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Libra

Libra

Libra, the Facebook-sponsored virtual currency project, named a five-member technical steering committee to guide development of the currency. Among committee members are representatives from the blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency custody businesses.

CME Group

CME Group

The CME Group launched cash settled bitcoin options on Monday, becoming the third CFTC-regulated bitcoin options platform after LedgerX and ICE.

FTX

FTX

The Antigua-based cryptocurrency trading platform FTX introduced bitcoin options trading on Sunday, ahead of CME’s bitcoin futures options, and four days after OKEx’s options launch.

Deribit

Deribit

Seeking to avoid imposing new Europe-wide KYC requirements on customers, Dutch cryptocurrency derivatives platform Deribit announced it is moving to Panama next month.

Kraken

Kraken

Pointing to its increasing regulatory costs, major U.S. cryptocurrency trading platform Kraken said it had received almost 50% more regulatory requests last year than in 2018.

Bitmain

Bitmain

The world’s largest bitcoin mining equipment maker, Bitmain, heads into turbulence as deposed co-CEO Micree Zhan publicly questions the company’s need for upcoming layoffs. Zhan was pushed out by CEO Jihan Wu in October.

Proof of Keys

Proof of Keys

Today’s second annual “Proof of Keys” celebration reminds bitcoin holders to secure their bitcoins in their own wallets away from exchanges and other third parties.

Virgil Griffith

Virgil Griffith

Virgil Griffith, the Singapore-based Ethereum developer who was arrested by U.S. authorities in November for violating sanctions against North Korea, will be granted bail and remanded to his parents’ custody in Alabama pending trial.

Bithumb

Bithumb

Bithumb, a major cryptocurrency platform in South Korea, was hit with a tax bill for $70 million from local tax authorities to cover withholding taxes for its foreign customers’ trading profits. According to South Korean law, Bithumb is not permitted to have foreign customers.

Binance

Binance

Binance signaled that it takes its anti-money laundering policies seriously when it refused to deal with a customer’s wallet that launders cryptocurrency holders’ identities. The customer unleashed a Twitter tirade against Binance.

OKEx

OKEx

Malta-based cryptocurrency trading platform OKEx is launching bitcoin options on time this week, but only for a select group of traders ahead of a general launch January 9 next year. 

Ethereum

Ethereum

In a rush to delay a “difficulty bomb,”  Ethereum will be upgraded on New Year’s Day, less than a month after the Istanbul upgrade went live. 

Poloniex

Poloniex

Following its move to Bermuda and spin-out from Circle, Poloniex relaxed AML requirements for withdrawals of less than $10,000 for some customers.

Boerse Stuttgart

Boerse Stuttgart

Boerse Stuttgart is joining Japan’s SBI in a partnership to develop a “truly global” blockchain-based scheme for digital assets.

Thom Thompson

Thom Thompson

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Thom Thompson is a derivatives specialist who has worked in product design, business development and regulatory roles for the CFTC, the Chicago Board of TradeThe Clearing CorporationSwiss ExchangeEurex and Eurex Clearing.

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