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The founder of blockchain marketplace Opporty has said the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) legal case against the firm could have repercussions for other crypto companies. In an eight-page open letter to the crypto community Tuesday, founder Sergii “Sergey” Grybniak claims the firm followed all regulatory guidance available at the time of its 2017–2018 initial
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IBM has received a U.S. patent for a type of “self-aware token” that can record its own transaction data. Awarded by the U.S. Patent Office on Jan. 7, the patent outlines a ledger-based payments system that could make it easier for individual users, businesses and governments to track and trace transactions made using a cryptocurrency.
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Blockchain payment network Ripple launching an initial public offering (IPO) could, in fact, devalue the cryptocurrency in which it holds a majority stake.  According to several market participants interviewed by Cointelegraph over the weekend, Ripple going public has potential implications for the fate of altcoin XRP.  Ripple IPO: boom or bust for XRP? The company’s
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Tether has launched a new stablecoin backed by physical gold reserves called Tether Gold (XAU₮), according to a press release published on January 23. One coin will be equal to one troy fine ounce of physical gold, currently worth approximately US$1,550. Tether Gold is available as a TRC20 token on the TRON blockchain as well
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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is updating its regulatory framework for digital payments. Announced Tuesday, Singapore’s Payment Services Act 2019 (PSA) brings so-called Digital Payment Token (DPT) services – effectively covering all crypto businesses and exchanges based in Singapore – under current anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist-financing (CTF) rules. As such, crypto businesses in
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Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has hired former Circle compliance officer Blair Halliday as chief compliance officer and money-laundering reporting officer for the U.K. and Europe, the company announced Tuesday. Halliday will report to Gemini’s managing director of U.K. and Europe, Julian Sawyer, and will work closely with the firm’s NYC-based chief compliance officer, Noah Perlman, who
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Ukraine’s financial watchdog intends to track crypto transactions exceeding $1,200, according to the head of the country’s Ministry of Finance, Oksana Makarova. For the first time, Ukrainian anti-money laundering law includes crypto as an asset to be monitored, among others. The threshold for triggering the scrutiny process is 30,000 Urkainian hryvnia (UAH), or US$1,200.  “If
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