Japan’s Internet Giant GMO Quits Mining Hardware Bussiness

GMO Internet says it will no longer develop, manufacture, and sell Bitcoin mining hardware following significant losses incurred in Q4 2018. The Japanese IT company will instead focus on its in-house mining activities following a comprehensive revenue review. GMO Internet Downsizing Bitcoin Mining Operations In a statement Dec. 25, 2018, the IT behemoth announced the shuttering […]

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Study: Asia Has More Impact on Bitcoin Price Than America and Europe

With events like SEC approval for Bitcoin ETFs and the introduction of cryptocurrency derivatives, it is easy to imagine the market being driven by news out of the United States. However, new research suggests that Asia, and not the West, is the dominant driver of Bitcoin price and cryptocurrency markets. Western Focus Might be Misleading […]

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Japan’s Biggest Bank Will Use Ripple for Cross-Border Payments to Brazil

Japan’s biggest bank MUFG and Brazil’s Banco Bradesco are to collaborate on a new cross-border payment service based on Ripple technology. Memorandum of Understanding The two banks signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to co-develop the system. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is Japan’s largest banking group and recently announced it would launch its own […]

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BREAKING: Japan Allows Cryptocurrency Industry To Regulate Itself

Japan has given formal approval for its cryptocurrency industry to regulate itself, the Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) confirmed October 24. JVCEA Can Police Exchanges In a significant development for the country, regulators opted to allow the JVCEA to ensure cryptocurrency exchanges followed legal requirements, a statement reads. Under the deal, the body will also have […]

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Do Wages Need to be Paid in Bitcoin for Retail Adoption to Happen?

Is this a case of chicken and egg? If more retailers accepted Bitcoin, would more employees expect their wages paid in Bitcoin? Or, does Bitcoin need to be viewed more widely as a replacement for fiat first? A recent tweet by Francis Pouliot, CEO of Canadian Bitcoin (BTC) 00 payments startup Bylls began a discussion […]

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Japan’s Internet Giant GMO Abandons Bitcoin Cash Mining

Japanese internet giant GMO has switched its entire mining capacity from Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to Bitcoin (BTC) as of July 2018. GMO Mines 568 Bitcoin Blocks In July A copy of the company’s monthly mining report uploaded to social media by cryptocurrency business investor Trace Meyer confirms that in July, GMO mined 568 Bitcoin blocks […]

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International Watchdog to Introduce Binding Regulations for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Georgi Georgiev · June 14, 2018 · 1:00 am The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a multi-national agency tasked with combating global financial criminal activity, will discuss developing and introducing legally binding rules for governing cryptocurrency exchanges later this month. Reuters reports that the Paris-based agency – comprised of 37 countries – will meet […]

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HitBTC Plans To Allow Japanese Trading Via ‘Subsidiary’ By Q3 2018

Wilma Woo · June 4, 2018 · 5:00 pm Cryptocurrency exchange HitBTC is pushing ahead with plans to establish a Japanese subsidiary after banning accounts allegedly linked with the country. Japanese Traders Shut Out For ‘Compliance’ HitBTC announced yesterday via the company’s official blog that it was already “actively hiring for the local office” with […]

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