data-carrier-size, from 80-bytes to 220-bytes, and re-enabling previously disabled Satoshi OP_Codes, which could add the ability to code colored coins and binary contracts.

The fourfold block size increase will allow vast amounts of transactions to pass through the network with consistent and inexpensive transaction fees. It also gives developers plenty of breathing room to adjust the size if it starts getting closer to its limit and paves a path for mass adoption. The block size limits are currently set by the miner, and developers are able to set the capacity so that blocks cannot get full in the immediate future. This means that the fees will remain low for quite some time and also reliable, even when transaction usage becomes as extreme as in the last quarter of 2017.

Bitpay Enables BCH and BTC for Tax Payments in Florida County

US-based crypto payment processor Bitpay has announced a formal agreement with Florida’s Seminole County Tax Collector, Joel M. Greenberg. Both Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin Core (BTC) can be used for tax payments starting this summer. County residents will be able to pay in crypto for driver licenses, ID cards, and even property taxes.

“We live in a world where technology has made access to services on demand, with same-day delivery and the expectation of highly efficient customer service, and we should expect the same from our government,” Greenberg said. He added that the aim of his tenure in office is to make customer experience faster, smarter, and more efficient, and to bring government services from the 18th century into the 21st. One way to achieve that, the official says, is to add cryptocurrency to the available payment options.

China Ranks Almost 30 Cryptos, Finds Over 400 Fake Coins

The government of China, one of the first to ban cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, has come out with official crypto rankings. The Chinese Center for Information Industry Development (CCID) will be judging leading digital coins according to three major criteria – innovation, technology, and application – although details about the applied methodology are yet to be shared. A total of 28 cryptocurrencies and their respective blockchains have been ranked. Of the top four coins by market capitalization, Ethereum was ranked first, followed by Bitcoin Core (BTC) at number 13, Ripple is 17th, and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) – 25th. The Chinese top five include Ether, Steem, Lisk, NEO, and Komodo.

This Week in Bitcoin: Smooth Bitcoin Cash Upgrade, BCH and BTC Tax Payments in FloridaAnother sign of growing attention to cryptocurrencies in China is the publication of a report on fake coins by a government-backed industry organization. The National Committee of Experts on the Internet Financial Security Technology (IFCERT) has identified 421 fake cryptocurrencies. The organization pointed out that 60% of these cryptos are deployed overseas. IFCERT also outlined some major red flags of the fake coins. According to the Committee, they often adopt “pyramid-based” business models and claim high returns. The cryptos have no real code – they either do not have a blockchain or cannot generate blocks for one. These coins are not traded on legitimate exchanges, the report also notes.

US Government Launches Scam Crypto Site

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has created and published its own version of an initial coin offering (ICO) scam website. “Combining the two most growth-oriented segments of the digital economy, blockchain technology and travel, Howeycoin is the newest and only coin offering that captures the magic of coin trading profits and the excitement and guaranteed returns of the travel industry,” the mock SEC website claims. It promises partnerships in all segments of the travel industry and “earning coins you can trade for profit.”

This Week in Bitcoin: Smooth Bitcoin Cash Upgrade, BCH and BTC Tax Payments in Florida

“The rapid growth of the ‘ICO’ market, and its widespread promotion as a new investment opportunity, has provided fertile ground for bad actors to take advantage of our Main Street investors. We embrace new technologies, but we also want investors to see what fraud looks like, so we built this educational site with many of the classic warning signs of fraud,” SEC Chairman Jay Clayton explained. He also noted that distributed ledger technology can add efficiency to the capital raising process, but promoters and issuers need to make sure they follow the securities laws. “I encourage investors to do their diligence and ask questions,” Clayton said.

