Binance settlement ‘net positive’ for cryptocurrency industry – Mike Novogratz

Binance’s $4.3 billion settlement with the United States justice department is being hailed as a positive move for the company and the wider cryptocurrency industry, according to Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz.In an interview with Bloomberg on Nov. 29, the CEO of the cryptocurrency i ...

Crypto investment platform Fasset granted operational license in Dubai

Digital asset investment platform Fasset was granted an operational license on Nov. 29, according to a listing on the Dubai Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) website.The Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) Licence granted to Fasset allows it to perform broker-dealer services lega ...

Australia tries again to combat ‘future sectors’ crypto scams

An upcoming ‘scams code framework’ proposed by Australia’s Department of the Treasury considers applying sector-specific codes and standards to banking and cryptocurrency scams, among others.Adding to the efforts of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a regulator wit ...

Brazilians may soon need to stump up taxes on crypto held abroad

Brazilians may soon be required to pay up to 15% tax on income derived from cryptocurrencies held on exchanges outside the country, after new income tax rules were approved by the Brazil Senate on Nov. 29.The bill has already passed in the Chamber of Deputies and is expected to be approved ...

US Deputy Treasury Secretary calls for additional tools to sanction crypto firms

Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary of the United States Treasury, said his department is looking into new sanctions tools to pursue bad actors in the crypto space, citing a recent settlement with Binance.In prepared remarks for the Blockchain Association’s Policy Summit on Nov. 29, Adey ...

Paxos receives in-principle approval to issue stablecoins in Abu Dhabi

Crypto firm Paxos has secured in-principle approval from Abu Dhabi’s regulator on two fronts: to issue stablecoins and conduct digital asset services.In a Nov. 29 announcement, Paxos said the Financial Services Regulatory Authority in the Abu Dhabi Global Market had granted in-principle ap ...

Crypto Stories: Charlie Shrem tells how he became a Bitcoin millionaire

Charlie Shrem went from running a small online business to becoming a Bitcoin millionaire and making the cover of Forbes magazine. And then, he went to prison.In the latest episode of Cointelegraph’s Crypto Stories, Shrem tells the story of how he founded BitInstant, grew it into a multimi ...

US Treasury sanctions crypto mixer Sinbad, alleging North Korea ties

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on cryptocurrency mixer Sinbad, alleging the platform was responsible for laundering funds for the North Korea-based hacking group Lazarus.In a Nov. 29 announcement, OFAC said Sinbad had “proc ...

UK crypto hodlers get a call from the tax grinch

His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued a stern warning to crypto users that they must declare and pay their taxes on digital assets within a strict timeframe or face the consequences. The tax office issued guidance on how to go about declaring and paying taxes on their crypto ho ...

Stakeholder urges swift implementation of Nigeria’s blockchain policy

A stakeholder in the blockchain and fintech ecosystem has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to implement regulations that will foster the widespread integration of the approved blockchain policy in the country. The National Blockchain Policy offers economic growth, job creation, and fin ...

Zipmex proposes to pay creditors 3 cents per dollar

Embattled Thai crypto exchange Zipmex is offering its creditor 3.35 cents per dollar of initial claims with further payouts in a recovery scenario. The proposal came as a part of the restructuring offer from a company that owes its customers $97 million. According to a Bloomberg repor ...

Binance operates without license in Philippines, regulator says

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has been operating in the Philippines without the necessary approval or license, according to the local securities regulator.The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a warning against Binance on Nov. 28, informing the public that the e ...

‘Clear runway’ opens for all Bitcoin ETF approvals in Jan: Analysts

Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States now have a “clear runway” to potential simultaneous approvals after an advanced decision to delay the bids of Franklin Templeton and Hashdex ETFs, according to ETF analysts.In a Nov. 28 X (Twitter) post, Bloom ...

Jump Crypto filed docs confidentially in SEC v. Terraform Labs case

A federal judge has accepted materials from Jump Crypto Holdings in discovery for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case against Terraform Labs.In a Nov. 28 filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Jed Rakoff approved the confident ...

Coinbase warns customers about subpoena in apparent CFTC Bybit probe

Coinbase is warning that it has received a subpoena from the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), according to X (formerly Twitter) users who have posted copies of the message. The CFTC is seeking information about the Bybit cryptocurrency exchange.Recipients have spe ...

Fireblocks launches trading system to mitigate centralized exchange risk

Multi-party computation (MPC) wallet provider Fireblocks has released a new trading system for institutions that use centralized exchanges, according to a Nov. 28 announcement. Called “Off Exchange,” the new system allows institutional traders to swap tokens without first depositing t ...

Judge signs off on $1.65B settlement between Voyager Digital and FTC

A federal judge has approved an order requiring crypto lending firm Voyager Digital and its affiliates to pay $1.65 billion in monetary relief to the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC).In a Nov. 28 filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Gregory ...

Why Binance’s US plea deal could be positive for crypto adoption

Many predicted that Binance would never embrace regulation — it would only pretend to comply in jurisdictions like the United States. No more. Binance pleading guilty to money laundering and other federal charges on Nov. 21 means it’s giving up its free-booting ways ...

FTX failure reveals flaws in multifunction crypto-asset intermediaries — FSB

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), the global body that monitors the financial services indreleased a report on Nov. 28 asserting that the crypto industry might need additional regulations to prevent another catastrophe on the scale of the FTX scandalAccording to the report, the FSB said ...

Spanish citizens to declare foreign crypto holdings by end of March 2024

Spanish residents holding any crypto assets on non-Spanish platforms will have to declare them by March 31, 2024, under new laws governing the taxation of virtual assets. The Spanish Tax Administration Agency, commonly known as Agencia Tributaria, has published form 721, a tax de ...

Binance, CZ paid for defying financial, political status quo: Arthur Hayes

The explosive growth and success of Binance outside of the control of traditional financial and political establishments led to heavy-handed enforcement actions against the exchange, according to former BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes. Hayes delved into the recent $4.3 billion settlement paid ...

Amnesty International head says AI innovation vs regulation is ‘false dichotomy’

The Secretary-General of Amnesty International, Anges Callamard, released a statement on Nov. 27 in response to three European Union member states pushing back on regulating artificial intelligence (AI) models. France, Germany and Italy reached an agreement that included not adopting ...

eToro, M2 win AGDM crypto licenses to operate in UAE financial center

Crypto investment platforms eToro and M2 received various degrees of approval from Abu Dhabi Financial Markets Authority (ADGM) to offer their services in the United Arab Emirates.eToro received approval for a Financial Services Permission (FSP) that allows a provider to operate as a broke ...

SEC still looking for potential FTX-style fraud at Binance.US: Report

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is still looking for evidence that Binance.US had a backdoor to potentially control customer assets in a similar style to FTX, according to a Nov. 27 report by the Wall Street Journal.In June, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Binance and ...

Tornado Cash token falls 57% after Binance announces delisting

The governance token for crypto mixer Tornado Cash (TORN) has fallen by over 50% on Nov. 26-27, according to data from Coingecko. The crash came on the same day that crypto exchange Binance announced it was delisting the token.Tornado Cash 24-hour chart. Source: Coingecko.Tornado Cash is a ...

The end of an era for Binance, troubles for Kraken: Law Decoded

Last week, the legal drama featuring the world’s largest crypto exchange and United States law enforcement ended with a plea deal. Binance and Changpeng “CZ” Zhao have admitted violating U.S. Anti-Money Laundering laws, agreeing to pay $4.3 billion in fines. CZ resigned as CEO of Binance as part ...

Changpeng Zhao may not leave the US pending court review, says judge

Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, who pleaded guilty to one felony charge as part of a settlement with the United States Department of Justice involving crypto exchange Binance, may not be permitted to leave the country as he awaits sentencing.According to a Nov. 27 filing in U.S. District Court for th ...

Average value of undeclared crypto in Japan dropped 19% in 2022

According to Japan’s tax authorities, while the total number of tax violations through cryptocurrencies has risen in the country, the average value of undeclared income in crypto fell by 19%.On Nov. 24, the Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA) released its yearly summary of tax investigation ...

Circle and SBI Holdings partner to boost USDC circulation in Japan

Circle, the stablecoin issuer behind USD Coin (USDC), is teaming up with Tokyo-based financial services firm SBI Holdings to boost the adoption of USDC and Web3 services in Japan.Circle said it concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SBI Holdings on Nov. 27, which will underpin ...

What’s next for Binance’s Changpeng “CZ” Zhao

A recent court filing suggests that Changpeng "CZ" Zhao's legal challenges are just beginning, despite pleading guilty to violating the United States Anti-Money Laundering requirements in a settlement with the Department of Justice. Zhao is expected to be sentenced in February 2024. H ...

Crypto exchange Zipmex suspends trading activity in Thailand

Cryptocurrency exchange Zipmex has announced it is taking immediate action by suspending all digital asset trading in Thailand as part of its efforts to comply with regulations.According to a statement issued on November 25, Zipmex has opted to temporarily halt its operations to align with ...

Binance onboarded millions into finance but forgot the paperwork — Columbia professor

Recent events surrounding the crypto exchange Binance sparked significant debate about the United States’ crackdown on crypto firms. According to Omid Malekan, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and author, the Department of Justice’s approach in the case is very different from what is ...

CZ challenges US gov’t attempt to restrict travel before sentencing date

Former Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao has opposed the United States government's efforts to block his return to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to be with his family while awaiting sentencing following his guilty plea.In a court filing on November 23, Zhao’s lawyers urged the judge to reje ...

This exchange signed soccer legend Andrea Pirlo as global ambassador to celebrate sixth anniversary

CoinW, a major cryptocurrency exchange, has announced a new partnership with Andrea Pirlo, a renowned soccer player.There are plenty of similarities between the worlds of sports and crypto. Both have passionate supporters and vibrant communities — striving to achieve excellence. Eac ...

Blockchain devs expect complications from EU smart contract kill switch

The Data Act — a contentious piece of European Union legislation that includes a clause requiring the ability to terminate smart contracts — has been approved by the European Parliament. If introduced, the legislation will require a smart contract to have a “kill switch.”In a Nov. 9 p ...

Tether, Bitfinex agree to drop opposition to FOIL request

Tether and Bitfinex have jointly agreed to drop initial opposition to a freedom of information (FOIL) request lodged in New York by a number of high-profile news publications.A statement from the USDT stablecoin issuer and cryptocurrency exchange shared with Cointelegraph notes that it is ...

Hashing It Out: A conversation about spot Bitcoin ETFs and decentralized ETFs

As expectations grow that a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) will be approved in the United States, it remains one of the hottest topics heading into 2024. In Episode 38 of Cointelegraph’s Hashing It Out, Elisha Owusu Akyaw talks to Joel Kuck, CEO of Decentralized ETF (D-ETF), about how ET ...

Bitcoin critic, ECB chief Lagarde says her son ‘ignored’ her, lost money on crypto: Report

European Central Bank (ECB) president and prominent Bitcoin (BTC) critic Christine Lagarde has shared a family story about unsuccessful cryptocurrency investments, according to a report from Reuters.Lagarde told students at a town hall in Frankfurt on Nov. 24 that her son lost “almost all ...

Indian government set to introduce rules against deepfake menace

India is formulating regulations to oversee deepfakes, the country’s Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Nov. 23, expanding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement the day before about his concerns about the technology. ...

European regulator: CASPs should work on protocol interoperability, self-hosted wallets

The European Union’s banking regulator, the European Banking Authority (EBA), wants to update existing anti-money laundering rules and focus on combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) for crypto providers. In a consultation paper published on Nov. 24, the EBA explains that cur ...

Do Kwon extradition approved by Montenegro court

The saga of Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon continues to unfold, with a court in Montenegro approving his extradition to either South Korea or the United States.The High Court of Podgorica has determined the legal requirements for Kwon’s extradition, according to an official statement po ...

Dutch exchange Bitvavo cleared to operate in France

Netherlands-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitvavo is set to expand its services to French users after successfully registering as a digital asset service provider with France’s Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).The expansion into France comes just weeks after Bitvavo secured regulatory ...

Singapore to restrict retail crypto speculation with new rules

In response to the feedback received on its proposed Digital Payment Token (DPT) regulations, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) laid down measures for DPT service providers to discourage speculation in cryptocurrency investments.The de-facto central bank of Singapore, MAS, announce ...

Australia’s tax agency won’t clarify its confusing, ‘aggressive’ crypto rules

Australia’s tax regulator has been unable to clarify confusing aspects of its new guidance that suggests capital gains tax (CGT) is payable on a slate of everyday decentralized finance transactions.The ATO failed to answer direct questions from Cointelegraph on whether staking Ether ...

It sounds fishy, but SBF really IS trading mackerel in prison: Report

The crypto trading days of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried are over, and the recently convicted founder has found a new thing to trade while in jail — fish. The Wall Street Journal reported on Nov. 23 that Bankman-Fried recently traded four packets of Mackerel — known in ...

Stablecoin bill is a ‘no-brainer’ — Consensys director on US legislation

Amid ongoing campaigns for the elections in 2024, many United States lawmakers have not sealed the deal on legislation aimed at establishing regulatory clarity on aspects of the digital asset space, including stablecoins.Speaking with Cointelegraph at the North American Blockchain Summit o ...

Alchemy bags money services license in Iowa, expands US services

The Singaporean crypto-fiat payment gateway, Alchemy Pay, announced a further expansion into the United States market on Nov. 23 with the acquisition of its money services license in the state of Iowa. According to local state regulations, any entity or individual engaged in currency ...

FTX collapse, Binance’s US settlement provides strong case for MiCA regulations

The collapse of FTX in 2022 and Binance’s recent $4.3 billion settlement with U.S. authorities provide a strong argument for the provisions of the European Union’s markets in crypto-assets (MiCA) legislation, a European Commission official said in an interview.Ivan Keller, policy officer f ...

Italian regulators investigate online AI data scraping

The Italian Data Protection Authority, a local privacy regulator, announced the launch of a “fact-finding” investigation on Nov. 22, in which it will look into the practice of data gathering to train artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.The investigation aims to verify the adoption of a ...

Kraken co-founder hails ‘more fair’ playing field as DOJ fines Binance

Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell has welcomed the result of the Binance investigation in an "X” (formerly Twitter) post and has highlighted the need for long-term-oriented visionaries and shareholders. Over the last 12 months, leaders of major crypto exchanges such as FTX and Bina ...

CZ an ‘unacceptable risk of flight,’ should stay in US: DOJ

United States government prosecutors are trying to stop former Binance boss Changpeng “CZ” Zhao from leaving the country, expressing concern about his potential flight risk.In a Nov. 22 filing to a Seattle federal court, U.S. prosecutors requested a review and overturn of a judge’s decisio ...

Appeals court rejects Sam Bankman-Fried’s bid for release

FTX founder and convicted fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried will stay jailed after failing to convince a United States appellate court that he should be freed while his legal team appeals his conviction.In a Nov. 21 mandate, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said Bankman-Fried&rsq ...

Sam Altman’s ouster shows Biden isn’t handling AI properly

CbatGPT developer OpenAI announced last week that it had fired CEO Sam Altman due to a loss of confidence by the board — only to see him return to the company after 90% of OpenAI staffers threatened to resign. The firing caused a flurry of excitement from companies offering to match OpenAI ...

Binance CEO’s downfall is ‘the end of an era’ — Charles Hoskinson

In a Nov. 22 YouTube video, Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson reflected on the news that Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao has stepped down from the exchange. Hoskinson claimed that this event represents “the end of an era.” He argued that entrepreneurs g will need to comply with regula ...

BlackRock met with SEC officials to discuss spot Bitcoin ETF

Representatives from BlackRock and the Nasdaq met with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to discuss the proposed rule allowing the listing of a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund, or ETF.According to a Nov. 20 SEC memo, BlackRock provided a presentation detailing ho ...

Coinbase cites SEC action against Kraken in push for crypto rulemaking

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has renewed its call to compel the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to respond to the company’s petition to create rules on crypto, using the regulator’s recent enforcement action against Kraken to back up its claims. ...

Setting new standards for crypto exchanges in the post-FTX era: Report

The year 2022 saw a historic breakdown of trust in exchanges and other crypto service providers. The collapses of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX and Alex Mashinsky’s Celsius are still fresh in the community’s memory, SBF’s trial only recently having concluded. These cases serve as a painful reminder tha ...

Did Binance’s CZ predict his own downfall?

Fiv years ago, you couldn’t trade with fiat currency on Binance, yet the exchange was already garnering international attention with the highest trading volumes among its peers.That's no mean feat in the cryptocurrency industry, even in 2018, with several well-established exchanges c ...

New Binance CEO Richard Teng pitches ‘very strong’ foundation to skeptics

Amid ongoing confusion, uncertainty and rumors around the recent departure of Changpeng “CZ” Zhao as Binance CEO, his replacement, the new Binance CEO Richard Teng, took to X (formerly Twitter) to attempt to boost investor confidence.Soon after CZ announced he was stepping down ...

CZ departure, Binance deal lead to purge of $175M of crypto longs

As crypto exchange Binance and the departure of its CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao hit the headlines in the last 24 hours, the digital asset space went into a rollercoaster mode that saw the market liquidate close to $175 million for traders betting on long positions.On Nov. 21, devel ...

CZ released on $175M bond, could return to Dubai

Binance founder Changpeng “CZ” Zhao will pay a $175 million release bond and agree to return to the United States 14 days before his Feb. 23, 2024 sentencing — possibly allowing him to return to Dubai. In a Nov. 21 bond document filed in a Seattle federal court, Zhao agreed to share with t ...

Binance settles with U.S. government: Timeline of US enforcement actions

Binance and its founder Changpeng"CZ" Zhao has admitted to violating United States laws around money laundering and terror financing — agreeing to pay $4.3 billion in fines The Here's what happened.Feb. 15: Binance was under suspicion since 2018Reports emerged th ...

Crypto markets mixed as traders digest DOJ action against Binance, CZ

Crypto markets were subjected to a heavy dose of volatility on Nov. 21 as the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and U.S. Treasury announced a $4.3-billion settlement with Binance and that former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao will plead guilty to o ...

Binance charges prove ‘following the rules’ was the right decision: Coinbase CEO

Brian Armstrong, CEO of crypto exchange Coinbase, thinks that his company made the right decision to comply with U.S. money transmitter licensing laws.In a Nov. 21 social media post, Armstrong weighed in on the news that rival exchange Binance is pleading guilty to criminal charges, statin ...

US officials announce $4.3B settlement with Binance, plea deal with CZ

Officials with the United States Department of Justice announced that Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao will plead guilty to one felony charge as part of a settlement over criminal and civil cases with the exchange.In a Nov. 21 press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland ann ...

Binance names Richard Teng CEO amid Changpeng Zhao’s forced departure

Binance has named its head of regional markets outside of the U.S., Richard Teng, as its new CEO. The change comes as founder and former CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao has resigned and plead guilty to charges levied against him by the U.S. Department of Justice.  ...

Court unseals indictments against Binance and CZ, detailing expected guilty pleas

A federal court has released the indictments against Binance and CEO Changpeng "CZ" Zhao filed under seal on Nov. 14, in which the United States government said it expected the cryptocurrency exchange and CZ to enter guilty pleas. In Nov. 14 filings in U.S. District Court for the West ...

US Justice Department seizes 9M USDT amid $225M illicit funds frozen by Tether

The United States Department of Justice announced it had seized roughly $9 million worth of Tether (USDT) following the stablecoin issuer freezing funds connected to a criminal organization responsible for romance scams.In a Nov. 21 announcement, the Justice Department said the seized fund ...

Breaking: Binance’s CZ pleads guilty to violating anti-money laundering requirements—WSJ

Binance founder Changpeng "CZ" Zhao has agreed to step down as CEO of the crypto exchange as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) prepares to announce that it's secured a $4.3 billion settlement with the company.According to The Wall Street Journal, CZ intends to plead guilty to several ch ...

Spot Bitcoin ETF: Why this time is different

A wave of optimism around the potential approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States has ignited bullish price action in the crypto market in recent weeks. But that could be just the beginning: If a spot Bitcoin ETF receives a greenlight by the U.S. Secur ...

Tether’s bank partner Britannia sued over $1B deposit: Report

Tether’s bank partner Britannia Financial is reportedly facing a lawsuit over claims it failed to pay the full price of revenue-generating assets allegedly related to a large deposit from Tether.Arbitral International, a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, has sued Britannia ...

Binance $3.9B USDT move gains community attention amid DoJ settlement claims

Crypto community members on X (formerly Twitter) have turned their focus onto a $3.9 billion Tether (USDT) transaction between Binance wallets that surfaced on social media, following reports claiming that the United States Justice Department is negotiating a $4 billion settlement with the compan ...

Crypto community responds to Kraken lawsuit, Deaton slams ‘dishonorable’ Gensler

The crypto space has been making its feelings known about the latest blow from regulators in the United States, a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against crypto exchange Kraken. The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 20 based on the SEC's allegations that Kra ...

Kraken co-founder slams ‘decel’ SEC, warns others should flee US

Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell has lashed out at the Securities and Exchange Commission after it sued his crypto exchange for alleged securities law violations. In a Nov. 21 post to X (formerly Twitter), Powell called the regulator “USA’s top decel” — a term us ...

BNB pops after report that DOJ wants $4B settlement with Binance

BNB (BNB) has gained over 7% in the last day after Bloomberg reported that the United States Department of Justice is contemplating a $4 billion settlement with Binance to resolve its investigation into the company.Cointelegraph Markets Pro shows BNB spiked 6% to $262 in around 30 minutes ...

Blockchain Association files support in suit to lift Tornado Cash sanctions

The Blockchain Association has thrown fresh support behind six plaintiffs suing the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) over its sanctions on the crypto mixer Tornado Cash.In a Nov. 20 amicus curiae brief to a U.S. appellate court, the crypto advocacy group argue ...

SEC sues Kraken alleging it violated securities laws

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued Kraken alleging it failed to register as an exchange, broker, dealer and clearing agency with the regulator and claimed it commingled customer funds. In a Nov. 20 complaint, the SEC claimed that since 2018, ...

US regulators continue to discuss crypto: Law Decoded, Nov. 13–20

The United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion received an education in the uses of blockchain technology in a hearing titled “Crypto Crime in Context: Breaking Down the Illicit Activity in Digital Assets.” The meeting began with a di ...

Canadian regulator seeks feedback on crypto asset exposure disclosure requirements

Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has opened a consultation period on crypto asset disclosure requirements for federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The consultation was foreseen in the 2023 federal budget, but its timing is tied to a simil ...

US Justice Dept. is reportedly ready to settle with Binance for $4 billion

The US Justice Department is negotiating with Binance in an attempt to resolve its investigation into the company, according to a November 20 report from Bloomberg citing people familiar with the discussions. The agreement would require Binance to pay $4 billion in fines. In return, the company w ...

ARK, 21Shares update spot Bitcoin ETF application as next SEC deadline looms

ARK Investment Management, a major cryptocurrency investment firm founded by Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Cathie Wood, isn’t giving up on its efforts to launch a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States.ARK Invest, on Nov. 20, filed another amended prospectus for its spo ...

Tether freezes $225M USDT linked to romance scammers amid DOJ investigation

Stablecoin issuer Tether froze roughly $225 million worth of USDT tokens as part of an investigation into a Southeast Asia human trafficking syndicate launched by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). In a Nov. 20 announcement, Tether said it had worked with the DOJ and crypt ...

Japanese exchange plans to start digital securities trading on Dec. 25

Proprietary trading system operator Osaka Digital Exchange (ODX) is set to kickstart the trading of digital securities in Japan through security tokens issued by two real-estate firms to fill the demand for alternative assets. In an announcement, ODX said that its trading system for s ...

Atomic Wallet asks to toss suit over $100M hack saying it has ‘no US ties’

The company behind Atomic Wallet has asked a United States court to dismiss a class action suit seeking damages from a $100 million hack arguing the claims should’ve been filed in Estonia where it's based.In a Nov. 16 dismissal motion in a Colorado District Court the Estonian firm argued i ...

Bitcoin ETF approval nearing, but brace for more setbacks: BitGo CEO

Mike Belshe, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange BitGo, has suggested that all indications are leaning towards a favorable outcome for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF). However, he emphasized that the journey ahead won't be without challenges.In an interview with Bloomberg on Nov ...

Cybersecurity expert backs Sen. Warren’s crypto bill in senate hearing

Senator Elizabeth Warren has emphasized the risks of cryptocurrency scams targeting senior citizens in the U.S., with the support of a cybersecurity expert supporting her legislation on digital assets to prevent future scams.In a recent senate hearing, Warren outlined the significant incre ...

‘Primitive’ stablecoin lacks mechanisms that maintain fiat stability: BIS

Stablecoins lack crucial mechanisms that guarantee money market stability in fiat, and an operational model that gave regulatory control to a central bank would be superior to private stablecoin, a study released by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) found. The authors used a &ld ...

WisdomTree amends S-1 form spot Bitcoin ETF filing as crypto crowd awaits SEC decisions

The global exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider WisdomTree filed an amended S-1 form spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETF prospectus with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Nov. 16.The update comes a few months after WisdomTree refiled its spot Bitcoin ETF applic ...

Ripple lawyer urges fact-check of Gary Gensler’s speech, says SEC actions seen as ‘shady’

As Gary Gensler reiterates the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) mandate through a speech, Ripple’s lawyer and various crypto community members responded, criticizing the SEC chair and arguing that the commissioner’s words contradict his actions.  ...

Global securities body IOSCO unveils crypto regulatory framework proposals

IOSCO, the international regulatory body overseeing securities markets, has released its conclusive report containing policy suggestions for crypto and digital asset (CDA) markets.The suggestions within this report play a crucial role in formulating a unified global regulatory approach to ...

Ukraine officials get training on crypto and virtual assets investigation

Fourteen Ukrainian officials received advanced training on investigating new-age financial crimes in a training course held from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17 in Vienna.According to a report released by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSEC), the select supervisory and l ...

