A Draft Bill Implying Bitcoin Legalization Introduced in the Russian Parliament

December 18, a draft code implying penalization of issuance and exchange of, and operation with “money surrogates”, was introduced to the Russian Parliament, the State Duma. Russian authorities were going to equal cryprocurrencies to the said surrogates, and even introduce criminal and administrative punishment for any operations related thereto.

The Securities and Exchange Commission Approves Blockchain-based Securities by Overstock

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the application from Patrick Byrne’s renowned company Overstock to issue its securities online via a blockchain-based technology. This might be an evidence of a substantial paradigm shift for the authorities’ stance as to anything related to crypto-space. According to the documents available to.

BitPesa Remains Discontinued from M-Pesa

According to the recent ruling by the Kenyan High Court, local operator Safaricom servicing M-Pesa will not have to provide access to bitcoin startup BitPesa. Though the case is far from being dismissed, the current ruling would prolong the service’s inability to operate as is. Last month, the mobile payments.

Former White House Official Joins Bitfury

Jamie Smith who had previously worked at the White House as the president’s special assistant has taken the position of Bitfury’s head of global communications department.