Greg

Ahlstrand

Greg Ahlstrand

I'm CoinDesk's Asia News Editor, based in Hong Kong. Originally from California, I've been Asia-based since 1999, headquartered in Hong Kong and Jakarta and traveling throughout the Asean countries, Japan, Korea, the Chinese mainland and Taiwan for stories. Made Australia a couple of times, too. I started my journalism career as a news assistant at the Fresno Bee in Central California while studying the subject in school after the Navy. I went from launching and recovering helicopters on flight decks at sea to recovering papers fresh off the printer in the Bee's basement and launching them onto the editors' desks, whose editors had long since gone home for the night. Eventually, they let me stop delivering the paper and start writing stuff in it. My first beat was night cops: liquor store robberies, gang shootings, fatal car crashes (almost always alcohol related). It was an education. I am, as implied above, a U.S. Navy veteran. I served in seagoing helicopter squadrons as an aviation anti-submarine warfare technician throughout the Asia Pacific region and the Indian Ocean. I have a significant number of sailor stories to tell. I have no significant crypto holdings. Among my hobbies are welding, building stuff, home remodelling, (or knocking a house down and starting from scratch if it's too far gone to fix), riding horses and rebuilding old tractors. So far I've done a Ford 8N and a Ford 9N. It's slow going, because I live in Hong Kong and the tractors are in California, so I only get to work on them once or twice a year, for a week or two at a time - and that was before covid. I love my Lab, Cooper, whom my neighbors asked me to adopt two years ago when they moved back to Shanghai from Hong Kong. Cooper and I actually planned the whole thing -- we've known each other almost his whole life -- but his first parents are unaware of the conspiracy; and they send him Christmas presents every year.

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Cathie Wood's Ark Invest Grabs More Than Half a Million Coinbase Shares as Exchange's Stock Plummets

COIN plunged after reporting disappointing first-quarter earnings on Tuesday.

COIN plunged after reporting disappointing first-quarter earnings on Tuesday.

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Crypto-Friendly Tim Ryan, J.D. Vance to Vie for Ohio's Open Senate Seat

Both Ryan, a Democrat, and Vance, a Republican, support cryptocurrencies.

Both Ryan, a Democrat, and Vance, a Republican, support cryptocurrencies.

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Greenidge's Seneca Lake Crypto Project Wins NY Supreme Court Ruling to Continue Operations

A local judge ruled that Greenidge's project "would not impact the air or water of Seneca Lake."

A local judge ruled that Greenidge's project "would not impact the air or water of Seneca Lake."

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Elizabeth Warren Calls for US to Create a CBDC

"I think it's time for us to move in that direction," the Democratic senator told NBC's Chuck Todd, in an interview to be aired Thursday night.

"I think it's time for us to move in that direction," the Democratic senator told NBC's Chuck Todd, in an interview to be aired Thursday night.

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Crypto Exchange Blockchain.com Hits $14B Valuation in Lightspeed-Led Funding Round

The raise more than doubles the previous value of the company.

The raise more than doubles the previous value of the company.

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Facebook Owner Meta Sued by Australian Consumer Watchdog for Scam Crypto Ads

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says Facebook and Instagram linked fake media articles linking crypto deals to unknowing celebrities.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says Facebook and Instagram linked fake media articles linking crypto deals to unknowing celebrities.

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Bitcoin Crashes 9% as Missiles Strike Kyiv, Airport Captured

The world's largest cryptocurrency by market value was trading about $34,725 at time of writing after passing $39,000 on Tuesday. Markets in Asia are also down during trading day as the scale of war expands.

The world's largest cryptocurrency by market value was trading about $34,725 at time of writing after passing $39,000 on Tuesday. Markets in Asia are also down during trading day as the scale of war expands.

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NYSE Parent ICE Takes Stake in tZERO in Potential Move Toward Tokenized Stocks

ICE Chief Strategy Officer David Goone will become tZERO's CEO and will join its board of directors.

ICE Chief Strategy Officer David Goone will become tZERO's CEO and will join its board of directors.

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Terra, CEO Do Kwon Ordered to Comply With SEC Subpoena Related to Mirror Protocol Investigation

Terra and Kwon had sought a dismissal, arguing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission doesn't have jurisdiction over Kwon or his company.

Terra and Kwon had sought a dismissal, arguing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission doesn't have jurisdiction over Kwon or his company.

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