Public needs to know blockchain use cases, AI needs regulation now — Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang, former candidate for United States president and New York City mayor and founder of the Forward Party, had sobering observations about the uses of blockchain, or its lack of use, in the United States and U.S. regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) when he spoke Nov. 16 at th ...

Failed ‘$175M’ real estate token raise draws ire of Texas regulators

The Texas State Securities Board has accused a network of companies under the "GS" brand and operating from Germany of fraudulent activities "tied to digital assets, investments in a staking pool in a proprietary metaverse." The network of companies is controlled by Josip Dortmund Heit.As ...

Vivek Ramaswamy unveils crypto policy platform criticizing mixer sanctions

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy unveiled a crypto policy framework on November 16 at the North American Blockchain Summit (NABS) in Fort Worth, Texas. Called, “The Three Freedoms of Crypto,” the framework states that developers of smart contract code shou ...

Dubai’s crypto regulator VARA switches leadership as it ramps up operations

Dubai’s dedicated crypto regulator, the Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA), is switching leaders as it prepares for the next phase of its “ramp up to full-scale market operations” in 2023. In a statement sent to Cointelegraph, VARA said that its incumbent CEO, Henson Orser, wil ...

3AC co-founder Kyle Davies spotted in Bali, sources claim

Three Arrows Capital (3AC) co-founder Kyle Davies has reportedly been seen in Bali as he continues to evade authorities over the collapse of the defunct hedge fund.Davies, who has been embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings following the collapse of 3AC in 2022, has already been sentence ...

German Parliament member ’staunch opponent’ of digital Euro, all in on Bitcoin

The European Union has been actively preparing for what it envisions as the future of money. Over the last year, it finalized its landmark comprehensive crypto legislation, the Markets in Crypto-Assets regulation (MiCA), which is due to take effect in 2024, after closing its second consultat ...

US Congress members urge financial authorities to invalidate SEC’s SAB 121

Several members of the United States Congress have submitted a memo urging key financial authorities, including the chair of the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission and the acting comptroller of the currency, to provide guidance or take action clarifying that the U.S. Securities and ...

Turkey mulls addressing licensing and taxation in new crypto rule

Turkey is reportedly considering regulations for its crypto market, focusing on licensing and taxation. The aim is to remove the country from the “gray list” of an international financial crime watchdog, as Turkey ranks fourth globally in crypto trading.According to a Reuters report, ...

Philippines to sell $179M in tokenized treasury bonds for the first time

The Philippines Bureau of the Treasury announced it would offer 10 billion pesos ($179 million) of one-year tokenized treasury bonds for the first time after canceling the traditional auction scheduled for Nov. 20.The Bureau of the Treasury will offer these tokenized bonds to institutional ...

New York finance regulator tightens crypto listing guidance

Guidelines for firms listing and delisting cryptocurrencies in New York have tightened up to better protect investors, according to the state’s financial regulator.The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) unveiled new restrictions on Nov. 15 which mandate crypto co ...

Paxos to issue USD stablecoin in Singapore, wins initial approval

Crypto infrastructure firm Paxos has secured in-principle approval from Singapore’s regulator for a new entity that’s planning the launch of a U.S. dollar-backed stablecoin.In a Nov. 15 statement, Paxos said it received an initial nod from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (M ...

US House Financial Services subcommittee looks for answers on crypto and crime

The United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion received an education in the uses of blockchain technology in a hearing entitled “Crypto Crime in Context: Breaking Down the Illicit Activity in Digital Assets” on Nov. 15. Th ...

Commerzbank granted crypto custody license in Germany

The German bank Commerzbank has been granted a crypto custody license by local regulators, according to an announcement released by the lender on Nov. 15. Commerzbank says it is the first “full-service” German bank to be granted this license in the country under the legal framework of ...

IMF head: CBDCs can replace cash, help financial inclusion

During her opening speech at the Singapore FinTech Festival, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva urged the public sector to “keep preparing to deploy” central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and related payment platforms in the future.Georgieva expresse ...

Crypto custodian Hex Trust receives Dubai VASP license

Hong Kong-founded institutional cryptocurrency asset custodian Hex Trust has been given the green light to offer virtual asset custodial services to institutional clients and investors in Dubai.The firm, which established an office in the city in June 2022, received a full virtual asset se ...

XRP spike on hoax filing a ‘bad look’ but won’t sway SEC’s ETF approvals

The Nov. 13 XRP (XRP) price action stemming from a falsified BlackRock XRP trust filing shouldn’t sway the United States securities regulator’s decision to approve or delay spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) — but it isn’t a good look, say industry observers. ...

Creator of Mutant Ape ripoff NFTs pleads guilty to $3M fraud scheme

The creator of the Mutant Ape Planet nonfungible token (NFT) collection — a knock-off of Yuga Labs’ Mutant Ape Yacht Club project — has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a New York federal court.In a Nov. 14 statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office f ...

Delaware authorities refer fake BlackRock XRP trust filing to state’s Justice Department

A fake filing published to the State of Delaware’s Division of Corporations on Nov. 13 will be referred to the Delaware Department of Justice.In a Nov. 14 statement, a spokesperson for the Delaware Department of State told Cointelegraph that the false filing claiming that asset manager Bla ...

Tornado Cash users file appeal over judgment in favor of US Treasury

A group of Tornado Cash users has filed an appeal in federal court following a ruling upholding the United States Treasury’s decision to add the cryptocurrency mixer to its list of sanctioned entities.In a Nov. 13 filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, lawyers rep ...

Opyn DeFi protocol founders are leaving crypto after CFTC crackdown

Zubin Koticha and Alexis Gauba, two founders of the Opyn decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, are stepping down from the project and “leaving crypto,” according to a statement from Koticha posted to social media on November 14. The statement comes approximately two months after Opyn ...

Bim Afolami takes the reins on UK crypto policy as new Economic Secretary

King Charles II has approved the appointment of Member of Parliament Bim Afolami to the position of Economic Secretary to the Treasury of the United Kingdom.In a Nov. 13 notice, the U.K. government said Afolami was one of several appointments in restructuring ministers and secretaries. As ...

Tether credits USDT growth surge to ETF excitement, emerging markets

Tether (USDT), the largest stablecoin by market value, has been breaking new records over the course of 2023, with its market capitalization adding at least $20 billion so far this year.According to data from the blockchain data provider Whale Alert, Tether has minted 22.75 billion USDT so ...

Ripple exec reiterates need for tech-neutral crypto regulations

A Ripple executive has re-emphasized the need to adopt a technology-neutral approach for more effective and adaptable guardrails as global regulators grapple with cryptocurrency rules.At the recent Ripple Swell 2023 event, Navin Gupta, managing director of South Asia, Middle East and North ...

Swan Bitcoin to terminate customer accounts that use crypto-mixing services

Bitcoin service platform Swan Bitcoin warned its customers that it would be forced to terminate accounts found interacting with crypto-mixing due to the regulatory obligations of its partner banks. Customers were informed about the policy in a letter suggesting the changes are made du ...

Democratic Party of South Korea mandates parliamentary candidates disclose crypto holdings

The Democratic Party of Korea, which holds 167 out of 300 seats in the National Assembly, has made it mandatory for prospective candidates to disclose their virtual asset holdings before next year’s general election.According to the local outlet, News1, the disclosure will be a part of the ...

Australia to impose capital gains tax on wrapped cryptocurrency tokens

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued guidance on capital gains tax (CGT) treatment of decentralized finance (DeFi) and wrapping crypto tokens for individuals, clarifying its intent to continue taxing Australians on capital gains when wrapping and unwrapping tokens.In May 2022, t ...

Crypto.com granted Dubai crypto license

Crypto exchange Crypto.com’s Dubai entity was granted a Virtual Assets Service Provider (VASP) license by the city’s regulator, pending operational approval.In a Nov. 14 press release, Crypto.com said that once fully approved by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority ...

FTX Foundation staffer fights for $275K bonus promised by SBF

An employee of FTX’s charity wing recruited by FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried is trying to get paid $275,000, the remainder of his claimed 2022 salary bonus.Ross Rheingans-Yoo's lawyers argued in a Nov. 13 court filing that only $375,000 of his $650,000 bonus was paid by FTX. They ...

First deadline window looms for SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs: Law Decoded

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could approve all 12 pending spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications by Nov. 17. Beginning on Nov. 9, the SEC reportedly has a “window” to approve all 12 spot Bitcoin ETF filings, including Grayscale Investments conversion of ...

APEC finance ministers to share perspectives on crypto at meeting in San Francisco

The weeklong Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit began on Nov. 11 in San Francisco. The highlight of the event will surely be on the sidelines, when United States President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Ping meet on Nov. 15, but with the focus of the organization being on the region ...

Crypto advocacy group pushes back against proposed IRS rules on brokers

The Blockchain Association, a United States-based cryptocurrency advocacy group, has submitted a comment letter mainly in opposition to tax regulations proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).In a Nov. 13 letter, the Blockchain Association (BA) said proposed IRS rules introduced in ...

U.S. FSC to discuss illicit activity in crypto at upcoming hearing

The United States Financial Services Committee (FSC) has scheduled a Nov. 15 hearing for a deep dive into the illicit activities in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. The hearing, ‘Crypto crime in context: breaking down the illicit activity in digital assets,’ will feature prominent ...

Spanish regulator signals potential X probe on crypto ads

The National Stock Market Commission (CNMV), Spain’s principal financial regulator, called out the fraudulent crypto assets promos on X (formerly Twitter) and reiterated the obligation of companies to comply with local laws. On Nov. 8, in a speech at the Deloitte annual conferenc ...

Bitget drops plans to seek crypto license in Hong Kong

Cryptocurrency trading platform Bitget has dropped plans to obtain a Virtual Asset Trading Platform (VATP) license in Hong Kong, citing business and market-related considerations.Bitget officially announced on Nov. 13 that its Hong Kong division, BitgetX, accessible by the domain BitgetX.h ...

Australian regulators will compel businesses to report cyberattacks: Report

Australian authorities will oblige local companies to be fully transparent and report any ransomware cyberattacks on their businesses. The country’s economy lost $2.59 billion to cybercrimes in 2021. As reported by the Australian on Nov. 13, the national cybersecurity strategy, which ...

Bithumb plans to be first crypto exchange listed on Korea stock market: Report

Crypto exchange Bithumb plans to become the first digital asset company to go public on the South Korean stock market. Local news outlet Edaily reported on Nov. 12 that Bithumb is getting ready for an initial public offering (IPO) on the KOSDAQ — South Korea’s version of the United St ...

Bitcoiners pitch draft bill to preserve blockchain, decentralization in Argentina

Non-government organization Bitcoin Argentina presented a draft bill proposing to regulate the cryptocurrency market in a way that preserves decentralization and strengthens public trust.The proposed legal framework was pitched by Bitcoin Argentina's president Ricardo Mihura at LABITCONF 2 ...

Indian Supreme court rejects crypto petition, highlights legislative nature

The Indian Supreme Court declined to consider a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that aimed to establish regulations and a framework of guidelines for cryptocurrency trading in India.According to a report, the bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI), after listening to the plea, r ...

Ripple faces slim odds of $770M disgorgement – XRP holder Attorney

Attorney John Deaton, representing XRP holders, has made a persuasive case in the Ripple vs. SEC legal saga, suggesting that the anticipated $770 million disgorgement for Ripple is improbable. He grounds his prediction on various influential factors that could sway the court’s judgment. ...

Ethics watchdog rats out Circle for links to Tron in letter to Sens. Warren, Brown

Nonprofit ethics group Campaign for Accountability (CfA) sent a letter to U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown on Nov. 9 to present them with information on the alleged use of cryptocurrency in money laundering. The letter discussed the Tron blockchain and stablecoin issuer Circle in ...

Mango Markets’ exploiter to face trial in April, and Coinflux shuts multichain: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The exploiter behind the $116-million theft of assets from Mango Markets will face trial in April next ...

Genesis seeks court’s approval to reduce 3AC claim from $1B to $33M

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Genesis has asked the court to approve its proposed settlement agreement with the imploded crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC).According to a court filing on Nov. 9, Genesis argued that the 3AC debtor should receive an allowed general unsecured claim ...

China declares stealing digital collections like NFTs liable for criminal theft sentence

The Chinese government released a statement on Nov. 10 declaring that anyone stealing digital collections, such as nonfungible tokens (NFTs), will be subject to theft sentences. It outlines three views on the type of crime that theft of digital collections falls under, the first two c ...

Binance to terminate Russian ruble deposits next week

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is progressing with its exit from Russia and is preparing to terminate local currency deposits next week.Binance will stop accepting deposits in Russian rubles (RUB) starting Nov. 15, 2023, the firm officially announced on Friday. Binance also advised users ...

47 countries pledge to authorize the crypto-asset reporting framework by 2027

Just under 50 national governments have issued a joint pledge to “swiftly transpose” the Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF), the new international standard on automatic exchange of information between tax authorities, into their domestic law systems. The statement was published on Nov. 10.&n ...

Turkish Lira becomes top crypto trading pair on Binance in Sept 2023

The Turkish Lira (TRY) became the most dominant fiat trading pair on Binance in the month of September, according to the crypto exchange’s research.Turkish Lira accounted for 75% of all fiat volume in early September despite being the fourth-largest crypto market globally in terms of trans ...

Hong Kong ‘ready’ to capitalize on crypto’s next bull run: Hashkey Capital

Hong Kong is “very ready” for the next wave of mass crypto adoption, with an influx of crypto talent that has been spilling into the aspiring digital asset hub, says Jupiter Zheng, a partner at Hashkey Capital. Speaking to Cointelegraph, Zheng, partner of liquid funds and ...

EU backs Data Act with clause to shut off smart contracts

The European Parliament has voted to approve the Data Act — controversial legislation that includes a stipulation necessitating smart contracts have the ability to be terminated.In a Nov. 9 press release, the parliament said the legislation passed 481 votes to 31 against. To become law, it ...

Cryptoqueen’s OneCoin legal chief pleads guilty to fraud

The former compliance chief of OneCoin — a 2015 crypto scheme that defrauded investors out of $4 billion — has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering charges in Manhattan federal court.In a Nov. 10 statement, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said that U.S. District Ju ...

BlackRock’s spot Ethereum ETF plan is confirmed after Nasdaq filing

Blackrock’s plans for a spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund (ETF) has now been confirmed, per a 19b-4 form filing submitted to the United States Securities and Exhange Commission on Nov. 9.Nasdaq filed the 19b-4 form to securities regulator on behalf of the $9 trillion asset managemen ...

Proof of Stake Alliance updates recommendations for staking providers

The Proof of Stake Alliance (POSA), a non-profit organization that represents firms in the crypto staking industry, published an updated version of its “staking principles” on Nov. 9. The new principles are supported by Ava Labs, Alluvial, Coinbase, Lido Protocol, Paradigm, and ten other staking ...

Laos military says country’s crypto operators owe $20M in unpaid taxes

In an effort to boost state revenues, Laos appears to be turning its attention to the country's crypto sector.According to a Nov. 9 report by China's state news agency Xinhua News, citing a report from Laos People's Army News, cryptocurrency operators in the Southeast Asian country owes $2 ...

Can crypto Privacy Pools help balance privacy and regulation?

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently authored a research paper, the primary focus of which was integrating privacy features into blockchain transactions while ensuring compliance with a range of regulatory requirements.Experts from various backgrounds collaborated on this research ...

China AI chip market finds expansion paths despite US export restrictions

The Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) chip market has been subject to ongoing export restrictions which imposed by the United States from October 2022, which prohibited the sale of certain U.S. products to China. The U.S. initially blocked the export of the highest level of chips p ...

U.S. lawmakers introduce CLARITY Act to limit federal ties with Chinese blockchain

U.S. Representatives Zach Nunn and Abigail Spanberger have jointly introduced the Creating Legal Accountability for Rogue Innovators and Technology (CLARITY) Act. The legislation aims to prohibit federal government officials from conducting business with Chinese blockchain companies.The Ac ...

Maine state treasurer to focus on handling abandoned cryptocurrency accounts

A report issued by the Office of the Maine State Treasurer highlighted the U.S. state’s interest in officially managing the abandoned and recovered crypto assets.The program evaluation report of Maine uncovered the state’s lack of preparedness when it comes to handling cryptocurrencies. It ...

Bitcoin ETF launch could be delayed more than a month after SEC approval

With the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s first window opening up for the approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF, analysts have noted that even if the SEC approves a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF), it will be a month before the actual launch.The expected dela ...

Swedish Bitcoiners targeted by armed criminals

Criminals in Sweden are specifically targeting prominent local Bitcoin figures, which appears to be the result of ease of access to personal information and residential addresses in the country.Reports from Swedish media outlets LT and Aftonbladet have linked separate robberies in Rön ...

JPEX scandal: Taiwan determines new suspects in alleged fraud — Report

The saga of the imploded cryptocurrency exchange JPEX continues to develop as Taiwanese prosecutors have reportedly found new alleged suspects.The Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) requested Chang Tung-ying, the chief partner at JPEX’s office in Taiwan, be held in custody over alle ...

Spanish regulators set precedent with crypto ad violations case

The principal financial regulator in Spain, the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), has opened the first case on violating crypto promotion rules in the country. As reported in the press release from Nov. 8, CNMV initiated “sanctioning proceedings” against Miolos S.L for two ...

SEC’s Gensler hints he’s open to a FTX reboot under proper leadership: Report

The United States securities regulator chief has hinted he would be open to a rebooted crypto exchange FTX — as long as its new leadership stays within the bounds of the law. SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s comments were made in response to reports that Tom Farley, a former president ...

Rep. Tom Emmer proposes to defund SEC’s crusade against crypto

Pro-crypto Congressman Tom Emmer is advancing an amendment aimed at depriving the United States securities regulator from using government funds to go after crypto enforcement.On Nov. 8, Emmer attached an amendment to HR 4664 — the Financial Services and General Government Appropriat ...

Binance used ‘tortured’ interpretation of law in bid to toss suit, says SEC

Binance’s arguments used in its motion to dismiss a lawsuit from the United States securities regulator relies on an incorrect legal analysis and have no basis in law, the regulator has argued.In a Nov. 7 court filing the SEC rebuffed Binance’s earlier bid to toss the regulator’s suit sayi ...

SEC’s first window to approve all 12 spot Bitcoin ETFs starts today

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission could approve all 12 of the pending spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange traded fund (ETF) applications within the next eight days. Bloomberg ETF analysts James Seyffart and Eric Balchunas wrote that starting from Nov. 9 the SEC has a &ldquo ...

How to manage crypto losses on tax returns in the US, UK and Canada

Cryptocurrency taxation is a subject of increasing importance, with governments worldwide working diligently to establish clear rules for taxing digital assets. In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, crypto holders navigate complex regulatory landscapes, making it crucial to unders ...

EU banking watchdog proposes liquidity rules for stablecoin issuers

The aim of the new liquidity guidelines is to ensure that the stablecoin can be quickly redeemed even during turmoil market conditions to avoid the risk of any bank runs and contagion in a crisis situation.Under the proposed liquidity guidelines, stablecoin issuers must offer any stablecoi ...

‘Premier’ crypto cop CFTC reveals record-setting digital asset enforcement in 2023

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has unveiled its enforcement outcomes for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. It highlights a historic surge in digital asset cases, actions to enforce regulatory obligations for registrants, manipulation and spoofing cases, and groundbreaking court decisions in ...

BIS general manager urges central banks to “lead innovation” for CBDCs

Central banks have a responsibility not only to keep pace with the digital age but to lead innovation, Agustín Carstens, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), believes. In his opening remarks at the conference in Basel on Nov. 8, Carstens called the central ...

HSBC taps Ripple’s Metaco to launch security token custody

HSBC has partnered with Ripple-owned tech firm, Metaco, to integrate its institutional platform Harmonize with HSBC’s new custody service for digital assets, the firm announced on Nov. 8.The bank expects to roll out the new digital asset custody service in 2024, complementing its digital a ...

Swiss crypto bank SEBA gets Hong Kong SFC license

Switzerland-based crypto bank SEBA AG has become the latest crypto-centered firm to obtain a license from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).SEBA’s Hong Kong subsidiary, SEBA Hong Kong, received the regulatory nod to offer a range of crypto-related services in the region ...

UAE central bank to penalize unlicensed virtual asset service providers

The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE), along with other regulators in the country, has recently published new joint guidance for virtual asset service providers (VASPs) operating within the country. The new guidelines include penalties for VASPs operating without proper licenses wi ...

Expect new IRS crypto surveillance to come with a surge in confiscation

As the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) pushes forward with its proposal to increase cryptocurrency surveillance, a past report might offer a clue for how this information may be used in practice. In short, with the IRS set to keep tabs on Americans’ cryptocurrency usage through an expected 8 billi ...

US CFPB proposes supervising digital app providers, including crypto wallets

The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a rule to allow it to supervise large non-bank digital wallet and app providers. The rule is part of a larger move by the agency that has seen it extend its supervision to consumer reporting, consumer debt collection, stud ...

Coinbase beefs up its global advisory council with four national security experts

Coinbase has expanded its Global Advisory Council with four national security experts, it announced on Nov. 7. The new members will help the cryptocurrency exchange assess the impact of regulatory uncertainty in the United States, it said.The Coinbase council will take on a decidedly more ...

Caitlin Long’s Custodia Bank launches Bitcoin custody platform

Custodia Bank, a cryptocurrency-friendly bank founded by Bitcoin (BTC) advocate Caitlin Long, has launched its Bitcoin custody platform.The firm took to X (formerly Twitter) on Nov. 7 to announce the launch of Custodia Bank’s Bitcoin custody service targeting businesses like fiduciaries, i ...

Biden AI executive order ‘certainly challenging’ for open-source AI — industry insiders

Last week the administration of United States President Joe Biden issued a lengthy executive order intended to protect citizens, government agencies and companies through ensuring AI safety standards. The order established six new standards for AI safety and security, along with ...

Multiple buyers consider purchase and relaunch of ‘irreparable’ FTX

Lawyers handling the FTX bankruptcy case are considering offers that could eventually lead to a relaunch of the troubled exchange.At an Oct. 24 hearing of the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware, Kevin Cofsky of Perella Weinberg Partners revealed he is negotiating wi ...

VARA demonstrates how regulators can work in tandem with the market: VARA Vice Chair

The Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority [VARA] is one of the earliest world regulatory bodies to release comprehensive crypto assets regulations to promote crypto-related activities in Dubai. Established in March 2022, VARA was created to promote the Emirate as a regional and international hub fo ...

Kazakhstan’s authorities confirm they blocked access to Coinbase: Report

The Ministry of Culture and Information of Kazakhstan has officially confirmed they have blocked the Coinbase website in the country. The authorities of Kazakhstan have been blocking local IPs' access to Coinbase since September at least.  According to a Nov. 7 report from a loca ...

Kenyan lawmakers ask local Blockchain Association to come up with crypto bill

Kenya might become the first country in the world where the industry’s representatives would develop the regulatory framework for crypto. According to the Blockchain Association of Kenya (BAK), The National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning has directed it to prep ...

Crypto data platform Glassnode sells Bitcoin tax software to Blockpit

Cryptocurrency intelligence firm Glassnode has said it’s dropping crypto tax-related projects to focus on new solutions targeting institutional investors and decentralized finance (DeFi).Glassnode, on Nov. 6 announced the sale of its crypto-focused tax platform known as Accointing to the E ...

US lawmaker proposes to cut SEC chair Gary Gensler’s salary to $1

A United States lawmaker wants to strip the Securities and Exchange Commission chair Gary Gensler of his salary by paying him just $1 per year.In a proposed amendment to the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), Rep. Tim Burchett suggested that Gensler’s salary be brought ...

SEC Inspector General says prohibition on crypto ownership hinders agency hiring

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released its annual examination of the most serious management and performance challenges facing the agency. Crypto was on its list, as no surprise to anyone in the crypto community. ...

UK stablecoin regulation begins to take shape in multiple FCA, BOE documents

A suite of documents was published in the United Kingdom on Nov. 6 that concern stablecoin regulation. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released a discussion paper, as did the Bank of England (BOE). To accompany those, the BOE’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) released a letter t ...

Jury finds SBF guilty on all charges, sentencing set for March 2024: Law Decoded

Former FTX CEO Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried’s public trial in a New York court ended with the jury finding him guilty on all seven charges on Nov. 3, including two counts of wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of securities fraud, one count of commodities fraud conspiracy and on ...

China ‘does not want to miss out’: Community reacts to HK spot Bitcoin ETF news

The cryptocurrency community is excited about the Hong Kong government reportedly weighing the launch of a spot cryptocurrency exchange-traded fund (ETF) amid the ongoing regulatory pushback against such products in the United States.Hong Kong’s potential entrance into spot crypto ET ...

Hong Kong regulator issues tokenized investments requirements amid demand

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong laid down the business requirements for offering tokenized securities and other investment products in a circular released Nov. 2.The market demand in Hong Kong for tokenized investment products combined with the various benefits of ...

FTX seeks sale of Grayscale and Bitwise trust assets worth $744 million

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has requested the bankruptcy court in Delaware to allow it to sell certain key trust funds, including assets from crypto asset manager Grayscale and custody service provider Bitwise valued at around $744 million.In a court filing dated Nov. 3, FTX debtors reque ...

LedgerX highlights CFTC regulatory gap in customer asset rules

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has focused its attention on how companies handle customer assets. Nevertheless, this fresh regulation does not fully encompass the innovative model of the crypto platform LedgerX, leaving key operational aspects subject to regulatory oversight ...

Fraud trial of Mango Markets exploiter behind alleged $116M theft pushed to April

Lawyers representing the $116 million Mango Markets exploiter have convinced a judge to postpone the fraud trial until April 8, 2023.Avraham Eisenberg’s fraud trial was set to commence on Dec. 4 but several circumstances impacted his trial preparations, according to his lawyers, who ...

Bug in Fed’s payment system prevents bank customers from getting paid

Some of the largest United States banks are not able to facilitate customers deposits after one of the Federal Reserve’s payment systems suffered an outage on Nov. 3.The Federal Reserve said the bug was caused by a "processing issue" in the Automated Clearing House — a payment ...

