DOJ’s Rosenstein: Regulators Can’t Let Criminals ‘Hide Behind’ Crypto

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has called for international cooperation in investigating crimes conducted using cryptocurrencies at an annual meeting of Interpol. Speaking at Interpol’s 87th General Assembly on Sunday, Rosenstein addressed the topic directly, saying “we must not allow cybercriminals to hide behind cryptocurrencies.” While he acknowledged that there are some beneficial use […]

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Coinbase Users Can Now Buy and Sell Brave’s Basic Attention Token

Crypto exchange Coinbase is adding web browser Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT) to its retail trading platform, less than a week after listing it on Coinbase Pro. The exchange announced Thursday that customers would be able to buy, sell, trade or otherwise transact with the token on coinbase.com, as well as its Android and iOS […]

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CFTC Chair Says Distributed Ledger Tech Can Aid Market Watchdogs

Advances in financial technology may be useful for improving the regulation of derivatives markets, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo said Wednesday. Speaking at the D.C. Fintech Week Conference at Georgetown University, Giancarlo highlighted distributed ledger technology (DLT) and how it could be leveraged to automate certain regulatory processes in particular, which he […]

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Coinbase Adds Browser Startup Brave’s Token to Pro Trading Platform

Coinbase’s professional trading platform has added support for browser startup Brave’s Basic Attention Token (BAT). Coinbase announced Friday that it would begin accepting BAT deposits as of 20:00 UTC to its professional trading platform for at least 12 hours, at which point it will enable trading. The company is not yet adding the token to its […]

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Report: Bitfury Weighs Initial Public Offering

Crypto miner manufacturer Bitfury is considering holding an initial public offering (IPO) as one of a number of strategic options for raising funds, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the report says Bitfury is looking into listing in Amsterdam, London or Hong Kong, possibly as soon as 2019, though no final decisions […]

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Sorry, I Turned Off My Bitcoin Faucet (Because Money)

Ofir Beigel is the general manager of 99 Bitcoins, an informational site for newcomers to the space. In November 2015, I started operating 99Bitcoins’ faucet. Almost three years later, on Oct. 8, I shut it down. Throughout its history, the faucet paid out over 12.795 bitcoins to its users. Here’s its story. What are cryptocurrency […]

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Huobi’s US Exchange Sees 30% Boost in Trading for Tether Alternative

A U.S. cryptocurrency exchange is reporting a significant increase in trades between tether (USDT), the controversial stablecoin that lost its dollar peg this week, and a newer alternative called TrueUSD. At HBUS, the U.S. affiliate of the Singapore-based Huobi exchange, both deposits and withdrawals of USDT “have increased by over 10x over the last two days,” a company spokesperson told […]

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Which Stablecoin Is the Riskiest? The Crypto Market Is Pricing That In

The market is starting to differentiate between stablecoins, even though these cryptocurrencies are all designed to trade 1-to-1 with fiat. Several U.S. dollar-pegged cryptocurrencies are now trading either significantly higher or significantly lower than the greenback, reflecting investors’ perceptions of their relative risk. Given that stablecoins are typically used as on-ramps for investors looking to […]

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Bitfinex Says Withdrawals Are Fine, But Crypto Exchange Customers Disagree

Crypto exchange Bitfinex said Monday that withdrawal services are operating “without the slightest interference” – but some of its users would seem to disagree. “Processing complications” led to crypto exchange Bitfinex suspending fiat deposits into customer accounts last week, according to the October 15 blog post. Its move to pause such deposits is a temporary one, […]

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PBoC’s Digital Currency Chief Departs to Lead Securities Clearing House

The former architect of China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative has left the position to head the country’s central securities clearing house. Yao Qian, who founded the Digital Currency Research Lab at the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) last year, has now taken up the role of general manager at the China Securities Depository […]

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