US lawmakers request crypto firms provide info on diversity and inclusion

A group of five lawmakers from the United States House of Representatives has requested data on the diversity and inclusion practices of 20 major firms dealing with cryptocurrencies and Web3. In a Thursday notice, House Financial Services Committee chair Maxine Waters along with Representatives Joyce Beatty, Al Green, Bill Foster and Stephen Lynch penned a letter requesting U.S.-based crypto firms provide information on “how and whether the industry is working toward a more equitable environment for everyone.” The lawmakers sent letters to 20 companies including Aave, Binance.US, Coinbase, Crypto.com, FTX,…

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South Korean police request exchanges freeze LFG related funds

Crypto exchanges in South Korea have been issued notices from police requesting the sequestering of funds related to the Luna Foundation Guard.  On May 23rd, 2022, Korean authorities sent a request to the top crypto exchanges in the country to prevent funds from being withdrawn. Specifically, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency asked to prohibit the Luna Foundation Guard from taking any action. The police claim that clues have been found that may link the organization to embezzlement. The Luna/Terra algorithmic stablecoin crash, which reduced the value of the coin by…

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Binance stopped ‘all activities focused on Israel’ following regulatory request: Report

Major crypto exchange Binance has reportedly halted activities and marketing to Israelis following a request from one of the country’s financial regulators over licensing. According to a Thursday report from Israel-based news outlet Globes, the Capital Market, Insurance and Savings Authority requested Binance provide information on the services it was providing to Israelis as well as any licenses under which it operates. The regulator, responsible for handling licenses for crypto firms, reportedly never received an application from Binance allowing the exchange to do business in Israel. “Following the intervention of…

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Crypto CEOs request Congress provide regulatory clarity at hearing on digital assets

The House Committee on Financial Services heard from several chief executive officers at major crypto firms in the United States, some of whom seemed to present a united front in urging lawmakers to provide a clear regulatory framework for crypto. Speaking at a Wednesday hearing on Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States, Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire, FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, Bitfury CEO Brian Brooks, Paxos CEO Chad Cascarilla, Stellar Development Foundation CEO Denelle Dixon, and Alesia Haas,…

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SafePal, Bifrost and Request Network soar after Bitcoin price hits $59K

Bitcoin (BTC) started the new month in strength and Dec. 1’s run up to $59,053 suggests that bulls are beginning to shake off the fears stirred up by the Federal Reserve’s taper talks and the emergence of a new strain of COVID-19.  Altcoins also saw their prices lift off and early hopes of a potential “Santa Claus rally” are making the rounds on crypto Twitter. Top 7 coins with the highest 24-hour price change. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the biggest gainers over…

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Brad Garlinghouse’s lawyers file request for Binance documents in ‘international’ challenge to SEC lawsuit

The lawsuit between Ripple Labs and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, now involves major crypto exchange Binance after a recent filing on behalf of Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse. According to court documents filed in the Southern District of New York on Monday, Garlinghouse’s legal team has requested documents “relevant to the case and unobtainable through other means” from Binance Holdings Limited, the Cayman Islands-based subsidiary of the major cryptocurrency exchange. The filing cited U.S. laws concerning the Department of State and the Hague Convention and asked the…

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World Bank refuses El Salvador’s request for help on BTC transition

The World Bank has refused El Salvador’s request for help on the country’s transition to adopting Bitcoin as legal tender. It cited issues with Bitcoin’s environmental impact and transparency as reasons why it will not support El Salvador move to adopt Bitcoin as an officially accepted currency . “While the government did approach us for assistance on Bitcoin, this is not something the World Bank can support given the environmental and transparency shortcomings, ” a World Bank spokesperson said. The World Bank did note however that it can help El…

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Band Protocol CEO says that a single Chainlink data request costs $450

Band is one of Chianlink’s main competitors in the oracle space that is based on Cosmos technology. In a recent Cointelegraph interview, Soravis Srinawakoon, the CEO of Band Protocol, said: “If you look at Chainlink, one data request right now can take almost $450 because someone needs to submit the request data to ask for the data. Let’s say 20 data providers need to receive that, respond to that with 20 transactions, and then the aggregation contract to do all the computation before returning the final result, all of these…

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House Dems Request Trump Admin. Briefing on Crypto Seized From Terrorists

On Monday, two Democratic Representatives asked the Trump administration to provide more information on cryptocurrency recently seized from terrorists. According to an Aug. 26 report by The Hill, the request is related to the millions of dollars in crypto assets that the U.S. Department of Justice seized from several terror organizations. Organizations involved included Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas and al-Qassam. The request was initiated by Emanuel Cleaver — chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy — and subcommittee member Josh Gottheimer. Together, they…

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Factom Facing Liquidation After Creditor Refuses Request for Funding

After failing to source additional funding, blockchain company Factom has begun the process of being liquidated.  In an April 2 notice to investors, Factom’s largest investor FastForward announced the “dissolution event”:  “The Company has been notified by the directors of Factom that in a board meeting on 31 March 2020 they concluded that, in the absence of further funding, they now needed to begin the process of assignment of assets for the benefit of creditors.” Citing their failure to secure additional funding, FastForward declared Factom would now enter receivership. As…

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