Facebook Libra Already Facing an EU Antitrust Probe: Report

Facebook is reportedly already under investigation by the EU over antitrust issues related to its Libra cryptocurrency project. A document seen by Bloomberg indicates that the European Commission is “currently investigating potential anti-competitive behavior” by the Libra Association. The report describes the document as a questionnaire suggesting the commission is concerned that Facebook’s planned Read more…

It Took 18 Months, But This Blockchain Securities Firm Got the Nod From FINRA

Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization (SRO) has green-lit a new blockchain-powered securities trading platform. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has approved the membership application of IOI Capital and Markets, which plans to act as a placement agent for privately placed, digital securities on a permissioned Hyperledger Fabric blockchain. Co-founders Rashad Kurbanov Read more…

Nevada Cryptocurrency Kiosks Now Require Money Transmission Licenses

Nevada’s regulatory stance on cryptocurrency kiosks has shifted, now requiring a state money transmission license. Speaking with CoinDesk, BitAML Senior Advisor Annelise Strader said Nevada abruptly and without announcement changed its regulatory stance on cryptocurrency kiosks. Following the last legislation session closing in May without passing a proposed cryptocurrency bill, Read more…

Derivatives Drama: The Unintended Consequences of Crypto Regulation

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter for institutional investors interested in crypto assets. Sign up here. Last week’s kerfuffle over the launch-that-wasn’t Read more…

New Jersey Calls Two ICOs ‘Fraudulent Securities,’ Issues Stop Order

New Jersey’s Bureau of Securities has announced enforcement action against two state-based initial coin offerings. Today, Canadian and American regulators coordinated under the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and executed by New Jersey officials have issued emergency orders against Zoptax and UNOcall, two NJ-based ICOs. Part of “Operation Cryptosweep,” Read more…

GitHub and Slack Bans Are Hurting Iranian Bitcoin Businesses

Iranian bitcoiners are showing the world what censorship resistance really looks like. Starting last weekend, Microsoft’s GitHub started identifying and banning Iranian accounts based on U.S. trade restrictions. As such, blockchain developers are hindered from participating in software projects that include private repositories or paid services for commercial ventures.  “The majority Read more…