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What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin (BTC) is the first cryptocurrency created by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. With the underlying technology blockchain, bitcoin has redefining money in terms of money form, money issuance standard and money movement. Bitcoin has a limit of 21 million coins and uses proof-of-work (POW) consensus. In some sense, bitcoin removes our reliance on central banks and traditional financial institutions that we have to trust on. Bitcoin brings monetary freedom.
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Will Distributed Ledger Technology Revolutionize Education?
Since the establishment of blockchain and its deliverance of many opportunities for with disruptive potentials, the question at the back of many minds have been numerous, this article is focused on answering some of those pressing questions.

Why Bitcoin Doesn’t Feel Like a Bull Market
Why does everybody still act like bitcoin is in a bear market?

Iran Government Offers Up To 20% Reward To Anyone Who Exposes Illicit Cryptocurrency Mining In The Country
Iran just offered a reward to anyone who exposes illicit cryptocurrency mining in the country.

Paxos Launches Blockchain Settlement Platform Following No-Action Relief From SEC
Paxos Trust Company announced that it will go ahead with the launch of its blockchain-enabled Paxos Settlement Service after receiving No-Action relief from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Texas Authorities Slap “Bitcoin Pope” and Forex Birds with Cease and Desist Order for Fraudulent Investment Scheme
An emergency cease and desist order has been issued against the “Bitcoin Pope” trader, under allegations of fraudulent cryptocurrency investments.

Chinese Police Put MicroBT CEO Under Microscope Over Alleged Dispute With Bitmain
Chinese Police have just resumed its investigation of intellectual property infringement involving Yang Zuoxing, CEO of Shenzhen Bit Microelectronics Technology and Bitmain.

Uber’s Former Security Chief Charged for Using $100K Bitcoin Hush Payment to Hide Data Breach
Former Chief Security Officer at Uber, Joseph Sullivan, has been charged with allegedly paying $100K in Bitcoin to hackers to cover up a company data breach.

Liechtenstein's Ground-Breaking Blockchain Business Law At a Glance
Liechtenstein's introduction of the world’s first blockchain business law represents an important milestone in the evolution of legal frameworks to support blockchain business.

U.S. Intends to Impose Tax on Crypto to Support Infrastructure Construction Amid Musk and Dorsey Express Strong Dissatisfaction
As the bipartisan Senate began to vote on President Joe Biden's infrastructure package, the taxation of cryptocurrency transactions in this infrastructure plan cited Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Senator Criticism by Ted Cruz, and others.

PlexCoin Founder Indicted by US Grand Jury for 2017 ICO Securities Fraud
A United States grand jury indictment has been delivered to Plexcoin founder, Dominic Lacroix, as well as Yan Ouellet and Sabrina Paradis-Royer for securities and wire fraud, and conspiracy to launder money, according to the DOJ.

Argentina Orders Stricter Monitoring on Local Crypto Transactions Amid Battling the Flight of Devalued Pesos
Argentina’s Financial Information Unit (FIU) has ordered stricter controls and monitoring into cryptocurrency transactions in the country to eradicate money laundering and other illicit activities. Argentine newspaper El Cronista reported that the FIU, a government agency that is responsible for enforcing anti-money laundering laws and compliance, is looking to tighten its controls on cryptocurrency trading.

US Treasury Department Warns Regulators of Potential Risks of Digital Assets
The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) of the US Treasury Department has released its annual report with a crucial warning of digital assets disruption.

DFA Bill Passed, But Central Bank of Russia Still Thinks Cryptos Are Criminal
Despite the Digital Financial Assets bill being passed by the State Duma, Russia’s Central Bank has nevertheless argued that crypto transactions are not deemed as legitimate investments.

Trump Nominates SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce For Second Term
Crypto Mom, Hester Peirce has been nominated for a second term with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as one of its five commissioners, until 2025.

Paraguay Introduces Bill to Make Bitcoin Legal Tender
Paraguay lawmaker has tabled a motion in pursuing Bitcoin as legal tender, hoping that the country will become another country to use cryptocurrency after El Salvador.

