Latest EU Sanctions to Restrict Russians’ Access to Crypto Services in Europe, Report Unveils

New sanctions discussed by EU member states amid the current escalation of the conflict in Ukraine are going to restrict European crypto services for Russians. Reports about the tightening have come after earlier this year the Union banned only “high-value” crypto-asset services to Russian residents and companies. EU Expected to Target Crypto Services for Russians in New Round of Sanctions Over Ukraine The European Union is preparing to punish Russia with more sanctions over its decision to announce partial mobilization as part of its escalating military intervention in Ukraine and…

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Binance Officially Launches Crypto Exchange in New Zealand Following Regulatory Approval

Binance has officially launched a cryptocurrency exchange in New Zealand after successfully registering with the country’s financial regulator. “We see significant value in having a serious New Zealand presence,” said Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ). Binance Launches Crypto Trading Platform in New Zealand Global crypto exchange Binance announced Friday that it has successfully registered as a financial service provider with the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The crypto exchange also announced the official launch of Binance New Zealand (Binance NZ). Noting that the registration was actually…

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US Lawmakers Introduce Bill Allowing Crypto Investments in 401(k) Retirement Plans

Several U.S. lawmakers have introduced the Retirement Savings Modernization Act to provide 401(k) retirement savers access to a wide range of investments, including crypto assets. “With inflation at record highs, a stock market downturn, and a potential recession on the horizon, many Americans are rightfully concerned about their financial future,” said U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. Retirement Savings Modernization Act Introduced The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs announced Thursday that Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Tim Scott (R-SC) and Representative Peter Meijer (R-MI) have introduced a bill…

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US State Issues Order Freezing Crypto at Exchanges in Pig Butchering Scam Crackdown

The Delaware Department of Justice’s Investor Protection Unit has issued a cease and desist order against 23 entities and individuals involved in a popular cryptocurrency scam known as “pig butchering.” The order also freezes the accounts allegedly holding cryptocurrencies belonging to the victims. Delaware Cracks Down on Pig Butchering Crypto Scam The attorney general of the U.S. state of Delaware, Kathy Jennings, announced Wednesday that the Investor Protection Unit of the state’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has “issued a summary order to cease and desist against 23 entities and individuals…

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Microstrategy Is Seeking a Full-Time Lightning Network Engineer to Build a SaaS Platform

The mobile software, cloud-based services, and business intelligence (BI) firm Microstrategy is seeking a full-time Lightning Network software engineer, according to a job listing published this week. The developer, if hired, will build a Lightning Network-based software as a service (SaaS) platform for the company so it can be used for ecommerce use cases and connect with enterprises looking for payment solutions as well. Microstrategy Looks to Hire Lightning Network Software Developer After the company purchased 301 bitcoin (BTC) to hold on its balance sheet, the BI firm Microstrategy published…

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Paraguayan Senate Rejects Presidential Veto to Cryptocurrency Bill

The Paraguayan Senate has decided to reject the total veto that President Mario Abdo exerted over a proposed cryptocurrency bill on September 2. The Senate defended the initiative, stating that passing the bill would benefit the country due to its effect on tracking the energy consumption of crypto miners and the income that mining taxes would bring to the state. Paraguayan Senate Affirms Cryptocurrency Bill Approval The Paraguayan Senate is ready to fight against the president when it comes to the passing of the recently approved cryptocurrency bill. President Mario…

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A Recent SEC Filing Shows the World’s Largest Asset Manager Blackrock Plans to Launch a Metaverse ETF

According to a recent filing, Blackrock, the multi-national investment company based in New York City and the world’s largest asset manager, has plans to create a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on metaverse companies. The fund — dubbed the Ishares Future Metaverse Tech and Communications ETF — will track metaverse firms with exposure to virtual reality, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), augmented reality, and game-centric finance (gamefi) applications. ETF Filing Shows Blackrock Plans to Launch a Metaverse Exchange-Traded Fund The world’s largest asset manager by assets under management (AUM), Blackrock, has been…

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Global Exchange LBank Starts off Brand Update Month With Logo Reveal and Diversity Video

PRESS RELEASE. INTERNET CITY, DUBAI, Sep. 30, 2022 – Global crypto exchange, LBank, released a long-awaited brand-update video on their official youtube channel, giving detailed information about recent updates and plans for the coming years. A diversity video was also released accompanying the brand reveal. This will mark a campaign around the brand upgrade that will continue for the next 2 months. The 22-minute video went throught a variety of questions. LBank’s Co-founder Johnason Chen, COO Shantnoo Saxena, CMO Kaia Wang, and head of marketing MENA Abhinav Mehta appeared in…

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Germany’s Inflation Hits Double Digits for the First Time Since WWII, Parliament Reveals $195B Subsidies Package to ‘Make Prices Drop’

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the massive amount of stimulus, and amid the Ukraine-Russia war, Germany’s inflation has soared. Official data from Germany’s consumer price index (CPI) indicates that inflation jumped to a 10.9% annual pace in September and it’s the first time since the end of World War II that Germany has dealt with double-digit inflation. German Inflation Skyrockets Tapping Double-Digits in September All across the world, inflation rates have risen a great deal. Many economists believe that the energy crisis in Europe that is tied to the Ukraine-Russia war…

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Biggest Movers: XRP Rebounds on Friday, Nearing Recent Highs 

Xrp was up by nearly 10% on Friday, as the token moved closer to a recent four-month high. The move comes as consumer sentiment data in the United States came in at 58.6, which is higher than August’s reading of 58.2. UNUS SED LEO was also in the green, climbing by as much as 12% in today’s session. XRP XRP was up by over 10% in today’s session, as prices moved closer towards a multi-month high. Following a low of $0.4285 on Thursday, XRP/USD rallied to an intraday peak of…

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