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Bitcoin Regulation

Libra Does Not Threaten Sovereignty of Nations, Says Calibra CEO

CEO of Calibra, Facebook’s digital wallet for its proposed Libra stablecoin, has attempted to debunk the notion of Libra’s threat to the global financial system. Not new money but a better payment network Amid the ongoing meeting between Libra founders and 26 global central banks in Basel, Calibra CEO David Marcus has stepped up to …

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CME’s BTC Index Provider CF Benchmarks Wins EU License

CF Benchmarks, CME Group’s Bitcoin (BTC) index provider, received a benchmark license under the European Benchmarks Regulation (EU BMR). On Sept. 13, CF Benchmarks’ official Twitter account announced that the firm received its license from the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). In the tweet, the firm also claims to be the first cryptocurrency index …

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US E-Cigarette Ban Stokes Fears Trump Could Target Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) proponents are again mulling the chances of the United States banning cryptocurrency as lawmakers move to outlaw flavored e-cigarettes.  E-cigarettes: Washington “clears market” The sudden restrictions, which both the White House and the Food and Drug Administration confirmed on Sept. 12, mean e-cigarettes will disappear from the U.S. market within a month.  Manufacturers …

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Crypto News From Japan: Sept. 2–8

Japan, one of the leading markets for cryptocurrencies, has seen a series of important developments for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries this week. The country’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has licensed crypto-related businesses. Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso noted that regulators need to find new approaches to address …

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VanEck, SolidX to Offer Limited Bitcoin ETF for Institutions Via Exemption

Following another delay on Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), asset managers VanEck and SolidX plan to offer a limited version of their Bitcoin ETF to institutional investors. VanEck Securities and SolidX Management want to start selling shares in a limited version of a Bitcoin ETF, using a rule that exempts the shares from securities registration, under …

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Dutch Central Bank: Crypto Firms to Be Regulated as of January 2020

The Dutch central bank has today revealed it will begin regulating firms that offer cryptocurrency-related services as of Jan. 10, 2020. Reuters reported on Sept. 3 that De Nederlandsche Bank clarified that relevant firms in the sector must register with the institution if they wish to continue to operate. The bank’s official statement reportedly reads: “In …

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US Congress Urged to Regulate Crypto Sector Under Bank Secrecy Act

The Financial Integrity Network (FIN) — a Washington D.C.-based advisory firm — has urged the United States Congress to regulate firms in the cryptocurrency sector under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Virtual asset service providers should be regulated under BSA In a copy of FIN testimony published ahead of a hearing on Sept. 3, FIN …

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Andreessen Horowitz Co-Founder: Crypto a Solution to Web’s Challenges

Marc Andreessen, co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said that cryptocurrencies could solve some of the internet’s biggest challenges. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 1, Andreessen made his statements at a private conference organized by Andreessen Horowitz and hosting officials from the United States Treasury Department and other …

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The Bug Bounty Program for Facebook’s Libra Is Now Open to the Public

The Libra Association has opened its bug bounty program to the public to address security concerns in advance of Libra’s anticipated 2020 launch. Expanding the playing field The announcement comes via a post on Libra’s website on Aug. 27. The post emphasized that the expansion of the program would promote values critical to the Libra …

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Thai SEC Warns Public About New Crypto Scam Operating Overseas

Thailand’s securities regulator has warned the public about scam entities posing as legal digital currency trading firms operating overseas. Investor losses are not known The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has discovered a new crypto scam where investors are lured into operating with companies outside the country, local English-language news outlet Bangkok Post reports …

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