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EU Courts Rule Bitcoin and Digital Money as Currency, Not Commodity

Bitcoin, and other virtual currencies, took a large step closer to being treated as traditional money in Europe as EU top court judges decided that exchanging digital currency should be exempt from VAT. Stemming from a case in Sweden where David Hedqvist argued that his planned bitcoin exchange should be...
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Isle of Man Starts Digital Currency Biz Licensing by End Oct 2015

The government of the Isle of Man will begin issuing "Designated Business Licensing" for digital currency businesses by the end of October 2015, according to Merkletree.io. Various activities involving digital currencies, such as issuing, transmitting, transferring, providing custody or storage, administering, managing, lending, buying, selling, exchanging or trading, will require...
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OpenBazaar Accuses CNN of False Reporting on Europol Brief

Sam Patterson, a co-founder of Bitcoin marketplace OpenBazaar and its commercial unit OB1, accuses CNN of falsely covering a Europol report on cybercrime. In the October 2nd article, titled “Police: High-tech criminals have us outmatched and outgunned,” CNN Money reports Europol's findings that criminals are increasingly using the Bitcoin ecosystem as a means to transfer...
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Blockchain’s SE Asia Tour with UK PM Cameron – Global Bitcoin Education “Nowhere Close to Being Done”

Leading bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain recently joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron's delegation of top-tier UK companies touring Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. As announced by the Prime Ministers office, Cameron invited Blockchain along with Earthport and Pennies as a part of his commitment to make the UK the leading...
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World Econ Forum Classifies Blockchain Tech as Payment Disruptor, Mandates “Beat Them or Join Them” Research

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published a report titled "the Future of Financial Services" that looks at how disruptive innovations are reshaping the structuring, provisioning, and consumption of financial services. In the report. cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies featured as innovations that will present challenges for financial services stakeholders. It is...
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Cryptocurrency & the Blockchain – Fiat Replacement, Alternative or Parallel? Can It Save Greece?

With a projected US$1 billion in venture capital invested for 2015 and a rapidly growing user base, it is fairly obvious now that cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology have an important role to play in the development of global financial technology going forward. The question is whether digital currency could replace fiat...
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