Ripple CEO criticizes SEC for ‘contradictions’ on crypto regulations

Brad Garlinghouse, the chief executive officer of Ripple Labs, has claimed the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, has inconsistently imposed regulations on crypto firms in the country.  Speaking to Wired editor-in-chief at the Collision conference in Toronto on Thursday, Garlinghouse pointed to Ripple’s current legal battle with the SEC, in which the federal regulator has alleged the company’s executives conducted an “unregistered, ongoing digital asset securities offering” with XRP token sales. Garlinghouse referenced the SEC’s approval of Coinbase’s public offering in April 2021 despite the fact the…

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Hester Perice criticizes lack of legal clarity for crypto

The crypto sector may be maturing, but regulatory clarity around the treatment of digital assets continues to remain cumbersome.  This was recently highlighted by Commissioner Hester Peirce — also known as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) “crypto mom” — in remarks she made at “The Regulatory Transparency Project Conference on Regulating the New Crypto Ecosystem: Necessary Regulation or Crippling Future Innovation?” Peirce began her speech by emphasizing the importance of “regulating the new crypto ecosystem.” While this may be, Peirce also noted that the crypto industry is…

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Bill Gates criticizes the intangible value of NFTs

Tech billionaire, and currently the world’s fourth-richest person, Bill Gates, spoke at the TechCrunch climate change conference Tuesday about the progress society has made in supporting the climate movement, his assessment of current global economics, alongside his skepticism of NFTs.  The NFT market has closely correlated the tumultuous financial decline of cryptocurrencies over the past few months, as previously sought-after collections resort in the vicinity of 60-80% reductions in value. As a result, cynical attitudes have emerged to dominate the industry narrative. In his interview, Gates singled out the market’s…

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Bitcoin’s real energy use questioned as Ethereum founder criticizes BTC

The ever-raging debate around Bitcoin’s energy consumption has been re-ignited, with founding member of Ethereum Anthony Donofrio claiming that Bitcoin is using “way too much” energy.  According to figures from Digiconomist, Bitcoin (BTC) currently uses 0.82% of the world’s power while Ethereum (ETH) uses 0.34%. Ethereum researcher Justin Drake posted the figures to his 56,000 followers that Donofrio retweeted, stating: If bitcoin is really using nearly 1% of the energy on earth that is way too much for a pet rock. https://t.co/CDL32jk5FF — Texture, PhD (@iamtexture) June 9, 2022 Ethereum…

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83% of 7-figure Millennials own crypto, Sen. Warren criticizes DeFi, Dec. 10–17

Welcome to the latest edition of Cointelegraph’s decentralized finance newsletter. As the market attempted to recover from last week’s pummeling, decentralized finance (DeFi) was once again the topic of discussion in high-profile U.S. governmental offices. Read on to learn more about this news and much more from the world of decentralized finance. What you’re about to read is the smaller version of this newsletter designed for brevity. For the full version of DeFi’s developments over the last week, drop your email below. Senator Warren warns about supposed DeFi dangers Senator Elizabeth Warren…

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Sygnia CEO criticizes Elon Musk for alleged Bitcoin pump and dump

Magda Wierzycka, one of the richest women in South Africa and CEO of financial services company Sygnia, said Tesla CEO Elon Musk would likely have been investigated by authorities regarding recent allegations over his manipulation of crypto prices — if his target had been almost anything other than Bitcoin. In an interview with Bruce Whitfield at the Money Show this week, Wierzycka said Musk’s recent social media activity on the price of Bitcoin (BTC) should have made him the subject of investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or…

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Ripple CEO criticizes India’s looming crypto ban

Indian government officials are reportedly planning to discuss a new bill whose legal framework would ban cryptocurrencies on the subcontinent.  According to a Sept. 15 report from Bloomberg, the Indian federal cabinet is considering a law banning crypto six months after courts lifted a blanket ban. Anonymous sources claimed that the Indian government would encourage the development of blockchain technology, but not cryptocurrency trading. In response, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse called the decision “disappointing,” stating that cryptocurrency had the potential to help underserved populations in the country: Disappointing to see…

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AMFEIX Threatens Users Who Share Coverage That Criticizes the Company

Last week Cointelegraph published a story about investors having difficulty getting their money back from a crypto fund called AMFEIX, which promised high-yield profits for investors who sent them Bitcoin (BTC). Our story described more than 500 pending withdrawals from users trying to get their money back, and AMFEIX’s unsatisfactory communication with those users. The company addressed its users via its official Telegram channel after the story was published, suggesting that the withdrawal delays were due to technical difficulties that had been an issue since May. It also stated that…

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Former Director of the National Broadband Task Force Criticizes Anti-Encryption Bills

Under president Obama, Anurag Lal served as the director of the National Broadband Task Force. Currently he is the CEO of NetSfere, a company that provides secure messaging for enterprises. Lal believes that bills like the EARN IT Act and The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act essentially call for a ban of end-to-end encryption, and would do more harm than good. Anti-encryption laws bad for the economy & security Critics of these legislations say that it would be both bad for the U.S. economy and would make America less…

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