Multichain inside job? And SOL surges 80% in a month: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.A trader managed to exploit the brief opening of the Multichain cross-chain bridge, which was frozen si ...

DeepMind co-founder chides Elon over UK AI summit comments: ‘He’s not an AI scientist’

Mustafa Suleyman, the CEO of Inflection AI and co-founder of Google’s DeepMind, had some strong words for Elon Musk during a post-event interview with the BBC after the recent United Kingdom artificial intelligence (AI) summit concluded on Nov. 2.As Cointelegraph reported, Musk leane ...

FTX claims climb to 57% as Sam Bankman-Fried found guilty on all counts

The current claim pricing of FTX has reached a maximum of 57%, according to data from Claims Market. The increase in FTX’s claim pricing is attributed to the valuation of the Artificial intelligence (AI) companies that the now-bankrupt crypto exchange previously invested in. Creditors ...

Abu Dhabi pioneers DLT regulation for DAOs, Web3 innovations

Abu Dhabi, the second-most populous emirate in the UAE, has introduced a formal regulatory framework for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and other digital ledger entities as it doubles down on its ambition to be a leader in digital asset innovation within the Middle East.The ...

5 nations challenge crypto experts and investigators to target tax crimes

The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5), a global anti-tax fraud group, hosted investigators, cryptocurrency experts and data scientists in “The Cyber Challenge” event to track down individuals and organizations committing tax fraud.The J5 members comprise the criminal intelligence ...

SEC seeks summary judgment in Do Kwon and Terraform Labs case

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has refuted the jury’s conclusion regarding Terraform Labs’ alleged violations and has demanded a summary judgment on all the claims. A court filing from Oct. 27 showed the SEC’s reluctance to accept the jury’s leniency on Do ...

NIST establishes AI Safety Institute Consortium in response to Biden executive order

The United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Commerce are soliciting members for the newly-established Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Institute Consortium. Participate in a new ...

XRP, TON win approval in Dubai International Financial Centre free trade zone

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) recognized two more tokens on Nov. 2, adding XRP (XRP) and Toncoin (TON) to its list of recognized tokens. They join Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and Litecoin (LTC) as coins recognized in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The ...

This platform enables NFT creation with email: Why it’s important for legal teams

On top of the fraud and scam issues related to crypto, NFTs also require intellectual property management. Web3 platform Niftyz aims to add legal clarity to the NFT market by using blockchain-verified emails to create and protect NFTs.The crypto industry is growing remarkably, even ...

Jury directions begin in Sam Bankman-Fried criminal trial

Closing arguments for the criminal trial of Sam Bankman Fried (SBF), the disgraced founder of crypto exchange FTX, have officially concluded with U.S. Southern District of New York Judge Lewis Kaplan moving to jury instructions.As per the indictment from last December, Bankman-Fried faces ...

FCA releases guidance for compliance with new UK crypto asset promotion rules

Rules for crypto asset promotion that came into force in the United Kingdom on Oct. 8 have led to some confusion, judging from the low level of compliance. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) responded with additional guidance for crypto firms to help them fall into line.The FCA released ...

Dubai VARA grants ‘initial approval’ to crypto firm WadzPay

The Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) has issued an “Initial Approval” license to the crypto firm WadzPay, marking a pivotal step in the company’s journey toward obtaining a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license for virtual asset services and activities. ...

ProShares announces launch of short Ether-linked ETF

ProShares, a major issuer of exchange-traded funds (ETF), has officially announced the launch of the short Ether-linked ETF.Incepted on Nov. 2, ProShares’s new Short Ether Strategy ETF is set to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) Arca under the ticker symbol SETH. The ne ...

Crypto remittances offer cheaper alternative, but still face challenges to adoption

As the cryptocurrency market moves sideways and amid a deepening stablecoin exodus, the sector remains a vital lifeline for many sending money to loved ones while dodging extremely high fees that can be life-changing over time.Cryptocurrency remittances have been seeing their adoption grow ...

Hashing It Out: Roofstock onChain vice president explains how Web3 and real estate interact

The tokenization of real-world assets has been tipped as a major use case of blockchain technology that could drive Web3 adoption. In episode 35 of Cointelegraph’s Hashing It Out podcast, host Elisha Owusu Akyaw interviews Sanjay Raghavan, vice president of Web3 Initiatives at Roofstock ...

SafeMoon hacker’s use of centralized exchanges could help law enforcement: Match System

SafeMoon, a decentralized finance project exploited in March, resulting in a net loss of $8.9 million in BNB, has been charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and its key executives for security rules violations and frauds. The funds associated with the exploit have ...

Hong Kong issues rules for asset tokenization as interest mounts

Hong Kong’s securities regulatory authority has issued two circulars to regulate digital asset tokenization in its pursuit of becoming a prominent Web3 hub in Asia.The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), in these circulars, offered instructions to intermediaries participating in token ...

PayPal faces SEC action related to PYUSD stablecoin: Report

Payment giant PayPal has received a subpoena from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin.The Enforcement division of the SEC has sent a subpoena to PayPal related to its PayPal USD (PYUSD) stablecoin, the firm disclosed on Nov ...

Swiss wholesale CBDC pilot kicks off in alliance with central, commercial banks

The Swiss National Bank (SNB), six commercial banks and the SIX Swiss Exchange will work together to pilot the issuance of wholesale central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in the nation, officially known as the Swiss franc wCBDC.The pilot project dedicated to wholesale CBDC, named Helveti ...

Ripple’s legal chief questions SEC case losses under Gensler

Ripple’s chief legal officer, Stuart Alderoty, has expressed reservations about the recent string of legal defeats suffered by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) during Gary Gensler’s tenure. These remarks follow another setback for the SEC in the Fifth Circuit court af ...

UK seeks six crypto investigators to beef up National Crime Agency

Reacting to the rising attempts from bad actors to dupe crypto investors, the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) plans to form a specialized cryptocurrency and virtual assets team to counter the issue.The NCA posted a job opening on Nov. 4, looking to hire six individuals to crea ...

Abu Dhabi Global Market introduces comprehensive DLT Foundations Regulations

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Registration Authority has introduced comprehensive regulations governing Web3 organizations. The international financial free zone’s regulatory framework is “purpose-built” and the first of its kind, the agency claimed.The Distributed L ...

​​JPEX scandal won’t hurt Hong Kong crypto vision: Financial Secretary

The Hong Kong government says the recent $165 million alleged scandal involving crypto exchange JPEX won’t  stifle its Web3 vision for the region. In a Nov. 2 keynote at Hong Kong Fintech Week, the region’s Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Christopher Hui said the sag ...

SafeMoon executive team charged with multiple fraud counts, arrests made

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Nov. 1 that it was charging SafeMoon and three of its executives with fraud and unregistered securities sales in connection with its SafeMoon token. The Justice Department unsealed charges against the men at the same t ...

UK AI Safety Summit begins with global leaders in attendance, remarks from China and Musk

The United Kingdom’s global summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety, “AI Safety Summit” began on Nov. 1 and will carry on through Nov. 2 with government officials and leading AI companies from the world in attendance, including from the United States and China. U.K. Prime Minist ...

PayPal scores UK crypto license after brief local Bitcoin buy halt

Global payment giant PayPal has received approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer crypto services in the United Kingdom.According to official FCA data, PayPal has been registered to offer “certain crypto asset activities” in the U.K. since Oct. 31, 2023.According ...

Canadian MP urges community to study Bitcoin, cites Gensler’s pre-SEC stance

On the 15th anniversary of Bitcoin white paper release, Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) Joël Lightbound took the opportunity to thank the pseudo-anonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto on the floor of the Canadian parliament while advocating for people to study Bitcoin.During his speech ...

US crypto custody firm BitGo wins BaFin license in Germany: Report

Major cryptocurrency custody firm BitGo is reportedly expanding its regulatory compliance in Germany more than three years after launching a dedicated local subsidiary.BitGo has obtained a cryptocurrency license from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), according to ...

Turkey aims to shed FATF gray list status with new crypto regulations

Turkey is reportedly drafting fresh regulations to govern crypto-assets in an effort to convince the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international organization responsible for combating financial crimes, to remove it from a “gray list” of nations that have not done enough to combat money l ...

Survey: 65% of Spaniards aren’t interested in using digital euro

As the Bank of Spain embraces the potential adoption of a digital euro, the country’s population doesn’t appear to have the same strong appetite for the European Central Bank’s digital currency project. This emerges from the results of a survey published by the Bank of Spain enti ...

AI chatbots are illegally ripping off copyrighted news, says media group

Artificial intelligence developers heavily rely on illegally scraping copyrighted material from news publications and journalists to train their models, a news industry group has claimed.On Oct. 30, the News Media Alliance (NMA) published a 77-page white paper and accompanying submission t ...

Oyster Protocol founder gets 4 years jail for $5.5M tax evasion

Amir Bruno Elmaani, the 31-year-old founder of the now-defunct cryptocurrency scheme Oyster Protocol has been handed the maximum sentence of four years in prison for tax evasion.The United States Attorney’s Office said on Oct. 31 that Elmaani — also known by the alias “Bruno Block” — was s ...

CFTC pays whistleblowers $16M this year for mostly crypto tips

The United States commodities regulator has paid $16 million this year to whistleblowers who gave information leading to successful enforcement actions with a majority of the tips involving crypto.In an Oct. 31 statement, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner Christy Gol ...

GAO finds controversial SEC guidance is subject to congressional oversight

United States Senator Cynthia Lummis has scored another one for crypto with a Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision issued on Oct. 31. The GAO found that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff Accounting Bulletin 121 should be subject to congressional review. That bulletin, issu ...

From payments to DeFi: A closer look at the evolving stablecoin ecosystem

The rise of digital currencies, exemplified by Bitcoin (BTC), brought a groundbreaking shift in the financial landscape. However, it also brought to light a critical challenge: price volatility. Bitcoin and many other early cryptocurrencies exhibited extreme price fluctuations, making ...

Crypto startup Bastion secures money transmitter licenses in US

Bastion, a new cryptocurrency startup created by former Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) executives, has secured two money transmitter licenses (MTL) in the United States.Bastion has acquired MTLs in New Hampshire and Arkansas, the first two licenses obtained by the firm, Bastion announced on Oc ...

Sam Bankman-Fried lawyers pitch for changes to judge’s jury instruction

Attorneys representing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried have written another letter to the presiding judge, seeking changes to the jury instructions. In the letter addressed to Judge Lewis Kaplan, the defense attorneys requested that the jury consider the role of English law in governing FTX’s te ...

Web3 wallet Backpack to launch VASP-licensed crypto exchange in Dubai

The Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) has issued a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) license to the crypto wallet Backpack, resulting in the launch of Backpack Exchange. Backpack’s VARA license is limited to crypto exchange services in Dubai and does not allow ...

TikTok, Snapchat, OnlyFans and others to combat AI-generated child abuse content

A coalition of major social media platforms, artificial intelligence (AI) developers, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have issued a joint statement pledging to combat abusive content generated by AI.On Oct. 30, the United Kingdom issued the policy statement, which inc ...

TradFi goes crypto: Finance giant brings decades of experience to new crypto exchange

The crypto world is volatile, with users steadily seeking a sense of trust and security. Now, a traditional finance giant, MultiBank Group, wants to change the global perception of crypto for the better with its know-how and expertise spanning over two decades.It’s hard to claim tha ...

Crypto asset manager Valkyrie amends spot Bitcoin ETF filing

Digital asset manager Valkyrie Investments is the latest firm to amend the spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) filing with the United States securities regulators.Valkyrie on Oct. 30 filed an updated spot Bitcoin ETF with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), accordi ...

Kenya to introduce digital IDs for citizens by year-end

The Kenyan government plans to roll out its digital identification system in December 2023 after the testing period, which will take the next few months. According to the president of Kenya, William Ruto, whose speech at the East Africa Device Assembly Kenya plant in Athi River was cited by local ...

Spain to implement MiCA six months ahead of July 2026 deadline

Spanish Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation reported that the first comprehensive European Union crypto framework, the Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) Act, will come into force on the national level in December 2025.As follows from the release published by the Ministry on Oct. 2 ...

Bitcoin ETFs may be headed for one epic Gensler ‘rugpull,’ say analysts

There’s a slim chance the United States Securities and Exchange chief Gary Gensler could pull the plug on spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds in one “amazingly sadistic” move, according to Bloomberg ETF analysts. In an Oct. 31 tweet directed at senior Bloomberg ...

Do Kwon and Terraform Labs ask judge to toss SEC’s lawsuit

Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon has requested a United States district judge to reject the securities and fraud suit from the federal securities regulator, claiming it has failed to prove they did anything wrong.In an Oct. 27 filing to a New York District Court, lawyers for Kwon and Terr ...

Crypto funds see largest weekly inflows in more than a year: Coinshares

Crypto exchange-traded products (ETPs) saw their largest weekly inflows in more than a year, according to an October 30 report from asset management platform Coinshares. Inflows were $326 million for the week ending October 27, dwarfing the $66 million recorded over the previous week. ...

SBF claims innocence, contradicts other witnesses: Law Decoded

Last week, the criminal trial of FTX founder and CEO Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried continued in New York, with the man himself giving testimony as part of his defense. According to the SBF, he didn’t know any details about the creation of North Dimension, an alleged “shadowy entity” used to launder cus ...

Terraform co-founder Shin blames protocol for collapse during trial in S. Korea

The trial of payment platform developer Terraform Labs co-founder Shin Hyun-Seong, also known as Daniel Shin, and seven others got underway in Seoul Southern District Court in South Korea on Oct. 30, according to local news reports. Shin is accused of defrauding investors. Also at issue was wheth ...

Biden administration releases executive order for new AI safety standards

The administration of United States President Joe Biden released an executive order on Oct. 30 establishing new standards for artificial intelligence (AI) safety and security. Biden’s address said it is building off previous actions taken, including AI safety commitments from 15 leadi ...

Terrorist fundraising: Is crypto really to blame?

The ghastly events of this past month raise again some troubling questions: Does crypto have a terrorist fundraising problem? Are its networks really being exploited by terrorists to wreak global havoc? If so, what must it do better?On the other hand, maybe the problem is one of perception ...

UK publishes plans for stablecoins regulation

The United Kingdom government presented an update on its plans to regulate fiat-backed stablecoins. The document, published on Oct. 30, aims to facilitate and regulate the use of fiat-backed stablecoins in U.K. payment chains.According to the document, His Majesty’s Treasury intends to int ...

G7 countries to launch AI code of conduct: Report

The Group of Seven (G7) industrial countries are scheduled to agree upon an artificial intelligence (AI) code of conduct for developers on Oct. 30, according to a report by Reuters. According to the report, the code has 11 points that aim to promote “safe, secure, and trustworthy AI w ...

Singapore plans joint crypto pilots with Japan, Switzerland and UK

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the country’s central bank and financial regulator, is planning to start crypto-related cooperation with some European countries and Japan.The MAS officially announced on Oct. 30 that it is partnering with the Financial Services Agency of Japan (F ...

Kraken will share data of 42,000 users with IRS

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken said it will share the data of 42,000 users with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in compliance with a court order. The information will be sent to the IRS in early November. On its support page, Kraken specifies that the summo ...

Thailand’s KBank acquires crypto exchange business Satang

Thailand’s Kasikornbank, one of the largest banks in the country, is moving into the cryptocurrency industry by acquiring a majority stake in the local crypto business Satang.Kasikornbank, also known as KBank, acquired 97% of shares in the operator of Thailand’s Satang crypto exchange, acc ...

3 unique ways hackers are stealing your crypto: Bitrace Report

To track down and counter the sudden disappearance of tokens from crypto wallets requires investors to know the various ways bad actors use to steal cryptocurrencies successfully. Blockchain investigator Bitrace has identified three effective ways hackers gain access to crypto in ...

Standard Chartered-owned crypto platform Zodia launches in Hong Kong

Zodia, the institutional cryptocurrency custody platform co-owned by British banking giant Standard Chartered, Japanese SBI Holdings and the financial firm Northern Trust, is expanding its services to Hong Kong.Zodia Custody is launching services in Hong Kong in response to growing demand ...

Gary Gensler’s Bitcoin ETF position is ‘inconsistent’… says Gary Gensler

Gary Gensler once criticized the United States securities regulator for its “inconsistent” approach to spot Bitcoin (BTC) products, according to a resurfaced video of Gensler from 2019. The video clip, which has recently made the rounds again on social media, shows the pre-SEC ...

UK risks regulating NFTs the wrong way, says Mintable CEO

The United Kingdom’s government is in danger of regulating nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in a way that doesn’t suit the true nature of the nascent technology, says Mintable CEO and founder Zach Burks.  In an interview with Cointelegraph, Burks said he believes a recent re ...

Ripple’s CEO criticizes former SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s comments

Ripple’s chief executive officer(CEO), Brad Garlinghouse, strongly criticized former Securities Exchange Commission(SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton’s remarks regarding the SEC’s regulatory approach. Beginning in the first quarter of 2023, the SEC has initiated various regulatory actio ...

Ripple CLO and XRP community back SEC commissioner’s LBRY lawsuit dissent

Stuart Alderoty, the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of Ripple Labs, and the XRP community have expressed their support on the X app (formerly Twitter) for Securities Exchange Commission(SEC) Commissioner Hester Peirce’s stance against the perceived “injustice” in the LBRY lawsuit. ...

Hester Peirce speaks out against LBRY enforcement action: ‘The market could have decided’

Hester Peirce of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a dissenting opinion on the regulator’s lawsuit against blockchain firm LBRY.In an Oct. 27 statement, Peirce described feeling “unsettled” following the SEC’s enforcement action a ...

Kraken to suspend trading for USDT, DAI, WBTC, WETH, and WAXL in Canada

Kraken will suspend all transactions related to USDT, DAI, WBTC, WETH, and WAXL in Canada in November, according to multiple customer emails shared with Cointelegraph.In response to a request for comment from Cointelegraph, a Kraken spokesperson said, via email, “we constantly monitor the ...

Gemini sues Genesis over GBTC shares used as Earn collateral, now worth $1.6B

Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini filed an adversary proceeding against bankrupt crypto lender Genesis Global Holdco in the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court on Oct. 27. At issue is the fate of 62,086,586 shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). They were used as collateral to sec ...

Lawyer questions Sam Bankman-Fried on his political donations at trial

Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried’s defense attorney Mark Cohen heard testimony from the former FTX CEO on his relationship with Caroline Ellison and political donations from the crypto exchange.According to reports from the courtroom on Oct. 27, Bankman-Fried claimed not to have discussed donations ...

Fed, BOE officials share continuing interest in CBDCs, stablecoin regulation

The Federal Reserve Board continues to research a central bank digital currency (CBDC), or at least adjacent technologies, vice chair Michael Barr said on Oct. 27. He also touched on stablecoins at the Economics of Payments XII Conference where his English colleague Sir Jon Cunliffe made his last ...

Sam Bankman-Fried denies defrauding FTX users at trial

The jury overseeing the criminal trial of Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried listened to the former FTX CEO’s testimony for the first time, which involved largely denying knowledge of fraudulent activities at the crypto exchange.According to reports from the New York courtroom on Oct. 27, Bankman-Fri ...

Jury hears Sam Bankman-Fried’s testimony: ‘A lot of people got hurt’

Defense attorneys representing Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried questioned the former FTX CEO in front of a jury for the first time as they prepared to rest their case.According to reports from the New York courtroom on Oct. 27, Bankman-Fried denied defrauding FTX customers during his time leading ...

Turkey plans to craft crypto framework in 2024

The Presidential Annual Programm for 2024, published on Oct. 25 in Turkey’s Official Gazette, sets an aim to finalize the crypto regulations in the country within the following year. Article 400.5 of the almost 500-page document reveals the planned studies to define crypto assets, whi ...

Taiwan introduces crypto bill to Parliament

On Oct. 25, Taiwanese legislators introduced the Virtual Asset Management Bill to the unicameral parliament, the Legislative Yuan. The bill aims to provide “better protection” for the customers and “properly supervise” the industry. The 30-page bill appears moderate in its demands for ...

Cynthia Lummis leads the charge calling for DOJ action against Binance and Tether

Cynthia Lummis, a crypto proponent representing Wyoming in the United States Senate, has called on the U.S. Justice Department to consider charges against crypto exchange Binance following the terrorist group Hamas’ attack on Israel.In an Oct. 26 letter to U.S. Attorney General Merri ...

Sam Bankman-Fried denies knowledge of moving FTX deposits to North Dimension: Report

Testifying in court but without the jury for his criminal trial present, Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried faced questions from prosecutors, who pressed the former FTX CEO on his alleged involvement in using customer funds for investments through Alameda Research. According to reports from the ...

UK passes bill to enable authorities to seize Bitcoin used for crime

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom have passed legislation allowing authorities to seize and freeze cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) if used for illicit purposes.According to official data on the U.K.’s parliamentary acts website, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill is expec ...

How Google’s AI legal protections can change art and copyright protections

Google has been facing a wave of litigation recently as the implications of generative artificial intelligence (AI) on copyright and privacy rights become clearer.Amid the ever-intensifying debate, Google has not only defended its AI training practices but also pledged to shield users of i ...

Gary Gensler teases details of SEC’s $5 billion take from enforcement actions, shades crypto

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief Gary Gensler’s speech before the 2023 Securities Enforcement Forum shed light on the regulatory body’s enforcement actions that led to $5 billion in judgments and orders. However, Gensler’s dig at the cryptocurrency market became a ...

Sam Bankman-Fried’s testimony to challenge government claims, lawyer tells judge

The possible contents of Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried upcoming testimony have been outlined in a letter to Judge Kaplan by his lawyer, Mark Cohen.In the letter submitted by Mark Cohen, to inform the Court of their planned testimony during Mr. Bankman-Fried’s direct examination, th ...

Meta faces legal scrutiny as AI advancements raise concerns over child safety

A group of 34 American states are filing a lawsuit against Facebook and Instagram owner, Meta, accusing the company of engaging in improper manipulation of minors who use the platforms. This development comes amid rapid artificial intelligence (AI) advancements involving both text and generative ...

Pro-Ripple lawyer predicts prolonged legal battle, hints at settlement factors

Pro-Ripple lawyer John Deaton has said he expects a lengthy legal process for the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) v Ripple case, possibly lasting a year. Deaton suggests that a settlement may only be considered if Coinbase's motion to dismiss (MTD) the SEC's case against it is successful.&nb ...

Crypto firms have already breached new UK promo rules 221 times, says FCA

Crypto-promoting firms have breached the United Kingdom’s new crypto marketing rules at least 221 times since coming into force in early October, says the country’s financial regulator. In an Oct. 25 statement, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said since the Oct. 8 cr ...

Crypto donations raised by Hamas ‘remain tiny,’ says Elliptic

Blockchain forensic firm Elliptic says there’s “no evidence” that Hamas is receiving a significant volume of cryptocurrency donations to fund its attacks against Israel.“There is no evidence to support the assertion that Hamas has received significant volumes of cry ...

US lawmakers discuss digital assets and the House gets a new Speaker

Members of the United States House of Representatives have chosen Mike Johnson to be the body’s next speaker — the second in line to the U.S. presidency and a very powerful figure in Congress. In an Oct. 25 vote, all 220 Republicans present in the House voted for Johnson, ...

Will Sam Bankman-Fried fix his case when he takes the stand?

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) had a lot going against him well before the start of his criminal trial: the ire of many in the crypto space, suspicion from United States policymakers, and negative attention from some in the media looking for clickbait angles to associate with the former FTX CEO.  ...

Sam Bankman-Fried will testify at criminal trial, say defense lawyers

Former FTX CEO Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried will testify as part of his defense case, said his attorney Mark Cohen.In an Oct. 25 telephone conference between SBF’s lawyers, prosecutors, and Judge Lewis Kaplan, Cohen said following the prosecution completing the presentation of its case on Oct. ...

UK’s FinProm a welcome change, but challenge persists: Transak compliance head

On Oct. 8, the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) imposed new marketing rules compelling cryptocurrency firms to promote their products and services clearly, fairly and transparently. From banning referral bonuses to crypto firms implementing a 24-hour cooling-off peri ...

Bank of Spain embraces ‘digital euro,’ explains its benefits

The Central Bank of Spain joined a chorus of European banking institutions, preparing their customers for all the benefits of the “digital euro.” The Bank of Spain last week published a short text explaining the nature and uses of the European Union’s potential central bank digital currency (CBDC ...

BlackRock fined $2.5M by SEC for incorrect investment disclosure

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has fined investment adviser BlackRock Advisors $2.5 million, accusing it of failing to accurately describe investments in the entertainment industry that comprised a significant portion of a publicly traded fund it managed.Acc ...

IRS extends comments period for new crypto tax rule to mid-November

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the commentaries period for crypto tax reporting rules proposed in August 2023. The public consultation will last until Nov. 13. The “Gross Proceeds and Basis Reporting by Brokers and Determination of Amount Realized and Ba ...

Coinbase disputes SEC’s crypto authority in final bid to toss regulator’s suit

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission overstepped its authority when it classified Coinbase-listed cryptocurrencies as securities, the exchange has argued in its final bid to dismiss a lawsuit by the securities regulator.In an Oct. 24 filing in a New York District Court, Coi ...

Elizabeth Warren uses Hamas as her newest scapegoat in war on crypto

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is at it again. With mainstream press outlets including Germany’s Deutsche Welle running sensationalist headlines — “How cryptocurrency fueled Hamas’ terrorist attack” — Warren is using Hamas’ attack on Israel to fuel h ...

Pro-crypto lawmaker Tom Emmer ends hours-long speaker campaign: Report

Tom Emmer, the current majority whip and a crypto proponent, has reportedly dropped his bid to become the next speaker of the United States House of Representatives — a position second in line to the U.S. presidency.According to multiple reports from major news outlets on Oct. 24, Represen ...

BlockFi emerges from bankruptcy and opens wallet withdrawals

Crypto lending platform BlockFi has emerged from bankruptcy and is ready to pay back some of its creditors, according to an October 24 blog post. Withdrawals “are currently available to nearly all Wallet customers,” the post stated, adding that Blockfi Interest Account (BIA) and Loan ...

