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South Korea’s Shinhan Bank starts ‘metaverse’ services, according to local media

Shinhan has opened a metaverse to provide financial and non-financial services, claiming to be the first bank in the country to provide such a platform.

U.S. crypto exchange Kraken to lay off 30% of its workforce, cites ‘market conditions’

U.S.-based crypto exchange Kraken said it will lay off 30% of its global workforce, or approximately 1,100 people, to “adapt to current market conditions.”

Telegram plans decentralized crypto exchange, wallets following FTX collapse

Telegram plans to build non-custodial wallets and decentralized exchanges for cryptocurrencies following the collapse of the FTX exchange says CEO Pavel Durov.

It’s time for more institutions to adopt blockchain and crypto: Opinion

Despite the myriad benefits of blockchain and cryptocurrency, institutional interest remains mixed in Asia Pacific. What lessons should the industry learn from 2022 to overcome the barriers to adoption?
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Binance re-enters Japan with acquisition of regulated Sakura Exchange BitCoin

Binance returned to the Japanese market with the acquisition of regulated crypto exchange Sakura Exchange BitCoin (SEBC), according to a blog post on Wednesday.  See related article: Binance to help S. Korea’s Busan build first city-backed exchange Fast facts See related article: Crypto exchange Binance in regulators’ crosshairs as scrutiny mounts 

Grayscale holdings questioned amid crypto investment giant’s silence

Top blockchain and crypto news: Grayscale’s cryptic reserves. Binance rides to the rescue? China hit by protests and digital dissent.

S.Korea requests warrant to bring Terra-Luna cofounder Daniel Shin into custody

A court in South Korea will review if prosecutors are allowed to arrest and bring Terraform cofounder Daniel Shin and seven others into custody, for charges including fraud.

Markets: Bitcoin rises, Ether leads gains across most top 10 non-stablecoin cryptos

Bitcoin and Ether strengthened in Asian trading on Wednesday afternoon, with Ether the biggest gainer among top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies that also generally increased.  See related article: Diverging paths of two CEOs running FTX’s Alameda Research may meet again in court  Fast facts See related article: Dominica releases ‘world’s first national’ crypto token with Huobi, […]

Diverging paths of two CEOs running FTX’s Alameda Research may meet again in court

Employee accounts of life at Sam Bankman-Fried’s flagship cryptocurrency trading arm Alameda Research paint a picture of overworked and inexperienced millennials running a ship headed for the rocks: one seemingly escaped.

FTX’s LedgerX prepping US$175 mln for bankrupt parent firm

FTX subsidiary LedgerX is reportedly preparing US$175 million for its parent company’s bankruptcy proceedings, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg on Wednesday.

Dominica releases ‘world’s first’ national crypto token with Huobi, Tron

The Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean reportedly issued its national crypto token, DMC, on Tuesday, in partnership with crypto exchange Huobi Global, TronDAO and DMC Labs.

Digital Currency Group receives offers to buy CoinDesk: report

CoinDesk, an online crypto news site, has attracted potential buyers to take over the media outlet from Digital Currency Group amid market turmoil, Semafor reported.

S. Korea’s Wemade files injunction against country’s top 4 crypto exchanges

The blockchain game maker fights delisting of its symbolic WEMIX crypto token.

Coinbase wallet ends support for ETC, BCH, XRP, XLM

The largest U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. announced that its wallet will no longer be supporting Ethereum Classic (ETC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), XRP and Stellar (XLM).

CeFi must adopt DeFi’s transparency following FTX collapse, Justin Sun says

Justin Sun says CeFi must adopt DeFi’s transparency to regain public trust as 1inch Network cofounder Sergej Kunz sees crypto’s struggles as an opportunity for DeFi.
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FTX to resume paying wages

FTX Trading and its affiliates will resume paying wages to employees globally and to some non-U.S. contractors and service providers

BlockFi files for bankruptcy protection, set to sue Sam Bankman-Fried over collateral

The cryptocurrency lender was hit by the earthquake set off across the industry by the collapse and bankruptcy of the FTX crypto exchange this month, and other companies are looking vulnerable.

