Brazilian Officials Caught Using Bitcoin in $22 Million Scam

Corrupt Brazilian officials have been caught allegedly using bitcoin to divert millions in public funds that were intended for prison supplies.

Crypto Investment Firm Violates Securities Laws, Warns Philippines

The watchdog has warned the public over a crypto investment platform that is allegedly violating securities laws in the country.

Puerto Rico Aims to Attract Blockchain Startups With New Council

Puerto Rico's government has created an advisory council aimed at spurring the development of blockchain businesses.

Gibraltar Plans to Regulate ICO Tokens as Commercial Products

The government of Gibraltar has released a white paper detailing its plans for the regulation of tokens and token sales.

French Regulator Blacklists 15 Crypto Investment Websites

The Autorite des Marches Financiers has extended its blacklist of non-compliant investment companies to include crypto businesses.

G20 Reveals Names and Dates for Next Week's Crypto Talks

Cryptocurrencies are "an important item" on the agenda for next week's G20 summit, documents show.
The FDA Would Like to Take the Nicotine Out of Cigarettes

The FDA Would Like to Take the Nicotine Out of Cigarettes

A cigarette can be damn good. Not because they’re good for you or because they’re particularly pleasant (generally smelling like a kerosine fire next to a bog), but because if you’ve already been

Crypto Escapes Scrutiny at Annual China Investor Event

Cryptocurrencies were not brought up for criticism at an annual Chinese consumer protection event, despite rumors to the effect.

Singapore Central Bank Touts Blockchain for Payments

The chief of the Monetary Authority of Singapore has spoken of how blockchain's "strongest" use case is in cross-border settlement.
Cigarettes Should Be Illegal

Cigarettes Should Be Illegal

I got an email yesterday from the FDA that contained this bummer of a statement: “[C]igarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users.”

Israel Bars Crypto Firms from Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Indices

Israel's securities regulator has said that cryptocurrency-related firms may not be listed on the TASE indices due to high volatility.

New York Power Providers Cleared to Hike Rates for Crypto Miners

Cryptocurrency mining firms in New York State could face higher electricity bills after a ruling from the public utilities regulator.

Crypto Featured for First Time in US Congress Economic Report

Congress' 2018 Joint Economic Report includes a chapter on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, advocating for wider understanding of the tech.

Lithuanian Central Bank Seeks Developers for Blockchain Sandbox

The Bank of Lithuania has called for developer proposals to kick off its service-based blockchain platform called LBChain.

US Trade Regulator Shuts Down Crypto Investment Scheme Promoters

A U.S. district court has issued a restraining order against four individuals accused of operating a string of cryptocurrency investment schemes.
Robocall Limits in U.S. Set Back by Federal Appeals Court

Robocall Limits in U.S. Set Back by Federal Appeals Court

An appeals court threw out part of a Federal Communications Commission regulation aimed at reducing automated telephone solicitations, weakening a 2015 effort to squelch the scourge of so-called
Tech Giants Set to Face 3% Tax on Revenue Under New EU Plan

Tech Giants Set to Face 3% Tax on Revenue Under New EU Plan

Large digital companies operating in the European Union, such as Alphabet Inc. or Twitter Inc., could face a 3 percent tax on their gross revenues based on where their users are located, according to

Court axes FCC robocall rule for being too broad

The previous FCC leadership took some aggressive steps to fight robocalls, but they've just been scaled back. A DC Circuit appeals court has shot down an FCC rule for reportedly going far in its

Don’t Tax the Net

“Creative destruction.” When I first heard the term in school, I thought it must have been a mistake. How can creation destroy? And how can... Read More The post Don’t Tax the Net appeared first on

Dianne Feinstein Blocks Self-Driving Car Deregulation

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) smacked down her former Silicon Valley allies this week by blocking a federal deregulation that would have expedited the testing of self-driving cars. Feinstein, as a