📍 The draft law “On digital financial assets” by the second reading in the State Duma makes new amendments that will oblige to obtain a license to work with cryptocurrencies. But who and how will issue these licenses is not mentioned yet.
📍 Alfa-Bank joined the international blockchain of the Marco Polo project based on the R3 Corda and the TradeIX platform, helping to handle trade finance transactions.
📍 French authorities want to ban anonymous cryptocurrencies, as they may threaten violation of laws against money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as tax evasion.
📍 A crypto startup SETL, which raised $ 39 million during three rounds of financing, declared bankruptcy. The reasons are not called. Investors include Deloitte and Citi.
📍 The Israel Regulator (ISA) plans to legally equate cryptocurrency with securities. A cryptocurrency exchange will be created under this initiative.
📍 Ripple startup Californian startup CEO Brad Garlinghaus said that a Morgan Stanley spokesman told him that the bank most likely would not use JPM Coin cryptocurrency. “Do you think Citi, BBVA or PNC will use it?” No, ”added Garlinghouse.
📍 Startup VaultTel launches a miniature hardware wallet that needs to be inserted into the SIM card slot on a mobile device with biometric authentication and used to store private keys.