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For cryptocurrency startups seeking the stamp of legitimacy that comes with regulation, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a draw.Being on the borders of a desert, where temperatures easily surpass 40 degrees Celsius in the summer, life in Abu Dhabi is a struggle. With...
After three weeks of listening, recording and talking bitcoin (BTC) in Africa, podcaster Anita Posch is back in part 3 of her six-part documentary podcast series. Presented in audio and full written transcript below. Listen/subscribe to the CoinDesk Podcast feed for unique perspectives and fresh daily insight with Apple...
A group of former State Street blockchain builders are now launching their own company – but with distributed ledgers playing only a minor role.“We could have retrofitted Hyperledger or any other blockchain project to do the management of consumers' personally identifiable information, but it would have just added...
A crypto derivatives exchange has received a clean bill of health from the same software tester that vets the trading and settlement systems used by the London Stock Exchange (LSE). ZUBR, which only opened for trading in early March, said its trading software had been successfully stress-tested...
Josh Lawler is a partner at Zuber Lawler, which focuses on mergers & acquisitions, securities law and technology transactions.Everyone played the game of “Telephone” as a kid. The first kid says something in a whisper to the next kid who whispers to the next and so on until...
A number of cryptocurrency firms have been exempted from holding a payments license in Singapore till this summer.An extensive list of companies posted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) includes well-known exchanges and custodians such as Binance, Coinbase, Ripple and BitGo, with all being allowed to continue...
After three weeks of listening, recording and talking bitcoin (BTC) in Africa, podcaster Anita Posch is back in part 2 of her six-part documentary podcast series. Presented in audio and full written transcript below. Listen/subscribe to the CoinDesk Podcast feed for unique perspectives and fresh daily insight with Apple...
Lex Sokolin, a CoinDesk columnist, is Global Fintech co-head at ConsenSys, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based blockchain software company. The following is adapted from his Future of Finance newsletter.For the first time in a long while, I find myself speechless.This writing was always about the creativity of entrepreneurs in the face of...
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) thinks global stablecoin initiatives might be subject to securities laws, according to a new report.Published Monday, the 31-page examination of regulatory issues around stablecoins – cryptocurrencies with prices pegged to a low-volatility asset reserve – stressed that jurisdiction and regulation ultimately...
The Russian government may soon allow the creation of regulatory sandboxes for companies working on cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and distributed ledgers. Introduced in a new bill on March 17 by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the plan does not directly mention blockchain or cryptocurrencies, but an explanatory note...