Precious metals deregulation in Russia as BRICS nations prepare to trade gold. The Vanguard Group to offer blockchain-based index. Bitfinex hires law firm to squelch free speech. SEC Chairman releases statement about cryptocurrencies and token offerings. Waves Platform is the next to launch self-regulating body. Crypto Futures trading starts in the US and abroad. Steam drops Bitcoin as fees continue to rise. OpenBazaar to offer a token to incentivize curated lists of items for sale. Venezuela talks about offering a petro-backed cryptocurrency.
Puerto Rico is facing dark times at their debt crisis grows more dire. Valve’s Steam video game platform now accepts Bitcoin for their more than 125 million users. CoinDesk’s Consensus 2016 Conference looks to have a few surprises. A Russian bill seeks to outlaw bitcoin use and jail users. Japan unveils their first blockchain consortium. Plutus combines bitcoin and ethereum as they offer their initial crowd sale. A look at the Ethereum Project’s The DAO. Finally a review of Dash.