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Russian Crypto Plot, China Mining U-Turn, Lottery Winner’s BTC Gamble: Hodler’s Digest, Nov. 4–10

Russia plans new law that would allow police to confiscate BTC, and China scraps plan to ban cryptocurrency mining. Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Russia: New law would let police confiscate Bitcoin from 2021 We begin in Russia, where the government is pursuing a seemingly impossible law that would allow…

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Danske Bank Caught Using Gold Bullion to Launder Illicit Funds

The Danish financial institution Danske Bank has been embroiled in a massive money-laundering scandal associated with an Estonian branch that allegedly laundered $223 billion in an eight-year period. According to documents uncovered this week stemming from 2012, Danske Bank’s Estonian branch let a select group of clients from Russia convert their money into gold bullion in order to help hide funds. Also read: China Now Censors Anti-Blockchain Sentiment, Educates Public on Bitcoin Danske Bank’s Estonian Branch Laundered Funds With Gold Bullion Danske Bank has been involved in a money-laundering conspiracy…

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Tax Agencies Worldwide Plan to Crack Down on ‘Dozens’ of Crypto Tax Evaders

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has revealed the agency is cracking down on “dozens” of cryptocurrency users evading taxes. The IRS has partnered with tax agencies from four other countries in order to make sure tax enforcement strategies are being applied across the map. Also Read: QE Infinity: 37 Central Banks Participate in Stimulus and Easing Practices Tax Agencies From 5 Countries Are Hunting Dozens of Tax Evaders Using Digital Currencies According to the IRS, the tax agency is putting a significant amount of effort into fighting tax evasion…

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IDEX Claims Creation of ‘Infinite Scaling Solution for Ethereum’

The decentralized exchange responsible for over 40% of DEX transactions claims to have created an “infinite scaling solution” for the Ethereum network. IDEX, the decentralized exchange (DEX) responsible for over 40% of all DEX transactions, claims to have created an “infinite scaling solution” for the Ethereum network. 1,000 times faster In an email sent to Cointelegraph, IDEX claims that its system, dubbed Optimized Optimistic Rollups (O2Rs), reaches block finality in 10 minutes. The company also says that this is about 1,000 times faster than the Optimistic Rollups (ORs) developed by…

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Top-5 Cryptos This Week: XTZ, ATOM, XLM, LTC, EOS

The top-performing cryptocurrencies of the past seven days are showing signs of bottoming out. Is it a good time to buy? Bitcoin (BTC) futures volumes have been consistently rising in the past few days. This shows that the interest of the institutional players has been gradually picking up.  A close study of the futures volume and price action can provide the experienced trader an insight into the likely direction of the markets. Increasing volumes with a sharp dip in price is a bearish sign as it indicates the initiation of…

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Bitcoin Cash House Launches Crypto Hub in Venezuela

A new crypto resource has emerged in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, for Venezuelans interested in learning about Bitcoin Cash and cryptocurrencies. The project, called Bitcoin Cash House, is the brainchild of Roberto Garcia and is sponsored by Bitcoin.com and Sideshift.ai. It exists as a physical location and online initiative, seeking to educate newcomers to the space on the acquisition, storage, and general use of crypto, as well as development and job opportunities. Also Read: Over 200 Venezuelan Taxis Discover the Benefits of Bitcoin Cash Welcome to the Cash House Launched just days…

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Scale of OneCoin Scam Unravels Amid Ongoing Court Hearings

A U.S.-based lawyer linked with the OneCoin scam allegedly helped Ruja Ignatova, the principal accused in the OneCoin scam, launder over $400 million. With each passing day, the financial nitty-gritty associated with the cryptocurrency-related OneCoin Ponzi scheme continues to become of increasing interest to members of the global crypto community.  The U.S. government’s previous estimate of the scam that raked in a total of $4 billion seems to be well off the mark, as the figure could be more than three to four times the official estimate — this is…

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Corrupt CBI Inspector Booked for Extorting Vigilante Bitcoiner

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reportedly booked its own officer in an extortion case involving bitcoin. The target was a man who previously fell victim to the Bitconnect scam and allegedly resorted to extreme measures to recoup his money. Also read: China Now Censors Anti-Blockchain Sentiment, Educates Public on Bitcoin Extorted by CBI Officer The CBI has reportedly booked its own officer, inspector Sunil Nair, for allegedly extorting Rs 5 crore (~$700,506) from Shailesh Bhatt, an Indian businessman from Gujarat, local media reported on Friday. According to the…

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How to Start With Bitcoin at No Cost

Getting into the Bitcoin world is by default easy and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. All you need to do to get started is to install a cryptocurrency wallet and load it with some digital cash. The growing crypto community, always enthusiastic about accepting new members, has done a lot to make sure you can take these first steps at no expense. Also read: Crypto-Based Commerce Spikes 65% in 7 Months Get a Free Crypto Wallet First To start with Bitcoin you don’t need to be ultra tech…

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EOS Blockchain Congested: EIDOS Airdrop 95% of Transfers

The EOS blockchain is congested by the EIDOS token airdrop, says Coinbase, which currently prevents most users from sending transactions on the network. The EOS blockchain is congested by the EIDOS token airdrop, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase reports on Nov. 9. In a post on its blog, Coinbase claims that it had trouble in processing its clients’ transactions due to EOS network congestion caused by the EIDOS token airdrop. The exchange has since solved the issue by increasing the amount of staked CPU, securing a sufficient portion of the CPU time…

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