Tagged: digital currencies

Blockchain Security Firm CipherTrace Clarifies how Virtual Asset Service Providers, Money Service Businesses are Categorized by Regulators

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace recently explained and discussed the differences between virtual asset service providers (VASPs), money service businesses (MSB), money transmitters, digital asset customers, and how they impact crypto-related compliance measures. CipherTrace noted that cryptocurrency, digital assets, convertible virtual currency, and other terms seem… Read More

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey Expresses Concerns Regarding FinCEN’s Proposed Bitcoin and Crypto Regulations

Payments company Square‘s (NYSE:SQ) Jack Dorsey has expressed concerns regarding recently proposed Bitcoin (BTC) related regulations. The bitcoin regulations proposed by FinCEN give few useful powers to regulators, greatly roll back economic freedoms while pointlessly surveilling law-abiding people, and create databases of info about who… Read More

Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC), and Dash (DASH) Cryptocurrency Markets to be Removed from Bittrex by Jan 15

Digital currency exchange Bittrex has announced that Monero (XMR), Zcash (ZEC), and Dash (DASH) cryptocurrency markets will be “removed on Friday, January 15th at 23:00 UTC.” The Bittrex team confirmed that the following markets will be removed on January 15, 2021: BTC-XMR, ETH-XMR, USDT-XMR BTC-ZEC,… Read More

US Congress Warns Treasury on Unusually Short Timeframe Provided for Submitting Feedback on Proposed Cryptocurrency Rulemaking

Robin Mahler Weisman, Senior Policy Counsel at Coin Center, a leading non-profit entity focused on the latest policy issues facing digital currencies, notes that the US Congress had warned the Treasury regarding its “unusually short” timeline for feedback regarding its new cryptocurrency rulemaking proposal. Weisman… Read More

Coinbase Developer Explains How USDC Stablecoin, a Multi Billion Dollar Ethereum ERC-20 Token, Was Upgraded

Pete Kim, who has helped build the USDC stablecoin version 2.0 and the Coinbase Wallet, has published an update on upgrading one of the world’s largest digital assets, USDC, which is an (Ethereum) ERC-20 compliant token. Kim explains that USD Coin (USDC) is a stablecoin… Read More

Blockchain Firm Chainalysis and Digital Asset Exchange OKCoin Express Concerns Regarding FinCEN’s New Crypto Rules

This past Friday, the US Department of the Treasury published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Register that may require financial institutions and cryptocurrency-related firms to submit updated reports, maintain records, and accurately verify the identity of customers in relation to transfers… Read More

Developers of Digital Currency Platform Dash are Releasing 4 Improvement Proposals for DashPay

Samuel Westrich, Head of Mobile Team at Dash Core Group, an organization focused on the development of Dash (DASH), a widely-adopted digital currency platform and ecosystem, reveals that he’s been active in Dash’s ongoing development since 2015. Westrich notes that his team is getting closer… Read More

Coinbase Requests that FinCEN Apply Traditional 60-Day Notice-and-Comment Period for its Proposed Rulemaking for Crypto Transactions

On December 19, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a 72-page notice of proposed or suggested rulemaking, titled “Requirements for Certain Transactions Involving Convertible Virtual Currency or Digital Assets,” which could impose new and “onerous” reporting and recordkeeping requirements for virtual currency transactions,… Read More

FinCEN Proposes Rule Change for Unhosted Convertible Virtual Currency Wallets

On December 18, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a proposed rule change for digital currency transactions with “unhosted” wallets. Under the newly proposed change, banking institutions, and money services businesses (MSBs) may be required to verify customers’ identities and turn in reports… Read More

Blockchain Infrastructure Platform Paxos Secures $142 Million in Series C Funding Round Led By Declaration Partners

  Paxos, a blockchain infrastructure platform, today announced it has closed a $142 million Series C round of funding. Declaration Partners, the investment firm backed by the family office of David M. Rubenstein, led the round, with participation from Mithril Capital, PayPal Ventures, RIT Capital Partners plc, Ken Moelis, Alua Capital,… Read More

UK’s FCA Issues Warnings about Loan Fee Fraud, Cryptoassets-related and Coroanvirus Scams, especially During Holidays

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued “Three Wise Warnings” for the nation’s consumers. The financial regulator has cautioned that customers should look out for loan fee fraud this Christmas or holiday season. The FCA notes that if you’ve been asked to pay some… Read More

Only 22% of Banking Professionals and Financial Investigators Feel “Confident” Identifying Crypto related Transfers: Survey

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace reports that only 22% of banking industry professionals and financial investigators “feel confident” in their ability to accurately identify cryptocurrency -related payments. In a December 9, 2020, CipherTrace-ACFCS Webinar on “How Cryptocurrency Intelligence Tipped the Scales in 2020 Sanctions Evasion,” more… Read More

CBDCs: China to Distribute $3M of Virtual Yuan as JD.com Is Now the First Major Online Service to Accept the Digital Currency

China is reportedly handing out around $3 million of digital yuan as JD.com notably becomes the first online platform to begin accepting the virtual currency. As first reported by CNBC, Chinese digital commerce company JD.com confirmed that it will become the first major online platform… Read More

Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Now Account for Significantly Lower Percentage of Darknet Market Transactions: Report

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis notes that global darknet markets have long “fascinated” the general public, beginning with the infamous Silk Road, which represented around 20% of all Bitcoin (BTC) related activity during its “heyday” back in 2013. But since that time, these illicit activities account… Read More

Digital Payments Surge in 2020, while Distributed Ledger Tech is in Focus for Digital Currency Solutions, Efficiency Enhancements: Report

Capgemini has released a new report titled, Payments – Top Trends 2021: Drivers, Opportunities, and Risks Shaping Financial Services. While highlighting key Fintech trends in the payments sector, the extensive report noted that Payments-as-a-Service has gained significant “traction” among small- and mid-tier institutions. It added… Read More

Chainalysis Introduces Asset Realization Program to Help Governments with Managing Seized Digital Assets

Chainalysis, a leading blockchain analysis firm, has introduced an asset realization program to assist government departments and insolvency practitioners with handling, storing, “realizing,” and monitoring seized assets. As mentioned in a blog post by Chainalysis, this announcement has come soon after the largest ever seizure… Read More

Cypherium, an Interoperability Solution Provider for Blockchain based Digital Currencies, has Launched its Mainnet

Cypherium, an enterprise-focused distributed ledger tech (DLT) platform that aims to facilitate interoperability between blockchains and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), has launched its mainnet. The Cypherium main network launch has come after the project raised $28 million in capital which includes $4 million from… Read More

Tourism Industry has Struggled due to COVID, and now Many Tourism focused Countries May Adopt Digital Currencies to Boost Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many different socioeconomic challenges. It has definitely been a really tough year for the travel and tourism industry as most people were forced to cancel their travelling plans and stay at home (to prevent the further spread of the virus)…. Read More

Dave Hodgson: CIO at NEM Group and MD at NEM Ventures Discusses Plans for Enterprise Blockchain Development and Support for DeFi

  We recently connected with Dave Hodgson, Chief Investment Officer at NEM Group and Managing Director NEM Ventures. NEM (XEM) is a major blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) based platform for building and deploying decentralized applications (dApps). Hodgson’s role encompasses group investment management, jurisdictional… Read More

Developments related to Central Bank Digital Currencies have “Accelerated Dramatically” During Past 18 Months: Report

A report published by Global Digital Finance notes that during the past 18 months, the developments related to central bank digital currencies (CBDC) have “accelerated dramatically.” CBDC projects have gone from the research stage to formulating key policy requirements. Countries like China have even introduced… Read More

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