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What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin (BTC) is the world’s first open-source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency developed by a pseudonymous person or group of people under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto remains a mystery. The crypto is run on distributed ledger technology, also known as blockchain. Bitcoin allows for lower transaction fees than traditional online payment systems, and is decentralized, unlike government-backed currencies. Bitcoin is the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and has a limit of 21 million coins. The cryptocurrency uses a proof-of-work protocol to enable security, privacy, and legitimacy of monetary transactions. The issuance of Bitcoin requires mining, where programmers solve a difficult cryptographic puzzle to be able to mine Bitcoin, which earns them a reward. Bitcoin remains the most popular cryptocurrencies, all other cryptocurrencies are known as altcoins.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Bittrex Exchange Halts Services In 31 Countries Due To Regulatory Risk
Bittrex, a U.S-based blockchain platform that provides real-time trade execution, dependable digital wallets, and industry-leading security practices, has just recently announced the shutdown of operations in 31 countries of the world.

Unlicensed Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces Up to 5 Years in Prison in the US
William Green, a 46-year-old American citizen of New Jersey has been indicted on one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business through his website, Destination Bitcoin.

Brazil Central Bank Moves to Follow IMF Crypto Classification Guidelines
The Central Bank of Brazil has adopted the classification of cryptocurrencies being sold or purchased under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) guidelines.

Heads of SEC, CFTC and FinCEN Jointly Warn Crypto Industry to Follow Regulations
The heads of the three major US financial regulators have issued a joint statement warning the cryptocurrency industry to adhere to banking regulations in the development of digital assets.

Estonia Revokes 500 Crypto Business Licenses in a Move Against Illegal Money Laundering Activities
Estonian authorities have recently revoked licenses from 500 crypto firms, and consequently tightened market regulations within the crypto sector.

IRS Sends Warning Letters to Prevent Crypto Owners from Evading Tax
The Internal Revenue Service began sending warning letters out to cryptocurrency owners in the United States, announcing that taxpayers should be paying back taxes they owe or to file amended tax returns in regards to their cryptocurrency holdings.

California Crypto Bill Seeks to Measure the Consumer Impact of Digital Assets
California’s Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee has unanimously passed Assembly Bill 2150 which will help define digital assets as well as to measure its potential impact on the state and consumers

Indian Minister Reveals Crypto Regulatory Measures to Tame Terrorism
G. Kishan Reddy, India’s Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs disclosed that the nation would incorporate the standards of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to deter terrorism by cutting off funding sources, especially cryptocurrencies.

German Authorities Clamps Down on 'Shitcoins club' Bitcoin ATM Operations
Germany’s financial regulator (BaFin) has moved to stop the operations of Shitcoins Club, a popular Bitcoin ATM operator in the country.

What Coinbase CEO’s Crypto Regulation Rumors Mean for Bitcoin if Pushed by US Treasury?
Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, warned that the Trump Administration may be targeting Bitcoin on its way out of office through regulation, but what impact could it have?

Russian Policy Boss Wants to Block Cryptocurrencies, Says They Are Difficult to Regulate
Anatoly Aksakov, head of the State Duma Financial Market Committee, stated that the country should explore other options for crypto regulation.

UK Tax Authority Updates Its Guidelines for Crypto Taxation
HMRC updates its guidelines for crypto – taxation, relating to both individuals and businesses. The new guidelines explicitly state that crypto-currencies are not considered as ‘money.’

Bitfinex and Tether Claim Lawsuit Allegations of Market Manipulation are Baseless
BitFinex and Tether have officially spoken out against what they are describing as a baseless lawsuit, designed to undermine the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Switzerland’s New Stablecoin Guidelines: 3 Things You Should Know
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) issued new guidelines for stablecoins added as a supplement to its existing guidelines for initial coin offerings (ICOs) to outline how stablecoins are treated under the Swiss supervisory law.

Canadian Regulator Charges Coinsquare Executives For Crypto Market Manipulation
Coinsquare executives have resigned following a settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission.

US SEC Rejects Bitwise Proposal to List Bitcoin ETF
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has rejected a proposal filed by Bitwise Asset Management to list a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).

‘AML BitCoin’ Lobbyist Abramoff Pleads Guilty to ICO Fraud
AML BitCoin lobbyist Jack Abramoff has pleaded guilty to multiple accounts of fraud associated with the 2018 Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for AML BitCoin.

YouTube and Ripple Intertwined In Lawsuit Battle For XRP Scam Videos
Blockchain company Ripple and CEO of the currency exchange network Brad Garlinghouse is suing YouTube for allegedly playing a part in the repeated Ripple (XRP) crypto giveaway scams that have been circulating on the video content platform.

The ECB Expresses Concerns on Regulating Stablecoins
Due to the lack of regulation of stablecoins, concerns have been conveyed by the European Central Bank (ECB) despite stablecoins with a clear governance framework.

Switzerland Parliament Blockchain Act Reform Validates Crypto and Digital Assets
The Swiss parliament has revamped and clarified legislation on blockchain technology and digital currencies activity in the country

New Zealand Permits Cryptocurrency Remunerations
New Zealand sets the precedent by being one of the first nations to permit salaries to be made in the form of cryptocurrencies.

SEC Chair Jay Clayton to Leave the Commission by Year End—Implications for the Future of Crypto
SEC's Jay Clayton is set to leave the commission by year-end after three and a half years in office. What could this mean for the crypto industry?

John McAfee Indicted for Tax Evasion and for Fraudulently Promoting ICOs Through Twitter
The DOJ is charging John McAfee with tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, according to an unsealed indictment that was revealed yesterday.

VanEck, SolidX to Sell ‘Limited’ Bitcoin ETF to Institutions
VanEck and Solid X revealed that they have a workaround to bypass regulatory issues and are using an SEC exemption that will allow their product to be offered to institutions such as hedge funds and banks, but not to retail investors.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Trials Blockchain Solution for Canadian Borders
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) trials Blockchain solution for Canadian borders - Works with Customs Direct, a partner with blockchain expert Morpheus.Network, to fast track multiple Proof of Concepts (POCs).

Russia’s Central Bank Will Ban Crypto Issuance and Trading in Upcoming “Digital Financial Assets” Bill
Alexey Guznov, head of the legal department at Bank of Russia, says that the new version of the delayed bill on “Digital Financial Assets” will include a ban on issuance and selling of cryptos in the country.

UK Financial Conduct Authority: We Will Not Regulate Bitcoin and Ether
The British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed that they will not be regulating cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether as it falls out of their perimeter.

US Court Indicts Alleged Lazarus Group Members in $250 Million Crypto Exchange Theft
Two Chinese nationals, Tian YinYin and Li Jiadong were sanctioned yesterday by the US Government yesterday for their alleged involvement in laundering stolen cryptocurrency from a 2018 cyberattack. The pair have been charged with stealing nearly $250 million in virtual assets and laundering the money through converting BTC to USD and Chinese Yuan as well as through iTunes gift cards.

Cisco Partners with SingularityNET to Decentralize Artificial Intelligence with Blockchain
Tech conglomerate Cisco and decentralized artificial intelligence (AI) firm SingularityNET have reached a partnership to develop a decentralized Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) project. The ambitious project aims to create more advanced AI technologies that will soon be able to exceed human abilities to learn and perform new tasks.

Crypto Exchange Huobi Plans to Reverse IPO in Hong Kong
Cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has reportedly been planning a reverse initial public offering (IPO) according to a document revealed by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).