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Facebook hires two of Coinbase’s former compliance managers

Facebook has picked up two ex-Coinbase employees for its blockchain and other products; Jeff Cartwright has been tapped for policy and compliance work and brings experience from American Express and Goldman Sachs; Mikheil Moucharrafie has been hired as a compliance officer for the social media giant’s blockchain project – Link

By |May 15th, 2019|Regulation|0 Comments

Despite industry pushback, G20 may impose stricter KYC policy on exchanges – Aaron van Wirdum

📚    Inbound regulations from the Financial Authority Task Force agreed upon by G20 members in Dec. 2018 have the crypto industry up in arms, but little can be done. A recent meeting in Vienna between FATF and crypto industry members showed staunch opposition to the draft regulations expected to be implemented this coming June, […]

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Coinbase expands USDC trading to 85 countries in a bid to onboard more customers

Coinbase has added USD Coin trading to 85 countries and 50 new countries for crypto-to-crypto trading via its Coinbase and Coinbase Pro platforms, according to a blog post; now, Coinbase trading is available in 103 countries compared to 32 a year ago, part of the exchange’s efforts in providing a global presence – Link

By |May 15th, 2019|Regulation|0 Comments

Tether and Bitfinex request lessening of cash use restrictions imposed by injunction order

A letter from lawyers representing iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex and Tether, asked presiding justice Joel M. Cohen to grant leniency on cash restrictions following the New York AGO’s investigation and allegations; the letter states that using only non-reserve funds for business activities is restrictive and not under the “AGO’s purview to micromanage” Tether; […]

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Microsoft launches a decentralized identity tool on Bitcoin blockchain

Ion, Microsoft’s open source decentralized identify solution program, has been launched using the Bitcoin blockchain; the identity solution allows users to retain personal data while sharing it between different online sites; Facebook was asked to participate but declined; according to Microsoft’s Yorke Rhodes, Ion aligns with the software giants new “philosophy of consumer ownership and […]

By |May 14th, 2019|Regulation|0 Comments

HTC teams up with Kyber Network to offer exchange of ERC20 tokens

HTC’s Exodus 1 now supports ERC-20 token exchanges through Kyber Network’s liquidity protocol; tokens like the Basic Attention Token or MakerDAO’s DAI are supported through a pairing of the phone’s Zion Vault and Kyber; in essence, the due means there is no need for a third party exchange on the phone – Link

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SEC’s crypto czar says exchanges that list IEOs may face legal risks

The SEC’s senior advisor on digital assets and innovation Valerie Szczepanik says U.S.-based initial exchange offerings meet the standards for securities offerings and could be in ‘hot water’ if they failed to register; Szczepanik said: “Platforms seeking to list these tokens for a listing fee or bring buyers to the table for issuers are probably […]

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CME Group clocks bitcoin futures volume record by an eye popping 50%, with more than $1 billion in notional value traded

The world’s largest options and futures provider, Chicago’s CME Group, saw an all-time high of Bitcoin contracts sold in one day at 33,700; the previous highs of 22,500 and 18,300 were set April 4th and February 19th, respectively; at five Bitcoin per contract, 168,000 coins were traded at a total notional trade volume of $1B, […]

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[Analysis] Differentiating against Bitcoin – Sourabh

📚    Innovative features that Bitcoin’s competitors tout fall flat, minus two: adaptability and ledger assurance models; while these dangers have yet to be proven, they exist; programmability, privacy, throughput, and monetary policy all have marginal to negligible claims of displacing Bitcoin’s dominance because of Bitcoin’s head start or ability to add features. Still, altcoins […]

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Polymath, Charles Hoskinson team up on security token blockchain

IOHK’s Charles Hoskinson and Polymath are teaming up to launch Polymesh, a regulation compliant security token platform; announced at Consensus this week, the platform will be different from Polymath’s security platform in its capital market focus; the tandem is heavily leaning on Hoskinson’s experience founding both Ethereum and Cardano for the project, according to CoinDesk – Link

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