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Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ Is Bringing Blockchain to Zurich

Switzerland’s “Crypto Valley” is centered on Zug, a tiny, semi-infamous tax haven hamlet known for harboring embargo-breaking oil trader Marc Rich in the 1980s, tax shells in the 1990s and tech companies in the age of bitcoin. Zug and its Silicon Valley-esque moniker are 30 minutes’ drive south of Zurich. But if a new partnership between Zug’s crypto lobbyists and Zurich’s tourism czars pans out, the Crypto Valley could soon expand northwards. Zurich is full of …

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Oct. 6 – 12 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with Germany investigating the feasibility of a blockchain-based regional power trading platform, Iota Foundation joining forces with Zühlke to solve engineering problems and the German Central Bank saying that there is no need for a digital euro coin. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Germany promotes research …

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Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with Liechtenstein approving the new Blockchain Act, Iota Foundation joining the European climate research community and Germany taking a firm stand against stablecoins. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. Liechtenstein approves new Blockchain Act On Oct. 3, the Parliament of Liechtenstein approved the Token and TT Service …

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Swiss Regulator FINMA Won’t Impede Libra’s Development

As European watchdogs send troubling signals towards the Facebook-led Libra cryptocurrency, Switzerland remains willing to listen. According to a Reuters report on Tuesday, Mark Branson, CEO of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), said, “We are not here to make such projects impossible.” “We will respond to them with an open mind, with an attitude that same risks require same rules,” Branson said at a Bloomberg event in Zurich. The statement comes on the heels of …

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Swiss Digital Exchange Plans ‘Initial Digital Offering’ in 2020: Report

Swiss Digital Exchange (SDX), a digital asset trading platform by Switzerland’s principal SIX Swiss Exchange, will reportedly launch its initial digital offering (IDO) in 2020. SDX security token The not-yet-launched SDX has reportedly set up a global consortium of financial institutions to back its IDO in the middle of 2020, Coindesk reports on Sept. 30. Thomas Kindler, who took over as SDX CEO on Sept. 1, elaborated that the consortium comprises a group of investors …

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Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Sept. 22–28 in Review

The German-speaking world has experienced another week full of exciting developments in the crypto industry, with a Berlin-based fintech startup receiving $1.5 million to develop its own blockchain, German experts warning about Facebook’s crypto coin, and the Federation of German Industries asking the government to create suitable conditions for blockchain. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. German fintech startup receives $1.5M to …

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Swiss University Fights Fake Diplomas With Blockchain Technology

The University of St. Gallen in Switzerland is setting its sights on blockchain technology to fight fake diplomas, a type of fraud that has been on the rise globally in recent years. Degree certification According to a CNN Money Switzerland interview from Sept. 19, the University of St. Gallen has announced that it is introducing a blockchain-based pilot project to verify the authenticity of its degrees in a matter of seconds rather than several days. …

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Libra Association Seeks Swiss Payments License for Facebook’s Crypto

Facebook is seeking a payment system license under Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) for its planned stablecoin project, Reuters reported on Sept. 11.  “Regulated, low-friction, high-security” blockchain payments In an official statement today, the Switzerland-registered Libra Association — a not-for-profit membership organization established to govern the Libra network — explained its choice to coordinate a regulatory framework with the Swiss watchdog: “Switzerland offers a pathway for responsible financial services innovation harmonized with global financial …

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Facebook Libra, Other Cryptos Must Comply With US Rules: Treasury Official

Facebook’s Libra must achieve the highest standards of U.S. regulatory compliance prior to any launch, a U.S. Treasury official has said. Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, Sigal Mandelker, under secretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, said not only Libra, but other cryptocurrencies operating in all or part of the U.S. will need to comply with rules aimed to prevent financial crimes. As reported by Reuters on Tuesday, Mandelker said: “Whether it’s bitcoin, …

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Crypto News From the German-Speaking World: Sept. 2–8 in Review

The German-speaking world continues to see lots of developments in the crypto industry, with the German government clarifying proposed regulations, Switzerland adding a new blockchain hub, while Bitcoin (BTC)-scammers are using Austrian celebrities in fake crypto ads. Here is the past week of crypto and blockchain news in review, as originally reported by Cointelegraph auf Deutsch. German government explains proposed regulations for crypto wallets and exchanges Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported on Sept. 3, that, in …

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