• Following inspections from People’s Bank of China, the Big Three Chinese exchanges have halted margin and zero-fee cryptocurrency trading. The End of the Beginning? Bitcoin’s surge in price at the beginning of 2017 caught the attention of the Chinese government, which has been fighting tooth and nails against capital flight in the country, restricting foreign investments and gold importations. Given that an overwhelming majority of the Bitcoin trading volume comes from China, the government has

    Zero-Fee Bitcoin Trading Officially Ends in China; Begins in the UK

    | 2017/01/22 2:30 pm
  • The largest banking corporations and economic interests in the world are entering into a patent war for Bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology. Stage Set for Blockchain ‘Patent War’ If you are a Bitcoin early adopter, you may have an altruistic view on the world of open-source technology, seeing it as a something that should be shared with the world, to serve the greater good, without wallowing into the abyss of avarice. You probably also haven’t worked on

    When Bankers Attack: The Big Business of Patenting Blockchain Tech

    | 2016/12/28 10:00 am
  • EU legislation could legalize “widespread checks” on bank transfers as part of increased security measures to combat terrorism. Gold, Cards, Bank Transfers Under Scrutiny In the wake of the supposed terrorist attack on Berlin this week, the EU Commission has already called for tightened security restrictions throughout the 28-member bloc. Border controls may soon be able to confiscate items such as precious metals and even prepaid debit cards, which a Reuters release states are used to finance

    EU to Snoop on Gold, Cards and Bank Transfers in Security Shake-Up

    | 2016/12/22 5:30 am
  • Venezuela has announced the sudden withdrawal of its highest-value banknote, replacing it with coins ahead of a sudden major currency restructure. President to Mafia: ‘Stay Outside With Your Scam’ The country’s bolivar fuerte, introduced in 2008 and since almost crushed under inflation, currently comes in denominations of up to 100 units. The 100 bolivar note, worth around $0.02 USD on the black market, will be removed Wednesday, as Venezuelans have just 10 days to hand them

    Bitcoin Liftoff? Now Venezuela is Ditching Big Bills to ‘Fight Mafia’

    | 2016/12/12 5:05 am
  • This week on Bitcoin Uncensored, Chris and Junseth provide the most accurate and reliable analysis of the 2016 US presidential election. Based on what we heard, Junseth probably rigged the election so Trump could pump his bitcoin investments. Also read: Shop Anonymously With Bitcoin: Protect Yourself From Prying Eyes Junseth Gets on the Trump Train At this point in the week, the election has been beaten to death, but the Bitcoin Uncensored guys give the

    Bitcoin Uncensored: Trump Genocide Good for Bitcoin?

    | 2016/11/11 12:00 pm
  • Iceland’s Pirate Party, part of a worldwide movement representing hackers, anarchists and Bitcoin enthusiasts, could possibly lead the country’s next government after Saturday. Current opinion polls have it ahead of any other party. Also read: Only Permissioned Blockchains Can Transform Finance, Says Chain’s Ludwin Although eight parties appear on the polling chart, under a parliamentary system it’s usually the largest party that has the opportunity to form a government first. Unlike the U.S. and U.K., it’s

    Bitcoin-Friendly Pirate Party May Win Iceland Elections Saturday

    | 2016/10/27 5:00 am
  • Popular Bitcoin and altcoin exchange Poloniex has submitted a request for no action relief to the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) around potential allegations that required timing of the “actual delivery” of cryptocurrency, regulated by a 28 day period in the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), has been violated. Also read: ‘GAME Changer’ Announced at Coinsbank Blockchain Summit in Turkey The digital nature of cryptocurrency, however, does not mend well to the wording of existing

    Poloniex Seeks Regulatory Clarity From CFTC Following Allegations

    | 2016/10/19 7:44 am
  • It appears the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) needs more time to examine the Winklevoss brothers’ Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). A filing released today announced further proceedings to approve or disapprove a necessary rule change on the Bats BZX Exchange. Also read: Bitcoin Uncensored Exposed: Chris DeRose Definitely a CIA Shill Commodity Rule Change Required The exchange’s Rule 14.11(e)(4), regarding commodity-based trust shares, needs to be amended before a cryptocurrency-based ETF may list. The Winklevoss’

