US & Canada

Canada’s Crypto Exchanges Must Now Register as MSBs, Report Transactions Over $10K

| Daniel Palmer

Canada has updated its anti-money laundering rules, classing crypto exchanges as MSBs and mandating financial compliance and reporting.

North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Launches Blockchain Initiative

| Daniel Palmer

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest has launched an initiative to study the "unique attributes and use-cases" of blockchain tech.

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Gemini to Apply for Broker-Dealer License in Bid to Trade Crypto Securities

| Leigh Cuen

The Winklevoss-owned cryptocurrency exchange Gemini is applying for a broker-dealer license from FINRA.

Blockchain Association Takes Over Kik’s ‘Defend Crypto’ Crowdfunding Effort

| Nikhilesh De

The Blockchain Association will now oversee Kik's "Defend Crypto" campaign, with the added goal of helping other startups fight legal cases.

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Trump Administration in Talks With Crypto Startup on Israeli–Palestinian Peace Plans

| Leigh Cuen

Crypto startup Orbs has been working with the Trump administration to explore blockchain solutions related to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

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Howey Schmowey – The Real Answer is to Update Securities Regulations

| David Weisberger

The SEC should focus more on fraud prevention than if an asset is a security, as fraud can be committed with securities too, argues David Weisberger.

Stonewalled by FINRA, Up to 40 Crypto Securities Wait in Limbo for Launch

| Nikhilesh De

Wall Street watchdog FINRA has sat for as long as 12 months on roughly 40 broker-dealer applications by blockchain startups.

Kik vs SEC – The Lawyers Speak

| Bailey Reutzel and Evan Engel

The SEC's complaint against Kik, after it raised $100 million in an ICO, seemed pretty brutal, but not so fast, we're only hearing one side of the…

Concerns Over Facebook Data Use Derailed at Least 3 Crypto Partnerships

| Leigh Cuen

Philosophical disagreements with crypto experts have slowed the development of Facebook's GlobalCoin, sources say.

FINRA Fines Ex-Merrill Lynch Investment Adviser Over Crypto Mining Sideline

| Daniel Palmer

U.S. self-regulatory organization FINRA has fined and suspended an investment adviser over undeclared cryptocurrency mining activities.