Coinbase, Gemini Trust Among Dozens of Firms Granted Temporary Exemption from Singapore Crypto Licensing Requirement
Mar28

Coinbase, Gemini Trust Among Dozens of Firms Granted Temporary Exemption from Singapore Crypto Licensing Requirement

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced this week that dozens of companies have received temporary exemptions from the recently-enacted Payments Services Act’s new licensing requirements. Among those companies listed in the announcement are major cryptocurrency firms like Coinbase, Binance, and Gemini Trust.

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MT County Extends Zoning Regs for Crypto Mining
Mar27

MT County Extends Zoning Regs for Crypto Mining

In April 2019, the Missoula County Board of Commissioners adopted new interim zoning regulations designed to address issues related to cryptocurrency mining in the country. In a unanimous decision, the board voted on Thursday to extend those regulations for another year beyond their original expiration date of April 3, 2020.

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Coin Metrics Closes $6M Series A Funding Round
Mar26

Coin Metrics Closes $6M Series A Funding Round

Boston blockchain analytics company Coin Metrics has completed a $6 million Series A funding round, according to a March 26 report from The Block. The successful round was led by Highland Capital Partners and several other investors, including Coinbase, Fidelity, Dragonfly Capital, and Digital Currency Group.

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Court Injunction Blocks Telegram’s Issuance of GRAM Tokens
Mar25

Court Injunction Blocks Telegram’s Issuance of GRAM Tokens

A New York federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction barring Telegram from issuing and distributing its GRAM digital tokens, the Block reports. The Court, applying the Howey test, determined that the distribution would violate the nation’s securities laws.

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EY Japan to Launch Blockchain Solution for Sake
Mar21

EY Japan to Launch Blockchain Solution for Sake

EY Japan has plans to launch a new blockchain-based tracking system called Sake Blockchain, Nikkei Asian Review reports. The system will allow data-sharing of information that can help sake producers more effectively authenticate their products and counter rival counterfeit offerings.

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SEC Moves to Halt Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam
Mar20

SEC Moves to Halt Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has halted an alleged cryptocurrency scam and frozen related assets. In a press release, the commission confirmed that one of the accused fraudsters is a former Washington state senator, David Schmidt.

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Argentine Regulator Approves Expansion of Blockchain Gas Distribution Tracking System
Mar19

Argentine Regulator Approves Expansion of Blockchain Gas Distribution Tracking System

Argentinian natural gas regulators have approved an expansion of the blockchain-based Gasnet network to cover the entire nation. The system has previously been used by Gasnor, a local distributor which used Gasnet to track gas distribution to roughly 2 million people in Argentina.

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Bakkt Announces Completion of $300 Million Funding Round
Mar17

Bakkt Announces Completion of $300 Million Funding Round

Bakkt announced the completion of a $300 million Series B funding round, in a blog post on Monday. Investors include Intercontinental Exchange, Boston Consulting Group, PayU, Pantera Capital, CMT Digital, Goldfinch Partners, and Microsoft’s M12.

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Organizers Postpone Japan’s Largest Blockchain Summit, Citing Covid-19 Concerns
Mar16

Organizers Postpone Japan’s Largest Blockchain Summit, Citing Covid-19 Concerns

Organizers for the TEAMZ Blockchain Summit have officially announced that they are postponing the event until September 28, due to concerns about the coronavirus. The event is the largest blockchain-related gathering in Japan and was originally scheduled to begin in April.

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Washington Federal Judge Rules in Favor of County in Electricity Rate Dispute with Cryptocurrency Miners
Mar14

Washington Federal Judge Rules in Favor of County in Electricity Rate Dispute with Cryptocurrency Miners

A federal judge in Washington has rejected cryptocurrency miners’ claims that Grant County’s new electricity rates for emerging industries violated their rights and federal law. In the ruling, Eastern District of Washington District Court Judge Rosanna Peterson determined that the plaintiff miners failed to show that Grant County violated any provisions of the Federal Power Act.

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NY Demands that Cryptocurrency Firms Provide Coronavirus Preparedness Plans
Mar13

NY Demands that Cryptocurrency Firms Provide Coronavirus Preparedness Plans

On March 10, the New York State Department of Financial Services issued guidance directing digital currency firms to provide the government with their coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness plans. According to DFS, the move was necessary to ensure that companies have plans in place to deal with any financial or operational risks related to the virus outbreak.

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India’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading
Mar05

India’s Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading

The Supreme Court of India overturned a central bank ban on digital currency trading on Wednesday in a decision that struck down RBI’s 2018 decision barring the country’s banks from doing business with cryptocurrency exchanges. As CNN reports, the ruling is a victory for the digital currency exchanges that had challenged the central bank’s action, many of whom celebrated the high court’s decision.

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New CoronaCoin Ties Supply of Currency to Coronavirus Infections
Mar01

New CoronaCoin Ties Supply of Currency to Coronavirus Infections

A new cryptocurrency project relies on a novel – and some might say ghoulish – gimmick. The token, called CoronaCoin is designed to ensure that the number of coins in existence decreases as the number of Coronavirus cases around the world rises.

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Billionaire Buffett Vows He Will Never Own Cryptocurrency
Feb24

Billionaire Buffett Vows He Will Never Own Cryptocurrency

Warren Buffett, the billionaire CEO and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, vowed today that he will never own any cryptocurrency. He made that promise during a CNBC Squawk Box interview in which he reaffirmed his longtime disdain for digital currency.

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Shopify to Join Libra Association
Feb22

Shopify to Join Libra Association

Shopify announced yesterday that it will be joining the Libra Association. The e-commerce giant’s decision to become a member of the embattled cryptocurrency group comes after the association has suffered several high-profile defections in recent months, including founding payment service firms like Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal.

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Report: IRS Wants to Meet with Cryptocurrency Groups at March Summit
Feb19

Report: IRS Wants to Meet with Cryptocurrency Groups at March Summit

The Internal Revenue Service has apparently invited a number of cryptocurrency groups to participate in a summit on March 3, Bloomberg Tax reports. The agency summit is designed to foster a dialogue with industry leaders, companies, and other advocates to help the agency better understand how it can create a balance between regulatory enforcement and effective taxpayer service.

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Binance Cloud Service to Simplify Digital Asset Exchange Launches
Feb17

Binance Cloud Service to Simplify Digital Asset Exchange Launches

Cryptocurrency exchange giant Binance today unveiled Binance Cloud. In a blog post announcement, the company described the new service as “an infrastructure solution for customers and partners to launch digital asset exchanges launching Binance’s industry-leading technology, security, and liquidity.

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Gemini Announces Integration with TradingView Platform
Feb04

Gemini Announces Integration with TradingView Platform

Gemini today announced that it has integrated its services with the popular TradingView platform. According to the company, its institutional customers will now be able to directly trade or invest using the TradingView trading interface.

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In Interview, Mastercard CEO Explains Reasons for Leaving Libra Project
Feb03

In Interview, Mastercard CEO Explains Reasons for Leaving Libra Project

In an interview with the Financial Times published today, Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga cited concerns about compliance as one of the main reasons his company left Facebook’s Libra Project last October. At the same time, Banga criticized the development of national payment systems, expressing support for a common global system instead.

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HSB Survey: 36% of U.S. Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Accept Cryptocurrency
Jan22

HSB Survey: 36% of U.S. Small & Medium-Sized Businesses Accept Cryptocurrency

A recent HSB survey of small and medium-sized enterprises across the United States found that 36 percent of those businesses now accept cryptocurrency payments for their goods and services. In a press release, HSB also confirmed that 59 percent of respondent companies said that they’ve even purchased cryptocurrency.

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