Pro-crypto lawmaker Tom Emmer wins Republican nomination for House speaker

Republican members of the United States House of Representatives have chosen Tom Emmer, the current majority whip and crypto proponent, as their nominee to be the next speaker. According to multiple reports from Oct. 24, Representative Emmer will be the Republicans’ nominee in t ...

Crypto advocates file amicus brief to address users’ Fourth Amendment privacy rights

Cryptocurrency advocacy group DeFi Education Fund (DEF) has urged a United States court to consider the unique aspects of blockchain technology when evaluating the privacy rights of cryptocurrency users under the Fourth Amendment.DEF filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals (Firs ...

Crypto-friendly Rep. Tom Emmer pursues nomination for House speaker

Crypto-friendly Republican Congressman Tom Emmer is pursuing a nomination to become House speaker, with the 62-year-old receiving endorsement from multiple lawmakers. Congressman Patrick McHenry continues to oversee the position on an interim basis, following a first round of voting on Oct ...

Singapore court authorizes freeze order attached to wallets as soulbound NFT

The Singapore High Court has allowed financial investigation firm Intelligent Sanctuary (iSanctuary) to attach nonfungible tokens (NFTs) containing a legal document to cold wallets associated with a hack, according to United Kingdom-based iSanctuary and local press accounts.A court-issued ...

Greece establishes AI advisory committee to create national strategy

Greek Prime Minister Kryiakos Mitsotakis announced the establishment of an advisory committee to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) in Greece on Oct. 19.The Greek government said the “exponential pace” of AI development has created the necessity for an advisory com ...

FinCEN issues alert regarding crypto transactions connected to Hamas

The United States Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, issued an alert for financial institutions as part of efforts to identify “suspicious activity” related to funding terrorist groups.In an Oct. 20 notice, FinCEN said the terrorist org ...

Hong Kong securities regulator updates crypto policies, citing market developments

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong announced it will update its policies on virtual currency sales and requirements “in light of the latest market developments and enquiries from the industry”.In an Oct. 20 notice, the SFC said under the updated guidelines, certain vi ...

Tether to publish reserve reports in real time in 2024: Bloomberg

Tether Holdings, the issuer of the world’s largest stablecoin by market capitalization, Tether (USDT), is reportedly preparing to update the frequency of releasing its reserve data reports.Paolo Ardoino, Tether’s chief technical officer and upcoming CEO, disclosed that the firm plans to st ...

Chamber of Digital Commerce opposes SEC’s overreach in Binance lawsuit

The Chamber of Digital Commerce has aligned with various digital assets firms, associations, legal experts and legislators in a collective effort to challenge the Binance vs. U.S. SEC lawsuit. The blockchain trade association through the recently filed amicus brief seeks to thwart the ...

SEC wins default judgment against Thor Technologies and founder

Thor Technologies, under the leadership of its founder David Chin, has faced a legal setback in an ongoing dispute with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the unapproved sale of $2.6M in crypto asset securities.The SEC on Oct. 19 announced their victory after a de­fault ...

Community reacts to SEC dropping XRP case and LBRY shutdown

Ripple’s new win in the legal battle against the United States securities regulators has been marred for crypto enthusiasts by news of the blockchain platform LBRY shutting down operations, which has triggered the community to react.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a ...

Central Bank of Argentina to introduce ‘digital peso’ bill ‘as soon as possible’

After a series of remarks about the potential benefits of central bank digital currency (CBDC) for the national economy, the Central Bank of Argentina said it has accelerated its work on the legislation to implement the CBDC workflow in the country. On Oct. 18, during a public discuss ...

European Banking Authority, ESMA issue crypto entity suitability guidelines

The European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on Oct. 20 jointly released a consultation paper featuring two drafts. These drafts encompass the assessment of the suitability of management body members and shareholders or members holding qualifying s ...

EU data protection regulators urge anonymity for smaller transactions in digital euro

On Oct. 18, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued a joint opinion statement on the regulation of “digital euro,” proposed by the European Commission in July 2023. The regulators made several recommendations to enhance the personal data ...

Prosecutors argue ‘effective altruism’ inadequate in Bankman-Fried case

In the fraud trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, prosecutors have requested the judge to inform the jury that the defendant's assertion that he is an effective altruist should not serve as a legitimate defense. Bankman-Fried faces allegations of misappropriating billions of dollars from FTX customers for ...

Crypto exchange Binance restores euro services after new fiat partners

Crypto exchange Binance has announced it has onboarded new partners to handle euro deposits and withdrawals, months after losing its previous fiat partner PaySafe in September. In an Oct. 19 statement, Binance announced that it had signed agreements with new fiat partners for euro pay ...

‘He broke his word’ — Ex-ConsenSys staff sue founder over employee equity deal

Over two dozen former employees of Ethereum infrastructure firm ConsenSys have filed a fresh lawsuit against the firm’s founder and CEO, Joseph Lubin, over claims he diluted employee equity shares against earlier promises.The former staff allege that Lubin — who is also a co-founder of Eth ...

Metaverse tech gets US greenlight to use speedier 6GHz frequency

Low-power wearable technology, including virtual and augmented reality devices crucial to the metaverse, will be permitted to tap into the 6 GHz frequency band following a rule change from the United States communications regulator. In an Oct. 19 press release, the Federal Communications C ...

SEC moves to dismiss lawsuit against Ripple’s Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen

Lawyers representing the United States Securities and Exchange Commission announced they will seek to dismiss all claims against Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen.In an Oct. 19 filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the SEC notified the ...

US Treasury plans to designate crypto mixers as money-laundering hubs: Report

The United States Treasury Department is reportedly planning to expand its sanctions to designate cryptocurrency mixers as money-laundering hubs following Hamas’ attack on Israel.According to an Oct. 19 report in The Wall Street Journal, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said the add ...

US surveillance and facial recognition firm Clearview AI wins GDPR appeal in UK court

U.S. surveillance and facial recognition firm Clearview AI has won a court appeal in the United Kingdom after being accused of alleged infractions related to the U.K’s general data protection regulation (GDPR). Originally, the company was fined nearly $10 million for breaches of the U ...

Advocacy groups push back against Sen. Warren linking crypto with terrorism

United States-based crypto advocacy organizations are calling out Senator Elizabeth Warren and other lawmakers for some of the claims made regarding connections between the terrorist group Hamas and financing through cryptocurrency.On Oct. 17, Sen. Warren and more than 100 lawmakers signed ...

BitPanda crypto exchange gets license in Norway amid European expansion bid

One of the largest European crypto exchanges, a Vienna-based BitPanda, became one of the first foreign entities to receive a virtual assert service provider license in Norway. The announcement came on the company’s official X (former Twitter) account on Oct. 19. BitPanda holds a licen ...

New York Attorney General sues Gemini, Genesis, DGC for allegedly defrauding investors

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against cryptocurrency firms Gemini, Genesis and Digital Currency Group for allegedly defrauding investors through the Gemini Earn investment program.An official statement from the office of attorney general Letitia James outlines the ba ...

Finland works on instant payments system, embraces digital euro

Bank of Finland (BOF) is coordinating the creation of a Finnish instant payment solution compatible with European standards. BOF board member and member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) Tuomas Välimäki made the announcement on Oct. 19. Välimäki revealed that ...

Elon Musk, Mark Cuban team up to contest SEC trial strategies

Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, with others, have collaboratively submitted a shared amicus brief to the Supreme Court, wherein they raise concerns about the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) approach to conducting internal proceedings without the inclusion of juries.Mark Cuban, ...

Coinbase selects Ireland as its European crypto hub

The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is strengthening its presence in Europe and has officially announced Ireland as its chosen main European crypto hub.Coinbase has selected Ireland as its EU entity location of compliance with Europe’s major cryptocurrency regulatory f ...

U.S. Office of the Comptroller will discuss tokenization as opposed to crypto

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), an independent bureau of the Treasury Department that supervises “national” commercial banks in the United States, will host a symposium on tokenization in February 2024. The upcoming symposium is set to ignite a public dialogue on ...

IRS crypto tax reporting rules threat to industry — Coinbase legal chief

Coinbase crypto exchange chief legal officer Paul Singh Grewal called upon the crypto community to join the movement against the United States Treasury’s proposed tax reporting regulations on cryptocurrencies. Grewal urged the community to oppose the proposed regulations as it could set a d ...

Binance France director resigns, adding to list of exits from crypto exchange

Stéphanie Cabossioras has stepped down from her role as the executive director of Binance France, becoming at least the 10th senior executive to leave Binance this year.In an Oct. 19 post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Binance France resident David Prinçay confirmed Caboss ...

Sui token struggles to regain despite denial of ‘unfounded’ allegations

Sui’s native SUI token has struggled to regain ground after plunging more than 9% amid allegations from South Korean regulators, which have accused the Sui Foundation of manipulating the supply of the token for its own gain. SUI token gained a little under 1% in the last 24 hour ...

Inspector General wants FDIC to refine crypto risk assessment process, guidance

The Inspector General’s Office (OIG) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the independent United States government body that provides deposit insurance to commercial and savings banks, has published an evaluation report on the corporation’s crypto asset risk strategy. ...

Middle East regulatory clarity drives crypto industry growth — Binance FZE head

Major cryptocurrency exchanges and businesses are being lured to a proverbial crypto oasis around the Persian Gulf, according to Binance FZE’s general manager.Alex Chehade, who heads Binance's local operation in Dubai, tells Cointelegraph reporter Ezra Reguerra that progressive regulatory ...

IMF director urges ‘financial inclusion’ via digitalization

During her opening speech at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) seminar on financial inclusion in Marrakesh, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said digitalization is “the most important way” to scale up financial inclusion. “It is digital that moves help to people, inves ...

Council of Europe adopts DAC8 crypto tax reporting rule

The eighth iteration of the Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC8), a cryptocurrency tax reporting rule, was formally adopted by the Council of the European Union on Oct. 17. The regulation will enter into force after it's published in the Official Journal of the EU. DAC was s ...

UK to target potential AI threats at planned November summit

The United Kingdom (U.K.) will be hosting the world's inaugural international summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety in Nov. 2023. This event seeks to establish the U.K.'s presence as a mediator between the United States, China and the European Union in the critical field of technology, po ...

Future of DAOs limited by lack of regulatory framework: ECB Occasional Paper

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) need a comprehensive regulatory framework if they are to make a place in the future of the financial sector, suggests the European Central Bank (ECB) occasional paper (OP).The OP “The future of DAOs in finance - in need of legal status,&r ...

Coinbase lobbying efforts face setback from Hamas’ crypto use: Berenberg analysts

The use of cryptocurrency by Hamas militants to fund recent attacks on Israel may have set back Coinbase’s crypto lobbying efforts in the United States, says a new investment report from Berenberg Capital Markets. In an Oct. 18 research note, Berenberg lead analyst Mark Palmer said th ...

Pro-crypto lawmaker stays interim US House Speaker as frontrunner loses first round of voting

North Carolina Representative Patrick McHenry, chair of the United States House Financial Services Committee and crypto proponent in Congress, is still temporarily in the third most powerful role in government after one of his Republican colleagues failed to secure enough votes.In a vote c ...

South Korean regulator outlines steps to enhance digital asset legislation

South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) is preparing regulations to supplement the Virtual Asset Users Protection Act passed earlier this year, according to local reports. New regulations should be ready by January, well ahead of the law entering into force, the FSS head said. ...

US expands export controls for AI semiconductor chips to China

The United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released a notice on Oct. 17 expanding the already existing export controls of artificial intelligence (AI) chips to China. The BIS wrote that the newly released rules “reinforce” those put in place back ...

Europe’s AML regulations come at a high cost — for your privacy and otherwise

The European Union’s financial regulatory landscape is in flux with the introduction of multiple Anti-Money Laundering (AML) directives and related laws. These regulations, although designed to protect the financial system, come at a hidden, and sometimes steep, cost to consumers and financ ...

Fed governor Bowman doubles down on CBDC skepticism, likes stablecoin no better

Federal Reserve Board governor Michelle Bowman shared her views on financial innovation in a speech at Harvard Law School on Oct. 17. Bowman has spoken several times on the topic, and her position seems to be growing more bearish. Bowman spoke at length about central bank digital curr ...

Nishad Singh says there was ‘a lot’ he didn’t remember about FTX in 2022 — SBF trial

Lawyers representing former FTX CEO Sam “SBF’ Sam Bankman-Fried conducted their cross-examination of Nishad Singh, pressing the former engineering director on events leading to Alameda Research using funds from the crypto exchange.According to reports from the courtroom on Oct. ...

Binance US asks users to convert USD into stablecoins for withdrawals

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance.US has updated its terms of service, hinting that direct withdrawals in the U.S. dollar are no longer supported on the platform.Binance.US updated its terms of service on Oct. 16, significantly modifying the section about the “BAM Fiat Wallet,” r ...

Russian telecoms giant MTS announces ads service targeting Telegram users

Russia’s largest telecommunications firm MTS claims that it will launch an advertising service targeting Russian Telegram users, while the social messaging application denies that it has any agreements in place.The company made the announcement on Oct. 17, outlining the launch of advertisi ...

Crypto investor protections in EU won’t take effect until late 2024

Cryptocurrency investors in Europe are not yet protected under European Union cryptocurrency asset market rules and it will take some time for the protections to take effect.Europe’s securities regulator, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), on Oct. 17 issued a statement a ...

Banks’ crypto exposure must be disclosed — BIS’ Basel Committee

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released a consultation paper on Oct. 17, proposing to make it compulsory for banks to disclose their crypto exposure. The Basel Committee comprises central banks and financial authorities from 28 ju ...

UK’s ‘Help with Fees’ scheme won’t define crypto as disposable income

British citizens that hope to access legal assistance through the proposed ‘Help with Fees’ (HwF) scheme will not have cryptocurrency holdings classified as disposable income.The Ministry of Justice published its response following public consultation over its proposed legal aid scheme aim ...

Canada central bank assesses innovations and challenges of DeFi

The Bank of Canada published a staff note on decentralized finance (DeFi) on Oct. 17, assessing the innovations that made it popular and the challenges and risks associated with its use.The staff note described DeFi as a multi-layered structure, with the Ethereum blockchain serving as ...

‘I’m still not seeing it’ — Judges skeptical of Ryder Ripps’ BAYC appeal

Nonfungible token (NFT) artist Ryder Ripps’ most recent attempt to dismiss the Bored Ape Yacht Club-related lawsuit against him appears to have fallen on skeptical ears.In an Oct. 17 hearing, three judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District appeared largely unper ...

FTX customers could get $9B shortfall claim payout by mid-2024

Customers of bankrupt crypto exchange FTX and FTX US could see over 90% of assets returned to them by the end of the second quarter of 2024 after a proposed settlement was reached between FTX creditors and debtors.On Oct. 17, FTX debtors said they reached a “major milestone” in ...

Pennsylvania crypto mining permit halt cut from bill after union pressure

A Pennsylvania House Representative has cut a two-year crypto mining ban from their bill to regulate the sector’s energy consumption claiming trade labor unions pressured the change.On Oct. 16, the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee passed the Cryptocurrency En ...

NYC mayor releases plans for responsible AI usage in local government

The administration of New York City Mayor Eric Adams released a plan for the adoption and regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) within the local government, along with a new integration into city applications. On Oct. 16, the administration released an update saying it is develop ...

Former FTX engineering director faces up to 75 years in prison following guilty plea

Nishad Singh, the former engineering director at now-defunct crypto exchange FTX, has reportedly said he “hopes for no jail time” as part of an agreement with prosecutors.According to reports from the criminal trial of Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried on Oct. 16, Singh revea ...

The explosive revelations of Caroline Ellison: Law Decoded

Last week, the FTX court saga had elements of a TV drama, with Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried’s former business associate and girlfriend, Caroline Ellison, sharing some shocking stories about SBF’s rule over the company. Ellison admitted to fraud during her time as CEO at Alameda under Bankman-Fried’s d ...

Federal judge gives Genesis 5 days to comply with Terraform Labs subpoena

A United States judge has approved an order requiring Genesis Global entities to produce certain documents in accordance with a subpoena requested by Terraform Labs.In an Oct. 13 filing in U.S. District Court the Southern District of New York, Judge Jed Rakoff said Genesis would have 5 day ...

SEC chair Gary Gensler warns impending AI-wrought financial crisis ‘nearly unavoidable’

United States Securities and Exchange Commission chair Gary Gensler has reportedly stated that, without some form of intervention, a financial crisis stemming from the widespread use of artificial intelligence was “nearly unavoidable.” The chair’s comments came during an interview wit ...

SEC plans scrutiny of crypto dealer-brokers, transfer agents, per 2024 exam guide

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission released its 2024 examination priorities report on Oct. 16. The agency’s Division of Examinations has been publishing similar reports for over a decade to let its registrants know the emerging risks it will be focusing on. Crypto dealer-b ...

Nishad Singh testifies on Sam Bankman-Fried’s ‘excessive’ investments through Alameda

Former FTX engineering director Nishad Singh reportedly told a New York courtroom that former CEO Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried had a habit of deciding on purchases through Alameda Research by himself.According to reports from SBF’s criminal trial on Oct. 16, Singh said while C ...

Australia open to idea of CBDC as future of money: RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is open to the idea of using central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC) as the future of money where CBDC would represent a tokenized form of central bank reserves.Brad Jones, the assistant governor (Financial System) of RBA, in his speech titled “A Tok ...

Scammers prefer banking customers over crypto investors in Ireland: Report

Fraudsters in Ireland prefer targeting traditional banking customers instead of cryptocurrency investors amid a two-year-long bear market.The frequency of cryptocurrency scams is often directly proportional to the hype and profits around the ecosystem at a given time. It appears that the o ...

US government among largest Bitcoin hodlers with over $5B in BTC: Report

The United States government has become one of the largest Bitcoin holders with over 200,000 BTC worth more than $5 billion despite selling a few thousand BTC worth millions earlier this year.According to a data analysis based on public filings, crypto firm 21.co estimated that the U.S. go ...

Aussie crypto exchanges look to new licensing regime with cautious optimism

Australian crypto exchanges have praised plans from the Australian Treasury to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges under pre-existing financial services licensing measures.In an Oct. 16 consultation paper, the Treasury outlined a new suite of proposed regulations, that suggested regulating c ...

South Korean exchange Upbit gets initial license nod from Singapore

The Singapore entity for Upbit, South Korea’s largest exchange by volume, has been given in-principal approval for a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license in Singapore.On Oct. 16, Upbit Singapore said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) gave the in-principle license nod, allowing i ...

Australia proposes to regulate crypto exchanges under TradFi license regime

The Australian federal government may soon require cryptocurrency exchanges to hold a financial services license issued by the local financial regulator, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). In the newly-unveiled “Regulating digital asset platforms” consultation ...

NASAA Supports SEC in Coinbase Lawsuit, Defends Applying Securities Laws to Digital Assets

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has filed an amicus curiae in support of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its lawsuit against Coinbase. The NASAA argued that digital assets should not be treated as "somehow special" and that the SEC's actions agai ...

UNESCO and Netherlands design AI supervision project for the EU

The United Nations and the Dutch government have unveiled plans to establish a framework for the ethical oversight of artificial intelligence (AI). The project, titled "Supervising AI by Competent Authorities," is a collaboration between the Dutch Authority for Digital Infrastructure and UNESCO (the ...

OKX CCO Lennix Lai Discusses Crypto’s Advantages, Regulation, and KYC Implementation

Lennix Lai, the Global Chief Commercial Officer at OKX, discussed various aspects of the cryptocurrency industry during an interview at the Blockchain Economy Summit in Dubai. Here are some key points from the interview: Crypto vs. Traditional Finance: Lai highlighted the differences between work ...

Argentine Central Bank Director Advocates for Digital Peso (PAD) as a Solution for Economic Challenges

Agustín D'Attellis, the Director of the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA), has publicly supported the promotion of a central bank digital currency (CBDC), referred to as the "digital peso" (PAD), as a remedy for the Argentine economy. D'Attellis believes that the traceability of CBDC tra ...

Key Observations from the Start of Sam Bankman-Fried’s High-Profile Tria

The high-profile trial of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried commenced on October 3, attracting significant attention both inside and outside the Manhattan courtroom. Here are some notable observations and details from the first day of the trial: Bankman-Fried's Physical Appearance: ...

Banco de Portugal Governor Calls for Global Cryptocurrency Regulation Framework

Mário Centeno, the Governor of Banco de Portugal, has joined the growing number of regulators advocating for a global framework to regulate cryptocurrencies effectively. In his opening speech at the 2023 Banco de Portugal Financial Stability Conference on October 2, Centeno emphasized the need for i ...

Hong Kong’s Crypto Initiatives Spark Optimism for East Asia’s Cryptocurrency Scene

Recent developments in Hong Kong are poised to breathe new life into the cryptocurrency scene in East Asia. This region has faced significant challenges, primarily due to China's comprehensive ban on cryptocurrency trading activities that have been in place since 2019. However, the tide may be turni ...

Coinbase Secures Major Payment Institution License in Singapore for Crypto Services Expansion

Coinbase, the U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange, has received a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). This significant regulatory approval allows Coinbase to expand its digital payment token services to individuals and institutions in Singapore. The ...

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried Explored $5 Billion Deal to Deter Trump Presidential Run, Says Author

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried reportedly explored the idea of paying Donald Trump not to run for the United States presidency. According to Michael Lewis, the author of "Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon," this proposal emerged during his interviews and discussions with Bankman-Fr ...

Effective Altruism Influence: How It Shaped FTX’s Decision-Making and Culture

Effective altruism, an ethical philosophy that encourages people to make as much money as possible to give it away later for charitable purposes, played a role in the decision-making processes at crypto exchange FTX, leading to what some described as "increasingly risky and ridiculous" actions. Adit ...

VanEck Gears Up for Ethereum Strategy ETF Launch with “Enter the Ether” Campaign

Investment manager VanEck is gearing up for the launch of its Ethereum Strategy ETF (Exchange-Traded Fund). The company released two TV commercials with the theme "Enter the Ether," hinting at the upcoming launch of the ETF, which some analysts speculate could happen as early as October 2. VanEck ...

Mixin Network Faces Largest Hack of 2023, Offers $20 Million Reward to Recover Stolen Funds

Coinbase International Exchange, holding a class F license from the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), has announced that it has obtained additional regulatory approval to offer perpetual futures trading to non-US retail customers. Coinbase International had previously launched crypto derivatives ...

Cryptocurrency Dominates Reported Overseas Assets in South Korea: National Tax Service Report

In South Korea, a recent report from the country's tax organization, the National Tax Service (NTS), highlights the dominance of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) among reported overseas assets. The NTS issued an official announcement on September 20, revealing that 1,432 individuals and corpor ...

Former Deutsche Bank Investment Banker Pleads Guilty to Cryptocurrency Investment Fraud

A former Deutsche Bank investment banker, Rashawn Russell, has pleaded guilty to investment fraud in connection with a fraudulent cryptocurrency trading scheme. Russell, aged 27, was charged earlier this year for his involvement in a scheme where he operated a fraudulent cryptocurrency investment fu ...

Latvia’s Approach to Fintech Regulation: Innovation Hub, AI Adoption, and EU Alignment

Fintech innovations and emerging technologies have been rapidly evolving worldwide, prompting global regulators to adapt and establish regulatory frameworks. In this landscape, Latvia, a small Baltic country neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, has been quietly joining the efforts to understand and re ...

Hodlnaut’s Administrators Reject OPNX’s Buyout Offer Due to Value Decline in Settlement Token

The interim judicial managers overseeing the affairs of Hodlnaut, the collapsed cryptocurrency lender, have reportedly turned down a recent buyout offer, primarily due to a substantial decline in the settlement token's value. Hodlnaut administrators have expressed reservations about the acquisition ...

German Financial Regulator Stresses Urgent Need for Global Cryptocurrency Regulation

Rupert Schaefer, the Executive Director of Strategy, Policy and Control at the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), has emphasized the importance of global regulation for the cryptocurrency industry. In a blog post, Schaefer likened regulators to air traffic controllers, and he hi ...

UK Competition Watchdog Warns of AI Dominance and Potential Consumer Harm

The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill in the United Kingdom (UK), which aims to expand authorities' ability to combat illicit cryptocurrency usage and tackle crypto-related financial crimes, is nearing the final stages of approval by the House of Lords. This bill, introduced in Septembe ...

Hong Kong Tightens Cryptocurrency Regulations After JPEX Scandal and Arrests

Hong Kong authorities are taking steps to tighten regulations on the cryptocurrency market following the arrest of six individuals connected to an alleged fraud involving an unlicensed crypto exchange named JPEX. The Chief Executive of Hong Kong, John Lee Ka-chiu, announced on September 19th that ...

UK Competition Watchdog Warns of AI Dominance and Potential Consumer Harm

The United Kingdom's competition watchdog has expressed concerns about the potential for a small number of firms to dominate the artificial intelligence (AI) industry, which could lead to consumers being exposed to harmful information. In a report released on September 18, the Competition and Market ...

Uzbekistan’s Progressive Cryptocurrency Reforms: Licensing and Taxation Initiatives

Uzbekistan is undergoing a transformative journey in cryptocurrency regulation, marked by comprehensive licensing requirements and taxation initiatives. These reforms signify a progressive shift in how the nation perceives and manages digital assets, covering a wide spectrum of cryptocurrency-relate ...

SEC urges court to grant Ripple Labs appeal citing ‘knotty legal problems’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has submitted a filing urging the court to grant its motion to appeal a ruling from the Ripple Labs lawsuit that deemed that XRP was not a security when sold to retail investors. The agency argued that there are “knotty legal problems&rdquo ...

Fed vice chair Barr gives update on CBDC research, plugs stablecoin legislation

The United States Federal Reserve Bank vice chairman spoke at the Philadelphia Fed’s fintech event on Sept. 8 about the central bank's role in financial innovation. Research and supervision was the short answer and a nod to the FedNow Service.Along with the standard disclaimer about ...

BIS thinks DeFi has no use cases, but CZ is bullish: Finance Redefined

Welcome to Finance Redefined, your weekly dose of essential decentralized finance (DeFi) insights — a newsletter crafted to bring you the most significant developments from the past week.The past week in the DeFi ecosystem was filled with ups and downs, from the United States Commodity Fut ...

Blockchain Association responds to US lawmakers’ request for crypto tax guidance

The Blockchain Association, a United States-based cryptocurrency advocacy group, has submitted suggestions for lawmakers to consider in potential legislation on the tax treatment of digital assets.In a Sept. 8 letter to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Mike Crapo, the Blockchain Association sai ...

Ripple acquires Fortress Trust, expands license portfolio in the US

Financial technology firm Ripple is expanding its portfolio of regulatory licenses in the United States with the acquisition of Fortress Trust, according to an announcement on Sep. 8. Fortress Trust provides regulatory and technology infrastructure for blockchain organizations. The co ...

CFTC fines Mirror Trading $1.7B for Bitcoin-related forex fraud

The United States regulators have finally taken steps to resolve an enforcement case against the collapsed Mirror Trading International (MTI).The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has ordered MTI to pay $1.7 billion in restitution to victims for operating a fra ...

Turkish crypto exchange Thodex CEO gets 11,000-year sentence for $2B scam: Report

The former CEO of Turkish crypto exchange Thodex, Faruk Fatih Özer, was sentenced to 11,196 years in prison by a Turkish court on charges of "establishing, managing and being a member of an organization", "qualified fraud", "laundering of property values".The Anatolian 9th High Criminal Co ...

Singapore regulatory sandbox lacks qualified crypto payment providers

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has said that no businesses have qualified to participate in the FinTech Regulatory Sandbox framework as cryptocurrency payment providers. Responding to a letter criticizing the Singaporean government’s lack of public consultation and oversigh ...

Aussie fintech prays for crypto clarity as it launches Bitcoin-backed loans

Australian fintech firm Block Earner is charging ahead with plans to launch a crypto-backed loans product, despite staring down an upcoming court date with the financial regulator for allegedly offering financial products without a license. The new crypto loan product allows Australia ...

LBRY decides to fight: Blockchain firm files notice of appeal against SEC

Blockchain-based file-sharing and payment network LBRY may be reversing course on an earlier decision to wind down, filing a notice of appeal against a federal judge ruling in July that sided with the Securities and Exchange Commission.On Sept. 7, LBRY filed a notice of appeal to the Unite ...

Coinbase signals EU, Canada, Brazil, Singapore and Australia as priorities

Coinbase has flagged several countries outside the United States where it intends to focus its operations in the near term, citing their comparatively clearer crypto laws.In a Sep. 6 blog post, Coinbase’s international business VP, Nana Murugesan and international policy VP, Tom Duff ...

CTFC cracks down on DeFi protocols Opyn, ZeroEx and Deridex

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is taking regulatory action against three decentralized finance protocols for allegedly failing to register various derivatives trading offerings.The U.S. commodities regulator announced that it issued orders against protocol Op ...

CFTC commissioner calls for crypto regulatory pilot program

Caroline Pham, a commissioner with the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has suggested a limited pilot program in an effort to address crypto regulation.In a pre-recorded message for a Cato Institute event on Sept. 7, Pham said that following public roundtable disc ...

Former FTX exec will give up real estate, car and $11M following guilty plea: Report

Ryan Salame, the former co-CEO of FTX Digital Markets, has pleaded guilty to charges related to defrauding the United States Federal Election Commission and conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money-transmitting businessAccording to a Sept. 7 announcement from the U.S. Justice Department, ...

House committee will reopen discussions on digital dollar in Sept. 14 hearing

The United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion will be holding a hearing discussing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) for the first time in months.In a Sept. 7 announcement, Republican lawmakers on the committee said they ...

Stake hack of $41M was performed by North Korean group: FBI

The $41 million hack of crypto gambling site Stake was carried out by the North Korean Lazarus Group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated in an announcement on Sept. 7. This group has stolen more than $200 million of crypto in 2023, the announcement stated. ...

CFPB examines Big Tech’s role in mobile payment systems ahead of rulemaking

Big businesses are able to act as “mini-governments” and impose their own rules on payment infrastructure, Rohit Chopra, chair of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), said at a fintech conference hosted by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank on Sept. 7. As ...

UK financial watchdog could give crypto firms until January 2024 for marketing compliance

The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, has reiterated its warning for all crypto asset firms marketing to users in the country to be in compliance with rules going into effect in October 2023, but added companies could have “more time to implement certain changes&rd ...

Ripple CTO says ‘tide is turning’ on US regulatory environment

A court ruling that cleared Ripple's XRP token of being considered a security offering might signal a turn in the tide against regulatory scrutiny of the cryptocurrency ecosystem in the United States and current lawsuits involving the likes of Coinbase and Binance.US and pending ETF applicat ...

Former FTX exec is planning to plead guilty to criminal charges: Report

Ryan Salame, the former co-CEO of FTX Digital Markets, is reportedly planning to plead guilty to criminal charges related to his alleged involvement in illicit activities at the failed cryptocurrency exchange.According to a Sept. 7 Bloomberg report citing “people familiar with the case”, S ...

Taiwan to restrict unregistered, noncompliant foreign crypto exchanges

East Asian country Taiwan is reportedly planning to put restrictions on unregistered overseas crypto exchanges operating within its jurisdiction as a part of its incoming guidance for virtual asset service providers (VASPs). On Sept. 7, a local media outlet, the Central News Agency,&n ...

Ron DeSantis’ falling polls: Could crypto lose its candidate?

Miami Mayor Denis Suarez, who’s running for president of the United States, took a shot at his Republican counterpart in the presidential race, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Emphasizing his own support for crypto, Suarez said about DeSantis: “You gotta go beyond just sayi ...

Binance crypto exchange saw departure of 10 key executives in 2023. Here’s the list

The world’s leading crypto exchange by trading volume Binance has seen the departure of 10 key executives from various departments in the first nine months of 2023. While executive departures from a company are a norm based on their preset contractual obligations, the number of executives l ...

IMF, FSB release joint policy recommendations for crypto assets

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) have published a joint paper containing policy recommendations at the request of the Indian G20 Presidency. The organizations have created the paper to combine the standards and consolidate collective recommendatio ...

EU financial chief: Don’t rush digital euro before new EU Comission in June 2024

The European Union's financial services chief, Mairead McGuinness, believes there’s no reason to rush with the digital euro until after the next European elections in June 2024. In her opinion, the EU’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) project should be approached “quietly and slowly” by the ...

US Treasury, IRS propose cryptocurrency regulations for brokers

Two federal agencies of the United States — the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — have released a set of cryptocurrency regulations proposal detailing brokers' reporting requirement.The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administrati ...

Nigeria’s Web3 education efforts seek to tackle language challenges

While Nigeria appears to have a high level of blockchain and crypto awareness, the country is still facing issues related to public education in the field. A group of local blockchain experts discussed blockchain education's challenges in Nigeria at the Stakeholders in Blockchain Technology ...

Rejection of crypto bill exposes Aussies to ‘unregulated market’ — Senator Bragg

Australian investors will be left exposed to unregulated markets and investments will be driven away from the country if the Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill is rejected by parliament, the bill's author Senator Andrew Bragg has warned.On Sept. 4, the Senate Committee on Economics Le ...

Ripple Labs chair slams Biden, Gensler for having ‘screwed up’ on crypto

The United States’ legal system is set to bring the crypto industry “back in the game” after the Biden administration “screwed up” its crypto policy, says Ripple Labs chair and co-founder Chris Larsen.Speaking to Bloomberg on Sep. 7 about his firm’s July ...

Celsius Network files ‘adversary complaint’ against EquitiesFirst

Bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network has filed a complaint against lending firm EquitiesFirst Holdings in a bid to recoup assets.According to a sealed adversary complaint filed on Sept. 6, Celsius is seeking injunctive relief and a declaratory judgment associated with the "recovery of mo ...

Change to US accounting rules will be a boon to companies holding crypto in 2025

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has unanimously approved rules for accounting for the fair value of companies’ cryptocurrency holdings, according to media reports. The rules will go into effect in 2025.The FASB is the United States organization that sets accounting an ...

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust’s alleged wallet addresses released by Arkham

Blockchain analytics platform Arkham Intelligence claims to have identified the addresses of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust. The trust consists of more than 1,750 addresses holding a total of over $16 billion worth of Bitcoin (BTC), according to a Sept. 6 thread on X (formerly Twitter). Arkham claim ...

Appellate judge denies Sam Bankman-Fried’s request for immediate release from jail

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, also known as SBF, lost an initial appeal to return to being free on bail prior to his criminal trial.In a Sept. 6 filing in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Clerk of the Court Catherine O’Hagan Wolfe said a circuit judge had deni ...

Tornado Cash co-founder pleads not guilty to all charges: Report

Roman Storm, the co-founder of controversial cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash arrested in August, has reportedly pleaded not guilty to all charges related to money laundering and violations of United States sanctions.According to an Sept. 6 X thread from Inner City Press, Storm pleaded no ...

US Senate confirms Philip Jefferson as Federal Reserve vice chair

Federal Reserve governor Philip Jefferson has won confirmation from a majority of members of the United States Senate, placing him in position to become the Fed's next vice chair.In a 88-10 vote in the U.S. Senate on Sept. 6, Jefferson won a majority of support needed for his confirmation ...

Alex Mashinsky’s assets frozen by US court as part of criminal case

A federal judge has ordered that certain bank accounts and properties connected to former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky be frozen following a motion from the United States Justice Department.According to a Sept. 5 filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a judge si ...

Here’s why Bitcoin will hit $22K soon

In the latest episode of Cointelegraph’s The Market Report, analyst Marcel Pechman explores the drivers that point to Bitcoin heading to $22,000, with investor sentiment worsening after Grayscale Investment’s much-hyped legal victory against the United States Securities and Exchange Commissi ...

Coinbase launches crypto lending platform for US institutions

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has rolled out a crypto lending service for institutional investors in the United States, reportedly aiming to capitalize on massive failures in the crypto lending market.Coinbase has quietly launched an institutional-grade crypto lending platform, Coinbase ...

Sam Bankman-Fried appeal against bail revocation ‘meritless’: Prosecutors

The United States Attorney's Office has filed an affirmation of the denial of bail to former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, claiming that he could attempt witness tampering, and stating that no release conditions would assure the safety of the witnesses. Prosecutors responded to several claims made i ...

CBDCs will gradually displace private banks, says Russian lawmaker

Central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and blockchain technology are likely to displace traditional banks, according to a lawmaker in Russia.Anatoly Aksakov, head of Russia’s parliamentary financial committee and a major skeptic of Bitcoin (BTC), has predicted that the traditional banking ...

India G20 confirms ‘active discussions’ around global crypto framework

Under India's G20 presidency, active discussions around establishing a global framework for cryptocurrencies are underway, India’s minister of finance Nirmala Sitharaman has said. On Aug. 28, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for global collaboration on formulating crypto reg ...

How to handle crypto trading gains and losses on your balance sheet

Currently, no accounting standards are dedicated to crypto assets, so broader guidelines per the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) are applied to cryptocurrency accounting.Balance sheets are among the three primary financia ...

Grayscale asks SEC to meet on ‘way forward’ for Bitcoin ETF conversion

Grayscale has told the Securities and Exchange Commission it has no legal reasoning left to block the conversion of the asset manager’s flagship Bitcoin (BTC) fund to a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF).On Sept. 5, Grayscale’s lawyers sent a letter to the SEC requesting the pair meet to disc ...

Computer science experts say US should create new fed agency for AI: Survey

A plurality of experts believe the United States should create a new federal agency dedicated to artificial intelligence governance, according to a survey conducted by Axios, Generation Lab, and Syracuse University.The survey polled 215 computer science professors across 65 of the most pre ...

80 Chinese crypto influencer accounts shut down in latest crackdown

Sina Weibo, one of the most popular Chinese social media apps with over 258 million daily active users, has removed 80 influencer accounts promoting cryptocurrency activities citing official legislation.According to the Sept. 5 announcement, 80 crypto influencer accounts with over 8 millio ...

40% of crypto trading platforms are decentralized: World Federation of Exchanges

A report from the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) noted that 40% of the crypto trading platforms are decentralized and make use of distributed ledger technology. On the other hand, the majority, or 60%, of platforms make use of Central Limit Order Books (CLOBs), quite similar to regulated exc ...

MetaMask scammers take over government websites to target crypto investors

Crypto scams targeting MetaMask users are using government-owned website URLs to con victims and access their crypto wallet holdings.Ethereum-based crypto wallet MetaMask has been a long-standing target for scammers — which involves redirecting unwary users to fabricated websites tha ...

Japanese regulator seeks to scrap “unrealized gains” tax on crypto

The principal financial regulator of Japan, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has decided to take crypto regulation into its own hands and has proposed to change the tax code in regard to digital assets. The request was submitted by the FSA on Aug. 31. The most notable suggestion i ...

Digital euro can ward off a host of private payment service ills: ECB official

The European Central Bank (ECB) is quite happy with the European Commission's (EC) legislative proposals for the digital euro. ECB executive board member Fabio Panetta told the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in a speech on Sept. 4 that the proposals “ ...

Grayscale victory, SEC delays decision on Bitcoin ETFs: Law Decoded

On Aug. 29, crypto asset manager Grayscale Investments scored a major victory against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in its efforts to convert its over-the-counter Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) into a listed Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The U.S. Court of Appeals Circ ...

Failure to tax the metaverse ‘will create a tax haven’ — Harvard legal expert

Harvard legal scholar and Yeshiva University law professor Christine Kim recently published a research paper detailing arguments for not only taxing the metaverse but treating it as “a laboratory for experimenting with cutting-edge policy.”In the paper, dubbed simply “Taxing the Metaverse, ...

Former MAS chair who called crypto ‘highly risky’ wins Singapore’s presidential race

Tharman Shanmugaratnam, former chair of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, has won the election for the city-state’s presidency with more than 70% of the vote.According to multiple reports from Sept. 2, Shanmugaratnam defeated presidential candidates Ng Kok Song and Tan Kin Lian to becom ...

Australian lawmakers send back crypto bill by Andrew Bragg

Australia’s Senate Committee on Economics Legislation has finally provided feedback to the cryptocurrency bill introduced by senator Andrew Bragg.The committee on Sept. 4 reported on the draft bill referred to as “The Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill 2023,” asking the bill authors t ...

The UK releases key ambitions for global AI summit

The United Kingdom released its five “ambitions” for its global artificial intelligence (AI) safety summit on Sep. 4, with a big focus on risks and policy to support the technology. The summit, which will take place on Nov. 1-2, is anticipated to unite thought leaders from around the ...

OKX crypto exchange enters final stage of Hong Kong VASP license application

OKX cryptocurrency exchange has entered the final stage before acquiring a virtual asset service provider license (VASP) in Hong Kong. The crypto exchange expects the final approval for a VASP license by March 2024.In an interview, Li Zhikai, the global chief commercial officer of OKX,&nbs ...

South Korea plans to submit bill to freeze North’s crypto assets: Report

The government of South Korea is reportedly planning to submit a bill that will track and freeze North Korean crypto and virtual assets that are used to fund its capital Pyongyang's illicit weapons program. According to a report by local media outlet JoongAng Daily, multiple anonymous ...

Bank of China: Digital yuan payment option must be offered in retail scenarios

While China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) goes through technological and business model upgrades, the market should provide an opportunity to include it in all online retail payment options. The statement was made on Sept. 3 by Changchun Mu, the Director of the Digital Currency Research ...

Court rules in favor of HelbizCoin investors, class lawsuit to go ahead

A United States District Court has allowed a nearly three-year-long class action lawsuit against the creators of HelbizCoin to go ahead, as per a court ruling filed on Sept. 1.The class action suit was first brought against Helbiz, its CEO Salvatore Palella, and its partners in 2020, with ...

FTX wallet shifts $10M in crypto, sparking fear of token dumps to come

A wallet owned by bankrupt crypto exchange FTX has moved $10 million worth of digital assets from the Solana (SOL) network to Ethereum, sparking concerns it could be the beginning of a series of token dumps amid the exchange’s bankruptcy proceedings. According to data from block ...

FTX court filing reveals former Alameda CEO’s $2.5M yacht purchase

FTX Debtors have disclosed a series of financial statements revealing any transactions that benefited company executives shortly before the major cryptocurrency exchange’s collapse in November 2022.In a recent court filing with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of De ...

UK MPs call for global alliance to tackle AI misuse

A group of influential members of parliament (MP) suggests that the UK collaborate with its democratic allies to address artificial intelligence (AI)'s potential misuse, emphasizing London's aim to be a key player in advancing this emerging technology.The Science, Innovation and Technology ...

Ripple legal team opposes SEC appeal over XRP decision

Lawyers representing Ripple in its lawsuit with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have suggested the regulator hasn’t met the requirements to request an appeal.In a Sept. 1 filing with U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Ripple’s legal team s ...

Kentucky regulator denies plan for subsidizing crypto mining facility

The Public Service Commission of the state of Kentucky has denied a proposed contract that would have allowed a mining firm to receive a discounted rate on electricity provided by the power company.In an Aug. 28 order, the commission denied a contract between Ebon International and Kentuck ...

Former SEC chair says spot Bitcoin ETF approval is ‘inevitable’ despite delays

Following the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) delaying decisions on several spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds, former commission chair Jay Clayton said he believed approval was still going to happen at some point.In an Sept. 1 interview with CNBC, Clayton said major ...

Onboarding crypto users in Africa vs. the West — Fonbnk founder Christian Duffus explains

The African continent is considered a significant market for crypto adoption due to its youthful population, flawed economic management by governments, and inadequate financial infrastructure for internal and global connectivity. On Episode 28 of Hashing It Out, host Elisha Owusu Akyaw is ...

US regulators deny blocking AI chip exports to Middle East

The United States Department of Commerce said on Aug. 31 that the Biden administration has “not blocked chip sales to the Middle East,” according to a report from Reuters. This comes after disclosures were revealed in a Nvidia report that the U.S. government had expanded requirements ...

China court declares virtual assets legal properties protected by law: Report

People’s courts in China exercise judicial power independently and are not subject to interference by an administrative or public organization. These courts try criminal, civil, administrative, and cases that involve economic disputes.The report titled "Identification of the Property Attri ...

FTX founder’s expert witnesses would cost up to $1.2K an hour

As the start date of the trial of FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) approaches, new court filings indicate that SBF could pay his expert witnesses more than $1000 an hour should they testify on his behalf.SBF may call seven expert witnesses to testify at his fraud trial that is curren ...

Coinbase vs SEC: New attorney Patrick V. Kennedy joins fight

The crypto community, digital asset organizations and lawmakers have voiced their backing for the Coinbase vs. United States Securities Exchange Commission lawsuit's dismissal. In a recent update, a fresh attorney, Patrick V. Kennedy, has entered the fray, seeking court approval to represent the ...

Bitwise withdraws Bitcoin and Ethereum market cap ETF application

In an unexpected turn of events, Bitwise has submitted a request to retract its application for the Bitcoin and Ethereum Market Cap Strategy Ethereum Futures Contracts (ETF), initially filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Aug. 3.While market sentiment turned bullish f ...

Bitcoin heads for red September, but analysts tip October as ‘days to watch’

Bitcoin investors may be in for a rollercoaster ride. While history shows September is typically a bumpy month for Bitcoin — two ETF analysts have suggested investors turn their gaze to mid-October as the next "major days to watch."According to historical data, Bitcoin’s monthl ...

Binance Australia GM ‘really confident’ regulators will side with crypto

Binance Australia General Manager Ben Rose says he’s “really confident” that Australian regulators will eventually make the right choices when it comes to laws that govern digital assets in the country. “There are lots of very smart people in the government wor ...

UK’s Travel Rule comes into effect, could halt certain crypto transfers

Cryptoasset businesses in the United Kingdom could now begin withholding certain crypto transfers to comply with the new Travel Rule for crypto that came into effect on Sept. 1.The rules targeting virtual asset service providers were first introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority ...

SEC delays decision on spot Bitcoin ETF applications from WisdomTree, Invesco, and Valkyrie

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has postponed its decision on WisdomTree’s Bitcoin Trust first filed on Dec. 8 2021. The institutional giant refiled its ETF application on July 19, 2023 with the first deadline approaching.WisdomTree’s Bitcoin ETF proposal didn’t ...

Hurricane Idalia delays Ron DeSantis’ reported plans to accept crypto campaign donations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cancelled a campaign event in which he was reportedly planning to announce the acceptance of cryptocurrency contributions toward his 2024 presidential run. According to an Aug. 29 report from the Miami Herald, DeSantis cancelled a cocktail-hour fundraiser for ...

US officials extend export curbs on Nvidia AI chip to ‘some Middle Eastern countries’

Regulators in the United States have asked Nvidia to curb exports of artificial intelligence (AI) chips to “some Middle East countries,” according to its latest quarterly report. The report was released on Aug. 28, in which the company said the new regulations affect its A100 and H100 ...

Breaking victim ‘trust’ in scammer is key to beat crypto scams, exchanges say

Cryptocurrency exchanges in Australia have been increasingly communicating with their users as part of preventative measures for scams. According to local crypto firms, such communication is the key to preventing scams as it is able to “break trust” between victims and scammers.Executives ...

China’s Baidu and other tech companies release ChatGPT-like AI chatbots

Four China-based tech companies launched their own artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots on Aug. 30 for public use after receiving approval from the Chinese government. Baidu, Baichuan Intelligent Technology, SenseTime and Zhipu AI all launched their chatbots less than two weeks after ...

Crypto may see second wind in the US as courts ‘rein in the SEC’ — Lawyer

There are hopes that the United States could see a new crypto resurgence after several rulings this year have seen court judges “rein in the SEC,” according to a digital asset lawyer from K&L Gates.On Aug. 31, Jeremy McLaughlin, a partner at the global law firm, noted that multiple U.S ...

Vivek Ramaswamy: Grayscale win ‘clears a path’ for Bitcoin innovation

United States presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has lauded Grayscale’s recent victory over the federal securities regulator, arguing the decision will help keep Bitcoin and blockchain innovation from going overseas. In an Aug. 30 post on X (formerly Twitter) the pro-Bitcoin Repu ...

Bitcoin ETFs have 75% chance of approval this year: Bloomberg analysts

Bloomberg analysts have raised the probability for an approved spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) by the end of 2023, following a recent Grayscale victory against the federal securities regulator. In a Aug. 30 post on X (Twitter), Bloomberg senior ETF analyst Eric Balchunas said they ...

MiCA: The good, the bad and the ugly of the EU’s crypto rules

While United States regulators such as Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler make bad-faith claims that “there’s been clarity for years” when it comes to cryptocurrency, the European Union took real action in April when it passed the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory fram ...

Judge says Sam Bankman-Fried’s lawyers have until Sept. 1 to request a trial postponement: Report

Lawyers representing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, have reportedly not asked for a different trial date in order to prepare, but a federal judge has offered a limited window to do so.According to an Aug. 30 X thread from Inner City Press, Judge Lewis Kaplan said the deadli ...

Judge dismisses class-action suit against Uniswap over token scam losses

The United States District Court of Southern New York has dismissed a class-action suit against Uniswap Labs, its CEO, foundation and venture capital backers brought by plaintiffs who claimed they lost money due to scam tokens on the decentralized cryptocurrency exchange. Judge Katherine Polk Fai ...

US Copyright Office issues notice of inquiry on artificial intelligence

The United States Copyright Office issued an official request for comments and notice of inquiry on copyright and artificial intelligence (AI) in the Federal Register on Aug. 30. The Copyright Office issued a notice of inquiry in t ...

Pioneering the future with omnichain solutions: XGo ID and TapiocaDAO share insights

The Web3 landscape is undergoing swift evolution, with omnichain solutions emerging as vanguards poised to redefine the crypto world. Just recently, Cointelegraph hosted an AMA session to discuss the potential of omnichain solutions and their impact on crypto mass adoption.This enga ...

Genesis lenders call DCG agreement ‘wholly insufficient’

The lenders of the bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Genesis are not satisfied with the latest in-principle settlement agreement with other parties including the Digital Currency Group (DCG).The Ad Hoc Group of Genesis Global Capital (GGC) lenders — represented by lawyers Brian Rosen and Jord ...

DOJ calls SBF’s fraud allegation defense ‘irrelevant,’ requests additional info

The lawyers representing the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a new court document late on Aug. 29 arguing that Sam Bankman-Fried should provide additional disclosures to his planned defense. The document called the current proposed argument, which claims his lawyers ap ...

Will Evergrande’s collapse have a silver lining for crypto?

On the latest episode of The Market Report, Cointelegraph analyst Marcel Pechman delves into Grayscale’s victory against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Even though there’s still no decision regarding the firm’s application for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund, ...

BlockFi asks court for permission to convert trade-only assets into stablecoins

Defunct crypto lending firm BlockFi applied to the court a request to transfer the trade-only assets from its users' accounts into stablecoins, so they could be withdrawn by the individuals. The request marks another step toward the return of users' funds, a process that the company began in Augu ...

South Korean parliament rejects motion to expel lawmaker over crypto scandal

South Korea’s parliamentary ethics subcommittee has voted down a motion to expel Kim Nam-kuk, a former member of the main opposition Democratic Party.A parliamentary ethics subcommittee of South Korea has voted down a motion to expel Kim Nam-kuk, a former member of the main opposition Demo ...

Stronghold requests permission to burn tires for crypto mining in Pennsylvania

Stronghold Digital Mining, a Pennsylvanian crypto-mining company, is currently seeking approval to produce up to 15% of its energy using shredded tires, at its Panther Creek plant in Nesquehoning. Local environmental activists are preparing to oppose the initiative.  ...

Hong Kong’s first licensed retail crypto exchange HashKey eyes 2024 bull run

Hong Kong retail cryptocurrency traders now have access to a locally based cryptocurrency exchange after HashKey took its retail trading services live to users in China’s special administrative region on Aug. 28.The company was previously permitted to serve professional and insti ...