    SEC Wants More Time to Decide on Winklevoss Bitcoin Fund

    | 2016/10/13 1:20 am
  • Texas police arrested Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer on Thursday and will move to shut down the site. The classified ad site is accused of human trafficking through its adult services section, which reportedly makes 90 per cent of its revenues. Also read: A Guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies The arrest was a joint operation between the Texas and California attorneys-general offices. This case does not accuse anyone of providing or paying for adult services with bitcoin.

    Backpage CEO Arrested, Site Likely to Be Shut Down

    | 2016/10/07 9:56 am
  • The financial crisis of 2008 bankrupted the tiny country of Iceland, and a few years later a digital currency called Auroracoin was released to all residents as a way to change how they approached money.  Many saw it as potentially becoming the first national digital currency, but it never reached its full potential.  Now, renewed interest in Auroracoin is putting it back into the minds of those in the crypto world. Also read: Bitcoin Uncensored 49: A New

    Iceland Election Rekindles Interest in Nationalist Auroracoin

    | 2016/10/05 7:47 am
  • A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) panel said on Wednesday that while the threat of ransomware can be scary, simple “cyber hygiene,” or in other words, routine and basic security measures, are often enough to sufficiently counter these online attacks. Also read: Innocoin Co-Founder Talks Details on Crypto Trading Service FTC Panel Talks Ransomware Nevertheless, the panel did not want to downplay the threat, or the damage ransomware has caused everyday users who have been victimized by

    The FTC Just Gave Us Simple Advice for Preventing Ransomware

    | 2016/09/09 11:26 am
  • On July 18th, 2016, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) discussed investing in the blockchain at “2035 Vision — Investing in the Future,” a talk on the agency’s future vision plan. Also read: Kim Dotcom Requests Court Hearing to Be Livestreamed Blockchain: Investing in the Future The talk was lead by Jesse McWaters, Project Lead, Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services, Financial Services Industries, World Economic Forum — who provided a presentation about blockchain technology

    California Public Employees’ Retirement System Talks Investment in Blockchain in 2035

    | 2016/08/30 5:00 am
  • You can use bitcoin to play poker, play casino games and bet on sports. You can also bet on Trump or Clinton the US presidential election. In a little over two months, there will be a new president. Who do you think will be the next president? Also read: Bet on MMA with bitcoin – Mc Gregor vs. Diaz Trump vs Clinton: The Candidates Hillary Clinton: former First Lady and Secretary of State. If elected, Clinton

    Trump vs Clinton: Bet on America’s Future with Bitcoin

    | 2016/08/24 5:00 am
  • India has expanded their draconian internet copyright and media enforcement policies from DNS filtering banned IPs, to enforcing those bans with up to 3 years jail time and up to a $4500 USD fine for attempting to visit a blocked site. Said enforcement is facilitated with assistance from Indian ISPs Read Also: Secure Boot Hack is a Good Thing: Here’s Why India Lets John Doe Go Too Far Many sites are blocked in India at

    India Plans to Enforce Internet Censorship With 3 Years Jail Time

    | 2016/08/21 10:25 pm
  • The European Union (EU) parliament has approved a new set of cybersecurity laws, ordering firms in “essential service” industries like banking, health, energy and transport to bolster their defenses against cyber-attacks. Also read: Industry Report: How China, France, and the FBI Do Bitcoin The EU network and information security (NIS) directive represents the first EU-wide standards on cybersecurity. According to an EU parliament statement, they are designed to increase cooperation between member states as well

