The U.S. crypto industry has been learning a rough lesson in regulatory compliance in the past few months. With fines, cease and desist orders, agency warnings, and traditional finance counterparties withdrawing from the industry, it is becoming increasingly apparent that crypto has a compounding problem. Press play to hear a narrated version of this story, presented by AudioHopper. The origin of this isn’t FTX, Voyager Digital, Terra Luna, or any other of the business failures or frauds of 2022. Those are symptoms of another disease. The sickness that’s causing crypto to fumble in front of U.S. regulators and counterparties goes all the way back to the founding principles of Bitcoin…
PayPal doubles down on crypto, investing in Paxos
The payment processing giant already uses the firm’s crypto brokerage and custody services, now PayPal is an investor in its $142M series C funding round
Cascarilla said Paxos intends to use the funds to hire at least 100 more employees and build trust by obtaining more regulatory licenses, including a national bank charter and SOC 2 certification. The certification is a very tough, very well-respected audit of a company’s processes for securing and protecting customer data. Paxos will also focus on increasing the type and number of tokenized assets it handles.
PayPal crypto service goes live
The digital payments company’s U.S. customers can now buy and sell bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash, and litecoin in their accounts, heralding a new level of mainstream availability for cryptocurrencies
Announced last month, the crypto support went live for U.S. customers on Nov. 12, marking a new level of mainstream availability of cryptocurrency. In addition, PayPal said it will “significantly increase cryptocurrency's utility” as it will be usable for purchases at the company’s network of 26 million merchants worldwide.
Bloomberg: Is PayPal buying crypto custodian BitGo?
The report cites anonymous sources who say PayPal is in talks to buy crypto firms including the competitor of its announced custodian Paxos
Citing anonymous sources, the Bloomberg report said that PayPal Holdings is looking to double down on its jump into crypto this week. No other firms were mentioned by name, and the sources made clear BitGo was not a done deal.