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1  Local / Actualité et News / Comment un responsable de la BCE veut "casser" le Bitcoin on: January 03, 2018, 01:36:03 PM
L'un des membres du conseil des gouverneurs de la Banque centrale européenne, l'autrichien Ewald Nowotny, s'est prononcé en faveur d'une régulation du bitcoin, "objet purement spéculatif qui se fait passer par une monnaie", a t-il déclaré mercredi dans une interview.

"Il suffirait d'appliquer la règle de base de toute transaction financière : chaque participant doit divulguer son identité. Cela casserait le Bitcoin", a déclaré M. Nowotny dans un entretien au quotidien allemand Süddeutsche Zeitung.

"Nous avons besoin d'une TVA sur le bitcoin qui n'est pas une monnaie", a-t-il également esquissé.

Le gouverneur de la banque centrale d'Autriche reprend ainsi à son compte le crédo de la BCE, qui considère le bitcoin, cette devise virtuelle et décentralisée, comme une bulle plutôt que comme une potentielle concurrente de l'euro mais pointe les risques de blanchiment de capitaux que pose le développement des blockchains et des crypto- monnaies.

"Nous venons de décider de ne plus imprimer de billets de 500 euros pour cette raison et nous assistons à un vaste recyclage de cet argent sale dans le Bitcoin", déplore-t-il.

De 1.000 à 16.000 dollars
Le Bitcoin, cette monnaie virtuelle qui a fait irruption sur la scène financière internationale en 2017, est passé d'environ 1.000 dollars en janvier à plus de 16.000 dollars à la mi-décembre, une ascension vertigineuse faisant craindre une bulle, même dans les milieux financiers rompus à la spéculation et à la volatilité.

Par ailleurs, le président de la banque centrale autrichienne estime que le Bitcoin est avant tout une mode et souligne l'impossibilité à terme de généraliser les paiements avec une monnaie dont le cours est aussi volatile.

"Quand je prends le métro le week-end avec mes petits-enfants il y a toujours quelques personnes qui viennent m'en parler, avant on me demandait si il fallait acheter de l'or", ironise M. Nowotny.

Source : https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/finance/actualite/comment-un-responsable-de-la-bce-veut-casser-le-bitcoin/ar-BBHNWMa
2  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-01-03] ECB governor calls for tax, regulation on bitcoin on: January 03, 2018, 01:24:59 PM
A top European Central Bank official on Wednesday called for governments to regulate and tax bitcoin, labelling the cryptocurrency an object of speculation and a tool for money laundering.

“One ought to apply what the basic rule is in any other financial transaction: everyone involved should reveal their identity,” ECB governing council member Ewald Nowotny told the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

“We need a value-added tax on bitcoin, since it’s not a currency,” said Nowotny, who is head of Austria’s central bank.

Nowotny’s comments echo those by other ECB officials, who regard the bitcoin’s spectacular surge in value as a bubble, rather than a sign it could be a digital competitor to the euro single currency used by its 19 member nations.

Nevertheless, the “digital gold” is a concern for central bankers as it can allow money launderers to dodge around increasingly strict rules in the traditional financial system.

“It can’t be allowed that we’ve just decided to stop printing 500-euro notes to fight money laundering, that we’ve slapped strict rules on every tiny savings club, and then have to watch people blithely laundering money around the globe with bitcoin,” Nowotny said.

Bitcoin, launched in 2009, is a virtual currency created from computer code. It and other virtual currencies use blockchain, which records transactions that are updated in real time on an online ledger and maintained by a network of computers.

Bitcoin is perhaps the best known and most popular virtual currency and its value surged as high as $19,500 in December from around $1,000 in January, but has slipped back after a series of warnings from governments and analysts about the risk and volatility associated with cryptocurrencies.

While blasting the cryptocurrency’s bubble-like characteristics, Nowotny acknowledged the topic had “reached the heart of society,” with people now asking him on the Vienna metro whether they should buy bitcoin, rather than gold as in the past.

But “the central bank would only have to intervene if (bitcoin) were to change people’s behaviour. There are no signs of that yet,” he said, noting that wild gyrations in bitcoin’s value and slow transaction speeds made it hard to use for everyday payments.

Source: https://citizen.co.za/news/news-world/1771994/austria-ecb-eurozone-cryptocurrency-bank/
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / NVIDIA Prohibits Use Of GeForce GPUs In Datacenters on: January 01, 2018, 06:21:27 PM
NVIDIA Prohibits Use Of GeForce GPUs In Datacenters, Only Blockchain Processing Allowed

https://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-eula-prohibits-datacenter-blockchain-allowed/

NVIDIA made a pretty big change in its GeForce EULA recently and this is something that could go on to cost a lot of entities an aggregate of millions if not billions of dollars in the long run. The company recently updated their EULA which now prohibits datacenter deployment of their GeForce GPUs for everything but blockchain processing. Needless to say, this would force a shift to Quadro and Tesla’s in any datacenters that were actually using GeForce cards or had planned to.
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