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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected Wilshire Phoenix’s bid for a bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund (ETF). In a filing posted Wednesday, the securities regulator wrote that the New York-based Wilshire Phoenix had not proven the bitcoin market is sufficiently resistant to market manipulation. Wilshire, a newcomer to the financial services industry, first applied for
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Revolut, the London-based bank that allows users to purchase cryptocurrencies on its app, has raised more than $500 million in a Series D funding round. Revolut announced Tuesday the round, led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm TCV, means the bank is now valued at over $5.5 billion. Although investors from previous rounds have also
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Singapore’s Court of Appeals has ruled against digital currency exchange Quoine on Monday in a landmark case relating to a breach of contract that saw the platform unlawfully reverse seven trades. The Straits Times reports that the case marks the first of its kind in the country’s history regarding a dispute involving cryptocurrency and concludes
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As central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) march into view, a privately-run version of digital fiat is adding a key tech partner. Utility Settlement Coin (USC), the blockchain-based payments system involving commercial and central banks, will be working with ConsenSys-backed startup Adhara, CoinDesk has learned. Adhara was behind Project Khokha, which used enterprise blockchain client Quorum
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A New Jersey lawmaker wants to license crypto exchanges and custodians looking to conduct business in the Garden State. Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D.-19) introduced the Digital Asset and Blockchain Technology Act Friday, putting forth a proposal to license any entity looking to provide digital asset trading, storage, purchase, sales, exchange, borrowing/lending or issuance services. The
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Buying votes is a big no-no in traditional democracies, but on the world’s eighth-largest blockchain it’s become an accepted way of doing business. A new service makes it easier for EOS block producers, the nodes elected by holders of the cryptocurrency to validate transactions on the network, to share their block rewards with those who
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Reginald Fowler, an alleged operator behind payment processor Crypto Capital, was charged with wire fraud Friday, on top of existing charges of bank fraud, operation of an unlicensed money transmission business and conspiracy. According to an indictment filed Friday, Fowler allegedly created a scheme to obtain money “by means of false and fraudulent pretenses” and
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Bitcoin’s lightning network is growing “increasingly centralized,” making it more susceptible to attacks, asserts a new paper by security researchers. Seen as a potential solution bitcoin’s scaling headaches, lightning is a payment network allowing for speedier and cheaper transactions. Partly to make lightning more robust, developers and researchers have been trying to spot holes in
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New York-regulated crypto startup Paxos, in conjunction with Credit Suisse and Nomura-owned broker-dealer Instinet, has claimed bragging rights for the first live blockchain-based settlement of U.S. equities.  Announced Wednesday, the Paxos Settlement Service has gone live, allowing for the simultaneous exchange of cash and a select number of U.S.-listed securities on Paxos’ own private version
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Bitcoin’s (BTC) price volatility spiked in January and could further increase over the near term because “whales” have surfaced. The cryptocurrency’s annualized volatility grew roughly eight percentage points in January to a three-month high of 58.2 percent, according to Kraken’s monthly report.  Volatility rose as bitcoin’s price rallied from lows near $6,850 on Jan. 3
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Samsung Electronics’ newly launched Galaxy smartphone will come with the same crypto storage facilities found on previous models. Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S20 range recently, the Korean tech giant said the phone’s security system includes a new “secure processor dedicated to protecting your PIN, password, pattern and Blockchain Private Key.” Although Samsung gave much more
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Are two recent attacks taking advantage of “flashloans,” low liquidity and price oracle issues the first of more to come? Part of what makes decentralized finance, or DeFi, interesting to people is how it takes advantage of open-source protocols to enable types of transactions never before available. The problem, however, is financial structures mean new
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The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has formally proposed a legal framework for tokenization, but also plans to label cryptocurrency transactions as suspicious activity, it said in a press release Monday. The CBR announced it had successfully piloted a platform that allows users to tokenize assets, including equities and currencies, and issue them to investors.
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