ECB’s Christine Lagarde: Further crypto regulation ‘absolute necessity’ following FTX collapse

Christine Lagarde of the European Central Bank said regulating cryptocurrency in the EU is an “absolute necessity” following the collapse of Bahamas-based exchange FTX.com.

Kraken pays over US$360K to US Treasury to settle Iran sanctions allegations

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has agreed to pay over US$362,000 to settle claims that it violated sanctions against Iran, the Treasury said Monday.

Markets: Top 10 crypto fall as BlockFi enters bankruptcy, macroeconomic concerns spread

Bitcoin and Ether fell in Tuesday morning trading in Asia as U.S.-based crypto lender Blockfi filed for bankruptcy overnight in what is seen as another casualty of the collapse of the FTX exchange this month.

LINE’s crypto exchange BITFRONT announces closure, to suspend trading by 2023

LINE’s cryptocurrency exchange based in the U.S., BITFRONT, has announced closure on Monday to shift its focus to developing LINE’s blockchain ecosystem.

Nigeria seeks distinction between digital assets and crypto 

Nigeria seeks to advance digital asset trading in the country but is drawing a distinction between digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

Changpeng Zhao says Binance has ‘no negative balances involved’ in proof of reserves

Changpeng Zhao tweeted that Binance’s proof of reserves have “absolutely no negative balances involved” after the exchange released its PoR on Friday.

Bitcoin price follows slide in Asia equity markets amid growing China protests against Covid-19 lockdowns

Reports of civil disobedience, protests and clashes with the police in cities and universities in China are unnerving financial markets in Asia

Australian fintech firm launches new AUD stablecoin, AUDE

Australian blockchain fintech startup Ettle Pty Ltd. has completed the first transaction on its recently launched Australian dollar-pegged stablecoin, AUDE.

Binance releases proof of reserves

The world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance released its proof of reserves (PoR) on Friday to provide transparency on user funds.

Sam Bankman-Fried could face decades in jail if convicted of law violations in FTX collapse, lawyers say

The former CEO of the collapsed crypto exchange “needs to keep his mouth shut” and stop making public comments that could be used against him in future court cases, lawyers tell Forkast.

S.Korean Wemade’s stock falls 30% after exchanges announce WEMIX token delisting; CEO blames Upbit exchange

The delisting poses a great obstacle to the game maker’s growing blockchain empire, while Wemade’s CEO blames the crypto exchange

MetaMask says “we changed nothing” in response to criticism update collects more user data

ConsenSys, which operates the popular cryptocurrency wallet MetaMask, said an update to the wallet has made no change to the data the platform collects from its users, only the wording had changed.

Singapore police say they are investigating crypto lender Hodlnaut on fraud allegations

Singapore’s white-collar crime unit is investigating Hodlnaut on allegations of fraud, according to a statement on the website of the Singapore police dated Nov. 23.

Binance says it will set up US$1 billion ‘recovery’ fund for distressed crypto businesses

Binance said it will establish a US$1 billion fund for its “Industry Recovery Initiative” to mitigate the damage from the collapse of the FTX exchange. 

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao says he should have tweeted sooner about FTX woes

The chief executive officer of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, regrets sending ‘too late’ a tweet that contributed to the collapse of FTX.com.

Crypto exchange Bybit establishes US$100 million fund to aid institutional clients

Crypto exchange Bybit has established a US$100 million fund to support its institutional clients

Russia plans launch of national crypto exchange

Russian lawmakers aim to launch a national cryptocurrency exchange, supported by the country’s Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Russia.

India’s CoinDCX crypto exchange publishes proof of reserves

Cryptocurrency exchange CoinDCX, India’s first crypto unicorn, published its proof of reserves on Thursday

Markets: Bitcoin, Ether extend gains; Solana leads rise across most top 10 cryptos

Bitcoin and Ether increased in Asia trade on Thursday afternoon. The top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization also mostly rose, with Solana leading gains

Question: How do financial rules work when rogue individuals run companies? Answer: Not very well.