US SEC Shoots Down Latest Bitcoin ETF, Commissioner Crypto-Mom Dissents on Ruling
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rejected yet another bid for a bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF), this time from New York-based Wilshire Phoenix.

South Korea Passes Comprehensive Law Officially Legalizing Cryptocurrency Trading And Holding
A day after India’s Supreme Court lifted the ban on cryptocurrencies, South Korea has followed in their footsteps as the nation’s National Assembly has amended the Act on Reporting and Use of Specific Financial Information. This move fully legalizes cryptocurrencies in South Korea.

US won't Follow China’s Ban on Crypto and ‘Up to Congress’: SEC Chairman Gary Gensler
At a hearing held on Tuesday, Gary Gensler, chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said that the United States will not follow China's ban on cryptocurrencies.

India’s Apex Court Postpones Cryptocurrencies Ban Hearing to November
Back in April 2018, the Reserve Bank of India released a press release prohibiting banks from providing financial services to individuals and corporate bodies dealing in cryptocurrencies. This move by the Reserve Bank of India has received many criticisms from several individuals and the High Court of Delhi as the ban clearly violates the constitution.

Hong Kong Financial Watchdog Proposes Restricting Cryptocurrency Trading to Professional Investors
Hong Kong retail traders may be prohibited from trading cryptocurrencies if the city’s Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau’s proposed rule is approved.

El Salvador Lawmakers Passes $150M Bitcoin Trust Fund into Law
El Salvador parliament has passed the Bitcoin Trust Fund proposal into law.

New Bitcoin Tax Plan Stifles Blockchain Technology
After a fierce debate exploded over how to tax cryptocurrency, a bid to pass an infrastructure bill worth approximately $1 trillion has stalled in the US senate.

Colombian Ministry of Information Technology Prioritize Public Sector Blockchain and Crypto Payment Solutions
The Colombian Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MinTIC) believes blockchain and DLT solutions could benefit its public sector.

US Department of Justice Works with International Agencies to Crack Down NetWalker Ransomware
The US Department of Justice has led international efforts that have seen half a million dollars in cryptocurrency seized from the NetWalker ransomware group.

United States Moves Forward With Crypto Regulation
Two new crypto-related bills were discussed among the House Agriculture Committee this week as the United States moves forward with crypto regulation.

New York Times Square Billboard Demands Release of Silk Road Darknet Drug Trafficker
A billboard in Times Square has been hired by the ‘Free Ross’ movement as part of a campaign to release the Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road drug trafficking marketplace on the darknet.

Spain To Draft New Bill That Will Enforce Full Crypto Holding Disclosure From Citizens
Spain is drafting a bill that will make it mandatory for crypto asset holders to disclose the value of their assets for tax purposes.

Russian Civil Servants Required to Declare Crypto Holdings Beginning in 2021
Russia’s public officials will be obligated to declare all their private cryptocurrency and digital asset holdings, effective from the start of 2021.

Coinbase CEO Warns Exiting President Trump May Drop Crypto Wallet Regulation Bomb
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong shared rumors that the Trump Administration may rush crypto wallet regulations on traders with privacy-invading data-collection requirements.

China Declares Bitcoin as Virtual Property with Monetary Value
China has taken a new step with an important legal precedent regarding Bitcoin in a property dispute case in Hangzhou. Read more about how this case affirmed the legal status of Bitcoin as a virtual property with protection under Chinese law.

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Seeks Advice on Designing Prudential Treatment for Crypto-assets
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision publishes paper going over the design for prudential treatment for crypto assets. The paper goes over areas such as risks of crypto-asset exposures, capital, and liquidity requirements, and general considerations for the prudential treatment.

Australian Tax Office Requests Crypto Investors Follow the Rules
The Australia Tax Office wants crypto investors to accurately declare their assets for appropriate taxation.

Dutch Central Bank Grants First-Ever Crypto Service Registration
The Amsterdam Digital Asset Exchange (AMDAX) has secured the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in line with EU Anti Money Laundering guidelines.

US CFTC Holds Meeting on Stablecoins Joined by Paxos, MakerDAO and JPM Coin Executives
The United States Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held a meeting earlier this week to study the potential impact of the stablecoin industry. The derivatives regulator met with stablecoin industry experts to understand its future implications.

