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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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business and finance

Did Goldman Sachs Just Make Its Move to Cryptocurrency?

Aug 6th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Goldman Sachs is considering offering cryptocurrency custody services.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

German Stock Exchange Boerse Stuttgart To Establish ICO Platform And Cryptocurrency Exchange

Aug 6th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
After announcing what could be the first stock exchange-backed cryptocurrency trading application for smartphones in April, Boerse Stuttgart is now creating an ICO platform as well as full trading and custody services for cryptocurrencies.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

McAfee-Backed Bitfi Wallet Offers Hack Bounty, Gets Hacked, Offers Bounty For Better Hack

Aug 2nd, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The recently released Bitfi cryptocurrency hard wallet came with a $100,000 bounty to hackers who could break its “unhackable” system. No coins have been stolen, but some claim to have hacked the wallet and the bounty has since been raised.
NEWS
law and legislation

First Cryptocurrency SIM Jacking Case Brought In California

Aug 1st, 2018
Melanie Kramer
In California, the first case has been brought against an alleged SIM hijacker charged with stealing over $5 million worth of cryptocurrency with the help of accomplices.
NEWS
technology

Fear The PowerGhost Cryptocurrency Mining Malware

Jul 27th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of malicious programs are created every day. Kaspersky Lab has identified yet another serious cryptojacking threat, this time affecting business systems.
NEWS
application

Singapore Airlines Chooses Blockchain For New Loyalty Wallet

Jul 26th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Singapore Airlines has announced the launch of a blockchain-based digital wallet for its loyalty program, KrisFlyer. More moves may be coming as part of its quest to become the "world's leading digital airline."
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

MyEtherWallet Reveals MEW Connect iOS App Beta

Jul 24th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
One of the most popular cryptocurrency wallet service providers, MyEtherWallet, will launch a beta version of MEW Connect, its upcoming iOS application.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

OKEx, Malta Stock Exchange To Create Joint Venture Cryptocurrency Marketplace

Jul 20th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, OKEx, will form a joint venture company with MSX, the digital and FinTech division of Malta Stock Exchange Holdings, to create a security-token trading platform under the name OKMSX.
NEWS
business and finance

GMO Internet Group Creates A Bank

Jul 18th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Japan's GMO Internet Group is getting together with Aozora Bank Group to build an online banking business. It wants to use blockchain to make services cheaper and faster.
NEWS
application

Ghana Looks To IBM For Blockchain-Based Land Administration

Jul 11th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
In a run of recent blockchain partnerships, IBM is working with Ghana’s government to develop blockchain capabilities for land administration.
NEWS
world

New EU AML Laws Take Effect, Gaps Identified

Jul 10th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
The European Union’s fifth anti-money laundering directive came into force yesterday but is already being criticized; some stakeholders are calling for further reform.
NEWS
business and finance

Google Is Behind, Says Brin At Branson’s New Blockchain Summit Location In Africa

Jul 9th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Hurricane Irma led tycoon Sir Richard Branson to move the Blockchain Summit to Marrakesh, Morocco. Google co-founder admitted that the company missed the boat on early blockchain adoption.
NEWS
healthcare

Blockchain In Medicine Around The Corner, Says International Journal Of Health Geographics

Jul 6th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Researchers analyzed the large number of blockchain-related medicine and healthcare studies that were published last month and concluded that blockchain could soon reshape the worldwide sector.
NEWS
world

Bank Of Finland's Grym Calls Bitcoin A Meaningless Unit Of Account

Jul 6th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Bof head of digitalization Aleksi Grym has published a scathing analysis of digital currencies in a recent report that calls them "a fallacy."
NEWS
world

MEPs Ask EU Parliament For Clarification Of The Blockchain Observatory’s Activities

Jul 5th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are striving to ensure the EU’s digital and blockchain expertise is satisfactory, including asking for clarification on digital strategy and the work of the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum.
NEWS
business and finance

Conventional Banking Could Become Easier For Swiss Cryptocurrency Companies

Jul 2nd, 2018
Melanie Kramer
To compete with other crpyto-friendly regions, proponents in Switzerland are attempting to improve access to banking services for blockchain businesses.
NEWS
law and legislation

France Joins US And Russia In Seeking Extradition Of Vinnik For BTC-e Fraud

Jun 29th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Greek courts have been considering US and Russian requests for the extradition of Alexander Vinnik, suspected MtGox hacker. Now France wants to try him for cryptocurrency-related fraud.
NEWS
wallets and exchanges

Cryptocurrency Exchanges Talk Law Enforcement Post-Europol Virtual Currencies Conference

Jun 28th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Europol’s Virtual Currencies Conference 2018, a prominent law enforcement and cryptocurrency event, welcomed over 300 participants from 40 European countries. ETHNews spoke exclusively with cryptocurrency exchanges in the US and Europe for their take on the event.
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world

Global Regulators Raise Concerns With EU On GDPR

Jun 27th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
Financial Regulators from North America, Britain, and Asia are seeking an urgent, formal exemption from the EU’s GDPR regulation to avoid its possible impact on cross-border investigations, including those relating to cryptocurrencies.
NEWS
business and finance

Foley Survey Respondents Prefer Ethereum And Seek Regulation

Jun 27th, 2018
Melanie Kramer
US law firm Foley & Lardner LLP has published the results of its 2018 Cryptocurrency Survey. Trends revealed the preference of Ethereum over Bitcoin and a desire for federal regulation among respondents.