Calls for tougher rules on cryptocurrency have been echoing ever louder through the offices of global financial regulators since the collapse of the FTX exchange. But the firm did not invent dodgy business practices, so what can regulators and the industry do?
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Chinese mafia forcing Filipinos to work for crypto scams, says Philippine Senator

The organized crime gangs victimize both the trafficked and those that get scammed, according to the official

Disgraced FTX founder SBF to speak at New York Times Dealbook Summit despite controversy

Sam Bankman-Fried will speak at a time when he’s reportedly facing investigations with FTX undergoing bankruptcy protection proceedings.

The crash and burn of FTX: What lessons does it teach us?

As FTX victims and creditors sift through the pieces, how much of this blowup should regulators have seen coming — and could it happen again?

Markets: Bitcoin, Ether rise as Fed minutes suggest an easing in interest rate hikes

Bitcoin and Ether were both trading up as the U.S. Federal Reserve released meeting minutes suggesting it is looking to slow the rate of interest rate rises.

Genesis jitters keep investors on edge as contagion risks grow

Top blockchain and crypto news: Fear stalks crypto as Genesis wobbles. FTX cleanup begins. China’s NFT scene shrinks.

At FTX’s first bankruptcy hearing, lawyer calls out ‘substantial amount’ of missing, stolen assets

In the first day of FTX’s bankruptcy hearing, FTX counsel says the organization was run as ‘personal fiefdom’ of Sam Bankman-Fried.

S.Korea’s top regulator says digital assets, virtual assets are different

While the crypto industry grapples with the definition of blockchain-based digital tokens, South Korea wants to nail down the terminology.

Coinbase CEO reaffirms exchange’s BTC holdings after CZ’s tweet

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is reassuring users about the financial health of the Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange, following a tweet — since deleted — from CZ of Binance.

Crypto mining firm Foundry to buy mining sites from embattled Compute North

Crypto mining firm Foundry Digital LLC plans to acquire two turnkey crypto mining facilities in the U.S. from troubled Compute North.

New York State passes two-year moratorium on some crypto mining facilities

New York became the first U.S. state to enact a temporary ban on new cryptocurrency mining permits at fossil fuel plants, despite lobbying against the measure. 

Markets: Bitcoin, crypto rise as FTX contagion fears ease

Bitcoin recovered above US$16,000 in Wednesday morning trading as it rose along with Ether and the rest of the crypto top 10 by market capitalization, excluding stablecoins.

Crypto exchange Bitget to expand workforce by 50%, registers in Seychelles

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitget plans to hire about 400 more staff, taking its total workforce to 1,200 by the first quarter of 2023, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway warns of scam crypto site with same name

Berkshire Hathaway, the investment conglomerate run by billionaire Warren Buffet, has issued a warning about a fake cryptocurrency website that uses the Berkshire Hathway name.

Huobi plans Southeast Asia, Europe, Caribbean expansion

Huobi Global, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, plans to ramp up its investments in Southeast Asia and Europe as part of its global expansion, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

China’s foreign exchange bureau urges stronger legislation to regulate crypto trade

China should integrate legislation on cryptocurrencies in order to better regulate crypto tradings, said Huang Hui, a deputy director of the Supervision and Inspection Department of State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

Thai crypto exchange eyes Hong Kong for possible public share sale in 2024: report

Bitkub, one of the largest crypto exchanges in Thailand, is aiming to list in Hong Kong as early as 2024 when it goes public.

US senators urge Fidelity to drop BTC retirement plan after FTX collapse

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Dick Durbin and Tina Smith asked Fidelity Investments to rethink its decision to grant retirement plan exposure to Bitcoin.

FTX alleged hacker is moving funds to dodge authorities: analysts

The alleged hacker behind the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars from the cryptocurrency exchange FTX is moving the funds around to separate wallets.