U.S. IRS Chief Requests More Power To Collect Crypto Transfer Data
U.S. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Retting told Congress that the authority needs more permission to collect cryptocurrency transfer data, Reuters reported Tuesday.

US FinCEN Files Show Deutsche Bank Tops List of Suspicious Transactions, So Cut Bitcoin Some Slack
German central bank, Deutsche Bundesbank appears to have facilitated over one trillion dollars of suspicious transactions flagged by US FinCEN.

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen Confirmed in Senate as new US Treasury Secretary
After being nominated by President Joe Biden, the United States Senate has now confirmed former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as Treasury Security.

UK Financial Watchdog FCA Bans Crypto Derivatives Trading For Retail Investors
The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued its final rules banning the sale of crypto derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs).

China Unlikely to Approve Oracle and Walmart’s TikTok Deal – Blockchain and Bitcoin Implications
China appears to be on edge regarding Oracle and Walmart’s deal with parent company ByteDance for TikTok’s US operations, calling it an “unfair deal.”

First Bitcoin Mixer Slapped with $60M Fine by FinCEN in Money Laundering Crackdown
FinCEN charged a Bitcoin-mixing operator with a $60 million civil money penalty for violating anti-money laundering regulations.

US Tax Office Warns Coinbase Users To Declare Crypto Holdings Before IRS Clampdown
The IRS may soon start clamping down on crypto users particularly those affiliated with Coinbase exchange who do not properly report their crypto holdings.

HKSFC Guidance on Virtual Asset Fund Managers: The 4 Key Takeaways
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) released the latest guideline “Proforma Terms and Conditions for Licensed Corporations which Manage Portfolios that Invest in Virtual Assets”, providing further guidance on fund dealing and virtual asset fund management.

Arab's Financial Security Publishes a Tentative Draft Resolution for Crypto Regulations
Securities and Commodities Authority in the United Arab Emirates released a draft containing their tentative resolutions on how the crypto market will be regulated.

Bakkt Platform Launched: Trades 71 Bitcoin Futures Contracts in 24 Hours
ICE’s historical data on Bakkt’s Bitcoin/USD futures contract trading reveals that the platform traded 71 BTC at press time, with the last trading price recorded at $9,875 per Bitcoin.

Swiss Regulator Issues Banking Licenses to Two Blockchain Firms
The Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Switzerland has issued banking and securities dealers’ licenses to two new blockchain companies.

US Department of Justice Releases Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a cryptocurrency enforcement framework, which offers a comprehensive overview of the emerging threats in the crypto space.

New Zealand's Tax Authority Demands Info on Crypto Investors
New Zealand's Internal Revenue Department has asked all companies to pass on customers' personal details as well as the type and value of their crypto assets.

India May Imposes 2% "Equalization Levy" on Offshore Crypto Exchanges
According to local media sources in India, the regulator intends to impose a 2% "equalization levy" on investors for cryptocurrency trading services from offshore exchanges that provide services to the Indian market.

To Criminalize or Not to Criminalize Bitcoin and Crypto? Moscow Reconsiders
The State Duma is discussing its legislative plans regarding Bitcoin and cryptocurrency usage and has been reported to seemingly have a change of heart regarding digital assets adoption in Russia.

Russian Prime Minister Calls for Civilized Approach to Crypto Regulation
Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian prime minister, has stated that the cryptocurrency market ought to be advanced in a civilized manner.

US SEC Reopens Rejected Bitwise BTC ETF For Review
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it will revisit and review its previous decision to reject Bitwise Asset Management and NYSE Arca’s filing for a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).

President of Liberland Keynotes in Vienna and London
As part of his continued international work, President of Liberland, Vit Jedlicka, presented recently in both Vienna and London. Opening his talks he asked the audience “who has thought about founding a country?” In both cases, the audience responded with humour and some awe. And in London about six hands went up. Vit had hit upon a nerve which may or may not have been promoted by Brexit.

