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Melanie Kramer

Guest Writer, ETHNews | guestwriter@ethnews.com

Melanie Kramer is a freelance FinTech, blockchain, and cryptocurrency writer based between France and Canada. Melanie has studied, and retains an avid interest in, global politics, business, and economics.
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Could Microsoft Dominate Blockchain-Based Rights And Royalties Management?

Jun 21st, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Microsoft, in a partnership with EY, has announced the launch of a blockchain project for content rights and royalties management.
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world

France Embraces Blockchain Revolution As Chain Accelerator Launches

Jun 20th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Station F, a massive startup incubator in Paris, has become home to a new blockchain accelerator that calls itself the largest in Europe. The news comes during a time of increasing support for blockchain and cryptocurrencies by the French finance minister.
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business and finance

No Central Bank Digital Currency For South Korea

Jun 19th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
South Korea’s central bank has decided against issuing a CBDC, citing risks associated with liquidity and credit, as well as the legal implications of managing such a currency.
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business and finance

TRON Acquires BitTorrent For $140M

Jun 19th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Decentralized web and blockchain media startup TRON is about to close a deal to purchase peer-to-peer file sharing platform BitTorrent for $140 million. The announcement comes just six days before TRON is due to go live on its own blockchain.
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law and legislation

French Regulator AMF Warns Against Unauthorized Cryptocurrency Firms

Jun 18th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF), France’s financial markets regulator, has warned the French public of more cryptocurrency investment websites that do not have authorization to operate within the country.
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world

Germany Says Cryptocurrencies Are No Danger to Financial Stability

Jun 13th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
A recent report asserts that the digital assets are not a threat to the country's financial stability but that international efforts should be made to curtail money laundering and terrorist financing.
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world

UK’s FCA Issues Guidance To Banks Detailing Cryptocurrency Dangers

Jun 12th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
In an open letter on June 11, 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued guidance to banks on “good practice” for handling the financial crime risks posed by “cryptoassets.”
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Lithuania Issues ICO Guidelines

Jun 12th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
On Friday, the Ministry of Finance for Lithuania released guidelines covering initial coin offerings (ICOs). The report outlines the characteristics of ICOs and tokens, and clarifies which Lithuanian finance laws will apply in each case.
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application

Swiss City Zug To Trial Voting Through Blockchain Technology

Jun 11th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Nicknamed “Crypto Valley,” Zug is taking its commitment to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology further by piloting blockchain-based voting.
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wallets and exchanges

Bithumb Cleared Of Suspicion By Korean Tax Agency

Jun 8th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Prominent South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has been cleared of concern over possible tax evasion and dubious business practices after a three-month investigation by the country’s National Tax Service.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Coinmint Expects New York Crypto Mining Facility To Be World's Largest

Jun 7th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Cryptocurrency mining company Coinmint has announced its New York data center project, which it hopes to have the largest capacity for digital currency mining in the world.
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business and finance

Samsung SDS Launches Blockchain Platform Nexfinance

Jun 4th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Samsung SDS has released details of its blockchain-based FinTech platform for enterprises at a recent press conference in Seoul.
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world

Bermuda Accelerates Economic Development With Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Capabilities

May 7th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Bermuda’s premier has announced three significant developments for the island’s economy, including a new agreement with blockchain firm Medici Ventures.
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wallets and exchanges

Japan Imposes Strict New Standards To Prevent Cryptocurrency Theft

May 7th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The Japanese Financial Services Agency is to introduce tighter controls for cryptocurrency exchanges in order to prevent a repeat of the $500 million Coincheck hack of January 2018.
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world

India Sees Rise In Cryptocurrency Trading Volumes Despite Ban

May 4th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Investors could be taking advantage of a three-month window before a Reserve Bank of India cryptocurrency ban comes into place.
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world

Maduro Announces That Venezuelan Petro Will Fund Youth Bank

May 4th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Venezuela’s president announced that 20 million petros, the country’s cryptocurrency, would be used to fund a bank for youth projects.
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world

Bermuda Passes FinTech Bill And Develops An Agreement With Binance

Apr 30th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Bermuda’s lower house of parliament has passed an act to regulate ICOs and encourage growth of the island’s FinTech industry, just after announcing the country entered a $15 million agreement with Binance.
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world

Cryptocurrency In France Considered ‘Movable Property,’ Traders Get Tax Break

Apr 27th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
After challenges by French taxpayers, the French Council of State ruled that cryptocurrencies are “moveable property,” and reduced the applicable tax rate from 45 percent to 19 percent.
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business and finance

VPE Bank First In Germany To Support Cryptocurrencies For Institutional Traders

Apr 26th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Germany’s VPE bank, in a partnership with FinTech firm solarisBank, has become the first in the country to offer cryptocurrency trading to institutional investors.
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cryptocurrencies and tokens

Nasdaq Turns Toward Cryptocurrencies, Joins Forces With Gemini Exchange

Apr 25th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The CEO of Nasdaq Inc. states the company is open to listing cryptocurrencies and has tapped US-based cryptocurrency exchange Gemini to use its SMARTS surveillance technology, which monitors real-time activity and raises alerts with operators when it discovers unusual trading patterns.