This week Apple let down its anti-bitcoin guard and 50 Cent dropped a new album with some exciting news. Check out these and other top news stories in this week's roundup.
Apple updates its policy on virtual currencies: Apple released an update to its App Store Review Guidelines. The updated purchases and currencies section now reads:
"Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions."
Apple has had a long history of restrictive policies dating back to 2012 when it first removed the Blockchain and BitPak wallet apps. Apple garnered the ire of the bitcoin community again when it removed Coinbase in November 2013 and Blockchain in February 2014.
eBay CEO hints of future plans to integrate bitcoin: eBay CEO John Donahoe has once again strongly indicated that he sees bitcoin integration as a possibility for his companies eBay and Paypal. In addition to last month's statement when he said Paypal was "actively considering" bitcoin integration, he appeared on CNBC and said, "[...] at PayPal, we're going to have to integrate digital currencies into our wallet."
2014 bitcoin VC investments surpass 2013 total: Bitcoin VC investments this year are already 30% higher than 2013's total investment. So far this year, bitcoin startups have raised $113.2m, which is $27m more than last year.
Rapper 50 Cent accepting bitcoin for new album: Hip-hop artist 50 Cent is the latest musician to embrace bitcoin. The rapper is accepting the digital currency as a payment for his latest album 'Animal Ambition' this week, after the artist's Shopify store teamed up with BitPay to accept the currency.
Thanks to 50 Cent, I have got my tunes sorted. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead!
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Brazil Moves to Probe Banks After Crypto Exchanges Denied Services
Brazil's antitrust watchdog is investigating whether the major banks in the country worked together to close off access to cryptocurrency services.
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Japan Lost $540 Million to Crypto Hacks in First Half of 2018
After news broke yesterday of yet another hack of a cryptocurrency exchange in Japan, the country's police authority has released figures revealing the rise in such attacks this year.
Coinbase Refutes Claims in New York Attorney General's Exchange Report
A recent report published by the New York Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which claimed several cryptocurrency exchanges it investigated are vulnerable to market manipulation, has drawn backlash
Singapore Central Banker: No Tokens We've Reviewed Need Securities Rules
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state's de-facto central bank, believes that no tokens it has seen need to be regulated under its securities laws.
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Messaging Giant LINE Unveils Ambitious Plan for Crypto Token Ecosystem
LINE, the messaging app giant from Japan, has unveiled plans that will see it launch an ambitious, token-powered ecosystem by the end of 2018.
Aimed at capitalizing on the company's big user base –
Crypto Advocate Cody Wilson Charged With Child Sexual Assault
Cody Wilson, founder of the 3-D printed gun company Defense Distributed and cryptocurrency advocate, has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor.
According to an affidavit obtained by CoinDes
Crypto Exchange Zaif Hacked In $60 Million, 6,000 Bitcoin Theft
Yet another Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange has been hacked with a loss of total 6.7 billion yen, or $60 million worth of cryptocurrency, including 6,000 bitcoin.
The exchange, called Zaif, ope
Coinbase Hires Fannie Mae Executive as Chief Legal Officer
Crypto exchange Coinbase has hired a new chief legal officer in its ongoing push to grow its leadership team.
Brian Brooks, a former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretar