SEC Fines and Permanently Bars Founder of Fraudulent Oil Exploration Token

SEC Fines and Permanently Bars Founder of Fraudulent Oil Exploration Token

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken action against an oil and gas exploration company and its founder who “perpetrated a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO) to fund oil exploration and drilling in California.” The token sale failed to raise money but the tokens were issued as part of a bounty program, which…

Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

Malta Tops Exchange-Based Crypto Trade, Russia Leads in OTC Volume

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Jurisdictions with crypto-friendly legislation or comprehensive regulations in place are leading in terms of exchange-based cryptocurrency trading. According to a new study, however, over the counter and P2P exchange is much more popular in developing nations and countries where non-cash payments are still not widely spread. Also read: Crypto Funds Number 466 Despite Trends, Uncertainty…

Bithumb Resumes Deposit and Withdrawal Services – Upbit Reveals 127% Cash Reserves

Bithumb Resumes Deposit and Withdrawal Services – Upbit Reveals 127% Cash Reserves

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South Korean exchange Bithumb has resumed deposit and withdrawal services for a number of cryptocurrencies after the recent hack. Another major Korean exchange, Upbit, has released an audit report showing more crypto and cash reserves than needed to pay customers. Meanwhile, all customer deposits at Korbit will now be held by a bank. Also read: Yahoo!…

Japan Labor Ministry Confused as Crypto Salaries Demand Increased

Japan Labor Ministry Confused as Crypto Salaries Demand Increased

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Japan’s Labor Ministry is not hiding its confusion as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and venture companies requested a deregulation of the Labor Standard Act. Japan has respected the “salaries in cash” principle for 70 years under the Labor Standard Act, however with the proliferation of digital money and salaries paid in cryptocurrencies, withdrawing money from…

Binance Labs Announces Partnership With Libra Credit

Binance Labs Announces Partnership With Libra Credit

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Binance Labs, the investment wing of the leading cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has announced that it has invested in Libra Credit – “a decentralized digital asset financial services platform.” The partnership will allow holders of Binance’s native token, Binance Coin (BNB), to use their BNB as collateral for loans in crypto of fiat currency. Also Read: Pantera…

U.S. Regulations Round-Up: CFTC Can’t Keep Pace with Crypto, Libertarian Candidate Accepts Bitcoin Donations

U.S. Regulations Round-Up: CFTC Can’t Keep Pace with Crypto, Libertarian Candidate Accepts Bitcoin Donations

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In recent regulatory news, the CFTC chairman has warned that the regulator is falling behind its international counterparts with regards to virtual currency and blockchain regulations; a U.S. Congressional bill is advocating the incorporation of cryptocurrencies into the regulatory mandate of FinCEN; and a candidate of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party is accepting donations in the…

Over 500 BTC Belonging to Iranians Seized by US Government: Report

Over 500 BTC Belonging to Iranians Seized by US Government: Report

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According to the head of Iran’s Blockchain Association, over 500 BTC belonging to Iranians were confiscated by the U.S. government last year, and the number is still rising. He explains that Iranians are unable to take action through proper channels from within their country due to Iran’s legal status of cryptocurrency. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms…

China Round-Up: Bitmain, Canaan and Ebang Receive ‘Unicorn’ Valuations, Number of DLT Companies Explodes

China Round-Up: Bitmain, Canaan and Ebang Receive ‘Unicorn’ Valuations, Number of DLT Companies Explodes

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In recent cryptocurrency news from China, three cryptocurrency mining hardware manufacturers have been valued at more than $1 billion USD, Bitmain has supported the launch of a research center for digital financial assets at Tsinghua University, and more than 3,000 companies were found to have registered blockchain-themed business names during the first half of 2018.…

Mainstream Media Claims Bitcoin Burns More Energy Than Ireland – Does It?

Mainstream Media Claims Bitcoin Burns More Energy Than Ireland – Does It?

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A mainstream media assertion made recently implies that cryptocurrency is quite costly in terms of energy consumption. “Bitcoin has been alarming people for years,” the report notes, pointing to the amount of electricity used for its mining – almost as much as a small nation needs. But is that really so? Also read: Japanese Internet…

Indian Central Bank Responds About Crypto Restrictions

Indian Central Bank Responds About Crypto Restrictions

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India’s central bank has responded to a representation about its crypto banking ban. The Supreme Court gave the central bank seven days to reply following a hearing last week of the petition by the Internet & Mobile Association of India against the ban. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space RBI’s Response India’s…