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Matthew De Silva

Writer, ETHNews | mdesilva@ethnews.com

Matthew is a full-time staff writer for ETHNews with a passion for law and technology. In 2016, he graduated from Georgetown University where he studied international economics and music. Matthew enjoys biking and listening to podcasts. He lives in Los Angeles and holds no value in any cryptocurrencies.
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business and finance

Thomson Reuters Follows Bitcoin Sentiment With News, Social Media Tracker

Mar 12th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Thomson Reuters announced the launch of a “sentiment data feed” for bitcoin in version 3.0 of its MarketPsych Indices.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

$600 Million Magic, Strange Moves On The Tether Charts

Mar 10th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
During a defining five-minute period on January 27, 2018, the nominal market cap of Tether rose by more than $600 million. Today, close to 40 percent of USDT trade occurs on OKEx and Binance.
NEWS
law and legislation

Congressional Committee To Hold Cryptocurrency, ICO Hearing

Mar 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On the morning of March 14, 2018, the House Financial Services Committee will host a hearing on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs).
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

PACcoin, A Tiny Cryptocurrency, Just Returned From The Moon

Mar 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, a tiny, virtually unknown cryptocurrency went to the moon for a few minutes. It appeared that in a straight-line trajectory, PACcoin suddenly began trading for more than 1000 times its historical price.
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law and legislation

Wyoming Legislature Goes All In On Blockchain, Cryptocurrency Bills

Mar 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
From money transmitter licenses and utility tokens to blockchain-based records management systems and cryptocurrency tax exemptions, Wyoming’s legislature has been tremendously active in the digital asset space.
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world

European Commission FinTech Action Plan Addresses Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, And Blockchain Technology

Mar 8th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the European Commission published an 18-page FinTech action plan. Among other things, the plan addressed the regulatory treatment of crypto-assets, licensing schema for crowdfunding platforms, and potential rulemaking related to blockchain technology.
world

Japanese FSA Gets Tough On Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Mar 8th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Later this week, Japan’s FSA will serve administrative notices to several cryptocurrency exchanges and may suspend some operations, according to Wednesday reports.
NEWS
law and legislation

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Supporting Security Tokens Must Register With SEC Or Seek Exemption

Mar 7th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the SEC gave notice that exchanges supporting security tokens must register with the agency or seek exemption. This requirement extends to platforms that facilitate the trading of tokens distributed through initial coin offerings (ICOs), if those digital assets are subject to federal securities law.
NEWS
law and legislation

Court Agrees With CFTC Classification Of Virtual Currencies As Commodities

Mar 7th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the CFTC was granted a preliminary injunction in its case against Patrick K. McDonnell and CabbageTech, Corp, a ruling which supports the agency’s 2015 finding that virtual currencies like bitcoin are commodities.
NEWS
law and legislation

FinCEN: ICOs For Convertible Virtual Currencies May Require Money Transmitter Licenses

Mar 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, a letter addressed to Senator Ron Wyden from FinCEN regarding its oversight and enforcement capabilities for virtual currencies was published. Depending on the nature of an initial coin offering (ICO), a money transmitter license may be required.
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application

European Grocer Carrefour Expands Blockchain For Supply Chain

Mar 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Carrefour announced the extension of its blockchain-based supply chain system, which is currently used to track free-range chickens from farm to table. By the end of 2018, the company will add provenance for a handful of other food products.
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technology

USPTO Publishes PayPal Patent For ‘Expedited Virtual Currency Transaction System’

Mar 6th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
This past week, the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published a patent that PayPal filed for an “Expedited Virtual Currency Transaction System.” The filing amounts to a centralized, electronic accounting system.
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ecosystem

European Commission Considers Blockchain Standards, Licenses For Crowdfunding Platforms

Mar 5th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The European Commission will soon create common standards for blockchain technology and propose an EU-wide licensing system for crowdfunding platforms.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

These ICOs Have Not Been Subpoenaed By The SEC

Mar 3rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
After the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC has issued “dozens of subpoenas and information requests” to executives of and advisors to various cryptocurrency projects, investors were left wondering which companies are being examined. ETHNews reached out to some of the largest projects to learn whether they are under investigation. Here is what we found.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Republic Of The Marshall Islands Prepares For Sovereign Cryptocurrency

Mar 2nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The Republic of the Marshall Islands reportedly plans to issue its own cryptocurrency, the Sovereign (SOV), which would be treated as legal tender alongside the US dollar. This has the potential to impact the country’s relationship with the United States, which has long provided defense for the small nation.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

CFTC Provides Guidance For Employee Investment In Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin Futures

Mar 1st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
According to a Commodity Futures Trading Commission memo dated February 5, 2018, ethics rules and regulations that apply to CFTC employee transactions in commodities similarly apply to their holdings and transactions in cryptocurrencies.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

SEC Provides Guidance For Employee Investment In Cryptocurrencies, ICOs

Feb 28th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The US SEC’s Office of the Ethics Counsel recently issued a memo regarding staff investment in cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings.
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opinion

Bill Gates Offers Sobering Perspective On Cryptocurrencies, ICOs

Feb 28th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Bill Gates provided his opinion on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings. Despite his previous excitement about bitcoin, it seems that the billionaire tech titan is not buying the present hype. In indicting cryptocurrencies for being complicit in drug-related deaths, Gates may be missing the bigger picture.
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law and legislation

Texas State Securities Board Issues Cease And Desist To LeadInvest

Feb 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, the Texas State Securities Board issued a cease-and-desist order to LeadInvest. The agency contends that LeadInvest has fabricated its management team and is illegally soliciting investors for a lending program and a cryptocurrency mining operation.
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business and finance

FATF Plenary Meeting Seeks To Improve Understanding Of Virtual Currency Risks

Feb 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
This past week, the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering gathered for a plenary meeting. Unsurprisingly, virtual currency was part of the conversation.