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Portugal Could Be a Tax Haven — Not Only for Crypto Traders

The Portugal Tax Authority (PTA) announced last month that cryptocurrency trading and payments in crypto would not be subject to value-added tax (VAT). According to the announcement, cryptocurrency payments that are subject to the provision of services under Article 9 (27) (d) of Portuguese tax law are exempt from VAT. This applies only to individuals, as Portugal-based businesses are still subject to several taxes such as VAT, social security and income taxes. This announcement follows another Portuguese tax benefit for cryptocurrency traders: Ruling 5717/2015, which declares that proceeds from the sale…

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Upbit Exchange Delists Privacy Coins Due to Money Laundering Concerns

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit announced that it will cease trading support for six cryptocurrencies, including some so-called privacy coins. Block the possibility of money laundering In a Sept. 20 notice, UpBit announced that the exchange will delist and cease trading support for Monero (XMR), DASH, ZCash (ZEC), Haven (XHV), BitTube (TUBE) and PIVX by Sept. 30. The exchange added that it will no longer support deposits in these cryptocurrencies and will cancel orders requested before the end of the transaction support in Korean won, Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and…

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Bitcoin Price Remains Uninspired at $10,200, Altcoins Go Into Red

Friday, Sept. 20 — The price of Bitcoin (BTC) remains largely uninspired and is once again trading sideways around the $10,200 price mark. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Although BTC is back at trading sideways, Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee expects this to change with the coming launch of Bakkt and is positive on its ability “to improve trust with institutions to crypto.” The world’s largest cryptocurrency continues to trade flat, with an intraday high of around $10,280, while slowly trading downward to its current trading price of $10,147, showing…

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Discovering Bitcoin Part 5: Digital Scarcity

This is the fifth installment of bitcoiner Giacomo Zucco’s series “Discovering Bitcoin: A Brief Overview From Cavemen to the Lightning Network.” Read the Introduction to his series, Discovering Bitcoin Part 1: About Time, Discovering Bitcoin Part 2: About People, Discovering Bitcoin Part 3: Introducing Money and Discovering Bitcoin Part 4: A Wrong Turn (New Plan Needed)! Next in the “Discovering Bitcoin” series, we will build on the previous events of money virtualization, establishment of dangerous monopolies and emergent needs for decentralization, to explore concepts of scarcity in the “virtual” world,…

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Batman Mega-Giveaway Proves Epic Games Isn’t Evil After All – CCN.com

Batman takes center stage for this week’s bundle of free games from the Epic Games Store. Epic Games is giving users of its beleaguered store the chance to pick no less than six games; the acclaimed Batman Arkham Collection and a trio of Batman-themed Lego titles. Arkham Asylum Arkham City Arkham Knight Lego Batman: The Videogame Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham It’s not a bad haul by any standard, and they are absolutely free, to anyone, forever. Giving gamers six games for free is…

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Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous and Tor Users Are Forgetting This

Bitcoin is not an anonymous payment network. However, in practice, many people still appear to be forgetting this, even the most privacy-minded. A research paper from the University of Qatar reminds us that Bitcoin alone isn’t private. In fact, it can even deanonymize users seeking privacy from the anonymous communication network, Tor. This indicates a clear vulnerability or potential information leakage for people who already take active measures to remain private online.  “In a real-world experiment, we were able to link many users of Twitter and the BitcoinTalk forum to…

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