EU Adopts Rules to Reduce Anonymity for Crypto Users

EU Adopts Rules to Reduce Anonymity for Crypto UsersThis week, the European Union moved closer to its goal to minimize anonymous crypto transactions. The EU Council adopted a directive, which updates the European anti-money laundering legislation. The new rules come with requirements for crypto platforms to introduce know-your-customer procedures. The amendments were adopted at a meeting of the General Affairs Council on Monday, following an agreement with the European Parliament form December. In April this year, MEPs voted to support the deal to “bring cryptocurrencies under closer regulation.”

The main changes involve addressing the “risks linked to virtual currencies” by taking steps to reduce anonymity for both crypto traders and crypto-related transactions. Providers of exchange services between virtual and fiat currencies, as well as custodian wallet providers, will be obliged to identify suspicious activities. The directive states that authorities should be able to monitor the use of cryptocurrencies through these platforms, and the national financial intelligence units should have access to information allowing them to associate crypto addresses with the their owners.

South Korean Regulators Widen Investigation of Crypto Exchanges

The government in Seoul is widening its probe on cryptocurrency exchanges focusing on the use of corporate accounts for crypto transactions, which the regulators say can lead to money laundering. The practice should have been discontinued when authorities introduced the real-name system at the end of January. However, only 30% of all crypto accounts have been converted into real-name ones so far. South Korea’s top financial regulators are now teaming up with prosecutors to widen the investigation.

This Week in Bitcoin: Smooth Bitcoin Cash Upgrade, BCH and BTC Tax Payments in FloridaThe six banks that can issue real-name accounts have chosen to only service the country’s largest crypto exchanges: Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit. Nonetheless, not all accounts at these exchanges have been converted into real-name ones. In addition, all small and medium-sized exchanges continue to use corporate accounts for crypto transactions. The regulators warn that the use of corporate accounts can lead to fraud. The announcement of the widening probe follows the launch of an investigation on the largest South Korean crypto exchange, Upbit.

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Japanese Crypto Exchange Continues Global Expansion – Now in Five Countries

Japanese Crypto Exchange Continues Global Expansion - Now in 5 Countries

A Japanese government-approved cryptocurrency exchange has resumed expanding overseas. Already operating in five countries with a plan to launch in more in the near future, the exchange aims to construct a global network of crypto transactions.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Building Global Network

Japanese Crypto Exchange Continues Global Expansion - Now in 5 CountriesBitpoint Japan was among the first crypto exchanges to be fully licensed by the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA). It is a subsidiary of Remixpoint (3825.T), a listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Bitpoint has started a new round of expansion overseas, after entering a few countries last year. The company announced on Thursday that its Malaysian exchange has begun operations.

The Kuala Lumpur-based Bitpoint Malaysia opened its doors on May 17, offering spot trading and leverage trading. The fee for spot trading is 0.5% while leverage trading carries no fee. Deposits and withdrawals in Malaysian Ringgit are free during the grand opening. The exchange wrote:

We offer leverage of 2, 5, 10 and 25 times.

Five cryptocurrencies are supported: BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC, and XRP. Bitpoint Japan says it “will support Bitpoint Malaysia as a system and liquidity provider.”

Global Operations

Japanese Crypto Exchange Continues Global Expansion - Now in 5 CountriesIn addition to Malaysia and Japan, Bitpoint is also operating in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The exchange also opened an office in China in July last year before the Chinese government shut down all crypto exchanges in the country.

In addition, the exchange is reportedly preparing to enter Singapore, Thailand, and other Asian markets in the near future. Bitpoint detailed:

By continuing to provide overseas exchanges using the Bitpoint system in the future, we will continue to realize the construction of a global network of virtual currency transactions.

Tougher Rules and Competition in Japan

Since the hack of Coincheck, one of the most popular crypto exchanges in Japan, the FSA has tightened its cryptocurrency oversight. The country still has 16 fully-licensed crypto exchanges, which have recently formed an association to focus on self-regulation in an effort to rebuild public trust in the crypto industry.

However, out of the 16 “deemed dealers,” which are those allowed to operate while their applications are being reviewed by the FSA, only 8 remain. The agency recently revealed that the other 8 have indicated that they are withdrawing their applications.

