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Matthew De Silva

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Matthew has a passion for law and technology. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he studied international economics and music. Matthew enjoys biking and listening to tech podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles.
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technology

Cryptocurrency Mining Apps Banned From Google Play

Jul 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Google has prohibited applications that mine cryptocurrencies on devices.
NEWS
business and finance

SEC Rejects Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF

Jul 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On July 26, 2018, the US Securities and Exchange Commission published a 92-page document, which explains why the agency disapproved a proposed rule change seeking to list and trade shares of the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust.
NEWS
business and finance

Swiss Financial Regulator Launches Enforcement Proceedings Against envion AG

Jul 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Although Switzerland has become a hotbed for initial coin offerings, the country’s financial regulator (FINMA) hasn’t taken kindly to violations of banking laws. Envion AG, which raised more than $100 million from investors, is the second major ICO that has stirred up controversy in Switzerland.
NEWS
ecosystem

Augur’s Joey Krug Comments On Assassination Markets

Jul 25th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Shortly after Augur’s launch, some users created cryptocurrency-settled assassination markets. Since the Augur protocol exists on the Ethereum blockchain, the marketplace exists across many computers. Because of Augur’s decentralization, law enforcement may struggle to shut down these morbid and highly illegal markets.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Tezos Foundation Hires PwC As Auditor

Jul 24th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
“Engaging a top-tier independent external auditor ensures that the Tezos community and its observers can trust our operations and use of finances,” the Foundation claims.
NEWS
business and finance

SEC Postpones Decision On NYSE Arca Listing Bitcoin ETFs

Jul 24th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The US Securities and Exchange Commission extended the deadline to approve or disapprove a proposed rule change associated with NYSE Arca’s potential listing of Direxion’s bitcoin-tied exchange-traded funds.
NEWS
business and finance

Digital Asset Brings Blockchain Developer Tools To Google Cloud

Jul 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Distributed ledger technology “has great potential to benefit customers not just in the financial services industry, but across many industries,” said Leonard Law, the global product management lead for Google Cloud for Financial Services. “We’re excited to bring these developer tools to Google Cloud."
NEWS
opinion

Google's Open Source Data Transfer Project Promises Portability

Jul 20th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
It’s an impressive step forward but seems to ignore the major concerns of the last few years: privacy and security.
NEWS
world

Before His CFPB Leadership Ends, Mulvaney Pushes FinTech Initiatives

Jul 19th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
CFPB director Mick Mulvaney is preparing to hand the reins to Kathleen Kraninger. While her nomination process grows contentious, Mulvaney is leaving his mark on the agency, creating an Office of Innovation and launching a regulatory sandbox.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

The Federal Reserve Is Not Considering Digital Currency, Says Chairman Powell

Jul 19th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
A penny for your thoughts.
NEWS
law and legislation

South Korea Considers Tax Reduction For Blockchain Growth

Jul 18th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The country has been one of the most aggressive in its pursuit of blockchain-related innovation.
NEWS
business and finance

FINRA Approval Of Coinbase Acquisitions Sets Stage For Security Token Trading

Jul 18th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Blockchain-based equity trading could become big business.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Will IBM's USD Anchor Be Weighed Down By Stablecoin Limitations?

Jul 17th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
IBM is using the Stellar blockchain to explore stablecoins. Banking and insurance complications remain.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Do Your Own Research, Advises CFTC In Cryptocurrency Warning

Jul 16th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a customer advisory about digital tokens, commonly referred to as cryptocurrencies or crypto-assets.
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world

Financial Stability Board Publishes Framework To Monitor Crypto-Assets

Jul 16th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
From ICOs to digital currency exchanges, the FSB provided an overview of its work and that of related organizations studying the crypto-asset phenomenon. Don’t worry though – for now, it says crypto-assets won’t cause a meltdown of the conventional markets.
NEWS
business and finance

Peter Thiel, Bitmain Invest In Block.one

Jul 16th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Perhaps a $4 billion initial coin offering wasn’t enough. Block.one, creator of EOS, has secured additional funding from a handful of financiers as well as a bitcoin mining company.
NEWS
business and finance

Cohen Private Ventures Reportedly Invests In Arianna Simpson’s Autonomous Partners Fund

Jul 14th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Although Autonomous Partners has cast a wide net with its blockchain-related investments, the fund has stayed away from XRP due to concerns about centralization.
NEWS
world

Russian Hackers Indicted By Mueller Allegedly Used Bitcoin To Purchase Servers, Domains

Jul 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
“In an effort to conceal their connections to Russia, the defendants used a network of computers located around the world, and paid for it using cryptocurrency,” said deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

[UPDATED] Tether Appoints Former BMO Manager As Chief Compliance Officer

Jul 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The newly hired Leonardo Real previously worked for BMO Financial Group. But what happened to Tether’s former CCO?
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Robinhood Expands Commission-Free Cryptocurrency Trading To Bitcoin Cash And Litecoin

Jul 12th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the trading application company gave consumers the ability to exchange bitcoin cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC).