Japan, one of the Asian tigers of the cryptocurrency market is under direct attention from the country’s regulatory bodies following the multi-million dollar hack of one of the local exchanges. Binance, a Hong Kong-based exchange is under notice for operating without a license in the country (the news affected the price of Bitcoin, highlighting the significance of Binance; yet Yahoo intends to buy into one of the local exchanges, already operating and licensed in the market. 40% stake, reportedly valued at $19 million, will give the internet giant effortless market entry, with further investments expected in early 2019.
Noteworthy, Yahoo only partially followed Google/Youtube, Facebook/Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (think investing in crypto? Think Snapchat… – yes that is sarcasm) and others in restricting cryptocurrency-related advertisement. While Microsoft, a company well-known for its positive attitude and even enthusiasm towards cryptocurrency markets (one can use Bitcoin to purchase Microsoft products), Bing and Linkedin have not followed the popular trend.
More on future regulation: from G20’s discussion on cryptocurrencies France’s Minister of Finance stated:
“We agree that crypto-assets can be very interesting for everyone. And we – obviously – are in favor of blockchain technology, which can provide very good support to financial assets in Europe or anywhere in the world. We are in favor of these technologies, but we want these technologies to be secure and therefore we need to define very clear measures for their regulation.“
In other words, quoting older news based on JP Morgan’s internal report, cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Whether ICO adverts are banned by Snapchat or not.