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Ever heard of Bitcoin gang?

No?

Well, it’s a thing now in India!

According to the news coming from India, a local businessman got abducted and looted by Bitcoin Gang. Probably the first ever incident of its kind.

Remember that Bitcoin is still not legalized in India and chances of it being legalized are very slim in future.

The Backstory:

So this businessman (identity unrevealed) posted a requirement of Bitcoins worth $55000 on localbitcoins.com, a site which enables P2P trade of Bitcoins/fiat in the same country. A large portion of you can already envision this is a major sum in India, equaling around INR 3594937.50. A seller then contacted this guy to sell Bitcoins. He wanted to pay online but the dealer talked him into paying in cash, by offering him a discount.

Cheeky I see!

I am certain the seller would have given him the reason of tax avoidance and protection from Govt as well!!! The seller was a young lady in her graduation, probably the biggest reason the guy went for a physical exchange.

Anyways, the soon to be victim packs his $55,000 in a briefcase and goes to meet this woman. She, alongside her boyfriend, has officially set the trap for this person. When he meets this woman, an armed gang shows up and snatches all his fiat from him!!!! Also, they gave him some great beating, punch marks, purple eyes, and life threats if he tells about this ordeal to anybody!!!

However, the good thing is that the gang was caught and the cash that had been looted was returned to the owner. But looking at the bigger picture, events like this don’t really give Bitcoin a good name. Particularly in a country where it is already struggling for legalization. A government which is apparently in no mood to legalize Bitcoin may go on putting further restrictions on Bitcoin and other cryptos.

So, let’s see what the future holds for Bitcoin India. Fingers crossed!

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Throwback to When a Savage Police Chief Asked to Receive his Entire Salary in Bitcoins

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Throwback Thursday: Kentucky Police Chief Asks to be Paid in Bitcoin

Vicco, Ky., is a town that’s known to be one of the smallest of the smallest towns, with a population of just around 330 people. But hey, don’t judge a town by the number of its inhabitants, right? Well in 2013, that was definitely the case here since that did not keep a Police Chief named Tony Vaughn away from the trends of the internet and rising cryptocurrencies.

Considering back then Bitcoin was still gradually growing and beginning to stabilize, it was a story that gave the currency quite a boost and hopes of becoming a payment method one day. Luckily, the city commission approved of this and after standard federal and state reductions in US dollars, Vaughn had received the bitcoins in his personal account.

Fast forward four years and Bitcoin has earned and is still earning a lot of fame and popularity as major investors have accepted the cryptocurrency as a means of payment. Also, let’s not forget the endless amount of altcoins following right behind. One can safely say that we are, as a matter of fact, entering a world of digitization.

 

Story Credits: cnet.com

 

 

 

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‘Blockchain Rights’ Bill Passed By Arizona Senate

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It is obviously a good news for the Arizona blockchain dependent corporations. According to the new bill passed by the Arizona Senate recently, the corporations active within Arizona borders can now hold and share data on a blockchain law fully as it has been followed by the signing of a new act of law by the U.S. state’s governor. The bill concerning blockchain usage was first introduced by Jeff Weninger. According to amendments it will be applied to recognize data written and stored on various systems with the help of blockchain technology. As reported by a a legislation tracker, it was being signed by the Governor of state Doug Ducey on April 3.

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The Arizona House was quiet efficient to pass that bill within eight days since it was being introduced. Though the senate followed the case roughly a month later. However it was passed by the senate as a result of unanimous voting. It was reported in a blockchain news that only four of the House Representatives voted against the bill or abstained it.

Why was the bill passed?

There were several reasons for that bill, however the main reason being in terms of legal documentations. Need for such a bill was felt more than ever after signatures recorded on a blockchain and smart contracts were considered as legal documentations. It was also mentioned in the bill that the law accepts these signatures as legal electronic signatures. Now it will be possible for concerned individuals to sign digital records or smart contracts on a blockchain with full authority. It has been assumed that this new amendment new legislation will also play an important role in arousing interest in blockchain applications across other parts of the United States of America.

Background of the bill

However Arizona is not the first state of America to pass such a bill. Lawmakers in Delaware have gone through similar legislative bills and law measures in 2017. Thus Delaware has the honour to be the first U.S. state which provided a legal basis for trading blockchain based stocks. Also, it was being reported by the most famous crypto discussion platform CoinDesk last year that four such bills were introduced by a lawmaker in New York. The aim of these bills was to evaluate blockchain applications for various types of storage purposes.

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ICO Market is Skyrocketing! How Are Regulators Going to Handle It?

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Nowadays, ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are among the most contentious fundraising techniques. Though, based on market figures, it looks like there’s no halt in raising money with ICOs anytime soon.

ICO Market Analysis

The very first successful ICO event took place in 2014 by Ethereum. However, the year 2017 saw some of the biggest ICOs, such as Filecoin and Hdac, that raised more than $250 million only with their token sales. But the trend seemed to slow down by the end of the year, with a huge number of failed ICOs.

According to a report, out of 169 projects, only 69 managed to raise money through token sales, effectively. As the trend started to fade away, it grabbed the attention of protruding figures of the blockchain sector.

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Trends

By the end of 2017, the failure of ICO trends rebounded with force and achieved a whole new level in the starting of 2018. More than $1 billion worth token sales were registered back in December. However, in a mere three months of 2018, the blockchain firms raised more than $5 billion by selling tokens.

The number of ICOs are skyrocketing. Plus, 50 ICOs are now being registered every month, whereas in 2017, not a single month saw ICOs more than 26, except the month of December.

 

Scams

People with dubious business models saw a huge opportunity in the unregulated ICOs market. Major projects such as Bitconnect, was shut down after it reached a $2.5 billion market cap. Furthermore, the intense funds on digital platforms turn out to be an easy target for hackers and according to a report, 450 ICO projects were attacked in 2017.

