November 29

“Previously, banks were barred from offering direct access to crypto assets, but the new law implementing the fourth EU Money Laundering Directive would change that. The bill has already been passed by the German federal parliament.

Germany is well on its way to becoming a crypto-heaven. The German legislator is playing a pioneering role in the regulation of [crypto assets].”

At least five Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges have halted or chosen to terminate operations this month in response to a perceived redoubling of Beijing’s anti-crypto stance.

It appears that, like everything else within their borders, China feels it needs to have tighter controls on the crypto market including exchanges, miners and asset issuers.”

“Crypto exchange Bakkt’s chief executive Kelly Loeffler has reportedly been picked by Governor Brian Kemp to serve in the U.S. Senate until the special election in November 2020. 

Isakson is set to leave office before the expiration of his term in 2022. Kemp has authority to pick a replacement to fill in until the special election in November 2020.”

“The San Jose, Calif.-based company submitted a patent application in June 2018 for a blockchain platform that can be natively integrated in wireless networks. The blockchain platform aims to manage data sessions between an equipment user, such as a phone or laptop, and a virtual network.

IBM’s solution is to outfit packages with an IoT sensor that only triggers if it detects a change in altitude. Once it does, the sensor periodically updates the blockchain, and the intended recipient, with the package’s altitude.”

“At the start of each DigixDAO Quarter, DGD token holders will be given the option of dissolution through a vote. Depending on the result of the vote, DigixDAO will either dissolve at the end of the current Quarter or continue for an additional Quarter.

If the dissolution vote passes, DGD token holders will be able to claim a pro-rated portion of remaining ETH in DigixDAO depending on the amount of DGD they hold. We would like to make our position clear that Digix is against the dissolution. DGX gold tokens will remain even if dissolution occurs.

“The Cardano Foundation has launched AdaPay, an ADA payment gateway for merchants. The solution allows merchants to accept ADA payments with “near-instant” settlement in 35 fiat currencies directly in their bank accounts.”

“The state power utility UP Power Corporation Limited and UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency have partnered with Power Ledger to launch a trial of P2P solar energy trading to examine its practicability.

During the trial, Power Ledger will integrate its blockchain-based platform with smart meter systems to enable residents with rooftop solar infrastructure to set prices, track energy trading and settle surplus solar energy transactions via smart contracts.

“If it is decided to ban cryptocurrencies as a means of payment at the legislative level, we consider it appropriate to support this position.

Legislation clarifying the legal status of cryptocurrencies, including mining and token sales, was reported to be passing through the State Duma by the end of the last summer session, but has seen delays.”

“Virgil Griffith, who has lately been working at the Ethereum Foundation, has been arrested for allegedly going to a conference in North Korea and sharing his expertise in using cryptocurrency. Recently, he has been working to certify ethereum as compliant with Islamic law.

At the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference, GRIFFITH and other attendees discussed how blockchain and cryptocurrency technology could be used by the DPRK to launder money and evade sanctions, and how the DPRK could use these technologies to achieve independence from the global banking system.”

Poloniex will now operate TRX Market under the new name “Poloni DEX.” The move comes a month after Poloniex itself spun out from owner Circle.

Sun’s wording nonetheless appeared to confuse social media users. Senior market analyst at fellow trading platform eToro, quizzed Sun about how a notionally decentralized entity could possibly be placed under another entity’s control.”