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Matthew De Silva

Writer, ETHNews | mdesilva@ethnews.com

Matthew is a writer with a passion for emerging technology. Prior to joining ETHNews, he interned for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the OECD. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University where he studied international economics. In his spare time, Matthew loves playing basketball and listening to podcasts. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Matthew is a full-time staff writer for ETHNews.
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ecosystem

Ethereum’s Ropsten Testnet Verifies zkSNARKs Component Of Zcash Transaction

Sep 21st, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Ethereum’s Ropsten testnet verified the zkSNARKs proof underlying a Zcash transaction.
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world

Malaysian Authorities Address Cryptocurrency

Sep 20th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This week, the governor of Malaysia’s central bank signaled his intention to issue cryptocurrency guidance by the end of 2017. Earlier this month, Malaysia’s securities commission cautioned investors about participation in token offerings (ICOs).
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world

Local Sources: China Bans Travel By Bitcoin Executives

Sep 19th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Beijing News reported that executives of Chinese bitcoin trading platforms may not leave the country, per industry insiders. During this period of uncertainty, the executives must fully cooperate with Chinese authorities.
NEWS
law and legislation

Blockchain Technology On The Docket For SEC Committee

Sep 19th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Early next month, the US SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee will meet to discuss blockchain and distributed ledger technology. With the rise of these groundbreaking innovations, what are the implications for securities markets?
NEWS
law and legislation

Australia Introduces Legislation To Remove Double Taxation On Cryptocurrency

Sep 18th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the Australian government introduced legislation to remove double taxation of digital currencies. The reform, first set out in the Turnbull administration’s 2017-2018 budget, received unanimous approval from Australia’s states and territories.
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world

Decentralizing The Booty: Pirate Bay Plunders Computers With JavaScript Miner

Sep 18th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
This past weekend, an administrator for The Pirate Bay explained that the website is testing a decentralized JavaScript-based cryptocurrency miner as an alternative to advertising.
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wallets and exchanges

Panic As Chinese Cryptocurrency Exchanges Announce Impending Trading Halt

Sep 15th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, China’s two largest cryptocurrency exchanges suspended new user registration and deposits. Trading on both Huobi and OKCoin will end by October 31, 2017. In Chinese markets, bitcoin now trades at a nearly $500 discount relative to the global market.
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opinion

Former SEC Chair Arthur Levitt: Cryptocurrency Is Here To Stay

Sep 14th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the longest-tenured chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission was said to express his belief in the staying power of cryptocurrency. Arthur Levitt, who served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, pointed to global economic imbalances as the reason for the persistence of alternative currency.
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law and legislation

Thailand's SEC Issues ICO Guidance

Sep 14th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission released guidance on token offerings, explaining that in some circumstances, digital assets may be subject to securities regulation. In its statement, the regulator tried to strike a balance between fostering technological innovation and protecting investors.
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world

Japan’s FSA To Appoint Chief Of Cryptocurrency Monitoring

Sep 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
According to local reports, Japan’s Financial Services Agency will soon appoint a chief of cryptocurrency monitoring and establish a 30-person team to regulate virtual currency exchanges.
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world

Indian Central Bank Considers Crypto Rupee, Feels Uneasy About Bitcoin

Sep 13th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
According to a senior official from the Reserve Bank of India, the central bank is examining a cryptocurrency alternative to the rupee. Speaking at the India FinTech Day conference, executive director Sudarshan Sen simultaneously conveyed concerns about non-fiat cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin.
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technology

Kaspersky Lab: Beware Of Covert Cryptocurrency Miners

Sep 12th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, Kaspersky Lab announced that its products have protected 1.65 million users from malicious cryptocurrency mining software during the first eight months of 2017. This announcement comes on the heels of Best Buy’s decision to pull Kaspersky’s anti-virus software from its shelves over concerns of undue influence by the Russian government.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Issues ICO Warning

Sep 12th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the Financial Conduct Authority published a warning about the risks of token offerings, which it called “very high-risk, speculative investments.” The FCA’s announcement followed a spate of similar warnings by international counterparts.
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ecosystem

Ethereum Improvement Proposal 20 Finalized, Formally Establishes ERC20 Standard

Sep 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Ethereum Improvement Proposal 20 was finalized and adopted for the Ethereum blockchain. EIP 20 formally establishes API standards, otherwise known as ERC20, for Ethereum-based tokens.
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technology

Intel, Tencent Sign Letter of Intent For Blockchain Technology Collaboration

Sep 11th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Sunday, Intel and Tencent signed a letter of intent for a blockchain collaboration, according to Chinese media. Announced at the 2017 World Internet of Things Exposition, the endeavor will focus on applications for Tencent’s TUSI Internet of Things laboratory.
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wallets and exchanges

Lost In Translation? Reports Claim That China Orders Shutdown Of Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Sep 8th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
Early Friday morning, several reports circulated claiming that Chinese authorities have suspended trading on virtual currency exchanges. Some even alleged that the halt was actually a complete closure of Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges.
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business and finance

Canadian Agencies Approve Registration Of Cryptocurrency Investment Firm First Block Capital

Sep 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the British Columbia Securities Commission announced that it has approved the registration of First Block Capital Inc. as an investment fund manager and exempt market dealer. This is the first registration of a fund manager in Canada focused exclusively on cryptocurrency investments, said the BCSC.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi: ‘No Member State Can Introduce Its Own Currency’

Sep 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, ECB president Mario Draghi held a press conference following the Governing Council’s monetary policy meeting. Draghi rejected the prospect of national cryptocurrencies in the eurozone.
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technology

Bank Of Japan And European Central Bank Analyze Potential Of Distributed Ledger Technology

Sep 7th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank released the findings of their joint analysis of distributed ledger technology (DLT). The institutions determined that DLT, while “immature,” shows potential in financial market infrastructures.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Crypto Coins, Tokens, And Securities: A Guide To Digital Asset Classification

Sep 6th, 2017
Matthew De Silva
ETHNews breaks down the functions of coins, tokens, and securities. It appears that Ether belongs in all three categories.