Indian authorities freeze $8.1M in WazirX funds as part of AML investigation

India’s Directorate of Enforcement, or ED, has announced it froze roughly $8.1 million in funds and conducted a search connected to cryptocurrency exchange WazirX as part of an investigation into instant personal loan fraud. In a Friday announcement, the Directorate of Enforcement alleged WazirX facilitated transactions by unnamed fintech firms “to purchase crypto assets and then launder them abroad” as part of a scheme involving Chinese-backed companies circumventing India’s licensing regulations. In its investigation, the ED said it ordered WazirX bank accounts containing 646.7 million Indian rupees — roughly $8.1…

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CoinFLEX announces staff cuts as part of measures to reduce costs by up to 60%

Cryptocurrency exchange CoinFLEX said it had downsized a “significant number” of team members in an effort to cut operating costs. According to a Friday blog post, CoinFLEX said it had cut some staff across “all departments and geographies” as part of measures to reduce the company’s costs by 50% to 60%. The majority of the remaining team members will focus on product and technology, and the exchange said it would consider scaling as “volume comes back.” “The intention is to remain right-sized for any entity considering a potential acquisition of…

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Bitfarms sold 3K Bitcoin as part of strategy to improve liquidity and pay debts

Canadian crypto mining firm Bitfarms sold roughly $62 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC) in June, using the proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt. In a Tuesday announcement, Bitfarms said it had sold 3,000 Bitcoin in the last seven days, roughly 47% of the crypto mining firm’s roughly 6,349 BTC holdings. According to the company, it will use the funds from the BTC sales — $62 million — to “rebalance its indebtedness by reducing its BTC-backed credit facility with Galaxy Digital.” The sold crypto seemingly included 1,500 BTC Bitfarms…

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FTX plans to acquire crypto exchange Bitvo as part of move into Canadian market

Cryptocurrency derivatives exchange FTX has entered into an agreement to purchase Canada-based crypto platform Bitvo. In a Friday announcement, FTX Trading Limited said it planned to acquire Bitvo as part of the crypto exchange’s effort to offer its products and services to Canada-based users. The company added that the deal was “subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions,” but expected to close in the third quarter of 2022. “We are delighted to enter the Canadian marketplace and continue to expand FTX’s global reach,” said FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, or…

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Working in paradise, Part 1 – Cointelegraph Magazine

Walking into Remote and Digital’s La Casa co-working space on the tropical island of Koh Pha-ngan, you wonder how anybody gets any work done. I sip a cocktail and wait for my burrito as James Brown plays in the background.There’s a real palm tree growing at the edge of the cafe, and behind it sits shallow crystal blue water stretching off for miles, with Koh Samui’s jungle-covered mountains jutting up in the distance. Adding to the ambiance, kite surfers are getting massive air off small waves, before gently floating back…

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Nvidia to pay $5.5M as part of SEC case concerning ‘inadequate disclosures’ around crypto mining

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, has announced that it has settled charges against Nvidia — the company behind graphics cards used by many crypto miners — in regards to “inadequate disclosures.” In a Friday announcement, the SEC said that Nvidia failed to disclose that mining cryptocurrencies was “a significant element of its material revenue growth” based on sales of its graphics processing units, or GPUs, during the 2018 fiscal year. The company has agreed to pay a $5.5 million penalty and will be subject to a…

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Luna Foundation Guard purchases additional 37,863 BTC as part of reserve strategy

Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), a Singapore-based nonprofit tied to the Terra Luna ecosystem, has raised another $1.5 billion to further expand its already hefty Bitcoin (BTC) reserves. The raise allowed LFG to acquire 37,863 BTC via over-the-counter swaps with broker Genesis Trading and additional purchases from Three Arrows Capital, a leading crypto venture capital firm. The specific breakdown of the deal included a $1 billion over-the-counter swap with Genesis and a $500 million purchase from Three Arrows Capital, the company disclosed Thursday.  LFG now holds roughly $3.5 billion worth of…

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Bybit adds crypto options trading as part of expansion plans

Singapore-based crypto exchange Bybit has recently announced its service expansion into crypto options trading, allowing users to trade USD Coin (USDC) options and perpetuals.  The Bybit media team told Cointelegraph that this decision to add options to the product line was in response to its community’s demands. Bybit noted that investors want to trade options because it can “serve as a hedge against existing risks and provide greater market exposure.” It also gives traders a way to diversify their portfolios. The newly-launched crypto options contracts on the exchange work on…

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Crypto firm Exmo exits Russia and Belarus by selling part of its business

London-based cryptocurrency exchange Exmo is the latest crypto trading platform to formally suspend its business in Russia and Belarus due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Exmo is selling its digital asset business in Russia and Belarus to a Russia-based software development company, Exmo officially announced on April 18. At the time of writing, the new owner and the size of the deal are not disclosed. “Unfortunately, we can’t anymore hold the high-risk part of the business, since a global group does not want to put the global expansion plans at…

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