E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Wins License for New Crypto Exchange

news Japan’s top financial watchdog has granted a license to a cryptocurrency exchange being relaunched by e-commerce giant Rakuten. The country’s Financial Service Agency (FSA) announced the news Monday, stating that the new exchange, Rakuten Wallet, is now registered with the Kanto Local Financial Bureau as a virtual currency exchange service provider under the country’s…

Mt Gox Creditors Warn Mass Sale Could Put Bitcoin Fork Prices At Risk

feature Mt. Gox Legal, a group of around 1,000 creditors of collapsed crypto exchange Mt. Gox, has prepared a draft proposal representing its consensus on how the exchange’s remaining assets should be paid out, according to a document obtained by CoinDesk. Mt. Gox trustee, Nobuaki Kobayashi, released new details this week on the amounts of secured cryptocurrency (in…

Australian Government to Help Fund Trade Mission to CoinDesk Consensus

news Australia’s government has committed AU$100,000 (US$71,139) funding for a blockchain industry trade mission to CoinDesk’s Consensus event in May. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham jointly announced Monday that the federal government funding is aimed to help Australia become “a global leader” in the…

Crypto Exchange CEO Sentenced to 3-Year Jail Term for Faking Trading Volume

news Two executives from South Korean crypto exchange Komid have been handed down jail time for faking trading volume and deceiving investors. According to a report from CoinDesk Korea, the firm’s CEO Hyunsuk Choi received a three-year sentence for his role in the crime, as well as for embezzlement. Another member of the team, Park…

What China’s Cashless Revolution Can Teach the West About Crypto

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. Cash appears to be disappearing from China’s teeming cities. Foreign tourists talk of struggling to…

Taiwan Lawmaker Pitches AML Rules Update to Cover Crypto

A Taiwanese legislator wants cryptocurrency transactions to abide by the same money laundering laws that govern traditional financial instruments. To that end, Jason Hsu – sometimes referred to as Taiwan’s “crypto congressman” – has proposed an amendment to the nation’s Money Laundering Control Act to cover cryptocurrencies. Under his proposal, the amendment would include new rules for…