Bitcoin 

US Treasury Secretary Shares Trump’s Concerns on Crypto, Stresses Compliance

United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin shares President Donald Trump’s concerns on the use of cryptocurrency to finance illicit activity, and stresses the role of enforcing FinCEN regulations with respect to crypto-dealing organizations. Mnuchin made his remarks at a press conference on July 15. Mnuchin called the use of cryptocurrencies to fund illicit activity a national security issue, saying that billions of dollars have been used for this purpose: “Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity, like cybercrime, tax evasion, extortion, randomware,…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Price Slips 10% in 24 hrs as Fed Raises Facebook Libra Concerns

Bitcoin price (BTC) shed more than 10% on July 11 as markets appeared to react to criticism of Facebook’s Libra from a senior U.S. lawmaker. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Data from Coin360 sees the majority of cryptocurrencies firmly in the red Thursday, hours after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Facebook’s offering should not continue development. Libra, which aims to act firstly as a cross-border payment method, allegedly buoyed Bitcoin throughout recent weeks, with commentators arguing its public profile was driving publicity and uptake of Bitcoin itself.  Powell’s demands,…

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Ethereum 

Fed Chair Says Facebook Needs to Satisfy Regulatory Concerns Regarding Libra

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said there needs to be broad satisfaction with the way Facebook is handling regulatory concerns regarding its forthcoming stablecoin Libra. Powell gave his comments in a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee on July 10. Rep. Steve Stivers asked Powell during the meeting, “if Facebook can’t sufficiently answer your questions about anti-money laundering, Know Your Customer, what would your message be to the banks that provide banking to Facebook, and what would your advice to Facebook be?” Powell replied: “ … I just think…

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Ethereum 

Weiss Crypto Ratings Downgrades EOS Due to Centralization Concerns

United States-based financial research firm Weiss Ratings announced that it has downgraded its rating of cryptocurrency EOS because of the blockchain’s “serious problems” with centralization. Weiss announced the report in a tweet published on June 7. In the tweet, Weiss Ratings claims that the cryptocurrency in question has severe centralization issues and that “their event last week did anything to alleviate that,” evidently referring to an event hosted by EOS developer, Block.one on June 1. Weiss decided to lower EOS’ technology score, given the development. The tweet also hinted that…

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Blockchain 

Indian Authorities Express Concerns Over Facebook’s Libra

India’s authorities have expressed concern over Facebook’s forthcoming stablecoin Libra, Bloomberg reported on July 8. Subhash Garg, Economic Affairs Secretary at India’s Ministry of Finance, told Bloomberg that the “design of the Facebook currency has not been fully explained. But whatever it is, it would be a private cryptocurrency and that’s not something we have been comfortable with.” Facebook’s Libra is set to be a stablecoin pegged to a reserve of assets which would purportedly preclude the coin from volatility. In late June, Dovey Wan of Primitive Ventures argued that…

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Blockchain 

Concerns Over Facebook’s Libra ‘Not Trivial’

Singapore’s central bank has held discussions with Facebook about its upcoming libra cryptocurrency, Bloomberg reported on June 27. Ravi Menon, the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, reportedly acknowledged libra’s potential benefits — such as making payments cheaper or supporting the unbanked — but said the regulator needs to understand exactly how the tech giant’s system will work. As well as warning that it isn’t clear whether libra would offer a superior alternative to other electronic payment mechanisms, Menon said Singapore would be seeking assurances on security and privacy issues before making a regulatory decision.…

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Blockchain 

Samsung SDS Tackles Blockchain Adoption Concerns With New Services

The IT subsidiary of South Korean tech giant Samsung is launching three new products aimed at addressing clients worries about blockchain, the company confirmed in a press release on June 18. Following what it describes as trouble implementing the technology, Samsung SDS said its new offerings will address core areas of concern among its client base. “When companies apply blockchain technology to their business, they have concerns on  Converging services across various industries, connecting different blockchain technologies […] easy application and expansion of blockchain in timely manner,” the release states.…

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Bitcoin 

Traditional Exchanges Pull Back From Reg A+ IPOs Due to Fraud Concerns

Traditional exchanges are holding off on Reg A+ initial public offerings (IPOs) following problematic offerings like that of purported cryptocurrency firm Longfin Corp., the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on June 10. Earlier in June, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) filed fraud charges against Longfin. The SEC claimed that Longfin fabricated 90% of its revenue and sold over 400,000 shares of Longfin that it did not have the funds to back in a scheme to secure its spot on the Nasdaq. The complaint also reportedly stated that…

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Bitcoin 

Dutch Bank ABN AMRO Abandons Wallie Custodial Bitcoin Wallet Citing Risk Concerns

Dutch bank ABN AMRO abandoned its plans to launch a custodial bitcoin (BTC) wallet dubbed “Wallie” because of risk concerns, according to a report published on May 20 by tech news outlet The Next Web. Per the report, the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, said in an email to the outlet that the bank decided not to continue its plans after it “concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets for our clients to invest in.” The rumors concerning alleged tests…

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Bitcoin 

Binance CEO Addresses Concerns Live After $40 Mln BTC Hack, Rejects Blockchain Reorg Idea

Changpeng Zhao (CZ), CEO of major crypto exchange Binance, has devoted his live AMA on Twitter to address community concerns in the wake of yesterday’s $40.7 million hack. The AMA was broadcast live on May 8, 3am UTC. As reported yesterday, Binance suffered a major and premeditated hack, reportedly conducted by tactics that included phishing and viruses to obtain a large number of 2FA codes and API keys. The security breach reportedly resulted in hackers withdrawing around 7,000 bitcoin (BTC) — worth around $40.7 million at the time — from…

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