Court Refuses to Drop Money Laundering Charge Against UBS, $5.8 Billion Fine Looms

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A French court has reportedly rejected a request by the largest Swiss bank to drop money laundering charge against it. UBS Group and a number of its executives are accused of tax fraud and money laundering. If found guilty, the bank could be fined up to 5 billion euros or $5.8 billion. Its executives could…

Singapore Hosts New Fiat-Crypto Exchange, Welcomes Crypto Bank Accounts

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It has been a busy week for Singapore as it relates to cryptocurrency. The city-state is set open the first fiat-crypto exchange in Southeast Asia, while the financial regulator has vowed to help crypto companies set up local bank accounts, according to media reports.  Also read: Salt to Offer Crypto-Backed Loans in 7 Global Markets,…

Northern Bitcoin, Rawpool Sign Wallet and Mining Deal

Northern Bitcoin, Rawpool Sign Wallet and Mining Deal

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Germany’s Northern Bitcoin AG (MUN:NB2) has agreed to offer Bpal Wallet, a wallet and payments app created by China-based Rawpool Group, in the European market. The agreement between the Munich-listed company and the bitcoin cash (BCH) miner, effective from today, also covers mining operations and cryptocurrency exchanges. Shares of Frankfurt-based Northern Bitcoin AG rose 2.8 percent…

Total of 7 Crypto Exchanges and 158 Wallets Hacked in South Korea, Police Find

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The South Korean National Police Agency has produced a report of all hacking incidents of crypto exchanges and wallets in the country during the past three years. According to local media, there were seven hacking cases of crypto exchanges and 158 cases of wallet hacks, 91 of which happened this year. However, only six arrests…

Bitcoin Trading Flourishes on Whatsapp Following African Exchange Closures

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Governments in Africa simply cannot stop an idea whose time has come. In Zimbabwe, financial regulators banned cryptocurrency trading, and shut down two exchanges, thinking to have killed the ecosystem, only for Bitcoin to find a new life on Whatsapp. Kenyan authorities have sounded tough on virtual currency, warning banks and individuals against trading such,…

Shapeshift CEO Responds to Wall Street Journal Laundering Claims

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Reporters at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) tied innovative ecosystem cryptocurrency exchange Shapeshift to money laundering. “How Dirty Money Disappears Into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency,” was its published product from months of investigative journalism. The company’s CEO, Erik Voorhees, claims cooperation with the WSJ was obtained “under false pretenses.” He also charges the WSJ…

Study Finds Growing Number of BATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

Study Finds Growing Number of BATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

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The number of cryptocurrency ATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands is growing, according to newly released data. Amsterdam is leading among major cities in the Benelux region, with 12 machines supporting digital coin transactions. Luxembourg, which is a global center of traditional finances, is lagging behind in terms of available crypto teller services.        Also…

New POS Terminal by Pundix Allows Nigerians to Make Purchases in Bitcoin

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Indonesian cryptocurrency and payments company Pundix has introduced a point of sale terminal at a shop in Nigeria, allowing people in the West African country to make purchases using cryptocurrency, including bitcoin. The move is seen as key to scaling up cryptocurrency adoption and development in Africa’s biggest bitcoin market. Also read: Payments Platform Wirex Launches…

US Federal Judge Rules My Big Coin a Commodity, CFTC Can Pursue Charges

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A U.S. federal judge has ruled that My Big Coin is a virtual currency meeting the definition of a commodity, which falls within the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). This allows the regulator to pursue fraud charges involving the cryptocurrency. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals Judge…

RBI Denies Creating Crypto, Blockchain and AI Research Unit

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India’s central bank has reportedly denied setting up a unit to research cryptocurrency, blockchain and artificial intelligence as the media reported last month. This unit was supposed to research, draft rules, and supervise new emerging technologies. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals RBI Denies Setting Up Crypto Research Unit There…