Meanwhile, the agency confirmed that over 100 companies are seeking to enter the space, including Yahoo! Japan and Line Corp, which operates the popular chat app Line.

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China Has Found 421 Fake Cryptocurrencies

China Has Found 421 Fake Cryptocurrencies

A Chinese government-backed industry organization has published a report on fake cryptocurrencies. As of April, its monitoring platform has found 421 fake cryptocurrencies, 60% of which are deployed overseas. The Committee has also outlined major red flags of these cryptocurrencies.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

421 Fake Cryptocurrencies

China Has Found 421 Fake CryptocurrenciesThe National Committee of Experts on the Internet Financial Security Technology (IFCERT), a Chinese government-backed industry organization, published the results of its analysis on fake cryptocurrencies on Friday.

China Has Found 421 Fake CryptocurrenciesCiting that “In recent years, virtual currencies represented by bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum, etc. have received continuous attention,” IFCERT pointed out that “some criminals are engaged in financial fraud or pyramid schemes under the cover of virtual currency.” The Committee added that fake cryptocurrencies frequently appear, “causing investors to suffer major losses.”

IFCERT’s National Internet Financial Risk Analysis Technology Platform continuously monitors fake cryptos, the Committee detailed, elaborating:

As of April 2018, the technology platform has found 421 fake virtual currencies, of which more than 60% of fake virtual currency website servers are deployed overseas. Such platforms are difficult to find and difficult to track.

The Red Flags

China Has Found 421 Fake CryptocurrenciesThe Committee outlined some major red flags of these fake cryptocurrencies. Firstly, they adopt “pyramid-based” business models, claiming that their cryptocurrencies will generate high returns.

Secondly, they have no real code, IFCERT described, noting that they either do not have a blockchain or cannot generate blocks for one.

Thirdly, they will not be traded on legitimate cryptocurrency exchanges, “so they often trade on over-the-counter or proprietary exchanges,” the report detailed, adding that:

There is a phenomenon that prices [on these platforms] are highly controlled by institutions or individuals, which tends to cause the illusion of rapid price increase. However, users often cannot conduct transactions or withdraw cash.

IFCERT emphasized that fake cryptocurrencies have no value and are illegal, asserting that “Many of these platforms do not have business premises and business information, and servers are often deployed overseas,” so it will be difficult to recoup any losses for victims.

271 Fake ICOs

On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal independently published its finding after a review of documents produced for 1,450 initial coin offerings (ICOs). The publication “has found 271 with red flags that include plagiarized investor documents, promises of guaranteed returns and missing or fake executive teams.”

Investors have poured more than $1 billion into these 271 ICOs, the publication detailed, adding that “some of the firms are still raising funds, while others have shut down. Investors have so far claimed losses of up to $273 million in these projects, according to lawsuits and regulatory actions.”

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China Ranks Ethereum as the World’s Best Blockchain Network, Bitcoin at #13

On May 17, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released its public blockchain ratings, ranking various blockchain projects like Ethereum in the global cryptocurrency sector based on three criteria: technology, application, and innovation. Bitcoin at #13 As shown in the chart below, the Chinese government ranked Ethereum as the world’s best blockchain network at

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Bitmain Hits Back at “Dirty Tricks” Accusations

Bitmain Hits Back at “Dirty Tricks” Accusations

Chinese mining behemoth Bitmain has strongly refuted allegations that it pressurized an ASIC manufacturer into shutting out a foreign competitor. In a widely shared blog post, Siacoin’s lead developer David Vorick lifted the lid on the cutthroat ASIC mining business. In a response, Bitmain praised Vorick’s input to the industry – but took exception to one particular section of his writeup.

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Bitmain Breaks Its Silence

Bitmain Hits Back at “Dirty Tricks” AccusationsBitmain is a company of few words, preferring to let its ruthlessly efficient ASIC miners do the talking. It was stirred into breaking its silence, however, after an explosive blog post by David Vorick was published three days ago. The lengthy article contained a number of revelations and allegations about the cryptocurrency mining business, and Bitmain’s role in particular.

