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Matthew De Silva

Writer, ETHNews | mdesilva@ethnews.com

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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wallets and exchanges

No Registered Alternative Trading System Hosts Cryptocurrencies, Says SEC’s Redfearn

Mar 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the SEC’s director of trading and markets stated that no registered exchanges or alternative trading systems (ATSs) currently support cryptocurrency trading. This is despite at least one company’s interest in trading digital assets through an ATS.
NEWS
business and finance

ESMA Institutes 2:1 Leverage Limit For Cryptocurrency CFDs

Mar 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the European Securities and Markets Authority published leveraging standards for CFDs and barred the sale of binary options to retail investors.
NEWS
business and finance

GAO Assesses FinTech, DLT Landscape

Mar 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office offered an in-depth examination of distributed ledger technology (DLT) and accompanying financial regulation. The GAO found that 1) DLT remains in its infancy and 2) inconsistent and complicated regulation may threaten to suffocate development.
NEWS
law and legislation

Tennessee Establishes Legal Authority Of Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts

Mar 26th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Tennessee became the latest state to create a legal foundation for the usage of blockchain technology and “smart contracts.”
NEWS
business and finance

JPMorgan Chase Considers Independence For Quorum

Mar 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
To encourage the adoption of Quorum, JPMorgan Chase is thinking about making the platform a separate company.
NEWS
business and finance

Internal Revenue Service Reminds Taxpayers To Report Cryptocurrency Gains

Mar 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Circle April 17, 2018, in your calendars – that’s the deadline to file 2017 returns and pay any taxes due to the IRS. And don’t forget about cryptocurrency gains either!
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

bitARG Exchange Tokyo Denies Reports Of Purchase By Yahoo! Japan Subsidiary

Mar 23rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, several media outlets reported that Yahoo! Japan planned to acquire an ownership stake in bitARG Exchange Tokyo Co. Ltd. However, on its website, bitARG said that while it is studying potential partnerships, the exchange has not taken any action at this time.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Dutch Court Finds That Bitcoin Has Characteristics Of Property

Mar 22nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
According to the district court of Amsterdam, bitcoin is transferable and has value.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

France Prepares For Cryptocurrency, ICO Framework

Mar 22nd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, shared his enthusiasm for the country’s blockchain and cryptocurrency development efforts. He previously tasked Jean-Pierre Landau, an experienced civil servant (and noted bitcoin critic), with proposing an appropriate legal framework.
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business and finance

Hong Kong SFC Apparently Halts Black Cell Initial Coin Offering

Mar 21st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission announced that Black Cell Technology Limited halted its initial coin offering to the Hong Kong public after regulatory action. Although Black Cell’s ICO terms and conditions now bar Hong Kong investors, its website and fundraising mechanism appear to remain functional.
NEWS
world

OECD Urges Examination Of Tax Standards For Cryptocurrency, Blockchain Technology

Mar 21st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Tuesday, the OECD called for international collaboration regarding taxation matters, specifying that its Forum on Tax Administration will study the “tax consequences” of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. In the last week, the intergovernmental organization also addressed the emerging sector through its report on the “Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation.”
NEWS
law and legislation

US Treasury Could Add Cryptocurrency Wallet Addresses To Sanctions List

Mar 20th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The Treasury has laid the groundwork to add specific wallet addresses to its SDN List, but the efficacy of the department’s approach is questionable.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Edward Snowden Reveals Bitcoin Inquiries By NSA

Mar 20th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The NSA has been snooping around the bitcoin blockchain – and maybe a little more.
NEWS
business and finance

FTC Creates Blockchain Working Group

Mar 20th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) established a blockchain working group, which will facilitate external coordination on enforcement actions among other responsibilities.
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application

Coca-Cola, US State Department Consider Blockchain For Labor Registry

Mar 19th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Friday, at SXSW, Coca-Cola shared that the company will collaborate with the US State Department, Blockchain Trust Accelerator, and Bitfury to create a blockchain pilot to clamp down on forced labor and exploitation.
NEWS
cryptocurrencies and tokens

Trump Bans Venezuelan Petro Cryptocurrency

Mar 19th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting American usage of or investment in the petro.
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business and finance

Twitter Will Ban Advertisements For ICOs, Cryptocurrency Wallets

Mar 19th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
According to reports, Twitter will soon revise its policies to prohibit advertisements for cryptocurrency wallet providers and initial coin offerings (ICOs).
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Initial Coin Offerings Must Learn From Theranos

Mar 17th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
“Innovators who seek to revolutionize and disrupt an industry must tell investors the truth about what their technology can do today, not just what they hope it might do someday.”
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Big-Time Bitcoin Investor, Peter Thiel, Skeptical About Most Other Cryptocurrencies

Mar 16th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
“I would be long bitcoin, and neutral to skeptical of just about everything else at this point.”
NEWS
law and legislation

CFTC Gives Notice Of Supplemental Authority Related To Virtual Currency

Mar 15th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Just two days after being granted a preliminary injunction in its case against Patrick McDonnell and Coin Drop Markets, the CFTC used that ruling to give notice of supplemental authority in another cryptocurrency-related case.