Corrupt Cop Sentenced to Prison for Accepting Bitcoin Bribe from Dark Web Drug Dealer
A former police officer has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for accepting a Bitcoin bribe from a dark web dealer, in exchange for his professional services.

Analyst Honored for Exposing South Korean Dark Web Crypto Child Pornography and Blackmail Site
Criminal analyst, Kim Reece, has been named as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for her role in the takedown of the South Korean ‘Nth Room’ child pornography chat rooms hosting the content of Welcome to Video blackmail sex and exploitation site.

IRS Criminal Investigations Puts $625,000 Bounty on Monero Privacy Crack and BTC Lightning Network Tracker
IRS Criminal Investigations have put a $625,000 bounty on the heads of Monero (XMR) privacy and BTC Lightning Network (LN) transactions.

US Rep. Tom Emmer Fears Criticism of Digital Payment Innovation May Repress Progress
In a congressional hearing which was held on January 30, US Representative Tom Emmer has expressed his concern about the excessive criticism of innovations in digital payment, saying that it may repress its progress.

India Plans to Ban Private Cryptos like Bitcoin in Favor of National Cryptocurrency
India plans introducing a new bill to ban private cryptocurrencies as well as introduce a national digital currency.

Former Congressman Ron Paul Calls for Legalizing BTC But Don't Tax
Former Congressman Ron Paul advocates for legalizing Bitcoin as if money but not to be taxed.

Pakistani Judge Challenges Federal Authorities Over Cryptocurrency Ban
Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro of the Sindh High Court (SHC) has challenged the State Bank of Pakistan's ban on cryptocurrencies in 2018.

US SEC Commissioner Proposes 3 Year Securities Law Exemption for Crypto Projects
United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Hester Peirce has doubled down on her recent suggestion to provide decentralized network developers a safe harbor and has now submitted a formal proposal.

Peter Schiff’s Bank Investigated in Global Tax Evasion Probe, Gold May Be Dirty
Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Bank is currently under a tax evasion probe for hosting numerous financial accounts suspected of tax evasion crimes.

ECB is Raising the Bar with its Crypto Surveillance
European Central Bank: Increase Crypto Monitoring Activities with On-Chain Data

Louisiana State Congress Unanimously Pass Crypto-Business Licensing Bill
Crypto businesses may be offered a regulated path to legalization in the state of Louisiana. The proposed bill has been backed by Louisiana state representative Mark Weight. Should the bill be passed, the state would have a regulated crypto framework to operate within and would provide an official definition of traditionally ambiguous cryptocurrency-related terms.

Telegram Maintains Gram is not a Security, Urges Court to Deny SEC Action
Telegram, in an October 16th filing, has asked the Southern District Court of New York to deny the request by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a preliminary injunction on Gram, Telegram’s native cryptocurrency.

SEC Adopts Expedited Public Listing Review Process—Blockchain ETFs Could Qualify
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has voted to adopt rule amendments to expedite the review procedure for companies applying for public listing, which could potentially create an expedited and cheaper application process for crypto and blockchain ETFs.

DOJ's Crypto Regulation Report Overview: Bitcoin, Tether, Ether, Litecoin, and Ripple
US authorities are tightening regulations on cryptocurrencies. Here is an overview of what their recently released report suggests.

Central Bank of Nigeria Bans Cryptocurrency Transactions, Says Crypto Breeds Illegal Activities
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has once again doubled down on its efforts to ban cryptocurrency transactions stating they are a breeding ground for illegal activities.

Singapore Payment Services Act Now in Effect For Crypto Firms
The Monetary Authority of Singapore now requires cryptocurrency providers and exchanges to be licensed under some of the same regulatory elements as traditional financial service providers.

Dealing with Upcoming EU Regulations: a Glimpse Into the Future
How to save your business and grow despite the legal challenges

Ireland's CAB Seizes Bitcoin Worth €52 Million from Drug Dealer
Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has been given the go-ahead by the high court to seize Bitcoin valued at €52 million, approximately $56 million USD, from a forty-nine-year-old drug dealer.

