Russian Courts Can’t Agree on Whether Crypto Is Property

Russian courts are making conflicting rulings on whether bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies count as property. In one new case, Saint Petersburg’s district court has refused to force bogus law enforcement officers to return cryptocurrencies extorted from a victim on the basis that digital assets are not legitimate assets. According to the press office Telegram channel […]

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Thai Bitcoin Exchange Reopens with Enhanced Services

Thailand based bitcoin exchange Bitcoin.co.th has relaunched as a full exchange after months spent offline and in testing, with a focus on security and ease of use, according to its founders. That Thailand has open exchanges at all is significant, given the country’s ongoing reputation in some media as a bitcoin-unfriendly jurisdiction. Bitcoin.co.th went offline […]

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Crypto’s Biggest ICOs Stay Silent on SEC Subpoenas

The silence is deafening. After rumors began to fly late last week that the SEC has been sending out subpoenas to initial coin offerings (ICOs), some of the biggest projects to yet utilize the funding mechanism have remained tight-lipped, refraining from public commentary. CoinDesk has so far reached out to the 14 best-known issuers that […]

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Another Central Bank in Africa is Warning About Onecoin

Uganda’s central bank is warning local residents about Onecoin, a digital currency scheme widely accused of being a scam. The Bank of Uganda published an advisory earlier today which called for consumers to be mindful of the risks of investing in digital currencies. Specifically, the notice highlights the creation of a company called “One Coin Digital Money” […]

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WeChat Now Censoring Bitmain and Crypto Price Prediction Accounts

The WeChat messaging app is continuing its efforts to block official accounts that involve cryptocurrencies, now targeting those that distribute content for sales of bitcoin miners and cryptocurrency market analysis. The official sales channel of bitcoin mining giant Bitmain, which has the WeChat ID “antminersale,” appears to be blocked on Monday. As of press time, […]

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Former Bakkt CEO to Help Oversee CFTC in Congress

The former chief executive of bitcoin derivatives exchanges Bakkt is to join the committee that oversees the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), raising concerns of a possible conflict of interest. The newly appointed senator, Kelly Loeffler (R., Ga.), will serve on the Senate Agricultural Committee, which is responsible for defining the CFTC’s remit and approving […]

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South Korean Presidential Commission Wants to Bring Crypto Into Mainstream Finance

Financial institutions should be allowed to offer cryptocurrency products, such as derivatives, according to a government advisory body in South Korea. In a new report, the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR) proposed that the government could move to bring cryptocurrencies into the mainstream of finance through a number of measures, including derivatives. […]

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German Banks Allowed to Sell and Custody Crypto Assets From 2020: Report

German banking association BdB was positive about the legislation, too. “Credit institutions are experienced in the safekeeping of client assets and in risk management, are committed to investor protection and have always been controlled by the financial supervision,” it said. As such, banks could “effectively prevent money laundering and terrorist financing” with crypto assets.

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Reggie Middleton Reaches $9.5 Million SEC Settlement Over ICO Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has reached a settlement with Reggie Middleton, organizer of the fraught $14.8 million Veritaseum (VERI) initial coin offering (ICO). In a filing with the New York Eastern District Court, dated Oct. 31 and published today, Middleton agreed to the consent decree of the final judgment, without having […]

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