Trump bans U.S. investors from trading Venezuelan ICO token

Leo Zhang

By Leo Zhang

News & Commentary

Executive Order on taking additional steps to address the situation in Venezuela
(The White House)

"All transactions related to, provision of financing for, and other dealings in, by a United States person or within the United States, any digital currency, digital coin, or digital token, that was issued by, for, or on behalf of the Government of Venezuela on or after January 9, 2018, are prohibited as of the effective date of this order."

Perspective on how quickly blockchain technology has grown

Blockchain researcher comments on historical Presidential interventions in the gold market

Twitter to prohibit range of cryptocurrency ads
(Skynews, by Alexander J. Martin)

"On Wednesday, Google announced it too would begin restricting ads for cryptocurrencies and related content, including initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency exchanges, wallets and trading advice services."

America's public markets are perking up. Can it last?
(The Economist)

"The question is whether one quarter a revival makes. It is easy to see how the effervescent mood in New York could quickly go flat. Stockmarkets could tumble, scaring IPO candidates off."

Bitcoin price vs. historical NASDAQ

SEC announces its largest-ever whistleblower awards
(SEC Press Release)

"The SEC has awarded more than $262 million to 53 whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012. All payments are made out of an investor protection fund established by Congress that is financed entirely through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators."

Technical & Updates

Zcash Power of Tau partcipants document their process in the article:

Hidden in plain sight
(Patrick Nielsen)

"Powers of Tau is the latest Secure Multi-Party Computation protocol being used by the Zcash Foundation to generate the parameters needed to secure the Zcash cryptocurrency and its underlying technology in the future."

To learn more about Zcash public parameter generation, read our research report here. Bitcoin developer Peter Todd's commentary on Zcash public parameter ceremony can be found here:

Monero reddit discussion on ASIC resistance.

[Discussion] Asic resistance is the right way...... from r/Monero

Bitcoin visualization of the Lightning routing paths:

Vertcoin James Lovejoy discusses Lightning and Vertcoin at MIT Bitcoin Expo.

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