Zambia SEC Warns Crypto Enthusiasts About Making Investments in Onyxcoin Cryptocurrency
The Securities and Exchange Commission in Zambia has issued a statement warning the general public that the creator of OnyxCoin Kwakoo is in no way a licensed investment advisor and should not solicit funds from within or outside the country. The CEO of the commission was reported to have made this statement.

Twitter Bitcoin Hack Demonstrates That Crypto Fraud is Easier to Track Than Fiat
Cryptocurrency regulation was the hot topic during an ongoing panel hosted by the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists.

Mike Bloomberg: US Presidential Candidate Highlights Crypto Adoption In Agenda for Financial Reform
The United State presidential candidate for the upcoming 2020 election Mike Bloomberg is set to tender a proposal seeking to accommodate regulations for cryptocurrencies in a new financial plan that will be duly regulated.

The Central Bank of China Reiterates All Crypto-related Transactions are Illegal
The Chinese government once again stepped up its suppression of cryptocurrency transactions, and the Chinese central bank stated that all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal.

SEC Reschedules Decision-Making on Bitcoin ETF Proposals
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the United States once again delayed on deciding on the three Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposals according to the release of documents from the regulatory agency on Monday.

Bitfinex and Tether's Appeal Rejected by New York Judge
Judge Cohen reportedly decided to give a 90-day extension to the case, which will give the New York Attorney General’s office to continue investigating. Judge Cohen also dismissed Bitfinex and Tether’s motion to appeal after the ruling.

Infrastructure Bill: Is Treasury Sec Against the Proposed Amendments?
US Treasury Sec is opposed to the pro-Bitcoin amendments to the infrastructure bill. Here are some insights behind the story.

Director of FinCEN Affirms That Cryptocurrency Industry Is in Line With Agency Regulations
The director of FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) Kenneth. A Blanco believes that the cryptocurrency industry is starting to fall in place with the agency’s regulations on money transmission services.

Could Twitter Bitcoin Hack Have Been Prevented? Twitter Faces Heat From SEC
There is ongoing speculation that the massive Bitcoin hack that overtook Twitter on July 15 could have been prevented if Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and his multi-billion dollar social networking company had taken matters into their own hands and addressed the security concerns outlined by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2015.

The Collapse of the Cryptocurrency Market Triggers Discussions among Legislators
Bitcoin plummeted by more than 30% yesterday and the huge volatility caused the panic of selling in the entire cryptocurrency market. This caused the U.S. regulators and legislators may be re-examining crypto-asset legislation.

Philippines Warns the Public on Bitcoin Scammers Posing as Government Officials
Finance ministry of the Philippines Government has alerted the public about false information that fraudulently uses the name of Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to promote a fake crypto trading platform recognized as “Bitcoin Revolution”.

US Supreme Court Rules Against SEC’s Ability to Fine Crypto and Blockchain Firms
The US Supreme court has limited the amount in punitive fines that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can impose on cryptocurrency and blockchain firms, in a historic ruling yesterday.

South Korea Crypto Sector Face Headwind over Stricter Legal Regulations Challenges ahead
Crypto sectors and retail investors face a tough time as the finical regulators in South Korea are about implementing tougher and stricter administrative measurements to supervise the crypto industry.

Crypto, Tax, and the IRS: The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly
The IRS wants a piece of your crypto, and the agency is sending letters to thousands of taxpayers who may have failed to declare profits from crypto deals. Question is, is the IRS entitled to what it's asking for?

IRS Announces New Tax Payment Guidance on Cryptocurrencies
The controversial nature of the acceptance of cryptocurrencies is now more tilted to the positive end where world government now deem it fit to establish guidelines to tax cryptocurrency holders.

US Customs Agency Seeks to Adopt Blockchain Technology to Track Oil Imports from Canada
With the advancement of technology, the importance of oil and gas resources in promoting global social and economic progress is rising.

Mexico Turns Bitcoin Development Down after Billionaire’s Crypto Pitch
Central Bank of Mexico (Banco de México) and other regulatory watchdogs issued a statement prohibiting financial institutions from conducting transactions by virtual cryptocurrencies.

The Reserve Bank of India Clarifies Stance About Crypto Ban
RBI has eased off its harsh grip on crypto activities for banks and other regulated institutions in India.

