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A Look at How Second Life’s Linden Dollars Helped Kickstart Bitcoin’s Value

When people think about bitcoin’s past they sometimes refer to subjects like Mt Gox, the Silk Road, or the famous pizza transaction. Although, people often forget that the online virtual world Second Life played an important role during the Bitcoin network’s early years. In fact, some large Linden dollar (L$) holders who swapped their virtual […]

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Money Laundering

Money laundering: China arrests over 1,000 people for illicit activities with cryptocurrencies

TL;DR Breakdown • China increases its repression against virtual currencies and money laundering.• The Inner Mongolia region prohibits cryptocurrency mining. China’s government officials have paid more attention to cryptocurrency mining to avoid money laundering. So far, China has arrested 1,100 people engaged in fraudulent business with cryptocurrencies. Security officials in the Asian country claim these […]

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UK Regulator Extends Temporary Registrations Regime as Crypto Firms Fail to Meet AML Rules

Many companies operating with cryptocurrencies are not meeting anti-money laundering regulations, the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority revealed. The government agency has extended its temporary registration scheme after facing a growing number of crypto firms that are withdrawing their applications. FCA Extends Temporary Registrations Regime Till End of March 2022 The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced […]

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Binance Extends Blockade of Zimbabwean Crypto Users to Include Non-Resident Traders

Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has reportedly extended its blockade of Zimbabwean users to include non-resident citizens. As a result of the new measures, all Zimbabwean nationals are now precluded from using the Binance trading platform. Zimbabwean Nationals Blocked Prior to the introduction of this new measure, Binance apparently allowed Zimbabwean nationals with non-Zimbabwean residential addresses […]

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US Sends Bitcoin ATM Operator to Prison for Illegal Operation — 17 Machines Seized

A bitcoin ATM operator has been sent to federal prison for two years for running an illegal cryptocurrency exchange operation. U.S. authorities have seized 17 bitcoin ATMs, along with some cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. Illegal Bitcoin ATM Operator Sent to Prison The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that a California man, Kais Mohammad, has […]

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Uganda’s Financial Intelligence Authority Wants Government to Formulate a Crypto Regulatory Framework

Uganda’s Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) says it wants the country’s Finance Ministry to help formulate a regulatory framework for crypto service providers. According to the FIA, this call for the government’s intervention has prompted by the Ugandan crypto industry’s failure to comply with an earlier plea for industry players to register. Terrorism Concerns Furthermore, in […]

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Comparing the True Costs of Gold Mining in Africa With Those of Bitcoin Mining

When billionaire Elon Musk announced that Tesla would no longer accept bitcoin as payment for its electric vehicles, the price of the crypto asset tanked. In justifying this decision, Musk cited bitcoin mining’s inefficient use of electricity as well as its impact on the environment. In fact, before Musk waded into this debate, many opponents […]

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