As we reported: “Siacoin’s lead developer repeats claims he has heard that “Bitmain plays dirty”. Vorick was allegedly told that Bitmain would use its power to stop other ASIC companies from manufacturing in China. Despite going to great pains to conceal Obelisk’s involvement in such a deal, the Chinese manufacturer backed out suddenly in a move that reportedly cost Obelisk $2 million. There is no proof that the manufacturer was leaned on by Bitmain, but David Vorick leaves no doubt as to where his suspicions lie.”

Not content to take this accusation lying down, Bitmain has hit back, retorting: “Considering the truly vast number and diversity of suppliers in China, it’s difficult to consider that Bitmain could possibly exert such powerful control over a competitor’s supply chain to the degree the article suggests.” Interestingly, Bitmain doesn’t outright deny the allegation, focusing instead on the fact that “six percent of [Vorick’s] total article” is taken up with exploring these supposed dirty tricks.

A Few Words From One of the Industry’s Most Furtive Organizations

Siacoin Developer: ASICS Are “Money Printing Machines” for Manufacturers
The new Obelisk ASIC miner

David Vorick’s blog post was a 5,300-word tour de force. Bitmain’s riposte, in comparison, runs to just 380 words, which provide just enough space in which to refute allegations of “dirty tricks” and the notion that “Bitmain floods the market with its mining rigs”. It’s curious that the mining company should choose to address this latter point, because nowhere in Vorick’s article does he accuse the company of flooding the market with rigs per se. He does though accuse the company of various other underhand tactics, such as mining with its own units and then shipping them once they’re no longer profitable, but Bitmain makes no mention of this.

As David Vorick acknowledged in his blog, it is extremely difficult to prove his audacious claims. If a large ASIC manufacturer was to conspire with a domestic supplier to thwart a rival, there would be no paper trail to go on. As a result, readers can only speculate as to who they believe is telling the truth: Siacoin and Obelisk developer David Vorick or Bitmain.

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Chinese Miners Are Finding Relocation Difficult in Southeast Asia

Chinese Miners Are Finding Relocation Difficult in Southeast Asia

According to a recent report, cryptocurrency miners from China have been flocking to regions in Southeast Asia like Vietnam, Myanmar, and Cambodia. However, a relocated Chinese miner based in Cambodia says miners trying to find safe havens in other Southeast Asian countries are having difficulties, and losing money every month due to residents complaining and unreliable power.

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Chinese Miners Who Relocate Are Finding Other Regions Located in Southeast Asia More Difficult

Mining in China is still allowed but there have been rumors of government crackdowns, and because of this speculation many mining operations based in the country have begun to relocate. Some operations who still seek out cheaper Chinese electricity tariffs moved to the border towns in Yunnan, but lots of Chinese miners have relocated to other areas in Southeast Asia like South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Although government officials and residents living in these regions have been giving miners a hard time according to a relocated miner named Zhang Han.

Chinese Miners Are Finding Relocation Difficult in Southeast Asia
Zhang relocated to Cambodia from China and found that local rent is quite cheap, a 500 square-meter large shack only charges 500,000 riel ($100) per month, and you can hire two local young labors at the cost of only $100. But Cambodian mining operations have posed other problems for Chinese miners.

Zhang says that he had miner friends that already “occupied” the suburbs of Cambodia and Myanmar. He did the math and found areas in Southeast Asia still offer much cheaper electricity than other countries worldwide. However, the miner explains he is not too happy with the move and states “I really regret it.” At first, Zhang found that Cambodia was expensive in some areas of operations, but less expensive in other areas when compared to other regions.   

“Compared with other miners who choose Vietnam and Myanmar, the electricity in Cambodia is slightly more expensive, but it costs less in other expenses,” Zhang explains in his recent interview.

It costs almost the same in Cambodia as industrial electricity price in China, 1.3 yuan ($20 cents) per kilowatt-hour (kWh), but you can take advantage of electricity theft from streetlamp facility with the help of some insiders.

