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Crypto News Summary: $40M in Crypto Seized, Hong Kong May Allow Direct Crypto Purchases, Bitcoin Group May Buy Local Bank
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- Turkish authorities have seized $40 million in cryptocurrency as part of an investigation into an illegal gambling ring, the Daily Sabah reported. The Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor and the Smuggling and Organized Crime Investigation Bureau said the suspects mediated the funds produced by the illegal gambling operation, which were then transferred to the group's crypto addresses.
- US-based fintech firm Ripple General Counsel Stuart Alderoty confirmed on Twitter that the company has finally received documents it’s been after for more than a year in their legal battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “I can say that it was well worth the fight to get them. I’ve always felt good about our legal arguments, and I feel even better now. I always felt bad about the SEC’s tactics, and I feel even worse about them now,” he said.
- Hong Kong is considering allowing exchanges and other intermediaries to directly sell virtual assets to retail investors, seeking to bring back fintech businesses, the South China Morning Post reported. It is also reassuring businesses that the city’s official stance on cryptocurrencies is separate from that of mainland China.
- Traditional financial policies are not sufficient for regulating decentralized finance (DeFi), said a report by the European Commission. It stated that "standard policies [are] inadequate to the treatment of DeFi services."
- The UK government has introduced new legal measures that seem to seek to regulate crypto ads and ban unauthorized crypto providers from offering services. Per an explanatory note, "this new clause amends the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to clarify that the powers relating to financial promotion and regulated activities can be relied on to regulate cryptoassets and activities relating to cryptoassets. Cryptoasset is also defined, with a power to amend the definition."
- Germany-based crypto-focused investment holding company Bitcoin Group SE is considering purchasing local bank Bankhaus von der Heydt, Bloomberg Law reported. The sale could value the bank at some €20 million ($19.6 million), it added.
- The Telegram messaging app will “soon” launch a username auction platform on The Open Network (TON) blockchain, the company said in an official channel. Telegram founder Pavel Durov announced the project in late August.
- Polkadot-based money market Equilibrium said that its Closed Beta, which has been launched to allow users to experience Equilibrium services before the full app launch, has been a success. Equilibrium’s beta testing attracted users beyond the initial projects (more than 4,000 participants from a 500 projected figure), said an announcement, while the participants traded over $80 million in volume across Equilibrium’s three pools: borrowers, lenders, and insurance. The app will be released to the public in November.
- International police organization INTERPOL has announced the launch of a virtual world that allows it to offer immersive training courses to law enforcement across the globe. The INTERPOL Metaverse allows registered users to tour a virtual facsimile of the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in France without geographical or physical boundaries, interact with other officers via avatars, and take immersive training courses in forensic investigation and other policing capabilities.
- Binance Custody has onboarded risk management tools from TRM Labs, a blockchain analytics and intelligence technology company. Per the press release, the integration enables Binance Custody to ensure its regulatory compliance and risk management program for client holdings through TRM’s service platform.