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Bitcoin breaks past $42k, hitting a five-day high

The price of Bitcoin surpassed $42,000 on Jan. 26 amidst significant spot Bitcoin ETF flows and an upgrade to Coinbase’s stock rating. Bitcoin (BTC) was valued at $42,040.36 with a market cap of $824.4 billion at 8:05 pm UTC on Friday. That marks 5.3% growth over 24 hours. Bitcoin’s current price also represents a five-day […]
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OpenAI claims New York Times was in partnership talks prior to lawsuit

OpenAI published a blog post on Jan. 8 in which it responded to an ongoing lawsuit previously initiated by The New York Times. On Dec. 27, the newspaper alleged in a lawsuit that OpenAI violated copyright law and used millions of its articles to train automated chatbots. OpenAI, however, claims that The New York Times […]
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SEC lists eight updated 19b-4 filings as spot Bitcoin ETF process nears deadline

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began to publish notices of filing updates related to spot Bitcoin ETFs on Jan. 8. As of 10:45 p.m. UTC, the SEC’s national securities exchange page listed amendments to eight 19b-4 filings detailing proposed rule changes. Six of those updated filings concern proposed rule changes through which the […]
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BTC tops $47k as CNBC predicts Wednesday Bitcoin ETF approval

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) surpassed $47,100 on Jan. 8 amidst expectations of spot Bitcoin ETF approvals over the coming days. Bitcoin was priced at $47,162 at 7:15 p.m. UTC. At the time, its market cap is roughly $918 billion. The latest high represents daily gains for Bitcoin and other top-ten crypto assets. Bitcoin (BTC) […]
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Kraken legal chief dismisses SEC charges as ‘hollow,’ citing Ripple victory

Kraken, facing charges from the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), plans to fight and respond to the complaint in court, confirmed the company’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Marco Santori, in a conversation with CNBC on Nov. 30. Santori said: “The SEC alleges that … Kraken is a exchange clearing house and broker dealer for investment […]
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SEC meets with Hashdex to discuss its Bitcoin ETF proposal

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) met with Bitcoin ETF applicant Hashdex this week, according to a Nov. 29 memo from the agency. The discussion, which took place on Monday, Nov. 27., concerned a proposed rule change to allow NYSE Arca to list and trade shares of Hashdex’s Bitcoin ETF. According to the SEC […]
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SEC opens comment period for Fidelity’s proposed Ethereum ETF

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began to accept comments on Fidelity’s proposed spot Ethereum ETF through a Nov. 30 filing. That filing indicates that the securities agency is now soliciting comments on a proposed rule change from Cboe BZX. If approved, that rule change will allow the exchange to list and trade Fidelity’s […]
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Binance delists Tornado Cash as TORN value plummets

Binance announced plans to delist Tornado Cash’s native token, TORN, on Nov. 27, closely coinciding with massive losses for the coin. The exchange announced plans to delist TORN on Nov. 27 at 6:00 PM UTC. This coincided with a sudden loss in value for the asset, which dropped from $3.90 to as low as $1.94 […]
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Grayscale Bitcoin Trust’s discount narrows to 8% amid growing ETF optimism

According to market data from YCharts on Nov. 24, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) discount rate has narrowed to 8.06%. The “discount” refers to the situation where the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) shares are trading at a price lower than their underlying net asset value (NAV). GBTC began trading at a discount in early 2021, […]
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Grayscale files updated Bitcoin ETF prospectus days after talks with U.S. SEC

Grayscale submitted an updated filing for its pending spot Bitcoin ETF to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Nov. 22. The filing in question is an amended S-3 prospectus, a type of registration form used by firms that have previously met other reporting requirements. Bloomberg ETF analyst James Seyffart suggested in an X […]
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U.S. Treasury calls $3.4B Binance resolution FinCEN’s largest settlement in history

