Tagged: digital currencies

Court Enters Order Authorizing IRS to Serve John Doe Summons on Fintech Circle to Obtain Info on US Taxpayers’ Crypto Transactions

A federal court in the District of Massachusetts recently entered an order that authorizes the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a John Doe summons on Circle Internet Financial Inc., “or its predecessors, subsidiaries, divisions, and affiliates, including Poloniex LLC.” According to a release,… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan Reveals it has Officially Begun Phase 1 of its Digital Currency Tests

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) revealed on Monday (April 5, 2021) that it has officially started Phase 1 of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilots and related experiments. The initial phase of testing will mainly focus on assessing the basic functions of CBDCs as… Read More

European Payment Services Provider Nets Group and Salamantex to Support Bitcoin, Ethereum Transactions in Austria

Nets Group, a European payment services provider, along with with Salamantex, an Austrian developer of software solutions for cryptocurrency payments, have announced that they’re bringing acceptance of virtual currencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Etherereum (ETH) and XRP to in-store points-of-sale in Austria. The partnership between Nets… Read More

US Fed’s Digital Dollar Initiative Might Affect Revenue of Wall Street Giants, but Digital Currency May Take Several Years to Launch

The US Federal Reserve’s Digital Dollar initiative may be of concern to Wall Street, according to a report from Bloomberg. The financial services sector may have to prepare for what might be its most significant disruption during the past few decades, according to the report…. Read More

Indian Officials Say they have “Major Concerns” Regarding Cryptos like Bitcoin, Authorities May Require Disclosing Crypto Earnings

Local sources in India have commented on why the government may want residents to disclose their digital currency holdings. Industry professionals in the country have pointed out that the Indian corporate affairs ministry could be looking for disclosures from firms in order to get a… Read More

Engage People CTO Len Covello Provides Key Insights on how Loyalty Points are “Often-Overlooked” Alternative Payment Option

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We recently caught up with Len Covello, CTO at Engage People, a global loyalty tech company. Covello explained how loyalty points are an often-overlooked alternative payment option. Covello talked about how the demand for having the flexibility to pay with points as easy as credit… Read More

CBDCs: Chinese Official Address Concerns Regarding User Privacy and the Digital Yuan

China’s officials have addressed concerns that the digital yuan may be violating or infringing on user privacy. They’ve looked into questions related to “controllable anonymity” as well. STCN reports that on March 20, 2021, Mu Changchun, Director of the Digital Currency Research Institute of the… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Cautions that Bitcoin Investments and Trading Pose Major Risks, Not Suitable for Payments or Store of Value

US Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell has cautioned that transacting in digital currencies such as Bitcoin can pose significant risks due to the high volatility nature of these new assets. Powell noted that virtual currencies remain highly volatile. He pointed out that Bitcoin may not… Read More

CipherTrace and Blockchain Industry Insiders Comment on Updated FATF Guidelines on Virtual Assets and VASPs

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace has provided an analysis on the proposed Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidance for digital assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs). On March 19, 2021, global anti-money laundering watchdog, the FATF, released a public consultation for its latest Draft Guidance… Read More

Facebook with 2.8B Users and its Diem Initiative May Compete with Online Payment Platforms, but Bitcoin with $1T Market Cap Can’t be Ignored: Report

Researchers at Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DB /NYSE: DB) have published an update, titled The Future of Payments in which they look into whether Bitcoin (BTC) may offer any value to the financial system. The bank’s research team points out that Bitcoin or BTC’s market capitalization… Read More

Notabene Partners Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis to Bring Scalable Travel Rule Solution to Crypto Businesses

Notabene has teamed up with blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis to bring a “scalable” Travel Rule solution to cryptocurrency-focused businesses. Crypto-related businesses are working consistently to meet updated regulatory guidelines involving counterparty risk. According to a blog post by Chainalysis, the most notable of these requirements… Read More

Coin Center Reminds that Deadline for Comments on FinCEN Rulemaking for Crypto Transactions Is End of March 2021

Peter Van Valkenburgh, the Director of Research at Coin Center, a leading non-profit entity focused on the latest policy issues facing digital currencies, notes that his organization will be using the additional time provided by FinCEN to submit another comment in “ongoing surveillance rulemaking.” Coin… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan Confirms Plans for “Preparing Thoroughly” to Potentially Launch a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has confirmed that it is getting ready to work on a national virtual currency. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the 138-year-old institution, stated that the BoJ, the nation’s reserve bank, would begin “preparing thoroughly” for a future that may include a… Read More

Overarching National-Level US Legislation Remains Ideal Way to Create Coherent Digital Asset Regulatory Framework, BitOoda Says

Despite a few weeks’ break from their regulatory assessments, the BitOoda team says it has been regularly monitoring the crypto industry and engaging in the ongoing advancement of the US regulatory landscape. BitOoda notes that the recent developments they’ve followed are: New York Attorney General… Read More

CipherTrace Explains how its Traveler Product Assists VASPs with Following Global Travel Rule Regulations

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that its Traveler product has been developed to assist virtual asset service providers or VASPs with adhering to the international “Travel Rule” regulations by securely sharing digital currency transaction details with other “vetted” VASPs. CipherTrace explains that its tools are… Read More

BitPay Adds DogeCoin to List of Supported Cryptos, Confirms NBA Team Dallas Mavericks are Early DOGE Adopter

BitPay is welcoming Dogecoin (DOGE) to its list of supported digital currencies. This new addition is now being supported via the BitPay Wallet app and at all of BitPay’s enabled merchant locations. The Shiba-Inu based crypto-asset Dogecoin has become quite popular, especially with billionaire Elon… Read More

$21 Million in New 2020 Ransomware Payments were Made According to Chainalysis Review of Uncovered Crypto Addresses

On January 27, 2021, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that there had been a significant disruption of the NetWalker ransomware strain. FBI agents assigned to the case had taken down a website NetWalker attackers had allegedly used to communicate with the unsuspecting victims…. Read More

Researchers at McGill are Reportedly Working on Potential Design for Bank of Canada Virtual Currency or CBDC

The research team at McGill is reportedly collaborating on the potential design for the new Bank of Canada digital currency. Professors Katrin Tinn and Christophe Dubach have jointly proposed a new design for a “cash-like” central bank digital currency or CBDC which will aim to… Read More

Coinbase Recommends Using CoinTracker, a Free Tool for Calculating Taxes on Cryptocurrency Transactions

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San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase says it’s focused on helping its customers during tax season (in the United States) Lawrence Zlatkin, Vice President, Tax, Coinbase, notes that for the second consecutive year, taxpayers will be asked on their tax return forms questions regarding digital currencies…. Read More

Nigerian Senate Admits they Can’t Ban or Control Pseudonymous Bitcoin (BTC) Transactions

A Nigerian crypto trader is claiming that they sold off all their coins (crypto-assets) following the government’s directives regarding cryptocurrencies. The trader also noted that they’ve now withdrawn all their proceeds, but they haven’t “seen a dime” in their bank account and it’s been more… Read More

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