Problems Faced by Regulators

ICOs are gaining huge popularity and have become a huge concern for regulatory authorities around the world for two main reasons:

  • The vulnerability of the investors.
  • The cash-flow to an unregulated sector.

Though, the complex decentralized architecture of the blockchain has made it quite hard to execute any regulations on the wild-market, the largest ICO market, US, has recently become the centre of the regulatory discussion on cryptocurrencies and ICOs. Deprived of any real plan, numerous US agencies, like SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) are trying their best to explain the rules according to their own partial understanding.

Is there any solution?

Well, it’s quite clear that the ICO market is far-off from coming to a “full-stop.” Though, on the other hand, this also means that more projects are going to target investors. However, in an attempt to regulate the market, the SEC keeps on banning legit ICOs.

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Bitcoin’s Price Volatility – How analysts are seeing it?

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After a series of ups and downs, bitcoin’s price went to its top. However, it plunged to less than half of that value later. The unexpected changes are now compared to the dot-com bubble and are highlighting the speculative nature of investing in cryptocurrency.

The price of bitcoin fell below $10,000 for the first, on December 1. At one point, it fell below $9,300 on one exchange. The price later rose back to almost $12,000, however, the investors and economists are still not sure how long the price will stay there. It is also said that the recent skim was due to the fear of crackdowns in the cryptocurrency markets.

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South Korea has suggested a ban on the trading of cryptocurrency, although no plans are settled yet. Also, same news has been reported about China.

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, as it is the largest and well-popular digital currency, that is globally bought and sold in exchanges.

According to Timothy Lee (senior reporter at Ars Technica), it is not based on dollars. The value of bitcoin floats against other cryptocurrencies, in the same way the euro and dollar glide against each other. Users say that bitcoin has got a very effective system for authenticating transactions, as it is based on a revolutionary technology.

Bitcoin users also point out that the currency is not tied to government’s whims and according to them, it’s a good thing. Recently the price dropped, and that may not be a good thing for those investors who are trying to figure out what crash actually means for the cryptocurrency’s future.

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Recently many cryptocurrencies have shown the same swipes. According to David Kotok (Cumberland Advisors chairman and chief investment officer), almost 20 years ago, the technology and the new internet stocks accomplished valuation of $7 trillion, just because of speculation. The prices of shares used to be very high and after they collapsed, investors got badly miffed. And apparently, the same thing is going to happen with these cryptocurrencies.

Same rise and fall in the price of bitcoin was seen by the investors in December.  After China announced that it was banning all the banks that were trading cryptocurrencies, bitcoin fell by 40 percent just within days after hitting a record price of almost $1,150.

There’ve been dramatic ups and downs in cryptocurrency’s price last year. Bitcoin had the value around $900 at the beginning of 2017, however, its value got tripled within few months. According to Kotok, cryptocurrencies are highly speculative and investing money in cryptocurrencies is a speculative thing to do.  There’s a chance that you may make a profit, but Kotok has seen many people who invested their money into bitcoin and now they’re having loads of trouble in getting their cash back when they try to sell it.

According to some analysts, the cryptocurrency is trying to find an impermanent price floor, but according to a CNBC report, Citigroup analysts think that the price of bitcoin would plunge again to half of its current value. According to Ars Technica’s Lee, it’s still going to be unpredictable. She thinks it’ll go more up and then it’ll crash again. So, no one knows how far down it’ll decline.

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China Decides To Protect Yuan With Its Own Centralized Crypto

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The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) sketched out an agenda for 2018. According to this agenda the future of crypto in china has come under discussion again. China had to take this step to protect the national currency of China which is no doubt Yuan. Furthermore, according to a statement dated March 29 on the PBoC website, China will continue to apply strict measures against all kinds of virtual currencies to protect Yuan.

Background of Cryptocurrencies in China

We would have to go a couple of years back  to properly understand the situation cryptocurrencies are facing right now in China. According to the initial coin offering news few years back, Bitcoin had gained great popularity among the Chinese Citizens, prices were also going up steadily.

Concerned with the progress of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies,in December 2013 the People’s Bank of China along with some other ministries of China, published an official notice regarding Bitcoin. Originally this notice was meant to reduce or control the financial risk of Bitcoin. Several points were highlighted in that notice pertaining to the risks involved in the sale and purchase of cryptocurrencies.

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Salient Features of Notice Against Cryptocurrencies

According to the above mentioned notice the People’s Bank of China strictly ordered that:

  • All companies offering Crypto-related services especially Bitcoins, must be registered with the relative government ministries.
  • Organizations dealing specially in Bitcoin-related services should implement necessary measures to prevent money laundering and other illegal activities.
  • Any kind of criminal activity such as fraud, money laundering and gambling etc should be reported instantly to the authorities.
  • Companies behind the deals of Bitcoin and all such services should educate the public about Bitcoin and the technology behind it. This measure will save the majority of laymen from frauds, and fake companies would not be able to mislead the public with misinformation.
  • Bitcoin can only be bought or sold in its original form and not to be exchanged with traditional currency at any cost.
  • Rather than money, cryptocurrency can be best defined as something that serves as a medium of exchange or a store of value.

China’s Latest Approach Against Cryptocurrency

The deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China Fan Yifei outlined objectives in protecting the yuan at the 2018 national video conference.  It was a serious effort dedicated to the major challenges faced by the Chinese monetary system in terms of Yuan.

In his statement Fan supported the development of a government based digital currency in order to protect the yuan against unofficial virtual currencies. However, as was done in the past, no specific policies against crypto currencies were offered this time.

 

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