EOS secures regulatory approval in Japan, will trade against yen

The EOS token has been granted whitelist approval by Japan’s crypto regulator, paving the way for the token to be traded against the Japanese yen on regulated exchanges in the country. In an announcement sent to Cointelegraph, the EOS Network Foundation (ENF), which current ...

British MPs call on government to scrap AI exemptions that hurt artists

A British parliamentary committee is pressuring the government to axe plans that would allow artificial intelligence developers to freely train their systems on existing works of music, literature and art. In an Aug. 30 report, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee warned the governm ...

SEC’s first deadlines to approve 7 Bitcoin ETFs coming over the next week

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is facing its first deadlines to decide on seven new Bitcoin (BTC) spot exchange-traded fund applications with the latest being Sept. 4 amid its defeat to Grayscale Investments in a U.S. federal appeals court.Investment firm Bitwise will ...

Tether adds Bahamas-based private bank Britannia as partner: Report

Tether, the stablecoin issuer behind USDT, has reportedly added Britannia Bank & Trust, a private bank based in The Bahamas to process dollar transfers on its platform.It is understood Tether has instructed clients to send money to Britannia’s bank account over the last few months, acc ...

Crypto community jubilant over Grayscale decision, but uncertainty remains

The crypto community received the decision it had been hoping for when the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Grayscale Investments’ Bitcoin spot ETF application. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejection of the application was overturned. ...

One less crypto-friendly candidate — Miami mayor ends US presidential run

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, one of the few cryptocurrency-friendly candidates running for president of the United States in 2024, has announced he will be suspending his campaign.In an Aug. 29 announcement on X (formerly Twitter), Suarez said that while running for U.S. president had been ...

Grayscale wins the court battle, but what does this mean for a spot Bitcoin ETF?

A federal judge has overturned the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to deny an exchange-traded fund (ETF) offering from Grayscale Investments through its Bitcoin (BTC) Trust, but many experts have pointed out the court ruling will not automatically lead to the fir ...

Reshaping real world assets with tokenization and original Ethereum’s vision: AMA with Mattereum

"I'm pretty disappointed with the way Ethereum has gone since its launch," said Vinay Gupta, founder of Mattereum and former coordinator of Ethereum's initial release, during Cointelegraph's AMA session. "The idea was that we could use blockchain to govern infrastructure in the real world. ...

Sealing docs in Binance case could suggest a criminal probe, says former SEC official

The legal team representing the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its civil case against Binance is requesting the court grant a motion to allow documents filed under seal.In an Aug. 28 filing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the SEC petitioned a ...

Indian crypto exchanges CoinSwitch, CoinDCX cut staff amid market slump

CoinSwitch crypto exchange is the latest crypto trading platform in India that cut its workforce amid the prolonged cryptocurrency winter, the local news agency Moneycontrol reported on Aug. 28.The Indian crypto exchange has reportedly laid off 44 employees from its customer support divisi ...

Binance excludes Banco de Venezuela from P2P payments

The world's largest crypto exchange Binance has removed Banco de Venezuela as a payment method on its peer-to-peer (P2P) trading service. This follows similar moves with sanctioned Russian banks last week, and is likely part of efforts to fall in line with international financial sanctions. ...

Criticism Arises Over New Crypto Tax Rules Proposed by President Biden

Several prominent crypto commentators have criticized the new crypto tax reporting rules recently put forth by United States president Joe Biden. On Aug. 25, in an effort to catch crypto users avoiding taxes, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) proposed brokers follow new rules for selling and tr ...

Judge Rejects Special Shareholders Class in Celsius Network Bankruptcy Case

Judge Martin Glenn shot down efforts to have a special shareholders class declared in the Celsius Network bankruptcy case in a court document filed on Aug. 25. The judge also declined to settle whether or not the CEL token was a security. In a motion filed on July 25 and heard before the U ...

Vauld Crypto Exchange Receives Court Approval for Board Restructuring

Vauld, a Singapore-based crypto exchange, that has been ongoing bankruptcy proceedings since August 2022, has said that it received permission from the court to restructure its board. The new top management will lead the company’s bailout process. On Aug. 24, Vauld’s co-founder Darshan Bathija ...

Navigating Challenges and Opportunities: The Road Ahead for Base in the Blockchain Space

What is Base? Unpacking Coinbase’s new layer-2 network and its impact Base, Coinbase’s new layer-2 blockchain network, was built to enhance Ethereum’s capacity for decentralized applications, improve user interfaces, and r ...

UK Treasury’s Efforts to Combat Financial Cold Calls and Cryptocurrency Regulations

As the United Kingdom prepares for a ban on finance-related cold calls, the UK Treasury issued a consultation and call for evidence to gauge a full picture of the impact on businesses, or the costs associated with introducing and implementing the ban. On May 3, the UK government announced an ambi ...

Binance.US Partners with MoonPay to Enable USDT Transactions on Crypto Platform

Two months after becoming a crypto-only platform, Binance.US has announced a new partnership with crypto payments firm MoonPay to allow users to buy the U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin Tether (USDT) to use on its platform. The crypto exchange announced on Aug. 22 that USDT was being adopted as the ...

Legal Battle Ensues as BlockFi Counters FTX and Three Arrows Capital’s Claims

Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is trying to block attempts by the similarly bankrupt FTX and Three Arrows Capital (3AC) that aim to retrieve hundreds of millions of dollars to pay back their creditors. BlockFi claimed in an Aug. 21 filing to a New Jersey bankruptcy court that its own cred ...

FTX Founder’s Detention Conditions Raise Concerns Over Vegan Diet and Medication Access

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has seemingly been doing it tough behind bars, eating only bread with peanut butter to accommodate his vegan diet, while exhausting his supply of prescription medication. In the same hearing where Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to seven fraud-related charges, B ...

Former OpenSea Product Manager Sentenced for Insider Trading Involving NFTs

A federal judge has sentenced former OpenSea product manager Nathaniel Chastain to three months in prison for wire fraud and money laundering related to insider trading on the platform. In an Aug. 22 announcement from the United States Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said ...

South Korean City Plans Confiscation of Cryptocurrency from Tax Delinquents

The South Korean city of Cheongju, the capital of North Chungcheong province, has said it intends to begin confiscating cryptocurrency from local tax delinquents. The administration of Cheongju has requested seven South Korean crypto exchanges to inquire into holdings of thousands of tax evaders, ...

Cryptocurrency News: Coinbase’s Futures Approval, Ether ETFs, Ripple Case Appeal, Singapore’s Stablecoin Regulations, and AI Legislation

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has received approval from the United States National Futures Association to offer investments in crypto futures to eligible customers. The approval enables Coinbase to introduce Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) futures contracts through its Commodity Futures Trading ...

Coin Center’s Recommendations for US Crypto Tax Legislation

Cryptocurrency advocacy group Coin Center has provided suggestions for United States lawmakers to consider in potential legislation related to taxation of digital assets. In an Aug. 21 letter to Senators Ron Wyden and Mike Crapo, Coin Center pointed to the Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act — a bi ...

AI Town: A Modular Platform for Creating AI-Powered Virtual Worlds

It is a virtual construct with many characters. The platform allows developers to create their own worlds. The characters of AI Town mimic live communication and interact with each other. This allows the formation of complex and multifaceted social sys ...

Singapore central bank releases regulatory framework for stablecoins

Singapore's central bank has released a revised regulatory framework aimed at ensuring stability for single-currency stablecoins (SCS) regulated in the city-state.The Monetary Authority of Singapore announced the framework on Aug. 15 which is aimed at non-bank issued stablecoins pegged to ...

Ex-FTX exec Salame won’t testify in alleged illegal campaign donation case

Former FTX executive Ryan Salame will reportedly avoid testifying about his role in FTX’s alleged illegal campaign donation scheme if he is subpoenaed in Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal trial.Lawyers representing the former FTX co-CEO said that Salame will be unavailable as a witn ...

Binance seeks protective order against SEC’s ‘fishing expedition’

Binance has asked a court for a protective order against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the regulator of undertaking a “fishing expedition” with its discovery requests.In an Aug. 14 court filing, Binance argued while it’s worked in good fai ...

Crypto highlighted as ‘novel and complex’ risk to US banks: FDIC report

Crypto-assets and their related activities present key risks to the United States banking system and warrant closer supervision, warns a leading U.S. financial regulator. For the first time, cryptocurrency was given a dedicated section in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s a ...

Pro-Bitcoin Javier Milei wins most votes in Argentina primary election

An Argentinian politician with a knack for supporting Bitcoin and calling for the abolishment of his country’s central bank has taken the lead in the country’s presidential primary elections. With over 90% of the votes counted, libertarian pro-Bitcoin (BTC) candidate Javier Mil ...

This scenario could see Gensler replaced by SEC’s Crypto Mom: Former SEC official

The United States’ securities regulator could completely u-turn its approach to crypto enforcement, depending on a key election in the United States in 2024, according to former SEC official John Reed Stark.In an Aug. 13 tweet, the former SEC Office of Internet Enforcement chief pred ...

Legal scholars file amicus brief in support of Coinbase

A group of six legal scholars specializing in securities law and related fields submitted an amicus brief in favor of crypto exchange Coinbase in its ongoing legal battle against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).An amicus brief is a document filed in court by ...

Using courts for every crypto issue will squash innovation: Grayscale CEO

Grayscale Investments CEO, Michael Sonnenshein, highlighted a potential negative outcome for the United States economy if the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to take a one-by-one approach to regulating the cryptocurrency industry.During a recent interview with Fox Busine ...

Brazil’s Congress moves to levy higher taxes on cryptocurrencies

Brazilian lawmakers are moving forward with a legislation that would raise taxes on cryptocurrencies held overseas. According to local reports, a congressional committee has approved amendments to a bill that recognizes cryptocurrencies as "financial assets" for tax purposes in foreign investment ...

CFTC charges residents of Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas for crypto fraud

Legal proceedings have been initiated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) against individuals and their organization, Fundsz, citing their involvement in a deceptive scheme concerning cryptocurrencies and precious metals trading.Rene Larralde from Melbourne, Florida, Juan Pa ...

Senator Lummis files Amicus Brief supporting Coinbase’s dismissal motion against SEC

Crypto-friendly Senator Cynthia Lummis has filed an Amicus Brief supporting Coinbase’s motion to dismiss the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against the firm. An Amicus Brief is a document filed in court by a party that is not directly involved with the related case ...

3AC co-founder avoids contempt charges following evidence of Singaporean citizenship

A judge in the bankruptcy case of defunct crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) has denied a motion that would have held co-founder Kyle Davies in contempt of court and imposed sanctions.In an Aug. 11 filing with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New Yo ...

Sam Bankman-Fried jailed as judge revokes bail

A federal judge has reportedly revoked former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail following the release of information to New York Times reporters in an alleged attempt to intimidate witnesses.According to reports of individuals present at an Aug. 11 hearing in the United States Distric ...

SEC decision on Bitcoin ETFs won’t leave out Wall Street giants

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) delay in deciding whether to approve a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States is fueling expectations that a final verdict will come in a batch that includes key players on Wall Street, including BlackRock and Fidelity.&nb ...

SEC punts on ARK 21Shares spot Bitcoin ETF, opens proposal to comments

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed a decision on approving or disapproving the spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposed by ARK Investment Management.In an Aug. 11 notice, the SEC opened a 21-day comment period for the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF to ...

Hong Kong securities regulator issues in-principle approval to HKVAX

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued an in-principle approval to Hong Kong Virtual Asset Exchange (HKVAX) to operate a virtual asset trading platform under the region’s securities laws. On Aug. 11, HKVAX announced that it had received an “approval-in-principl ...

Argentine agency opens investigation into Worldcoin over biometric data

Authorities in Argentina have become the latest government officials to probe cryptocurrency project Worldcoin over privacy concerns.In an Aug. 8 announcement, Argentina’s Agency for Access to Public Information (AAIP) said it was investigating Worldcoin over its collection, storage ...

SEC announces $24M settlement for case against Bittrex and its former CEO

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has announced an agreement with crypto trading platform Bittrex and co-founder and former CEO William Shihara for operating an unregistered exchange.In an Aug. 10 notice, the SEC said Bittrex and Bittrex Global agreed to pay $14.4 millio ...

SEC to seek appeal and stay in Ripple Labs court case

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is moving to appeal a July court decision from its lawsuit against Ripple Labs, which had ruled the sale of XRP (XRP) is not a security when sold to retail investors.In an Aug. 9 letter to Judge Analisa Torres — the presiding ...

Federal judge suggests Q2 2024 trial for SEC case against Ripple execs

The judge overseeing the civil case of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Ripple Labs plans to schedule a jury trial starting in the second quarter of 2024.In an Aug. 9 filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Analisa To ...

Star Trek trademarks for NFTs: The final frontier

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has accepted CBS Studios’ application for the Star Trek name to be used in nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and crypto collectibles connected to its Continuum series.According to USPTO records, the government office registered the charac ...

FTX’s former law firm hit with lawsuit alleging it set up shadowy entities

FTX’s former primary counsel Fenwick & West LLP has been hit with a class-action suit claiming it aided the crypto exchange’s alleged multi-billion dollar fraud.An Aug. 7 filing by a group of FTX customers in a California District Court alleged the law firm set up several “shadowy enti ...

US Fed steps up oversight of banks’ involvement with crypto firms

The United States Federal Reserve is broadening the scope of its supervision program which oversees U.S. banks that engage with the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. An Aug. 8 announcement by the Federal Reserve Board established the Novel Activities Supervision Program, which aims t ...

Former FTX exec Ryan Salame and US prosecutors are discussing a plea deal: Report

Ryan Salame, the former co-CEO of FTX Digital Markets, is reportedly discussing a guilty plea with authorities in the United States.According to an Aug. 8 Bloomberg report, lawyers for Salame could enter a guilty plea as early as September, in advance of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried&rs ...

Blockchain​.com scores payment license from Singapore central bank

Crypto exchange Blockchain.com has been granted a payments license from Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).Blockchain.com announced on Aug. 7 it received its major payment institution (MPI) license from MAS on Aug. 1, allowing the platform to pro ...

India House passes bill to ease Big Tech data compliance

The lower house of India’s parliament voted in approval of a bill that would ease data compliance regulations for Big Tech companies on Aug. 7, according to a report from Bloomberg. The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill 2023 would ease storage, processing and transfer standards fo ...

CoinGecko now has an index for crypto tokens alleged as securities

CoinGecko launched a new index tracking the biggest crypto tokens viewed as likely securities by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The "Top Alleged Securities Coins" page sorts the selection of crypto assets by market capitalization, placing BNB (BNB) at the top of ...

CDC report underscores importance of Judge’s verdict in Ripple case

The Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC), an American advocacy organization, on August 1, unveiled a comprehensive "impact and analysis" report on the SEC's lawsuit against Ripple. The report scrutinizes the case's verdict, highlighting its profound implications for the crypto industry's future. ...

‘The SEC has violated due process’ — Coinbase CLO on motion to dismiss lawsuit

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in June.In an Aug. 4 filing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, lawyers for Coinbase filed a motion for judgment, c ...

SEC freezes assets of DEBT Box, alleging $50M node license ‘sham’

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a temporary asset freeze against Utah-based crypto company Digital Licensing Inc., accusing the firm of perpetrating a $50 million fraudulent crypto scheme.On Aug. 3, the SEC announced it had obtained a temporary asset freez ...

How will Bitcoin halving affect BTC price, and is DeFi dead?

On the latest episode of Market Talks, host Ray Salmond spoke with Blockware Solutions account executive David Gamble about the future of Bitcoin (BTC) mining, expectations for the cryptocurrency’s price, and his views on how the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector needs to evolve. Ga ...

Individual charged with money laundering admits to hacking Bitfinex in 2016: Report

One-half of the couple alleged to have laundered billions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency has reportedly admitted he was behind the 2016 Bitfinex hack.According to an Aug. 3 CNBC report, Ilya Lichtenstein told a U.S. court he was the individual behind an exploit of cryptocurrency exchan ...

NY Times defends article on Caroline Ellison: The public has a ‘legitimate interest’

The New York Times has submitted a filing in the criminal case against former FTX CEO Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried, arguing the court should defend First Amendment rights by allowing certain parties to provide information to members of the media.In an Aug. 2 letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan of the ...

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders urge closure of ‘$50 billion crypto tax gap’

A number of United States’ lawmakers have urged the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury to speed up the closure of tax loopholes being exploited by “crypto tax evaders.”In an Aug. 1 letter, Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Bob Casey and Richard Blumenthal w ...

US DoJ is concerned about a run on Binance should prosecutors bring fraud charges: Report

The United States Department of Justice is reportedly considering charging cryptocurrency exchange Binance with fraud, but hesitating based on costs to consumers.According to an Aug. 2 Semafor report citing people familiar with the matter, Justice Department officials are concerned about a ...

Ukrainian government reports $81M tax loss from unregulated crypto exchanges since 2013

According to data provided by the Ukrainian government, cryptocurrency exchanges offering services in the country have failed to contribute more than $81 million to the national budget in the last decade.In an Aug. 2 notice, the Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine reported unrelated crypto ...

SBF denies witness tampering amid leak of ex-girlfriend’s diary

Lawyers for Sam Bankman-Fried have denied that he attempted to intimidate witnesses in his criminal trial by talking to New York Times reporters and argued there is no reason to jail him.In an Aug. 1 letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers claimed the prosecution’s attempt to ...

FTX creditors unimpressed with exchange’s bankruptcy exit plan

A body representing FTX customers said it is “extremely disappointed” by the exchange’s draft bankruptcy exit plan and claims it was ignored by FTX’s restructuring team.In a July 31 court filing, FTX’s Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (UCC) said despi ...

3AC co-founder rejects jurisdiction of bankruptcy court, claiming he renounced US citizenship

Kyle Davies, the co-founder of bankrupt crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC), has submitted documentation to court claiming he is fully a citizen of Singapore and not the United States.In an Aug. 1 filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Davies ...

Bankruptcy judge signs off on order allowing Terraform Labs to subpoena FTX entities

A judge in the bankruptcy case for defunct crypto exchange FTX has issued an order allowing Terraform Labs to subpoena information that could be used in its case brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.In a July 31 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Distric ...

US defense bill may be ‘problematic’ for USDC and stablecoins: Analysts

Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) and other stablecoins could potentially face a compliance nightmare if a new national defense bill that passed in the United States Senate makes it all the way.In a July 31 investment note seen by Cointelegraph, Berenberg analyst Mark Palmer explained that a recent ...

Crypto staking rewards are taxable once received: IRS

United States crypto investors must report crypto staking rewards as gross income in the year it was received, according to a new ruling from the country’s top tax authority.On July 31, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2023-14, giving clarification about ...

‘Let’s just diversify and see’ — Binance CEO on its stablecoin strategy

Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao is looking to bring smaller algorithmic stablecoins to the market, in a bid to offer investors options other than the current global stablecoin giants.Speaking in a July 31, ask me anything (AMA) session on Twitter, CZ cited risks associated with ...

Judge rejects motion to dismiss Terraform case, disagrees with Ripple decision

A United States Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against Terraform Labs is set to go ahead after a U.S. judge overseeing the case denied the firm’s motion to dismiss on July 31.  In handing down the order, the judge also rejected a July 13 decision from U.S. District ...

Republican candidate wants to end President Biden’s supposed ‘war on Bitcoin’ if elected

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed a platform based partly on “economic independence” in his 2024 presidential campaign, specifically taking a stance on digital currencies. Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire on July 31, DeSantis reiterated his plans of banning central ban ...

Japan Blockchain Association demands tax cuts for crypto

Advocates of the crypto industry in Japan are demanding a revision of the national tax regime for digital assets. The Japan Blockchain Association (JBA), a non-governmental lobbying group, filed an official request to the country’s government, highlighting three major steps to ease the fiscal bur ...

SEC files complaint against Hex founder for allegedly offering unregistered securities

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Richard Schueler, better known in the crypto space as Richard Heart, for alleged unregistered offerings of three tokens. In a July 31 filing in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, th ...

Chinese city implements plan for blockchain digital infrastructure system by 2025

The Chinese city of Shanghai issued an implementation plan on July 31 to promote the development of its urban blockchain digital infrastructure system in the time frame of 2023–2025.The announcement says the plan was formulated to serve the “strategic goal” of Shanghai’s urban digital tran ...

Australia’s Bendigo Bank blocks high-risk payments to crypto exchanges

Australia’s Bendigo Bank has become the fourth major bank in the country to announce blocks for “high-risk crypto payments,” citing the need to protect customers from investment scams.The bank said on July 31 it implemented new rules on instant payments to crypto exchanges which adds “some ...

Pro-XRP lawyer claims SEC prioritizes corporate capitalism over investors

Pro-XRP lawyer, John Deaton, has said that the actions taken by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the crypto industry are driven by a broader motive to safeguard corporate capitalism rather than prioritizing the protection of investors.Deaton highlighted wh ...

DOJ wants SBF’s bail revoked over witness tampering, diary leak allegations

According to a July 28 court filing, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking the revocation of Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) bail, accusing him of attempting to tamper with witnesses and leaking Caroline Ellison’s diary to The New York Times.The DOJ notes that SBF was released ...

D.C. Circuit reverses SEC ruling on SPIKES futures, calls it “arbitrary and capricious”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suffered another setback on July 28 as the D.C. Circuit overturned a ruling by the regulator ordering that SPIKES Index securities should be treated as 'futures' rather than as 'securities futures'. The judge panel called the SEC order "arbitrary ...

GitHub, Hugging Face, urge EU to relax open-source AI rules

An open letter from GitHub, Hugging Face, Creative Commons and other tech firms are calling the European Union to ease upcoming rules for open-source artificial intelligence models.The letter urges policymakers to review some of the provisions of the EU's Artificial Intelligence Act, claim ...

Lawmakers probe Apple’s App Store policies on blockchain, NFTs

United States Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Jan Schakowsky penned a formal letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook about concerns related to the California-based company’s App Store, and the potential effect of its guidelines on emerging technologies like blockchain and nonfungible tokens (NFTs). ...

US banking advocacy group supports Sen. Warren’s reintroduced crypto bill

The United States banking advocacy group, the Bank Policy Institute (BPI), has backed the legislation of vocal crypto critic Senator Elizabeth Warren, calling for digital assets to fall under its own set of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) laws.According to a July 28 Bloomberg report, Warr ...

SEC, Binance unite against Eeon’s lawsuit intervention

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Binance have submitted responses regarding the entity “Eeon,” which has sought to intervene on behalf of customers in the SEC’s case against the crypto exchange.According to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ...

Hester Pierce strikes back against SEC crypto warning to accounting firms

Hester Pierce, commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange (SEC), has raised concerns about the watchdog's recent statement advising accounting firms against taking on non-audit work for crypto firms.In a July 28 tweet, Pierce challenged the recent statement made by the ...

Worldcoin releases audit reports showing resolved security issues

Proof of humanity protocol Worldcoin released its audit reports on July 28 as criticism of its data collection practices continues to mount. The new reports were conducted by security consulting firms Nethermind and Least Authority. According to an accompanying announcement from World ...

German regulator raised concerns about Binance CEO prior to license application withdrawal: Report

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, or BaFin, reportedly advised crypto exchange Binance to withdraw its licensing application based on concerns with CEO Changpeng Zhao and the firm’s structuring.According to a July 28 report from The Wall Street Journal, BaFin advise ...

Sam Bankman-Fried’s legal team turns over docs related to NYT story, requests they be sealed

Lawyers representing former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, also known as ‘“SBF,” have requested the court seal documents related to his interviews with a New York Times reporter revealing details about his relationship with Caroline Ellison.In a July 27 filing in the United States District Cou ...

French privacy watchdog questions Worldcoin’s data collection method: Report

The French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL), France’s data protection agency, is questioning the legality of Worldcoin's data collection methods, according to a Reuters report. In an email to Reuters on July 28, CNIL said: ...

Indian Supreme Court raps Union government on crypto rules delay: Report

The Indian Supreme Court on July 27 reprimanded the Union government for the lack of crypto regulations in the country, according to a report in a local media outlet. The Supreme Court in its observation noted that it is “unfortunate” that the government has yet to release any clear g ...

US Senate approves national defense bill that also targets crypto mixers

The United States Senate passed the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) worth $886 billion on July 27. The bill includes a provision targeting crypto mixers, anonymity-enhancing coins and institutions engaging in crypto trading.The NDAA is a bill that helps authorize how the cou ...

FTX, Genesis reach in-principle agreement to settle bankruptcy case

Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX and crypto lender Genesis have reached an agreement in principle to resolve the claims brought by FTX in its bankruptcy case.On July 27, legal counsels for both firms sent a letter to bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane stating that they had agreed to a settlement. ...

SEC adopts cyberattack disclosure rules, listed crypto firms included

Public companies in the United States, including listed crypto firms, will be required to disclose any major cybersecurity incidents within a four-day time limit, under new rules adopted by the United States securities regulator.The rules from the United States Securities and Exc ...

‘Historic week’ as stablecoin, self-custody bills advance to House floor

The House Financial Services Committee has advanced another two landmark crypto bills previously under consideration —  with one aiming to better regulate stablecoin issuers and another seen as positive for crypto self-custody in the United States. On July 28 the Committee said ...

Grayscale urges SEC to approve all Bitcoin ETFs simultaneously

Crypto fund manager Grayscale is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to approve all proposed spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) at the same time to avoid one having an advantage.A July 27 post by Grayscale Chief Legal Officer Craig Salm said its legal team submitted ...

‘Pro-crypto bill’ passes out of US House Agriculture Committee

Tact was pervasive in the United States House of Representatives Agricultural Committee’s consideration of the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act on July 27. With many references to bipartisanship and self-congratulatory mentions of the members’ cooperation a ...

Stablecoins pose lower risk than bank deposits, says ex-Fed policy analyst

Stablecoins cannot be compared to bank deposits in terms of risk, argues a new policy paper authored by former Federal Reserve Board analyst Brendan Malone on behalf of technology investment firm Paradigm. The document explores the risks stablecoins pose to the financial sys ...

