What happens to crypto seized in criminal investigations?

Earlier this year, during during the annual Queen’s Speech in the United Kingdom, Prince Charles informed the Parliament about two bills. One of them — the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill — would expand the government’s powers to seize and recover crypto assets. Meanwhile, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized more than $3 billion worth of crypto in 2021. As digital currencies’ monetary stock grows and enforcers’ scrutiny over the maturing industry tightens, the amount of seized funds will inevitably increase. But where do these funds go,…

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BTC, ADA, XLM, XMR, MANA

The bears are trying to extend Bitcoin’s (BTC) record of nine consecutive red weekly candles to ten weeks, but the bulls are trying to avert this negative occurrence. Although sentiment remains negative, Arthur Hayes, former CEO of derivatives giant BitMEX, anticipates Bitcoin to bottom out in the range of $25,000 to $27,000. On-chain data from Glassnode shows that smart money may have started accumulating Bitcoin. The net outflows from major cryptocurrency exchanges reached 23,286 Bitcoin on June 3, the highest since May 14. Crypto market data daily view. Source: Coin360…

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3 reasons Ethereum price risks 25% downside in June

Ethereum’s native token Ether (ETH) has dropped more than half of its value in 2022 in dollar terms, while also losing value against Bitcoin (BTC), and now remains pinned below $2,000 for several reasons. What’s more, ETH price could face even bigger losses in June due to another slew of factors, which will be discussed below.  Ethereum funds lose capital en masse Investors have withdrawn $250 million out of Ethereum-based investment funds in 2022, according to CoinShares’ weekly market report published May 31. The massive outflow appears in contrast to other…

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Bitcoin price needs to close above $29,450 for its first green weekly candle since March

Bitcoin (BTC) kept traders guessing into the June 5 weekly close as BTC price action closely mimicked last weekend. BTC/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView BTC price traders $300 in the gree Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD circling its May 30 opening level at the time of writing, just $300 higher than seven days ago. With hours to go before the weekly candle closed, the pair thus retained the threat of sealing yet another lower low. This would take Bitcoin to a new record in terms…

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Who accepts Bitcoin as payment?

This is a list of some of the biggest places that accept Bitcoin, such as Microsoft and Whole Foods.  First, we’re going to take a look at businesses that accept Bitcoin. There are some early adopters, but most of them recently started to accept payments using this digital currency. These major companies are the ones where you can pay via Bitcoin: Microsoft Microsoft is one of the early adopters of BTC, as they started accepting payments with Bitcoin in 2014. Users could buy games and applications with digital currencies, but…

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6 Questions for Nikki Farb of Headline – Cointelegraph Magazine

We ask the buidlers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their thoughts on the industry… and throw in a few random zingers to keep them on their toes!   This week, our 6 Questions go to Nikki Farb — an active investor and advisor to technology companies who is currently a venture partner at Headline, a venture capital firm.   I invest in consumer tech (with a real love for marketplaces) and Web3. I’ve invested in Consensys (MetaMask), AfterParty, Fractal, Aloft, Wander, MarketerHire, SudShare and a few others I…

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Bitcoin ATM installations record low in May, biggest drop since 2019

Bitcoin (BTC) ATM installations across the globe have seen a steep decline throughout the year 2022, with May recording just 202 new BTC ATMs, a range last seen three ago in 2019. Over the past five months since January, Bitcoin ATM installations saw a gradual slowdown, eventually falling down 89.75% from December 2021’s 1971 new installations. However, data from Coin ATM Radar reveal an evident comeback in the installation numbers as the world saw 817 Bitcoin ATMs getting installed in June — in just the first five days. Net change…

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Global Web3 metaverse and tax initiatives continue in the face of a market meltdown

In her monthly Expert Take column, Selva Ozelli, an international tax attorney and CPA, covers the intersection between emerging technologies and sustainability, and provides the latest developments around taxes, AML/CFT regulations and legal issues affecting crypto and blockchain. In 2021, nonfungible tokens became the biggest disrupter in art, with artists minting, exhibiting and auctioning them and investors buying, selling and trading them. But by May 2022, NFT sales had dropped 92% from the market peak. According to data aggregator Layoffs.fyi, more than 17,000 technology laborers lost their jobs in May.…

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Yuga Labs’ BAYC, OtherSide Discord groups breached, over 145 ETH stolen

Yuga Labs, the creator of two of the most popular ape-themed nonfungible token (NFT) offerings — Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and OtherSide — witnessed yet another orchestrated phishing attack with investors losing over 145 Ether (ETH) or nearly $260,000 at the time of writing. OKHotshot, a blockchain detective and a member of the Crypto Twitter community, alerted crypto investors about the compromise of two official Discord groups linked to BAYC and OtherSide NFTs. BAYC & OtherSide discords got compromised‼️ Seems because Community Manager @BorisVagner got his account breached, which…

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NFTs can lead the way in transforming business experiences

Many businesses and big brands have already jumped on the nonfungible token (NFT) bandwagon, including Nike, the National Basketball Association, Pepsi and even Taco Bell. But are these just for the show, or are these NFTs creating value? Much like digital services have become essential for every business in and outside of the technology sector, I believe that tokens — and, specifically, NFTs — are likely to become equally crucial in the emerging Web3 economy for at least two reasons. First, my view is that NFTs tokenize ideas at the…

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