CEX. IO suspended new users registration

According to official blog of cryptocurrency exchange, support and verification teams are under pressure
27 December 2017   2982

CEX. IO, which trade around 0.33% of BTC/USD (according to Coinmarketcap) worldwide and points itself as "The leading Bitcoin exchange" temporarily stopped new users registration. 

In order to deliver the best service to our existing users, we have decided to undertake the following measures:

  1. Temporarily pause the registrations of new users, until we can guarantee the decent response time to each and every ticket or a verification request.
  2. Increase the support efficiency by extending the support team and adding several new communication channels.

CEX. IO Team

According to official blog, there is "additional pressure on our support and verification teams" and this led to above mentioned suspention. CEX team also asks users to be patience and don't create additional tickets for the same matter. There is no info in the blogpost on the terms of suspention. 

Bitcoin Questions included into Dutch High School Exam

Bitcoin-themed mathematics questions have been cut-in in recent high school matriculation exams in the Netherlands
18 May 2018   99

About 200,000 Dutch students are to have taken the OVW exam, a obligatory test for students who wish to get tertiary education in the Netherlands. The testing list  included five bitcoin-themed questions.

Students were offered to solve five different mathematical problems. The questions asked that students “calculate in what year the amount of bitcoin exceeded 18 million,” “calculate from which year on the reward will be less than one bitcoin,” “determine the maximal amount of bitcoin that can be in circulation.” The resolution  of the issues was supposed to base on the formula used to employed to solve the questions.

Such kind of changes in testing for students is connected with the growing  recognition of cryptocurrency by the Holland’s institutions. In March, the Court of Amsterdam defined that bitcoin owns “properties of wealth” at the same time  adjudicating a civil rights occasion between an individual seeking repayment from an unfulfilled contract pertaining to bitcoin mining. The court ordered that “bitcoin represents a value and is transferable” and “thus shows characteristics of a property right. A claim for payment in Bitcoin is, therefore, to be regarded as a claim that qualifies for verification.”

Recently, Rob van Gijzel, the ambassador of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, revealed a national blockchain research agenda, which had been accredited by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The ministry had established a designated committee, TopTeam ICT, appointed to analyze the potential legal, economic, and ethical implications of distributed ledger technology in the country.