Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Closes Israeli Branch amid Market Woes

With the bitcoin price trading more than 80 percent below its all-time high, not even Bitmain, the world’s largest cryptocurrency mining firm and the crypto industry’s most valuable company, has been immune from the slaughter. According to Israeli business publication Globes, the China-based Bitmain has closed Bitmaintech Israel, the development center it set up two …

Bitcoin is a Ponzi Scheme, Says Former Israel Prime Minister Ehud Barak

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak praised blockchain as an important technology but thinks bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme that should be avoided. Barak — who was prime minister from 1999 to 2001 — made the remarks at the Globes Most Promising Startups event in Tel Aviv, Israel. Barak recently invested in, and became chairman of, the medical cannabis …

Switzerland and Israel Collaborate on Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Regulation

The Swiss Minister for Finance Ueli Maurer recently visited Israel along with State Secretary for International Financial Matters Joerg Gasser, citing their goal as gaining bank access to Israeli markets to allow Swiss banks to trade there. Reuters reports that the two nations have now agreed to collaborate on financial technology, cryptocurrency, and blockchain regulation following their discussion …