U.S. SEC Postpones VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF Application Again
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Wednesday once again postponed to decide the application of VanEck Bitcoin Trust’s proposed Bitcoin ETF.

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak Proposes Crypto Adoption and CBDCs as Priority for Treasury Reform
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has listed crypto adoption and CBDCs amongst the Treasury's focus demanding reforms in the future.

EARN IT Act Introduced in US House of Representatives, Critics View It as Threat—What This Means for Crypto
Despite being perceived as an “anti-security bill” by many, the EARN IT Act has made its way to the US House of Representatives and currently awaits approval.

G7 Reports Stablecoins Like Libra Threaten Financial Security
According to the BBC, the G7 group of nations has drafted a report outlining nine major risks that digital currencies, such as Facebook’s proposed Libra, pose to the global financial system.

Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Trading Now Declared Illegal in Burundi
Burundi has banned Bitcoin and every other form of digital trading from its soil because it can no longer offer protection to persons with problems related to it.

US Congressmen Ask Federal Reserve to Create National Digital Currency
Two members of the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee recently asked the Federal Reserve if it has any plans to create a U.S. dollar digital currency.

Chainalysis Partners with Wyoming Watchdog to Fight Cybercrime and Crypto Laundering Scams
Chainalysis has announced partnered with Wyoming’s Division of Banking to fight cybercrime, crypto laundering, crypto scams, sanctions violations, and more.

Ripple CEO Says DOJ Report Offers No Regulatory Clarity, XRP Price Not Influenced
The tightening regulations on cryptocurrency raise many concerns in the community, the DoJ’s new guidance around cryptocurrency enforcement has Ripple’s CEO concerned.

UK FCA Regulator Proposes Mandatory AML Data Reports from Cryptocurrency Firms
The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed obligatory AML reporting requirements for crypto exchanges.

FinCEN Director Warns Crypto Firms Are Not Above Anti-Money Laundering Laws
Speaking at the University of Georgetown, Kenneth Blanco, FinCEN (The United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) Director, blasted the crypto firm by informing them that they are not exempted from the anti-money laundering laws.

China Clarifies its Stance on Bitcoin: Legal if the Crypto Does Not Act as Alternative to Fiat
China has not always been friendly towards cryptocurrencies, however, the country has not completely banned Bitcoin, according to the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

German Policymakers Cannot Accept Facebook’s Libra
The German cabinet is expected to adopt a comprehensive blockchain strategy with the aim of digitally enhancing its economy. The strategy also consists of plans to tackle risky new technologies such as Libra, which German policymakers fear could become an alternative currency.

Zimbabwe’s Central Bank Finally Takes a Big U-Turn to Regulate Cryptocurrencies
Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the country’s central bank, revealed that it would develop a regulatory framework to check operations of companies dealing with cryptocurrencies. The Chronicle, the local newspaper, reported that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has already begun drafting a policy framework to guide business activities of cryptocurrency firms.

Irish MEP Calls for Tightened Rules on Crypto Assets
Irish MEP Chris MacManus has submitted a proposal to the EU per crypto regulation

Authorities Uncover Illegal Bitcoin Mining Farm In Kyrgyzstan
Federal authorities have uncovered a large illegal Bitcoin mining site in Kyrgyzstan in the territory of the Bishkek Free Economic Zone.

Russia Updates Regulations on Crypto Transactions, Harsh Fines Reserved for Defaulters
Russia’s Ministry of Finance has issued an amendment to its current cryptocurrency regulations. The amendments also come with stricter sanctions.

AML BitCoin Lobbyist Abramoff to Pay $55K in Convicted Guilt Plea for ICO Fraud
In the civil case filed against Jack Abramoff for his role in the 2018 Initial Coin Offering (ICO) scandal, the AML BitCoin lobbyist is expected to pay $55, 000 in disgorgement and interest for his conspiracy in fraud.

Grayscale Investment Company Receives FINRA Approval to Trade Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Publicly
US regulators have approved shares of Grayscale Investment’s Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash Trusts for public trading.

