Category: New York

Regs Roundup: SEC Actions, Crypto Tax-Free in Korea, India’s National Blockchain Seminar

Regs Roundup: SEC Actions, Crypto Tax-Free in Korea, India's National Blockchain SeminarIn this roundup, we cover several crypto-related actions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the New York regulator’s crypto job posting. We also cover new Chinese laws, South Korea’s tax clarification, India’s blockchain education, the IMF working with the Philippines’ central bank, as well as crypto regulatory developments in Turkey and Qatar. […]

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Fidelity Launching Crypto Services in Europe, Citing ‘Significant Interest’

Fidelity Launching Crypto Services in Europe, Citing 'Significant Interest'Fidelity Investments is expanding its crypto services to European clients after seeing increasing potential in this market. The expansion builds upon the company’s U.S. crypto business. “We’ve seen significant interest and engagement by the institutional community, which show no signs of slowing,” the company revealed. Also read: Regulatory Roundup – Crypto ‘Inevitable’ in India, China […]

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$4 Billion US Fintech Startup Sofi Receives New York Bitlicense

$4 Billion US Fintech Startup Sofi Receives New York BitlicenseSofi is a startup valued at over $4 billion which is focusing on providing millennials with student loan refinancing, personal loans, mortgages, and other wealth management and financial services. In September it has added crypto trading to its investing platform as a response to demand from its over 800,000 members, a service it can now […]

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Evercoin Launches Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet

Evercoin Launches Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Hardware WalletAt New York Consensus Invest Summit, Evercoin Inc. today announced Evercoin 2, the “safest hardware wallet”. Evercoin 2 provides a wallet and exchange for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies featuring a hardware wallet the size of a house key powered by YubiKey 5ci, the first implementation of its kind. Prior to this, users wanting hardware security relied on large, difficult to use and not mobile-first first-generation hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor. Now every compatible YubiKey owner can download a free hardware wallet.

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Telegram Offers to Postpone Launch of the TON Network

Telegram Offers to Postpone the Launch of the TON NetworkTelegram, which was surprised with a last minute restraining order on the sale of its tokens in the U.S., is now ready to delay the launch of the TON network until the spring of next year. The company has informed the New York court reviewing the case that it can suspend all operations with grams […]

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Developer Reveals Token Reward Platform Fueled by Bitcoin Cash

Developer Reveals a Token Reward Platform Fueled by Bitcoin CashThere’s a new crypto platform called Honeypoints that just released for beta testing on Apple’s Testflight. The digital currency application created by two former Bitcoin.com employees aims to fuel merchant adoption with loyalty rewards. The Honeypoints app is meant to stimulate retail acceptance by rewarding customers with unique crypto tokens when they make a purchase […]

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How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders

New Jersey Man Indicted as Global Crackdown on Crypto EscalatesA New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five years in prison and […]

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New York Orders Bittrex to Cease Operations but Approves Bitstamp

New York Orders Bittrex to Cease Operations but Green-Lights BitstampNew York State’s financial regulator has ordered Bittrex to cease operating in the state after rejecting its application for a Bitlicense. Multiple deficiencies were cited, some of which Bittrex immediately disputed. Meanwhile, Bitstamp has been green-lighted to offer the trading of five cryptocurrencies in the state. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at […]

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Onecoin Leaders Indicted in the U.S. for Operating ‘Fraudulent Pyramid Scheme’

On March 8, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced that officials have indicted two of the top leaders of the notorious Onecoin project. The prosecutors charged Onecoin cofounders Konstantin Ignatov and Ruja Ignatova with a slew of charges in connection with defrauding investors. Konstantin Ignatov […]

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Cottonwood Becomes Second Cryptocurrency ATM Operator to Receive Bitlicense

U.S.-based cryptocurrency ATM operator Cottonwood Vending has been granted regulatory approval to operate in the state of New York. As such, Cottonwood has become the second cryptocurrency ATM operator to receive a Bitlicense by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). Also Read: Coincheck Registers 1.7M New Users Since Resuming Operations  Cottonwood Granted Virtual […]

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Money Transmitter License Not Required for Crypto Businesses in Pennsylvania

