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Cryptocurrency Daily Roundup - Jan.10

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A summary of some of the widely followed stories on cryptocurrency and blockchain during the past 24 hours.

Bitcoin ATM Global Numbers Cross 4000; More Than Half In US

The number of Bitcoin ATM machines (BATM) installed across the world crossed the 4,000 threshold, according to Coinatmradar.com. Bitcoin ATMs are installed in 75 countries in the world. Two thirds of them are concentrated in North America. Out of a total of 4,159 BATMs worldwide, 2493 - or 55.9 percent - are in the United States, and 613 in Canada. California has the most number of BATMs in the United States, 475, followed by Illinois with 252 BATMs.

Venezuela complains to WTO against US discrimination of Petro

Venezuela filed a complaint against U.S. sanctions before the World Trade Organization, saying that the US Government restrictions on Americans from purchasing or dealing with any cryptocurrency issued by Venezuela is discriminatory. "The United States has imposed certain coercive trade-restrictive measures on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the context of attempts to isolate Venezuela economically," the complaint says.

US crypto-exchange Gate.io confirms 51% attack on ETC blockchain

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Gate.io confirmed in a report from its researchers that a 51 percent attack occurred recently on the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain. The Gate.io Research claimed that it has detected seven rollback transactions, with four of them being conducted by the attacker and transferring a total of 54,200 ETC in total valued at about $247,000.

Thailand Grants Digital Asset Business Licenses To Four Firms

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand announced that the country's Ministry of Finance granted digital asset business licenses to four operators, but denied it to two operators. Three of the applicants namely Bitcoin Exchange Co., Ltd. (BX) (bx.in.th), Bitkub Online Co., Ltd. (BITKUB) (bitkub.com), and Satang Corp. (Satang Pro) (satang.pro) have been granted a license to operate as digital asset exchanges, while Coins TH Co., Ltd. (Coins.co.th) was granted license to operate as a cryptocurrency broker and dealer.

US Dept. Of Energy Grants $4.8 Mln Fund For Tech Research Incl. Blockchain

The United States Department of Energy or DOE announced up to $4.8 million in funding for university research of technologies including blockchain. The DOE Office of Fossil Energy's federal funding is for research and development or R&D projects, part of Fossil Energy's University Training and Research initiative. It aims to develop the next generation of science and engineering professionals in the fossil energy sector.


Norwegian Tycoon's Wife Abducted For €9 Mln Ransom In Cryptocurrency

Norwegian Tycoon Tom Hagen's wife has been abducted, with a demand for around 9 million euros ransom to be paid in cryptocurrency, Norway police said. According to Norwegian news agency NTB, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen has been missing from her home outside Oslo since October 31. Tom Hagen found a ransom note when he returned home, threatening to kill her if the payment is not made in the cryptocurrency Monero.

Current Prices

As of this writing, bitcoin is down 5.63 percent or $225.02 to $3773.04 on Coinbase. Ethereum is lower by 12.38 percent or $18.50, trading at $130.87.

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