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Japanese Financial Authority Inspecting 32 Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The Japanese Financial Services Agency has announced that it is inspecting all 32 cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan. This includes 16 exchanges that have not obtained a license but are currently under review by the agency and those that...

Mobile Payment Company Square Launches In-app Bitcoin Buy/Sell Option

This Wednesday Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the payment processing firm Square, revealed the company’s Cash App users can now purchase and sell bitcoin. Back in November the Square Cash App’s bitcoin functionality was only available to select...

Japan’s Most Popular Chat App Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange

The operator of Japan’s most popular chat app with approximately 168 million monthly users has announced its plans to launch a cryptocurrency exchange. Line Corporation has already begun the registration process as a crypto exchange with the country’s...

Hawaii’s New Money Transmitters Act Will Require Virtual Currency Licenses

The state of Hawaii is planning to regulate the use of bitcoin and digital currencies that would require licensure to transmit cryptocurrency-based funds. Two bills introduced by a group of partisan Hawaiian lawmakers are focused on digital currencies...

Malta Extends Scope of Proposed Virtual Currency Regulations

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has published a ”feedback statement” regarding its proposal for regulatory guidelines governing collective investment schemes involving virtual currencies (VCs) operating in the European archipelago nation. The statement has been issued following a...

South Korean Prime Minister Imposes Crypto Code of Conduct on Government Officials

The South Korean prime minister has ordered a new code of conduct to be prepared and implemented specifically to address the actions of government employees regarding cryptocurrency regulations. This follows the recent case of possible insider trading which...

South Korean Officials Caught Trading On Insider Knowledge of Crypto Regulations

South Korean government officials have reportedly been caught insider trading. They sold all of their cryptocurrency holdings and profited just before the regulators announced crypto regulatory measures. The country’s Financial Supervisory Service is investigating the case. Also read: South...

Cryptocurrency Activities Will Be Legal and Tax Free in Belarus Starting in March

The decree signed by Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko which legalizes cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, and smart contracts, will enter into force in March. Cryptocurrency activities are not restricted by the decree and will be tax exempt until 2023....

Cryptocurrency App Users Increase 14-Fold in South Korea

The number of cryptocurrency app users in South Korea has increased 14 times in the last 11 weeks to approximately two million users, according to a recent analysis. Users spend an average of 26 minutes using them daily...

China’s Regulatory Authority Warns About Risks of Initial Miner Offerings

National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA) this Friday announced that IMOs (Initial Miner Offerings), represented by the token Wankebi and issued by Xunlei (NASDAQ: XNET), are ICOs in disguise and have emerged as a potentially risky model that...