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Police crack down on crypto ATMs across Russia

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have been making steady advancements into the mainstream market in many countries around the world, but apparently, this was not the case in Russia. According to local media reports, Russian police have seized no less than 22 automated teller machines (ATMs) selling cryptocurrency in several cities in Russia last week.

Operated by the Bbfpro company, the machines were located in shopping malls, restaurants and stores in nine different Russian cities, Russian news outlet RBC reported, quoting Digital Rights Center lawyer Sarkis Darbinyan.

In a separate interview with Russian media outlets, Bbfpro manager Artem Bedarev claimed there was no notice from the Russian authorities prior to the crackdown, noting that the investigation would continue for at least another six months. The machines would not be returned to Bbfpro while the investigation is ongoing.

The operation was ordered by the Prosecutor’s General Office, acting on a request from the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), a government agent told local media outlets. A CBR officer, who declined to comment on the crypto ATM seizures, noted that the government agency conducts “systematic work to identify and counteract illegal activities in the financial market,” particularly since there is a high chance that uncontrolled cross-border fund transfers and cash outs involving cryptocurrencies can happen.

Darbinyan, however, pointed out that the Russian Federation’s current laws do not prohibit citizens from acquiring cryptocurrencies. Bbfpro, for its part, has been observing all legal procedures, paying its taxes, and verifying the identity of its customers even without prompt from the government.

Bbfpro plans to appeal the seizure operation, according to the lawyer.

On its website, Bbfpro said its machines support purchases of cryptocurrencies like BTC. The company works with crypto exchange Exmo, offering technical support for the ATMs. According to Bbfpro, installing one terminal costs 155,000 rubles ($2,300). It charges 1 percent on the registered turnover, which is considerably less than other crypto ATMs in other countries. For example in Malta, ATM operators charge no less than 8% on each transaction.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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Kraken, Okex, Huobi and major Asian crypto funds go to Blockchain Life 2018

The list of speakers of the key forum on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICO and mining – Blockchain Life 2018 – was replenished by owners and top managers of the biggest Chinese cryptocurrency funds and international exchanges. The forum will be held on November 7-8 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Among the speakers: Maximilian Marenbach (Kraken Exchange), Wu Xing (Huobi Exchange), Aldrich Victorino (Okex Exchange), Charles Cai (Dalian Wanda Group), Jason Hu (World Blockchain Organization) and others. The full list of speakers is available here: https://blockchain-life.com/en/#speakers

At the moment, the main activity in the world of investments in crypto projects is observed in Asian countries. Thus, the forum participants will be able to learn all the trends of 2018 firsthand, and the ICO projects of Eastern European will have a unique opportunity to attract funding within the Pitch-section, without participating in expensive Road shows around the world.

Given the international composition of the participants, Blockchain Life 2018 organizes the legendary AfterParty in the biggest Chinese restaurant in Europe. In a favorite format for the forum participants “all inclusive”: elite alcohol, European and Chinese cuisine, comfortable conditions for networking and enchanting show program. By the way, last year AfterParty special guest was the famous russian boy band “Ivanushki International”.

On September 1st, applications for the International Blockchain Life Awards will be opened, which will determine the best companies in their field. Learn more about the Award on the conference website.

Despite the global scale of the event, tickets with the opportunity to attend reports are still available from $41.

Buy a ticket to a key global event in the industry, there is very little time before the next rise in price https://blockchain-life.com/en/

Organizers: https://listing.help/ – the output of projects on exchanges, https://icotop.io/  – rating agency

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Vin Armani: Bitcoin is always supposed to be instant

CoinGeek’s Stephanie Tower spoke with CoinText CTO Vin Armani about the app’s ability to reach people who otherwise would have no use for blockchain technology, and how similar phenomena are becoming more common.

When one thinks of blockchain, the need for an internet connection is usually implied. However, CoinText makes it possible to transfer sums of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) with only the use of good old-fashioned SMS. The app, currently in public beta release, is already being used for hundreds of thousands of transactions.

“This is the type of thing what we wanted to do with this is we wanted to make a product that was so simple to use, that even somebody’s 70-year-old grandmother who has no experience could easily use it, there’s no signup required, ” Vin Armani, CoinText’s CTO, said.

Because of the use of phone numbers instead of their paired private keys, it is possible to use phones from a decade ago, prior to the popular adoption of the iPhone and Android devices. According to Armani, “This is one of the first times that we’ve been able to have mobile cryptocurrency transfer, and people can even use their old feature phones, you know, the old flip phones.”

Because no signup is needed, one can be brought into the world of Bitcoin “in literally 30 seconds,” he said, noting that, “For us, it’s an adoption engine, really.”

CoinText has been operating initially in English-speaking countries, such as the United States, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa, among others. To entice customers, a small free amount of BCH is offered for one to start sending.

This shift, from the strictly blockchain world to outside of it, is going to continue, and Armani is confident enough to say, “I’d prefer to take crypto over fiat, over PayPal, over credit cards. I think more merchants will in the future.”

He said that just by virtue of accepting crypto payments, one has an advantage over other merchants. “You’re going to get a whole lot of customers that simply won’t patronize your competitors. So right now there’s a huge competitive advantage like, if we get outside of the technical, of the fees, get outside of all of that, right now is a prime opportunity for merchants to jump in and get all kinds of customers just on a marketing basis, simply by accepting Bitcoin Cash. We’re ready to spend it with them, so as soon as they adopt it, they’re just going to have a flood of the most awesome and loyal customers that they could possibly imagine.”

The future of Bitcoin, in particular, is bright, in terms of mainstream adoption. Armani said, “By far, this is the best chain. Zero-confirmation is probably the most important thing, and Bitcoin was always supposed to be instant,” he said.

If you’re interested in helping the growth of merchant adoption of Bitcoin BCH, join the bComm Association, an industry group that intends to be the focal point for miners, merchants, exchanges, developers and members of the BCH community. Developers and merchants of the Bitcoin BCH community will also be on hand for the first CoinGeek Week happening in London in November. Members of bComm Association can avail CoinGeek Week tickets at discounted prices. To purchase tickets or learn more about CoinGeek Week Conference, visit the official website here.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BCH is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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