• Buying Bitcoin using fiat
    Bitcoin

    Buying Bitcoin using fiat just got easier

    A new partnership with Paxful means OKEx users can buy Bitcoin using 160 fiat currencies… or gift cards, if they prefer.

    OKEx announced on June 15 that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the peer-to-peer Bitcoin marketplace Paxful. OKEx users will be able to purchase BTC using more than 160 fiat currencies, while Paxful users will be given direct access to the OKEx platform for trades, options and futures.

  • Huobi targets money laundering
    Regulation,  Technology

    Huobi targets money laundering, fraud

    New Star Atlas analytics tool will allow the cryptocurrency exchange to automatically detect and trace fraudulent or illegal transactions

    Huobi Group announced today that it has launched Star Atlas, a new analytics tool designed to monitor on-chain transactions and activities “in real time to identify and flag suspicious or problematic transactions" such as money laundering, fraud, illegal dark web sales, and even price manipulation.

  • Huobi’s regulator-friendly financial blockchain money laundering
    Regulation

    Huobi’s regulator-friendly financial blockchain launches beta

    Huobi’s regulator-friendly financial blockchain framework is aimed at DeFi applications ranging from payments and tokenized assets to lending and identity verification systems, according to a release. It also can host distributed exchanges (DEX) and private blockchains, among other services.

  • Dirty money is as big as the EU's budget, and former EU Justice Commissioner Věra_Jourová wants a bigger cut (via Wikipedia, CC-BY-SA-2.0).
    Regulation

    Citing customer privacy concerns three EU cryptocurrency firms close

    Bottle Pay, Chopcoin, and Simplecoin shut down in December rather than enforce new European Union anti-money laundering rules

    Citing customer privacy concerns brought on by strict new European Union anti-money laundering laws, three cryptocurrency companies announced plans to shut down in December. The first was bitcoin gaming platform Chopcoin, which announced in November that it would close on Dec. 16. The company cited “regulatory concerns [that would] force KYC on our users.” KYC stands for “know your customer” banking regulations used to fight money laundering and combat the financing of terrorism (CFT). The other two firms planning to close up shop this month, Simplecoin and Bottle Pay, also cited moral principles. They refused to go along with the European Union’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive regulations, which come into force on…

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