Chinese Miners Are Finding Relocation Difficult in Southeast Asia
Accessory costs and maintenance is much more expensive than China. Some things can be 3X the price says Zhang.

Accessories Costs and Operations Maintenance is More Expensive Abroad for Relocated Chinese Miners

The accessories costs and operations maintenance is what gave his mining operation headaches, Zhang explains. “Maintenance and accessories are very big problems, and it can also be said that the cost of supplies is very high,” Zhang details. “But hardware maintenance is a challenge, it would cost you a great sum – at least 3 times higher than the cost back in China, especially in hot days when entering March. Buying parts here is really a big headache, we have no choice but to purchase them from China, which would take days or even weeks to have it available in operation here.”

At times we turn to local miners for help, while they would seize the opportunity to ask for unfairly high price for a tiny fitting. 

Chinese Miners Are Finding Relocation Difficult in Southeast Asia
Many areas in Southeast Asia experience lots of power outages and Zhang’s operation deals with electrical outages frequently. However, Zhang says you can take advantage of electricity theft from streetlamp facility with the help of some “insiders.”

Chinese Miners Also Face Unfriendly Local Competitors and Residents Who Might Report Electrical Theft

Zhang further realized that Cambodia suffered from significant power outages where there is no electricity for a whole day or even longer. The miner says in order to mitigate the problem, if an operation happens to have a connection with a power company “insider,” they can steal power from a nearby streetlight. However, local residents may report this method to the authorities, and Zhang says residents are not too friendly towards Chinese miners right now. Additionally, local miners and financial institutions backed by Western countries are also not pleased with Chinese miners relocating to these countries.

“Apart from the local residents and miners, institutions funded by western countries are also unfriendly to us — They are all trying to squeeze us out of here — And I’m considering that,” Zhang concludes.

What do you think about relocated Chinese miners having issues in other areas of Southeast Asia? Let us know your thoughts on this subject in the comments below. 


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This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls Coin

This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls Coin

This week’s round-up features a colorful selection of bitcoin stories but we’ll start with the possible explanation for recent market dips. Most cryptocurrencies dropped in price over the period, following developments with depressing effect on traders. In Japan, Mt. Gox’s bitcoins stored in court ordered wallets have moved again, while in South Korea, the largest exchange Upbit has found itself under investigation for suspected fraud.  

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Markets React to Disturbing News from Japan and Korea

The prices of leading cryptocurrencies dropped this week, with some recovery across the board on Sunday. The negative trend was probably determined by some notable developments in Asia, powerful enough to influence the mood of traders. Just as Bitcoin (BTC) looked poised to storm the $10,000 psychological threshold, the ghost of notoriously hacked cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox reminded bitcoiners it isn’t done with them yet. Tokyo-based court appointed trustee of the remaining bitcoin to be distributed among creditors, Nobuaki Kobayashi, seems ready to flood the market, again. According to Blockchain.info, over 8,000 coins from two court ordered cold storage wallets have been recently shifted. As soon as the news broke, BTC prices plummeted.

This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls Coin

South Korean media reported that the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Upbit, is under investigation on suspicions of fraud. The exchange confirmed the news in a statement and tried to reassure its customers that their assets are kept securely, while “all transactions and withdrawals are operating normally.” Reports suggested that Upbit is suspected of transferring customer funds from their cryptocurrency exchange account to a representative or executive account. Acting on that information, Korean prosecutors have conducted search and seizure against the company, securing computer hard disks and accounting records. Upbit is currently the world’s fourth-largest crypto trading platform.

China to Publish Monthly Crypto Report

This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls CoinThe Chinese government has decided to keep a close eye on decentralized currencies, despite all crypto bans it has imposed so far. Beijing authorities are set to publish a regular monthly analysis of over two dozen crypto assets in the form of the new Global Public Chain Assessment Index. “This independent analysis of cryptocurrencies and global public blockchain technology demonstrates the confidence of the Chinese Government in the technology, and will act as a guide,” according to a government press release. Almost 30 cryptos will be analyzed. The coins included in the index are expected to conform to certain standards like having an independent main chain and an open block browser.

