Crypto’s the future but there are ‘mountains of fraud’

A top special agent from the Internal Revenue Service has told a conference that NFTs and crypto are the “future” but highlighted that fraud and manipulation is still rampant in the space. Ryan Korner from the IRS Criminal Investigation’s Los Angeles field office made the comments virtual event held on Tuesday by the USC Gould School of Law, Korner. Bloomberg reports Korner said: “We’re just seeing mountains and mountains of fraud in this area.” He told the event the IRS CI division acknowledges the significant growth of the crypto sector,…

Ban less likely? Putin says crypto mining has advantages in Russia

Russian president Vladmir Putin has given crypto enthusiasts a glimmer of hope for the future of digital assets in the country, which have been under threat from a recent push to ban cryptocurrencies and mining. The strongman leader opened a Jan 26 video conference with members of the Russian government by saying he would like to “start with an issue that is currently in the spotlight — the regulation of cryptocurrencies.” “Of course, we also have certain competitive advantages here, especially in the so-called mining. I mean the surplus of…

Crypto money laundering up by one third in 2021 but still below record

A new Chainalysis report has revealed that $8.6 billion in value was laundered through cryptocurrency in 2021. It marks a 25% increase from 2020, but still remains well below the high watermark hit in 2019.  That year $10.9 billion in value was laundered via cryptocurrency. Since 2017, Chainalysis estimates that a total of $33.4 billion in crypto has been laundered. Chainalysis points out the $33.4 billion in crypto laundered since 2017 pales in comparison to the estimated $2 trillion in fiat is laundered yearly from offline crimes such as drug…

Ripple Scores $15 Billion Valuation — CEO Says Financial Position Is Strongest Ever Despite SEC Lawsuit Over XRP – Altcoins Bitcoin News

Ripple has bought back shares from its Series C funding round, which raised the company’s valuation to $15 billion, according to CEO Brad Garlinghouse. He added that despite the lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the status of XRP cryptocurrency, Ripple had the best year on record. Ripple’s $15 Billion Valuation and ‘Best Year on Record’ Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse announced via Twitter Wednesday that Ripple has bought back its Series C shares at a $15 billion valuation. The CEO described that “Even with 2021’s headwinds,…

The Sandbox Looks to Boost Metaverse Startups With $50M Incubator Program

“The Sandbox’s metaverse accelerator is a major expansion of our ongoing commitment to support the next generation of metaverse entrepreneurs,” Sebastien Borget, co-founder of The Sandbox, said in a press release. “With imagination, ideas and hard work, startups from all over the world can realize their visions and drive societal impact by creating more opportunities for everyone.” Author: Eli Tan Source link

The Sandbox announces $50M fund for its startup accelerator program

Virtual world project The Sandbox announced its metaverse accelerator program that will push the development of the open metaverse by investing $50 million in startups. The Animoca Brands subsidiary is partnering with the venture accelerator firm Brinc to target 30 to 40 blockchain startups a year for the program. The Sandbox Metaverse Accelerator Program will allocate up to $250,000 in investment to each potential project and will give additional incentives to top-performing projects. The bonuses include The Sandbox (SAND) digital asset and LAND, digital real estate within The Sandbox’s metaverse.…

Ethereum bulls aim to flip $2.8K to support before calling a trend reversal

The dire predictions calling for the onset of an extended bear market may have been premature as prices appear to be in recovery mode on Jan. 26 following a signal from the U.S. Federal Reserve that interest rates will remain near 0% for the time being.  After the Fed announcement from, prices across the cryptocurrency market began to rise with Bitcoin (BTC) up 4.11% and making a strong push for $39,000. This sparked a wave of momentum that helped to lift a majority of tokens in the market, but at…

Tesla Reports Bitcoin Holdings Unchanged in Q4

The value of Tesla’s (TSLA) bitcoin holdings at the end of the fourth quarter remained unchanged from the end of the previous quarter at $1.26 billion, the electric car maker said in its quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Tesla did not buy or sell any bitcoin in the quarter, nor did it record any impairments to the value of its bitcoin holdings because the price of bitcoin was essentially flat from the end of the third quarter to the end of the fourth quarter. In the third quarter, Tesla also…