Harbor Becomes First Blockchain Company to Hold Both Transfer Agent License and Brokerage License
Harbor, a digital assets firm for security token issuance, has been granted a transfer agent license by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

DEA Special Agent O’Kain: Regulated Bitcoin Exchanges Are Good For Law Enforcement
DEA Special Agent Patrick O’Kain spoke at the LA Blockchain Summit on Bitcoin on the role of government agencies in policing the digital asset and blockchain space.

Bitfinex Permitted to Withhold Documents About Alleged $850 Million Cover-up
The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has ruled that Bitfinex is legally allowed to withhold documents pertaining to the alleged cover-up of an $850 million loss on its trading platform.

UK Government Wants FCA Oversight on Crypto Investment Advertising
The UK Government has proposed that crypto asset promotions should fall under the scope of the Financial Conduct Authority’s existing oversight and does not require a whole new framework just for digital assets.

Ugandan Government Forms an Expert Task Force to Delve into Crypto Usage
The Ugandan government has formed a team of experts to research and offer guidance on digital financial operations, such as cryptocurrencies in the wake of recent crypto scams.

Japan’s Financial Watchdog Believes Deregulating Crypto Does Not Necessarily Propel Technical Innovation
After assuming the helm of Japan’s Financial Services Agency mandated with overseeing the monetary sector in July, Ryozo Himino has voiced his reservation of promoting cryptocurrency trading.

Japan’s Financial Services Agency Has Officially Chosen a New Commissioner, Himono
Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) confirmed its plans for hiring Ryozo Himono as the new commissioner of the financial watchdog group.

Bitwise Recruits BNY Mellon as Transfer Agent for Proposed Bitcoin ETF
On Wednesday, Bitwise amended its Bitcoin ETF S-1 form listing BNY Mellon as the administrator, transfer agent and ETF custodian. The amendment also listed Foreside Fund services as the marketing agent and Cohen & Co…. Read More

China's Antitrust Agency Urged By the PBOC to Probe Alipay and WeChat Pay
In a move similar to the US antitrust hearing, the People’s Bank of China has prompted the nations top antitrust body to probe Alipay and WeChat

Winklevoss Twins' Gemini and Archax Exchange Now Licensed by UK Financial Conduct Authority
The UK Financial Conduct Authority has granted a license to the Winklevoss twins’ Gemini cryptocurrency exchange.

Russia Won't Follow in the Footsteps of China's Total Ban on Crypto Transactions: Russian Deputy FM
The Russian government said it will not follow China's comprehensive ban on cryptocurrency and has no plans to prohibit investors from buying cryptocurrencies in the foreign exchange market.

New York Supreme Court Declares NYAG has Jurisdiction over Bitfinex
The New York State Supreme Court ruled that the New York Attorney General (NYAG) has jurisdiction over the case with cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, regarding fraud allegations.

New York Senate Gives Moratorium on Bitcoin Mining Operations Per Climate Change Concerns
New York Senators are seeking a new law that clamps down on coal-powered mining while giving exceptions to green energy-powered Bitcoin mining.

New York Regulatory Authority Approves 8 Cryptocurrencies for Listing and Trading
The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) approved 8 cryptocurrencies for trading, and 10 for custody by licensed entities.

Abu Dhabi to Integrate Land Records on the Blockchain Platform
The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi has revealed its intentions of putting its land registry system on the blockchain.

Singapore’s Central Bank Raises Alarm About a Bitcoin Scam
Singapore’s Central Bank enlightens the public about a Bitcoin Scam with a supposed initiative known as Bitcoin Loophole where investors’ trades are run.

German Banks Authorized for Crypto Custody and Sales in 2020
In 2020, German banks will be legislatively authorized to sell and provide custody of cryptocurrencies as reported by German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Norway's Financial Regulator Seeks Legal and Investor Protection for Crypto Consumers
The Norwegian Financial regulator intends to strengthen supervision by protecting investors of crypto consumers.

Telegram Resists the SEC Court Order to Reveal Financial Details of 2018 ICO
Telegram’s blockchain launch of TON faces delays as the recent court order by US Lawmakers requires the company to hand over documentation regarding the spending of their raised funds via ICO.