Rep. Patrick McHenry blames White House for lack of urgency on stablecoin bill negotiations

United States House Financial Services Committee Chair Patrick McHenry has pointed a finger at the Biden administration for the lack of bipartisan agreement on a stablecoin bill.In a July 27 hearing, Representative McHenry said the version of the Clarity for Payment Stablecoins Act, H.R. 4 ...

Block.one ICO damages ‘far beyond’ $22M, ENF founder says

The latest legal action against Block.one (B1), the creator and original seller of EOS (EOS), could potentially help plaintiffs get higher compensation, according to EOS Network Foundation (ENF) founder and CEO Yves La Rose.On July 25, La Rose officially announced that ENF is preparing a l ...

Nexo joins sanctions association as regulatory scrutiny increases

As regulatory scrutiny continues to circle the wider Web3 ecosystem, cryptocurrency lending platform Nexo will look to leverage training resources, connections and data by joining the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS).The association offers training and certification fo ...

Crypto payment gateway CoinsPaid suspects Lazarus Group in $37M hack

Cryptocurrency payments platform CoinsPaid has pointed the finger at North Korean state-backed Lazarus Group as being behind the hacking of its internal systems, which allowed them to steal $37.3 million on July 22.“We suspect Lazarus Group, one of the most powerful hacker organisati ...

Crypto bills pass congressional committee in ‘huge win’ for US crypto

A key United States House panel has approved a pair of bills that could finally deliver some regulatory clarity to crypto firms — including clarifying the differences in jurisdiction between the U.S. securities and commodities regulators.On July 26, the majority of U.S. lawmakers vot ...

Judge warns Sam Bankman-Fried to ‘take it seriously’ as prosecutors push to revoke bail: Report

A federal judge overseeing the criminal case against Sam Bankman-Fried, also known as "SBF," will reportedly consider revoking the former FTX CEO’s $250 million bail based on allegations of intimidation against Caroline Ellison. In a July 26 hearing in United States District Cou ...

Canada proposes new capital rules for crypto holdings

Canada’s financial watchdog is proposing changes to its capital and liquidity approach to crypto assets, according to an announcement on July 26. According to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the proposed rules will simplify institutions’ approach to ...

US lawmakers invoke FTX and spar on direction of crypto bills

Members of the United States House Financial Services Committee seem to be divided on the best legislative path forward dealing with regulatory clarity for crypto and blockchain technology.In a July 26 markup hearing, the committee had several bills on its agenda, including the Financial I ...

EOS Foundation to sue Block​.one for alleged failure to honor $1B commitment

The EOS Network Foundation (ENF) is the latest entity to initiate legal action against major investor Block.one (B1) over its alleged failure to honor $1 billion in investment commitments.On July 25, ESF founder and CEO Yves La Rose took to Twitter to announce that the foundation is prepar ...

SEC files charges against Quantstamp for $28M initial coin offering

Blockchain security firm Quantamp is set to return $28 million raised in a 2017 initial coin offering (ICO) following charges brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.The U.S. agency announced that it had formally charged the California-based firm on July 21 for cond ...

Meta Platforms fined $14 million for Onavo privacy issues: Report

An Australian court has reportedly ordered Meta Platforms, the owner of Facebook, to pay fines amounting to 20 million Australian dollars ($14 million) for collecting user data through a smartphone application, Onavo. According to a Reuters report, Australia’s Federal Court has ordere ...

CFTC charges Tennessee couple over ‘Blessings of God Thru Crypto’ scheme

A Tennessee husband and wife are facing charges over “Blessings of God Thru Crypto” — an allegedly fraudulent investment scheme that swindled at least $6 million from over 100 victims in just six months.A July 24 complaint from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CF ...

Namibia signs crypto exchange regulation bill into law

The Namibian Government officially signed a law to regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers operating in the country last week, reversing its original 2017 decision to ban cryptocurrency exchanges.On July 21, the VASP-regulating law was inserted into the Gazette of the Republic of Namibia ...

USD-backed stablecoin pilot project launched by Pacific island nation of Palau

The government of Palau is set to begin a pilot project for a United States dollar-backed stablecoin on July 26. The new coin will be issued on XRP Ledger.The country will release the first Palau Stablecoins (PSCs) in the pilot project to government employees. This comes after several days ...

Trademark attorney predicts legal fights ahead with Twitter’s rebrand to X

Josh Gerben, a trademark attorney with Gerben Intellectual Property, has suggested the company formerly known as Twitter could spend upward of $100 million in dealing with litigation as a result of the X rebranding.In a July 25 X thread, Gerben predicted that lawsuits against X related to ...

Abu Dhabi regulator grants trading firm Rain permission to offer crypto services

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Financial Services Regulatory Authority has granted its financial services permission for cryptocurrency firm Rain to offer brokerage and custody services to residents. In a July 25 announcement, Rain said the regulatory approval will allow certain U ...

US crypto’s future could fall on these 4 digital asset bills

Since 2022, there have been at least 50 digital asset bills reportedly introduced to Congress, aiming to govern everything from stablecoins to the jurisdictions of United States regulators.However, at least four of them are seen as potentially having a major impact on the industry (if pass ...

Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao intend to seek dismissal of CFTC complaint

Crypto exchange Binance and its CEO, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, are planning to file a motion asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit from the United States commodities regulator.In a July 24 filing to an Illinois District Court, multiple Binance entities, Zhao and former Chief Compliance Officer Sa ...

Two more crypto bills in the US: Law Decoded, July 17–24

Last week was marked by two new legislative initiatives for the crypto industry in the United States. Senator Jack Reed sponsored a bipartisan bill that would tighten Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and sanctions requirements for decentralized finance (DeFi). ...

Ripple ruling and crypto ETFs ‘drove a lot of urgency’ among lawmakers, reportedly says Coinbase CEO

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has reportedly said United States lawmakers have a renewed focus on regulatory clarity in the crypto space following talks with key officials.According to a July 24 Axios report, Armstrong met with U.S. lawmakers on July 20 ahead of discussions and votes on pie ...

What criminal charges for Celsius ex-CEO mean for crypto industry

Celsius was one of the top lenders in the crypto ecosystem during the bull market in 2021. At its peak, it served 1.7 million customers and managed $25 billion in assets.All that came crashing down in June 2022 amid major flaws in the company’s working structure.The bear marke ...

Putin signs law on introduction of digital ruble in Russia

Russia is moving forward with its central bank digital currency (CBDC) as President Vladimir Putin signed the digital ruble bill into law on July 24, according to an official government document.With this approval, the digital ruble law is officially scheduled to take effect from Aug. ...

FTX’s Bankman-Fried seeks gag order for all witnesses in criminal case

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has agreed to a gag order preventing him from making comments to third parties that may interfere with his trial — but argues other potential witnesses should be gagged as well, including current FTX CEO John Ray.The gag order against Sam Bankman-Fried was ...

Congressman Warren Davidson calls to ban and criminalize CBDCs

United States Republican Representative Warren Davidson has spoken out against central bank digital currencies, urging Congress to ban them and criminalize their development.In a July 23 Twitter post, Congressman Davidson accused the Federal Reserve of “building the financial equival ...

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse: ‘The SEC created this mess’

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has condemned the United States securities regulator over recent comments from its lawyers that hint at a possible appeal to its case against Ripple.In a July 23 tweet, Garlinghouse slammed the regulator for its "regulation by enforcement" approach, arguing it ...

Federal Reserve of San Francisco hiring crypto architect for CBDC project

San Francisco's Federal Reserve Bank is seeking a crypto architect for a central bank digital currency project, an Indeed job posting has revealed. According to the role description, the employee will work on CBDC research and development.The position is full-time and hybrid, wit ...

Arkansas counties rush to pass noise regulations for crypto miners

Several counties in the U.S. state of Arkansas are rushing to pass emergency legislations allowing them to control noise and other activities related to crypto mining before a new state law comes into effect on August 1, according to local media reports. The new state law brings crypt ...

SEC’s appeal won’t be a setback for XRP holders – Pro XRP lawyer

Amidst speculations that a potential appeal by the US SEC could negatively impact the crypto market, Pro-XRP lawyer, Attorney John Deaton has made it clear that even in the event of an appeal by the agency, it would not significantly affect XRP holders.After the judge's ruling stating that ...

Terra interim CEO says any ‘little progress’ made gets derailed by accusations

Terraform Labs faces a “big hill to climb” as the progress of its various projects in development are constantly being impeded by frequent accusations against Do Kwon, according to Terra’s new interim CEO Chris Amani.During a July 20 Twitter Spaces, titled A Terra Communi ...

Ripple applies for crypto license in the United Kingdom

Payment protocol Ripple has recently applied for a registration as a crypto asset firm with the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a spokesperson for the firm told Cointelegraph. The company is also seeking a payments license in Ireland as part of its massive investment in the re ...

Celsius Network reaches settlements to exit bankruptcy

Bankrupted crypto lender Celsius Network reached two settlements that allows it to return assets to customers and end its bankruptcy proceedings, according to court filings on July 20. The settlements will be analyzed by Judge Martin Glenn at a hearing on August 10 and address $78.2 b ...

SEC hints at potential appeal to XRP ruling from Ripple Labs lawsuit

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has suggested that it may appeal a recent ruling on the Ripple Labs lawsuit, which deemed XRP to not be a security when sold to retail investors. The SEC argues that the ruling goes against “fundamental securities laws principles” suc ...

Sam Bankman-Fried’s brother planned to buy island and prep for apocalypse: court filing

Gabriel Bankman-Fried, the brother of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, had a plan to survive a global catastrophe using funds from the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange.According to a July 20 filing with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Gabriel planned to ...

Couple behind Bitfinex money laundering scheme reach plea deal with US prosecutors

The husband and wife alleged to have laundered billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin connected to the 2016 Bitfinex hack have reached a plea agreement with authorities in the United States.According to records filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on July 21, ...

Canadian police warn crypto investors on growing home robbery trend

A Canadian police department has issued a public warning of a possible trend where high-value cryptocurrency investors are being robbed in their own homes.On July 19, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Richmond, a city south of Vancouver, said several similar robberies involving c ...

UK banks risk losing licenses for debanking customers over political views

The British government is reportedly set to announce measures that could see banks stripped of their license if they choose to debank customers due to their political views. A July 20 report from The Times said the United Kingdom’s government is considering tighter conditions on ...

Coin Center and Blockchain Association slam ‘unworkable’ US Senate DeFi bill

Crypto industry advocacy bodies have slammed a newly proposed United States Senate bill for what they say is a confused approach to regulating the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector.On July 20, crypto think tank Coin Center and crypto advocacy group the Blockchain Association released sep ...

US House Republican committee members introduce joint digital assets bill

A bill to create a regulatory framework for digital assets has been introduced by Republican members of the Agriculture and Financial Services Committees of the United States House, the result of several months of joint effort by the two committees.The 212-page bill — called the Fin ...

UK financial watchdog announces launch of permanent Digital Sandbox in August

The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced the launch of its Digital Sandbox, aimed at supporting tech firms in the early stages of product development.In a July 20 announcement, the FCA said the Digital Sandbox will become available on a permanent basis starting ...

US law protects institutions and exposes retail investors — Rep. Torres

On July 13, 2023, United States District Court Judge Analisa Torres ruled that Ripple’s XRP (XRP) token should not be considered a security when sold on retail digital asset exchanges.Stuart Alderoty, chief legal officer at Ripple, told Cointelegraph that last week’s ruling mak ...

China’s digital yuan nears $250B transaction volume: Central bank governor

Nearly $250 billion worth of transactions have taken place using China’s digital yuan in the one-and-a-half years since the start of its pilot, the country’s central bank governor has claimed.On July 19, People’s Bank of China governor Yi Gang spoke at a conference in Sin ...

No impact from Ripple ruling? SEC chair cites risks from crypto in budget request

United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler has called for “new tools, expertise, and resources” aimed at addressing misconduct in the crypto space in the regulator’s 2024 budget request.In prepared testimony for a July 19 hearing of the Subcommittee on Financ ...

Bipartisan bill to regulate DeFi, crypto security risks introduced into US Senate

United States Sen. Jack Reed sponsored a bipartisan bill introduced into the Senate on July 18 that would tighten Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and sanctions requirements for decentralized finance (DeFi). According to a news release on Reed’s website, ...

US lawmakers propose SEC chair consider legislation, not enforcement approach to crypto

Two members of the United States House of Representatives have added their names to a list of lawmakers criticizing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler’s approach to digital asset regulation. In a letter to Gensler dated July 19, Reps. French Hill and Dus ...

SEC vs. Ripple: Huge win for crypto

In the latest episode of The Market Report, Cointelegraph analyst and writer Marcel Pechman discusses Ripple’s partial victory against the Securities and Exchange Commission and its impact on the crypto market. Although people traded based on emotion after headlines popped out, the next day, as i ...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. vows to back US dollar with Bitcoin if elected president

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has promised to progressively back the United States dollar with Bitcoin (BTC) if he is elected president. Speaking at a July 19 Heal-the-Divide PAC event, Kennedy claimed that backing the U.S. dollar with what he called “hard cu ...

Australia’s financial regulator cancels license for FTX’s local entity

The Australian financial services regulator has finally canceled the financial license of FTX Australia, the bankrupt crypto exchange’s local subsidiary. On July 19, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission announced the cancellation, which took effect July 14. FTX A ...

Nevada court approves regulator’s petition to place Prime Trust into receivership, pending hearing

The Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada has granted a petition from the state’s Financial Institutions Division (NFID) placing crypto custodian Prime Trust into receivership, pending a hearing to show cause. In a July 14 filing, the Nevada court ordered the appointment of a ...

The European Commission’s Web4 strategy might be a flop

On July 11, the European Commission formally adopted its new strategy on Web4 and virtual worlds with the aim of ensuring “an open, secure, trustworthy, fair and inclusive digital environment” for European Union citizens. The strategy is based on four main pillars, revolving around th ...

Bitcoin rally will lead to “speculative blow-off top” in 2024, Mark Yusko predicts

BlackRock’s application for a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) has sparked the beginning of a new crypto bull market, which will go parabolic at some point closer to the halving scheduled for April 2024, according to Mark Yusko, the chief investment officer and founder of Morgan Creek Capital.& ...

Coinbase CEO will meet with US lawmakers to discuss crypto legislation: Report

Brian Armstrong, the CEO of United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, is reportedly planning to meet with members of Congress to discuss digital asset legislation and related issues.According to a July 17 Bloomberg report, Armstrong has a scheduled meeting with the New Democrat ...

EU stays on top of Web3 with metaverse, AI and crypto strategies

The European Union has been vocal about its place in the rapidly expanding ecosystem of emerging technologies. It has been a leader in establishing clear crypto regulations with its long-awaited Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) framework signed into law in late May. The EU has als ...

US regulatory clarity has begun in court after Ripple win: CFTC commissioner

Caroline Pham, one of five commissioner of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, believes the path to United States crypto regulatory clarity has been laid out following Ripple’s partial victory.Speaking on Bloomberg TV on July 17, Commissioner Pham said recent big court decisi ...

SEC’s Gary Gensler believes AI can strengthen its enforcement regime

Gary Gensler, the chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, believes staff at its agency could benefit from greater use of artificial intelligence.During a July 17 speech before the National Press Club, where he later broke his silence about the recent Ripple cour ...

Crypto memes can be considered financial promotions, says UK watchdog

Crypto firms and influencers may need to start slapping disclaimers on crypto memes to stay compliant with advertising laws in the United Kingdom, according to a new proposed guidance from the country's financial regulator.On July 17, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released a propos ...

Cathie Wood bullish on Coinbase after Ripple court ruling

Cathie Wood, the founder and CEO of ARK Investment Management, said she remains bullish over Coinbase in light of Ripple’s partial victory over the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 13. While Wood noted the ruling wasn’t in outright favor of Ripple, she lauded the outcome as ...

Chair Gensler says SEC reaction to Ripple decision is mixed, still under consideration

United States Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler has commented publicly about the last week’s ruling on the agency’s suit against Ripple. Gensler gave a talk on artificial intelligence at the National Press Club on July 17 and was asked about the ru ...

Ripple case: SEC appeal unlikely as agency gains from ‘current confusion’ — Haun Ventures CEO

A former federal prosecutor turned chief executive of a crypto-focused venture capital fund says she would be “surprised” if the United States securities regulator lodges an immediate appeal against the Ripple case ruling, as it currently benefits from lack of “legal clarity.&rd ...

Ripple decision is ‘troublesome on multiple fronts,’ says former SEC official

Former Securities and Exchange Commission official John Reed Stark spoke out against the recent ruling on Ripple Lab’s case, calling the decision “troublesome on multiple fronts” in a LinkedIn analysis.Stark broke down Judge Analisa Torres' decision from July 13 by e ...

Senator Lummis urges clear crypto regulations after XRP ruling

Senator Cynthia Lummis, a Republican from Wyoming, has taken to Twitter to emphasize the significance of a recent court ruling by Judge Analisa Torres, which declared that the Ripple-associated token XRP should not be considered a security. Senator Lummis highlighted that this ruling underscores ...

SEC could be waiting ‘years’ to file appeal in Ripple case: Brad Garlinghouse

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse believes the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will face a prolonged process before having the chance to appeal Judge’s Torres favorable ruling in the case against Ripple. On July 13, Judge Torres ruled partially in favor of Ripp ...

Ron DeSantis vows to ban CDBCs in the US if elected president

United States presidential candidate Ron DeSantis once again criticized central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), arguing against the possibility of a digital dollar in the country. Speaking at the Family Leadership Summit on July 14, DeSantis promised to ban CBDCs in the U.S. if he is ...

Entity representing Binance customers seeks compensation

A third-party entity called Eeon has intervened in the lawsuit filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against crypto exchange Binance.As stated in the filing with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Eeon claims that the SEC and attorn ...

SEC accepts BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF application, signaling regulatory review

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accepted BlackRock’s application for a spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) following its acknowledgment of a similar application by Bitwise the day before.The SEC’s acknowledgment indicates the commencement of the off ...

Allowing Coinbase to go public was not a ‘blessing’ of the business: SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has argued in court that approving a firm's S-1 application to go public, does not represent a “blessing” from the agency, nor provide a verification that the business is regulatory compliant. ...

It’s time for the SEC to settle with Coinbase and Ripple

In every major litigation, there comes a moment when you realize it’s time to settle. A ruling doesn’t go your way, a juror gives your legal team the side eye, the judge makes it clear it’s time for a settlement conference. After Judge Analisa Torres’ decision in SEC v. Ri ...

Coinbase pauses staking services in four US states following regulators’ orders

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced it will be temporarily stopping customers from staking additional assets in four states amid legal proceedings from local regulators.In a July 14 blog post, Coinbase said users in California, New Jersey, South Carolina, and ...

XRP ruling a ‘watershed moment’ but we’re not out of the woods yet — Lawyers

Ripple Labs’ split-decision victory against the United States securities regulator is being seen as a significant blow to the regulator’s “war on crypto,” however, crypto lawyers warn it isn't a definitive victory for the industry.In a landmark ruling on July 13, Ju ...

Circle CEO spells doom scenario for US dollar in warning to Congress

The United States dollar’s place as a global reserve currency will be under threat if Congress isn’t quick to regulate stablecoins, warns the CEO of Circle.On July 13, Jeremy Allaire appeared in a two-minute video by Circle, the issuer of USD Coin (USDC), targeted at lawmakers. ...

XRP becomes 4th largest crypto after Ripple’s partial win over SEC

Ripple (XRP) has now become the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization after Ripple Labs’ partial victory over the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 13. Mere hours after the ruling, XRP market cap surged a whopping $21.2 billion to reach a new ...

First Bitcoin futures contract debuts in Argentina

Argentina welcomed its first Bitcoin futures contract on July 13, just three months after the country’s securities watchdog approved the underlying index as part of a strategic innovation agenda.According to Matba Rofex, the trading platform behind the investment vehicle, it is t ...

US Attorney’s Office announces criminal fraud charges against Alex Mashinsky

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Federal Bureau of Investigation have announced fraud charges against the former CEO of bankrupt crypto lender Celsius, Alex Mashinsky.In a July 13 announcement, the U.S. Justice Department said it had charged Mashinsky wi ...

Breaking: Ripple wins case against SEC as judge rules XRP is not a security

Ripple Labs scored a victory in the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York on July 13 as Judge Analisa Torres ruled in favor of the company in a case brought forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission dating back to 2020.According to documents filed on ...

US SEC files lawsuit against Celsius and Alex Mashinsky

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission is taking action against Celsius Network, one of the cryptocurrency lending firms that collapsed in 2022.The securities regulator filed a lawsuit against Celsius’ former CEO, Alex Mashinsky, on July 13, charging the executive and Celsius ...

IRS investigating crypto traders using Puerto Rico tax breaks: Report

Prosecutors from the United States and agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are reportedly investigating wealthy crypto traders and fund managers suspected of illegally benefiting from Puerto Rico’s tax breaks. According to a June 12 report from Bloomberg, investigator ...

What to expect from the first Coinbase-SEC hearing

A pre-motion hearing set to take place on July 13 between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and crypto exchange Coinbase should provide a sense of the litigation tone and its potential impacts on the broader crypto industry, legal sources told Cointelegraph. Previously sche ...

US senators reintroduce crypto bill aimed at comprehensive regulation

United States Sens. Cynthia Lummis and Kirsten Gillibrand will reintroduce legislation aimed at establishing a comprehensive regulatory framework for digital assets.The U.S. lawmakers said they would reintroduce the Responsible Financial Innovation Act to the Senate on July 12 after roughl ...

European regulator releases consultative paper on MiCA standards for crypto asset service providers

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the European Union’s markets regulator, released a consultative paper on Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) mandates on July 12. It was the first of three consultative packages the agency expects to publish and concerns technical speci ...

Blockchain Association calls for investigation into Prometheum over alleged ‘sweetheart’ SEC deal

The United States-based crypto advocacy group Blockchain Association has submitted a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Inspector General calling for an investigation into crypto firm Prometheum.In a July 12 letter, the Blockchain Association requested ...

Crypto scams are down 77% — but this exploit is making a huge comeback

Cryptocurrency scams have fallen a massive 77% from $3.3 billion to $1.1 billion over the first six months of 2023, according to a recent report by blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis.The catch, though, is that ransom attacks are back in trend, with perpetrators pocketing 62.4% more r ...

Bad news for Ripple? LBRY judge passes ruling on if secondary crypto sales are securities

Ripple may be holding its breath a bit longer after a United States District Judge refused to rule on if the secondary sale of LBRY Credits (LBC) constitutes a security.On July 11, New Hampshire District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro made the ruling in the case the United States Securities an ...

‘Extended reality’ to create 860K jobs by 2025: EU Commission

The European Commission has tipped “extended reality” — technology that enables people to interact with virtual worlds — to create as many as 860,000 jobs in Europe by 2025. Extended reality or XR is an umbrella term for immersive technologies including virtual ...

Cboe refiles 5 Bitcoin ETFs to include Coinbase surveillance agreements

Exchange operator Cboe Global Markets has amended five spot Bitcoin (BTC) Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) applications to include a surveillance-sharing agreement (SSA) with Coinbase.On July 11, Cboe amended filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the ETFs fr ...

US Senate Finance Committee asks digital asset community how to tax it in open letter

United States Senate Financial Services Committee Chair Ron Wyden and ranking member Mike Crapo released an open letter to the digital asset community on July 11 asking for input on the taxation of digital assets. The senators are looking for solutions to highly complex taxation issues, so much s ...

Grayscale resolves lawsuit with Fir Tree over proposed changes to Bitcoin Trust

Grayscale Investments has reached an agreement with New York-based investment firm Fir Tree Capital Management over its Bitcoin Trust.According to a July 11 announcement from Fir Tree, Grayscale agreed to provide additional documentation related to its Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) after Fir Tree f ...

UK Treasury plans to exclude derivatives and ‘unbacked’ tokens from regulatory sandbox

The treasury department of the United Kingdom has proposed excluding unbacked cryptoassets and derivatives from its plans for a Digital Securities Sandbox.In a consultation paper released on July 11, HM Treasury said the regulatory sandboxes which will be established under the country’s Fi ...

BlackRock Bitcoin ETF could unlock $30 trillion worth of wealth, Bloomberg analyst says

$30 trillion worth of capital could suddenly unlock for the Bitcoin market if a Bitcoin spot ETF is approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas. That is the estimated amount of assets controlled by financial advisors in th ...

US authorities are investigating former FTX exec for potential campaign finance violations: Report

Prosecutors in New York are reportedly looking into former FTX Digital Markets co-CEO Ryan Salame for potential violations of campaign finance law in the United States.According to a July 11 report from The New York Times, Salame and his girlfriend Michelle Bond — a Republican candidate wh ...

SEC is ‘wrongfully attempting’ to police crypto markets: Paradigm counsel

Crypto investment firm Paradigm’s special counsel Rodrigo Seira has slammed the United States securities regulator for “wrongfully” pursuing crypto exchange Bittrex in an attempt to police secondary crypto markets.In a July 11 Twitter thread, Seira added his thoughts afte ...

Dubai crypto regulator suspends BitOasis crypto exchange license

Dubai’s cryptocurrency regulator has suspended the license of crypto exchange BitOasis for not meeting mandated conditions within the timeframes set out by the authority.On July 10, the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA) issued two alerts saying its undertaken enforcement action ag ...

BOE governor trashes crypto, stablecoins in favor of ‘enhanced digital money’

Andrew Bailey, a Bank of England (BOE) governor, delivered a speech July 10 in which he moved smoothly from the central bank’s efforts to control inflation and maintain public trust in financial institutions to why cryptocurrencies are not money. Instead of cryptocurrencies and st ...

Grayscale lawyers refer to SEC allowing Volatility Shares’ investment vehicle in push for ETF

Digital asset manager Grayscale has filed a letter in its lawsuit against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the rejection of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), citing a possible precedent in furtherance of its case.In a letter dated July 10, Grayscale& ...