Bitcoin price falls to more than two-year low amid growing concerns about FTX fallout

Investors are unnerved by the possibility of more failures among companies linked to the now bankrupt FTX exchange, fearing a repeat of the Terra-Luna stablecoin collapse in May that also brought down other businesses.

Binance says it will hire 600 by year end, bring total employees to 8,000

The world’s largest crypto exchange seeks to hire 600 more employees by the end of this year, its founder and chief executive officer said.

Singapore’s central bank says not possible to protect local users from FTX fallout

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Monday that it was not possible for the central bank to protect local users from FTX’s collapse as the crypto exchange operated offshore and was not licensed by MAS.

Markets: Bitcoin, other tokens add to losses in Asia trading Monday

Bitcoin and Ether extended their losses through late Asian trading on Monday, as did all the top 10 non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Dogecoin was the biggest loser. 

SEC gets support from New Sports Economy Institute in XRP lawsuit against Ripple

The U.S. SEC has received support from sports investing group New Sports Economy Institute, which submitted its amicus brief on Friday to weigh in on the ongoing lawsuit between the SEC and Ripple.

S.Korea examines exchange native tokens after FTX meltdown

S.Korean authorities are looking into self-issued cryptocurrencies that may exist within local exchanges following FTX.com’s FTT-led liquidity crisis.

FTX owes US$3.1 billion to top 50 unnamed creditors, court filing shows

Collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. and its affiliates owe their 50 largest creditors about US$3.1 billion, according to a court filing. The creditors were not named.

Man Group plans crypto hedge fund despite FTX, market turmoil: report

The world’s largest publicly traded hedge fund manager, Man Group Plc, plans to launch a cryptocurrency exclusive fund.

South Korea, Singapore, Japan biggest users of FTX pre-collapse, says CoinGecko

South Korea, Singapore and Japan were the biggest users of FTX.com based on the number of monthly unique visitors from January to October 2022

Taiwan’s top three crypto exchanges say operations unaffected amid FTX fallout

Taiwan’s three largest cryptocurrency exchanges have said their operations were unaffected by the fallout of FTX and will work to release proof of assets as soon as possible.

FTX requests Chapter 15 bankruptcy case moved to Delaware, hearing on Tuesday

FTX Trading will be at a hearing on Nov. 22 in a bankruptcy court in Delaware, as the troubled exchange seeks to transfer a related case from New York to the Delaware court, according to a court filing.

HK crypto over-the-counter service Genesis Block to end trading: Reuters

Genesis Block, a cryptocurrency over-the-counter trading service in Hong Kong, will close its trading portal on Dec. 10, Reuters reported on Friday citing an email the company sent to customers.

Genesis crypto broker freezes withdrawals; Winklevoss’s Gemini, S. Korea’s GOPAX exchanges affected

The Genesis brokerage arm of the Digital Currency Group is one of the latest cryptocurrency platforms to lock down withdrawals following the bankruptcy of crypto exchange FTX, and the freeze is spreading.

Terra cofounder Daniel Shin denies $100 mln LUNA cashout: report

Terra cofounder Daniel Shin reportedly told S.Korean prosecutors during an investigation on Thursday that he did not sell LUNA at a high point.

Markets: Bitcoin flat, most crypto top 10 fall as Fed indicates further rate rises

Bitcoin traded little changed Friday morning in Asia, while Ether fell along with most other non-stablecoin top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization.

China’s state blockchain infrastructure Xinghuo BIF partners Malaysian MyEG to fuel global push

China’s state blockchain infrastructure Xinghuo Blockchain Infrastructure and Facility has signed an agreement with Malaysian digital service provider MY E.G. Services Berhad to own and operate an “international supernode,” as China continues its international blockchain push.

South Korea freezes Terra cofounder Daniel Shin’s US$104 mln in assets; CEO Do Kwon tweets he was wrong, not fraudulent

Terra’s former executive Daniel Shin’s US$100 million were frozen on Thursday; Do Kwon tweets that the Terra team did everything to save UST