Money Transmitter License Not Required for Crypto Businesses in PennsylvaniaOn Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) published guidance for virtual currency businesses operating in the state. The state’s financial agency has decided a money transmission license for cryptocurrency operations is not required. Also Read: Former Mt Gox CEO Reflects on Incarceration in Japan While Facing More Prison Time Banking Department […]

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Cryptocurrency Conferences Continue to Thrive Despite Industry Downturn

Cryptocurrency Conferences Continue to Thrive Despite Industry DownturnOver the last year, cryptocurrency prices have dropped significantly and mainstream attention has been waning in recent months. However, according to recent data, the digital currency and blockchain conference circuit did not see a steady decline during the last six months of 2018. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations […]

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The Daily: NYC to Launch Blockchain Center, Wyoming Advances Industry-Friendly Bills

The Daily: NYC to Launch Blockchain Center, Wyoming Advances Industry-Friendly BillsIn today’s edition of The Daily, we feature a couple of stories that show how, despite the current downturn in the cryptocurrency markets, different locations in the U.S. are competing to attract the industry. We also cover a new bitcoin investment trust application with the SEC and a rebranding of a crypto exchange. Also Read: […]

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The Daily: New York Establishes Crypto Task Force, Novogratz Buys More of Galaxy Digital

The Daily: New York Establishes Crypto Task Force, Novogratz Buys More of Galaxy DigitalIn Thursday’s edition of The Daily, we cover a new task force established by the state of New York to explore the cryptocurrency market and its regulation, a move by Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz to buy more of the business, and an interesting way to mark the anniversary of Bitcoin’s genesis block. Also Read: Bakkt […]

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A Cashless Society – Utopia or Dystopia?

A Cashless Society – Utopia or Dystopia?From Stockholm to New York, major global hubs are ditching cash for cards. As contactless payment devices including smartphones and smartwatches proliferate, hard currency is falling out of favor. But for all the convenience that touch payments bring, the cashless transition has major ramifications for the most underserved segments of society. Also read: Russian Marketplace Allows […]

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Canadian Court to Take Custody of Quadrigacx Funds, NYDIG Gets Bitlicense

Canadian Court to Seize Quadrigacx Funds, NYDIG Secures 14th BitlicenseIn recent regulatory news, a Canadian court plans to take custody of $19.5 million of funds that Quadrigacx deposited with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce before they were frozen due to competing ownership claims. Also, New York state regulators have granted the 14th Bitlicense to New York Digital Investment Group, and it has been […]

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Digital Asset ATM Provider Coinsource Acquires Bitlicense

Digital Asset ATM Provider Coinsource Acquires BitlicenseCoinsource announced on Thursday that it has become the first digital asset ATM provider to be granted a Bitlicense in the state of New York. The company joins 12 other organizations that have already received the license for virtual currency businesses from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). Also read: Anypay Provides BCH Invoices That […]

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Exchanges Roundup: UK MP Quits Ironx After Four Days, Daily OTC Volume Estimated at $250M

Exchanges Roundup: UK MP Quits Ironx After Four Days, Daily OTC Volume Estimated at $250MIn recent news regarding cryptocurrency exchanges, a member of the British Parliament has quit his role with a cryptocurrency exchange just four days after joining the company, analysts have estimated the daily volume of the over-the-counter (OTC) cryptocurrency markets to be $250 million, and Poloniex’s new terms of use have banned residents of Germany, China, Pakistan, […]

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New York Regulator Approves Coinbase’s Custody Services for Six Cryptocurrencies

New York Regulator Approves Coinbase’s Custody Services for 6 CryptocurrenciesThe New York State Department of Financial Services has licensed a subsidiary of Coinbase to operate as an independent qualified custodian. The regulator has also approved Coinbase’s custody services for six major cryptocurrencies. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Coinbase Custody Licensed The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced […]

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IDEX Blacklists New York Residents, Setting a Worrying Precedent

IDEX Blacklists New York Residents, Setting a Worrying TrendIDEX, the supposedly decentralized exchange, plans to start blocking traders who reside in the state of New York. The decision sets an alarming precedent for decentralized exchanges (DEX), which have traditionally given short shrift to regional regulations in their pursuit of censorship-resistance. Also read: Circle’s USDC Stablecoin Added to Coinbase World’s Largest Censorship-Resistant DEX Starts Censoring […]

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