Here is a log with relevant legal, regulatory, law enforcement and business risk milestones in crypto-currencies’ race to maturity with links to trusted sources.
The Key December 2013 Crypto-Events were:
- 12/1/2013 – Dutch Rabobank blocked bitcoin for ‘ethical reasons’
- 12/2/2013 – 96,000 BTC are stolen and angry users chase thief around the Internet
- 12/3/2013 – The Dutch Central Bank warns about virtual currency risks
- 12/5/2013 – China bans its banks from handling Bitcoin
- 12/5/2013 – French central bank warns over Bitcoin risks
- 12/5/2013 – Bitcoin valued at $1,300 by Bank of America analysts
- 12/8/2013 – India’s central bank expresses concern about Bitcoin’s risks
- 12/9/2013 – Swiss parliament requests legal clarity on Bitcoin, including declaring it a currency
- 12/9/2013 – JPMorgan Chase building Bitcoin-killer
- 12/10/2013 – Apple blocks bitcoin payments on secure messaging app Gliph
- 12/11/2013 – New Zealand central bank joins others in warning on bitcoins
- 12/12/2013 – US government shuts down Casascious operation
- 12/13/2013 – European Union warns on bitcoin
- 12/14/2013 – China bans payment companies from working with Bitcoin exchanges
- 12/15/2013 – Norway’s government says bitcoin isn’t real money
- 12/17/2013 – Denmark’s authorities: “Bitcoin is not regulated here”
- 12/18/2013 – US Treasury cautions Bitcoin ‘money transmitters’ on legal compliance
- 12/21/2013 – Largest retailer to date, Overstock.com, announces it will accept bitcoin in 2014
- 12/23/2013 – Bloomberg anchor gets Bitcoin on live TV and gets robbed by viewer
- 12/23/2013 – Singapore government decides not to interfere with Bitcoin
- 12/24/2013 – Slovenia clarifies position on crypto-currency tax
- 12/24/2013 – Reserve Bank of India warns against Bitcoin use
- 12/27/2013 – Indian bitcoin exchanges suspend operations after government warning
Please point me to any events that you consider important and would like to see on the log.
For ease of tracking I’ve decided on the following discrete categories to classify all events:
- Banking: Refers to decisions made or stances taken by banks and other traditional financial institutions with respect to crypto-ventures, including adopting a digital currency strategy and banking operators
- Businesses: Includes decisions made by operators and businesses as a result of regulatory pressure or other risks facing them, as well as overall market-related news
- Enforcement Actions: Includes actual law enforcement actions on virtual currency operators anywhere in the world
- Rules & Regs: Refers to decisions made or stances taken by regulators, supervisors and policy-makers around the world
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