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Binance to Shut Down in Malaysia, Scales Down Derivatives in Europe

  • The Malaysian Securities Commission has issued a notice ordering Binance to stop offering its services in the country.
  • The exchange also revealed that its clients in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will no longer be able to open new futures and derivatives accounts.
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  • The Malaysian Securities Commission has issued a notice ordering Binance to stop offering its services in the country.
  • The exchange also revealed that its clients in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will no longer be able to open new futures and derivatives accounts.
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Tether Executives Investigated for Bank Fraud

  • "People with direct knowledge of the matter" told Bloomberg that Tether executives have received letters informing them of the investigation.
  • The sources also revealed the Department of Justice was looking into a "conduct that occurred years ago, when Tether was in its more nascent stages".
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3 U.S. States Say BlockFi’s Interest-Bearing Accounts Violate Securities Laws

  • New Jersey, Alabama, and Texas have increased regulatory pressure on BlockFi.
  • The states claim BlockFi's interest Accounts (BIAs) are unregistered securities and violate state laws.
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BlockFi Received Cease and Desist in New Jersey

  • BlockFi has until the 22 July to comply with the order, and stop onboarding new BlockFi Interest Account (BIA) clients.
  • The firm's CEO disagreed with the decision, and said BlockFi was "engaged in an ongoing dialogue with regulators to help them understand our products".

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Korean Authorities Investigate $1.5B of Illicit Crypto Transactions

  • South Korean authorities have investigated 33 people, who were involved in illegal overseas crypto transactions worth $1.48 billion.
  • 15 have already been fined, 14 referred to state prosecutors, and 4 remain under investigation.
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Former Cryptopia Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing $175,000 Worth of Crypto

  • The man admitted to stealing around $175,000 worth of BTC and other cryptocurrencies from Cryptopia's old deposit wallets.
  • The funds were subsequently returned and the theft wasn't connected to the 2019 hack, court documents showed.
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SEC Accuses LBRY of Selling Unregistered Securities

  • The SEC has requested a permanent injunction against LBRY, prohibiting it from further selling its LBC token.
  • The decentralized content publishing platform has echoed Ripple's statement that these lawsuits were a "tremendous threat" to the entire crypto industry.
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Florida Teen Pleads Guilty to Twitter Bitcoin Scam

  • The teenager tricked Twitter employees into giving him access to the customer service portal.
  • Alongside two accomplices, the teen defrauded people out of $118,000 worth of BTC.
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BitMEX Executive Surrenders to U.S. Authorities, Pleads Not Guilty

  • Ben Delo has pleaded not guilty to charges of violating U.S. anti-money laundering laws, and was granted a $20 million bail.
  • Delo, Arthur Hayes and Samuel Reed have all agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities, while Gregory Dwyer continues to remain at large.
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Bitfinex, Tether to Cease Operations in NY, Pay $18.5M Fine

  • After settling with the Office of the New York Attorney General, Bitfinex and Tether were ordered to introduce transparency measures.
  • Alongside a hefty fine, the companies will have to ensure the OAG that their corporate and client accounts remain segregated.
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Mt. Gox Creditors Could Soon Claim 90% of Remaining Bitcoins

  • A new deal between Mt. Gox's trustee and Fortress will enable creditors to claim 90% of the exchange's remaining Bitcoin.
  • If the majority of creditors agree, they would be reimbursed directly from the Mt. Gox trust.
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Visa & Plaid’s Merger Blocked by DoJ Antitrust Suit

  • The U.S. DoJ has alleged that Visa was using the acquisition to snuff out its competition.
  • The planned $5.3 billion acquisition was canceled almost one year after it was announced.
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Damage Done: Coinbase is Delisting XRP

  • The avalanche of XRP delistings seems to have arrived, as Coinbase has just announced that the asset will not be tradeable on their platform after January 19.
  • The larger cryptocurrency community is torn on the issue, while XRP has lost two thirds of its price within ten days.
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SEC Sues Ripple Over $1.3B Unregistered Securities Offering

  • The regulator has accused Ripple of raising more than $1.3 billion in an "unregistered, ongoing digital asset securities offering".
  • The question if XRP is a security has been up in the air for years now, and we might soon get an answer.