Bitfinex stops serving US residents

At the initial stage, which starts from 12.08, the exchange stops accepting new verification requests from US users
12 August

Bitfinex, the Hong Kong based cryptocurrency exchange, announced that it is stopping the services for US residents. The process will be phased in and will be completed in 90 days.

According to the Bitfinex statement, the exchange planned to stop US residents serving some time ago and is now launching this procedure. 

Several factors have gone into this decision:

  • While we have been able to normalize banking for some corporate customers and individuals in certain jurisdictions, compliant banking solutions for U.S. individuals remain elusive. We have been slowly and selectively inviting users in particular jurisdictions who meet set criteria to start using banking channels that have come online. This process is ongoing.
  • A surprisingly small percentage of our revenues come from verified U.S. individual accounts while a dramatically outsized portion of our resources goes into servicing the needs of U.S. individuals, including support, legal and regulatory.
  • We anticipate the regulatory landscape to become even more challenging in the future.
  • Bitfinex is not based in the United States. Exchanges based in the U.S. are better positioned to properly service retail U.S. customers.
     

Bitfinex Team

At the initial stage, which starts from 12.08, the exchange stops accepting new verification requests from US users. Maintenance of existing US users will be terminated in 90 days.

Additionally, Bitfinex denies the access for US users to trade certain digital tokens. Restrictions apply to ERC20-tokens, which are used in the ICO and take effect at 12:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 16. Restrictions on trading tokens EOS (EOS) and Santiment (SAN) take effect immediately.

The stock exchange also added that it reserves the right to further policy changes depending on the circumstances.

Intel to Apply Blockchain Mining to Genetic Sequencing

Intel intends to utilize the energy expended during cryptocurrency mining for the sequencing of genetic data
15 December

Yesterday the U.S. Patent released a patent application called "Blockchain System with Nucleobase Sequencing as Proof of Work". In the application Intel’s inventors describe a type of computer called a sequence mining platform (SMP) which would identify the order or nucleobases in a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA).

Nucleobases are the molecules that make up DNA and RNA, which contain the genetic information within every living organism on the planet. The order of these bases determines what physical traits a person, plant or animal features.

The patent application states that the SMP would use a nucleobase sequencing unit to actually establish the order of nucleobases in a given sample, which would then be verified by the blockchain before being permanently recorded on it.

The POW algorithm will be used to both identify the sequence and subsequently verify it, according to the application, and the sequence recorded on one block would be used as a base for the POW problems in the next block.