Digital Currency Group Authorizes $250M Buyback for Its Grayscale Trusts

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Binance back in Malaysia via a strategic stake in regulated digital exchange

Binance, the world’s leading crypto exchange by trading volume is returning to the Malaysian markets with a strategic stake in the country’s regulated digital asset trading platfrom MX Global. Binance and Cuscapi Berhad acquired a key stake in MX Global, one of the four Recognized Market Operators – Digital Asset Exchange licensed by the Securities Commission (SC) in Malaysia. Hello Malaysia. https://t.co/vsHzHlm7KI — CZ Binance (@cz_binance) March 1, 2022 The leading crypto exchange has a significant presence in the Asian region and with its new partnership in Malaysia, the exchange aims to…

US Treasury Dept lists digital currencies as part of effort to sanction Russia’s government

The Treasury Department and reportedly the White House are warning U.S.-based companies and individuals not to facilitate crypto transactions sent to certain Russian nationals and banks. According to regulations from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control scheduled to go into effect on March 1, U.S. residents may not use digital currencies to benefit Russia’s government — including the country’s central bank — as an attempt to circumvent U.S. sanctions in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The guidelines equated crypto transactions to “deceptive or structured transactions or dealings”…

What the launch of the FBI crypto task force means for the digital asset space

On Feb. 17, United States Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced at the Munich Cyber Security Conference the formation of the new task force “dedicated to cryptocurrency” within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Coming four months after the launch of the Justice Department’s National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET), this marks another major step in the U.S. government’s crusade against criminal abuse of cryptocurrencies.  What the task force will look like The name of the new task force that Monaco revealed is the Virtual Asset Exploitation Unit (VAXU). It will…

Is there a future for digital fashion in the Metaverse?

ourtesy of Kat Taylor Cattytay, digital fashion appeared in 2017. However, we began to talk loudly about it only in 2020. It all began five years ago when Kat first made an Instagram post with the caption “Virtual Clothing!!!” Then, there was a collaboration with Adidas, Off-White, Vetements and Balenciaga. These brands were interested in introducing fashion digitalization even before it blew up in the mass media discourse. Note that the COVID-19 pandemic had yet to happen and people were not stuck at home. Thus, there was no need for…

Plug In Digital Joins, Then Ditches Winkyverse NFT Web3 Partnership

Indie gaming distributor Plug In Digital has walked back on its partnership with the Winkyverse, an “education games metaverse”. The studio had originally signed up to help Winkyverse creator Mainbot with blockchain tech and NFT implementation, but has backtracked on that decision. Why has Plug In Digital backtracked on its partnership with the Winkyverse? On Wednesday, Plug In Digital, which counts The Forgotten City publisher Dear Villagers among its subsidiaries, announced that it would be partnering with Mainbot, the creator of a French children’s educational tool called Winky. The two companies were…

BNY Mellon plans to launch digital asset custody platform later this year

BNY Mellon, a major investment bank, is developing a digital asset custody platform that would allow institutional customers to gain crypto exposure. According to a report from City A.M., customers will be able to store the world’s most popular cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), in BNY Mellon crypto wallets which are powered by Fireblocks technology. However, once regulatory approval has been granted, the service will gradually increase and integrate a variety of tokenized traditional and digital assets. The new service, according to the investment bank, is expected to be…

Digital gold narrative valid as long as MicroStrategy holds Bitcoin, says exec

As some industry executives have questioned Bitcoin (BTC) as being the digital gold amid a massive market crash on Thursday, other experts continued to support the digital gold narrative for now, or until whale investors like MicroStrategy cash out. Ki Young Ju, CEO of South Korean on-chain analytics resource CryptoQuant, took to Twitter on Thursday to report that his platform has not observed any “significant on-chain activities” as of 11:00 AM UTC. Institutional investors who bought Bitcoin via on-chain transactions seem to have not sold their holdings yet, Ju wrote,…