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published its comments on settlements with Binance and related parties in a statement on Nov. 21. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen said: “Binance turned a blind eye to its legal obligations in the pursuit of profit. Its willful failures allowed money to flow to terrorists, cybercriminals, and child […]
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Hester Peirce says SEC shouldn’t block spot Bitcoin ETFs, speaks on Binance resolution

Commissioner Hester Peirce of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commented on pending spot Bitcoin ETFs to Bloomberg on Nov. 22. Peirce said that, although she cannot comment on currently active ETF proposals, she is open to approving such a product. She said: “I’ve been very transparent that I’ve thought for many years now […]
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Binance’s new chapter begins with hefty fines and compliance commitments

Binance issued a statement on Nov. 21 regarding its resolution of investigations from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other agencies. There, Binance stated that it is pleased to announce the resolution and admitted to past wrongdoing. The crypto exchange company said: “When Binance first launched, it did not have compliance controls adequate for […]
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Binance’s Changpeng Zhao pleads guilty to money laundering, comments on resignation

Now-former Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, according to reports from The New York Times on Nov. 21. Zhao reportedly entered his guilty plea in federal court in Seattle today and agreed to pay a $50 million fine as part of the plea deal. That fine is separate from Binance’s […]
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Apple entered anti-crypto agreements with competitors, class action suit claims

A class action suit filed on Nov. 17 in California alleged that Apple entered anti-competitive agreements that partially restricted the use of cryptocurrency. Specifically, plaintiffs said that agreements between Apple and its competitors prevent iOS Peer-to-Peer Payment Market apps from offering decentralized crypto features. The plaintiffs asserted that Apple’s agreements apply to various other payment […]
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Members of Congress urge revisions to Treasury’s ‘unworkable’ digital asset tax rules

Several American lawmakers voiced their concerns to the U.S. Treasury regarding a proposed taxation scheme for digital assets in a Nov. 15 letter, citing its potential to stifle innovation and adversely affect the digital asset ecosystem. The letter specifically concerns taxation rules advanced by the Treasury on Aug. 25. In today’s letter, lawmakers called the […]
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Microsoft unveils new AI chip ‘Maia’ in collaboration with OpenAI

Microsoft has unveiled a new chip that is intended for use in artificial intelligence (AI) applications in a news post published on Nov. 15. The company said that it unveiled the chip, named the Azure Maia 100 AI Accelerator, at its Microsoft Ignite conference on the same day. It said that the Maia 100 chip […]
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Lawmakers press Biden, Yellen for detailed report on crypto activity linked to Hamas

Several U.S. lawmakers have approached the Biden administration, requesting an investigation into the alleged use of cryptocurrency by terrorist groups. This request came in the form of a letter dated Nov. 15. The letter refers to earlier reports alleging that crypto wallets linked to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have received upwards of $41 […]
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Coinbase rolls out on-chain credential verification using the Ethereum Attestation Service

Coinbase announced a feature on Nov. 9 that allows users to attest their account and country credentials on-chain and access additional benefits. Coinbase’s help pages indicate that issued verifications are meant to serve as a “trusted badge” that grants access to on-chain apps and benefits. Coinbase said that verification will initially provide users with a […]
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Microsoft briefly blocks ChatGPT for its employees, attributing error to systems test

Microsoft briefly prevented its employees from using ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI) tools on Nov. 9, CNBC reported on the same day. CNBC claimed to have seen a screenshot indicating that the AI-powered chatbot, ChatGPT, was inaccessible on Microsoft’s corporate devices at the time. Microsoft also updated its internal site, stating that due to […]
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SafeMoon CEO John Karony’s bail postponed while courts assess level of flight risk

According to court documents dated Nov. 9, a judge has partially granted U.S. prosecutors’ request to counter the bail of John Karony, the CEO of crypto platform SafeMoon. A filing from New York prosecutors indicates that a Utah magistrate judge, Daphne A. Oberg, issued Karony’s release order on Nov. 8. Karony’s bail included a $500,000 […]
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