Legal proceedings start for Terraform Labs co-founder in South Korea: Report

Terraform Labs co-founder Shin Hyun-Seong, also known as Daniel Shin, has reportedly had his first hearing for charges related to allegedly illicit profits from the sale of Terra (LUNA).According to a July 10 report from News1 Korea, a trial preparation hearing for Shin and seven ...

MiCA’s stablecoin transaction cap stifles crypto adoption, say lawyers

Stablecoin use could be "stifled" by daily transaction caps in the European Union's Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) legislation, with some calling for the framework to be revised.On May 31, MiCA was signed into law which paved the way for the world’s first regulatory guidance on cryp ...

Canada’s court deem 👍 emoji valid as a contract agreement: Report

A Canadian judge has ruled that the widely used thumbs-up emoji can affirm that a person is legally entering into a contract. According to a report from the New York Times, judge T.J. Keene said the decision mirrors a "new reality in Canadian society" as more people use emojis to expr ...

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. invested up to $250,000 in Bitcoin after Miami’s conference

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. owns up to $250,000 in Bitcoin (BTC), in contrast to his previous claim that he was not an investor in the leading cryptocurrency.A record obtained by CNBC shows Kennedy Jr. owned between $100,001 and $250,000 worth of Bitcoin at the ...

Cryptocurrency versus the SEC: A fight for fair digital investing

Bitcoin, Coinbase, Binance and more are all fighting for their lives as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission does everything in its power to eradicate the current cryptocurrency system in the United States and replace it with one it deems more “fair” to the Amer ...

Coinbase was aware of securities law violations, the SEC claims in letter

According to a letter sent by the SEC on July 7 to a district judge, Coinbase had knowledge of the probability that federal securities laws would apply to its operations, openly informing its shareholders about the possibility of assets traded on its platform being classified as securities. ...

Crypto.com petitions US court to uphold arbitration decision for mistakenly sent $50K

Cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com has petitioned a Florida court to confirm a judgment in its favor through arbitration after the platform mistakenly deposited $50,000 into a user’s account.According to the July 6 court filing, Crypto.com “erroneously deposited” $50,000 into James Deutero ...

ETF approval may boost Bitcoin’s liquidity, but it won’t be a game changer — JPMorgan

A possible approval of a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) won't be a game changer for crypto markets, although it might benefit the leading cryptocurrency, according to a report by JPMorgan managing director Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou.Based in London, Panigirtzoglou is part of JPMorgan ...

Gemini files lawsuit against Digital Currency Group and Barry Silbert over Genesis and Earn program

United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has announced legal action against the conglomerate Digital Currency Group (DCG) and its CEO, Barry Silbert, claiming “fraud against creditors.”In a July 7 filing in a New York court, Gemini alleged DCG and Silbert engaged in a ...

George Bachiashvili’s lawyer denies $39M Bitcoin misappropriation charges

The legal team representing the billionaire entrepreneur George Bachiashvili has issued a statement denying the criminal charges filed by the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia, alleging that the businessman misappropriated Bitcoin (BTC) worth $39 million. On July 6, the prosecutor& ...

BarnBridge DAO calls halt to ‘all work’ on DeFi protocol amid SEC probe

BarnBridge DAO members have been told to pause “all work” related to the project after a reported probe by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).In a July 6 post to the platform’s Discord channel, Douglas Park, a lawyer for the decentralized autonomou ...

FBI searched Kraken co-founder’s home in March: Report

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reportedly searched the home of Kraken co-founder Jesse Powell in March as part of an investigation into claims he hacked and cyber-stalked a nonprofit arts group.It is claimed that Powell interfered with computer accounts by blockin ...

Elon Musk calls for AI regulatory oversight: Report

Twitter's executive chairman Elon Musk continues to push for more regulatory oversight of artificial intelligence, claiming it may be "smarter than all humans at everything" in the future.In a video keynote address at a Chinese government-backed AI conference on July 5, Musk reportedly not ...

Bittrex may still face enforcement action in Florida amid bankruptcy

The Florida Office of Financial Regulation is considering action against United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May.In a July 5 filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Florida Office of Financial ...

CFTC investigators conclude ex-Celsius CEO Mashinsky broke US rules: Report

Investigators from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have reportedly determined that bankrupt crypto lender Celsius and its former CEO Alex Mashinsky broke a number of U.S. rules before the company's implosion.According to a July 5 report from Bloomberg, attorneys from the CFTC ...

EU blockchain sandbox unveils first 20 use cases after wave of applications

The first batch of blockchain use cases to debut in Europe's regulatory sandbox was formally introduced on July 3, following a long wait and nearly 90 applications received in April. First disclosed in 2020, the initiative aims to bridge the regulatory gap between European nations and crypto comp ...

Nasdaq refiles Valkyrie’s spot Bitcoin ETF application, includes Coinbase as surveillance partner

The most recent filing involving cryptocurrency fund manager Valkyrie’s application for a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the United States followed others by including a “surveillance-sharing agreement” with Coinbase.According to a July 3 filing with the U.S. ...

The Supreme Court could stop the SEC’s war on crypto

When the leaders of the American Revolution signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, they had no guarantee of victory. The battle for independence was underway, and their prospects were uncertain. Despite occasional victories, these audacious freedom fighters were grossly outnumber ...

Mark Cuban, John Reed Stark clash over the cause of FTX’s collapse

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has again locked horns with former securities official John Reed Stark, this time over who was ultimately to blame for FTX’s collapse and the impact on creditors. During a heated back-and-forth exchange, Cuban argued had the United States Securitie ...

UK government moves forward on bill aimed at empowering authorities to seize crypto

Lawmakers in the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom are moving forward with legislation aimed at expanding authorities’ ability to target cryptocurrencies used for illicit purposes.In a meeting of the U.K. Parliament’s House of Lords on July 4, lawmakers conduc ...

UK financial watchdog reminds crypto firms of October deadline for marketing compliance

The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, has announced that all crypto asset firms marketing to users in the country must be in compliance with its financial promotions regime by October 2023.In letters dated July 4, the FCA said starting on Oct. 8, companies operating in ...

Crypto firms won’t leave US despite apparent hostility: Merkle Science CEO

Despite recent narratives suggesting differently, the United States won't be losing its allure as a crypto hub, according to the CEO of blockchain analytics firm Merkle Science.A swathe of hostile regulatory actions leveled at crypto firms in the United States in recent months has led ...

Winklevoss slams DCG’s Silbert — Not even SBF was ‘capable of such delusion’

Crypto exchange Gemini founder and CEO Cameron Winklevoss is again threatening to sue Digital Currency Group and its CEO Barry Silbert over delays in the resolution of Genesis for its Earn customers while slamming the CEOfor allegedly trying to play the victim card.In the July 4 “Ope ...

Kyle Davies to donate future OPNX earnings to 3AC creditors for ‘karma’

The co-founders of collapsed crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital (3AC) have pledged to donate a portion of earnings from their newest crypto venture to creditors who lost money in the fund’s 2022 collapse.In a July 3 Twitter Space, 3AC co-founder Kyle Davies said it would be &ldqu ...

EU finalizes Data Act with a kill switch for smart contracts: Law Decoded, June 27–July 3

European Union (EU) lawmakers have agreed to move ahead with the controversial European Data Act, which has previously drawn criticism from the crypto community. The act, aimed at encouraging greater use of data resources to train algorithms, would update the EU’s rules on smart contracts to incl ...

UK Law Commission recommends ‘distinct’ legal category for crypto

The United Kingdom’s Law Commission is pushing for the creation of a “distinct” category of personal property to accommodate and protect the unique features of cryptocurrencies and digital assets.The body made the recommendation alongside three other key points following a mandate from the ...

Singapore to require crypto firms to put user assets into trusts by year-end

Singapore’s central bank is introducing new measures to improve investor protection and market integrity in the cryptocurrency industry.On July 3, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced new requirements for crypto service providers to hold customer assets in a statutory trust ...

AI-generated fake news sparks rumors of Gary Gensler’s resignation

False rumors have again been spreading over the resignation of United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Gary Gensler — this time, however, artificial intelligence has seemingly played a part.On July 1, a news story appeared on a website dubbed “thecryptoaler ...

Bittrex challenges SEC’s authority in crypto lawsuit, seeks dismissal

Bittrex, a cryptocurrency exchange, has made a notable move in its legal dispute with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by submitting a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against it.In its recent court filing, Bittrex argues that the SEC does not possess the neces ...

Hong Kong establishes task force to advance Web3 development

As part of Hong Kong's ongoing commitment to embrace the "megatrend" of Web3 development, it has established a diverse group of industry and government officials to supervise the progress of Web3 in the region.According to a June 30 statement, the government of Hong Kong has formed a task ...

Kraken ordered by court to disclose user data to IRS for tax compliance

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered crypto exchange Kraken to turn over account and transaction information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The agency said it needed the information to determine if any of the exchange’s users had underreport ...

Blockchain Australia CEO calls for unified efforts to stamp out crypto scams

Blockchain Australia’s new CEO, Simon Callaghan, is urging Australia’s banks, the government and the crypto industry to come together to combat rising cryptocurrency scams.Speaking on the final day of Australian Blockchain Week in Melbourne on June 30, Callaghan announced that ...

Crypto ‘regulatory approach isn’t needed now’ — New Zealand central bank

The New Zealand central bank is ramping up its monitoring of stablecoins and crypto-assets following public submissions but has stopped short of calling for a regulatory approach.Ian Woolford, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s director of money and cash, said in a June 30 statement&n ...

U.S. House committee chairs, Blockchain Association turn up heat on SEC head Gensler

Three committee chairs in the United States House of Representatives have sent a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler demanding a more satisfactory response to their Nov. 1 letter regarding the SEC chairman’s and the agency’s compliance with recor ...

‘Sam Bankman-Fried really hurt the industry’ — Anthony Scaramucci

During a panel at Collision 2023 in Toronto, Anthony Scaramucci, founder of Skybridge Capital and former White House communications director, stated that disgraced crypto executive Sam Bankman-Fried “really hurt the industry in the United States from a regulatory perspective." Scaramucci con ...

Fidelity renews push for spot Wise Origin BTC Trust, making it 7th applicant this year

Asset manager Fidelity Investments has filed an application for a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to a filing by Cboe BZX Exchange with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dated June 19. Fidelity’s application follows BlackRock&rsqu ...

The SEC is targeting Coinbase, Binance as proxies in its war on crypto

Imagine your daily commute to work, uninterrupted by traffic lights or stop signs, allowing you to sail smoothly. Suddenly, a new red stop sign disrupts your route, turning a main intersection into a four-way stop overnight. That evening, a letter from local law enforcement shocks you with a heft ...

Coinbase seeks dismissal of SEC suit, claims extraordinary abuse of process

In the ongoing legal battle between Coinbase and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the American cryptocurrency exchange has filed a motion to dismiss the SEC’s complaint.In a legal document filed on Thursday, June 29 with the U.S. District Court for the Southern D ...

Hester Peirce: US crypto laws can’t assume ‘everything is a financial asset’

Cryptocurrency laws in the United States should be “reserved” and not regulate the technology as though every use is financial, a commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has argued.On June 29, Commissioner Hester Peirce — dubbed “Crypto Mom&rdquo ...

Italy’s central bank calls for framework to prevent stablecoin runs

Italy’s top banking authority has called for a “robust, risk-based” regulatory framework for stablecoins, which could help prevent a worst case scenario — a “run” on stablecoins. The central bank’s recently released “Markets, Infrastruct ...

Will Bitcoin ever trade below $27,000 again?

In the latest episode of The Market Report, analyst and writer Marcel Pechman analyzes some data to conclude whether Bitcoin (BTC) will ever trade at $27,000. Some analysts attribute Bitcoin’s recent 21.5% gains to BlackRock’s spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) filing, but other events might ...

Israeli authorities seize crypto from terror organizations, credit new technology

Israel has seized crypto wallets containing millions of dollars intended to fund terror, the country’s National Bureau for Counter Terrorist Financing announced June 28. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant credited collaboration among the Israeli defense and justice ministries, Israe ...

Bitcoin ETF race gets hotter as ARK Invest adds surveillance agreement to application

ARK Investment Management has amended its spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) application with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, making it similar to BlackRock’s recent filing. The amendments include a surveillance sharing agreement with the Ch ...

Nevada financial regulator petitions court to place Prime Trust into receivership

Following the filing of a cease and desist order, Nevada’s Financial Institutions Division has again moved against crypto custodian Prime Trust by petitioning for the appointment of a receiver.In a June 26 filing, the regulator petitioned the Eighth Judicial District Court of Nevada ...

Judge says arguments behind SBF’s motions to dismiss criminal charges are ‘moot or without merit’

A federal judge overseeing the case against former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) has denied motions from his legal team seeking to dismiss all but three criminal charges against him.In a June 27 filing in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Lewis ...

Gary Gensler is hurting the little guys for Wall Street

Even the most stalwart crypto supporters could see why the Securities and Exchange Commission might target the crypto industry for some enforcement. Events of the past year — from the failure of Three Arrows Capital to the fraud at FTX — were bound to bring some scrutiny, and the indust ...

Australian banks claim 40% of scams ‘touch’ crypto as it defends restrictions

Australia’s cryptocurrency industry banking woes will likely continue, with the government and major banks signaling no intention to back down against scams that “touch” crypto.During a panel at the Australian Blockchain Week on June 26, Sophie Gilder, managing director o ...

Yes, the Secret Service has an NFT collection, and no, it’s not for sale

The United States Secret Service has finally shed more light on its bizarre nonfungible token (NFT) collection sitting on OpenSea. The NFT collection was first revealed during a Reddit AMA on May 16, where agents answered questions from members of the r/cryptocurrency subreddit about ...

South Korean gov’t ethics panel will address lawmaker’s alleged misconduct on crypto trades: Report

The Ethics Investigation Advisory Committee of the South Korean government has reportedly convened to discuss potential disciplinary measures against National Assembly member Kim Nam-kuk for alleged conflicts of interest involving cryptocurrency trades and related legislation. Accordi ...

Binance eyes United Arab Emirates as ‘focal point’ for future operations

The United Arab Emirates is becoming the next big focus for Binance in the wake of a slew of enforcement actions in the United States against the crypto exchange.Speaking to Cointelegraph, Binance Dubai general manager Alex Chehade said the UAE is a prime destination for crypto businesses ...

Australia’s token mapping to be ‘tech agnostic,’ says Treasury official

The Australian Treasury’s token mapping of digital assets will adopt a “tech agnostic” and “principles-based” approach in order to define crypto assets, according to a Treasury official.Speaking to Cointelegraph on June 26 at the Australian Blockchain Week, Tr ...

‘Keep Australia safe’: Dystopian draft bill against ‘misinformation’ unveiled

A draft bill from the Australian government is warning tech and social media giants to remove misinformation from their platforms or be prepared to pay up big fines.The new draft bill would see the country's media regulator — the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) & ...

Crypto Travel Rule implementation ‘remains relatively poor,’ says FATF

A renewed call from the Financial Action Task Force has asked countries to implement the “Travel Rule” to combat money laundering and terrorism financing activities enabled by cryptocurrencies.On June 23, the United Nations body — whose role is to promote strategies to co ...

Don’t follow the US: Blockchain Aus CEO hammers ‘regulation by enforcement’

Blockchain Australia’s new CEO Simon Callaghan hopes the Federal Government will take its cues on crypto regulation from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Singapore — and definitely not the United States.In his new position, Callaghan aims to steer crypto rule-making in the co ...

Uncertainty over digital assets traps institutions in ‘supervisory void’ — Fed Governor

Michelle Bowman, member of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, has criticized the absence of a clear regulatory framework for novel technologies in the United States.During a speech at the Salzburg Global Seminar on bank regulation and supervision, Bowman called for ...

Token issuers in Japan exempt from 30% crypto tax on paper gains

Token issuers in Japan no longer have to pay corporate taxes on unrealized cryptocurrency gains, according to a law revision by the National Tax Agency on June 20. The tax exemption goes into effect nearly six months after the Japanese government approved a proposal eliminating t ...

$794K SIM swap hacker PlugwalkJoe sentenced to five years in prison

British Hacker Joseph O’Connor, also known online as PlugwalkJoe, has been sentenced to five years in U.S. prison for his role in stealing $794,000 worth of cryptocurrency via a SIM swap attack on a crypto exchange executive back in April 2019. O’Connor was initially arrested i ...

Crypto trading is an important part of the virtual asset ecosystem, says Hong Kong’s SFC chief

The CEO of Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Julia Leung Fung-yee, addressed Hong Kong's embrace of Web3 regulation following the collapse of crypto exchange FTX last November, noting that crypto trading is an important part of the virtual asset ecosystem.During a recent ...

Mainstream media challenge decision to protect FTX customers: Report

The four major media outlets advocating for the release of FTX customer names have opposed the decision to seal them. Meanwhile, a crypto lawyer told Cointelegraph that “there is clear evidence” of potential harm if the names were to be disclosed.According to a June 23 Reuters ...

ECB official labels crypto as ‘deleterious’ with ‘no societal benefits’ in scathing speech

Fabio Panetta, an executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB), has suggested a dark future for cryptocurrencies, in which the digital assets may be used for little more than gambling among investors.In written remarks for a panel at the Bank for International Settlements Annu ...

Wirex may suffer card outage in EEA due to UAB PayrNet licensing issue

Debit cards offered through crypto payment service Wirex may stop functioning in the European Economic Area (EEA), according to a June 23 email the company sent to some of its customers. The threat of stoppage was triggered by Lithuania’s central bank revoking the license of UAB PayrNet, Wirex’s ...

Belgian financial regulator orders Binance to cease all virtual currency services

The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has ordered major cryptocurrency exchange Binance to stop offering crypto exchange and custody wallet services. In a June 23 notice, the FSMA said that by Binance offering crypto-related services “from countries that are not ...

US Supreme Court halts Coinbase cases in its first crypto ruling

The United States Supreme Court decided in favor of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase on June 23 in a partisan opinion that will halt court proceedings against the company in two California cases. Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuits alleged Coinbase failed to provide proper relief ...

Binance.US solves USD withdrawal issues but warns it won’t last long

U.S. crypto exchange Binance.US has informed customers it has resolved its U.S. dollar withdrawal issues after working with its banking partners but warns the relief may not last.The reportedly independent subsidiary of crypto exchange Binance told customers in a June 22 update that its sy ...

Cryptopay EU card provider loses license, company says card funds are safe

The European Union debit card provider for Cryptopay has lost its Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license, according to a June 22 email sent to its customers. The company recommends to EU cardholders that they should immediately spend or transfer funds from their cards. Funds held in the app’s ...

Santander, Crédit Agricole asset arm receives French crypto custody license

CACEIS Bank, the asset servicing arm of Crédit Agricole and Santander, has received a crypto custody license in France, according to the regulator’s website on June 20. CACEIS claims to be a European leader in asset servicing, offering services from clearing and fund administrati ...

US lawmaker demands answers from SEC on docs related to Sam Bankman-Fried’s arrest

Michigan Representative Bill Huizenga, who chairs the United States House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, has called out the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its failure to produce appropriate documents related to the timing of the charges and arrest of former FTX CEO Sam B ...

Limited generative AI usage to be allowed in Japanese schools

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology plans to allow schools from elementary to high school level limited usage of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in classrooms. According to a local news outlet, a source close to the matter said that gene ...

Ripple gets in-principle nod for digital asset services in Singapore

Blockchain-based payments firm Ripple has obtained in-principle regulatory approval from Singapore’s financial regulator to offer digital asset payments and token products in the city-state.Ripple confirmed the approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in a June 22 stat ...

Valkyrie joins rush with BTC spot ETF application to go with its futures, miners ETFs

Cryptocurrency fund manager Valkyrie is applying for a Bitcoin spot exchange-traded fund (ETF), joining several other financial firms that have filed similar applications with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the last week. Valkyrie filed an S-1 registration form ...

Binance, Binance.US and CZ allege SEC made ‘misleading’ statements on exchange assets

Lawyers representing United States-based crypto exchange Binance.US, global exchange Binance Holdings Limited and Binance CEO Changpeng "CZ” Zhao have filed a motion alleging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) misled the public in statements issued over an ongoing securities ...

Fed sees stablecoin as form of money, wants ‘robust’ role in its oversight, Powell says

The United States Federal Reserve Board sees payment stablecoins as a form of money, Chair Jerome Powell said during questioning at the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee’s semi-annual hearing on Fed policy on June 21. Powell’s comments came in response ...

US lawmakers propose bills to hold bank execs accountable for failures and address risks

Democrats with the United States House Financial Services Committee have introduced several bills in what they described as the “first wave” of legislation aimed at addressing failures at major banks.In a June 21 announcement, committee ranking member Maxine Waters said House D ...

How to track and report crypto transactions for tax purposes

As cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets continue to grow in popularity and mainstream adoption, the United States Internal Revenue Service has taken an increasing interest in their taxation. In the U.S., cryptocurrency is subject to crypto tax and is classified as transactions inste ...

Crypto firms tout ‘fictitious’ regulatory stamps, Canadian regulator warns

Canadian citizens are being advised to double-check crypto trading service providers, as the platforms may be using “fictitious” regulatory bodies to boost their credibility.According to a June 20 Investor Alert from the Canadian Securities Administrators, some “purported ...

Five US enforcement agencies form new digital currency anti-crime task force

A diverse group of United States enforcement agencies has made official its cooperation on crimes related to the darknet and digital currency with the announcement of the Darknet Marketplace and Digital Currency Crimes Task Force on June 20. The new organization will target “cryptocurrency- ...

EU consumer protection groups urge governments to investigate AI

Consumer protection groups from the European Union (EU) have urged regulators to conduct investigations on artificial intelligence (AI) models behind popular chatbots. According to a report from the AP on Tuesday, 13 watchdog groups issued a warning to their national consumer, data pr ...

31% of young Aussies hold crypto despite being ‘risk averse’ — ASX survey

Despite seeing themselves as more “risk averse” than their older counterparts, nearly a third of all young Australian investors hold or have traded cryptocurrencies over the last year, a new study has found.In an Australian investor study from the Australian Securities Exchange ...

Australia’s crypto laws risk being outpaced by emerging markets: Think tank

The Australian government needs to quicken its pace in developing crypto regulation or risk falling behind developing markets, according to the chair of a new crypto think tank.Loretta Joseph, chair of the Australian Digital Financial Standards Advisory Council (ADFSAC) — the newly l ...

Bitcoin reaches 50% market dominance for first time in 2 years

Bitcoin (BTC) dominance, the measure of how much Bitcoin makes up of the total crypto market cap, has breached the 50% mark.On June 19 at 6 pm UTC, Bitcoin dominance hit just above 50% and has since settled to 49.9% at the time of publication, according to data from TradingView. Thi ...

Fear of a digital euro prompts Slovakia to add cash rule to constitution

Slovakia will codify the right to use cash as a method of payment after a vote to amend the nation’s constitution passed in parliament on June 15. The new legislation was sponsored by the Sme Rodina party, also known as the “We Are Family” party, and was reportedly drafted as a precau ...

Lawmakers vs. the SEC vs. Binance: Law Decoded, June 12–19

Once again, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) became the week’s headliner. Its intention to freeze the entirety of Binance.US’s assets got a reality check from U.S. district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who advised the regulator and the crypto exchange to negotiate a d ...

Fed rate pause triggers traders’ pivot to stocks — Will Bitcoin catch up?

After a momentary retest of the $25,000 support on June 15, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 6.5% as bulls successfully defended the $26,300 level. Despite this, the general sentiment remains slightly bearish as the cryptocurrency has declined by 12.7% in two months.The dismissal of Binance.US's tempo ...

Do Kwon gets 4 months in prison in Montenegro on fake passport charges

Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon has been found guilty of using a false passport by a court in Montenegro and has been sentenced to four months in prison.Kwon’s colleague and former Terraform Labs chief financial officer Han Chong-joon was charged alongside him and received the same sentence ...

Do Kwon denies forging passport, blames ‘Chinese’ agency: Report

Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon told a Montenegro court that he wasn’t aware the passport he was traveling with was allegedly forged and instead pinned the blame on a Chinese-named agency.In a June 17 report from South Korean news outlet Segye Ilbo, Kwon told the Montenegrin Basic Cou ...

Coinbase blasts SEC for ‘no straight answers’ following court order

Coinbase has slammed the United States securities regulator for failing to answer questions asked in the U.S. Court of Appeals as part of its ongoing legal battle with the regulator.In a June 17 letter filed in the Court, lawyers for the crypto exchange accosted the Securities Exchange Com ...

Binance sends cease and desist notice to fraudulent Nigerian entity

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has announced that Binance has officially issued a cease and desist notice to the fraudulent entity known as Binance Nigeria Limited. On Sunday, June 18, Zhao took to Twitter to make the announcement. On June 9, the Nigerian Securities and Exchange ...

Binance CEO CZ deems SEC’s request for emergency relief unwarranted

Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao expressed his happiness and relief as a prolonged dispute with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was successfully resolved. The SEC’s ongoing scrutiny had created a tense and uncertain period for the company, mak ...

CZ, Powell and more rally to fund legal fees for on-chain sleuth ZachXBT, surpassing $1M

Blockchain investigator ZachXBT has received over $1 million in donations in slightly more 24 hours from the crypto community to pay for his legal fees in a defamation lawsuit.ZachXBT, known for his investigative work in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, has become embroiled in a ...

Ripple case nears conclusion, but the fight for clarity must ‘continue’ – Brad Garlinghouse

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has warned that as Ripple's legal battle against the United States financial watchdog is coming “to a close,” it is only the beginning of a larger battle for the industry, and the fight for regulatory clarity “has to continue."Following the Hi ...

US court approves SEC-Binance.US agreement

United States Judge Amy Berman Jackson approved on June 17 an agreement between Binance.US, Binance, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), dismissing a previous temporary restraining order (TRO) that would freeze all Binance.US assets. Judge Jackson said on June 14 she wou ...

​SEC and Binance.​​US strike a temporary agreement on asset access

Binance, Binance.US, and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly agreed on