The Sudden, Unexpected End of Crypto Tribalism – Bitcoin Magazine

“The lower the stakes, the more intense the dispute.”  Sayre’s Law The Narcissism Of Small Differences Bitcoin and the crypto world have enjoyed a phenomenal decade. Despite the fact that Bitcoin is perhaps the most disruptive technology to the status quo since the printing press, the powers-that-be have mostly left us alone. Sure, exchanges have been obliged to perform KYC measures, there’ve been a few darkmarket arrests, China banned Bitcoin a few times and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission went after some ICOs. But these regulatory responses are the…

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Kim Dotcom Discusses the Swelling Crypto Economy and His Plans to ‘Accelerate P2P Electronic Cash’

This week, news.Bitcoin.com chatted with Kim Dotcom, the founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload and the creator of the content monetization application called K.im. The Internet entrepreneur Dotcom is a big believer when it comes to the crypto economy and during the conversation, we discussed subjects like bitcoin cash, the recent Big Tech censorship, and how cryptocurrencies will forward financial freedom. Kim Dotcom is a well known Internet entrepreneur and political activist that believes the crypto economy will continue to swell in value. Dotcom is well known for…

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Crypto Futures Exchange Bakkt Going Public at a Valuation of $2.1 Billion

Bitcoin futures exchange Bakkt is going public via a merger with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created for taking startup firms public. Both companies have now confirmed the transaction, and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under a new name – Bakkt Holdings Inc., – sometime in the second quarter of 2021. Rumours about the deal have swelled since early January. After the merger, Bakkt is expected to have an enterprise value of $2.1 billion, the company announced on Jan. 11.…

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Bullish or bearish? PayPal hosts $242M in crypto trading over 24 hours

Global payments provider PayPal has doubled its previous crypto volume record, with $242 million worth of digital assets changing hands on the platform during Jan. 11. According to crypto market data aggregator Nomics, yesterday’s trading dwarfed PayPal’s previous volume record of $129 million recorded on Jan. 6. Since Jan. 1, daily volume has increased by 950% from $22.8. With the spike in PayPal’s volume coming amid Bitcoin’s rally into new all-time highs, the U.S.-based payments firm appears to be gathering popularity among retail traders. Nuggets News’ Alex Saunders asserted the…

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The CFTC Asks Court to Issue Fines in Excess of $100M Against Mastermind of a Fraudulent Crypto Scheme

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a motion with the New York Southern District Court that seeks heavy penalties against Michael Ackerman, the mastermind of a fraudulent cryptocurrency scheme. According to the motion, the U.S. agency wants the court to order Ackerman to pay $27 million in restitution plus a civil penalty of $81 million. Additionally, the CFTC wants a default judgment issued against Ackerman after he failed to turn up for the initial motion hearing. The initial motion filing, which the agency filed together with the U.S.…

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New Bitcoin Quest Contest Gives People a Chance to Locate Crypto Seeds Hidden in Pictures

There’s an online-sleuthing contest starting on January 21st called “Bitcoin Quest,” where individuals can leverage their crypto-analytical skills to hunt for mnemonic bitcoin seed phrases hidden in artwork. Winners who drain the artwork’s crypto holdings will be able to win a Bitcoin Quest analyst certificate, 13 prizes worth $150 each, and three Satochip hardware wallets. The teams behind the crypto industry organizations Hotmine, Its Business Baby, School Bitcoin, Satochip, and the Ed Khan Crypto Gallery have started a contest called Bitcoin Quest. The interesting event allows people to find bitcoin…

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South Korean Government to Start Taxing Crypto Trading Profits in 2022

The South Korean government has issued an amendment to introduce tax on cryptocurrency trading profits. The plan is now a reality after several attempts to delay it by lawmakers. New Rules Impose 20% Tax on Crypto Profits Per Asia Today, the legislative notice details that the amendment will be enacted in February, and profits from buying and selling cryptos in South Korea will be taxed at 20%. However, the rule is applicable only to crypto holders with annual income of over 2.5 million won ($2,300). The Ministry of Economy and…

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South Korean Gaming Giant Planning to Buy Crypto Exchange Bithumb for $460 Million

Nexon, the South Korean multi-billion-dollar gaming conglomerate, is reportedly planning to buy a 65% stake in troubled crypto exchange Bithumb in a deal worth about 500 billion won ($460 million). ● According to local media reports, Nexon is to buy all the shares owned by Bithumb chairman Lee Jung Hoon, including several others totaling up to 65% of the exchange’s outstanding shares. ● The Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed video gaming giant has since signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the sellers to facilitate the transaction. The MoU was signed at…

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Top Gambling Firm IGT Obtains US Patent for a System to Enable Customers to Fund Their Bets via Crypto

A gambling tech giant received the green light from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to start offering cryptocurrency payment options to their users. The company is known for manufacturing slot gambling machines. Gamblers Could Also Transfer Crypto From Their Wallets to the Casino’s Ones Per records from the USPTO, International Game Technology (IGT) received the patent that allows gamblers to pay their pets via bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), and bitcoin cash (BCH). As described in the patent’s filings, IGT’s system will consist of the following: A system that…

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The crypto and blockchain projects with the biggest buzz in 2020

The cryptocurrency and blockchain industry grew by leaps and bounds in 2020. The top two assets, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), gained 303% and 469%, respectively, which can be considered extraordinary in comparison with the 25% return of gold. While the precious metal is often considered a safe-haven asset, the two digital assets outperformed gold during the uncertain market scenarios that persisted due to the pandemic. Joshua Frank, co-founder and CEO of The Tie — a firm providing crypto insights based on social media analytics — told Cointelegraph: “Across the…

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