Israel’s Capital Market, Insurance and Savings Authority wants to expedite the licensing process for blockchain and other fintech firms, according to a report from Israeli business outlet Calcalist. The Authority reportedly hopes to facilitate greater competitiveness and innovation in the sector.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced plans to launch an open blockchain project called Venus to facilitate the development of “localized stablecoins” around the world. The exchange said that it hopes to partner with governments, tech companies, and other cryptocurrency businesses to help empower nations to create new currencies.
Credit card giant Mastercard is apparently building an in-house cryptocurrency team, according to a recent report from the New York Post. The company is actively recruiting job candidates who are familiar with cryptocurrency technology. The Post provided details of the job listing in its August 17 report:
South Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange CoinOne recently published a blog post revealing its criteria for new cryptocurrency projects seeking to get listed on the exchange. In that post, CoinOne identified nine specific criteria it uses to judge any project’s suitability for being listed as well as several criteria the company uses when considering a delisting.
British banking institution Barclays has stopped providing bank services to U.S.-based digital currency exchange Coinbase, according to Reuters, which cited “sources familiar with the matter.” Other recent reports suggest that Coinbase has secured a banking partnership with UK-based ClearBank.
New Zealand’s tax authority has published new guidelines permitting the use of cryptocurrency to pay worker salaries, effective September 1, 2019. The published guidelines emphasize that digital currencies are still not considered legal tender, and any salary or wage payments that utilize them must comply with the country’s tax laws.
The United States Department of Energy’s Office of Science is partnering with two universities, a software firm, and energy company ComEd to develop an “energy internet” using blockchain technology. The DOE has provided the four organizations with a grant of $1,05 million to fund the project, according to a ComEd press release published on Friday, August 9.
Coinbase Custody Trust Company has added two former New York banking regulators to its board of directors. In a blog post, dated August 7, the company confirmed that Robert Easton and Richard Neiman were selected for their solid experience in “financial services, public policy and banking operations.”
Huobi announced Wednesday that it is partnering with Global Digital Finance (GDF) to “develop best practices and standards within the digital asset community.” The move comes amid increased attention from policymakers around the globe, and continuing concerns about the industry’s lack of regulatory oversight.
Blockchain announced today that is has launched a new cryptocurrency exchange, The PIT, Reuters reports. According to the company, the new exchange relies on a matching engine called “Mercury” to provide trading at speeds faster than other exchanges in the industry today.
The United States filed a complaint this week against the BTC-e cryptocurrency exchange and its alleged operator Alexander Vinnik, seeking to recover civil monetary penalties assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in July 2017.
Chinese alcohol wholesaler Oranco announced Friday that its newly-developed blockchain-based anti-counterfeiting technology is now ready for testing. The technology was developed in partnership with blockchain tech solution firm Guangzhou Silicon Technology Co., Ltd.
California-based tech e-retailer Newegg announced on Wednesday that it will now accept Bitcoin as a payment option in 73 nations. According to the press release announcing the news, customers in “nearly all of the countries the company serves worldwide” can now use Bitcoin in Newegg’s online stores.
Since announcing its Project Libra cryptocurrency plans, Facebook has experienced a growing amount of resistance from policymakers around the globe. Recent data from messaging app Viber indicates that consumers may not be too excited about the prospect of a Facebook digital currency either, with 49% of respondents in the United States and UK reporting a lack of trust in the company’s planned cryptocurrency.
The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission has been investigating the BitMEX cryptocurrency exchange for several months, Bloomberg reported Friday. According to the media outlet’s unnamed sources, the regulatory agency has been trying to determine whether the exchange violated rules that prevent Americans from trading on its platform:
Japanese officials reportedly want to develop an international payment system for digital currencies that would be similar to the global SWIFT network currently used by the world’s financial institutions, Reuters reported on Thursday.
French regulators are getting closer to approving the first group of cryptocurrency companies in accordance with new rules slated to go into effect in late July, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Those new rules will provide regulatory approval for digital asset companies that voluntarily comply with the country’s standards for consumer protections, capital requirements, and payment of French taxes.
Facebook executive David Marcus faced questioning from Senate lawmakers on Tuesday, during a Banking Committee hearing on the company’s Project Libra cryptocurrency. The hearing highlighted the skepticism many public officials have expressed about the company, its trustworthiness, and the potential risk Libra could pose to the world’s financial system.
In a Tuesday interview with CNBC, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss predicted that Facebook won’t be the only technology giant to launch a cryptocurrency project. In fact, they believe that a number of major tech firms will be involved with their own cryptocurrencies soon. According to Tyler:
JPMorgan Chase digital treasury services and blockchain head Umar Farooq has reportedly told Bloomberg that the company’s JPM Coin digital currency will likely be pilot-tested with clients before the end of 2019. That prediction was made during an interview in which Farooq said that the company’s clients have expressed interest in the coin’s benefits for bond trading.