    New EU Cybersecurity Laws to Cover Online Banking, Markets

    | 2016/07/07 7:43 pm
  • According to a French report from a blog operated by Bernard Debré the député of the National Assembly of France and a member of the of the Union for a Popular Movement in Paris, Debré wants to ban Bitcoin in the city. The bureaucrat recently found out from a survey he participated in that drugs can be bought with the cryptocurrency online with just a few clicks. Also read: DAO Wars Soft Fork Makes Ethereum Blockchain

    A Politician from Paris Wants to Ban Bitcoin

    | 2016/06/28 7:39 pm
  • It if were up to Russian policymakers, Internet controls will become even more strict in the country moving forward. Labeled as an anti-terrorism campaign, there are plans to increase online surveillance measures. If this were to happen, ISPs would need to log metadata about customers for at last three years. Should this proposal pass, encryption will not safeguard user privacy anymore in the country. Also read: Bitcoin and Brexit: Did the Great UK Debate Move

    Russian Policymakers Set To Deal Another Blow To Encryption

    | 2016/06/27 4:41 am
  • According to a report from Reuters, European Union lawmakers are going to take regulating blockchain technology and associated businesses lightly for the time being. EU officials say they will take the “softly approach” to applying a monetary policy to these emerging markets in order to curb stifled innovation. Also read: FortuneJack: Provably Fair Bitcoin Gaming Across the Globe EU Member Says They ‘Don’t Want Pre-emptive Regulation’ On April 26, EU authorities are set to agree on

    EU Officials Approach Blockchain Regulation ‘Softly’

    | 2016/04/26 10:20 am
  • Bitcoin exchanges in Europe are soon to be regulated under the scope of Europe’s Anti-Money Laundering Directive. The European Commission issued a statement late Tuesday night detailing new efforts to control financial flows and money transfers, which it described as aimed at subverting terrorist financing. Among these mechanisms are bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The Commission “proposes to bring virtual currency exchange platforms under the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive, so that these platforms

    European Commission to Bring Bitcoin Exchanges Under AML Directive to Curb Terrorist Financing

    | 2016/02/03 2:10 am
  • According to a recent article in Belgian newspaper De Morgen, the government is setting plans in motion to target money laundering actions in Bitcoin. Similarly to any type of payment in the world, Bitcoin has become a tool wielded by internet criminals. However, the popular digital currency does not provide privacy or anonymity, and tracking down individuals using Bitcoin for money laundering purposes is a lot easier compared to when cash is involved. Also read:

    Belgian Government Aims To Prevent Bitcoin Money Laundering

    | 2016/01/26 10:19 am
  • Russia blocks one of the largest running cryptocurrency exchanges, BTCe, following BitStamp’s voluntary IP block of its Russian users. These developments are likely a preview of what is to come from enforcement of recent laws criminalizing blockchain technologies and ‘money substitutes’ in the Russian market. Also Read: The Netherlands Wants Clear Regulatory Guidelines For FinTech and Bitcoin Startups Russia Can’t Make Up its Mind on the Blockchain More baffling still is the fact these moves

    Russia Blocks Online Bitcoin Exchange in Midst of Blockchain Reform

    | 2016/01/23 1:42 am
  • The Netherlands is often seen as a region where regulators are doing their best to keep up with financial innovation. IN the Bitcoin world, this has lead to a healthy startup ecosystem in the country, with clearly defined taxation rules. But a new report from Holland FinTech touches upon several barriers that are preventing future growth in The Netherlands, which include regulation and collaboration with financial players. Also read: DASH Block Size Increase Reaches Consensus

    The Netherlands Wants Clear Regulatory Guidelines For FinTech and Bitcoin Startups

    | 2016/01/22 3:14 am
  • Smartphone encryption has been a topic of heavy debate over the past few months, and the opinions are divided to say the least. Both users and manufacturers want to preserve encryption or even add additional layers to protect user data. But on the other hand, various government officials are proposing bills to have encryption on smartphones weakened by default. Also read: Satoshi Labs Upgrades The Trezor Interface Weakening Smartphone Encryption To Fight Human Trafficking A

    New California Bill Aims To Weaken Smartphone Encryption

    | 2016/01/21 10:59 am