China is also working to develop a national standard for blockchain technologies and applications. The new system should be completed and introduced by the end of 2019, according to reports by state-controlled media in the People’s Republic. Initially the blockchain standard will include basic standards, business and application standards, process and method standards, credible and interoperable standards, and information security standards, but the scope of its applicability will be expanded in the future.

Localbitcoins Changes ToS to Comply With EU Law

The popular peer-to-peer exchange Localbitcoins has updated its Terms of Service (ToS), noting that the changes have been introduced mainly due to regulations in the European Union. The new ToS of the Helsinki-based trading platform highlight certain identification requirements. In some situations users will be required to submit a copy of ID, although identity verification is not yet implemented as a mandatory procedure for all traders. The company has detailed some of the situations in which identification will be necessary. These include trading over certain volume limits, cases of account hacking/recovery, and fraud investigations. The new terms will be enforced on May 25.

Facebook Mulls Own Token, Reports Say

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: “Social” Coins, Crypto Vending, Blockchain MileageThis week we also covered some interesting developments in our daily rubric “Bitcoin in Brief”. After introducing a ban on crypto-related ads earlier this year, social media giant Facebook is now considering creating its own cryptocurrency to facilitate on-platform payments, reports suggested. Sources familiar with the matter told the financial news outlet Cheddar that the network is serious about the project to introduce global crypto payments. A digital token would allow its two billion users around the world to take advantage of crypto transactions and skip state-issued fiat currencies. The company announced recently it had formed a team tasked to explore the uses for blockchain technologies that can be utilized to improve its business. The group is headed by David Marcus, former head of Facebook Messenger and ex-president of Paypal, who currently sits on the board of Coinbase.

BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features

Two popular Bitcoin Cash social media applications, Memo and Blockpress, have introduced new features on their platforms this week. Users can now upload pictures, video, and even torrent magnets found on the Pirate Bay. Memo has recently added a bunch of features like replies, emojis, and a counter for typing. Its programmers also added a ‘Topics’ section where people can discuss any topic trending on the application. On Thursday, the Memo development team added image and Youtube video support. Users can now upload a picture or their favorite Youtube video utilizing an on-chain BCH transaction.

Last week, another BCH-powered social media application was launched – Blockpress. Just like Memo, the platform enables the ability to publish 77 characters via the Bitcoin Cash network. Its developer “Attila” said that after the May 15 BCH upgrade the Blockpress platform will provide the ability to upload much longer content. Currently, its users can add images to posts, a notification feed, community topics, and a sidebar of followed profiles on Blockpress.

Bitcoin and the Carnal Temptations

A bitcoin supporter hopes to replace New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned amid a sex scandal. Four women have recently complained about non-consensual physical violence by Schneiderman. Stock market lawyer and former stand-up comedian Manny Alicandro has announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket. He is described as bitcoin enthusiast and a crypto investor, who advises several blockchain startups. Alicandro’s campaign will highlight the current harsh regulation of bitcoin in the Empire State and may accept donations in bitcoin. He has been quoted as saying that he would like to see lighter rules for cryptocurrency businesses. Alicandro believes that New York’s Bitlicense regime is hurting jobs and stifling innovation.

This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls CoinNY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned just hours after the news about the violent sex scandal broke. His administration was behind an investigation into the operations of bitcoin exchanges which was rebuked by representatives of the crypto industry like Kraken CEO Jessie Powell who sharply criticized the regulatory overreach of his office.

This week bitcoin and carnal pleasures were mentioned together more than once. Exotic dancer Brenna Sparks, featured in the article about a Las Vegas club where strippers accept bitcoin via QR tattoos, has published a blog post on an adult entertainment industry portal explaining the advantages of cryptocurrency to her colleagues. Noting that digital money can help with upholding privacy and fighting piracy, Brenna also points out the main advantage of cryptos like bitcoin – helping people in the business avoid paying almost 50% to middlemen.

