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Tether Seeks Dismissal of Class Action Case in New York

Tether Inc, makers of a popular cryptocurrency that mimics USD (“tether” or USDt), has asked a judge in New York for permission to file a motion to dismiss a class-action suit filed against the company last month. The suit alleges that parties at Tether Inc and… Read More

China Orders “Rectification” of Shanghai Crypto Sector, Shutdowns Expected

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Shanghai Municipal Financial Regulatory Bureau have ordered securities regulators in Shanghai to identify cryptocurrency exchanges, token issuers, and distributors of foreign ICO’s in the city so they can be shut down, The Block reports. According to Chinese… Read More

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs Launch Comprehensive Supply Chain DLT Software System

Walmart Canada (NYSE:WMT) and DLT Labs have announced the launch of the, “world’s largest full production blockchain solution for industrial application.” The system is a “blockchain-based” (or distributed ledger technology) freight and payment network that, “establishes state-of-the-art collaboration and information sharing with 70 third-party trucking companies… Read More

Binance and Tron Lose Important Weibo Social Media Accounts

Malta-based Binance, one of the world’s busiest cryptocurrency exchanges, and Tron, the 11th largest blockchain project, have had their accounts blocked on Weibo, a Chinese social media site similar to Twitter, The Block reports. According to the outlet, all content, including the follower count, has… Read More

“Unknown Fund” Pledges $75 Million in Bitcoin for Development of Anonymizing Technologies, Including Cryptocurrencies

An anonymous group that met on 4Chan has announced it will contribute $75 million in Bitcoins to an “Unknown Fund” for the development of anonymizing technologies, including cryptocurrencies: “The anonymous organisation Unknown Fund has announced that it intends to invest and donate $75 million in… Read More

PayPal Stops Supporting Pornhub. Is This Crypto’s Seminal Moment?

Popular free pornography site PornHub has announced in a blog post that payments giant PayPal has stopped servicing payments to over 100 000 porn performers who sell extras through the site. According to PornHub: “We are all devastated by PayPal’s decision to stop payouts to… Read More

Two Young SIM-Swap Hackers Charged in Massachusetts

Two young men from Massachusetts have been charged in an 11-count indictment for crimes relating to the theft of over $550,000 USD in cryptocurrencies from, “at least 10 identified victims.” Eric Meiggs, 21, and Declan Harrington, 20, allegedly executed the thefts via SIM-swap attacks, a… Read More

Executives Behind $342 Million USD Crypto Scam Jailed in Korea

Executives who allegedly ran a fraudulent $342 million USD (400 billion won) cryptocurrency scam called Coin Up in Korea from August of last year until this past February have received significant prison sentences, Yonhap News reports. 53-year-old Coin Up executive Kang-mo, who allegedly displayed a… Read More

Police and Regulators Convening in Australia to Address “Globalization and Digitization of the Criminal Economy”

More than 200 delegates representing police forces and regulatory bodies in Australia, the US, Singapore, and New Zealand are convening Nov 13-15 in Brisbane at the 2019 National Proceeds of Crime Conference. Present in force will be staff from Australia’s Taxation Office, Securities and Investment Commission,… Read More

People’s Bank of China Denies It Has Begun Circulating a National Digital Currency

Officials at the People’s Bank of China have issued an official statement disclaiming rumours that China has begun issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “Recently, the net news said that the People’s Bank of China has issued (a) legal digital currency,” the communiqué states,… Read More

Beware the Tinder Cryptocurrency Seductress

A poster on Reddit is warning that “Asian Girls” on Tinder are engaging in sometimes month-long seductions to lure marks and their money to unreliable cryptocurrency projects. In the post titled, “PSA: Watch out for girls from Tinder who like fashion, hiking, investing and other… Read More

Telegram Files Response to SEC Action Blocking US Token Sales

Lawyers for Telegram have responded to the SEC complaint that led a judge in October to temporarily forbid the sale of GRAM tokens to retail investors in the US. Telegram, provider of a popular encrypted messaging app (Messenger) that permits anonymous communicating, was started by… Read More

RBC Confirms It Has Filed Patent Regarding Possible Crypto Trading Platform

A spokesperson for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has confirmed that the top 5 Canadian bank has filed patents for crypto trading platform technology. The spokesperson would not confirm plans to launch, however. “(L)ike many other organizations,” Jean Francois Thibault told The Logic Monday, “(RBC) files patent… Read More

Dutch Court Orders Facebook to Control Fake Bitcoin-Endorsing Ads

A Dutch court has determined that Facebook has the means at its disposal to restrict Bitcoin and cryptocurrency ads featuring celebrities who did not consent to the use of their name or image, Dutch News reports. Judges in Amsterdam have also threatened to fine Facebook… Read More

Emsisoft “Sting” Raises Questions About Fast Data Recovery’s Claimed Ransomware Decryption Service

Anti-Malware and anti-virus company Emsisoft posed as a potential customer to conduct an informal “sting” on a company “guaranteeing” it can decrypt data locked by Dharma ransomware for a fee of about $7000 USD. The problem is, Emsisoft claims, no known party has ever decrypted… Read More

Report: Stripe CEO “Very Skeptical of Anyone…Adamant That Crypto’s Gonna Work”

CEO Patrick Collison of Stripe told Wired magazine last Friday that he’s, “very skeptical of anyone who’s adamant that crypto’s gonna work,” but said he thinks companies should experiment even if the chance of success seems slight. Collison reportedly made the comments while doing on… Read More

Bittrex Crypto Exchange to Release Funds of Customers Living in Sanctioned Regions

Bittrex, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Seattle, has sent a letter to customers who had funds frozen in 2017 because they were trading from sanctioned regions stating that affected parties may now withdraw their funds to another exchange. “It’s been a few years that @BittrexExchange disabled… Read More

Ripple’s Repeated Citing of 6% Error Rate on SWIFT is Erroneous, Researcher Claims

Martin Walker, director of banking and finance at the Center for Evidence-Based Management, says Ripple officials’ repeated claims that SWIFT has a a 6% error rate are false. “In May 2019, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of a San Francisco based (but Delaware registered) fintech firm called… Read More

VC Powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz Presenting Free “Crypto Startup School” in February

Prolific Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz is offering a free seven-week program starting in late February 2020 called the “a16z Crypto Startup School.” Famous for being one of the early backers of Facebook and Instagram, Andreessen Horowitz has added a number of cryptocurrency/ “blockchain”… Read More

Report: Head of Russia’s Central Bank Joins Chorus of Regulators Critical of Private Currencies Like Facebook’s Libra

Elvira Nabiullina, governor at the Bank of Russia since 2013, told the Russian parliament this week that she supports Fintech innovations but opposes private currencies like Facebook’s Libra because they pose a threat to financial stability. She also said she and the bank are monitoring… Read More

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