Bitcoin and Ether Are Not Securities in Belgium, Financial Regulator Clarifies

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ether cannot be classified as securities or investment instruments, according to a communication issued by the financial watchdog in Belgium. The authority has tried to clarify the matter, noting that the digital coins may be subject to other regulations. FSMA: Securities Laws Do Not Apply to Bitcoin and Other Decentralized Cryptocurrencies In response to multiple requests for clarification from citizens and businesses, Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has explained why it believes bitcoin, ether and other similar cryptocurrencies cannot be considered securities or investment…

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Crypto Winter No Longer Has Big Impact on Long-Term Industry Growth, EY Executive Says

EY’s global blockchain leader says that for the first time ever, crypto’s price swings do not have that big of an impact on the long-term growth of the industry. Nonetheless, he stressed: “It is also important that regulators crack down on obvious Ponzi schemes faster and with more severity.” EY’s Brody on Crypto Winter Paul Brody, global blockchain leader at EY, discussed the crypto winter, the need for regulation, and the collapse of crypto exchange FTX in an interview published by the Mint publication Thursday. He was asked whether he…

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Sony Acquires 3D Animation Company Beyond Sports to Offer a Complete Sports Metaverse Experience

Entertainment and electronics giant Sony has recently completed the acquisition of Beyond Sports, a company specializing in using real-world data to produce 3D animation. With this purchase, the company is now reportedly able to offer a full metaverse experience for sports matches, complete with tech from other companies already in its portfolio. Sony’s Beyond Sports Purchase Gets It Closer to the Sports Metaverse Sony is now making a foray into the sports metaverse world. The company recently closed the acquisition of Beyond Sports, a 3D imaging and animation company that…

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US Seizes Domains Used in ‘Pig Butchering’ Crypto Scam

U.S. authorities have seized seven domains used in “pig butchering” cryptocurrency schemes. “Once the money is sent to the fake investment app, the scammer vanishes, taking all the money with them, often resulting in significant losses for the victim,” the Department of Justice warned. 7 Domains Used in Pig Butchering Crypto Scam Seized The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday “the seizure of seven domain names used in a recent cryptocurrency confidence crime, known as ‘pig butchering.’” The DOJ explained that “In pig butchering schemes, scammers encounter victims on…

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Bank of England Deputy Governor: FTX Collapse Highlights Urgent Need for Tighter Crypto Regulation

Bank of England’s deputy governor for financial stability, Sir Jon Cunliffe, says the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX has highlighted the urgent need for tighter crypto regulation. “We should not wait until it is large and connected to develop the regulatory frameworks necessary to prevent a crypto shock that could have a much greater destabilizing impact,” said the deputy governor. Bank of England’s Cunliffe on FTX Collapse and the Need for Crypto Regulation Sir Jon Cunliffe, Bank of England’s deputy governor for financial stability, shared his view on the collapse…

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South Korea, Singapore, Japan Top Countries Most Impacted by FTX Collapse: Report

A new analysis shows that the countries most impacted by the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX are South Korea, Singapore, and Japan. Moreover, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Taiwan, India, Egypt, and Brazil also made the top 10 list of countries most affected by the FTX meltdown. Countries Most Impacted by FTX Failure South Korea, Singapore, and Japan top the countries most impacted by the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, according to an analysis by Coingecko, published Thursday. The study examines FTX.com’s monthly unique visitors and traffic by country based on…

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Binance CEO: We Don’t See a Viable Business in India

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) says India is currently not a viable business environment for his cryptocurrency exchange, citing a strict tax regime. The executive explained: “Binance goes to countries where regulations are pro-crypto and pro-business.” Binance’s CEO on Indian Crypto Environment The CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), does not currently see India as a viable country to expand his crypto exchange operations. He detailed at a Techcrunch Crypto conference Thursday: To be honest, I don’t think India is a very crypto-friendly environment. Zhao is particularly discouraged…

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Ripple CEO Optimistic Crypto Industry Will Be Stronger After FTX Fiasco if Transparency and Trust Remain Its Focus

The CEO of Ripple Labs, Brad Garlinghouse, believes that the crypto industry will come out stronger after the FTX meltdown if transparency and trust remain its key focus. He stressed the importance of having “honest conversations about solving real-world problems with crypto and blockchain.” Ripple’s CEO Optimistic About Crypto’s Recovery After FTX Meltdown The CEO of Ripple Labs, Brad Garlinghouse, shared his opinion Wednesday on the crypto industry’s recovery following the collapse of FTX during Ripple Swell, an annual conference held by Ripple. FTX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last…

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Albanian Court Approves Extradition of Crypto Exchange Thodex Founder to Turkey

A court in Albania has ordered the extradition of the fugitive founder of cryptocurrency exchange Thodex to Turkey, where he is sought for fraud and other crimes. Faruk Ozer was arrested in Albania this summer, after disappearing last year as the coin trading platform collapsed. Albanian Judiciary Prepares to Hand Over Alleged Crypto Fraudster and Thodex Founder to Turkey A court in the Albanian city of Elbasan has authorized the extradition to Turkey of the founder and chief executive of the now-defunct Turkish crypto exchange Thodex. The 27-year-old Faruk Fatih…

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Singapore Government’s Temasek Writes Down $275M Investment in Collapsed Crypto Exchange FTX

Singapore government’s Temasek has written down the full value of its $275 million investment in the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX. “Our belief in the actions, judgment, and leadership of Sam Bankman-Fried … would appear to have been misplaced,” Temasek admitted. Temasek’s Investments in FTX Now Worth $0 The Singapore government’s Temasek Holdings issued a statement regarding its investments in FTX Thursday after the cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy. Temasek is a global investment company headquartered in Singapore with a portfolio valued at $403 billion Singapore dollars (US$294 billion). Temasek was…

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