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China Plays Jekyll & Hyde, After Ban It Will Publish Monthly Crypto Report

China Plays Jekyll & Hyde, After Ban It Will Publish Monthly Crypto Report

China’s government is well known as a crypto hater, and its banishments and pronouncements are the stuff of wild market swings. That doesn’t mean, however, they’re not keeping close eye on decentralized currencies. In fact, according to recent press releases, Chinese authorities are set to publish regular monthly analysis of over two dozen crypto assets, its Global Public Chain Assessment Index.

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China Set to Provide Monthly Cryptocurrency Report

“This independent analysis of cryptocurrencies and global public blockchain technology demonstrates the confidence of the Chinese Government in the technology, and will act as a guide for government, enterprise and research institute,” a government press release read this week.

China Plays Jekyll & Hyde, After Ban It Will Publish Monthly Crypto Report

Beijing was indeed home to provocative announcements by the government of China such as the above. At a conference, its respective technology ministries explained their monitoring, by way of analysis, nearly thirty cryptocurrencies. Among them, “the first batch of assessment objects were identified: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripoco [Ripple], Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, Starcoin, NEO, Ioota, Monroe Currency, Dash, New Currency, Ethereum Classic, Quantum Chain, Nano, Application Chain, Big Zero Coin, Verge, Stratis, Cloud Storage, Stimco, Bit Stock, Bitcoin, Coin, Decred, Super Cash hcash, Komodo, ARK,” various bodies detailed.

Standards for inclusion, according to a Google Translate of the government press release, are, “First, it has its own independent main chain; Second, the public chain node can be freely created; Third, it has an open block browser, block information can be consulted; Fourth, code open source; The fifth is to have a project home page, the project team can contact.”

Blockchain, Not Currency

The government expects shortly to have some kind of ranking system published. The Global Public Chain Assessment Index, as it is referred to, appears to be a way to “evaluate the technological capability, the usefulness of the application and the innovativeness of the project,” government minders insisted, and to determine “development level of the projects to profoundly understand the trend of blockchain technology innovation.”

China Plays Jekyll & Hyde, After Ban It Will Publish Monthly Crypto Report

The conference press releases are full of effusive praise for ‘blockchain’ technology, a corporate staple among buzzwords all over the world. Cryptocurrency trading, of course, is not allowed in the world’s most populous country, and that hasn’t changed. And it’s probably why the currency aspect of crypto was not emphasized, but instead its variations on the distributed ledger technology theme.  

“The first phase of the global public-owned chain technology evaluation index,” the government noted, “will be released in the near future. The official website of the China Electronic Information Industry Development Institute will be the only designated release platform for the evaluation index.”

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Chinese Researchers Create Index to Rank Blockchain Projects

At a seminar held in Beijing today, the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID) announced its inaugural monthly Global Public Chain Assessment Index, a ranking of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain projects that the Chinese government considers to possess technological merit. The CCID is part of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, a state … Continued

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China Takes Another Step Forward in Promoting Blockchain Innovation

CCID Announces Its First Monthly Global Public Chain Assessment Index

The China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID) of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing announced its first monthly Global Public Chain Assessment Index at a recent conference. The platform is designed to offer detailed reviews of global blockchain projects by renowned experts in academia, industry and government bodies.

Previously, the CCID had established the Blockchain Research Institute and the China Ecological Blockchain Alliance, which are assigned to strengthen industry, policy research and blockchain technology. The organizations also provide software research and testing to China’s government.

The conference introduced blockchain experts to the CCID’s latest work in public chain identification. The association’s Blockchain Research Institute has garnered most of its data through the cooperation of the CCID Think Tank, the China Software Testing Center and other departments built to scientifically evaluate global public chain technology and further blockchain innovation. In the future, the CCID hopes to provide professional consulting services to blockchain businesses, government branches, technology developers and research institutes, thus paving the way for further blockchain adoption.

