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Chinese State Media Says Most ‘Blockchain’ Firms in China Are All Hype, No Code

Chinese news program Focus Report has said that there are around 32,000 companies in China that claim to use blockchain technology. Reportedly, the real number is not even 10% of that. On Nov. 18, the predominant state television broadcaster in Mainland China, CCTV, aired an episode by Focus Report, titled “Blockchain is not a Cashchain.” The episode takes a closer look at companies who reportedly misuse the concept of blockchain technology to create business momentum …

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Spanish Financial Watchdog Warns Against Unregulated ICO Scheme

A Spanish financial watchdog has issued a warning against Ethereum (ETH)-based token dubbed AlyCoin. As Financial Magnates reported on Nov. 18, the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores warned the public against AlyCoin as it the coin is registered neither in Spain nor in the corresponding registry and thus promotes unregulated initial coin offerings (ICOs). Specifically, AlyCoin purportedly provides its customers with financial services in violation of the second paragraph of Article 17 of the …

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Public Statement Aims to Define Legal Status of Crypto Assets in the UK

The United Kingdom Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Delivery Panel published a statement concerning the status of cryptocurrencies, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and smart contracts under English and Welsh private law. U.K. entrepreneur network Tech Nation announced the paper’s publication on Nov. 18. The document attempts to address the legal uncertainties of cryptocurrency and recognizes crypto assets as tradeable property and smart contracts as enforceable agreements under local law. The importance of regulating blockchain Lawtech …

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Ether and BTC Didn’t Face Regulations Unlike New Projects

Ethereum and Bitcoin (BTC) did not have to comply with regulation, admitted Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin in an interview with industry news outlet Forkast published on Nov. 18. During the interview — which took place at the Hong Kong FinTech Week — Lubin noted that new projects need to comply with regulations, and explained the impact of the application of security law to the cryptocurrency space. You can’t sell a utility token, it’s not one …

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Stablecoin Crisis Could Wreck Global Finance, Fed Warns in New Report

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board on Friday warned that a stablecoin crisis could wreak havoc on the global economy and outlined the steps issuers must take to protect the status quo.  The central bank’s prognosis – buried deep in the November edition of its semiannual “Financial Stability Report” – rests on a stablecoin worst case outcome: a run on the issuers, in which coin holders panic en-masse and demand the return of the fiat they …

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German Regulator Orders ‘KaratGold Coin’ Issuer to Cease Operations

The hammer is coming down again on the Karatbars ecosystem as German and South African regulators have taken separate actions over sales of a purportedly gold-backed cryptocurrency. Germany’s Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) disclosed Monday that it had issued a cease-and-desist order against Karatbit Foundation on Oct. 21 for issuing its KaratGold Coin without necessary licensing in the country.  Also Monday, South Africa’s Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) warned consumers to avoid investments offered by Karatbars …

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Kik Suffers Setbacks With ‘Void for Vagueness’ Defense in SEC Case

Kik is struggling to mount a strong defense in a case brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its $100 million initial coin offering. As reported last month, Toronto-based Kik’s legal team attempted to persuade the district court of the Southern District of New York that the SEC’s case – alleging the 2017 token sale violated securities laws – was void based on the premise that the legal definition of an “investment contract” is …

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ECB’s Benoit Coeure to Lead Central Banking Digital Currency Initiative

Benoit Coeure, outgoing member of the executive board of the European Central Bank (ECB), is to lead a new global effort by central banks to research the benefits of fintech such as digital currencies. The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced the news on Sunday, saying that Coeure will take on the role of head of the BIS Innovation Hub, “set up to foster international collaboration among central banks on innovative financial technology.” The post is …

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