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If Bitcoin Ban Bill in India Passes, Privacy Crypto Assets Could Boom: Binance CEO

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Yesterday, the Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto asset community woke up to a harrowing tidbit of news from Bloomberg Quint. An article, which cited a “draft bill”, revealed that regulators in India, from multiple financial and judiciary agencies, revealed that those who involve themselves in the “sale, purchase and issuance of all types” of crypto assets, including Bitcoin, could lead to a ten-year jail sentence and/or fine.At the same time, the Reserve Bank of India and its partners have purportedly also proposed the creation of a “Digital Rupee” to fill in the void left by a ban on Bitcoin. This exact strategy has purportedly been “recommended by a panel headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg”, and has been backed by an array of other respected governmental agencies.Some have stated that the bill — if put in place — may have some unintended consequences for the Indian government. In fact, this bill may backfire altogether.A Net Benefit For Bitcoin And Crypto? As this news spread, many tried to spin it positively. The crypto community does, after all, have roots in distaste towards and mistrust of governments. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, the beloved chief executive of Binance, postulated that the Indian bill will “really push privacy coin adoption forward”.While it is unclear how many in India are involved in cryptocurrency, there is believed to be a massive community of users, especially due to the largely unbanked population in the nation. With the ban, it may make sense for consumers to use privacy-enabling digital assets, like Monero or ZCash, that disallow government surveillance.That Bill in India will really push privacy coin adoption forward.— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) June 7, 2019 Some have gone a step further, saying that not only will privacy coin adoption boom, but Bitcoin adoption and awareness too. In fact, a multitude of Bitcoin industry insiders — Samson Mow of Blockstream, DCG’s Barry Silbert, and Michael Goldstein to name a few — have gone as far to say that the draft bill is more an advertisement for Bitcoin than anything. This is likely in reference to the Streisand effect, or the fact that consumers like to embark on small rebellions against state power.Is The Bill Even Real? Despite the fact that there are numerous outlets and sources corroborating the existence of the bill, some are skeptical that Indian regulators want to fully ban Bitcoin. In fact, in a statement published June 4th — prior to the Bloomberg Quint article — India’s central bank claimed that they had no knowledge of a newfangled bill on the ban of cryptocurrency, nor were in contact with other agencies in regards to the subject matter.This doesn’t imply that the draft bill does not exist though. Yet, the Reserve Bank should be involved if it truly is in the works, as the entity was involved in prior regulations involving cryptocurrency.Even if the bill somehow exists and goes through, legendary Bitcoin coder Jameson Lopp recently reminded his followers that China has technically “banned” Bitcoin, but not really. Indeed, Chinese exchanges, which somehow find a way to serve clients from the mainland, were recently revealed by Diar to have processed the most Tether (USDT) on-chain volumes than platforms from any other region.Related Reading: Crypto Community Reacts to China Mining FUD, Will Bitcoin Price React Next?What’s more, there’s rampant speculation that China’s over-the-counter Bitcoin market is much bigger than we realize, signifying that the region and its investors still have control in the broader crypto industry.So, even if the bill goes through, Indian investors will likely find themselves not under pressure from the government. And more importantly, will continue to interact with digital assets and related technologies.Regarding the “India is going to ban Bitcoin” rumors… remember the dozen times that China banned Bitcoin? 🤔 https://t.co/eDEX6p5Rgl— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) June 7, 2019
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NYSE files a trademark application for trading NFTs

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The world’s largest stock exchange may be planning to bring business into the Metaverse.

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Traders say $4,000 Ethereum back on the cards ‘if’ this bullish chart pattern plays out

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Global tensions that could trigger a correction in markets abound, but traders say ETH’s current setup could result in a swift return to the $4,000 level.

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CryptoPunks community reacts to the ongoing copyright battle between V1 and V2

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Although the collection is no longer deemed authentic by Larva Labs, its creators alleged sold 210 ETH worth of CryptoPunks V1 when the wrapped versions first gained traction.

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Binance.US is under investigation from SEC over trading affiliates: Report

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Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao allegedly has connections to two market makers buying and selling crypto on Binance.US.

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Boost Insurance unveils product covering against crypto theft from qualified custodians

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Boost Insurance, an insurance infrastructure-as-a-service platform, alongside go-to-market partner, Breach Insurance, a company that provides insurance technology and regulated insurance products for the cryptocurrency market, today announced the launch of Crypto Shield, an insurance product for cryptocurrency available to retail wallet holders.

Crypto Shield covers the theft of cryptocurrency while in the custody of a qualified custodian.

The Crypto Shield product allows individuals to purchase protection for their crypto wallets held by select custodians. In the case that the custodian is breached or suffers a social engineering attack resulting in lost assets, individuals insured under Crypto Shield can be reimbursed for the value of their policy.

Boost + Breach

While there is some commercial insurance available to cryptocurrency institutions, Breach envisioned Crypto Shield as a solution to the protection gap that currently exists for individuals holding crypto, securing a partnership with Boost to assist in bringing the Crypto Shield product to life.

Boost’s insurance infrastructure-as-a-service packages the necessary operational, technological, compliance, and capital requirements for new insurance programs into a white-label solution, enabling insurtechs like Breach to swiftly launch new lines of business.

“Boost’s deep expertise and insurance infrastructure-as-a-service platform, and Relm’s industry-leading crypto reinsurance capabilities, have positioned Breach to bring a highly complex insurance product to the market in a beautifully delivered customer experience.”
– Eyhab Aejaz, Co-Founder & CEO at Breach

To deliver that product in a seamless experience, Boost and Breach’s platforms connect via API, allowing Boost’s policy administration system to deliver back-end management for the Crypto Shield product. Breach’s customers are then able to purchase and manage every part of their policy and claims process, all from within Breach’s proprietary crypto insurance platform.

“With Boost’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform, companies like Breach can launch and deliver innovative new insurance offerings, at a fraction of the time and cost required to build a full-stack insurance program from scratch.”
– Alex Maffeo, CEO & Founder of Boost

In addition to powering the new product, Boost and Breach partnered to source and secure the necessary reinsurance backing from industry expert Relm Insurance Ltd. (Relm), underwritten by Trisura Specialty Insurance Company. Operating out of Bermuda, Relm is a capacity provider to the crypto sector with a track record of insuring companies across the ecosystem. Relm has recently been awarded an ‘A Exceptional’ Financial Stability Rating (FSR) by Demotech.

“Relm’s partnership with Boost and Breach to reinsure the US’s first cryptocurrency insurance product for retail wallet holders is a milestone in supporting the development of crypto and blockchain technologies.”
– Joe Ziolkowski, CEO at Relm

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