Spanish Crypto Exchange 2gether Won’t Reimburse All Stolen Funds From the 2020 Hack

Spanish cryptocurrency exchange 2gether has announced that it won’t compensate users for the full amount of bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) stolen in August 2020. The exchange said that almost 5,000 of its customers won’t receive their cryptos under the compensation plan. Company Asks 9% of Its Users for More Time to Gather the Remaining Funds According to the announcement, 91% of the users will be fully compensated as part of the firm’s capital round to gather enough funds for the purpose. The crypto exchange argues that it cannot pay…

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Iran Finds Scapegoat In ‘Easy Victim’ Bitcoin as Officials Shut Down 1,600 Mining Farms

As Iran experiences rolling electricity blackouts, the country’s authorities have responded to the crisis by targeting bitcoin mining farms. The sanctions-hit country’s campaign against miners has seen a total of 1,600 mining centers being shut down. This Iranian blitz on cryptocurrency miners, however, appears to contradict the country’s previous policies towards cryptocurrency mining. The Real Cost of Electricity in Iran According to a report, the Islamic Republic has previously “authorized 24 bitcoin processing centers that consume an estimated 300 megawatts of energy a day.” Furthermore, Iran’s “electricity cost of around…

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Major Russian Bank Sberbank Files Application to Launch Its Own Stablecoin — Possibly Pegged to the Fiat Ruble

A major Russian bank revealed an upcoming digital asset launch, which complements another of its latest crypto-related moves. Sberbank applied to register a platform to issue a token named “Sbercoin.” Bank Expects the Stablecoin Could Launch in the Spring of 2021 During an interview with 1prime, Anatoly Popov, Sberbank’s deputy chairman, said the bank made the correspondent filings with the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) “early in January.” The executive is hopeful that his bank’s application will be approved by the CBR, following the crypto law that came into effect…

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Wall Street “Perma Bear” Predicts Stock Market Crash: Says Bitcoin Cannot Be Ignored as He Touts Gold

Long term Wall Street bear and bitcoin holder, David Tice predicts that the stock market will crash fall by 30% in a retreat that will persist for two years. Although the veteran investor is not giving the specific commencement date for this downturn, he warns that when it breaks, “it’s likely to break hard and cause investors to suffer for a long time.” Biden Administration Policies In remarks made during an interview, Tice, who claims to be a “believer in the Austrian School of Economics”, points to the “business-unfriendly policies…

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Mining City: A New Opportunity for the New Year

Mining City’s growth throughout 2020 has been significant. With an easy-to-use website, thousands of community members active all over the world and regular promotions, now is a great time to begin reaping the possibilities that Mining City (www.miningcity.com) has to offer in 2021. What Is Mining City? Mining City is an initiative that unites people through mining cryptocurrency. Using a “mining plan” structure it gives its users the opportunity to obtain hash power needed for mining. This hash power entitles them to a portion of the total mining reward. Put…

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Bahrain Central Bank Issues License to Shariah-Compliant Crypto Exchange

Middle Eastern crypto exchange Coinmena said this week that it had obtained a crypto assets services company license from the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) ahead of its planned launch. In receiving the license, the exchange, which has been certified by the Shariyah Review Bureau, said it had met several technical, operational, and security requirements from the CBB. Coinmena added that the license allows it to operate as a regulated and onshore platform, becoming one of only a few fully licensed and operating crypto exchanges in the Middle East and…

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Philippine Central Bank Widens Cryptocurrency Regulation — Sees ‘Accelerated Growth’ in Crypto Activity

The Philippines’ central bank, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), has expanded the country’s cryptocurrency regulation after seeing “accelerated growth” in the use of crypto exchanges. The new regulatory framework is in line with the guidelines recommended by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according to the central bank. Philippine Central Bank Introduces New Rules for Crypto Service Providers The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the Philippines’ central bank, announced Tuesday that it has established new guidelines on virtual asset service providers. “​The Monetary Board (MB) approved the guidelines on…

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Bank of England Governor Warns Cryptocurrencies Won’t Last

The governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, believes that no existing cryptocurrencies will last. Talking about the design, governance, and arrangements of “a lasting digital currency,” the head of England’s central bank said, “I don’t think cryptocurrencies as originally formulated are it.” Bank of England Chief Andrew Bailey Doubts Any Existing Cryptocurrencies Will Last Bank of England (BOE) Governor Andrew Bailey talked about cryptocurrency at the World Economic Forum’s online Davos Agenda Monday. Speaking on a panel entitled “Resetting Digital Currencies,” he said that digital innovation in payments…

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Cashing Out Bitcoin Using ATMs: Popular Youtuber Successfully Turns $16K in BTC Into Cash

On January 23, 2021, the popular Youtuber Mambafx published a video of himself withdrawing $16,000 in cash from bitcoin ATMs. The video shows how it took multiple bitcoin ATMs to complete the process but by the end of the 17-minute film, Mambafx withdrew over $16k by selling bitcoin to the automated teller machines. Mambafx is a popular popular trader on Youtube and various social media outlets. Just recently, he filmed a video about cashing out some bitcoin. In a previous Youtube video, Mambafx showed how difficult it was to cash…

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Former Goldman Sachs CEO: If I Were a Regulator, I’d Be Hyperventilating at the Success of Bitcoin

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has offered his view on the future of bitcoin. He said if he were a regulator, he would be “hyperventilating” at the success of bitcoin right now and he would be arming himself to deal with it. Lloyd Blankfein Shares His View on the Future of Bitcoin Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein discussed bitcoin on CNBC Monday. He was asked about how he sees the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies considering that BTC appears to be going mainstream as big firms are…

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