During the event, representatives stated what was necessary to identify public chain objects:

  1. An application must possess its own independent main chain.
  2. Any entity should be able to freely create and operate a full node on the network.
  3. It should have a published block explorer where information is easily tracked.
  4. It must run on open-source code.
  5. Its primary team members should be easy to contact through its website.

These regulations have allowed the organization to identify several public chain objects including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano and NEO, among others. The first Global Public Chain Assessment will be formally announced this coming week, while the CCID’s website will serve as its official publishing platform.

The conference was hosted by Dr. Songtao Pu of the CCID Think Tank. Additional panelists included Dr. Qian Liu from the organization’s software institute, Dr. Tao Lv from the China Software Testing Center, and Anlei Wei from the CCID Blockchain Research Institute.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China was established in 2008 as a government body under the country’s state council to administer China’s industrial branches and information industry. Its primary duties include determining China’s industrial planning, standards and policies; promoting the development of major equipment and innovation in China’s communications arena; guiding the construction of information systems; and instilling necessary protection for these systems.

Serving directly under the Ministry, the CCID seeks to develop information industries in China and bridge the gaps between government and business ventures by providing research, evaluations and certifications to ongoing data projects.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

CCID Announces Its First Monthly Global Public Chain Assessment Index

CCID Announces Its First Monthly Global Public Chain Assessment Index

The China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID) of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing announced its first monthly Global Public Chain Assessment Index at a recent conference. The platform is designed to offer detailed reviews of global blockchain projects by renowned experts in academia, industry and government bodies.

Previously, the CCID had established the Blockchain Research Institute and the China Ecological Blockchain Alliance, which are assigned to strengthen industry, policy research and blockchain technology. The organizations also provide software research and testing to China’s government.

The conference introduced blockchain experts to the CCID’s latest work in public chain identification. The association’s Blockchain Research Institute has garnered most of its data through the cooperation of the CCID Think Tank, the China Software Testing Center and other departments built to scientifically evaluate global public chain technology and further blockchain innovation. In the future, the CCID hopes to provide professional consulting services to blockchain businesses, government branches, technology developers and research institutes, thus paving the way for further blockchain adoption.

During the event, representatives stated what was necessary to identify public chain objects:

  1. An application must possess its own independent main chain.
  2. Any entity should be able to freely create and operate a full node on the network.
  3. It should have a published block explorer where information is easily tracked.
  4. It must run on open-source code.
  5. Its primary team members should be easy to contact through its website.

These regulations have allowed the organization to identify several public chain objects including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano and NEO, among others. The first Global Public Chain Assessment will be formally announced this coming week, while the CCID’s website will serve as its official publishing platform.

The conference was hosted by Dr. Songtao Pu of the CCID Think Tank. Additional panelists included Dr. Qian Liu from the organization’s software institute, Dr. Tao Lv from the China Software Testing Center, and Anlei Wei from the CCID Blockchain Research Institute.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China was established in 2008 as a government body under the country’s state council to administer China’s industrial branches and information industry. Its primary duties include determining China’s industrial planning, standards and policies; promoting the development of major equipment and innovation in China’s communications arena; guiding the construction of information systems; and instilling necessary protection for these systems.

Serving directly under the Ministry, the CCID seeks to develop information industries in China and bridge the gaps between government and business ventures by providing research, evaluations and certifications to ongoing data projects.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

Huawei to Debut Bitcoin Wallet BTC.com in Mobile Payments Push

Amsterdam- and Beijing-based BTC.com has made history by becoming the first bitcoin wallet to debut on no. 2 smartphone maker Huawei’s recently-launched app store. A joint censorship effort between the Chinese government and telecom companies has blocked the Google App Store to Android mobile users amid what’s been dubbed “China’s great firewall,” making it difficult … Continued

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