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FBI Busts $43M Crypto and Las Vegas Hospitality Ponzi Scheme

The FBI arrested New York resident Idin Dalpour for defrauding investors of $43 million in a multi-year Ponzi scheme that included a Las Vegas hospitality business and crypto trading operation. On May 1st, the  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), alongside a New York court, charged Dalpour.  According to a press release from the Manhattan District…
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Data Indicates Stablecoins Are Becoming A Global Asset Class

Stablecoin adoption is increasing rapidly. Data from research firm rwa.xyz shows the number of addresses holding both dollar and crypto-pegged stablecoins has increased by 15% in 2024, which is the highest to date.  New research from blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis further found the growing prominence of stablecoins in overall on-chain transaction activity. Chainalysis’ “Crypto Spring…
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr Wants to Move US Budget Management to the Blockchain

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is committed to transforming the US budget system by adopting blockchain technology. He revealed his plans during a campaign rally in Michigan on April 21, where he explained that the shift would enable Americans to access “every budget item anytime they want, 24 hours a day.” During his campaign,…
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IRS Investigation Chief Anticipates Increase in Crypto Tax Evasion Cases This Year

Guy Ficco, the Criminal Investigation Chief at Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has indicated the agency is bracing for a significant increase in cases of crypto-related tax evasion this tax season. In an interview with CNBC at the Chainalysis Links event in New York, Ficco expressed concerns about the rising number of digital asset and crypto…
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Institutional Interest for Bitcoin Rises, Yet Challenges May Hamper Future Adoption

Institutional interest for Bitcoin and other digital assets has been apparent in previous years. Yet industry experts believe that investors are taking a newfound interest in Bitcoin (BTC) following the approval of 11 US spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). David Lawant, Head of Research at FalconX – an institutional crypto brokerage – told Cryptonews that…
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Coinbase CEO: Adopting Bitcoin Is A Return To The Gold Standard

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong suggested on March 12 that widespread Bitcoin adoption could mirror a return to the gold standard, potentially stabilizing the U.S. economy in the face of escalating national debt. In a post on X, Armstrong noted the potential of Bitcoin as a financial tool that could curb excessive government spending in the…
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Coinbase Sues SEC for Crypto Rulemaking Refusal, Calls for Clarity

Coinbase has filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), seeking a court directive for the regulatory authority to establish clear guidelines for the cryptocurrency sector. In the lawsuit detailed in their March 11 court submission, Coinbase challenged the SEC’s lack of formal rulemaking for the crypto sector, asserting that the agency’s actions…
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell Addresses Concerns Over CBDCs, Prioritizes Privacy

The U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has made it clear to the Senate Banking Committee that the Fed has no imminent plans to launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC). During the hearing, Powell elaborated on the Fed’s current stance on CBDCs, emphasizing that while the concept is under study, the implementation of a…
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SEC Commissioners Criticize Agency’s Crypto Enforcement Strategy Following ShapeShift Settlement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioners, Hester Peirce and Mark Uyeda, have publicly criticized the agency’s unclear cryptocurrency enforcement policies following a recent settlement with ShapeShift. In a detailed statement published on March 5, Peirce and Uyeda highlighted the ShapeShift case as emblematic of broader issues within the SEC’s handling of digital assets.…
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Blockchain Technology For Verifying Election Data

More than 60 countries around the world will hold national and regional elections this year, making 2024 the biggest election year in history. But there are growing concerns that misinformation and disinformation driven largely by artificial intelligence (AI) will impact the elections. An example of this recently occurred when an AI-enabled call using United States…
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