Sen. Warren Nudges Treasury Sec, Regulators to Address Crypto-Related Risks
The request for crypto regulation was re-emphasised through the letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen by Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Africa Crypto Adoption Sparks Regulation Concerns
The accelerated growth of blockchain technology in Africa recently has raised concerns over the possible implementation of knee-jerk regulation.

ECB President Pushes for Digital Euro but Calls for Global Bitcoin Regulation
Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank president, said the Bitcoin has been used for money laundering activities and is calling for global regulation of the cryptocurrency.

NYDFS Reviews BitLicense Guidelines to Favor Crypto Agencies
With the New York Department of Financial Services guidelines, blockchain agencies will find easy entry into the cities blockchain ecosystem

The OCC is Focused on "Not Killing" Bitcoin and Crypto says Acting Comptroller Brian Brooks
Brian Brooks has affirmed that the OCC is not planning any ban or stringent regulation on Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

Coinbase Becomes First Custodian to Pass Two Major Security Evaluations
Coinbase Custody has become the first cryptocurrency custodian to obtain bot SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 evaluations.

What Happened: US Committee Hearing with the SEC on Crypto and Libra
The United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held a hearing on Sept. 24 with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) five commissioners. Vital topics covered in the hearing include the consideration of cryptocurrencies as securities, regulation of Facebook’s Libra and Calibra, and insider trading.

US SEC Likely to Delay Bitcoin Futures ETFs Until 2022: CFRA Investment Research Firm
According to CFRA ETF and mutual research firm, the US SEC is likely to delay decisions on whether to approve applications of Bitcoin futures ETFs until 2022.

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Files to Become First Fund to Report to SEC
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) has positioned itself to become the first cryptocurrency investment fund to achieve a reporting status to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

India’s Supreme Court Turned the Tables on Crypto Ban in Landmark Ruling
In a momentous ruling, India’s Supreme Court has lifted the ban made by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the nation’s central bank, on banks and other regulated entities dealing with cryptocurrencies. The court noted that preventing regulated entities from offering banking services to crypto trading stakeholders did not hold any water.

US Congress Encouraged to Regulate Crypto Sector Under Bank Secrecy Act
A Washington DC-based strategic advisory firm, the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), pushed the United States Congress to regulate firms in the cryptocurrency sector under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

Spanish Lawmakers Receive Bitcoin in Cryptocurrency Education Campaign
All 350 Deputies of the Spanish Congress have received Bitcoin as part of an educational campaign aiming to teach legislators about the uses and functions of crypto.

Chaintope Establishes Public Blockchain Protocol to Overcome Governance Challenges
Chaintope, a Japanese blockchain startup, has developed a public blockchain protocol known as Tapyrus to tackle some of the governance issues currently being witnessed in the blockchain space. For instance, some of the challenges noted in public blockchains include privacy concerns and sluggish transaction speeds.

India’s Crypto Bill Hearing Postponed by Supreme Court
The Indian supreme court has set a new date to hear the crypto case, which was originally scheduled for July 23. The purpose of the hearing was to address the writ petitions against the central bank’s crypto restriction.

Will Crypto Assets Have a Future in Russia After All? State Duma Passes DFA Bill
The State Duma of Russia passed a law regarding digital financial assets (DFA) in the financial bill’s third reading, which determined the fate of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Crypto Leaders Praise United States SEC Inclusive Accredited Investor Definition, Some Think Its Not Enough
Is the SEC's new accredited investor rule inclusive enough? Crypto industry leaders debate.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Cites Crypto’s Growing Role in Terrorism Finance
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she sees the “promise” of cryptocurrency but also is wary of the reality that crypto is increasingly being leveraged to finance terrorism

SEC Warns of Risks of Investing in Bitcoin Futures for Mutual Funds
The SEC issued an official statement to warn investors of the risks of Bitcoin futures investment in mutual funds.

Paraguay To Introduce Bitcoin law, Draft Leaks details
Reportedly, a leaked draft copy shows the detail of the proposing Bitcoin law in Paraguay. The South-American country is expected to be another country worldwide to propose Bitcoin law after El Salvador, promoting Bitcoin as Fiat Money.