📚    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, the biggest bone being extensive KYC laws for both incoming and exiting transactions above $1,000; industry experts believe a crypto 'SWIFT' has to be developed in light of the regulations, as exchanges are forced to produce information on demand to authorities; critiques from firms like Chainalysis may change the final draft, but are unlikely to deter the entire effort - Link


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Litecoin block rewards will be halved today; meaning Litecoin miners will now receive 12.5 LTC for every block compared to the 25 LTC they received previously; the Litecoin network is designed to cut its mining rewards in half every 840,000 blocks; Monday's halving occured on block height 1,680,000 today - Link


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Samsung is adding to its blockchain dapp store by including over a dozen new apps in its Blockchain Keystore online app market. Samsung’s online dapp store, Blockchain Keystore, has grown from an initial four applications in March to a total of seventeen - Link


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BlockFi, a cryptoasset lender that has became popular with its interest bearing deposit accounts, has raised $14.5M in a Series A round led by Valar Ventures; other participants include Winklevoss Capital, Galaxy Digital, ConsenSys Ventures, Akuna Capital, Avon Ventures, Susquehanna, CMT Digital, Morgan Creek, and PJC; according to founder and CEO Zac Prince, BlockFi will use the funds to double its team size to 60 and roll out new products - Link


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📚   The market for crypto ATMs has been growing steadily, reports The Block's John Dantoni; last month crypto ATMs experienced their largest net increase in a single month with 292 installed globally; to date there are 5,353 ATMs across 81 different countries; Dantoni breaks down the growth, current status, and trends across different assets for the crypto ATM market - Link


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Bitpoint, a Japanese crypto exchange, is resuming some trading services following a $28M hack in July; Bitpoint is re-opening cash deposits and withdrawals in fiat currencies on August 6th following a safety assessment of the exchange’s cryptocurrency wallet; the hacked wallet is no longer in use and therefore not under threat - Link


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