Bitstamp could be taking off very soon

Bitstamp, a very prominent Bitcoin startup is very close to receiving its official license for European exchange. This is exciting news, as it is another step closer to legitimizing and establishing Bitcoin as the global exchange that it is designed to be. Here’s what that could mean for the Bitcoin world.

One of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges is reportedly close to
announcing a new deal with the Luxembourg government that would enable
it to launch regulated and licensed services across Europe.

According to sources, Bitstamp may have secured a payment institution (PI) or electronic money institution (EMI) license from Luxembourg regulators,
a move that the company has reportedly said would allow it to become
“the first regulated and licensed bitcoin exchange for all 28 countries
in the EU”.

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Founded
in 2013 and originally based in Slovenia, Bitstamp has long been one of
Europe’s largest bitcoin startups, offering bitcoin trading and gold
buying services to investors. The company is registered in the UK, the
US and Luxembourg, where its Bitstamp Europe SA entity is based.

Such a move would come nearly two years after Luxembourg first opened dialogue with the industry, and weeks after blockchain-based payment app provider Circle received an e-money license in the UK.

Bitstamp is currently the fourth largest exchange by total US dollar trading volume, according to data from Bitcoin Charts,
behind Bitfinex, BTC-e and Coinbase. The exchange saw just shy of 4,000
BTC traded in the last 24 hours, representing $1.6m in trades. Notably,
it does not yet offer EUR trading.

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New practical Blockchain resesarch

Blockchain technology, although practically available in many different
platforms currently, necessitates further research for it to fulfill its
whole potential and this is finally occurring. Pairing up with a new
prestigious Bitcoin start up, MIT has begun practical research projects
designed to help propel Blockchain technology into the present.

MIT has moved its blockchain research from the blackboard to the real
world through a partnership with distributed ledger tech startup
Ripple.

While MIT
has long been involved in supporting the bitcoin and blockchain
industries through research, the aim of this project is to develop
blockchain, financial services and other enterprise data projects, the
university said.

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Project
director David Shrier, of MIT Connection Science, said he expects this
most recent step to attract a wide range of researchers, more than
doubling in size its first six months of operation.

Shrier told CoinDesk:

“It’s one thing to develop a four node test blockchain.
It’s quite another thing to hook up to a large scale global network of
nodes.”

As part of the research, which is currently being conducted by seven
students and professors, MIT is running a validator for the Ripple
Consensus Ledger, its permissioned distributed ledger system. The
validator is a server that confirms transactions on the network on which
the XRP digital asset sits.

Going back to early 2015, MIT has been involved in blockchain tech
most directly through support of bitcoin development through its Digital
Currency Initiative (DCI). Last month, the MIT DCI helped raise $900,000
to support bitcoin developers, with donors to the fund including
venture capitalist Fred Wilson and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman

MIT’s decision to use Ripple over alternatives was in part due to
what Shrier called the startup being “very well positioned” in
finance. He added that the university is also interested in exploring
“other different flavors” of blockchain.

Laying the foundation

However, MIT’s embrace of blockchain has roots in its longstanding support of open-source projects in general.

Since 2007, MIT’s Internet Trust Consortium, which includes UBS and
NTT Japan, has been developing open-source projects dedicated to helping
people more efficiently manage their data. Last year, the consortium
was moved under Shrier’s MIT Connection Science and began publishing
blockchain-specific research.

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